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Edison Elementary School

News from the Principal

Updates!!

05/09/2022
Please check for SCHOOL LIBRARY books!  Library books should be returned as soon as possible. Reading counts quizzes no longer count for rewards.  Congratulations to all students for their hard work!

4/26/2022
Dear Moms, 
The students and staff at Edison Elementary School would like to invite you to join us for “Morning with Mom” on Friday, May 6, 2022. We would like you and your child to join us sometime between 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. for donuts, coffee, and juice. There will not be a program of any kind. This is just a time for you to eat and share time with your child(ren) and friends. Preschool students do not have school on this day but are still invited to attend this event. This special event is sponsored by The Coles Group Dunkin and Milan Village Drive-Thru. We hope you can join us!  PS. Happy Mother's day and thank you for all you do!
Sincerely, 
Edison Elementary 


4/8/2022  SPRING CARNIVAL COMING SOON and WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Edison Elementary School      May 6th from 6pm-9pm       Bring your families and enjoy a fun filled evening! Tickets for Games are $1 each and each game ranges from 1-3 tickets 

Families, we need you help to make this event successful! Each grade level will put together a themed basket to put in the Raffle. A representative from each grade has created an amazon wish list that you may purchase items off of and it will get sent to that parent rep or you may purchase other items and send into the school with your child. We need to complete these baskets by April 25th, if you can help purchase/donate items towards your child’s grade.

 Pre-K – Game Night https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2LK8Z14VIADLL?ref_=wl_share
 Kindergarten – In the Kitchen (cooking & baking) https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/12V385E0TJGYK?ref_=wl_share 
1 st Grade – Grill Out https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3A1E474B5A0PE?ref_=wl_share 
2 nd Grade – Ohio State https://www.amazon.com/registries/custom/2HLZB5XKRP7VX/guest-view 
3 rd Grade – Summer Fun https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/1OE5zIR?ref_=wl_share 

Please keep an eye out for information to help set up, clean up, run games (45min shifts), and help donated baked goods for our Cake Walk in the next week. We need all the volunteer help we can get to make sure there are plenty of games/stations for the students to visit. Any questions, please reach out to us through our facebook page, remind app, or email eespto@edisonchargers.org 

Thank you for all your help and being a part of this event!


4/4/2022

2022-23 Kindergarten Registration is NOW OPEN!


Kindergarten registration will be completed electronically using the FinalForms program.  You can register your child starting Monday, April 4.  If your child DID NOT attend Little Chargers Preschool please go to https://edisonmilan-oh.finalforms.com and click NEW ACCOUNT under the PARENT ICON.  Follow the prompts to electronically register your child. You will need to upload a copy of your child’s birth certificate, social security card,  your proof of residency, and custodial court documents (if applicable) during the registration process.  If your child DID attend Little Chargers Preschool please go to https://edisonmilan-oh.finalforms.com and login to your current FinalForms account.  You will be directed to update and sign the 2022-23 student forms for your child. Please register in FinalForms ASAP with an email address you regularly monitor so that we can contact you with any announcements. 

Electronic registration and in-person screening are two separate events. The screening dates for upcoming Kindergarten students will be May 31 - June 2. In order to sign your child up for a kindergarten screening appointment please go to https://forms.gle/qhz62gf7q7dM9gcz7.  Every child MUST sign-up for a kindergarten screening appointment. 

 Your child must be 5 years old by August 1, 2022, to be eligible for Kindergarten. 

 Non-residents wishing to enroll in Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year should complete an open enrollment application and register in FinalForms. Open enrollment applications are available on the district website. You should complete the open enrollment application and sign your child up for screening when it opens, but the final approval for open enrollment will be determined by the student count capacity determined after registration is complete. Make sure you also have your child signed up for registration and screening in the district where you reside in case capacity is met and your child cannot be accepted.

 If you have any questions about Kindergarten registration or screening, please contact David Hermes at dhermes@edisonchargers.org

 If you know any other Edison Local School District parents who need to register their child for Kindergarten, please pass along this information.  



