Avoca Weekly - November 30, 2021

Avoca Weekly - November 30, 2021
Posted on 11/30/2021
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November 30, 2021 
Board of Education Meeting
Finance Committee Meeting
Board of Education Meeting 
Winter Break
School Resumes
PTC Meeting 
Board of Education Meeting
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
Board of Education Meeting

11/29-12/10 - Northfield Food Pantry Food Drive
11/30 - F.A.N. Event
12/2 - F.A.N. Event
12/2-12/4 - Cyrano de Bergerac Production
12/6-12/12 - Computer Science Week
12/7-12/9 - Working Production
12/8 - 8th Grade Committee Meeting
12/10-12/17 - MM Book Fair
1/10/2022 - Assembly Ensemble Begins

Top Announcements

8th Grade Fundraiser - ShopWithScrip
This holiday season, give the gift of choice while supporting our 8th graders. A percentage of all gift card sales will be returned to the school. To place an order, head on over to www.shopwithscrip.com and enter our unique enrollment code: EL34D84A65879. Hurry! Orders will be placed on Thursday, December 2. Please see the flyer for more details. 

NEW! The PTC has a New Status: 501c3
For the first time ever - and after a years-long process - the Avoca Parent-Teacher Council has finally achieved its long-desired status as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization! Among many of the benefits that come with the status, your donations are now tax-deductible! A big thank you to everyone who helped out with the application process! We look forward to sharing the various perks of this incredible feat. 

8th Grade Committee Meeting
The Marie Murphy 8th Grade Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, December 8th at 7 p.m. Please contact Betsy Harootyan at [email protected] if you'd like to attend or want to know more about getting involved with the committee. 

Staff Holiday & Teacher Gifts  
The holidays are almost here! Please consider contributing $25 to be used for staff holiday and teacher gifts. Contact your room parent for more information. Thank you to everyone who has already donated. 

Northfield Food Pantry Drive
The Northfield Food Pantry Food Drive is sponsored by the Avoca West Cub Scout Troop 7 and will run from November 29 - December 10. You may drop your donations in the boxes located at Avoca West. Or, drop off directly at Northfield Pantry - place donations in the collection bins located to the left of the front doors. Please view the flyer for priority food items and more details. 

Green Committee 
Roots & Shoots is launching composting on Wednesday, December 1 in the Marie Murphy cafeteria! If you are interested in supporting this terrific student club initiative or want to help with other environmental projects, consider joining the Green Committee and please contact [email protected].


NEW! Assembly Ensemble 
The Assembly Ensemble (formerly Assembly Ambassadors) is returning to Avoca West! The group will meet on Wednesdays after school beginning January 10. The Assembly Ensemble is a group of 3-5 graders that create and perform Spirit Assemblies around themes that promote social-emotional learning. Students can choose to explore assembly themes through writing, performance, tech crew, or set design. Please fill out this form by Friday, December 10, if your child is interested in participating.

December 6-12 is Computer Science (CS) Week! 
One fun way to explore these concepts is through coding. Enter Hour of Code, a collection of short experiences to introduce coding concepts to kids (and adults). Click here for the link for the Avoca HOUR of CODE document with a list of curated sites by grade and ability level!

New Trier Theatre & Arts
New Trier's Theatre Department is performing two shows across the next two weekends. Cyrano de Bergerac runs this week, December 2nd - 4th at the McGee Theatre at the Winnetka Campus and Working, a musical based on the real-life experiences of working Chicagoans, runs next week, December 7th - 9th, in the Cornog Theatre at the Northfield Campus. All NT shows are currently free for students 17 and under. Also, there will be backstage tours and audience talkbacks after the shows on December 4th (2:00 show of Cyrano) and December 9th (4:30 show of Working). Current Marie Murphy Theatre students can get extra credit for attending (by taking a selfie with one of the NT Theatre teachers to show Ms. Janssen).
Also, there is a great arts opportunity for students 13 and older called TAP (Teen Arts Pass) that is offered in Chicago. It allows students to register for free for a TAP pass which allows them $5 admission to many live shows in the area. Also, TAP provides a wealth of wonderful TAP at Home offerings for arts classes and experiences from home. Interested students can go to the TAP website to register and find out more!

Amplify Avoca 
Click here for the November 29, 2021 Edition
Starring: Rosalee, Tony R., Ari & Ivy 
Directors: Nadiya, Ezra, and Tyler
Editors: Jaya, Linna, Lydia
Artists: Ari & Ivy

FAN - Family Action Network

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2021 | 7-8 PM*
How to Make Mistakes on Purpose: Bring Chaos to Your Order
Register Here
Laurie Rosenwald (Illustrator, artist, designer, and book creator) & Douglas Coupland (Novelist, designer, and visual artist).
NOTE: This event will include a mini “Mistakes on Purpose” workshop – no experience necessary. To participate, please have handy:
1. 30+ sheets of any kind of blank paper
2. Black marker, black crayon, or sharpened pencils
3. Phone with a camera feature, or digital camera

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)

Monday December 6, 2021     8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Monday December 13, 2021   8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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