Avoca West News

Week of October 23, 2020


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 -- Teacher Institute Day -- No student attendance OR Remote Learning

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 -- Remote Learning Plan Day -- No Remote Learning for Students

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 -- ELECTION DAY -- No Students, Teachers, or Remote Learning

Gearing Up for 2nd Quarter

With the first quarter of learning at Avoca West almost in the books, it has certainly been a thrilling adventure: Some places have felt like the nail biting climb to the top of a roller coaster, unsure of what will happen as the car heads down the track on the other side. Other parts have been a hands-up, rush of excitement and energy! I am humbled every day in what I learn from our staff who work relentlessly to make this as magical an experience it can be for our students.

We are headed into another unknown ahead with twists and turns that we can anticipate, but that will undoubtedly cause some anxiety in us all. Dr. Osburn, the Board of Education, and our administrative team have been watching local metrics and communicating with families and staff to get ahead of the curve with planning for the many possibilities. We are thrilled to bring some families/students back on site for hybrid learning and know that some of our students will be connecting with us from afar through remote learning. For those students who will be changing schedules, I will be sending emails out next week with new teacher and group (A or B) day assignments. Stay tuned!

Our staff continues to plan into the future so that learning is maximized both in hybrid and remote learning. One of our largest goals this coming quarter is to increase differentiation for our learners and to keep them engaged throughout the day. We will spending time Friday and Monday to learn from and alongside one another about using iXL to personalize learning/growth for students and how to better structure instruction for small group/targeted instruction that works whether we are in person OR in fully remote learning modes.

Please continue to stay vigilant with the many ways we keep our Avoca community healthy while away from school. Thank you for your trust, patience, and enthusiasm as we ride this wacky 2020-2021 rollercoaster together!

How Are YOU Doing?

Earlier this month all of our students (K-5) shared their feelings about the year so far. Student surveys included feelings about school, their connection to their teacher, thoughts about friends, and insights about what they enjoy and what's hard for them in school. This information impacts our SEL (Social Emotional Learning) efforts and allows us to respond to student voices and opinions.

We know that our families have even GREATER insights to share about how our children are really doing. Last week I shared a link to a "Student and Family Needs Assessment," but so far there are only ~35 responses district wide. I know that we all have survey fatigue, so thanks to those who competed the survey so far. Please know that I would not ask our families to complete another survey if I didn't feel that it was critical to our staff doing all they can for our students and families.

Take a moment (2-3 minutes) to check in on the link below to provide a snapshot of how you see things going for your student(s) and family. This is an opportunity which helps us to see a fuller picture of your child and family and how we might be able to strengthen our community!

Click here for the Student & Family Needs Assessment. Thank you for sharing with us!

Volunteer Opportunity for our Avoca Community

An Opportunity to help 15 nonprofit organizations -

The Volunteer Center's COVID- Safe Annual Make A Difference Day

Saturday, October 24th, 9am-noon,

New Location: Wilmette Junior HIgh School (WJHS) Parking lot, 620 Locust Rd, Wilmette.

Safely drive thru and drop off! If you have any goods (clothing, food, toys, games, books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, and much more) you wish to donate that can be found here -Volunteer Center's 18th Annual Collection Drive please consider dropping them off this Saturday morning at WJHS Parking Lot. ONly the items on the list will be accepted. Nonprofit reps will be there to receive the donations for their clients in great need. Before you drop them off, please separate your items and bag or box them, then mark them with the nonprofit that requested it. Masks required and donors are asked to please stay in their cars. Volunteers will take them from your vehicle. Questions?

Barb Tubekis: info@volunteercenterhelps.org. Thank you for making a difference.

Questions? Comments?

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