AES Community Connection 2/10/22
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Dear AES Families,
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Traditionally, it is an annual celebration of the many accomplishments of Black Americans. While this is important, we must also recognize that Black history should not only be confined to the month of February. Black history is American history. Students should learn throughout the year and within all disciplines - Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art and Music - about the accomplishments, experiences, and perspectives of Black people. Please join us in honoring the lives and stories of Black Americans this month and throughout the year!
All my best,
Mark your calendar...
- February 7-25 - Lexia/Symphony Olympics... Go for Gold!
- February 18 - Student Release Day; Teacher work day, No School
- February 21 - President's Day Holiday, No School
- February 24 - Premier of "Snowy" in the District Theater for all 4th grade students and families at 5:30 PM.
- February 25 - All School viewing of the 4th grade performance of "Snowy"
- March 3-4 - Family/Teacher Conferences, No School for students
- March 28 - April 4 - Spring Break; student release day/teacher work day Monday, April 4th.
New Masking Guidance...Starting Feb 22
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 19, 20, 22nd
PTO Needs You!
Lexia and Symphony Math Olympics
The overall recommendation for use is at least 45 minutes per week. We recommend 15- to 20-minute sessions three to five times a week. Students who reach this goal will be recognized as "Gold Medalists." At the end of the Olympics on Friday, February 25th prizes will be awarded to students and classes with the most overall minutes.
Please reach out to your child's teacher if you need assistance accessing either of these web-based resources.
The Buddy Program is Back! Thank you volunteers.
- January AES Lunch Menu
- The AES Student Handbook (Click here for Spanish) outlines expectations for our school.
- Aspen School District Absences and Excuses Policy (Click here for Spanish)
- AES Attendance (Click here for Spanish)
- School Supplies and tech fees - Click here for more information.
- Please click HERE to see the staff's favorite things!
- Order SPIRIT WEAR anytime with this link!
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?
- 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 in school are not required to quarantine as universal masking is in place.
- Close contacts out of school, where universal masking is not in place, may be required to quarantine. Contact Pitkin County Public Health for questions.
- 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
More community news...
Hero Code Camp
HER Academy and Olive are partnering to bring you our third all-girl HERO Code Camp, expanded to include girl-identified and nonbinary students in grades 3 – 12. This event takes place February 26-27, 2022. There is a $5 participation fee that will be waived upon request. Money will not be a barrier to participation for any student.
Registration closes February 18, 2022.
For more information click HERE.
Anderson Ranch Sled Derby
The workshops will take place on Sunday, February 13th, and all participants are strongly encouraged to also attend the Sled Derby on February 21st from 10AM-12PM.
Workshops will be offered at the following times:
- Session 1: Sunday, February 13 – 9:30AM – 12PM
- Session 2: Sunday, February 13 – 1:30PM – 4PM
Each registration is limited to teams of two people: one adult and one child, age 9-12, per session. Teams will leave the workshop with assembled sleds and a kit of supplies for at-home decoration. We encourage decoration creativity in preparation for the Anderson Ranch Sled Derby! Visit andersonranch.org for more information and to register.
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 www.theatreaspen.org/education
Date Change! AHS Choir Performing at the Denver Nuggets Game 3/24!
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.