It’s almost time for school daze
Aspen Elementary and Middle School students have one, last long weekend of summertime liberty before school resumes Tuesday, Aug. 31.
Aspen High School students head back to class Sept. 8, following experiential education trips, many of which depart from Aspen today.
The school district is urging parents to send students to school via school or RFTA buses, so as not to worsen traffic congestion in and around the campus due to roundabout construction and the fact that High School Road is now closed. Also, because changes in school bus routes and schedules have occurred for this school year, parents are asked to verify routes and timetables.
New-student registration varies for each school. Parents of elementary school children are asked to bring a copy of their child’s immunization records for school files. In order to enroll in kindergarten, children must be five years of age by Oct. 1, and for verification, parents are asked to bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate. The school also asks that a new student’s prior school records be delivered to the office as soon as possible. For more information, call 925-3760, extension 3001 or 3002.
All new students at the middle school are asked to preregister at the school office prior to Aug. 31. For further information, call 925-3760, extension 3000 or 3002. On the first day of school, students will be briefed about important information and given forms which should be returned to the office.
Aspen Elementary School, grades kindergarten through four, will have daily hours of 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students in grades one through four begin full-day sessions Aug. 31. For kindergartners, the first week of school is orientation week. During that week, kindergartners will attend school only half days; full days begin Sept. 7.
Aspen Middle School, grades five through eight, will have daily school hours of 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. On Tuesday, each grade will meet in its respective core area: fifth- and sixth-graders on the second floor, and seventh- and eighth-graders on the third floor. Course options and class schedules will be discussed at that time. Parents should ask their children for “student packets” that students should bring home that day. The packets contain several important forms that must be completed and returned to the school.
Aspen High School, grades nine through 12, will have daily hours of 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Regular classes begin Sept. 8 and that day students should report to the commons area at 8:15 a.m.
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