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AVE Winter Celebration

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AVE staff wearing flannel 

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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

November 27, 2023

Dear Husky Families,
We hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving holiday. As winter approaches, please remember to send students with winter gear, including warm jackets, gloves, hats and boots. Winter Months also bring snow, please see attached is Snow Day Information from the school district.
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Principal's Message

November 7, 2023

Dear Husky Families,
Congratulations to all the girls who participated in Girls on the Run this year. They ran a 5K race on Saturday out in Three Springs. The Girls on the Run Program (GOTR) helps girls build their confidence, kindness and decision making skills. Way to Go! Coach Erin and Coach Amy would like to thank Coach Irma and Coach Brittany for all of their help this season!
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Principal's Message

October 30, 2023

Dear Husky Families,
A HUGE Thank You to our ABC Booster Club for hosting our Fall Festival last Friday evening. This amazing organization worked so hard for this event to happen. Thank you to the many families that came out to enjoy and support this event. A fun time was had by all!
Please read your email from the Bus Barn about changes to the Bus Schedule. If you need your child dropped off at a different stop, please call the Bus Barn at 970 247-5335. Also, call the Animas Valley Elementary School Office to let us know of any changes.

Husky Hope Bulletin Board
Parents, students, and staff, stop by The AVE Hope Bulletin Board in the second hallway to complete a hope heart - What is hope to you?
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Principal's Message

October 23, 2023

Dear Husky Families, Get Ready! The Annual AVE Fall Festival will be this Friday, October 27th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Costumes are welcome! Join us for games, treats, and fun activities! The Annual Halloween Costume Parade will be on Tuesday October 31st from 1:30 - 2:00 at the back playground. Parents are welcome to attend. Students are able to wear their school appropriate costumes all day at school. Any students who do not celebrate Halloween are invited to engage in activities with Lili from 1:25 - 2:30.
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Principal's Message

October 10, 2023

Dear Husky Families,
Attendance Shout Out! Our goal at AVE is every student every day. We know that every day counts and impacts student success. We celebrated 44 students who had 0 tardies, 0 absences, and 0 early checkouts during the month of September!! Way to go, Huskies!
Attend today, succeed tomorrow. Review our Attendance Policy Roadmap for more information about our attendance track.
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News & Announcements

Free STEM Fair For All Kids, ages 5-14, Sunday, Dec. 3

The Durango High School's Women in STEM Club is hosting a free STEM Fair at Escalante Middle School on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. for all kids, ages 5-14. There will be fun engineering challenges, science experiments, technological investigations, and snacks.

Mobile Vaccine Van Offers Required School Vaccines

We are excited to announce that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be bringing a mobile vaccine van to two Durango 9-R school locations to help families catch up on the required school vaccines.

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.


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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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