Weekly Wildcat – August 22, 2021

Fall Forms – Top Participating Classes!

Thank you to everyone who filled out the Fall Forms and for your continued support of AV PTA!   Congratulations to the following classes for having the top participation for turning in Fall Forms. Since we had an overwhelming school wide participation rate of 87%, and no class was below 70%, every class will be getting a Popsicle Party!

We’d love to get it to 100% so if you haven’t had a chance to fill it out, you can still go online to ptav.org/fall to sign up to be a part of AV PTA (no volunteering required) which automatically signs you up for the weekly newsletters and donate to the “No Sweat” fundraiser.


Wish Night

Our virtual Back to School Night on Thursday was a huge success. Thank you for attending and donating! While you may donate at any time throughout the year, donating early is ideal because it helps our teachers  budget and plan accordingly.  We are accepting Wish Night donations online at ptav.org/wish-night, or you can mail a check along with your donation form to: Arroyo Vista, Attn: Wish Night, 335 El Centro St.

You’ve heard from your teachers and seen their Wish Night lists, here is what your Wish Night gift can grant to our School Wide Programs. Our staff is dedicated to enriching your children!

 


Traffic and Drop -Off Lane Reminders

As we return to school, the PTA would like to remind everyone that the safety of our students, staff and families is of the utmost importance.

When using the drop-off lanes:

    • Please have your child ready to get out of the car, with their backpack, lunch, water bottle, mask, etc. on hand.
    • If your child needs help walking to the gate or getting out of the car, please park and walk until they get more independent.  Everyone must exit cars on the sidewalk side.
    • Drivers must remain in the car.

And for general traffic safety…

    • Please take your time when driving around campus.
    • Utilize crosswalks & crossing guards.  Please do not j-walk, walk in the street, or cross without the guard.
    • Let’s be good neighbors and not block driveways.
    • Please do not double park or drop off your child or park in red zones.

We encourage walking and biking!  There is a bike locker on campus for kids to store their bikes and scooters.


AV Movie Night 2021  – Postponed

Movie Night has been postponed.  It will not take place on Friday, August 27th, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that a better time to do a large school-wide on-campus event will come sooner rather than later.


Dismissal Procedures

Dear AV Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through welcoming back 710 AV Wildcats in a safe and orderly fashion!  In an effort to lessen the congestion during arrival and dismissal, we have been making changes to the gate assignments.  We’ve consolidated all of the changes into a table for your reference.  Everything remains the same as last week with the exception of fourth grade.

DORAN GATE CHANGES:

ALSO:  For the next few weeks at least until staffing needs are met and kinks are worked through, the DORAN GATE will be WALK-UP ONLY.  Please park and walk.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sinclair

 


Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month

The AV Equity Committee is excited to work with our school community to highlight the diversity that makes AV an incredible place to be! Our first initiative will build from the school assembly experiences launched last year, focusing on heritage and a range of identity markers.

We have identified eight themes to focus on over the course of the year with more to come the following year starting with Latino Heritage Month. We invite you to join us as we bring these themes to life!  Curious to learn more and help? Don’t hesitate to sign-up here  to express your interest!

Topic: Latino / Hispanic Heritage Month Volunteer Meeting
Time: Aug 25, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:https://teachforamerica.zoom.us/j/95379043782?pwd=MVNRU1VsV2RtZ3JXVHZvU3NhZXRRQT09

Passcode: 864572


First PTA Meeting of the School Year

Please join us on Wednesday, September 15th at 7pm for our first PTA General Association meeting of the school year.  There will be presentations from Dr. Michelle Kipke, AV’s school board representative, the DUDES, a South Pasadena non-profit organization that supports our schools and community, and SPEF.  This meeting will be held virtually.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Future meetings are scheduled for the following dates:

October 20th
February 16th
March 16th
May 18th

All meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7pm. Additional meetings may be added.


Reflections Art Celebration & Contest

Do you enjoy art, music, photography, film, writing or dance? Join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with the PTA Reflections. The National PTA Reflections Art Program has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969. This year’s theme is “I Will Change the World By…” Students use the theme as an inspiration for their art.

Special Artist Division for students who identify as having a disability.

Visit the Reflections national art gallery for inspiration and to learn more about prizes and scholarships: PTA Reflections

Please email Reflections chair,  Cami Zappaterra for questions or more information.

If you are a parent passionate about the arts and would like to help coordinate we are looking for either a co-chair or adult helpers that can spread the word to the AV community.

Submissions are due by October 15th.


Important Fall Dates

The PTA has compiled a list of important dates. Please click here to review and/or print it.


Subscribe to the Weekly Wildcat and PTA Calendar

Visit ptav.org/subscribe to learn how. If you are no longer an AV parent, you can unsubscribe from this list.


Arroyo Vista Elementary 2021-22 Bell Schedule

[Click HERE for a printable 2021-22 Bell Schedule]


Do You Have Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Megan Gardner, PTA President, or Erik Gammell, PTA Executive Vice President.

¿Tienes preguntas? El maestro de su hija/o o la oficina principal pueden ponerlos en contacto con una familia en AV que hable español. 

질문 사항이 있으십니까?자녀의 담임선생님 이나 학교 사무실에서 필요한 언어를 사용하는 학부모와 연결해 드립니다

你有問題嗎?您孩子的老師或學校辦公室可以將您與另一比特講您語言的AV家長聯系起來

Thank you!


Interested in Boy Scouts?!

Cub Scout Pack 7 invites families of 1st-4th graders (all genders) to the following events at Garfield Park (north end of the park near the tennis courts):

Informational Meet & Greet

  • Saturday, August 21st between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Registration Nights (come to one)

  • Tuesday, August 24th, 6:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, August 25th, 6:00 p.m.

We’ll let you know what Cub Scouts is and what we do. We’ll let you know how to join and answer all your questions. Feel free to send questions to [email protected].



 


South Pasadena Arts and Music Academy is holding their bi-annual $10 Music Lesson Week in-person and online from Monday, August 30th – Saturday, September 4th. Thirty-minute private music lessons are only $10 each (normally $42) and all proceeds will benefit the South Pasadena Educational Foundation. It’s a great opportunity for you and/or your child to explore new instruments while giving to a great cause!

The academy offers a range of lessons including piano, voice, drums, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, violin, songwriting, and music theory. Ages 4 and up and all experience levels are welcome!

You can get a glimpse of instructors, classes, and recitals via their Instagram (@southpasadenaartsmusic) or on their YouTube channel.

To reserve a spot, please email [email protected], call (626) 808-4031 or fill out the contact form on their website: https://artsmusicacademy.com/book-an-intro.

Thank you.