3/31/2022
Edison Chargers, We Need Your Opinion!
Dear Parents, Staff, Community Members, and Friends—
This week, we published an online survey to collect community feedback about the future of Edison school facilities.
The conversation of how we move forward with our school buildings has been ongoing for about a decade.  As we look toward the future, we need to hear your honest opinions and perspectives about our current facilities, and your priorities as we plan for the future and work toward a solution.
If you are receiving this email, you have a stake in the future of Edison School District. So, we have two requests!
1.      Please take the survey. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete, and your thoughts are very valuable to us.
The online link to this survey is: https://research.zarca.com/r/84cHPg
To protect your privacy and anonymity, the survey is being administered by an experienced third-party research firm.
2.      Help us distribute this survey across the Edison School District. Forward this email to your family, friends, and neighbors. Post the survey link to your social media accounts.
 
We need a broad set of voices to help us create a plan that reflects the community’s perspectives.
We appreciate your assistance and completion of the survey.
 
Thank You!
Thomas Roth, Superintendent Edison Local Schools
Anne Arnold, Treasurer Edison Local Schools


3/28/2022

BOOK DRIVE 

Please join Edison Elementary School

& The Rotary Club of Milan in a book drive to collect gently used children’s books for a special summer reading program.

                               When:  March 28 – April 8

Where:  Drop off books at Edison Elementary School  between 7:00-3:30

            For more information:  Call Mr. Hermes 419-499-3000  X1102



03/08/2022  We are nearing the end of the Kids Heart Challenge!  All forms that collected cash/check money will be due on Monday, March 14.  If you did all online fundraising, you do NOT need to turn in anything.  We are going to have our Kids Heart Challenge Finale Assembly on Wednesday, March 16th.  We are not inviting parents due to the lack of seats that will be available since the gym floor needs to be open and all students will be in the bleachers.  We have exceeded our goal of $8,000!  Way to go EVERYONE that was involved!  We are going to have a Crazy Dress-Up Day on Wednesday March 16th (same day as the assembly).  Students can wear their hair crazy, mismatch their clothes, it’s all for fun!  I will post pictures on our PE Facebook page with some videos for all to enjoy. Thanks very much, let's have a great end to our third quarter!!!


3/2/2022 From the Middle School --
American Red Cross will host a blood drive on MARCH 15, 2022 from 3:00 - 7:00 at Edison Middle School. You can set up an appointment through redcrossblood.org using the code EDISON or use the American Red Cross Donor App. You may also text BLOODAPP to 90999. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Amy Gawlik @ 440-241-7519 or amy.haywoodgawlik@redcross.org .  



3/01/2022 From Mr. Hermes
PARKING!  Recently I have been made aware that parents are parking in the staff parking lot off Center St. in the back of the school during arrival and dismissal.  Please do not use this parking lot during arrival and dismissal as this lot is for staff only.  Our busses load and unload in this area and we want to make sure that all students are safe. During arrival and dismissal please use the designated parking lot by the A-Field or the designated parking spots in the street.  I appreciate your cooperation as we strive to maintain the safety of our students.


2/23/2022   Right to Read Week          “Be a Dog Gone Good Reader”
RIGHT TO READ WEEK is coming up the week of March 7 - 11, 2022. On Tuesday, March 8, Perkins K9 Units will be here to do a demonstration for the students.  Since the K9's have to eat certain foods and use certain training tools, it is hard for us to donate items but new THOR/SPORT shirts are out.  The link to order them is below and they can be sent right to your house or picked up in Huron at Lucky Stone Uniforms. 

https://www.luckystoneuniforms.com/department-portal-stores.htm?fbclid=IwAR28zM6gcwK-tuNjuCqJAKdq_ouN9aN6zFfAdR-WpHXMAFHUFYFln9Kh3p4


02/16/2022 From Mr. Hermes
Edison Local Schools has used five calamity days this school year (four due to the weather and one for Navy Corpsman Max Soviak's funeral).  If we experience another calamity day, please understand that teachers will deliver instruction and/or assigned work through use of a Blizzard Bag .  This work will be assigned within three school days of the announced calamity day.  The student must return the completed work to their homeroom teacher within five school days of receiving the Blizzard Bag.  If the Blizzard Bag is not completed and turned in to the teacher within five school days the child will be marked absent.  Thank you for your attention to this.


