Newsletter
January 9th, 2020
Admin Address
Building a healthy school culture is a complex task, but also one essential to success both academically and in life. It involves a careful balancing act of key ideas such as providing for safety, implementing appropriate consequences when needed, and teaching students the skills they need to be adults. As a school we accomplish this with rules and guidelines, but also with a focus on admirable character traits. We use R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to remind our students about the value of... 

  • Responsibility
  • Empowerment 
  • Sharing
  • Patience
  • Excellence
  • Compassion
  • Teamwork
  
These character traits are those of the well-rounded individuals that we are guiding our students to become, but they are not always easy. It is sometimes challenging to have compassion for someone who has been rude to you, work as part of a team with an individual you may not especially enjoy, or be responsible enough to take ownership for mistakes. While these can be difficult, our wonderful young people are fortunate to have so many adults in their lives to care for them and set the example. When we as parents, teachers, and staff work together to reinforce these ideals we see remarkable growth and learning. Sometimes we reinforce our values through reminders, sometimes through consequences, and sometimes by acting them out ourselves. By constantly modeling our values, and enforcing boundaries around them, we are all creating the recipe for success. 


Bob Barber, M.Ed.
Principal

Middle School News
The Middle School is hosting its first-ever Health Expo on Thursday and Friday, January 30th and 31st during 8th period. This event is open to anyone, but mostly geared toward the Middle School Students and will consist of 5 booths and interactive, hands-on lessons and demonstrations on the topics of: Physical Wellness, Healthy Eating, Emotional/Mental Health Wellness, Screentime Wellness, and Healthy Study Habits & Organization.

The Expo will be put on by our Middle School Senators and we are coordinating our efforts with our AVA Staff, DCSD Nutrition Services, DCSD Healthy Schools Coordinators, DCSD Prevention Relations Department, the Tri-County Health Department, and more. We are very excited to host this event and are looking for any parent volunteers to help set up the booths in the gym, donate materials, or give your time to help out on those afternoons. Please email Shanna Spangler if you can assist.
Announcements
Lost and Found has continued to be a mountain of lost and forgotten items from water bottles to lunch boxes to coats and jackets. With lost and found having been cleaned out over break we will begin a new process of managing the growing task of keeping lost and found cleaned and organized by doing the following:

  • Weekly, every Thursday, we will have a parent volunteer sort through the items and deliver items with names to their classroom;
  • Water bottles with NO names will be discarded every Thursday;
  • All items with no names left in Lost and Found on the last Thursday of each month will be donated either to the Used Uniform Resale or to the Douglas County Task Force.

Please check with your students daily to ensure they have not left behind any items. Also, to ensure they get their items back, if they do make their way to lost and found, LABEL their jackets, water bottles and lunch boxes with their first and last name.

If you are interested in helping to volunteer weekly you can sign up here.

Thank you for your help in reducing the lost and found.

Pay to Dress of Choice Coming Soon

Pay to Dress of Choice will be on January 29th. The charity will be announced next week. You are welcome to participate for $1 minimum donation.
Papa John’s Spirit Night January 30th  

Papa John’s and Aspen View Academy PTO have teamed up to help raise money. 20% of your order will be donated to AVA! The flyer will come home in future Thursday folders and must be turned in with order. You can also purchase Papa John’s gift cards in the Wolf Shack. 
We Love Our WatchD.O.G.S.
Take a look at the awesome artwork done by one of our recent WatchD.O.G.S. We really appreciate having our dads in the building helping us in anyway that is needed. If you're interested in being a WatchDOG, please click here for more information and/or to sign up. If you have any questions about volunteering or the WatchDOGS program, please email Sheri Cahil.
We have officially kicked off Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association! Our students will be learning the importance of helping others while keeping their own hearts healthy. 

This week in PE the students will be participating in an exciting WARRIOR CHALLENGE presentation featuring our Heart Hero friends to teach us how to keep our hearts healthy! Meet this year’s Heart Heroes: 2019-2020 HEART HERO INTRODUCTIONS!

