AAE Family Newsletter

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Hello AAE Families

Good evening AAE Families:

We hope that all of you are well and that you have been able to enjoy the weekend. We ask that you please review this edition of the AAE family newsletter. Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us individually. Alternatively, you can always email aaemainoffice@crec.org if you have a question for the main office team or aaeadminteam@crec.org if you have a question specifically for AAE school administrators.

Thanks very much!

Your AAE Administrative Team

Fall Parent-Teacher Conference Signups

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming soon! This year, our Fall parent-teacher conferences will be held at the following times:

Wednesday, December 7

Early dismissal for students at 10:50 AM

Parent Conferences: 11:30 - 3:15 PM

Thursday, December 8

Early dismissal for students at 10:50 AM

Parent Conferences 11:40 - 3:30 PM AND 4:30 - 6:50 PM

AAE teachers and staff will be in person for conferences, and we encourage parents to come in person as well. If needed, we are happy to set up a conference with you via Zoom - please communicate directly with your AAE student's teacher to do so.

As a reminder, each conference is to be 15 minutes long. Parents may sign up for one conference per AAE student

To sign up for conferences for students in grade 6, please visit:


To sign up for conferences for students in grade 7, please visit:


To sign up for conferences for students in grades 8-12, please visit the following link:


PJ Day For The Kids - December 9

Families - please be aware that on Friday, December 9th (an early dismissal day) we will join many schools and workplaces across the state and region and wear our PJs to school. PJ Day for the kids was started 12 years ago as a fundraiser for CCMC's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and the funds raised support patients and families directly. Our AAE National Honor Society is organizing this fundraising effort and will ask students and community members to contribute $1 or more on PJ Day to participate. To learn more, visit https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/events/pj-day-for-the-kids/

Consequences and Rewards for In School Behaviors

Dear AAE Families,

We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends and loved ones. As we return to school, we are reaching out to thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to implement our tardiness and detention policies. In recent weeks, we have seen a precipitous decline in the numbers of students arriving tardy to two or more of their classes each day. It is our hope that this trend will continue as we maintain the current policy.

As we continue to encourage students’ timely arrival to classes, we are also developing policies to address students who skip classes and those who leave class without permission. These infractions and their consequences can be found in the matrix below. It is our hope that clear policies and their consistent implementation will result in improved student attendance and promote favorable academic outcomes.

Parent notification of detentions for class tardies and ISS for skipped classes will occur via e-mail each afternoon. It is vitally important that you verify the accuracy of your e-mail address in PowerSchool. In the event you believe your child has been issued a consequence as the result of an attendance error, please reach out to the teacher who recorded the attendance in question. We hold firm in our steadfast commitment to the safety and success of all students and are appreciative of your ongoing support. Please reach out to a member of the administrative team with any questions or concerns.

Thank you and Parent Support

As parents we appreciate your support in our efforts. We ask that you speak with your AAE students about this ahead of time to reinforce the importance of being on time to class and general good behavior at school.

Thank you!

Adam Johnson, Principal

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Middle School Art

The creativity continues in the Art Room! The students are reaching new dimensions as they learn the four main techniques of sculpture; carving, casting, modeling, and construction. It has been an inspiring unit filled with ideas and success as evidenced in soap, clay, and cardboard projects. Please continue to send in the chipboard cereal boxes for more construction art pieces. Ms.O

Grade 12 School Counseling Information

Grade 12 Counseling News:

  • If you have not already, PLEASE complete the senior survey linked below so that Ms. Weaver can write your counselor statement, which is REQUIRED or all 4 year colleges/universities. Please submit at least one week in advance of your deadlines.

  • The FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid is now available to complete online at www.FAFSA.gov. This form is REQUIRED in order for students to receive any form of Financial Aid (Scholarships, grants, loans, work-study) from the post-secondary program they attend. This includes 4 year colleges, 2 year community colleges, trade schools, and other training programs. Our goal is for 100% of AAE senior students to complete this form.

  • Mr. Rich Serrano, CREC’s College and Career Readiness Coordinator, is available on Mondays by appointment to assist students and families in completing this form if needed. He is available for in-person or Zoom meetings. Please contact him directly to schedule an appointment at
  • Please remember to check the Class of 2023 Schoology Page for new and upcoming scholarships. Several were posted just this week! Here is how to access:
    • Log into your Student Schoology Account à Click on Class of 2023 Page à Click on Materials Tab on the left à Click on the Scholarship Folder.
    • Within the Scholarship Folder, descriptions and links for scholarships can be found in each posting. This is your opportunity to earn FREE money for college above and beyond your financial aid package. Do not miss this opportunity to avoid student loans and GET YOUR COLLEGE PAID FOR FREE!!
  • Senior students who took the SAT on October 27th can now view their scores online by logging into their College Board Account on www.collegeboard.org . If you do not remember your password, please contact the College Board directly at 1-866-630-9305.

Work in Honors Physics

Students in Honors Physics have been studying wave interference, resonance and the creation of standing waves these past 2 weeks. Students performed a standing wave lab to better understand the relationship between the applied frequency and the wavelength of the standing wave. Students were able to apply their content knowledge and their science and engineering skills. They took measurements on the first day and then will analyze their data to find examine cause and effect and examine patterns in the data on the second day.