2/11/2022 From Mr. Campana
Jump Rope for the Heart!! As part of the Physical Education Program at the Elementary School, students participate in this fundraiser sponsored by the non profit, American Heart Association. From February 14th to March 15th, we will be doing a number of jump rope activities and exercises while learning why it is important to keep one's heart strong and healthy. Outside of the classroom the students are given a packet and asked to collect donations from the general public. You can also register online at:
heart.org/KidsHeartChallenge    Grades Kindergarten and 2nd  are competing against 1st and 3rd grade. Each have a goal of raising $4000.00. Good luck to both teams!!

Kick off Assembly is Monday February 14th @ 2:45 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

02/11/2022 from the Edison Museum
Thomas Edison's Birthday is here and we're ready to celebrate! Join us Friday, February 11th, 2022 from 1PM - 5PM for FREE tours of the Birthplace along with some cake!


01/26/2022   YEARBOOKS!!!  If you would like to order a 2021-22 Edison Elementary Yearbook please view the order form that was emailed through final forms.  Yearbook Pre-Order Sale begins:  Wednesday, January 26 Yearbook Sale ends:  Monday, March 14.  If you have any questions please contact the Edison Elementary Office  
01/24/2022
1/24 From the CHARGER CAFE
Please note the following menu changes due to our snow day today 1/24 

EES:
Tues 1/25: Rotini w/meat sauce ~ Sweet Peas~ Charger Cookie ~ Fruit
Friday 2/4: WIld Mike's Mini Cheese bites w/marinara sauce ~ Cheesy cauliflower ~ Fresh Fruit Friday

EMS:
Tues 1/25: Grilled cheese sandwich ~ Daily Grab & Go ~ Tomato Soup ~ Tater Tots ~ Daily Fresh Veggies ~ Fruit
Friday 2/4: WIld Mike's Mini Cheese Bites (regular or jalapeno) ~ Daily Grab & Go ~ Cheesy Cauliflower ~ Daily Fresh Veggies ~ Fresh Fruit Friday

EHS:
Tues 1/25: Grilled Cheese sandwich ~ Daily Grab & Go ~ Daily Chef Salad~ Tomato Soup ~ Tater Tots ~ Daily Fresh Veggies~ Fruit
Wed 2/2: Mini Corn dogs ~ Daily Grab & Go~ Daily Chef Salad ~ Sweet Peas ~ Charger Cookie ~ Daily Fresh Veggies ~ Fruit


01/20/2022  
From Mr. Hermes
Tomorrow will be an orange/blue spirit day for our staff and students.  The students have reached the second level on the Super Charger container so they have earned a popcorn and movie party. We will enjoy these classroom parties tomorrow.  Preschool will have their party next week. 


01/12/2022
From Mr. Hermes
As always, the safety of our students and staff is our #1 priority at Edison Elementary. Throughout the school year we conduct various crisis management drills such as fire drills, tornado drills, evacuation drills, and school lockdown drills.  Today we had a lockdown drill where the staff discussed different scenarios with the students and how we would handle the situations.  The staff does a great job of answering any questions from students during this time but your child may still come home and talk about the drills.  If your child comes home with questions please take time to speak to them about the drills.  Thanks for your help!



1/03/2022

From High School Student, Leigh Ann Lambert:

Recently, I have watched my grandpa, Jim Lambert, battle cancer and go through several treatments.  Something I noticed that he would bring up a lot was how amazing his nurses were and how they made such a difference.

I wanted to have the ability to make a difference like this.  I also recently talked to an oncology nurse manager, and she mentioned that her patients are some of the most appreciative ones in health care, and I think that really made me want to help them even more.  To honor my grandfather and in recognition of those patients, I am pursuing a special project.

At Edison High School, in our Teen Leadership Corps. class, we are all given the challenge of leading a community service project.  After high school, I plan to go to college and become a pediatric oncology nurse, so I am using this project as a wonderful learning opportunity.   To do so, I plan to collect items to put together Chemo Care Kits, and I would love to have the help and support from our wonderful community. There are many different items that I would greatly appreciate being donated. I am hoping to gather items that will be beneficial to chemo patients as they push through their treatments.

