Avalon Eagles Newsletter

January 2022

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JANUARY 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

JANUARY 18 - Professional Development Day

JANUARY 19 - Records Day

Please remember to send your child to school in a well-fitting mask!

  • Make sure it covers their nose and mouth when they speak
  • Doesn't fall off easily when they are playing or looking down at their papers
  • Is cleaned or replaced regularly
  • Keep extra masks in their backpack at all times

It's hard to run in boots!

We know it's cold and wintry weather, but please remember to send your student to school with athletic shoes on days when they have PE/Gym!


Positive Behaviors Interventions & Supports

Avalon teachers, staff, and members of the PBIS Team seek to support the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral competence of all students with supports and opportunities within Tiers 1, 2, & 3.


Family Ambassador, Tiffany Edwards began making 'Check and Connect Calls' to Avalon families last month and will continue to do so the rest of the school year. These calls are designed by the Columbus City Schools Office of Engagement to hear how all CCS families are doing this school year and offer ways of connecting with district and/or community resources if needed.



We have been working on Module 6 of our HMH curriculum. This module focuses on, "What qualities make up a good leader?"

We have read several different stories of fiction and nonfiction of ways people have shown how they can be a good leader. We have had some amazing discourse and the students have been really making connections between all the ways someone can be a good leader. We have brainstormed together, and created a list of words that go with a good leader.

We have also been working on Fundations lessons. We are building on our phonics skills and getting really good at tapping words and knowing when to use different letters to represent sounds. We have been working on magic e, short vowels, digraphs, blends, complex blends, bonus letters, vowel teams and glued sounds. The students love working with their letter boards and creating the words using the sound they hear. I have seen so much growth!

We also incorporate heggerty which works on manipulating sounds. We work on taking away beginning, middle or final sounds and see how that changes our words. We work on rhyming and knowing vowel sounds as well. Our students love this time together and have gotten so good at manipulating different sounds.

We have been working on opinion writing and the students are working on writing what pet they would like to get and why. We are working on using transition words to explain our thinking. The students have used graphic organizers to organize their thoughts and create a plan. They use sentence starters to help frame strong sentences.

Please continue to have your students read at night! They love to show what they know, so they can always "teach" you our new phonics lesson.

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We are beginning to explore subtraction of two-digit numbers. We are using place value strategies like base ten blocks and open number lines to help understand subtraction. The students will also explore how we can use addition to help with subtraction.


Please practice with your child tying shoes at home. Here are some videos to help:



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Second Grade, Mrs. Fant's Class

Second grade students learned how to add numbers within 100 using place value strategies. In this sample, Sherlyn showed how she regrouped ones to make a ten to find the sum. She also wrote a detailed explanation of how she found the answer.


Second Grade, Mrs. Gould's Class

Elijah is explaining his math thinking while completing the 2-digit addition problem.

All of our class have worked super hard and made many gains over the past few weeks. We are so proud of their continued efforts and perseverance when things get tough!


Second Grade, Mrs. Guglelmi's Class

Alexcia's work on telling a narrative in order and using transition words


Second Grade, Dr. Whitlow's Class

Second grade students learned how to add numbers within 100 using place value strategies. In this work sample, Jasmine showed how she added tens and then ones to find the sum of 67 + 19. She started by breaking apart 67 and 19 into tens and ones (60 + 7 and 10 + 9). She added the tens: 60 + 10 to get 70. Then she added the ones: 7 + 9 = 16. Finally, she added 70 + 16 to find the sum of 86.



The School Choice Lottery application process begins at the beginning of January for middle and high schools and in February for elementary schools, utilizing the new electronic paperless application process.

To access the School Choice Lottery, you will first need to log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The School Choice Link located within the Parent Portal will allow you to submit your application(s), track waitlist numbers and accept or decline offers. If you need a user name/password reset and cannot remember the recovery email address you provided, please send a picture ID, your child's name and date of birth to parentportalaccess@columbus.k12.oh.us for assistance.

If your child is not currently a CCS student, you must complete the online enrollment process prior to submitting a lottery application. Parents are encouraged to utilize the online SpeedyPass registration process and schedule an appointment to present required enrollment documents. You’ll receive your Parent Portal access code at your enrollment appointment.

Elementary School Lottery Applications:
Accepted via the Parent Portal Tuesday, February 1, 2022 through Thursday, March 31, 2022.

  • The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2021-22 school year with CCS is July 29, 2022.
  • New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 9, 2022.

Every week, Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Tyler Carter, the District’s multimedia journalist, will take a deeper look at the latest news and updates from across CCS.


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1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental health crisis each year. However, many men and boys suffer in silence.


Ohio Imagination Library

The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library provides every Ohio child from birth to age 5 with a free book each month.


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Brainfuse HelpNow Live Tutoring

Did you know there is an option to have live tutoring in English or Spanish? See the link below.


A library card is NOT required for use of Brainfuse HelpNow live tutoring.

Salvation Army Learning Center

They have an English Language Learner program through Learning A to Z as well as an after school program, tutoring, and mentoring offered to any student in grades 1-5.

The Salvation Army Learning Center currently has access to two Spanish translators when needed (no staff members who speaks fluent Spanish). Their staff has been learning Spanish and can communicate with Spanish speaking students.
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Ohio Hispanic Coalition After School Programming

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Action For Children

Father Up: https://www.actionforchildren.org/fatherup/

Mother's Matter: https://afclearning.org/event/mothers-matter-jan-12-march-2-2022/

Resources and activities for children of every age: https://www.actionforchildren.org/resources-activities/

  • Math
  • Literacy
  • Fine Motor
  • Gross Motor
  • Science
  • Art
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Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Franklin County (UMADAOP) - Youth Led Program

65 Parsons Ave

Columbus, OH 43215

Main office: (614) 227-9694
Fax: (614) 227-0370

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Avalon Elementary

Students are in-person at school from:

9:00 am - 3:10 pm

Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:30 am.

Early dismissals must occur before 3 pm.

To change dismissal plans, we require a written note or email from parent or guardian. No phone calls.

Latchkey is available for a fee:

7:00 am - 8:30 am

3:10 pm - 6:00 pm