AES Community Connection 2/22/22

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Dear AES Families,

As you are aware, the mask mandate has been lifted in schools beginning this week. If you have not already, please review this most recent guidance that was shared with families on Friday, February 18th. Our goal is to make this transition safe and successful for all students, staff and families. Masks are currently OPTIONAL and may still be worn by some individuals based on personal reasons. During this time of transition, please be kind, understanding and accepting of others and their choices to mask or unmask.

This is the final week of the Lexia/Symphony Olymicas! Thank you for supporting the Lexia/Symphony at home. While we do not encourage excessive screen time among young children, research has shown that using these programs, for a little as 45 min per week (15 min per day for three days/week) leads to closing gaps on basic literacy and math skills. The usage among our students was incredible last week. Please priortize education screen time and keep up the great work!

All my best,


Mark your calendar...

  • February 7-25 - Lexia/Symphony Olympics... Go for Gold!
  • February 24 - Premier of "Snowy" in the District Theater for all 4th grade students and families at 5:30 PM.
  • February 25 - All School viewing of the 4th grade performance of "Snowy"
  • 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.

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

Mask Optional Guidance...Starting Feb 22

Please take a moment to read the most recent School Health and Safety Update which includes links to more information and a cool graphic.

If you are unable to access this document, please reach out to It is also available on

Please keep in mind, there may be many students and staff who will feel more comfortable wearing a mask. Please respect their decision and help your child to respect that decision as well. This will be a wonderful opportunity to practive CARING for others.

After School Pick-Up Reminders...

  • If you walk up to the school, please meet your child on the plaza on the side of the building.
  • Students in 3rd and 4th grade may walk to the "rock" at the edge of the parking lot on their own.
  • Please remind your child if they have a pick-up change for the day.
  • We will remind all students that they are to meet their pick-up adult on the plaza or by the rock.

Thank you! We are seeing a lot of congestion on the sidewalk as we are trying to load the buses. Your help is appreciated.

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. Please note changes to the 3rd grade schedule below.

3rd grade:

ELA April 11, 13, 15

Math April 12, 14, 19

Last day for make-ups April 25th

4th grade

ELA April 11th, 13th, 15th

Math April 19th, 20th, 22nd

Last day for make-ups April 25th

PTO Updates

Nicole VandeBoom has volunteered to step into the primary leadership role for the PTO. Nicole brings with her a wealth of experience from managing the PTO at her previous school, and we are excited to see what ideas she brings to AES. Special thanks to Natalie Taber who has served in this role.

We'd like to thank the PTO for the wonderful Valentine's Day treats they provided for our staff last week!

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 Carrie, Virginia 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.

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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...

WindWalkers & Rock Star Readers offer a Reading and Horse Back Riding Summer Camp

The camp will provide an intensive 5 week language immersion program for struggling readers ages 7–11 starting June 13th- July 15th offered 4 days a week (Monday- Thursday from 8:30 AM - 1PM). The program will provide small group Orton-Gillingham and Wilson based reading tutoring. After an intense morning of reading, campers will get lessons in horseback riding, horse/goat care, sensory trail rides and spend time enjoying art and music in a beautiful outdoor setting on WindWalkers’ Ranch.

Please click HERE for more information.

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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

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.

We need substitute teachers!!

We are in need of substitute teachers. Interested in helping out? Please reach out to Carrie Milton!