Avalon Eagles Newsletter

January 2021

Happy New Year!!!

As this school year has been an unprecedented one (to say the least), we will begin 2021 meeting the challenges before us with the same level of commitment and tenacity as we did in 2020. Due to recent spread and increased COVID-19 cases, we will be remote learning through February 1. We will know more in mid-January as to when/if students will be coming back to the school buildings. This will depend upon public health data and logistics that may limit our ability to bring all students back to school buildings safely. No matter where our students are learning, we will remain #AVALONSTRONG!

We made it through 2020!!!

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Come ask questions and get answers! There's no question too big or too small. We can also show you how to get connected with district and community resources.

January 19 at noon

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 876 5017 7039



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 with supports and opportunities within Tiers I, II, & III.


It's important to share data with you that demonstrates how our students are learning and growing throughout the school year. The data we're sharing with you below is from iReady in both reading & math. iReady is designed to help teachers determine your student's needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year.

Please encourage your child to work on iReady independently each day! It's a great way for them to work at their pace to meet their learning goals.
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  • Create a space for learning with everything your child needs.
  • Display daily schedules on a white board, chalk board, or poster board. (Younger students: write the schedule for them. Older students: make them responsible for writing out their schedule.)

  • Remove distractions (Younger students: stay away from the television, games, etc. Older students: put phones and social media away.)
  • Time management (Younger students: use timers to help them know when to start/stop activities. Older students: teach them how to set alarms for every class period.)
  • Have a set routine that students follow during school days (go to bed early, wake up on time, eat breakfast, no work from bed, etc.)

  • Change of scenery: weather permitting, take learning outside every once in awhile. (Check with teacher!)

  • Recognizing a job well done: play their favorite game with them, take a walk to the park, stickers, etc.

Specials News

Mr. Conley

Physical Education

Mr. Conley has created a COOL virtual experience to be explored this Winter! Click on the 'Winter Activities' button below and you will be transported into a winter wonderland where you can click on each Bitmoji of Mr. Conley to join him in doing all kinds of wintry activities!


Click on this gray button ⬆️above to access the Google Slide (pictured below) that allows your student to click on each Bitmoji of Mr. Conley engaged in Winter fun!

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Grade Level News

First Grade

Language Arts - We have been working on asking questions and describing characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. We will continue to use these skills as we write our “All About______” essays on our favorite animals. We will also continue to work on phonics.

Math - We have been studying addition and subtraction. We will continue to work on subtraction word problems.

Social Studies - In Social Studies we have looked at maps, respecting the rights of others, our responsibilities in the Zoom classroom. We will look at families and how they have changed over time and how family roles differ from place to place.

Science - We are working on Motion and Material. We recently looked at how snow melts when exposed to heat and how it changes to a liquid. When the liquid is heated it evaporates and changes to steam or water vapor. We will continue to look at how materials can change. We will also study how objects can be moved in a variety of ways, such as straight, zigzag, circular and back and forth change.

Student Spotlight


Second Grade, Ms. Flinn's class

This is how Brayden thoughtfully completed his Vocabulary Graphic Organizer.

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Student Spotlight


Second Grade, Ms. Fant's class

In math, we are working on illustrating the problems and explaining our thinking. On this assignment, Hana was only supposed to illustrate the problem, but she went above and beyond and also explained her thinking. She did a great job on a skill I have not fully taught.

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Student Spotlight


Second Grade, Mrs. Gould's class

This is a story board that was created entirely by Kris. It shows him and his family and his mom getting an extra gift because he wanted it to be special for her.

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Student Spotlight


Second Grader, Ms. Guglielmi's class

Joshua created this story board from the 12 days of Christmas (African Version). We learned more about the African Culture and Joshua loved it!

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Sarah Kling

Art Teacher

Ms. Kling is the art teacher at Avalon Elementary and Northgate Intermediate. She has been teaching art for seven years, with this year being her fifth at Avalon. She went to Ohio State University and earned a Bachelor's in Art Education. She has always wanted to be an artist, ever since she was a kid!

When not at school, Ms. Kling likes to read books and play video games. Her favorite books are Harry Potter, and her favorite games are Pokemon and Spyro the Dragon. She also likes learning new things like cooking and sewing and hopes someday to own a house and garden. She has a fiancé and the two cutest cats you'll ever see.

Elizabeth Hoetger

Music Teacher

Mrs. Hoetger (aka Mrs. H.) has been teaching music for nine years with six of them being at Avalon. She received her bachelors degree in music education and trumpet performance and masters degree in curriculum and instruction. She loves to spend time with her 4-year-old son (Alex), 1 year-old-daughter (Ellie), husband (Ryan), dog (Luna), and cat (Milo). Mrs. H loves to cook and bake, paint, hike, watch movies, swim, go to the beach, and scuba dive. She loves mermaid decorations and mermaid colors like blue, green, and purple. Fun facts are: her mom and sister are also music teachers within Columbus City Schools! Also, she's been playing the trumpet since she was nine years old.

