Aspen Family Partnership Council (AFPC) 2017-2018 Events

Mark your calendars for the 2017-2018 AFPC events!  Our Family Nights will be from 6:30-8 p.m.:  August 25, November 3, February 16 and April 13.

The Parent Education Team will hold a workshop on October 3 from 7-9 pm for parents only and The Family University will be on February 3.  Look for sign-up information to help with these events, and to volunteer on any of our AFPC Teams, at all fall back-to-school events or visit our web page .

Please join us for our first family night on Friday, August 25 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Aspen Elementary School-bring your dancing shoes as we dance the night away with Lou Loiben and Personalities, Inc.!  For more information on this event, please click HERE to see the flier.


Thanks to Our AFPC Volunteers!

Thanks to all of our amazing Aspen Family Partnership Council Volunteers.  We are so grateful for the many hours you spent this year to bring our families and community together and to help our teachers!  Look for sign-ups in the fall!  Mark your calendars for our 2017-2018 Aspen Family Nights on August 25, November 3, February 16, April 13 and our Family University on February 3.  We’re looking forward to another great year!

Thanks For Making Family University a Success!

The Aspen Family University provided 100 parents and students with a wonderful opportunity to learn new things AND have a blast with friends, teachers and staff on February 4.  A huge thank you goes to the following teachers, staff and parent helpers who made the event possible:  Mrs. Bonnem, Mrs. Brocks, Mrs. Caby, Mrs. Carson, Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Curran, Mrs. Fairbairn, Mr. Fredricksen, Mrs. Gerjol, Mrs. Giovanetto, Ms. Jones, Mrs. Kirby, Ms. Lardo, Ms. Lindquist, Mrs. Loiben, Mr. MacDonald, Mrs. Manchester, Mrs. Medbery, Mrs. Motley, Ms. Sturgill, Mrs. Szoke, Mrs. Weiss, Ms. Wolfson, Marie Fricano, Leah Heintz, Veronica Karaca, Rachel Margolis, Kristin Weissman and of course, Kim Olver, Executive Director of the Glasser Institute–thank you for volunteering your time!  Thanks to The Claim Company for providing a delicious lunch!  Please enjoy these photos of the event!


Aspen’s 10th Annual Family University

February 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Please see the 2017 Aspen Family U Registration Form for more information.

There are still spots available-if you forgot to register, or your plans changed and you can now attend, please Nicole Carson (see contact info below) to register.  Parents of 2017-2018 incoming students are welcome to register, but our Children’s Program is only for currently enrolled Aspen families.

Parent Program:  All parents will have their choice of attending two workshops out of four that are being offered:  (1) The ABC’s of Anxiety—How to Help Your Children Transform Anxiety and Worry into Confidence with Kim Olver (Glasser Institute Executive Director and acclaimed speaker/author); (2) Mean, Playful Teasing or Bullying-Understand the Differences with Mr. Fredricksen (Aspen Principal); (3) Caring vs Deadly Habits—How to Build Loving, Life-long Relationships with Your Children with Glasser Trained Teachers Mrs. Szoke (1st Grade), Mrs. Motley (4th Grade), Mrs. Gerjol (Learning Center) & Mrs. Carson (Guest Educator, Glasser Faculty); and (4) Marvin Marshall’s Teachings with Mrs. Manchester (Music Teacher).  Parents of students starting at Aspen in the fall of 2017 are invited to register and attend the Parent Program, but the Children’s Program is only for CURRENTLY enrolled Aspen families.

Children’s Program (children MUST be at least 4 years old and currently enrolled Aspen family):  Our awesome educational program is taught by Mrs. Brocks, Mrs. Caby,  Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Kirby, Ms. Lardo, Ms. Lindquist, Mrs. Loiben, Mrs. Medbery, Ms. Sturgill, Mrs. Weiss & Ms. Wolfson.  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 team-building games, physical exercise, creative projects and story-telling.  Kids in 2nd Grade and up will learn about their Quality Worlds and meeting their needs effectively and responsibly through fun and engaging activities, including the popular egg-toss experiment.  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).
Please contact Nicole Carson at or (847) 858-5602 if you have any questions.

A HUGE thank you to The Claim Company for their generosity in catering lunch at an extremely discounted rate!
  As a result, the registration fee for this amazing program and LUNCH for your family is only $5 per family!


AFPC Fall Conference Dinner

The AFPC is hosting an amazing dinner for our teachers on Fall Conference Night, Monday, November 21.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  We are still in need of volunteers to provide food and items.  Please click here and sign up to donate an item!  It is greatly appreciated by our teachers!

Choice Time to Begin

Choice Time begins the week after Thanksgiving.  We are full for volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we really need volunteers on Mondays and Wednesdays.  You can bring younger siblings!  We are also looking for a craft coordinator to come up with and assemble simple crafts in baggies that can be completed in 15 minutes.  If you are available to help out for 20 minutes (or more) once a week, once a month, or once in the winter, or serve as our craft coordinator, please email Heidi Gutowski at

Conference Night Teacher’s Dinner

The AFPC is hosting a conference night teacher’s dinner on Monday, November 21 to give our amazing staff some nourishment before they hold conferences.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please click here to sign up to bring something!

AFPC Fall 2016 Parent Education Workshop

Join us on October 27 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for an entertaining and insightful workshop titled “Bringing Quality Home:  Creating Continuity Between Aspen and Home” taught by Mrs. Szoke, Mrs. Zurek and Mrs. Carson.  This program is for PARENTS ONLY (no children please).  It is free, but for our planning purposes, please register .  For more information, or to register, please download the registration form, or email your information to

AFPC Family Night this Friday, October 14th

The next Family Night takes place this Friday, October 14 from 6:30-8:00pm.  The amazing Brian Wismer will delight and entertain parents and students of all ages!  $7 per family, with Culver’s ice cream for sale at the event for $1.50 per cup.

AFPC Fall News

The AFPC has been busy!!!  Here’s an update on teams with upcoming events:

Social Team
Our next event is scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2016 at the school.  We will have the amazing Brian Wismer to entertain our students and families.  
The cost for your entire family to attend is only $7-what a deal!  We will also have Culver’s ice cream available for purchase.  Registration forms went home in backpack mail.  They can also be downloaded HERE.

Parent Education Team

We had our first meeting and have a terrific bunch of eager parents who not only want to learn about ways to better parent at home, but also about the Glasser Quality School model and how our teachers use Choice Theory at school.  Join us on Thursday night, October 27 from 7:00-8:30 for an insightful presentation from Mrs. Szoke, Mrs. Zurek and Mrs. Carson.

Choice Time

Choice Time will run from November 28-March 24.  Choice Time gives your child the unique opportunity to choose to do an indoor activity rather than go outside for recess during the winter months.  Look for fliers in backpack mail soon and sign up to volunteer!


If you have any questions, or are interested in joining the AFPC, please contact Nicole Carson at