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March 5th, 2020
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Many of AVA 8th grade students will move to various high schools, however, a great majority of them will move on to Castle View High School or Douglas County High School. Whether that is this year, eight years from now or any number of years in between, it is important to make sure all are ready to be successful in high school. As such, AVA shares beliefs with the high schools emphasizing the importance of standardized assessments. 

We are reaching out to you regarding an important matter as standardized testing season is approaching. We believe in offering your children amazing learning opportunities and a variety of ways for students to demonstrate growth and understanding. It is so important that our learning models are producing creative problem solvers, empathetic human beings, and students who will be competitive on the world stage, but it is also imperative that our students are able to meet the measures they are accountable for right now.

As you know, Colorado state law requires that schools administer standardized assessments to all students in grades 3 through 11. Regardless of the number of students who take these assessments, a school is evaluated based on student performance, and when all students do not take the assessment, the data is not an accurate reflection of a schools’ performance. Likewise, when limited numbers of students receive scores, schools can lack quality year-to-year growth data used to inform our systems to positively program for our students in the future.

AVA is asking that all students engage in the standardized testing process for the following reasons:
  1. As a school, we want all students to be ready for high school and work collaboratively to create a plan for your student as they move to high school and we believe that all data (including CMAS) will help us strengthen systems to challenge and support students.
  2. The high schools rely heavily on this data to build their master schedules, offer appropriate coursework, and meet the needs of all students, particularly as they transition from one school to another.
  3. Engaging in the testing process will help prepare students for future tests that have incredible power in determining a students’ pathway. We believe their best effort on assessments now will help them to be successful on the assessments down the road that are pivotal for their college career trajectories.

Please encourage your child to not only take the standardized assessment, but to show the world and feeder high schools what it means to be an AVA student. 

Announcements
Dress of Choice Day

  • What? Patriotic Dress of Choice Day
  • When? Wednesday, March 11th
  • Why? Support 5th grade to allow them to participate in a re-enactment of a Civil War battle! Help 5th grade experience this memorable event of living out our history. 
  • How? Bring a minimum of $1 to school and be sure it is turned in to a fifth grade box. 

*Check out this link for a video to see what current and future 5th graders have to look forward to!  http://youcanlivehistory.com /
Staff Appreciation Help Needed! 

The PTO is looking for volunteers for various projects before and during Staff Appreciation Week (April 6- 10). Many opportunities are from home, or just require items to be dropped off. Please consider helping out by signing up here. Thanks!  
Uniform Sale coming March 7th in the Cafeteria 

Want to get a fresh stock of clean, gently used uniforms for spring trimester? Stop by the cafeteria March 7th from 12:30pm to 3:30 pm to get your uniform items. Have uniforms in good condition, but want to sell them? Between March 2nd and 6th drop off your items to the front desk with each article of clothing appropriately priced, your family number, email address and how you’d like to receive the funds/unpurchased items (donate to school or back to you).
Boxtops winners! 

Mrs. Boyd's kindergarten class brought in the most Boxtops and has earned a choice of either a pizza or a cupcake party. Now that Box Tops is going digital, it's time to download the mobile app so you can keep earning money for your school. It scans your store receipt, automatically finds participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. Download the app at the App Store or Get in Google Play. 
Spirit Night at Freddys March 26th: 

Mark your calendars for dinner at Freddy’s. Mention, show digitally, or bring in flyer from Thursday folders and 15% of earned sales will be donated to AVA. 4 to 8 pm, Freddy’s @ 1346 New Beale St., Castle Rock, CO 80108. 
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
After School Clubs and Activites
Trimester 3 clubs are now open for registration.

Click here to register for the clubs below:

  • Boys and Girls Basketball Club 4th and 5th Grade with Mrs. Phillips
  • Yoga Club 3rd-6th Grade with Mrs. Phillips
  • Archery Club 3rd-8th Grade with Mr. Feth
  • Readers Theater Grades 1-3


Click on the club name below to register for each club:

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.





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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