Avoca West News

Week of September 18

DON'T FORGET -- NO SCHOOL THIS THURSDAY!!

BRAVE Viking VIPs

Each week I pull one "golden ticket" from each grade level's bucket. Students receive a golden ticket from any staff member (even our bus drivers and lunch supervisors!) when we see that student exemplifying what it means to be BRAVE at Avoca West. Winners from the past couple of weeks are pictured below and take a spot on our growing Avoca West Viking ship in the front foyer! What a special place to learn, love, and grow!

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Math in Action at Avoca West

With the school year in full swing, many wonder what the new math roll out looks like in action. I'm consciously trying to capture the many things going on at Avoca West, but math centers in particular for our parents. Delving into a guided math model means that we have to build those routines for our students so that they can be successful working with their peers and on additional practice and meaningful activities while our teacher work with small groups. So far this year, your child's teacher has:



  • shared and built the expectations and routines for guided math rotations so that students know that to do when they're not working directly with a teacher
  • assessed your child on readiness for the current unit of study. This lets them know where to begin -- whether it be circling back to build some foundational skills, moving forward with the "expected" progression, or finding entry points to nudge your child forward to a more deeper understanding and application of the standards.


This is understandably hard work for our teachers and for our students, but we are excited about the year ahead and learning so much from the process and about what works best for each of our students. Feel free to reach out to your child's teacher at any time to ask how he/she is doing and how to help at home! Parents are also welcome to stop by the Avoca District 37 website and view the curriculum page to learn more about each grade level's math progression. Follow THIS LINK if you'd like to visit now!



This Tuesday's math information night will share information with parents about how we arrived at this model and what it looks like in the classroom. For a real experiential opportunity, mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 17th from 6:30-7:30. Our teachers will be on hand to help parents rotate through sample activities that our students take part in during guided math. We hope you'll find that this gives you a deeper understanding of what math looks and feels like at Avoca West for the year to come!

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Have You Left Your Mark on our Wall of Dreams?

We are encouraging our parents and teachers to add their hopes and dreams for their children this year. The more we immerse ourselves in the positive and possibilities of what's to come, the more it is to walk that road each and every day! If you haven't added your hopes yet, please do. Let's saturate our students with our well wishes for the year to come!

Mark Your Calendars!!

THIS THURSDAY -- NO SCHOOL (Rosh Hashanah)

9/28 - 6:30pm - Board of Education Meeting @ Marie Murphy

10/5 - 5:30pm - Committee of the Whole Meeting @ Marie Murphy

10/9 - NO SCHOOL - COLUMBUS DAY

10/20 - Picture Retakes at Avoca West **PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL STUDENTS AT AVOCA WEST WILL RECEIVE A CLASS COMPOSITE. NO NEED TO ORDER SEPARATELY!

Check out the Avoca PTC's Updated Website

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!!

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Questions? Comments?

Please feel free to reach out to ask any of our office staff for help!