AES Community Connection 5/31/22

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Greetings AES Families!

Thank you for entrusting your children to our care. In addition to providing high quality education, safety and security are top priorities at AES. I have corresponded with many parents and caregivers in the past week and would like to update everyone on our current safety procedures and planned security upgrades. In addition, we are evaluating our current arrival, dismissal and recess procedures.

Current Safety Procedures:

  • Front doors and all exterior doors are now closed and locked at all times
  • All staff must wear photo ID badges
  • Guests are required to check in at the main office to receive a visitor's badge
  • Everyone is encouraged to report unknown or suspicious activity to school administration, School Resource Officers or Aspen Police Department
  • Routine safety drills are conducted using Standard Response Protocol (see picture below)
  • District Safety Team to review procedures
  • SRO increased visibility on campus

Planned Facility Updates and Security Infrastructure:

  • Front Office reconfiguation with security vestibule,
  • Buzzers on main entrances and key card access on side doors,
  • Improved exterior security cameras
  • Automatic interior locking doors to shut down access to hallways and classrooms
  • No access to classrooms from the outside doors

Tomorrow is Field Day and our annual AES BBQ. Special thanks to Tenille Folk and Elizabeth Ford, in our Food Services Department, for making this special event happen. See below for details including lunch times for each grade.

Only a handful of days until summer vacation! Thank you for prioritzing attendance until the end of the year.

All my best,

Ashley Bodkins

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Recent Happenings Around AES

Mark your calendar...

  • June 1 - Field Day and All School BBQ. Lost & Found Sale ($1 per item)
  • June 1 - AES Update to the Board of Education 4PM
  • June 7 - Last Day of School for Students (full day);
  • June 7 - 4th grade ice cream social and clap out 2-3pm

AES's IB Learner Profile of the Month = Balanced

Students who are Balanced...

  • Balance different parts of life - mind, body and emotuons.
  • Are interested and involved in many different things.
  • Understand that taking care of oneself is important

End of Year Family BBQ Tomorrow!

Please join us and your students for our end of school year AES BBQ lunch and to celebrate a successful school year and our wonderful school community!

Cashiers will be set up on the plaza at the top of the stairs and the buffet lines will be set up at the bottom of the stairs. For wheelchair access, please check in at the main office and then proceed to the playground through the cafeteria.

11:10 to 1:00pm (Grade regular lunch Schedule)

4th 11:10-11:30

3rd 11:30-11:50

1st 11:50-12:10

K 12:15-12:35

2nd 12:35-12:55







Lost & Found Sale Tomorrow! $1 Per item!

We will be setting up our yearly Lost & Found EOY sale tomorrow morning. Sale starts at 10:00 am in front of AES. All items are $1. First Come First Serve!

Yearbook Delays

Unfortunately, there have been unexpected delays with this year's Yearbooks. We understand this is very disappointing and are very sorry that they will not be arriving before school gets out. We will be organizing pick up days as soon as we know the delivery date! We will do a pick-up event in Aspen and one down- valley sometime mid-June. If you cannot make one of the pick-up days, we will mail your Yearbook free of charge. More details to come!

A Message from Lisa May

Parents and Caregivers! It is library book return time. Please scour those shelves for those books with the Aspen School District markings and have your students return them to the AES Library. If you discover books from the AES library over the summer, PLEASE save them and return them in the fall. Please do not take them to the Thrift Store.

Many thanks for a marvelous year with your students!

Ms. Lisa May

Student Fees

End of year is fast approaching! If you have not already, please pay your student's yearly student fees. These include a supply fee of $75 and a tech fee of $25. You can pay them through e~Funds, or with cash or check in the front office. Please email Virginia with any questions.

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!

More community news...

Ajax Powered by Ivy Camps for Rising 4th & 5th Graders

Ajax Powered by Ivy Camps is a great summer opportunity for 3rd-7th grade students from Aspen School District! June 13-August 19 at Aspen Middle School.

Watch a great video HERE.

Click HERE for the flyer in English.

Click HERE for the flyer in Spanish.

Click HERE for the scholarship application in English.

Click HERE for the scholarship application in Spanish.

Rock & Roll Academy

This is heart Centered Music Education. A play-based program in a warm social environment with a positive and dynamic learning atmosphere.

Weekly Summer Camps Grades 4-12

June 27- August 12

Monday- Friday 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Register with Kriss at 970-379-9685 or

Click HERE for the flyer.

May at the Pitkin County Library

5/4 Plants & Planters

5/11 Aspen Science Center

5/18 Butterfly Craft

5/25 Explosions!

After School Wednesdays @ the Library 3:30-4:30 pm Every Wednesday.

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.

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.


We are in dire need of substitute teachers. Even half-days are helpful! Please reach out to Carrie Milton with any questions.

Interested in Volunteering at AES?

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.

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
  • In order to return to school following non-Covid-19 illness a student should have resolution of symptoms for 24 hrs and documentation of a negative covid test should be shared with attendance at

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.