Aspen Community School

Happy Fall Break!

Kindergarten 2021-22 – “Happy Fall Break” Highlights: Two weeks ago we visited Rock Bottom Ranch for a wonderful harvest field trip on the coldest day of the season so far! Ks were dressed well, and so we were able to thoroughly enjoy the super fun trip. We helped to harvest turnips and radishes, we made fresh apple cider, and we visited the sheep and chickens. We also had a nice picnic lunch.  Margaret was gone […]

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Adapting to Change

Kindergarten 2021-22 – “Adapting to Change” Highlights: Welcome Jenny Jones! This week was our first without Heather. We all miss her, and we welcome Jenny Jones for the next few weeks. Casey has posted the K assistant position, and we have begun talking to some potential hires. The good news is that Ks are welcoming, flexible, and resilient. They have welcomed Jenny, they’re learning from her, and they will be fine even though they will […]

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Warrior Trait #3: Physical Fitness

Warrior Trait #3: Physical Fitness

In Language Arts we are continuing to develop our Warrior Traits: self-awareness, self-control, and now physical fitness. At home students are reading articles about the body-mind connection, so go ahead and ask them about the co-evolution of these two parts of ourselves. Fitness brings more oxygen to the brain, endorphins from our lymbic system; physical accomplishments develop confidence, and pushing our physical limits steers us to a more positive self-image. The research is abundant and […]

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Building the Container

And just like that, it is October! When teachers return to school in mid-August, we use the time to connect as a team, reflect on the previous year, revisit our shared agreements, and to dream about the year ahead. This year we are aspiring to one standard: to create the optimal conditions for courageous thought. Hum, so what does that mean? Well, in order to be courageous we believe students first need to feel safe, […]

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Many Accomplishments

Kindergarten 2021-22 – “Many Accomplishments!” Elly Presenting at All School Meeting – in the big gym! Highlights: This week was another hard-working week! Ks enjoyed celebrating their Summer Notebook work by picking out some fun prizes. They also finished 2 reading units and so we held a readers’ theater celebration. In writing we began our first personal narrative stories, and math was centered on estimation with garden zucchinis from the Gooding Garden! We also had […]

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