Superintendent's Corner 😎 🏫 😎

April 9, 2021

In this issue ...

  • Returning to School Daily - Safety and Free COVID Testing
  • Updates and Materials from the Learning Schedule Committee for 2021-2022
  • Spring Religious Holidays in Avoca
  • Avoca and Marie Murphy Orchestra Excellence

Returning to School Daily: Safety & Free COVID Testing

Our return to daily onsite learning is only possible because of low enough positive COVID rates, mitigation in our schools, our amazing staff, including that staff is vaccinated.

Mitigation is still the most important factor to ensure that our students and community are safe. Please remember:

  • Wear your masks whenever you are outside of your home and in public
  • Avoid large crowds and gatherings, especially indoors
  • Do not send students to school when they are symptomatic
  • When symptomatic, get a COVID test as soon as possible

Free COVID testing is available Saturday, April 10 at Marie Murphy. Click here if you want to sign up for a free test.

Also, there is daily free COVID testing at Flick Park in Glenview. You can click here to register for free COVID testing at Flick Park.

Learning Schedule Committee Report

On April 8, the Learning Schedule Committee submitted a 19-page report to the Board of Education outlining in great detail the proposed schedules for Avoca West and Marie Murphy. Additionally, and most important, the Committee outlined for the Board the Advantages and Disadvantages for each proposed schedule as identified by parents/guardians and staff members. The Board did not take action at the April 8 meeting.

I urge you to read the entire report so you can get a full picture of the respective schedules, all of the feedback, and an alternative schedule that was proposed for Avoca West based on feedback. A summary version can be found by viewing the slides from the presentation. All of these materials and the original slide decks presented to focus groups can be found in a single public access folder by clicking here.

You can also watch the April 8, 2021 Board of Education meeting by clicking here.

The Board will further consider the possible schedules for next year at its April 22, 2021 meeting.

Spring Religious Holidays in Avoca

In my November 23, 2020 post, I outlined many of the religious holidays and festivals celebrated across our diverse Avoca community at that time of year. This Spring is another time to recognize the diversity that makes us a rich and rewarding place to live. The following explanations and connecting resources are not endorsement of any religion or of any resource, but are meant to promote understanding as much as possible.

Easter (Christianity) - Occurred on April 4 this year, but falls on different Sunday dates in the Spring annually. This Christian holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, Jesus' ascent into heaven, and is considered the most important of the Christian holidays. Learn more about the Christian holiday of Easter by clicking here (Greek Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on May 2 this year.)

Passover (Judaism) - Occurred from sundown on March 27 to sundown on April 4 this year, but occurs at different times during the Spring each year. The eight-day holiday, "Pesach" in Hebrew commemorates the emancipation of the Ancient Jewish people from enslavement by the Pharaohs of Egypt. The holiday is marked by avoiding leaven bread and sharing ritual meals. The term "passover" comes from the fact that the Israelite God passed over Jewish households when wreaking vengeance on Egyptian households. Your can learn more about Pesach by clicking here.

Ramadan (Islam) - Occurs from sundown on April 13 to sundown on May 11 this year, but Ramadan does not always occur in the Spring. Based on a lunar calendar, Ramadan can happen at different times during the year but it is annual. Ramadan celebrates the date when the holy book of Islam, the Quran, was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad. During this month, Muslims are called upon to fast during the day, pray, and commit acts of charity. Learn more about Ramadan by clicking here. Families whose students fast during Ramadan should let their teachers know so that students' health and safety can be supported during this month.

Marie Murphy Orchestra - Mandalorian

Mando Finished

Avoca West Orchestra - Welcome Back School Song

Avoca West School Song CSO 2021