The Avery Pulse

November 20th, 2022

Upcoming Dates

  • Nov. 14th, 15th, 16th, and 21st - Food Drive Competition! (Information Below)
  • Nov. 21st - Tacky Day - Wear Kirkwood Colors (red/white)
  • Nov. 22nd - Spirit Day - Wear Webster Colors (black/orange)
  • Nov. 23rd-25th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 28th - Late Start - Information Below
  • Dec. 12th - Late Start - Information Below
  • Dec. 21st - Winter Parties (Information Coming Soon)
  • Dec. 22nd - Jan. 3 - Winter Break
  • Jan. 4th - School Resumes

A Note from Dr. Peterson

Avery Families-

Thank you so much for your support in bringing in food items for our food drive! We still have ONE more day to collect items. Below are important items to note for this coming week:

  1. Canned Food Drive - Our canned food drive competition ends tomorrow against Keysor Elementary in the Kirkwood School District. This is a long standing tradition that went away for a few years and we are trying to bring it back! Additional information can be found here.
  2. Spirit Days - As part of some fun traditions around the Turkey Day Game with Kirkwood, we will have two spirit days on Monday, Nov. 21st and Tuesday, Nov. 22nd. The 21st is Tacky Day - dress in red/white the Kirkwood colors and the 22nd is Webster spirit wear day - wear orange and black!

Thank you!

Hannah Peterson, Ed.D.


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Book Fair

Thank you to all of our volunteers who made the Book Fair last week a success! If you missed us in-person, you can still shop the Book Fair Online until Sunday, November 27th.

  • Exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. So many choices (over 3000!), all of them good!

  • Everything ships right to your home. Free shipping on orders of $25 or more*.

  • Rewards! Rewards! Rewards! Avery earns 25% during the online fair and 2% all year long.

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Science Fair

Interested in participating in the Science Fair? Please sign up on this form. If you have any questions, please visit our Science Fair website or contact Shayla Pott, District Science Fair Coordinator at Good luck!

Webster Groves Basketball Development League

We are excited to announce that this coming winter the Webster Groves School District will sponsor a developmental basketball program for elementary school students in grades 3rd-5th.

This program will be designed to help teach students the fundamentals of playing basketball. Practices will be held on Tuesday nights at WGSD Elementary School Gyms and games will be played on Sundays in the late morning and early afternoon in the gyms at Webster Groves High School.

Teams will be put together by elementary school attendance and grade level. If a particular school or grade level does not have enough players then we will combine them with another one. To be eligible to participate in this league, students must either attend a WGSD elementary school or live within the WGSD boundaries.

30th Annual Webster Holiday House Tour

30th Annual Webster Holiday House Tour

Join us for this fun-filled holiday event on Sunday, December 4 from 2-6 PM. This year, we have 12 amazing homes decorated for the season available to tour throughout Webster Groves. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by clicking HERE or in-person at Straub's Webster Market or Freddie's Market.

This event supports the Hixson Middle School PTO, allowing us to support all district 6th, 7th and 8th graders! Get your tickets today!

Thanks so much for partnering with the Hixson PTO in this way! We are also offering a discounted $10 ticket price for WGSD Faculty and Staff. You must use promo code holiday at checkout to receive the discount. Please share this only with faculty & staff.

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Repeated Information Below

Sense of Belonging Opt Out

Parents and Guardians,

Beginning on Monday, November 28th, the Avery Elementary staff would like to administer a Trusted Adult/Sense of Belonging to students at Avery. The survey’s intention is to ensure that every student at Avery has at least one trusted adult in the building that they could talk to if there was a problem.

Here is a copy of the survey and the questions we will be asking students in grades K-5. Should you want your child to opt out or not take the survey, please let your child’s teacher know. The opt out window begins this afternoon and will end on Tuesday, November 22nd. We plan to administer the surveys the week of November 28th-December 2nd.

Late Start Information

Please click the link for additional details related to late starts.

Beginning this school year, the Webster Groves School District has added late start days to the school calendar.

Late start days will allow for additional time for our teachers to use data and collaboratively plan to continue to address the needs of all of our students.

The schedule for late starts is below:

Late Start Supervision Program - 7:40am-8:50am

School Day Arrival Begins - 8:50am

School Begins - 9:05am

Families who need help with student supervision on late start days can participate in a program available at each building. If you already signed up for this supervision, you should have received a confirmation email from Avery on Sunday, August 14th at 9:45am.

