AES Community Connection 4/21/22

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Greetings AES Families!

Thank you all for your participation in the AES spirit week fundraiser for Ukraine last week! What a success. A super huge shout out to Nicole Vandebloom for her leadership in planning this event, and all of the volunteers who offered their services making and selling baked goods, popcorn and sunflowers! We look forward to hosting more charitable fundraisers.

Today students enjoyed a preview of the AHS production of "Into the Woods." The performance was adapted for younger students. Many thanks to Logan Carter and the cast and crew. All are encouraged to attend this weekend. See below for detail.

One last reminder... Click here for a detailed letter from me explaining our placement process and how you can provide your input.

Summer vacation is just around the corner! Please check out the summer oportunities below.

Have a wonderful week!

All my best,

Ashley Bodkins

Mark your calendar...

  • May 4: 3rd Grade Musical Performance 5:30 PM
  • May 12: High Mountain Harmony Choir Concert, 1:30 (students) and 5:30pm (families).
  • May 18 - PTO Family Spring Mixer at Home Team
  • May 23 - Bike Rodeo 3rd Grade
  • May 24 - Bike Rodeo 2nd Grade

Spirit Week & Fundraiser for Ukraine

We raised over $3700!!

Thank you to the PTO and parents for your support of this wonderful effort!

"Can we do a Bake Sale Every week? Because if we did, and got more donations, maybe it would end the war." - Holden, 2nd Grade

All funds raised will go directly to United Help Ukraine.

This hardworking organization is getting materials overseas weekly. Recently they were able to purchase a dozen vehicles to assist refugees fleeing Ukraine. They also are able to send items such as: first-aid kits, medical supplies like hemostatic gauze and tourniquets, boots for volunteers, aid to internally displaced peoples and refugees, generators and oxygen generating stations for hospitals, and other important supplies and projects.

AES's IB Learner Profile of the Month = Open Minded

Students who are Open Minded...

  • Know that people are different
  • Know that people think differently
  • Try to understand others
  • Appreciate their own culture
  • Appreciate the values and cultures of others

Student Fees

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.

AES Incoming Kindergarten Parents

Did you miss the Zoom meeting with Ashley and Aspen Family Connections? Do not fear- click HERE to watch it!

Quick Links

2021/22 Yearbook Orders

Order online at: - enter code: aspenelemyb2122 - AES Yearbooks are $30. Deadline to order is MONDAY, MAY 2nd.

Out-of-District Lottery

It is that time of year for the Out-of-District Lottery. We are now accepting applications welcoming out-of-district families for the 2022-23 school year Kindergarten through Grade 4. If this is something you are interested in, please read the linked information and fill out the application by Friday, May 6, 2022.

Out-of-District Lottery Letter

Out-of-District Lottery FAQ's

Out-of-District Lottery Application

Carta de lotería fuera del distrito

Preguntas frecuentes sobre la lotería fuera del distrito

Solicitud de lotería fuera del distrito

AHS Presents "Into The Woods"


Aspen District Theater:

  • Thursday, April 21st, 6pm
  • Friday, April 22nd, 6pm
  • Saturday, April 23rd, 2pm, Act-One ONLY matinee intended for younger audiences (under 10), Tickets discounted $10 each.
  • Saturday, April 23rd, 6pm
  • Sunday, April 24th, 2pm

The Reading League

Would you like to understand how research is playing out in reading instruction in our school? Would you like to know more about how YOU, as a parent or caregiver, might also shift the kind of support you provide your children in their development as readers?

The Reading League is a reputable nationwide organization whose mission is to advance the awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-aligned reading instruction. They are offering a course for parents titled, “Introduction to Basic Reading Instruction”. Consider participating if you are interested and available in April or May!

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...

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Click HERE for the flyer.
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Challenger Sports International Soccer Camp

City of Aspen Recreation and Challenger Sports International Soccer Camp

Week 1 - June 13th- 17th

Week 2 - August 8th- 12th

Iselin Field, 861 Maroon Creek Rd.

Free soccer ball & T- shirt, Free game jersey when you register online 30 days prior to camp. Free access to on demand virtual library.

Click HERE for the flyer with more dates and locations.

Click HERE to register or for more information.

April at the Pitkin County Library

4/6 Painting Day!

4/13 Aspen Science Center

4/20 Earth Day Celebration (with Evergreen Zero Waste)

4/27 Mason Jar Piggy Banks

After School Wednesdays @ the Library 3:30-4:30 pm Every Wednesday

Save the Date! PTO Spring Mixer & Fundraiser Wednesday, May 18th

Please Join Us for Aspen Elementary School PTO Spring Mixer & Fundraiser Wednesday.

May 18th 4-8pm at Home Team BBQ Aspen.

*25% of all sales for AES families go directly to PTO (Takeout too!)

Outdoors & Indoors. Click HERE for the Flyer.

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.

Mask Optional Guidance...Starting Feb 22

Please take a moment to read the most recent School Health and Safety Update which includes links to more information and a cool graphic.

If you are unable to access this document, please reach out to It is also available on

Please keep in mind, there may be many students and staff who will feel more comfortable wearing a mask. Please respect their decision and help your child to respect that decision as well. This will be a wonderful opportunity to practice CARING for others.

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

Lost & Found- Come Take a Look!

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!

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.