AES Community Connection 8/30/22

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Greetings AES Families!

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The 2022-23 school year is off to a strong start! Classrooms focused on building relationships and routines last week. This week we continue to build community while also beginning our Literacy and Math Assessments.

Over the next few weeks all students will participate in DIBELs and STAR Math Testing. Students in grades 2-4 will also complete the STAR Reading assessments. This information is vital for planning instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

The mission of our school is to empower an innovative, mindful community of learners in a challenging and nurturing environment that promotes academic excellence.

We believe in...

  • Supporting the whole child academically, emotional, physically and socially.

  • Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

  • Providing the skills to be lifelong members and productive members of a global society.
  • Promoting and celebrating the love of learning.
  • Developing partnerships of passionate, respectful, learners amongst students, staff, parents and community.

I am very proud to introduce our 2022-23 Aspen Elementary Staff. Take a moment to read the special edition Meet the Staff blog. Please look through this newsletter carefully for important beginning of the year information.

All my best,

Ashley Bodkins

Mark your calendar...

  • September 5: Labor Day, No School
  • September 7: Noche Latina 5pm-6:30 pm
  • September 14: Early Release 1:15 PM
  • September 14: Back to School Night- 5:30-7:00pm - NOTE DATE CHANGE
  • September 22: Picture Day & Fall Social and PTO Fundraiser 5-8 pm at Highlands Ale House

Click here for the 22-23 School Year Calendar... Please mark your calendar and plan your vacations accordingly. This year, one of our School Improvement goals is to REDUCE high absenteeism. Please prioritize your child's attendance at school .

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Drop off and Pick-Up at "The Rock"

  • The procedure for students who are being dropped off and picked up by an adult will be different this year. Why? To create a safe environment for all students by making the entrance to school a student/staff only zone in the morning and afternoon.

    • Drop-off: Say good-bye to your children at the rock and allow them to walk up the sidewalk independently. Think, “Hug and Go!” Kinder caregivers are welcome to continue walking our littlest learners up to their meeting area if needed. We have two adults on duty at the rock to help students feel welcomed and safe, and two staff members for every grade in the meeting areas.

    • Pick-up: Our staff will walk students down to the rock and wait with them until they have been picked up. Caregivers, please help ensure safety and minimize confusion for our bus riders by waiting down at the rock to meet your child. This includes kinder caregivers. Any students remaining after 3:10 PM will be brought back to the office.

Looking for a safe and smooth Drop-Off and Pick-Up?

If you are interested in being part of a team to examine and revise our current drop-off and pick-up procedures, please email Ashley Bodkins Our goal is to get a new system in place by the end of September!

Learner Profile of the month...

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All Visitors MUST Register in the Main Office

As you may know, all exterior doors at AES are locked. We welcome visitors and require that they register in the main office. ASD uses the "Raptor" system. Be sure to bring your license or government issued ID when visiting the school.

Want to visit your child for lunch/recess?

One of the traditions at AES is to invite special caregivers to have lunch with their child. We are planning to continue this tradition this year. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you are planning to attend to avoid any scheduling conflicts. Be sure to sign-in in the main office to receive a visitor name tag when you arrive.

Transportation Information

Please click HERE to find the lates updates from our transportation department.
Click HERE for the Bus Change Request Form.

Early Release 2022-23...

Here is the Board of Education approved 2022-23 Aspen School District Calendar and information about Early Release Days.

Early Release

Early Release Days have been added back to the calendar. Early Release Days will be the second Wednesday of each month EXCEPT for December. Early release times are as follows:

1:15 PM Aspen Elementary School

2:00 PM Aspen Middle School

2:00 PM Aspen High School

Fall Social and PTO Fundraiser

Please SAVE THE DATE, September 22 for AES PTO Back to School Social and Fundraiser at Highlands Alehouse from 5-8pm! 20% of all food and alcohol sales will be donated to AES PTO. It’s a fun evening to socialize with new and familiar friends from school!
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Student Fees- Please pay!

All students have been assessed an $85 supply fee and a $15 technology fee for the 2022/23 school year. This fee covers your child's supplies for the year- you will not be given a supply list for purchase. We are asking that all current and outstanding fees be paid by August 31st. These can be paid through e~Funds or by check or cash in the front office once we are back in the building. If you have questions regarding payments please reach out to Virginia.

We LOVE Our Volunteers!

We love our volunteers! The Aspen School District requires our volunteers get fingerprinted. We are back up and running to do fingerprinting in the District Office. Please use THIS LINK to schedule an appointment at the DO. Click HERE for more information.

