Asbury Thursday Folders – March 7, 2024

Posted March 8, 2024

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Principal Message:

Asbury Community,

These are my favorite couple of weeks of the school year- with READ-A-Thon and Math-A-Thon going. During these two weeks we focus on reading and math in the classroom and at home. Students get time to read during read-a-thon and during math-a-thon they focus on building and mastering their math skills they are working on! We have prizes, celebrations and work on growing students mastery in math and literacy- what is not to love about these two weeks.

Special shout out to parents, teachers and staff who make these weeks special for students! 

Also, don’t forget to join us March 15 at 2:00 on the blacktop for our in person Community Circle! During this Community Circle we will be celebrating our top three readers and mathematicians. During this celebration, these winners will be throwing pie in three staff members’ faces! 

In Partnership,

Jeanna Doung

What’s top of Mind?

Report Cards Available Soon

Report cards will be available starting next Monday, March 11. You can access report cards through Parent Portal. Reach out to Amber if you have any questions. 

Mark your Calendars

 April 30 will be our Dish a Story and Student Led Conference evening. We will be hosting this at Asbury from 4-6! Please look for additional information to come!

Upcoming Days Off

Asbury Release Day on March 22: Don’t forget that we have a non-student contact day on March 22. Teachers and paras will come together to take time to plan, grow as professionals and plan for the students. 

Spring Break Reminder: March 25-April 1. Please take time to enjoy spring break. We will not have school this week. 

Announcement: 24/25 School Year Calendar Released for Asbury: 

Please take a moment to read through the Asbury Calendar for next year. Asbury does have a few extra non-student contact days in our calendar, so please make sure to mark your calendars with these dates. These extra days are crucial to Asbury’s success in supporting students. We take these days to hone our professional practice, collaboration, and focus on building supports for students! Here is the calendar:

Asbury 2024-25 School Year Calendar

Friday, March 1 – BEST Awards Video

Shuler Spotlight Series Video Podcast Link

  • We had an opportunity to do a video podcast with another elementary school in Iowa.  Thank you to the Holstine family for making this connection!
  • We had an application that 4th and 5th graders could fill out to be a part of this process if they were interested and then students were randomly chosen.
  • Michael, Rhys, Adilyn, Alexa, Andrew, and Elsa

Mental Health Minute 

Parent/Caregiver Training Opportunity 

Please join us during the April 9th PTSO meeting for parent/caregiver suicide prevention training. Our staff recently went through this training and found it very impactful. You will walk away knowing the warning signs, risk factors, and equipped with strategies to support someone who is experiencing suicidal ideation. This is a sensitive but important topic and I look forward to partnering with the Asbury community to increase awareness and empower everyone to take action. If you or someone you know are  in crisis, please contact Safe2Tell at 1-877-542-7233 or the Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 to get connected with resources. 

Lauren Gourgues, School Psychologist 

What’s Still Relevant? 

Video of the February Community Circle from last week

Mr Howard was awarded this week for Living our DPS – Fun!

Click HERE

Social Media Safety Training for Families

The Family of Community Engagement is offering a Social Media Safety for Families Workshop on March 12 from 5-6 p.m. This session will provide resources and tips for families on the dangers of social media and how to help students stay safe and smart online. Families will gain valuable information and collaborate with other families on technology safety solutions. We will launch an interactive training module for DPS families as well to use after this session and receive certification they have completed the training. Families can learn more and RSVP here.

CMAS Testing Schedule for 3rd-5th graders

  • Testing Schedule – Please save the dates and plan accordingly with trips/appointments/etc.  Attendance is important during this testing window.  Thank you in advance.
    • Note:  All students will follow this schedule, but depending on accommodations that your student may have according to their IEP or 504 plan, they may test in the afternoon on these days instead of the morning.  Also, if we have proctor absences during testing we may need to reschedule testing to the make-up weeks for students with 1:1 accommodations.  FYI.
  • CMAS Parent Information Deet – will be sent out – Wednesday, March 13.  Instead of a Virtual Live Parents Night, you will be able to watch a screencast all about CMAS and have an opportunity to practice with your student at home to see what the CMAS test will look like.

Talent Show Update from Mrs. Batesmith

Look forward to attending the Talent Show on March 21st, 2024!

If you have any questions or need more information, please direct all communication to Mrs Batesmith at

Summer Connections (Summer School)

Summer Connections is a free, five-week academic program that is open to all rising first through fifth-grade DPS students at eligible schools from June 17-July 19 (no classes will take place June 19 or July 4-5). This full-day program focuses on preparing elementary students for future success.

  • Registration for Summer Connections is now open and spaces are limited! Please utilize the sign up through the Parent Portal to register. 

What’s new from PTSO?

THANK YOU for your generosity during Direct Give. Thank you for giving to our incredible community, and inviting your friends, family, and neighbors to give as well. Strong schools make strong communities and we are so thankful to all of you!

Read-A-Thon finishes tomorrow! Remember to turn in your feathers! Last feather due tomorrow, March 8.

Shed request: Do you have an outdoor shed in good condition, or a connection to a company that manufactures or sells outdoor sheds? If so, please contact! We’re hoping to help provide outdoor storage for the student garden, field PE games, and more!

University of Denver Lacrosse!- Another great opportunity to spend time with some 

great Asbury Families, watch an exciting game, and support Asbury!

Spring Wing – save the date!

  • This event is a SUPER fun way to get to know other amazing Asbury parents (adults only) and support our school
  • Mark your calendars for Friday, May 3, 2024. Fun. Is. Coming.

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

DU Men’s Lacrosse Game Flyer – 4/13

NEW:  Southeast Denver Rec Softball Information

Enrichment Flyers

Science Matters


Chess Wizards

Little Medical School STEM Enrichment 

Hero Kids Sports Information Flyer

Upcoming Dates

3/1 – Spelling Bee 

3/2-3/8 – Read-a-Thon

3/11-12 – Chook 2 Day Dine Out!

3/13 – CMAS Information Deet being sent out to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade families 

3/19 – Class Picture Day

3/20 – CMAS Infrastructure Test

3/21 – Talent Show

3/22 – Asbury Release Day- No Students

4/8-4/18 – CMAS Testing (3rd, 4th, & 5th grades)

4/13 – (Sat) – DU Men’s Lacrosse Game

4/19 – DPS Release Day-No Students

4/26 – Rockies STEM Day – 5th Grade

4/30 – Dish A Story/Spring Student Led Conferences

5/3 – Spring Wing 

5/6 (Monday) – Skate City *NEW DATE*

5/10 – Asbury Release Day- No Students

5/17 – Field Day

5/24 – Field Day (Rain Date)

6/4 – 5th Grade Continuation