AV Weekly Wildcat – August 12 2020

Welcome to the New School Year

Dear Arroyo Vista Elementary 2019-20 Wildcat Families

The AV Parent Teacher Association (PTA) would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to the 2020-21 school year. As the last several months have proven, this year will be far from traditional for us all. The PTA playbook for back-to-school preparation and planning has been turned inside out, and we are all redeploying our creative energies and focus to supporting our students, our wonderful Arroyo Vista teachers and staff, and our community in these unpredictable timesread more

We are asking EVERY FAMILY to please visit www.ptav.org/fall by Wednesday, August 19th.  The three classes with the most Fall Forms completed will get a surprise for the entire class!   On these forms, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Join our PTA. Your $7 membership donation will help to fund our PTA as well as to support efforts at the city and state levels.  Every PTA membership includes our annual AV Student Directory.
  • Contribute to our “NO SWEAT” fundraiser.  In lieu of traditional fundraisers, we are asking each family to participate in our “No Sweat”. This is a one-time, suggested $150 tax-deductible donation, although any amount is appreciated.
  • Volunteer  Even though campus is closed at the moment, we still need your help!
  • Subscribe to the Weekly Wildcat e-Newsletter and PTA Calendar
  • Join our Google Groups by grade and language spoken at home (Korean, Spanish, and Mandarin are offered)
Do you want to know where your donations are going?
We encourage you to get involved in our PTA!

Thanks for all your support and we look forward to a great year ahead!

Karissa Adams, PTA President & Megan Gardner, Executive VP

Greeting from AV Teachers

Our amazing AV teachers are excited to meet their students tomorrow! Please take a moment to enjoy –and share with your child–their heartfelt welcome video. They have so much in store for you!

PTA Welcome Coffee: 8/13

Please join us for our annual back to school coffee and chat on Thursday August 13th at 10am. Drop your student off in their virtual classroom, grab your morning beverage, and watch the brief welcome back presentation from the Arroyo Vista PTA. We will walk you through how to complete all of the Fall Forms.

Thursday, August  13: PTA Welcome Coffee!
Zoom Link
Passcode: 792401
Join by phone: (301) 715-8592

**Watch for Zoom link in your inbox.

Friday School-Wide Assembly  

Students and parents, please join us from 8:30 -9:00am for our first school-wide assembly on Friday. Click HERE to join at the designated time.

General PTA Meeting: 8/19 

Please mark your calendars for the FIRST General PTA Meeting of the    2020-2021 school year.

August 19, 2020 at 7pm.

We are excited to introduce Principal Sinclair and discuss the year ahead. Additionally, we will be voting to approve the 2020-2021 budget.

**Keep an eye on your email for the Zoom link!**

Technical Assistance

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 or grade: Click here for the parent helper list.
  2. Get help from SPUSD tech support: Hotline number (805) 285-2526 or [email protected]

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

If you know your way around Google Classroom and can help parents navigate minor technical issues, the AV teachers would love your help!  Email Megan Gardner at [email protected] with your name, email address, and mobile phone number to be added to the list. We especially need TK helpers! 

New Equity/Inclusion Committee 

We are excited to introduce the Equity/Inclusion Committee coming soon to AV. Following the lead of our thoughtful and hardworking SPUSD School Board, AV PTA will be expanding it’s already existing Cultural Inclusion Committee to explore how to bring equity into the culture and classrooms of AV. Want to be involved? Keep an eye on the Weekly Wildcat for more information coming in the coming weeks.

Announcing 2020-21 Art Reflections Contest

[The theme of this year’s Annual PTA Reflections Art Contest is “I matter becuase…” To learn more about this national event, click HERE. Send any questions to HERE. ]

[Cub Scout Pack 7 invites families of 1st-4th graders (all genders) to attend one of the following informational Zoom meetings: August 24, 7:00 p.m. OR August 25, 7:00 p.m.  To receive Zoom invitation information, send an email to [email protected]com.]


[Friends of South Pasadena Public Library is requesting donations.]