AES Community Connection 9/27/22

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Greetings AES Families!

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Fall is here and Experiential Ed and Outdoor Ed at AES are in full swing! All grade levels are connecting with community partners to enhance your child's educational experience. Trips throughout the month of September have included: Aspen Public Library, Aspen Art Museum, Maroon Bells, NorthStar Beach, Ashcroft, Smuggler Mine, Farm Collaborative, swimming at the ARC and more! We hope that you will have an opportunity to volunteer.


The mission of our school is to empower an innovative, mindful community of learners in a challenging and nurturing environment that promotes academic excellence.


We believe in...

  • Supporting the whole child academically, emotional, physically and socially.

  • Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

  • Providing the skills to be lifelong members and productive members of a global society.
  • Promoting and celebrating the love of learning.
  • Developing partnerships of passionate, respectful, learners amongst students, staff, parents and community.


All my best,

Ashley Bodkins

Mark your calendar...

  • October 5 - Yom Kippur
  • October 6 - Noche Latina - 5:30- 7:00pm Technology Support
  • October 10 - Homecoming Spirit Week
  • October 12- EARLY RELEASE DAY, School out at 1:15
  • October 17- Teacher PD, NO School for students
  • October 18 & 19- Parent/Teacher Conferences, NO school for Students
  • October 20 & 21- Fall Break, NO school
  • October 31 - Halloween Parade time TBD


Click here for the 22-23 School Year Calendar... Please mark your calendar and plan your vacations accordingly. This year, one of our School Improvement goals is to REDUCE high absenteeism. Please prioritize your child's attendance at school .

Drop off and Pick-Up at "The Rock"

  • The procedure for students who are being dropped off and picked up by an adult will be different this year. Why? To create a safe environment for all students by making the entrance to school a student/staff only zone in the morning and afternoon.

    • Drop-off: Say good-bye to your children at the rock and allow them to walk up the sidewalk independently. Think, “Hug and Go!” Kinder caregivers are welcome to continue walking our littlest learners up to their meeting area if needed. We have two adults on duty at the rock to help students feel welcomed and safe, and two staff members for every grade in the meeting areas.

    • Pick-up: Our staff will walk students down to the rock and wait with them until they have been picked up. Caregivers, please help ensure safety and minimize confusion for our bus riders by waiting down at the rock to meet your child. This includes kinder caregivers. Any students remaining after 3:10 PM will be brought back to the office.

Learner Profile of the month...

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All Visitors MUST Register in the Main Office

As you may know, all exterior doors at AES are locked. We welcome visitors and require that they register in the main office. ASD uses the "Raptor" system. Be sure to bring your license or government issued ID when visiting the school.

Want to visit your child for lunch/recess?

One of the traditions at AES is to invite special caregivers to have lunch with their child. We are planning to continue this tradition this year. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you are planning to attend to avoid any scheduling conflicts. Be sure to sign-in in the main office to receive a visitor name tag when you arrive.

Transportation Information

Please click HERE to find the lates updates from our transportation department.
Click HERE for the Bus Change Request Form.

Early Release 2022-23...

Here is the Board of Education approved 2022-23 Aspen School District Calendar and information about Early Release Days.


Early Release

Early Release Days have been added back to the calendar. Early Release Days will be the second Wednesday of each month EXCEPT for December. Early release times are as follows:


1:15 PM Aspen Elementary School

2:00 PM Aspen Middle School

2:00 PM Aspen High School

You can still order class photos!

Click HERE to find a PDF that is hyperlinked directly to our schools picture day online ordering event! All you need to do is click anywhere on either page of the attached PDF. You can also access the online ordering portal by going to www.mymjthomas.com and entering our schools event password (located on the 2nd page of this PDF flyer). Your student will also bring home a form that you can fill in and send back to school with cash or check!

Fingerprinting for Volunteers!

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.

Student Fees- Please pay!

All students have been assessed an $85 supply fee and a $15 technology fee for the 2022/23 school year. This fee covers your child's supplies for the year. We are asking that all current and outstanding fees be paid! These can be paid through e~Funds or by check or cash in the front office once we are back in the building. If you have questions regarding payments please reach out to Virginia.

PTO ...

Sign up to help with Recess/Lunch duty by clicking HERE!


Our PTO is looking for committed volunteers to support family events, teacher appreciation, school wide events such as the book fair, weekly popcorn sales and field day! We'd love to have a minimum of 2-3 representatives from each grade level as well as individuals committed to serving on the leadership team. If you are interested, please reach out to Nicole VandeBoom at pto@aspenk12.net.

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Quick Links

More community news...

Family Invitation UN Mountain Partnership Global Meeting

Bring your children to a free concert to support Aspen and the United Nations!

Next week the Aspen International Mountains Foundation and Aspen Institute will host the United Nations Mountain Partnership Global Meeting. The event brings together hundreds of delegates from around the world for four days of organizing around issues of sustainability in mountain communities. Learn more about the event here: https://www.mountainsmatteraspen.com/.

There will be a free concert for delegates and the community. To open the concert, a parade of hundreds of local children will carry flags from UN member countries. We would love for your child to participate!

What: UN Mountain Partnership Global Meeting - Rapid Grass Concert

When: Wednesday 9/28, 5:30pm

Where: Gondola Plaza in Aspen

Who: your adorable child(ren)!

How: kids will meet at the ticket booth before 6pm to get their flag and get in line; kiddos will parade around the plaza with their flag to open the event; parents can walk with youngsters; stick around and enjoy the free show!

Junior Poms Camp

October 6th & 7th Grades K-8th.

10/6 in the Skier Dome.

10/7 Cheering & halftime performance at AHS football game.

Click here for the flyer and more information.

$150 for camp includes: shirt, bow, arts & crafts.

Ice Skating Classes

October Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm at the Ice Garden $60


  • 30 Minute Group Lesson
  • 30 Minute Practice
  • Free Skate Rental
  • All levels welcome!
For more information go to www.revolutionssc.com or email mhocknell@comcast.net.

Finding Balance for Parents & Caregivers

Wednesday, Oct 5, 12:99-1:00pm

Educator and certified life coach Erica Rasmussen will facilitate a discussion on how parents and caregivers can use effective goalsetting, reflection, and other tools to achieve balance in their busy lives. Erica will present key points from the book "Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, " by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl.

Located int he Hotpicks Meeting Room on the Library's Main Floor.


Join AFC for Parent Workshops

Aspen Family Connections and Kids First are offering a number of great upcoming programs for parents. Check out THIS FLYER for more information!

Connect! Social, Emotional, and Ethical After School Program for K-4 grades

This year, Connect! is meeting at AES. There are 3 five week sessions:

Session #1 - September 20th-October 27th

Session #2 - November 1st - December 8th

Session #3 - January 24th - February 23rd

Students sign up for either Tuesdays OR Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m.


Please go to the Connect! Website to find out more information:

sites.google.com/view/kidsconnect


If you would like to register your child(ren), please email us with their name(s), grade(s), session(s) and preferred day(s) at aspenkidsconnect@gmail.com.


We will check for availability and let you know how to proceed. Connect! can accommodate 30 students per session. We will have a table available at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 14th!

- Elaine Bonds and Mimi Hauenstein, Connect! Directors

AVSC Student Pass Information

If your child is enrolled in AVSC or a local school during the 2022-2023 season, you are eligible to purchase an AVSC or Student Pass for them.

Purchase Online: at shop.aspensnowmass.com/season-passes

In person: at any Aspen Snowmass ticket office.

By Phone: Call the Mountain Sales Call Center at (855) 547-5546 to purchase a pass.

Click HERE to find the flyer with all the information you need!
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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.