AV Weekly Wildcat – May 31 2020

Spirit Week

Last week was the final Student Council Spirt Day of the year! Students learned from home this week in their best Hawaiian-themed outfits. 

PTA Honorary Service Awards 

The PTA Honorary School Service Award Program recognizes service and dedication of both individuals and organizations for outstanding service to the welfare of children and youth in our school.  While the annual Honorary Service Award Breakfast will not be held this year, all of our award recipients will be honored and presented with their awards at next year’s awards breakfast.  Congratulations and thank you so much for all that you have done for the AV community!  Without volunteers and amazing staff willing to go the extra mile, AV would not be the extraordinary educational community that it is.

And the awards go to…

Cheryl Busick
Brian Mahler
Chad Bryant
Nicolas Hua
Laura Ishibashi
Agnes Kretz
Jayme Mazzochi
Demarais Riley
Glenna Shih

Math Kangaroo

90 AV students from grades 2-5 signed up to participate in the 2020 Math Kangaroo Competition. This year, the organization found a way for students to participate while staying safe at home. Here are are a few of our fantastic 2nd and 3rd graders competitors. We are proud of you, Wildcats!

Principal Busick Send-Off

[Please join us in a car-parade to say goodbye to Principal Busick Friday, June 5th 5-6pm.]

Ask Congress to Include Schools in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Unless Congress acts, schools are about to experience major budget cuts triggered by the pandemic. That’s why we need your help.

We need you to contact your federal representatives ASAP to support money for schools. Your action will help prevent lay-offs, larger class sizes and the reduction or elimination of important programs and services for our students.

Please CLICK HERE to join with education leaders around the country in asking for $200 billion to support education funding, including special education, distance learning, Title 1 for low-income students and other programs.

This is a quick and easy form to complete, and your message will go directly to all California senators and representatives in Washington.

Mindful Minute

Grade-Level Google Groups and Language Groups

Please go to  https://ptav.org/subscribe/ to join grade-level Google Groups and Google Groups for non-English speaking families.  Please note that after June 3rd, group members in the grade groups will be transferred up a grade. If you have any questions, please email Megan Gardner at [email protected] or Karissa Adams at [email protected]


How to Get Tech-Support for Distance Learning
Distance learning will continue through the end of the school year. Let’s ensure our teachers can focus on teaching and not tech support! If your child is struggling with technical difficulties, try one of these options: 
  1. Get help from an AV parent volunteer in your child’s class: Click Here for the parent helper list.  Most classrooms have at least one parent helper assigned.  If your child’s does not, feel free to call another parent from the same grade or anyone else on the list!
  2. Get help from SPUSD tech support: Hotline number: (805) 285-2526 (8:00-3:30 starting April 6) or [email protected]

If you are unable to access the list of helpers, you may contact Megan Gardner at [email protected] or call her at (310) 409-7800.

Any additional information you need regarding distance learning can be found at  spusd.net and arroyo.spusd.net.


[SPEF Camps have moved online. Click HERE for more info.]

[SPEF Camps have moved online. Click HERE for more info.]

[Click HERE to find out more about the South Pasadena Library’s Summer Reading Program.]

[Elementary and intermediate summer school classes have moved online. Visit HERE for registration information.]

[High School summer school classes have moved online. Visit HERE for registration information.]

Single parents with children 10 and under, families of ER healthcare workers, families of first responders, families with special needs students, senior citizens, immune-compromised of any age can get help with grocery shopping. Click HERE for more information

Want to be a volunteer shopper for people in need? Sign up HERE!

Click HERE to find out more about the South Pasadena Library Reading Challenge.

[Centers for Disease Control: tips on preventing respiratory disease such as COVID19]

[Centers for Disease Control:  wash hands for at least 20 seconds to stop the spread of germs.]