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Arkansas Elementary School
17301 E. Arkansas Ave.
Aurora, CO 80017 [map]

Lori Petersen
- Principal
Shelly Lane
- Secretary

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Did you know your heart weighs as much as a sneaker and is the size of your fist?
Most heart attacks occur between the hours of 8 and 9 in the morning.
Laughter increases your blood flow, which is good for your heart and may reduce stress and improve sleep.
Along with Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association is helping families and students learn how to take care of their hearts through the Jump Rope for Heart Program. Jumping Rope is great cardiovascular exercise, and the benefits are significant. By including physical activity into daily living, children and adults can significantly reduce the onset and burden of heart disease. Research shows that physical activity is good for everyone, young and old, and has many posi-tive outcomes such as reducing the risk of heart disease, depression, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Jumping rope, brisk walking, riding your bike, and swimming are all aerobic exercises that are good for your heart! Smoking is the most preventable cause of heart disease. Smoking increases the tendency of the blood to clot which can result in a stroke. Join us in celebrating Heart Health in February and increase your activity.
Arkansas students will be celebrating Jump Rope for Heart in Physical Education Class
the entire month of February!




Prepare Your Students for State Testing

Many of our students will participate in state testing this spring. Participation is important because results help students, parents and teachers understand whether students have mastered the content they need to know by the end of the school year to be on track for college and career success. Please help your students prepare to do their very best on these upcoming assessments.

To view the testing letter and related information, please visit

Prepare a sus hijos para las pruebas estatales

Muchos de nuestros estudiantes participarán en las pruebas estatales durante esta primavera. La participación es importante porque los resultados ayudan a los estudiantes, padres de familia y maestros, a comprender si los estudiantes han dominado los contenidos que deben saber para el final del año escolar, para así estar preparados para el camino a la universidad y una carrera.  Por favor ayuden a sus hijos a prepararse y que tengan su mejor desempeño en las pruebas que vienen.  

Para leer la carta sobre las evaluaciones estatales, y toda la información relacionada, acuda al sitio:

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The goal is to inform parents and guardians of the dates that these tests will be offered, as well as participation guidelines and tips on how to help their students prepare.

The letter, assessment calendar and FAQ address the following assessments:

  • PSAT
  • SAT

The testing window for the first set of exams (WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment) began on Jan. 8, with the other assessment windows beginning in March and April.

If you would like to download or print the letter and testing information, please visit The information is available in our top languages.

In addition, we are sending an automated call to parents letting them know that an important packet is being sent home with students. This call will be sent out to parents on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.




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Together, We are Arkansas:  An inclusive community where every learner achieves.


Role Model, Ownership, Attitude, Respectful* R.O.A.R.*

Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.                         

School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. 

Morning 7:45-10:30
Afternoon 11:30-2:15

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Take Part in the APS Health and Wellness Survey!


As the District Health Advisory Committee continues their work to build a comprehensive health and wellness plan for APS, we value the thoughts and opinions of our family members. By completing this survey, we will be able to get a better understanding of what the priorities of our families regarding health and wellness. We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.




¡Participe en la Encuesta de Salud y Bienestar de APS!


Al mismo tiempo que el Comité de Asesoría de Salud del Distrito (District Health Advisory Committee) continúa con su trabajo para elaborar un plan comprehensivo de salud y bienestar para APS, valoramos mucho las opiniones y sugerencias de los miembros de nuestra familia.  Al completar esta encuesta, Ustedes nos ayudarán a comprender mejor las prioridades de nuestras familias con relación a la salud y bienestar.  Les agradecemos de antemano el tomarse el tiempo para completar esta encuesta.



Our Fun Run program was a BLAST! Parents, thank you so much for all your support.  You can take a look at the video below of your student pumped for the FUN RUN! 



4th grade Walking it out!

Students at Arkansas Elementary/Mrs. Freese’s class are walking, listening, and learning with the Walking Classroom

Aurora, CO  Arkansas Elementary is thrilled to announce that students in Mrs. Freese’s 4th grade class are now getting fresh air and exercise while they learn. Thanks to a grant from Mr. and Mrs. Rice, the class received “WalkKit” audio players for each student preloaded with over 100 podcasts on topics including science, social studies, and language arts. Comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, and other supplemental materials are provided in a Teacher’s Guide.

The Walking Classroom is simple. Students take brisk 20-minute walks, as a class, while listening to the same custom-written, kid-friendly podcast. Each podcast begins with a brief health and literacy message, and the lesson plans in the Teacher’s Guide help educators effectively discuss and review the podcast material. The program gets kids out of their seats and walking without sacrificing instructional time.

“I am so grateful and excited that I received this grant. My students love the program! They appreciate being able to learn and move at the same time. They learn interesting facts, like why mucus and ear wax are necessary,” Mrs. Freese added.

Why it works

The Walking Classroom’s “Walk, Listen, and Learn” methodology combines listening with exercise to capitalize on the strong connection between physical activity and improved brain function, resulting in improved classroom performance. And it’s fun!

Students return to the classroom in better moods, more focused, and more likely to engage in post-walk discussions. Teachers regularly report that after implementing The Walking Classroom, students retain the information better, demonstrate better behavior and engagement in the classroom, and perform better on standardized exams.

While all students benefit from the increased activity and educational content of The Walking Classroom, inactive children and children with low academic achievement stand to benefit the most. The program also provided teachers with an innovative tool to meet the needs of students with alternative learning styles, such as ADHD, dyslexia, and/or autism.

About The Walking Classroom

The Walking Classroom is a national award-winning education program that provided students and teachers with an innovative way to get exercise without sacrificing instructional time. The non-profit program’s ‘Walk, Listen, and Learn” methodology capitalizes on the favorable link between exercise and cognitive function.

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Black History Month Facts

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Choir Concert

If you missed the choir concert check out the highlight from the show:



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Closures & Notices
Upcoming Events
  • March 8, 2018
  • March 9, 2018
    • Teacher Workday - No School for Students

  • March 23, 2018
    • Professional Release Day - No School for Students

  • March 26, 2018
    • Spring Break 3/26-3/30 - No School

Gifted & Talented
Aurora Public Schools offers a wide range of services for all identified gifted and talented and high potential students. For more information, visit the AGATE Website.