ENRICHMENT / Extra-Curricular Activities
Chess-Ed will be providing chess instruction to Avoca West Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year. Chess-Ed introduces the basics and moves far beyond, taking each player to a new level of skill and knowledge. Chess-Ed instruction teaches life skills: focus, patience and problem solving. Classes are open to all students, K-5, and will be held after school on Tuesdays, beginning 9/15. To register and to learn more, please Click Here.
The Avoca West School Martial Arts Club is sponsored by Kidpower Chicago, a nonprofit organization with over 25 years of experience providing programs that empower young people to stay safe and believe in themselves. This trimester is open to beginning and continuing students entering Kindergarten through 5th grade.
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The Avoca West Choir is open to fourth and fifth grade students. The ensemble meets weekly before school September through May and performs two concerts a year. The choir also performs at spirit assemblies and as other opportunities arise.
Does your child love to sing? The new Avoca West Primary Choir will meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 A.M. beginning on September 30. This choir is open to students in grades 1-3 and will be open to the first 30 students who return a permission slip. Please see the first e-blast for a link to the permission slip.
Viking Club is a before school staff supervised intramural sports program for fourth and fifth graders held in the fall and spring. Students play a variety of sports including, but not limited to, soccer, football, basketball, hockey, and baseball. This is a great opportunity for students to play organized games with friends in a fun and safe environment. Look for a sign-up form in your child(ren)'s backpack.
Leadership Council is an extracurricular club at Avoca West consisting of representatives from each 4th and 5th grade classroom. The purpose of the club is for students to develop leadership and management skills, collaborate with peers in working toward a common goal, and learn basic structures of student government. Leadership Council meets each week and works to raise funds for school-wide activities and community outreach projects. Leadership Council also acts as a communication tool to inform students of important school-wide events. In recent years, the Council has participated in the following activities: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, hosting a pancake breakfast for veterans in our community on Veterans’ Day, food drives to donate food to local food pantries, bake sales to raise money to support our school, Shoes for Souls, helping to fund and build the Avoca West outdoor classroom, and many others.
Assembly Ambassadors is a leadership club for 3rd– 5th grade students.
As school-age leaders, assembly ambassadors play a major role in our spirit assemblies. They may speak on a microphone, act out a skit, sing a song, help with crowd control and more. The assembly ambassadors meet on Wednesdays from 3:00-3:50 throughout the school year to discuss and implement assembly ideas.
Throughout the school year, the Avoca West Art Department offers first through fifth grade students the opportunity to participate in an "Art Club," which presents a variety of art enrichment activities and allows students to explore different types of art media. Students are selected using a lottery system and enrollment is limited to fifteen students per grade level session. Look for a sign-up form in your child(ren)'s backpack.
FUN WITH FOOD:
This extra-curricular program offers 1st and 2nd graders a chance to learn about many different ways to have fun with food! Delicious snacks such as banana snowmen (fruit and yogurt), trail mix, and friendship soup are prepared and enjoyed by all. Students learn about the food pyramid, how to read and follow a recipe, and about the importance of making healthy food choices. A cookbook including all of our tasty treats is sent home at the end of the session. Look for a sign-up form in your child(ren)'s backpack.
GAMES AROUND THE WORLD:
The International Games and Toys club meets once a week to make toys and learn games from all over the world. Students play games and then bring supplies home to play against family and friends. Students feel like they are traveling to Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia by learning the history and stories behind some of oldest games ever created. Look for a sign-up form in your child(ren)'s backpack.
Avoca West Cub Scout Pack 7:
We are actively recruiting students from 1st - 5th grade to join! Our program includes meetings, sports, camping activities, awards and public service. All prospective scouts are encouraged to attend the pack meetings or visit our table at the Ice Cream Social on September 10. For more information, please email Cubmaster Eric Stein at email@example.com.
Interested in Brownies? Brownie Troop 41586 is starting up again soon. All interested second and third grade girls are welcome. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or stop by the Girl Scout table at the Ice Cream Social.
Avoca West Girl Scouts - Troop 40423 (Juniors) will meet Friday, January 8th in the Avoca West ITC from 4-5:15pm. Please contact Alesia Wall or Mary Flanagan at email@example.com with any questions.
Daisy Girl Scout Troop 40876 (K-1st grade)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. All Kindergarten and 1st grade girls welcome!
Junior Girl Scout Troop 41752 (4th & 5th grade)
Contact email@example.com with any questions. All 4th and 5th grade girls welcome!
Homework Club is from 3:00-4:00pm, Monday-Thursday. Participation is by teacher recommendation. During this hour, students will be given the opportunity to complete their homework so they do not need to bring it home. Students will need to bring a book for silent reading in case they finish early. Students who go to after-care will go there directly from Homework Club.
Helping Hands is a club for 3rd-5th grade students at Avoca West who would like to give back to our community, our school, and our world. In addition to heading a pet food drive, fundraising for global issues, and sending positive messages to peers, students will also brainstorm ways to use their helping hands. Helping Hands will meet twice a month to work on special projects that will make our school and world a better place to learn, love and grow! All projects will be completed during after school meetings held from 3:00-4:00. Look for a sign-up form in your child(ren)'s backpack.
iON AVOCA BROADCAST:
Fifth grade students learn the fundamentals of scripting and production for LIVE television news. Students can choose to participate in one of two 8-week sessions. Students will gather news stories from local and national sources, script them, and create a rundown for a news program. In addition, they will learn the fundamentals of camera operation, teleprompter operation, lighting, anchoring and production. Look for a sign-up form in your child(ren)'s backpack.
