The Western Weekly

Issue 14: December 2nd, 2018

PBIS Celebration: Dance, Dance!

PBIS is a big part of how we maintain a positive culture and climate in our building. PBIS is short for “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.” It is based on principles of applied behavior analysis, with the purpose of using preventative supports in order to encourage positive behaviors among students, staff, and teachers. At Western Avenue, each classroom teacher tracks behavior in their classroom, under the school-wide expectations of being safe, respectful, and responsible. At the mid-month point and end of each month, our PBIS team creates fun school-wide incentives for the children to participate in who have been following our school-wide expectations. This month, our celebration was dance party for grade level bands in our gymnasium, and the children had a blast! A very special thanks to Mrs. Kubas and Mr. Hood for organizing our PBIS assemblies every month. These assemblies make a huge difference in the culture and climate of our building!
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Student Council

This year, we wanted to create another avenue for student voice and leadership. We are very excited to announce that this past Thursday, Western Avenue had its very first 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th Student Council meetings. The teachers were so excited to read through all of the applications that were received for this leadership opportunity. It did take time for us to select representatives because of the high volume of applications. Please congratulate the following students!

2nd Grade: Sam Day, Tristan Terrell, Ruby Duckett, Reilly Burns, Zanele Mbolela, Shane McGathey

3rd Grade: Jacob Beal, Kammi Nelson, Annie Caporale, Aiden Burns, Chloe Staszak, Ian Salazar

4th Grade: Sabrina Murray, Bennett Matthys, Nora McGrory, Nia Allen, Max Cuevas, Noah Bilgi, David Dobbins

5th Grade: Vivian Dixon, Tommy Burns, Gregory Mitchell, Jack Ermshler, Shawnice Paxton, Ben Faoro, Annie Ford, Cheyenne Smith, Melian Swartling, Charlotte Symowicz

Van Gogh Fun Packs

The Van Gogh Picture Company supports a fundraiser where 100% of profits go back to Western Avenue. The week of December 3rd, you will receive a “Picture Fun Pack” with instructions for any of the materials that you may want to purchase. We received samples of the Fun Packs in the Main Office. They include items such as key ring badges, bookmarks, and puzzles that are laminated and finished with your child's school photo. Please make sure to check your child’s backpack for the Picture Fun Pack. I have included a sample photo of what they look like below. Thank you!

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Angels Basketball

Looking for some basketball fun for your daughter this December? Look no more--the HF Park District and Angels Basketball will be providing basketball and wellness programming for girls in grades 1-8! The basketball draft will be held on December 9th starting at 12:00 pm at the HF Sports Complex. All levels and abilities are welcome to attend the draft! Afterwards, there will be a Health and Wellness Fair for all attendees. Please see the attached flyer for more details!

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5Essentials Parent Participation Needed

Flossmoor School District 161 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the seventh statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction

We encourage all District 161 teachers, parents, and students to make their voices heard to impact positive change. You can find the link to the parent site at

Please contact the Main Office with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Traffic Flow at Arrival and Dismissal

Parents, we understand that everyone is rushing to get their days started in the morning. However, we need to do a better job driving safely in the drop-off and pick-up lines. We have three staff members directing traffic at the front lot, two staff members posted at door I (primary playground), and multiple people posted at the playgrounds and blacktop area between the playgrounds. We also have one person stationed in the North parking lot. Please remember that there is a traffic flow. Students must be dropped off in the designated car lines. Please do not drop off your children on any other street or sidewalk other than the designated lines. Please do not wait in line to make sure your child walks to the door because that stops the flow for other parents behind you. And please be very mindful when you are pulling away from the car line. There should only be one priority for morning drop off and afternoon pick up--and that priority is the safety of all our kids at Western Avenue. If we all work together, we can ensure the safety of all students. Thank you!

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful week!