Newsletter
April 8, 2021
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A Message From The Principal
ASPEN VIEW ACADEMY
Severe Weather/Lightning Dismissal

In the event of incoming severe/dangerous weather, we want to make you aware of Aspen View Academy's updated Severe Weather/Lightning Dismissal plan. When there is dangerous weather in the area, we may need to initiate a “Severe Weather/Lightning Dismissal” (“Severe Weather/Lightning Dismissal” means that for the safety of students, we will hold students inside their classrooms until the storm has passed).

ASPEN VIEW ACADEMY will initiate a lightning dismissal when lightning is within 6 miles of the school. We use Weather Bug as our official weather monitoring tool. AVA does have a Weather Bug station on our building.

In the past, parents have been able to enter the building and escort their children. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to allow parents into the building. In the event of dangerous weather, we will initiate a “Severe Weather/Lightning Dismissal” and are asking that parents please wait in their vehicle or other safe location until the weather danger has passed and we are able to safely release students.

Communication: We will do our best to communicate and send out timely information. AVA will push out communication via an email blast and the AVA mobile app that we have initiated a Severe Weather/Lightning Dismissal. 

Students who will be picked up in the carpool line:  Students will remain in their classrooms under the supervision of their teachers. Students will be able to read, draw, watch a video, listen to music, start homework, etc.

Walkers and Bikers:  If your student typically walks or rides their bike home, they will be released as soon as the danger has passed.

Parents picking up their child(ren) on Low Meadow Blvd.: Students who are being picked up on Low Meadow Blvd. will be released once the severe weather passes and it is safe to release students.

How Will I Know If It Is Time to Pick Up My Child?  When the dangerous weather has passed, an email will be sent as well as a message on the AVA app indicating that carpool will start again, and students will be released following our normal procedures.

Weather in Colorado can often be unpredictable and, for some reason, loves to occur right at dismissal time. Usually, these storms pass quickly, however, they also can linger. AVA cannot release students until the severe weather has passed and conditions are safe. 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as such a delay will test everyone’s patience. Please remember, this is done for your safety as well as the safety of our staff and students.
Announcements

April is the last month your student can check out a library book. Please make sure your student is prepared to return ALL AVA LIBRARY BOOKS by May 2021.
Classroom Composite Photos are Now Available to Order

If you wish to order a composite of your students homeroom class you may place your order here.

Last day to order
Monday April 12th!
Reminder for AVA Families with Incoming Siblings

If you have not yet received an offer for an incoming sibling for the 21/22 school year please email our enrollment office to ensure they have been put on the list with sibling priority.
CARPOOL Pickup and Drop Off Reminders

From the home office of Castle Rock, Colorado, we now present the top 5 carpool reminders (anyone remember Letterman?).

5.     Only Pre-K parents should park/drop off in Pre-K parking lot. This is the small lot near the school exit. Pre-K parents must walk their child in and sign them in for the day, so those limited spots must be available for Pre-K parents.

4.     Please pull forward all the way to the top of carpool lane for drop off no matter what door your child enters. Stopping mid-way prohibits more cars from being in the drop-off zone which makes carpool last longer.

3.     Be ready to exit vehicle. No tying shoes, finishing breakfast, zipping backpack up, fixing hair, looking for a mask. etc.... Be ready to exit. If not quite ready (we understand things happen) pull all the way to the top and then finish getting ready before trying to exit your vehicle.

2.     Parents, please stay in your vehicle. We promise to get your child into the building. We know it is tempting to get out of your car for hugs and kisses, but please do that while in your car.

And the number one reminder at drop off...
1.     After dropping off your child please follow the flow of traffic and exit. Do not stop to watch your child enter the building – we will make sure they get in safely.
Register TODAY for Kids Night Out
Register by April 18th

Offering Field Trips each week on Tues, Wed, Thurs.  
Spring Cleaning at AVA
Join us for an ALL family spring cleaning day on Saturday April 10th from 9am - 12pm to pick up the AVA grounds. After a long winter, the AVA playground and surrounding property, including Parrish Park, are littered. We would like to clean things up. Each family member who participates can count their time towards your family volunteer hours. With COVID, not as many hours have been available this year so here is a chance to get some hours and have fun too.

