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Friday Email for January 18, 2019

Andrew Avenue Elementary School

Friday Email

January 18, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr  No School January 21, 2019

There is no school on Monday, January 21, 2019 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Kindergarten Registration

Registration is the the first week in March. More details to follow.

PTO News

PTO News:

Andrew Avenue PTO Meeting: 1/16/19


PTO Board members:

• President: Marilyn O’Donnell

• Vice President: Margaret Cook

• Treasurer: Kris Zhano

• Secretary: Suzanne Rodriguez


Principal Gruber’s Report Summary:

• Report Card Update: Due to many family concerns regarding the report card, Superintendent Locke put in place the following:

A group of administrators, family and educators met, biggest concern was that the report card did not communicate progress well enough, on Monday, 1/14/19, administrators met to discuss next steps based on the survey data, teachers and coaches will meet later this month to continue discussions around how to best communicate student progress in preparation for the March conferences. Two classrooms had new floors put in over the winter break.

Plan to continue replacing floors starting with those in the worst condition. Work to replace the heating system has begun and the intercom system is being replaced.


Treasurer’s Report:

Current school year budget: $9500. Specifics of each income amount reported by Treasurer. Money will be utilized for field trips.


Field Trips

3rd Grade field trip is planned for the Beardsley Zoo

Awaiting teacher decisions for all other grades  

Please consider volunteering to be a chaperone

Chaperones of both genders will be needed


Fundraising & Upcoming Events:


Texas Roadhouse

AAES Dine & Donate will be held Thursday, February 7th from 4-8 pm

AAES sold more gift cards that the other schools involved in the competition, as a result we will be getting 20% (versus 10%) of our Dine & Donate

***We are in need of raffles for a raffle table that evening***

Gift Card Winners:

▪ 1st Lucas Seamon – Miss Mattot

▪ 2nd Annalise Sweet-Stephens – Mrs. Martin

▪ 3rd Eva Gerrity – Mrs. Kudzma


Penny Wars - March 4th-8th, Bunny Hop - April 10th or 11th - Movie Night - First Friday of every Month (Feb 1st, Mar 1st, Apr 5th) at 6 pm. Surveys received – will review and decide on movies by consensus of requests, $2 per person to include: admission to movie, popcorn and bottled water. Snack option will be discussed in further detail



Theme will likely be “VIP” with a red carpet on Friday, March 29th

***Please consider volunteering for the dance committee***

Dance committee will meet Friday, February 1st at 5:30 pm prior to movie night


Mother’s Day Plant Sale

May 9th and 10th


Book Fair

April 8th through the 11th with a special Buy 1 get 1 Free offer

****Will be in need of volunteers for the book fair ****



Next Assembly planned for May 22nd


Family Night, Thursday, April 11th (coincides with final day of book sale) A golf course activity – each class to create one hole for the event. Will tentatively stagger grades for easier flow of activity


End of year pizza party – Date TBD


Coca Cola product Caps

Please turn in any Coca Cola product caps or lids (including PowerAde and 12 packs of cans of soda)

We are able to redeem these points for funds for field trips, assemblies and other programs for our school


Box Tops

We continue to collect box tops for education – we are able to redeem box tops for cash to utilize towards field trips, assemblies and other activities. A special thank you to St. Michael’s church for donating all collected box tops to AAES. The last acceptance date to submit box tops for this school year is March.


Canstruction Event

Saturday, April 6th at the armory Will accept monetary donations instead of can donation as we did last year

***Please consider volunteering your time to assist in the construction of a Roadrunner***


Spring Concert

Awaiting date from Mr. Denke


Next PTO meeting:

The next meeting will be held Friday, March 1st at 5:15 pm (prior to movie night event)

Please like our Andrew Avenue PTO Facebook page

Search for Andrew Avenue Elementary School PTO and ask to join us!

Contact your PTO with any questions or availability to volunteer!

Email us at:


Students Testing


Currently students are in the process of completing the middle of the year benchmarks.

  • Grades K-2 are taking the MAP test for both reading and math.

  • All grades have taken or will be taking the DIBELS reading tests (which are a series of short, one minute screeners to determine how students are progressing on foundational reading skills.

  • Many of the 3rd and 4th grade classes are taking the SBAC IABs which are like mini practice tests.


The data from all of these tests help drive our instruction and plan for small groups.

School Hours

Our doors open at 8:40 AM students can then enter and go have breakfast. (We have free breakfast and free lunch.) A bell rings at 8:55 AM at which time school officially begins. Our day ends at 3:25 PM. On a half day, school dismisses at 1:00 PM. Lunch is served on all half days. On ½ days called on account of weather and when all after school activities are canceled  the SPARK and YMCA program does not run. Please make sure the school knows how your child/children will be going home on those days. 

School Website

If you are looking for our school calendar or the lunch menu, or even school news & events please check out  Our School's Webpage

As always, if you have any questions, please call the school office at (203) 720-5221.