News From the Nest

Week of November 14- November 18 , 2021

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Falcon Families,

It was a great weekend to see our APS Arts Department featured in The Maitland Art Festival. Thanks to Mr. Reilly and Mrs. Lebow for inspiring our talented artists. The APS Orchestra performed a wonderful concert last Wednesday night at Winter Park High School under the direction of Mr. Munera. I continue to be amazed and proud of our APS Arts Department!

Our Volleyball teams also had a great week last week with 2 wins. The last two season games are away. Come cheer for our Falcons if you can.

This year, we're offering our students a look into jobs and careers from the local scene to globally. Teach-In 2021 is virtual and every day this week, students will be introduced to a different career path from a variety of interesting speakers. Our Falcon News crew conducted the interviews and students can view all videos on the Student Body Canvas Course. If parents are observers on their child's account, they can also view the videos in Canvas. Enjoy!

Wednesday brings a Falcon Spirit Night at the Winter Park location of Crumbl Cookies. We hope you'll join us for a treat on Wednesday, either in-store or curbside pick-up. Part of the proceeds will come back to the school for Student Government initiatives. Students can design their own cookie in class this week and take the entry to the store on Wednesday from 2-8pm. The class with the most entry forms turned in will win a class pack of Crumbl Cookies next week.

We are very excited to celebrate Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day (RBWTSD) Wednesday, Nov. 17th. This is the perfect opportunity to teach children about the civil rights movement and make connections to today's collective efforts for change. RBWTSD gives children the opportunity to celebrate Ruby's courage by walking to school. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to walk in celebration of Ruby's bravery and courage. We will join students across the country who are continuing the movement to end racism and unify our communities.

We are encouraging students to make a sign to carry that morning and/or wear purple. See the graphic below and join us in partnership with APS Safe Routes and AAA for promotions and prizes. Plus, we're giving away 30 Ruby Bridges books as raffle prizes.

Check in between 8:00-8:45am by the main entrance (near the office). You may claim your participation prize generously provided by AAA and enter your name in the raffle to win a book by Ruby Bridges.

If you can't walk to school, walk a lap on the track in celebration of brave Ruby Bridges. The track will open at 8am for walking only (no bikes this time). You must enter track on campus.

Who is Ruby Bridges?

In 1960, when Ruby Bridges was only six years old, she became one of the first black children to integrate New Orleans’ all white public school system. Greeted by an angry mob and escorted by federal marshals, Ruby bravely crossed the threshold of this school and into history single-handedly initiating the desegregation of New Orleans’ public schools.

To learn more about Ruby, visit...

Thank you for connecting with us and supporting APSK8.

Trevor Honohan

Principal, Audubon Park School


MONDAY, NOV. 15 Volleyball @ ACE 5:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17 APS Spirit Night at Crumbl Cookie

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17 Ruby Bridges Walk to School

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17 Volleyball @ Carver Middle School 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 10 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Falcon Family Fest

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Thank you, Falcon Fund! The Falcon Lounge is set up for 8th graders to connect and enjoy.

Falcon Fund Donors and Falcon Family,

Please read the grateful message below from Michelle Johnson, APS Guidance Counselor.

"The Falcon Lounge has been remodeled into a fun game room for our students to come and hang out, reconnect with their friends, relax before school, and have some fun. The space has also been used as a welcoming location to have groups for students.

I am including some before picture shots of the beige walls, mixed up light and décor, and lots of "school themed" seating.

Now the room has a fun color with an eye popping anchor wall as well as LED lights that surround the room. I was able to replace the air hockey table that was falling apart with one that is in excellent shape. A new couch was added to provide two different flexible seating options. A ping pong table was even added! Games like Skee ball, Simon, puzzle balls, a huge connect four, and left-center-right have all been added to add to the variety of games offered for the students. There is also a lending library where students are free to select from. Picture collages of previous 8th graders has been hung on the walls with extra frames to add our future graduating classes.

The pictures below don't do it justice so please stop by. Still some fine tuning to be completed but the students are in and having a blast."

Mrs. Johnson

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Congratulations to Ms. Roberts for winning one of the Duke Energy STEM $5000 grants!

This $5000 will really help as we move forward with our ocean initiative. Here is another STEAM grant she is working on through Donor's Choose. She is more than halfway there. Every penny helps!

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Congratulations APSK8 artists featured at the Maitland Rotary Art Festival last weekend!


*Falcon Family Fest *Friday, December 10th *7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. *APS Baseball Field *Gifts from the Heart Auction starts December 3rd! *Check on Handbid for auction items!

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Register with ADDitions to volunteer at APS

Orange County Public Schools require that all volunteers be registered and approved before being allowed to volunteer at school. Please be sure to take a moment go online to complete the application and start approval process.