AV Weekly Wildcat – April 26 2020

AV Misses You!

Feel the love! AV Teachers chalked notes to their students. Come take a walk by the school  (using safe physical distance precautions, of course) and chalk a note back. 



AV students (and a few silly teachers) caught with CRAZY HAIR. 

AV Spirit Days

[April 20th, Crazy Hair Day; April 27, Color Day; May 4th, Silly Sock Day; May 11th, Sports Day]

Reflections Winners

Congratulations to First District Reflections Award Recipients!

Winona Bradshaw, Lincoln Forbes and Ansel Barnard represented AV and SPUSD at the California PTA First District Reflections Art show on the theme “Look Within” where there works were honored with the following:

Winona Bradshaw – Visual Arts, Primary – “Outstanding Interpretation”
Lincoln Forbes – Photography, Primary – “Award of Merit”
Ansel Barnard – Photography, Intermediate – “Award of Merit”

Round of applause for these talented AV artists!

Winners Lincoln Forbes and Winona Bradshaw. (Not pictured, Ansel Barnard)

The Reflections theme for 2020-2021 is “I Matter Because…”

A Call for Volunteer Service Award Nominations

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.  Please use the linked form to submit your nominations by Sunday May 10th.
The annual Honorary Service Award Breakfast will not be held this year.  All award recipients will be notified before the end of this year, and honored at next year’s awards breakfast.  

Awards may be given in the following three categories, but it is not necessary to specify the category on your nomination form.

  1. Honorary Service Award- given to an individual in the PTA, school or community in special recognition of outstanding service
  2. Continuing School Service Award- given to an individual in the PTA, school or community for their continued outstanding service
  3. Certificate of Appreciation- given to an individual in the PTA, school or community to recognize their special contribution
If you have any questions, please email Karissa Adams at [email protected] or Megan Gardner 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.

General PTA Meeting May 20th

Our General PTA meeting and Executive Board election will be held on May 20th at 7pm on a virtual platform. Stay tuned for more details.

On February 19, the Nominating Committee presented to those in attendance the following slate of candidates for next year’s Executive Board. On May 20th General Association PTA meeting, those in attendance will vote upon next year’s Executive Board. The association will also be voting on the following proposed changes to the Standing Rules: (1) adding a 5th Standing Committee Chairperson, the Website and Technology Chairperson, to serve as an appointed member of the Executive Board; (2) modifying the duties of the 2nd VP of Communications and setting forth the duties of the Website and Technology Chairperson; (3) adding four new event coordinators (Cultural Liaison, Parent Education, Sustainability, and Traffic); and (4) removing one event coordinator (Website).

President, Karissa Adams; Executive Vice President, Megan Gardner; 1st VP, Ways and Means, Jennifer Wang; 2nd VP – Communications, Sarah Kovatch; 3rd VP – Wish Night, Erik Gammell; 4th VP – Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Koca; 5th VP – Programs and Assemblies, Brian Mahler; Treasurer, Judy Asakura; Financial Secretary, Jaclyn Tolj; Recording Secretary, Patti Urzua; Auditor, Marcela Owens; Historian, Panda Korman

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.


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