Weekly Wildcat – January 16

PTA Meeting 1/19 – All Are Welcome

Be an active member of AV’s community and please join us for the first PTA General Association meeting of the year.  School board member, Dr. Michelle Kipke, and Principal Sinclair will be providing updates related to the district and AV.

When: Wednesday 1/19 @ 7pm

Join Via Zoom


Get Ready for Family Science Night on 1/27!

Join us on Zoom to hear presentations from local scientists!

Participate at home using PTA provided kits! 

A team of chemists from Caltech will join us on Zoom and lead us through some science investigations. Register by January 20th to receive a free kit from PTA with supplies you will need to follow along and try the projects at home during the event.

For more details about the hands on experience visit sciencenight.org for more info!


AV Gives Back January Program!

Don’t forget to watch our service project video to learn more about families facing food insecurity!

https://ptav.org/av-gives-back/#sthash.ABHhh6ZV.dpbs

Email Kelly Kwan at [email protected] for drop-off location!


AV Staff Appreciation Lunch

The AV PTA welcomed back our amazing staff from winter break with the year’s second staff appreciation lunch on Friday, January 7th. The staff enjoyed delicious, boxed lunches of sandwiches and salad from San Marino Cafe & Marketplace, beautifully decorated with a pressed flower from the South Pasadena Rose Parade float. Charlie’s Coffee House once again donated coffee and tea, and Trader Joe’s provided flowers for decor.

Thank you to San Marino Cafe & Marketplace, Charlie’s Coffee House, the South Pasadena Rose Parade Float, and Trader Joe’s for providing discounts or in-kind donations. We wanted to kick off 2022 with this staff lunch to show our continued appreciation for how tirelessly our AV staff are working to provide a safe and enriching year for our kids during these challenging times!

A BIG thank you to the Staff Appreciation Committee Chairs, Anna Festa and Minsun Meeker for organizing this event.


The Year Long Wildcat Adventure Continues in January!

Record your participation at ptav.org/wildcat for the AV Gives Back January Program and Family Science Night !


2022-2023 PTA Executive Board Nominations

The Nominations Committee for the 2022-2023 PTA Executive Board will meet in January to review nominations for Executive Board positions. If you are interested in learning more about the PTA, the Executive Board, or how the nominations process works, please feel free to contact Erik Gammell, PTA Executive Vice President.


AV Parent Directories for PTA Members

AV Directories were distributed to all PTA members last week.  If you did not get an email with a link to the directory, this most likely means that you are not a PTA member.  Join the PTA HERE and we will send you a copy.   If you didn’t receive one, but you think you are a member, please reach out to Vivan Tran, Membership Chair, at [email protected].  Thank you to Marion Johnson and Alex Zepkowski for volunteering to prepare the directories.


What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

SEL – What is it? And why is it Important?

Local South Pasadena parent, Oscar Madrigal, recently explained both clearly and concisely what Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is and why it is so important!  Check out Oscar’s 16 minute video presentation here.

Stay tuned for more opportunities to learn about SEL from your AV PTA!


1st Grade Parents Needed! 

Each month, a different grade will be asked to volunteer to keep our drop-off lanes running. Without volunteers, we will have to close the lanes. January is 1st grade month! If you are a 1st grade parent, please, please, please sign up for a day or 3 or 4. We need 4 volunteers per day!   Sign Up HERE.


Do You Have Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Megan Gardner, PTA President, or Erik Gammell, PTA Executive Vice President.

¿Tienes preguntas? El maestro de su hija/o o la oficina principal pueden ponerlos en contacto con una familia en AV que hable español. 

질문 사항이 있으십니까?자녀의 담임선생님 이나 학교 사무실에서 필요한 언어를 사용하는 학부모와 연결해 드립니다

您有問題嗎?您孩子的老師或學校辦公室可以將您與另一位講您語言的AV家長聯系起來。

Thank you!


Come and celebrate the LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE TIGER!

The Marengo Elementary School PTA in partnership with the City of South Pasadena and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club invite you to get your “passports” stamped and collect treats and giveaways from South Pasadena community organizations, Mandarin Dual Immersion classrooms and other sponsors on The Great Race zodiac trail.

Pre-order a dim sum sampler box, mochi donuts and boba drinks. Look out for lion dancers, tigers, and other performers! Reserve your 30‐minute race time today at www.marengopta.org/LNY. Due to Covid-19 safety measures, space is limited. Please register and wear a mask.