AISW Weekly Parent Update

Week of September 19, 2022

Mark Your Calendar:

Monday

  • Homecoming spirit week- Pajama Day
  • Hispanic Heritage Month!


Tuesday:

  • Homecoming Spirit week- Superhero Day!
  • IT Professionals Day- Thank you Mrs. Gall for all you do to support our students and staff devices and all things technology.


Wednesday:

  • Homecoming Spirit Week- Wild West Day
  • Popcorn Sales at Lunch


Thursday:

  • Homecoming Spirit Week- Hawaiian Day
  • MultiLingual Family Fun Night at the Outdoor Learning Center behind Maple Elemenary @ 5:30-7:00


Friday:

  • Homecoming Spirit Week - Neon Day

Dates to Remember:

  • September 15-October 15- Hispanic Heritage Month- do we have any parents that would like to be guest speakers?
  • September 21: Popcorn Sales
  • Week of September 21: College Go Week

Parent to do list:

_____ Pay your student fees


_____ Purchase laptop insurance


_____ Make sure your son/daughter charges his/her laptop each night and brings their laptop AND charger to school each day; end of first quarter is Friday, September 30


_____ Check your child's grades in Power School at least one x per week


_____ If eligible or think you may be eligible, fill out a free and reduced lunch application https://family.titank12.com/

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Student of the Week: Week of September 19

5th grade:
  • Emmett Dove
  • Fareedah Abolade- Lawal
  • Max Brennan
  • Corinn Pell
  • Alex Hyden
  • Noah BlackBurn
  • Mary Mockler
  • Victoria Castro
  • Cora Ven
  • Jacob Butler
  • Alison Bent


6th grade:

  • Brooklyn Stansbury
  • Elijah Taylor
  • Vladimir Reyes
  • Elijah Dunbar
  • Cole Ferkinhoff
  • Janelle Francois
  • Victoria Moore
  • Koffi Ahidou
  • Tani Okanlawon
  • Zoe Stevens
  • Blake Dugger
  • Emmy Blasik
  • Aurelia Allen
  • Isabella Wilson


Related Arts/ Sped/ Counselors:


  • PE Porep: Gabby Gramaglia & Ethan Nazaire
  • PE Rasheed: Kamren Angilecchia & Oluwapamilerin Adeniyan
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Fire Up for the AISW Fun Run on October 7

We are so excited to announce the details for our annual Fun Run on October 7th. The Fun Run is a great way to get active and help raise money for our school. Starting September 26- October 7, for every $5 raffle ticket purchased, students will be entered to win some amazing prizes! Students can win a pizza/donut/popcorn party for their entire class, as well as some awesome individual prizes. Thank you in advance for our support.


Tickets go on sale Monday, September 26.

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WestMart: Our New School Store is open on Fridays for students to make purchases!

Our new school store, West Mart, is open on Fridays for students to make purchaes.


Check out the great new SPIRIT WEAR Items-- hoodies, tshirts, and bags. Check out the other great items too--- school supplies and fun items for students, too. All profits that are made go to support student and staff activities for the year!

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Congratulations to our very own 6th grade teacher, Ashlee Harmon!

Ashlee Harmon has been selected as a Newsela Fellow. She will be representing @AvonISWest& @OrioleTweets as she creates opportunities for integrating women’s leadership studies into middle school social studies classrooms. She is very excited to lead and learn with fellow colleagues and in turn help other students grow in their own learning too.


Congratulations Ashlee! Your AISW Family is very proud of you for this wonderful achievement. We cant wait to learn and grow from you!

Register your Kroger card and support AIS West!

https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow/

AIS West will receive funds from KROGER for every card that is registered! Every time you shop, you are helping AIS West!

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Our very own Mrs. Belcher, 5th grade teacher, joined Dr. Wyndham in his most recent podcast. Check it out!

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Student Textbook Fees

Student textbook fees were sent out this past Friday via Parent Square.


You can send payment in with your student if you would like by check. Please place it in an envelope with your child's name.


If you would like to pay cash or card, our treasurer is available from 9-3 Monday-Thursday and 9-1 on Friday.


If you have any questions, please reach out to our school treasurer, Jennifer Mills. jamills@avon-schools.org

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Volunteer Opportunities! We would love to have you.

We have some great opportunities for you to volunteer at AISW.


Our teachers would love help making copies so they can keep teaching.

Volunteer to help teachers make copies- Click here!

