Avoca West News

Week of October 22nd

Setting the Stage for Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

This week will be our first official time to meet with your child's teacher during our fall Parent-Teacher conferences. MAP score reports were sent home late last week to all 2nd-5th graders so that parents can have a chance to review the information and generate any questions. One of our hopes at Avoca West is to build each learner from an an academic standpoint as well as from a social emotional standpoint. You'll likely hear (and can ask about!) progress in math, reading, and writing, but should also consider asking questions about how your child is seen in cooperative situations, his/her comfort in being a leader, and perhaps even friendships your child's teacher sees in and outside of the classroom. Our staff looks to build the "whole child" at Avoca West and we hope to leave you with a "whole picture" of your child as well!

Please know that a strong home-school relationship is critical to your child's success, so feel free to reach out to your child's teacher at any time.

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Coaching at Avoca West

Research shows that the most impactful method of professional development is one that is embedded into a teacher's daily routines and habits. Rather than send teachers out to "one-and-done" professional development sessions, we are making strategic use of those experts already working in the district. How's that?

Katie Morgan, Diane Bilcer, and Kelli Lane are working closely with teacher in a variety of settings to help build their knowledge of how to best support advanced learners in Math, English Language Arts, and Technology Integration. This support can take the form of team meetings, one-on-one coaching sessions, co-teaching in the classroom, modeling lessons, or working with small groups or individuals and sharing successes and ideas for transfer. By integrating the support in this way, our instructional coaches are able to provide teachers with the ideas they need to best support all of our learners based on their needs.

Here's to progress and continuous improvement!

Halloween Reminders

Halloween Costume Parade - ALL Grades - 1:40pm (held outdoors pending weather)



Classroom party BEFORE parade, from 1-1:30pm. Kindergartners can wear their costumes to school or parents can help them change at 1pm.

1st-5th Grades

Classroom party is AFTER the parade, from 2:15pm-2:45pm. Parents volunteers can go to the classrooms immediately AFTER the parade to set up. Party ends at 2:45pm in order for kids to pack up & parents to move cars to have a smooth dismissal.

BASIC RULES for Halloween at School

  • No mask or face coverings
  • No pretend weapons
  • No costumes to be worn during the day
  • Students should be able to dress themselves in their costumes, as parents will not be allowed to help dress students for the parade (except kindergartners).

Mark Your Calendars!!

10/25 & 26 - Half Day Student Attendance -- Parent-Teacher Conferences in evening

10/27 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Teacher Institute Day

10/31 - Halloween Celebration (Parade and Parties) at Avoca West

11/1 - 7:00pm PTC Meeting (Location - Marie Murphy ITC)

11/3 - 6:00-8:00pm - Intercultural Dinner & Talent Show at Marie Muphy

Check out the Avoca PTC's Updated Website

Don't forget to stop by the Avoca PTC website for updated information and dates to put on your calendar as well. There are many exciting events going on -- including our Spirit Wear sales!!

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Questions? Comments?

Please feel free to reach out to ask any of our office staff for help!