Avoca West News
Week of September 4th
Welcome Back & Upcoming Parent Orientation
- Session 1: 6:00-6:30 - 2nd & 3rd grade
- Session 2: 6:45-7:15 - 4th & 5th grade
- Session 3: 7:30-8:00 - Kindergarten & 1st grade
- Ongoing: Stop by the ITC during Parent Orientation to meet our Core (PE, Music, and Spanish) and Encore (Drama, Encore Technology, Science Lab, Art, & Encore Literacy staff members
- Learn more about the District's Strategic Plan and Avoca West's new instructional approach for math in the Multipurpose Room (Cafeteria) during Session 1 or 2. We hope you can stop by to listen and to ask questions about the year to come! We also invite parents to come to a Math Night that will be focused on understanding more of what math workshop looks like on September 19th from 6:30-7:30.
Please know how much we value a strong home-school connection and that we welcome any and all parents to reach out to your child's teacher, the office, or to Mrs. Hutchison at any time! I look forward to seeing you all then!
We also welcome parents to add to our "Wall of Dreams" bulletin board by the front doors. Consider the question: "What hopes and dreams do you have for your student(s) this year?" I hope that by writing our hopes down we make the intangible more concrete!
Here's to an amazing year ahead and an exciting first day with our kindergarten kiddos!
Working Hard on Being B.R.A.V.E. at Avoca West
This year we'll be focusing on how "Vikings are BRAVE"
B - Bold (take risks and push through when things are tough)
R - Respectful (look to do the right thing for themselves, others, and our school)
A - Accountable (own successes and the mistakes and look for ways to grow from them)
V - Valuable (You make Avoca West a better place by being here!)
E - Empathetic (look out for others and seek to understand others' feelings)
Our year started off Day 1 in the ITC listening to Mrs. Hutchison setting the stage for the hard work in the year ahead. Academics will be challenging, but so will really looking inward and making sure that we are creating the Avoca West were we all want to grow and learn each day. The Viking clad principal also read How to Be A Viking to the students -- viking accent and all!
Day 2 focused on spending some time within our common areas at Avoca West really diving into the expectations in each area. This idea of teaching the expectations explicitly is based in Randy Sprick's Safe and Civil Schools model and is one that resonates with our staff and students. You can find a visual of the expectations that link to our "R" - being Responsible - in the various areas. We will hope to reinforce those expectations with our BRAVE tickets and will reteach as often as needed -- because we're all learning (even the principal who sometimes can be chatty and high-fivey in the hallway)!
Each Friday we will pull a random ticket from each grade level's bucket to recognize the BRAVE Viking VIP whose picture will be added to our amazing Avoca West ship. We can't wait for your to see our crew on Wednesday and hope you'll help to encourage these BRAVE characteristics at home and at school!
Check out our first week's BRAVE Viking VIPs below!
Mark Your Calendars!!
9/5 - Room Parent Meeting (7:00 in the ITC)
9/6 - Parent Orientation Night at Avoca West (see times indicated above!)
9/13 - 7:00pm PTC Meeting at Marie Murphy (All meetings will be at MM this school year. We hope to see you! All are welcome!)
9/14 - 5:30-7:00pm - Ice Cream Social & Volunteer Fair (at Avoca West)
9/18 - Picture Day! Check your child's backpack this week for picture forms! If you'd like to volunteer for the day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
After School Activities to Begin Soon!!
Once again, Avoca West will open its doors to three outside organization who are offering opportunities for our students. Information about registering for these activities can be found in the corresponding links for each of the programs. These programs are at an additional cost to our parents.
- Monday - Martial Arts from Connelly's Academy (Kindergarten-5th grade)
- Tuesday - Chess from Chess-Ed (Kindergarten-5th grade)
- Wednesday - Hip Hop Dance from Chicago Loves Dance (1st-5th grade)
As the year progresses, there will be other opportunities for our 1st-5th grade students to take part in, both before and after school. These clubs are offered by staff members and will come at no additional cost to our families. Clubs include, but are not limited to, Yoga, Digital Imagery, Art Club, Roominate, and Vikings Club. Stay tuned!
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!!