Avon Grove Charter School Spotlight
From the desk of Kristen Bishop, CEO
Dear AGCS Community,
17 Day until the last day of school but who's counting. As we transition into the last few weeks of school I want to highlight a few happenings:
The CDC’s Advisory Committee Immunization Practice (ACIP) of the Pfizer vaccine approved for ages 12-15, the Chester County Health Department will offer the Pfizer vaccine at its walk-in or drive-thru clinic locations, with or without an appointment. Information on sites where you can get the vaccine will be provided. Please visit the link below if you have questions about the vaccine. https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/making-vaccines/prevent-covid.
We have provided the finalized PSSA testing window dates along with parental rights pertaining to the student participation in the PSSA. We recognize that this year has been a difficult one for all of our students. These assessment scores represent a snapshot in time of student performance and should not be considered the sole indicator of student achievement. Data obtained from each assessment serves as one of the tools for planning school programs, designing curriculum and instruction, and providing information to the public.
For over a year now, the COVID-19 pandemic has redefined and reshaped graduates' last year of high school. As we approach graduation, I want to take a minute and congratulate the graduating Kindergarten, 8th grade and high school Seniors! This High School Senior class will go to commencement and celebrate a milestone event that families have been looking forward to attending since they started high school four years ago. Graduating high school is a symbol of a new chapter and the culmination of years of classes, tests, projects, school events, and making lifelong friendships. It’s an emotional time for anyone going through this rite of passage, but for the grads of 2021, it comes with a heightened sense of emotion and feelings of disappointment. Graduation during a pandemic looks different than our typical ceremony, but we are committed to building new traditions and memories during this time. Last year’s graduation was extraordinary, and we expect this year will be the same.
Please take a moment and congratulate the Class of 2021 on our social media sites. From June 2nd - June 9th, join AGCS as we celebrate all graduates of AGCS and Light up the Night in blue and gold at both campuses. Join in this annual tradition and illuminate your home blue & gold!
I am grateful for my AGCS team. To completely rework what school looks like, work tirelessly to connect to students and families, and do it with passion, flexibility, and grace show me how deeply invested they are in our AGCS community.
In honor of teacher appreciation week, we showed our love and appreciation in our communities with superhero signs. This launched our "Super Hero" campaign. AGCS families are invited to go on a superhero hunt as they walk, ride their bikes, or maybe even in a car. Families can post to our social media or even leave a note or treat for the superheroes they find.
Remember to send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last day for students is June 10th!!!
Chief Executive Officer
New Student Enrollment for 2021-2022 continues
Invite your friends and family to come be a part of the AGCS P.A.C.K.! Enrollment is open and we are currently accepting applications for new students in grades K-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.
Share this amazing school community where your child is experiencing a caring, nurturing and rigorous academic learning environment. Share our standards for academic excellence, positive learning environment, high behavioral expectations, and dedicated staff that will help your child reach their full potential.
Any prospective family seeking enrollment or looking to enroll a sibling of a current AGCS student for the upcoming school year, can complete an initial Enrollment Application.
Join the AGCS Virtual Summer Book Club!
AGCS students currently in grades 3-8, you're invited!
Starting June 21st, we'll be running three, two-week sessions, hosted by our amazing AGCS teachers. Students pick their book and teachers will host two, live Zoom sessions per week.
To learn more and register, please view our Virtual Summer Book Club Flyer.
AGCS is planning for a full return to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 SY. The Administration & Strategic Planning Committee recommendation to the Board was that AGCS not offer a full time remote learning option or hybrid option next school year
The Before & After Care Program's mission is to provide our students with a safe & nurturing environment where our dedicated team will help them grow, play and learn. Check out our robust program and sign up today.
Congratulations Class of 2021 - Important Reminders
Avon Grove Charter School is proud to present the graduating Class of 2021. We've watched in amazement as you have pushed through the detours thrust at you during your senior year. We are excited to see the bright futures that lie ahead for each of you.
Enjoy this presentation of the AGCS Times Square Takeover!
Always Part of the Wolfpack
Share your current information in our free Alumni Directory and/or Alumni News! This information provides a great opportunity for networking and keeping up with your classmates. It also lets your AGCS teachers and staff know where life is leading you, as they wish you every success!
From the desk of Dwayne Degler, President AGCS School Board
Everyone is welcome to watch the livestream of the Ma Virtual Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 18th, at 7:30 pm. The live stream can by found by visiting the AGCS YouTube Channel webpage. AGCS will continue to keep our school community informed on a regular basis as to the school's plans.
Interested in joining the AGCS Board or the Board Nomination Committee? Please complete and submit an application to Susan Winiarski at Swiniarski@agcharter.org by May 24th.
The 2021-2022 AGCS School Calendar was approved by the AGCS Board of Trustees.
The school's annual Parent Feedback Survey is open. We encourage all of our AGCS parents, guardians, & caregivers to complete this survey. Your responses & feedback will help drive instructional, environmental, and facility improvement initiatives
Transportation Update - Form due June 1, 2021
Per guidelines from the PA Department of Education, Pennsylvania school districts are required to have a new/updated transportation form on file for all new and returning students every school year. This means that all AGCS families will be required to provide an updated transportation request form for ALL students on a yearly basis.
