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Connecting as a Community: A Note from our PCO President
For those who don’t already know me, my name is Debbie Schwartz, and I am mom to Ben in third grade, as well as PCO President. (Parent Civic Organization, Aspen Academy’s version of PTO)
Many things may look and feel different this year, I know that it’s easy to feel disconnected from the incredible Aspen Academy families that make our community remarkable. If you’re feeling that way, you’re not alone. We joined the community five years ago, and a few weeks into the school year, I realized that finding your place can be hard and finding our “home” during a pandemic has definitely made it harder. What made it easier was the beacon of kindness that surrounded us: you always have a place in our community. I want each and every one of you to feel the same way that we have felt.
In a year when many of our families are each facing our own challenges, we can still play a special role here. It may not mean volunteering in the traditional sense, a simple call or email or saying “hi” to another parent at pick-up is just as important (if not more) than logging volunteer hours. You haven’t heard a lot from PCO this year because we have focused on our teachers, and I want to invite our families to re-engage in ways that are meaningful, within the current guidelines.
It’s hard not to hug favorite teachers and staff on their birthdays, get advice and love them in person. We’re each called to create new relationships and connect in different ways this year (often over Zoom). I take so much comfort in the fact that our kids get the same, if not even more, love from them. Stay tuned for emails about Teacher Appreciation week so you can share your love and gratitude with them!
Going forward, I will be sending a monthly email about what PCO is excited about. This summer we will continue to embrace our community with some speakers focusing on issues that are close to our hearts. Also, know that we are working so hard to find ways to get everyone involved. I really want everyone to feel the sense of community that I am so passionate about. I want Aspen Academy to feel like a home for you all.
All the best,
Here are some events to attend and enjoy with other Aspen Academy families!
April 22, 2021: Parent University @ 9:30am | RSVP
April 22, 2021: Parent Social (Game Night) @ 7:00pm | RSVP
May 12, 2021: Monthly Town Hall with Head of School @ 5:00pm | register here
May 13, 2021: Parent University @ 9:30am | RSVP
May 18, 2021: Parent Social (Trivia Night) @ 7:00pm | RSVP
To get involved or learn more about PCO, click here