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Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break is Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24, 2017.  School will resume as usual on Monday, November 27. 

Friday, November 17th is a regular day for Elementary students and a minimum day for Secondary students. On Friday, 11/17, students in grades 5-12 will be dismissed at 12:50 PM, and students in TK- 4th Grade will be dismissed at their regular dismissal times.

 

Please click below for a message from LBUSD about our upcoming school vacations:

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A Message from the Principal

October 6, 2017

Avalon School Community:

On a wet Sunday evening last December, steady rainfall was a great relief to a dry Catalina Island.  However, excessive runoff from nearly one hour of continuous heavy rain flooded our gymnasium.  The water damage caused the wooden floor to buckle and a section of the floor had to be removed to promote drying and relieve pressure from swollen wooden planks.  In response to the damage, LBUSD Facilities made plans last year to replace the existing floor with a product that would not be as susceptible to water damage as this was the third time in five years flooding had damaged the wood surface.

The product chosen as a replacement is new to our school, but has been utilized in very high impact sport venues like American Sports Center in Anaheim, home of the National Women’s Volleyball Team.  These floor systems have proven to be very similar to wood surface in both appearance and response to athletic play.  This means that when you jump, run, stop, or dribble a ball on the floor, the feel and response is very much like a traditional wood surface.  This is truly a state of the art flooring system.  To get a closer look at the product, please visit their site at: https://professionals.tarkett.com/products/indoor-sports/lumaflex

The decision to replace the floor with this product was shared with coaches and stakeholders that use the gym at the time it was made.  Our expressed wish was to have the new floor installed over the summer, but delays prevented installation in early August.  We are now ending the fall sports season with time to complete the project before the winter season gets into full swing.  Therefore, it has been decided that the 5 week process of floor replacement will begin on October 16.  Should the installation go as planned, only one home Volleyball game on October 21 will need to be adjusted, and the gym will be available in mid-November for the start of the basketball season.

Requests to push the install to next summer were considered but proved to be cost prohibitive.  Therefore, we will make the best of the inconveniences this installation will bring to our students, school, and community, knowing that the new state of the art flooring system will ensure many years of safe play, and will be more sustainable when we face future flooding issues on our campus.

Should you have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact me at the school, and I will be able to give you the most up to date detailed information concerning our gym facility.

Thank you for your patience, and GO LANCERS!

Chris Lounsbery

Principal – Avalon K-12 School

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11/21/17

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