Robert Conley

Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Conley is married to his beautiful wife Karen and between them they have four amazing children. They live on a small farm and have over 30 animals. When they are not working or taking care of the animals, they enjoy going camping, working out, and spending time with their children. Mr. Conley has a BS in Health and Physical Education. This is his sixth year with Columbus City Schools.

Kathy Andres

Library Instructional Assistant

Ms. Kathy has worked at Avalon Elementary for seven years, starting out as a Kindergarten Assistant, now as the School Librarian. Helping children has been her passion since she discovered education, through volunteering at her kids school when they were little. She and her husband have been together for 28 years and they have two beautiful, college-aged daughters. Ms. Kathy moved to Columbus, from small-town Ohio, to attend The Columbus College of Art and Design. She also studied Social Work and Women’s Studies at The Ohio State University, as well as horticulture at Columbus State College. In her spare time she enjoys living in her Northland Neighborhood, eating international food, and tutoring students. She is also an avid reader of non-fiction books, like biographies and histories of social movements.

NEED TO GET OUT......virtually? Virtual Field Trips & Visits:

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Mothers Matter

Free 16-hour course designed for mothers; learn the art of communicating in new ways that will help you better connect with your children and lead to a productive and positive relationship

Father Factor

Free 12-hour course that offers parenting and co-parenting skills; assistance with paternity, parenting time and child support; employment services; and free resources to assist in establishing and building relationships with children

COVID Support Group for CCS Students

North Community Counseling Centers is very excited to have the ability to offer FREE support groups to any student in Columbus City Schools. Each online group will be held once per week for 8 weeks during the months of January and February.

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The show must go on! Even though this COVID crisis has cancelled most concerts and performances, our partners at the Columbus Association for Performing Arts (CAPA) are making sure Columbus City Schools students can still experience nationally-renowned shows… for free.

CAPA’s virtual Passport to Learning Student Matinee Series has two special programs coming soon: “Black Violin” in January and “Full STEAM Ahead with Mister C” in March. Because COVID-19 has limited the ability for students and families to visit theatres, CAPA created exciting new virtual content, and thanks to generous donors and sponsors, all of the content - including virtual tickets to these show’ are being provided free of charge.

The programs will feature interactive videos and a resource guide to help connect the performance to curriculum benchmarks and extend the experience with fun activities. All can be done from home or from a Learning Extension Center.

Columbus Parks & Rec

Winter session registration begins Monday, Jan. 4. You can sign up for Active Learning Sites, which offer time blocks for independent school study and homework assistance. The winter session begins on Jan. 11.

Restarting The 2020/2021 School Year

Ohio Department of Education

Assistance for Utility Bills

City of Columbus CARES ACT

Find Help

Additional help with food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced coast programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic: please visit this website and enter the zip code of the family needing help.

The Children's Advocacy Project of Columbus, Ohio

By Nationwide Children's Hospital and Children's Practicing Pediatricians

Lutheran Social Services

LSS 211 Central Ohio is a vital service that connects people to essential resources like FOOD, CLOTHING, and SHELTER as well as many other forms of assistance.

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Flag of the Month - Nepal

"The national flag of Nepal is the world's only national flag that is non-quadrilateral in shape. The flag is a simplified combination of two single pennons, the vexillological word for a pennant. Its crimson red is the color of the rhododendron, the country's national flower. The blue border symbolizes the peace and harmony that has been prevalent in the country since the age of Gautama Buddha, who was born in Nepal. The crimson red is Nepal's national color, and it indicates the brave spirits of the Nepalese people. The two triangles symbolize the Himalaya Mountains and represent the two major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. The red triangular flag has been a Hindu symbol of victory since the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The depiction of celestial bodies represents permanence, the hope that Nepal will last as long as the sun and the moon. The moon symbolizes that the Nepalese are soothing and calm, while the sun symbolizes fierce resolve. The moon also symbolizes the shades and the cool weather of the Himalayas, whereas the sun symbolizes the heat and the high temperature at the lower part of Nepal. Another interpretation: The flag's shape symbolizes a Nepalese pagoda. Putting a mirror at the side of the flag closest to the flagpole will generate an image of a pagoda."

Credit: Montana State University

Avalon Elementary

Our building is closed due to Winter Break and COVID-19 safety measures until January 4, 2021. Staff will be working from home beginning January 4 due to COVID-19 safety measures 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.