The Western Weekly

Issue 34: May 10th, 2019

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3rd Grade Family Music Night!

Thursday night was such a wonderful evening at Western Avenue! Our third grade children and families participated in "Family Music Night," a magical evening at Western Avenue where singing, dancing, playing and reading music all come together as one.


Students and their families started in our gymnasium, teaching each other a variety of dances and singing songs. Later, families moved into the third grade classrooms where students performed musical pieces both in solo and small groups. After the performances, the children taught their parents how to play the instruments! Everyone met back together in the gym for a final farewell song and dance.


I would like to thank Mrs. Pasqua and our 3rd Grade Teachers for making this such a fun and engaging evening for all of our families. Supporting the arts has always been a significant part of Western's culture, and we are thankful to have so many families who believe in our fine arts programming. Thank you to all who came to enjoy this evening. Go Wolves!

3rd Grade Family Music Night Photos!

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This Is Our Week at Western Avenue...

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Pre-Kindergarten Screening

Hey Western! Do you have a Pre-Kindergarten student, ages 3 or 4 years old?

If you are interested in our district's Pre-Kindergarten program, please call Susan Fox at 708-647-7026 to set up a screening for May 16th or June 11th. If you have any questions or concerns about programming, please reach out to Robin Latman at 708-647-7028. Thank you!

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Western Avenue's 2019 Walk-A-Thon!

Hey Western! It's that time of year! We are pumped up for our end-of-year Walk-A-Thon! This year, the Walk-A-Thon will take place on Friday, June 7th. There will be staggered start times for all of our grade levels. The schedule for start times will be as follows:


EC/Kindergarten: 1:15 pm

1st & 2nd Grade: 1:30 pm

3rd & 4th Grade: 1:45 pm

5th Grade: 2:00 pm


This year our P.T.O. has a goal of raising $8,000 for the Walk-A-Thon, and Western Avenue, I know that we can do this! But, we need your support! To make our annual fundraising super fun, all students who raise $25.00 will receive a Walk-A-Thon tee-shirt. If your child raises $50 or more, they will be entered into a raffle to win fun prizes! For more information, please read the P.T.O.'s Walk-A-Thon letter below. Go Wolves!

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One District, One Book: "The Cricket in Times Square"

This year, Flossmoor School District 161 will have all elementary schools reading "The Cricket in Times Square," as part of our One District, One Book initiative. Western Avenue had a kickoff assembly where our Literacy Team, led by Mrs. Mooney and Ms. Tobin, introduced the book to our children.


Written by George Selden in 1960, "The Cricket in Times Square" is a children's novel that tells the story of a cricket who accidentally travels to New York City and befriends a cat and a mouse while living in a newsstand in Times Square. "The Cricket in Times Square" won a Newbery Honor in 1961, and there is short video clip for your viewing below.


Western Avenue has a reading calendar along with trivia questions that homerooms will answer for the previous night's reading. We always give away little prizes to the winning homeroom for each day's trivia to make our reading fun! A very special thank you to Mrs. Mooney and Ms. Tobin for organizing our reading activities. Go Wolves!

https://youtu.be/RIA2zCZkqV8
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May Million Challenge at Western Avenue!

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May P.T.O. Pulse

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Cook's Night Out Flyer

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Traffic Flow at Arrival and Dismissal

Parents, we understand that everyone is rushing to get their days started in the morning. However, we need to do a better job driving safely in the drop-off and pick-up lines. We have three staff members directing traffic at the front lot, two staff members posted at door I (primary playground), and multiple people posted at the playgrounds and blacktop area between the playgrounds. We also have one person stationed in the North parking lot. Please remember that there is a traffic flow. Students must be dropped off in the designated car lines. Please do not drop off your children on any other street or sidewalk other than the designated lines. Please do not wait in line to make sure your child walks to the door because that stops the flow for other parents behind you. And please be very mindful when you are pulling away from the car line. There should only be one priority for morning drop off and afternoon pick up--and that priority is the safety of all our kids at Western Avenue. If we all work together, we can ensure the safety of all students. Thank you!


Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful week!