AV Weekly Wildcat – December 20 2020

It’s Time for a Winter Break

As a PTA community, our past few months have exemplified the love, support, and commitment we all share for our school. Thank you to everyone who has given their time and effort to create an engaged and loving environment not only for our children, but for our teachers, staff, and families. Thank you for the fantastic events through the fall–Movie Night; Parent Party; Art Reflections; Red Ribbon Week; Book Fair; Story Night; Bright Side Magazine (coming soon); Ink Drinkers; AV Active; Lunch Bunches; Marketplace; WOW Workshop Magic Show; Wilderness Classroom; weekly assemblies, and more! Without your support we would not have seen such success. We look forward to bringing in 2021 with enthusiasm to tackle all the days ahead and hope to plan for more fun.

On behalf of the PTA Executive Board, we would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Karissa and Meg

School Reopening Updates: TK-2nd Grade

  •  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)

General Association PTA  Meeting 1/13 

AV PTA will be holding a General Association special Coffee with the Principal meeting on January 13th at 9:30am. Tune in for updates about PTA happenings in the new year and a vote on school spending proposals.

AV Marketplace

Thank you to everyone who shopped the AV Marketplace last week.  Over 1,000 people showed support by viewing the digital catalog!  We are so proud of all the AV students/business owners who gave so much time and energy to make their businesses come to life. We are also incredibly proud that our AV Marketplace participants donated over $750 to various non-profit organizations…WOW!  And finally, a big hats off to all the parents who provided help through every step of their students’ entrepreneurial process!
And congratulations to the winners of this year’s AV Marketplace Business Awards!
Most original Business Award: Takao’s Clean Up (Owner, Takao Sakai)
Most Original Business Market Award: Good Vibes (Owner, Presley Phelan)

AV Dance Unit: Week 5

Ms. Alison’s Dance Class is underway!

Click HERE for A message update from Ms. Alison (featuring her dog)
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.”

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. 

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.

December Break Art Project

Click on the image below for some creative ideas to try during the winter break. 


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

AV Gives Back from 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]!

[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.

South Pasadena Library Winter Virtual Children’s Programs 1/11-3/8. See the SP Library website for more details and information

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

[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]