The ABCs of Kindergarten

Please use this guide to answer commonly asked questions! If you have any additional questions, please contact the Kindergarten Teachers. Hannah Edgren:, Shelly Kelly:, Adrienne Taylor: taylora@avoca37.orgSusie Walsh:, and Erika Slagel:


  • A If you’re going to be ABSENT, please call Shari Theer (our school nurse) at 847-724-6800.
  • B This year, BIRTHDAYS at Avoca West are celebrated in the classroom with cut up fresh fruit or prepared vegetables. Unfortunately there can be no exceptions due to the school food allergy policy.
  • C Want to join CHESS-Ed? It meets Tuesdays from 2:00-2:45 in room 51.  For more information contact Ms. Alice Holt at or 847-775-9906.
  • D Please DON’T send Birthday Invitations to school, unless you are inviting the entire classroom.
  • E  This year, MRS. EDGREN will be in room 46. To contact Mrs. Edgren, please email her at
  • F We will go on 3 FIELDTRIPS this school year.  Chaperones can sign up at Open House.
  • G In Kindergarten, we GO OUTSIDE for recess every day. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
  • H Kindergarten school HOURS are 8:50am-2:00pm.  If we have a 1/2 day, the hours will be from 8:50am-11:15am.
  • I Stop by the ITC (Information Technology Center).  You will see Mrs. Geidner each week for book check out in the ITC.
  • J We JUST cannot stress enough how important reading is!  Read to your child and encourage your child to read to you.
  • K This year, MRS. KELLY will be in room 54. To contact Mrs. Kelly, please email her at
  • L Kindergarten students have LUNCH every day.  If your child is ordering hot lunch, please be sure to add funds online to their account.  Questions, please check out this link:
  • M In Kindergarten, we use Investigations in Number, Data, and Space as our MATH program.  It is a very activity orientated program, which promotes mathematical thinking.
  • N Our Classrooms are now NUT-FREE.  Please be sure to send a healthy snack every day to school with your child.  Remember these need to be nut-free!
  • O Extended Care is provided by ONE HOPE UNITED.  To contact them, please
  • P Kindergarten will have PHYSICAL EDUCATION every day!  Please be sure your child wears or brings gym shoes every day to school.
  • Q Kindergarten goes by so QUICKLY.  Please remember that it is a journey, not a race.  Enjoy the little moments!
  • R Please REMEMBER that your child will be marked tardy if they arrive after 9:00am.  Please be sure to get your child to school on-time.  Kindergarten will be let into the building at 8:50am.
  • S Your child will see MS. SLAGEL in KIDS CLASS 5 times each week.  They will stop by room 51 for Art, Music, Technology, Spanish, and BELS (beginning early literacy skills).   To contact Ms. Slagel, please email her at
  • T This year, MRS. TAYLOR will be in room 53. To contact Mrs. Taylor, please email her at
  • U  We know that each and every child is UNIQUE, and we do our best to maximize their potential.
  • V  We will have 4 parties this school year: Halloween, Winter, VALENTINE’S DAY, and End of the Year.  If you’d like to help out, please contact our Room Parents.
  • W  This year MRS. WALSH will be in room 48. To contact Mrs. Taylor, please email her at
  • X Please eXAMINE our websites for classroom updates and great links to enhance our curriculum:
  • Y YOU are a member of our team.  We will work together to make this year wonderful for your child!
  • Z Please do not ZOOM through our parking lot.  The main parking lot is closed during drop off and pick up for safety.  If you are picking your child up after school, please wait in the pickup line on the North side of the school.