Avoca Weekly - October 20, 2021

Avoca Weekly - October 20, 2021
Posted on 10/20/2021
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October 20, 2021 
Helpful Links

District Calendar
10/20/2021
Community Engagement/Town Hall Meeting 1
10/21/2021
Board of Education Meeting
10/27/2021
Half-Day Student Attendance - Parent/Teacher Conferences
10/28/2021
Half-Day Student Attendance - Parent/Teacher Conferences
10/29/2021
Teacher Institute Day (Student Non-Attendance Day)
11/4/2021
Board of Education Meeting
11/10/2021
PTC Meeting 
11/17/2021
Community Engagement/Town Hall Meeting 2
11/22/2021
Teacher Contract Day (No Student Attendance)
11/23/2021
Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance)
11/24/2021
Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday - No School 
11/25/2021
Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
11/26/2021
Post-Thanksgiving Holiday - No School 
UPCOMING EVENTS

10/26 - F.A.N. Event
10/28 - Early Childhood Developmental Screening 
10/28 - F.A.N. Event
11/9 - F.A.N. Event


District Information, Event Details, and Volunteer Opportunities 

Town Hall Meeting - Community Engagement & Strategic Planning
Tonight is the night! Join us at the Town Hall Meeting to help Advance Avoca. Your input is the most important part of building a new strategic plan and a great future for our amazing schools. In Dr. Osburn's October 4 post, he promoted the meeting. Here again, are the details:

> Wednesday, October 20 - from 7 to 9 p.m.
> Marie Murphy Gym - Social Distancing and Masking will be in place
  • Hear a presentation providing high-level background information about the district, focusing on information about student and staff performance and learning.
  • Take a very detailed and customized survey online to provide your input into the current state of the district and its future direction.
  • Meet in a Focus Group (10 people or less) with an administrator or Board member to share in open-ended format your insights.
  • Most importantly, bring a friend.  We want parents, guardians, students, staff, and community members who do not have students in our schools. We all have a role in advancing Avoca. (There will be options for viewing a recording of the presentation online afterward for those who cannot make it.)
On behalf of the Strategic Planning Committee, we look forward to seeing you there.

Early Childhood Developmental Screening Date
Avoca School District 37 offers free screenings to district residents, ages 2 ½ to 5, who may have delays in their development. These screenings cover language development, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional behavior, and early learning. The appointments take approximately one hour to complete. Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that only one parent attend the screening with their child. Masks are required to enter the building and must be kept on during the screening. 

The location for the screening is Marie Murphy School, 2921 Illinois Road, Wilmette, Illinois. Please call the Student Services Office at 847-728-4142 to make an appointment. The Fall scheduled screening date is Thursday, October 28, 2021. 

Join a PTC Subcommittee
These two groups are getting organized for the 2021-2022 school year. Click on the links for more information.  

PTC Membership Update
Thank you to everyone that has paid their PTC dues. Dues are $25/family, and you can pay by cash or check written out to Avoca PTC. We also accept PayPal. Here's the link to our PayPal. If you've already downloaded the Membership Toolkit app, you can pay dues by clicking on "Join the PTC." You can check out via PayPal there too. Everyone needs to create a new account to access AtoZ because they migrated to a new system. The new website is here. Remember to download the new Membership Toolkit app and delete the old one. If your child goes to Avoca West, you can find out who the room parent is for your class by looking on "Staff Directory." Always check out the app to see if there are any new volunteer opportunities. If you want some tips on how to navigate the app or the website, there are some listed here. If anyone has any questions, please contact Ann Heinz at annmuiheinz@gmail.com

AVOCA FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM 
 
Avoca continues to offer free breakfast and free lunch for all students for the 2021-2022 academic school year. For more information about Avoca's food service program, please visit the website.

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EXTRACURRICULAR & COMMUNITY EVENTS

Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7:00 PM 
REGISTER!
Jeff Selingo: Journalist, FutureU podcast co-host, and New York Times bestselling author of Who Gets In and WhyAdam Harris: Staff writer for The Atlantic and author, The State Must Provide: Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal - And How to Set Them Right.
AND: "After-Hours" at 8:00 PM! PURCHASE a copy of Who Gets In and Why to gain admission to "After-Hours," a lively post-event conversation with Selingo and Harris.
 
Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7:00 PM Central Time
REGISTER!
Dawn Turner: Award-winning journalist and author of three books, including the brand-new Three Girls from BronzevilleHeidi Stevens: Creative director at Parent Nation at the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health
AND: "After-Hours" at 8:00 PM! PURCHASE a copy of Three Girls from Bronzeville to gain admission to "After-Hours," a lively post-event conversation with Turner and Stevens.

NEW DATE! (moved from October 21 to November 9)
Unprotected: An Evening with Billy Porter 
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 7:00 PM 
REGISTER!
Billy Porter: Award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, playwright, and author.
Jamal Jordan: Mixed-media documentarian, journalist, educator, and author, Queer Love in Color.
IT'S A BOOK GIVEAWAY! FAN is giving away copies of Unprotected to attendees randomly selected from the Zoom attendance report. Books can be picked up at our bookseller if you live locally; or shipped as necessary. All details are on the registration page.
AMPLIFY AVOCA 
Here it is, with Tyler's quotable quote, Leon's giant drawing, Lydia boosting bumblebees, and Ezra's weather report. 

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Editors: Ethan F. and Vaughn
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Avoca School District 37 | 2921 Illinois Road | Wilmette, IL 60091 | P: 847-251-3587
Avoca West Elementary School | 235 Beech Drive, Glenview, IL 60025 | P: 847-724-6800
Marie Murphy School | 2921 Illinois Road | Wilmette, IL 60091 | P: 847-251-3617


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