‘Twas the Week Before Thanksgiving…
As we are nearly a week away from Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks to those students and staff members who worked so hard to make our first Spirit Assembly of the year a hit! This year’s assembly ambassadors, led by Mrs. Rick and Ms. Stefan, have been organizing around the themes from our Second Step social emotional program. Additionally, they’re using the opportunity to tie the 7 Habits to the themes as well — making nice connections between the two programs and reinforcing vocabulary.
Izza welcomes the students, staff, and visitors to our first assembly!
Several of our strings players lead the school in the Avoca West Song!
An active and attentive audience watches on and practices giving the “quiet cat” sign.
Our second and third graders are PUMPED to be gathering together.
A HUGE thumbs up to our Assembly Ambassadors (not all pictured here) for a job well done! Keep up the great leadership!
We encourage our parents to view the video that was shown to our kiddos to help reinforce some of these practices and habits at home. You can view their “Skills for Learning” video by following THIS LINK. I encourage you to leave a comment as well so that our students can see the broader impact of their hard work!
Thanks as well to those of you who were able to come out to our first Parent Coffee of the year. It was a wonderful chance to talk through several changes that can be seen at Avoca West this year and to answer any parent questions as they came up. An extra thanks to Amanda Lower, Leslie Meehan, Jane Pankratz, and Kathy Stein for heading up the PTC’s enrichment group this year. They will be focusing on trying to connect more of our families together and to build a strong community outside of school as well. We will be working on building a greater appreciation of what makes our students and families unique in their “We are Avoca!” over the course of the year. Stay tuned for a survey from the PTC group about what might work best to provide a time for parents to gather together and get to know one another. “We are Avoca…” and we are pretty spectacular!
I wish you all a safe and happy holiday next week. We WILL be in school next week on Monday and Tuesday, but will take the time to reconnect with our families and friends outside of school from Wednesday-Sunday. If you plan to be out next week at all, please let your child’s teacher and/or the school nurse know. Many thanks!