Special thanks to our 8th graders:

Kaitlyn E.
Sophia J.
Dani R.
Zoe S.

You can see their amazing artwork as you enter the school parking lot!
What a great message and beautiful artistry!
Featured Updates
Who is this handsome guy?

Some of you already know one of our smallest Owls, Davis. Davis is a friend to many and loved by all. He has a sister (Palmer-1st grade) and younger brother (Weston) who all keep the Goeking family busy and full of joy.

Davis was recently diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer. While he is happy, energetic and strong, this is obviously devastating news for any family.
Davis and his family have a long journey ahead of them, but have been so thankful for all of the love and support being shown by ARPS families.

Many have asked about ways they can help the Goeking Family and below are a few...

Notes/pictures from classmates and friends
Gift cards to local Erie restaurants, King Soopers, food delivery services, etc.
And from Brenda..."We feel fortunate that we don’t have significant financial or other concerns that would make this situation even more stressful with our very long road ahead. We truly appreciate every prayer and ounce of love coming our way."
Please keep Davis and his family in your thoughts and prayers and be on the lookout for ways you can help support one of our own Owl families over the next few months.
You look great in your new shirt, Davis! Your Owl family is rooting for you!!!
In-Person vs. VIP vs. Temporary VIP students vs. Class Quarantine

There are many options for learning this year at Aspen Ridge. Here is a quick overview of how each option weaves into the big picture of teaching and learning.

In-Person: In-person instruction consists of 5-days a week of teaching/learning, on campus.

VIP: The Virtual Instructional Programming platform is designed for families who are not comfortable sending their children for in-person learning. Families are able to move to the VIP platform at any time during the school year, but may only move back to in-person learning at the beginning of each quarter (Jan 6 or March 29). (It does take about 24 hours for this transition to take place.) VIP students login for live lessons and work independently about 1/3 of the time of in person learning. Student daily attendance/participation and grades are monitored by the VIP teacher. VIP teachers include: Ms. Weingardt and Mrs. Vallort (K-2); Ms. Thornton and Mrs. Dieterich (3rd-5th); Mrs. Hollis, Mrs. Reseigh and Ms. Shorts (6-8).

Temporary VIP students: Students who are required to quarantine under the ARPS policies join the VIP platform as a temporary student (Transition takes about 24 hours). Students login with VIP teachers and grade level peers during the duration of their quarantine, participating and continuing their learning path. Once students have been cleared to return back to school by the Covid Response Coordinator, students are able to return to on-premise learning. VIP teachers are responsible for marking participation and attendance; grades are assigned through on-premise teachers.

Class Quarantine: If a class is required to quarantine because a student or teacher has tested positive for Covid 19, the classroom teacher continues instruction from home (granted the teacher is well enough to do so) and students login virtually each day to count. An email identifying a 14-day quarantine is sent to the identified class by the Covid Repsonse Coordinator (CRC); the classroom teacher sends a template with the daily schedule for teaching/learning; student attendance and participation is monitored through the classroom teacher. Once cleared by the CRC, the class is able to return to in-person learning.

The various learning platforms are intended to provide teaching/learning opportunities for all students, as seamlessly as possible. There is a transition phase, in both moving to VIP and moving back to in-person learning, to account for updated grades, materials collection, and communication of links/templates/daily schedules. Keep in mind that if you are an on-premise learner and choose to move to VIP, that change is made through the end of the quarter and moving back to on-premise learning prior to the quarter is not an option.
Masks
With our surrounding community moving into the "red" zone, Aspen Ridge students and staff are expected to wear masks throughout the day. The Colorado Covid Dial dashboard can be found here.
Masks are just one mitigating factor that ARPS is implementing to help ensure our students and staff stay safe. Click here to read more about ways to keep your family's health at the forefront. Please note masks must fit properly and cover both mouth and nose.
Face shields are not allowed in place of a mask.

COVID-19 Testing
If you are having your student tested for COVID-19, the only test that ARPS can accept at this time is a standard PCR COVID-19 test not a Rapid Results test.

Facilities Update
Our operations and custodial teams are working hard to ensure the school is clean and sanitized. Take a look at some of the fun updates we've made around the school. For more information about about what Aspen Ridge is doing to keep the school safe click here.

  • Special disinfectant equipment and disinfectant that is a proven COVID killer
  • Increased sanitization in classrooms and nightly cleaning
  • Increased outside airflow through HVAC system
  • Upgrade to hospital-grade filters in HVAC system
  • Stand-alone air purifiers in each room
  • Ionizers attached to the HVAC system for air sanitization

Traveling Over the Holidays?

While Aspen Ridge does NOT have travel policy restrictions for students and staff, we do ask that you continue to be mindful about where you are traveling and who you are visiting. Help our school community stay extra healthy by monitoring your Owl(s) for symptoms each day and encouraging them to wash their hands. Did you know the goal for handwashing is TEN times a day? With cold and flu season right around the corner, now is the time for that extra push and healthy habit vigilance.
If you feel that your child has been exposed to someone in the family that has tested positive for Covid-19, please reach out to Mr. Cortes, our Covid Response Coordinator @ healthyowls.arprep.org.
Looking for More Information?

Click HERE to stay up-to-date on the Aspen Ridge COVID 19 policies and procedures, or reach out to Sean Cortes at healthyowls@arprep.org if you have questions.



Mr. Sean Cortes passing out PPE to our staff!
Mrs. Rebecca Mayo-Cody,
ARPS Counselor

Click HERE to see how she can support you and your Owl(s) both in person and virtually.
Are you looking for an easy way to ensure your Owl is safe after school, until you get home from work? Check out the ARPS Owl's Nest.

Owl's Nest After Care
Afternoons
3:15 pm to 6:00 pm
$15 per day
Includes snack!
 
All students must sign-up in advance for after care for the 2020-2021 school year.
To sign up your student(s), please follow this link: The Owl's Nest Official Signup.