On the Journey 

news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Takeaways from the fall series of Parent Coffee + Conversation events are many and insightful. Check them out in this list of helpful resources for parents handling issues from "how to build gratitude in children" to "helping teens see the positive side of stress."
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What does a healthy relationship look like? What's the difference between conflict and bullying? Middle School students had a chance to find out and explore these important topics thanks to sessions with the program director of Response, a local organization with expertise in this area.
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Trip report: the amazing DC trip for Eighth Graders, cornerstone of the US History curriculum that focuses on critical thinking and responsible citizenship. It was a remarkable week to be in the nation's capital, not just because of the 90-degree weather!
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What combines music, drama, art, storytelling, science, social studies, and more? It's a multi-subject performance featuring the Fourth and Fifth Graders. Everyone is invited to this musical theatre presentation Tuesday, October 30 on campus.
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It appears that the dream of a bike trail to campus may be close to coming true for Aardvarks who like to bike, walk, or run to school. An update on the political process in action.
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More vegetables on plates equals more healthy choices equals better energy for learning all day. Chef Noelle explains the new Dining Hall serving protocol. Try something new!
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Service learning is in full swing this fall, with grades across the school tackling ideas that are not only service, and not only learning, but the powerful combination of both. From recycling to puppy care to building "Free Little Libraries," Country Day kids are about to make the world better one collaborative project at a time.
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Lower School Head Jennifer Bohnen shared her "Top Ten" tips for parents at Lower School Parent Night. It's a list worth taking to heart!
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In her remarks at Middle School Parent Night, division head Brenda Stockdale shares thoughts on why adolescence is such a fascinating, challenging, and rewarding stage of life. She asks: "What if we intentionally hit the RESET button at the start of each school year?"
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In honor of the International Day of Peace, Second Graders share their thoughts. "Peace is like sleep." "Peace smells like pine trees." Peace feels like a cold winter breeze and snowing in the night." What do you think?
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Why is it important for children to have an awareness of their own good fortune, and how can you "help gratitude grow" in your family? That's the intriguing topic of the first in our series of fall Parent Coffees. They are open to all; please come and bring friends!
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As the faculty gathered for the start-of-school meetings and the summer came to a close, Head of School Josh Wolman offered his thoughts on how the PreKindergarten-Eighth Grade journey creates such a distinctive advantage for Aspen Country Day School students.
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After Eighth Grade, what's next? Aspen Country Day families have expert guidance in finding a "best fit" high school. Now we are pleased to offer the latest edition of the ACDS Secondary School Search Guide, a comprehensive free resource. If you are just starting to think about grades 9-12 or are well on your way to high school, this guide is for you!
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Rigorous academics, creative arts, and outdoor education programs that make up the powerful three-part ACDS curriculum. One part of that program – the arts curriculum in Middle School - has recently been updated to ensure that graduates have not only a wide exposure to all art forms but also deep practice in creative expression.
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In today's world with its many environmental challenges, a solid grounding in science is more important than ever. Aspen Country Day Eighth Graders this year have a new science class to deepen their understanding of the natural world as they practice solving real-world scenarios using chemistry, physics, and design thinking.
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Building the strongest possible academic foundation means building the strongest possible team of teachers to work with children in all grades at ACDS, PreK through Eighth Grade. Here's the lineup for the 2018-19 school year.
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Here are some great reads for the summer of 2018 and the school year ahead, all chosen and recommended by Aspen Country Day teachers, leaders, and parents. Are any of these picks on your own reading list?
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Seventh Graders spend time doing service projects and experiencing a new culture in the Sacred Valley of Peru each June, and the trip with World Leadership School never fails to be a transformative experience for the students. The students' own blog tells the story.
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A list of the high schools our 31 graduates of 2018 earned the opportunity to attend, as well as a list of colleges and universities that offered admission to our alumni of 2014 heading from high school to college.
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There are plenty of yoga trends -- yoga on paddleboards, yoga with baby goats, even yoga with snakes. Now, get ready for First Grade yoga -- in Spanish! It's all part of the World Languages curriculum in Lower School at ACDS, where the focus is on building fluency, learning (and using!) vocabulary, and enjoying a new language. 
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Unlocking the mysteries of MIddle School: Fifth Graders shared their most pressing questions about life in Sixth Grade, and here are the answers from Head of Middle School Brenda Stockdale.
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Students are enthusiastically filling out suggestion cards in the Dining Hall, offering their own ideas for menus. Chef Noelle and her team have already responded with new traditions such as Sushi Day, Milkshake Day, and more frequent favorites like spaghetti and meatballs and grilled cheese. With a full salad bar every day in the all-inclusive lunch, we are well taken care of by Sage Dining these days!
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What, if anything, connects our school to other "country day schools" around the United States? A look at the movement and tradition behind these most American of independent schools.
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Construction begins May 21 on a major renovation of the Castle Creek building -- the last remaining phase of our campus redevelopment that started in 2007. Next fall, look for beautifully refreshed homes for the Fourth and Fifth Grades, World Languages, Music, Outdoor Education, and main office. But first, some classes will be relocated for the last two weeks of school. See all the details here.
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For practice taking standardized tests, for a check on curriculum delivery, for a snapshot of student performance: ACDS administers the Comprehensive Testing Program Assessment from ERB each spring. It's just one of the many ways we assess student learning.
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On the Journey, click here;
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