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Avoca West Parent-Student Handbook
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Dear Avoca West Family,


Welcome to an exciting year at Avoca West Elementary School! In order to create an enriching learning environment that engages your child, our school uses a unique master schedule that gives students an opportunity to explore subjects beyond the core academic areas. In addition to daily Physical Education, students take part in General Music,  Spanish, Technology, Science Lab, Literacy Enrichment, Drama, and have the opportunity to fine tune their musical ears and fingers in our renowned strings program.


Staff members at Avoca West  are devoted to meeting the needs of your child. Teacher teams collaborate daily using the Professional Learning Communities Model to analyze and improve their classroom practice and discuss strategies to meet the needs of each child. The Avoca West staff members remain grounded in the belief that educators must work together to provide a highly conducive place for learning. Furthermore, we see parents as a crucial factor in their child’s academic success and encourage your partnership through all avenues of communication.

This handbook provides Avoca West families and students with important information about our school. Please review the contents with your child before school begins, then keep it accessible for future reference. Feel free to reach out to our office staff at any time to help with questions or needs you may have.

Please use the Table of Contents on the next page to connect to the area you’d like to learn more about. Feel free to reach out to the school office at (847)724-6800 with any questions you have!

Mrs. Jessica Hutchison

Parent-Student Handbook Table of Contents

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Basic Information

School address, contact information for the office, school hours, and information about getting to and from Avoca West

Communication with School

Parent-Teacher conferences, Report Cards, Parent Orientation Night, Parent Coffees, and other ways to stay connected

From the Nurse

How to report an absence or late arrival, our tardy procedures, medical excusals, hearing and vision screening, and required Illinois health information for students  

Time to Eat!

Snacks and treats, birthdays at Avoca West, and information about lunchtime

Student Expectations & Discipline

The Avoca West School Pledge and Song, our behavior matrix/expectations, school-wide positive behavior support program, and student behavioral consequences.  

Extracurricular Opportunities

Activities/clubs offered for students, including the grade, time and date, and activity sponsor

Avoca’s Parent Teacher Council (PTC)

The PTC mission, how to stay connected, and how to volunteer your time and energy to the PTC

Security and Safety

Building security procedures/measures for visiting school,and information about emergency preparedness

Odds and Ends

Art in Action, Student Field Days, Halloween Parade, Outdoor Classroom, Lost and Found, School Supplies, School Pictures, Volunteer and Veteran’s Day Breakfast, School Pictures, and Survival tips from Avoca West parents