AVID Fundraiser…don’t freak out!

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Parents, we all know selling wrapping paper, candles, and tubs of cookies is the most rewarding thing we do for our students, right? Who doesn’t want to take a catalog to work and beg folks to support their kid’s school? And keeping up with who has paid and who hasn’t – also a delight!

YEAH, RIGHT!

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We’re going to make it a bit easier on you…and on us. We have set up a School Pay page (the school district’s version of GoFundMe) at AVID School Pay in an attempt to spare you the headache of selling items. We will supply each student with 3 letters to distribute to family members or friends asking them to consider helping us fund our end of the year AVID Celebration Night. This is the night we like to recognize, reward, and rejoice with our AVID family, but it isn’t cheap! We’d like to provide a meal, purchase certificated and plaques, and put together small bags of AVID goodies for our newly accepted AVID students. Would you help us pull that off?

Maybe you aren’t in a position to make a donation, but perhaps you’re willing to take a letter to a business in town or mail it to a family member who might donate. You may even have donors who would rather write a check than deal with School Pay, and that’s also okay. Just make sure the check is made to Pasco Middle School and that it has a phone number and physical address on it. Ask them to include AVID in the memo line.

Feel free to post the link (https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/PASCO-MIDDLE-SCHOOL-AVID-DONATION-/Id9Ru) on your Facebook or Twitter or to make additional copies of the letter to distribute. Thank you in advance for your help in spreading the word about our need and fundraising attempts.

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Exciting Volunteer Opportunity

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One of our tutors, Miss Rainey, has asked for volunteers to help her with Challenger Baseball. This is a baseball league for boys and girls ranging from age 4-23 who have special needs. Their game is each Saturday (minus Spring Break) from 8:30-11ish on field 3 at Burk’s Park in Dade City. Volunteers would assist the athletes as they run the bases and field lightly hit balls.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rainey Tomkow at (352) 340-7802 or rbtomkow@gmail.com

Pasco High 9th Grade Orientation

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8th grade families, you might be excited, or you might be in denial, but the fact remains, your babies are almost high schoolers!

Pasco High is having Pirate Curriculum Night on Thursday, February 16th, starting at 6PM in their gym. 8th grade students and parents are encouraged to attend to learn about:

  • online courses
  • AICE courses
  • AP courses
  • Dual Enrollment
  • elective offerings
  • other important info regarding classes and graduation requirements

Please contact the high school with any additional questions.

 

Dress for Success Days

Parents and students, please be reminded that the expectation for Dress for Success day is to wear professional attire ALL day, not just for the time surrounding your AVID class. Students who change will not earn credit and risk their spot in the program if they continue to break the expectation. The point behind this day is to learn to be comfortable in this type of clothing to be better prepared for the future. The more a student learns to be at ease and be him/herself while dressed professionally, the more his/her skills and character can shine. 

Reminder – Holiday Night

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This is just a reminder of the AVID Family Holiday Night this coming Wednesday (12-21) night from 5:30-7:00 in the PASCO HIGH Quad/Commons area! We will join PHS AVID for a big family gathering with hot cocoa, snacks, card making, games, Christmas photos, and a gingerbread house competition. Hope to see you there!

Volunteer Opportunity

Pasco Middle NJHS is doing a food drive for The Thomas Promise Foundation, and they need our help. The Thomas Promise Foundation is a local foundation that delivers backpacks to our community. An AVID student can get 2 volunteer hours for each full grocery bag of non-perishable items (see below) he/she donates.  We will be collecting supplies all the way until winter break. Students from each grade level who donate the most bags will receive Olga’s as a reward.

It takes a lot of Trail Supplies to pack 1,000 backpacks, and your donation can make a difference.  Operation Backpack needs kid-friendly supplies, including:

  • canned goods (ravioli, tuna fish, Vienna sausages, etc.)
  • juice boxes
  • individually wrapped cookies and crackers
  • cereal and granola bars
  • packaged snacks
  • dried fruit
  • school supplies (pencils, crayons, paper, etc.)
  • miniature toiletries (hotel sized)
  • bottled water