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Creating Native American Blanket Patterns

Ms. Foley’s second grade art class at Aspen Elementary learned about Native American blanket patterns. Students enjoyed creating their own colorful designs based on the blanket patterns.

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Band and Orchestra Concerts Coming

Mark your calendars for the upcoming orchestra concert which will be on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Aspen gym.  Our band will also be putting on a concert on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Aspen gym.  Don’t miss these great evenings.  Our students have been working very hard to put on a wonderful performance for you.

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Heart Heroes

We will be kicking off the Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) on Monday, December 16, starting with an assembly.  Kids (and parents!) can register at http://www2.heart.org/goto/hawthornaspen to take the challenge.  Students will be asked to collect lifesaving donations to fight the nation’s #1 killer, heart disease.  Go to Aspen’s fundraising page (http://www2.heart.org/goto/hawthornaspen) to sign up and join and/or download the free mobile app Kids Heart Challenge and register your student that way.  

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Winter Break Begins

Winter break begins on Friday, December 20.  School resumes on Monday, January 6.  On behalf of all the staff members at Aspen Elementary School, we wish you all a wonderful holiday and a safe and fun-filled break.  We are all looking forward to 2020!

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Aspen’s Holiday Spirit Countdown is on!

Starting Monday, December 16, Aspen students are invited to participate in the Holiday Spirit Countdown.  Here is the lineup for the week:

Monday, December 16Spread Holiday Cheer – Wear your favorite holiday colors to school today (red, green, gold, white, blue, silver, etc.)

Tuesday, December 17Do You Want to Build a Snowman? – Wear white or your favorite snowman short or socks to school today.

Wednesday, December 18Holiday Spirit  Day – Wear your favorite holiday shirt, hats, socks, jewelry, etc. to school today.

Thursday, December 19Long Winter’s Nap – Wear your pajamas to school today.

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Be Seen and Heard Assemblies

All of our students in each grade level took part in the Be Seen and Heard Assemblies on Thursday, December 12.  This program is an effective way to fulfill the Erin’s Law mandate to schools, and helps students learn about how to keep their bodies safe.

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The Giving Tree

We still have a few remaining items on our Giving Tree in the lobby filled with holiday wishes and needs for some of our Aspen families.  We would love to clear the tree of all mittens and stars (gift cards) if possible.  Thank you to all of you who have already supported our families by filling a wish from the tree.  Your support is the very reason Aspen School is so awesome.

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December Birthdays Will Be Celebrated

Students with birthdays in December will celebrate with Mr. Fredricksen on Thursday, December 19, right before Winter Break.  Please call to RSVP to your breakfast choice.

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SAVE THE DATE

Our school is getting ready to kick-off KIDS HEART CHALLENGE!  This service-learning program from the American Heart Association (formerly Jump Rope For Heart) teaches your student how to care for their hearts both physically and emotionally and teaches the importance of giving back by raising lifesaving donations to fight the nation’s #1 killer, heart disease!

Before we kick off the Kids Heart Challenge at school on December 16th, we encourage you register with your student to take a challenge to stay healthy this year. The three challenges are:

Move More
Be Kind
Be Ready

You can register for the Kids Heart Challenge and take the challenge using this link:  http://www2.heart.org/goto/hawthornaspen

During the kick-off we will talk with our students about the work the AHA does and challenge students to start living a healthy lifestyle with the help of our friends, the HEART HEROES!

Meet the new Heart Heroes and learn their heart healthy messages here: Kids Heart Challenge – Heart Hero Characters Introduction

ANY student who takes the KIDS HEART CHALLENGE online will earn a FREE glow-in-the-dark wristband to wear proudly! Once your student collects a donation (optional) they will start earning their own Heart Heroes and a backpack clip for them to hang on!  ALL of our Heart Heroes (and the wristband!) will COME TO LIFE and share their heart healthy messages with your student! To bring characters to life you must use the FREE mobile app: Kids Heart Challenge

If that wasn’t exciting enough, we are offering a special incentive to students who start collecting donations early!

Students who collect $150 by our kickoff date, December 16th using their online fundraising page (or the KHC App!) will earn an exclusive Slow-Rising Heart Hero!

Here are four easy steps to get your student’s online fundraising page set up and start collecting lifesaving donations:

1.Go to your school’s fundraising page:

http://www2.heart.org/goto/hawthornaspen

2. Click on the Sign Up button

3. Create a username and password and then fill out the registration form to take the challenge

4. Share your personal fundraising link with friends and family right away.

AND/OR Download the FREE mobile app Kids Heart Challenge and register your student that way

Thank you for joining us as we challenge each other to keep our heart healthy and raise money for kids with special hearts.

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Pajamas and Books

Thanks to everyone who supported our Student Council by donating new pajamas to the annual Scholastic Book Club Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefiting the Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and storybooks to at-risk children.  Children living in shelters, group homes, foster care and other organizations will benefit from your generosity.  Thanks to Scholastic Books, too, for kindly donating a book with each pair of pajamas.