From the Principal…………..

I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving and the time with your child(ren).  We are quickly approaching another holiday and another break of school.  Our winter break technically begins on December 25th although there is no school on December 20 and Dec 21st for literacy testing.  you will be receiving a note stating what time you need to bring in your child/children for literacy testing.  Students and staff will return to school on Monday, January 8, 2017.  This is a long break and I can’t and I can’t stress enough the importance of having your child read during the break.  There are also computer programs that your child can work on during this time.  If you are not aware of these programs that will help your child, please call your child’s teacher and they can give you that information.  I am sure that your child needs a break as well but 15 minutes a day will be very beneficial to him/her.  Because of the literacy testing on December 20th and December 21st, your child will be out of school for 19 days (this includes the weekends.)

Christmas tree decorating

Every year, we are invited to decorate the Christmas tree that is located in the heart of Avondale right next to the Loaf ‘N Jug.  This year we will be decorating the tree on Thursday, December 14th at 1:30 p.m.  You are welcome to join us if you would like.  Our students will be walking to the tree and then singing a few Christmas carols.  The Community Tree Lighting will he held on Saturday, December 16th at 5:00 p.m. This is always a fun event and it is open and free to the public.  I hope that you can join us!

Literacy Testing

Please not that there is no school on Wednesday, December 20th and Thursday, December 21st for Literacy testing.  You may need to bring your child to school for testing on one of those days.  A letter will be going home soon with the scheduled date and time of testing for your child.  It is imperative that we test your child so please make sure you attend at the scheduled time or make other arrangements with your child’s teacher.  Our goal is to make sure we test ALL students before the winter break because that will give us a better idea of your child’s reading ability.  Typically, students regress during a break.


We wish you a Merry Christmas and A very Happy New Year!


Mrs. Avalos

Title I

Avondale Elementary School Title I Parent Involvement Policy

Avondale Elementary School, in accordance with federal law, has jointly developed, agreed upon and distributed this Parent Involvement Policy including School-Parent Compact to parents of students who attend our school. Avondale Elementary School operates as a school-wide Title I program.

Mission Statement

Avondale strives to educate all children in a meaningful, nurturing, challenging, safe, and disciplined environment so they become life-long learners and contributing citizens. We endeavor for excellence in all that we do.

School Parent Involvement Agreement (Policy)

The administration, staff and parents of this school believe that the improved academic achievement of each student is a responsibility shared by the entire school community, including the school district, school, community members, school administration, staff, students, and parents (as defined for purposes of this policy to include guardians and all members of a student’s family involved in the student’s education).

Avondale Elementary School will:

  • Facilitate and implement the Title I Parent Involvement Policy.
  • Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parent involvement policy, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
  • Make the School Parent Involvement Policy available to the community.
  • Involve parents in the joint development of any schoolwide program plan, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
  • Hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the requirements and the right of parents to be involved in Title I programs. The school will convene the meeting at a convenient time to parents. Avondale will also communicate this information to parents through the school newsletter and during parent-teacher conferences.
  • Inform, encourage, and invite parents to attend meetings.  Meetings will be offered at convenient times to facilitate attendance by parents. Encourage parents to offer suggestions and ask questions regarding Title I policies and programs.
  • Parent involvement activities in the school will include opportunities for: serving on the Title I Advisory Council (which meets at least twice a year), staff development and parent education including parent nights held at least three times a year, opportunities to volunteer and be involved in school activities, provide home support for their student’s education, maintain frequent and effective communication between school and parents.
  • Involve parents in the decision making for parent night topics, other parent involvement activities, and in the implementation of those events.
  • Provide timely responses to parents’ suggestions and questions.
  • Provide information to parents in an understandable format and language that parents can understand.
  • Provide information about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description that includes the school’s curriculum, academic assessments used, and expected student proficiency levels.
  • Provide assistance to parents, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content and achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, how to monitor their student’s academic progress and how to work with school staff to improve the achievement of the student.
  • To the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, parent information web sites such as CPIRC, family nights, and district website links that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their student.
  • Provide information about school and district community services and resources.
  • Provide materials and training to help parents work with their student to improve the student’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.
  • Provide student progress through Powerschool progress reports, report cards, and parent teacher conferences.
  • Provide to each parent an individual student report about the performance of the child on the State assessment.
  • Participate in District provided professional development which educates teachers, principals, and staff in: the value and utility of contributions of parents; how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners; implementing and coordinating parent programs; building ties between parents and the school.



