The Mountain Sage Beat

Twice monthly updates and news from Mountain Sage 

September 28th, 2021



New In This Edition

Harvest Festival
Playground Construction
Community Corner

• Winter Warmth Drive
Take Note/Important Dates
• Lunches for October
• Bring Your Own Mask
• Family-Teacher Conferences
What's Happening
• 8th Grade Poster Fair
• Sewing Volunteers 
• Cross Country Team 

Welcome to The Beat!

Welcome to The Beat, our twice monthly newsletter that arrives on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday where you can find important announcements, regular news offerings, and inspiration from across the grades. With fresh content in each edition, this is an email you do NOT want to miss! Please be sure to add to your contacts list, and check your junk/promotions/spam folders regularly. Have something you'd like to see in the next issue? Let us know

Harvest Festival

This Friday is Harvest Festival! Please encourage your child to wear red, a color that embodies the season, to this student-only event. We will display offerings of abundance from the Mountain Sage garden and we invite your children to bring an offering from your garden if they are able. If your family is interested in receiving some of the fresh produce from the table, please connect with Kate Vanderleek. All remaining items will be brought to the Food Bank for Larimer County. Please email Festivals Committee member Marna Widom if you have local apples in good eating condition to contribute. To learn more about Harvest Festival, including learning the songs we will sing at school and ideas on how to celebrate at home, please visit the Harvest Festival page of our website.

Playground Construction

You may have already heard from your child, or seen when you came through the drive line, that our new playground equipment has arrived. The children enjoyed getting a glimpse as each piece was placed on site over the course of a few hours on Monday. It was quite a feat! We hope to begin construction next week and anticipate it will last for at least 3 weeks. The landscaping crew will be utilizing the drive line during the day. They will move their trucks and equipment out of the way for pick-up, however if you come before 3:30, please be patient if a landscaping truck is in your way. Consider making plans to park and walk during the construction window. Thank you in advance for your understanding. The outcome will be worth it!
Community Corner

Winter Warmth Drive in October
We are excited to share that Parent Circle, in partnership with Student Council, will be hosting the annual Winter Warmth Drive during the first week of October. Distribution of collected items will happen during family-teacher conferences on October 14th and 15th. This community event invites families to donate their extra winter warmth items to school during the collection windows on October 6th-8th and all families are invited to find new-to-you items for their children during the distribution event on October 14th and 15th.

Here’s how it works:
  • Gather up your extra winter warmth items that are clean and in good condition and bring them to the school during pick-up between October 6th-8th. Remember that many of our middle school students wear adult sizes.
  • Parent Circle will receive the items through the drive line and prepare them for the event.
  • Take a look at the items available when you come for family-teacher conferences on October 14th and 15th. Take only what you need for your children.
  •  Any leftover items will be dispersed to classrooms for spare clothing and then donated to support the greater community.
“Winter warmth” items are winter coats, snow pants, warm socks, boots, gloves, hats, and other items that a child would wear to stay warm this winter. This does not include winter sporting equipment.

We need a small group of volunteers to help with this event both on the 6th-8th and 14th-15th. If you’re interested, please email Sarah Cooper at

Watch for additional announcements about this important community event. 

Take Note

Order Lunches for October
The new My Kids Lunch menu is up! If your child receives hot lunch, please be sure to place your orders for October.

Bring Your Own Mask
Each day children should come to school prepared with their own mask. We have a small supply on hand to supplement when a child loses their mask, or when a mask is broken or forgotten, however this supply is not intended to provide masks to the same children on a permanent basis. Currently there is a production shortage of child-sized masks, and while we are doing our best to source them, you can help by ensuring that your child brings and wears their own mask each day. We ask the same of visitors and volunteers; please come with your own mask.
Family-Teacher Conferences Coming Up
Family-Teacher conferences will happen onsite at MSCS on October 14th and 15th. Watch for a school wide email and online sign-up for these important conferences. A critical time to connect about your child's school experience, Family-Teacher Conferences are meant for adults only in grades K-5 but involve student participation in grades 6-8. 

Important Dates

September 28th:
Board Meeting

October 1st:
Student Harvest Festival

October 6th-8th:
Winter Warmth Collection

October 8th:
Parent Circle

October 14th & 15th:
Family-Teacher Conferences
Winter Warmth Distribution

October 26th:
Board Meeting

See our full calendar here

What's Happening

8th Grade Poster Fair
Recently our 8th grade students did some amazing work in creating poster displays as the culminating project for their Economic Geography Block. In this block, 8th graders explored how the things we create and trade with one another reflect our environmental resources, human needs and cultural values. Their projects investigate how these concepts play out in industries centered in Asian countries that connect us as a global community. Nicely done 8th grade!

Sewing Volunteers Needed
One of the beautiful supplies we give our students is hand sewn pouches. Used for crayons and pencils, these travel with the students year over year. We are seeking a few skilled tailors to sew pouches for this year. We will supply the materials and pattern. If you are interested, please email Sarah Cooper, Volunteer Coordinator at
Way to Go Cross Country Team
Since the beginning of the school year, the members of the Mountain Sage cross country team have been working hard. This is the final week of their season! On Thursday the team will run the MSCS 10k along the Spring Creek to Poudre River Trail right after school, so give them a high five and words of encouragement when you see them. 
Community Resources
Take a look at all of the MSCS Community Resources we have! Join our private Facebook group, find services and list your own in our Community Business Directory, and connect with other MSCS families looking to rideshare in the Mountain Sage Carpool Program.

     Facebook Group                         Business Directory                       Carpool Program
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