Alamosa Elementary School K-5

Elementary School in Alamosa, CO

This page is to help inform families about what is happening at Alamosa Elementary.

Last day....... we will miss you Ms. Christy! Enjoy your retirement!!!

Field Day 2018

2018 AES 3-5 Talent Show

🎓 AHS Class of 2018 @ K2 🎓

AHS Class of 2018 @ 3-5 🎓

🎓Attention AHS Seniors!!! 🎓

Journey to Success

[05/22/18]   Journey to Success

"Rain brings an abundance of fortune and predicts good luck in your new environment"..Speaking Tree Parents, thanks for the flexibility this evening. Yes, we did see the weather forecast, and yes, we were hoping for the best.. but we made lemonade out of our lemons, have a crazy memory to share and most of all, watched your fifth graders shine. Once again, I thank you for sharing your children's elementary years with all of us at AES. Look for pictures and hopefully, the slide show to be posted soon!

All my love, Ms. Christy
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AES 3-5 Career Fair and Bazaar

AES Honor Choir Concert

[04/23/18]   Reminder

There is school on Friday, April 27th.

A Mighty Girl

Signe Whitson, a child and adolescent therapist, has a timely message for parents and educators: “there is a real need to draw a distinction between behavior that is rude, behavior that is mean and behavior that is characteristic of bullying.”In a HuffPost article, she clarifies the way she identifies the difference and asks adults to remember that distinguishing between them allows “teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.”

Whitson’s article was prompted by an encounter with a parent, who told her, “Last week, my daughter was bullied really badly after school!" and then went on to describe what Whitson characterized as a benign encounter between playful children throwing leaves. She writes, “While I always want to be careful not to minimize anyone's experience... if kids and parents improperly classify rudeness and mean behavior as bullying -- whether to simply make conversation or to bring attention to their short-term discomfort -- we all run the risk of becoming so sick and tired of hearing the word that this actual life-and-death issue among young people loses its urgency as quickly as it rose to prominence."

So how does Whitson define the differences? Rude, she says, is “[i]nadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.” In children this takes the form of social errors like “burping in someone's face, jumping ahead in line, bragging about achieving the highest grade or even throwing a crushed up pile of leaves in someone's face.” The critical factor? “Incidents of rudeness are usually spontaneous, unplanned inconsideration, based on thoughtlessness, poor manners or narcissism, but not meant to actually hurt someone.”

Being mean involves “purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).” Unlike unthinking rudeness, “mean behavior very much aims to hurt or depreciate someone….Very often, mean behavior in kids is motivated by angry feelings and/or the misguided goal of propping themselves up in comparison to the person they are putting down.” And while Whitson agrees that both rudeness and mean behavior require correction, they are “different from bullying in important ways that should be understood and differentiated when it comes to intervention.”

Bullying is “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power….Kids who bully say or do something intentionally hurtful to others and they keep doing it, with no sense of regret or remorse -- even when targets of bullying show or express their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop.” Whitson gives examples of multiple kinds of bullying, including physical and verbal aggression, relational aggression (like social exclusion, hazing, or rumor spreading), and cyberbullying. The key aspect to all of them is the ongoing nature of the behavior, which leaves the victims feeling powerless and fearful.

Whitson is pleased that, in the past few years, “Americans have collectively paid attention to the issue of bullying like never before; millions of school children have been given a voice, 49 states in the U.S. have passed anti-bullying legislation, and thousands of adults have been trained in important strategies to keep kids safe and dignified in schools and communities.” As we continue to improve our response to bullying, she asks all adults who interact with children to remember that “a child's future may depend on a non-jaded adult's ability to discern between rudeness at the bus stop and life-altering bullying.”

Signe Whitson is the author of the bullying prevention book for parents and educators, "8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools" (https://www.amightygirl.com/8-keys-to-end-bullying) -- and an excellent guide for kids ages 8 to 12, "The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Book for Kids & Tweens" (https://www.amightygirl.com/8-keys-to-end-bullying-for-kids-tweens)

For a helpful parenting book focused on relational aggression and bullying among young girls, we highly recommend “Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades” at https://www.amightygirl.com/little-girls-can-be-mean

For a fantastic resource for children that addresses bullying of all types and helps kids learn how to stand up for themselves and others in a positive, productive manner, we recommend "Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends" for ages 7 to 12 at https://www.amightygirl.com/stand-up-for-yourself-and-your-friends

For many bullying prevention books for children in preschool and early elementary school, check out our blog post, "The End of Bullying Begins With Me": Bullying Prevention Books for Young Children," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10255

For books on this topic for tweens and teens, check out our recommendations in "Taking a Stand Against Bullying: Bullying Prevention Books for Tweens and Teens" at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10257

And, for books to help teach children how to be a good friend, check out our blog post: “Making and Keeping Friends: 50 Mighty Girl Books About Friendship” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10315

Box Top collection will be ending at the end of April. Clip and send to school!

[04/09/18]   Alamosa Elementary School cancelled testing today, Monday, April 9, 2018 because of unforeseen circumstance. We will begin testing tomorrow, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 and push our testing schedule back one day. Thank you.

First Grade 3 quarter perfect attendance.

Kindergarten perfect attendance 3rd quarter.

Alamosa Elementary School K-5

AES Parking and Drop off

AES parking lots are located in front of the K-2/3-5 building and in the dirt parking lot on the East of the 3-5 building. There is NO parking allowed in the yellow/red drop off zone lane. It is clearly marked. Parents who have arranged with their classroom teachers to meet at the flagpole can pull into the drop off zone to pick up their children. This procedure has been very efficient for all. If the student is not at the flagpole, parents need to circle the lot. Police have been notified and support these procedures. Thank you all in advance for adhering to our rules to keep all of our students safe.

Last order of the year!

[03/29/18]   AES Parking and Drop off

AES parking lots are located in front of the K-2/3-5 building and in the dirt parking lot on the East of the 3-5 building. There is NO parking allowed in the yellow/red drop off zone lane. It is clearly marked. Parents who have arranged with their classroom teachers to meet at the flagpole can pull into the drop off zone to pick up their children. This procedure has been very efficient for all. If the student is not at the flagpole, parents need to circle the lot. Police have been notified and support these procedures. Thank you all in advance for adhering to our rules to keep all of our students safe.

Moose Mathematicians!

3-5 students celebrated their accomplishments in math today. Every student that has mastered his/her math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and /or division had the opportunity to "leave their mark" by placing up to four hand prints on our moose tracks. Our Mini Moose are working hard to be great mathematicians. Our challenge is for every child to be able to make math moose tracks by the end of the year! Practice over Spring Break!

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1707 W 10th St
Alamosa, CO
81101
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