Avoca Weekly - February 10, 2021

Avoca Weekly - February 10, 2021
Posted on 02/10/2021
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February 10, 2021 
Helpful Links

2/15/2021
President's Day - No School
2/18/2021

Board of Education Meeting - 6:30pm
3/4/2021
Board of Education Meeting - 5:30pm
3/18/2021
Board of Education Meeting - 6:30pm
3/24-3/25/2021
Half-Day Student Attendance - Parent-Teacher Conferences 
3/26/2021 
Non-Attendance Day 
3/29-4/1/2021
Spring Break (No School)
AVOCA PARENT-TEACHER COUNCIL

 Upcoming Events   

2/9-2/20 -  Family Open Gym 
2/18 - F.A.N. Event - 7:00-8:00pm
2/25 - F.A.N. Event - 7:00-8:00pm


District Information, Event Details, and Volunteer Opportunities 

2021-2022 Calendar
At its February 4 meeting, the Board approved the calendar for the 2021-22 school year. Here are some highlights:

  • First Day of Student Attendance - August 25
  • Thanksgiving Break for Students/Families Runs November 22 through November 26
  • Winter Break Runs December 20 through December 31
  • Spring Breaks for Students Runs March 25 through April 1
  • The last day of student attendance is June 10

To view the approved 2021-2022 Calendar, click here.

To-Do: Supplemental Summer/Fall Learning Survey
Outlined in his most recent newsletter, Dr. Osburn noted that  students will once again be able to attend District 39's summer school.  Additionally this year, Avoca will determine if it will also offer summer learning opportunities of its own. ALSO, the District will determine what kind of supplemental learning it might offer in the Fall of 2021.

Therefore, please complete this initial survey so that the district can determine families' interest in different potential additional learning opportunities in the Summer of 2021 and even the Fall of 2021.


8th Grade Fundraiser 
The 8th Grade Graduation Committee and Marie Murphy are starting to explore possibilities of what graduation and associated activities can look like amid COVID. One aspect of graduation is fundraising, but the typical activities utilized to raise funds (carwashes, volleyball & dodgeball tournaments, parent nights, etc.) are unavailable to us this year.

As a way to generate funds without compromising safety, the 8th Grade Graduation Committee has created a GoFundMe page where any parent or community member can make a donation to support graduation activities for the Class of 2021.

If you are interested in supporting the committee and our soon-to-be Marie Murphy graduates, please click on this link. Thank you for your support!


Avoca PTC Executive Member Feature
Meet your PTC President, Ross Friedman, in this week's feature of our Executive Board! Each week, you'll get to know a little more about the team that serves the Avoca District community! Read his bio here.

Mask Up for a Great Cause
Avoca student-designed masks are still available for purchase at $8 per mask, which comes with 2 fillers. All sales proceeds benefit The Avoca Viking Fund - Alice Katrich's choice of charity! You can pay online here or pay by cash/check - drop off at the MM front office or mail to 2921 Illinois Road, Wilmette IL 60091 ATTN: Susan Lovell. Please make checks payable to Avoca School District 37 (Memo: Mask Competition). Upon receipt of payment, we'll work with you to get your mask(s) home to you!

 
 

Family Open Gym Signup
If you haven't had a chance to participate in Family Open Gym, now's the time! Open Gym runs on Mondays and Fridays (3:30-6:30pm) and Saturdays (11-2pm). Please only sign up once at first, then monitor the sign ups. If there continue to be open spots, sign up for additional times. Click here for the Family Open Gym Sign Up

AVOCA FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM 
Effective October 12, 2020, free lunch service if available to all district children under 18 years of age  Parents no longer need to pre-order lunch. Students participating in Remote Learning are also able to pick-up food supplies on Mondays for the week. All students can receive a free lunch. Please read here for more details. 
 
For additional information regarding lunch service at Avoca, please visit our website at https://www.avoca37.org/for_parents/lunch. 
Below you will find links to help you navigate all the new procedures and practices in place for the start of the school year. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding while we revise and improve as we learn and grow during these unprecedented times. 

 

NORTHWESTERN COVID DASHBOARD

LEARNING SCHEDULE (COVID) METRICS

RETURN-TO-SCHOOL RESOURCE GUIDE 

HYBRID & REMOTE LEARNING HUB

STEPS FOR SELF-CERTIFICATION (ENGLISH)(SPANISH)

FOLLOW AVOCA ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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@AvocaWestITC @AvocaWestITC
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DISTRICT EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
Girls on the Run
Over the course of 10-12 weeks, GOTR coaches Lauren Abrams and Principal Jessica Hutchison will lead the group of girls in grades 3-5 in a structured curriculum designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. If you think your daughter might be interested in joining this spring, please share your information in THIS GOOGLE FORM. Please know that this is not registration for the program.

The Hangout
Come to "The Hangout", an extracurricular club for students to drop in (over Zoom), socialize, and do something creative with their hands while they visit with other Marie Murphy students!  "The Hangout" meets on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm throughout January.  Marie Murphy students interested in coming should email Ms. Janssen at janssenk@avoca37.org to get the Zoom link.

History Remix
Do you like history? Music? Making videos? If so, History Remix is the club for you! Join Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Ortega virtually on Tuesdays at 3:30 for a fun-filled hour. To join, email Ms. Hernandez at hernandezr@avoca37.org or Mrs. Ortega at ortegaj@avoca37.org


Amplify Avoca 
Here is this week's edition!
Director: Owen Smith & Tyler Molloy

Performers: Ria Krishna, Max Smith, Neera Patel, Eli Routsolias, & Alec Borut
Editor: Audrey Kiley


COMMUNITY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
*Registration is required to receive a personal Zoom link for all of the below events.
*These events will be recorded and available later on F.A.N.'s website and YouTube channel.
 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2021 | 6-7PM - NOTE EARLY START TIME 
The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again
A FAN Webinar with Robert Putnam, Ph.D. and Shaylyn Romney Garrett. Interviewed by Spiro Bolos.
Register here
 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 | 7-8PM
The Connected Parent: An Expert Guide to Parenting In a Digital World
A FAN Webinar with John Palfrey. Interviewed by Nichole Pinkard, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 18, 7-8 PM (CST)
Register here

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021 | 7-8PM
How to Not Die Alone: The Surprising Science that will Help You Find Love
A FAN Webinar with Logan Ury. Interviewed by Eli Finkel, Ph.D.
Register here


Color a Vintage Valentine
February 1 - 15, 2021
Free activity; Valentines can be downloaded beginning February 1st
Virtual Wilmette BINGO
Sunday, February 21, 2021
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. CST
Free program; Advance registration required by February 19, 2021

 

 
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Avoca School District 37 | 2921 Illinois Road | Wilmette, IL 60091 | P: 847-251-3587
Avoca West Elementary School | 235 Beech Drive, Glenview, IL 60025 | P: 847-724-6800
Marie Murphy School | 2921 Illinois Road | Wilmette, IL 60091 | P: 847-251-3617


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