The chill in the air this weekend is a sure indicator that we have gone headlong in to this fall season. What a beautiful sight it is to spend some time on the playground among the falling leaves and their changing colors! I anticipate seeing many of you later this week for our Parent-Teacher conferences. This is a wonderful time to touch base with your child’s teacher about his/her progress so far this year and how you can support your child’s growth at home. Please know that a tremendous amount of work goes into making the conferences a successfully fine-tuned machine, so be sure you arrive with plenty of time to meet with your child’s teacher.
Thank you all for your patience and cooperation as we transfer to our new, more secure sign-in procedures. In addition to these day-to-day changes, we will be tweaking our procedures for the coming Halloween parade and parties on Friday, October 31st. Please read and carefully note the changes below:
- Weather permitting, we will have our traditional Avoca West Halloween parade. Students will show off their costumes to one another as they walk through the building, gathering other classes along the way, and will show off their spirit outside for our parents and neighbors. Parents will need to remain outside for the parade so that we can maintain the same level of safety inside the building.
- If Mother Nature “treats” us to some dreary weather, we will walk through the building just the same, but will all parade through the gym for our parent spectators. In order to avoid signing folks in, parents will enter through the gym doors so that the rest of our building can remain secure for learning.
- Volunteering to help for your child’s Halloween party? Please be sure to let your child’s room parent know that you are planning to attend. Volunteer names will be shared with our office staff so that labels can be pre-made for sign in, avoiding the need for the log book. Only parent volunteers who pre-submitted their names will be permitted “instant” access to the building for Halloween parties – all others will need to provide ID and check in as usual in the office before being admitted into the building. This is a change from the past, but I hope you’ll agree that it will help to insure that our students are safely enjoying the festivities!
- Costume guidelines are similar to those in years past: No weapons, no face masks, and please refrain from color spraying hair at school. Students are welcome to color their hair that morning at home, but due to he spray’s harmfulness to the air quality when used indoors, students who wish to spray their hair at school will not be permitted to do so. Parents, if you are dressing in costume please be mindful of our age span here at school — our youngest kiddos may be alarmed by spooky costumes! Students not coming to school in their costumes will have time to change after lunch and prior to the parade.
A HUGE round of applause goes to this year’s iOnAvoca crew who has been doing a fantastic job bringing our morning announcements to the classroom screens! Their enthusiasm, wit, and collaboration is a wonderful way to start out days at school. A special thanks to Mrs. Haugeberg and Mr. Erf for working closely with our Avoca West writing and production crews. Looking forward to watching another week of student synergy!
And finally, many thanks to all of our parents who reached out indicating an ability to lend a hand during our lunchtime. Unfortunately, I was not able to solidify consistent coverage, so I will be posting the opening to the world at large. Thanks again!
I look forward to seeing the majority of you at conferences this week, and many thanks for all you do!