AV Weekly Wildcat – May 9 2021

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

IN-PERSON EVENT for 5th Graders
Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ SPHS Track

Session assignments will be sent out to participants on Monday, May 10th.
Sunday, May 8th – Saturday, May 22nd
 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!
*If you were unable to pick up your t-shirts this weekend, we will contact you to coordinate pick up.
Visit ptav.org/allcitytrackmeet for more information.
Contact Megan Gardner or Eryn Kalavsky with questions.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week 

AV PTA honored our teachers and staff this week for getting through another (unpredictable) year with grace, enthusiasm, and skill. They were treated to lunch catered by Cos & Pi; gifted spirit wear; treated to breakfast by Heirloom Bakery & Coffee Bean; and gifted goodie bags from students and families. We wrapped it up on Friday with a fun video tribute at our assembly. Thank you to Heidi Mayne and Kirsten Kawai for event planning this amazing week! High fives to their helpers Noel Bahamon, Erik Gammell, Bernice Hong, Stella Jang, Jen Koca, Kelly Kwan, Melissa Lien, Panda Korman, Min Meeker, Rowena Romano, and Jennifer Wang. And last but never least, thank you to all of our amazing ROOM PARENTS for their help communicating with their class families and collecting special gifts for our teachers. What a team effort!

Volunteer Appreciation Event

AV PTA’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Service Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on Friday, May 14th. If you volunteered this year and did not receive an invitation but would like to attend, please email Jenn Koca.

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.]

[SPMS Fundraiser at MENCHIES! 5/13. 20% of proceeds go to SPMS]

[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. ]

[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]

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