Aspen Community School

Veteran’s Day Celebration

Highlights: Veterans’ Day Celebration – The school experienced an incredible celebration of local veterans, and students gained a new awareness for this day of recognition. Parents and subs who were there for Annie and Margaret reported that the Ks did a great job with presenting their writing pieces on freedom. Earlier in the week, Trish Gates read the book Proud as a Peacock, a beautiful Veterans’ Day story. The Ks were moved as the classroom…

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Connections, snow, and gratitude

Connections, snow, and gratitude

Happy weekend, everyone! Here’s what’s been happening in the first and second grades this week… READING UPDATE: Your first grade readers are learning how to get super smart about nonfiction topics!  Their natural curiosity is being fanned as they learn about the world. We take on nonfiction early in year because it’s important for young readers to learn how to pull information out of informational text. Embedded in the reading log this week are the…

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Wait, it’s November??!!

Wait, it’s November?? 11/9 Quote of the Week:  Chosen by Nesta ~ “Turn your wonders into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey The Scoop: New Books Today we released a whole bunch of new books into our classroom library. But first, we had “Wacky Alli the Librarian” do a book buzz for each new book. Ask your child which new book they borrowed, or maybe which one they hope to get their hands on soon. We have…

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Veterans Day Gratitude

Veterans Day Gratitude

Today was our annual all school meeting honoring veterans. The central area was filled to capacity with students, teachers, parents, grandparents, and of course, veterans. Our guest speakers were John Kelly, (Army- Vietnam) Don Stuber, (Marine, Vietnam) Amber Sherman, (Navy Corpsman, Iraq) Brian Porter (Marine, Iraq) Dwayne Romero (Army, Iraq). The theme was service and freedom. Students were encouraged to participate and did, sharing their thoughts about how to make our community safe. We were…

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Community

October has been a great month for community-building. This makes sense. Academic growth occurs best within a healthy social fabric. One of our primary goals as middle school teachers is to create diverse interactions. In a small school, such a goal seems simple, but the reality of middle school is a tendency to feel very comfortable working in preferred social groups, often in isolation from other social groups, and at the expense of individuals remaining isolated…

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