You can support Aspen Academy in the following ways:
If you have questions or would like to help with one of these events, please contact ACC@aspenacademymn.org.
Mark your Calendar for the Ninja Warrior Playground Fundraiser!
We are excited to announce that we will be holding our big annual fundraiser starting October 1. This replaces the Apex Fun Run that would normally run in February. Over the summer, a dedicated team of parent volunteers has been working to plan an amazing fundraiser. This way, we keep 100% of donations (minus expenses) to make a bigger impact.
What: Big annual fundraiser that replaces the APEX Fun Run
Theme: Ninja Warrior Playground Fundraiser
Dates: October 1-16
Plans: 100% goes to the new playground
Watch your email and child’s take-home folder for more details!
2018/2019 Fundraising Dinners
Watch for details! Several times throughout the year the ACC hosts fundraising events at local restaurants such as:
Box Tops For Education
The Box Top Program is a coupon-based program found on the packaging of various brands. More information on the types of products can be found on www.btfe.com. Coupons can be turned in anytime throughout the year to the school office.
Tips for clipping Box Tops include:
- Use collection sheets and tape or glue Box Tops to the sheet
- Place clipped Box Tops in baggies of 50
- Never use staples to attach your Box Tops or they cannot be redeemed
- Cub shoppers can also benefit by signing up at www.growinglocallearning.com for coupons on
participating products, information on promotions, and the ability to enter Bonus Box Tops right to Aspen's
account. Contact ACC with questions.
Scrip is our easy fundraiser--requires no selling (or delivering) to neighbors and family. Simply purchase gift cards to places you already shop through the Scrip website. You get 100% of the value of your gift card. The retailers donate a portion of the sale back to Aspen – anywhere from 1% - 25%, just because you purchased the card!
You can use scrip cards for everyday items like food, clothing (such as school uniforms), and other essentials OR gift cards to give away for special occasions. With every purchase, you will earn a donation for Aspen. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!
Hundreds of participating vendors including: Wal-Mart/Sam's Club, Target, Kwik Trip, Cub Foods, AMC Theatres, Home Depot, Kohl's, Starbucks, Amazon.com, Lands’ End, JC Penney, Michaels, Walgreens, The Gap, Old Navy, as well as many restaurants. A complete list can be found at: www.glscrip.com, look on the left hand side under Retailer List. Click on “Alphabetically by Category” located right above the orange member's log in box.
Ready to Sign Up? Do This…
- Please email email@example.com to get the Aspen Script code
- Go to www.shopwithscrip.com
- Go to Family sign up/create an account
- Family registration steps 1-5
- Enter code given in step 1
Once registered, this is your permanent account and all you need to do to place an order is enter your user name and password, select your cards and check out. Once your order is placed, you pay using the “PRESTO-PAY” method (payment is automatically deducted from a bank account you designate). If you choose to pay by check, please make them out to Aspen Academy and turn them in to the office by 8:30 am on order date.
Signing up for “PRESTO-Pay” is easy - simply log on to ShopWithScrip.com and click on the Presto Pay link in the left side navigation bar of your account dashboard. There you’ll find additional information in three short video tutorials. Presto-Pay orders have a one-time two day verification process, so plan accordingly.
SCRIP will only be accepting Presto-Pay as the payment method - no checks will be accepted.
Three easy ways to earn money for Aspen using the Scrip program:
- Order physical cards twice a month. Watch FaceBook page and emails for ordering dates!
- Use ScripNow! for ordering and printing electronic gift cards on your own schedule right from your computer!
- Use Reload option to add funds to existing cards you have purchased through Scrip.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact via email or by phone:
Heather Allison 952-226-4553
Gail Haferman 651-592-8081
Sara Vander Lugt 952-210-2663
Aspen Academy values the skills, interests, and talents that parent volunteers bring to our school. During our opening year we had parents help install cabinetry, talk to students about their job or heritage, create bulletin boards, scan materials for the Smart Boards, assist on field trips, shop for teachers, sew, supervise the lunchroom, and a variety of other activities that made the school a wonderful place for the students.
We ask families to commit to 40 hours of volunteer time over the course of the school year--and this can be fulfilled by any member of the family. We even have grandparents help at the school which is extra special for our students! In order to ensure the safety of all students, we require an orientation training for all adults working with our students. Orientation trainings are offered at several times in the fall, but become less frequent as the year progresses so we encourage family members to attend early. This way, when that exciting field trip comes up, you're ready to volunteer! Please see the calendar of events for the volunteer orientation dates.
Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Dates
Volunteer with the Aspen Community Council
There are many ways to get involved with the ACC and volunteering at Aspen:
Attend an ACC meeting. This is a great way to find out all the various ways you can volunteer at Aspen. It also gives you an opportunity to share ideas on activities, events, and fundraising ideas for Aspen.
Join an ACC committee. There is no need to have prior knowledge or experience with one of these positions. We are looking for people interested in the joining the Special Events Committee, Fundraising Committee, Hospitality/Outreach Committee, Middle School Committee. If you have questions or would like to volunteer for one of these committees, please send us an email.
Make sure you are in the ACC directory and e-mail list. All volunteer opportunities are advertised via e-mail for those listed on the ACC Directory. If you are not in the directory (or unsure if you are listed) please send us an email to be added or fill out the Google Doc. Please include the following information in your e-mail: Parent name(s), Student name(s), Grade of student(s), email, address, phone number.
Remember, by volunteering in any one of these areas you not only help out your child's school, but you also earn hours towards your 40 volunteer hour requirement.
Tax Deductible and Matching Donations
All donations may be sent to Aspen’s business office and will be tracked by our accounting firm Beltz, Kes, Darling, and Associates until they are spent. Aspen Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and donations are tax deductible. You may also want to see if your employer has a matching donor program. 100% of your donation will go to benefit the school and your student. Many families have shared our donor information with grandparents who have donated in honor of their grandchild! All items purchased with these donated funds must support our required curriculum and/or the current programs of the school.
Teacher Wish ListsKindergarten
Clear contact paper
Clear packaging tape
Large Popsicle Sticks
Colored Popsicle Sticks
Page Protector Sleeves
Zoo Pals Plates
folders (the 2 pocket like the kids)
craft supplies (googly eyes, pipe cleaners, sequins, etc.)
Number cards (0-9) like Uno
White board markers
novels (level S and above)
Clear contact paper rolls
Fat Expo markers
3x5 lined index cards
Playstation 2 or Playstation 3 (To play Dance Dance Revolution)
DDR metal pads
Heart Rate Monitors
#2 non-mechanical pencils
containers/bins for supplies (small to large)
gift cards to dick blick art stores for paper, paint brushes, supplies, etc.
sharpie markers (regular size)
Yarn of all colors
Glue- Elmer's Glue-all
Colored pencils- regular, neon, metallic
plastic containers and bins (all sizes)
black sharpie markers
White Board Markers
Erasers - Big Pink Eraser and Pencil Erasers
New/gently used visual books including Eye Witness, I Spy, and Where's Waldo
Assorted Color Markers
AV or Utility Cart
2 World Globes
Any and all age appropriate reading for 6th/7th
Books on world history topics that are age appropriate
Cool pictures from around the world/different civilizations
Old historical newspapers (preferably already laminated)
Paper of any sort
Red correcting pens
White Board Markers
Spanish or bilingual books
Spanish children's music CDs
White Board markers