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A Full Volunteer Day at Aspen Academy
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Josh, Aspen Academy Parent

Josh, an Aspen Academy parent shares his experience of volunteering for a whole day in the classroom. Read as he explains why it was so rewarding for him.

January Traditions
  • Academics
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Aspen Academy Contributors

Each month brings new and important traditions. Here's more about the January traditions we are looking forward to celebrating with our community

candle lighting darkness
  • Academics
Aspen Academy Academic Directors

We are so looking forward to Spirit Week next week and all the upcoming holidays celebrated within our community, and we would like to formally wish all a happy holiday season – acknowledging a Happy Hanukkah, the November celebration of Diwali, a Happy Kwanzaa, and a Merry Christmas. We have loved seeing the recognition and honoring of various cultural traditions acknowledged and integrated into academic lessons, games, reading, and guest speakers.

Scholastic Book Fair 2021
  • Academics
Dana Kohls

]The Aspen Academy Scholastic Book Fair is back and will run Monday, December 13 through Thursday, December 16, 2021. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 7:45 AM-4:30 PM. Continue reading for more details on wishlists and eWallet cash-free payment.

fireworks
  • Academics
John Woodward

To elaborate on the announcement Kristina Scala shared in the Town Hall in November, we are excited to share some transitions on our Essentials Team. 

red and yellow leaves on pavement
  • Academics
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Aspen Academy Contributors

Each month brings new and important traditions. Here's more about the December traditions we are looking forward to celebrating with our community. 

Building Blocks of Narrative Writing
  • Academics
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Kate Stein

Our 2nd graders have been working hard on their story narratives by focusing on details and dialogue. There are a few techniques that I use that help break down the narrative process and make it enjoyable for every learner.

Gratitude sign
  • Gratitude
Jennifer Gravlee

There are two things in this world that we all have in common: 1) Everyone will have a final chapter and 2) Everyone wants to be happy. We are surrounded by books, quotes, podcasts, articles and studies on how to live a happy and meaningful life, but it is when we train our mind that all of those words become reality. The debate is whether happy people are grateful or grateful people are happy.

students unfolding a flag in preparation to raise the flag on Veteran's Day.
  • Gratitude
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Justin Wimbish

Veteran and Middle School Learning Interventionist, Justin Wimbish shared this reflection during our event to honor Veteran's today.

Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month
  • Gratitude
  • The Aspen Difference
Yuzo Nieto

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, we encourage all our community members to expand our awareness of the beautiful and contemporary Indigenous cultures that continue to thrive today. Learn more in this blog from Academic Director in Residence, Yuzo Nieto.

Kindergarten Problem Solvers
MaryAnn Dawson

Let's start problem solving in Kindergarten! Learning how to recognize a problem, brainstorm on it and then create solutions are all valuable skills involved with problem-solving. Read the steps on how Aspen Academy Kindergarteners are solving everyday problems every day in the beautiful learning space of their classrooms. 

After School Car Conversations
  • Child Development
  • The Aspen Difference
Jennifer Gravlee

We all know that moment. That moment, adult picks up kid, kid shuts the door. Adult says, “how was your day?” Then the one-word answer comes, “fine, good, boring, or bad.” Tips for questions to ask your students on the way home to learn more about their day!

images of diwali, clay pot burning light
  • Academics
Jessie Skipwith

This past week, Aspen Academy recognized the annual five day celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali. It is always a great gift to recognize the many different families and cultures that make up the Aspen Academy community and here are a few resources to join in this great celebration of Lights & Knowledge over Darkness.