Avoca West News

October 6, 2016

"Everything Big Starts Somewhere Small" Message Resonates with Students

How blessed we were this morning to have welcomed Caleb White to Avoca West! He is spoke for a short while with our students about what inspired him to get started in making a difference in his world of Detroit. Students were given the chance to ask questions of him, both in a large group setting and as he traveled to different classrooms. The conversation has been very impressive, and it's great to know that our mission of maximizing the unique potential of our students at Avoca is alive and well! Each child has the potential, and responsibility, to build up him/herself and others!

Caleb then met with our Avoca West student leaders (Helping Hands, Student Ambassadors, and Safety Patrol) to generate ideas of how they can, as our leaders, make a positive impact on our school and beyond!

I encourage parents to continue the conversation at home to hear what your child's takeaway from today's was. As we enter a season of giving, many of our kiddos are looking to make their mark in the world...like their new hero, Caleb!

A huge thanks to Karen Azar and Mina Boruta for working together to bring Caleb to our students. We are so lucky to have such advocates for building mindfulness in our students.

Looking to give back? Here are a couple of ideas!

Bernie's Book Drive is an annual event here at Avoca West that coincides with our Avoca West Book Fair. This year, our Weblos 1 Cubs group (4th grade boys) will be heading up the campaign. From October 13th-26th, students are encouraged to donate new and used books to the book bins at Avoca West. If you can give, please do so!

Calling all Box Tops! Did you know that each Box Top can give up to 10 cents back to Avoca. That may not sound like a lot, but things add up quickly...and go right back into the classroom! During the month of October, we will be having a Box Top Challenge. The classroom that collects the most Box Tops will win the chance to wear PJs all day November 1st -- a worthy prize after many of our kiddos will be out the evening before gathering goodies!

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Upcoming Dates to Note

It's a busy October!!

10/10 - No School - Columbus Day

10/12 - No School - Yom Kippur

10/13-10/26 - Bernie's Book Drive at Avoca West

10/18-10/20 - Book Fair at Avoca West

10/19-10/20 - Half Day Students -- Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences

10/21 - No School - Teacher Institute

10/21 - Names due to room parents for Halloween Party visitors

10/31 - Halloween festivities (please see room parent emails for details about times for your child's grade level party)

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!