AES Community Connection 1/31/22
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Dear AES Families,
We are so proud of how hard your child is working in school and have seen growth and progress in all of our students. Today you should have received an email with a link to access your child's report card in PowerSchool. You will need their ID/Lunch #. Most children are very familiar with this number, and it can also be found in PowerSchool. Please reach out to Carrie Milton or Virginia Leffler if you need support. Please take note of your child's absences and tardies on the report cards. We will be sending letters home to students with more than 10 absences in the 1st semester. Please avoid any unnecessary absences from school. In person learning is critical to academic success in the elementary years.
Looking for ways to support your child at home? Enourage your child to read 30 minutes each night. All kids love shared reading with an adult! Look for Math in the real world... you can make almost any situation into a math problem. Consider adding Lexia and Symphony 30 min, twice a week. You will be amazed at how consistently using these online programs will boost their skills. We appreciate your support at home and are grateful for our shared partnership.
All my best,
Mark your calendar...
- Wednesday, Feb 2 - AES School Accountability Committee, 3:30 PM (virtual)
- Thursday, Feb 3 - Selected 4th graders to participate in NAEP testing. (Parent/Guardian Brochure)
- February 18 - Student Release Day; Teacher work day
- February 21 - President's Day Holiday, No School
- March 3-4 - Family/Teacher Conferences, No School for students
- March 28 - April 4 - Spring Break; student release day/teacher work day Monday, April 4th.
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.
3rd/4th English Language Arts: April 11, 13 and 15th
3rd/4th Math: April 19, 20, 22nd
Lexia and Symphony Math Olympics
The overall recommendation for use is at least 45 minutes per week. We recommend 15- to 20-minute sessions three to five times a week. Students who reach this goal will be recognized as "Gold Medalists." At the end of the Olympics on Friday, February 25th prizes will be awarded to students and classes with the most overall minutes.
Please reach out to your child's teacher if you need assistance accessing either of these web-based resources.
What is MTSS?
- Tier 1: All students receive Tier 1 instruction. This is our core curriculum and it is aligned with the Colorado State standards. At AES we have adopted new Literacy curriculum and enage in professional development to strengthen our Tier 1 instruction. Teachers employ best practices to meet the needs of individual students.
- Tier 2: Includes more intensive, systematic instruction, often tailored towards a small group of students demonstrating similar difficulties. A specialist such as a reading specialist, math specialist or school counselor may work with a small group 1-3 times per week. Students continue to receive Tier 1 instruction.
- Tier 3: This is the most intense level of intervention. Tier 3 can mean small group work, or it can mean individual lessons with a specialist. Tier 3 provides greater frequency and more intensive instruction 3-5 times per week. Students continue to receive Tier 1 instruction or may have a modified curriculum. Students may also be referred for a special education evaluation if the interventions are not meeting the needs of the child.
Students may be identified for MTSS by their classroom teacher and/or through our anlaysis of data. We have recently analyzed our middle of the year assessments and will be sending letters home in the coming weeks to families notifying them if their child is receiving additional reading and/or math support.
- January AES Lunch Menu
- The AES Student Handbook (Click here for Spanish) outlines expectations for our school.
- Aspen School District Absences and Excuses Policy (Click here for Spanish)
- AES Attendance (Click here for Spanish)
- School Supplies and tech fees - Click here for more information.
- Please click HERE to see the staff's favorite things!
- Order SPIRIT WEAR anytime with this link!
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.
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 in school are not required to quarantine as universal masking is in place.
- Close contacts out of school, where universal masking is not in place, may be required to quarantine. Contact Pitkin County Public Health for questions.
- 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
More community news...
Hero Code Camp
HER Academy and Olive are partnering to bring you our third all-girl HERO Code Camp, expanded to include girl-identified and nonbinary students in grades 3 – 12. This event takes place February 26-27, 2022. There is a $5 participation fee that will be waived upon request. Money will not be a barrier to participation for any student.
Registration closes February 18, 2022.
For more information click HERE.
Anderson Ranch Sled Derby
The workshops will take place on Sunday, February 13th, and all participants are strongly encouraged to also attend the Sled Derby on February 21st from 10AM-12PM.
Workshops will be offered at the following times:
- Session 1: Sunday, February 13 – 9:30AM – 12PM
- Session 2: Sunday, February 13 – 1:30PM – 4PM
Each registration is limited to teams of two people: one adult and one child, age 9-12, per session. Teams will leave the workshop with assembled sleds and a kit of supplies for at-home decoration. We encourage decoration creativity in preparation for the Anderson Ranch Sled Derby! Visit andersonranch.org for more information and to register.
Theatre Aspen Education Winter & Spring Classes
Story Adventures (K-2)
Wednesdays @ 3:30, starting January 26th
Play Lab (3-4)
Mondays @ 3:30, starting March 7th
Spring Break Drama Club (K-5)
Whether your child is new to performing or adores playing and creating, Theatre Aspen’s after-school programs are designed to bring out the best in our youngest performers. Students will let their creativity shine through theatre games, storytelling, art activities, and imaginative play!
Learn more & register at www.theatreaspen.org/education
From the Public Library...
Date Change! AHS Choir Performing at the Denver Nuggets Game 3/24!
Aspen Elementary SKIERS
At AES we have been working on establishing essential agreements which guide the way we behave and interact with others throughout our school in every setting. This year, we are adopting 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.