Avalon Eagles Newsletter

December 2020


Eagle Zoom Room

Come ask questions and get answers! Remember that nagging question about attendance or what to do when you lose internet connection during a lesson? Or that issue you just haven't been able to resolve with your child's learning at home? A visit to the Eagle Zoom Room is for YOU!

Thursday, December 3 at noon

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 828 9833 4498

Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 870 8505 8284


When a student is absent:

  • Avalon parents need to e-mail a note to Ms. Mackey at attendance.avalon@columbus.k12.oh.us with a copy to Mrs. Moorman amoorman@columbus.k12.oh.us on the day of the absence - preferably in the morning
  • Notes from parents may be received up to nine times
  • After nine e-mails/notes from a parent to say that their student is going to be absent, a doctor's note will be required
  • In the case of a family emergency, an e-mail from a parent needs to be sent directly to the Principal, Mrs. Taylor

If your child has five absences in which there has been no note received, they will be considered unexcused and there will be a conference scheduled with Jillian Baker, the Social Worker.

Student Spotlight


1st grader, Mrs. Blosco's class

We are learning to use maps to locate and identify places. Blake drew a map of his room and included a key as well as a compass rose! Awesome work, Blake!

Student Spotlight


1st grader, Ms. Butterworth's class

In October we learned about fire safety. We read books and watched videos about how to stay safe in a fire. To end our lesson, we drew a map of our escape plan to get to safety during a fire. Here is Hazel's safety map. She is my student of choice for this month.

Student Spotlight


1st grade, Mrs. Taylor's class

In 1st grade we are learning about how text features help the reader understand non-fiction text. For these assignment students were to use a Title and Labels to help a reader learn about the body parts of a turkey. Nolan correctly completed his assignment using the Kami app. Great job, Nolan!

Student Spotlight


1st grade, Ms. Allen's class

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Positive Behaviors Interventions & Supports


As Avalon teachers, staff, and members of the PBIS Team seek to support the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral competence of all students during this time of distance learning, the PBIS Team in conjunction with Avalon staff is in the process of planning and preparing for:

  • Tier I: Math & Literacy Night is coming up Tuesday, December 15 from 6 pm - 7:30 p.m. Winter Break ideas like virtual field trips, math games, and scavenger hunts will be discussed as well as Zooms with your child's teachers. Don't miss it!
  • Tier II: Enrichment Clubs are forming! Thank you to those who were able to complete the survey! Survey results showed the most interest was in Computer Club followed by Math Club. A group for students that need extra support in self-management skills has been formed and is starting early this month as well.
  • Tier III: One-on-one Zooms are being scheduled with students that need individualized support in either academics, attendance, or behavior.

English Language Learners

Launched this past week, Columbus City Schools is teaming up with Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS) on a grassroots engagement effort to support the families of our English Learner students.

We know that many of our New American and English Learner students - and their families - have struggled this school year for variety of reasons, including their comfort levels with navigating technology.

ETSS will have seven Bilingual Liaisons - covering Arabic, Nepali, Somali-Somali, Somali-MaayMaay, Kinyarwanda, and Spanish - who will reach out and work directly with families to help increase their capacity for understanding and navigating technology, monitoring their students’ academic progress, connecting with school staff.


Continued virtual learning has meant a few more technology-related questions from students and families, with questions ranging from Chromebook troubleshooting to resetting passwords.

The Columbus City Schools’ Technology Help Desk is now offering extended hours to help families with limited technology issues. The Help Desk can help you figure out:

  • General access questions
  • Login issues (Chromebook, Clever and learning apps, Email, Google Classroom, etc.)
  • Parent/Student Account issues
  • How to find student Zoom Meeting ID
  • How to reset your hotspot password

The Help Desk’s hours of operation:

Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday afternoons 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You can also email the CCS Technology Help Desk at ccshelpdesk@columbus.k12.oh.us.


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Important Enrollment Dates for the 2021-22 School Year

High School/Middle School enrollments begin for the 21-22 SY on January 4, 2021

Elementary School enrollments begin for the 21-22 SY on February 1, 2021


On-time High School & Middle School Lottery Applications-
Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 6, 2021 through Friday, February 26, 2021

On-time Elementary School Lottery Applications-
Accepted via the Parent Portal Monday, February 1, 2021 through Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Pre-K Lottery Applications-
Accepted via the Parent Portal Thursday, April 1 through Friday, April 30, 2021

Selective Admissions –
Letters given to eligible students Tuesday, January 12, 2021 with a submission deadline of Friday, January 29, 2021.

