September | Bobcat Breeze

September 7

Principal's Message

As we wrap up our first month of this online format, families are finding and sharing with us what has been working well for both students and families. I wanted take a moment to share a few practical suggestions and some strategies our own families have shared with us to help set up a learning space at home for your child.

  1. Choose a location based on your child’s learning preferences. If they prefer silence, an out of the way corner of a shared room or their own bedroom could be good options. If they enjoy some background noise, consider choosing a spot in the kitchen or near you if you’re working from home. If there are several location options, you can have your child try each one to see which works best for them.

  2. Eliminate distractions. Ask your child to turn off their phone and social media when they’re learning, and have the TV off as well. For older children, you may want to check out apps and tools that can help eliminate distractions like, Stayfocusd, Dewo, or SelfControl. You can experiment with playing instrumental music to block other sounds or to break silence. Some find this helpful and others do not.

  3. Make it comfortable—but not too comfortable. Choose a chair that your child can comfortably sit in for long periods of time, and ensure they have a desk or other flat surface that can accommodate their books, laptops, and other learning supplies. Note: we do not recommend using a bed as learning space; you don’t want your child to fall asleep in the middle of their lessons. Also, doing things besides sleeping in bed can lead to trouble falling and staying asleep at bedtime.

  4. Ensure the learning space has good lighting. This can include natural lighting from windows or light from lamps.

  5. Have all of your child’s supplies—pencils, paper, calculators, for example—easily accessible in their learning space. Encourage your child to keep their space organized and clutter-free. Perhaps you could incentivize them with a small reward each week if they successfully keep their space clean.

  6. Encourage your child to personalize their learning space by adding decorations, artwork, or anything else that might help them to stay motivated and be inspired.

  7. If possible, the learning space should only be used for learning; this includes attending classes, doing homework, studying, for example. If this is not possible, and you’ll be using a shared or multipurpose space, do what you can to signal to your child when it’s time to learn. Clear away all other materials from that space, have your child’s studying supplies at hand, keep it organized, and ensure there is good lightning and no distractions. Having decorations that are only used when learning could also help signal to your kids that it’s time to learn.

If you have multiple kids and limited space, try staggering the use of the shared space by giving each child a schedule for using the space. Give each child a box to organize and store their studying materials. They can take this box and set up in various spaces as needed.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful. As always, I look forward to hearing from you and hope you can join me Friday, September 11 for a little virtual coffee.

Stay safe, and stay #EdisonStrong!

Mr. Lopez

Coffee with the Principal

Friday, Sep. 11th, 8-9am

This is an online event.

Please join us for a virtual coffee with the principal and learn about some of our school programs and provide your valuable input and feedback

Virtual Coffee with the Principal Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 922 7918 2143

Passcode: 052920

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Drive through lunch pick up: Safety Standards Food & Nutrition

To ensure health and safety of staff and community members, we must adhere to State and Local Health Department guidelines.

Stay in your vehicle, keep your windows closed if you are arriving by car, van or truck. Place Student ID’s on the passenger side dashboard so we can mark students for meals. If you need to roll down the window to ask a question please wear a mask.

Food will be put in your trunk or back of your truck please have your trunk open when you arrive at the serving location. Please ensure space is available.

  • For safety, food cannot be placed in the front or back seat area through the window.

  • If you do not have room in your trunk for the food bags, or the trunk cannot be opened, we cannot give you food in the drive up line.

  • You can still come to the walk up line if your trunk is not able to receive the food If you are on foot…

  • Please wear a mask or bandana over your nose and mouth when you come to the serving area by walk up. Have student ID ready.

  • Please stand 6 feet away from other people the entire time you are in line to ensure compliance with the local health department.

Sleep improves students’ school performance

Experts agree: Most middle schoolers aren’t getting the sleep they need in order to perform at their best. One study found that 85% of adolescents get fewer than eight and a half hours of sleep each night. Students this age should be getting nine to 10 hours.

When kids don’t get enough sleep, their academic performance suffers. They have difficulty remembering material and concentrating on their schoolwork.

And it’s not just the amount of sleep that matters. Researchers say that consistency and quality of sleep matter, too. To make sure your child gets the sleep she needs:

  • Set a reasonable bedtime that results in at least nine hours of sleep each night.

  • Establish a bedtime routine that helps her relax and fall asleep.

  • Set a screen time curfew. Studies show that watching TV or using electronics 90 minutes before bedtime delays sleep.

Source: J.F. Dewald and others, “The influence of sleep quality, sleep duration and sleepiness on school performance in children and adolescents: A meta-analytic review,” Sleep Medicine Reviews, Elsevier.

Model the respectful behavior you'd like to see from your child

When it comes to teaching your child about respect, the idea isn’t to teach her at all. It’s to show her. By demonstrating what respect looks like, you’ll go a long way toward helping your child become respectful.

Here are some simple ways to demonstrate respect every day:

  • Be honest. Tell the truth. Admit mistakes—don’t blame others for them. Apologize (even to your child) when you are wrong.

  • Be dependable. If you tell your child you’ll do something, do it. Earn her respect by proving that you’re reliable. And when you can’t do something, be honest about it. It’s an easy way to show her some respect.

  • Be kind. Don’t insult or belittle your child when she messes up.

  • Be fair. Don’t pass judgment on your child or punish her for something before learning all the facts. Show respect by taking the time to get her side of the story.

  • Be polite. Say please, thank you and excuse me when talking to your child. Don’t barge into her room, either. Instead, knock.