Avoca Weekly - February 23, 2021

Avoca Weekly - February 23, 2021
Posted on 02/23/2021
Avoca Weekly Newsletter Logo 👀 Exclusive News: Avoca Moves to Modified Onsite Daily April 7
February 23, 2021 
In case you haven't done so already, be sure to read the important Letter from Superintendent Osburn: Schools Move to Modified Onsite Daily Schedule Starting April 7
Helpful Links

3/4/2021
Non-Attendance Day (Students & Staff)
3/11/2021
Finance Committee Meting - 9:00am
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)
4/5-4/62021
Staff Planning Day (No Student Attendance)
4/7/2021
Modified Onsite Daily Schedule Begins
4/30/2021
Staff Planning Day (No Student Attendance)
AVOCA PARENT-TEACHER COUNCIL

 Upcoming Events   

2/25 - F.A.N. Event (7:00-8:00pm)
3/1 - MM Spring Play Information Meeting (3:00pm)
3/1 - F.A.N. Event (7:00-8:00pm)
3/3 - Plugged in Reading (6:00-7:00pm)
3/8 - F.A.N. Event (7:00-8:00pm)
3/9 - ADL Zoom Meeting (7:45-8:45pm)
3/10 - F.A.N. Event (7:00-8:00pm)
3/10 - PTC Meeting (7:00pm)
3/18 - F.A.N. Event (7:00-8:00pm)

3/10-3/21 - Avoca PTC Book Fair (Virtual)


District Information, Event Details, and Volunteer Opportunities 
 

Avoca Different Learners Zoom
Please join Avoca Different Learners on Tuesday, March 9 from 7:45-8:45 pm for a Zoom meeting with Director of Pupil Services Kristen Moore. A Zoom link will be automatically sent to parents on the ADL mailing list. If you would like to join the list or simply attend this meeting, please contact parent leaders for the Zoom link: Louise Dechovitz, louise111@gmail.com or Helen Lucaitis, 312-550-2077 by text. To learn more about ADL, visit here. 

HELP! Silent Auction Donation Drive
The 2021 Silent Auction Fundraiser is still going on and the Fundraising committee needs your help! Do you or someone you know own a business, hold tickets or memberships, or have merchandise/gift certificates/services/good that you are willing to donate? Your donation will go a long way in this auction - the funds help purchase educational supplies, school equipment and support school events for Avoca Elementary and Marie Murphy Middle School. It is also great exposure for local businesses, especially during COVID! For acceptable donations, donation forms, and all other inquiries, please email avocasilentauction@gmail.com or click below.

Spring Play Informational Meeting
A Spring Play Informational Meeting will be held on Monday, March 1, at 3:00pm for any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Marie Murphy student interested in learning more about the upcoming spring play, “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” auditions. The meeting will discuss the play itself (including story and characters), rehearsal schedule, audition details, and commitment requirements. It is very important for any student wanting to audition to attend this meeting to get access to required forms and vital information. Interested students need to email Ms. Janssen at janssenk@avoca37.org to request the Zoom link for the meeting.

Plugged in Reading Event
Join Avoca's Technology Integration Specialist, Kelli Lane as she hosts a virtual community night on March 3, 2021 from 6-7pm, focusing on how families can access eBooks and audiobooks. To attend, either scan the QR Code in the flyer or via this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/603696271

8th Grade Annual Fundraiser
Due to COVID, The 8th Grade Graduation Committee and Marie Murphy are not able to fundraise as they have in past years. 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 below! Thank you for your support.

Anderson's Annual Book Fair
The Avoca PTC and Anderson's have teamed up to bring you the Online Book Fair! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Avoca PTC. Support our schools by participating and discover the best book selections and new releases from Anderson's. Choose to have your books delivered to school on Wednesday, March 24 or to your home. Students can order after March 21, but would need to have books delivered home. Click here for the flyer! Please contact us with any questions at customerservice@abcfairs.com or call us at 630-820-0044.

Sale: Avoca Masks
Are you still in need of an Avoca student-designed masks? Purchase yours today for $8 per mask, which comes with 2 fillers. You can pay online 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!

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. 

REVISED TRAVEL GUIDANCE & QUARANTINE - FEBRUARY 10

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
@AvocaWestITC @AvocaWestITC
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DISTRICT EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
 
Amplify Avoca 
Here is this week's edition!
Performers: Max Tahbaz, Adler Zanowski, Marko Ilic, Jaya Vasudevan, Karis Kimbrough
Editor: Tyler Molloy
Directors: Audrey, Owen, and Neera


Girls on the Run Club
Do you have a daughter in Grades 3-5 interesting in running? The GOTR club may be a great opportunity for them! This structured program led by coaches Lauren Abrams and Principal Jessica Hutchison is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. Want to learn more? 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" will not meet during the month of March. 

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


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.
 
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

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021 | 7-8PM

What Matters Now: Emotional Balance and Core Needs in the Post-Pandemic Era
A FAN Webinar with Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D. and Maru Torres-Gregory, J.D., Ph.D., LMFT
Register here

MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2021 | 7-8PM
Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work & Life
Joann S. Lublin. Interviewed by Suzanne Muchin.
Register here

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2021 | 7-8PM
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
Robert Kolker. Interviewed by Andrew Solomon, Ph.D.
Register here

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021 | 7-8PM
Smart Women Love Money: 5 Simple, Life-Changing Rules of Investing
Alice Finn. Interviewed by Shubha Chakravarthy.
Register here

 
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