AV Weekly Wildcat – February 28 2021

AV Students on Campus 

In-person learning is in full swing for TK-2nd graders! A big HIGH FIVE (air high-five, that is) for teachers, staff, students and parents for adapting to new schedules and new classroom policies.

AV PTA Reflections Winners 

Big, beautiful, news! The SPUSD PTA Council and District announced the winners for this year’s art competition, “I Matter Because.” Four AV students received awards of excellence (first place) from within the SPUSD PTA Council (which encompasses the entire SPUSD). Please join us in congratulate our wonderful winners:
**Mila Jara, Dance
Mica Zappeterra, Literature
Alena Zepkowski, Music
Finn Yule, Photography

**Mila Jara also went on to win an award of excellence (second place) from the District which judged over 200 applicants!

Check out our online gallery to view all of the Reflections submissions.

Congratulations to all students who participated. And thank you parents for encouraging your children to be creative.

AV Spirit Wear: Due 3/1

Go to the AV Spirit Wear Order Form to order your AV Spirit Wear and accessories! Orders due by 5pm, March 1st. This is your last chance to purchase this year’s designs (see below for examples). Happy shopping, Wildcats!

[School house design]

[Wildcat design]

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch

AV PTA sponsored a lunch for teachers this week. Heirloom Bakery provided gorgeous grab and go lunch boxes with a sandwich, salad, and dessert. Thank you Heidi Mayne and AV PTA for organizing this well-deserved treat for our amazing teachers and staff.

Read Across America Week: Activities

We have so many fun reading activities this week:

  • Virtual Story Time is March 2 at 6:30 pm.
    Get cozy and join us on Zoom. Meeting ID: 851 9525 0241
  • AV PTA and AV Student Council have an  anonymous reading survey! Please complete it by Wednesday 3/3.  The results of the survey will be announced at the 3/5 Wildcat Assembly. (Note: No need to retake if your student completed survey in class.) Take the Read Across America Week Survey

Science Night: 3/9

California Institute of Technology and Arroyo Vista Elementary present a virtual Science Night on March 9, from 5:30-8pm. Connect from your home on Zoom. More information coming soon!

AV Golden Shoe Adventure 3/20-21

On March 20-21, instead of our traditional Jog-a-Thon fundraiser, we have a safe, outdoor, scavenger-hunt event that the whole family can enjoy while helping to raise money for AV! Clues will be hidden throughout South Pasadena for you to find the Golden Shoe. Choose which day you want to begin. The adventure can be tailored to how much time you have. Stay tuned for more details, pledge form, and registration link!

Register by Friday, March 12!  AV Golden Shoe Adventure – Registration Link 

Latest Reopening Updates

  • LATEST UPDATE: At the 2/17 Board Meeting, The Board voted to begin in-person learning for grades 3-5. Grade 3 will return on 3/11. Grade 4-5 will return on 3/15. This will be a hybrid model. Families will be notified of their cohort before the date.
  • 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)

TK-2nd Reopening Resources

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

 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 Monday March 1st at 2:45 pm:


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.


Friday Popsicles: ON HOLD

[Friday Popsicles on hold for a few weeks. We will return! Stay tuned for details.]

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:

AV PTA Parent Education Night

[March 11: AV PTA, along with Patti Fitzgerald (founder of www.safelyeverafter.com) presents “Raising Safe Kids in Today’s Busy World.” Register HERE in advance.  ]

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.

[SPEF is seeking committed, energetic individuals who want to help operate the vital programs and fundraising efforts SPEF provides for schools. Interested? More info (and applications) found at the SPEF website. ]

[Changes to SPUSD Curbside Meal distribution: All Curbside Meals will be distributed at South Pasadena High School (across from basketball gym) beginning Tuesday 2/23/2021]

[SPEF Summer Program Registration begins 2/24]

[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.]

[3/6-4/10 Spring Soccer through AYSO. Email [email protected]]

[SPEF Virtual Beer Tasting Fundraiser 3/17]

[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]