Who we are

At any school, it's the teachers, students, parents, alumni, and staff who make the difference. Our school family grows each year, welcoming new friends in the tradition of our school motto: de amicitia - the spirit of friendship. Some current parents were once students here themselves. Some teachers have children who have graduated and come back to canoe on the ponds or chaperone Outdoor Education trips. The sense of family and of a "school home" that children develop here on this remarkable campus -- is part of why Country Day graduates seem so grounded and confident. We are all here to raise children who go on to lives of meaning and purpose. On these pages, meet some of the people who make a difference in the lives of our students -- and of the wider world -- every day. 

News of and from the People of Country Day
Envelope, please: a student recalls getting her admission letter
Posted 04/11/2016 05:17PM
Notification day: watching the mailbox?

For families who applied for admission next fall (by completing visits and submitting school recommendations, application forms, short essay questions, tests, transcripts, and more), the big day is here. Admission decisions were mailed Friday, and this week mailboxes all over town are bursting with the news. 

What's it like to get the fateful letter? Here are excerpts from a reflection by Peyton T., who joined the Fourth Grade this year: 

...When we got the mail it was just the usual stuff such as work letters for my dad, random magazines... I didn't pay much attention since I wasn't expecting anything for me, so I just threw them in a cart. Little did I know that this would be the day I became a braver person. 

When we got home we unpacked the groceries and opened the letters. All of them said, "BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH," but one caught my eye. I snatched it from my mom's hand and tore up the envelope. The sound of the tear made my ears pop. Was it a good or bad sound? I couldn't decide. The paper fell to the ground with a thump. And then... my mom took back the letter. My dad tried to distract me by making me unload the dishwasher with the smell of lemon verbena soap, and apparently it worked because I forgot all about the envelope. But I stlil thought about Aspen Country Day School...

Later that day...

"We have a surprise for you," my mom said. I could tell she was excited.

"Tell us!" my sister and I exclaimed. 

"Okay. Okay. Do you want to tell them?" my mom asked my dad.

"You're going to Country Day!" my dad told us with joy in his voice. I had so many feelings running through my head such as nervous, thrilled, worried, elated, and more that there is not even a word for!

It has been three months since the first day of school and I am so lucky to be here. All of my nerves are gone as if they had sailed on a boat to another land. I guess what I'm saying is new changes can make you a braver, nicer, stronger person. It doesn't matter what you do... Think about it, we all have something we could do to make us stronger.

The day my dad spilled the beans about my sister and I going to Country Day School. The way I felt then and now are so different.

I remember waking up in the morning on the first day of school stressing out that I wasn't going to make any friends. I didn't even want to go to school. Now, even when I am sick, I ask if I can go to school. Aspen Country Day School has been a change for the better in my life. 

ATTRIBUTES OF AN ASPEN COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL TEACHER

  • power to inspire children
  • content mastery
  • knowledge of his or her students and their needs
  • ability to teach to a variety of learning styles
  • ability to integrate technology
  • ability to collaborate effectively
  • commitment to embrace our mission and further our culture
  • ability to offer complementary skills that enrich the programs of the school
  • authentic commitment to lifelong learning through professional development
  • eagerness to serve as an effective ambassador for the school
Aspen Country Day School
85 Country Day Way Aspen, Colorado 81611
Phone: 970.925.1909
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