The Avery Pulse

November 6th, 2022

Upcoming Dates

  • Nov. 7th - Avery Parents for Equity Meeting (Information Below)
  • Nov. 8th - No School (Records Day for Teachers)
  • Nov. 10th - Science Fair Zoom Meeting (Information Below)
  • Nov. 14th, 15th, 16th, and 21st - Food Drive Competition! (Information Below)
  • Nov. 14th & Nov. 16th - Parent/Teacher Conferences (sign up below)
  • Nov. 14th - Late Start - Information Below
  • Nov. 18th - No School
  • Nov. 23rd-25th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 28th - Late Start - Information Below
  • Dec. 12th - Late Start - Information Below
  • Dec. 21st - Winter Parties (Information Coming Soon)
  • Dec. 22nd - Jan. 3 - Winter Break
  • Jan. 4th - School Resumes

A Note from Dr. Peterson

Avery Families-

Included in this Pulse is important information on some upcoming events!

  • We will engage in a fun competition against Keysor Elementary in the Kirkwood School District to collect food items! The competition will be from Nov. 14th-Nov. 21st. Additional details can be found below.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. Please find sign ups linked below.

As always, we are grateful for your partnership and sharing your children with us each and every day!

Thank you,

Hannah Peterson, Ed.D.

Navigating family conversations about sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression

Reminder: All parents and caregivers are invited to attend a learning event jointly sponsored by PTO equity committees districtwide: Navigating family conversations about sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression: An evening organized for parents, by parents, to support each other in building the confidence, compassion, and understanding necessary to approach these topics with our children. Hear from a panel of health providers, parents, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and have a moderated opportunity to ask questions. The overall wish is for our village of adults to learn how to fully love and care for all young people in the community.

Join us Wednesday, November 9, from 6:30 - 8:30 in Hixson’s auditorium. Arrive a little early or stay a little late to visit parent resource tables, visit with PFLAG, and browse The Novel Neighbor’s pop up shop in the lobby.

Childcare is available, but only with advance registration. Please try to register for childcare NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4. Complete this form to RSVP for childcare (Form at

Questions will be accepted via notecard during the event, but you can also help generate a list of questions for the panel by completing an anonymous google form. Submit questions ahead of time via this form (Form at

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All for Books Starts Tomorrow!

As part of the ramp up to the Scholastic Book Fair (Nov 14-17) we will be collecting change this week Nov 7-11 outside of school each morning. The money collected will go to ensure every child at Avery has a chance to participate in the Book Fair and contribute to their of reading. Anyone who donates (any amount!) will be eligible to win a Scholastic Book bundle! If we reach our school wide goal of $600 everyone earns a pajama day!

We’re still looking for a few parent volunteers to work a shift at the book fair before school and after school (including during conferences!). Sign up here - - >

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Avery Equity Meeting - Nov. 7th

Avery Equity Meeting - Nov. 7th

Avery Parents for Racial Equity will meet Monday, Nov. 7th from 7-8 p.m. over Zoom.

Meeting ID: 963 5843 2002

Passcode: 882971

If you're interested in being part of a group that advances social justice and equity within our school and parent community, then please come! We will be goal setting and planning events for the school year.

Contact Elisa Tomich at with questions.

Avery Yearbook Cover Contest!

We are inviting all Avery 5th grade students to submit artwork for an Avery Yearbook Cover Contest! A panel will select a finalist from each grade and then a winner will be chosen by the Avery student body. Finalist entries not selected as our winner will be displayed inside the yearbook.


  1. Artwork must be submitted on a plain 8 x 11 sheet of white paper. NO LINES.
  2. Markers only! No pencils or crayons
  3. The orientation of the artwork must be vertical
  4. Must include the words ‘Avery Elementary School’
  5. Must include the date ‘2022-2023’
  6. Try to use as much of the paper as possible. The bigger the better.
  7. Ensure all artwork is outlined and colored with solid colors
  8. Student’s name, grade, and teacher’s name must be written on the back in pencil so it doesn’t bleed through to the front.
  9. Theme can be anything related to Avery.
  11. Students in 5th grade will vote on a winner during their scheduled art time
  12. The contest winner will be announced during morning announcements on November 22. Winner will receive a free yearbook!

A Note from the Nurses

As the seasons change and we resume our usual activities, infectious disease experts believe that we are already seeing the reemergence of respiratory illnesses at increased rates, including flu.

Here are some tips and resources to help you learn about actions you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs, including practicing good hand hygiene and staying home when you are sick.

Thank you for helping us keep our students, staff and community safe and healthy!

Current 5th Grade Families

Click here to see important dates for the transition to Hixson!

Mom's Wine Night

Join fellow Avery moms with a night of wine and light appetizers. This event is hosted by Jo Lodes. It is sure to be a night of laughter and fun, whether you're reconnecting with old friends or making new ones. Must purchase ticket to attend.

