Avon Grove Charter School Spotlight

December 2020

Forward Together - A note from Head of School, Kristen Bishop

Dear AGCS Families,

At this time of year, we are especially thankful that you

are part of the AGCS P.A.C.K.

Wishing you a Merry and Masked Holiday Season.

Forward Together,

Kristen Bishop

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Home for the Holidays Event - Thursday, December 17th

Come wave to some AGCS friendly faces including Santa & Mrs. Claus between 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the drive thru Santa visit in the parking lot of the Nottingham Inn. The elves will be collecting your non-perishable food items to go to local food pantries. You'll have just enough time to drive through the Herr's Light Display before heading home for the premier of the 2020 annual holiday show. The video, "Home for the Holidays." will launch at 8:30 PM.

Due to the forecasted weather, an announcement will be made on Thursday regarding the drive thru Santa visit and non-perishable food collection. Let's hope there is just enough snow to make it pretty but not enough to cancel. Your safety is our top priority.

AGCS COVID-19 Dashboard Data now available on our website.

AGCS has created a COVID-19 Data Dashboard for our community. 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 decisions (see table below), as well as the weekly Chester County data that we previously were sending out on Fridays.

This dashboard will be updated daily as new information is received.

Equity Action Team Established

2020 will be long remembered as an eventful year. In addition to enduring a global pandemic, our country experienced a racial awakening after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. While our school's efforts to create a Covid-safe learning environment have been widely shared, a group of more than 30 staff members have been diligently working since June to create a more racially equitable learning environment. The Equity Action Team invites students to share their stories in order to help us with this transformation.

Equity Action Team Mission Video 2020

Parent/Student Learning Intentions form available on Parent Portal.

At last night’s Board Meeting, the AGCS Board and Administration agreed to add an additional transition period for April 6, 2021. Therefore, the Learning Intentions form, which is now published to the Parent Portal, would be an instructional model choice for the period January 25, 2021, through April 5, 2021 (third quarter of the school year). There will be another learning intentions form, released in March, for families to make an election for the final quarter of the school year.

This form, which is now available in the Parent Portal, must be completed by ALL FAMILIES for ALL STUDENTS. This form replaces all previous elections.

Parents/students (K-12) who choose the online/remote learning model would remain online until April 6, 2021.

Current remote learning students (Red Cohort) who elect to transition to in-person/hybrid learning will be placed into a hybrid cohort (Blue/Gold) at the discretion of the building Principal to allow for class balancing to promote social distancing - not their last name. Families will still be assigned to the same cohort. Students who are currently hybrid students will retain their current cohort color (Blue/Gold/Green).

Click here for directions on how to complete forms via the ParentPortal. You will want to complete the “AGCS Parent/Student Learning Intentions (Jan25-Apr5)” form. If you have any difficulty completing the form or do not have access to ParentPortal please contact the main office.

Equally important, we will be conducting ongoing county and internal data evaluations which will determine if we remain in a hybrid learning format or transition to a fully remote learning model. There is the potential for the school to transition back and forth between hybrid and remote learning throughout the Spring semester. If this fluidity and uncertainty does not work for your current family situation, we encourage you to choose our online/remote learning option.

As always, we will continue to evaluate state and local guidelines related to our instructional model.

Forward Together,

AGCS Administration

AGCS School Board Members

AGCS Board Members and their committee assignments.

AGCS Monthly School Board Working Session & Board Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 19th 2021 at 6:15pm

This is an online event.

6:15 PM - Working Session
7:30 PM - School Board Meeting

The public may access the live stream of the public meetings by visiting the AGCS YouTube Channel webpage.

2020-2021 Picture Day Information

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding after we had postponed our annual student and staff picture day event due to COVID-19 concerns at the beginning of the year.

We understand how important it is for students and families to document the academic year with the opportunity to have a yearly school picture and will be holding picture days at both campuses in January 2021.

We will also be holding picture make-up/retake days 2/23-2/25 following the same schedule/process. Additional information about purchasing picture packages will be sent out separately. Please contact the main office at either building with any questions.

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AGCS is in need of Daily Substitutes

Do you have a 4-year degree and are interested in becoming a daily substitute? AGCS has partnered with Substitute Teacher Services to offer a unique Guest Teacher Program to help attract daily building substitutes to our school. This program allows those who have a 4-year degree (does not have to be be in education!) to take an online training program that would prepare them for teaching in the classroom as a daily substitute.

Come be a part of the AGCS team and join our daily substitute pool!

For more information please visit: https://help.thesubservice.com/open-positions/sts-guest-teacher-program

Class of 2021 - Senior Celebrations continue

Senior Celebrations continue with the traditional class flag raising and spirit rock signing on Wednesday, December 2nd. High school principal, Dr. Maitland, and student council president, Carter Gassler, addressed the senior class during the ceremony. Mr. June and members of the choir kicked off the event with the school's alma mater and singing of the National Anthem.

Congratulations to the following seniors that were a part of the creative team.

Spirit boulder designers: Bella Gazoli, Marcie Coldesina, and Ryan McBride.

