AES Community Connection 1/18/22

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Dear AES Families,

Thank you for all of your efforts to keep your children healthy and our school thriving. While we are still seeing student and staff with symptoms, our preventative measures and responses have limited any spread of the virus within the building. We are carefully watching the trends and consulting with Pitkin Co Public Health.

Some of the highlights from AES...

  • Students are enjoying our Nordic skiing and Snowshoeing outdoor education experiences
  • The recording of the fourth grade play is in it's final editing stages
  • Our teaching staff has revised our report cards to align with the CDE Standards
  • Grade level teams have created at least one PYP Unit of Inquiry
  • Students are completing mid-year Reading and Math Assessments

Please remember to prioritize school attendance (unless your child is ill). If your child will be out due to Covid please notify their teacher so that they can provide information regarding remote schoolwork. Looking for ways to boost your child's skills at home? Encourage your child to work on Lexia (Reading) or Symphony (Math) 2-3 times per week.

Have a wonderful week!

All my best,


Mark your calendar...

  • Friday, Jan 21 - Semester 1 Ends
  • Monday, Jan 24 - Student Release Day; Staff Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, Feb 3 - Selected 4th graders to participate in NAEP testing. (Parent/Guardian Brochure)

Quick Links

CMAS 3rd and 4th Graders

CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) is coming in April. Please mark your calendars and avoid scheduling vacations and appointments on these days. We encourage ALL students to participate in CMAS testing.

3rd/4th English Language Arts: April 11, 13 and 15th

3rd/4th Math: April 18, 20, 22nd

AES's IB Learner Profile of the Month = Inquirer

Students who are Inquirers...

  • Are naturally curious
  • Enjoy learning about the world
  • Love to gather research
  • Discover and learn new things

From the Library

We will be initiating overdue notices via email. Our first run will be this week. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Lisa May. Disregard any fines that may appear. Please assist your child in separating books from water bottles in their backpacks- we have received lots of wet books!

Aspen Family Connections Presents FocusedKids

Raise calm children and create a calm home with the help of FocusedKids!

Simple mindful techniques are offered for daily use to train your child’s brain for success. Sessions are FREE but please register. Sessions are offered in English. (muy pronto en Espanol)

Tuesday January 18th - 7-8 pm
Tuesday January 25th - 7-8 pm

For more information click HERE.

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.

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

This link is used to report at-home positive test results related to ASD.

Click here to review the School Health and Safety Update (Jan 7th)

Click here to review the PCH Testing and Isolation Algorithm (Jan)

*note isolation period in now reduced to 5 days. Rapid antigen testing prior to returning to school is recommended.

More community news...

Theatre Aspen Education Winter & Spring Classes

Story Adventures (K-2)

Wednesdays @ 3:30, starting January 26th

Play Lab (3-4)

Mondays @ 3:30, starting March 7th

Spring Break Drama Club (K-5)

Whether your child is new to performing or adores playing and creating, Theatre Aspen’s after-school programs are designed to bring out the best in our youngest performers. Students will let their creativity shine through theatre games, storytelling, art activities, and imaginative play!

Learn more & register at

Scholarships Available

Aspen Family Connections Presents Keeping Your Child Safe on the Internet

Please join AFC and Lee Damuth, Chief Investigator for the Office of the District Attorney Ninth Judicial District, for this Internet Safety Event. This talk is being made available with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.

Click here for the flyer in English.

Click here for the flyer in Spanish.

From the Public Library...

The library building is currently closed and all of our January in person programming has been cancelled. However we do have plenty of take home kits available for families to pick up and enjoy! This week we have a simple glider kit, next week will be a floating experiment and the following week will be a make your own hovercraft kit. We also have bookmarks available with fun “Powerful Forces” activities like make your own volcanoes and tornadoes. We are not yet sure if we will be returning to in person programming in February, but we will pass that information along to you when we do know!

AHS Choir Performing at the Denver Nuggets Game 1/23!

The AHS Choirs will be performing the National Anthem at the Denver Nuggets game January 23rd. Attached is the flier and the link for students, families and staff to buy discounted tickets. Vax Proof or Negative Covid-19 test REQUIRED to attend.

Aspen Elementary SKIERS

At AES we have been working on establishing essential agreements which guide the way we behave and interact with others throughout our school in every setting. This year, we are adopting 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.