If you have not set up your Volunteer Profile in Raptor, please click here to do so now. To log your hours please click here and log into your Raptor Volunteer Profile. (All Family hours can be grouped together when logging hours ie: 4 family member were here for 1 hour time to log would be 8am - 12pm).  Please note: use a computer to log hours a mobile device does not work very well.
Mask/Face Covering guidance while on AVA property

We are asking parents/guardians to please wear a face covering while on AVA property during arrival and dismissal. There is no requirement to wear a mask or face shield while in your vehicle.

Thank you for your assistance with this as we try to keep AVA open to in-person learning as long as the safety and health data show it is safe to do so.
Middle School News
The DCSD Art Show is upon us! This year's show will again be virtual. If your Middle School student has pieces that they would like to submit for the show, please have your student complete this Google Form.

Once all submissions are made, students will vote on their top 5 favorite pieces from each media to then be entered to the DCSD show. Submissions are not limited!

Friday April 9th is the LAST DAY to submit!

Please contact Katie Pelley, Middle School Art, if you have any questions.
PTO News
ATTENTION PARENTS!!!

The PTO is planning a school wide gift that will include everyone's first name.

To omit your child's name please email the PTO, no later than April 11th!
Chili's Spirit Night
Monday April 12
Show this flyer, tell your server or let the TO-GO specialist know that you are with AVA, so that AVA receives 15% back.
Dress of Choice Day

Wednesday, April 14.

Thanks to a submission that was randomly chosen, we will be raising funds for

Minimum $1 donation to participate. 
Spring Fundraiser Information

It's almost time for our Spring Raise Craze fundraiser! This is a unique way for us to raise money for our school while making an impact in our community. During this fundraiser, students ask friends and family for donations via the online Raise Craze platform while paying it forward serving others. What a great way for us to teach our students the importance of kindness and gratitude while raising much needed funds. Students will spend time serving, not selling!
 
Registration Link: my.raisecraze.com/AQRR1AW Enter your student’s name Select at least 3 Acts of Kindness Enter 5-10 email addresses of potential supporters. Raise Craze will send all emails, reminders and thank you notes. 

Dates: April 21 - May 3

Our Goal: $50,000

School-Wide Service Projects: Socks and Snacks for Facing Homelessness Denver, supplies for the Buddy Center, Change for the Castle Rock Senior Center. 
 
Every student can participate in Raise Craze by completing Acts of Kindness (AOK) so we’re aiming for 100% participation.  There are lots of great prizes for participating, and it's so easy to do. We are excited to see all the ways our students choose to serve others!
 
P.S. For daily updates, follow Aspen View Academy on Facebook, download the Aspen View Academy App from your app store and be sure to check out the Leaderboard at my.raisecraze.com/leaderboard/for/AQRR1AW!

Need help getting started? Check out the Raise Craze Instructional Video at raisecraze.com/instructional-video/ or email springfundraiser@aspenviewacademy.org
Happy Grams

Do you want to wish your student a happy birthday for everyone to see? Now you can! For only $10, you can reserve an exclusive spot on the electronic board to send your message. For more details and to purchase click here to order (Deadline is 14 days prior to the birthday or announcement, NO EXCEPTIONS). We will contact you for your message and payment verification.
AVA Wolf Shack

The Wolf Shack will be open online only and we will get orders to your students’ classroom. We have moved delivery day to Wednesdays. Orders need to be placed by 3pm Monday to be delivered Wednesday. If you are requesting to pick up at the front office, those orders will be labeled appropriately and brought into the office. To order, please click here.

Thank you for supporting the Wolf Shack - all funds raised go directly towards AVA PTO Events and Activities!

Middle School Sports
Spring is upon us, and our sports programs are still on "pause." Our school and athletic conferences main concern is keeping our students in school. Because athletics would include the mixing of cohorts, we need to monitor the situation closely. We will continue to track the safety of sports through Colorado and CHSAA, and send out any update accordingly. Thank you for understanding!

If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Alguire at lalguire@aspenviewacademy.org.
Contact Us
General Information: (720) 733-3436 office@aspenviewacademy.org 
Fax: (303) 660-5959
Attendance Line: (303) 660-5940
Volunteer Coordinator: scahill@aspenviewacademy.org
Before/After Care: (303) 888-3040 tlund@aspenviewacademy.org
Lunchroom Manager: xsknight@dcsdk12.org
Enrollment/Registrar: adixon@aspenviewacademy.org

Aspen View Academy
2131 Low Meadow Blvd.
Castle Rock, CO 80109