Avoca Weekly - April 28, 2021

Avoca Weekly - April 28, 2021
Posted on 04/28/2021
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April 28, 2021 
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District Calendar
4/30/2021
Remote Planning Day (No Student Attendance)
5/3/2021
Board of Education Organizational Meeting
5/3/2021
Board of Education Member Recognition for Retirees 
5/12/2021
PTC Meeting 
5/13-5/15
Marie Murphy School Play Zoom Performances
5/20/2021
Finance Committee Meeting
5/26/2021
Marie Murphy Outdoor Orchestra Concert
5/27/2021
Board of Education Meeting
5/31/2021
Memorial Day - No School (Students & Staff)
6/2/2021
Rain Date for Marie Murphy Outdoor Orchestra Concert
UPCOMING EVENTS

5/3-5/7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
5/3 - F.A.N. Event (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
5/4 - PTC Lunch - Teacher Appreciation Week (AW)
5/5-5/6 - MM Online Trivia Night Fundraiser
5/5 - PTC Lunch - Teacher Appreciation Week (MM)
5/5 - F.A.N. Event (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
5/12 - PTC Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
5/12 - F.A.N. Event (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
5/13-5/15 - MM Virtual School Play Performances
5/13 - F.A.N. Event (12:00-1:00 p.m.)
5/26 - MM Outdoor Orchestra Concert (7:00-8:00 p.m.)


District Information, Event Details, and Volunteer Opportunities 

Teacher Appreciation Week Begins Monday
We are gearing up for Teacher Appreciation Week 2021 which will begin Monday, May 3rd. Please keep an eye out for emails from your Room Parents for details about your requested classroom participation. Additionally, let's surprise our staff with homemade lawn signs containing fun messages to express our gratitude.

If you would like a repurposed election sign, please contact Maya (maya.gemer1@gmail.com). Place completed signs along AW grounds anytime this weekend. Don't have time to make a sign? How about a quick drive by to AW to write a chalk message near the entrance of the school? Let's show our teachers how appreciated they are!

MM Class of 2021 Online Trivia Night Fundraiser
Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th graders: check your email for the Online Trivia Night registration form! Register by April 29 to join us for a fun online evening testing your knowledge of Marie Murphy and your teachers! 

Event Details & Flyer
6th Grade: Wednesday, May 5 from 6:00-6:30pm
7th Grade: Wednesday, May 5 from 7:00-7:30pm
8th Grade: Thursday, May 6 from 7:00-7:30pm

2021 Innovation Grants Winners
Congratulations to the two winning Innovation Grants for Spring 2021!:

Janis Michael, Amy Anshell, Emily Bierbower, & Jenna FreemanGiant Map of Illinois, Fourth Grade. Grade 4 is transitioning to a new Social Studies curriculum which includes Illinois history and geography. National Geographic’s giant state map is a vinyl map that could be used in the gym, on the blacktop, or in a clear-out classroom for students to explore. The ability to move around the map and on the map improved retention and comprehension over the current, smaller maps. The map project will help the team meet applicable standards for Grade 4 Social Studies. The number of students that will utilize it in 2021-2022 includes the 80-90 students in Grade 4, with potential interest from the 3rd and 5th grade teams as well. 

Angie Piechowiak - Active Workstation- Treadmill Desk. As a Learning Behavior Specialist Resource Teacher, Ms. Piechowiak works with 7th and 8th grade students who display kinesthetic learning preferences and benefit from movement in the classroom. Students requested the treadmills, excited by the possibility of improving the equipment in the room. The treadmill desk will supplement other current, active workstations, including a stand-up desk and cycling desks.

PTC Executive Board Member Feature
Susan Lovell is finishing up her term as PTC Director of Communications. Read her bio here. 

