AES Community Connection 3/14/22

Stay connected with our school newsletter...


Dear AES Families,

It's hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner! Students are definitley enjoying the warmer weather at recess and often shed layers. Please remind your children to check the lost and found or stop by to help them look for lost coats, hats, mittens and more!

This week, AES students are working on creating original pieces of art in order to promote peace around the world. As teachers, we are sensitive to the violence occurring around the world, differences in what children are exposed to through the media, and the personal values and how families address these complex issues with their children. We feel that using art as a means of communication of peace is one way to show our support and look forward to sharing pictures of our students' creations with families, the community and the world!

All my best,

Ashley Bodkins

Mark your calendar...

  • March 16 - Spirit Day! Wear red and black and/or your Aspen spirit gear. We will be cheering the AHS State Champions (Men’s Golf, Spirit & Dance, All State Students, & Men’s Basketball ) as they parade through campus at 2PM.
  • March 28 - April 4 - Spring Break; student release day/teacher work day Monday, April 4th.
  • April 18 - April Break, NO SCHOOL

Art for Peace

Powerful messages can be expressed through art. In order to promote peace around the world, AES will be putting on their artist hats to create art that represents peace. Children may create art at home and bring it to school as well as make art in the classrooms. Any medium can be used such as painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and more. All of the amazing creations will be collected and displayed for all to see!

Big picture

Choir is Back!

High Mountain Harmony, our AES choir, is back after a two year hiatus!!!! It's so exciting to reintroduce this program to our students after a long pandemic break. Choir is available for any student in 3rd and 4th grade. Choir rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays, beginning April 5, during lunch recess time. We will have one concert this year, live and in person (barring any dramatic pandemic changes), on May 12. We will perform during the day for the school at 1:30, and in the evening for families at 5:30 in the District Theatre. If your 3rd or 4th grader is interested in joining choir, you can sign them up at this website: For more details about choir, including scholarship information, please click here. Please contact Marnie White at or x3102 with any questions.

CMAS 3rd and 4th Graders

CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) is coming in April. Please mark your calendars and avoid scheduling vacations and appointments on these days. We encourage ALL students to participate in CMAS testing. Please note changes to the 3rd grade schedule below.

3rd grade:

ELA April 11, 13, 15

Math April 12, 14, 19

Last day for make-ups April 25th

4th grade

ELA April 11th, 13th, 15th

Math April 19th, 20th, 22nd

Last day for make-ups April 25th

AES's IB Learner Profile of the Month = Communicator

Students who are Communicators...

  • Are confident and creative when talking about their ideas
  • Can express themselves in many ways
  • Listen to others
  • Are learning more than one language

Quick Links

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!

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

Aspen Family Connections Presents Affirming Voices

The Love Notes Project and Gender Spectrum will lead a conversation about gender, sexuality, and LGBTQIA+ youth today. The virtual discussion will be an open exchange of information, insights and resources in a safe place.

Monday, March 14th 6:30-8 pm Virtually on Zoom.

Click HERE for the flyer in English.

Click HERE for the flyer in Spanish.

Register HERE for this informational and valuable event.

Noche Latina

Un evento social para todas las familias se las escuelas de Aspen.

Martes 22 de marzo de 2022 hora 5:30 a 7:30

Aspen Middle School

Haga clic aquí para ver el volante.

Empty Bowls Dinner

Wednesday, March 16th 5:00- 7:00 pm

Bumps Restaurant at the base of Buttermilk

Leave with a full tummy, warm heart and nourished soul.

$10 Donation all proceeds benefit Lift Up

More community news...

Aspen Lacrosse Club's Never Too Early Program

Calling all Kindergarten and 1st Grade boys and girls! Aspen Lacrosse Club's Never Too Early program is just around the corner.

5 Saturday Practices 9am-10am starting on April 9th at Iselin Field. (The turf field at the ARC)

One Weekend of Games at the Aspen Lacrosse Shoot Out. (May 7th & 8th)

G3 Gift: In memory of Mike Goerne, NTE players will receive gear they need. Register by April 1st to secure equipment. For girls' gear email Meredith: For Boys email Graham:

Head over to to register!

