The Avery Pulse

October 31st, 2021

Upcoming Dates

  • November 1st - No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers
  • November 6th - Random Acts of Coffee (information below)
  • November 15th-November 19th - Fall Conferences (sign up below)
  • November 15th-November 19th - Book Fair (additional details coming soon)
  • November 19th - No School
  • November 24th-November 26th - No School - Thanksgiving Break

Lost and Found Items

On November 15 and 17, Avery will have tables in front of the school with lost and found items. Please make sure you check the tables for your child's missing items. In the event of inclement weather, tables will be inside the main entrance hallway at the top of the stairs. Parents should check before/after their scheduled conference times. Students may check on their own, at any time during the school day, in the area between the playground and the cafeteria.

Any items remaining after November 18, will be donated to a local charity.

Information below is repeated from the previous Pulse.

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Arrival Reminders

Arrival from 7:40-7:50 AM

Bompart Avenue

  • Carpool drop-off only in front of school
  • Parents to remain in vehicles with staff members assisting students
  • No parking during arrival
  • Staff members will supervise at the curb

Marshall Avenue

  • Atrium entrance will be open for arrival for students dropped off on Marshall
  • Staff members will supervise at the curb

Atalanta Avenue

  • We strongly encourage families to travel only from Bompart towards Glen to alleviate congestion and increase safety
  • No parking on sidewalks
  • Staff members will supervise at the curb

Counselor Corner

Kids and Self Talk

Modeling healthy self-talk is a great thing parents and caregivers can do to help foster an open mind. Little ways we model self-talk can make a difference between having a “can do” attitude (like students learned during Habit #1 Be Proactive) and a closed minded or “fixed mindset” approach. Sometimes, we just need to reframe a comment to make it a step toward more proactive self-talk.

For Example:

“Every time I do a math problem I get it wrong. I’m so bad at math.”


“Every time I rework a wrong problem I have another chance to get it right. When I rework a math problem I sometimes get them right.”

Kids that learn healthy self-talk practices have a variety of things that improve as a result! See the image below.

Adults also need reminders about how to use language that does not focus on their flaws. Our self-regulation curriculum The Zones of Regulation talks about having an Inner Critic and an Inner Coach.

Inner Critic-uses negative self-talk to get us nowhere and puts defeating thoughts in my head.

Inner Coach-uses positive self-talk to give us courage and strength to get through hard things.

We all can use reminders about using our Inner Coach and model it for our kids!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have more questions.

Anna Wallace, MA, LPC

Counselor, Avery Elementary

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Tips for parents whose children aren't the happiest trick-or-treaters

Check out this article by Harry Kimball for some tips!

City of Webster Groves Survey

City of Webster Groves Survey

The City of Webster Groves is committed to creating an environment where everyone can be their authentic selves and succeed. To assist us with achieving this goal, we want to hear directly from you! Please take a few minutes to click the link below and complete a survey asking about your perception of Webster Groves as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Title I Program Parent and Family Involvement and Engagement

Science Fair Information

Do you love science? Come learn how to do a science fair project via Zoom on Thursday, November 11th from 6:30-7:30 pm. You will need to register prior to attending.

If you have any questions, please visit our Science Fair website or contact Shayla Pott, District Science Fair Coordinator, at

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Fall Conferences

Please find your child's teacher, select their name and sign up for a fall conference.

Conferences are offered both in person and on Zoom.






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Rochelle Spencer--Project Plus

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Crossing Guard Wanted

Avery is in need of a morning and afternoon crossing guard. Please contact Dr. Winkler if you are interested.

Yard Signs

Attention kindergarten and new Avery families:

We hope that you enjoyed your Welcome to Avery yard sign and that you are already feeling settled and embraced by our community.

If you have not already, please return your yard sign to the front steps of Avery so that future families can enjoy them.


WGHS Seeking Military Veterans to Speak to Students Fri., Nov. 12

Webster Groves High School is seeking military veterans to participate in a special Veterans Day program Fri., Nov. 12 at the school. The social studies department is putting together panels of veterans who can speak about their experiences to classes throughout the day. Participants can stay for the whole day or part of it. The day will begin with breakfast in the cafeteria, an opening program honoring veterans, then classroom presentations.

