The school’s mission and core values shape everything we do at Aspen Country Day School, including the activity of the parent association. PIE helps foster a warm sense of family at our school. It strives to deepen our own school's culture of kindness and to extend responsible citizenship beyond our own campus to the wider community.

What does PIE do?

Community Engagement

PIE volunteers stand ready to help with the numerous and meaningful community service efforts ACDS students participate in all year long: Shining Stars Foundation, Valley Food for Thought (providing backpacks of healthy food for needy neighbors), World Leadership School, Lift-Up, Independence Pass Foundation, UNICEF, and Martin Luther King Day of Service, a school-wide day of student engagement in the Roaring Fork Valley community.

On the Journey speaker series

Parents assist school staff in bringing renowned speakers, researchers, and educators on campus to inform, engage, and help us navigate through the parenting journey. The series launched in August 2016 with a talk from Carol Dweck, PhD, author of Mindset. We are excited to bring more nationally known experts to our campus to share their knowledge with our community.

Grade Ambassadors

Each Grade Ambassador is a liaison to the homeroom teacher and stands ready to help each parent get involved in various ways in the classroom. Grade Ambassadors keep parents informed about classroom happenings and also coordinate the fall class Potluck, a significant ACDS tradition that allows parents to get to know one another in a casual setting.

Mindfulness

There’s scientific evidence that teaching Mindfulness in the classroom reduces behavior problems and conflict among students, improving their happiness level and ability to pay attention. Parent volunteers come into the classrooms to lead Mindfulness sessions twice per month in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. Read more about Mindfulness at ACDS here.

Aardvark Gear Pop-Up Store

Go Aardvarks! Parent volunteers sell school merchandise -- much of it featuring our adorable mascot, the aardvark -- at our pop-up store at various times throughout the year. The Store Manager rallies and coordinates our amazing volunteers. This is a fun opportunity to help spread school spirit. See some of the items available at the school store (also online) here. 

Teacher Appreciation

There is no one more central in inspiring our children’s curiosity and love of learning than the dedicated teachers of Aspen Country Day School! In May, PIE hosts a breakfast to show our gratitude. Children write letters of thanks to their teachers, and parent volunteers help organize and deliver these heartfelt messages. Other gestures of appreciation take place throughout the year.

Teacher Holiday Gift Drive

Every year at the holidays, the parent community shows appreciation to our devoted ACDS teachers by donating to a cumulative fund that is divided evenly amongst staff and presented as a gift to each and every person who has an impact on our children’s education. This project is entirely handled by PIE and is independent of any school fundraising.

Welcoming

Remember entering a new school for the first time? The Welcoming committee strives to ease the transition for new families in many ways. For example, ACDS Buddy Families -- veteran families who reach out to new parents and students -- provide a familiar face before that first day of school and function as a resource for all those random questions that arise throughout the year.

Dining Hall

Volunteering in the dining hall is an excellent opportunity to enrich the school life of your child and set a great example of giving back by helping out at lunchtime! Parent volunteers are on hand throughout the school year and help make sure lunch is a warm and inviting experience for children and faculty.

Special Projects

There are plenty of ways to get involved throughout the school year, including the Aspen Country Day Cup golf outing, Blue Green Night gala benefit party, the All-School Play, Grandparents & Special Friends Day, and end-of-year Regatta and Family Picnic. Parents also help organize the Lost & Found, prepare for the Boarding School Fair, and help teachers set up special student presentations such as the Spanish Circus.

Aspen Country Day School
85 Country Day Way Aspen, Colorado 81611
Phone: 970.925.1909
Time to consider ACDS

Our PreK to Eighth Grade school in the mountains of Colorado

The Way School Should Be

With a balance of nurture and rigor, children become their best

The Power of Three

Rigorous academics, creative arts, outdoor education

A welcoming community

Our motto, de amicitia: in the spirit of friendship

Out into the wide world

Alums carry the Aardvark spirit far and wide

A culture of generosity

Many ways to help make Country Day's future even brighter

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