Avalon Eagles Newsletter

May 2021


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Let's end the year with some fun and interesting themes!

Each day we will have a dress theme to show our school pride.

Staff and students are encouraged to participate. In addition to dress theme days, students and staff may wear hats and headgear each day.

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Ideas to shower our staff and teachers with gratitude!

  • Take a moment to text, e-mail, Dojo, or write a note of thanks to send in with your student
  • Send an e-card
  • Send in a flower with your student
  • Your student could draw a picture, make a craft, get creative with emoji's or stickers, write a note or poem, or send an e-mail to show their appreciation

Remembering Mrs. Marcus

This year's Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, we are also remembering a very special teacher that taught for over 22 years within Columbus City Schools. Mrs. April Marcus taught Reading Recovery for 15 years at Ohio Avenue Elementary, Highland Elementary, and Weinland Park Elementary before coming to Avalon. An Autumn Blaze Maple tree has been planted adjacent to the playground area at Avalon in memory of Mrs. Marcus. Mrs. Marcus died January 4, 2021 after a strong battle with cancer. Past and present teachers and staff of Avalon bought this tree and the plaque was donated by Fortin Ironworks. We will greatly miss the amazing teacher and friend Mrs. Marcus was to so many. The impact she had on so many children's lives will live on for many years to come.

Thank you to our Vineyard Volunteers and Brownies from Troop 6080 who participated in the annual Spring Clean-up!

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The NED Show is coming to Avalon Wednesday, May 5 - VIRTUALLY

Your student will be given a Zoom link to attend this school wide assembly at 11:45 am.

For over 25 years, the NED Show has used yo-yo tricks in their our school performances. This bit of old-fashioned fun has helped them be entertaining and unforgettable in the mind of a child as they share how “NED” learns to:




During this virtual assembly, students will learn about NED’s three messages while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks.

Students will have an opportunity to purchase yo-yo's offered as part of their 'Pay It Forward' program which allows the NED Show to come to the next school free of charge as well.

Yo-yo sale dates at Avalon:

Cohort A: May 10 & 11

Cohort B: May 13 & 14

More details will come your way soon!


Calling ALL Nepali speaking families. We want to hear from you!

Please come to this month's Eagle Zoom Room to introduce yourselves and get to know other families at Avalon. We would love to get to know YOU! There will be staff to provide translation so bring your questions and concerns! Stay for the whole hour or just pop in for a few minutes.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 886 7875 3258

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Here are some great books to read in celebrating the culture and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Do you have a preschooler?

Avalon Elementary is a K-3 school and does not offer Pre-K. You may however select from another CCS Pre-K site for Pre-K and remain assigned to Avalon Elementary for K-3.

Please see the flyer below of all the CCS Pre-K sites for children that will turn four by September 30, 2021 (The Special Needs Pre-K Program may accept children that are younger.)

Click here for an Early Childhood Education enrollment packet.

Click here for an overview of Columbus City School's Early Childhood Education Program.

All enrollment requirements must be met before your child is officially enrolled in the ECE Program and eligible to attend class.

All applications MUST be completed and submitted on-line. If you do not have computer access, you may apply online by appointment only at:

Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Central Enrollment Center
430 Cleveland Avenue

Columbus 43215
(614) 365-5822 - Pre-K Office

(614) 365-4011 - Call to schedule appointment if you don't have computer access at home

*The Central Enrollment office is not open to the public. Visit are by appointment only.

Questions about Special Needs Preschool:

(Phone) 614-365-5204/5205
(Fax) 614-365-8745

CCS sites that offer Pre-K closest to Avalon:

CCS sites that offer Pre-K and are somewhat close to Avalon:

Avalon CDC Headstart

You've probably noticed we share our parking lot with a CDC Head Start!

