Audubon Welcome


Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

Hello Audubon Families,

The 2021-2022 school year is quickly approaching and we hope you are as ready and excited as we are for a great year ahead. We know that the past few years have had some challenges in a variety of ways, especially with COVID-19, however we have also had some amazing opportunities present themselves and this year we will be able to explore and expand those awesome opportunities.

In the message below there are some "high level" informational pieces that you will need as we get started for the year. Please know that we will be continuing to provide updated information to you in the coming weeks with things you need to know.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out and we will do our best to answer them for you. You can always reach me at or 719-328-2602.

We look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks as we start a great year!

Wishing you health and wellness,

Aaron Ford

Principal, Audubon Elementary

COVID Protocols (as of 8/3/2021)

COVID-19 is something that is still impacting our daily lives and that will include the upcoming school year. Last year we had to make some significant changes to how our daily activities happened at school and we are still going to have some of those in place for the 21-22 school year. Here are the main points for families to know and prepare for (knowing that any COVID protocol is subject to change based on national, state or local updates):

Mask Wearing:

  • Masks are required for any person riding public transportation which includes our school busses. If your child rides the bus to or from school they will have to wear a mask while on the bus.
  • Masks are highly recommended indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status but they are not required.
  • Those students or staff that choose to wear a mask will be allowed to do so - they will not be required to take them off by anyone in the school.

Showing Symptoms:

  • If a student or adult is showing symptoms of being ill, especially those that are consistent with COVID, they are highly encouraged to stay home.
  • If symptoms are not resolved within 48 hours then the symptomatic person would be required to get a COVID test to return. If negative, and symptoms are getting better, they could return.

Positive or Presumed Positive:

  • If someone tests positive for COVID-19 they will be required by public health to isolate for a minimum of 10 days.
  • They may return to school on day 11 IF they have no fever and symptoms are getting better. We know that not all symptoms may go away within the 10 day isolation window so we will work with families on what steps need to be taken.
  • Families must report positive cases or exposure to positive cases to the school so that we can take appropriate actions within the building.


  • Due to the nature of COVID-19 and its spread, quarantines are still possible during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • We have more guidance on targeted quarantines and hope to be able to keep students in school as much as possible and not have to quarantine entire classes, grade levels, etc.
  • Should there be a need to quarantine we will alert families as quickly as possible so that you can make arrangements as needed.

School Cleaning Practices/Student Hygiene:

  • The staff at Audubon will continue to maintain our cleaning practices that were enhanced last year.
  • Multiple times daily we sanitize common areas (i.e., restrooms) and commonly touched surfaces.
  • Classrooms are all provided a soap/water and mild detergent for sanitizing opportunities during the school day.
  • Nightly, when students and staff are gone, we use stronger cleaning solution to sanitize all classrooms, offices, restrooms, etc.
  • Our ventilation system will continue to work at 150% airflow to keep fresh air consistently moving through the building.

Meet Your Teacher/Open House - August 12 3:00 - 4:30

Audubon will host a Meet Your Teacher/Open House on Thursday, August 12. There will be a short welcome by Mr. Ford outside of the gym on the Northeast side of the building that begins at 3:00. After our welcome families will be invited into the building to visit their child's classroom, meet their teachers, tour the building and do a variety of other things. Families will have the opportunity to complete a scavenger hunt for prizes while they are here. In addition to touring the school and meeting your teacher we will have Kona Ice from 3:30-5:00 selling tasty treats. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday the 12th of August.

One question that comes up regularly is how/when will we find out who our child's teacher is for the year? We hope (fingers crossed) to post those class lists at the school starting early next week. We said we hope because we are still learning/navigating the new Power School system ourselves and cannot promise an exact date or time - a message will be sent out once that information is available.

General Information

School Information:

  • Main Phone Line - 719-328-2600
  • Attendance Line - 719-328-2613
  • Address - 2400 E. Van Buren, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

School Day Info:

  • 7:30 - Breakfast in cafeteria
  • 7:45 - Students able to be dropped off
  • 8:00 - School day starts
  • 11:30/12:00 - Students lunch times
  • 2:30 - Dismissal


Meals for 2021-2022

The USDA has approved funding for all students to receive free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-2022 school year. This means any student can get breakfast or lunch, regardless of their families financial status.

