Morning Morning Updates from AW

As we head into another busy week of learning here at Avoca West, please take a moment to learn about some of the important news from school.

  • ISAT reports (for this year’s 4th-8th graders) were mailed home on Friday. Inside, you’ll find a note from Mr. Palcer and me explaining a bit more about last year’s state assessment and how to read your child’s score. This year students in 3rd-8th grades will take the PARCC assessment in March/April and again in May. We are promised to receive the data back sooner than ISAT, to truly us it to inform our instruction for students.
  • Picture Day is officially in the books! If your child forgot to bring his/her money and order form, please know that you will have an opportunity to turn your money in directly to the company. Retakes are set for October 22nd!
  • Lunches Dropped Off During the School Day will not be brought immediately down to students. In an attempt to honor classroom instructional time, lunches will be put in a black bin and left outside of the gym. Students are working through the practice of checking the black bin if they don’t have their lunch — especially if they knew that a parent was dropping it off. We hope this will help make sure that the classroom is as interruption-free as possible!
  • Our sign in procedures have tightened up a bit this year, so thank you all for stopping in the office to grab your sticker before heading elsewhere in the building. We will soon have lanyards for our visitors to wear so that our staff and students have a visible cue of who has been approved through the office.
  • Conference Sign Up has already occurred, so please be sure you’ve signed up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher to hear about his/her progress so far this year. We are piloting a new, standards-based report card this school year and all parents are invited to the ITC on November 12th at 6:30 to learn more about it!

Thank you all for making sure that Avoca West is such a positive, safe, and lovely place to learn and grow each day!

Avoca West Updates – 9/11/14

It appears that we have launched into some fall weather, but before stepping into the weekend ahead, please take a moment to note the following newsworthy bits from Avoca West. Thank you for you patience as we worked through some tricky weather last Friday — it was certainly an extra exciting way to start the weekend!

  • On Thursday, September 18th (approximately 4:30), our staff will roll out their new online sign up for fall conferences. Conferences will be held on October 22nd & 23rd this year, with parents being offered up 15 minute time slots to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss his/her progress. Rest assured that we have built in a 5 minute buffer time for parents who need to see several teachers. Stay tuned!
  • As the weather turns cooler, be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the cooler morning and possibility of being outside for a chilly recess. Oftentimes our kiddos like to brave it without a jacket — so please have a chat with your child at home about your expectations for bundling up outside.
  • Just prior to our cool down, we were all set to welcome back our District 37 friends at our annual Ice Cream Social. Our rain date has been set for next Tuesday, the 16th from 5:00-7:00 on the playground area. We hope to see you there!
  • Next week we open our doors to those parents interested in learning about our English Language (EL) services at Avoca West. Feel free to come listen for yourself from 6:00-7:00 Wednesday evening.
  • Did you know Avoca West will be piloting a new report card this school year? Save the Date: On Wednesday, November 12th our Avoca West parents will have a chance to listen and learn about the new progress reporting system. We’ll meet in the ITC from 6:30-7:15 to share more about the philosophy behind our new standards-based report card, how you’ll access it online, and much, much more! At this time, parents will also have a chance to ask questions, share input, and to hear from Marie Murphy parents about how it works for them. Stay and join us all for the regularly scheduled PTC meeting at 7:15.

Enjoy the cool weekend ahead, and thank you for your trusting collaborative spirit so far this school year!

News From the Health Office

Avoca School District 37 is taking steps to prevent the spread of EV-D68 infections.

Health officials are warning doctors and parents to be on the alert for the rarely seen EV-D68 virus, which is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory infections.

Avoca School District 37 is monitoring this public health concern as it develops. School nurses have been provided with information on the EV-D68 virus, and they, in turn, are sharing it with their school communities. The information they are sharing is from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) and the Cook County and Illinois Departments of Public Health. Their recommendations and other information on EV-D68 virus can be found at the following websites:

EV-D68 infections cause mild to severe respiratory illness, especially in young children. Symptoms of this illness can include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.

The EV-D68 virus is transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.

There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections, and no specific antiviral medications are currently available for this purpose.

As with all communicable diseases, it is important to prevent transmission of the EV-D68 virus. The District will be encouraging students to take the following steps to protect themselves from illness, and it encourages families to take these preventive measures at home, as well:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact (touching and shaking hands) with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Do not share utensils
  • Stay home when sick

Parents/guardians are required to call school to report their child’s absence. To help control the spread of illness within the classroom, parents/guardians are urged to report any communicable disease diagnosis to the school.

Health Services Department

Shari Theer R.N.
Avoca West

Weekly News from Avoca West!

What a busy first two weeks it’s been for us all here at Avoca West! It’s so nice to finally have our kindergarten friends with us, learning along side the older students. I have been so pleased to see our students and staff members jump right on in to learning and working together to create their new classroom communities. I can tell this is going to be a fabulous school year!

Thank you for your patience as we worked through Friday’s stormy dismissal. I was so impressed by how responsive and calm our students and staff were — and thanks for our parents who hunkered down and waited out the wind and rain! A true test of resiliency is when a team can carry on without being frenzied, even in the face of an unexpected chaos. What an incredible team we have here at Avoca! Please know that we will always have your child’s best interest in mind and will err on the side of safety.

We are all looking forward to the Ice Cream Social here at Avoca West this Wednesday. Let’s hope for some fair weather so that our families and friends can unwind and socialize with one another. Should we need to revisit the date due to inclement weather, you will be notified by the PTC as soon as possible.

Once again, welcome back, and enjoy this cooler weather!

Avoca West Office Now Open for Business

A sure sign that school is nearly upon us, our Avoca West secretaries are back and ready to help answer any questions you have for them about the start of the school year. Please stop in and see us to drop off paperwork, to introduce yourself to our office staff, or to register your child for the upcoming school year. You can find Mrs. Beneda & Mrs. Giovannini in the office from 8:00-3:00 during summer hours.

Hope to see you soon!

Are You Ready?!

After spending the last month meeting with teachers and getting to know a bit about the “Avoca way” here at school, I’m eager to fill this space with the energy of our students! I hope you’ve spent the summer making memories with your friends and family, and know you must be excited to see others when school begins again at the end of August! Don’t forget to mark your calendars:

  • Wednesday, August 27th — First full day of school for 1st – 5th grade
  • Tuesday, September 2nd — First day of school for kindergarten (Transition days to be announced for our kindergarten friends soon!)

You should have found a post card from me in your mailboxes as a quick introduction letting you in on what I’ve been up to with my children and husband this summer. Please pause the fun for a moment to write back and share your summer news with me. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Enjoy the sun, fun, and thrill of stocking up on school supplies for the coming year. See you all soon!

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