Parent Education Team

Join us on Tuesday night, October 3 from 7:00-9:00 for an insightful presentation from Mrs. Szoke, Mrs. Zurek and Mrs. Carson titled “Fostering Resilience Through Lasting Relationships at Home and School Using Choice Theory.” This workshop is for new and returning parents. Parents who have attended prior Choice Theory workshops will participate in a break-out session while new parents learn about the basics. This event is for PARENTS ONLY, no children please. Although this event is free, please register by emailing aspenfamilypartnershipcouncil@gmail.com with your name and cell number, or completing the Registration Form and returning it to school with your child.

Aspen Broadcast is now on our Website!

Each morning, students at Aspen Elementary, under the direction of PE teacher Brian Dahm, produce a daily news broadcast.  The broadcast is viewed by all of our homeroom classes.  It provides news and information about events happening at Aspen Elementary and includes pictures, interviews and guest newscasters.  Parents can view the Aspen Broadcast by clicking here.  The link can also be found on the left side of the home page, under Important Quick Links.

AFPC Family Night on November 3rd

Please join us for our next Aspen Family Night, Friday, November 3rd,  from 6:30-8:00pm, featuring America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Matt Wilhelm.  Matt is the fastest spinner in the world on a BMX Bike, and will perform an exciting array of BMX bike tricks while explaining how he rode his way to the top.  In addition to an action packed bike show, Matt will deliver a entertaining and engaging message to empower students with a focus on resilience, a never give up attitude,  and anti-bullying.   You are not going to want to miss this show, so mark your calendars today.  In addition to the entertainment, we will be selling Culvers vanilla custard in the cafeteria.

Art Adventure Guides Needed for all Classes

Calling all Parents! We are looking for Art Adventure Guides for all classes for this year.

  • no art experience is required, no preparation is needed
  • each lesson takes less than 45 minutes
  • more detailed information will be coming home via backpack mail this week
  • NEW THIS YEAR: no paper form to fill out and send back! Click here to sign up via SignUpGenius!

Aspen Updates September 15, 2017

MAP testing has begun for all students and will continue through September 22.  The best way you can help prepare and support your child before MAP testing is to be sure they get a good night’s rest the night before the test and to give them a good breakfast in the morning.

Picture day is coming on Wednesday, September 20. Picture day forms have been sent home.  You can either send in your order form and check made payable to ED Clark Photography, or new this year is the ability to be able to prepay and preorder your picture package online up until 9:00 a.m. on the day pictures are actually taken (9/20).  Instructions can be found on the picture day envelope and order form.

After school band and orchestra rehearsals for 5th graders begin on Monday, September 18 from 2:10 – 2:55 p.m.  Parents are required to pick students up behind Aspen School at 2:55 p.m. There is no busing for band or orchestra students. For parents of 4th graders – there is a 4th grade Instrument Open House for parents and students on Monday, September 18 at the Townline Cafeteria from 6:00-8:00 p.m., or you can choose to go to Elementary South’s Cafeteria on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.   This is an optional night to rent instruments (or you can rent them online).  Also, there is a band orientation night scheduled for Monday, September 25 at Middle School South, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  Students will receive their band instruments that night and instructions on how to put their instruments together.  Orchestra will hold their orientation night on the same night, Monday, September 25, but at Townline School, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., but will receive their instruments at their first lesson that week.  Don’t miss these important band and orchestra dates!

Thursday, September 21 is Rosh Hashanah, and there will be NO SCHOOL for all students that day.  School will resume on Friday, September 22.

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Aspen Updates September 8, 2017

Thank you, parents, for coming to our Back To School/Curriculum Nights.  We appreciate the time you spent learning about your child’s class and their teachers’ expectations.  We look forward to partnering with you throughout the year to help ensure your students success in school.

The bus freeze is officially over on September 11.  If you need to change a bus schedule or if you need to be added to a bus route, please call the office.  It may take a couple days before the change is official, but we are happy to work with you to get the changes made.

MAP testing will begin on Monday, September 11 for students in grades K-5 and will continue through September 22.  Reading will be tested the first week, and then Math.  We give students MAP tests to help us determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year.  MAP tests will be taken as a whole class on laptop computers.  The best way you can help prepare and support your child before MAP testing is to be sure they get a good night’s rest the night before the test and to give them a good breakfast in the morning.

Picture day forms will be sent home on Wednesday, September 13.  Our actual picture day is Wednesday, September 20.  Something new this year is the ability to be able to prepay and order your picture package online up until 9:00 a.m. on the day pictures are actually taken (9/20).  Or you can send in your completed order form the morning of picture day with a check.  Look for those picture day forms in the backpacks on 9/13!

After school enrichment programs that are run by the Vernon Hills Park District will begin next week.  If you are interested in having your child attend CheckMates Chess, Wicked Science-Cool Chemistry, Fun Fluency or Young Rembrandts, please sign up with the Park District, and be sure to send your child with a note EVERY time they attend the after school program.  Those programs run between 6-8 weeks and actually take place in our school, but are taught by Park District personnel.

Our 4th grade students were introduced to band and orchestra instruments during their music classes this week.  Information will be coming home soon inviting parents to a band and orchestra information night where you will get information about our band and orchestra program and can also sign a rental agreement with an instrument company.  Check those book bags for more information!

Aspen Updates September 1, 2017

Don’t forget that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.  Enjoy the day off!

Mark your calendars for our Back to School/Curriculum Nights.  Parents of students in Kindergarten through 2nd grades are invited to come on Tuesday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m.  For parents of students in grades 3-5, you are invited to attend on Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m.  You will meet the entire staff, hear from our PTO, learn about volunteer opportunities and learn what expectations our teachers have for your students.  It’s a great evening you won’t want to miss.  This is a “parents only” event.  Hope to see you there!

Picture day is coming!  On Wednesday, September 20, your child will have the opportunity to have their individual picture taken.  ED Clark Photography is offering something new this year.  You will have the choice of being able to prepay for your order online up until 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20, or send in cash or a check as you’ve done in the past.  An order form will be sent home on Wednesday, September 13.  Instructions on how to preorder your pictures will be included.

MAP testing will begin on Monday, September 11 for students in grades K-5.  We give students MAP tests to help us determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading and Mathematics.  MAP tests will be taken as a whole class on laptop computers.  The best way you can help prepare and support your child before MAP testing is to be sure they get a good night’s rest before the test and to give them a good breakfast in the morning.

Our 4th grade students may have come home with a form about being a lunchroom helper this year.  This involves our 4th graders helping our kindergarten students open lunch items, find their lunch card, help them in the lunch line, etc. during their 20 minute recess time.  If your 4th grader is interested in participating in this program, please give your permission by signing the form that came home and send it back with your student to school. Forms are due back on September 8.

Help Countryside Fire Protection District Win a Grant

Attention Facebook Friends and Families.  Countryside Fire Protection District is competing for a $3000 grant.  Your nomination is important to CFPD, so please visit our Facebook Page and vote for CFPD’s Step Up and Stand Out video.  The fire department with the most votes by September 30th will earn the grant, which will be used for future Fire and Life Safety Education.