The R. Grant Graham Star Reporter
March 26, 2020
From the Principal
Dear Graham Families:
Our first week of full day (in person) learning went very well! Thank you for making it a smooth transition for everyone.
Parents of In Person Students---Please remember to complete the daily Clear to Go screening for each student prior to coming to school. Children must have this completed before they come to school each morning or afternoon!
Packet/Class Materials pick up will be on Wednesdays only. The school will be closed during school hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
March is National Reading Month! Please continue to encourage your children to read every day. Our Readers of the Week are listed below- Congratulations to those students!
There is no school next week. I hope you all enjoy the week off!
As always, thank you for your patience and understanding.
Remember, it takes a village to raise our children.
Tony O. Harris
Tony O. Harris
Excellence In Education
April 15, 20: Hearing Screening
April 22-23: Vision Screening
March 29- April 2: NO SCHOOL- Spring Break
April 12 - May 11: Avondale School of Choice Applications Accepted
May 7: NO SCHOOL
May 31: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
2021/2022 School Calendar
Student-Centered District Calendar for 2021/2022
Student-Centered District School Calendar 2021-22
After months of work and collaboration with stakeholders around the Avondale School District, we have developed our calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.
While adhering to government mandates and myriad other details, the calendar reflects our commitment to student and staff growth. It contains opportunities for student remediation and enrichment through staff-provided intersessions that we feel will help reverse the academic losses that may have occurred for some students over the past year. The new calendar also honors our commitment to our staff members to provide opportunities for them to advance their teaching skills and enhance their content knowledge in the ever-changing world of education.
The new calendar is considered student-centered but we feel that it really is learning community-centered as it is designed to create an environment conducive to a healthy and intentional educational experience for all.
If you are interested in participating in a committee to discuss and plan intersession and enrichment opportunities for our students please fill out the form at this link: Intersession Planning Committee Interest Form.
The new calendar is attached to this email so that you can begin to plan your coming months. Barring any surprise mandates from the state or the occurrence of national or global events that may interrupt our 2021-2022 school year, there should be little to no changes to it.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
James V. Schwarz, Ph.D.
Avondale School District
Elementary Menu For In Person Students
Readers of the Week
Congratulations to our Graham March is Reading Month: Readers of the Week (Week 3) Dragons in a Bag:
Mason Velez (Mrs. Wright)
Shaun Serda (Mrs. Wright)
New Graham Bus Schedule
Absence Call In Procedures
Please DO NOT send your child to school if:
- They have had a fever within the last 24 hours
- They have vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours
If your child will be late or not attending school, please call the attendance line directly @ 248-537-6810 before 9am. The attendance line is available to call 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On your message, leave your child's name and teacher, your name, and the reason for the absence including symptoms.
- If your child has 1 High Risk symptom or 2 Low Risk symptoms, we will be recommending a COVID test. If the COVID test is negative or you visit your doctor and get a doctor's note that says the child is sick for another reason, your child may return to school when they are symptom free for 24 hours.
- If you choose not to get a COVID test or the doctor does not issue a note, students will need to remain at home for the 10 day quarantine.
High Risk--new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell
Low Risk--fever (100.4 or higher), chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea (2 times in 24 hours), nausea or vomiting (2 times in 24 hours), congestion/runny nose
Updated K-12 School Opening Guidance
New guidance has been issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) with support from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE); the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA); and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for schools to keep students, staff, and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing the in-person instruction that is crucial to learning and development.
* To access all COVID-19 Updates, go to the MDE website at www.michigan.gov/mde.
Happy Birthday Graham Stars!
Austin Gentry 3/1
Edward Galloway 3/2
Terry Smith 3/2
Ava Wiggins 3/2
Mahizhan Manikandan 3/4
Santos Galindo Martinez 3/4
Klarity Applewhite 3/6
Kaylee Lopp 3/7
Antonio Guster 3/8
Michael Fuller 3/9
Sarthak Gaba 3/11
Abhisri Gummula 3/11
Suoryanshee Kharpe 3/11
De'Shon Holland 3/13
Kaela Ngo 3/13
Aarav Phule 3/13
Jaxen Allen 3/14
Joseph McCarroll 3/18
Dex Toles 3/18
Jayden Graves 3/19
Deryck Tebault 3/19
Mariam Ourlissene 3/21
Kornell Wiggins 3/21
Hadassah Pop 3/22
Maurice Thomas 3/22
Toi Gray 3/24
Chye Ratcliff 3/25
Kenzo Williams 3/27
Siddheshwari Siivasankar 3/28
Caleb Axe 3/29
D'Mari Scott-Munson 3/29
Parker Coklow 3/31
Roselia Mares 3/31
NATIONAL YOUTH ARTS MONTH
WE NEED your HELP WITH our YEARBOOK!
We need your help! With the school year starting off remotely (and now continuing remotely), we have no fun photos of our students to include in the 2020-2021 yearbook. We still want to have fun memories of this school year that include our amazing students! It would also be a great way to include pictures of your children if you were not able to attend Picture Day.
Please feel free to email a copy of the photo to Gretchen.Dietz@AvondaleSchools.org with your child's name and which grade or group you would like the picture to be added.
Thank you for helping to create memories!
Free Breakfast and Lunch- New Schedule
Helpful Hints if Your Child's Teacher is Using Seasaw
BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK
Avondale families wishing to enroll their student(s) in our Blessings in a Backpack program, please fill out the form at this link:
Blessings in a Backpack provides simple meals at NO COST each week during the school year for families who need assistance. While Avondale Schools is conducting remote learning, meals will be disbursed in conjunction with the Chartwells Food Service Breakfast and Lunch distributions. (Watch for details about distribution dates, times, and locations.) Sign up today!
Google Quick Tips and Reference for Remote Learning
Useful Google "cheat sheets" embedded into the PDF. Here's a link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZOoceYTr1QMei62Tw3UPAJaEkphjXnCy/view?usp=sharing
NEW DISTRICT WEBSITE
New District Website
Avondale School District launched our new website! It is the same web address, but it has an updated look and it's much easier to navigate!
Check it out here: www.avondaleschools.org.