Avoca Weekly - April 26, 2022

Avoca Weekly - April 26, 2022
Posted on 04/26/2022
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April 26, 2022
Board of Education Meeting
Finance Committee Meeting
Board of Education Meeting
Student Recognition Ceremony
Memorial Day - Holiday (No School)
Finance Committee Meeting
Last Day of Student Attendance 
School Term Ends
Board of Education Meeting

4/26 - ADL Parent Zoom
4/28 - Intermediate/Advanced Suzuki Concert (AW)
4/28 - F.A.N. Event
4/28 - Upbeat! Event
4/29 - Spring Play Community Performance
4/30 - Spring Play Community Performance 
5/3 - AW Spring Choral Concert
5/2-5/6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

Tonight: Avoca Different Learners: Bridging to 6th & 9th Grades 
Please join us tonight for the Avoca Diverse Learners “Bridging to 6th and 9th Grades” Meeting (Zoom) from 7:45-8:45 p.m. Director of Student Services Kristen Moore will speak about the structure of support for students with IEPs and 504s as they move from Avoca West to Marie Murphy and from Marie Murphy to New Trier. A Zoom link will be emailed 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 link: Louise Dechovitz, [email protected], or Helen Lucaitis, 312-550-2077 by text. This event is open to parents/caregivers of students at Avoca West and Marie Murphy of all grade levels.


Upbeat! G.E.T. Ready to Celebrate YOU!
This Thursday, 100 3rd-5th grade students will participate in a dynamic student leadership workshop with Dr. Matthew Arau, best-selling author of Upbeat! Mindset, Mindfulness, and Leadership in Music Education and Beyond and President, Founder, and CEO of Upbeat Global. Thank you to the PTC for funding this exciting event!

"Leadership takes many forms.....Empowering students to take on additional responsibilities, giving students input and a voice...trusting students to lead and serve as role models for their peers, and creating an uplifting community is what Upbeat Leadership is all about." - Dr. Matthew Arau, Upbeat!

2022 Spring Play 
Play: Username, by Brian Hampton
Community performances: Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Marie Murphy School. Admission is free and no ticket is required. 

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6)
The PTC will provide its last lunch of the year next week during Teacher Appreciation Week for our wonderful teachers and staff; Marie Murphy on Wednesday, May 4, and Avoca West on Thursday, May 5. If you would like to volunteer, please click on the links below:

Avoca West SignUp Genius
Marie Murphy SignUp Genius

Also, if you signed up to receive a Teacher Appreciation sign, be on the lookout for an email detailing how you can get it this week. 

Annual Book Fair: Volunteers Needed
Avoca West's annual book fair is back in person! We are looking for volunteers for May 13-20: setting up, manning the book fair, and breaking down. Time slots are 2-3 hours each. Contact [email protected] for more information. To volunteer, visit the SignUp Genius Link.

Art in Action
Art in Action is back at Avoca this year on Thursday, June 2nd! 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

AW Spring Choral Concert
The upcoming Avoca West Spring Choral Concert will feature all three Avoca choral ensembles: Concert Choir, Gioso, and Comunità. “Won’t You Sing Along?” will take place in the Avoca West South Gym on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for this celebratory event of raising our voices together in song! 

5th Grade End-of-Year Party
The annual 5th Grade Party will take place on Friday, June 3 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at AW during the school day. Please read the Parent Letter which includes details for food, payment, T-shirts, RSVP, and photo requests. If you'd like to help the day of, please complete this 5th Grade Party Volunteer SignUp. The event is only open to students and parent volunteers.

Earth Day
Our 1st Annual Avoca PTC Green Committee Earth Day Cleanup was great! A hearty THANK YOU to the 80+ Avoca staff, families, and students who participated in making our school environment more beautiful and our community stronger. Thanks to Dr. Osburn for the sweet donut treats and for all his support! We filled several large trash/landfill bins, mostly with plastic debris, small and large. 
A few highlights were... 
  • Favorite item cleaned-up: a side-view mirror from a car (Yikes! Anyone missing a mirror?! )
  • Favorite feel-good moment: A kindergartener came prepared with some supplies from home to wipe off some graffiti on the KG playground
We are planning a cleanup at Marie Murphy (with DONUTS!) before school ends. We don’t have to wait for next year's Earth Day to make an impact in our community! If you’re interested in joining the Avoca PTC Green Committee or helping out with a future event, email [email protected]
Amplify Avoca

Click here to view the April 25, 2022 Edition

Directors: Tyler & Ezra
Editor: Linna 
Performers: Teagan, Chris, Alex, Ezra, Tyler, & Tony
Artists: Chris, Alex, & Abigail 
IRC Summit for Bilingual Parents

The Illinois Bilingual Parents Summit will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center. View the flyer for full details or Register Here


THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022 | 7-8 PM*
Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child's Potential, Fulfilling Society's Promise 
Dana Suskind, Ph.D. + Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. 
Register Here
After-hours event: Purchase a copy of the book here and get invited to attend an after-hours event hosted by Suskind that will start immediately after the webinar.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2022 | 7-8 PM*
The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively
Todd Kashdan, Ph.D. + Jane McGonigal, Ph.D. 
Register Here
After-hours event: Purchase a copy of the book here and get invited to attend an after-hours event hosted by Kashdan that will start immediately after the webinar.

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2022 | 7-8 PM*
Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient
Theresa Brown, Ph.D., BSN, RN, and Danielle Ofri, MD, Ph.D. 
Register Here
After-hours event: Purchase a copy of the book here and get invited to attend an after-hours event hosted by Brown that will start immediately after the webinar.

*All events are CST. 
Wilmette Historical Museum and the Wilmette Police Department will be hosting Joint Open Houses on Sunday, May 1 from 11 am-2 pm. View the flyer here.
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