Audubon News

November 2021

Being Thankful!

Hello Audubon Families,

This time of year I often find myself making and extra effort to reflect on all the many things that I am thankful for. Over the past year we have certainly faced some challenges as a school and as a community. Through those challenges I am so thankful for our amazing students that have shown some amazing perseverance, to our fantastic staff that has handled so much change with grace and to our community that has continued to partner with us to reach our ultimate goal - support students.

During the month of November I am starting each morning with a gratitude challenge for our students and staff. I would encourage everyone in our community to find a way each day to practice some gratitude and remember what you are thankful for. The more kindness and gratitude that we spread the better we can all be and the better it will make us all feel.

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.

Wishing you health and wellness,

Aaron Ford

Principal, Audubon Elementary

Students of the Month

Starting this year we are going to be recognizing students in each class monthly as our students of the month. Each class has the opportunity to nominate students, vote for them and ultimately recognize them as a student of the month. The unique thing about this recognition is that the students are chosen and voted for by their classmates. As we turn the calendar we are recognizing those students that have been voted by their peers for September and October. The winners are:


  • Ms. Thomas' Class - Jackson S.
  • Ms. Fails' Class - Royce L.

1st Grade:

  • Mrs. Brown's Class - Truth I.
  • Mrs. Watson's Class - Maia K.

2nd Grade:

  • Mrs. Braquez's Class - Kailyn Z.

3rd Grade:

  • Mrs. Brooker's Class - Emeri L. and Mira G.
  • Mrs. Mason's Class - Ruby E. and Lacy G.

Congratulations to all of our September/October Students of the Month. Each student will be getting a special lunch celebration and some goodies for being recognized as the Student of the Month.

October Staff Member of the Month - Ms. Katie Smith

This year we are recognizing staff members for their amazing work along with our students. The first staff member to be recognized this school year is Ms. Katie Smith. Ms. Smith has held many positions at Audubon over the years working in kindergarten as a teacher assistant, working as a tutor and is now currently working as our English Language Learning Teacher Assistant. You will also find Ms. Smith greeting students each morning at the front door, helping kids cross the street at the end of the day as a crossing guard or in the lunch room helping out.

Katie has a great sense of humor and contagious laugh that just brightens peoples day whenever she interacts with them. Our students love have Ms. Smith at the school and on days when she is not here you can often hear them asking for her. She is the epitome of what a great educator is and should be and we are so grateful that she is with u at Audubon.

Congratulations to Ms. Katie Smith on being named the October Staff Member of the Month!

Picture Retake Day - November 9

Those students that were not here on our original picture day or need a retake will have that opportunity on Tuesday, November 9th. Families can order pictures now using the following information:

Picture envelopes will be coming home beginning November 1st with reminder info on the 8th.

Class pictures will be taken in the spring.

Veterans Day Ceremony - November 11

Audubon is honored to host a Veterans Day ceremony this year on Veterans Day for our students and parents/guardians that are active or retired military. The event will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Audubon gym for our distinguished guests and our students. Each grade level has been working on their contribution to the ceremony and will be showcased in some way during the event.

For those that would like to watch the event you are able to do so via a live stream on the 11th or via recording that will be made available after the event. The livestream link will be on the school website the week of the event.

We look forward to honoring our Veterans on this special day!

APEX Fun Run is November 9 - 18

Audubon is excited to being having our second APEX Fun Run after not getting to run last year. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in a fun event that encourages healthy habits, develops greater social/emotional attributes while helping raise money for the school. This year the PTA is hosting the APEX Fun Run and the proceeds of the event are going to help purchase new magnetic bulletin boards in the hallways to display student work. The theme for this year will be: AS ONE

A - Aspire

S - Self Starter

O - Own It

N - New Day

E - Energize

The event is going to be kicking off on November 9th for students and staff with our culminating run on Thursday, November 18 on our playground (weather permitting).

You can click here to get an overview of the program.

More information will be coming home and emailed next week with more details about the program.