Avoca West Running Club is offered for 2nd- 5th grade boys and girls. The club meets twice a week from 3:00-4:00pm after school in the fall and spring seasons. Runners will learn proper formation and technique, the importance of stretching, goal setting, and how to monitor their heart rate. In addition, the runners will participate in sprint and/or distance training. Look for a sign-up form in your child(ren)'s backpack.
Safety Patrol is a leadership club for 4th– 5th grade students. As school-age leaders, patrol members teach other students about school safety and serve as role models for younger children by showing them how to follow school rules in a respectful and thoughtful manner. Members serve many leadership functions such as before and after school arrival and dismissal duties, and hallway patrol. The patrol will meet once a week during lunch throughout the school year to discuss and implement safety plans so that Avoca West will continue to be a community that fosters each student’s unique leadership skills.
Faster, better, smarter, thinker–DEBATER! Debate Club is open to a limited number of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in research, analysis, argumentation and public speaking. Students will learn the skills necessary for parliamentary debate and policy (“cross-examination”) debate. The Club meets from 3:30 to 5:30 pm once a week for lively discussion, skill-building, research and practice debates. Members will have the opportunity to work with New Trier High School debate team members and coaches to refine their skills. The season will wrap up in mid-May with a debate tournament against teams from area middle schools.
This exciting club celebrates all things related to technology. We will do some gaming, computer programming, movie making, and much more! This year we hope to create new banners for the district website. We will also be creating content for the TV in the front of Marie Murphy as well as live stream concerts and graduation. Get Techy is open to all students of any tech background. We meet 2 times a month on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 throughout the year. Students are welcome at any time!
Girls’ Club is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls at Marie Murphy School. Girls’ Club participants take part in the Everybody Matters program for 10 weeks. A Lock-In date will be determined for the spring. For more information about Girls’ Club contact Ms. Kubit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERSCHOLASTIC BOYS' BASKETBALL:
Access the Marie Murphy Interscholastic boys basketball page to learn more about the program and this year’s team. Included are the schedules for the JV and Varsity teams.
INTERSCHOLASTIC GIRLS' BASKETBALL:
Access the Marie Murphy Interscholastic Girls basketball page to learn more about the program and this year’s team. Included are the schedules for the JV and Varsity teams. Advisors: TBD
INTERSCHOLASTIC CO-ED SOCCER:
Access the Marie Murphy Interscholastic co-ed soccer page to learn more about the program and this year’s team. Included are the schedules for the JV and Varsity teams. Coaches: Mrs. Bodzewski & Mr. Henley.
INTERSCHOLASTIC BOYS' VOLLEYBALL:
This is a means for boys exceptional ability to use and further develop their skills in a competitive setting against other schools. Tryouts are held to determine squads. Any child interested in participating must have an athletic permit and an insurance card on file in the nurse’s office before he/she can participate in a match. Click the link above for tryout dates, game and practice schedules, directions to away matches and a list of team members. Advisors: TBD
INTERSCHOLASTIC GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL:
This is a means girls with exceptional ability to use and further develop their skills in a competitive setting against other schools. Tryouts are held to determine squads. Any child interested in participating must have an athletic permit and an insurance card on file in the nurse’s office before he/she can participate in a match. Click the link above for tryout dates, game and practice schedules, directions to away matches and a list of team members. Advisors: Mrs. Allen, Ms. Ireland
Access the Marie Murphy Intramural page to learn more about the program. Included are the activities that run throughout the year. Advisor: Mr. Henley.
The Marie Murphy Student Council is comprised of four 8th grade officers and four 8th grade cabinet members along with a total of 24 representatives from 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Our main goal is to foster leadership qualities in our students and to provide an arena for students to help shape our school environment through service. We sponsor all school activities including spirit weeks and dances. Advisors: Mr. Ro & Ms. Wright
This club combines the former Creative Writing and Newspaper groups showcasing a variety of writing through media, digital arts, and the printed word. Click on the link to check us out! Advisors: Mrs. Bialk, Mrs. Stotz, & Ms. Wright.
ROOTS & SHOOTS:
An environmental and socially conscious organization of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders working to make their school and their planet a better place for all. For more information, click on the Roots and Shoots link above. Advisors: Ms. Stewart
Access the Marie Murphy Science Olympiad page to learn more about the program and this year’s team. Updated regularly with important dates and information on resources for student events. Advisors: Mr. Gravagna, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Persino, & Ms. Wright.
The Snowflake Council is made up of eighth-graders interested in helping seventh-graders have an enjoyable experience as they learn about substance abuse and making good decisions. On Snowflake Day, all the seventh-graders take a field trip where they participate in activities to help make new friends and connect with old ones, while engaging with inspirational speakers who share their own experiences with substance abuse, bullying, and overcoming adversity. In addition, the Snowflake Council plans and implements an annual spring service project. Advisors: Mrs. Mazur & Mrs. Piechowiak
Click the link above to find information about this year’s Spring Play, audition dates and times, cast lists, rehearsal calendar, and performance information, as well as media and discussion of the rehearsal and performance process. Check it out! Advisor: Mrs. Roche.
TABLE TENNIS CLUB:
Through spirited competition that will include practice, match, and tournament formats, the purpose of the Table Tennis Club is to provide students with an extracurricular activity that promotes physical and mental fitness. Table Tennis Club meets on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30, and is open to all students.