AV Weekly Wildcat – March 21 2021

Golden Shoe Adventure

Great job AV Wildcats!  Close to 300 families found the “golden shoe” this weekend during AV’s Golden Shoe Adventure.  We loved seeing everyone showing off their best dance moves to get their first clue, and working as a team to find South Pasadena’s hidden gems and landmarks. Thank you to Principal Sinclair, Mr. Ross, and our teachers who created the video clues. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped bring the Adventure to life.  Big hats off and THANK YOU to Stella Jang, Keri Tuazon, and Jennifer Wang for producing this special event!

Golden Shoe Adventure: Donation Information

Pledges and donations are due Friday, 3/26.
For online donations: Click on the AV Golden Shoe Adventure – Donation Page. If family and friends are donating on behalf of your student, they can do so through the link above. Remind family/friends to include your email address at the end of the form to receive a receipt of their donation.
For check donations: Make checks payable to AV PTA and mail to Arroyo Vista Elementary School (Attn: Golden Shoe Adventure).  Also include the pledge form with the name of your student and teacher.
For further questions, email Stella JangKeri Tuazon, or Jennifer Wang.

AV Equity Committee: 3/25

AV Equity Committee will be hosting a special guest at our next meeting. Please join us as we gain insight on diversity and inclusion in mathematics education from one of AV’s very own 3rd grade teachers, Dr. Mukhopadhyay.  All are welcome!  March 25, 2021 at 7pm

Zoom Link:

Got questions? Contact: Amber Jaeger, Patti Urzua, or  Andy Perry

The Bright Side Magazine Order Deadline: TONIGHT

At last, our The Bright Side magazine is ready to order! Inside you will find over 150 pages packed with wonderful submissions from our AV community. Our beautiful publication contains art, how-to-activities, recipes, original stories, and shared travel adventures. Enjoy this unique piece of AV history!

Order by TODAY, Sunday, March 21. The first 100 orders will receive an exclusive waterproof Whiskers sticker.

Click HERE to order.

AV General PTA Meeting – Update 3/24 

Our next (virtual) General Assembly PTA Meeting will be held on March 24, 2021 at 7pm.

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

On March 24, 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, Kelly Kwan

TK-5th Reopening Resources

We are including some resources to keep handy:

The School Reopening Playbook includes important protocols and information for a safety on campus.
Here is the drop-off and pick-up gate map and schedule.
Please also check out our AV Reopening Video!

[Click HERE for a printable Hybrid Cohort Schedule.]

 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 TUESDAY 3/23 at 4:00 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.

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:

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. ]

[SPEF Summer Program Registration is OPEN.]

[SPEF Summer Camp Registration is OPEN.]

[South Pasadena Library Spring children’s activities 3/15 – 5/10. ]

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

[3/24: Support South Pasadena Middle School PTA at the South Pasadena Chipotle between 4:00-8:00pm. Present flyer on paper on or your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting SPMS.]

[Honorary Service Awards: Nominate a community member for their outstanding service to children. Provide nominees’ name and reason for nominating to [email protected]  by 4/14.]

[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]