Avon Grove Charter School Spotlight

February 2021

Join us for a virtual Town Hall Meeting

Join us for a virtual Town Hall Meeting on Fair Funding in Education being co-sponsored by Avon Grove Charter School and Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 pm.

Schools play an essential role in our local community’s social, economic and political prosperity and stability.

Topics include:

  • problem solve fair funding solutions
  • learn how public schools are funded in PA
  • learn about the differences between charter & district schools funding

All are welcome. RSVP Link - https://forms.gle/8of8ARxr7Zfdfmp97.

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New Student Enrollment for 2021-2022

Invite your friends and family to come be a part of the AGCS P.A.C.K.! Enrollment is open and we are currently accepting applications for new students in grades K-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Share this amazing school community where your child is experiencing a caring, nurturing and rigorous academic learning environment. Share our standards for academic excellence, positive learning environment, high behavioral expectations, and dedicated staff that will help your child reach their full potential.

Any prospective family seeking enrollment or looking to enroll a sibling of a current AGCS student for the upcoming school year, can complete an initial Enrollment Application.

Experience Full Day Kindergarten at Avon Grove Charter - Enroll Now!

New for 2020-2021 Summer Learning Plan

We are pleased to announce our 20-21 Summer Learning Plan. Our goal is to provide students and families with increased learning opportunities, as well as, choice and flexibility in meeting the varying interest levels of our families.

Our dedicated team of instructors has crafted a learning plan that will provide structure during the summer months. Research shows that even in small doses, summer learning has a real positive impact on both academic and social-emotional development Summer learning can enhance a child's summer experiences while working at a more leisurely pace, with less pressure and the ability to focus on one subject at a time. Added bonus...it will also keep his/her academic skills polished.

The Summer Learning Academy is currently being offered to a limited number of K-3 students due to social distancing restrictions and academic needs. If social distancing recommendations change in the coming months, we will re-evaluate our ability to extend the opportunity to additional students. Students who have been selected will receive an email with more information.

The Administration is continuing to expand on our current summer offers and will be sharing any and all updates with families as we get closer to the summer.

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AGCS School Board Members

AGCS Board Members and their committee assignments.

School Board Working Session & Board Meeting

February 16th, 2021

6:15 PM - Working Session

7:30 PM - School Board Meeting

Access the live stream of the public meetings by visiting the AGCS YouTube Channel webpage.

AGCS COVID-19 Dashboard

The COVID-19 Data Dashboard is available for you to review 24/7. On the dashboard, you will be able to find cumulative AGCS data, data attributed to the rolling 14-day period which will be used to inform our instructional model decision.

Intent to Return Process for 2021-2022 School Year

Each year AGCS requires its current families to complete an "Intent to Return" form indicating their academic intentions for the following school year.

This year, we will be embedding the "Intent to Return" questions in the fourth quarter "Learning Intentions" form which is set to be released during the first week of March.

Please note, the Intent to Return Process is only for currently enrolled students.

Health Services - Children's Dental Health Month

February is Children’s Dental Health Month! This is a great opportunity to promote the benefits of good oral health, because developing good dental health habits at an early age, including scheduling regular dental visits, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Concerned about visiting the dentist during COVID? Call ahead to your dental provider and ask what measures they are taking to keep their staff and patients safe. Delaying dental care can result in tooth decay or loss. Tooth decay in early childhood has become the most common, chronic childhood disease. According to the American Dental Association, more than 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they enter Kindergarten.

Some tips for reducing the risk of tooth decay include:

  • Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.

  • Limit between-meal snacks. If kids crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods.

  • If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless – Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid.

  • Monitor beverage consumption – Children should make healthy beverage choices such water and low-fat milk.

  • Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.

  • Schedule regular dental visits.

The American Dental Association is filled with resources and activities for parents and children to learn about taking care of their teeth (https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month).

Health Services reminder, "How to Wear a Mask"

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Food Services Announcement - PA Pandemic Nutrition Relief

RE: P-EBT Card: Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards to purchase food outside of school.

COVID-19 relief packages recently passed by the United States Congress contain numerous benefits for families financially impacted by the pandemic. Some of these benefits are available to students who are eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals.

