Asbury Thursday Folders – May 9, 2024

Posted May 9, 2024

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Asbury Community,

As we balance finishing this year out and planning for next year, I wanted to take a moment and share updates about staff for the 24/45 school year. We wish everyone the best as they transition to other places or new roles!

 So what transitions are happening?

  • Elinore Van Sant: Elinore will be transitioning from full time math in 4th grade to part time in order to take on more responsibilities with her new little one at home. She will continue teaching part time here at Asbury in her 4th grade math class and we are thrilled that she is able to stay on part time!
  • Tara Haskins: Tara is currently our amazing Mild-Moderate Special Education teacher and will be adding to her position next year to go full time. She is moving into the other .5 4th grade math position, so she and Elinore will job-share the 4th grade math position. Tara is a phenomenal teacher and we are thrilled to have her full time in our building!
  • Julie Chapman: Please join me in congratulating Julie Chapman in her official retirement! Julie has been supporting at Asbury for her career in DPS and we are thrilled to have her come back next year in a part time intervention teacher position! 
  • Nicole McCoy: Nicole will be out on maternity leave through mid-September. We are still looking for an amazing Long-Term Substitute for the beginning of the school year for Ms. McCoy. Congratulations to our 3rd grade teachers!
  • Lauryn Arza: Lauryn will be stepping away for maternity leave starting at the end of September. We are looking for an amazing Long Term Substitute during her leave. Congratulations to our 3rd grade teachers!
  • Tanya Banks: Tanya has been our Health Tech Para through the pandemic and we are grateful for her support in that role. She is transitioning to a Dedicated Adult Support for a 2nd grader. We are thrilled she is continuing her support at Asbury!
  • Drew Gui: We are thrilled to have Drew continue his support at Asbury. He will be transitioning from a 1st grade 1-1 position to the Health Tech Para position. 

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

In Partnership,

Jeanna Doung

What’s top of Mind?

End of Year (23-24) – Beginning of the Year (24-25) Checklist for Families (please read!)

Please take time to read through the end of year checklist for families. This list includes information about technology, library books, medications and other important end of year dates.

Spring Spirit Week, May 13-17

Monday, 5/13Crazy Hair or Hat Day
Tuesday, 5/14Sports Day (wear your favorite team or show off your favorite sport)
Wednesday, 5/15Monochromatic (one color)or Rainbow Color (wear many colors)
Thursday, 5/16Character Day (dress up as your favorite tv, movie, book character)
Friday, 5/17Field Day Class Color Day 

Asbury Yearbook Order Form!  

  • Click HERE!
  • Orders are due in one week – Friday, May 17
  • Cost – $11
  • Paper Information Forms like the link above will come home on Monday also.  Use the instructions above to order online.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Baca in the office.

Feedback on Dish A Story Event

We would love your input as we continue to plan to make Asbury better and better! We know that Dish a Story is a fun-filled event that we all want to see continue. Please take a few minutes to share what you love about it and what you would like to see change to make this event even better! The link to provide feedback is here: 

Recipes from Dish a Story (scan the QR code for each grade level):


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

The Asbury Era Newspaper – May, 2024 Edition

DPS Chromebook Collection Policy – “ALL chromebooks will be collected at the end of the school year for the summer.  No exceptions will be made” – Dots

  • ALL students will be bringing their chromebooks and chargers to school (3, 4, 5 who normally take them to and from school) Wednesday, 5/29 and they will remain at school.  They will NOT go home after that.  
  • Please look for chargers if they are missing at home.  Students will be charged if chromebooks and/or chargers are not returned.  Thanks so much!
  • Please reach out to if you have any questions and she can direct you to the contact with Dots.

Mental Health Summer Services

The Denver Health Student Based Health Clinics will be providing mental health support for students over the summer through a program called TRUST who may be suicidal or have violent ideation, have a significant traumatic experience, or any other mental health concerns.  TRUST stands for Therapeutic REsponse and Urgent Stabilization Team.  School staff can make a referral using this form  TRUST operates year-round, so you can always refer students, but the summer is a great time to use this resource since school staff are not as readily available.   You can read more about the services provided here

Ridwell/Green Eagle Clothing Swap – Friday, May 17.  

  • Every second, the equivalent of one truckload of clothes ends up in a landfill somewhere in the world. Instead of dumping it, let’s swap it! 
  • Spring cleaning? Have something you aren’t wearing anymore? Share your style at the Asbury Clothing Swap! 
  • Don’t have anything to trade in? No problem! Come in and grab some new (to you) clothes anyway! 
  • (We are also accepting textiles for recycling through Ridwell) 
  • Sponsored by your Green Eagles
  • Click HERE for more information.  
  • For more information, please contact or

HR Update

Dedicated Adult Support (1 on 1) Para Position: If you or you know someone who is interested in applying for a 1 on 1 special education paraprofessional position of one of our 4th grade MI students, please reach out to Jeanna! 

