Superintendent's Corner๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜Ž

May 2, 2021

In this issue...

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Cinco de Mayo! and
  • National Bike to School Day
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Supporting Community Members from India

Teacher Appreciation Week

It is an understatement to write that there is no way to fully acknowledge our appreciation for our teachers and staff at Avoca West, especially after the last 14 months. But this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and we are going to try ... mostly through food!

Thanks to the PTC and the Board of Education, the teachers will be well fed this week. Normally, we also offer on the spot massage appointments on certain days (when teachers are not teaching, of course) and more, but COVID has diminished our options.

Also, I encourage you to take a moment to send out a private message of thanks to a teacher or staff member who has not only made this year possible for your student(s) but who has made it meaningful when so much else caused us to question the meaning of anything this year.

Cinco de Mayo!

Although originally a celebration of Mexican military victory over French forces in 1862, the 5th of May has very much become a chance to celebrate the beauties of Mexican culture.

In addition to music or food, I encourage you to visit the National Museum of Mexican Art right here in Chicago. Currently offering virtual tours, my family and I make at least a yearly visit and always fall in love with what we see and learn. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday is also Bike to School Day

Due to COVID restrictions, there are no official bike to school day events this year. However, as we have seen already since returning to the MOD schedule, riding our bikes to school has great advantages. Let's make sure we do it safely.

Click on this link and you can review a bike safety video with your student before they ride off to school on Wednesday!

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

As declared by congressional proclamation, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Now such recognition and understanding of the contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans could not be more important. Such understanding and recognition is among the foremost antidotes to Anti-Asian hate and violence that has been on the rise over the last year.

Please take the time to delve into this Library of Congress site to learn more and share with your students at home. Click here for more.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Also by congressional act, May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Avoca in recent years has increasingly been home to community members of Asian descent and prior to that Avoca has also been a community that counted Jewish Americans as substantial contributors.

Learn more about the story of Jews in America by clicking here and please take the time to share with your student and family members.

Supporting Community Members from India

I am sure we are all aware of the increasingly urgent news of the spread of COVID in India and the toll it is taking on the country. Of course, so many of our current community members have family members in India. This is a great stress for them and our students.

In addition to offering words of care and concern for our friends when we see them, we also want to seek ways to help with the emergency on the ground. Oxygen is something in terribly short supply right now in India and points to a way we can help.

Consider donating to the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, who is taking donations to fund the purchase of oxygen to be sent to India. Click here to donate now.