Newsletter
November 5th, 2020
Admin Address
A key component of our AVA culture is affirmations. In our fast-paced and challenging lives it is easy to miss, or fail to focus on, the countless good things happening around us each day. We all have peers, coworkers, family members, and even strangers passing through our days who are working hard, committing acts of kindness, or just being decent people. It is simple to gloss over those nuggets of goodness and focus our energy on the problems and challenges. As the old saying goes, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease," and sometimes we forget to squeak until we are unhappy.

While it can be difficult to find the time to affirm the people around us, there are powerful benefits to doing so. After all, being good is not always a simple task either. Each day the students, parents, teachers and staff of AVA are putting tremendous effort into doing the best that we can, and that deserves recognition.  

In walking the halls at Aspen View, it is not unusual to sees notes of praise, encouragement, and gratitude taped to a locker, a classroom door, or even an administrator's door. Small as they may be, these acts of encouragement are nourishment for the spirit. Whether it is a parent getting a positive email about their child, a teacher getting a thank you card, or a student earning a Wolf Buck, it is a wonderful feeling to know that members of our community notice and value what you are doing. It is easy to fire off an email when we are upset or concerned, but much more difficult to remember to do this when things are going well, when needs are being met, and when people are happy.

In addition to the benefit it has on others, there is great personal benefit in practicing gratitude. When we slow down and focus on who/what we appreciate, we are reminded of the many aspects of life for which we are grateful.  

As we continue another excellent school year, I encourage everyone to take stock of that for which we are glad and spend a moment sharing that gratitude. Let us lift each other up and encourage those around us to continue their good work. Given the global pandemic and the emotional impact it has had on everyone, this is more important now than ever.

8th Grade News
If your 8th grader would like to attend a high school other than their neighborhood school you will need to complete the 21/22 Open Enrollment application. The first round of open enrollment is open now and will close on December 1st at 4:00 pm.
Announcements
Sibling Priority for 2021-2022 Lottery 
 
The Lottery for 2021-2022 will be held the first week in December. Please be sure to read all instructions before applying.
 
Current AVA Parents - if you have a child who is eligible to attend AVA next year and is not currently enrolled as a K-7th grader, please click here to complete the Open Enrollment Tool. Be sure to use your current parent portal login (DO NOT create a new one). This is the only way we can ensure they receive "Sibling Priority." The first round of open enrollment is available until December 1st at 4:00pm.
 
There is no need to complete this for students who already attend AVA as an elementary or middle school student. They will automatically be enrolled the following year.
 
Current AVA PreK students must complete the Open Enrollment Tool
 
IMPORTANT - YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO USE A HANDHELD DEVICE OR IPAD TO OPEN ENROLL
 
If you have any questions, please stop by the front office or email enrollment@aspenviewacademy.org.
On November 9, 10, and 11 we will be conducting Vision and Hearing Screenings. 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 our School Nurse Consultant Karin Gardner, RN at kgardner@aspenviewacademy.org.
Aspen View Academy invites you to shop our Online Book Fair and support our school! The Fair runs from November 9-22. Our Fair will feature a Virtual Fair walk-through so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience: Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and much more! All purchases will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Don’t miss these two weeks of events, fun, and books. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/aspenviewacademy.
The Lost and Found will be available for parents in the entry area on Thursday 11/19 from 11am-7pm and again on Friday from 8am-2pm. If you're looking for your child's item before then, please feel free to email the teacher.
November Spirit Night at Chick Fila 11/12

Visit EITHER Chick Fila Castle Rock Locations ALL DAY and mention AVA during purchase and 10% of proceeds will come back to our school.
Online Used Uniform Sale Through November

If you haven't already, please join this Facebook page if you haven't already. Items will be posted throughout November.



Happy Grams Are Back!!

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. Purchase here at least 14 days in advance, and we’ll contact you for your message and payment.
Middle School Sports
Middle School Sports

Due to the concern for the safety of our students, and following CHSAA guidelines, all middle school sports will be put on pause until January. We are currently in the process of reformatting seasons, so we can have an opportunity to still participate in all sports that AVA typically offers. If your student is interested in participating in a sport in the spring, please consider turning in their sports physical this fall, to avoid the rush.

If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Alguire at lalguire@aspenviewacademy.org.
PTO News
AVA Wolf Shack

The Wolf Shack will be open online only and we will get orders to your students’ classrooms. 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. We are currently working on details to offer shipping directly to students’ homes and restocking our inventory. Please stay tuned for more details. To order, please click here.
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!
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

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