Avoca Weekly - November 2, 2021

Avoca Weekly - November 2, 2021
Posted on 11/02/2021
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November 2, 2021 
PTC Meeting 
Board of Education Meeting
Community Engagement/Town Hall Meeting 2
Teacher Contract Day (No Student Attendance)
Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance)
Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday - No School 
Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
Post-Thanksgiving Holiday - No School 

11/2 - Avoca Diverse Learners Zoom
11/3 - CommunIDEE Diwali Celebration 
11/4 - F.A.N. Event
11/8 - F.A.N. Event
11/9 - F.A.N. Event
11/10 - Picture Retakes
11/14 - HEROS ABC Book Club Meeting 
11/19 - F.A.N. Event
11/30 - F.A.N. Event
12/2 - F.A.N. Event

Trending Announcements

Planned Vaccination Clinic for Students Ages 5-11
Please see the attached letter issued jointly by all of the New Trier Township elementary school superintendents regarding a proposed vaccination clinic for students ages 5-11 to be held in November and December. This letter is preliminary. Actual registration details will be shared on November 8, no earlier than 6:00 p.m. All medical questions should be directed to your pediatrician. Operational questions about the clinics may be directed to Superintendent Dr. Osburn at [email protected]

Avoca Diverse Learners Zoom
Please join Avoca Diverse Learners tonight at 7:45 p.m. for a Zoom meeting with Kristen Moore, Avoca’s Director of Student Services. Bring your questions for Kristen. 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 Louise Dechovitz, [email protected], or Helen Lucaitis, 312-550-2077 by text, for the link. Meetings usually last an hour. To learn more about ADL, visit here.

Town Hall Meeting 2: Facilities, Learning Spaces, and District Finances
Tell your neighbors and come out on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, for an informative overview of the state of District Facilities, Learning Spaces, and Finances. Additionally, you can complete a customized survey and participate in small focus groups. The feedback generated from the survey and focus groups directly informs the Strategic Planning Committee's work in developing a District Needs Assessment and ultimately, a new strategic plan for Avoca. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Marie Murphy Gym. Masking and Social Distancing protocols will be in place. Questions? Email [email protected].


CommunIDEE - Diwali 
Happy Diwali! CommunIDEE wants to recognize the holiday, which falls on November 4, 2021, and usually lasts five days. Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. It is the celebration of the triumph of Good over Evil. If anyone is interested in celebrating, there will be a celebration at the Community Playfields on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 7-8 p.m.  

8th Grade Committee - November Meeting
The 8th Grade Graduation Committee will be meeting Wednesday night, November 10, 2021. Please contact Betsy Harootyan at [email protected] if you want to get involved with the committee or attend the meeting.
CommunIDEE - Native American Heritage Month
This November, we recognize and learn from Native American Heritage Month. The HEROS Action-based Book Club (ABC) meeting will be held on Sunday, November 14, 2021, from 7-8:30 p.m. We will discuss There There by Tommy Orange, a Cheyenne and Arapaho author. For additional details, please check ABC's website here. We welcome you to join our discussion. Even if you do not have time to read the whole book, please read at least Chapter 3 on the Native American occupation of Alcatraz, and join our conversation! Here is the Registration link. Hope to see you there!
If you have any holidays or celebrations you want to be posted, or if you are curious about CommuIDEE events, please email Ami Das at [email protected]

8th Grade Concessions - Donate those Extra Halloween Treats
If you actually have extra Halloween candy after the roving bands of young teens and the contents of your basket/bowl are looking at you like they are going to leap up and take up permanent residence "somewhere," feel free to donate it to 8th Grade Concessions at Marie Murphy. We will put it to good use. (debatable, I know) Just drop off in the front office, "for Concessions." Leslie Casey will do the rest.
Please hide the Tootsie Rolls. Please. Uh, you might not want to trust your kids with this drop-off.

*Proceeds from the 8th Grade Concessions benefit the 8th Grade Graduation (including the ceremony, celebration, service event, and class gift)*

The District now provides free breakfasts for pick-up on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the front entrance of Marie Murphy School. There is no registration or signup required for meal pickups. Breakfast meals will be provided for students currently enrolled in pre-school through 8th grade at Avoca School District 37. For more details on the program, visit here

Monday November 1, 2021     8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Monday November 8, 2021     8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Monday November 15, 2021   8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Monday November 29, 2021   8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
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FAN - Family Action Network

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021 | 7-8 PM*
An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional
Register Here
Rainesford Stauffer (Writer, essayist, and author) & Luisa Struck (New Trier High School Class of '22)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2021 | 7-8 PM 
American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020
Register Here
George F. Will (Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist on politics and domestic and foreign affairs for The Washington Post) & Peter W. Tragos (Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, New Trier High School D203, Winnetka, IL). 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2021 | 7-8 PM*
Unprotected: An Evening with Billy Porter 
Register Here
Billy Porter (Award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, playwright, and author) & Jamal Jordan
(Mixed-media documentarian, journalist, educator, and author). 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021 | 7-8 PM*
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story
Register Here

Nikole Hannah-Jones (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, creator of the 1619 Project, Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University, and founder of Howard’s Center for Journalism and Democracy) & 
Carol Anderson, Ph.D. (Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Emory University).

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2021 | 7-8 PM*
How to Make Mistakes on Purpose: Bring Chaos to Your Order
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Laurie Rosenwald (Illustrator, artist, designer, and book creator) & Douglas Coupland (Novelist, designer, and visual artist).

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2021 | 7-8 PM*
Farm-to-Table: Growers, Chefs, and Home Cooks
Register Here

Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner (Co-authors, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook) & Sarah Stegner (Co-chef and co-owner, Prairie Grass Cafe). 

*All event start times are Central Time (CT)
Amplify Avoca 
Yet another great show with Lida, Pranati, and Vaughn 
Directed by Rosalie and Matthew J. 
Assisted by Tyler, Max, Ezra, and Charming

Two crafts for this show, Lida shows how to use two squares of toilet paper and candy to make a Halloween ghost. In the other, Pranati demonstrates making a bookmark starting with a square piece of paper. 

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