A Message from Principal Michelle Altherr:
Welcome back Aspen Tigers to the 2018-19 school year! We extend an extra special welcome to our new Tigers in kindergarten and those joining us as new students! The Aspen staff is looking forward to having students back in their classrooms, hearing their cheerful voices and decorating our hallways with their artwork and creative projects.
It will be an exciting year as we continue our tradition of excellence in learning. We have a caring and capable staff that works together each day to achieve success for our students at every level. We are delighted to welcome several new classroom teachers: Joy Quernemoen, first grade, Matthew Allen, third grade, Beth Sanchez, third grade, Vickie Daley, fourth grade, and Christina McCormick, living skills. Additionally, we are happy to have Amy Pickett join us as our school nurse, Diane Marasciulo as our clinical counselor, Julie Bulthuis as an ELL teacher, Leslie Clark as our digital learning coach, and Linda Hand as our technology specialist. Finally, I’m honored and excited to be joining the Aspen Community as the school principal!
We are a family-friendly school committed to you and your child. We encourage you to be involved in your child’s school year and communicate with us as needed. Our highly supportive PTO hosts many family-friendly events including Tiger Trot, Spring Fling Carnival and Movie Nights. Our teachers prepare outstanding music performances, international nights, literacy nights and science fairs. We also encourage students to be involved in clubs and organizations to round out their school experience. Our previous clubs have included: Art Club, Game Club, Improv. Theater Club, K-club, and more. We are committed to keeping you up to date on your child’s education through our newsletters, parent conferences, website and more. We welcome and appreciate your involvement, support, and input.
Classroom assignments will be posted on August 15 at 2:30 PM with a Meet Your Teacher time immediately following from 2:30-3:30. Also, the staff looks forward to meeting you at Open House on August 22nd from 5:30 – 7:00PM.
Please register your child through InfoSnap so we don’t lose track of any of our Tigers! We look forward to working with you this year. Welcome to Aspen School and the 2018-2019 school year!
Ms. Altherr – Principal
Going To and From School
The school district assumes responsibility for students when they are using school bus transportation as they come to and from school and when they are on the school grounds between 8:05 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. on regular school days. The schools are not responsible for children while they are walking, riding bicycles, or otherwise coming to and from school. In this area, the County and the parents share responsibility for the children. However, the school and the Aspen PTO have an active interest in maintaining and assuring the safety and welfare of students who are walking or bicycling to and from school and will work cooperatively with the police, parents, and the County Transportation Committee in promoting and educating children in pedestrian and bicycle safety and law enforcement.
Early Dismissal/Snow Day Plan
On days of deep snow or exceptionally bad weather, schools may choose to follow a 2 hour delay plan. Any activities scheduled before school, such as band or orchestra, are canceled on snow days. Students should arrive at school two hours later than usual. If a 2-hour delay is called on a Wednesday, there will be NO school at the elementary level. Announcements concerning snow days will be made over the radio station KRSN AM 1490, on major local television channels (4, 7, or 13) beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m., or call the district info line at 663-2223.
On rare occasions, school will be dismissed early because of unusually heavy snowfall or other emergency situations. This decision is made by staff in Los Alamos Schools Central Office in collaboration with LANL staff and Los Alamos County staff. When this occurs, there will be radio messages to inform you of the decision. We ask your cooperation at this time. Please make a plan with your child ahead of time so he or she knows where to go after school is dismissed. We will send home a form for you to fill out to share your plan with us. This will help us know what you and your child have decided to do. Each teacher will keep a copy of your plan at school. Keep your email address current since we will send out a general announcement to our Aspen Family email list. When the decision to dismiss early occurs, it generally precedes early county and laboratory closings. For that reason, it is important for students and school staff to proceed home quickly so the roads may be clear for subsequent county and laboratory traffic. Please understand that the school phone lines must remain open during this time. Please go over the plans with your child to avoid any confusion.
*PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION BEGINS AT 8:05 am*
8:15 am: 1st bell rings (signals that school begins in five minutes)
8:20 am: School begins
Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade: 10:15 am – 10:30 am
2nd, 4th and 6th grade: 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Kindergarteners play from 11:30 am to 11:45 am, eat from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
1st and 2nd graders eat from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm, play from 12:00 pm to 12:15 pm
3rd and 5th graders eat from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm, play from 12:30 pm to 12:45 pm
4th and 6th graders play from 12:00 pm to 12:15 pm, eat from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm
Kindergarten and 1st grade: 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
2nd, 3rd and 4th grade: 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
5th and 6th grade:Run/Walk
DISMISSAL on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
3:20 pm: Kindergarten – 6th grade
3:27 pm: School buses leave
3:35 pm: Supervision ends
DISMISSAL on Wednesday
12:00 pm: Kindergarten – 6th grade
12:07 pm: School buses leave
12:15 pm: Supervision ends
The purpose of any computer utilization is to enhance the educational experience. All students and staff are required to have a signed district Technology Agreement on file. Use of computers is a privilege and not a right. Inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of those privileges. LAHS administration will determine what is inappropriate use and that decision will be final. Inappropriate use will result in the closing of an account at any time or by removal from a computer-based class.