The Eagle's Beak

"Auburn Pride Starts Inside"

April 16, 2021

Dear Auburn Families,

I have been observing in classrooms, both in seat and remote, the last few weeks and have been amazed at the teaching and learning that is happening. Last night at the PTO meeting, we discussed how long this year has been for all involved and how appreciative we are to the teachers for continuing to create a safe space filled with joy and learning. Our sense of community has never been stronger at Auburn and it is due to our home school partnership. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the teachers and to all of our families for supporting one another and continuing to focus on our students' needs. What can I say? #AuburnRocks

The third through fifth grade students had the opportunity to attend a virtual field trip to the DSO this week. The performance, What is Jazz, featured Wynston Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. We had wonderful feedback from the students and staff on this experience. I want to thank Ms. Erspamer for bringing the arts into our classrooms at a time when we can't go out for these experiences!

Our Yearbooks are on sale and the deadline to purchase is Monday! Please see the link below to place your order. This will be a very unique yearbook for a very unique year and you don't want to miss out!

And last, but not least, I'm going to leave you with a little teaser...stay tuned for a huge honor and celebration that Auburn will be receiving based on our commitment to equity. I'm so excited!!

Congratulations to 5th Grade Students - Ariana and Andrej

Congratulations to Andrej and Ariana, both 5th graders, who put in a lot of time and effort and took 3rd Place in the Battle of the Books competition. Battle of the Books was conducted virually by the Auburn Hills Library on Wednesday, April 14th.

Buddy Corner

Tonight Buddy will be having his first sleepover at Mr. Soncrainte's house. I'm sure both Buddy & Mr. Soncrainte will have a fun filled night.

Mr. Soncrainte's 4th Grade Class Learning Outside

masks are for sale, only $5

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  • April 12 - May 11: Avondale Schools of Choice Applications Accepted
  • April 19 & 20: Vision Screening - Grades TK, 1, 3, 5
  • April 21: Remote Student Supply Pick Up, 9:00-4:00pm
  • April 22 & 23: Hearing Screening - Grades TK, K, 2, 4
  • April 27: Spring Picture Day
  • April 30: Fine Arts Show
  • May 7: No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
  • May 19: Remote Student Supply Pick Up, 9:00-4:00pm
  • May 20: PTO Meeting, 6:30pm
  • May 31: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • June 10: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am
  • June 11: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am - Last Day of School

Spring Picture Day - April 27

Spring Picture day at Auburn Elementary will be Tuesday, April 27th. To order pictures, please click here and use EVTF7QWM2 for the Auburn code.

If your child is remote and you would like to have their picture taken, please come to Auburn anytime during the hours of 10:00-3:00pm that your child is not online and we can have their picture taken.

Auburn's Virtual Fine Arts Show

Auburn's 2nd annual Virtual Fine Arts Show will be held on Friday, April 30th. The deadline for online submissions of artwork and music is Monday, April 19th.
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Auburn PTO Fundraiser

Come to Blaze Pizza on the second Thursday of every month between 12-9pm for some pizza. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Auburn PTO.

May 13

June 10

All orders must be placed online at or through the Blaze Pizza app. Enter 1218A into the Coupon Code field at checkout and your order will count towards the fundraiser. If you are ordering at the restaurant, you must present the flyer below.

Happy Birthday To You!

April 16: Jacob C.

April 17: Ka'milah S.

April 19: Ka'veon P., Ma'kya W.

April 20: Derek., Mariana F.

April 22: Ja'Maree R.

Schools of Choice Application Information

Do you have a friend or family member interested in having their child attend Avondale, but they do not live within the district? Please let them know that our window for School of Choice applications is open from April 12th - May 11th and encourage them to join our Avondale community. For more information you may contact Leta Brennan in our enrollment office at 248-537-6039. If you would like to schedule a tour, please contact Annette McAvoy at 248-537-6025.

Please see the link below or click here for more information.

Hearing & Vision Screening

Every year, Oakland County Health performs Vision and Hearing screenings for our students. Hearing screenings are for students in Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade. Vision screenings are for students in Transitional Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade. This year, our Vision screenings will be held on April 19th and 20th. Hearing screenings will be held on April 22nd and 23rd. If the technician finds a hearing or vision concern with your child, you will be contacted by Oakland County Health Department.


