Weekly Wildcat – December 5

Calling All Shoppers! AV Marketplace Digital Catalog is Here!

The 5th Annual AV Marketplace is here!  Once again, we are bringing one of our favorite Arroyo Vista events to everyone via a digital catalog.

Please visit AV PTA – AV Marketplace starting today to check out all the businesses and start shopping from the comforts of your own home!  The catalog will be available until Sunday, 12/13.  Please support your fellow AV students/entrepreneurs who have been working hard to bring their businesses to life.  Happy Shopping!


AV Marketplace Business Feature


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.


AV Gives Back – December Project

Students in Mr. Fiedler’s and Mrs. Haines’ 4th grade classes did an OUTSTANDING job decorating and filling Birthday Boxes for Foster Youth at Hillsides in support of our December AV Gives Back service project! You can support foster youth and local underserved children by participating in our AV Gives Back Holiday Toy Drive!

Through Sunday, December 19th, families can purchase a gift at The Dinosaur Farm for a child between 5 and 18 years of age, drop it in the collection bin toward the back of the store, and scan the QR code to earn Wildcat Adventure Points and be entered into our monthly raffle. Don’t forget to watch our project video to learn more about foster youth! Video link: https://ptav.org/av-gives-back/#sthash.txI7SuMI.s3CUE8aB.dpbs

For more information, contact Kelly Kwan at [email protected]


Wildcat Adventure All Year Long!

Record your participation at ptav.org/wildcat for the AV Marketplace and AV Gives Back December Projects!  A raffle drawing for December participation will take place on December 22nd, so keep an eye out on Instagram for the winners.  Winners will be notified via email.


AV Teacher of the Year – Sharon Reed!

Congratulations Sharon Reed! Fourth grade teacher, Sharon Reed, was recognized at a recent Board of Education meeting as AV’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.  Each year, one teacher from each school is honored with this title.

Sharon Reed has been teaching since 1991.  During her time at Arroyo Vista, she has taught every grade level.  She is full of dedication and passion, and she loves the craft of teaching.  She has a knack for getting students excited about learning by incorporating many different hands-on activities.

Sharon creates a sense of community in her classroom as well as provides a supportive, collaborative environment for her students.  She loves learning new teaching strategies and incorporating new technologies into lessons to engage the students.  She is also the first to offer help, advice, or share something new she learned with other colleagues.

The students, teachers, and staff at AV are very lucky to have such a dedicated educator. 


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!


2nd 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. December is 2nd grade month! If you are a 2nd 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!