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Aspen Elementary School


Wednesday Newsletter
Principal’s Message
February 14, 2018

Quick Reminders:

  • Friday, February 16th and Monday, February 19th - No School, President's Weekend

Dear Aspen Families,

It’s been a delight these past days getting to know you and your wonderful children during my time here as Interim Principal. I’m happy to report that Aspen’s fantastic Principal, Mrs. Golem, is at home and recovering well from her surgery. She reports that she is regaining her strength and misses the Aspen community very much. She thanks you all for your love and concern.

Our PFA Sock Hop was a wonderful success. It was a joy to see so many Aspen families out having a fun time together. Thank you, PFA, for your enthusiastic efforts for this event. Special thanks to all PFA Sock Hop organizers and the many wonderful parents who stepped forward to help. You are very much appreciated!

February, and Valentine’s Day in particular, is marked as a special time for expressing feelings of love for family and friends. Perhaps that is why during this season it appears people are more focused on the topic of emotions and helping children manage their feelings. As a matter of fact, just the other day a parent asked me about the notion of children’s “emotional intelligence.” The question caused me to remember some excellent information found in a publication by, Resources for Educators, which I will restate for you.

Helping children manage their own feelings causes them to build “emotional smarts.” Experts agree that teaching kids to be emotionally “smart” can help them in school and with friendships, as well as make them less prone to aggression of any type. There are simple strategies that parents can use to teach their children three of the most important emotional skills:  identifying feelings, handling emotions, and having empathy for others.

Name Their Feelings  - Kids need names for feelings. Being able to label emotions, such as anger or sadness, helps them recognize their emotions when they happen. In turn, knowing what they are feeling can help kids find ways to cope. To build your children’s feeling vocabulary, try describing the emotions that you see them experiencing.  For example, you might say, “You seemed upset when John refused to play a game with you.” You might also ask, “Are you feeling envious of Andrea’s new friend?” Consider talking about how people you see on television might be feeling. (“That lady is searching everywhere for her dog. How do you think she feels?”) Another idea is to make flash cards with names of emotions on one side and pictures representing each feeling on the other. You could choose from happiness, sadness, anger, fear, love, confidence, loneliness, nervousness, embarrassment, and jealousy, to name a few.

Connect Faces With Feelings –To be emotionally smart, it is important for children to learn how to “read” others’ feelings by noticing their body language and facial expressions. Why? Being able to identify another person’s feelings is an important part of nurturing empathy; a concern for others, that helps build friendships and helps prevent aggressive behavior. In fact, experts say that young people who bully others often misread people’s emotions (for example, thinking another child is giving a dirty look when the child is simply daydreaming).

To teach this skill, incorporate simple games into daily routines. At home, turn down the volume of the television and talk about the actors’ emotions. (“That person’s jaw is clenched. He looks angry.”) At the grocery store or mall, watch people and guess their feelings. (“She looks confused. Do you think that she’s having trouble picking out a dress?”) Another idea is to try a family game of “feeling charades.”  Let each family member act out an emotion for the others to guess.

Give Them Guidelines –Once your children are able to recognize their feelings, provide ground rules for managing them. A good rule of thumb is, “When expressing anger, you cannot hurt yourself, others, or property.” Also, let your children know what they can do. For example, they might respectfully talk about their feelings. If your child needs a little cooling down period first, you might suggest they go for a jog around the yard a few times, draw a picture, or write in a journal. You can also show your children ways to relax when they are upset. Encourage them to breathe in deeply while counting to three and then exhale slowly. You might also have childrenn close their eyes, tense all of their muscles, count to five, and then relax.  They could also imagine being in a peaceful place, such as the beach.
Finally, teach your youngsters steps for working through unhappy feelings.  Have them identify the feeling by asking themselves, “What am I feeling?” Next, have them accept the feeling by telling themselves, “My feelings are okay; it’s what I do with them that counts.” Have your child decide what to do to feel better (for example, “I could call my friend, _____.”). Then, help your child act on the decision by, using the example, calling the named friend.

Act With EmpathyYou are most likely already teaching your children empathy, or concern for the feelings of others, without even realizing it. As you meet your youngsters’ needs you are helping them to learn to care for others. You can also help teach empathy directly by, whenever possible, finding opportunities to help your children think about how they would feel in someone else’s shoes. For example, “How do you think Cora felt when she found out Amy was talking about her?” In addition, if your child does something that seems rather hurtful, explain why you disapprove. For example, you might say, “It was unkind to tease Elly about how she speaks. That probably made her sad. Let’s talk about how you might feel if someone made fun of how you talk.”

