March 2023 Newsletter
Dates to remember
March 1 - Kindergarten and Alt Kindergarten Registration Open
March 1 - Youth Art Month
March 10 - No School for Students - Teacher PDMarch 12 - Daylight Savings Time Starts
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
March 21 - Monthly PTO Meeting
March 29 & 30 - 3rd Grade ELA Ohio State Test
News from Mr. Campbell
Starting this month our SRO Officer Nichols will be here everyday. We have so happy to welcome him to our Edgewood family!
March begins out State testing season. Here are some tips to make sure your child is ready for their OSTs:
The night before do something fun!
Go to bed early
Wake up with a smile
Eat a healthy breakfast
Sing a happy song
Show what you know
Try your best and check your work
Be positive … You got this!
Below is our State Testing schedule:
3rd Grade ELA - March 28th & 29th
3rd Grade Math - April 25th & 26th
4th Grade ELA - April 18th & 19th
4th Grade Math - April 27th & 28th
This month’s PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, March 21st at 4:30 PM. Our PTO is still looking for people to work as co-chairs for our officer positions. If you have interest in taking a more active role in the PTO this is a great opportunity to do so.
If you have not had a chance to participate as a Watch D.O.G. this year, or if you haven’t since the new year and you would like to give it a try please reach out to our Lead D.O.G. Grey Huston. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again Grey for leading this work for us.
Dean of Students
The first 2 months of 2023 have flown by! Students have been focused on problem solving during their Second Step lessons this past month. When kids start to identify problems and develop solutions on their own, they can reduce conflict, stress and anxiety. Developing problem solving skills will be important as we start to get outside with the warmer weather. Take some time to talk to your kids about how they can solve problems at recess, at home, with friends, and even with their schoolwork.
News from the Nurse
⛄It’s cold outside! Make sure you are layering your kiddo up and sending them with a hat and gloves so they are warm at recess.❄️
Clothing items in the clinic are limited. Please consider always keeping a change of clothing in your child's backpack. No matter what grade they are in. Spills, puddles, rips, and accidents can happen to anyone! Be sure to check as the weather changes that the extra clothes are appropriate for the temperatures outside. If your child does borrow clothes from the clinic, please wash and return them so that I have things available for the next student that needs them.
**I will always gladly take any donations of clothing items!
Cough drops: If you are sending in cough drops into school with your student, please be sure to make sure the cough drops are nonmenthalated and are not the lollipop kind. A good brand to go for is Luden’s. Also be sure to include a signed note giving your permission to administer the cough drops to your student.
Birthday reminder: We love celebrating birthdays! We do not allow food treats to be sent in anymore but we are always happy to pass out nonfood items such as pencils, stickers, crayons, plastic toys, crafts or fidgets. Please reach out to your child's teacher for guidance or recommendations.
Student Absences: If your child is going to be absent from school, you will need to report the absence on the absence hotline at 937-578-6815 or
email EdgewoodAttendance@mevsd.us. Please state the student’s name, your name, teacher’s name and reason for the absence. You need to report your student’s absence prior to 8:55 AM. The absence line is available 24 hours a day for your convenience.
If you have a doctor’s appointment, please ask for a dr. excuse so the absence can be coded as a dr’s excused absence
What's Going on in Kindergarten?
We wrapped up our unit on Arctic animals and we have enjoyed some fun Valentine books, now moving onto Mo Willems. We will read pigeon, piggy, elephant, and knuffle bunny books. Soon we will begin a unit on fairy tales covering the three little pig stories and many other fairy tales. With our writing, we continue to work on our 5 star sentences. Begin our sentence with a capital letter, use a space in between our words, spell sight words correctly, stretch out unknown words to write the sounds we hear, and ending punctuation. In Math, we are continuing with our fact challenge while working on continuing with comparing numbers, non standard measurement, and solving addition/subtraction word problems. Few notes below:
Snack and water: please follow the allergy safe snack list and only send in water (juice gets sticky in the room
Recess: Please remember that the weather is getting chillier and we will go outside as much as possible for recess. Please send kids to school with coats, hats, and gloves when appropriate. If you are in need of any of those things, let us know and we can figure something out for your student.
