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Halloween Room Parties were a hit!

Thank you to all our PTO parents who planned and participated in the Halloween parties on Thursday for our students.  Everyone had a great time enjoying each other’s costumes and playing games.  

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Choir Performs at Concert

Congratulations to Mrs. Luce and the Aspen Choir for performing in the “Hawthorn Sings Choir Concert” at Middle School South on Wednesday, October 30.  They did an awesome job!

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Student Council’s SOCTOBER Event was AMAZING!

Many, many thanks to all of our families who donated socks to Student Council’s SOCTOBER event.  The socks will be donated to the homeless in our community.  We are so proud and happy to report that to date we have collected almost 400 pairs of socks!!! 

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Thank you PTO!!!

A special shout out goes to our PTO for bringing in an unbelievable spread of goodies for the staff to enjoy on Halloween morning.  Thank you, Heidi Gutowski, for organizing this lovely treat.

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Picture Make-up Day

If your child was absent on September 19 when ED Clark Photography came out to take school portraits, or if you didn’t like the pictures that were taken that day, picture retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, November 6.   Picture order forms are available in the office if you need one. 


Rollerskating Begins in PE Classes

Students in grades 2nd – 5th grade will begin rollerskating in PE classes on Monday, November 4. This fun activity is a favorite with our students.  They will learn the basic rollerskating skills including forward & backward skating, cornering and stopping.  A variety of other skating games and activities will also be offered. Every participating student must wear wrist guards, a helmet and socks.  Students may bring in their own protective gear (be sure they are clearly marked with their name), but helmets & wrist guards will also be provided for those who do not  bring them from home.


Picking the Right Pumpkin

Students in Ms. Green’s first grade class at Aspen Elementary voted on the submissions they liked best in Aspen’s pumpkin contest. More than 140 creative, imaginative and colorful pumpkin creations were submitted.

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Aspen Family Night November 1

Sign up now for the next Aspen Family Night, which is the Mousetrap Machine Show.  This interactive evening combines science, math and art to teach students about how the 5 essential simple machines work.  Throughout the evening, volunteers will demonstrate the workings of these five simple machines by using oversized balloon sculptures.  Pizza will also be available to preorder, or a limited amount will be available at the door for $2.00 a slice.  Register your  whole family for only $5.00.  Don’t miss this great evening!

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Halloween/Fall Fest Celebration

Students are excitedly looking forward to Thursday, October 31 when everyone will dress up in costume, parade around the school and enjoy a PTO sponsored party in their classroom.  Here are a couple reminders about that day:

  • When planning your child’s costume, please keep safety and comfort in mind. 
  • Scary masks, weapons and other suggestions of violence, including fake blood, are NOT allowed.
  • Hair color is not allowed.
  • Make up needs to be minimal and applicable in 1-2 minutes without adult help. Save the elaborate costuming and/or make up for neighborhood trick or treating.
  • Please adhere to the school dress code guidelines and students should be dressed appropriately.
  • The parade will begin at 12:45 sharp.  We are hoping for good weather so the parade can take place outdoors. If it rains, we will be parading inside the school.  The Parent Viewing Areas will be in the gym, cafeteria and multi-purpose room in that instance.
  • Once the parade is complete, students will go back to their classrooms and PTO party helpers only will also be allowed to go back to the classroom.
  • Parking is always difficult on days like this, so please park in authorized spots only.  The visitor parking lot in front of the school, the staff lot north of school and parking on the east side only of Aspen Drive will be authorized parking only.  There is NO PARKING by the curb in front of school or in the bus pick up lines in the back of the school.
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Second Grade Field Trip to the North Shore Youth Theatre

On Tuesday, October 29, our second graders will be going on a field trip to the North Shore Youth Theatre in Skokie to see the Magic Tree House Showtime with Shakespeare.  This new hip hop musical is based on the Magic Tree House books where students will be taken back in time and will meet William Shakespeare himself.