Avoca West News
Week of October 27, 2016
Veteran's Day Breakfast - Coming Up!
How can you help?! We count on our parents and community members to get the word out and to invite any and all veterans to join us the morning of Friday, November 11th. Doors open at 8:30 and breakfast will be served at 8:50. It is a wonderful opportunity to honor our veterans and to build our community from within!
Please RSVP to Cece or Roxann at (847)724-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org by next Friday. We look forward to packing the place! All are welcome -- Avoca West, Marie Murphy, and beyond!
Visible Learning at Avoca West
Can articulate what he/she is learning and why
Can talk about how he/she is learning -- the strategies used to learn
Can articulate next learning steps
Can use self-regulation strategies
Understands assessment tools being used, what their results mean, and can self assess (assessment-capable)
Seeks, is resilient and aspired to challenge
Can set mastery goals
- Sees errors as opportunities and is comfortable saying that he/she doesn’t know and/or needs help
- Positively supports peers’ learning
- Knows what to do when he/she doesn’t know what to do
- Actively seeks feedback
- Has metacognitive skills and can talk about these (systematic planning, memory abstract thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, etc.)
Though many times our staff meetings and professional development days focus on "educationese" topics, you can see that these characteristics are not school-specific. Rather, these are traits that will serve our children well at home and through life!
What does this mean for our students at Avoca West? Throughout the year, our teams will be getting together to generate ideas of how we can both focus on our standards and all that needs to be taught in ways that foster these characteristics in our students. Additionally, we will be consciously building in a greater mindfulness to recognize and positively acknowledge when we see these Visible Learner characteristics in our students. You should begin to see that not only are we giving All Stars for students who show those polite, respectful behaviors, but that we are noticing those students who take risks, ask big questions, and grow in their comfort with the unknown.
How can you support at home? Consider what these characteristics might look like outside the school setting. Perhaps it means that your child takes risks in trying new things...tackles trying to solve a problem he/she has without bringing it to you...can articulate his/her plan for accomplishing something that needs to be done at home...or sets personal goals. There are a number of real life applications, and we encourage you to reinforce those characteristics at home as well!
Thank you for your continued partnership in our mission to maximize the unique potential of each child at Avoca!
Thanks to our Volunteers
Thanks to all those parents and families who help to rally our Box Tops in this month's big push to generate money through the Box Tops for Education program. Each top is worth 10 cents...and those dimes really add up! Stay tuned for an update on how much you've all generated for our students.
News from the PTC: Intercultural Dinner and Talent Show & Upcoming PTC Meeting
Our 3rd Annual District-Wide Intercultural Dinner & Talent Show will take place at Marie Murphy on Friday, Nov. 4th at 6 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $30/Family. All are encouraged and welcome to sample food from over 20 countries! The Talent Show will begin after dinner at 7 pm.
Join the Avoca PTC board in the AW ITC as we discuss all of the 2016 upcoming events including:
- Intercultural Dinner
- AW Movie Night
- MM Book Fair
- Snowflake Party
- Winter Parties
Upcoming Dates to Note
Hopefully we'll be celebrating a Cubs World Series Win this weekend, but here are some other dates to mark on your calendars:
10/31 - Halloween festivities (please see room parent emails for details about times for your child's grade level party)
11/2 - PTC Meeting at Avoca West (7:00pm - ITC)
11/4 - Intercultural Dinner and Talent Show (6:00-8:00pm - Marie Murphy)
11/8 - Election Day -- We WILL have school, but the ITC will be closed for polling
11/11 - Veteran's Day Breakfast (8:30-10:00am) All are welcome, but please RSVP
11/23-11/25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School Staff or Students!
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!!