Avoca Weekly - May 10, 2022

Avoca Weekly - May 10, 2022
Posted on 05/10/2022
Avoca Weekly Newsletter Logo Avoca Board of Ed Approves New Mission Statement, Portrait of a Graduate, Strategic Plan
May 10, 2022
5/12/2022
Finance Committee Meeting
5/19/2022
Board of Education Meeting
5/19/2022
Student Recognition Ceremony
5/30/2022
Memorial Day - Holiday (No School)
6/9/2022
Finance Committee Meeting
6/10/2022
Last Day of Student Attendance 
6/16/2022
School Term Ends
6/16/2022
Board of Education Meeting

5/11 - AW & MM Combined Orchestra Concert 
5/12 - F.A.N. Event
5/15 - ADL Playground Meetup for Parents & Kids
5/13-20 - Avoca West Book Fair
5/19 - F.A.N. Event
5/20 - F.A.N. Event
5/18 - MM Orchestra Concert
5/24 - Suzuki Beginning Strings Concert
5/26 - Bike-to-School Day
6/2 - Art in Action
6/3 -5th Grade Party


Thanks, Room Parents!
Thank you to the Avoca West room parents who did an excellent job organizing a special week for our amazing teachers last week. Special thanks to Erin Loder, Mary Gaspar, and Dorothy Elfring for organizing wonderful teacher appreciation luncheons.

Save the Date
The annual Bike-to-School Day will take place on Thursday, May 26. 

Marie Murphy 2022 Spring Cleanup
AW Earth Day cleanup was a blast - let's do it again! Grab your family members to help clean up the Marie Murphy grounds on Saturday, May 21 from 9-10:30 a.m. Donuts and juice will be provided to volunteers. Avoca’s PTC Green Committee will provide gloves and bags for the cleanup and direct volunteers. If you have work gloves or a small bucket at home, please bring them along to use during the cleanup. Every piece of trash picked up helps clean up our school and community and keeps our environment beautiful for all. Questions or interested in helping the Green Committee? Email Maya at themayapost@gmail.com

Approved: Avoca's New Mission Statement, Portrait of a Graduate, & Strategic Plan
After a process that started in October of 2021 and included feedback from hundreds and hundreds of stakeholders, including our Strategic Planning Committee meeting for over 20 hours, the Board of Education helped us move into the future its May 5, 2022 Board meeting by approving:
 
A New Mission Statement that identifies the most important work we do with our students daily
 A Portrait of a Graduate which describes the qualities we want all of our students to have developed by the time they graduate
A Strategic Plan outlining our most important actions that make fulfilling our mission impossible

 

(from left to right) Dr. Dhar, Board President; Dan Seals, Board Member; Dr. Glader, Board Member; Anthony Benjamin Committee Community Member; Becky Cross, Committee Co-Chair; Jim Rohner, Committee Parent; Sharon Frys, HYA Consultant; Madeline Long, Committee Student; Darren Persino, Committee Staff Member; Gil Gibori, Board Member; Julie Cho, Committee Parent; Louise Dechovitz, Board Vice-President; Janet Stevens, Committee Community Member; Dr. Osburn, Superintendent; & Dr. Das, Board Member. 
(not pictured) Aaliya Bhaidani, Committee Student; Andrea Bialk, Committee Co-Chair; Amy Branahl, Committee Parent; Rebecca Goldman, Committee Parent; Diana Lin, Committee Staff Member; Brian Maisel, Committee Staff Member; Kavita Matsko, Committee Parent; Janis Michael, Committee Staff Member & AEA Representative; Lina Patel, Committee Parent; Michelle Proesel, Committee Parent; Stephanie Rick, Committee Co-Chair; Amy Riemer, Committee Staff Member; Kelly Sabatini, Committee Staff Member; & Carlos Urrea, Committee Parent. 

5th Grade End-of-Year Party
Thanks to all fifth-grade parents for providing the requested materials for our end-of-year party! If you have not done so yet, please remember to submit the following ASAP:

1. $30 Party Fee via PayPal or check payable to the Avoca PTC or cash. Label your payment envelope with your child’s name and teacher. Have your child give this to their teacher.

2. Pictures: 

  • A 3x5 physical copy of your child’s kindergarten photo to your class teacher AND
  • Email a digital copy of your child’s kindergarten photo to avocawest2022@gmail.com

Get Ready! Avoca West Book Fair
Students will be taking photos with their iPads of their wish list books on Monday, May 16. Please make sure you take a look and send money with your child to school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Volunteers are still needed for a few time slots (2-3 hours each). Sign up to volunteer for this fun event and a chance to meet fellow Avoca West parents while supporting the Avoca West library and PTC. 
Contact eatfitchicago@gmail.com for more information about the book fair. 

Avoca Diverse Learners: Save the Date
Mark your calendars for an ADL Playground Meetup for Parents and Kids on Sunday, May 15th at 3:00 p.m. 

Art in Action
Art in Action is back at Avoca this year on Thursday, June 2! Please consider volunteering your time to help our visiting artists create art projects for all our K through 5th-grade students. Click here to Volunteer and for more information

EXTRACURRICULAR & COMMUNITY EVENTS
Amplify Avoca

Click here to view the May 9, 2022 Edition
Directors: Rosalee E. & Ezra M.
Editor: Kalifa H.
Artist: Ian Y. 
Performers: Connor S., Ben S., & Victoria M.
 
F.A.N.

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2022 | 7-8 PM*
Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities
Susie Wise, Ph.D. and Morgan Vien 
Register Here
After-hours event: Purchase a copy of the book here and get invited to attend an after-hours event hosted by Wise that will start immediately after the webinar.

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2022 | 7-8 PM*
Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health
Thomas Insel, MD, and David Schreiber, MD
Register Here
Book Giveaway: To enter the random drawing for a copy of Healing, your address and phone number are required. Personal information will not be shared. Indicate if you will pick up your book at The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL. Books will be shipped or available for pick-up within 2 weeks of the event. We will notify winners via email when the books are ready. Purchase a copy of the book here.

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2022 | 12 PM*
Grand Rounds: Reinventing the Mental Health System: Where to Repair and Where to Build
Thomas Insel, MD, David Schreiber, MD, and Rhonda Robinson Beale, MD
Register Here
Book Giveaway to Clinicians! Compass Health Center is giving free copies of Dr. Insel's new book Healing to qualified clinicians. Personal information will not be shared. Books will be shipped or available for pick-up within 2 weeks of the event. We will notify recipients via email when books are ready. Purchase a copy of the book here.

*All events are CST. 
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