Free/Reduced Meal Application:

If you believe your family may qualify for free or reduced-price meals this school year and have not yet submitted an application, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. You can apply online at www.schoolcafe.com. There is a direct link to School Café under Food Services on the Avon Grove Charter School website www.agcharter.org.

The application will be used to determine which benefits your child(ren) and/or household may be eligible to receive. Please be aware that applying for free or reduced-price meals will not impact meals that your child(ren) currently receives through the school (Hybrid or Grab-N-Go Meals).

You DO NOT need to submit an application if:

· You have received a letter of approval of Direct Certification

· Have previously submitted an application and was approved for free or reduced priced meals.

If you previously submitted an application and was denied eligibility you may reapply if you had a decrease in household income, become unemployed, or had an increase in household size.

Mailing Address:

· Please be sure your mailing address is current and up to date. If you have moved, please notify the Enrollment Office at enrollment@agcharter.org as soon as possible.

· Incomplete or inaccurate addresses may delay the issuance of benefits your family may be entitled.

Questions regarding the free/reduced application process, please contact Karen Furlano at kfurlano@agcharter.org or 484-667-5000 ext. 312.

Questions regarding food services, please contact Leona Bankoski, Food Service Manager at lbankoski@agcharter.org or 484-667-5000 ext. 313.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Click for Information on P-EBT

Through P-EBT, eligible school children may now receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards to purchase food outside of school.

Class of 2021 Cap & Gown Information

Graduation Cap & Gown information was gathered by Mrs. Smith. Thirty five dollar payment can be made by check (payable to AGCS) or through the Parent Portal. Payment due by February 19th, 2021.

Contact Mrs. Smith at jsmith@agcharter.org with questions.

Equity Action Team

Our Mission Statement:

We stand in solidarity with our students by empowering them as individuals and learners, while also demonstrating our belief that racism, hatred, or discrimination of any kind have no place at Avon Grove Charter School.
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Equity Action Team - Student Response Form

We want to hear your voice. Feel free to share anything you want to in this form--whether it's a general feeling you have, a specific incident that occurred, or something in between.

Equity Action Team - Community Input Form

Fill out this form to submit any concerns, questions, or comments you have for the AGCS staff Equity Action Team.

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Raise Craze Student Reward! Principals get Slimed!

Principals Get Slimed, Raise Craze at AGCS

2020-2021 Picture Day & Picture Day Retakes Information

Picture make-up/retake days will be on 2/23-2/25.

Parents interested in purchasing picture packages can do so via LifeTouch using the following codes:

K-3rd Grade: EVTDH7VQ6

4th-6th Grade: EVTCWRK6M

7th-12th Grade: EVTVWRH3T

Please contact the main office at either campus with questions.

Athletic Update

Mr. Jay McGehean, athletic director, is preparing for the spring season. The coaches are excited as this will be our first season of spring athletics after being cancelled only days after tryouts. AGCS will offer boys lacrosse for 8th-12th grade students and girls soccer for 8th-12th grade students. Spring 2021 tryouts are scheduled to take place on Monday March 8, 2021.

PIAA physical forms are due by 3/5/2021.

Questions can be directed to Jay McGehean at jmcgehean@agcharter.org.

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Thanks for supporting the Micro Farm & the Wolf's Brew

Thank you to all that ordered a "Cup of Love & Honey." The teachers loved the surprise!

Snow Pictures from the AGCS Micro Farm

The AGCS Micro Farm animals have their winter coats on to keep warm, and Mrs. Lauterwald has broken out her snow shoes to better navigate the farm. A local heron recently visited the ducks at the pond and Ron & Wastell our alpacas are mingling with the sheep.

Just another day on the AGCS Micro Farm !

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The AGCS-PTO continues to offer many ways to support our students. Please visit the PTO Charter Chatter for upcoming ways you can participate and get involved.
Upcoming Events

Visit the website for the calendar of all upcoming meetings and events.

Avon Grove Charter School

Early Learning Center

Grades K - 3rd

1769 New London Road
Landenberg, PA 19350


State Road Campus

Grades 4th - 12th

110 E. State Road

West Grove, PA 19390