AES Community Connection 4/29/22

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Greetings AES Families!

This has been a transitional year for Aspen Elementary School. It is hard to believe that my first year as Principal is drawing to a close. I have learned so much about our school's strengths and areas of opportunity, and am continually grateful to be a part of this community of learners. Much has been accomplished this year, and there are many opportunites ahead.


As you know, we are on a three year authorization journey to become an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). We have also adopted new literacy curriculum (Wit and Wisdom) and continue to build our knowledge and skills in the science of Reading instruction. Recently, the district underwent a Science, Social Studies, and World Language curriculum audit. The audit highlighted that while the elementary level is in the process of aligning these content areas to the standards through our Literacy and PYP work, this is still an area in need of growth for us. Recently we have invested in an online teaching and learing platform called "Toddle" which will enable our PYP, curriculum specialists and teachers to develop and align all of our curriculum collaboratively. This work will be one of our major areas of school improvement in the upcoming school year.


Additionally, we will have several staffing transitions next year due to retirements, career changes and new positions. We have already hired two new kindergarten teachers and are in the process of hiring a 2nd grade teacher. Interviews will begin next week for our new Assistant Principal, and we are accepting applications for Special Education teachers, a School Psychologist and a Gifted and Talented teacher. We hope to have all of these positions filled by the end of May.


Congratulations to our 3rd and 4th graders who have successfully completed CMAS. We are proud of your hard work and best efforts on this assessment. Summer vacation is just around the corner! Please check out the summer oportunities below.


Have a wonderful week!


All my best,

Ashley Bodkins

Mark your calendar...

  • May 2 - Deadline for ordering Yearbooks. See more info below.
  • May 4 - 3rd Grade Musical Performance 5:30 PM
  • May 12 - High Mountain Harmony Choir Concert, 1:30 (students) and 5:30pm (families).
  • May 18 - PTO Family Spring Mixer at Home Team
  • May 23 - Bike Rodeo 3rd Grade
  • May 24 - Bike Rodeo 2nd Grade
  • May 31 - SCHOOL IN SESSION FOR AES
  • June 1 - Family BBQ & Lost & Found Sale ($1 per item)

AES's IB Learner Profile of the Month = Open Minded

Students who are Open Minded...


  • Know that people are different
  • Know that people think differently
  • Try to understand others
  • Appreciate their own culture
  • Appreciate the values and cultures of others

2021/22 Yearbook Orders- DEADLINE TO ORDER 5/2!!

Order online at: mymjthomas.com - enter code: aspenelemyb2122 - AES Yearbooks are $30. Deadline to order is MONDAY, MAY 2nd.

Teacher Appreciation Week with the PTO

We need your help to make Lunch & the Gift Card Grab a grand success! No amount is too small and all donations will go toward the big lunch and purchasing of gift cards from local businesses, ensuring that all teachers and staff have a fabulous week!

Contributing online is easy, simply click here.

**We kindly request all donations be made by Monday, May 2. Thank you!

Student Fees

If you have not already, please pay your student's yearly student fees. These include a supply fee of $75 and a tech fee of $25. You can pay them through e~Funds, or with cash or check in the front office. Please email Virginia with any questions.

Quick Links

Out-of-District Lottery

It is that time of year for the Out-of-District Lottery. We are now accepting applications welcoming out-of-district families for the 2022-23 school year Kindergarten through Grade 4. If this is something you are interested in, please read the linked information and fill out the application by Friday, May 6, 2022.

Out-of-District Lottery Letter

Out-of-District Lottery FAQ's

Out-of-District Lottery Application


Carta de lotería fuera del distrito

Preguntas frecuentes sobre la lotería fuera del distrito

Solicitud de lotería fuera del distrito

Does your child ride the bus?

Bus Passes and Bus Changes:

If you need a new bus pass or want your child to catch a different bus home than usual, please visit the Transportation homepage. Links to the Bus Pass Replacement Form and the Bus Change Request Form can be found there. Students will not be allowed on a bus if they are not registered for a bus, and we will not be accepting handwritten notes or text messages from parents allowing students to ride a different bus.


As most of you know, there is a shortage of bus drivers and sporadically bus routes have to be cancelled. Please discuss a backup plan with your child for these scenarios. Sharing this plan with your child's teacher is always a good idea!

More community news...

