Harvest Newsletter

Seasonal Update | Avon Grove Charter School 2021

What's in this newsletter?

  • Video Highlights from August, September, and October
  • Message from Mrs. Johnson, K-3 Principal
  • Pfizer Vaccine for Children Information
  • Sports Update with Mr. McGehean
  • The Inaugural Rose Hill Cup
  • Drama Update with Mr. Parente
  • Elementary Holiday Show Teaser Video and Tickets

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Video Highlights from August, September, and October

Spirit and Success August, September, & October 2021

Message from Mrs. Johnson, K-3 Principal

Fall is a magical time at the Early Learning Center. The students have gotten back to the familiar routine that the structure and warmth of ELC provides. They are excited to see familiar faces, meet new friends and begin developing a bond with their new classroom teacher. This year we have been able to welcome back many traditional fall activities that were put on hold last year. This was great news for both students AND staff alike! We enjoyed an all school PBIS Assembly Parade led by Timber and most recently our Fall Harvest Activities & Parade. Pumpkins were painted, measured and catapulted. There were “bone-chilling” lessons on the skeletal system and Sesame Street’s “The Count” would have definitely approved of the geometric bats created during math centers. These activities are all part of what makes the ELC family community so special.

In addition to our traditional, engaging classroom areas, teachers also use our unique outdoor spaces to make learning fun and exciting. We have a Butterfly Garden with different styles and colors of flowers that bloom. Students visit this area from Spring through Fall for many lessons, including the study of the life cycle of butterflies. Our Sensory Garden allows students to enjoy a wide variety of sensory experiences as they draw and write about what they experience. The Nature Trail allows students an incredible opportunity for hands-on learning while exploring ELC’s Big Backyard. There is a mulched path leading the students through a well-manicured trail surrounding the newly planted trees, honoring the memory of many of our ELC community’s loved ones. Outdoor learning helps students get much-needed time away from screens and gives them a healthy dose of fresh air. Students are motivated to learn and explore using everything that surrounds them.

As Fall turns into Winter the students and staff will be hoping for at least one good day with snow covering the ground. When Mother Nature allows, we enjoy an exciting and truly unique activity, our annual “Play In The Snow” day. Students are able to bring their snow gear to school and ride sleds down the back hill, build snowmen and make snow angels. This is an activity enjoyed by everyone!

I have enjoyed these first couple of months of school and am looking forward to seeing what amazing things are coming next!

Pfizer Vaccine for Children Information

  • The Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 is expected to be approved in the first week of November. This will be a two-dose series and we encourage you to make plans with your family now to ensure a safe and healthy winter holiday season.
  • Vaccines remain a key strategy out of this pandemic and we are excited to enter a new phase of vaccine accessibility for young children.
  • The vaccine for children ages 5-11 are effective, safe and free. It has gone through the same standard rigorous process as any vaccine that receives approval.
  • The most common side effects in children are similar to those in adults including fatigue, muscle pain, headaches, and chills.
  • The vaccine is specifically formulated for young children – it is not the same dose amount as the adult vaccines.
  • Children ages 5-11 can receive the Pfizer vaccine at a number of locations to include their healthcare provider, pharmacy, Chester County Health Department, etc. Families should check with their healthcare provider or pharmacy to confirm they are providing vaccinations for youth. You are encouraged to talk to your family healthcare provider if you have questions about the vaccine.
  • The Chester County Health Department will provide vaccine for children ages 5-11 and will update its vaccine website and appointment calendar for this group once they are formally approved.
  • As you’re deciding where and when to schedule your child’s appointment, think through the types of environments where they feel comfortable and have successfully been vaccinated in the past. Whether it’s an individual doctor’s office or a larger-scale clinic at a local school, you know your child best.
  • Families may also find a vaccine provider close to home as follows:
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Sports Update with Mr. McGehean

The fall athletics season is coming to a close. Our teams have represented themselves, their families, their programs, and our AGCS community with class. I am so very proud of what we have been able to accomplish this fall. I hope you have had a chance to come out and support our athletes this season and there will be many more opportunities to do so throughout the remainder of the year.

Cross Country finishes their season on Wednesday, November 3 at the MIL Cross Country Championship. Our runners have been outstanding with big wins from girls varsity, boys varsity, and our middle school teams this season. Captain Paul Lacour consistently leads the way and has become one of the fiercest runners in the MIL. The girls team is led by Captain Marissa Civatte and senior runner Elena Mcfadden, who always impress. Middle School runners Rory Wells and Tyler Czapracki will be making their marks for years to come.

The Middle School Boys Soccer team ends their season next Wednesday at Upland. To this point they are 5-2. This young and talented team is led by players like Sam Neely, Chase Welch, and Owen Griffith. The future of AGCS soccer is bright with these guys and so many others.

The Varsity Soccer team will host the MIL quarterfinal game on Monday at Nichol Park against Delaware Valley Classical School. This season may not have gone the way that the boys had planned, but they are full of both talent and hope. Braden Monteleone has scored his 60th career goal this past week and Noah Kibler has scored his first, not bad for a goalie.

The Girls Volleyball team is moving full force into the playoffs this year playing the best they ever have. They have secured the 4th seed this year. They host PCA on Tuesday, November 2 at 5pm right here in the State Rd. Gym. You won't want to miss the play of Gia Hall, Sophia Stephenson, Ella Bannon, and more. These girls are on a roll! The tool down perennial powerhouse Tome School for the first time ever. They have their sights on a new goal, MIL championship.

The Inaugural Rose Hill Cup

Join us on Tuesday, November 16 at 7pm at the Avon Grove High School stadium as our AGCS Wolves take on AGHS in the first ever Rose Hill Cup. The boys varsity teams will square off in a friendly match in order to promote our strong AG community. Fun for all. Canned goods are encouraged to help support The Bridge at Avon Grove Nazarene. Let's pack the stands!

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Drama Update with Mr. Parente


The cast and crew of A Christmas Carol are working hard to bring this Dicken's classic to vibrant life for our AGCS Community! Presented in a story-theater style, this staging brings the voice of Dickens as narrator on stage along with all of his colorful characters, including EBENEEZER SCROOGE, BOB CRATCHIT, MARLEY'S GHOST, TINY TIM, and THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE.

Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:00 and November 20 at 2:00. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Elementary Holiday Show Teaser Video and Tickets

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Hello. I'm Matt, and I'm new around here. Kind of.

I am the new Media and Communication Coordinator. I taught Computer Tech and Video Production for the past few years. It was awesome. I will definitely miss working with students in the classroom, but I am looking forward to growing the Student Creator Initiative and making stuff for the community together.

I have a lot to learn about my new role, but my objectives are clear: I want to help make students, parents, teachers, and the whole AGCS community feel more connected and informed about what's happening at our school. I want to take photos, make videos, and put together things like this newsletter, and I want to get students involved at every step.

If you would like to get in touch, send me an email or a text. I'll leave my number below.