Avoca West News
Week of October 22nd
"Twas the Week of Parent Teacher Conferences!
Our Specials teachers (P.E., Music, Spanish, Encore Literacy, Encore Tech, Art, Creative Drama, and Science Lab) will be compiling a one-page flyer for our parents again this year. They are happy to meet with any parens who request a conference, but this news will hopefully help you ask questions about things happening at school.
Our 2nd - 5th graders took the Reading and Math MAP assessments this fall. Parents are welcome to request the report for an individual students, but we do not plan to formally share the reports for this fall period. Having taken the assessment in the second week of school, the fall data simply lets us know 1) Are scores consistent with how they scored in the spring? 2) Where can we look and learn any other insights about students who may need some additional support. Students will take the assessment again in the winter (January) to see whether they are on target for their spring growth score. Those winter reports will be shared in the January report cards for parents.
Halloween Celebration Next Week
Halloween Costume Parade - ALL Grades - 1:40pm (held outdoors pending weather)
Kindergarten - classroom party BEFORE parade, from 1-1:30pm.
1st-5th Grade, classroom party AFTER parade, from 2:15-2:45pm.
Classroom party is BEFORE the parade, from 1-1:30pm. (Kindergartners can wear their costumes to school or parents can help them change at 1pm)
Classroom party is AFTER the parade, 2:15pm-2:45pm. Parent volunteers can go to the classrooms immediately AFTER the parade to set up. Party ends at 2:45pm in order for kids to pack up & parents to move cars to have a smooth dismissal.
IDENTIFICATION FOR ADULTS
1) All adults attending Halloween parties must have a Name Tag. If it is your first time visiting the school, please visit the office anytime before the party to have your drivers license scanned in Raptor.
2) Whether or not you are already in Raptor, if you plan to attend, please sign up for a name tag so that we can have them printed prior to the party via the Google Form link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Xqyz6Uy1br1IBK4HyGWaeVS9TknHnWTPN8M9KPBbauY/edit?usp=sharing
All names are needed by Wednesday, 10/24.
3) Tables will be set up just inside the school with the name tags organized alphabetically.
BASIC RULES for Halloween at School
No mask or face coverings
No pretend weapons
No costumes to be worn during the day (only for the parade & party; except kindergartners)
We know that many of our parents like to visit during parties. Please know that this time is intended to be for the students in the class. If you are joining the class for the party, please plan to be an active participant. Room parents are looking for:
OUR CLASS PARTY VOLUNTEERS:
Class volunteer 1:
Class volunteer 2:
Kids use own water bottles for drinks
Nut-free zone!!! ALL SNACKS MUST BE STORE BOUGHT, NUT-FREE AND MADE IN A NUT-FREE FACILITY
Please prepare a few extra snacks and crafts/games for younger children of volunteers.
Veteran's Day Breakfast at Avoca West - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
This is the first of my years at Avoca West where Veteran's Day does not occur on a school day. We still want to make sure to carry on the tradition of serving those who served our country! Therefore, our Veteran's Day breakfast will take place Monday, November 12th from 8:30-9:30 at Avoca West. Our Student Ambassadors are eager to deck out our school in patriotic theme AND to welcome any and all veterans to serve them breakfast.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! We count on our parents, students, and community members to spread the word! Any AND ALL veterans are welcome -- whether they have a tie to Avoca West or not. Feel free to invite aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends. All are welcome, as we want to make sure that they feel the appreciation from our students.
Remember, this is a DISTRICT EVENT - Marie Murphy participants are always welcome!
EMPATHETIC - Bernie's Book Bank Drive
In the winter, our 1st graders spend time at Bernie's Book Bank to learn about community and giving back as a part of their Social Studies unit. It's a wonderful chance for our students to see things go full circle!
The Book Fair will be open to the public during Parent-Teacher Conferences -- Wednesday & Thursday evenings.
Safety Drills -- Time to Practice
In the week ahead and during the next, we will practice several drills and safety talks. They are:
- Monday - October 22nd - Glenview Fire Department visits classrooms. Parent letter and homework to go home with students tomorrow
- Wednesday - October 24th - Shelter in Place (Tornado) & Evacuation/Fire Drill #2
- Monday - October 29th - Lockdown Drill (Glenview Fire & Police Departments to join us)
Mark Your Calendars!!
10/24 & 10/25 - Half Day Student Attendance - Parent Conferences in the Evening!
10/26 - No School for Students (Teacher Institute Day)
10/31 - Halloween Celebration (see above for details)
11/1 - Color Crew Day -- Students Wear Classroom Color if Possible!
11/7 - PTC Meeting at Avoca West ITC
11/9 - Intercultural Night at Marie Murphy
11/12 - Veteran's Day Breakfast at Avoca West (Please RSVP)
1/15 - Board of Education Meeting
11/19-11/23 -- No School for Students -- Teacher Institutes & Thanksgiving Holiday
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!!