The CDC Head Start Program is not a part of Columbus City Schools or affiliated with Avalon
Elementary in any way. The Head Start Program is offered by Franklin County's Child Development Council also known as 'CDCFC' and the 'Avalon' location is located on Avalon Avenue just next to Avalon Elementary.

CDCFC, Inc. provides high quality, comprehensive development programs and services to income-eligible children and their families. Children ages 3-5 years old may attend full or part-day preschool classes that focus on developing school readiness skills, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services throughout program enrollment.

You may apply to the Head Start preschool program by clicking here.

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Check out CCS Summer Opportunities!


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Children's Hunger Alliance


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Father Factor

Sponsored by Action For Children, the Father Factor program offers parenting and co-parenting skills; assistance with paternity, parenting time and child support; employment services; and free resources to assist in establishing and building relationships with children.

Dates: May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, (Mondays and Wednesdays), 6:00-pm-7:45pm

ONLINE & FREE on Zoom (Franklin, Delaware and Licking County, Ohio residents only)

Contacts: Julie DiCarlo, 614.551.8218 jdicarlo@actionforchildren.org or Roz Arnold, 614.607.2667 rarnold@actionforchildren.org

Click here for more details.

Financial Navigator Program

Provides free one-on-one financial guidance and strategic planning to residents strained by the current fiscal climate, coordinated by City of Columbus.

Apprisen Financial Counseling

Offers counseling, education and advice on housing issues to new and existing homeowners including dealing with rental issues, preventing foreclosure, and bankruptcy counseling.

  • 690 Taylor Road, Suite 150, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
  • 1017 Refugee Road, Pickerington, Ohio 43147

(614) 552-2222 or (800) 355-2227




Our partners at the Columbus Metropolitan Library have an exciting new option for librarycardholders: free admission to several Columbus-area cultural institutions and attractions. The new Culture Pass program enables families to borrow passes just as they would a book by using their library cards. The one-time pass, which must be checked out in person, grants customers limited free access to institutions that would otherwise charge admission fees. Current participating cultural organizations include: • Columbus Museum of Art • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium • Franklin Park Conservatory • National Veterans Memorial and Museum • Ohio History Center • Wexner Center for the Arts Culture Passes are only available for in-person customer checkout at specific library locations and cannot be reserved like traditional library items. Customers can check their availability at columbuslibrary.org by typing “Culture Pass” into the catalog search bar.

- CCS Department of Family Engagement


This spring, CAPA will present three children’s book readings free of charge on its Facebook page.

CAPA and the Columbus Metropolitan Library invite central Ohio families to enjoy the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's (NJPAC) free, online children’s book-reading series featuring NJPAC Teaching Artist Wincey Terry.

No RSVPs or codes are needed. Families need only to tune in during the specified window of time to watch the readings on-demand.

Mambo King

Saturday, May 1, 9 am, through Monday, May 3, 9 am

Written by Monica Brown. Illustrated by Rafael Lopez. The inspiring true story of Tito Puente and his road from Spanish Harlem to the GRAMMY Awards. This bilingual program will allow young listeners to enjoy dance steps and drum rhythms of the mambo and cha-cha.

Avalon Elementary

The school building will be open for cohort A on Monday and Tuesday and for cohort B Thursday and Friday starting at 8:30 am. The building is closed to staff and families on Wednesdays for deep cleaning, and closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Office hours are 9:00 am - 2:30 pm for walk-ins.

All early dismissals should occur before 3:00 pm.

Office reopens after dismissal from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm.

Phones are answered 8:30 am - 3:00 pm and 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm.

*Phones not answered at dismissal as all resources are used to execute a safe dismissal. Therefore, we appreciate parents calling within the designated hours.

We respectfully require parents make all dismissal changes with the teacher by written note or e-mail. We do not accept dismissal changes over the phone as safety is our #1 concern and unplanned changes to dismissal are too challenging to manage.

Due to the pandemic, visitors are not allowed to enter the building except to conduct business in the vestibule at the office transaction window.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.