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2019-2020 PUMP'd Events

Each year, Aspen Academy Parenting Universities provide opportunities for our community of parents and caregivers to learn and grow together, with a focus on the topics that are most important and relevant for you. In 2019, our events focus on resilience and address topics from purpose to anxiety.  Events are free unless otherwise noted.  

In addition to the events below, Aspen Academy parents are invited to participate in the Cherry Creek Parents Information Network (PIN) presentation. Information on those events (daytime and evening) are available on the PIN website:


May 8, 2020, 8:30am, Aspen Academy PDC
Save the Date - details to come

Registration coming soon





Mar 13, 2020, 9:00am, VIRTUAL **NOTE TIME & LOCATION CHANGE**
Building Resiliency 

Facilitated by Alex Yannacone from the Johnson Depression Center at CU.

This training will discuss skills and strategies for building resiliency, creating manageable goals,
self-care, and mindfulness exercises. Barriers and obstacles will be identified, as well as how to obtain resources and supports. This session will incorporate story-telling and discussions.



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Nov 8, 2019, 8:30am-10:00AM, Aspen Academy Auditorium
Angst, Raising Awareness around Anxiety - Film Screening
With anxiety on the rise in our youth, this is an opportunity to learn more about anxiety as well as tactics for building resilience. Join us for a screening of this new documentary that explores anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Features World Champion Swimmer Michael Phelps. Jessie Skipwith leads a discussion following the film. REGISTRATION CLOSED.


Sep 13, 2019, 8:30am - 10:00AM, Aspen Academy PDC
Exploring Purpose With Our Children
Helping children develop purpose at an earlier age gives them life skills to navigate through social emotional self-awareness and thrive. Through his engaging, inspiring and humorous approach, Ross Wehner shares the reality of parenting and tips for building resilience in your student by focusing on living through purpose. In his research, Wehner has uncovered the link between purpose on social emotional and mental health development. Wehner works with schools to transform learning and unlock the power of purpose and is currently asking the question: “How might we help students explore, discover and articulate purpose at an earlier age?” Read more from Ross in this recent blogREGISTRATION CLOSED.


Salon Dinners

Groups of eight-twelve will gather for an inspiring and engaging salon-style dinner and group discussion intended to elevate conversations and create meaningful connections between our community members. These gatherings are intended to be an exploration of ideas, current events, thought leadership in education and more. Guests will enjoy conversations as a single group, rather than one-off conversations with just those seated nearest. If interested, please click the link below to register and we'll connect you with others and find an appropriate time and place for gathering.



Sep 27, 2019, 8:30-10:00AM, Aspen Academy PDC
Canvas Bootcamp & Study Skills

For parents interested in a deeper dive into Canvas, please join us for this session with Chris Lazartic and our academic directors to learn more about best leveraging this tool! Get help with creating a Canvas parent account, pairing your account with your student and navigating the dashboard and notifications. Drop in anytime beginning at 8:30am. Parents will need to bring their laptop to this session. REGISTRATION CLOSED. 


JAN 10, 2019, 8:30am-11:30AM, Aspen Academy PDC
2020: Your Best Year Yet!

Facilitated by Leslie Bartlett of Allegria Coaching

*Three Hours and 10 Questions to Change Your Life.* 

  • Designed to reach the core of how you think and perform, and empower you to new levels of personal effectiveness and fulfillment.
  • Gain an overview strategy that offers a better chance of giving meaning to your life and what you do.
  • Come away with an individualized one page plan to guide you through your next 12 months

“Too busy”…is a myth. People make time for the things that are really important to them.

Cost: $50 includes book* and all materials. ($35 without book) 20% of workshop fee will be donated to Aspen Academy. *Based on the book: Your Best Year Yet by Jinny Ditzler


Mar 5, 2020, 6:30PM - 8:30PM, Aspen Academy PDC
Finding Your North Star

Facilitated by Kristina Scala 

With all the massive priorities for modern parents, we often neglect the important time to establish personal goals, mission and vision. Yet, it’s a crucial skill we instill in our children and Aspen Academy students. Join Kristina Scala for an actionable session where you’ll walk away with a clearer focus for accomplishing your personal goals for the decade ahead, the summer, and the rest of 2020!