October 14, 2022 Vol. 3 Issue 48
Message from Ms. Masone
We had such a wonderful week with your children filled with learning fun. We kicked off the week with a celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day. We had a phenomenal presentation from the Red Spirit Drum Group and traditional Native American dancers. The performance was a magical opportunity for all grade levels.
Field trips abound this week! Third grade's study of mammals culminated with a trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo while fourth grade enjoyed our local Flying Pig Farm. Fourth grade has been learning about life zones and the foothills region, right here in Manitou. As a commitment to the whole child, we believe field trips are an essential part of the learning opportunities we offer at Manitou Springs Elementary School.
This coming week we are hosting fall conferences on October 20 and 21 at MSES. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn more about our new math curriculum, Eureka Math Squared and our language arts curriculum, Core Knowledge Language Arts, CKLA. Please be sure to use the link below to sign up for a family conference.
We are hosting our Scholastic Book Fair October 17-21. The Fair will be open before and after school and during Family Conferences. This is a great opportunity to provide reading resources to your child and support MSES with this library fundraiser. https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/manitouspringselemsch
Have a lovely three day weekend. Thank you for choosing MSES and sharing your children with us!
- Oct 17-21: Scholastic Book Fair - Open before and after school and during Conferences!
- Oct 19: Fall Individual Picture Retake Day (8am-11am)
- Oct 20: Half Day 12:30pm Dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
- Oct 21: No School, Staff Work Day (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
- Oct 26: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
- Oct 27: Larsen's + Goldman's Classes to Starsmore Discovery Center 8:30am - 2pm
- Oct 28: Fitness Friday! 7:30am-8:00am
- Oct 28: The Return of MANIBOO, our annual Halloween Carnival! @MSES, 4:30-7:30pm
- Nov 11: Veterans Day Celebration
- Nov 16: MSES Literacy Night
- Nov 18: Fitness Friday! 7:30am-8:00am
- Nov 21-25: Fall Break - No School
- Dec 2: K-2nd Grade Family Connection Movie Night @ MSES
Ask Your Experts!
Kindergarten students have enjoyed many classic stories in our recent "Stories" domain including Chicken Little, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They all created the characters and setting from one of our stories so that they can practice retelling the plot to families at home! Students have also listened to stories that aren't as familiar such as The Story of Jumping Mouse and The Bremen Town Musicians. Our big focus has been centered around learning story elements. Here are a few questions that you can ask your expert:
- Is a fiction story make-believe or does it teach us about something real? (It is a made-up story.)
- What is a character in a story? (WHO is in the story)
- What is the setting of a story? (WHERE a story happens)
- What is a plot? (WHAT HAPPENS in the story, and the order that a story happens)
- What did Chicken Little think fell on her head? (a piece of the sky)
- What really bonked her on the head? (an acorn)
- Who are the characters in The Three Billy Goats Gruff? (Big Billy Goat, Middle Billy Goat, Little Billy Goat, and the troll)
We are currently learning about new ways to incorporate place value into our day to day lives. Ask your expert: How many $1 dollar bills are equivalent to a $10 bill? How many $10 bills are equivalent to a $100 bill. Looking for something to practice at home? Have your kiddo show you different ways to make the same number.
We have also placed numbers into standard, unit, expanded, and word form. Ask your expert: If I show the number 256, how do I model it in unit form? How do I model it in expanded form?
Principal Appreciation Month
Dear Mustang Families,
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To help our school be a safe and respectful place, students K-5 have learn specific skills to help stop bullying. Students learn how to:
Recognize when bullying is happening, report bullying to a caring adult, and refuse to let bullying happen
Be a bystander who helps stop bullying
Support someone being bullied by standing up for that person and being kind and inclusive
Recognize, report, and refuse cyber bullying when they see or know about it happening
We need your help, too! Get involved in making our school a safe and respectful place by letting us know if you hear about bullying at our school. Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied, or if he or she knows about someone else being bullied. Give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others. For more information on our school’s anti-bullying policy and specific procedures, check our school website or contact the school office. Thank you for helping us make MSES a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.
This week in 3rd grade, I taught a lesson on bullying and the importance of kind acts. I read the book Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and we discussed how small acts of kindness can change the world. We also discussed the 3 R’s of bullying that teaches students how to Recognize, Report, and Refuse bullying. Ask your child about the 3 R’s of bullying and what power they have as bystanders to stop bullying.
Ashley Root, MA, LPCC
Manitou Springs Elementary School
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