RECAP: Silent Auction 2021 
The recent online auction brought in $5,401 - a major success especially amid COVID-19. 100% of the funds raised will be used to purchase educational supplies, school equipment, and support school events in our District. This was made possible thanks to local businesses and community members that have generously donated to the silent auction, and those who bid on those items. Also, a special thanks to this year's Silent Auction committee: Kristen Barry, Ranjana Paintal, Erin Loder and Nicole Rinaldi. 

Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents
The Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents provides a rich mix of information about issues of critical importance to parents from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Top speakers are joined by experts and panels on such topics as pathways to academic success, enhanced parental participation in schools, immigration issues, U.S. citizenship, bilingual education programs, community college services, effective parenting techniques, health care alternatives, and much more.

When: Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 10am-1pm 
Where: Zoom 
See EVENT FLYER for details

At the May 3, 2021 Board of Education Organizational Meeting, the District will recognize departing Board Members Rick Zelinsky, Jamie Taylor, & Dan Garbis for their years of service and dedication to Avoca School District 37's Board of Education. During this meeting, the Board will also accept canvass and proclamation of results of the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election and seat the new Board. The full agenda and details are forthcoming and will be posted to the district website. 
Explore Avoca's COVID-19 response, guidance and resources as the district continues to maximize the safety and health of its students, staff, and school community during the coronavirus pandemic. This dedicated website serves as the central location for all COVID-related communications from the District. Check back regularly for the most updated information. 
AVOCA FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM 
 
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. For additional information regarding lunch service at Avoca, please visit our website here.

MEAL PICK-UP DATES/TIMES - MAY 2021
May 3, 2021    
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 10, 2021  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 17, 2021  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 24, 2021  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


MM & AW  LUNCH MENUS - MAY 2021

MM & AW LUNCH MENUS - APRIL 2021 
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DISTRICT EXTRACURRICULARS
 
Amplify Avoca
April 26, 2021 Edition
Directed and Edited by our newest Director-in-Training, Yianni Papadopoulos. Yianni had never used iMovie before and stepped up to learn how and put the show together. Be sure to congratulate him on his determination and newly-developed skills.
Performers: Amina Pathan, origami; Safiya Pathan, drawing an expanding ice cream cone; Mia Ortega, reciting a poem about sledding in honor of last week's snow; Montse Riojas-Garcia, reading the poem "Mariposa del aire" in Spanish (which won 2nd place in her division in a recent poetry reading contest). Never Fear--the Spanish is translated in screen titles as Montse recites.

 
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.

I AM A GIRL FROM AFRICA: THE POWER OF COMMUNITY, PERSEVERANCE, AND EDUCATION
A FAN Webinar with Elizabeth Nyamayaro . Interviewed by Angela Duckworth.
Monday, May 3, 7-8 PM (CST)
Register here
Bonus After-Hours Event!
Attendees who purchase a copy of I Am a Girl from Africa from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Ms. Nyamayaro that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.
 
STRANGER CARE: A MEMOIR OF LOVING WHAT ISN'T OURS
A FAN Webinar with Sarah Sentilles. Interviewed by Sally Field.
Wednesday, May 5, 7-8 PM (CST)
Register here
Bonus After-Hours Event!
Attendees who purchase a copy of Stranger Care from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Ms. Sentilles that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.
 
EXTRA LIFE: A SHORT HISTORY OF LIVING LONGER
A FAN Webinar with Steven Johnson. Interviewed by James Hamblin, M.D., M.P.H.
Wednesday, May 12, 7-8 PM (CST)
Register here
Bonus After-Hours Event!
Attendees who purchase a copy of Extra Life from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Mr. Johnson and Mr. Hamblin that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.
 
DAYTIME EVENT
THE MONTESSORI BABY: NURTURING YOUR BABY WITH LOVE, RESPECT, AND UNDERSTANDING
A FAN Webinar with Simone Davies and Junnifa Uzodike. Interviewed by Robyn McCloud-Springer.
Thursday, May 13, 12-1 PM (CST)
Register here

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