Asbury Thursday Folders – January 4, 2024

Posted January 4, 2024

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Principal Message:

Asbury Community-

As we start the new semester and new year, it is that time of the year that we continue teaching in this school year and start looking forward to the next school year. This includes budgeting around our priority areas. Asbury is a committed community school that values the supports for students. One of the critical parts is ensuring we have identified priority areas from our students, staff, and the community. Based on that, I wanted to ask that you take about 10 minutes to fill out this priority input survey

I also want to be clear that we do not know any details about the budget. What I can share is our Budget Development Timeline. In this timeline, you will see when the budget will be shared with me, when we will have CSC/SLT meetings, and HR impacts to the budget timeline. 

My commitment is to lead with grace, transparency, and with Asbury at the center of what can be a difficult time. 

In Partnership,

Jeanna Doung

What’s top of Mind?

CSC Meeting

Please join us for our January CSC meeting this upcoming Tuesday (January 9) from 5:00-6:00 in the library at Asbury. This Collaborative School Committee Meeting will be talking through Asbury school priorities, our upcoming school events and planning to ensure Asbury has the supports needed to support students! Translation service will be available, if needed. Childcare and pizza will be provided. 

Bell Time Results

We will keep the same bell time from this year into next year. As with this year, we will continue to have opportunities to give input and shift our bell times based on what works best for our community. This year, teachers and parents weighed in on what start times work best for them and the large majority  (80%) of those that took the survey indicated that it works best to keep a 7:40 start time. 

Calendar Reminder: Grandfriends Day

More details to come, but we wanted to share that Grandfriends Day is returning this year! Save the date of February 14, 2024. Be on the lookout for additional details soon!

January Edition of  “The Asbury Era” Newspaper created by Ms. E’s Students is out.  Click HERE to check it out!

Safety at drop off and pick up

  • There have been some unfortunate events occurring during these times. If you are parking on Lafayette during these times please lock your car doors at all times. We have been informed by the police station that there is a group going around to schools during busy times like drop off and pick up and breaking into vehicles so please take precautions and lock your doors at all times when you are not in the vehicle and do not leave valuables visible in your car when you exit your vehicle.
  • During drop off and pick up please be respectful of our neighbors when parking and do not block driveways even if you think that it is for a short period of time. We want to be respectful of our neighbors here at Asbury.

Mental Health Minute 

BESS Winter Parent Rating

The parent rating for the BESS, our social emotional universal screener, opens December 16th. The form can be completed in less than 5 minutes at In the Fall, 52% of our students had a parent report completed for them. Your feedback provides valuable information! 

What’s Still Relevant? 

Get Notified about Snow Days and Delays

To be notified of delayed starts and snow days before heading out the door, follow this guide to make sure your phone number is listed correctly in Infor. We will send a text message to the phone number you have listed in Infor, and an email to your DPS email address in case of a delayed start or snow day.

Previously opted out of text messages? Text Y or Yes to 67587 to receive text messages again. If you would like to opt-out, reply to a district text with N, No, or Stop.

You can also check and district social media channels (FacebookX and Instagram) for information about delays and closures.

Outdoor Recess on Snowy Days

As a reminder, If students have boots, they are welcome to play in the field or on the playground unless it is icy- so send students with boots. If you need boots, we have a few extra pairs students can wear. Now that the weather is changing please send students with coats, gloves as we try to have outdoor recess as much as possible.

Mark Your Calendars: SchoolChoice Round 1 Dates

  • SchoolChoice Round 1 for the 2024-25 school year will open on Jan. 11, 2024 and close on Feb. 12, 2024. If you know of any kindergarten families or new families, they can make Asbury their home schools!
  • The DPS SchoolChoice application and waitlist site has changed. Families interested in coming to Asury can apply here. Families with existing Parent Portal accounts can log in using their username and password and families who do not have Parent Portal accounts will set up a new account.

What’s new from PTSO?

  • IN PERSON PTSO meeting is next week
    • 1/9/2024, 6 pm, Asbury auditorium
    • Join us afterwards for some social time
  • DU Hockey! – this popular community event is BACK! Watch Denver’s own incredible DU Pioneer Hockey Team.
  • Saturday, January 6; 7pm
  • Purchase tickets here
  • A portion of proceeds comes back to Asbury!
  • DU Gymnastics Community Ticketing! This is another great opportunity to see some of the greatest college athletes in action with your friends in the Asbury community!
  • Sunday, February 11, 2024; 1:45 pm
  • Tickets are now on sale here.
  • A portion of proceeds comes back to Asbury!
  • Information Flyer
  • DU Gymnastics camps: Planning your summer of fun? 
  • We’re in the midst of School Choice:! Buy a yard sign (or two!) to show your support for Asbury and show how much you love this wonderful school with your neighbors. 
    • Signs are available for $10 in the office
    • OR email and we’ll deliver and set one up for you 👍

What’s going on with Enrichments?

Please visit the Asbury Website for more information and details about enrichments offered during this session:  Asbury Enrichments Schedule

Community Flyers

NEW – Summer in the City Discovery Link Camp Flyer

Asbury DU Gymnastic Meet Flyer – 2/11

DU Upcoming Youth Programs

DU Hockey Game Flyer – 1/6

Enrichment Flyers

NEW – Clay Play Enrichment (Spring Session 1)

NEW – Art Fun (Winter Session)

Hip Hop (Winter Session – in process)

Upcoming Dates

1/6 –  (Saturday) – DU Hockey Game 

1/9- CSC and PTSO Meetings in person at Asbury

2/11/24 (Sun) – DU Gymnastics Meet

2/14 Grandfriends Day

2/16 – DPS Release Day- No Students

3/13 – CMAS Online Parent Information Night (6-7 pm)

3/22 – Asbury Release Day- No Students

4/13/24 (Sat) – DU Men’s Lacrosse Game

4/16/24 (Tues) – Skate City

4/19 – DPS Release Day-No Students

4/26 – Rockies STEM Day – 5th Grade

5/10 – Asbury Release Day- No Students

5/17 – Field Day

5/24 – Field Day Rain Date

6/4 – 5th Grade Continuation