Some items include, but are not limited to, moisturizers, lip balms, hats, socks, scarves, Lemonheads, mints, notes of encouragement, journals, paper/pencils and anything that may help take their minds off of everything like crossword puzzles, word searches, activity books, etc.

Please make sure these items are new, and leave your name with the items in case it is needed.  As a thank you for donating, if you personally know anyone going through chemo, you are welcome to leave their name with the items, and we can do our best to get them a kit.

Donations can be dropped off at a couple of different locations. They will be collected from Jan. 3-23 at:

• Edison High School’s athletic office right inside the front doors; This will be open on weekdays only from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Rush on the Square in Milan; It is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

• St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 145 S. Center St., in the breezeway at any time; There will be a labeled box.

Thank you in advance, and I hope we can all come together to make this a success.


12/08/2021

Important Holiday Caroling Update
On Thursday, December 16th and Friday, December 17th the students and staff at Edison Elementary will be providing a very special treat for our guests. Students in grades K-3 have been working hard on preparing some of their favorite holiday carols to share with their families. This special event will be from 9:30-10:30 each day. Guests are asked to go directly to the gym and sit in the designated areas. As always our #1 priority at Edison Elementary is the health and safety of our students and staff. Due to the continued concern surrounding the spread of COVID-19 we have made some important changes to this year’s schedule in order to limit the amount of people in attendance each day. The schedule for this year’s holiday caroling is as follows: Thursday, December 16th (Kindergarten and 2nd grade guests ONLY) Friday, December 17th (1st Grade and 3rd Grade guests ONLY) We respectfully request that you only attend on the day assigned so that we can limit the amount of spectators as best as possible. If you have children in multiple grades we ask that you choose one day to attend. All K-3 students will be singing on both days so no matter what day you choose you will get to see all of your children perform. We realize that everyone loves this event so we are doing everything we can to make it happen. The same performance will be done both days so you don’t need to worry about missing anything on the day you are not scheduled. We also ask that each family try to limit the number of guests to two if at all possible. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we continue to provide these community events during these challenging times. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mr. Hermes at 419-499-3000 ext 1102 or dhermes@edisonchargers.org. 


11/23/2020   From the entire staff at Edison Elementary School - we wish you a safe and restful Thanksgiving Break!


11/04/2021   On Tuesday, November 16th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Edison Elementary School  DINNER AND DAYCARE PROVIDED--

An invitation from Edison Local Schools -- UTILIZING PLAY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN -- a presentation and interactive engagement opportunity for families to learn about how play increases your child's ability to grow. Therapists, counselors and support staff will discuss the importance of play in these areas:  social, emotional, motor, cognitive and communication.  If you plan to attend please fill out the form that was sent home or call the Elementary office to let them know how many will be attending.  You may also email Michelle Cook at mcook@edisonchargers.org 


11/03/2021

The Edison Elementary students have been preparing musical selections for our annual Veteran’s Days Assembly. This year’s celebrations will be held on November 11, 2021.  Edison Elementary will present their special program at 9:30 a.m. in the gym.
Students will perform musical arrangements by artist and composers Teresa Jennings, George Cohan, and Francis Scott Key.    Singing selections will be performed by all of the students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Songs will include “The Star Spangled Banner”, “America The Beautiful”, “Armed Forces Medley”, “Allegiance Rap”, and “We The People”.
Numerous students will be included into the assembly.  Students will present the branches of the Military flags.    All Military personal active duty or retired, Veterans and family members are welcome to attend this event at the elementary school.  Come and celebrate and honor our military with this Veteran’s Day Assembly.

At the HIGH SCHOOL -- 

This Veterans Day, Edison High School will be holding an assembly on Thursday Nov. 11 at 9:15 to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country.  This year’s assembly will be EXTRA SPECIAL thanks to our visiting speakers: MAJOR GENERAL John Harris and OHIO GOVERNOR Mike DeWine. We would like to invite area veterans and families to attend this special Veterans Day tribute.  If you or someone you know would like to join us, please call the high school office to let them know how many will be coming, by Tuesday, November 9th.

