Avoca West News
Thanksgiving Week 2018
Giving Thanks for All Things BRAVE at Avoca West!
Bold - Taking a Look at Homework
Another reason for leaving the heavy lifting to time at school is that it gives our teachers the greatest insight to what students can do. Homework that is sent home should be practice of something a student can do. At times students are asked to preview something to prepare for an upcoming lesson, but there should NOT be an element of struggle. If your child gets stuck on homework, feel free to do some minor coaching...but then leave it and send it back to school. If it comes back completed, we don't see the struggle and cannot see where to help. I know this can be tricky and very unlike it was when we grew up, but we are here to love and to teach each child as he/she comes to us.
My final "BOLD" example of the need to let children shine on their own comes from a post I recently shared on our Instagram/Facebook/Twitter accounts. As a busy mom of three (one in pre-k and two in kindergarten) my sister was thrilled when her son took out his turkey worksheet and tackled coloring it all on his own. It's kindergarten, after all! When the picture was shared later that week, she captioned the bulletin board display with the totally appropriate "One of these turkeys doesn't belong. #noparenthelp" It was the perfect reason to chuckle in the moment, but absolutely hits home the message of letting the kids shine as they are. True, the other turkeys look stunning, but it is clear who had significant parent help, ideas, and polish. This is another reason many of our staff members have taken to doing the hard work at school -- we know how hard it is to be a parent, let alone an arts and crafts director, a tutor, and still a cheerleader for when things get rough. Be bold, BRAVE, and let those rogue turkeys out. If nothing else, other parents will exhale and perhaps take some pressure off of themselves to be perfectly camera ready, and teachers will smile and see who they've come to love each and every day in the classrooms. You've got this!
Responsible & Accountable - Ready for the Weather
- Students without boots will not be allowed in snowy areas (blacktop only)
- Students who want to plan in the snow will need to have snow gear as well
- We do not have an explicit policy on how warm it needs to be in order to not have a jacket on -- but know that each block of time is approximately 30 minutes long outside. It can feel much cooler for an extended period of time than it does when waiting for a short time for the bus
- Feel free to have some extra warm clothes at school in case things get wet. We do not have oodles of extra clothes in the nurse's office
- Please label all items that come to school!! Our Lost and Found is booming right now -- and we can't give the items back to students if we don't know where they belong.
Thanks so much for your help with this!
Valuable - Glenview Police Department
Empathetic - EveryONE Counts
Mark Your Calendars!!
11/26 - 6:30pm - Diversity Inclusion SubCommittee (DISC) Meeting at AW All are welcome!
11/29 - 6:30pm - New Trier Township Parent Event - Parental Controls for Teen Tech
12/6 - 5:30pm - Committee of the Whole (@ Marie Murphy)
12/7 - 7:00pm - Movie Night (hosted @ Marie Murphy)
12/13 - 6:00pm - Winter Orchestra Concert
12/20 - 6:30pm - Board of Ed Meeting @ Marie Murphy
12/21 - Winter Parties at Avoca West
12/22-1/6 - Winter Break
1/7 - Students Return!
Don't forget to stop by the Avoca PTC website for updated information and dates to put on your calendar as well. There are many exciting events going on -- including our Spirit Wear sales!!