Welcome to the 2017-2018 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 pull-outs will be offered at all grade levels. This year our focus is on CONNECTIONS. Partnering with teachers, I will continue supporting their lessons 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!

Happy Fall,

:) Ms. Kanaga


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

Monday, February 22, 2016

Parent and Teacher Gifted "FIT" Workshop THIS WEEK!

Please pass this message along!
Dear Parents and Teachers of Gifted Children,
You are invited to a Pikes Peak Association for Gifted Students sponsored presentation in coordination with Colorado Springs School District 11. 

The Gifted Child's Existential Dilemma - So often we hear gifted youth of all ages lamenting the fact that "no one gets them!" Peers don't seem to share the same concerns they have.  They see their peers as having a preoccupation with "meaningless things."  This creates isolation that so often results in periods of depression, and prevents gifted youth from fully engaging due to fears and doubts they carry about themselves.  This presentation and discussion will focus on how we can support our youth in their quest for answers, helping them lean how to cope and manage the discomfort of the unknown.  

A presentation by Jenny Hecht, LCSW, CYT 
Jenny Hecht is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Yoga Teacher with 15 years of experience working with individuals between the ages of 8 years to adults in a variety of settings.  She has a passion for supporting the specific social-emotional needs of gifted individuals, particularly the existential dilemma so many face beginning at a very young age.  Her work with gifted individuals has extended to consultation and support for educational professionals who work with this population.
Tuesday, February 23
6:00 - 7:30pm

Auditorium - Nikola Tesla Education Opportunity Center
2560 International Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 

RSVP Today!   ppagsmail@gmail.com

*This is a free event, however we accept donations at the door to cover the cost of our venue rental and our most appreciated speakers!

This event is for Parents and Teachers, not appropriate for children.
No child care will be provided. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Info on Visual-Spatial Learners

Hey all you interested in learning more about Visual Spatial learning and aptitude...  Here are two workshops designed to help you get a stronger understanding of how to help these types of learners.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pikes Peak Association for Gifted Students WORKSHOP

Dear Parents, Teachers and Gifted Students,
Please join us for the following Pikes Peak Association for Gifted Students sponsored presentation!
Am I Good Enough?
Overcoming Perfectionism and Striving for Excellence
When:Saturday, November 71:00 - 3:00pm
Where: Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church Social Hall 1102 South 21st Street, Colorado Springs, CO 
RSVP Today!   ppagsmail@gmail.com