Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

One of the core values here at Manitou Springs Elementary is our desire to grow the WHOLE CHILD. From nurturing staff and classroom settings, to the Core Knowledge Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science curricula, to hands on learning experiences and field trips, authentic learning continues to strengthen and deepening content for all students each and every day.

Extension and enrichment or teacher collaboration will take place at every grade level. Sometimes this looks like a whole-group lesson I go into the classroom to share. Other times this is a consistent pull-out where I work with a specific group of students to take learning to the next level and apply it to authentic activities. By partnering with teachers, I will continue supporting regular curriculum to help make learning more vivid and meaningful. Together, we will help your child reach new skill levels and build personal interest to hold themselves to more productive standards!

:) Ms. Kanaga


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

For gifted kids, better to be hands-on or -off?

By Elissa Strauss, CNN

This is a great article for parents and educators!  Please read online here at CNN.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Visit the website for more information!

from 10am-4pm in Downtown Colorado Springs

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The City of Manitou Springs
Flag Design Contest

Kids at Manitou Middle School believe their town deserves to have it’s own flag.  Manitou Springs is a great place to live and to visit, and a flag will unite people and remind us all of our common vision and commitment to our community. 

To get ideas and guidelines to create a winning flag see https://www.wikihow.com/Design-a-Flag.

We invite every one of all ages to submit a design to this flag contest.  Flag designs need to be in color, in any medium on paper or canvas, and must be at least 8.5 x 11" and no larger than 14x16".

You may submit  your entries in picture form by 
November 10, 2017 to:

If you prefer, you may mail or bring your drawing in person to

City Clerks Office 
c/o Mayor Nicoletta 
606 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

The flag design entries will be displayed at City Hall and online on the city’s facebook page. The winner will be announced by December 9th.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

4th Grade Students and Families

Special Passport to the Arts program gives fourth graders access to the arts like never before.

In an effort to maximize learning opportunities and incite a lifelong love and appreciation for the arts, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College is proud to announce the Passport to the Arts program for fourth grade students and their families.

Beginning October 1, 2017, parents can register their fourth grade student online at https://www.csfineartscenter.org/visit/tours/passport-to-the-arts/ to receive:
  • A FREE one-year family membership to the Fine Arts Center
  • (1) FREE children’s ticket to the FAC’s fall family theatre production Bunnicula (Oct. 13 – Nov. 12, 2017)
  • (1) FREE children’s ticket to the FAC’s spring family theatre productionAndrocles and the Lion (Mar. 2 – Apr. 1, 2018)
  • 50% off select Bemis School of Art classes for the fourth grade student
  • Access to activities in the museum built specifically for fourth graders and their families
We want to give this experience to as many kids as we can! Please help spread the word by forwarding this email or sharing the flier linked below with all the fourth grade families you can.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Upcoming Writing Contests

Letters About Literature and River of Words Are Also Open for Submisisons! 

River of Words is a poetry and art competition for students on the theme of watersheds and the environment designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express what they discover in poetry and visual art. Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book implements River of Words statewide judging and coordinates the Student Literary Awards in the spring. The deadline is December 1, 2017. Click here to find out more about the contest and access the entry form.

Letters About Literature invites students in grades 4-12 to write a letter to an author whose work has been particularly meaningful to them, explaining how their ways of thinking about the world or themselves have changed as a result of reading the author's work. This student competition is implemented in affiliation with The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. For entry forms and information, please visit our website here.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Download a Festival Guide here to plan ahead
or pick up the inserted Festival Guide 
from this week's CS Independent. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

March activities at the Discovery Center / Space Foundation

Space Foundation Discovery Center Star Blast - March 2017
Discovery Center Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday
March Tinkering

Join Us for a Month of Tinkering!

There is an inventor in you! Use everyday items to make amazing things. This engineering-themed month of activities will get your creativity flowing as you use your brain to solve problems and find out how things work.
Homeschool DaysHomeschool Day: Tinkering 
Wednesday, Mar. 1 • 10 am - 4 pm

Star DaysStar Days: Tinkering 
Sponsored by Raytheon, Uwingu and Keysight
Saturday, Mar. 4 • 10 am - 4 pm

Spring Break TinkeringSpring Break Tinkering 
Mar. 28 - Apr. 1 • 10 am - 4 pm

Click here to visit the webpage for Discovery Center

Friday, January 6, 2017



The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth was founded in 1979 to challenge insatiable learners, curious kids who never stop asking questions and
searching for answers about how the world works.

Summer Programs

CTY offers full-day and residential experiences to challenge kids when school is out. Our engaging three-week courses for students in grades 2-12 are offered at two dozen sites in the U.S. and Hong Kong. At CTY, bright kids become part of a community of learners from around the world and feel like they belong.
For more information, please visit the website here

Tuesday, January 3, 2017