Avoca Weekly- February 4, 2020

Avoca Weekly- February 4, 2020
Posted on 02/04/2020
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February 4, 2020

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February 13
7:00 p.m.- District Choral Concert
February 17
President's Day- No School or Emergency Closure Make-up Day (if there has not been a school closure prior to this date, this is a non-attendance day for students and staff, if there has been a closure, this will be used as an attendance day).

We need your feedback to improve our schools!  Please take a moment to complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. Your feedback appears on our state report card and is used in conjunction with staff and student feedback to generate building goals. In order to generate a report of parent feedback, a 20% response rate is required.  

Upcoming Events

2/6 - Art in Action Day
2/23 - Fun Fair

Event Details and Volunteer Opportunities

Each year, Avoca West hosts an Art in Action as a way to help students develop creativity, critical thinking, self-expression, and cultural awareness through various art curriculum. Students are encouraged to bring small personal memorable item(s) to incorporate into projects during Art-in-Action projects. We are still seeking volunteers for the event, so please consider lending a hand and some of your time during Art-in-Action on February 6, here. For the 2020 schedule and station sign up form, click 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 2-year commitment. Please contact avocaptc@gmail.com to nominate yourself or someone else you know. Elections will be held in May 2020.  Vacancies: President, AW & MM Vice Presidents, Treasurer & Director of Volunteers.
The community's beloved Fun Fair and Silent Auction events are right around the corner, so be sure to mark your calendars for February 23, 2020, from 12-3 pm. Enjoy unlimited games, entertainment, and bouncy fun! Food is an important fuel to keep you and your kids moving throughout the event, which is why there are FREE popcorn and cotton candy with entry. Fresh food will be available for purchase from Irving's for Red Hot Lovers, including: hotdogs, veggie dogs, Italian beef, chips, soda, and water. Please forward all questions and inquiries to Fun Fair Chair Dana Garbarski at dana.garbarski@gmail.com.
Did you know that it takes a cohort of over 100 volunteers to make the Fun Fair & Silent Auction successful each year? Every helping hand counts, so please consider donating your time, effort and talent as a volunteer. Sign Up Here.

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.

Gracias a los padres, de la Sra. Jill Bruzzini
"I'd truly like to thank you for the extra funding for my classroom. I was able to purchase prizes for my "Peseta" store, which I set up twice a year. Throughout the year, my students earn "pesetas" and then they can buy different cultural items, like Guatemalan hacky-sacks, or candies from Colombia or their favorite, traditional Mexican cookies that I purchased from a Panadería near my house in the city."
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On February 5th (World Read Aloud Day), Avoca West will welcome author/inspirational speaker Jason Tharp!  Students will gather in the South gym from 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Submit a Book Order Form to purchase a signed copies of his work.

Students are encouraged to wear their color crew capes, and to show their uniqueness, they are welcome to wear a fun/favorite/crazy hat from home.  Questions?  Contact Ms. Geidner (geidners@avoca37.org).
The District Choral Concert
Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Marie Murphy gym. 

The concert, "Grant Us Peace, Give Us Courage", features the Avoca West Concert Choir, Marie Murphy Concert Choir and New Trier Varsity Voices--over 80 students in grades 3-12.  Join us for this annual tradition of voices raised in song!  The concert will be streamed live at avoca37.org.
The 2020-2021 School Year Calendar is Available!
The Avoca Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar.  Don't miss a date, visit the District Calendar and subscribe via iCal/RSS!  

The Viking Fund
The Viking Fund provides families facing hardship with financial support to cover all or part of Avoca's athletic, Science Olympiad, band and school play fees. With the help of the community, our students will be able to continue to participate in these activities. To apply for extracurricular fee assistance, download this form and submit it to the Avoca Business Office to the attention of Beth Dever. To donate to The Viking Fund, please download this form and also submit it to the Business Office to the attention of Beth Dever. 

*Avoca is considered a charitable organization for tax purposes.
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NEW! Avoca West Ukulele Club
Ukulele Club at Avoca West if open to 3rd, 4th & 5th graders, meets Mondays in the music room from 3:00-4:00, and is free of charge but participants must provide their own instrument. This club is limited to 20 participants.  Sign-up here!
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


Love, Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids
When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7:00 at New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, IL 60093.

Co-authors Matthias Doepke, Ph.D. and Fabrizio Zilibotti, Ph.D.  look  at  how  economic  incentives  and  constraints - such  as  money, knowledge, and time - influence parenting practices and what is considered good parenting in different countries.

Grand Rounds: “Parenting in the Age of Inequality: Is Intensive, Achievement-oriented Parenting a Rational Response to a Changing Parenting a Rational Response to a Changing World?

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 9-10:30 AM at New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, IL 60093.

In the last few decades, American parenting has transformed from being relaxed and laissez-faire into a frantic, overscheduled  activity. In this talk, economist Matthias Doepke, Ph.D. argues that this change, rather than being a form of collective madness, represents  a  broadly  rational  response  of  parents to a changed economic environment. The main culprit is rising economic inequality.



February Events & Programs!

Check out The Center for Gifted and
Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity summer programs in Glenview!
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