AV Weekly Wildcat – May 16 2021

Honoring Our Volunteers

The PTA Honorary School Service Award Program recognizes service and dedication of both individuals and organizations for outstanding service to the welfare of children and youth in our school. 
We thanked all of our amazing volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation and School Service Awards Ceremony on Friday evening. Recipients from 2019-20 and 2020-21 were also recognized at the event where awards were given in the following three categories:

1. Certificate of Appreciation:  To recognize special contributions by individuals in the PTA, school, or community.
2. Honorary School Service Award:  To recognize outstanding service, often over the course of several years, made by individuals in the PTA, school, or community.
3. Continuing School Service Award:  To recognize outstanding service from individuals in the PTA, school, or community (often even after leaving Arroyo Vista).

Please take a moment to visit our virtual bulletin board honoring all of our recipients.  
Karissa Adams
Megan Gardner
Brian Mahler
Cheryl Busick
Erik Gammell
Heidi Mayne
Kirsten Kawai
Panda Korman
Kelly Kwan
Erin Bonz
Cassandra Kaldor
Nicolas Hua
Chad Bryant 
Laura Ishibashi
Glenna Shih
DeMarais Riley
Jayme Mazzochi
Agnes Kretz
**A special thanks to Jennifer Koca, Megan Gardner, Jennifer Wang, and all the friends and spouses of our recipients for helping to organize the event and honor our recipients.

All City Track Meet: Virtual Event and T-Shirt Pick-up Instructions

IN-PERSON EVENT for 5th Graders
Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ SPHS Track
The parents of all registered participants were emailed their child’s session time and event details. Please email ([email protected]) if you’ve not yet been contacted. 
Sunday, May 8th – Saturday, May 22nd
Follow #SOUTHPASACTM this week to see photos of our virtual racers and updated leaderboards! 
REGISTER  until May 22nd
In the instructions you will find virtual event guidelines and tips such as high school track’s public hours, suggested locations for running a 50yrd or 100m dash, when/where to pick up ACTM T-shirts, how to submit proof of participation with photos and videos for the virtual leader boards, and of course, how to follow on social media!
Visit ptav.org/allcitytrackmeet for more information.
Contact Megan Gardner or Eryn Kalavsky with questions.

AV General PTA Meeting – 5/19 

Our next (virtual) General Assembly PTA Meeting will be held on May 19, 2021 at 7pm.

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

The association will vote on the following amendments to our standing rules: (1) the addition of the Equity Committee as a Standing Committee on the PTA executive board (rule #35), and (2) the addition of the “Wildcat Adventure” committee (rule #36).

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 theAV Website.

AV Art Project

Our April/May school wide art project is based on the work of the Jean-Michel Basquiat. Materials should be included with your class supply pickup, or distributed through your teacher for in-person classrooms. If you’d like to lead this project as a parent volunteer, please let your teacher know!

Click the image below to access the project deck, which includes a short lesson on Basquiat, step by step directions and additional resources:

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

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.

[Book Donation Drive at South Pasadena Public Library 5/22.]

[South Pasadena Chinese American Club and South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce will host FREE bingo events in support of small businesses. Please join and support local businesses in South Pas! Register at SPCC-WEB.ORG]

[SP Council PTA-HSA Pandemic Special Awards on 5/27. Click HERE for the Zoom link.]

[CLICK HERE to view a video of A New Beginning, the crowdsourced community poem woven together by South Pasadena Poet Laureate, Ron Koertge and performed by South Pasadena High School Drama students.]

[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 SPEFwebsite. ]

[SPEF Summer Program Registration is OPEN! Online and In-Person Classes available!]

[SPEF Summer Camp Registration is OPEN! Online and in-person classes available!]

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

[5/19 South Pasadena Middle School 8th Grade Promotion Fundraiser. Use event code SPMS8 in store or online at teamorrow.smartonline.com]

[Register for the 2021 Virtual Summer Reading Programs at the South Pasadena Library.]

[Register for the 2021 Virtual Summer Reading Programs at the South Pasadena Library.]

[Friends of the South Pasadena Library are accepting book donations 5/22 1-3 pm at the Community Room of the South Pas Library.]

[Register for fall 2021 AYSO.]

[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]