Newsletter
January 28, 2021
A Message From The Principal
My turn to say thank you!
 
You may have heard your child come and talk about writing an affirmation for another student or for an AVA staff member. Affirmations are positive reminders or statements that are used to encourage and motivate yourself or others. These are important pieces of the AVA climate and culture and another example of what makes AVA so special. I see the sparkle a staff member has when they receive a positive affirmation from another employee or a student. On many occasions I have had a staff member share with me an affirmation that they received and expressed just how much that meant to them. In times when there is so much negativity in the world, these affirmations become that much more appreciated and needed.

Now it is my turn to provide some affirmations to our amazing staff, students, and parents. By far, this has been the hardest school year any of us has experienced. The juggling of eLearning and In-Person learning requires a commitment from everyone to make it work. We remind everyone that kids still need to be kids and that they need support and encouragement to keep them moving forward. We all understand that the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we educate kids, however, it has not impacted our resolve nor our resiliency to keep doing what is best for our students and to keep the educational process moving forward.

I am impressed with how strong our staff, students, and parents are. We do not accept excuses and lower our standards. We change and adapt and keep pushing for excellence. This can only happen with everyone on board and doing their part. Thank you to the AVA staff for the hard work, commitment, and flexibility to provide an outstanding education for our kids. Thank you to all the parents and guardians who partner with us to make sure your child is attending class (whether In-Person or eLearning), completing their work, and working with the staff to address concerns that may arise.

Finally, thank you to our students for hanging in there and adjusting to all the curve balls that have been thrown our way. Their can-do attitude is amazing. Adapting to a new norm and the resiliency to make it successful, while not surprising, is great to see.

Sometimes the simplest words mean the most. I appreciate all of you and thank you for everything you do.
Announcements
Switching Your Child's Learning Platform
As Trimester 3 approaches, we understand some families may be looking to switch learning platforms (eLearning or in-person).
 
If you would like to make a change to your child's learning platform, please complete this form by Thursday, February 11thYou will need to complete the form for EACH student for whom you are requesting a change of platform. You do NOT need to complete the form if your child will continue in their current learning platform. 
 
We will be working with teachers and families to make the necessary changes and have those students beginning their new learning platform the first day of the third trimester, Monday, February 22nd.
Intent to Return to Aspen View Academy
It is that time of year again. Please complete this form and return to the front office no later than February 19th. This form is specific to Aspen View Academy. If this form is not submitted, AVA will assume you are not returning to AVA and your child's spot may be given to the next person on the lottery list.

PLEASE NOTE: OPEN ENROLLMENT AT ANOTHER SCHOOL OVERRIDES THIS INTENT TO RETURN.
Traffic Safety

Recently the Town of Castle Rock installed new signs along Low Meadow Blvd. One of these signs is a NO LEFT TURN at Fiddle Rd during the times of Student Drop Off and Student Pick Up. It aligns with the times of the School Zone Flashers (7-9am and 2-4pm). To avoid traffic congestion please adjust your route if you are making this left turn during these times.

Castle Rock PD will be enforcing this new traffic pattern.
We have rescheduled our Vision and Hearing Screening for February 22-25. With the Covid-19 pandemic and need for physical distancing and following CDE's guidance, we are modifying these screenings. Students in Kindergarten, new students, those receiving special education services and students whose screening survey indicated a concern will be screened.  
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Karin Gardner, RN, School Nurse Consultant at kgardner@aspenviewacademy.org.

Last day for Lost and Found

Today is the last day to look through lost and found before unclaimed and non-labeled items will be donated. Uniform items will be given to the used uniform committee and all other items will be donated to the Help and Hope Center tomorrow January 29th!

Lost and Found is located main office lobby.
Aspen View Academy -
We accepted the mission to learn about how to take care of our hearts and save lives from heart disease and stroke through Kids Heart Challenge and we are doing a remarkable job! THANK YOU for being a part of that!

We have just a few days until all donations are due on 2/12/2021, and we have raised $3,681.31 towards our $5,000 goal!
 
Please visit our Kids Heart Challenge page HERE OR download the Kids Heart Challenge app and register if you have not already! 

Congrats to these students who have already raised $150 and earned Agent KHC today:
  • Jackson B
  • James S
  • Tatum A
  • Elijah L
  • Chase L
  • Rylee L
  • Cannon U
  • Evangeline N
  • Ryan O

Raise $100 and get to SLIME Ms. Damm!!!
Yearbook Information
Photos Needed! 

The yearbook staff is in need of more specific pictures. If you have any of the following, please email them to photos@aspenviewacademy.org Thanks!
  1. Dance PAWty
  2. Holiday Class Parties
  3. Staff Holiday Contests (Halloween, Winter, etc.)
  4. Kids Halloween
  5. First Day of School pics
  6. Community Support Projects - AVA sponsored or maybe your family did something on your own! (This topic includes the photos from the Thanksgiving food drive)
  7. E-learning photos
  8. E-learning pet buddies
  9. School project photos.
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.
PTO News
Valentine's Gift Cards for Staff

We'd love to show appreciation to ALL of our staff members. Please check out the signup genius, get quick volunteer hours, and make our AVA staff's Valentine's day brighter! Deadline is 2/8/21.
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 days 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
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