Praise the PositiveIt is important to keep in mind that an effective proactive approach is to compliment behavior that you do want rather than to penalize behavior you do not want. When your children handle their feelings well or show concern for others, be sure to let them know. Examples include, “Thanks for helping your sister feel included when you were playing with your friends!” and “Grandpa was so happy you called.”

In closing, when it comes to helping children manage their feelings, your example makes the biggest impression. None of us are perfect and we all know that sometimes when we are under stress, it is easy to “blow it.” So, if you have had a hard day and feel yourself starting to get upset about an issue with your child, consider allowing yourself to take a few minutes of quiet time to relax before directly addressing the problem.

I wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day and hope that you find the simple strategies discussed in this above helpful in parenting your wonderful children. 

Warmest regards,                           
Dr. Sheila Carlson


Calling all 4th and 5th Grade Students! Come join the Aspen Band! Studies show students are motivated to do better in school when they participate in music programs. Plus, students will perform at the Civic Arts Plaza in May!


Registration information here:


Feb. 9th 6-8pm Valentines Sock Hop!!


This Friday the 9th is the FREE EVENT Sock Hop, bring the family no children drop off, free goodies, lemonade, water.  Billy D's BBQ truck will be on sight if you would like to purchase dinner for your group.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in there 50's wear!


Restaurant Night for February


Feb. 12 at 3 Amigos

365 E. A Enid a DE Los Arboles

11am to 9pm, dine in or carry out

Aspen receives 20% back




JIM CUMMINGS: Jim Cummings is a voice actor and singer who has appeared in almost 400 roles including Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Tasmanian Devil, Darkwing Duck, Shrek, and the Princess and the Frog.  He will be there reading in person this year!

MICHAEL ROSENBLUM:  Michael is a voice over actor.  He has worked on projects for Dunkin’ Donuts, Nickelodeon, Fuse TV, and Lego.  He has been featured on the web series “The Frank Dog Show.”  

DR. CARLSON:  Dr. Carlson will be Aspen’s interim principal while Mrs. Golem is out.  She is energetic, fun, and will be dressing in her character while she reads a story.





Collecting Boxtops is an easy way for Aspen to earn money. We earn $0.10 for every Boxtop so keep on clipping and collecting! Collection sheets can be found in the Boxtops drawer in the front office.




The time has arrived to put together an amazing Gala for our school!!


SAVE THE DATE! This year Aspen Elementary School's Gala will be held on April 13, 2018 at the Los Robles Greens Sunset Ballroom 6:30-11:30pm.

This years gala will be a Masquerade, Dinner, and Auction. There will be a cocktail hour during the silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and dancing.

Dress is casual cocktail/masquerade mask.


The Gala Committee needs your help!

By now you should have received an email from your room parent regarding Classroom Baskets for the silent auction. Please refer to your room parent for more information.

We would like to encouraged you to create your basket soon as the deadline is Friday, March 16. NO BASKETS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT DATE.


Calling all SMALL BUSINESS OWNER parents!!

If you have a service or product that you would like to donate to the Gala please email

Carmiña Endicott at we appreciate your consideration.


Thank you all, so much, for all your efforts in helping make the gala amazing!


You can also join the Aspen Gala facebook group. Search ‘Aspen Gala’ in Facebook Groups and click JOIN or click the link to join for updated information: this is a closed facebook group.

*This event will be held off school campus and is for adults only.




PFA needs you to assist in making our children’s educational experience the best it can be!!  PFA is staffed entirely by parent volunteers and we are in need of additional parent volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year.


If you are interested in learning more about open positions or PFA, please join us at our next PFA meeting on Tuesday, Feb 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Aspen Library, visit our website at, and/or contact us directly.  Grab us at school, give us a ring or shoot us an email.  We hope to talk to you soon!

Remember - if you would like to vote, please submit your membership dues via the Square website at or via cash/check by downloading the form at and submitting to the office. Make your voice heard!



Amazon Smile for Free Money

Don’t you love the ease and convenience of ordering from Help Aspen earn free money $$$ from  Set up your Amazon account to start donating. Go to to register and to shop. Designate ‘Aspen Parent Faculty Association’ as your charity.

Or link directly at


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Aspen Elementary School

1870 Oberlin Avenue
Thousand Oaks, CA - 91360

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