Audubon News

October 1, 2021

School Year Falling Into Place

Hello Audubon Families,


I hope this message finds you well and now that we are well into the school year things have settled in well for you and your children. Here at school we are starting to find our groove and get our schedules solid to support kids during the day. It was this time last year that we were first transitioning back to in-person learning while still balancing online learning and quarantines. Having been fully in-person has helped us launch the year in a much more successful way.


The month of October is full of events and some days that students don't have school. Make sure you read through the newsletter fully to make sure you have all the information you need as we continue through the school year.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out and we will do our best to answer them for you. You can always reach me at aaron.ford@d11.org or 719-328-2602.


Wishing you health and wellness,


Aaron Ford

Principal, Audubon Elementary

No School for Students

There are multiple days in the month of October when students will not have school. Those days are:


Friday, October 15th - Teacher Work Day

Monday, October 18th - School Data Collaboration Day

Thursday, October 28 - Conferences

Friday, October 29 - Conferences

Updated COVID Protocols (as of 10/1/2021)

The district continues to monitor the COVID-19 number in El Paso County and will inform families of any changes to protocols as they come.


As of October 1, 2021 the district has made the decision to continue to require masks for all students, staff and visitors until the end of the first semester (December 17) at which time they will again review where things are at.


You can see a full list of district COVID precautions and information by clicking here and visiting our District 11 Return to Learn website.

Parent/Teacher/Guardian Conferences 2021

It is that time of year to start planning for conferences later this month. Audubon will be hosting conferences the week of October 25th. Each teacher has a slightly different schedule for the week with the primary time set aside on Wednesday, October 27th in the evening after school and during the day on Thursday, October 28th. Families are encouraged to sign-up early and if you have multiple children to look at the teachers schedules and sign-up for each child.


As of now we are planning to hold conferences in-person with a virtual option if you are not able to make it in. Should COVID protocols change and we have to move to a virtual setting we will let you know and make the necessary arrangements.


You can click here to access the website that holds the teachers schedules and sign-up for your conference at the end of the month.


You can also navigate to the Audubon website at www.d11.org/audubon to sign-up.

Social Media Challenges in Schools

Audubon families - there is a message below from our district about ongoing issues with students that are impacting schools and students ability to learn. We have had minimal impacts at Audubon at this point of the year, but we do want to share with you the messaging that was sent to families a few weeks ago to make you aware of the "challenges" that students are being encouraged to participate in while at school. If you have any questions after reading the message below please do not hesitated to reach out.


We are aware of several unfortunate trends among youth appearing mostly on the social media app, TikTok. [Monthly] trends depict students all over the country participating in activities like theft, vandalism, assault of school staff members, and other inappropriate and often illegal behaviors.

Please know [these behaviors] may carry stiff consequences, up to and including criminal charges. You are encouraged to help us by having a conversation with your student about not only these challenges, but any social media challenges that may come up in the future. Anything that is harmful to our buildings and the people who enjoy them is unacceptable. We thank you for your help and partnership.

PTA/School Events in October

Chuck-E-Cheese Night - October 14

We are having our second ever Chuck-e-Cheese night on October 14 as kids head into a four day weekend. This is a fun time to come out, let the kids have some fun, and enjoy some time with fellow Audubon families. The great part of the evening is that Chuck-e-Cheese donates 20% of sales back to the school for the night.


Click here to see the informational flier for the Chuck-e-Cheese event.


Trunk or Treat - October 22

The Audubon PTA is hosting our first annual Trunk or Treat for the community on Friday, October 22nd. This will be a fun event for kids and families of all ages. It will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on that evening. There will be food trucks, Kona Ice, and many vehicles that families can visit for a safe "Trunk or Treating" experience. We hope to see you on the 22nd for this great event!

Book Fair - October 25-29

Audubon will be hosting our first Scholastic Book Fair of the 21-22 school year the final week of October in conjunction with Parent-Teacher Conferences. The book fair will be in the library and will run for the entire week during the school days and for some time after school. Once all of our times are set we will share more information.

Monster Mash Dance/Costumes - October 27

Our annual tradition of hosting a "Monster Mash" dance and event during the school day will continue this year on Wednesday, October 27. Students will go to the gym during their specials time that day and participate in the fun event led by our specials team.