Appreciation of beauty and excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can

generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world.

Society of Women Engineers STEM Sessions

There will be 6 virtual sessions, each 1 1/2 hours starting at 11am, offered this spring on a variety of engineering topics. Access to an internet connected computer/device and ability to join a virtual audio & video platform will be needed. These sessions will be interactive and most will require additional hands on materials. Materials needed will be common household items and/or SWE Detroit will get you the materials before the session so all can participate. The dates & topics can be found below.

4/24: Earth Day (Sustainable Engineering) (reg. closes 4/17)

5/1: Chemical Engineering

5/8: Automotive Engineering

5/15: Materials Engineering

5/22: Industrial Engineering

5/29: Electrical & Computer Engineering

Register at this link for any/all sessions your child is interested in. If you are a returning participant from our fall virtual sessions, these will be completely new topics & activities.

We will also be hosting an informational parent & teacher virtual session with resources and opportunities to further engage your child/student in engineering activities. This session will take place on Saturday, 4/24 at 10am.

For any questions, please contact us at

National Math Festival

Whether you're joining us as a classroom, a family, or on your own — you will find inspiration and enjoyment in this year's online events.

Learn more about the activities and presentations taking place during the 2021 Festival below.

  • dedicated activities for every age group
  • As part of this year's programming, select Spanish language programs will be offered with live presenters and Spanish language resources.

Drop in and out throughout the weekend. Stay a few minutes, or a few hours.

View the full schedule of events here.

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Yearbooks On Sale Now - Order Now!

This has not been a normal school year, but it is definitely one that our students will remember! We will be capturing this time in history for them with our Auburn yearbook. We invite you to order your yearbook online at and use the Yearbook ID Code: 5933521. The deadline to order is April 19th. Don't miss out!

Why Should You Download And Install Michigan Secure On Your Mobile Device?

  • Michigan Secure alerts you to unsecure Wi-Fi networks, unsafe apps in Android, system tampering, and more.
  • It helps protect your mobile device or Chromebook without requiring any personal private information. (See our Privacy Policy)
  • Michigan Secure costs $0 to download, $0 to use, no in-app purchases, and no ads.
  • It gives you the options and allows you to determine the best action to help protect yourself.
  • Michigan Secure alerts Android users if a downloaded app may be unsafe.

Don't leave your device unprotected. More information can be found in the attached document and at this link:,5552,7-358-82548_78404_95432---,00.html

Body & Mind Virtual Family Health Fair April 24, 10:30-1:00pm

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Student-Centered District School Calendar 2021-22

After months of work and collaboration with stakeholders around the Avondale School District, we have developed our calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

While adhering to government mandates and myriad other details, the calendar reflects our commitment to student and staff growth. It contains opportunities for student remediation and enrichment through staff-provided intersessions that we feel will help reverse the academic losses that may have occurred for some students over the past year. The new calendar also honors our commitment to our staff members to provide opportunities for them to advance their teaching skills and enhance their content knowledge in the ever-changing world of education.

The new calendar is considered student-centered but we feel that it really is learning community-centered as it is designed to create an environment conducive to a healthy and intentional educational experience for all.

If you are interested in participating in a committee to discuss and plan intersession and enrichment opportunities for our students please fill out the form at this link: Intersession Planning Committee Interest Form.

The new calendar is attached to this email so that you can begin to plan your coming months. Barring any surprise mandates from the state or the occurrence of national or global events that may interrupt our 2021-2022 school year, there should be little to no changes to it.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


James V. Schwarz, Ph.D.
Avondale School District

ASD 2021 22 CALENDAR.pdf

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Avondale Theatre Company presents the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

The shows will be both live streamed and have a small audience allowed in the theater.

The Shows are April 22nd, 23rd, 24th at 7:05pm and April 25th at 2:05pm. The 23rd and 24th will be livestreamed at the same time.

Cost is $10 dollars per ticket, but 12 and under are free with an adult ticket purchase.

The ticket links is and the live streaming link is

Avondale Family Resource and Support Package

The Avondale Family Resource and Support Package has been created to support families, students, and staff during times of need. This is a document that continues to be updated based on resources available. Please review supports and use as needed. Families in need of any of our Avondale Support Team members may also connect with us by email or phone.

ELC Summer Camp Information

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Gleaners Food Distribution Schedule