Dr. Suess week is coming up so be on the lookout for more information about that in our classroom newsletters.
Fantastic 1st Grade
Weather: Please remember that the weather is getting chillier and we will go outside as much as possible for recess. Please send kids to school with coats, hats, and gloves when appropriate. If you are in need of any of those things, let us know and we can figure something out for your student.
Snack and Water Bottles: Also, we are still doing a mid-morning snack to help us focus and keep learning until our 12:30 lunch time. Water bottles are still highly encouraged but please no juice, tea, or pop.
We have been learning more about main idea and details. We've learned a lot about silent e and starting to learn about vowel teams. In writing we are swinging back to persuasive writing and will have a book review party to try to persuade another class to love our favorite book as much as we do. In math we are learning about measuring with objects and working hard on our math fact fluency. In social studies we are learning about maps and landforms.
As always please let us know if you have any questions!
Spectacular 2nd Grade
2nd graders' SEL lessons remain focused on problem solving and finding solutions that are fair, respectful, and safe. Math continues adding and subtracting three digit numbers. Students should review telling time and recognizing coins and their values. In Reading students have learned to compare and contrast two different nonfiction texts. We are moving on to the author’s purpose: entertain, inform, or persuade. In writing students write directional steps to complete a task. Social Studies introduced landforms and map skills. Their final project is creating their own country using their new map skills Remember to read 20 minutes each night and log the minutes down in their Book- It calendar.
Weather: We will go outside as much as possible for recess. Please send kids to school with coats, hats, and gloves when appropriate. Also, an extra set of clothes in their book bag or cubby is always a good idea in case your child gets wet at recess or has a spill at lunch.
Terrific 3rd Grade
Important Dates for 3rd graders:
March 29th & 30th - State Reading Test
April 26th & 27th - State Math Test
Third grade students have been having a fact fluency competition. All classes have been doing a fantastic job and have either passed their goal or are 1-2% away from their goal. In math, we have been working on finding the area of a rectangle and will move on to finding the perimeter of a shape soon. In reading, we have been working on using comparing & contrasting in both non-fiction and fiction texts. In writing, we are completing our writing camp leading up to the state test. We are reviewing everything we have learned: Correct punctuation & capitalization, writing a topic sentence or restating a question, being able to provide reasons & examples to back up our topic sentence as well as writing a proper conclusion.
Fabulous 4th Grade
4th Grade SEL lessons in February continued to work on Problem Solving. During these SEL lessons students learned the STEP process for solving conflicts that they might encounter. (S - say the problem, T - think of different solutions, E - Explore the outcomes of the solutions, P - pick a solution). Please help to encourage your student to use the STEP process; especially when it comes to friendship problems at recess. In writing we are starting our Famous Ohioan research project. Students each have selected a person to research and write an informative essay. Then they will participate in a Wax Museum presentation; more information will be provided as the project progresses. As a reminder students should be reading 20 minutes and fill out their reading log; homework is handed out on Monday and is due the last day of the school week.
News from Technology
In Technology class this month, the students have continued to expand their coding and typing skills. The students really enjoyed our Code A Valentine activity. 3rd Grade is working hard on their stop motion video they are creating out of skittles. 2nd Grade took a hot air balloon ride while 1st Grade floated up in the sky holding on to heart shaped balloons, and Kindergarten turned into hearts floating out of a Valentine Box thanks to our Do Ink Green Screen and Animation App. It was so much fun watching the kids get so excited to see themselves turned into an animation. 1st Graders are wrapping up their morning announcement recordings with the help of some fabulous 4th Graders! In about a week we will be moving on to Kindergarten doing our morning announcements with the help of some of our terrific 3rd Graders! In Coding Club we continue to build our mini robots that we will eventually start coding to do various movements around the Tech Room. Some friends also coded a solar system which then turned into a 3D/Augmented Reality experience.