To make the day complete, students and staff are welcome to dress up for the day in a fun outfit or costume. A few asks for the event is that students do not wear costume masks (we still will have to wear cloth masks), that students/staff do not have face paint, and that costumes that are school appropriate.

Boo at the Zoo

Each year the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hosts their annual "Boo at the Zoo" event during the month of October. Families get to tour the zoo in the late afternoon/evening and enjoy some trick-or-treating along their way. School District 11 has a table at the event each year and Audubon was selected to host the table on Saturday, October 16. If you are thinking about heading out to this years event and you happen to go on the 16th make sure you stop by and say hi!

Spirit Gear - Apparel Drive

We are having our first spirit gear sale of the year with an updated design and some new apparel items. The sale is open from October 1 - October 14 so get your spirit gear ordered quickly!


Click Here for the flier and ordering information.

School Accountability Committee Meeting and Information

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is a team of parents, community members, and staff that helps support and gives feedback to our school. We have monthly meetings that anyone is invited to attend. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 21st 4:00 p.m. in the library. You can also join the meeting remotely by clicking the link below for the WebEx version.


The October meeting will be focused on reviewing our beginning of the year academic data, how we are supporting students as we continue to navigate the pandemic, and how we plan to recognize and honor student during the 2021-2022 school year. We hope you can join us for this one hour meeting and share your thoughts and feedback on how the school year is going.


Click here for the WebEx link to join the meeting on October 21st at 4:00 p.m.

PTA Information

The Audubon PTA is already off and running for the 21-22 school year. Some of the upcoming events/activities that are being planned are:


  • Audubon Apparel Drive - October 1-14
  • Trunk or Treat - October 22
  • APEX Fun Run/Turkey Trot - November 18


We would love to have you join us and participate in what you can. If you would like to join the PTA you can do so by clicking the link below and submitting your PTA dues for the 21-22 year. Click here for the link.


There will be a full membership meeting on October 19th in the library with dinner and childcare available. Dinner starts at 5:30 and the meeting at 6:00. You can also join us live via WebEx for the meeting by clicking here.

Quarantines and Remote Learning

With COVID-19 still part of our lives we know that there is a potential for disruptions to the traditional learning environment. We want to share with you what to expect if we have a disruption due to COVID-19 (or this could also be due to inclement weather).


Quarantines

  • If a student is quarantined due to COVID-19 they will be able to complete work daily via Schoology or Seesaw.
  • Those students in quarantine will be able to meet with their teacher via live WebEx each day of their quarantine (teachers will share the time with families as it may be different for each teacher due to their daily schedule).
  • If work is completed and turned in, the student will be counted as present for the school day in the attendance system.


Remote Learning

  • Remote learning is if an entire class has to be quarantined due to COVID-19 or potentially for inclement weather situations.
  • Teachers will have a daily schedule that students should follow from home that will include live sessions and off-line work time.
  • This type of learning would be temporary.

Upcoming Dates and Events

October 2 - Community Clean-up Day

October 14 - Chuckie Cheese Night

October 15 - Teacher Work Day; No Students

October 18 - Data Collaboration Day; No Students

October 19 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

October 21 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

October 22 - Trunk or Treat @ 4:00

October 25 - Book Fair

October 28/29 - Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences; No Students

November 9 - Individual Picture Day Makeup

November 11 - Veterans Day

November 11 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Week; School Closed

November 29/30 - Health Screening

December 6-10 - Holiday Shop

December 14 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

December 17 - School Movie @ 8:30

December 20-Jan 2 - Winter Break; School Closed

January 3 - PD/Work Day; No Students

January 4 - Work Day; No Students

January 13 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

January 17 - MLK Day; School Closed

February 10 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

February 11 - Movie Night @ 5:30

February 15 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

February 21 - Presidents Day; School Closed

February 28-March 4 - Dr. Seuss Week and Book Fair

March 7 - Teacher Work Day; No students

March 8 - Data Collaboration Day; No students

March 10 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

March 21-25 - Spring Break; School Closed

April 1 - Chuckie Cheese Night

April 14 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

April 18-22 - Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 19 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

April 22 - John J. Audubon Birthday Celebration

May 2-6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 12 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

May 20 - Students Last Day