AES Community Connection 9/28/23

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Greetings AES Families!

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It is hard to beleive that October is just around the corner! This month we have plenty of family engagement opportunities so be sure to check out this newsetter and your clasroom newsletter. Mark your calendars for Parent Teacher Conferences on October 24th and 25th. Sign-ups will be coming out soon.

Today your child's DIBELs and STAR Assessment Reports will be coming home in their Friday folders. Please keep in mind, this assessment is only ONE measure of your student as a learner. Your child's teacher will help to round out their learner profile during conferences.

If you missed the parent information session on Assessment, please find the recording below and click the link to watch.

Did you know that reading with your child EVERY night has a HUGE impact on students' language development, social skills, writing skills and imagination? Click here to learn more about the importance of reading to kids daily.

Have a wonderful weekend!

With gratitude,

Ashley Bodkins

Aspen Elementary School Mission:

To empower an innovative, mindful community of learners in a challenging and nurturing environment that promotes inquiry and academic excellence.

Mark your calendar...

  • October 2: PTO Monthly Meeting 12:00 AES Conference Room- all are welcome!
  • October 3: Noche Latina- 5pm- 6:30pm AHS seminar Room
  • October 11: Early Release Wednesday (Kids released at 1:15)
  • October 12: Family Engagement Information Session: Join to learn more about the IB Primary Years Programme. See below for the meeting link. 12-1PM, AES Conference Room
  • October 23: No School - Professional Day for teachers/staff
  • October 24 & 25: Parrent/Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL for Students
  • October 26 & 27: Fall Break - School is CLOSED

Click here for the 23-24 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 .

Virtual and In Person Family Engagement Information Sessions

Please join our staff for virtual parent/caregiver information sessions from 12:00-1:00 on the dates listed below. Please click on the date for the link to the Google Meet.

Sept 21 - Assessment Overview and Curriculum Updates. Please Click HERE to see the video of this presentation.

Oct 12 - IB Primary Years Programme overview

Nov 9 - School Safety and Social Emotional Learning at AES

Other dates...Topics TBD

Dec 7, Dec 21

Jan 11, Jen 25

Feb 8, Feb 22

Mar 7, Mar 21

Apr 11, Apr 25

May 9, May 23

PTO Meeting October 2nd!

Please join our PTO on October 2nd at 12:00 for their monthly meeting in the AES conference room. All are welcome!

Hearing & Vision Screening

The ASD Health Office will begin conducting hearing and vision screens in the elementary school next week for grades K-3. If you do not want your child screened please let your classroom teacher know that you are choosing to opt out of screenings. The Health Office is also looking for willing volunteers to assist with screenings on the following dates October 3rd, 5th and 6th. Please contact Robin Strecker at if you are interested in helping out.

Weather, Sports, and After School Plans...

It's that time of year! Please keep an eye on the weather and plan ahead for inclement weather and possible class cancellations. Come up with a plan! For example, "if Soccer is cancelled you will take the bus home today." There are LOTS of after school programs going on. It is hard on the front office to field so many questions about so many different programs on bad weather days. Thanks so much for your help!

Happening Around School...

4th Grade Denver Trip Heading Out!

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Experiments with Mr. G!

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More community news...

Kids First Upcoming Events

Please click HERE for the flyer of upcoming events with Kids First and the City of Aspen. To RSVP for these events email

Snowmass Camps

Snowmass Rec is offering After School Camps & School Break Camps!

Click HERE to see the Flyer.

Click HERE for more information or to register.

3rd & 4th Grade Art Class at the Red Brick

Explore, Experiment, and Create! Instructor Barbara French will use various mediums for this fun after school class.

Thursday 3:30pm- 5:00pm

Visit or call 970-429-2777 with questions or to register.

Please click HERE to see the flyer.

Pickleball for 4th Graders

Event Dates: Sept 26th - Oct 18th (every Monday and Wednesday)

Session 1: Monday & Wednesday from 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Session 2: Monday & Wednesday from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

*The first week will be Tues & Weds because of the no school day on Monday*

Event Address: Aspen Recreation Center (ARC) Pickleball Courts
Contact :

Cost: $90

Age: 4th, 5th or 6th Grade

Need-based scholarships are available. Reach out to for more information.