If you are in need of supervision for your child(ren) and have not received a confirmation email that they are in our late start supervision program, please click here and complete the form.

Members of the Avery staff will manage the Late Start Supervision Program, including instructional aides and substitute teachers. Families who participate in the morning Adventure Club Program will automatically be enrolled in the Late Start Supervision Program.

For additional information on the late start program, please check out our district website:

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Thrive Jr. (Entrepreneurship Club) Registration

We are excited to announce that we are starting a Thrive Jr. Entrepreneurship Club, powered by VentureLab. Entrepreneurship isn’t just about starting a business. It is a skillset and a way of thinking. It involves identifying needs, brainstorming creative solutions, taking calculated risks, learning from failure, and persevering despite setbacks.

In the Idea to Pitch Program, students grow their entrepreneurial mindsets and skills as they apply their passions and strengths to identify opportunities to creatively solve problems, develop their solution into a business, and pitch the idea. The program culminates in a pitch event where students present their ideas to our community.

Who: 4th and 5th grade students (25 max. total students)

When: January 9, 2023-February 13, 2023

Wednesday afternoons 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Sign Up Here!

Questions? Please contact Rochelle Spencer at

Thank You!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the PTO Buy-Out for the teachers! We raised $10,455 allowing us to give each classroom teacher $255! Way to go Avery Families!!!

Dogs At Arrival and Dismissal

We kindly ask that all dogs stay along the perimeter of Avery during arrival and dismissal. Dogs can often be a distraction to our students. Thank you!
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A Note from the Nurses

As the seasons change and we resume our usual activities, infectious disease experts believe that we are already seeing the reemergence of respiratory illnesses at increased rates, including flu.

Here are some tips and resources to help you learn about actions you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs, including practicing good hand hygiene and staying home when you are sick.

Thank you for helping us keep our students, staff and community safe and healthy!

Current 5th Grade Families

Click here to see important dates for the transition to Hixson!
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Trivia Night Save the Date

Please save the date for Saturday, February 25th from 7pm-10pm for the Avery Trivia Night!

Equity in Action Committee Community Recognition

Equity in Action Committee Community Recognition

The Webster Groves School District's Equity in Action Committee values and encourages peer-to-peer recognition for equity work. In 2021, the EIA launched a Community Recognition initiative, which provides an opportunity for members of the community to recognize individuals (i.e. students, teachers, parents, friends, community members, etc.), schools, businesses, and organizations who make significant contributions towards creating and cultivating a culture of dignity that values all human beings within the WGSD. To learn more about this opportunity and to make a recognition, please go to Community Recognition. The deadlines are November 29, 2022, January 30, 2023, and April 24, 2023.

A Note from Mrs. Wallace… Avery’s School Counselor

Happy Fall All-Star Parents,

School has been happening for weeks and great things are going on. Learning and social benefits happen amongst students every day. Friendships can be a wonderful part of school or feel really frustrating when friendships are not going well. Please take a few minutes to review the attached article from Childmind for some parenting help on fostering friendships and guiding students toward social skills that can help build authentic friendships.

Thanks so much.

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Read, Right, and Run Marathon

The GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon ® is an incredibly exciting and valuable program that promotes the importance of a healthy lifestyle, reading proficiency, and character development for the students we serve. We are proud of the fact that close to 100,000 students have accepted the READ, RIGHT & RUN challenge since GO! St. Louis introduced it to the community in 2001!

The GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon ® is open to all students in grades K-8 and combines three important components of education, community service and wellness to give students a fun and challenging way to accomplish a goal. During the 26-week program, your students will:

● READ 26 books

● RIGHT the community by doing 26 good deeds/acts of service

● RUN 26.2 miles individually to add up to a full MARATHON by April 1, 2023! As GO! St. Louis

Read, Right & Run Marathon ® participants, students will:

● Meet at certain times with their school group to work together on parts of the program.

● Receive an activity journal to record each book, mile, and deed accomplished (fun activities included, too!)

● Participate in the final event on April 1, 2023 in Forest Park, where each student runs the last 1.2 miles (with other RRRM groups) or a 5K (with the general public) of their marathon and crosses the finish line.

● $30 registration fee For more information, visit

Questions? Contact or call 314.727.0800

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