Request to Return to Homeschool Application-
Accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, January 6, 2021 through Tuesday, March 23, 2021


Araceli Aquado


Ms. Aquado was born in Mexico and speaks Spanish. She is married and has two beautiful and amazing daughters. She is a bilingual ESL Instructional Assistant. She has being working for 15 years with the district and four years at Avalon. She really likes to help all the students and parents with language barriers so they can succeed in school.

Yolanda Connor

Instructional Coach, Test Facilitator, and LLI Reading Tutor

Mrs. Connor earned a B.S. Ed. and an M.A. Ed. at The Ohio State University. She continued her studies at OSU and went on to earn a Reading Endorsement and a Teacher Leader Endorsement. She was trained as a Literacy Collaborative Coach and Reading Recovery Teacher at OSU. Mrs. Connor was honored to be named Educator of the Year and recognized by the Columbus Council of PTA’s in 2019. For most of her career, she has served as a Literacy Specialist and Reading Interventionist. She is a member of the Building Leadership Team, supports all Teacher Based Teams, assists teachers with various programs such as i-Ready, coordinates professional development, prepares the staff for all state and district testing, provides reading intervention for third graders, organizes the annual Literacy & Math Family Night, and after school third grade tutoring for 3GRG test preparation. In her spare time, Mrs. Connor loves to travel to different islands to enjoy the beach. She has been to Costa Rica, Punta Cana, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica. She enjoys reading and home renovation shows. Mrs. Connor has a husband, two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. Spending time with her grandchildren is what she loves most.

Holiday Events & Winter Break Ideas

Community Resources


A new program for children in grades K-6 started Monday, November 23, 2020 and it's offered ALL DAY Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm! The only days they are not running the program are Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.

To register, contact David Donahue at YMCA North (1640 Sandalwood Pl) at 614-460-0746 or email him at david.donahue@ymcacolumbus.org.

It's free to families who qualify for public assistance (like TANF, EBT, WIC, Medicaid), or can take a Title 20 co-pay because they're also a licensed daycare. Activities include cooking, sports, and yoga in addition to helping kids with their online learning.

This is open to anyone in Franklin County and they especially want to reach out to families in the 43229 zip code.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Branches closest to Avalon:

Northern Lights

4093 Cleveland Ave.

Columbus, OH 43224


614-479-3824 - Curbside

Cindy and Amanda - Children's Librarians

Karl Road

5590 Karl Road

Columbus, OH 43229


614-479-3825 - Curbside

Mickie and David - Children's Librarians


Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 7 pm

Friday & Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm

Sunday, 1 pm - 5 pm

Virtual tutoring, homework help, K-3 Reading Buddies, and basic troubleshooting for Chromebook help is available by going to:

  • www.columbuslibrary.org
  • Click on 'Research' tab
  • Select Homework Tools
  • Click on 'HelpNow'
  • Enter your child's library card number and pin
  • Select which option fits your child's needs best
  • Tutors are available daily between 2 pm - 11 pm

A few options to highlight:

  • Brainfuse is new! Homework help available up to 11 pm. It's a NEW dedicated service that's one-on-one.
  • Research Tools A-Z
  • World Book Kids - has different languages offered
  • eContent for the Whole Family on website
  • eBooks - all text difficulties
  • Virtual Storytimes offered through Zoom by going to 'Events' then selecting 'Storytime'
  • This virtual event provides you and your family with free assistance in applying for a variety of pressing issues including food access, legal aid, rent stabilization funds, childcare, job help and more. https://www.omjcfc.org/vssfair

*No late fees with digital content

Or you may come to the lobby and ask a staff member for the books you would like to check out or for them to create a Grab-n-go bag to expose you or your kids to different genres.

Columbus Parks & Rec

School’s Out: Columbus Recreation & Parks will have activities during Winter Holiday Break 2020 for youth ages 6–12 years old. Winter break programming from Monday, Dec. 21 through Thursday, Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays) during the hours of 9am-4pm. Online registration opens Monday, Dec. 7 at 9:30am online. All participants must register in advance.

Clothes, COVID, Food, or Eviction Resources

Flag of the Month - Somalia

Located in the 'Horn of Africa.' Mogadishu is its capital and largest city. Somali and Arabic is the official language of Somalia. Somali Shilling (SOS) is its official currency. Its bordering countries are Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.


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Avalon Elementary

Building is closed due to COVID-19 safety measures until further notice. Staff will be working from home and can be reached by e-mail. A staff directory can be found on Avalon's website if you need to find a teacher or staff e-mail address.