Avoca Weekly-February 18, 2020

Avoca Weekly-February 18, 2020
Posted on 02/18/2020
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February 18, 2020

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Upcoming Events

2/18- ADL Event with Kristen Moore
2/21- Box Top Deadline
- Fun Fair & Silent Auction

Event Details and Volunteer Opportunities

Join us at this annual event for games, balloon artists, face painting, jumpy houses, entertainers, a silent auction and so much more on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 12pm-3pm at Avoca West.  You may purchase tickets at the door if you have not already sent in your RSVP & ticket forms. FREE popcorn and cotton candy with entry. Fresh food will be available for purchase from Irving's for Red Hot Lovers, including: hot dogs, veggie dogs, Italian beef, chips, soda, and water.More information about the event, here
The online portion of the Silent Auction is NOW LIVE. Online Silent Auction Runs: February 15, 2020 - February 21, 2020 (6:00 pm CST) Live Silent Auction Takes Place: February 23, 2020, from 12-3pm at Avoca West, during the annual Fun Fair. The 2020 Fun Fair Auction opens online and ends with a silent, in-person auction at the Fun Fair. The Fun Fair Silent Auction will take place in the Avoca West North Gym from 12-3 during the Fun Fair on Sunday, February 23, 2020 (with the exception of the MM Graduation Tickets). Once the online auction portion has closed, you can NO LONGER BID ONLINE; all continuing bidding will take place at the Live Silent Auction. If you cannot attend the Live Silent Auction - or you just really adore an item - we highly recommend that you use the “Buy Now” feature to secure the item. Payment can be made via check payable to Avoca PTC or paid to Avoca’s Paypal handle* and should be provided at the time of item delivery/pickup or at the Fun Fair. Questions? Contact Susan Lovell at susanloren123@gmail.com or Mary Prahl at marysprahl@live.com https://www.32auctions.com/avocasilentauction2020
The Fun Fair/ Marie Murphy Teacher Raffle is this week!!  Tickets are only $1.  Proceeds go towards teacher lunches and end of year parties for our kids.  You can purchase tickets in person at Fun Fair, September 23rd from noon-3 pm or you can purchase online by filling out the google form here. Please pay via check (Avoca PTC) or cash to Marie Murphy Office deadline: 2/21 or via PayPal deadline 3:00 pm 2/22. Find Avoca PTC on Paypal: avocavpPTC@gmail.com.  Your tickets will be filled out with the student name by a Fun Fair volunteer and winners will be announced Monday 2/24. Check out the prizes on the form!!

We are still in need of volunteers to run games at Fun Fair from 12:45-1:45pm. Volunteers can be students 6th grade and up, or adults. Additionally, there are other volunteer vacancies needed to be filled, so please consider donating your time, efforts and talents for this beloved event. Sign Up Here.
Are you looking for a way to better serve the school district? The PTC’s Executive Board has numerous vacancies in the upcoming school year, so consider one of these open positions. All roles require a two-year commitment. Please contact avocaptc@gmail.com to nominate yourself or someone else you know. Elections will be held in May 2020. Vacancies: President, Avoca West Vice President, Marie Murphy Vice President, Treasurer, & Director of Volunteers.
Help support 8th Grade graduation and our school community by purchasing your gift cards through ShopWithScrip. For specific purchasing information Read More.

This year's Box Tops must be submitted to the school office by Friday, February 21, 2020. Our goal this year is to surpass last year's payback, so please consider contributing to the initiative by clipping away more Box Tops! Questions? Contact Jennifer Schnizlein at jenn@schnizlein.org.
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View the Summer Enrichment Program Brochure.
Registration is online only through Wilmette D39.
To sign-up for bus transportation, fill out this form for grade K-3 or this one for grades 4-7 and submit to Pupil Services, located in Marie Murphy School.

Contact Pupil Services at 847-728-4142 with questions.
The Avoca Food Service Committee has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet for your reference on Avoca's food service program.  Please click here to review it.  A survey will be sent later this month to give you the opportunity to share feedback on Avoca's food service program.  Thanks in advance for your time and input.

As you may have noticed, Avoca Center, the building on the west side of the MM parking lot, is being razed. The site is currently blocked off with fencing and barricades in order to ensure student and public safety.  As the work moves from the interior of the building to the exterior, we are asking all families and students to be extra careful, especially those students who walk to and from school on Illinois Road west of Marie Murphy. Heavy machinery will be entering and exiting the site frequently, and while entrance and exit to the work site is not supposed to take place during our pick up and drop off periods, there is potential for traffic to be impacted.  We appreciate your vigilance and patience!
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The following  opportunities are available to Avoca Students through outside organizations:
Connelly Martial Arts     Chess-ED    Music Education Services-Band

One Hope United Before and After School Care


Grand Rounds: Sex Matters: Honoring the Challenges and the Opportunities of the Erotic
When: Wednesday, March 4, 9:00 a.m. at New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, IL 60093.

Conversations sex tend to get stuck at the level of good/bad, right/wrong, taboo/titillation. We are long overdue for an approach to sex that celebrates it as a space of healing, expression, and play. Alexandra Solomon, Ph.D. has been studying relationships for over two decades as a professor, therapist, and author.  In this talk, she will introduce you to the idea of sexual self-awareness and explore how sex is both a behavior and a gateway into some of the deepest questions we encounter as humans: Do I matter? Am I OK? Are you with me? You’ll leave with a new perspective and tools for approaching sex with empathy, curiosity, and self-compassion.

Love, Sex, and Intimacy
When: Thursday, March 5, 7-8:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

In the opening pages of her latest book, Taking Sexy Back: How to Own Your Sexuality and Create the Relationships You Want, the esteemed relationship expert Alexandra Solomon, Ph.D. quotes Neale Donald Walsch, one of her favorite spiritual teachers: “There are only two energies at the core of human experience: love and fear.” She then explores this dichotomy throughout the book, urging an understanding and experience of your own sexuality not from the “outside-in” but from the “inside-out.” She summarizes her case: “The journey toward greater sexual self-awareness is about moving away from fear and toward love. When sex is shrouded in fear, shame, pain, misinformation, and silence flourish. When sex is infused with love, healthy boundaries, mutuality, respect, and pleasure flourish.” Taking Sexy Back offers a powerful and holistic approach to help you reclaim your sexuality, communicate your desires, draw boundaries, be safe, and build satisfying relationships.

White Fragility
When: Monday, March 16, 7-8:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

University of Washington education professor Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D. explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged. 



Open to New Trier Township incoming 7th & 8th Graders
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