Avoca West Extracurricular Opportunities - 2018-2019
What & Why
(Name of club & blurb)
(Grade, Open to All or Select Enrollment)
(Day(s) of week, Time, & General Date Range)
A performing ensemble, the Concert Choir participates in the District Choral Concert and the Avoca West Spring Choral Concert. This group is for students who love singing with others and wish to experience advanced choral ensemble skills. Rehearsals are fast-paced and focus on beautiful and healthy singing, musicianship, artistry, and choral reading skills.
Open to all students grades 3-5 by invitation.
Concert Choir meets
Tuesday mornings 7:30-8:15 a.m. in the music room beginning September 4 and continues through the spring concert in April.
Gioso (pronounced “joy-OH-zoh, Italian for “joyful”) is a performance-based choral ensemble that serves as a preparatory experience for the Concert Choir. Gioso is for students who love singing with others and are interested in beginning choral ensemble skills and performing. Rehearsals focus on beautiful and healthy singing, musicianship, artistry and choral reading skills. Gioso performs in the Avoca West Spring Choral Concert.
Open to all students grades 1-5
Gioso meets Thursday mornings in the music room beginning September 27 and continues through the spring concert in April. The maximum capacity is 45. If more students are interested there will be a lottery.
Comunità (pronounced “co-mu-ni-TA”, Italian for “community”) is open to students of all abilities. An inclusive choir, Comunità is modeled after the High Five Choir at New Trier. Emphasis is on building a strong community of joyful voices where everyone is welcome. Students will sing and use movement, instruments and other materials to work together towards a common goal. Students take ownership by helping to decide which songs will be performed in concert. Comunità performs on the Avoca West Spring Concert and at the New Trier High Five Spring Sing.
Open to all students grades 1-5
Comunità meets on Monday mornings in the music room beginning October 18 and continues through the spring concert in April. The maximum capacity is 25. If more than 25 students are interested there will be a lottery.
The goal is to help participants appreciate improvements in fitness through the joy of running and exercising. Activities include long, med. & short runs, hurdles, relays, long jump, high jump, etc. Participants are required to support everyone, regardless of ability.
Grades 4 & 5 girls meet twelve times in the fall, boys 12 times in the spring.
Tuesdays & Thursdays after school for one hour
Vikings club is our before school intramural sports program for fourth and fifth graders. It is held in the Fall and Spring. During vikings club we play a variety of sports including but not limited to soccer, football, basketball, hockey, and baseball. This is a great opportunity to play organized games with your friends and have a fun safe time doing so.
4th and 5th graders
We typically start Fall session the second week of school. Days of the week are TBD per grade level as of now. Time 7:45am-8:15
Todd Webster & Pete Brennan
An opportunity to explore different tech, TOYS (Technology outside Your School day) will sample different types of coding and robotics activities.
*Limited number of participants per session. Students will be chosen by lottery.*
Winter & Spring
(2, 6 week sessions)
Multi-Age After-School Book Club
This is a twist on your regular book club. These two three-week sessions will focus on a theme/idea, such as the use of dragons in fantasy books or how to think like a detective in mystery books. Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 with an interest in the topic and who have read books that connect with the topic will be able to participate.
3, 4 and 5
One day a week (TBD); sessions will be in January and February
Best Buddies offers a rich and diverse way to teach awareness, integrate students with disabilities with their peers, and nurture genuine friendships for students of all abilities. This program fosters social opportunities and cultivates friendship, inclusion, and leadership for people with and without disabilities. We will have 1 after school meeting per month with the group open to students and teachers. Different activities can include art projects, community outreach, team building, etc. We will have 1-2 fundraisers a year to raise money for the club and the activities.
Open to all students grades K-5.
First Wednesday of the month:
Assembly Ambassadors help create and present our Spirit Assemblies around themes that make Avoca a great place to learn. Students might write, speak, act a scene, sing, help with tech, and more.
*Limited number of participants per session.
Grades 3, 4, and 5.
Tuesdays after school for one hour
Breakout EDU Club
Breakout Edu club is an opportunity for students to come together and solve problems as a team. Students will have to use critical thinking and problem solving skills to solve a series of riddles and puzzles to open a locked box.
4th and 5th
There will be 2 sessions. 1 in the fall and 1 in the spring
iOnAvoca - is a daily student-created newscast at Avoca West. Students will take leadership roles, both on-air and off, making announcements for the entire school. We tape two days week in advance of the air date. Our tight team of dedicated newsies will provide a community service by sharing announcements and themed messages.
Fifth grade students will have the chance to sign up first for iOnAvoca. They can apply for either of two jobs: Writer or Presenter. Writers will meet after school (3:00-4:00) with Ms. Michael on Tuesday and Thursdays to prepare scripts for coming days. Presenters will commit to one morning a week (Tuesdays or Thursdays, 7:40-8:10am) to record the several broadcasts. If we have more students interested than available slots, we will hold a lottery to select those able to participate.
Students must be willing to follow through on their commitment for their entire session. Families must be able to ensure that Presenters can be at school by 7:40 and Writers picked up promptly at 4:00.
Writers will meet after school (3:00-4:00) with Ms. Michael on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays to prepare scripts for coming days. Presenters will commit to one morning a week (Tuesdays or Thursdays, 7:40-8:10am) to record the several broadcasts.
Beth Haugeberg and Janis Michael
Our morning yoga class will help students start the day with a calm and focused energy. Through breathing exercises, yoga postures, and playful collaborative activities, students will learn to strengthen their minds and bodies. Yoga can teach healthy habits for reducing stress and worry, focusing attention, and building self-confidence in addition to developing strength, balance, and flexibility. The benefits of yoga can stay with you for a lifetime...and it is FUN!
4-5 (Oct - Dec)
2-3 (Jan - Mar)
Thursdays, from 7:30-8:15 in the ITC
Session 1: October 18-December 13
Session 2: January 24-March 14
This group seeks to promote student leadership within Avoca West. Students work on projects throughout the year to better our school and our school-wide community. In the past, projects have included the Veteran’s Day Breakfast, school supply drive, kindness campaigns and others. This year the club will also complete service projects with Bernie’s Book Bank and the Little Free Library as well as other new exciting initiatives.
Twice a month, during the Grade 4-5 Lunch throughout the school year
Ms. Marinacci & Ms. Cross
The Avoca Newsroom staff will produce two bi-weekly newspapers (Avoca Central News and Avoca Central News, Junior Edition) and scripts for the iOnAvoca broadcast. Students may write, create visual artwork, or work on layout. All students may select the tasks they want each week!
We meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:05-4:00. Students may sign up for one or more days.
This is a group for 5th grade girls. It meets once/week in the SPRING after school. We do a variety of activities together, fostering a safe place for girls to talk about their own experiences and prepare them for middle school challenges. We focus on topics such as Healthy Friendships, Managing Stress, Relational Aggression, Self Esteem, Resiliency Skills, and Planning for the Future.
Open to 5th grade girls
1 day/week after school for 1 hour. Starts in April, right after spring break, ends in June.
2nd Grade Crazy 8’s Math Club
This is an after school math club that offers unique, high-energy math activities that appeal to kids of all math abilities. Crazy 8’s offers mischief-making activities that kids love, like Bouncy Dice Explosion and Toilet Paper Olympics. They start with the fun, then roll in the math.
2nd grade students
1 day/week after school for 1 hour. Starts end of January. 8 week session.