Choir clip art

Aspen Chorus

Calling all 5th graders who like to sing!  Aspen is starting a 5th grade Chorus that will meet on Tuesdays after school starting September 17.  Bus service is not available, and parent pick up will be at 3:00 p.m. behind the school at the gym door.  This is a free after school event, and all interested singers are welcome!  Sign up now – enrollment forms are available from the music teachers or from the office.

Yearbooks on sale now!

Order a yearbook today by sending in $18.00 and an order form.  Yearbooks will be given out at the end of the school year to those who have ordered them and paid in advance. 

Picture Day is Coming!

ED Clark Photography will be at Aspen School on Monday, September 19 for picture day.  Individual pictures will be taken of every student, even if they don’t have an order form.  Picture forms have already been sent home, and should be completed and sent back to school if you want to order a picture package.  You are now able to pre-order your child’s photo by clicking on this link:  http://edclarkschoolphoto.com/school/.  This is the only way to be able to use a credit or debit card to purchase a picture package.  As a special bonus to you,  if you pre-order online BEFORE picture day, you will receive free personalization – just make sure you select it when ordering.

students at the library

New Reading Adventures

The fourth grade classes of Ms. Motley and Ms. Carson at Aspen Elementary visited the library, where they browsed the shelves for new books to read. They were excited to check out their books and start new reading adventures.

Multi colored welcome sign

Welcome back!

We are off to a great start!  Teachers have warmly welcomed their new students to their newly decorated and organized classrooms with open arms.   Students have been getting familiar with their new routines and schedules.  It’s been a smooth start to the new school year! 

Lightning storm

First Drill of the Year

Our students did a great job during our first severe weather drill for the school year on Thursday. Teachers went over the procedures and expectations before the drill took place.  Fire drills, lock down drills, earthquake drills, and even bus evacuations drills will be taking place throughout the school year.  It is our number 1 priority to keep all students safe and these drills are an excellent way to practice safe and smart behavior.

Black and white Musical Notes

Band & Orchestra Instrument Trials

If you have a 4th grader who is interested in joining either band or orchestra, they will be given a chance to try out different instruments during the school day next week.  They can then decide if they want to make the commitment to join either band or orchestra.  Also, a parent information night is scheduled for all 4th grade parents whose students are interested in joining band and orchestra on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Townline school. (This meeting was originally scheduled for 9/12).  This meeting will tell you what the expectations are should your child join band or orchestra.  

students-testing on computers

MAP Testing

MAP testing will take place for grades 2-5 on Wednesday, September 4 for reading and then again on Tuesday, September 10 for math.  You can help your child by making sure they have had a good night’s rest the night before and a healthy breakfast that morning.

Back to school image with color pencil

 Back to School Night and First Family Event

Please mark your calendars now for the Back to School Night and First Aspen Family Night Dance.  This great evening will be taking place on Thursday, September 5 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Teachers in grades 1-5 will present an overview of the school year in 2 identical sessions to allow for parents with more than one child to be able to attend both sessions.  The first session for parents will begin at 6:45 p.m. and end at 7:10 p.m.  Drop your students off at the dance at 6:30 and make your way to the classroom and once the classroom presentation is done, join your child(ren) at the dance.  The second session will begin at 7:15 p.m. – 7:35 p.m.  Our Kindergarten classrooms will not be open since our Kindergarten teachers already met with their families on August 19.  Don’t miss this great night!

students working on STEM projects.

Reflecting on STEM Projects

Last Friday, fourth grade students at Aspen had a blast planning, building and reflecting on their marshmallow tower STEM projects.

students in classrooms

Aspen Welcomes Back Students

Thursday was a great day at Aspen as the school welcomed students on the first day of school. It didn’t take long for students to settle into their routines for a fun day of learning. Ms. Saliba and other teachers provided interactive games as a way for students to get to know each other.

Nora Project at Aspen

The Nora Project

This year, a fourth and fifth grade classroom at Aspen Elementary School participated in The Nora Project.  The Nora Project’s Mission is to teach empathy by sparking friendships between students and their peers with disabilities.  Since its founding in 2016, The Nora Project has grown from six classrooms to eighty-five, with teachers challenging students to practice empathy, exercise moral courage, and recognize the fundamental truth that as human beings, we are all more alike than different.  If you’d like more information on The Nora Project, their website is www.thenoraproject.ngo  or you can contact Susan Albert at Aspen at alberts@hawthorn73.org Enjoy the documentaries our Aspen student’s created about their experience participating in The Nora Project, this year!