AV Weekly Wildcat – February 14 2021

Welcome Back AV: TK-2nd

We are including some resources to keep handy as we bravely go forward into reopening AV.

The School Reopening Playbook includes important protocols and information for a safe return to campus. Please know that the AV staff will work with the community and the children to teach, support, and monitor adherence. Our AV Wildcats are quick learners and we are sure that these new safety procedures will become part of the students’ daily practice. Reviewing this document with your child in advance of our return will be helpful, and as children are naturally inquisitive, we expect that they may have questions.

Here is a printable Hybrid Cohort Schedule.

Here is the AV QR Code.

Please also check out our AV Reopening Video!

Return to School Presentation: Dr. Christina Ghaly

Dear AV Community,
At the SPUSD School Board meeting on Tuesday 2/9, Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director of the Department of Health Services (DHS) for Los Angeles County, and a proud SPUSD parent, delivered an informative, reassuring, and data/science-driven presentation about the status of COVID-19 in our community and her thoughts on the safe return to school.  If you missed the live presentation, we highly recommend viewing the recording HERE.  (Dr. Ghaly’s presentation begins at the 8:35 mark.)
Karissa Adams, PTA President
Megan Gardner, PTA Executive Vice President

New School Reopening Updates: TK-2nd Grade

  • LATEST UPDATE: In the coming weeks, the Board will continue discussions and planning for the second phase of reopening which includes grades 3-5.
  • Find the most current case rate and data tier information HERE.
  • Please join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am for Coffee with the Principal       Zoom Link: spusd.zoom.us/j/84284875278 (ID: 84284875278)

AV General PTA Meeting – Updated Date 2/18 

Our next (virtual) General Assembly PTA Meeting will be held on February 18, 2021 at 7pm.

Join PTA Meetings on Zoom
Meeting ID: 817 3093 1376
Passcode: 3BkNkj

The association will vote on proposed amendments to the Standing Rules. These amendments include minor updates to rule #14 (Procedure Books); minor updates to the duties described in rules #25 (Historian), #26 (1st VP Ways and Means), #27 (2nd VP Communications), #32 (Community Commerce Chairperson); and updating rule #35 to change the term “Standing Event Coordinators” to “Committee Chairpersons and to change “Cultural Liaison” to the “Equity Committee Chair.  View current approved association standing rules HERE.

2021-2022 Executive Board Nomination Announcements 

On February 17, at the AV General PTA Meeting, the Nominating Committee will present to those in attendance the following slate of candidates for next year’s Executive Board. On the March 17 General Association PTA meeting, those in attendance will vote upon next year’s Executive Board.

President, Megan Gardner; Executive Vice President, Erik Gammell; 1st VP, Ways and Means, Stella Jang; 2nd VP – Communications, Xochi Castro; 3rd VP – Wish Night, Panda Korman; 4th VP – Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Koca; 5th VP – Programs and Assemblies, Patricia Urzua; Treasurer, Judy Asakura; Financial Secretary, Jaclyn Tolj; Recording Secretary, Jessica Henderson; Auditor, Tracy Aoki; Historian, Vacant

AV Equity Meeting

Please join us for the next AV Equity meeting Thursday, February 25th at 7pm. Please reach out to us if you have a question, concern, or comment. We want your voice heard!

Zoom link: https://spusd.zoom.us/j/83648915457

Amber Jaeger: [email protected]
Patti Urzua: [email protected]
Andy Perry: [email protected]

 Shed Clean-Up

Look at our tidy shed! Thank you to our wonderful PTA volunteers who helped clean out and prepare the AV shed for the upcoming return to school. A shout out to Jennifer Wang, Brian Mahler, Erik Mckinney, Mike Brennan, Anders Holm,  Matthew Dubeck and Karissa Adams, who all gloved up for this task! AV play areas are ready!

SPUSD Pandemic Resource Guide 


The Pandemic Resource Guide for SPUSD Families is chock full of useful community resources for families in need of support. Whether you are searching for a therapist, a tutor, or needing assistance with paying bills or securing affordable housing, this guide has you covered. We also have translations available in Spanish, Chinese, and Korean 

Thank you to Amy DeGaetano and the AV Equity Committee for their work in creating this helpful guide. The Pandemic Resource Guide can also be found HERE on the AV Website.

AV Art Project

Our February/March school wide art project takes a look at the work of 20th century artist Paul Klee. Materials (a slim brown paper bag labeled “Paul Klee Art Project”) should be included in your student’s 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 Klee, step-by-step directions and additional resources, click the image below:

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

AV Dance Unit: Flashmob

Ms. Alison’s Dance Class is wrapping up! Please have your videos turned in by February 28th. Remember to video horizontally.

Click HERE for a link to the music.
Click HERE to submit your video.
Click HERE for week 1-6.
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 February 17th at 2:30pm:


Meeting ID: 815 0405 6987

Click for the printable version (pictured above).

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

AV Spirit Day: 2/19

Friday February 19th is our next Spirit Day. The theme is “Pajama Day.” Enjoy staying cozy all day for zoom class.

Check the PTA calendar for more Spirit Days to come.


Friday Popsicles 

Elementary Wellness Classes

The 3 elementary schools are excited to offer Friday wellness classes to all SPUSD students. The classes will be led by Ms. Kristin Pittman, wellness coach, mindfulness educator and Marengo 5th grade teacher. The classes are optional, but a wonderful way for our students to connect with their grade level peers across the district.

Classes will begin this Friday, January 8th, at the following times:

10:00-10:30 AM for 2nd & 3rd Grade:

10:30-11:00 AM for TK, K & 1st Grade:

11:00-11:30 AM for 4th & 5th Grade:

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.

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.


[Registration for South Pasadena Little League baseball and softball EXTENDED to 2/15. ]

[Food giveaway 2/18/2021 at Holy Family Giving Bank. Drive-through only.]

[SPEF Fundraiser 2/26. Sign up and more information at SPEF4Kids.org]

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

[2021 Bookmark Contest, 2/1 – 3/1. Visit South Pasadena Library online for more information.]

[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]