AES Community Connection 8/3/22

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Greetings AES Families!

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We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning families to the Aspen Elementary School in just a few weeks! This summer, our school has been closed in order to to make significant upgrades. You will notice that our main office has been redesigned to create a safe and secure entry. New windows have been installed in EVERY classroom. Circulation flooring and cafeteria flooring will provide bright and colorful way finding. The plaza has been re-surfaced to repair leaking and create a safer surface year round.

This newsletter contains a lot of information, so please read carefully!

~Registration for new and returning families is your number one priority! We also explain how to view your teacher assignment (available this Friday for all who have completed the necessary registration requirements).

~Mark you calendars with important events and holidays. Be sure to plan your vacations and family trips to coincide with our school breaks.

~This year the second Wednesday is an early release. Students will be dismissed at 1:15.

~Check out the August read aloud challenge below.

Stay safe, work hard and play hard... but most of all be kind to others and yourself.

All my best,

Ashley Bodkins

Back to School Read Aloud Countdown

Click on the link below to access the Back to School Read Aloud calendar. Click on the headphone icon to listen to the book. If you have a copy of the book, be sure to use it to read along.

Print a copy to keep track of all the books you listened to this month or if you don't have a printer, you can make a list of the books you've listened to this month. Students who listen to 20 or more of the books by the 1st day of school will earn a special bookmark and pencil from Miss Ashley.

Mark your calendar...

  • Starting Now! Register your returning student(s) for the 22/23 school year. See details below.
  • August 22: Student fees will be assessed. Please pay before school starts on the 24th.
  • August 22 & 23: New Student Open House Tours for students in grades 1-4; 1pm-3pm.
  • August 24: New School Year begins. 8:00am- 3:00pm. Kinder A Group 1/2 day in the morning. Kinder B Group 1/2 day in afternoon.
  • August 25: Kinder B Group 1/2 day in the morning. Kinder A Group 1/2 day in afternoon.
  • August 26: All Kinder 1/2 day in the morning.
  • August 29: All Kinder regular school schedule begins.
  • September 14: Noche Latina- 6-7:30pm
  • September 20: Back to School Night 5:30-7:00pm

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 .

Register your returning student(s) for the 22/23 school year!

It is time to register your returning student(s) for the 22/23 school year. This is not for new students or new kindergartners. Please note that families returning to ASD no longer need to provide documents for Proof of Residency. We ask that you use this opportunity to review all of your personal information and make sure it is correct and up to date.

Please click HERE for instructions.

Once you have completed the registration,

click here for a letter from Ashley on how to view your child's teacher.

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

PTO ...

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


Any Yearbooks that were not picked up over the summer will be delivered to your child's classroom the first week of school. We still have a few extras if you want one and forgot to order one! They are $30. Please reach out to Virginia with any questions.

Student Fees- Please pay!

All students will be assessed an $85 supply fee and a $15 technology fee on August 22nd for the 2022/23 school year. We are asking that all current and outstanding fees be paid by August 31st. 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.

We LOVE Our 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.

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Girls on the Run Team

For those early birds planning their Fall already, please consider joining our Girls On The Run Team, starting September 6th on Tues/Ths. from 3:15-4:45 at Aspen Elementary School. Registration is live now and we would love to have your girl on the run join our team! Our Fall running and teamwork exercises culminate in a 5k celebration run in November. Please see the link for more information and registration details:

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.