Thanks For a Great Bingo Night!

What a night!  Over 255 kids, parents and grandparents attended our annual Bingo Night.  The evening was filled with laughter and loud shouts of “BINGO”!  Thank you for helping our Student Council raise nearly $500 in pizza sales!  All profits from the pizza sales will be donated to the COVE school in Uganda, Africa to help by desks, chairs and school supplies for the classroom VHHS sponsors.  A big thank you to our emcee, Mr. Fredricksen, our parent helpers:  Laura Ziegler, Lynn Cieslinski, Aditi Desai, Lily Garcia, Julie Simpson, Robyn Kaufman, Rita Ramaiya, Marie Fricano, Maureen Collier, Nicole Carson and Stephanie Freed, and to our pre-event helpers Mrs. Giovanetto, Mrs. Fairbairn and the custodial staff, and a special thank you to our 5th Grade helpers:  Nata, Saleem, Abi, Yasheta, Louie and Danielle.

Aspen Travels the World Family Event

Please join us for ASPEN TRAVELS THE WORLD on Friday, February 19 at Aspen Elementary!  This FREE family event will have the kids ‘travelling’ around the world to experience hands on activities in each of the 7 continents!  Guests will complete passports by visiting each of the continents for a chance to win raffle prizes!  Snacks will be served!  The event will run from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
Please send your registration today!
Questions?  Please contact Michelle Tran ( or Stephanie Freed (

AFPC Social Team is Looking for Student Performers

The AFPC is looking for students to perform a few cultural dances at our upcoming Aspen family night to be held Friday, February 19th from 6:30-8. If you are available, please contact Lynn Cieslinski at by February 4th.

Aspen’s 9th Annual Family University 
- Saturday, February 6, 2016

Aspen’s 9th Annual Family University – 
Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon
Parent Program:  All parents will participate in a phenomenal NEW workshop taught by Kim Olver (Glasser Institute Executive Director and Faculty and acclaimed speaker/author) titled “Consequences-Discipline vs. Punishment” with home-school connection breakout sessions led by Mrs. Carson, Mrs. Gerjol, Mrs. Manchester, Mrs. Motley, Kim Olver & Mrs. Szoke.  Parents of students starting at Aspen in the fall of 2016 are invited to register and attend the Parent Program, but the Children’s Program is only for CURRENTLY registered Aspen families. Links to Registration Forms are below.

Children’s Program (children MUST be at least 4 years old and currently enrolled Aspen family):  Our awesome educational program is organized by Mrs. Block, Mrs. Caby, Ms. Sturgill and Mrs. Zurek and taught by Ms. Abel, Mrs. Bonnem, Mrs. Chandler, Mrs. Gifford, Mrs. Howell, Mrs. Loiben, Ms. McNair, Mrs. Medbery and Mrs. Vynnyk.  Kids 4 years old through 1st Grade will learn how to identify their basic needs and meet them responsibly through age-appropriate educational activities which include “Around-the-World” themed team-building games, physical exercise, creative projects and story-telling.  Kids in 2nd Grade and older will focus on how to develop and maintain quality friendships through an engaging and fun science experiment and team-building games.  A snack will be provided.  (Aspen Graduates are needed…if they’d like to volunteer to help, please note so on your registration form or contact Mrs. Carson).  For a detailed description of the Children’s Program, click HERE.

A HUGE thank you to Philly G’s and Tavern on 60 for their generosity in catering lunch!

Registration deadline is February 2!  After that, registration is based on availability.  Please contact Nicole Carson at or (847) 858-5602 if you have any questions.
LINKS to Registration Forms:
Currently Enrolled Aspen Family U 2016 Registration Form

Incoming Aspen Parents (Fall of 2016) Family U 2016 Registration Form

AFPC Parent Education Team Presents….

Choice Theory 101 on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 7:00-9:00p.m. in Aspen’s cafeteria.  Through lecture, discussion and interactive exercises, our introductory program will provide you with an overview of Choice Theory, tips for use at home, how it’s used at school and more.  Learning about Choice Theory will help parents to improve relationships, communication skills and family harmony and enhance the home-school connection.   Program taught by Mrs. Szoke and Mrs. Zurek (Glasser trained Aspen Faculty) and Mrs. Carson (Aspen Parent/Staff, Glasser Institute Faculty).  This program is free, but please register by emailing and provide your name, your student’s name and your cell phone number, or complete the Registration Form.  This program is for parents only, please do not bring children.  Additional choice theory workshops will be offered at the Family University on February 6, 2016 at which time a children’s program will be offered.

Choice Time Needs Volunteers!

Looking for a way to volunteer at school during the day?  Then Choice Time is perfect for you!  From November 30, 2015 through March 18, 2016 we offer an indoor alternative to recess for students in grades 1-5.  Games, Legos and Drawing will be be offered to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. We would like to offer silent reading for 1st-5th graders if we have enough parent supervisors, Monday through Friday, to allow students the opportunity to add to the school-wide minute total for our Reading Around the World challenge. It is a 20 minute time frame per grade level, and it would help the school meet the 2 million minute reading goal this year.  Choice Time is the one time you can bring a younger sibling with you! You can volunteer one time, monthly, bi-weekly, weekly or even for various dates throughout the winter.  Look for sign-up forms in backpack mail next week, or download one HERE.

Family Magic Night Wrap Up

We had a HUGE turnout last Friday!!!  Over 400 parents and children attended Aspen’s Family Magic Night.  We’d like to send out heartfelt thanks to Aditi Desai, Jamie Ritchie, Marie Fricano and Robyn Kaufman for their help in setting up, staffing and cleaning up at the event.  A special thank you to Stephanie Freed and Michelle Tran for organizing such a terrific and fun night!  Mark your calendars for Family Bingo Night on February 19.

Join the Aspen Family for a Magic Show

Mark your calendar for a Magical Night as we watch Steve Belliveau perform an interactive magic show that will be tons of fun for the whole family!  This energetic and funny magician will be showcasing levitation along with some furry friends!  The show will take place on Friday, October 16 from 6:30 – 8 PM in the Aspen Elementary Gym! Snacks will be served!
Cost for the show is $5 per family.  Please download this form and return it, along with $5, to school before Wednesday, October 14th.
Please contact Michelle Tran or Stephanie Freed with any questions!
See you there!

Volunteer Sign-Up for Aspen Family Partnership Council

Look for sign-ups at all fall back-to-school events to join the AFPC and volunteer for help planning/staffing activities of the following teams:  Choice Time (winter recess alternative), Library Helpers, Parent Education, Principal’s Helpers (filling out birthday cards), Social, Special Projects.

2015-2016 Aspen Family Partnership Council (AFPC)

We had another great year full of fun family nights, family learning, choice time activities, birthday breakfasts/cards, library helpers and more!  Thanks to all our AFPC volunteers who make those events possible.
Mark your calendars for next year’s AFPC events!  Family Nights will be from 6:30-8:00p.m. on August 28, October 16, February 19 and April 29.  Aspen’s Family University will be Saturday, February 6 from 9:00a.m.-Noon.  We welcome back the following returning team chairs:  Choice Time-Heidi Gutowski, Parent Education-Nicole Carson, Principal’s Helpers-Monica Raquel, and Social Team & Special Projects-Michelle Tran.  We’d like to welcome new Social Team co-chair Stephanie Freed.  Look for volunteer sign up information this fall–it is a great way to get involved at Aspen!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Carson at