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November 17, 2014
About: coming together to foster mental health

Over the next few weeks in our community, you'll likely be hearing more about an important topic: suicide prevention and mental health. Aspen Country Day is participating in this valley-wide campaign in several ways:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 18:
community forum to launch the valley-wide  campaign called "Erase the Stigma." 6 pm at the Wheeler. Many parents have emailed to recommend this 6 pm event.

Monday, December 8:
parent coffee here at school in Goldsmith Hall with Morgan Warth, our own Socio-Emotional Learning Coordinator, who also works with the Aspen Hope Center. All parents invited! 

Wednesday, December 17:
a training session for teachers and staff with the Aspen Hope Center. 

Parents, please join us for the December 8 coffee & training session -- it's right after dropoff in Goldsmith Hall

What is the training session topic?
An overview of warning signs of suicide, as well as training on specifically how to respond if concerned about a child, friend, or community member. The training also provides direction on resources in the community and how to go about connecting someone who is struggling with those resources. There will also time for questions and answers during and following the presentation.

Why are we doing this? 
Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and the Roaring Fork Valley averages 20 suicides per year. Adolescents and young adults go through many transitions, and this population has been shown to be at an elevated risk for suicide. Signs of both depression and suicide can vary from person to person, and we want to empower the families of ACDS to identify situations that may trigger depression or suicide, to identify potential suicidal behavior, and to know how to react if they are concerned about a family member, friend, or community member.

Aardvarks onstage: upcoming productions include many students and alums

Our very own Shakespeare Festival is happening this month and next, but if you just can't get enough drama, be sure to mark your calendars for two upcoming productions that feature many of our own students and alumni on stage.
Performing in Theatre Aspen School's production of Shrek, The Musical are students Karlie in Eighth; Annie, Spencer, and Noelle in Fifth Grade; Charlotte in Fourth, and alums Jack Dresser, Audra Shield-Taylor, and Lilli Smalls. Shows are 7 pm December 11-13, with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm. There's also a meet-and-greet "Shrek-Ception" after Friday's show. 

Tickets at or at the Wheeler.

That same weekend is SOL Theatre's performance of Annie Jr., with Lyla in Fifth Grade on stage along with lots of other friends from the valley. Performances are at Carbondale Middle School Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 at 7 pm, with a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. 

Click here for tickets:
Morning coffee and conversation: this Friday at Whole Foods

Please join Head of School Josh Wolman and Board President Scott Russell for a midvalley gathering of parents by the Willits bus stop this
FRIDAY at 7:20 am

Our monthly "open agenda coffee" tour makes a stop at Whole Foods in Willits this coming Friday, right after the bus pickup. We hope this time may be convenient for parents who live in the midvalley! Possible discussion items: school climate, plans for the upcoming campus redevelopment, ways for families to be more involved from the midvalley, and more. Bring your good ideas!
Lost and Found - please pick up before Thanksgiving Break

Missing something? There are two places to find lost clothing and items:
            • on the rack outside the Lower School Building
            • near the stairs of the Castle Creek Building
Anything not claimed by Friday, November 21 will be given to a thrift shop.

Please encourage your children to claim their items. Thank you!
New on our Vimeo channel: catapults, explosions, and adorable piglets

Annual Fund progress to date
The goal for the Country Day Annual Fund is 100% participation of all ACDS families, and we're well on our way. See the progress below

Each week we'll update the chart. How is your class doing? For more info on giving, look for the Guide to Giving and Getting Involved in your mailbox, or click here to learn more now.

Help us complete our circle! Make your gift online today.

As of November 17, overall participation is now up to: 40%
Social Aardvarks

Lots of new videos and photos posted on our Aspen Country Day Facebook page. Remember to like us on Facebook for regular posts and fun photos.

Tweeting: our feed is full of our own ACDS news as well as recommended articles, thoughtful ideas, and news from other independent schools. Follow us @aspencountryday 
Adorable! School pictures now posted
The beautiful results of picture day are now posted online. These professional portraits are available in many formats, including prints, gift items, and even phone cases. Check them out today! Go to, click on 2014, find the grade level, then scroll until you find your child's portraits. (for privacy reasons, children are not identified by name)
Adopt A Family through the Holiday Basket Program 
giftbox For more than 26 years, the Holiday Baskets Program has provided help to those in need during the holiday season. Area churches, synagogues, and schools work to match up local families in need with gift-givers -- this year, there are 250 families to be adopted. You may choose a small family with kids, or a bigger family of 6-8, and give them the personalized gifts they request, which are often basic necessities. This is a fun project for parents to do with children, as it helps everyone reflect on those whose needs may be larger than our own.

How to Participate: 
Contact ACDS past parent Sarah Pember at or 319-7493You'll receive a form with names/ages and needed gifts, and even sizes. Or, you can make a donation to provide food vouchers and diapers. Deadline: Gifts must be delivered by Tuesday, December 2.

Click here to see a quick video promo for the Holiday Baskets project. 
Your opinions, please: help us improve our after-school program 

This fall brought a whole new slate of after-school classes and adventures for our students and many friends at surrounding schools. Help us make next semester's programs even better by filling out this quick survey. Even if your children did not participate, we would like to know why, and what after-school programs might interest them in the future. Please help! Thanks in advance for your feedback. Click here to take the quick survey. 
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