Avoca West News
Week of May 7, 2018
THIS TUESDAY (MAY 8TH) -- BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY!
UPDATE - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS NOW JUNE 14TH
Living as BRAVE Vikings!
BOLD...and Best Buddies!
Though were are just getting started and growing our group at Avoca West, the Best Buddies organization itself is also learning how they might tweak things for other elementary chapters. We are planning our final community building event for the end of the year -- all are welcome! Stay tuned for more details and an official invitation!
Respectful & Responsible
Here's to a safe end of the school year!
Accountable - Getting Ready for Next Year
Online registration is ready for any and all of our students who plan to be at Avoca for next year. If you have a student who will be entering 3rd grade next year, please provide:
One of the following proofs of residency:
❏ Bill of Sale,
❏ Mortgage Statement, or
❏ Property Tax Bill
Two of the following proofs of residency:
❏ Driver’s License, ❏ Wage statement,
❏ Most recent utility bill, ❏ Letter from employer
❏ Vehicle Registration, ❏ Benefits statement, or
❏ Voter Registration ❏ Government issued notice or statement
❏ Home/Renter Insurance ❏ Current Public Aid Card
The same will be needed for our students who will be making the leap over to Marie Murphy for the fall. Thank you for your help in making sure that we can continue to provide the very best for our students!
Valuable - Teacher Appreciation Week & School Nurse's Day!
This Wednesday is also School Nurse's Day! We celebrated Administrative Professional's Day (Secretaries' Day) at the end of April, and now's a chance to give thanks to the one who cares for our students when they are sick and makes sure they stay healthy at school. Please join me in letting Nurse Theer just how grateful we are for her dedication to our students and school on Wednesday!
Empathetic - Building Reflective Children
The hardest thing I find is to get students to take the perspective of others, however, even when it's at school. The biology of their brains does not yet allow for the long (enough) pause to consider beyond "what feels right RIGHT now." The primary motivator is often social -- also a very natural part of figuring out who they want to be and where they fit in.
This past weekend I was talking with my little man, Nate (4th grade) in the car and he was telling me about a boy at school. Thrilled that the topic of conversation was NOT Fortnite, I was more actively listening as he told me a joke that he and his friends were making as they were thinking about how voices change as the boys mature. (Another joy of being a parent: Getting to wear my "Human Growth and Development" hat at home!) Nate went on to say matter-of-factly that the boy has an unusually high voice and they were joking about what it might sound like finally when his voice changed. It was immediately obvious to me that this was a matter of mean fun, something we talk about at home and at school. Mean fun is when some people are having fun, but there is someone who is likely feeling crummy because of it. No matter how many times I tried to point out to him, he could not see past his perspective and insisted that it was a FACT that the boy has a high voice. Thankfully, I was quick on my feet to think to ask a simple question:
Would you tell that joke in front of this boy's mom? Enter the EPIC pause and my invisible finger marking a tally in the "win" column of my parenting scoresheet. Rather than spending time trying to explain the perspective of the boy who would undoubtedly laugh uncomfortably if he heard the joke, that single question allowed him the pause to reframe his actions. The conversation turned less preachy on my part and instead softened him to realize that his mom would be crushed to hear anyone say anything -- just as he knows I would be if the roles were reversed.
I anticipate in the weeks ahead using this question with my "friends" at school who are also always learning how to be the best they can be, and encourage you to add it to your own parenting toolkit. The reflection it caused was profound and hopefully will help him begin to ask that question of himself (when his bossy mom isn't around!). Cheers to working together to help kiddos everywhere!
OTHER NOTABLE INFORMATION
New Vikings Welcome - We're READY!
FINAL Parent Call for Parent Input for Sectioning
If you shared your thoughts with your child's teacher at conferences, please know that this does not ensure that your input will be at the front of his/her mind on sectioning day. If you'd like for it to be considered, please follow the guidelines above.
Mark Your Calendars!!
5/7-5/11 -- Teacher Appreciation Week!
5/9 -- BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY and Bike Safety for 2nd and 4th grades
5/7 -- 5:30pm -- Committee of the Whole Meeting at Marie Murphy
5/10 -- 6:00pm -- 3rd Grade Music Performance at Avoca West
5/22 -- 6:00pm -- Symphony Orchestra Concert at Avoca West
5/24 -- 6:30pm -- Board of Education Meeting at Marie Murphy
5/25 -- 9:00am -- District Wide Volunteer Breakfast at Avoca West
5/28 -- NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY!
5/30 -- 4th & 5th grade Olympics
6/4 -- 5:30pm -- Committee of the Whole at Marie Murphy
6/5 -- 9:30am -- 1st grade Suzuki Concert (No evening concert for 1st grade Suzuki)
6/7 -- Field Day 1st-3rd grade
6/11 -- Meet the Team Day
6/14 -- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL and End of Year Picnic at Avoca West
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!!