School-Parent Compact

 Avondale Elementary School, and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.


This school-parent compact is in effect during school year 2012-2013.


School Responsibilities

The school will:

  • Avondale Elementary will ensure a safe and positive learning environment.  This includes maintaining a welcoming environment for students, staff, and families.
  • Avondale Elementary will provide a high quality research based curriculum and instruction that is aligned to the standards, while creating an environment that fosters learning. Instruction is supported by technology and taught by highly qualified personnel. Ongoing assessments are used to differentiate instruction and meet individual student needs.  
  • Avondale Elementary will inform parents of academic standards, grade-level curriculum, and expectations.
  • Avondale Elementary will provide assistance, resource materials, and training to help parents work with their child.
  • Avondale Elementary will hold parent-teacher conferences three times a year during
    which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s
  • Avondale Elementary will provide frequent reports on their child’s progress through Powerschool access, monthly grade checks, and quarterly report cards.
  • Avondale Elementary will encourage and recognize student achievement.
  • Avondale Elementary ‘s staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:
    During plan times Mondays through Thursdays, before and after school, scheduled Title I parent meetings, other times by request.
  • Avondale Elementary will provide opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s class with activities such as: classroom help, school assemblies, holiday parties, field trips, after school activities, and scheduled parent nights.               


Parent Responsibilities

Parents will:

  • Support their student’s learning at home by: monitoring attendance, completion of homework, and television watching; encourage positive use of extracurricular time; listen and read with their child daily.
  • Volunteer in the classroom.
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences and other parent involvement activities
  • Participate in decisions related to their student’s education and provide relevant information that may impact their student’s learning.
  • Utilizing district and community resources to enhance their student’s learning.
  • Contribute in the planning, reviewing, evaluating, and modifying of Title I plans, programs, and policies.
  • Support Title I plan, programs, and policies by serving on Title I Advisory Council/Accountability Committee, Unified Improvement Plan Team, or other school advisory or policy groups.
  • Stay informed about their student’s education and communicate with the school by reading all notices and responding as appropriate.


Student Responsibilities

Students will:

  • Be in school everyday, be on time, and bring the necessary materials for learning.
  • Practice reading and/or math daily.
  • Complete all class work and homework to the best of his/her ability.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of communications between teacher and parent.
  • Follow school and district rules and policies.
  • Have a positive attitude, be safe, kind, respectful, and responsible.

Guide to Colorado Academic Standards

Avondale Staff Members

Mrs. Stevens
Mrs. Linda Wolf-Cafeteria Staff
Mr. David Vigil-ELL Aide
Ms. Asia Wells-3/4th Combo Teacher
Mrs. Kathy Runyon-Title I Teacher
Mrs. Lillian Padilla-Paraprofessional
Mrs. Toni Ortiviz- 5th grade Teacher
Mrs. Susan O’Neal- 1st grade Teacher
Mrs. Elaine Montoya-ELL Teacher
Mrs. Shelly Archuleta- Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Sandy Martinez- Secretary
Mrs. Angela Miller-ESS Teacher
Ms. Jorjann Houpts- Paraprofessional
Mrs. Jill Wolf- Preschool Teacher
Ms. Ruby Cruz- 4th grade Teacher
Mrs. Danielle Stevens- 1st/2nd grade combo Teacher
Coach Toby Lockett-Gym Teacher
Mrs. Brandi Padilla- Title I Teacher
Ms. Olivia Chavez-Mares Reading/Math Interventionist
Mrs. Carmen Avalos- Principal
Mrs. Celestina Arteaga- 2nd grade Teacher
Mrs. Annette Santtistevan-Librarian
Mrs. Vickie Roskey- Counselor
Mrs.  Sheila Kopasz- 1/2 Combo Teacher
Ms. Kaylla Potter- Preschool Aide
Mrs. Andrea Tafoya- Instructional Aide
Mrs. Yvette Teschner- Music Teacher