Edison Weekly Announcements – 3/22/24

Hello all in the Land of the Eagles,

This is Sally Whitelock and Megan Bohanan with the weekly announcements for the Edison Eagles. Please check your email every Friday for updates from Edison!

April Edison  Newsletter: 


Mark your calendars 

March 25-29  No School – Spring break

April 1 No School

April 4  ECE field trip to the Aquarium

April 4 CSC meeting at 4:30 – virtual at: meet.google.com/bci-eqah-dwo

April 4   PTA meeting at 6:00 – virtual at: meet.google.com/miv-jtok-pqj

April 8-11 1st grade to Argile during the day (1 class each day)

April 8-18  CMAS testing for 3rd-5th graders

April 12  Kindergarten field trip to the Zoo

May 18  Edfest Annual Fundraising event at Hops and Pie, in the evening

Caregiver BESS survey

Please complete the end of year social emotional screener for your child at: tinyurl.com/bessparent2324. You will need your student’s date of birth and Student Id number. Please see the attachment for more information. 
* English BESS 2023-24 Flyer Parent_Caregiver Screening.pdf 
* Spanish BESS 2023-24 Flyer Parent_Caregiver Screening.pdf
* Nepali BESS 2023-24 Flyer Parent_Caregiver Screening.pdf 

CMAS Testing

The Colorado Department of Education requires that all 3rd-5th grade students take the CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success). Typically, all 3rd-5th graders are required to take assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts and, additionally, 5th graders are assessed in science. These assessments will be given online and will be administered under standardized conditions to ensure the reliability and validity of the results. If you wish to opt your child out of testing and have not already done so through the Parent Portal, please email Megan Bohanan at Megan_Bohanan@dpsk12.org  as soon as possible. 
* 3rd Grade:   April 8-10 ELA,   April 11-15 Math
* 4th Grade:  April 8-10 ELA,   April 11-15 Math
* 5th Grade:  April 8-10 ELA, April 1-15 Math,  April 16-18 Science

In order to provide students with the opportunity to do their very best on these assessments, we need parent support. Please support us by:
* Refraining from taking vacations or keeping students out of school during these dates;
* Talking with your students about focusing well and doing their very best on these tests;
* Ensuring that your children get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast;
* Encouraging your children!

Caregiver Input form

If you would like to provide input into teacher/classroom decisions for the 2024-25 school year, please share your input regarding each of your students (one form per student) on or before April 18 at: https://forms.gle/AFt2F5ZYVEFWCAhZ8

Please note:
* Information from caregivers will be considered in determining classroom/teacher assignments. 
* Caregivers will not be permitted to request specific teachers for their students.
* Teachers will make recommendations for classroom/teacher assignments based on all information known about children.
* Teacher assignment decisions may change until the first day of school based on class sizes.

CSC Nominations 

The Collaborative School Committee (CSC) is a great opportunity for caregivers to further participate in the education of our children by supporting decision making at the school. The CSC is a collaborative committee of school leadership, teachers, caregivers and classified staff who meet monthly to strategically design the school’s Unified Improvement Plan, analyze school data, provide guidance on and approve the school budget and staffing allocations, and advise the school leadership on school design decisions.  Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month from 4:30-5:30 at Edison and are open to all community members. 
* We have two openings for CSC caregiver representatives for the 2024-25 school year. If you are interested in serving on the CSC, please complete a nomination form no later than April 5 at: https://forms.gle/GqeLGsoZwhAE2now6 

PTA Nominations

Edison’s PTA is the community involvement and fundraising non-profit organization that supports our school. Our PTA is a 100% volunteer organization that is led by an elected board of Edison caregivers. The PTA  is in need of PTA board members for next year, including the PTA president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and fundraising chair. EVERY board position is open for nomination
* If you have questions about the roles, please email edisonptasecretary@gmail.com
* PTA board positions are one year positions.
* All PTA board members must complete a DPS volunteer application and pass the background check.
* Current PTA board members will continue as consultants for the 2024-25 school year
* If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please do so at: https://forms.gle/qJoLnwmxLzY9fZkp8  


Edison’s PTA is hard at work planning for EdFest. EdFest is Edison’s largest fundraising event of the year which provides financial resources for Edison PTA’s general budget which pays for items like: transportation for field trips, enrichment scholarships, free after school tutoring for target students, t-shirts for all ECE and kindergarten students, enrichment day and so much more. Mark your calendars for EdFest – the evening of Saturday, May 18 at Hops and Pie!
* If you are interested in volunteering at or donating to this event – please sign up here:  https://linktr.ee/edisonelementary 
* Classroom lead volunteer caregivers are beginning to put together “Class Baskets” and “Class Events” for the silent auction for Edfest. If you are willing and able to donate for these, please communicate with your classroom’s lead volunteer. THANK YOU!

Discovery Link Store

Visit the Discovery Link Store after school on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30-4:30 to buy popcorn, slushies, cotton candy, and other treats! Money raised supports the annual end of year field trip. 

Community Information

For students:

* *NEW* Shortened Enrichment Class at Edison – Miss Jo Anne Rizzi is hosting short 4-5 week enrichment clubs (sewing, yoga, Japanese) for the month of April. If you would like to have your student join a shortened enrichment please register by 4/1/2024 at our homeroom.com registration page

* *NEW* ENOR –  Eagle’s Nest Owl’s Roost, is an award-winning environmental discovery camp for 4th-8th graders that gives kids the opportunity to be immersed in nature for a whole week! Register at: https://jeffco.extension.colostate.edu/programs/enor-environmental-discovery-camp/ 

* DPS Summer Connections – Summer Connections is a free, five-week academic program that is open to all rising first through fifth-grade DPS students. This full-day program focuses on preparing elementary students for future success. Register thought the Parent Portal. Registration isl open until Friday, April 26. For more information go to bit.ly/3UsCi2n. 