Time: 6:30 PM
Date: Friday, November 18th, 2022
Location: Lodes' Home - 235 Hawthorne Ave.

Purchase tickets here:

Repeated Information Below

Late Start Information

Please click the link for additional details related to late starts.

Beginning this school year, the Webster Groves School District has added late start days to the school calendar.

Late start days will allow for additional time for our teachers to use data and collaboratively plan to continue to address the needs of all of our students.

The schedule for late starts is below:

Late Start Supervision Program - 7:40am-8:50am

School Day Arrival Begins - 8:50am

School Begins - 9:05am

Families who need help with student supervision on late start days can participate in a program available at each building. If you already signed up for this supervision, you should have received a confirmation email from Avery on Sunday, August 14th at 9:45am.

If you are in need of supervision for your child(ren) and have not received a confirmation email that they are in our late start supervision program, please click here and complete the form.

Members of the Avery staff will manage the Late Start Supervision Program, including instructional aides and substitute teachers. Families who participate in the morning Adventure Club Program will automatically be enrolled in the Late Start Supervision Program.

For additional information on the late start program, please check out our district website:

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences will take place the week of November 14th-17th.

Please click the links below to sign up for a time:





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Rochelle Spencer--Project Plus

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Science Fair Information

Do you love science? Come learn how to do a science fair project via Zoom on Thursday, November 10th from 6:30-7:30 pm. You will need to register prior to attending. If you have any questions, please visit our Science Fair website or contact Shayla Pott, District Science Fair Coordinator, at

Trivia Night Save the Date

Please save the date for Saturday, February 25th from 7pm-10pm for the Avery Trivia Night!

Equity in Action Committee Community Recognition

Equity in Action Committee Community Recognition

The Webster Groves School District's Equity in Action Committee values and encourages peer-to-peer recognition for equity work. In 2021, the EIA launched a Community Recognition initiative, which provides an opportunity for members of the community to recognize individuals (i.e. students, teachers, parents, friends, community members, etc.), schools, businesses, and organizations who make significant contributions towards creating and cultivating a culture of dignity that values all human beings within the WGSD. To learn more about this opportunity and to make a recognition, please go to Community Recognition. The deadlines are November 29, 2022, January 30, 2023, and April 24, 2023.

A Note from Mrs. Wallace… Avery’s School Counselor

Happy Fall All-Star Parents,

School has been happening for weeks and great things are going on. Learning and social benefits happen amongst students every day. Friendships can be a wonderful part of school or feel really frustrating when friendships are not going well. Please take a few minutes to review the attached article from Childmind for some parenting help on fostering friendships and guiding students toward social skills that can help build authentic friendships.

Thanks so much.

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Read, Right, and Run Marathon

The GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon ® is an incredibly exciting and valuable program that promotes the importance of a healthy lifestyle, reading proficiency, and character development for the students we serve. We are proud of the fact that close to 100,000 students have accepted the READ, RIGHT & RUN challenge since GO! St. Louis introduced it to the community in 2001!

The GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon ® is open to all students in grades K-8 and combines three important components of education, community service and wellness to give students a fun and challenging way to accomplish a goal. During the 26-week program, your students will:

● READ 26 books

● RIGHT the community by doing 26 good deeds/acts of service

● RUN 26.2 miles individually to add up to a full MARATHON by April 1, 2023! As GO! St. Louis

Read, Right & Run Marathon ® participants, students will:

● Meet at certain times with their school group to work together on parts of the program.

● Receive an activity journal to record each book, mile, and deed accomplished (fun activities included, too!)

● Participate in the final event on April 1, 2023 in Forest Park, where each student runs the last 1.2 miles (with other RRRM groups) or a 5K (with the general public) of their marathon and crosses the finish line.

● $30 registration fee For more information, visit

Questions? Contact or call 314.727.0800

Want to make a submission to The Avery Pulse?

Board policy KI governs what our schools can distribute to students.

To qualify for direct distribution to students and families, the
information must be:

  • district-sponsored information
  • something from a group affiliated* with the district.
  • curriculum-related, as determined by the principal, including programs, events, contests and other activities.

*Affiliated is defined as a group recognized by the Board of Education and working

collaboratively with the district, such as a business partner OR is a
group created soley to work with district staff, students and parents
to raise fund for district activities (PTOs, booster clubs, the

Regarding signs, only signs for school or district groups (sponsored
or affiliated) can be placed on school grounds.

You can read the board policy here

If you are a non-profit organization that doesn't qualify for direct distribution to students and families, you can contact Derek Duncan ( who is our Director of Communication and he will ensure that your flyer is posted on the community electronic bulletin.

If your information fits the above criteria, you can make a submission to

Submissions are due on Thursdays at 5pm