Dear Avondale Parents,
It is that time of year when the air turns cold, darkness sets in and the time change affects our sleep patterns. I am sorry to report that our tardy rates are on the rise.
This is a friendly reminder that your child’s school day begins promptly at 8 AM. Our instructional day begins as soon as our bell rings so it is critical that our students are on time every day and ready to learn. Research indicates that students who are frequently tardy have lower grades, lower scores on standardized assessments, and lower graduation rates (Ekstrom, Goertz, Pollack, and Rock, 1986).
Please help us maximize your child’s educational experience by getting them to school on time. Let’s be part of the solution and not the statistic. Thank you for your continued support.
Courtney S. Nelson
After School Care Rocks at Avondale!
Parents expect excellence not only in the classroom but also in after school care. Avondale Elementary delivers on both counts! We provide a safe and friendly environment for students. Our knowledgeable and caring staff offers a wide variety of opportunities for fun and learning. Examples include: art, science, story time, crafts, ballet, tennis, zumba, homework help, community service projects, and Friday movies to name a few! New this year will be an AfterSchool Garden Club (with Jones Valley Farm), Chess Club, and Avondale’s art teacher, Ms. Mackin, will work with students on some interesting and fun projects; possibly even a mural for the school. Computers will also be available for students to engage in technology projects.
We offer parents options for both attendance and payment:
Full Time (3-5 days per week) - $40 per week (K-5) and $50 per week (Pre-K)*
Part-Time (1-2 days per week) - $10/day (K-5) and $12/day (Pre-K)*
*Pre-K after school care begins at 2:30 PM. All other students begin at 3 PM.
Payment Options: Cash or Money Order (Mon-Wed only). Debit Card (Mon-Fri)
Our director is Ms. Mary Chavers and her regular staff includes: Ms. Rubye Brown, Mrs. Jules Cole, Mrs. Charlotte Mackin, Mrs. Eugenia Miller,Mrs. Phyllis Williams and some wonderful students from UAB along with part-time assistance from Mr. Lowery.
The After School Care Staff welcomes Principal Courtney Nelson to Avondale along with all new and returning teachers/staff! We look forward to a wonderful partnership together. Our program is sponsored through Community Education South, a department of Birmingham CitySchools. For more information or to register, call 231-8980.
Make sure that you check out the updated version of our purpose and beliefs found under the our school section of the website. We feel that this represents what our school is all about and would love any feedback positive or negative. We are proud to call Avondale Elementary our home.
Avondale’s Student-Run Farmers Market kicked off this past Wednesday! Six students from the fifth grade sold a colorful variety of produce in front of the school during afternoon dismissal. The students led all the jobs required for the market from setting out the fruits and vegetables, taking customers’ orders and bagging their produce, to taking payments and calculating change. Kale, collard greens, apples, pears and sweet and hot peppers were some of the fresh produce featured in this week’s market. Organizing the market were two staff members from Jones Valley Teaching Farm, who will also be directing the Farm Lab in construction behind the school. The majority of the produce was grown downtown at JVTF, but in the future the bulk of what’s sold in the market will come from the school’s farm, which is due to be completed in the coming weeks. Click the picture to view more photos from our first day.