Avoca West News

Week of March 6, 2023

☘️ 🎨 March is Arts Education Month 🎢 🎭

March is Arts Education month! At Avoca we have a uniquely varied and rich arts program to celebrate. One way we are showing our pride is with an Arts-based Spirit Day. On Thursdays for the month of March, students are invited to wear a shirt that shows a connection to the arts. It could be a cast t-shirt from a play or concert they performed in, a shirt from a play they went to, their AW music shirt, or even a shirt from a dance ensemble. There is no right or wrong here - any shirt that celebrates Avoca and/or the Arts is welcome.

Fun Fair -- Updates & Thanks!

Wow! Words cannot express how grateful we are for our PTC, volunteers, and all those who turned out for the return of the Fun Fair. The silent auction (online and in person) generated ~$70,000 which will serve to fund Innovation Grants for our staff and other Avoca District community building events. What a blessing it is to lead and learn in a community with so much strength and support!


All raffle winners should have been notified by the Avoca PTC via email. In case you missed it:

PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY: Max W. (Pacini)

LUNCH & GAMES (with Mrs. Hutchison): David L.

KINDER PIZZA PLAYDATE: Harper W. (Byrd), Kate K. (Zebro), Grace C. (Reardon), Lilly L. (Walsh), Delaney D. (Walsh), Annie E.(Zebro)

1st Grade PIZZA LUNCH: Paige P. (Stump), Fiona K. (Hargadon), Eliza S. (Lara), Ruth O. (Reardon)

2nd Grade HOT COCOA & DONUTS: Mackenzie R. (Greenberg), Jasmine B. (Bader), Anthony M. (Wilson), Ilana D. (Krupski)

3rd Grade DAIRY QUEEN: Sasha C. (Rick), Ayshana B. (Erf), Ethan L. (Pacini) Eduardo R-G. (Erf)

4th Grade SUNDAE BAR: Allie W. (Freeman), Natalie S. (Abrams), Penny H. (Bierbower), Marguarette P. (Michael)

5th TEACHER FOR THE DAY: Emily M. (Raczyla), Mila B. (Skrzypek), Suraya H. (Cross), Eira K. (Abrams)

PE TEAM: Ashay P. (Rick), Markas U. (Erf)

EXTRA RECESS (with Mr. Maisel): Ofelia M. (Byrd), Vince P. (Rick)

EL IRVINGS: Tyler D. (Erf), Lillie H. (Erf), Nour Z. (Hargadon), Upendo L. (Pacini)

1 HOUR LACROSSE (with Mr. Wattenbarger): Mary P. (Claude)

PORTILLOS AND ROBOTS: Charlie A. (8th)

7th Grade ICE CREAM & CORE CLASS CHOICE: Lucas S. (7th)

6-8th TEACHER ONLY SPACES: Mayson B. (6th)

6th Grade FRONT OF LINE OUTDOOR ED FOOD: Andres O. (6th)

Survey Says...We're Open and Ready for Your Feedback!

Please share your voice and feedback on our annual 5Essentials survey. This survey is given to all staff, our 4th and 5th grade students, and caregivers to gather data on how each views on our academics, overall climate and connection to one another, and leadership (at the building level and as a district). This input is combined to create an overall "grade/rating" for our school on our State Report Card.


As a school and district team, we are able to look at the feedback and to set goals for where and how we'd like to improve our practices and systems.

Head to http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ and select/find Avoca West. Thank you!

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Spread the Word! Calling All Incoming Kindergarten Friends!

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Viking VIPs -- Living the Mission and Vision

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Welcome, Dr. Arreguin

Though I typically take this time to share and applaud our student VIPs, I'm thrilled that we were able to welcome Dr. Sandra Arreguin (and her super supportive husband, Roberto) to last week's Board of Ed meeting and to our District for years to come! In a female-dominated educational field, it's not as common to have female leaders rise to the top of school and district administration. Dr. Arreguin's background and accomplishments in education and leadership stand for themselves and will be a HUGE add to our Avoca team and community. She also embodies the Avoca District Mission as we strive to Inspire Curiosity, Cultivate Academic Excellence, and Nurture Diversity.


CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Arreguin's professional background and biography (also included in Dr. Osburn's email announcement from Thursday evening)

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Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Mark Your Calendars:

Thursday, March 9th -- 6-7pm -- Kindergarten Info Night (Zoom!)

Wednesday, March 22nd -- Half Day Students (11:45am dismissal)

  • 3:00-7:00 IN PERSON Conferences

Thursday, March 23rd -- Half Day Students (11:45 dismissal)

  • 3:00-7:00 VIRTUAL (online) Conferences
Friday, March -- NO SCHOOL!


SCHOOL RESUMES ON Tuesday, April 4th.


For future dates, see the Avoca West and District calendars on our website!

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Questions? Comments?

Please feel free to reach out to ask any of our office staff for help!

Website: http://avoca37.org/avocawest/
Location: 235 Beech Drive, Glenview, IL, United States
Phone: 847-724-6800
Twitter: @AvocaWest37