Edison Weekly Announcements – April 12, 2024

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

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)

Students are welcome to create & wear a hat from recycled items 🙂

April 24     Edison Night at Sweet Cow 

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 3         Edison Spirit Day – Summer Vibes – wear your best summer gear to school

May 6-10     Educator Appreciation Week – Please help us appreciate our amazing staff!

May 10       Field day at Edison

May 15      Edison Discovery Link online registration for all families opens at 6:00 am 

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!

Lost and Found

Please check lost and found and grab any of your child’s missing items as there is A LOT there. The lost and found is located in the cafeteria and will be placed outside the cafeteria doors every Friday. We will donate all clothing not picked up on May 10.

Earth Day Parade

Please join us for Edison’s annual Earth day parade on April 22 at 8:15-8:30 AM on Edison’s front lawn. Students, teachers and caregivers will walk around the school and clean up our small part of the earth prior to school starting. Students are welcome (and encouraged) to create a hat out of recycled materials and wear it to school today!

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 will be voting on board positions during the May PTA meeting on May 2. The following community members have been nominated for the PTA board for next year:
* President: Laura Rymarz
* Vice President: Jon Byars
* Treasurer: Adam (AJ) Kultgen (Current Treasurer)
* Secretary: Jill Freismuth (Current Secretary)
* The new president will appoint/approve the following chair people: Social media chair:Lindsey Reiss, Volunteer liaison chair: Tara Stingley, Membership chair: Tara Littell, Fundraising chair: Jen Maloney

Please note the following:
* 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 15  at: https://forms.gle/qJoLnwmxLzY9fZkp8  

Guardian Gatherings

Please join the PTA and other families from your child’s grade level at our Guardian Gatherings at Hops and Pie from 4:00-6:00 PM  on the following dates:
* 4/17: ECE/Kinder
* 4/24: 1/2 grades
* 5/1: 3/4 grade
* 5/8: 5 grade

Plastic Film Recycling at Edison

Are you are looking for a way to teach your family about the impacts of plastic waste and the benefits of recycling? Or are you looking for a good way to reuse or recycle Plastic Film (https://www.ridwell.com/pickup-categories/pOY6Pd6E )? Ridwell has already saved 15 million pounds of waste from going to landfills, and now your family can be a part of the movement too. 
* Please join the Edison Plastic Film recycling drive through May 13th. To get started, start saving your plastic film and bring it to Edison’s collection box located in the hallway outside of the Edison main office. 
* You can use this link: get.ridwell.com/Edison to help you sign up for Ridwell services at your home, if you’re interested. If 10 Edison families sign up using this URL before May 31st, Edison will be able to use Ridwell services for the 2024-25 school year! You and your family can also “Get to know Ridwell” with this Lesson Link (https://www.teamkindhumans.com/ridwell ) using the code RIDWELL for free access. 

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!
* 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:

* 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. 

* Highlands Micro School summer camp registration is filling up but we still have some spots available for several camps! Weekly Camps run from June 3 – August 9, 9-3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Click here to see our exciting offerings and to sign up: https://omella.com/o5b1t

* 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:

* *NEW* – North High School will be hosting “Screenagers under the Influence” on April 17th at 6 pm in the North auditorium. 

* 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