Avon Grove Charter School Spotlight

October 2020

From the desk of Kristen Bishop, Head of School

Next week we welcome back our kindergarten and 4th grade hybrid students to campus. Quickly followed by the rest of our elementary students and then secondary students.

We ask all staff, students and caregivers to exercise flexibility and patience as we transition to a model that asks teachers to balance the attention and support to students in the building and at home, simultaneously. This is new for all of us and there will be bumps along the way as we figure out a system that works to meet all student needs. Thank you for your partnership and for choosing Avon Grove Charter School.

Forward Together,

Kristen Bishop

Head of School/CEO

AGCS School Board Members

AGCS Board Members and their committee assignments.

Approval of Policies

Policy 1003.2: Non-Discrimination Based on Sex Access Public Type Action (Consent)

Recommended Action For Board: review and comment for approval at the September Board Meeting.

AGCS School Board Working Session & Board Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6:15pm

This is an online event.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
6:15 PM - Working Session
7:30 PM - School Board Meeting

The public may access the live stream of the public meetings by visiting the AGCS YouTube Channel webpage.

Instructional Plan - Hybrid Model - Parent's Guide

The Instructional Plan - Hybrid Model - Parent Guide offers families guidance and a common set of expectations for a remote teaching model.

Health and Safety Plan Update

This update includes the plan to accommodate & transition special education students back to school.


Bus transportation information will be located in Parent Portal once the information has been sent to AGCS from each school district.

More information on transportation including car line can be found here: https://www.agcharter.org/domain/58

Information Technology

The AGCS Information Technology Department maintains and supports our complex infrastructure for staff and students who are using technology provided by the school.
Have Chromebook Questions

Have questions about your school issued Chromebook? Check out this helpful interactive site.

Have Chromebook Issues?

Experiencing technical difficulties? Check out this helpful Chromebook troubleshooting site for quick tips on how to resolve some basic issues.

Enter a Repair/Support Ticket in incident IQ.

Your one stop resource for requesting support or entering a device repair request.

Health Services Updates

With the new state of health we, as the Nursing Department, have some new procedures that we would like to make you aware of for the 2020/2021 school year. After reviewing the following please let us know if you have any questions.

  • Nurse cards are electronic this year. Forms can be accessed through Power School Forms. There are two forms to be completed.This information is important to the nurses as soon as the school year starts, even if your child is not on campus right now.
  • No nebulizer treatments will be provided at school. Please work with your child’s provider for alternative options.
  • Appointments are required to drop off medication. All controlled substances must be brought to school by a parent or guardian. Please email the nurse to schedule a time (hverderame@agcharter.org for State Rd and smillerhall@agcharter.org for ELC)
  • Students who become sick during the school day must be picked up within one hour of the nurse contacting a parent or guardian. Please have a backup plan in case you are not available to pick up your child within an hour.
  • Per AGCS handbook and CDC guidelines, parents will be required to assess their child(ren)’s health daily prior to reporting to school. Children with a fever (100.4 or higher), vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms should be kept home from school until symptom free per the AGCS Sick Child Policy.
  • Please discuss and reinforce with your child(ren) proper hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Face coverings are required during the school day per the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education.
  • All grade level mandates and immunizations are required for the 2020-21 school year regardless of the education platform (virtual or in person).
    This includes:
    - Physical and Dental for Kindergarten
    - Dental for 3rd grade
    - Physical for 6th grade
    - Dental and Tdap and Menactra for 7th grade
    - Physical for 11th grade
    - Second dose of Menactra for 12th grade

Any exclusion policies related to lack of documentation are in place and will be enforced per PA Department of Health/Department of Education mandates.

Micro Farm hosts 2020 Honey Harvest

On Friday, September 25th, the AGCS Beekeepers and High School Bee Academy members hosted the annual Honey Harvest. While it looked a little different than in years past, the team was able to share the experience with students and staff via zoom. We were able to extract close to 180 lbs. of honey.

Information on how you can make a donation to the Micro Farm and receive a jar of honey will be shared in the next few weeks.

AGCS Micro Farm Honey Harvest 2020

Senior SAT Testing held & Virtual College Visits continue

AGCS held a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) on October 14th. Students can check their scores approximately 4-6 weeks after taking the SAT by clicking here https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.

College Visits continue with upcoming virtual visits from Temple University, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Messiah College Arcadia University and more. Log onto your Naviance account for more details on how to sign up. Contact Ms. Adrienne Basilio, 11th & 12th grade counselor, at abasilio@agcharter.org with questions.

Coming Soon.... Teachers Lounge Podcast & Video Series

Teachers Lounge is a podcast and video series featuring teachers from Avon Grove Charter School. The podcast and video series provide opportunities for AGCS community members--parents, students, staff, all of us--to get to know the teachers who make our school such a special place. Conversations are open, honest, and wide-ranging covering anything from preferred teaching practices to favorite vacation spot.

October's Line Up Features:

10/13 Podcast Matt Arters & Kevin Ham (Interventionist)

10/20 Video Kristen Bishop & Angela Ham (2nd grade teacher)

10/27 Podcast Matt Arters & Carrie Herman (HS math teacher)

Facilities Update

The facilities team has completed many projects at both campuses including new windows, bathroom overhauls, outdoor classroom and gymnasium renovations. We look forward to opening our doors and inviting you back onto campus.

Athletics resume at AGCS

Volleyball & Soccer seasons begin on Friday, October 9th. Good luck to all athletes.

Cross County hosts their opening meet on Tuesday, October 23rd at Goddard Park.

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October Happenings

Are you Moving?

It's important for us to have your updated address for communications and state reporting requirements. If you have moved or are planning to, please contact enrollment@agcharter.org

Food Services - Grab & Go Meals Continue

Avon Grove Charter School continues to offer Grab & Go Meals. Look for a Food Services Update in the coming weeks as we transition to the hybrid learning model.

Please visit the link below for all details.


For specific Food Services questions, please email lbankoski@agcharter.org.

Virtual Parent Series - Title I Parent-Family Engagement Policy Review

Virtual Parent Presentation - November 10th 7:30 pm

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Mrs. Jennifer Weaver, will be hosting the Title I Parent-Family Engagement Policy Review. Information can be found at http://www.agcharter.org.

Return to School Parent Session ~ Recorded 9/29/2020

Kristen Bishop, Head of School/C.E.O. shared the plans for returning to school and hybrid learning during her presentation, "Return to School" from September 29/2020.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The AGCS-PTO welcomes all of our families, new and returning, to the 2020-2021 school year! We invite you to the next PTO meeting on November 5 at 4:00 pm. The Scholastic Book Fair is online until October 18th. Upcoming events include Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Chicken BBQ Dinner.

You Shop, AmazonSmile Gives!

Amazon Prime Days are Oct 13th & 14th. We want to remind you can support AGCS by simply shopping at smile.amazon.com and selecting Avon Grove Charter School as your charity. AmazonSmile will automatically send AGCS a check for 0.5% of your purchases.

Happy Shopping!


AmazonSmile - You Shop. Amazon Gives!
Upcoming Events

Visit the website for the calendar of all upcoming meetings and events.

Avon Grove Charter School

Early Learning Center

Grades K - 3rd

1769 New London Road
Landenberg, PA 19350


State Road Campus

Grades 4th - 12th

110 E. State Road

West Grove, PA 19390