The Village Insider

Aurora Community School

Welcome Back from Fall Break! We hope you enjoyed a relaxing 11 DAYS off with your little ones. We definitely needed the break but are so excited to welcome our students and families back into the space tomorrow, Tuesday, October 22.

IMPORTANT OCTOBER and NOVEMBER DATES

October 29 (5:30-6:30 pm): Community Committee

TOPIC: Engaging Parents at ACS


October 31: Character Day


November 4-8: MIDDLE SCHOOL Family-Teacher Conferences


November 5: Retake/Makeup Picture Day

NOTE: School pictures taken in September will be sent home in the coming 1-2 weeks


November 18-22: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Family-Teacher Conferences


November 22 (5:30-7:30): International Festival (*monthly community gathering)


November 20-26: Intercession (see below for additional details)


November 27-29: NO SCHOOL

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Character Day: October 31

This school year, we will have a Character Day on October 31! Students have the opportunity to dress as a character from a book; we would REALLY love it (but not required) if you sent the book to school with your student, so they could share it with the class! No scary costumes, please (even if it's related to a book)!


On the 31st, the Leadership team will read a book, related to their costume, to each class. Students will have an opportunity to buddy read their stories with other ACS students. And, later in the day, we are hopeful to have a small Fall Festival! Feel free to put on your costume and join us for the fun, starting at 2 pm!


Not able to make it, but you still want to support the event?


  • We are in need of 107 small pumpkins (yes, a big ask, but maybe there is a Boy Scout troop somewhere who would love to donate them or even give us a discount)!
  • Instead of carving, we want to "bedazzle" our pumpkins, so, we would love any craft materials you have (googly eyes especially).
  • Know a face painter? That could be something new and exciting for the little ones!


Reach out to Ashley at 720-448-7589, if you're interested in contributing!

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SAFETY update

Over the break, new doors were installed at our temporary facility! With the new doors, comes a new procedure!


To ensure that we are keeping everyone safe, moving forward, the front door to the main space and Middle School area will be locked at all times. Because we aren't in our permanent space, we are not able to install the hardware that allows us to buzz people in; therefore, someone in the front space will let you in or (in rare cases that someone isn't in the space), you will call the number on the door to be let in.


We know this is an additional step, that could feel like a lot; however, this will allow us to make sure everyone is kept safe.

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International Festival

Our first Community Dinner was such a hit, we are hosting another this month on Friday, November 22 from 5:30-7:30 pm. At this event we will celebrate the various countries and

cultures represented within our school! For more information, see Mrs. Williams, one of our Kindergarten teachers, who will be leading the charge!


Looking for ways to volunteer? Mrs. Williams needs help:


  • Prepping Materials
  • Set Up or Clean Up
  • Cooking/Donating Food
  • Bringing Clothes/Artifacts


Look for a notice that will come home tomorrow!

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Community Committee Meeting: October 29

Many of you have helped to build ACS from the ground up; and that work began in the Community Committee. Now that we are "catching our stride", we are ready to get this committee back up and running. We are hosting our first meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 29 from 5:30-6:30 pm. We welcome all families to join us during this time. We will be discussing how families can be engaged at ACS (hint, hint: let's get our PTO up and running). Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Tardy or Absent?

We know that things come up...and your student will eventually be tardy or even absent! It's important that you notify the school, as soon as possible, so we can update our attendance system.


In case of a tardy, please TEXT 720-621-4514 with the student's name, grade level, and the reason for the tardy. No one will respond to this message, but please know it was received.


In case of an absence, please EMAIL info@auroracommunityk8.org; please share the student's name, grade level, date of the absence, and reason for the absence.

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Family-Teacher Conferences

Before break, you received your child's first Progress Report. This report simply shares with you where students are, right now, against the standards that have been taught. However, there is still time for students to grow, grow, grow!


The first trimester ends on Friday, November 15, so you will have the opportunity to sign up for times for Family-Teacher conferences, to discuss your child(ren)'s progress!


  • Middle School conferences will be held the week of November 4-8. This is slightly earlier than the trimester ends, so that students can get in any missing assignments, before final grades!
  • Elementary School conferences will be held November 18-22.


Look for a sign up Genius in the next week!

Intercession

We've had a few families ask what Intercession is! This is an integral part of our program: at the end of one trimester, and the beginning of another, students get a week of time for hands on, exploratory learning, tied to the themes! Students are in school for all of these days, but it's an opportunity for them to engage in their learning, outside of the traditional methods!


We will be closing out the theme: Identity & Character and beginning the theme: Human Rights! If you know someone (or if you, yourself) want to share your expertise or talent with students during these 5 days, please reach out to Meredith at mstolte@auroracommunityk8.org.


Our first Intercession is November 20-26!