Senior flag designers: Emma Cochran, Hailey Couram and Kamaren McPhail.

The symbolism behind the flag design is:

- blue & gold colors represent AGCS

- crescent symbolizes new beginnings

- forest represents heading into the unknown

- wolf is our mascot and represents the Class of 2021's curiosity, intelligence, and fierceness

A note from the desk of Gerri Moore, IT Director

The AGCS Information Technology Department maintains and supports our complex infrastructure for staff and students. We are dedicated to providing superior service in support of teaching and learning. Our team has a vast array of training and experience in supporting, maintaining and advancing technology systems in a school environment.

We look forward to working with you if you need technology assistance.

Information Technology Resources

Common issues IT Support receives and a few quick steps you can take to resolve them.

Health Services Updates

National Handwashing Awareness Week was December 6-12.

Practicing the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness will help you remain healthy during COVID-19 or flu season! It is the best way to stop epidemics and pandemics! Adhering to the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness you will be in virtual isolation regardless of the people around you because direct contamination (inoculation) of your facial mucous membranes (eyes, nose or mouth) is the most common way infectious disease enters your body.

Fingers are the 10 most deadly weapons that can give yourself the flu or flu-like illness!

The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness:

1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.

2. DO NOT cough into your hands.

3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.

4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth

Reference: Henry the Hand Foundation; https://henrythehand.com.

Chester County - Flu Vaccine Information

Influenza Vaccines: The Chester County Health Department will continue to offer Influenza vaccines on an appointment basis.

Food Services Updates

Grab-N-Go Meals | Schedule Change for Week of December 21st

One Pick up Date: Monday, December 21st

Grab N Go Meals will resume its normal schedule on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Avon Grove Charter School continues to offer Grab & Go Meals. Please visit https://www.agcharter.org/domain/42 for details.

Teachers Lounge Podcast & Video Series

Teachers Lounge is a podcast and video series featuring teachers from Avon Grove Charter School. The podcast and video series provide opportunities for AGCS community members--parents, students, staff, all of us--to get to know the teachers who make our school such a special place. Conversations are open, honest, and wide-ranging covering anything from preferred teaching practices to favorite vacation spot.
Teachers Lounge podcast series hosted by Matt Arters

Bethanne Lindenbaum is a middle school ELA teacher, Alpha Leo Club advisor, PBIS coach, and middle school team lead at AGCS.

Teachers Lounge podcast series hosted by Matt Arters

Paul Parente is the drama teacher and director at AGCS. We talk about his work here at the school in addition to some of his past experiences as a writer, performer, and caterer for the United Nations.

Athletic Updates

1st Team All Conference Members:

~ Cross Country: Marissa Civatte

~ Soccer: James Vink, Carter Gassler, Noah Kibler

~ Volleyball: Elena Sarkissian, Gia Hall

2nd Team All Conference Members:

~ Volleyball: Grace Blevins, Sarah Milley

Soccer Team - The boys soccer team lost the league championship game on Friday, 11/1

Vote for the Avon Grove Area Girls Volleyball Tree

Join Penn Township, Chester County as they bring Holiday joy to our community. They are hosting a tree decorating contest in Penn Township Park. Visit the park to see these trees in person any time during December.

Remember to cast your vote for the Avon Grove Area Girls Volleyball Tree. All volleyball players from AGCS, AGHS, Fred S. Engle & Lanchester Blast Volleyball Club have their own decorated ornament on the tree.


Micro Farm Updates

Order your Magical Reindeer Food

Order or stop by either main office to get your Magical Reindeer Food. Donation of $3.00 a bag.

Order your AGCS Honey

Order or stop by either main office to get your AGCS Honey. Donation of $10.00 a jar. Limit two.

Virtual Parent Series

The 2021 Virtual Parent Series January session will be announced at the beginning of January 2021.

If you have an idea for upcoming sessions, please email socialmedia@agcharter.org.

Forward Together for the 2020 Thanksgiving Basket Brigade

The AGCS Community came together once again for the 2020 Basket Brigade. Your gift card and non-perishable donations allowed AGCS to create over 60 holiday baskets for families in our community.

Special thanks to Giant Food Stores, SOLitude Lake Management & the AGCS PTO

for their generous support of our community.

Forward Together for GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday was a huge success, In addition to all the money you donated to organizations in our community, $5150 came through the school and is being distributed to important causes in our community. Thank you for your generosity.

Citadel Heart of Learning Award - Nominate A Teacher!

Know a teacher who goes above and beyond to build strength in (or outside) the classroom? Nominate them for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award today! Deadline to nominate is 12/31/2020.

Tax day on your mind?

April 15th will be here sooner than you think. The school would welcome your tax deductible donation. Imagine the difference that your donation could make towards our important mission.

Click the donation button below to donate directly to AGCS. Use the "Pay for Giving Tuesday Donation" link.

End of Year - Tax Deducible Donation

Employers have Matching Gift Programs in which the employer makes a gift in an amount equal to or less than the employee’s gift. Contact your HR department for more information. https://www.agcharter.org/domain/71

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.
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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


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Grades 4th - 12th

110 E. State Road

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