Mustang Tales

February 24, 2023 Vol. 3 Issue 64

Message from the Principal

Dear Families:

We have had such an odd two weeks at MSES with the snow! With the weather, I wanted to remind families that morning parking drop is available from 7:30-8:00am, at the Hiawatha Parking lot at Prospect Place and Manitou Avenue. You can also park at Manitou Congregational Church during that time as well.

As many of you know we are beginning our superintendent search. The following is from Eric McMartin, our interim superintendent:

Superintendent Search Input Opportunities:

There are three scheduled in-person opportunities for students, staff, families, and community members to provide feedback in the superintendent search process which are outlined below.

3/6 - 3:15-4:15 UPES

3/7 - 3:45-4:45 MSMS/MSHS at the HS Media Center

3/9 - 3:15-4:15 MSES

There is also a survey which will provide folks with an opportunity to give feedback in the superintendent search process. The survey mirrors the opportunity people have if they choose to come to one of the in-person sessions as it asks the same questions that will be asked by the facilitator.

The survey is open now and will close at 4:00 pm on Monday, March 13th.

Link to Manitou Springs School District 14 Stakeholder Survey

Next Week is Read Across Manitou which coincides with Read Across America. We have so many exciting events planned.

Monday, February 27

Kick-off Assembly for Students

· We have a local children’s book author coming (uncle of a kindergarten student), as well as some presentations from some of our very own MSES staff and students. Our reading Bingo Challenge will come home that day.

Tuesday, February 28

Book Swap Day!

· Book drop bins will be available on the playground and at the front door entrance for students to donate their used books as they arrive at school and then we get to swap later!

Wednesday, March 1 (Late Start Day)

Cozy Up and Read

· Guest readers from around our community will be available to come read to classes

Thursday, March 2 – Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Dress as a Book Character (and bring the book that your character is in)

Friday, March 3

Buddy Class Reading Day

We look forward to an exciting week with your children!



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Message from Ms. Sueppel:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In April we will again administer state testing for our 3rd-11th graders.

In grades 3-8 students will take three tests each of math and English Language Arts, with an additional 3 tests of science for grades 5 and 8. In grades 9-11 students will take the SAT Suite of assessments, with an additional science assessment in grade 11.

We believe that these assessments help to monitor a student's academic growth and support our professional growth as well. If you have any questions about state testing please reach out to our child's school assessment coordinator:

Important Dates

  • Mar 1: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay for Students)
  • Mar 8: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay for Students)
  • Mar 15: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay for Students)
  • Mar 16: MSES Space Night! @ Space Foundation Discovery Center, 5-7pm
  • Mar 22: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay for Students)
  • Mar 24: Fitness Friday 7:30am-8:00am
  • Apr 5: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay for Students)
  • Apr 6: 5th Grade Science Fair
  • Apr 12: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay for Students)
  • Apr 20: MSES Night of Excellence SPED Fundraising Event
  • Apr 21: No School - Staff Work Day
  • Apr 26: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Apr 28: Fitness Friday 7:30am-8:00am

Fitness Friday- Walking Snow Bus!

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Ask Your Experts!


Kindergarten students are finishing a domain about weather. This week, we focused on meteorology and how to stay safe in severe weather. Here are a few questions and activities to ask your expert:

  • Take your grown-up(s) to a park or go out in your backyard and watch the clouds go by. What pictures can you find hiding in the clouds?

  • After reading the story, “Thundercake”, tell your grown up how to figure out how far away a thunderstorm is.

  • What are some ways you can keep yourself safe during severe weather?

Second Grade:

Our Second Graders have just started a very exciting unit on Geometry. We have been using polygons to understand what equal shares are in halves, thirds, and fourths. This has been such a fun hands-on learning experience for our kiddos. Ask your expert? If a shape is decomposed into four equal parts, what is each part called? 1 fourth How does looking at the attributes help you figure out which shape could be used to cover half of it? If you look at the angles, they look like the angles on a triangle.

We are also starting our study of personal narratives. Students will be generating their own lists of small moment stories that they want to write about. They are so excited to begin using dialogue, figurative language, and talking about experiences that they are excited to share! Ask your expert: What is the difference between a watermelon story and a seed story? A watermelon story is a story that is about a big experience that happened in their lives i.e. a vacation and a seed story is about a specific moment i.e. birthday party, spending the night at a friends' house.

Fourth Grade:

This week, Fourth Graders are wrapping up Eureka! Student Inventor. Ask Your Expert: What problem does your Round 2 final invention project solve? Why is it a problem? How does your invention work? We will also begin reading about Geology! We will open our unit by learning about Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift -- that Earth’s continents have very slowly moved over time. Ask Your Expert: What was Wegener’s evidence that this was happening? (Similar fossils and rock formations were found on different continents; Antarctica once had a climate warm enough for ferns to grow there). Why did Wegener compare the continents to enormous pieces of ice? (He thought that they were floating over denser rocks on the ocean bottom, and therefore moving around). What are the four layers of the Earth? (Inner core, outer core, mantle, crust).

Physical Education:

We are finishing up our basketball unit this week. Next week we will be starting our stick and racket skills unit that will include floor hockey and tennis, maybe even some golf if we have time.... My hope is that all the units that we have completed this year and in years past is something that all the kids can keep with them in years to come. There are many teams and skill levels that elementary kids can play on in the, volleyball, golf and tennis instruction and baseball as well as many other activities... If you need some help finding something for your son or daughter you can call or send me an email and I can help you to locate different activities in the area... Some places to look into are the YMCA.....Colorado Springs Park and Rec....First Tee golf...Manitou Springs swimming pool...

Mr. N

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Register your King Sooper's card for MSES!

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February Breakfast & Lunch Menus

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Tech Corner:

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Job Opportunities

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Yearbook Order Forms:

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In Our Community:

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Box Top Digital Earnings:............... $204.30

We have officially earned 20% of our goal ($1000) so far this school year!! Thank you, Families, for your committment to our schools!

Box Top funds are used to support your students by purchasing supplies for classroom celebrations, games and outdoor activities, extra books for classroom libraries, and more. Download the Box Tops app today and start scanning your grocery receipts to help us keep learning fun at MSES!

Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal