Incoming 6th Grade Parents:
- 20 - Governance Committee Meeting - 5:45pm - Media Center
- 20 - Board Meeting - 6pm - Media Center
- 29 - Back to School Night - 3:30 - 6:30pm
- 3 - First Day of School (Grades 2-8)
- 5 - First Day of School (Grades K-1)
It is the parent and student's responsibility to know the information listed in the handbook as well as the additional information listed here. Thank you.
School Hours & Attendance
School hours are 9:00-4:00. Student drop-off begins at 8:40 am. Our specialists (Art, Music, Phy Ed and Spanish teachers) will meet you as you pull through the drop off lane, and escort your children into the building. School starts promptly at 9:00. If you arrive after the Specialists have returned to the building, your child will be recorded as tardy so we encourage parents to arrive well before 9:00. If you arrive after 9:00, we ask that you park and escort your child in yourself so we are assured of his or her safe arrival.
Students are expected to be in school as per the school calendar. Family vacations are not considered excused absences and if you are considering a vacation during the school year for which your child will miss school, please ask to speak with the school Director as this could affect your child's enrollment at Aspen Academy.
If your child has been ill, he or she must be free of a fever or symptoms of illness for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Please contact our School Nurse - Katie Johnson or Office at 952-226-5940 if you have any questions regarding your child's return to school after an illness.
Outdoor Weather Policy
If the wind-chill or temperature is below zero students or if it is raining at Aspen will have indoor recess and will not be going outside. The decision is made by the Principals and teachers at the time of their recess because the temperature has a tendency to fluctuate throughout the day. Please make sure your students bring the proper outside weather clothes any day of the winter just in case it is above zero anywhere between 11:50am-12:45pm, thank you.
If school is delayed or cancelled due to weather, we will follow our Winter Weather Plan. Below is information regarding weather:
First, we live in Minnesota, and the weather can change quickly. It is very important that you remain alert to impending weather and that your child is properly dressed for the current and anticipated weather conditions. For information on emergency school closings or delayed starts, please reference any of the following broadcast stations:
- KMSP-TV (channel 9)
- WCCO-TV (channel 4)
- KSTP-TV (channel 5)
- KARE11-TV (channel 11)
Emails, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter and the Aspen website are also used to keep families informed. If you do not have an email listed with Aspen Academy, please contact Jean Brening at the school office. Aspen understands that all parents will not agree with the decision to close school, keep school open or start late. The student's guardians are expected to make the final decision with regards to determining whether the child will be given a ride or ride the bus to school based on weather and road conditions. We do ask that if you do decide to keep your child home due to weather or road conditions that you inform the school with that decision. Thanks.
2019/2020 Busing Information
**Donald's Uniforms is a new vendor for Aspen Academy! They are a brick and mortar store located in St. Paul and in Eden Prairie. They are able to carry all of our items (except for our Lands' End Evergreen) including our plaid. Donald's Uniform Preferred Card Flyer
Aspen Students wear Uniforms because uniforms:
- increase school spirit and community by fostering a sense of belonging and pride in the school.
- increase campus safety and security: students or strangers who are not in uniform can easily be identified.
- increase acceptance for all students: An emphasis is placed on “who you are”, and not “what you wear”. Uniforms help to eliminate elitism. No one student is “better” because of what he or she wears.
- help students come with a mindset for work. It is Aspen’s belief that a student’s education is their “job,” and that they should dress for work, not play.
- improve academics. There is a reduction of time spent on discipline – and increase time for teaching. Aspen stresses “books”, not “looks”.
Aspen students are expected to be in uniform during school hours and on field trips unless otherwise notified.
The tops are an all-white or evergreen polo or turtleneck. Bottoms are khaki pants, shorts, skorts, or skirts. Girls may also wear a green plaid jumper or a green polo dress. There are some additional options for our middle school students (grades 5-8). Please see the Uniform Regulations form for more detailed information. For more specific information and dealers who carry our uniform, please contact the office. Also, if families could please label their items it will help return lost clothing to your student. Thank you!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are Aspen Academy’s uniform colors?
Evergreen, black or white for polo shirts, turtlenecks and sweaters; khaki for pants, shorts, skorts and skirts; girls may also choose to wear green plaid jumpers or skorts or skirts.
How do I know which green to order?
Land’s End is the ONLY approved vendor for green colored polo shirts and sweaters. The color is called Evergreen.
