Audubon Updates

February 2021

Notes From the Principal

Happy February!

I heard a student talking at recess the other day and they were complaining about how long the month of January was and I had to laugh to myself because I felt the complete opposite - how have we already blown through the first month of the 2021 calendar? Regardless of how long January felt to you we have made it to February. Since I last touched base with you we have had some big things happen at Audubon such as returning to in-person learning, our first attempt at a "E-Learning Inclement Weather Day", asynchronous Monday's, student mid-year testing and a few others. This has all happened to us in just the past two weeks!!

As we look forward to the month of February we are getting ready to hit our stride with what we hope to be our most consistent stretch of learning since last February. As you read through this newsletter you will find information about:

  • Transitioning Between In-Person and Remote
  • Picture Day
  • Valentines Day Celebrations
  • E-Learning Day Updates
  • Yearbook Photos
  • Family Feedback Survey
  • Many More

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about what you find in the messages below or need to talk about any other things. We will continue to navigate this school year in partnership and look forward to continuing to support you and your students.

Wishing you health and wellness,

Aaron Ford

Moving Between In-person and Remote

We were excited to open our doors in January to students and families that chose to return for in-person learning. With the return of in-person learning we are now navigating the learning of both students that are physically here with us and also those that are still choosing to learn remotely. As we have made it through the first two weeks of our dual learning options there have been some questions asked that I would like to share some answers with you as we move forward:

If my child is attending in-person, can I keep my child home for the day and have them just join online?

  • Not necessarily. If a student needs to stay home for the day for any reason - not feeling well, family choice, doctor appointment, etc. they may be excused from school that day with a parent calling the office and letting us know why they are out.

What if my child is going to be out for multiple days, either because of illness or quarantine?

  • If your child has to miss more than one day we will work to get them going online starting with day two until they are able to come back in-person.

Why cant I just have them join online?

  • Students that are typically in-person and need to stay home for the day typically do not have what they need to be successful for one day online. This includes a schedule for the day, meeting links from teachers and all of the materials necessary.

If I have an extenuating circumstance that I would like to discuss further - can we talk about this?

  • Absolutely. Each situation is different and there may be things that come up that are outside of your or our control. We will try to work with families the best that we can. Please call our main office to discuss this with us and we will work on what the best plan of action will be.

Towards the end of 3rd quarter we will again ask for our families to let us know what their learning preference will be for the 4th quarter of this school year. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Your Voice Matters!!

Families are encouraged to share their thoughts and viewpoints on a variety of areas that will help our school plan for the end of this year and for next year. The district started working with the University of Chicago last year to conduct a yearly survey, called the 5-Essentials Survey, and this year they have added the parent/family component to the survey.

All of our instructional staff, along with our 4th/5th grade students, will be taking the survey to get measure our readiness in five key areas - Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction. We then use the results of this survey to make key decisions moving forward. We would love to have your voice in our results this year.

To access the survey you will follow this link:

We are looking for an many responses as we can get to the survey to ensure that all voices are heard. At a minimum we must have 20% participation from parents to get your results and compare that with staff and students. The survey is 100% anonymous so we would ask for you to give the most honest feedback as possible. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Mr. Ford.

Picture Retake Day is Coming - February 4

Students will have the opportunity for picture retakes (or initial pictures if they missed the first opportunity) on Thursday, February 4. Our remote students will be able to come to the school from 7:30 - 8:15 for photos and our in-person students will take photos beginning at 8:30.

Families can start the ordering process ahead of time by visiting and entering the Picture Day ID: EVTS3XR98.

Class Pictures with Kindergarten and 5th Grade Promotion Picture Day - February 11

The week after our individual pictures we will be having class photos along with kindergarten/5th grade promotion photos. We will have times set aside for our remote kindergarten and 5th grade students to come in and take their photos.

We are still working on all of the final details around class photos. When final arrangements have been made we will share that information.

Yearbook Photos

Your photos are still needed to help us with our yearbook this year. If you have fun photos of students participating in learning, working in their learning environment, or just other school friendly photos, please think about sharing those with us and we may add them to our 2020-2021 yearbook. You can send pictures directly to Mrs. Garza at

Thank you for helping contribute to our 2020-2021 yearbook.

Valentines Day Celebrations

In a year that has challenged us in so many ways we are excited to announce that we are going to be able to have some level of "normalcy" this month and celebrate Valentines Day with students. There will be protocols that we must follow to make sure any type of event or celebration is done safely, but classes will be able to celebrate.

Each class/grade level is going to celebrate differently and teachers will be sending home specifics. What we would ask from everyone is to adhere to any dates teachers share. The reason for some of the dates is to ensure proper safety procedures can be followed as determined by our school district and El Paso County health. We look forward to celebrating this year - even if it will look a little different.

Presidents Day - February 15: No School

We will celebrate Presidents Day on February 15, 2021. All District 11 schools will be closed on that day.

Meal Options - Free For Children of All Ages

Throughout the rest of the 2020-2021 school year the federal government will be continuing to provide daily breakfast and lunch for all children ages 0-18. While we are having in-person learning we will have daily breakfast and lunch meals available for all of our in-person students. For families that are continuing to participate in remote learning lunch will be offered daily at any of our district high schools from 11:00 - 12:30. When picking up these meals you will also have a breakfast in your "grab-and-go" bad for the following day. These meals are available on any day that we have school.

Update: We will have grab-and-go meals available at Audubon each Asynchronous Monday as well as our high schools.

Asynchronous Monday's

The district will continue its new schedule of having every Monday be an Asynchronous learning day. On these days students will work from home and will have opportunities to check in with their teacher to set the foundation for the day and then participate in independent work for the remainder of the day. If you have questions about your child's schedule and learning on these please reach out their teacher.

E-Learning Days for Inclement Weather

We had our first inclement weather day on January 26th. This year we have started to move from these inclement weather days being no school to having e-learning on those days. As with everything else this year we are constantly learning and making adjustments as we go and this is no different for our e-learning days.

The district is reviewing their policy on what the expectations will be on e-learning days and how to balance the need for live instruction and self-guided learning (asynchronous). As we continue to learn and grow we will make sure to communicate this to our families. Let's hope that mother nature allows us to engage in our learning the rest of this year and we do not have to have more disruptions to our schedules.

Box Tops for Education

As we have become a more digital society some of our traditional school programs have had a hard time keeping up. One of those programs that has made it into the digital world is our Box Tops for Education program that gives money back to schools for certain purchases you make in your daily life. You no longer have to cut out the Box Tops and send them into the school - now there is an app that you can use to scan your receipt and it will automatically track the Box Tops and send money back to our school.

The website with information about how to get the app, set goals and help make a difference in our school is available by clicking here.

Technology Support

If you are ever needing technology support during our remote learning time, or even when we get back to in-person, you can reach out to Mr. Watson. His contact information is:

Mr. Watson is ready and willing to support in any way that he can.

Thank you to everyone. We will get through this together!