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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

September 19, 2022

Dear Husky Families,
Picture Day is this Thursday, September 22nd. The flyer below will take you directly to our schools picture day online ordering event! You can also access the online ordering portal by going to  www.mymjthomas.com  and entering our schools event password (located on the 2nd page of this flier). You may also order using the printed form sent home in Friday Folders last week and attach a check or cash and bring it in on picture day!
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Principal's Message

September 12, 2022

Dear Husky Families,
Animas Valley and the Durango 9-R School District is focused on the Portrait of a Graduate competency Empathetic Collaborator - compassionate, inclusive, connector focused on interdependence. This week Ms. Squire’s class shared examples of an Empathetic Collaborator during our Monday Morning Meeting. Teachers and staff are on the lookout for students exhibiting Empathetic Collaborator traits and recognizing them with badges. You may ask your student how they were an Empathetic Collaborator today.
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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Husky Families,
We’ve had a great start to our new school year! Don’t forget to attend our Back to School Night followed by an Ice Cream Social this Wednesday, September 7th from 4:30-5:30. Students are excited to show families their classrooms and demonstrate some of the skills they’ve learned. Don’t forget to check both the Our Husky Pack Board highlighting our amazing staff and the Husky Family and Friends Board in the main hallway. Bring your photos to share or email them to [email protected]
Bike Safety
It’s great to see so many of our students riding their bikes to school this year. Please remind students to please walk their bikes on school sidewalks for the safety of all of our students and families. Thank you.
Monday Morning Meetings will begin at 7:30 in the cafeteria this year. Parents are welcome to attend. Please keep in mind that Mondays are also early release days throughout the district this year. Animas Valley Elementary students will be released at 1:30pm.
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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!

Dear Husky Families,
Welcome back! We’re so glad to have each student here to join us for the 2022/2023
school year, and we look forward to what the year has in store.
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)
● 7:40 am – tardy bell
● 1:30 pm – end of day bell Mondays only
● 2:30 pm – end of day bell Tuesday - Friday
AVE is always looking for parent volunteers. If you are interested, please complete the
school volunteer applications and return it to the office. Applications are good for two
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News & Announcements

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Teams Forming Now

It's time to sign up for FIRST LEGO League global robotics program for kids. The Durango School District 9-R FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program is coordinated by the Powerhouse Science Center.

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.

COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 continues to become a common part of our daily lives we would like to offer a few reminders that will allow our students and staff to remain healthy throughout the school year. Durango Schools follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s guidance for schools,

Check our Back-to-School Guide for Links to Supply Lists, Bell Schedules, and More

Families, we know back-to-school can be a hectic time. To help you, we gathered some important details into a one-page guide. It can be especially helpful for parents with children at different schools. The at-a-glance guide includes clickable links for specific schools' important details, including: Fall Check-In Dates, First Day of School, Bell Schedule, and the School Supply List.

Summer Bridge Program Encourages Summer Learning

School’s out, but Durango School District 9-R is encouraging students to work on learning through the summer – with fun events as a reward. The Summer Bridge program combines free activity books with checkpoints, events, and prizes to continue learning this summer and be ready for the next grade level.

Free Lunches for Children Available Through Summer Food Service Program

Durango School District 9-R Food and Nutrition Services will offer free sack lunches to children through the Summer Food Service Program. Lunches will be available at Santa Rita Park on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 7 through July 29.


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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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