The Avondale 101 Survival Guide

2016-2017 Edition

School Hours

School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. for all students Kindergarten and older.  Students who are not enrolled in early care may enter the building beginning at 7:20 a.m. Students who are not enrolled in late care must be picked up by 3:30 p.m.

Pre-K students will attend from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Arriving and Departing

  • Bus riders will arrive and depart under the supervision of school staff.
  • Car riders arrive and depart via the driveway on 42nd Street.  Please do not get out of your vehicle during arrival and departure times.  Drivers will pull up beneath the covered pavilion and children will get out of the cars.  Signs will show that cars stay in one single file line to allow room and safety for buses and children riding buses.  School staff will be there to greet the children.  At departure time, school staff will be at the pavilion to help children to the car.
  • Please note that no students may be dropped off at the back gate on 8th Court South in the mornings.
  • Gate walkers will arrive and depart via the back gate near the playground on 8th Court South.
  • Parents and guardians of Pre-K students should park along the school side of 8th Court South and walk their child into the classroom by entering the school through the back gate and back door in the morning and afternoon to pick up students from the classroom. Pre-K parents are required to sign children in and out in the classroom.
  • Each family will be issued a carpool number. Students will have a tag to keep in/on their backpacks showing their number, and parents will have hang tags for their vehicle. At departure time, school staff will call out the upcoming carpool numbers in order to have the students ready to get in the correct vehicles. Those who do not have their carpool number will be required to come inside and sign the student out.

Early and Late Care

  • Early care is available for students who need to arrive between 7:00 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.  The cost is $2.00 per day.  Early care is operated by the PTA and staffed by Avondale School teachers. Payment is due the day the child is attending early care.
  • After School Care is available for all students who need to stay at school between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The cost for one child is $40 per week. There are sibling discount and drop-in rates, as well. Registration is required. For more information, please check the Birmingham City Schools After-Care website page
  • Early and Late care will be available beginning August 8th.

Meals and Snacks

  • Breakfast is served between 7:20 and 8:00.  Students who are eating breakfast will be allowed to enter the building after 7:20.
  • Students eat lunch with their classes on a staggered schedule.  Students may receive a free lunch from the cafeteria or bring their own lunch.  There are currently no allergen restrictions.  
  • School menus can be found at the Birmingham City Schools website. School meals are healthy and contain good quality food. Parents are always invited to join students for lunch. There is a charge for meals for parents and visitors.
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten students should bring a healthy snack to enjoy mid-morning in their classrooms.

Paying for meals

Currently, all meals are free for Avondale students, as the Birmingham City Schools falls under the Community Eligibility Provision of the USDA. In other words, every student – regardless of their family’s income – receives free meals. In order to track this service, the students are issued a lunch account number that they will need to memorize. They will key in the account number when they “check out” in the cafeteria. Also, items are available at a cost, including ice cream, pickles, chips, and other snacks. Milk is provided free at every meal.  More information on the prices and availability of these items can be obtained by calling the school at 231-7131.

Check-in and Checkout

Students arriving after the 8:00 a.m. bell will need to be checked in by a parent or guardian at the school office.  There will be a table in front of the office for late check ins.  If a student must be checked out before the end of the school day, parents or guardians should come to the school office.  No checkouts will be allowed after 2:30 p.m.  


If you come to the school during hours other than around regular arrival and departure time, you will need to go to the front door and be buzzed in.  If your child is absent, you need to send a written excuse to the child’s teacher after the absence has occurred. If you know in advance your child will be absent, you may want to notify the teacher or the school office ahead of time, but an excuse is still required after the absence occurs. Unexcused absences are referred to the district’s attendance department. More information can be found on the district’s website.

If you come to the school to volunteer, for events, or to pick up children during the middle of the day, you need to sign into the logbook at the front desk in the office.

Website and Facebook

The Avondale Elementary’s Official Website offers many resources for parents. 

The school has a Facebook group:  Avondale Elementary School 2016-2017.  This is a great place to ask questions and get answers, see what teachers post about their classrooms and to share concerns and ideas.  Anyone can join and the page is mediated by a school staff member.

The PTA has a Facebook group:  Avondale Elementary PTA.  Anyone can request to join, and a PTA board member (moderator) will add you.  PTA-related items are talked about on this page.



Avondale abides by the district’s uniform policy


  • Shirts can be blue, black, khaki, or white. Shirts must have a collar, turtleneck, or mock turtleneck.
  • Pants/shorts/skirts/jumpers can be blue, black, or khaki. Pants or skirts with belt loops require a belt.
  • Girls wearing leggings underneath skirts should stick to uniform colors. Also, girls wearing dresses, jumpers, or skirts should have something covering their underwear (i.e., leggings, shorts, or a skort)
  • On Fridays or at other designated times, students may wear official Avondale t-shirts. Shirts are available from the office or from PTA.
  • Pre-K and K students should have a complete change of clothes in their backpack or locker.  Uniforms are available (in case of a restroom accident, for example) as needed from the nurse’s office.  
  • If your family is having trouble affording uniforms, please contact the school counselor at the school’s main number. Several local organizations help provide uniforms at no cost to families in need.


Students are encouraged to carry a backpack for their convenience. Backpacks must be mesh or clear, according to the district’s dress code. The mesh and trim of the backpack may be colored.

Contact the School

The best way to contact the school is to call the main number at 205-231-7131.

Principal – Courtney Nelson

Assistant Principal – Jo Ann Taylor

Bookkeeper – Pamela Woods

Secretary – Harrinda Smith

Nurse- Melody Colvin

Woodlawn Innovation Network (WIN) Site Coordinator- Kelli Bell


Find out information from the Birmingham City School District. This is where the district calendar is, where weather delays and closings are posted, district news is posted and much more.  Text yes to 68453 to receive important texts from the district.  Like Birmingham City School System on Facebook and follow on Twitter, @BhamCitySchools.


School Events

  • Curriculum Night – Tuesday August 16, 2016 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Community Open House – Thursday October 20, 2016  4:30-6:30 PM
  • Principal Appreciation Day – Monday May 1, 2017
  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Tuesday May 2, 2017
  • Field Day – Friday May 12, 2017 during the school day


Sometimes, the school will have Pajama, Crazy Hat, or Crazy Sock Days as fundraisers or awareness events. Stay tuned to see when they’ll occur. Your child’s teacher should send home notes – check backpacks daily!


School Clubs

Cheerleading. Please contact Patrice Kelly at if interested at


Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The PTA supports the children’s education and school functionings while building a sense of community. This is done through organizing events, fundraising, supporting teachers through volunteering in the classroom, bringing non-profits and church groups into the school to help, assisting with specific projects, and advocating for problems to be solved at the Board of Education and the Birmingham City School District level when appropriate.

Join the PTA any time, including at any PTA meeting. Dues are $10 per household per year. PTA membership is not required to attend meetings.  Meetings are also a way to help parents find answers to questions and to solve concerns or problems.  PTA meetings occur the 3rd Thursday of most months and the time of meeting rotates from 8:05 am, 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm to accommodate all family schedules.  If you have any questions or thoughts for the PTA, contact Alison Jenkins at .

Here are some PTA events planned for this year:

  • Teacher Grants – Deadline to apply is September 1, 2016
  • Fall Festival – Thursday September 29, 2016 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Election Day Bake Sale – November 8, 2016
  • Santa Shop – December 12-14, 2016
  • Talent Shows – January 25 and 26, 2016
  • Candy Bar Sale – February 16, 2017
  • Family Dance – May 4, 2017