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Aspen Country Day families
October 20, 2014
About: nature deficit disorder, 
    The autumn season of Outdoor Education trips ended last Friday when the Fifth Grade returned from mountain biking in Western Colorado (left). If you have not already looked through the photo albums from the fall trips, click here
     You'll see evidence of Country Day's deep commitment to Outdoor Ed, a commitment that truly distinguishes us from other schools, even in the Rockies. Kindergarteners, without parents, sleep outside on their first overnight, no tears. Eighth Graders literally show younger students the ropes while rock climbing. This does not happen many other places. The enthusiasm of our teachers, parents, and students makes this strong program possible. 
     "The future will belong to the nature-smart," writes Richard Louv in his great new book The Nature Principle. "(To) those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need." 
     New this week, you may notice a change in the "wildlands play area" just downriver from the Lower School building. Green survey tape defines the play area, keeping children away from the river, the road, and the nearby house. Within that generous boundary, however, they are free to play at recess, exploring this area that remains un-landscaped, un-charted except by their imaginations. This is another form of Outdoor Education -- daily Outdoor Ed right here on campus -- as we seek to foster "nature-smart" children.
Calling all lawyers: ACDS Mock Supreme Court needs your help
The Eighth Grade Humanities class is looking for parents who have a background in law to help the students prepare for three mock Supreme Court hearings. The class will be arguing landmark cases involving students' rights.
     One case, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, investigates the First Amendment in the school setting. The other two cases, New Jersey v. T.L.O. and Board of Education v. Earls, focus on students' Fourth Amendment rights. We would welcome anyone with a law background to help the counsel teams prepare their oral arguments and the justices ready themselves to hear the cases and write their opinions. 
     We will be preparing for the hearings Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, October 28/29/30, from 10-11 am. The students benefit from real legal advice, so come get your Constitutional law on and join us! If you can help, please contact
Zeke Tiernan & Andy Davies
Eighth Grade Humanities Teachers 
Parent-Teacher Conference Times Going Fast
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     Appointments are filling up for Parent-Teacher Conferences Conferences Wednesday, October 29 and Wednesday, November 5 from 2 pm to 5 pm. Please note, these are Early Release Days. By holding conferences on Wednesday "early days," we gained two school days this year. 
Click here for an interesting recent NPR story about 
"how to make the most of your ten minutes with teacher" 
Did you know? ACDS has grown from 53 students to 208 today
More data for the number-crunchers among us: ACDS enrollment now stands at 208 students, an all-time high. The school opened on September 1, 1970, with a grand total of 53 students in K-12. Number of students in the first-ever graduating class: three.
Singing, a joy of childhood
Parents, do your children love to sing? In the shower? In the car? Do you hear the tune "Do you want to build a snowman" on a regular basis? How about an opportunity to practice singing with a real choir? Students in the Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus will be performing great numbers from the American songbook and yes, even numbers from the hit movie Frozen. Children from Fourth-Eighth Grades (plus mature, responsible Third Graders) meet Tuesdays from 3:20 to 4:30 right here at ACDS. Click for more details and sign up today!
Heads up for spaces in next year's PreK and Kindergarten
   Parents of current students: do you have a child who is not yet at ACDS but might want to come to PreK or Kindergarten next year? Please let us know ASAP by  filling out our survey (click here) 
     New families are already applying for next year. Siblings have priority, but must complete a formal application that's due February 16, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Admissions Gretchen Cole.
     Also, if you have friends considering ACDS for next fall, please remind them to contact us soon for a visit! Thanks.
Thank you, golfers & friends
     The Aspen Country Day Cup 
yesterday was a tremendous success, with lots of enthusiastic golfers, great weather, and a delicious dinner. ACDS is immensely grateful to tournament organizers Nicole & Lex Tarumianz and Stacey & Eric Schmela who put on a fun day with good luck and beautiful weather.
     We hope to see you next year for another exciting golf outing.

Cup Sponsors, THANK YOU!

Alpine Bank

Woody Creek Distillers

Poss Architecture

Lex Tarumianz Sotheby's Realty


LJM Partners

Hamlet Financial Corp.

The Hostetler Family

Shane Aspen Real Estate

Molly Gibson

UPS Store

Willow Creek Management

Reese Henry & Company

Meridian Jewelers

Lex Tarumianz Sotheby's Realty

Aspen Constructors, Inc.

Aspen Art Museum

RGS Architecture

Waas Campbell Rivera


Annabelle Inn

Sweet Colorado Dough

David Johnston Architects


Haas Land Planning, LLC

Laura U

Ajax Lawn Care

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