Asbury Elementary

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Thursday Folders – December 18

Posted: Dec 18, 2020

Principal’s Corner

Happy Holidays Asbury Community! I hope you take this holiday season to rest, recover and rejuvenate so that we can come back next semester ready to usher in the new year- I, for one, can’t wait to bring in (and bring on) 2021. With this new year will come some changes and despite all we have gone through in 2020, I am confident that we will continue to rise up together- as a community. 

With that in mind, the second semester will start on Tuesday, January 5th. The week of January 5th-January 8th will be a remote learning week– no students will be in the building that week.  DPS has expressed that they would like all K-5 students to start in-person learning on January 11 (and students who have elected to remain on-line, will still continue with online learning)- so that is what we are planning for at Asbury!  To ensure you all feel supported, we will host a Town Hall on Wednesday, January 6 from 5:30-6:30 to ensure that all your questions are answered about our in-person return. 


School Notes

  • ANY AND ALL COVID questions should be directed to the Nurse’s office at 720-424-9755

  • January 4-8 School Schedule
    • January 4- No Students: Teacher Release Day
    • January 5-7- Live Remote Learning Days
    • January 8- Asynchronous Remote Learning Day 

  • Town Hall: Please join Mrs. Doung for this town hall to get any questions that you have answered about returning to school. This town hall will take place on January 6 from 5:3-6:30. Please join this Zoom link

  • Return and Reconnect Committee: 
    • If you are interested in joining the Return and Reconnect Committee, please sign up here
    • Please remind students that we would like for them to sign up for this committee as well. Please have them sign up here

  • Please call the Attendance line (720)424-9797  if your student will be absent from class (in person AND remote). 
    • If your child is in quarantine for an extended period of time (3 days or more) they may log on to the remote class supports.
    • If your child is absent for less than 3 days due to travel, a minor cold, or other extenuating circumstance please reach out to your teacher for communication but remote centers are available during this time.

  • No adults will be allowed past the office unless there is a student emergency. If your student is arriving late or leaving early there is a sign-in/out QR code (please bookmark in case you do not bring your phone)  on the office door you can use.

  • Kindergarten school tours will begin in January. We will be hosting virtual tours for families that are interested.  Each Friday in January we will host a Q&A for all prospective students and families. Reach out to Maggie with any questions. Information will be shared on the Asbury’s Website under the Enrollment/School Tours page. 

  • 5th Grade Families: Merrill Middle School is hosting ongoing virtual visits. Please find information here if you are interested in participating!

  • Would you like to see your artwork on the cover of the 2020-21 Asbury Yearbook? Look at our yearbook cover art contest flyer HERE! All submissions due by Tuesday, January 5th.

  • Food and Nutrition Services will be closed from December 21 – January 1 and not serving any school meals at our curbside locations.  We have partnered with Revolution Foods, who will distribute 7-day meal boxes on December 22 and December 29 at schools (10) across the District.  Please see the attached flyer for details.


PTSO

  • The Asbury Direct Give Campaign will take place from February 22nd – March 6th.  
  • Save the Date for the upcoming “A Magical Evening With Asbury” Virtual Fundraiser taking place on Saturday, 3/6/21 from 5pm-6:30pm.  It will be a family-friendly event and we welcome you to share the attached flyer with family, friends, neighbors and alumni!  We are excited to come together as a community!  Details to follow.

 

  • Calling All Community Builders!  We are looking for parents who are interested in hosting Zoom get-togethers and activities during this time of “safer-at-home”.  Since in-person gatherings are not possible, we are hoping to bring our community together virtually.   Let us know if you can help!  Please contact Meaghan McCabe at meaghanomccabe@yahoo.com for more information or to sign up as a host. 

 

Some examples:

    • Do you have a specific skill set you would like to share? Like teaching yoga, meditation, cooking, science, or a craft? 
    • Are you interested in creating a community Zoom group that meets to enjoy a topic together like a book club, a knitting club, or a movie club?
    • Are you a social butterfly and would like to lead a group in playing games via Zoom?  Examples include Pictionary, Bingo, Scattergories, trivia, Name, Place, Animal, Thing, and Heads Up!  These events could be adults only, families, or students only.
    • Would you like to host a Zoom Happy Hour or Coffee Talk for other parents in your grade to give adults a chance to get to know each other?
    • Do you have a background in parent education or mental health?  Would you be interested in leading a Zoom call on a topic that supports our adults as they work and live with their children during this time?
    • New and different ideas are also welcome!

  • PTSO meetings will be on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:00-7:30pm.  Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday – January 5, 2021!  This is the Link for the Zoom.

  • The Asbury Backpack Program Needs Your Help!

Sign Up Here to help support Asbury families with food boxes.

  • Business Sponsor  Are you interested or do you know someone interested in being a Business Sponsor? Now is the time to support Asbury students and staff while promoting your product or service. You’ll also receive the benefit of a tax write off. Please contact Andrea Cocking or Kelly Smith to get signed up and get your banner up!
  • We have a new Advocacy Page on the Asbury website where you can find information about how to get involved and make your voice heard!  Check it out HERE!


Important Dates:

  • 2/22/21 – 3/6/21 – Direct Give Campaign
  • 3/6/21 – A Magical Evening with Asbury Virtual Event


Parent Resources:

Technology Resources from Mrs. Ravel (updated) 

Parent Essentials

Hot Spots

Logging in to a Chromebook

Parent Guide to Chromebooks

Seesaw for Parents


Flyers/Links

A Magical Evening with Asbury

Yearbook Cover Art Contest

Food Distribution from Revolution