Edison update – 8-12-2020

I hope this message finds everyone safe, healthy and enjoying their summer. The new school year is fast approaching, and though it will be very different from any previous start to the school year, I hope that children are getting excited for the new learning experiences.

Thank you to all the families who have completed the Annual Family Update. If you have not already completed this, please do so as soon as possible, as we will not be able to confirm your child’s teacher until this is complete.

We have now finalized teacher assignments for this school year, for all students who have completed Annual Family Updates. Please check Parent Portal or Infinite Campus to find out your child’s teacher’s name for this school year. Also, please watch for an email on Friday, August 14  from your child’s teacher introducing themselves and sharing information about the 1-on-1 virtual meetings and Back-to-School night. Lastly, please sign up for a 1-on-1 meeting with your child’s teacher next week.

We encourage you to purchase school supplies for your child to support them educationally, whether at school or at home. You can find the school supply list at: http://edison.dpsk12.org/supply-lists/

Upcoming Important Events

Virtual One-on-one Meetings – August 19 & 20

For all Edison students, in order to support parents and students with beginning the school year successfully, Edison’s classroom teachers will be hosting virtual one-on-one meetings with each student in their classroom on August 19 and 20. During this time, teachers will begin to build relationships with students, share learning expectations for school and introduce students to the Seesaw platform.
– Please watch for information regarding how to sign up for these virtual one-on-one meetings.

Virtual Back to School Night – August 20

Back-to-school night is an important event each August in which teachers provide parents and students with a lot of information regarding school and classroom expectations, as well as begin to build new relationships. This year, in order to keep everyone safe and healthy, Back-to-School night will be virtual. Please plan on the following:
– Parents will receive an email from teachers on August 14 with important information regarding the school year and links to Google Meetings.
– Each teacher will host a 30 minute virtual Back-to-School night meeting via Google Meets on August 20. Meeting times will be as follows:

3:00 – ECE
3:30 – Kindergarten
4:00 – 1st grade
4:30 – 2nd grade
5:00 – 3rd grade
5:30 – 4th grade
6:00 – 5th grade

Distribution of Chromebooks, Learning Materials, and School Supplies

Please plan to come to Edison on August 20 or 21 between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM to pick up:
– Chromebooks if your child needs to borrow one from Edison,
– Learning resources from the teacher to support remote/online learning at home – for ALL students,
– School supplies if you purchased these through the PTA.

First Day of School

The first day of school for all Edison students, ECE-5th grade, will be August 24. All students will start the school tear learning remotely.

CSC Meeting

Our first CSC meeting for this school year is scheduled for  August 13 at 4:30. All parents and school employees are welcome to join. Link: meet.google.com/jzr-pjcg-tiv

PTA Meeting

Please join us at our first PTA meeting for the school year on  September 3 at 6:00 PM – Link: meet.google.com/axi-uavx-ujx

Eagle  Run

Mark your calendars for our annual Eagle Run which will be held virtually the weekend of September 25-27.

Supporting students at home with remote/online learning:

We would like to encourage parents to consider how you can support your student’s success with remote learning and academic growth at home, while also supporting your children as independent learners. Therefore, we encourage you to consider the following: 

Student responsibilities during remote learning:
– Students must check Seesaw daily to engage in lessons and respond to teachers’ questions/tasks. This is how teachers will provide lessons and learning assignments, as well as, track attendance.
– Attend all live Google Meets lessons with the teacher and class.
– Monitor digital platforms and communication often to check for announcements and feedback from teachers.
– Complete tasks with integrity and academic honesty.
– Do their best to meet timelines, commitments and due dates.
– Communicate proactively with their teachers and peers.
– Abide by all DPS and Edison Code of Conduct and technology guidelines.

How to support your child:
– Provide a space for your child to work in,
– Establish routines and expectations,
– Provide a level of supervision appropriate to your child’s stage of development, while also providing your child independence and opportunities for challenge and learning from struggles/mistakes,
– Monitor communications from teachers and school leaders,
– Checking in with your child often to help them manage and pace their work,
– Monitor how much time your child is spending online.

Setting up a learning environment:
Every home is different. Where possible, it is important to provide a quiet and comfortable learning space. Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may not be conducive for an extended period of time. For some families, having all children around one table may work best. Where possible, extended learning should take place in a space your family shares. For example, around a kitchen table or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where it can be isolating for your child and supervision can be more challenging. A home learning environment should be a place:
– that can be quiet at times,
– that has a strong internet signal, if possible,
– where you or another adult is present and monitoring your children’s learning.

Establishing routines and expectations:
It is important that you set these kinds of expectations as soon as learning from home begins.
– Establish a “School Schedule” and post it where your student can see it.
– Start and end each day with a check-in. Examples for the morning include: “What are your learning targets or goals for today?” and “What is you plan for completing your assignments for today?” and “What resources do you need?” Examples for the end of the day include: “What did you learn today?” and “What strategy could you come up with to deal with the same problem if it comes up again?
– Encourage scheduled brain breaks & exercise breaks.
– Encourage scheduled snack breaks.
– Encourage healthy eating habits and drinking enough water.
– Keep normal bedtime routines.

Work habits:
– Encourage your child to stay seated and focused on academic work for predetermined periods of time (i.e. 15-20 minutes for K-2; 20-45 minutes for 3-5; adjust for your child’s specific needs.)
– Encourage your child to ask for help before frustration sets in.
– Encourage your student to do their best work.

DPS continues to communicate closely with the public health departments and government officials as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As decisions are made and adjustments are made, we will  communicate this with families. We strive to keep all students and staff at Edison safe and healthy, while also engaged in wonderful learning opportunities. We appreciate your support in these efforts.

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns at Sally_Whitelock@dpsk12.org or Benita_Cervantes@dpsk12.org or 720-424-7780.

Please stay safe and healthy. 

Sincerely,

Sally Whitelock, Principal
Benita Cervantes, Assistant Principal