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Avon Elementary staff and students celebrated I Love to Read Month by playing a modified game of Chutes and Ladders.

Avon Elementary staff and students celebrated I Love to Read Month by playing a modified game of Chutes and Ladders. Each class earned rolls of the die by doing nightly reading. When landing on a space with a ladder, the class was asked to use technology (Padlet, Flipgrid, Twitter, etc) to climb up the ladder. We had 11 classes finish the board game! They will be choosing 30 minutes of either extra computer time, playing strategy games or using MakerSpace materials which include robotic/coding devices and non-tech creativity materials. Mrs. Sufka’s class had the highest class average of student reading minutes, and will be playing a game of human Hungry Hungry Hippos against a team of staff members! Keep reading!! 

On another note, there have recently been some online safety issues in the news, and how it may be affecting children. At school, we provide many lessons about staying safe online and being knowledgeable, positive digital citizens. That said, our students are still learning to navigate their way through this online community.

You’ve probably all heard of the “online challenges” that have become viral. Using websites like Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/) that focus on online safety, can help you guide your children in being good digital citizens. They also have a parent tab that provides you will lots of articles about online issues as well as reviews on different apps.  If you have older children, you might want to check out Smart Social (https://smartsocial.com/). They also provide many resources and even have free webinars. Together, we can guide our young people in making lifelong, positive digital decisions. 

Students standing in front of giant Chutes and Ladders board
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5th Grade Junior Achievement - Biztown

Students in fifth grade spent the month of February preparing to become global citizens through Junior Achievement.

Students in fifth grade spent the month of February preparing to become global citizens through Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that creates curriculum and trains volunteers to help teach students and prepare them for our global economy. Students at Avon Elementary start with Junior Achievement classes in first grade. As fifth graders, we took it one step further and brought them to BizTown to put everything they have learned to practice. 

Prior to attending BizTown, students learned about financial literacy. Students were taught about different financial institutions, how to write checks, use a debit card, complete deposit tickets, and keep an up-to-date transaction registry. Students also learned about being an entrepreneur and how to be good global citizens. Students applied for jobs and had to work with their co-workers to complete paperwork and loans to start their business and create advertisements for the goods and services their business provided. A few businesses that we operated were the Construction Center, Great Clips Retail Center, the Cafe, BizTown Beats Radio Station, and the philanthropy center, a nonprofit organization. 

On Tuesday, March 5, Avon’s fifth graders boarded the bus very early to head to BizTown in St. Paul. Students were expected to complete their assigned job duties and get to act like an adult for a day. Students were given paychecks and were responsible for managing their own money, paying bills, and even getting to take breaks and shop with their friends. 

At our closing town hall meeting, we learned that our students raised $242.00 for Feed our Starving Children through donating their hard-earned money at the philanthropy center! 

This field trip and learning event would not have been possible without our 16 parent and family volunteers. Your leadership in our businesses was greatly appreciated. It was a very successful day and the students learned a lot! 

 

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