Avalon School Parent Newsletter

Winter 2019-2020

Winter Break December 21-January 5

Friday December 20 is a holiday early release day for ALL students. Grades 5-12 will be dismissed at 12:50 PM and K-4 will be dismissed at 1:00 PM. Late Start Kindergarten will start at 9:00 AM on December 20. School will resume as usual on Monday, January 6, 2020.

CTE "Food Trucks" take to the streets of Avalon

On December 16, students from Avalon's Hospitality Program Year 2 will gain real world experience when they move out of the classroom and on to the streets of Avalon for the culmination of their multi-week food truck project. Food trucks/street vending is a quick growing market. It allows entrepreneurs the ability to start their own business and grow their own brand. This fall, second year CTE students were given the task of creating their own food truck business including designing a logo, choosing what food products to sell (selections range from cookie ice cream sandwiches to orange chicken), creating a recipe, determining food costs, and setting menu prices.


On the day of the event, students will have less than an hour to prep their food on campus before transporting it down to Front Street where they will have 2 hours to sell items to the public. Planning and preparation are vital to ensure they don't run out of food, yet don't have a lot of waste at the end. The money students earn will pay for the cost of their supplies and the remainder will go toward the hospitality program. The "food trucks" will be located on Crescent Ave from 12:00-2:00 PM on Monday, if you are looking for a tasty treat, come down and support our kids in this endeavor.

Baba the Storyteller

November 13th was a very special day for Avalon Schools as we had the pleasure of spending time with Baba the Storyteller! Throughout the day, Baba met with students in all grade levels, K-12 to share music and stories. What made the stories special is each one had a special meaning emphasizing the importance of being kind to one another at all times and in all situations. Students were very engaged and eagerly participated in each show. Later that evening, Baba returned for a special dinner show for our parents. Our CTE program, led by Paul Romo, prepared a lovely dinner with food donated by Singing Waters Church. After families had dinner together, several High School student volunteers took the children to play games and make crafts while Baba entertained parents with stories and music throughout the evening. The evening concluded with a Q&A session and many hugs of appreciation. A special thank you to Avalon Community Church for lending us tables and chairs for the evening! We hope to see Baba here in Avalon again soon!

Caught You Being Kind Elementary Character Awards

This year students in grades K-4 are being rewarded with blue tickets for being kind to one another and being "caught" by adults when doing kind things. The class with the most blue tickets at the end of the month is rewarded with an Ice Cream Party and recognition at a special assembly. On November 20, Tk-4th grade students celebrated kindness during two Character Counts assemblies. Mrs. Minuto's Kindergarten and Mrs. Wolf's 3rd grade were each honored for earning the most blue tickets in October and November. As part of the assemblies, representatives from the LA County Sheriff also spoke with the students about bullying and held a Q&A with students about issues of interest to them.

Congratulations Lancer Athletes!

Congratulations to all of our Fall Sports Teams on their successful seasons. Football, Girls and Boys Cross Country, and Girls Volleyball all qualified for CIF Post Season Competition. The girls volleyball team was ranked number 2 in Division 9 playoff competition and the team became the first Volleyball Team in the history of Avalon Schools to make it all the way to the CIF Finals. The girls were also invited to the State Tournament based on their success in the CIF Southern Section play-offs. Daniella Moreno, Yuliana Vega and Virginia Soto were named to the ALL CIF Division 9 Team. Coach Carlos Martinez was named as the CIF Division 9 Coach of the Year. Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment and a history making season.

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Secondary Winter Concert

On Wednesday, December 4th, the Avalon School Auditorium was filled with the sound of music performed by students in our various secondary music classes. From 6th Lancer Academy Band to 12th Grade guitars, Mr. Markowitz and his talented musicians delighted audiences with a variety of songs. The students worked all semester perfecting their sound and were pleased to share what they learned with everyone.

5th Grade visits CSULB as part of Long Beach College Promise

On December 6th Avalon 5th Graders explored Cal State Long Beach as part of the Long Beach College Promise program. During the trip students were exposed to the university campus by going on a walking tour of classrooms and the student union. They eagerly participated in a large group "game show" style review of the reasons students attend college/university, benefits of attending, requirements for attending including A - G courses, and more. Afterwards, the group enjoyed a picnic lunch at the waterfront park near the Aquarium of the Pacific before heading home on the 2:00 PM boat.

Annual Elementary Winter Concert

Smiling faces and happy voices were ever present during the Annual Elementary Winter Concert on December 11. This Avalon tradition, held each year in Casino, is one of the highlights of the holiday season for students and families alike. We would like to thank Santa Dominguez for her help coordinating the concert, rehearsing with the teachers and students, and acting as accompanist at the event. We would also like to thank the Catalina Island Company for donating the use of the Avalon Theatre and staffing the event!

HS Drama Club Fall Production

The Avalon High School Drama Clubs' fall production, Trixie the Teenage Detective was met with lots of laughs, applause and even a standing ovation during its three day run December 13-15. Thanks to Sean Brannock (aka Mr. Sean) and Ashley Kane for working with our fledgling thespians and encouraging them to share their growing talents with us through live theater.

PARENT RESOURCES

Adult English Classes to be Offered at Avalon School in 2020

This winter Avalon School will be offering free Adult English classes on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings. The classes, which will be taught by credentialed Avalon teachers, will be offered for both beginning and intermediate levels. A mandatory orientation session for all participants will take place on Thursday, January 9 at 6:00 PM in B6. Classes begin on Tuesday, January 14 and continue for 8 weeks concluding on Thursday March 5. For more information please contact Cheryl Savio at csavio@lbschools.net or Emma Peguero at epeguero@lbschools.net
How to talk with your kids about vaping

Vaping's popularity has exploded, taking many families, schools and healthcare providers by surprise. Partnership for Drug Free Kids offers information about vaping and what parents can do to prevent it. A downloadable fact sheet is also available.

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UPCOMING PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Parent Forum with Chris Brown

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 5:30pm

Avalon School Library

PTA

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 5:30pm

Avalon School Library

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

Mandatory Orientation for Adult English Classes

Friday, Dec. 20th, 6pm

B6

CTE Advisory Board

Tuesday, Jan. 14th 2020 at 5:15pm

Room 212

Representatives from local businesses who are partnering with Avalon School.

Adult English Classes Begin

Tuesday, Jan. 14th 2020 at 6pm

B6

8 weeks of evening classes for Adult English Learners.

Parent Forum with Chris Brown

Friday, Jan. 17th 2020 at 5:30pm

Avalon School Library

FAFSA Workshop for Senior Parents and Students

Friday, Jan. 31st 2020 at 9pm

B15

Representatives from Long Beach City College will be on campus to help seniors and their parents complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA) application.

COMING SOON!

Activities and Events Calendar

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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