If you're interested in participating, please call or email Terry Verstraete, 314-963-6400, ext. 11282 or . Masks will be required in the high school building.

Avery Parents for Racial Equity

After covid disrupted so much last year, a main focus of ours this fall will be building connections within our parent community to create a more inclusive and equitable school. Please join as we explore race and education, and build deeper relations. Our next two meetings will be in the Avery Library on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 7-8 pm

Visit our page on the Avery website, or contact Elisa Tomich at with any questions.

Dogs At Dismissal/Arrival

We have been noticing an increasing amount of dogs at both arrival and dismissal. We ask that you please keep your dog on a leash and on the sidewalks away from the main entrances where students are exiting or entering the building. If your child dismisses from the blacktop, please enter the blacktop through the staff parking lot.

Thank you for helping ensure the safety and security of all our Avery All-Stars!

Changes in Dismissal Routine

In the event that you need to pick your child(ren) up from school prior to our original dismissal time, please communicate this change with our front office (Nanci Pollihan or January Wilkins). Please know that we cannot take changes in dismissal after 2:30pm, unless it is an emergency situation.

When being picked up early, students will remain in the classroom until parents arrive to sign them out.

Road Work Ahead

The City of Webster Groves wanted to provide a heads up about upcoming road closures/detours near Avery. These detours will occur in the near future due to contractors working on the electric poles on Marshall Avenue. They are currently working near Deer Creek, but are slowly moving their way up Marshall. The City of Webster Groves expects that they will need to close a portion of Marshall in about 2 weeks for Phase 1 and then each additional phase could follow about 2 weeks after that.

Please see the attachment for additional details.

Canvas Information

To stay connected with the learning in our classrooms, please create a Canvas Observer Account which is our district's learning management system. You will find attached three documents.

  1. Canvas Informational Letter
  2. Creating an Observer Account, Logging into Canvas, and Setting Notifications
  3. Student Accessing Canvas

If you have any questions please contact Tim Brown, Director of Student Assessment, Data and Learning Technologies at

Online Community Bulletin Board

Webster Groves School District Equity Policy

Here is a slideshow teachers are showing to students in grades K-4.

Here is a video teachers are showing to students in 5th grade.

To learn more about the district equity policy, please click here.

A Note from Nurse Vanessa Palmer, RN BSN

We appreciate the WHOLE Avery Elementary community coming together to help keep our school a safe and healthy learning environment. A few ways that parents and caregivers can help:

  • Please keep your student home if they are having any signs or symptoms of illness. Please see the attached Student Symptom Decision Tree for more guidance and to know when it’s safe for your student to return back to school.

  • If your student or anyone else in your household has a pending COVID-19 test or is planning to get tested, please keep all WGSD students home until your family has received a negative test result.

  • If your student has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please keep your student home and email the School Nurse to determine a return date for your student.

  • We do not accept home tests.

  • Allergy symptoms needs to be under control (asymptomatic). This allows for proper mask wearing at school and keeps everyone safe as allergy symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms are very similar. If allergy symptoms are symptomatic, we ask that you please work with your student’s Pediatrician on a better allergy management plan for home.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Vanessa Palmer RN BSN

Avery Elementary School Nurse
School 314-963-6425
Nurse 314-918-4202
Fax 314-963-6490

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Quarantine Expectations

Want to make a submission to The Avery Pulse?

Board policy KI governs what our schools can distribute to students.

To qualify for direct distribution to students and families, the
information must be:

  • district-sponsored information
  • something from a group affiliated* with the district.
  • curriculum-related, as determined by the principal, including programs, events, contests and other activities.

*Affiliated is defined as a group recognized by the Board of Education and working

collaboratively with the district, such as a business partner OR is a
group created soley to work with district staff, students and parents
to raise fund for district activities (PTOs, booster clubs, the

Regarding signs, only signs for school or district groups (sponsored
or affiliated) can be placed on school grounds.

You can read the board policy here

If you are a non-profit organization that doesn't qualify for direct distribution to students and families, you can contact Cathy Vespereny ( who is our Director of Communication and she will ensure that your flyer is posted on the community electronic bulletin.

If your information fits the above criteria, you can make a submission to

Submissions are due on Thursdays at 5pm.