AISW Weekly Parent Update

Week of January 23, 2023

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Mark Your Calendar:

Monday:


  • WIDA
  • 230-315 Math Bowl- pick up at door 28


Tuesday:

  • WIDA
  • 220-320 Honors band- pick up at AIS East- door 11
  • 230-330 Chamber Orchestra- pick up at door 1


Wednesday:

  • WIDA
  • Check your child's grades in Power School! Help make sure they turn in any missed assignments!

Thursday:

  • WIDA
  • 220-320 3d Printing club pick up at door 1
  • Food Pantry Open 5-6pm


Friday:

  • West Mart Open
  • WIDA-
  • Welcome Issma solo and ensemble @ AIS West and East


Saturday:


  • ISSMA Solo and ensemble@ AIS West & East

Dates to Remember:


  • WIDA testing for Multi langauge studens is in progress
  • 1/28/23- ISSMA Band and Orchestra Solo and Ensemble @ East/West
  • IREAD 3 retakes - begin March 6
  • ILEARN - late April

Parent action items:


_____ Make sure your son/daughter charges his/her laptop each night and brings their laptop AND charger to school each day


_____ 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/

Volunteers needed this SATURDAY, January 28 as AISW and AISE HOST ISSMA Solo & Ensemble. Can you help?

Sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4baaa829a5f4c61-avon#/

The volunteer positions are VERY easy! The main positions we are in need of specifically are door monitors. This is a position that has to be an adult, and they help make sure no one walks into the room while the student(s) are performing.


If you have any questions about volunteering, please reach out to our band director, sgroose@avon-schools.org

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Cell phones & Smart Watches

Parents-

We need. your help!


Per our Handbook, student cell phones and smartwatches are to be in lockers upon arrival to school. They should not have these back out until dismissal.


We have many students who follow these rules everyday and are choosing to do the right thing.


However, we also have some students who are not choosing to follow these rules and are using their phones and/or smart phones throughout the day in class and/ or in the restrooms.


They are making tik toks, snap chats, etc. in the restrooms, taking pictures in the restrooms, etc.


We need your help and support by reviewing these expectations with your child.


Please know that if your child is caught with their phone and/ or smart watch during the day it will be taken and you will be asked to come pick it up. The student will not be permitted to bring it back to school.


We are at school to focus on learning and need to ensure we are making every minute count.

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Vape Education: Have you talked to your child about Vaping? Do you know what to look for?

Vaping is occuring everywhere and amongst many young adults and teenagers. Unfortunately, we are learning that it is making its way to our intermediate students. Our #1 priority is safety. We want to be as proactive as possible and to educate the adults that love and care most for our students, YOU and our staff, so that we can ensure we are all keeping a watchful eye and are trusted adults for our students.


What parents need to know: Great article: Hidden in Plain Sight


  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Warn of Lung Illnesses Associated with Use of Vaping Products.
  • At this time, FDA and CDC have not identified the cause or causes of the lung injuries in these cases, and the only commonality among all cases is that patients report the use of vaping products, including e-cigarettes.
  • No one compound or ingredient has emerged as the cause of these illnesses to date, and it may be that there is more than one cause of this outbreak. They do know that THC is present in most of the samples tested to date, and most patients report a history of THC-containing products.
  • They recommend that you do not use an e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC. And since the specific cause or causes of lung injury are not yet known, the only way to assure that you are not at risk while the investigation continues is to consider refraining from the use of all e-cigarette and vaping products.
  • If you are concerned about your health after using a vaping product, contact your health care provider, or you can also call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.


Other resources can be found on the avon-schools.org website. https://www.avon-schools.org/services/safety

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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

We need Media Center Volunteers to help Mrs. Kopp shelve books. We would love to have some parent volunteers!

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AMS South & West Wrestling continues this week:

Tues Jan 24 @ 5:30pm @ Center Grove North Middle

Wednesday Jan 25 @ 5:30pm Brownsburg East Middle

Mon Jan 30 @ 530pm Cascade Middle School

Tues Jan 31 @ 530 pm Plainfield Middle School

Thurs Feb 2 @ 530pm Lynhurst 7th & 8th gr Center (Ben Davis)


****** Mon Feb 6 @ 530pm HOME @ Avon South *****

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Student of the Week: Week of January 23

5th grade:
  • Khylee Brennan
  • Muskaan Kaur
  • Nayva Dutta
  • Bentley Gillet
  • Nifemi Alonge
  • Caleb Chandler
  • Shelton Taylor
  • Kate Williams
  • Emiliano Garcia Sanchez
  • Simon Fisher
  • Ashlyn Seale
  • Christy Lin


6th grade:

  • Coen White
  • Emily Camargo
  • Imre Nicholson
  • Rashaad Mosley
  • Lizzie Alcalde
  • Cecilia Cook
  • Veronica Dort
  • Andrew Scott
  • Brady Row



Related Arts/ Sped/ Counselors:

  • Cooper:Jacob Butler
  • PE- Porep- Devan Hardin & Graham Gilliam
  • PE- Rasheed: Jayce Beemer & Lincoln Knowlton

Check out this great boys leadership group!

Mr. Hally invited Mr. Uhl, the 8th grade boys football coach and teacher at South, to come to speak about what a leader looks like and being a leader on a team.
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Temperatures are DROPPING, but we still go outside for RECESS!

All students will go outside for recess each day as long as the windchill/temperature is 20 degrees or above.


In the Intermediate Parent/Student Handbook it states:

  • All students are expected to participate in recess and physical education. The students will go outside, except during inclement weather, and should dress appropriately (coat, hat, gloves, etc.). The schools will use the following guidelines: If the temperature with wind chill is above 20 degrees, students will have outdoor recess.


Parents, please help make sure your students come dressed appropriately to go outside for recess, as all students will be required to go outside. Please make sure they have a coat, hat, gloves, etc. Please make sure they are wearing pants and not shorts on days it is cold outside.

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3-d Printing Club with Mr. Sogard & Ms. Bischoff

Are you interested in digital engineering and learning how to 3-D print? AIS West is hosting a 3-D printing club for any 6th grader who would like to learn.


When: Thursdays, November 4th until January 26th


Time: 2:20-3:20


You MUST have reliable transportation to be able to join the club.

AMS South Wrestling Meet Schedule: Come cheer on our 6th grade students who are on the wrestling team!

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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. during regular school hours. 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. The student will not be permitted to bring the phone back to school.


*** 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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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!

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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Important Attendance Reminders

We need a lot of help ensuring EACH West student maintains a 96% attendance rate. There is a direct correlation between attendance and student achievement, so we are returning to our pre-Covid attendance procedures. You can review the Attendance Policy in the Intermediate Student-Parent Handbook.


General Procedures:

  1. After the fifth (5) absence, an attendance letter will be sent home to inform parents that absences are beginning to accumulate.
  2. After the eighth (8) absence, a second attendance letter will be sent home stating that an excessive number of absences have occurred.
  3. After the tenth (10) absence, the school will work with the family to create an attendance contract.
  4. Upon the fifteenth (15) absence, excused or unexcused a referral will be made to Project Attend.

Project Attend is a cooperative effort between the Schools, Prosecutor, and Child and Family Services in Hendricks County. The goal is to work collaboratively to increase attendance rates and reduce truancy.

It is ok to bring your child before or after an appointment too! Remember to get a doctor’s note for school. 😊

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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Purchase Laptop Insurance today!

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