What if what I order now doesn’t fit my child come August?
We recommend you keep all tags and shipping materials intact and consult the vendor in the event you need an exchange. All our vendors have excellent return and exchange policies for non-monogrammed items.
Do the tops have to be monogrammed with the Aspen Academy logo?
No, monogramming shirts and sweaters with the Aspen Academy logo is optional but can be done by Donald's Uniforms (on white), Schoolbelles (on white), or Lands End (on both Evergreen and white) for a small additional fee.
What if the polo shirt has a small animal or flower embroidered on it, is this okay?
No. The ONLY accepted logo is the Aspen Academy logo.
Does the school recommend one vendor over another?
No. Aspen Academy does not endorse any one vendor, however the school will receive back a percentage of total sales from Land’s End.
Can my child wear his/her white oxford shirt that buttons up the front?
No. The approved tops for boys and girls are polo style shirts with a fold-over square or rounded collar as detailed in the School Uniform Regulations.
Can the girls wear Capri pants?
No. Capri pants are not an accepted pant style, there are simply too many style variations with that pant length.
My child has a white cardigan that has a hood, is this acceptable?
No. Hoods are not allowed on any sweaters per the dress code. While some vendors may have hooded sweater available in the Aspen colors, they are not an approved item. Please refer to the School Uniform Regulations for additional information.
Which items are not acceptable as part of the school uniform?
As per the uniform policy, policy number 504, items that should not be worn to school include:
- Outdoor wear including hats and caps and boots.
- Ripped or torn clothing
- Cargo pants, jeans, corduroys or sweatpants.
- Skirts/skorts/jumpers that do not extend a minimum of 1 inch past the fingertips when arms are at the side.
- Obtrusive hair accessories or jewelry.
- Any apparel or footwear that may damage school property.
My child is often cold in school. Can they wear a sweatshirt or sweater to stay warm?
Clothing worn at school needs to be uniform approved. We have lots of green and white sweaters to choose from through our vendors. Aspen logo sweatshirts are for Spirit Wear Days only.
What days is it acceptable for students to wear Spirit Wear?
Spirit Wear is worn every Friday.
What can be worn during Phy Ed time?
Middle School students are given time to change into appropriate exercise clothes before class. Appropriate clothing items are dark shorts, tennis shoes, and a T-shirt. As with other times of the day, yoga pants, short/cut off tops, and other items listed as unacceptable will not be allowed.
Student Supply Lists for 2019/2020
Supply lists are here! Below is a flyer from the School Tool Box company. We will again be offering parents the option to purchase all needed school supplies through them. Make sure to submit your order early to give enough time to receive the supplies before the first day of school. You will also find below next year's supply list for parents to individually purchase items.
Community Education and Clubs
Aspen Community Education
Information for Fall 2019 will be coming in the first week of school!
After School enrichment to meet the intellectual, creative and social need of each student.
We believe that having a broad range of after-school activities that appeal to a variety of interests is important to keep students engaged. As we create these programs, along with committed staff to coach/staff/supervise them, we'll post them on this page. We also invite parents to lead clubs and activities.
Mr. Fairweather runs our band program, click here to send him an email.
Aspen Academy offers a beginning band program as an enrichment opportunity for fifth graders.
Aspen’s middle school band is an intermediate band for students who have either taken fifth grade band at Aspen or have taken one or more years of private lessons on their own. Students who have taken private lessons must consult with the band teacher and/or the middle school principal prior to enrollment.
The middle school band is an elective that meets during the day and students are continually enrolled from one year to the next unless schedule changes are arranged with the middle school principal. Students who do not elect to take band will be placed in an alternate course.
Before and After School Program
952-226-5942 - BUSINESS OFFICE NUMBER
952-226-8486 - AFTER HOURS NUMBER
Aspen Academy's before- and after-school program and is open to any family that pre-registers with the office. There is a one-time registration fee and after that, parents pay by the "block" for any portion of the following:
|Morning Block||7:00 - Beginning of School Day||$8.00|
|Afternoon Block 1||End of School Day - 4:30 p.m.||$8.00|
|Afternoon Block 2||4:30 - 5:30 p.m.||$8.00|
Calendars are due by the 20th of the month prior to when care is needed.
We ask that returning families please review the Family Registration form each year for updated procedures.
Aspen will be using Infinite Campus this year for its Student Information System as well as its Learning Management System. You will receive information on August 15th about how to logged into your account.