The Avery Pulse
October 8th, 2023
- October 9th - Late Start
- October 12th - Title One Meeting @ Avery 6:30pm-7:00pm
- October 12th - PTO Meeting @ Avery 7pm-8pm
- October 14th - Lawn Clean Up @ Avery 9am-12pm (all are welcome - bring tools!)
- October 19th - No School for Students (Teacher PD)
- October 20th - No School
- October 23rd - Late Start
- October 26th - Avery Parents for Equity Meeting via Zoom @ 7pm
- November 1st - No School (Teacher PD)
- November 13th - Late Start
- November 14th & 16th - Parent Teacher Conferences (more information soon)
- November 13th-16th - Scholastic Book Fair (more information soon)
- November 20th - Picture Retake Day
- November 22nd-24th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
- November 27th - Late Start
- December 11th - Late Start
- December 21st - Winter Parties @ 1:45pm
- December 22nd-January 3rd - No School - Winter Break
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Climate and Culture Survey
In continuation of our efforts to support the academic and personal well-being of each WGSD student, district surveys will be administered to students in grades 3-12, families, and staff.
These surveys will solicit participants' perspectives about learning strategies, culture and climate, and experiences in the classroom and/or school. The last day to take the family survey is Friday, October 13.
Take the family survey here. If you have students at more than one school, please fill out a survey for each school.
The surveys allow for students, families and staff to offer feedback specifically about school safety, their sense of belonging, teacher-student relationships, cultural awareness and diversity and inclusion.
Fund-a-Teacher - FINAL PUSH!
A huge thanks to those of you who have contributed to the Fund-a-Teacher campaign so far this year. We've raised $7200 of our $10,000 goal and are asking for your help to put us over the finish line! As a reminder, all money raised through Fund-a-Teacher goes directly back to teachers to reimburse them for money they have already spent on classroom basics.
Cash / Checks: PTO Mailbox in Front Hall
Please indicate that your donation is for the Fund-a-Teacher campaign
Title One Funding @ Avery
For information about Title One funding at Avery please join us on October 12th from
6:30-7:00 (before the PTO meeting) in the library. Mrs. Ecker will share a short presentation on how Title 1 funding helps provide reading support for our students.
Join us this Thursday, October 12 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Avery Library for our PTO Meeting. All parents and caregivers are invited. This month we'll be talking reading with one of our Reading Specialists, Mrs. Ecker, and sharing info about upcoming school events. We hope you can join us!
Share Your Thoughts With Avery Parents for Equity
Avery Parents for Equity, a sub-committee of the PTO that focuses on cultivating a sense of belonging for all students and families at Avery, wants your feedback.
The group is currently in the process of broadening its scope to focus on the inclusion of students/families of color, students with medical conditions and/or disabilities, students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ students/families, and more.
What topics or issues do you hope the group will focus on this year? What would you like to see the group accomplish?
All Avery families are welcome to complete this survey by Saturday, Oct. 14, to share your perspectives: https://forms.gle/ZKR4NL5XBPwVehKw8
Please also plan to join us for our next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, where we will determine the group's priorities for this year.
Questions? Contact Julia Maki and Libby Dowdall at email@example.com.
REPEATED INFORMATION BELOW
Did you know socks are one of the most requested items at homeless shelters? Avery Elementary is doing a school wide service project to help address this need. For the month of October, we are collecting new socks to donate to Socks 4 Soles, a local organization that will distribute the socks to shelters that need them. Our goal is to collect 400 pairs of socks, about one per student at Avery. Each grade level will have a collection basket for the socks that are brought in.
We will have a Town Hall meeting on October 31st with a sock theme to celebrate our service project. We’re hoping a representative from Socks 4 Soles can come to the Town Hall meeting to congratulate the students on their donations and talk about how it will positively impact the St. Louis community.
Avery Lawn Clean Up!
Join us for an Avery lawn clean-up: Saturday, Oct 14, from 9am to 12pm.
We will be tackling the overgrown area along Atalanta. Come ready to cut back and tear out. There will be light twig and trash clean-up jobs available too.
Bring gloves, pruning shears, clippers, and digging tools. Supervised kid helpers are welcome. Please come for any amount of time you have to share!
BUZZ BOOK 2023-2024
Hello Avery Families!
The Buzz Book is almost ready! We've changed how we are collecting family information. Please read the following message for an important update:
The Buzz Book will be compiled from the information you provided during online registration at the beginning of the year. Contact information including address, email, and phone number for students, parent 1, and parent 2 will be included.
Forgot what you entered? No problem! You can view it by logging into your SIS parent account https://sis.webster.k12.mo.us/
Once logged in, select "Online Registration" under the "School Life" menu on the left side of the screen. You will be able to view Household parents, addresses, and student information.
If you like everything you see, then you don't need to do anything!
If you would like to edit what information is included, please submit changes by October 10th.
Email Questions and Changes to Debra Spann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Equity in Action Committee Community Recognition
The Webster Groves School District's Equity in Action Committee values and encourages peer-to-peer recognition for equity work. Last year, the EIA just developed and launched a Community Recognition initiative, which provides an opportunity for members of the community to recognize individuals (i.e. students, teachers, parents, friends, community members, etc.), schools, businesses, and organizations who make everyday contributions towards creating and cultivating a culture of dignity that values all human beings within the WGSD. To learn more about this opportunity and to make a recognition, please go to Community Recognition. The deadline is November 17, 2023 and April 19, 2024.
