AES Community Connection 5/24/22

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Greetings AES Families!

Our students are so fortunate to have many wonderful outdoor education experiences! Shout out to all of our parents and caregivers who have and will be volunteers on these adventures. Be sure you are reading all communications from your child's teacher so they are prepared.

REMINDER... TUESDAY, May 31st IS A SCHOOL DAY for AES. It is not a school day for grades 6-12, so this may cause a bit of confusion. PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, MAY 31.

Mark your calendar for the End of Year BBQ and Picnic on June 1st. Cost is $5 per person, or you may bring your own lunch. Families may attend during their child's lunch time.

Lot's of end of year activities, so please read through carefully.

All my best,

Ashley Bodkins

Mark your calendar...

  • May 26 - 8 am-10 am Parent Coffee for Rising 5th Graders, AMS Library
  • May 26 - Kick Off to Kindergarten 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AES
  • June 1 - Field Day and All School BBQ. Lost & Found Sale ($1 per item)
  • June 7 - Last Day of School for Students (full day); 4th grade ice cream social and clap out 2-3pm


Kick Off to Kindergarten

Do you have a child starting Kindergarten in the Aspen School District for the 2022-2023 school year? (Must be age 5 by September 15, 2022) If so, come learn more about Kindergarten, meet our teachers and check out the Kindergarten classrooms! Bring your Kindergartener too!

Thursday, May 26th 5:30-6:30 pm

Click HERE for the flyer in English.

Click HERE for the flyer in Spanish.

AMS Rising 5th Grade Parent Coffee

When: Thursday, May 26th 8 am

Where: AMS Library or Zoom

AES's IB Learner Profile of the Month = Balanced

Students who are Balanced...

  • Balance different parts of life - mind, body and emotuons.
  • Are interested and involved in many different things.
  • Understand that taking care of oneself is important

Lost & Found- Come Take a Look! All Items Not Claimed Will be Sold 6/1 for $1/item!

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! Anything left in the lost & found as of May 31st will be sold for $1on June 1st!!

Volunteers Needed for Field Day!

The PTO is hosting an end of year Field Day! It will be held on June 1st for K-4 and will be a lot of fun! If you would like to help with setup, events, clean up, food service and more, please email Nicole VandeBoom to add your name to lend a hand!

Student Fees

End of year is fast approaching! 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

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...

Community Health Day at the ARC

The day will focus on physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Fitness classes and workshops as well as entry to the ARC are totally free and there are some great kid friendly sessions for the whole family to get involved.

The community can sign up at HERE for one or more sessions. We will also have our community partners on site including AspenStrong, AspenOUT, MindSprings, Hope Center, StretchZone and others.

Saturday, May 21st 9am- 3pm

Click HERE to see a flyer with the schedule.

Ajax Powered by Ivy Camps for Rising 4th & 5th Graders

Ajax Powered by Ivy Camps is a great summer opportunity for 3rd-7th grade students from Aspen School District! June 13-August 19 at Aspen Middle School.

Watch a great video HERE.

Click HERE for the flyer in English.

Click HERE for the flyer in Spanish.

Click HERE for the scholarship application in English.

Click HERE for the scholarship application in Spanish.

Rock & Roll Academy

This is heart Centered Music Education. A play-based program in a warm social environment with a positive and dynamic learning atmosphere.

Weekly Summer Camps Grades 4-12

June 27- August 12

Monday- Friday 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Register with Kriss at 970-379-9685 or

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.

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.


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

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.