Avoca West News

Week of December 18

Wrapping Up 2017!

This has been a tremendous start to the 2017-2018 school year and I am so excited to spend the upcoming break thinking of all that 2018 may bring! This is the time of year where we often stop and reflect on the many blessings in our lives, and I couldn't be prouder of the many accomplishments so far.


  • We've rolled out an all school BRAVE plan, keeping our staff and students focused on building up the whole child, academically and personally!
  • Thanks to the leadership of Caroline Henson and Erika Slagel, Avoca West has become the first and ONLY elementary school in Illinois to bring Best Buddies to the younger grades. We celebrated at our first ever event this past Friday, filling the ITC with smiles and positive energy. Looking forward to growing our chapter and reinforcing the beauty in the differences each child and person brings to the world!
  • In the hopes of growing our student voice in sharing the story of what makes Avoca West special, we've begun our Social Media Intern "experiment." It's been remarkable to watch our intern step up and be an incredible leader and contributor to our presence online!


If you don't already follow us on social media, please do, as I look to share stories and moments as they happen -- and there are SO MANY more than I could ever capture in a bulleted list.


As we head into the new year, we will continue to build our sense of student leadership and ownership for their learning at Avoca West. Report cards will be finished up at the end of January (available online Monday, 1/29 and home via envelope on Friday, 2/2). As always, please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns about progress in academics or socially-- they'll do the same!

All School Spirit Days This Week

Viking VIPs

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Snapshots from Best Buddies "The Gift of Friendship" Event

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Industrial Revolution Wax Museum - 5th Grade

Mark Your Calendars!!

12/21 - 6:30pm - Board of Education Meeting (at Marie Murphy)

12/22 - Winter Parties at Avoca West

1/8 - School Resumes!

1/10 - 7:00pm - PTC Meeting at Marie Murphy

1/11 - 5:30pm - Committee of the Whole Meeting at Marie Murphy

1/15 - NO SCHOOL - MLK, JR. BIRTHDAY

1/18 - 6:00pm - 4th grade Music Performance at Avoca West

1/25 - 6:30pm - Board of Education Meeting (at Marie Murphy)

1/29 - Report Cards Available to View Online

1/29-2/2 - MAP Testing at Avoca West - Grades 2-5

1/31 - 6:00pm - Band Concert at Avoca West

2/2 - Paper copy of Report Card sent home via backpack mail

2/8 - Art in Action Day!

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!!

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Questions? Comments?

Please feel free to reach out to ask any of our office staff for help!