01/12/2022From Mr. HermesAs 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!
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.
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--
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!
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)
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.