Thanksgiving Break - November 22-26

Audubon Elementary and School District 11 will be closed in observance for Thanksgiving break during the week of November 22-26. We will reopen on Monday, November 29. We hope that you will enjoy your time during this week away from school.

Vision/Hearing Health Screening - November 29/30

Each year students participate in a vision and hearing health screening at the school. This year our screening will be on Monday and Tuesday, November 29-30. The screening is for all students in at Audubon with the exception of 4th grade. More information will be coming to families in the time leading up to the screening and after if there is a need.

Inclement Weather Information

It is that time of year to start thinking about inclement weather and how Audubon and District 11 will handle the daily, or sometimes hourly, changes that Mother Nature throws our way. It is important that students come prepared for all types of weather. Here are some specifics for you to prepare for:

Audubon Weather Information

  • If the temperature is below 20 degrees (with wind chill) students will not go outside.
  • If it is that cold in the morning we will hang a blue flag from the front of the building, north end and south end alerting families that students should come into the building and not wait outside.
  • Should we have light snow falling and the temp is above 20 degrees we may still have students go outside for fresh air and an opportunity to move.

District 11 Weather Information

  • The district will determine if the weather is bad enough close, delay or have an e-learning day due to weather.
  • District 11 will message out any information through the D11 app, email, social media, and news outlets.
  • Audubon will also send this info out once we have it from the district.
  • A two-hour delay would mean all start times, bus pick-up times and family drop-off times are delayed two hours at the beginning of the day.
  • In the event we have a two-hour delay there will not be breakfast served.
  • If the district calls for an e-learning day due to weather we will follow a remote learning schedule for classes that day that are posted on the Audubon website.

Audubon Facebook Page

Audubon is launching a new Facebook page beginning November 1st. The page that is currently being used is considered a personal page that people have to be "friends" with and limits the ability of the school to promote and use it to its full effectiveness. We will continue to have the personal page until the end of 2021 while we transition things over and message the change on Facebook.

The school will be using Facebook to advertise school events, pass along information and share fun photos of things happening in the school. We will continue to use our other forms of communication to get info out as well so if Facebook is not your thing, no worries.

Please click the link below to see our new Facebook page and follow us for information.

Audubon Facebook Page - Click Here

Updated COVID Protocols (as of 11/1/2021)

The district continues to monitor the COVID-19 number in El Paso County and will inform families of any changes to protocols as they come.

As of October 1, 2021 the district has made the decision to continue to require masks for all students, staff and visitors until the end of the first semester (December 17) at which time they will again review where things are at.

You can see a full list of district COVID precautions and information by clicking here and visiting our District 11 Return to Learn website.

School Accountability Committee Meeting and Information

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is a team of parents, community members, and staff that helps support and gives feedback to our school. We have monthly meetings that anyone is invited to attend. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 11th at 4:00 p.m. in the library. You can also join the meeting remotely by clicking the link below for the WebEx version.

The November meeting will be focused on reviewing our beginning of the year academic data, how we are supporting students as we continue to navigate the pandemic, and how we plan to recognize and honor student during the 2021-2022 school year. We hope you can join us for this one hour meeting and share your thoughts and feedback on how the school year is going.

Click here to join the November SAC Meeting virtually.

Quarantines and Remote Learning

With COVID-19 still part of our lives we know that there is a potential for disruptions to the traditional learning environment. We want to share with you what to expect if we have a disruption due to COVID-19 (or this could also be due to inclement weather).


  • If a student is quarantined due to COVID-19 they will be able to complete work daily via Schoology or Seesaw.
  • Those students in quarantine will be able to meet with their teacher via live WebEx each day of their quarantine (teachers will share the time with families as it may be different for each teacher due to their daily schedule).
  • If work is completed and turned in, the student will be counted as present for the school day in the attendance system.

Remote Learning

  • Remote learning is if an entire class has to be quarantined due to COVID-19 or potentially for inclement weather situations.
  • Teachers will have a daily schedule that students should follow from home that will include live sessions and off-line work time.
  • This type of learning would be temporary.

Upcoming Dates and Events

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