Entries by Leslie Piotrowski

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 […]

It’s Book Fair Time!

This week, Aspen Elementary students were busily selecting books at the PTO Winter Book Fair to place on their wish lists. Aspen’s Book Fair this year is tied in with a fun dinosaur theme. Students can vote on their favorite dinosaurs during gym class. Each day, at least one contest takes place, culminating in the […]

Valentine’s Day Provides Fun Learning Experiences

On Valentine’s Day, second-grade students in the classrooms of Mrs. Williamson, Mrs. Saliba and Mrs. Caby were treated to fun learning experiences as they rotated to three different classrooms. In Mrs. Williamson’s room, they completed a science experiment to predict and observe whether candy hearts sank or floated in three different types of liquid. In […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]