Avalon Eagles Newsletter

December 2022

CCS Bus Transportation

Improvements are Coming to Columbus City Schools’ Yellow Bus Transportation Service and Reliability.

Starting January 4th, your child's bus route will likely change, with a new driver, new pick-up and drop-off times, or a new bus stop location. Over the next month, please watch your mail and email for the new route information.

Our Transportation team is currently completing all of the new bus routes and schedules. In the coming weeks, you should receive information in the mail with the new bus route and schedule.

Updates will also be sent to parents through email and text messaging. That’s why it’s important that you make sure your contact information is up-to-date at your child’s school. We need your email and phone number, including a cell phone number for text messages.

Information is also being shared with the principal/administrator at your child’s school. Please reach out to the school for more details. More updates will be coming in the weeks ahead.

You can also read more about our Transportation Reliability Improvement Measures on the Columbus City Schools website at ccsoh.us/transportation.

We know families at many of our city’s Charter and Non-Public Schools have been impacted by this year’s unprecedented transportation challenges. We look forward to working collaboratively with you and your child’s school so we can be better partners in reliably busing all of our city’s students safely to school and back home each day.



DECEMBER 20 at 2:40 pm



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Eagles Helping the Community

The winner of the Food Drive is:

1st place, Mrs. Fisher's class with 99 canned goods/boxed items

2nd place, Mrs. Fant's class with 98 canned goods/boxed items

3rd place, Ms. Straughter's class with 77 canned goods/boxed items

These items were donated to Inprem Holistic Community Resource Center, run by an Avalon Alumnus' Dad. Inprem serves over 214 zip codes in 68 counties totaling 28,000 families per year! They are a part of Mid-Ohio Food Bank and open daily Monday - Friday, providing fresh fruits and vegetables without a limit of how many times families can come each week or month.

If you would like to volunteer or check out this amazing food pantry and community resource, call Alex Abrokwah-Clottey at (614) 516-1812 or go to 5757 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43229. https://inprem.org/


45 Ernst and Young volunteers came to Avalon Friday, November 4 to present financial literacy concepts to all of our 18 K-3 classrooms! The students loved the lessons, and the volunteers were fantastic! Teachers said the JA curriculum was aligned to our social studies standards. They felt it was a great experience for our students. What a great day we had with JA!
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Eagle Zoom Room

Come ask questions and get answers! There's no question too big or too small. We can also show you how to get connected with district and community resources. We also realize you may have questions about the new transportation changes. Feel free to stop in to the Zoom Room and we'll do our best to find answers to your questions.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 845 7956 7202


The Parent Advisory Council is offering an exciting writing contest for students in all grade levels this winter starting December 5 and ending December 19. Contest details will be shared in full by December 5. There will be a participation prize for every student who participates. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each grade level and will receive a special reward.

This writing contest will give third grade students the opportunity to prepare for the skills needed to take the upcoming OST test, which focuses heavily on writing skills, reading comprehension, and the ability to type multi-paragraph answers. But, it will also give ALL students the opportunity to practice the foundational skills of good writing needed for success in school and in the future.

Grades K-1 will participate with handwritten entries.

Grades 2-3 will participate with typed entries.

For grades 2-3, we are sharing a fun, FREE typing resource with you: www.typingclub.com.

This site offers free typing lessons which help students learn the foundations of typing. Your students can practice on this website for a few minutes each day after school and/or on the weekends.


Click here for more details.


Reading - We are working on asking and answering questions by looking for key words from the question in the text, highlighting our evidence, and answering the question using the highlighted evidence in a complete sentence.

Writing - We are learning to write our opinion on a topic.

Fundations - We are learning to read and write words with suffixes. We are also working on learning our trick words which we call heart words because they have letters that don't follow the rules and break our hearts.

Science - We are learning how:

  • living things interact with the physical environment
  • forces change the motion of an object

Social Studies - We are:

  • reviewing how to be good citizens in our community (school, classroom, home, neighborhoods)
  • respecting the rights of self and others and how people's actions shape the world in which we live
  • learning that time can be shown on calendars and timelines

Math - Here is what we are doing in Math:

  • adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers using several different strategies
  • incorporating adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with 2 step story problems
  • solving word problems involving money
    • students will be required to:
      • identify all coins and their values
      • skip count by 5's and 10's to add/subtract money
      • add and subtract money

​*Things to help your child at home*

  1. practice skip counting by 2's, 5's, 10's from any number
    1. Example: 48, 58, 68, 78......
    2. 35, 40, 45, 50, 55.....
    3. 76, 78, 80, 82.....
  2. practice counting money using real coins
  3. ​practice identifying the coins and their values
  4. Always get on iReady and work on My Path lessons

*Friendly reminder that each child is expected to be doing iReady for homework each night for Math AND Reading.

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Second Grade, Ms. Blosco's Class

Messiah is using our Big 3 Vocabulary words from Module 3 in a sentence.


Second Grade, Ms. Fant's Class

For Junior Achievement Day on November 4, students learned about money and making financial decisions from our partners at Ernst and Young. In this picture, Zitlaly proudly shows the money she earned during an activity.

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Second Grade, Ms. Gould's Class

This is Aleena explain her math thinking to the rest of the class.

Second Grade, Mrs. Guglielmi's Class



Some of the things we have been doing this years so far are:


Cooperation activities

Motor skills - running, jumping hopping etc.

Tossing, catching and striking


Soccer skills

Team building activities

Team activities with strategy

Fitness gram

Over break the best thing families can do is get out with their children if they can. Take walks, play tag, and maybe play catch.


Registering for the Lottery

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.

School Choice Fairs

Learn about each of the schools at the Virtual School Choice Fairs.

There are video presentations that give an overview of each school, available by clicking here.

School Choice Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about School Choice.

Elementary School Lottery Applications

Accepted via the Parent Portal Tuesday, February 1, 2023 through Thursday, March 31, 2023.

  • The last date for the acceptance of late lottery applications for students who completed the 2022-23 school year with CCS is August 18, 2023.
  • New students enrolling into Columbus City Schools can submit a lottery application for two weeks after their enrollment date until December 8, 2023.
  • Request to Return to Homeschool Application: Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 4, 2023 through Friday, March 24, 2023.

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