AV Weekly Wildcat – March 7 2021

Read Across America Week

Our virtual Read Across America Week was a huge success. Thank you to our celebrity Story Night readers: Principal Sinclair, Mrs. Yee, Megan Gardner, South Pasadena Librarian Judy Neeb, Mr. Jehue, Mrs. Baydaline, Mrs. Gresham, Mr. Mannal, David Booher, Mrs. Busick, and our host Kelly Kwan. Props to Mr. Jehue, and former AV student Nora Monroe and her mom Kasey Monroe for “chalking the walk” around the school. Thank you to authors Jennifer Torres and David Booher for their special presentations to our upper grades.

Click to see the Read Across America Week Survey Results.
Click to see BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS from the Survey Results.

As part of RAA week, some of exceptional friends posted recorded readings of their favorite books. Find and enjoy them HERE.

If your student hasn’t received their book from Vroman’s, it should arrive soon. Thank you to Patti Urzua for coordinating books for all.

None of this is possible without our trusty RAA committee! Thank you: Karissa Chabner, Megan Gardner, Kelly Kwan, Heidi Mayne, and Patti Urzua. 

Science Night: 3/9

Arroyo Vista Family Science Night
Tuesday, March 9, 5:30 – 8 PM

Enjoy family friendly talks and demonstrations about science and engineering! We’ll be joined by a number of speakers from Caltech, JPL, and Carnegie Observatories, who will tell us about the exciting work they do.  Join for all of the talks, or pick and choose from the schedule.  Bring your questions and your curiosity.  We look forward to learning with you!

This virtual event will be hosted on zoom, and is free and open to all Arroyo Vista families.  Check your email for the registration link, which was sent out by the PTA on 3/3, and keep an eye out for another reminder tomorrow, 3/8.

For the list of speakers, schedule, and additional information, see the event web site: http://tiny.cc/avstem2021

5th Grade Promotion Fundraiser: 3/9

Support our AV 5th graders with a TACO TUESDAY! Place your order at the South Pasadena Baja Fresh on Tuesday March 9th from 3:00-7:00p.

Here’s how to make your order count towards the fundraiser:

  • Walk-in to place your order (then place your receipt in the designated AV box on the counter)
  • Phone-in your order and mention the fundraiser
  • Order online and add, AV 5th Grade Promotion Fundraiser in the instructions section

The Bright Side Magazine on Sale 3/14

At last, our first issue of The Bright Side magazine will be on sale March 14th! Inside you will find over 150 pages packed with wonderful submissions from our AV community. Links to purchase will be coming soon. Psst… the first 100 sales will receive a special gift.

Registration for AV Golden Shoe Adventure: 3/12

We are so excited to bring the Arroyo Vista Golden Shoe Adventure to our AV community! We are bringing a safe and fun activity that the whole family can enjoy while fundraising at the same time.  Here are some highlights:

  • You can choose to start your adventure on Saturday, 3/20 or Sunday, 3/21 and do it anytime between 10am and 4pm.
  • You will have to work together as a family to solve clues and complete challenges around town which will eventually lead you to find the “Golden Shoe”.
  • The goal is to complete as many locations as possible. Take as little or as much time as you need.
To participate, please register using the below link by Friday, March 12.  More details and the pledge form can be found in the link below:
We look forward to having as many AV families participate as possible!

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

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 3/8 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.

[South Pas Parents of Special Needs Support Group meets 3/11. For more information, mail [email protected] or [email protected]]

[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.]

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

South Pasadena Library is celebrating National Poetry Month by inviting students and community members to contribute to a crowdsourced poem written by South Pasadena Poet Laureate Ron Koertge. Submissions due by Friday, 3/19.]


[3/8 – 3/13: Story Time featuring California Young Reader Medal nominees at South Pasadena Library.]

[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]