AES Community Connection 8/23/22

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Greetings AES Families!

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The first day of school is only one day away, and we are looking forward to seeing all of our students. Returning to school after summer break brings a mixture of emotions. For some there is excitement over seeing friends and meeting a new teachers, while others may feel nervous, apprehensive or sad. All of these emotions are normal and expected. Remind your child that school is a safe place with caring adults. In the end, our school is a place where all children can discover who they are and reach their potential.

Please carefully look through this newsletter for important first day information. Note that this year we are asking for parents to "hug and go" at the rock by the gate to the bus loop. KInder, first and new families are welcome to walk their child up to the school during the first week of school. Adults will be on duty at the rock to greet the students and walk them down at the end of the day.

Be sure to mark you calendars with important events and holidays, and plan your vacations and family trips to coincide with our school breaks. Please note the new date for our BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 14th 5:30-7PM.

Finally, check out the August read aloud challenge below. There is still time to listen to some of these great back to school books!

Let today (and tomorrow) be the start of something new and something wonderful!

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...

  • August 22: Student fees will be assessed. Please pay by August 31st.
  • TOday! August 23 : New Student Open House Tours for students in grades 1-4; 1pm-3pm.
  • August 24: FIrst Day of School 8:00am- 3:00pm FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS K-4.
  • September 7: Noche Latina 5pm-6:30 pm
  • September 14: Back to School Night- 5:30-7:00pm - NOTE DATE CHANGE

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

  • 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: Students will be dropped off at the rock and will walk up the sidewalk independently. Think, “Hug and Go!” An exception will be made for our kinder and 1st grade students in the first three days of school. We will have two adults on duty to help students feel welcomed and safe.

    • Pick-up: Students will meet the adults on duty in the hallway outside of the District Theater. The adults will walk them down to the rock and wait until they have been picked up. Any students remaining after 3:10 PM will be brought back to the office.

Learner Profile of the month...

Each month at AES we will focus on one of the ten IB Learner Profiles.

Full Days for Kindergarten...

We understand that the initial schedule to begin the kinder school year with three half days posed concerns and scheduling conflicts for parents. We have worked hard to alleviate this additional stress on families. The students will still have the opportunity for a warm welcome into their new building but we will begin the 2022-23 school year with full days for all grade levels, including kindergarten. School supplies will be provided by the school, which is included in the student fees.

Transportation Information

Please click HERE to find the lates updates from our transportation department.

Bus Passes:

All students will need a bus pass to ride a bus, next week we will be printing and passing out bus passes for students. Families will need to come to the bus barn between 9:00 AM-4:00 PM to take their pictures for the pass and receive them. Listed below is the schedule in which we will have families come for their passes. We have separated it by the last name to ease the flow of families coming to transportation.

  • Monday, 8/15: Last names A-E

  • Tuesday, 8/16: Last names F-K

  • Wednesday, 8/17: Last names L-Q

  • Thursday, 8/18: Last names R-V

  • Friday, 8/19: Last names W-Z

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

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. This fee covers your child's supplies for the year- you will not be given a supply list for purchase. 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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More community news...

Aspen Recreation Fall Sports are OPEN for registration!

Aspen Recreation Fall Sports are OPEN for registration!

  • Kinder Soccer
  • 1st & 2nd Grade Soccer
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Soccer
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Flag Football
  • 5th & 6th Grade Flag Football

Please see our website for details

Registration closes August 28th, season starts September 5th.

Please contact Travis Buckner on 970 544 4109 or

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.