*any questions about volunteering to make copies, please email Amber Klein at alklein@avon-schools.org


Our media assisstant would also love help in the media center reshelving books and doing many other things. Volunteer in the media center- Click here!

* Any questions about volunteering in the media center, please email Paula Kopp at pgkopp@avon-schools.org


If you can help, please make sure your back ground check is current. If not, you cant renew by completing the process here: Start the Background Check Process Here

Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as we ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation.
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Do you have changes to your child's transportation?

Parents, if you have any changes to your child's transportation, you must call the front office by 1:30pm. We will not be able to make changes after this time, as all notes are delivered to classrooms by 1:45pm.


Please do NOT call the teacher, leave a voicemail for a teacher or send an email/ parent square message for the teacher, as there is NO GUARANTEE that they will get the message before dismissal. They teach all day and are unable to check messages during the day.


Call the front office at 317 544 5900 with any changes to how you want your child to get home!

School Meal Prices and Free/Reduced Meal Benefit Applications

The US Government program that enabled us to provide free school breakfasts and lunches during the last two school years has expired. Avon Schools will return to our former model for the upcoming school year. To eliminate any remaining confusion, please read the following information and contact us if you have additional questions.


Meal prices for the 2022-23 school year are as follows:

  • Grades K-12 Breakfast, $1.85
  • Grades K-4 Lunch, $2.85
  • Grades 5-12 Lunch, $2.95
  • AHS Premium Meal, $3.95



Free/Reduced Meal Benefit Applications

We are continuing to accept applications for free/reduced meals. Directly certified families received a separate message from the Food Service team and need not apply. If you have qualified for free and reduced school meals in the past or if you believe you qualify, please apply today.


Questions?

Contact the Food Services team at (317) 544-6000.

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URGENT: Dress Code

Parents we need your help.


We have dress code violations occurring. We do not want to interrupt your work day in anyway. However, we must make sure our student's attire follows the dress code that is in our Parent/Student handbook and is not disruptive to the school learning environment.


A picture from the parent student handbook is below that highlights our dress code.


Here are a few challenges we are having that we need your help with:


1. Students wearing crop tops/midriff. These are half shirts that show students mid section. These are not permitted even if worn under a jacket. We should not see students bare mid section at anytime.


2. Students wearing bicycle shorts/ short volleyball shorts or wearing clothing where we are unable to see their shorts is NOT permitted. We used to say shorts had to be finger tip length. We understand that this is not a good measure of how long shorts must be as our arms, etc vary in length. However we must make sure that our shorts are a reasonable length and that we can see their shorts/ pants. We have many students wearing shorts that are so short you cannot identify if they have shorts on.

*** This also includes jeans that have large holes on the thighs. The holes must cover their thighs to the tip of their fingers.


3. Hoods and sweatshirts. Hoods must remain off unless a student has a hat pass.


If students come to school in these items, we will have to call you to bring a change of clothes, as we do not have a change of clothes for all students. We do not want to inconvenience you. We appreciate you and your support!


Intermediate Parent Student Handbook

Purchase Laptop Insurance today!

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Cell Phones, Apple/Smart Watches and Wireless Earbuds:

We recognize that many of our students have cell phones as some of them are going home by themselves after school, etc. We ask that all cell phones/Smart Watches are locked in their lockers and powered off throughout the day. Students have been taught that as soon as they arrive at school the phone goes to their locker and is locked up. When they leave for the day, the cell phone is to stay in their bag until they get in their parent's car and/or get on the school bus.

** If there is an emergency and a student needs to reach you, they will be permitted to use the school phone.

** if you need to leave a message for your child, please call the front office and they will make sure your child is given the message by the end of the day.


In the event they are to have their cell phone out of their locker, the following steps will be taken by the teacher:


  1. First time- warning: the teacher will ask them to go put it in their locker and share that next time it will be confiscated.
  2. Second time- The teacher will ask the student to give them the phone and the teacher holds the phone until end of the day. The teacher returns the phone at the end of the day when the student gets on the bus/ goes to their car in car rider line and reminds the student of the school wide expectations. This will be documented as a disciplinary referral and parents will be notified.
  3. Third time and beyond: The teacher will ask the student to give them the phone and the teacher will take the phone to the front office for a parent/guardian to pick up the phone. The teacher will communicate with the parent to inform the parent that the phone has been out three or more times and now they must pick it up the phone from the front office. This will be documented as a disciplinary referral.


*** If students choose to bring their phones or other devices to school, Avon Schools are not responsible for lost or stolen devices or personal belongings.***

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