AV Weekly Wildcat – November 1 2020

AV Parent Party   

The 2020 AV Parent Party went online this year and was a huge success with almost 180 participants! We had fun with trivia games, breakout rooms, and party bags filled with delicious treats from local vendors.

Thank you to Panda Korman, Stella Jang, and Jenn Koca, for their tireless work in producing the event. They couldn’t do it without the help and support of Jaime Thompson, Ryan Dwyer, Jen Wang, Megan Gardener and Karissa Adams. Great job, team!

And a huge shout out to our amazing local vendors: Berry Opera, Gus’ BBQ, Jones Coffee Roasters, Dinosaur Farm, Tomato Pie, Cos and Pi, Charlie’s Coffee, Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza, Trader Joe’s, and 1810 Restaurant. Thank you for supporting AV!

Red Ribbon Week  

Red Ribbon Week felt more important than ever this this Pandemic year, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of Charles Do, Afshin Ketabi, and all of our classroom speaker volunteers. Thank you for making our virtual Red Ribbon Week a success and for reminding us to taking care of our bodies and minds.

Reflections Winners  

We were blown away by the amazing creativity and talent at this year’s Reflections contest. Thanks to all of you, we doubled the amount of entries from last year. It warmed our hearts to see so many students participating in the arts. Visit the online AV Reflections Gallery to see the incredible work. Congratulations for the all the winners! First place winners will be moving on to district level and have the chance to move all the way up to national recognition. Here are the winners in each category:

Visual Arts
TK-2nd Grade
1st place: Panda Korman, Grade 2, “Kodiak and I” Sculpture
2nd place: Justin Do, Grade K, “My Rainbow Family”
3rd grade: Nathan Mezquida, Grade 2, “George Floyd”

3rd-5th Grade
1st place: Mari Chang, Grade 4, “My Contribution”
2nd place: Rose Xia, Grade 3, “I Can Fly High, Someday”
3rd place: Brandon Do, Grade 3, “I Matter Because We All Matter”

TK-2nd grade
1st place: Alena Zepkowski, Grade 1 “Special in This World”
2nd place: Akira Hori, Grade 2 “I Matter Because I’m the Only One”
3rd place: Micah Zappaterra, Grade 2 “Micah’s Original Drum Beat and Padada Solo”

3rd-5th grade
1st place: Presley Phelan, Grade 5 “Forever is Today”
2nd place: Winona Bradshaw, Grade 3 “Humans Not Shadows”
3rd place : Graham Woltz, Grade 4 “I Matter Because I’m Creative”

TK-2nd grade
1st place: Micah Zappaterra, Grade 2 “I am a Friend”

3rd-5th grade
1st place: Ezekiel (Zico) Hong, Grade 3  “I am Me and We are Different”
2nd place: Saki Roppongi, Grade 4  “I Matter Because of This”- emailed
3rd place: Amelia Perry, Grade 3  “I Matter Because”

TK-2nd grade
1st place: Finn Yule, Grade 1 “Love”
2nd place: Javier Phippard, Grade 2 “Blurry Twirl”

3rd-5th grade
1st place: Seraphina Payton, Grade 3 “Tidal Wave”

TK-2nd grade1st place: Mila Jara, Grade 2  “I Can!”

AV Spirit Wear: Orders due 11/2!

Go to the AV Spirit Wear Order Form to check out the new AV Spirt Wear and the accessories available for purchase. Place your orders by 5pm on Monday, November 2. 

Hats off to the creative and incredible Erin Bonz and Ryan Dwyer for designing the 2020-2021 collection. Thank you to Jaime Thompson for making online shopping possible on our website.

Here’s a sneak-peek of our two new designs in this year’s collection. Happy Shopping!

“The Bright Side” Submissions Extension: 11/2

We are extending submissions to The Bright Side!

Our goal is to receive 10 more submissions for each grade by 11/2.

“The Bright Side,” is a new publication where AV families can share their unique experiences during this unprecedented time. 

Please send us your submissions of artwork, photos, writing, recipes, or crafting/how-to-activities that pertain to your time spent staying safe during the Pandemic by NOVEMBER 2.

Email your submission to: [email protected]

Include in your email your student’s name & grade, the category for which they are submitting, the submission attachment, and a brief description.Please include high-resolution images if possible (300dpi). Families with multiple children can submit separately or together! 


Virtual AV Marketplace 2020 Registration Due 11/9

[Virtual AV Marketplace 2020: Got questions? Email Jennifer Wang [email protected] or Stella Jang [email protected] ]

AV Dance Unit

Who is ready for some good news this month? We’ve got it! Beginning Friday November 6th, our dance teacher Ms. Alison is back with 6 weeks of dance class! 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.” Click HERE for a sneak-peek video of all the fun to come.

Got Extra Candy?

While AV is not collecting candy for the troops this year through Operation Gratitude, The AV Gives Back committee does have an idea for all of your extra Halloween candy! Take some time with your family and create goody bags for first responders in our community, personalized with a handwritten message. Deliver them at your soonest convenience (maybe on your Monday off!) and don’t forget to tell them AV sent you!

AV Active Workout: 11/4

Join the live Zoom Workout on Wednesday November 4th  at 2:30pm:

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: 11/6 

Friday, November 6 is our next Spirit Day. The theme is “Favorite Sports Team.” Come dressed in the jersey or colors of your favorite sports team.

Check the PTA calendar for more Spirit Days to come.

Popsicle Sales: 11/6

[Come support our 5th graders and buy your favorite tasty treat. All popsicles are 1$ and can be purchased in the drive through lane on Cawston St. between 11:30 and 12:30pm.]

Calavera and Papel Picado Art Project

Try your hand at making a Calavera and Papel Picado!  Tutorial videos have been added to the instructions for extra guidance. If your student did not receive an art-supply bundle (either via a classroom pickup or the Art Pickup on 10/2), there are extras available outside the front office at AV during the school day. They are in boxes according to grade level, and we’ve made one per student. Please email your questions to us at, [email protected].

South Board Candidate Interviews

The South Pasadena PTA Programs (at all five schools and Council PTA) and the Special Needs Committee collaborated to host interviews with the school board candidates for 2020.Thanks very much to everyone who offered the questions that were curated for this process. Thanks also to Oscar Madrigal, Special Needs Committee Chairperson for conducting the interviews.

Interviews are available to view at the Special Needs Committee YouTube Channel.

This material was not prepared by the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD). Any programs and/or events described herein are not necessarily endorsed and will not be supervised by SPUSD.

Math Kangaroo 2021

For more information visit the Math Kangaroo Website to register online.

AV Gives Back

[Contact [email protected] for more information.]

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 Virtual Trivia Night, December 4th 7-9pm. Go to www.SPEF4kids.org to sign up and for more information.]

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

[Learn how to establish a healthier home environment for your school-aged child, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase your child’s resilience, creativity, and well-being. 11/5 at 6pm.  Send questions to: [email protected]]

[SPHS LEO Club is supporting the American Book Drive in hosting a citywide collection campaign up until November 30th. Check your bookshelves for new and used books, CDs, & DVDs, and drop off your items in collection boxes located outside the main office of every South Pas school. Your donations will directly support Southern California schools, hospitals, and children centers, partner nonprofits, and our environment! ]

[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. ]

[Click HERE to learn more about virtual programs for kids at the South Pasadena Library this fall: September 14-November 9. ]

[Connecting students to providers who treat mental health and substance use disorders. Email: [email protected]. Call: (888) 515-0595]