On the Journey 

news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Taxes, bank accounts, borrowing money, financial risk management, and financial responsibility -- those are big subjects, and the Fifth Graders eagerly tackled them in their recent program with Youth Entity, which provides personal financial literacy training to students in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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A visit to the Pitkin County Senior Center warmed many hearts and resulted in some sweet new friendships. Fourth Graders delivered Valentine's Day greetings they made during the MLK Day of Service Learning back in January. See the video.
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Why is it that when a student earns 95% on a math test, she has stronger feelings about the 5% she missed than the 95% she aced? It's because a phenomenon called "negativity bias" is at work. Middle School Head Brenda Stockdale tackles this subject that has everyday implications for students, parents, teachers.
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Q: Advisory in MIddle School - what's it all about? A: Relationships. As students move out of the Lower School homeroom structure and into the Middle School grades, the personal approach of three-times-weekly Advisory provides a bridge between school and home.
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At Aspen Country Day School, kids and teachers are enjoying amazing lunches created by new SAGE Dining chef Noelle Zablosky and her team. The latest issue of At Home with SAGE has some great stories about allergy awareness, along with a fantastic chicken recipe from Cuba. Browse the magazine here. 
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#loveACDS: in our just-for-fun poll a few years ago, students, faculty, alumni, and parents gave the top 14 reasons they love Country Day. Check them out! And this Valentine's Day, why not take a moment to share your own reasons on social? Here's the hashtag: #loveACDS
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Learning to create a stronger, healthier community one child at a time: the ACDS Mindfulness Program helps kids learn patience, gratitude, cooperation, courage, and much more. An update from a parent leader of this program that has become such an integral part of the Country Day community and brought important new skills to students.
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Three spoken word poets enchanted ACDS Middle School students for a full day of poetry workshops, performances, and a spirited Q & A about being an artist and telling stories. Thanks to Aspen Words for this amazing day of learning.
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A real debate, with arguments supported by text evidence, rebuttals, and even shaking hands with opponents after a spirited exchange: that's how Second Graders approached the eternal question about the connection between finances and well being.
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Like it or not, smartphones are everywhere, and children are using them at younger and younger ages. What's a parent to do? At a recent coffee at ACDS, parents shared ideas, traded recommendations for apps to help tame children's smartphone use, and left with a shared sense of resolve to monitor and manage screentime.
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Outraged by the way a character in a book is treated because of his PTSD, Sixth Grade students wanted to do something to help. That's why ACDS is meeting up with Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities for a special day in February.
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The Second Graders are in the midst of their unit on economics, and a recent classroom discussion focused on the vexing topic of how health care is funded in the United States. Hear their comments ("That doesn't make any sense!") about such concepts as the employer mandate, catastrophic care, and the safety net. 
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A torch is passed: two-time past winner Alex J. congratulates our new ACDS Geo Bee champ, Oscar O. After besting the other nine finalists in the Fourth-Eighth Grade contest, Oscar is studying hard for the next round, which could take him to Denver for the state level championships, or even all the way to the national finals!
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Aspen Country Day grads are out in the world, exploring, connecting, and getting involved. Organized by four ACDS alumnae, a "family movie night" February 9 benefits the Aspen High School Cambodian Child Rescue Center Club. It's a screening of the classic "Back to the Future."
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Traveling on skis deep into the Rocky Mountains to a cozy hut, making turns on a pristine powder slope -- no, it's not the latest Warren Miller trailer. It's a regular school day on outdoor ed with ACDS. More about the trio of trips that comprise this trailbreaking winter program.
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At first it seems like an ordinary science project. But when Aspen Country Day students showcase their mad skills with project-based learning, it's probably wise to expect the extraordinary. And an extraordinary time machine is what we get when Aardvarks take to the stage April 27 & 28 with this year's All-School Play, "Lost in Time."
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Aspen Country Day ski days are a school-wide tradition. This year, in addition to skiing with classmates on the mountain, Aardvarks can choose to go cross-country skiing. Classic or skate, beginner or experienced -- all welcome!
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"Through stories, readers glean insight into what character really means," says Sixth & Seventh Grade English teacher Ginger Lewis. She calls out some favorite books on the topic in a list featured in Mountain Parent magazine's winter issue. Find the recommendations here.
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How will you know if it's a snow day? Whether by auto-call, text, website, or radio, current parents will be notified. To receive the news by text, just send a text with the word ALERT to this number: 22300
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Parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends are all looking forward to the All-School Play, on stage at the Wheeler Opera House April 27 & 28. To help plan for the big weekend, here's info about which night each grade is performing.
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Aspen Country Day is in session on MLK Day -- and how! From start to finish, our day was full of learning about ways to help, organizing and completing projects, and -- most importantly -- serving others.
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Clearing the ponds on campus is never a chore when you're going around in circles with PE Teacher Alex T. After a few inches of snow, we're ready for some more pond hockey at recess.
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Two Country Day Eighth Graders joined 26 students from nine schools from across the Roaring Fork Valley for Middle School Great Ideas, a four-day Hurst Student Seminar experience at the Aspen Institute, learning, among other things, "What does Plato have to do with me?"
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As the new year begins, we are delighted to welcome Noelle Zablosky to lead the team in the Dining Hall.
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PreKindergartners had a visit from a classical guitarist who showed them a few tricks about rhythm and tempo. Clap along.
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For an archive of last year's 
On the Journey, click here;
For the year before, 
click here.

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