We will be sending home information with your student, but we wanted to make it as easy as possible for the students that choose to participate. 

To get started, download the Kids Heart Challenge App ( App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android) or visit www.heart.org/khc to join our school’s team.

PLUS, this year - We have set a goal of $7,500 and if we hit this we will receive 10% back for our school to purchase new equipment! Students who raise $50 will have the opportunity to SHOOT HOOPS ON COURT after a Denver Nuggets game! PLUS any student who raises $100 by our event day, February 7th, will GET TO PIE MS. DAMM!!! Start saving lives TODAY, go online and register!

Take the challenge TODAY!!!

For questions, please email Ms. Damm.
We are short photos for yearbook! 

We are still looking for photos, haven’t received anything since October! Please send pics from photos@aspenviewacademy.org .

Volunteer Hours for Fundraising purchases: Did you recently purchase King Soopers Community Rewards or Amazon Smile and mention AVA as your charity? If so, you can submit an hour of volunteering on Raptor and enter it as “fundraising” and add the retailer name in notes. Thanks! 
Spring Fundraiser in February - Dinner and Auction! 

Save the date for the spring fundraiser which will take place on February 7th, from 7-10pm at Maggiano’s in Englewood. As a school community, we have raised just over $42,500 so far, and we’d love to reach our $60,000 goal at the dinner and auction. Funds this year will be going towards outdoor improvements. If you want to help by providing auction items, experiences, or trips, please check out this sign-up genius.

You can now purchase your tickets for the event here!  
On January 14th from 5:30-9:00, Healing Our Youth will be holding a youth mental health and wellness event at Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch. This will be a great opportunity to hear from professionals in the mental health field as well as individuals with personal experience dealing with youth mental health disorders. Click here for the flyer for more details.
Morning Carpool Reminders 

Morning carpool is from 7:45am – 8:10am

We are seeing an increase in the number of tardy students in the morning. As a reminder, the morning drop-off begins at 7:45am (5 minutes earlier than last year) and continues to 8:10am. If your child arrives in the building after 8:12am they will be marked tardy.  

We added the extra 5 minute drop-off window to accommodate the increase in student enrollment. We have, however, noticed very few cars arriving on the property between 7:45am and 7:55am. Also, we have observed quite a few cars arriving on AVA property after 8:10am meaning your child will be tardy. School officially begins at 8:15am so it is important to have kids in class and ready to go. Classes begin at 8:15am and having students arrive to class tardy is a distraction that can easily be avoided.

Thank you for making Aspen View Academy the best school!

Click here for the Events Calendar
Middle School Sports
Please follow these steps to sign up for middle school sports:

  1. Login to "myschoolbucks"
  2. Using the search icon in the upper right corner, search "program"
  3. Click the "Aspen View Academy" box on the left side of the screen. DO NOT click "athletics."
  4. Select your sport from the options
  5. Register

Thank you!

Athletic Director/Physical Education Teacher
Students are required to have a complete Athletic Packet (which includes a physician's visit). Please click here for all of the information regarding middle school sports.


PTO News
AVA Wolf Shack

Wolf Shack hours are Fridays from 3-4 pm.

If you prefer to shop online, we will deliver to class if you provide the student's name and homeroom teacher.

Click here for the online store.

Thank you for supporting the Wolf Shack- all funds raised go directly towards AVA!
If you have questions, please 
email: wolfshack@aspenviewacademy.org – we are happy to assist you!
Volunteer Corner
Click on this link to pre-register yourself as a volunteer in the Raptor System. 
Please click on a link below to sign up to volunteer in one of the following areas.





Thank you for all that you do.
Contact Us
General Information: (720) 733-3436 office@aspenviewacademy.org  
Fax: (303) 660-5959
Attendance Line: (303) 660-5940
Before/After Care: (303) 888-3040 tlund@aspenviewacademy.org
Lunch Line: (303) 660-5943 xsknight@dcsdk12.org
Student Tech Support: studentsupport@aspenviewacademy.org
Aspen View Academy
2131 Low Meadow Blvd.
Castle Rock, CO 80109