Newsletter
March 4, 2021
A Message From The Principal
One the great things about Aspen View Academy is our focus on character education. We do not simply focus on academics, but on the development of each child into a productive and well-rounded young adult.  
 
As the adult role models, staff, teachers, and parents play key roles in the character education of all our young people.
 
Modeling
 
Every year the AVA staff discusses a fundamental idea: “Everything we do teaches our students something.” They do not just learn from our formal lessons. They learn from every one of our choices and behaviors. Our children are always watching. How do we react when things do not go our way? How do we respond when we get cut off by another driver in traffic? Do we persevere when frustrated, or do we give up easily? How do we speak to our students when they make poor choices (either once or repeatedly)? In these moments we can teach our children to be short-tempered, defeated, and reactionary, or we can teach them to have patience, fortitude, and grace. It’s no easy task, but each of us regularly plays the role of teacher just by being around our students. Every day is full of opportunities to give them lessons on how to be a high-quality adult.
 
Intention
 
No doubt, this kind of modeling requires us to be intentional in our actions. This degree of attention to our own behavior can also guide the conversations we have. When students make a mistake and are hard on themselves, we have a great opportunity to remind them that we all fall short at times, but that we can learn from it and improve. When we are confronted with a challenging situation and are tempted to respond badly, but we rise above that and choose patience or determination, we can stop and take the time to point this out to our children. These are teachable moments.
 
I am, as always, grateful to be a part of this community that values a strong sense of character. Working together as staff, teachers, and parents, we set a high bar for our students and provide them with a daily example of excellence.
Announcements
Parent Teacher Conferences March 11th 11am - 7pm

We are excited to be offering virtual parent teacher conferences Thursday March 11th from 11am until 7pm. Your child's teachers will be using Zoom for these conferences. The links are available directly from the sign-up; however, for security, these conferences will require a password for entry. Your child's teacher will be sending the password.

For your children in kindergarten through third grade:
You may sign up for ONE slot with your child's homeroom teacher. You are also welcome to sign up for slots with your child's specials teachers and any interventionist or literacy teachers your child may see.

For your children in fourth and fifth grade:
You may sign up for one slot with each of your child's TWO core teachers. You are also welcome to sign up for slots with your child's specials teachers and any interventionist or literacy teachers your child may see.

For your children in middle school (sixth through eighth grade):
You may sign up to meet with your child’s core class teachers, specials teachers and any interventionist or literacy teachers your child may see.

If you have more than one child, make sure you sign up for time slots with each of the teachers you would like to meet with about each of your children. If you have any questions or significant concerns regarding your student’s work in a certain subject, please do not wait until Parent/Teacher Conferences to contact the teacher.

Click here to access the Sign up Genius links to all teachers.
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.
Missing Laptop Chargers

Elementary parents please look around your house for student laptop chargers. We have several missing chargers which did not make it back to school once quarantines are over. The chargers are not always labeled with student or teacher names so we are not sure which ones are missing. Our supply of chargers is very low and for some models we cannot give teachers any replacement chargers. Please send them back with your student to drop at the office. Thank you for your help.
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
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
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