Message from ELEVATE: March 20, 2020

  • Child Development
  • Health and Wellness
Jessie Skipwith

March 20, 2020

Happy Friday Aspen Academy!

I think we start this one with a BIG YOU DID IT!  You came together, you conquered challenges, you created solutions and you maintained our wonderful community.  Now it is time for you to rest.  If you take a look at the quote at the bottom of this blog; “Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause”, this is your homework for Spring Break.  :-)

Here are a couple of things to remember as you embark on your rejuvenation time. 

Finding a healthy balance between “being informed” and “being consumed” is a great place to start.  Yes, we want to have accurate information, but it is really important for all of us to take a break from the media and use this time to connect with friends and family as best we can. Keeping a positive attitude, a hopeful outlook, playing games, journaling, creating art, exploring a new recipe or just taking time to relax and breathe; are all ways we can participate in self-care. 

Some things we can do within our control...

Exercise and movement are healthy and safe ways for us to release positive chemicals into our body which are proven to improve our emotional health and well-being as well.  There is an abundance of online resources for you to explore in this area and it can be fun to get creative with researching this one.

Staying connected with relationships, creating schedules with purpose that brings us to a positive end goal, and practicing these newly acquired skills are all great ways for us to stay engaged with meaning and intentionality.  We are all being called to be creative here and I continue to be amazed by the many ways in which I am hearing from parents and students alike as to how they are thriving in this area.  Thank you!

We wish you all a wonderful spring break and truly hope that you are able to regroup, refresh and recharge.  Thank you for the ongoing partnership and invitation that you as the Aspen Academy parent community continue to extend to us in support of your children’s growth and development.

Some Resources For Parents:

How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus

Mental Health First Aid

Parents’ Guide to Unexpected School Closings

Answering Kids’ Questions about Coronavirus


Mr. Skipwith

Jessie Skipwith, School Student Success Coach (grades PK-8)

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About the Author

Jessie Skipwith is the Student Success Coach at Aspen Academy.

Jessie comes to Aspen Academy with over 20 years of experience in educational leadership and student engagement. He has held head of school positions at elementary, middle and high schools, ran an all-school counseling department, provided private practice counseling services for families and individuals, and has served as the executive director of an education non-profit supporting low-income, English language learners from throughout the greater Denver area. He is a voracious reader of books about how students learn, how families and communities support developing young people, as well as books on progressive, innovative and dynamic new solutions to many of today’s life challenges. Jessie loves that Aspen Academy provides families and students with a small, nurturing and safe environment that encourages students to take healthy risks, to push themselves beyond their comfort zones, and that it inspires insatiable curiosity and wonder in students as they pursue their passions to help make the world a better place to live for all people. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his wife and two children and enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors while hiking, golfing or skiing.