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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

Principals' Update 11-11-20

Dear Animas Valley Families, Thank you for your patience as we transition to remote learning. We expect that your student’s instructional experience will be remarkably different than what they experienced last school year. We recognize how important it is for our students' present experiences and future to offer our best instruction no matter the location of our students and staff.
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Principal's Message

Principal Update 9-4-20

Hello Animas Valley Families, We hope your students and your family have had a wonderful first week of school. We are thrilled to have the students back in the school building and enjoy hearing their voices fill each classroom as they build their classroom community and explore learning.
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Principal's Message

Update from Mrs. Brammer 8-28-20

Hello Animas Valley Families, Welcome to the 2020 -2021 school year! For those of you who are new to our school, we want you to know that you are coming to an absolutely amazing school family community. Our teachers and staff are passionate, hardworking, nurturing, and have a growth mindset. We are a collaborative and driven community of people who guide learners as we develop the tools and mindsets to continually seek and understand the world and ourselves.  Animas Valley Elementary is thrilled to begin another great year, and our team is excited to see each of our students and families next week.
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Principal's Message

Update from Mrs. Brammer 8-25-20

Greetings Huskies! Things are moving and shaking here at Animas Valley and we are looking forward to seeing everyone.  On Wednesday, August 26th from 9:00-10:00 AVE will host a socially distanced Meet the Teacher.  Teachers will be positioned around the building outside, in the same location that your student will go for morning arrival/drop off at 7:30 am daily.  Please remember to wear your masks, including any child(ren) in Kindergarten and above.  Teachers will have boxes to collect student supplies if you want to drop them off ahead of time.  Chromebook check out will also be available at this event for students that have requested technology support for the blended or remote models.
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News & Announcements

January 27, 2021 Enrichment Day

The week of January 25 is when k-5 students will begin their regular 4-day in-person learning week. Wednesdays remain remote learning, and the upcoming January 27th is a non-school day, including remote learning due to staff professional development activities. To assist families with this upcoming enrichment day, a couple of community partners are offering free or financial assistance to allow students to have supervised activities on the 27th.

Early Access Information

Durango School District 9-R has the opportunity to accelerate highly advanced gifted children under age 5 for kindergarten and/or under age 6 for first grade. This Early Access is for those eligible students if their birthdays fall after October 1st.

In-Person Learning Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather - 1/19/21

The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R. Due to inclement weather, all in-person learning and activities will be cancelled today, Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Continued snow accumulations are expected throughout the day making travel conditions challenging. Remote learning will resume for in-person learners, while preschool, childcare and kids’ camp are all cancelled. Remote meal services are also cancelled today.

Important Information About Potential Snow Days

Should we have a weather situation that prevents the safe opening of schools for in person learning, we will pivot to remote instruction for the day rather than call a snow day. This will be our practice with inclement weather for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Update on Kids' Camp

Kids' Camp will be operating their regular hours on all IN PERSON learning days. If you were previously registered for days, your registration is still valid. It will take some time to update and reinstate the registration software, feel free to check the Kids' Camp webpage throughout the weekend. The registration links will be uploaded as soon as they are operational.

Update on Remote Meal Services - 1.8.21

From January 11 through January 29, Monday through Friday, remote meal service bus route locations will continue to run as previously scheduled and site pick up times will be reduced to a 30-minute window. Families do not need to sign-up for meal services during this time, and any child age 0-18 are eligible for the meals, which include a fresh breakfast and lunch option. Please see the bus route schedule on the Food and Nutrition page of the website.

In-Person Learning Update - 1.7.21

Our Return to In-Person Learning Task Force met again this morning to review the new state guidance that was released after our Return Matrix was presented to the community. We recognize the challenges our families are experiencing due to the school closures and are committed to getting our children back to school as soon as possible. That being said, we also want to make sure that we do so in a manner that will not require another closure this Spring, barring of course, any major changes in the status of the pandemic and local transmission rates and risks.

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Mission

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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