Avalon School Parent Newsletter

Vol. 3 November 2018

"Kids in Nature" helps to beautify the school

Recently the Catalina Island Conservancy's "Kids in Nature" after-school program worked with a group of enthusiastic elementary students to plant native flora around the Avalon School campus. The plants replaced invasive feather grass that was used in the school's landscaping. Students observed their plants before planting and learned the difference between native and invasive. The species of plants included, silver lace, white sage, black sage, Catalina liveforever, and coyote bush.

Carnival Rescheduled

The Annual Avalon School Carnival has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 13. Carnival booths will be open on the upper playground from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. This great family friendly event is also the school's biggest fundraiser of the year. Admission to the Carnival is FREE and the cost of individual games will vary. We hope to see you there!

Parent Forum on School Uniforms

Implementation of the LBUSD School Uniform policy was the focus of last month's Parent Forum meeting. Nearly forty parents participated in a round table discuss which gathered input from all participants. Questions focused on the positives of school uniforms, barriers for implementation, and when the policy should be implemented. Thank you to the Safe and Civil Team (Sarah Rudd-Perez, Juli Killpack, Shelli Hobbs, Jeff Martin, Julie Boekelheide, Steve Hall and Emma Peguero) for facilitating at the event.

The results of the meeting were shared with with the Safe and Civil Team where an implementation proposal was formulated and sent to the Site Based Decision Team (SBD) for approval. On October 25th the SBD approved a plan to institute School Uniforms for students K-12 beginning the 2019-2020 school year.

Senior Field trip to LBCC

Thanks to a generous donation from Avalon Rotary, several students from the Senior class traveled overtown on October 10, for a campus visit to Long Beach Community College. They explored City campus and received detailed information about the wide variety of programs offered at the Community College. This is a timely trip as all graduates from LBUSD schools who meet eligibility requirements are guaranteed A Tuition Free Semester at LBCC as part of the Long Beach College Promise.

This year, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach will start a Dual Admission Program, also known as the Long Beach College Promise 2.0, for Long Beach Unified School District students in fall 2019.

Once accepted to CSULB, LBUSD students graduating in Spring 2019 who are interested in participating in the Long Beach College Promise 2.0 will be admitted to both CSULB and LBCC. Students will agree to take the first two years of coursework at LBCC, and then transfer to CSULB to complete the remainder of their bachelor’s degree.

By entering into the Dual Admission Program, LBUSD students would benefit by:

• Paying a lower tuition rate by attending LBCC, including free tuition for the first year;

• Earning up to two degrees with an associate degree from LBCC and a bachelor’s degree from CSULB;

• Ensuring a smooth transition from LBCC to CSULB. Students will be able to map out courses at both institutions. Students would also receive guidance from both LBCC counselors and CSULB academic advisors.

6th Grade visits the California Science Center to see King Tut

On Wednesday, October 10th, the entire 6th grade traveled to Exposition Park to see the "King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" exhibit at the California Science Center, which fits perfectly into their study of Ancient World History. During their visit they also got to explore the Science Center, watch an IMAX movie and view the Space Shuttle Endevour. This trip was sponsored by the Mariner's Outreach Foundation who provided funding for the boat, bus, museum admission, movie tickets and even a sack lunch.

CTE Class Hits the Road

Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation (HRT) students recently were given a chance to check out the changes happening behind the scenes at the Atwater Hotel. The students were given a guided tour of the construction site and were able to see the plans for the future hotel. They even got to see a preview of one of the finished rooms and the framework for the new Presidential Suite. During their visit the students were able to learn about the many types of jobs involved in such a project.

Making connections with local business and exploring the various Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation related jobs available on the Island, is a key element of our new Career Technical Education (CTE) Program. Next week CTE students will be visiting the Catalina Island Museum to learn more about how and why the Island's unique history is so important to our current tourism economy. More field trips to local businesses are planned throughout the year.

Tall Ship EXY Johnson

On October 22 & 23 the 4th and 5th Grade sailed into the past aboard the Los Angeles Maritime Institute's tall ship EXY Johnson. During their short cruise in the waters around Catalina, the students learned about navigation, map reading, knot tying and manning the helm. They were even given the opportunity climb out over the water on the "bowspirit" as pre-industrial sailors were required to do.

Annual UPC Notification

The Long Beach Unified School District annually notifies its students, employees, parents or guardians of students, and other interested parties of the Uniform Complaint Procedures process (UPC). Click the links below for more information about the UPC.

Uniform Complaint Procedures (UPC) Annual Notice 2018-19

Title IX

A Safe Place to Learn Act

Helping Your Child Succeed: Helpful PreK-12 Tips

Parents, click on this link to read a brief overview of how to help your child to succeed.(English/Espanol)

Upcoming Parent Involvement Activities

Harbor Regional Center Caregiver Education Series #5

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 4:30pm

Avalon School Library

Parents and care givers are invited to participate in a series of FREE parent education classes presented by Harbor Regional Center This program is designed for parents and guardians who need support in managing their son/daughter's behavior and/or skill deficits. The meetings will be held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month. Please call Miguel Flores at (310) 543-0135 or email miguel.flores@harborrc.org for more information.

November 6 - Identifying Public & Private Behaviors/Environments

December 4 - Mindfulness Parenting


Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 4pm

Avalon School Library

PTA meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Library.

CTE Advisory Board

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 5pm


Representatives from local businesses who are partnering with Avalon School.

Parent Success Training #4 -- The Art of Setting Limits

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 5pm

Avalon School Auditorium

A FREE series of four parent workshops presented by Michael Anderson

Parent Safe and Civil

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 5:15pm


Re-scheduled from November 12.

ELAC (English Learner Advisory Council)

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 5pm

Avalon School Library

This parent organization provides recommendations to our School Site Council. We want to hear from you! We will be making decisions about possible programs to support

our students - your thoughts and counsel are greatly needed!

*Refreshments will be provided*

Coming Soon

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