Young Writers Institute of Aspen

Do you have a child entering 3rd through 8th grade with a passion to write? Are you seeking a unique week-long summer camp experience that is sure to engage and inspire? Reserve a spot for the Young Writers Institute of Aspen!

When: Monday June 20, 2022 through Friday June 24, 2022 Time: 9:00 am to 12 noon each day.

Where: Aspen Community School, 340 Woody Creek Mesa, Snowmass, CO 81656

Early Bird Registration Cost: $400 (price increase to $450 after 4/30/2022) Space is LIMITED! Register at: https://eamcollaborative.com Click services in the upper right corner, scroll to Young Writers' Institute of Aspen, and register directly.

Click HERE for the flyer.

May at the Pitkin County Library

5/4 Plants & Planters

5/11 Aspen Science Center

5/18 Butterfly Craft

5/25 Explosions!

After School Wednesdays @ the Library 3:30-4:30 pm Every Wednesday.

The Reading League

Would you like to understand how research is playing out in reading instruction in our school? Would you like to know more about how YOU, as a parent or caregiver, might also shift the kind of support you provide your children in their development as readers?

The Reading League is a reputable nationwide organization whose mission is to advance the awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-aligned reading instruction. They are offering a course for parents titled, “Introduction to Basic Reading Instruction”. Consider participating if you are interested and available in April or May!


Save the Date! PTO Spring Mixer & Fundraiser Wednesday, May 18th

Please Join Us for Aspen Elementary School PTO Spring Mixer & Fundraiser Wednesday.

May 18th 4-8pm at Home Team BBQ Aspen.

*25% of all sales for AES families go directly to PTO (Takeout too!)

Outdoors & Indoors. Click HERE for the Flyer.

After School Pick-Up Reminders...

  • If you walk up to the school, please meet your child on the plaza on the side of the building.
  • Students in 3rd and 4th grade may walk to the "rock" at the edge of the parking lot on their own.
  • Please remind your child if they have a pick-up change for the day.
  • We will remind all students that they are to meet their pick-up adult on the plaza or by the rock.


Thank you! We are seeing a lot of congestion on the sidewalk as we are trying to load the buses. Your help is appreciated.

Parking Alert!

The transportation department is starting to "sticker" vehicles in the lot that do not have parking/visitor passes. Visitors/volunteers can get a parking pass from Carrie, Virginia or from Karin Wehse at AMS.

SUBS NEEDED!!

We are in dire need of substitute teachers. Even half-days are helpful! Please reach out to Carrie Milton with any questions.

Interested in Volunteering at AES?

We love our volunteers! The Aspen School District requires our volunteers get fingerprinted.

We are back up and running to do fingerprinting in the District Office. Please use THIS LINK to schedule an appointment at the DO. Click HERE for more information.

Covid-19 Vaccination and Testing Information from Pitkin County

Please click HERE for a flyer containing updated Covid-19 Testing information.

Please click HERE for a flyer containing Information on Covid-19 Vaccines available for kids.

What do I do if my child has symptoms or exposure to COVID-19?

  • Please continue to keep you child home if they have symptoms and seek a covid test. Please call the health office to report any positve cases or use the link below.
  • Note the isolation period for positive cases is 5 days with improved symptoms. Rapid antigen testing prior to returning to school is recommended, but not requrired.
  • Close contacts are not required to quarantine, but should monitor for symptoms and test 5 days following exposure. Contact Pitkin County Public Health for questions.
  • Families will notified if clusters of postive cases occur within a classroom and Public Health recommends wearing K95 masks in this case.
  • Click here to report at-home positive test results related to ASD.
  • Click here to review the PCH Testing and Isolation Algorithm for schools (updated Jan)
  • Click here to access Pitkin County Health's covid webpage for more information
  • In order to return to school following non-Covid-19 illness a student should have resolution of symptoms for 24 hrs and documentation of a negative covid test should be shared with attendance at cmilton@aspenk12.net.

Lost & Found- Come Take a Look!

SO MUCH STUFF!! If you are around campus for any reason, please come by to take a look to see if any of your kiddos' belongings are in the lost and found!

Aspen Elementary SKIERS

At AES our essential agreements guide the way we behave and interact with others throughout our school in every setting. This year, we've adopted the SKIER acronym as a way to frame our essential agreements school wide. We hope that you will reinforce these positive attributes with your child at home.