The Village Insider

Aurora Community School

And, just like that, we are down to 3 months of school! Here's to hoping that the month of March is a little less snowy than normal!

IMPORTANT MARCH DATES

March 9-12: Intercession

*see below for additional details


March 11: NO EARLY RELEASE because of Intercession


March 12: End of Trimester 2 - Report Cards distributed


March 13-23: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

*Students will return on Tuesday, March 24


March 24: Community Event

*Hold 5:30 - 7pm on your calendar, more info to come


March 26: Spring Pictures

*students may wear whatever they'd like, as long as it meets school dress code


March 31: Kindergarten Continuation Pictures

*caps/gowns will be provided for the photos

Intercession: Trimester 2

Trimester 2 is quickly coming to a close. Over the last 10-12 weeks, students have been diving into texts and different artifacts, rooted in Human Rights. During the week of March 6-12, students will have the opportunity to take what they've learned to a new level, through a variety of experiences. Each grade level team will be reaching out with specifics (if they haven't already)!


See below for the Essential Question that each grade level has been tackling; after each day, make sure you're asking questions to help your students make connections from what they've learned at school to what they experienced in the field.


Kindergarten: What is freedom?

1st Grade: How did slavery strip humans of their rights? Who were the Human Rights Heroes of that time? How did they make an impact?

2nd Grade: What injustices did people face before the Civil Rights Act of 1964? How did Civil Rights Heroes respond to injustice? How can people respond to injustice?

6th Grade: How does living in a new country impact a human's rights?


Students have really been tackling some heavy topics! So, as usual, we will try to mix in a little fun during the week as well!


And, as always, we welcome families to join us on these experiences, as chaperones. This is a GREAT way for you to dive into the learning with your own child and his/her peers. Please reach out directly to the classroom teacher(s), if you're interested in attending the trip. FYI: the school will pay for your trip and you can ride the bus with the students, if you'd like; however, you will need to provide your own lunch!

ACS Calendar for 2020-2021

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Attached is the DRAFT calendar for the 2020-2021 school year; you will see that the calendar is closely aligned to APS' calendar. We will send a final copy home at the end of the school year, and you will receive it again in your welcome packet at the beginning of the year!


After talking to students and staff, we are considering a change for next year: although we will remain open from 6:30 am - 6:30 pm each day, we are considering ending the academic school day at 3 pm. We've learned that, by this time, our students are in need of opportunities that stretch their brains differently; so are considering utilizing 3-4 pm to enrich their learning, alongside academic-focused community partner. However, we don't want to make any changes without your voice. Therefore, we ask that you take a moment to complete this poll to share your thinking on the change for the day.

March Community Event

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Join us OFF CAMPUS for this month's community event! We are finalizing details with the vendor, but MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR Tuesday, March 24 from 5:30-7 pm! We will send home additional information in the coming days!

Clothes to Kids of Denver: FREE CLOTHING

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ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING AURORA COMMUNITY SCHOOL AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFY TO RECEIVE A FREE WARDROBE OF SCHOOL CLOTHING WITH PROOF OF ENROLLMENT!


The Following Forms of Proof of Enrollment are Accepted:

  • Student ID
  • Copy of Student Record
  • Student Report Card
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Letter
  • Letter on school letterhead showing proof of enrollment

A Clothes To Kids Wardrobe Includes:

  • 5 tops
  • 4 bottoms (any combination of pants/shorts/skirts/dresses)
  • 1 additional dress or skirt (optional)
  • 5 pairs new underwear
  • 5 pairs new socks
  • 1 bra (optional)
  • 1 pair shoes
  • 1 jacket

Please Remember:

  • Families that automatically qualify still need to make an appointment to shop and must bring the appropriate documentation with them to their appointment.
  • To make an appointment, please call 720-379-4630, ext. 2. Appointments are offered Tuesday-Saturday. Walk-ins are NOT permitted.
  • Please bring your photo ID and proof of student enrollment with you to your appointment.
  • If possible, we recommended that students come for the appointment so that they can choose clothing that they like, but it isn’t required.
  • Clothes To Kids is open year-round and families may shop twice in a year.

Clothes To Kids is located at:

2890 S. Colorado Blvd Suite #M3

Denver, CO 80222

Questions? Please visit our website: http://clothestokidsdenver.org

Coronavirus Update from Superintendent Munn

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Dear Aurora Public Schools Community,


With the heightened national and international media attention on coronavirus, we wanted to provide you with helpful information. As you know, communication regarding health and safety issues are part of our APS CARES Framework. As such, we are writing to update you on the most current recommendations of local and state health officials regarding the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Please know that APS has been working closely with our local public health agencies including Tri-County Health Department as we monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).


What is APS doing and what should we all be doing?
The APS Health Services Department regularly monitors illness trends in Aurora and surrounding communities while working closely with the Tri-County Health Department on increased numbers of illness or specific illness cases.

However, as a precaution, school nurses continue to monitor illness trends in each building and encourage all students and staff to:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer

  • Cover a cough or sneeze with the inside of the elbow or tissue, then wash your hands

  • Avoid touching eyes, noses and mouths

  • Stay home when sick (Please follow the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s guidelines)

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces

Please be assured that APS custodians, transportation and cafeteria staff have also been spending additional time cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

In the potential case of a local outbreak, APS would follow the Tri-County Health Department’s lead on any specific quarantines, closures or other significant precautions.


What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
Coronavirus causes respiratory symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. It is spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the seasonal flu. There is no current vaccine to prevent coronavirus.


If you have been to China or in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past two weeks and develop symptoms, call your doctor immediately and follow these CDC guidelines.


Please note that our community is seeing high numbers of seasonal Influenza A & B and we strongly encourage staff, parents and students to get a seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine to reduce severity and/or prevent the flu.

If you are looking for additional information, please review this CDC fact sheet. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your continued support.


- Superintendent Rico Munn

Second Semester Testing

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We know that the word testing sometimes stresses people out, but at ACS, we utilize assessments as a way to gain valuable information about students, that will help us better support them. Over the next few months, different groups of students will be taking different assessments. See below for the schedule (and a short description of each assessment):


end of February - beginning of March: Gifted and Talented Testing

* ONLY 2nd grade students or nominated students from other grades will be screened for gifted and talented.


mid April - end of April: CMAS Testing

*ONLY students in 6th grade will take CMAS in both Reading and Math. This is a state mandated exam, which helps us better understand how students are progressing towards mastery of grade level standards.

Building Update

We are all anxiously waiting to enter into our building; it can't come fast enough! However, in the meantime, we wanted to update you on the progress.


The projected move in date is the end of March. The building is currently being painted and they will work to put in the floors and the carpets in immediately after! We are currently working to set up our movers and furniture team to move all of our things (from the church and from storage).


We are working to finalize a date for a full tour in March for families AND an official "soft grand opening" for the community in April; stay tuned for additional information!

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Looking for an easy way to donate to the school? Any time you shop on Amazon, ACS can get a portion of the funds, which allows us to make purchases that will support students even more!


Go to https://smile.amazon.com/, login as you normally would, and type in our school name (Aurora Community School); we will show up as a Charter School in Denver Metro, CO.

Tardy or Absent?

We know that things come up...and your student will eventually be tardy or even absent! It's important that you notify the school, as soon as possible, so we can update our attendance system.


In case of a tardy, please TEXT 720-621-4514 with the student's name, grade level, and the reason for the tardy. No one will respond to this message, but please know it was received.


In case of an absence, please EMAIL info@auroracommunityk8.org; please share the student's name, grade level, date of the absence, and reason for the absence.