Our monthly menu can be found by clicking here - once updates are made you will see them here.

We still encourage every family to fill out the application for "Free or Reduced" rates as that does have an impact on our school and our district with funding. It also can help qualify a family for EBT funds that they may need. To fill out the form please click the link below and submit your information:

Click here for the application

Technology for 2021-2022

All students will be receiving a tech device to use for the 2021-2022 school year, provided by the district. This device will be something that students will use daily in class and then take home for nightly charging and can be used for homework. Prior to students taking the device home families will need to sign a "User Agreement" that will be available at our open house or on the first day of school.

Students that are in Preschool - 2nd grade will receive an iPad and those students in 3rd-5th grade will receive a Google Chromebook. Students will be taught how to use the devices in school. If you have questions about the device you can contact Mr. Watson, our schools Library Technology Educator, at or call him at 719-328-2624.

How to Get Involved

We have many ways to families to get involved in the school throughout the year. There are two ways in particular that allow families to participate in decision making processes and really allow for their voice to be heard - the School Accountability Committee (SAC) and Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

The SAC is a group of parents, community and staff that meet monthly to discuss things happening at the school including activities, budget, and testing just to name a few. The primary focus of this group is to serve as an accountability committee for the school and ensure that Audubon is moving in the appropriate direction to make sure students are getting what they need. Our first SAC meeting for 2021-2022 will be Thursday, September 9 at 4:00 in the school library.

Our PTA is a strong advocacy group that works tirelessly to support the staff and students of our school. They provide students with a variety of opportunities throughout the year and also run some of our fundraisers to support staff and students. The PTA meets every other month as a whole group. If you have any questions about the PTA please reach out to our President, Mishel Fowler, at The first PTA meeting of the school year is Tuesday, August 24th at 5:30 p.m. in the school library. Dinner and daycare will be available for those in attendance.

School Supply List and Donations

Our 2021-2022 school supply list is available by visiting our school website ( or by clicking the link below. Many of the supplies needed for the year are purchased and supplied by the school district so our list of family requests is not as much. If you do need some assistance with supplies this year please reach out to our principal, Mr. Ford or school counselor, Ms. Fitzgerald and they will be able to support you appropriately.

If you are wanting to donate supplies to the school we are happy to accept those donations. We are always needing extra crayons, markers, colored pencils, composition books, kids scissors, Ziploc bags, etc. Any donations can be dropped off in the front office.

2021-2022 School Supply List

Upcoming Dates and Events

August 12 - Meet Your Teacher/Open House

August 16 - First Day for Students

August 24 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

September 6 - Labor Day; School Closed

September 9 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

September 20 - PD/Work Day; No Students

September 21 - Individual Picture Day

October 2 - Community Clean-up Day

October 14 - Chuckie Cheese Night

October 15 - Teacher Work Day; No Students

October 18 - Data Collaboration Day; No Students

October 19 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

October 21 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

October 22 - Trunk or Treat @ 4:00

October 25 - Book Fair

October 28/29 - Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences; No Students

November 9 - Individual Picture Day Makeup

November 11 - Veterans Day

November 11 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Week; School Closed

November 29/30 - Health Screening

December 6-10 - Holiday Shop

December 14 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

December 17 - School Movie @ 8:30

December 20-Jan 2 - Winter Break; School Closed

January 3 - PD/Work Day; No Students

January 4 - Work Day; No Students

January 13 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

January 17 - MLK Day; School Closed

February 10 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

February 11 - Movie Night @ 5:30

February 15 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

February 21 - Presidents Day; School Closed

February 28-March 4 - Dr. Seuss Week and Book Fair

March 7 - Teacher Work Day; No students

March 8 - Data Collaboration Day; No students

March 10 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

March 21-25 - Spring Break; School Closed

April 1 - Chuckie Cheese Night

April 14 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

April 18-22 - Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 19 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

April 22 - John J. Audubon Birthday Celebration

May 2-6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 12 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

May 20 - Students Last Day