* Spring Community Games at North HS – Come on out and see some games at North High this spring! Girls Soccer, Girls and Boys Lacrosse and Baseball! Click link https://north.dpsk12.org/2024/03/04/denver-north-spring-community-games/ for details. FREE ADMISSION – BRING THE KIDS!  

* Girls Rugby Inc Spring Season– Girls Rugby is a non profit organization empowering girls to lead through sport. We are kicking off Spring Season on April 1st.

* Skate City Memberships – Skate City is offering Edison students and parents FREE membership to the Skate City Family Freebies Club! If you are interested, go to the Skate City website at https://www.skatecitycolorado.com/index.cfm?pagetitle=family-freebies  and enter the appropriate promo code (Family of 2: SCFFC2, Family of 3: SCFFC3, and so on) to enjoy the amazing perks of our Family Freebies Club Membership. 

* Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop Summer Camps– These camps are ideal for 3rd to 5th-grade kids who are interested in writing, but they are perfect for any child who wants to explore their creativity. Please visit: https://lighthousewriters.org/youth/young-writers-summer-camp 

* Sweet Ridge Summer Camps – Spring Break Art Camps, Summer 2024 Art Camps, Date Nights and Kids Night Out are open for registration! To see all of our offerings, please visit: https://www.hisawyer.com/sweet-ridge-studios/schedules?schedule_id=camps 

* Edgewater Parks and Recreation is offering low-cost youth programs. Click on Toddler Programs and/or Youth Sports & Programs. Under those sections you will choose Kid Play Time and register your child. http://playedgewater.com/

For caregivers:

* DPS Community Hubs – English and GED Classes are available through the NW Community Hub starting in September.  Please sign up now for these no-cost classes offered online and in person. Registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflo9U17llarj_nnsKC1Fp7ao9a-S84k833ZUGSiVpU2Y5Q_Q/viewform

* DPS Substance Use Prevention Program Announces Fall Webinars – The DPS Substance Use Prevention (SUP) Program will continue to host a monthly webinar on the first Wednesday of every month at noon. Learn more about the webinars listed above and register here. 

Support Edison:

Some families are in a position to support their child’s learning at home, others can support through volunteering time, and some through financial donation. To give a sense of scope, if each Edison family were to donate $500 per student per year, Edison could fund all of our fundraising initiatives.

Edison’s next fundraising event:
* EdFest: Edison’s yearly adult-only fundraiser, auction, and party raises money for the PTA General Fund to pay for online educational subscriptions, enrichment day, field trip transportation, Edison t-shirts for new students, community events, after school tutoring, enrichment scholarships and much more!

Additional ways to give money to Edison’s PTA:
* Direct Ask Campaign: You may always make a one-time or set up a regular donation through PayPal, Venmo, Square, or a check. Check to see if your employer provides matching of qualified contributions made; Edison’s PTA is a qualified 501c3 organization! Monies raised through the Direct Ask Campaign are the easiest and most direct ways to support student learning for all learners.
– Online at the Edison PTA website: https://www.edisonptadenver.org/donate 
– Snail Mail or Drop Off:   Edison Elementary, Attn: PTA Fundraising, 3350 Quitman St, Denver, CO 80212

* King Soopers Rewards: Register Edison PTA as your Community Rewards partner for King Soopers! How do I enroll? 
– Go to www.kingsoopers.com 
– Sign-in to your digital account (or create one if needed)
– Select ‘Community Rewards’ from the side menu
– Enter ‘Edison Elementary PTA’ into the ‘Find an Organization’ search box
– Find ‘Edison Elementary PTA’ with address 3350 Quitman St, Denver, CO 80212 and select ‘Enroll’

* Amazon Smile: You can get the benefits of Amazon Prime AND be a fundraiser at the same time! Amazon Smile provides a .05% benefit on qualifying purchases made via our link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7150820

* Donors Choose: Check out the many Donors Choose projects that teachers have posted on Donorschoose.org and donate. You can find all current projects through the link on Edison’s home page at https://edison.dpsk12.org/

* Mabel’s Labels: Custom waterproof labels for water bottles, clothes, ANYTHING! Edison received 20% back on ALL purchases. Use the link below and type in Edison Elementary, Denver and the labels ship directly to you!  https://mabelslabels.com/en_US/fundraising/support/

We appreciate your continued support!

School Information:

The Edison school day  is 8:30-3:25 (Supervision on playground from 8:25-8:30)

Attendance Line: 720-424-7784 (Please call and leave a message w/ student name, teacher name, reason for absence) or log absence on Parent Portal through myportal.dpsk12.org 

School lunch menus can be found at: https://www.schoolcafe.com/menus 

Click on Monthly at the top, then Select School (Edison), Meal Type (Breakfast or Lunch) and then “Traditional Breakfast” or “Traditional Lunch”

Edison website: https://edison.dpsk12.org/ 

Volunteer Application: If you wish to volunteer for Edison this school year, you must complete the volunteer application (Edison Code: e9x8to9). https://app.sterlingvolunteers.com/en/Candidates/Account/Register