Fifth grade band and orchestra practice together.

Practice Makes Perfect

Fifth grade band and orchestra students at Aspen Elementary practiced the “Star Spangled Banner” on Monday. They are preparing for a performance during a basketball shoot off on Friday.

The Frog Lady Presents Her Animals

The Frog Lady and Her Reptiles Visit Aspen

The Frog Lady brought many of her reptile and amphibian friends for a visit to Mrs. Szoke’s first grade class. The students met a bearded dragon, a tegu lizard, a box turtle, a tortoise, a chameleon, a corn snake and more. The children had great fun watching some of the animals eat worms. They also learned about their habits and lifestyles. The bearded dragon, the corn snake and the turtle were so friendly that students got to pet them.

Students in classroom

Nora Project Teaches Empathy and Builds Friendships

Ms. Pogachnik’s fifth-grade class at Aspen Elementary had their second visit with their Nora Project friends on Thursday. The Nora Project aims to normalize difference, demystify disability and promote meaningful connections between students and their peers with disabilities.

Narnia Comes to Aspen

All Aspen Elementary students received a treat today. Actors from Libertyville’s Improv Playhouse performed an adaptation of the classic tale “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” during an afternoon assembly. The actors brought the world of Narnia to life. The special event was in celebration of all the reading that Aspen students have been doing.

Student band performing

Students Give Stellar Performance

Elementary South and Aspen Elementary’s fourth and fifth grade band concert on Tuesday showed just how far students have come this year. They played beautifully.

Students playing games

Nora Project Brings Students Together

On Wednesday, fifth-grade students in Mrs. Pogachnik’s class were introduced to four guest students from the middle schools as part of the Nora Project. They played games as a way to get to know each other better. It was great to see how well the students connected. Co-founded by an educator and the parents of a child with disabilities, the Nora Project aims to normalize difference, demystify disability, and promote meaningful connections between students and their peers with disabilities. 

Nora Project students

Nora Project Teaches Empathy at Aspen

As part of the Nora Project, two Elementary South third-grade students visited fourth-grade students in Mrs. Chandler’s class at Aspen Elementary. The students got to know each other by playing games such as Bingo and Hedbanz. They also decorated frames. The Nora Project aims to normalize difference, demystify disability, and promote meaningful connections between students and their peers with disabilities. This is the first time that Aspen is participating in the program.

orchestra students practice

Orchestra Students Learn New Things With Ease

Last week, Aspen fifth-grade orchestra students learned a new finger pattern. They picked it up right away and sounded great.

spelling bee contestants

Spelling Bee Tests Students’ Skills

While the words were simple at first, they became harder as the fourth and fifth grade spelling bee at Aspen moved from round to round. The six contestants showed their strong spelling skills as the words became more complex. At first it seemed as though no one would ever misspell a word. But after an amazing 41 rounds, Michelle B. was declared the winner. Congratulations to Michelle and Annika T., who came in second. Congratulations to all the contestants who clearly proved their great spelling abilities.

Students in Geography Bee

Aspen Holds a Geography Bee

It was an exciting day at Aspen Elementary as six contestants competed to become the winner of the school’s fourth and fifth grade Geography Bee. With steady nerves, they answered some pretty tough questions. Congratulations to the winner, Jonah B., a student in Mr. Viviano’s class. He now has the opportunity to take an online test to see if he can qualify for the State National Geographic GeoBee.