Before the assembly, veterans and their families are welcome to attend a reception in the Edison High School Innovation Center hosted by Edison Teen Leadership Corps. students.  The reception will begin at 8:30 am and will feature coffee and pastries.




10-19-2021     Wear Your Costume to School Day!!!!

On Friday, October 29 we will be hosting “Wear Your Costume to School Day” at Edison Elementary. The goal is to have FUN while still continuing to maintain a SAFE learning environment. On this day your child may wear their costume to school as long as the following guidelines are followed: 


- Costumes MUST not restrict learning. This includes costumes that make learning, sitting at a desk, participating in gym, using the restroom or walking up and down stairs difficult. 

- Students MAY wear their COVID-19 face coverings. NO other facial masks will be allowed. 

- NO violent or inappropriate costumes will be allowed. 

- No blood, weapons, or inappropriate words/gestures 

- Appropriate school clothes MUST be worn under the costume 

- Edison Elementary staff reserve the right to have a child remove their costume if deemed inappropriate. 


On Friday, October 29th there will NOT be a classroom party of any kind. This FUN spirit day is just something we felt we could offer the students and still maintain a safe learning environment. We appreciate your support and cooperation in following all the above guidelines! 


Boss' Day was October 16, 2021 and we would like to share a few favorite BOSS moments!


Pizza with the Principal
   
Dress like the principal day!

Orian and Mr. Hermes


Mr. Hermes does YOGA!

 



Pumpkin Contest!!!!


PTO is having our annual pumpkin contest.  We want you to get creative, have fun and decorate your pumpkins. Pumpkins cannot be carved and they must be small enough that your child can carry it.  We will not be able to accept large, heavy sizes that adults have to carry.  Please bring pumpkins OCTOBER 25 - 28th.  Judging will take place during the day on October 28th by school administrative staff and winners will be announced October 29th. 


Updates  from Mr. Hermes, Principal of Edison Elementary School    
9/29/2021  
Due to the continued concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, here is an update on events that were scheduled for October.

1. Grandparents Day - October 21 (This event is currently postponed)

2. Open House - October 12 (This event is currently postponed. Parent/Teacher conference sign up information will be sent to you through Final Forms by your child's homeroom teacher.  We will still hold parent/teacher conferences in November as planned.  Parents will have the option to attend in-person or virtually)

3. Community Halloween Party - October 31 (A decision will be made as we get closer to this event. This is an event that is sponsored by the Milan Rotary.  More information regarding this event will be sent out as we get closer to the date)
4. Donuts with Dad - November 5 (If the mask mandate is lifted we will have this event)

5. P/T Conferences - November 8/10 (We will have conferences.  Parents will have the option to attend in-person or virtually or phone conference.  Sign up sheet will be sent out through Final Forms  at a later date - since we don't have Open House where they usually sign up.)

6. Veterans Day Assembly - November 11 (If the mask mandate is lifted we will have this event.  If the mask mandate is not lifted we will look at other options for hosting this event.  This event will not be canceled unless absolutely necessary.)

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Christmas Shirt Day

Charger Spirit Days



Edison Elementary


Spirit Days

May 2022
3   National Two Colored Shoes Day--wear two different shoes
13  Orange and Blue Day
17  3rd grade Olympic Day -- 3rd grade wear tye dye shirts
18  1st and 2nd grade Field Day -- 1st and 2nd grade - wear tye dye shirts
27  Red, White and Blue day for Memorial Day Weekend
31  National Smile Day--wear bright colors and SMILE

April 2022
8    Blue and Orange Day
14  Wear bright colors for Spring and Easter
20  Wear Yellow for National Banana Day
28  Super Hero day -- dress like a superhero of your choice

March 2022
2          Dress like Dr. Seuss for his birthday! 
3          National Anthem Day -- wear red, white and blue
7 - 11   RIGHT TO READ WEEK!!!!!
17        Wear GREEN for St. Patrick's Day!
31        Wear your favorite color for National Crayon Day


