The Avery Pulse
September 24th, 2023
- September 25th - Late Start
- October 6th - Fall Festival 6pm-9pm @ Avery
- 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
- 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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Fall Festival Update
Fall Festival envelopes with info on selling RAFFLE TICKETS and purchasing GAME TICKETS came home with your child last week! Check their backpacks to find out everything you need to know!
NEW THIS YEAR: Each Raffle Prize will have its own drawing. You choose which raffle drawing to enter your ticket. Each ticket is entered into ONE drawing for ONE prize. Which ones do you want to win? See the list below:
2023 RAFFLE PRIZES
1.Nintendo Switch & Mario Gift Basket (value $575)
2.Olive & Oak Date Night & Babysitting ($450)
3. WG Block Party ($545)
4.Family Basket - Photo Shoot & Gift Cards ($605)
5.Old Orchard Date Night & Babysitting ($450)
6.Taste of WG - Restaurant Gift Cards ($550)
Title One Funding @ Avery
For information about Title One funding at Avery please join us on October 12th from
6:30-7:00 in the library. Mrs. Ecker will share a short presentation on how Title 1 funding helps provide reading support for our students.
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
REPEATED INFORMATION BELOW
Project Update @ Avery
In February 2023, our parents came together at the annual Trivia Night and raised over $30,000 to help support two initiatives at Avery. One, was updating our library and the second was installing water bottle refilling stations around the building. We are so grateful for the continued partnership of our parents in supporting our school and our students! Without your contributions, we would not be able to make these necessary additions to our school.
Below you will find an update on both projects. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Hannah Peterson Ed.D.
Library Project Update
The library project is a multi-year comprehensive project that will address various upgrades to our space. A committee of parents as well as district personnel have been collaborating together over the span of five months to set a vision for the space.
This vision includes:
- Updated tables and chairs
- Relocation and replacement of circulation desk
- Updated shelving
- New flooring
- New paint
- ...and more!
We are working with various vendors to determine color scheme, furniture options, and overall bidding packages.
Water Bottle Refilling Station Update
Currently, Avery has one water bottle refilling station in the building for over 300 students. This station is located in the cafeteria which can be a challenge for all of our students to access on a consistent basis throughout the day.
With the support of PTO, we are in the midst of installing an additional four stations around the building. This will include a water bottle refilling station in each hallway. The district has put this project out for bid which includes installation. We will be sure to take pictures of the completed projects!
Fall Festival Information
Avery Fall Festival is Friday, October 6th, from 6 pm - 9 pm. You won’t want to miss this old-fashioned carnival with games, a bounce house, food, and fun, plus you’ll be supporting the Avery PTO! Follow the Fall Festival Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/AveryFallFestival
Ticket Prep Party: Wednesday, Sept 20, at 7 pm at 620 Fairview Ave. (Amanda Vader’s house). Help prep raffle and game tickets at this fun volunteer event. Please bring your stapler.
Donate needed items from our Amazon wish list. Ship to “Amy Tappmeyer/Whisler Gift Registry Address”:
Upcycle: We are collecting your used toys as prizes for Fall Festival games. Drop them off at 425 FairLAWN in the bin.
We would appreciate:
Small toys, craft kits, cars, dolls etc
Books - appropriate for grade school kids
Stuffed animals -small/medium size in good shape
Please do not send: toy weapons, mardi gras beads, things that go in hair/mouth, toys that are broken /missing parts, bubbles
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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