Avoca West News

Week of November 30th

Heading into a December to Remember!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break that afforded you time to spend with friends and family! This break I challenged our staff members to head home and really be home with their loved ones -- a practice that I think left many renewed, refreshed, and ready for this week. I will continue to encourage this practice for myself and for our whole Viking Crew (and parents too, if you'd like!) in order to work towards a healthier work-life balance. Here's to progress!

Last year I brought the "12 Days Before Winter Break" to our staff members at Avoca West in order to spread both cheer and gratitude to our staff for all they do, but this year I'm looking to loop our students into the action as well. Our student ambassadors will be helping to craft some all school spirit days during December and classrooms will be welcome to embark on a "Candy Land" Adventure of sorts. Stay tuned, and be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or our school Facebook page. One of our goals this year is to share our story out with the rest of our community and beyond so everyone sees what makes our school so special!

Finally, be sure to make sure your child is bundled up and ready to play outside. We've been blessed with heavenly weather so far, but even when the weather gets frightful we do our best to give students time outside during recess to burn off some energy! Our practice is to stay outside as long as the "feels like temp is 10 degrees or higher." Snow gear is also necessary if students wish to play in the snow!

Social Media Intern at Avoca West

After reading Kids Deserve It several summers ago, I've been planning on trying to both boost our social media presence and build student voice in at the same time. This week we officially rolled out our first ever Avoca West Social Media Intern, Zach Perchik. Zach is a 5th grader and worked closely with me for several days this week to learn the ins and outs of what to capture, how to compose picture collages, and how to craft a catchy caption to share out with our community. I couldn't be prouder of how quickly he's taken off and the poise he shows in navigating through the building and different classrooms to capture the things that students want to share! Zach will be working with me for three weeks (complete with a Press Pass and all) and will then train a new intern who will take over in January. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or our school Facebook page. All posts from our interns will be tagged with a #kidtweet1718. Additionally, fellow principals throughout the country who are also taking this journey will be using the same hashtag, allowing our students to see what other interns are posting from their schools!

Avoca West - Lighting the Way for IL Elementary Schools!

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Fall Student Groups Recognized at Board of Education Meeting

This November we had the pleasure of recognizing several student groups from Avoca West and Marie Murphy. The Board and I honored our Avoca West News (student newspaper), the iOnAvoca writers and presenters from this fall, members of the new Breakout EDU club, and this semester's Assembly Ambassadors. This spring we'll be recognizing several other student groups at the spring awards evening as well!
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Mark Your Calendars!!

12/4 - 5:30pm - Committee of the Whole (at MM)

12/5 - 6:00-7:00 Parenting Hour of Code at MM (grades 2-8, adults only, please)

12/14 - 6:00pm - Orchestra Concert at Avoca West

12/21 - 6:30pm - Board of Education Meeting (at MM)

12/22 - Winter Parties at Avoca West

1/8 - School Resumes!

Check out the Avoca PTC's Updated Website

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!!

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Questions? Comments?

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