Avoca West News

Week of October 22nd

"Twas the Week of Parent Teacher Conferences!

I hope to see all of our parents out this Wednesday and Thursday for our annual fall parent-teacher conferences. With only two report cards during the year, this is the time for teachers to share observations about what they've learned about your child and to share goals for the future. Likewise, it's the perfect time for you to share input and insights about your child with his/her teacher. "Teamwork makes the dream work," so we hope you know how valued your participation and relationship is to your child's success at Avoca West!

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

Parents should have recieved notification already from room parents about the upcoming Halloween Parties next week. As is tradition at Avoca West, we will take part in an all school parade so that our parents & students can see one another's costumes. Our teachers/teams will show off costumes prior to lunch. The following has been already shared with parents, but for reference:

Quick Details:

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.


Kindergarten -

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)

1st-5th Grade

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.


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:


Class volunteer 1:

Class volunteer 2:

Games/Crafts 1:

Games/Crafts 2:

Games/Crafts 3:

Healthy Snack:

Sweet Snack:

Kids use own water bottles for drinks


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!

Please RSVP to Cece Donoghue or Roxann Giovannini, but feel free to come the day if it just happens to work out! Many thanks!

EMPATHETIC - Bernie's Book Bank Drive

Each year we have our book collection for Bernie's Book Bank to coincide with our Book Fair in the ITC. These books are then donated to the bank so that they are able to gain access to your new or gently used books.

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

As my former softball coach used to say, "Practice doesn't make perfect...Perfect practice makes perfect!" This is why we make sure that during any and all drills at Avoca our students are as buttoned up as possible. We certainly hope to never have to take part in an emergency protocol, but we will continue to keep the conversation going and to give feedback to our students and staff on ways to tighten up.

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

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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!