February 2022
2     Groundhog Day - wear brown   Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? 
11   Happy Birthday Thomas Edison - wear blue and orange
14   St. Valentine's Day - wear red, pink, or purple
25   Super Charger Day - wear school colors


Happy Valentine's Day ......It was during the 1400s that the day was associated with romance. Messages, or ‘Valentines’ as they were called, began to appear. Hand written letters and poems declaring affections of love became more and more popular. In the mid-1800s, Valentine’s cards began to be commercially produced and traditional gifts were candy and flowers, especially red roses symbolizing love and beauty.   Today, Valentine’s Day has become inclusive of friends and family to show how much you care and love them. 


January 2022
3         Wear something SHINY for the New Year
13       Wear your SUPER Charger gear!
18       Wear a HAT
27       Wear brown for NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY

December 2021 - Merry Christmas everyone!

13         Wear ugly sweater or shirt

14         Dress like a reindeer - wear brown

15         Pajama day

16         Dress up in your holiday best

17         Holiday shirt and sock day


November 2021
11 Veteran's Day - wear read, white and blue

 Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all military veterans, including those still with us.

Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11. It’s a holiday honoring men and women who have served in the US armed forces, on the anniversary of the end of World War I.

Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day, was first issued on November 11, 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson a year after the end of World War I. The purpose of Armistice day was to honor the fallen soldiers of The Great War for their sacrifice and bravery. 7 years later in 1926, Congress adopted a resolution requesting President Coolidge issue annual proclamations on November 11, making Armistice Day a legal holiday.

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans rather than just the ones who died in World War I. He led a delegation to General Dwight Eisenhower, who was all for the idea. Weeks then conducted the first Veterans Day celebration in 1945 in Alabama and every year until he died in 1985. In 1982, he was honored by President Reagan with the Presidential Citizenship Medal. Weeks was also named the “Father of Veterans Day” by Elizabeth Dole.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Ed Rees, the U.S. Representative from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through to congress. Eisenhower, who was now President and also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954, 8 and a half years after Raymond Weeks held the first Veteran’s Day.

A few weeks later, June 1, Congress amended the bill replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans.” The National Veterans Award was also created in 1954, first received by Congressman Rees for his support in making Veterans Day a federal holiday. Though the holiday is currently and was originally celebrated on November 11, the day was moved to the fourth Monday of October in 1971 due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Finally, on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978.

If the Nov. 11 holiday falls on a non-workday — Saturday or Sunday — the holiday is observed by the federal government on Monday if the holiday falls on Sunday, or Friday, if the holiday falls on Saturday. Federal government closings are established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. State and local government closings are determined locally, and non-government businesses can close or remain open as they see fit, regardless of federal, state or local government operation determinations.

United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on Aug. 4, 2001, designated the week of Nov. 11 through Nov. 17, 2001, as National Veterans Awareness Week. The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

19 Super Charger Day  - Orange and blue

23 Wear brown in honor of all the turkeys!


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October 2021
1 World Smile Day - wear yellow and a big smile :) 

In 1963, Harvey Ball, a graphic artist and ad man from Worcester, Massachusetts, created the smiley face symbol we’ve all come to know. Popularity for this symbol exploded into the world of popular culture. It’s every artists’ dream for their work to be respected and recreated and few symbols have had quite the legacy that Harvey’s creation has had.

Throughout the years, the smiley face has become one of the most well-known symbols in the world. It has appeared in movies such as ‘Forest Gump’ and used as a motif in the graphic novel, ‘Watchmen.’ It’s so well-known that just by saying “smiley face”, we bet that you can see it in your mind. That recognizable yellow circle with black dots for eyes and a simple curve for a genuine and pure smile. However, the original smiley face had more of an oblong smile, a bit more hand drawn in aesthetic, taking up more space on the face than we see in modern recreations. Because of its overuse, it started to move away from its intent of goodwill and good cheer and he knew something had to be done.

In 1999, World Smile Day became an official holiday in order to regain control. The celebration aspects of the day were simple yet effective: people were to use the day to smile and make small acts of kindness worldwide. Harvey wanted to keep the smile connected to the human being. By doing so, you’d smile and in return, you’d make someone else smile and brighten up their day.