Please note: If you already submitted your 21-22 transportation form please disregard this message. We ask that you do not contact the school to check whether the form has been received at this time.
Parents/Guardians of students living in districts that provide buses to AGCS are required to complete a transportation form each year by the deadline provided.
Health Services Update
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month! Supported by the Lyme Disease Foundation, Lyme Disease Awareness Month is a campaign which promotes preventative measures which can be taken against Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an acute inflammatory disease caused by the bite of a tick infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. In the United States there are two main species of tick which carry and spread Lyme disease. The deer tick (or black legged tick), spreads the disease in the north central and eastern parts of the United States and the western black legged tick spreads Lyme disease on the west coast. Both species of ticks are found in wooded areas.
There are two types of symptoms of Lyme Disease: first and late symptoms. First symptoms are usually flu-like and include fatigue, tiredness, joint and muscle pain, and also a characteristic bulls eye rash. Late symptoms can take much longer to develop: weeks, months or even years. Late symptoms may include fatigue, mental health issues, the condition arthritis and chronic encephalomyelitis. Late Lyme disease can also cause brain, joint, and heart infection.
In the United States over the last few years, there has been a steady increase in the number of reported cases of Lyme disease. As both types of ticks which carry the Lyme disease virus live in wooded areas, people who visit these areas are encouraged to wear protective clothing around the ankles. White or light clothing is recommended as it is easier to spot any ticks. Shirts and T-shirts should be tucked into your pants, and socks pulled up over the bottom of the pants. Using an insect repellent can also help prevent the ticks from getting on to you. Pets should also be checked. Before returning inside it is recommended to do a tick check first.
Carrying a tick removal kit is advised as they can be used to effectively remove ticks from the body, reducing the risk of disease transmission. Often the disease is transmitted when a tick is not removed properly. 'Do It Yourself' tick kits should include an insect repellant, a pair of fine tweezers, an antiseptic and small vial. Using the tweezers, remove the tick with the tips of the tweezers as close as possible to the skin around the tick’s mouth parts. A gentle upward action is recommended by the Lyme Disease Foundation. By placing the tick in a vial with a blade of grass, the tick can be kept alive for testing. If you find a deer tick on yourself or a family member, contact your healthcare professional for further guidance. A course of antibiotics may be prescribed after a tick bite to prevent Lyme Disease.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee Immunization Practice (ACIP) announced approval of the Pfizer vaccine for those ages 12-15. Check our website for locations. AGCS will update the website as more clinic locations become available.
The COVID-19 Data Dashboard is available for you to review 24/7. On the dashboard, you will be able to find cumulative AGCS data, data attributed to the rolling 14-day period which will be used to inform our instructional model decision.
Food Services Update
Curbside Grab & Go Meals Schedule - Thank you for participating in our curbside Grab and Go meal program. We know this has been a challenging time for all, and it was our pleasure to serve our community as resilient and caring as our AGCS family. As we approach the months of June, July and August, we would like you to be aware of food distribution in our community.
Please see the Grab & Go Summer Meals Announcement for locations where you may participate in a summer Grab & Go meal program.
Teachers Lounge Podcast
Welcome to the Teachers Lounge
This month, we're listening to a recording of Matt Arter's conversation with Tony June from February. Tony is the high school music teacher at AGCS. Tony & Matt have been friends since they met working on an Arts Fest video in 2018. Hope you enjoy listening.
AGCS Micro Farm hosts annual Sheep Shearing
Krista Lauterwald, shares the sheep shearing process as Jill Federoff, Sheep Shearer, shorn one of the AGCS flock. Miss Krista and fiber art students then demonstrate the fiber processing of turning wool into yarn.
AGCS Dance Fit!
Our goal is to raise $15,000 to enhance our school's outdoor classroom spaces. This will be an all-inclusive event for our students! This week, we start learning a character lesson each day through the character theme, Sports City Now! Each day features a REAL kid-athlete that plays with character.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL:
1. Register your student(s) on funrun.com (Our goal is to have 70% of our students registered!)
2. Share your donation link with extended family, friends, and on social media from funrun.com.
3. Give a donation, if you are able, to help our class earn fun rewards!
Thank you for your generosity and support of our school.
This year, fundraising is more critical than ever to provide learning resources and fund our school budget. Thank you for your generosity and support of our school.
The Girls Soccer and Boys Lacrosse teams have wrapped up both of their spring seasons. The teams grew both talent wise and as a family throughout the season their seasons. We look forward to building on their successes from this season next spring.
Congratulations to Lily Aufdenkampe, senior, and Ariana Tlaseca, freshman, for being named to the 1st team MIL All Conference Soccer Team. Way to go!
Check the website this summer for information on fall sports and PIAA forms.
Join us this summer for Camp Invention - Week of June 21st, 2021
The fun, hands-on activities at this year’s Camp Invention, Recharge, are just what children need this summer. At AGCS, we’ll be hosting this wonderful program during the week of June 21st, 2021 for students entering grades K-6.
Discover all the fun you’ll have at camp: https://youtu.be/aX4r8bQSsJA
Exciting news - we are offering an Extended Day experience, making our program schedule more convenient for busy families. With Extended Day, your program will run from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM with an additional cost of $90 per week. To sign up for this program schedule, please select the Extended Day option during the second step of registration.
Sports Boosters Fundraiser
Click here for order form.