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AVE Winter Celebration

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Green Team Spring 2019

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5th Grade Student Congress
Animas Valley in the Fall.
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Principal's Message

August 28, 2023

Dear Husky Families,
Please remember that this coming Monday, September 4th is Labor Day. There will be no school. Classes will resume as usual on Tuesday, September 5th.
Monday Morning Meetings will begin at 7:30 in the cafeteria this year. Parents are welcome to attend. Please keep in mind that Monday’s are early release days throughout the district this year. Animas Valley Elementary students will be released at 1:30pm.
Our bell schedule:
● 7:20 am – doors open (buses arrive)
● 7:30 am – tardy bell
● 1:30 pm – end of day bell Mondays only
● 2:30 pm – end of day bell Tuesday - Friday
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Principal's Message

August 7, 2023

AVE Fall Check - in
On August 9th from 2:00 - 6:00, AVE will be holding our Fall Check In for all students. Stop by and drop off any completed paperwork and documents. Representatives from transportation, student nutrition and The Club will be available to answer any questions.

Class Placement
On Thursday, August 17th, you will receive an email from your child's teacher introducing themselves and welcoming your child and family to their classroom community. This email may not arrive in your inbox until later in the day. You are welcome to call Animas Valley's office 970-247-0124 on Friday, August 18th if you haven't received an email. We encourage families to actively check their email for teacher, school, and district communication throughout the school year.
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Principal's Message

May 8, 2023

Wear your comfy clothes and lace up your running shoes for the annual AVE Fun Run on Friday, May 12th from 1:00-2:00. Pledge sheets went home in Friday Folders to help support this event and other Booster Club events. Parents are welcome to come and participate with their students.
Our goal at AVE is every student every day. We know that every day counts and impacts student success. We celebrated 32 students who had 0 tardies, 0 absences, and 0 early checkouts during the month of April!!1 student has perfect attendance so far this year!! Way to go, Huskies!
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Principal's Message

May 1, 2023

Animas Valley Booster Club presents a FREE family appreciation movie and pajama night! Pizza, water, and treats will be provided, but families may bring their own picnic if they'd prefer. Thanks to all who voted on a movie choice. Students and families voted to watch Bad Guys!
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Principal's Message

April 21, 2023

Animas Valley Elementary 2022/2023 Yearbooks are on sale for $10. Click here for ordering information.

Please consider sponsoring another AVE student by donating the cost of a yearbook to the Yearbook Giving Tree. Purchases may be made online now with “Sponsor” in the name category, or the Yearbook Giving Tree will be set up in the front hall from April 24-May 5th. All donor names will be displayed in our Giving Tree Display!
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News & Announcements

Sign Up Today For Your School’s Green Team

As a commitment to the district’s sustainability goals, we’re launching a new program to promote and implement the Durango School District’s sustainability plan. Staff and students are invited to join a Green Team in each school.

LEGO League Robotics Teams Forming Now

Help your 1st through 8th grade child get excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), make new friends, and have a great time after school.  Our district FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams are forming now.

Back-to-School Countdown: Family Engagement

Families: You matter in education! Family involvement is key to students' success. Research shows that when families are engaged in their students' learning, it results in increased academic performance, better mental health, and higher satisfaction with the school experience. There are many ways you can get involved in our schools and support your student throughout the year.

Summer Bridge Final Checkpoint, August 9

Did your student complete all 120 pages of the Summer Bridge workbook? Way to go! They will be well-prepared to jump back into the beginning of the school year, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The Club@ Registration Begins August 8

Registration for The Club@ After School Program will start on August 8. We will be opening one month at a time.  October will open on September 8, November on October 8, etc.


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Our vision is to guide learners as we develop  the tools and mindsets to continually seek and understand the world and ourselves. Learners will demonstrate confidence, compassion and value diversity. Everyone will leave our school with the ability to apply, transfer and reflect on concepts because we are motivated to ask questions and discover solutions.

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