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Aspen Country Day families
September 29, 2014
In this issue...
Thoughts on: building the foundation
Video of the week: Parent Night Switchup
Did you know: In/Out of Aspen district residents
Golf signup: Aspen Country Day Cup October 12
For Middle School girls only
Boarding school fair 10/10-11, volunteers wanted
About: building the foundation
As of tomorrow morning, the first month of school is behind us. Much as the first days build routines and habits for months to come, an Aspen Country Day education builds a foundation for the lives of our graduates. Our mission is to instill "a lifelong love of learning, sense of purpose, and responsible citizenship." 

Here's a story from two recent graduates that speaks to this aspect of our mission. Mac Taylor, a junior at St. Paul's School (NH) and Austin Corona, a senior at Middlesex School (Mass.) were youth reporters at the Aspen Ideas Festival last summer. Their articles are evidence of their foundation in critical thinking, communication, and creativity. 

Austin had the opportunity to interview David Petraeus about Islamic extremists on a casual walk across the Meadows campus (a true "pinch me" moment for this aspiring foreign correspondent). Mac's interview with education leader John Palfrey pondered the relationship of public and private schools. Read more about the youth reporting project here. 

ACDS graduates build lives of meaning upon the solid foundation they receive here on Castle Creek. Children here today, in these beautiful last days of September, are building their foundations daily. Where will their own journeys lead?
Video of the week: Parents in the learning seat

Middle School teachers brought classroom lessons to life for parents, putting the grownups in the role of students. Analyze this chapter from Animal Farm! Find the tectonic plates on this map! Speak with your partners in Spanish! Parents got right to work.

DID YOU KNOW? info about ACDS you may have missed.
This week: trending towards the midvalley

Every week we will offer one tidbit of info you may not already know about our school.

What percent of students do you think come to our school from the Aspen district, and which from the other side of the line (roughly Watson Divide and farther downvalley)? 

This year the figures stand at:
  • 58% live in the Aspen School District attendance area
  • 42% live in the RE1 district (Basalt-Glenwood schools)
That's a change from the 2012-13 year, when the 65% resided in the Aspen district and 35% in the RE1 district. Aspen Country Day School continues to play an important role in providing choice in education for families seeking to select a program that is the best match for their children -- no matter where in the valley they live. 
Signup now open for the golf event of the season!

A sunny Sunday in Carbondale, golf and/or dinner and drinks with friends and fun for kids -- it must be the Aspen Country Day Cup (formerly the Headmaster's Open). Sign up to play or just join us for dinner at this fun event! Parents, grandparents, alumni, friends -- everyone is welcome. 

  • Shotgun start 10 am.
  • Children's activities, drinks at 3 pm. 
  • Dinner at 4 pm. 
  • $100 for golf and dinner
  • $35 for dinner only ($16 for kids/under 6 free). 
  • Click here to register today!
"Be who you are. Say what you mean" 

ACDS is proud to host a leadership weekend facilitated by the Girls Leadership Institute here on campus October 18 and 19.  

This workshop is just for girls in Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade, and it's open for registration now. Click here to sign up.
Volunteers Needed October 10 and/or October 11! 
Thank you to those parents that have volunteered to help with the Boarding School Fair. We are still looking for strong men and women to help move and set up 45 tables prior and post event. 
When: Friday, October 10, from 2:15 to 3:30 pm and/or Saturday, October 11, from 5:15 to 6 pm.

If you can help, please email Susan Glah
Thank you!

PS: Also, tell all your friends about this first-ever event. Anyone who is curious about choice in education should stop by! The fair is Saturday, October 11, from 2-5 pm. More than 40 schools from around the country and Canada are coming.


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