AV Weekly Wildcat – December 13 2020

School Reopening Updates: TK-2nd Grade

  •  SPUSD Board Meeting Tuesday December 15th 6:30pm. Presentations by:
    Abigail Silver, District Nurse: School reopening plans and safety
    Dr. Kenneth Zangwill: Schools re-opening and rates of transmission
    Christiane Gervais, Asst. Superintendent of Instructional Services: Academic progress of students in this school year.
  • School Site Inspection scheduled for January 7, 2020.
  • January 27, 2021 is the tentative return date for preschool special education students, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten students.
  • February 1, 2021 is the tentative return date for students in K-2 Special Day Class, 1st, and 2nd grades. 
  • Families who previously chose the Distance Learning option for their students will remain in Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year, even after in-person learning resumes.
  • AV is prepared with all necessary safety equipment (in classes and around campus) and protocols for students to return.
  • AV PTA and Staff are currently working on videos outlining all the necessary safety protocols and guidelines for students/parents when they return to campus.
  • All three elementary school principals will host a Parent Town Hall in January to discuss more details of reopening plans.
  • At this time, there are no waivers for grades 3-5 or secondary education.
  •  Link to Board Approved Hybrid Model   Link to the School Reopening Plans
    • Please join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am for Coffee with the Principal – a chance to discuss updates or ask questions.                                   Zoom Link:
      spusd.zoom.us/j/84284875278 (ID: 84284875278)

Last Day to Shop the AV Marketplace: TODAY, 12/13

If you haven’t had the chance to look through the AV Marketplace Digital Catalog and do some shopping, today is the last day to check it out and support your fellow AV students.
Please visit AV PTA – AV Marketplace to view the catalog.

Equity Committee Meeting: 12/17

Please join us for the next AV Equity Committee meeting next Thursday, December 17th at 7pm. Whether you can make it or not, please reach out to us if you have questions or comments–we want your voice heard!
Hope to see you there!
Amber Jaeger- [email protected]
Patti Urzua- [email protected]
Andy Perry- [email protected]
Meeting Zoom Link:

Thank You, Tomato Pie! 

Thank you to all our AV families and especially Hunter and Nina Phelan of Tomato Pie for a fabulous Fifth Grade Promotion Fundraiser! Not only did we enjoy great food without having to cook, but we were able to bring in over one thousand dollars in support of our Fifth Graders! Good job eating and supporting AV!

WOW Workshop Magic Show: 

Last Friday, our students attended a virtual magic show assembly called the W.O.W Workshop, School of Astonishment’s Mr. John. Students learned three cool magic tricks and some performance skills along the way.  Special thanks to our two student volunteers – Axel G. from 3rd grade and Lillian D. from 1st grade, AV PTA parents,  Jennifer Wang and Brian Mahler, and Principal Sinclair.  If any students are interested in learning how to perform the magic tricks or in the School of Astonishment’s classes, visit the School of Astonishment’s video page or The School of Astonishment

AV Spirit Day: 12/18 

Friday, December 18th is our last Spirit Day of 2020. The theme is Holiday Attire. Dress in the theme/colors of your culture’s winter holiday.

2021 will bring more fun Spirit Days! Check the PTA calendar for updates.

AV Dance Unit: Week 4

Ms. Alison’s Dance Class is underway!

Click HERE for week 1-4.
Click HERE for video explaining the 6-week unit.

This year, the theme is: Dancing through the Decades. Each week, Ms. Alison will send out a weekly dance tutorial that will end in a virtual flash mob to the song, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.”

AV Active 


Join the live Zoom Workout on Wednesday December 16th  at 2:30pm:


Meeting ID: 815 0405 6987

Click for the printable alphabet chart (pictured above).

Click HERE for an adorable and fun video of Whiskers and friends demonstrating how to do each exercise in the alphabet.

Popsicle Sales on PAUSE

The fifth grade promotion committee will be taking a break from selling popsicles in the month of December. If safety allows, we will be back with sweet frozen treats in January. 

AV Gives Back At Home

This holiday season, join us for some kid-friendly community service projects! Visit our AV Gives Back page to find ideas that can be done on your own time with items from around the house. Click on the link for project instructions, video demonstrations (with book readings!), and related printable activities. Don’t forget to email a pic of your completed creations to [email protected]!

New Contactless Supply Pickup

With LA County’s new Safer at Home order issued to begin on Monday (11/30) and in an effort to keep the AV community as healthy as possible, we are going to implement a contactless supply pick-up. When picking up your child’s materials, the bag will be labeled with your child’s name and will be placed on a table in your teacher’s designated pick-up location. We ask that you drive through and quickly grab your materials (without students in tow), asking only one family to be at the materials table at a time. Until we hear otherwise, I believe this is the safest way to get learning materials out while still following county mandates and safety protocols. Teachers or volunteers will not be present during your pick-up time.  Please do your best to pick-up your child’s materials during their designated time.  We want to keep all of our teachers, staff, students and families as safe and healthy as possible.

COVID Protocols for ALL Volunteers

Anyone volunteering at AV must complete online health screening and temp check before coming. Kid helpers will not be allowed on campus during volunteer shifts. Complete your health screening HERE.

AV Directory 

On Thursday 11/5, all AV PTA members should have received a link to the AV Directory via email. If you are a PTA member and you did not receive the link, or you are not a member and would like to join to receive a copy, please email  Megan Gardner. Not a PTA member yet? Don’t forget to join the PTA .

Thank you to our directory volunteers, Marion Johnson and Alex Zepkowski, for their hard work putting the directory together.

November/December Art Project

Our November / December school wide art project is based on the work of contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Materials will be included with your classroom supply pickup. If you’d like to lead this project as a parent volunteer, please let your teacher know!

To access the project deck, which includes a short lesson on Kusama, step by step directions and additional resources, click the following:

Level One Deck (Tk/K – 2nd)
Level Two Deck (3rd – 5th)

For more info or questions please contact: [email protected]

Math Kangaroo 2021

For more information visit the Math Kangaroo Website to register online.

AV Gives Back

[Contact [email protected] for more information.]

How to Use the Box Tops App 

It just takes 2 easy steps to get started with the Box Tops App!

Step one: Get the Box Tops App on the App Store  OR Google Play.

Step 2: Add your teachers last name (only one please) to the memo to get credit for your child’s class. Click HERE for a video tutorial.

Board of Education Meeting date change  

The regular Board of Education meeting in December has changed from December 8th to December 15. This change is required to be in compliance with AB 2449, which requires the annual reorganizational meeting and swearing in of Board members to be held after the second Friday after the November elections.

[Support SPHS ASB Class of 2023 by dining at SP Chipotle December 14th from 4-8pm.]

[SP Little League registration open through January 9th. Register at spll.com. ]

[Winter activities at SP Library through December 17th. Visit SP Library Website for more information.]


[Emotional Wellness 2-part series Dec 2nd and 9th. Register now at SPEF.]

[SPEF Virtual Holiday Craft Event: December 16. Visit SPEF4Kids for more information.]

[SPEF Fundraiser: Virtual Wine Tasting on 1/23. Register by 1/18 at SPEF4Kids .]

[Free meals for anyone 1-18. For more information call Food and Nutritional Services at (626) 441-5820 ext 2951 or 2950. Menu available at www.spusd.net. ]

[Connecting students to providers who treat mental health and substance use disorders. Email: [email protected]. Call: (888) 515-0595]



[South Pas Parents of Special Needs Support Group. For more information, mail [email protected] or [email protected]]