Edison Park CEA

January 22, 2020

Happy New Year!

The Importance of Attendance

Did you know that missing just 2 school days per month equates to missing 120 hours of academic instruction? Research shows that students who continually miss 2 days of school per month are less likely to graduate from high school. For this reason, we are focusing on the importance of coming to school all day, every day. We believe that students can reach their academic and social emotional goals if they are in school.

As a parent, here’s how you can help:

• prepare for school the night before,

• have a ‘Plan B’ in case of transportation issues,

• plan doctor appointments outside of school hours, if possible, and

• avoid planning trips or other activities during school time.

Attendance matters to everyone. Make it a priority for your child to be in school all day, every day.


Five Star School Award

Edison Park CEA was recently selected for the "Five Star School Award" by the Florida Department of Education. This award demonstrates exemplary community involvement at Edison Park CEA. In order to be selected for this award, schools must be rated as an academically strong school and demonstrate 100% achievement in the following categories: Family Involvement, Business Partnerships, Volunteerism, Student Community Service, and School Advisory Council. Our school will be presented with this prestigious award on January 28th at the School District of Lee County Board Meeting. We thank our volunteers, community partners, and business partners for your on-going support! We have earned this award because of your support and dedication to Edison Park CEA!

Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction

Congratulations, Ms. Weiss! She has been selected by the Foundation of Lee County Public Schools as a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction. Ms. Weiss is an outstanding first grade teacher and we are proud that she earned this recognition. Ms. Weiss will be honored at the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Ceremony this year.

Millionaire Reading Awards

Four young men have earned the "Millionaire Readers" award. Andrew Conrad, Peter Prechel, Malachi Littles, and Joseph Hida have recently earned medals and certificates for reading over one million words each. We are proud of these fifth grade students!

Thomas Alva Edison Regional Inventors Fair

Students in Mrs. Peer's Gifted Education classes participated in the Thomas Alva Edison Regional Inventors Fair. Twenty-one students in grades 2-5 used critical thinking and creativity to design an invention for the fair. Ten students earned participation in Regionals! Luna Genis-Barena's invention, "Pajama Pull-Ups", will be recognized at the awards ceremony on January 22, 2020. We are proud of these creative and inventive students!

National Library Shelfie Day Awards

In honor of National Library Shelfie Day, students created designs on paint sticks to use as shelf markers. The shelf markers will be used throughout the year and are a creative way to integrate the arts into the media center. Awards were given on National Shelfie Day to the following student winners: Yazan Sabha (Most Creative), Lily Kozlowski (Funniest), Carlie Todd (Food Inspired), Annie Todd (Music Inspired), Hendrix Kohn (Best Bookish), Camila Perez (Dance Inspired), Paxton Losey (Sportiest), Eliany Perez-Prats (Nature Inspired), Steven Dingess (Most Patriotic), and Madison Garrett (Theater Inspired). Congratulations, Library Shelfie Winners!

Save the Date

Derby Day- Saturday, January 25th

Derby Day will be held on Saturday, January 25th in the PE Pavillion. Final weigh-in takes place from 8:00 AM- 8:30 AM. The races begin promptly at 9:00 AM. There will be car racing and a food truck! If you are interested in creating a car, kits can be purchased for $10 in the front office. If you are interested in having your car judged for creativity, please turn in your car on Thursday, January 23rd. Creativity categories include (1) absolutely artistic, (2) best bling, (3) magically musical, (4) passionately patriotic, (5) radically realistic, (6) school spirit, (7) simply small, and (8) time travel. Trophies are awarded for creativity and awards are also given on race day for speed. This is a fun event hosted by the PTA. Get your cars ready!

Yearbook Ad Extension- January 31st

Due to request, Josten's has extended the opportunity to create a yearbook personal or business ad to January 31st. However, there will not be another extension because that portion will go to print after this date. Personal ads often feature photographs of students and a message from the family. It is a nice way to celebrate a fantastic school year. Business ads are also welcome. Ad purchases help keep the cost of yearbooks at the same rate as last year. We are grateful for your support!

