Avoca Weekly - September 23, 2021

Avoca Weekly - September 23, 2021
Posted on 09/23/2021
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September 23, 2021 
Helpful Links

District Calendar
9/23/2021
Board of Education Meeting
9/29/2021
Avoca West Neighborhood Meeting
10/4/2021
Picture Day 
10/7/2021
Board of Education Meeting
10/14/2021
Finance Committee Meeting
10/20/2021
Community Engagement/Town Hall Meeting
10/21/2021
Board of Education Meeting
10/27/2021
Parent-Teacher Conferences (Half Day Student Attendance) 
10/28/2021
Parent-Teacher Conferences (Half Day Student Attendance) 
10/29/2021
Teacher Institute Day (Student Non-Attendance Day)
UPCOMING EVENTS

9/23 - F.A.N. Event
9/25 - 8th Grade Car Wash Fundraiser 
9/28 - ADL Parents Zoom Meeting
9/28 - F.A.N. Event
10/1 - Spirit Wear Shop Closes 
10/4 - Picture Day


District Information, Event Details, and Volunteer Opportunities 

Avoca Diverse Learners 
Please join Avoca Diverse Learners on Tuesday, September 28 from 7:45-8:45 p.m. for a Parents Zoom Meeting. 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, louise111@gmail.com or Helen Lucaitis, 312-550-2077 by text. To learn more about ADL, click here.

Morning Yoga Returns to Avoca West
This year, Mrs. Bowman and Mrs. Raczyla will be teaming up to offer three sessions for third through fifth graders on Friday mornings at 7:30. Our morning yoga class will help students start the day with calm and focused energy. Through breathing exercises, yoga postures, and playful collaborative activities, students will learn to strengthen their minds and bodies. Yoga can teach healthy habits for reducing stress and worry, focusing attention, and building self-confidence in addition to developing strength, balance, and flexibility. The benefits of yoga can stay with you for a lifetime...and it is FUN! Sign up with this form by September 29

National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month. This is a "National" event because our most prominent national cultural institutions - The Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian, among others - are explicitly paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.  
 
Our own community includes many families who identify as Hispanic or Latinx and recognizing these contributions to enriching our lives is part of what makes our community special.
 
Here is a link to the National Website where you can learn more and dive deeper into learning about the generations of contributions made to our country by Hispanic Americans.
 
Additionally, by clicking on this link, you can watch one or more of the episodes from the groundbreaking documentary Latino Americans, produced by the Public Broadcasting Service. There will be a Book Club Style discussion of this on 10/10/2021 7-8:30 pm, sponsored by HEROS - Healing Everyday Racism in Our Schools which is a local group of all the New Trier Feeder schools.  Everyone is welcome.  We will discuss episodes 4-6.  Episodes 1-3 were discussed this last week but it is not too late to join. Here is the link to register via Zoom.

Attn: New Families 
Don't forget to check out the PTC website for school resources and the opportunity to sign up for a Welcome Buddy. Also, please don't forget to share your contact information with your respective room parents so we can all stay connected.

8th Grade Car Wash Fundraiser 
The 8th Grade Car Wash Fundraiser will take place this Saturday, September 25, from 10 am-2 pm. The price is $10 a car and you may purchase tickets via an 8th grader or at the event. The 8th Grade Fundraising Committee is also still in need of volunteers. To help supervise a shift and/or donate supplies, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coatar at mattcoatar@gmail.com or 773-308-4904.

PTC Membership
Thank you to everyone that has paid their PTC dues - we're still collecting them. You can either send cash or a check to your child's school office, or you can pay online via the online PayPal portal. If you want to access the AtoZ database, everyone needs to create a new account here even if you had an account on the old system. Don't forget to download the membership toolkit app on your phone. That's the new app that everyone has to use to access AtoZ. There are quick links on the app and website and if you have any other suggestions, please email Ann Heinz at annmuiheinz@gmail.com. 

Join us for a Neighborhood Meeting on September 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Avoca West. The Board of Education and Dr. Osburn will share information about an opportunity the School District has to work with the Glenview Park District to turn an acre of land at Avoca West into a nature park and path. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to lovells@avoca37.org so we can appropriately plan for seating and social distancing. For the full letter and more details, visit our District website here.
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EXTRACURRICULAR & COMMUNITY EVENTS

 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 | 7-8 PM
THINK TALK CREATE: BUILDING WORKPLACES FIT FOR HUMANS
A FAN Webinar with David Brendel, M.D., Ph.D. and Ryan Stelzer. Interviewed by Marianne Bertrand, Ph.D.
Register here
Bonus After-Hours Event: Attendees who purchase a copy of Think Talk Create from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. Brendel and Mr. Stelzer that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/think-talk-create-building-workplaces-fit-humans-fan-program-david-brendel-md-phd-and-ryan

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 | 7-8 PM
WHAT DO YOU SAY? HOW TO TALK WITH KIDS TO BUILD MOTIVATION, STRESS TOLERANCE, AND A HAPPY HOME
Register here
FREE BOOKS! FAN is giving away copies of What Do You Say? to attendees To enter the random drawing, your address and phone number are required. Personal information will not be shared. Indicate if you will pick up your book at The Book Stall; the pick-up deadline is October 15. Winners will be notified via email by Sept. 30.

Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 7-8 PM
CREATIVE ARTS FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE: HOW TO THINK, CREATE, AND LEAD IN UNCONVENTIONAL WAYS
A FAN webinar featuring Sarah Stein Greenberg in conversation with Liz Gerber, Ph.D. 
Register here
Bonus After-Hours Event: Attendees who purchase a copy of Creative Acts for Curious People from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an after-hours event hosted by Stein Greenberg and Gerber that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.

The New Trier Music & Theatre Department is hosting a Community Night that is free and open to the public at the Winnetka Campus on Wednesday, September 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Current, former, and future students and community members are invited to tour Music & Theatre facilities with student docents, meet staff members, witness rehearsals in action, hear student performances, and watch lighting demonstrations and a set strike on stage. Items with the Department’s brand new logo, from t-shirts and sweatshirts to stickers and tumblers, will also be for sale for the first time ever.

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