Additionally, students were given "working titles" of "Document Manager", "Construction Manager", "Data Manager" and "Team Troubleshooter" to practice CREC's Essential Skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

After School Tutoring

We have several teachers available for tutoring and homework help; permission forms are required; they are available in the main office or contact Mr. Copeland at cocopeland@crec.org.

After School Tutoring Schedule

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High School Clubs

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Student Absence Protocol

If your student will be absent please email the main office at aaemainoffice@crec.org. Thank you.

National Honors Society

Hello AAE Families,

I would like to introduce myself, I am the new advisor for the National Honors Society in the High School. This is my third year with AAE , but first year in the High School. I am excited to help support the planning and implementation of some wonderful projects this year. To my senior members, meetings will start next Wednesday after Jet Time. To my juniors, the faculty committee and myself will soon be reviewing materials for induction. I hope to have letters of acceptance to students and families by the end of November or early December. Thank you for your patience as I transition into this new role.

I look forward to an amazing year with a wonderful group of students.

All the best,

Mrs. Bednarzyk

Middle School Winter Sports

Have a middle schooler interested in basketball or indoor track? Sign up to compete! We offer boys' and girls' basketball as well as boys' and girls' indoor track. Use FinalForms.com to upload the appropriate paperwork. Registration needs to be in by December 20th. The sooner you sign up, the better! Look for a pre-season meeting for all sports around late November.

High School Winter Sports

High School Winter Sports Dates

Below are the winter sports start dates.

Boys Basketball - December 1, 2022

Girls Basketball - November 28, 2022

Indoor Track - December 1, 2022

High School Basketball

Any High School student interested in playing High School Basketball this upcoming winter must sign up via Final Forms. To participate in sports, student-athletes need an updated physical on file with the nurse. Please call the main office for the fax number to fax any physicals to the school. There will be High school conditioning every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday directly afterschool and "open gym" sessions weekly. Students should be listening to morning & afternoon announcements for open gym days. Student athletes should reach out to their respective coaches regarding transportation. Below is more information on Final Forms.

How to Create Final Forms Account:

1.) Click Final Forms link and Sign up via parent portal selection.

2.) Complete all pertinent Parent information (school selection, contact, medical history etc)

3.) Click "add student" / "create student" to add student to your account.

4.) Add the sport that you authorize your child to participate in this winter and digitally sign the waiver prompted.

5.) Student must log into their student account through the Final forms portal and digitally sign the waiver prompted.

If parent/guardians have any questions regarding final forms, sport transportation and/or winter sports information please contact:

Jeff Narcisse - Boys Basketball


Rich Giveans - Girls Basketball


Jon Angello - Indoor Track


Welcome New AAE Staff - More Coming Soon!

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Kanishka Muthuthanthri - Middle School Encore (Design, Technology & Engineering)

My name is Kanishka Muthuthanthri.

I grew up in Sri Lanka but moved to California in 2000 to educate myself in Animation and Illustration. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the 'Academy of Art University' in San Francisco. It took me towards my further studies in 3D Character Animation with a school known as 'Animation Mentor'.

Most of my instructors came from Animation Studios such as Disney, Dream works and Pixar.

With the knowledge I have acquired, I managed to freelance and help people set up their own Animation studios in Sri Lanka as well. From my teaching experience, I was able to educate students from countries such as the United States, Sri Lanka and India. My students have continued to move further in this industry and work in Companies such as Disney and Electronic Arts. It is always amazing when seeing students of yours reach great heights in their careers and I look forward for this opportunity at 'CREC' as well to be the best help I can be.

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Caridad Bonafe - Administrative Assistant

Caridad Bonafé is the newest administrative assistant at the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor, CT. She comes with many skills and training in office administration tasks. Caridad worked the last seven years at Windham Middle School in Willimantic, CT. There, she worked her way up from managing grade offices as a secretary II, to administrative assistant, managing the main office over the last three years. Caridad prides herself in helping others and being able to multi-task, problem solve, and communicate effectively. Being a team player is important to Caridad and she strongly believes in the words, “it takes a village,” to get the job done. Her ability to build relationships personally and professionally are what allow her to thrive in any situation. She has worn many hats as an administrative assistant including being a liaison to many departments within and outside of school. She is not afraid to learn new things to continue improving her work ethic and helping others, and is excited to spread some magic here at the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering.

Caridad is a 2001 graduate of Harvard H. Ellis Tech R.V.T.S. where she took up Hairdressing, Cosmetology, and Barbering. After she graduated she dove into the field and excelled in servicing the community with hair care, styling, conversation, and making them feel beautiful! She considers the last twenty-two years of being a stylist her passion and still enjoys doing hair and giving her clients their time to pamper themselves. Besides being a hairdresser and administrative assistant, she enjoys spending time with her son and family, especially during the holidays. She also enjoys other hobbies like going to the beach, traveling, dancing, and art.

Important Upcoming Dates and Details

Wednesday, December 7, Thursday December 8 & Friday December 9 - Early Dismissal

Wednesday, December 7 & Thursday December 8 - Family Conferences

Friday, December 23 - Monday, January 2 - No School for Winter Break

As a reminder, students dismiss at 10:50 AM on early dismissal days.

PDF: CREC Magnet Schools District Calendar 2022-2023

Aerospace Community Learning Center- After School Program

Programs at the CT Science Center

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Family Conferences

Family conferences will be held by grade level teams on Wednesday, December 7th and Thursday, December 8th. Please be on the look out for correspondence from your student's respective grade level team. We look forward to seeing you all then!