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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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Barnes and Noble                                  April 20th              4pm -7pm

Super Hero Run                                     April  21                 8 am - Hinkley High School

Art Show                                                April 25th               5pm- 7pm

Field Day and Color Run                        May 11th               8 am



Join us at Barnes and Noble on April 20th from 4pm - 7 pm for losts of fun activites!


Fabulous Wildcats! As you know, we are hosting our first color run on May 11th at 8 am.  Here are some highlights you should know. The registration fee to run is $35. For every registration fee, Arkansas keeps $22.50. If we have just 150 participants we make $3,375!!!  This is open to all students, staff, parents, and anyone that wants to participate. If they don’t pay, they don’t run.  If students collect donations (not online) they can use that money for their registration fee.  If students register online it will ask for their $35 at that time. If they want to collect pledges to cover their registration they will not register online but via a paper registration.

Please show this quick video to your students to get them excited.

Thank you for supporting our Color Run!


Aurora Public schools willbe hosing it 4th annual SUPERHERO 5 k run. Join us on April 21st 8am - noon for a runtacular good time.  The event will be held a Hinkley High School.  Hope to see you all there!

Click here for your flyer


Its time for the Art Show!  This year the art ashow will be April 20th, from 5 pm to 7pm at Arkansas Elementary School.  Come see all your students art work on display.


CMAS is here parents! All week 5th grade will be taking the CMAS Science test.  We have some wacky remixes to some songs for the students to get them excited for CMAS. We'll play the songs each day prior to closing with ROAR expectations during morning announcements.



Arkansas Elementary Yearbooks are....$15 until Monday, May 7, 2018 then the Price goes up to $25. Simply return the orderform envelope with the correct remittance.  Make sure tou use only one Envelope for each child. You can download the order form here  Yearbook Order Form

Los Anuarios de Arkansas son ... $ 15 Hasta el lunes, mayo de 2018, el precio sube a $ 25. Simplemente devuelva el sobre del formulario de pedido con la remesa correcta. Asegúrese de usar solo un sobre para cada niño. Puede descargar el formulario de pedido aquí Yearbook Order Form





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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Katie Hartenbach                            4/4

Michele Walker                               4/7

Dirk Stanaway                                4/11

Tom Snyder                                    4/23

Taylor Bladow                                4/25

       Johnnie Lacey                                4/30        

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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.

Pictures coming soon.........

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Choir Concert

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



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District Notices
Upcoming Events
  • May 4, 2018
    • Professional Release Day - 1/2 Day for Students

  • May 23, 2018
  • May 24, 2018
    • Last Day of 4th Quarter & 2nd Semester

    • Last Day of School for Grades K-12

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.