3rd Graders Go West with Google Expeditions!


Last week over 300 Avoca West students had the opportunity to experience Google Expeditions! 3rd Graders took a virtual field trip back in time to 1804 and followed Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Territory. We are so grateful to Glenn & Geraldine at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing this unforgettable experience! Student engagement and excitement is through the roof!

To follow up their trip, 3rd graders are now creating presentations using a new website called Buncee. Watch for their completed work to be posted on the padlet linked below during the 1st week in May!

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Avoca Kindergarten-2nd graders will soon meet Author/Illustrator Kenneth Kraegel!

Mr. Kraegel will be visiting our school on Wednesday, April 12th . Before he started making picture books, Kenneth Kraegel volunteered at an agriculture school in Honduras, helped refugees find jobs and furniture in Chicago, and volunteered with an NGO in Uganda. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his family.

Learn much more about the author and his work at kennethkraegel.com.
An order form for personalized, autographed books will be coming home with your child this week and are due M. 4/10. 
 Students are encouraged to either wear green or something that makes him or her feel brave or comfortable on the 12th to celebrate Mr. Kraegel’s new book, Green Pants! 

Thankful for new books!

Good-bye Halloween…
Hello election, presidents, coding, spies, national parks, museums, sports, graphic novels, biographies and more!

Thank you to everyone who supported our book fair by volunteering their time and/or buying books! Many of the books shown below are from the almost $1,000 worth of new titles that we earned from your purchases!  (Many are still being processed including favorite fiction titles.) I know they will be enjoyed by students and staff for years to come!!

A special thanks to my co-chair, Heather Hester, for her time, dedication and creativity!

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Also, congratulations to all who entered the pumpkin contest! The pictures have been shared on our Twitter and Facebook pages as they came in. The top 3 vote getters this year were…

Alivia Gao “The Book of Life”


Luke Nehring “Origami Yoda”


Eleni Kanellos & Hope Louis “The Duckling and The Cookie”


And an honorable mention to Taki Iskos for his Cubs themed pumpkin! Go Cubs Go! #FlytheW

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The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest is back!

(2014 Pumpkin Entries)

2016-2017 Guidelines:

One entry per child/group. (one entry=one book display)
Pumpkins/gourds may be created individually, with friends, or as a family.
Pumpkins should be decorated in a way that represents a book or book character rather than a TV or movie character.
Be creative! Feel free to use pumpkins/gourds of various shapes and sizes!
Please do not carve pumpkins!
Bring your decorated pumpkin to school by October 26th.
Students and teachers will be voting on October 27th and 28th.
Pumpkins need to be taken home on Halloween.
Have fun!