A Message from Principal Michele Altherr:

Welcome back Aspen Tigers to the 2019-20 school year! We extend an extra special welcome to our new Tigers in kindergarten and those joining us as new students!

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. Find out how you can support the Aspen PTO by visiting https://aspenpto.weebly.com/support-the-pto.html

Our teachers prepare outstanding music performances, literacy nights, ELL nights, and science fairs. We also encourage students to be involved in clubs and organizations to round out their school experience. 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.

This year Aspen is looking forward to some exciting school improvements.  Our parent-teacher organization raised money to purchase several pieces of playground equipment.  Additionally, we are moving toward Zero Waste lunches with the purchase of a dishwasher and reusable lunch trays.  Finally, we are establishing a Makerspace with the installation of an interactive whiteboard and a 3-D printer.

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.  Together, we are building a thriving learning community committed to –

  • Supportive Culture:  OUR school teaches, models, and provides opportunities to practice kindness, empathy, and compassion.
  • Engaged Learning:  OUR teachers use active learning strategies that promote students’ curiosity, critical thinking, and passion to learn.
  • Challenges as Opportunities:  OUR school fosters a growth mindset by encouraging resourcefulness and resilience in response to challenges.

We look forward to working with you this year. Welcome to Aspen School and the 2019-2020 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.

Read more on our Procedures

2019-20 Aspen Lunch and Recess Schedule for Parents

Safe School Parenting Tips

  • Please arrive on time and do not sign out your child during the last 15 minutes of the day.
  • Parents please Do NOT leave your child unsupervised on the Aspen campus before 8:05. This is unsafe.
  • Please do not leave your child unsupervised on the Aspen campus after 3:30 PM (12:14 on Wednesdays(. This is unsafe.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday


  • 8:05 Supervision Begins
  • 8:15 Line-up, Greet Students
  • 8:20 Class Starts

AM Recess 1 (Grades 1, 2, 3, 4)

    • 10:00 AM Recess Starts
    • 10:15 AM Recess Ends

AM Recess 2 (Grades K, 6)

      • 10:30 AM Recess Starts
      • 10:45 AM Recess Ends


Lunch (30 min) Recess (15 min.)

      • 11:15-12:00 Lunch then Recess,  Grades 2 & 5
      • 11:45-12:30 Recess then Lunch,  Kindergarten
      • 11:45-12:30 Lunch then Recess,  Grades 1 & 4
      • 12:15- 1:00 Recess then Lunch,  Grades 3 & 6

PM Recess 1 ( Grades 2 and 5)

      • 1:00 PM Recess 1 Starts
      • 1:15 PM Recess 1 Ends

 PM Recess 2 (Grades K, 1, 3, 4)

      • 2:15 PM Recess 2 Starts
      • 2:30 PM Recess 2 Ends

Staggered Dismissal M, T, Th, F

      • 3:15 Staggered Dismissal (K, 1, 2, 5)
      • 3:20 Staggered Dismissal (3, 4, 6)
      • 3:30 Supervision Ends

Wednesday Schedule


      • 8:05 Supervision Begins
      • 8:15 Line-up, Greet Students
      • 8:20 Class Starts

AM Recess 1 (Grades 1, 2, 3, 4)

      • 10:00 AM Recess Starts
      • 10:15 AM Recess Ends

AM Recess 2 (Grades K, 6)

      • 10:30 AM Recess Starts
      • 10:45 AM Recess Ends

Staggered Wednesday Dismissal

      • 11:55 Staggered Dismissal (K, 1, 2, 5)
      • 12:00 Staggered Dismissal (3, 4, 6)
      • 12:15 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.

• Ethical Use of Technology Board Policy 6144R