Edison Weekly Announcements – 4/5/24

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 

April 8    Solar eclipse

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

April 19    No school for students – Teacher PD/Planning day

April 22    Earth Day parade around the school at 8:15-8:30 AM (starts in front of Edison)

April 25     New family information night at 5:30 PM in Edison’s auditorium

April 26    4th grade performance in the auditorium at 9:40

May 3     Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at 7:45-8:20 AM in Edison’s auditorium

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

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!

Solar Eclipse

People will be able to see the partial solar eclipse on Monday, April 8 from 11:00-12:30 which is during lunch and recess at Edison. Though Edison will not be doing anything formal for the solar eclipse, students will be outside during the eclipse. Edison will have solar eclipse glasses that students can use if they choose. Please talk to your children to let them know that looking directly into the sun is not safe for their eyes. Students are welcome to bring solar eclipse glasses to school if they have them.

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 or sally_whitelock@dpsk12.org 
* 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 on or before April 12  at: https://forms.gle/qJoLnwmxLzY9fZkp8  

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 

Field Day – Ninja Nation Guardian Permission Slip

We are excited to have Ninja Nation at Edison’s field day again this year. Students will have an opportunity to participate in the Ninja Nation activities, however, they must have a Waiver of Liability consent form signed by a guardian prior to field day on May 10 in order to participate. 
* Please sign the consent for Ninja Nation here: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.waiverfile.com/b/COSouthMobile/Waiver.aspx?id=ab866482-fec5-4e15-ae92-795f1fbd725c__;!!I5wY4Ip2iQ-G!_8D4MctY0Rll2pkeP7v2h-rP7xXqVnqEYP1I6KXSaoP0TYXYOPL_VKW770D1HMZIe2gYmsgByXonmAgjpGlybXiv$

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.


Save the Date! Our annual EdFest is happening on May 18th at Hops and Pie! Get ready for an evening filled with fun activities, delicious treats, and supporting our elementary school. Mark your calendars and join us for a day you won’t forget!
* Calling all sponsors! As we gear up for EdFest on May 18th, we’re looking for sponsors to support our event. Whether it’s a general sponsorship or contributing to specific items, your support makes a huge difference in enriching our school programs. Contact us today to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at edisonfundraising@gmail.com!
* 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!
* Are you interested in helping plan Edvest? Please join our next EdFest Planning Meeting on April 11th, 6pm at Hops n Pie.
* 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.

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:

* 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. 

* 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