Message from the Green Eagles

Ridwell is running a special promotion for schools. We need 8 more families to sign up for a new Ridwell subscription by May 31st.  Thank you to the two families who did sign up already.  If you signed up before, unfortunately it does not count for this new promotion so we need new member sign ups!  

  • Click HERE for the information flyer!  
  • Click HERE for a video from the Green Eagles.

Mental Health Minute

Having Difficult Conversations with Children 

When delivering tough news, such as information about a tragic event or a death, the goal is to balance helping children cope with the event and providing information. The following are some tips on how to have difficult conversations. 

  1. Answer questions simply without details
  2. Provide factual information and correct any misinformation
  3. Reaffirm safety and acknowledge any feelings 
  4. Maintain a normal routine 
  5. Rely on social support from friends and family
  6. Take care of your own needs

If you or your family members are experiencing a crisis, reach out to the following:  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1 (800) 273-8255 (text HELLO to 741741)

SAMHSA Helpline: Call 1(800) 662-4357- English and Spanish

What’s Still Relevant? 

ProComp Trust Board Opportunity

The ProComp Trust Board is seeking a new community member to join the Trust Board. This position will hold three-year terms starting in the 2024-25 fiscal year. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested. Those interested should complete this form

The ProComp Trust Board ensures the financial stability of the funds raised by the ProComp Mill Levy. The ProComp Trust Board is responsible for monitoring how DPS spends the funds derived from the Trust ensuring they are spent only on ProComp-related expenses and are consistent with the ProComp Agreement.

Please note that the ProComp Trust Board will only consider applicants not employed by the district for this role on the Board.

ELCSports Summer Camp – Space Still Available!

Extended Learning and Community Schools is proud to launch their first-ever sport-focused summer camp at South High School! These weekly camps will help students build athletic skills and prepare them for ELCSports – DPS’ only district-run elementary sports league. For more information and to register, click here. If you have any questions, please reach out to

What’s new from PTSO?

  • Final Spring Wing announcement!
    • If you haven’t paid your invoice yet, please do so! Then you can pick up your auction winnings and enjoy all the wonderful things 🙂
    • There are still just a few Experiences left – they are a great way to build community and get to know each other and super FUN!
    • Head to our Auctria auction site to sign up! Hurry before these awesome events fill up – May 12th is the last day to get in on the fun! If you have any questions, reach out to Shannon Durling
  • Field Day support!
  • Rapids Soccer with Asbury Friends! – FLYER
    • Saturday, May 11, 7:30 PM, join your Asbury Community to support the Colorado Rapids at a soccer home game
    • Buy your tickets here: (a portion of every ticket sale comes back to Asbury!)
  • Two fundraising options for your home:
  • Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain is running a month-long fundraiser for Asbury. Just mention Asbury Elementary when scheduling over the phone or online at Fundraising Flyer
  • American Furniture Warehouse Fundraiser Rally Time! – American Furniture Warehouse partners with Asbury year round to give back, and they are having a special event for us 5/3-5/12! Use code ASBE04 online or in store to earn money for Asbury! See FLYER for more information! We can even get credit for items you’ve purchased there earlier in this school year!

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


Summer Skate City Flyer

Fundamental Youth Sports Camps

Hero Summer Sports Camps

Summer Reading Camp (Orton Gillingham Intervention) – **Use code Partner200, to 

receive $200 off of registration**

ID Tech Camps (Summer 2024)

Summer Reading Flyer

Summer Art Open Studio (with Ms. Werner and Ms. Karen)

Sticky Fingers Summer Enrichment


American Furniture Warehouse Rally Flyer

Colorado Rapids Soccer Game – 5/11 @ 7:30 pm)

Hearing, Vision and Dental Screening Opt Out Form

Ridwell Membership Information

Enrichment Flyers

Pokemon Go May Enrichment Session

Lego Engineering Enrichment (Spring Session)

Upcoming Dates

5/10 – Asbury Release Day- No Students

5/11 – Colorado Rapids Soccer Game

5/17 – Field Day

5/23-Dinosaur Ridge (2nd Grade)

5/24 – Field Day (Rain Date)

5/30 – Ameritowne (5th grade)

5/31 – 1st Grade Picnic @ Harvard Gulch (9:00-12:00)

5/31 – 3rd Grade Picnic @ Harvard Gulch (9:30-12:30)

6/3 – 4th Grade Picnic and Multiplication Facts Ice Cream Sundae Celebration @ Asbury Playground  (1:30-2:40)

6/3 – 2nd Grade Picnic @ Harvard Gulch (9:30-12:30)

6/4 – 5th Grade Continuation (9:30 am) 

6/5 – last day of school and Hip Pops truck!