Avoca West News

Week of February 17, 2022

Caring for Our Avoca Families

The social and emotional well-being of our staff, students, and families is one of our top priorities in our District. We are pleased to share that Avoca has selected Care Solace, an organization determined to calm the chaos of mental health care coordination, to expand access to community mental health and substance use treatment providers for students, staff, and their families. Care Solace provides a Care Companion™ team who can quickly and confidentially find available providers in the community. Care Solace also equips school systems with a customized online tool that gives community members a way to anonymously search for community-based providers matched to their needs.

We have already begun using Care Solace to support the social and emotional well-being of all of our students, staff, and families and are excited to share the resources with our families as an added layer of support for all!

With Care Solace, families and staff gain access to a dedicated Care Companion™ to navigate the mental health care system on their behalf, calling providers to find the right fit and availability. They help families with private insurance, Medicaid, and no insurance, and are available 24/7/365 in any language.

Care Solace’s care navigation system uses proprietary technology and a vast database of behavioral and mental health care resources to find carefully verified therapists and programs in minutes.

"The return to in-person learning and the lasting effects of loss and grief pose new challenges for staff and families in the 2021-22 school year," said Chad Castruita, Founder and CEO of Care Solace. "We are proud to support the Avoca School District in prioritizing the well-being of its school community by providing timely access into mental health care and substance use treatment services.”

The Care Solace service is now available at no cost to Avoca students, staff, and their families.

For more information about Care Solace:

Humanity Relief -- Still Needs Your Help!

Our Avoca Fourth Graders have planned a food and clothing drive for the Humanity Relief organization. This is a local group that serves refugees and homeless people in the Chicago area. The food and clothing drive will run from February 9-February 28.

What can you do to help?

  1. Please go to our Amazon Wish List and order goods for donation. These will be delivered to the school.
  2. You can encourage friends, relatives, and neighbors to donate through our wish list or directly through the Humanity Relief website.

Thank you so much for your support!

To inspire you to send donations, here are some video advertisements from the Avoca West fourth grade!

From Ms. Michael's Class

From Mrs. Freeman's Class

From Miss Bierbower's Class

From Mrs. Anshell's Class

Virtual Chess-Ed for Spring!

REGISTER NOW for the Spring 2022 Session of Chess-Ed's Virtual Enrichment Program!

Chess-Ed is pleased to offer VIRTUAL chess lessons to your chess students this Spring! The 11-week Spring session is offered Tuesday through Thursday after school and Saturday mornings at a variety of times with Beginner, Novice, Continuing, and Advanced program levels. This session of the program will run from Tuesday, 3/22/22 to Saturday, 6/4/22. Registration and program details can be found at https://spring2022virtualchess-ed.eventbee.com

Playing chess enhances concentration and focus, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, and

promotes problem solving, creativity, social skills, and sportsmanship. Through this wonderful

“Sport of the Mind”, CHESS, an intellectual foundation for all learning will occur. Join TODAY!

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