Please click HERE for the flyer.

Please click HERE to register.

Ballet for Ages 4+ at the Red Brick

AGS Ballet Aspen will be hosting classes for ages 4 & up at the Red Brick in Aspen! For more info go to or email
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2023 Fall Engagement Tour- Disability Rights are Human Rights

9/20 6:30pm Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

9/21 12:00pm CO Mountain College Aspen RM 213.

Please click HERE for the flyer in English and Spanish.

Ski Swap is ON!!! Save the date...October 14th!

The 68th annual Ski Swap benefits the ASD Outdoor Education Program!

Where: Aspen Middle School

When: October 14th 9am-1pm

Friday, October 13, 2023- Drop off all new or used equipment, clothing accessories from 4-6pm

Saturday, October 14, 2023- Pick up money and/or unclaimed items from 2:15-4pm

Pick up merchandise tickets prior to drop off at Aspen Public Schools, Aspen Community School & Alpine Banks.

Art Breaks With Anderson Ranch

Art Breaks is an exciting program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center for kids ages 7-10. During Fall break, find inspiration from fall harvests and the changing of the seasons in this two-day program. We will create ceramic vases, print patterns and cyanotypes using colorful leaves, paint autumnal watercolor landscapes, and collage forest creatures.

Art Break: Fall Skies: Oct 26 - 27, 2023, 9AM - 3PM, Ages 7-10

Click HERE for additional information and registration.

Click HERE to see the Flyer.

Things you may have heard before...

Quick Links

Fingerprinting for 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.

Early Release 2023-24...

Here is the Board of Education approved 2023-24 Aspen School District Calendar and information about Early Release Days.

Early Release

Early Release Days have been added back to the calendar. Early release times are as follows:

1:15 PM Aspen Elementary School

2:00 PM Aspen Middle School

2:00 PM Aspen High School

Volunteer Opportunity- Lunch Crew!

Tenille and the amazing lunch crew at AES are in need of parent volunteers to help serve lunch. This is a wonderful way to help the school staff and get a glimpse of the AES lunchtime in action! There are two time slots available each day, 11:00-12:00 or 11:50-12:40, with two volunteers each. So, grab a friend and sign up for shift HERE!

Student Fees- Please pay!

All students were assessed an $85 supply fee and a $25 technology fee on August 16th for the 2023/24 school year. The supply fee covers all the supplies your student will need for the year. You will not receive a list of items you need to 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. If you have questions regarding payments please reach out to Virginia.

Free & Reduced Lunch

We know that many families rely on schools for meals. We encourage families to submit a Free & Reduced Meal application, which provides families with access to additional benefits as well. Please know that even if you qualified in previous years, an application must be submitted every school year.

To access the application and instructions for English click HERE.
To access the application and instructions for Spanish click HERE

You must complete the application and submit it to or drop it off at the District Office or Admin Office at the school.

Attendance Matters!

School begins promptly at 8am. Students arrive on campus at 7:45 AM. Please make sure your child arrives on time, as this sets them up for a successful day.

Please be sure to make travel plans that coincide with our school breaks. Elementary students thrive when learning is in person with their teacher and classmates. Families will be notified of excessive tardies and/or absences.

Safety and Security at AES

Keeping students safe is our number one priority at ASD. Therefore, during the school day you will find all AES doors locked. However, please know you are WELCOME to visit and volunteer at AES.

  • Visiting - Please remember your ID (driver's license) if you are visiting the building for any reason. Virginia and Carrie will meet you in the office with a smile and issue you a sticker/ visitor badge that must be worn while in the building.

  • Volunteering - We love including "fingerprinted" parent volunteers in the classroom or on field trips. If this interests you, be proactive and get ASD Fingerprinting for Volunteers Procedure completed ASAP. This certification will last five years. More details below.

Standard Response Protocol

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.