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January 5, 2015
About: a sense of place and the ACDS ponds
Welcome back to Narnia: playing on the ponds today
the ponds in the mining days
At an alumni gathering over the holidays, talk turned, as it always does, to our memorable campus and its ponds. The ponds live in the hearts of all alums -- a place for five decades of ACDS students to canoe, skate, conduct science experiments, sail regatta boats, and do nature writing. 

Going back in time to the mining days, the ponds were part of the Newman Mine silver operation. Later, when the campus was the Four Seasons - a day resort for Aspen locals and visitors - Hollywood leading man Gary Cooper famously dined here in what today is our lunchroom.

Today, the ponds number three: the Great Pond (shown above), the Fire Pond (across the path, so called because it's a reservoir for fire suppression), and the Enchanted Pond (hidden behind the tall pine next to the gym tent). 

The ponds give our school a sense of place -- for children, a grounding that nurtures the growing soul. "The environment in which we were raised has been called the 'primal landscape' - it becomes part of our self-identity and a measuring stick for later experiences," writes Kara Lefevre in The Neurobiology behind a Sense of Place in 

Today, children streamed out onto the Great Pond to run and play for recess. Later this year, ice permitting, they'll skate on the Fire Pond. The ponds will stay open for recess as long as the ice is solid.
Curious: What's that sign?
Perhaps you've noticed a new sign at the top of Music School Road. This is for a January 19 hearing in advance of next year's campus construction. Our new gym will be higher than the current building code permits, and although this height was already OK'd as part of the 2008 master plan approvals, the county allows time for a "scenic review." The public will have a chance to comment on the view as seen from Castle Creek Road. Neither ACDS nor the music school are expecting any significant opposition at this time.
Congratulations, PreK Four parents: your circle is complete!
The goal for the Country Day Annual Fund is 100% participation of all ACDS families, and PreK Four is the first to hit that benchmark. Help complete the circle! Make your gift online today

As of January 5, overall participation is now up to: 70%
Shopping event benefits ACDS this week
A group of entrepreneurs with connections to ACDS have opened a new collaborative space downtown. Featured are items from the katebaby children's clothing line; women's fashion from the Blues Jean Bar, Gray Aspen, and Peace of the Action; jewelry from The Woods, beautycounter selections, and more. ACDS parents involved include Silbi Stainton, Sarah Gercke, Kate Roberts, Sam Terkun, and Lady Fuller, along with friend Kelly Hollins. 

Stop by from 10 am to 3 pm this week at their new locale: 525 East Cooper #208 (upstairs next to BB's Kitchen). A portion of sales this week will be donated to the Country Day Annual Fund. 

Reminder: about financial aid for the coming school year

The ACDS financial aid application deadline is February 9, 2015. Families who have previously received aid awards should have recently received this year's letter of instruction via email. We will not be sending printed copies this year. If you have not received the instructions electronically, please contract Gretchen Cole, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid by email or phone: 925-1909 x208. Thank you! 
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