Avoca Weekly - December 6, 2022

Avoca Weekly - December 6, 2022
Posted on 12/06/2022
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Finance Committee Meeting
BWP Parent Feedback Session
Public Hearing on Tax Levy
Student Recognition Ceremony
Board of Education Meeting
Winter Break Begins 
School Resumes

12/6 - F.A.N. Event
12/7 - F.A.N. Event
12/8 - BWP Staff Focus Groups
12/8 - BWP Supt. Search Parent/Guardian Session
12/14-12/21 - MM Book Fair 
12/19-12/22 - AW Spirit Week
12/12 - F.A.N. Event
12/22 - MM & AW Winter Celebrations

Parent/Guardian Sessions with Superintendent Search Firm & Survey
You are heartily encouraged to attend a session for only parents and guardians on Thursday, December 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Marie Murphy library. No administration will be present. 

Also, please remember to complete the online survey, click here. The survey can also be taken in Spanish by clicking here.

The information from the surveys and the in-person sessions will be used by the search firm to complete a Superintendent Profile, which the Board will use to evaluate candidates applying for the position. 

Thank you for taking the time to provide your insights, which will help the Board select the right candidate to lead the District starting in July 2024.

Kindness & Connection - Candy Land!
December 1st brings the return of our Avoca West Candy Land. This is an opportunity to build connections with one another and with our community as we spread smiles and kindness around.

How families can participate: 

  • Capture a picture of your child(ren) doing a random act of kindness (RAK) and share it with Ms. Hutchison ([email protected]) or their teacher. We're making the Grinch's heart grow in December!
  • Donate one item or more to help stock the Northfield Food Pantry. A donation box is located in the front hallway. 

Marie Murphy Winter Celebration 
Help send off our MM students and advisors to winter break with some special treats and fun. Volunteers are needed on Thursday, December 22 to pass out winter treats for all students and advisors during their advisory time (2:50-3:20 p.m.) at 3 stations (one per grade). Questions? Contact Roopal Kundu at [email protected] or 312-925-6115. Click here for the Volunteer Sign Up.

Avoca West Spirit Week 

Avoca Caucus Seeking Board Candidates 
The Avoca Caucus will have three vacant seats opening in April 2023 and hope to have strong candidates apply to be vetted by the caucus. We are reaching out to our community for the call for Board members so that we will have a broad range of potential candidates. 

Click here for the Avoca School Board Application

MM Book Fair 

Pajama Drive Thank You
Thank you for your help with the Scholastic Pajama Drive! We collected over 100 pairs of pajamas, which will now help children stay warm and cozy this season.  

Donations Needed for the Viking Fund
The Viking Fund provides families facing hardship with financial support to cover all or part of Avoca's athletic, Science Olympiad, band, orchestra, and school play fees. We are currently running low on funds. With the help of the community, our students will be able to continue to participate in these activities. Thank you for your support! 

Avoca is considered a charitable organization for tax purposes. A 3.56% service fee will be charged for credit and debit card payments.

Donation options:
Cash or Check: mail/drop off to the Business Office or school front office 
• Online credit/debit card via the Avoca Webstore (There is a 3.56% processing fee if you pay by credit card) 

The Giving Tree
Calling all gift-givers! The Roots and Shoots club at Marie Murphy is sponsoring the Giving Tree project again this year. We will support children in our own community who are in need this holiday season. If you would like to sponsor a child please follow these simple steps:

1. Sign up using this link
2. Receive a wish list of what your child wants
3. Go shopping
4. Wrap your gifts (or a Roots and Shoots club member will wrap them for you)
5. Drop your gifts off at Marie Murphy

Pay Your Marie Murphy Room Fees Online
It's that time of the year when we say thank you to our teachers, staff, bus drivers, and facilities staff on behalf of all MM students and families. We are still collecting funds for room fees to purchase winter gifts for our MM team. We suggest a $25 donation for each child you have at Marie Murphy. Please use this link to contribute: Marie Murphy Room Fees

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 7-8:30 PM

Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond
Lydia Denworth
This is an in-person event. No registration or proof of vaccination is required. Masks are recommended but not required.

Lake Forest Country Day School, Performing Arts Center
145 S. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 7-8:30 PM
Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond
Lydia Denworth
This is an in-person event. No registration or proof of vaccination is required. Masks are recommended but not required.

Regina Dominican High School, O'Shaughnessy Theater
701 Locust Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091

Monday, December 12, 2022 | 7-8 PM
You Need a Manifesto: How to Craft Your Convictions and Put Them to Work 

Charlotte Burgess-Auburn, MA, and Liz Gerber, Ph.D.
Register Here
After-hours event. Attendees who purchase a copy of You Need a Manifesto from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an after-hours event hosted by Burgess-Auburn and Gerber that will start immediately after the webinar. Purchase a copy of the book here

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