Author Visit on October 13th
The author/illustrator team Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson will visit third, fourth, and fifth graders at Avery on Friday, October 13 to talk about their books and career. At the end of the appearance, they will sign books for any students who wish to purchase them. Webster Groves’ independent bookstore THE NOVEL NEIGHBOR is providing books for purchase, and the books (discounted, no tax) are available for this visit only through them.Online orders are preferred at the link below or students can return the order form with a cash payment for books. Please use this link if you would like to purchase a book: https://abdopattersonavery.paperform.co/
A Note from Mrs. Wallace… Avery’s School Counselor
Habit #1- Be Proactive
So far our Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grade classes have had a visit from Mrs. Wallace in order to begin the year Proactively J All of our students have had reminders about getting in the green zone and being proactive (in charge of yourself).
In Kindergarten - We introduced the Howard B. Wigglebottom series of stories with “Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen”. Howard has to learn to be Proactive the hard way. We can learn from him and not make the same mistakes.
In First- We met Grinner and Blackbelt. Grinner is a flying squirrel but he does not have confidence when it comes to flying, school, and other things his friends do. Blackbelt is a wise raccoon that is a wonderful mentor for Grinner and he helps him learn 4 steps to always being a winner.
In Second- We Learned “How to Grow a Happiness Spot”. Second graders learned that they have the power to grow happiness spots everywhere they go. Happiness spots can grow through smiles, reading, creating, talking, and having gratitude…. There are so many ways to grow them!
In Third- graders learned how to Be Proactive. We read the Habit #1 story, Just the Way I Am. In this story Pokey the porcupine is sad when other students make fun of his quills. He learns that he is in charge of himself and he can focus on the positive aspects of being a porcupine. We also discussed the four things that are happening is you are faced with a situation where you might be being bullied.
Read, Right, & Run
Your child’s school is participating in the GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon® program
and your child has expressed interest in joining. GO! St. Louis®, a local non-profit organization,
encourages individuals and families in the St. Louis region to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle
The GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon® is a fully integrated marathon program for
children in grades K-8 that focuses on literacy, fitness, and character development. Students are
challenged to READ 26 books, RIGHT the community with 26 good deeds and learn to set goals to
RUN the necessary miles in preparation for their final race. After 26 weeks of hard work, the
program culminates each year when the students complete their race day goals of a 1.2 mile race
or a 5K race on April 6, 2024.
- Students in grades K-5 will train to complete either a 1.2 or 2 mile race.
- Students in grades 6-8 will train to complete a 5K race.
- As a GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon® participant, we are here to support you throughout your training journey.
- An activity journal that allows students to track their books, deeds, and miles.
- Monthly informative emails filled with helpful hints on how to stay motivated, serve your community and book recommendations!
- Race bib, t-shirt, and finisher’s medal upon crossing the finish line.
Please direct any questions to Mr. Velten. For more information on this
nationally recognized youth program, visit: gostlouis.org/rrrm.
We hope you will consider having your child participate in this annual event. Research shows that
regular exercise actually improves many areas of brain function including memory, stress
reduction, and attention span. All of these areas point toward academic success.
GO! St. Louis
Culture and Climate
In continuation of our efforts to support the academic and personal well-being of each student, district culture and climate surveys will be administered to students in grades 3-12, families, and staff. Surveys will solicit participants' perspectives about learning strategies, culture and climate, and experiences in the classroom and/or school.
The surveys will allow for students, families and staff to offer feedback specifically about school safety, their sense of belonging, teacher-student relationships, cultural awareness and diversity and inclusion. For comparison purposes, the same surveys from 2022-2023 will be used this year.
The survey window for students and families will be October 2-13, 2023 and March 25-April 5, 2024.
To learn more, including survey previews, aggregate data from last year, and how you can exclude your child from participating in the surveys if you choose to, click here.
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Arrival from 7:40-7:50 AM
Carpool drop-off only in front of school – parents to remain in vehicles with staff members assisting students
Families walking students to school will say goodbye at the external doors
No parking during arrival
Staff members will supervise at the curb
This entrance will be utilized for bus arrival
- Atalanta Avenue
We strongly encourage families to travel only from Bompart towards Glen to alleviate congestion and increase safety
No parking on sidewalks
Staff members will supervise at the curb
Kindergarten and Fifth grades will dismiss out front
First and Fourth grades will dismiss along the side
Second and Third grades will dismiss on the back blacktop
Back Parking Lot
Staff parking only
No entrance or exit from 2:20-2:50
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- district-sponsored information
- something from a group affiliated* with the district.
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group created soley to work with district staff, students and parents
to raise fund for district activities (PTOs, booster clubs, the
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You can read the board policy here
If you are a non-profit organization that doesn't qualify for direct distribution to students and families, you can contact Derek Duncan (email@example.com) who is our Director of Communication and he will ensure that your flyer is posted on the community electronic bulletin.
If your information fits the above criteria, you can make a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions are due on Thursdays at 5pm