PTO ...

Sign up to help with Recess/Lunch duty by clicking HERE!

Our PTO is looking for committed volunteers to support family events, teacher appreciation, school wide events such as the book fair, weekly popcorn sales and field day! We'd love to have a minimum of 2-3 representatives from each grade level as well as individuals committed to serving on the leadership team. If you are interested, please reach out to Nicole VandeBoom at

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More community news...

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AMFS AfterWorks Programs

Join AMFS AfterWorks Programs for the 22-23 School Year!

Beginning Strings registration is OPEN!

Register early…Classes will fill to capacity.

Beginning Strings will run at AES on Mondays after-school.

Classes begin the week of October 3rd.
Tuition and instrument scholarships are available!

Click HERE for the flyer in English.

Click HERE for the flyer in Spanish.

Red Brick Center for the Arts After School ArtPlay Starting Soon!

Registration will open on Monday, August 29, 2022 for the after-school program at the Red Brick Center for the Arts for grades K-4. Fall sessions begin September 7th and will be held on Wednesdays. Go to to register!

Theatre Aspen After School Classes

Story Adventures (K-2)

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45pm

Session 1: September 14th - October 12th

Session 2: October 26th - December 14th

At the Red Brick Center for the Arts

Make the leap from page to stage! In our Elementary Story Adventures classes, students will deepen their appreciation for the arts through the exploration of new and classic children’s literature. Artistic expression, performing confidence, peer collaboration (and silly storytelling) will all be in the spotlight for these fun-filled sessions.

Play Lab: Heroes & Villains

Mondays, 3:30-4:45pm

September 12th - November 14th

At the Red Brick Center for the Arts

Every good hero needs a villain! Dive into the realm of collaborative storytelling, thinking up an entirely original show from scratch exploring the complex dynamics of heroes and villains. Together, we’ll use improv to generate ideas and discover one-of-a-kind characters, weaving the best of what we’ve made into our brand-new play.

AES Students can take the bus directly to the Yellow Brick Building and be picked up by a Theatre Aspen staff member for both classes to ease the school to class transition for parents.

Click HERE for the flyer.


Hispanic Heritage Month at Anderson Ranch!

Community celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, September 17th 1 pm - 5 pm. There will be music, dancing, food, art activities, and games! The event is free and open to the public, so the more the merrier!

Click HERE for the Flyer in English.

Click HERE for the flyer in Spanish.

Register HERE.

Aspen Recreation Fall Sports are OPEN for registration!

Aspen Recreation Fall Sports are OPEN for registration!

  • Kinder Soccer
  • 1st & 2nd Grade Soccer
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Soccer
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Flag Football
  • 5th & 6th Grade Flag Football

Please see our website for details

Registration closes August 28th, season starts September 5th.

Please contact Travis Buckner on 970 544 4109 or

Mile High Mites Learn to Play Hockey Program

The Colorado Avalanche is pleased to announce a partnership with the NHL & NHLPA to bring you the Mile High Mites Learn to Play Hockey Program for kids aged 5-9 and, built to maximize the number of kids playing hockey in Colorado by providing the gold standard of Learn To Play Programs. Each host association will provide a fun and effective program by delivering the game in an age-appropriate manner, consistent with USA Hockey ADM/LTAD models.

*Registration and rink locations will be first-come, first-served, and based on availability*


One (1) player registration for the Learn to Play program at the association/rink of your choice

Complete set of brand new fitted hockey gear through Pure Hockey.

“Intro to Hockey” informational session for players and parents at an Avalanche home game at Ball Arena.

One on-ice session will include Colorado Avalanche Alumni members Milan Hejdukor and John-Michael Liles to teach the game and educate the players, coaches, and parents*

The program is available for players not currently rostered on a team, and registration is based on that criteria. All player eligibility is subject to review, and spots are not guaranteed until your player has been cleared by USA Hockey, CAHA, and the Colorado Avalanche.

*Subject to Colorado Avalanche Alumni availability.

Below is a link to the registration for your MHM session.

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Girls on the Run Team

For those early birds planning their Fall already, please consider joining our Girls On The Run Team, starting September 6th on Tues/Ths. from 3:15-4:45 at Aspen Elementary School. Registration is live now and we would love to have your girl on the run join our team! Our Fall running and teamwork exercises culminate in a 5k celebration run in November. Please see the link for more information and registration details:

Aspen Elementary SKIERS

At AES our essential agreements guide the way we behave and interact with others throughout our school in every setting. This year, we've adopted 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.