5 National Teacher Day - dress like a teacher

This holiday marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It sets standards regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers for their initial preparation, further education, recruitment, employment, and learning conditions.

UNESCO’s 2020 message: “With the theme: ‘Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession,’ we recognize the critical importance of reaffirming the value of the teaching mission. We call upon governments to make teaching a profession of first choice for young people. Above all, we celebrate the work of dedicated teachers around the world who continue to strive every day to ensure that ‘inclusive and equitable quality education’ and the promotion of ‘lifelong learning opportunities for all’ become a reality in every corner of the globe.”

22 - Charger Day - wear blue and orange
29 - Halloween Day - happy costume day at school - details will be sent home soon.

September 2021 
3     Charger Day - wear blue and orange

10   National Suicide Prevention Day - wear orange and yellow

We lead busy lifestyles and barely get time to sit and actually process our thoughts, which is likely a reason why mental health issues or underlying problems go un-assessed. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), suicide is committed somewhere in the world every 40 seconds. Approximately 800,000 people die every year due to suicide. The majority of these occur in underdeveloped and developing countries. These figures are startling, considering that suicide is preventable. Undiagnosed and untreated mental illness is the biggest reason behind suicide. 

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) initiated World Suicide Prevention Day in 2003. The day is co-sponsored by the World Federation for Mental Health and World Health Organization. The aim of the day is to research and collect data on suicidal behavior, determine the various causes and why its signs go unnoticed, and developing sound practices and policies for suicide prevention. 

15   National Polka Dot Day - wear polka dots  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  

On September 15, 2003, author and illustrator of children’s books, Peter H. Reynolds released his book “The Dot.” In the story, Vashti felt like she couldn’t draw — but her art teacher wouldn’t accept that. “Just make a mark, and see where it takes you,” the teacher said to Vashti. So, she marked her parchment paper with a small dot.  The next day, Vashti was surprised to find her paper with the dot on the classroom wall. Vashti was so proud of her work that she started creating drawings with different kinds of dots.

Eventually, Vashti was able to pass the lesson about confidence that she had learned from her teacher onto someone else. A dot might be small, but it’s a powerful way to show your unique individuality and creativity. And that’s the story that inspired International Dot Day. 

“The Dot” has inspired millions of children and adults. It is used by teachers as a method to encourage creativity and instill confidence in students. One teacher in Iowa, Terry Shay, introduced the book to his entire classroom on September 15, 2009. This led to the observance of International Dot Day every year on September 15. The flow of creativity and courage is celebrated by millions of teachers and students around the world. Such is the widespread influence of “The Dot” that it is currently celebrated in 192 countries by more than 19 million people! 

There is also a website by the name ‘The Dot Club,’ which serves as a free resource for downloadable material and printouts like an official certificate of participation. 

17   Charger Day!!

22   First day of fall - wear fall colors

Astronomically, it’s the day when the sun crosses the celestial equator heading south. Thus, the fall (and spring) equinoxes provide Earth with roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. Oh, and after another blazing hot summer, the first day of fall signals cooler weather.

From the time of the Druids,  the fall equinox signaled the end of the harvest. Then, winter preparations began. Families celebrated with parties and other social gatherings. Autumn lasts until the winter solstice.

Today, city dwellers often head to the countryside — for example, rural New England, to take in the changing colors of the leaves. Symbolically, the fall equinox reminds us to be grateful for the “harvests” in our own lives over the course of the year.  This fall equinox, take time to reflect on the bounty of nature and the possibilities for abundance in every part of your amazing life.


Safety Procedures

The safety and welfare of our students and staff is our highest priority at Edison Elementary School.  We practice safety drills throughout the year to help our students know what to do in an emergency.  The Division of the State Fire Marshall has guidelines regarding emergency response drills that each school must adhere to.  The school district is working closely with local authorities to correctly implement these procedures.  In order to protect your child, students will only be released to parents and/or other adults listed on the emergency form in an actual emergency.   Please let the office know anytime this information changes.
 
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