Aspen Recreation Basketball Coaching Clinic for Parents

Recreation programs rely on parents to volunteer as coaches, and we would like to support you by running a basketball coaching clinic!

The clinic will be run in the Aspen Middle School gymnasium on Saturday, March 19th from 9am – 11am. Travis Buckner (AHS JV basketball coach and our athletic coordinator) and Niki Lee (AHS girls basketball coach) will be running the clinic designed to give volunteer parents basic knowledge of the rules as well as some practice drills to get you going. Parents can sign up with this link.

The Red Brick Youth Summer Camp

Red Brick Center for the Arts offers week-long day camps where children explore different themes through a variety of mediums such as papier-mâché, clay, mosaic, painting, collage and more! In addition to art making, campers will venture outside for a picnic and play in the park and enjoy weekly field trips to experience and see art in Aspen. Our elementary age camps run June 27 – August 19. Additionally we offer 3D Print Camp for middle school age students and Filmmaking Camp for Teens in partnership with Aspen Film!

To learn more and register visit HERE

Aspen Field Hockey

Hey girls! Looking for a new sport? Want to join a great group of girls and coaches? Aspen Field Hockey is open to girls 2nd grade through middle school of all experience levels. Practices are held on Fridays from 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm, from April 8 until May 27 (8 Fridays) at the Aspen Rec Center Turf Field (Iselin). Further playing opportunities will be announced at a later date.

Open to girls 8 - 14 years old. Fee: $130. Checks payable to Aspen Field Hockey or venmo: @silcura.

To register, click here. With questions, contact Silvana Cura at or Lauren Nitti at

Summer Productions of The Sound of Music & Gypsy

Theatre Aspen, in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival and School, will be producing two shows this summer that includes parts for children: The Sound of Music and Gypsy.

Theatre Aspen is inviting young performers of any experience level, age 6-20 to audition for the roles below: All of these roles are for any race/ethnicity.

Liesl von Trapp (female-identifying) - age 16
Friedrich von Trapp (male-identifying) - age 14
Louisa von Trapp (female-identifying) - age 13
Kurt von Trapp (male-identifying)- age 10
Brigitta von Trapp female-identifying) - age 9
Marta von Trapp (female-identifying) - age 7
Gretl von Trapp - (female-identifying) - the youngest (no younger than 6)
Baby June – (female-identifying) – ages 8-10
Baby Louise – (female-identifying) – ages 10-12
Children’s’ Ensemble – any race/ethnicity and gender identification, ages 8-12

For audition information and to submit registration material:

The Sound of Music- Auditions

Gypsy - Auditions

Please note that audition submissions are due by Sunday, March 20 at 11:59 pm (MT). Questions? Please email

Concordia Language Villages World Language and Culture Learning Programs

The Concordia Language Villages (CLV) offers World Language and Culture Learning programs in 15 different languages from pre-K enrichment, day camps and sleepaway camps to programs the entire family can enjoy together, CLV brings language to life for young learners ages 2 to 18 and family members of all ages.

Since 1961, hundreds of thousands of villagers have joined CLV in their mission to inspire courageous global citizens. CLV is a builder of globally minded communities and guides to world fluency. Their cultural immersion programs in the North Woods of Minnesota engage participants to develop language proficiency.

For more information visit click HERE. Please contact Madame Beltman with questions or help with scholarship applications.

Marnie White Presents A Song For Everything

Our very own Marnie White will be presenting her one-woman cabaret show at Thunder River Theatre Company in Carbondale on March 21 and 22. Enjoy an evening of songs and stories inspired by her life, family, and journey to become the woman she is today. With a wide variety of music from classical to Broadway to Pink, expect moments of laughter, introspection, and joy. This family-friendly event showcases David Dyer on the piano, with arrangements by former Crystal Palace pianist Michael MacAssey.

Tickets are available at this link:

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.

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.

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.

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.