Dear Avondale Elementary Parents,
It is with excitement and joy that I write you this letter! As many of you know I am expecting my first baby any day now! While I am still here at school working I have been ordered to reduce my time to ½ days until our little Carter Marie arrives. I wanted to let all of my parents know that during my absence you are in excellent hands with Ms. JoAnn Taylor, our assistant principal. Should you need anything she will be available to assist you. Once my maternity full-time leave officially begins I will be out until the end of May. Of course, I will stop by and say farewell to the students prior to their summer break! I have enjoyed getting to know everyone this year and can’t wait to return to your precious kiddos after spending a couple of months with mine!
Courtney Nelson, Principal
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.
Dear Avondale family, Items are needed to fill the Gotcha Store by Thursday, Feb 12. The students have been earning and saving up their Gotcha tickets all year and finally get to shop! But the shelves are bare! Any donation is welcome! From stickers to candy... From matchbox cars to stuffed animals... Even that old bicycle your child outgrew... Please bring new or gently used items to Mrs. DiGuglielmo in room 103 by Wednesday, Feb 11. Thank you!