Avoca West News

December 13, 2019

Feedback -- The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

'Tis the season for giving back to others and letting them know they are important to us. In order for us to make decisions about how to best serve our students and community, we need you to share your voice with us. In fact, it's the ONLY way for that to happen! Please (please! please!) consider giving us a few moments of your time so that we can achieve our goals of capturing what matters to you.

Three surveys currently awaiting your voice are:

  • The District Transportation Survey seeks feedback about the bus fees and how they may impact current and future bus riders.
  • Our Continuum of Services Evaluation Survey is in response to a district evaluation we're conducting to evaluate the continuum of services we provide students to help them be successful.
  • Avoca West's 5Essentials Survey is an annual opportunity to share your impressions about our school. Your feedback appears on our state report card and is used in conjunction with staff and student feedback to generate building goals.

Color Crews in Action

Teamwork makes the dream work and our teams have been busy planning an incredible culminating event for the month of December! In lieu of our traditional holiday parties (except kindergarten due to their dismissal time), we will use the afternoon of the 20th to rally together for the good of children in need. A HUGE thanks to the PTC and other parents who have been instrumental in coordinating the adult volunteers needed to make it a successful first endeavor! This work ties to our focus on SEL and building awareness among our students of how they can make an impact on the life of others in and outside of their community. We will continue to collect the following items to help "Fill a Heart for Kids."

  • Lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Boys Socks
  • Girls Socks
  • Hot Cocoa Packets

If you'd like to learn more about Fill a Heart for Kids click HERE.

The Importance of Self-Control - The Marshmallow Experiment

As parents, you know how difficult it is to help our children become less impulsive and to see the benefit of delayed gratification. In the early 1970s, Standford scientist Walter Mischel conducted a series of experiments to learn more about motivation, why some children can delay eating a marshmallow, and what impact it has on future success. The findings of his study show that control has a profound impact on the success of a child far into his/her adult life. But it can be taught! We can teach our children (and adults) strategies for being able to fight impulses and delay the reward. This is some of the work we are intentionally doing as we build the social emotional competency of self-management.

Take a look at the video below to watch a snippet of the experiment in action (a repeat of the original experiment) and dig in online if you're curious to learn more! Perhaps you'll find some strategies to bring some success to those upcoming New Year's Resolutions!

The Marshmallow Experiment - Instant Gratification
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Check out the Avoca PTC's Updated Website

Don't forget to stop by the Avoca PTC website for updated information and dates to put on your calendar as well. There are many exciting events going on -- including our Spirit Wear sales!!

Questions? Comments?

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