AV Weekly Wildcat – February 7 2021

AV General PTA Meeting 2/17 

Our next (virtual)General Assembly PTA Meeting will be held on February 17, 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.

New School Reopening Updates: TK-2nd Grade

  • LATEST UPDATE: After closely reviewing the directives, receiving clarification from state officials, and reviewing legal opinions related to the directives, South Pasadena Unified School District must delay reopening for in-person instruction for general education and special education students in grades TK-2 to be compliant with the new regulations. 
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently announced that the adjusted case rate is expected to be at or below 25 cases per 100,000 by Tuesday, February 16. Once the county meets this threshold, we anticipate reopening in-person instruction for elementary students in preschool through second grades.
  • Find the most current case rate and data tier information HERE.
  • Per the new guidance, elementary schools may return to in-person instruction when the county adjusted case rate is under 25 per 100,000 people for 5 consecutive days. Find the most current case rate and data tier information HERE.
  • SPUSD Reopening Plan — Phase 1: On Tuesday, February 9, the School Board will review the new state and county criteria for reopening, including a revised reopening date. Open session of the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and you may view the webcast here.
  • Hybrid Model: 
    TK/K Students – Each AM/PM class will be divided into 2 groups and each group will meet every other day (except Friday) . Group1 AM/PM  Mon/Wed, Group 2 AM/PM Tue/Thur
    AM: 8:00-11:15
    PM: 11:45-3:00
    1st/2nd: Students will be divided into 2 groups (AM/PM) and each group will meet everyday (except Friday).
    AM: 810-10:55
    PM: 11:40 – 2:25
    3rd-5th: Students will divided into 2 groups (AM/PM) and each group will meeting everyday (except Friday)
    AM: – 8:10 – 11:05
    PM: 11:50 – 2:45
    * All Students will have current Friday schedule
  • 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.
  • How to change your requested learning model:  Please email Renee Rietta, [email protected], with your request by Tuesday, February 10 at 4pm for students in grades TK-2 and Tuesday, February 16 at 4pm for students in grades 3-5.
    * Administration will try best to accommodate all change requests 
    * Any change might require a change in teacher and possibly school. 
  • Reopening plans for subsequent phases including grades three through five will be addressed after students in preschool through second grades successfully return to in-person learning.
  • SPUSD Day Care Program Update: With reopening expected to happen soon, families with students in the SPUSD Day Care Program need to make alternate plans. The last day of the program will be Thursday, February 11, 2021. Please click here for a list of local childcare alternatives.
  • Link to Board Approved Hybrid Model   Link to the School Reopening Plans
  • Watch all board meeting webcasts HERE.
  • 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.
  • Please join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am for Coffee with the Principal       Zoom Link: spusd.zoom.us/j/84284875278 (ID: 84284875278)

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: Week 6

Ms. Alison’s Dance Class is underway!

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 10th 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.

AV Spirit Day: 2/11

Thursday February 11th is our next Spirit Day. The theme is “Valentine Flair Dress Up.” Bring some fancy Valentine’s Day style to your zoom classes on Friday!

Check the PTA calendar for more Spirit Days to come.


Thursday Popsicles this Week

5th Grade Promotion Fundraiser

[Berry Opera will donate a portion of all sales to the 5th Grade Promotion.]

AV Gives Back from Home

[Contact [email protected] for more information.]

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:

2021-2022 Executive Board Nominations 

The newly formed Nominations Committee for the 2021-2022 PTA Executive Board will meet again in January to review nominations for Executive Board positions. If you would like to submit a nomination (you may nominate yourself or others) or if you have questions about the nomination process (or questions about the PTA or Executive Board in general) please contact  Nominations Committee Chair, Cindy Shin at [email protected].  

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.



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

[Support SPMS by ordering from TeaMorrow on 2/17. Special code MSPTA or show flyer]

[Take an introductory private 30-min lesson for $10. Call (626) 808-4031 or email [email protected].]

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

[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]


[2/6: Virtual Lunar New Year. Details at marengopta.org]

[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]ace.org. Call: (888) 515-0595]