What’s going on in Phys Ed?
In March, students in grades 1st through 4th will all participate in fitness testing. The tests that are used in the assessment of the fitness of school age children have been carefully selected to be appropriate to their level. Some tests have been adapted using lower weights, distances and times, and using simple instructions and modified equipment. Here is a list of the tests the students will be participating in:
· Sit and Reach Test – The sit and reach test measures the flexibility of the lower back and hamstring muscles.
· Flexed Arm Hang – This test measures upper body relative strength and endurance.
· Curl Ups – The sit up or curl up test measures abdominal strength and endurance.
· Shuttle Run – Agility is tested by moving wooden blocks between two lines 10 meters apart.
· Pacer Test – The Pacer Test is a maximal exercise test to measure aerobic fitness.
Also, the Second graders will take part in the Ohio Physical Education Evaluation. This assessment will measure student success in meeting the benchmarks contained in the Physical Education Academic Content Standards. Just a few exciting things happening in the world of physical education!
B Day: 3H, 1S, 1/2H, 4C, 1C, KM, 4Q
C Day: 3D, 1T, 2B, 4T, KH, KB
E Day: 3A, 1G, 2K, 4Z, 2M, KW, 3V
News from the music room…
This month, students will be studying various famous works of music. Kindergarten will be learning about Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and Leroy Anderson’s The Syncopated Clock. First grade will be studying Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. Second grade is studying Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Third grade continues to study Mozart and his works. Fourth grade is finishing up studying Vivaldi and working on preparations for their big 4th grade performance. This performance will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday May 16th.
News From the Art Room
*MARCH IS YOUTH ART MONTH!*
Join Mrs. Niezgoda and Mrs. Morrow in celebrating Youth Art Month by joining in on our school spirit week March 20th- March 24th. Youth Art Month celebrates and promotes arts and art education across the country. See the spirit dress-up days below:
*Art with Mrs. N (Niezgoda)*
All students in grades K-4 just completed their artwork for the Art to Remember fundraiser. Be on the lookout for a flier with more info in March on this fundraiser that will go home with your student. Kindergarten and First graders have been exploring patterns in art using the art elements: lines, shapes, and color. Second, Third, and Fourth graders are in the midst of a printmaking workshop and are learning relief printmaking skills to open the Printmaking Studio.
News From Library
March is a great month to learn in the library! Whoooo’s Reading Read A Fun ends on March 4, 2023. Thank you to everyone who is participating as well as sponsoring the Library. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated!
Dr. Seuss Week/Right to Read week will be February 27 through March 3rd this year. Each classroom will decorate doors with their favorite Dr. Seuss characters, we will have fun activities and read alouds in the library and there will be dress up days all next week as follows:
Monday-wear all green for Green Eggs and Ham
Tues-Crazy Hats for The 500 Hats
of Bartholomew Cubbins
Wednesday-PJ Day for I am not Going
To Get Up Today
Thursday-Crazy Sock Day for Fox in Sox
Friday-Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character
for I saw it on Mulberry Street his 1st book
Please note that this should be fun and no one is required to dress up. Also, home made is encouraged, I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to go purchase costumes for this event! It is just a fun week to celebrate reading!
Mark your calendar for the Spring Scholastic Book Fair from March 6-March 17. The set up will be the same we have done in the recent past. The week of the 6th students will be making and bringing home wish lists and information about how to set up an ewallet. This has become a great way to set up an “account” for the student to have book fair spending money without worrying about sending cash in with the student to be responsible for during the week. We will again have family shopping day on Saturday the 11th from 10a.m.-12p.m. in the gymnasium off Edgewood Drive. Bring your family and friends and shop together to find just the right book for your child and help support their classroom teacher. There will also be donuts and juice to enjoy before you leave!! Students will then have the opportunity to shop during library the week of March 13th! This will be our last bookfair of the year so stock up!!!
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