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!

How to be an Avoca West Viking!


Thanks to Mrs. Scozia for helping the 1st graders create Viking self-portraits, and Ms. Michael’s 4th graders for their words of wisdom! If we all follow their great advice, this year will be be the best year ever!  Pop in the ITC to see more portraits, find books about Vikings, and/or create your own inspirational card to be displayed in the front hallway!

Welcome to a new year of reading!


My promise to each and every student is to share the magic of reading!

Visitors are always welcome!

While I will be updating this blog from time to time, I will be using our Facebook and Twitter accounts almost daily to share resources, new books, student book reviews, author visit highlights, inspiration, and more! Please follow us on Twitter @avocawestITC and be sure to “like” our facebook page, Avoca West ITC. I’m looking forward to an amazing year!

Mrs. Geidner

See what’s blooming in the ITC!

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On Monday April 11th, our 3rd-5th graders were treated to a visit from best-selling author, Peter Brown. Our students were engaged from start to finish, and were so inspired by Peter’s presentation. Needless to say, there is a long hold list for Peter’s first novel, The Wild Robot. Thank you to The Book Stall in Winnetka for sponsoring this visit!





In other news, we are in the midst of a major weeding project! It’s time to make room for all the wonderful new titles we are so fortunate to add to our collection each year. I am deeply grateful to both my student and parent volunteers who have helped me undertake this massive task! I truly could not do it without them! Get ready to enjoy a fresh, updated space!
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