Weekly Wildcat – January 30

AV Science Night Recap

What a fantastic Science Night! Four CalTech chemistry students led the AV community through hands-on experiments, toured us around their labs and equipment, and let us in on their inspirations, frustrations, and true passion for science. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to see science in action—and to make it happen themselves.

Many, many thanks to the Science Night Committee, Jonah Kanner, Evgueniy Lubenov, Casey Law, and  Alexandra Lubenova, and thank you especially to our presenters, John Evans, Brian Lee, Jordan Thompson, and Brooke Vershaw!


January Wildcat Adventure Raffle Tomorrow!

Record your participation for January PTA programs, AV Gives Back Household Items Drive and Family Science Night, at ptav.org/wildcat.

All participants will be entered into the raffle drawing on Monday 1/31 at 5pm!

Check Instagram @arroyovistapta for the winners.  Prizes will be delivered to winners in their classrooms.



SPUSD Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.  TK provides an early childhood education program that builds a bridge between preschool years and traditional Kindergarten.  TK is ideal for students who may benefit from an enriched foundational early childhood education program to prepare them for success in traditional Kindergarten.

Eligibility: Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is designed for students who turn 5 years old between September 2 and December 2 for the 2021-22 school year or between September 2 and February 2 for the 2022-23 school year.  A chart for additional eligibility years can be found in the link below.

More details about Transitional Kindergarten in SPUSD can be found here: https://www.spusd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=756791&type=d&pREC_ID=2283737

For TK FAQs: https://4.files.edl.io/bd60/01/13/22/220140-2b70c3d2-e28a-4ad3-bb7f-7e46ad0854bc.pdf 



5th Grade Parents Needed! 

Each month, a different grade will be asked to volunteer to keep our drop-off lanes running. Without volunteers, we will have to close the lanes. February is 5th grade month! If you are a 5th grade parent, please, please, please sign up for a day or 3 or 4. We need 4 volunteers per day!   Sign Up HERE.


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

您有問題嗎?您孩子的老師或學校辦公室可以將您與另一位講您語言的AV家長聯系起來。

Thank you!



South Pasadena children and teens are encouraged to use their imagination and design a one-of-a-kind bookmark inspired by the 2022 Summer Reading Program theme “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” or that promotes books, reading and libraries. Bookmark Contest entries must be delivered to the Children’s Services desk by Wednesday, March 1, 2022.

Entries will be judged according to four age categories. Winners will be announced in early April in honor of National Library Week. Winning entries will be reproduced as bookmarks and will be distributed during the summer of 2022. All entries must have a parent or guardian signature as approval for the bookmark artwork to be submitted into the Bookmark Contest.

There is also a link on our Children’s webpage to download the form: https://www.southpasadenaca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/28029



Come and celebrate the LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE TIGER!

The Marengo Elementary School PTA in partnership with the City of South Pasadena and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club invite you to get your “passports” stamped and collect treats and giveaways from South Pasadena community organizations, Mandarin Dual Immersion classrooms and other sponsors on The Great Race zodiac trail.

Pre-order a dim sum sampler box, mochi donuts and boba drinks. Look out for lion dancers, tigers, and other performers! Reserve your 30‐minute race time today at www.marengopta.org/LNY. Due to Covid-19 safety measures, space is limited. Please register and wear a mask.