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,


AES's IB Learner Profile of the Month = Caring

Students who are Caring...

  • Are kind and thoughtful
  • Want to make a positive difference in the lives of others
  • Are sensitive to the needs of others

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

We LOVE our Volunteers

... and are happy to welcome you back into our building. This includes classroom volunteers as well as LUNCH/RECESS volunteers. Please email or call Carrie Milton if you are no longer able to volunteer during lunch/recess, or if you would like to volunteer.

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 me or from Karin Wehse at AMS.

Lexia and Symphony Math Olympics

We are excited to kick-off our first ever Lexia and Symphony Math Olympics at AES on Friday, February 4th, with closing ceremonies on Friday, February 25th. The purpose of this challenge is to encourage students to use these two web-based Reading and Math programs both at home and at school.

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?

MTSS stands for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and is a process we use at AES to support students who are struggling in Reading, Math and/or Social Skills. We provide three tiers of support to our students.

  • 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.

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.

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...

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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

Anderson Ranch Arts Center welcomes families to attend a free sled building workshop. In this half-day session, students ages 9-12 learn and use woodworking skills to create their very own toboggan to be raced at the Ranch’s first-ever Sled Derby to be held on February 21st from 10AM to 12PM! With hands-on help from our Studio Coordinators, participating teams gather in the Maloof Wood Barn at the Ranch where they assemble toboggan kits designed and handcrafted by Ranch Artistic Staff.

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 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

Scholarships Available

From the Public Library...

The library building is currently closed and all of our January in person programming has been cancelled. However we do have plenty of take home kits available for families to pick up and enjoy! This week we have a simple glider kit, next week will be a floating experiment and the following week will be a make your own hovercraft kit. We also have bookmarks available with fun “Powerful Forces” activities like make your own volcanoes and tornadoes. We are not yet sure if we will be returning to in person programming in February, but we will pass that information along to you when we do know!

Date Change! AHS Choir Performing at the Denver Nuggets Game 3/24!

The AHS Choirs will be performing the National Anthem at the Denver Nuggets game March 24th. Attached is the flier and the link for students, families and staff to buy discounted tickets. Vax Proof or Negative Covid-19 test REQUIRED to attend.

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.