Yearbooks will be full color and hardcover this year. Student names can be printed on the cover. If you are interested in having a student name printed on the cover, orders must be placed by January 31st. The covers will also go to print at that time.

Students may order a yearbook for $10 online or by bringing in their payment to school. Printed names on the cover and ads are extra features and are ordered online- with an earlier deadline (January 31st).

Yearbooks, ads, and names on covers can all be ordered online. Payment can be made online and payment plans are also available online. To order, please go to https://www.jostens.com/apps/jcom/router.mvc?affiliateId=1090631

POP Day- Friday, January 31st

POP Day is scheduled for Friday, January 31st. This is a day to recognize each student for their progress toward goals. Each student will receive a hand-written note from their teacher complimenting them on positive progress toward goals. POP Day was created by the PBIS Team (Positive Behavior Team) as a way to celebrate others. POP stands for "Pretty Outstanding Progress". Throughout the day, students will be treated to various "pop" items, such as stickers, popping bubbles at recess, popcorn, and much more!

Tour Tuesdays!

Tours are provided every Tuesday at 8:45 AM for those seeking a great school to attend next school year. If you know a student looking for a strong academic foundation and the opportunity to develop a passion for the arts, please recommend Edison Park! Guests interested in taking a tour of the school are invited to sign in at the front office before the 8:45 AM tour. No reservations are needed. We look forward to filling our school with more amazing families!

PTA Valentine's Day- Staff Treats

PTA is planning a Valentine's Day Staff Treat in room 108. Parents are invited to donate drinks, flowers, or desserts for a special treat room for staff. Mrs. Eason, PTA member & Kindergarten Mom, has created a Sign-Up Genius for donations. Your support is greatly appreciated! Use this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a48adae22a2f85-teacherstaff

No School- February 10th & February 17th

There will be two long weekends in February. Schools will be closed on Monday, February 10th for "Teacher Inservice Day". Schools will also be closed on Monday, February 17th for "Presidents' Day". We hope you enjoy both long weekends with your family!

3rd Grade Performance- Thursday, February 27th

The third grade students are getting prepared for an exciting performance. Save the date because you won't want to miss their show featuring stories from Dr. Seuss. The evening family presentation will be held on Thursday, February 27th at 6:30 PM.

School Advisory Council Meeting- Feb. 27th

Our next School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 PM in room 108. We hope you will join us to discuss progress toward school goals and much more! You are cordially invited to attend the third grade show, immediately following the SAC meeting.

Pre-Planning: Florida Standards Assessments for Grades 3, 4, & 5

Students in grades 3, 4, & 5 "show what they know" at the end of the year. We are very proud of how hard our students work and know they will do a great job on the Florida Standards Assessment. For planning purposes, we encourage you to "save the date" for these special days.

FSA Testing

FL Writes (Gr. 4-5) April 1

FSA Reading (Gr. 3) April 1 & 2

FSA Reading (Gr. 4-5) May 5, 6

FSA Math (Gr. 4-5) May 7, 8

FSA Math (Gr. 3) May 11, 12

Science (Gr. 5) May 13 & 14

Additional Endorsements

The following certified teachers are in the process of adding an ESOL endorsement to their teaching certificate: Mrs. Carrie Henderson, Mrs. Brenda Montella, and Mrs. Kylie Nustad.

Partners in Education

Thank you, Volunteers & Business Partners!

We'd like to send a BIG "Thank you" to our business partners who continue to help us throughout the school year! Your generosity and commitment to Edison Park CEA helps make this school the very best. We truly appreciate each of you. If you are interested in connecting your business with us, please contact Debra Howarth, secretary to the principal.

Staff Holiday Luncheon

Before holiday break, staff were treated to food around the world. Staff "sat by the fireplace" and sampled food representing many different countries during our annual holiday luncheon. It was a delicious experience and we are grateful for the following restaurants for providing donations and discounts: Schnitzel Express, Applebee's, China Xpress, DHOP, Norman Love Confections, Pinchers, Smoke'n Pit BBQ, The Standard, and Texas Roadhouse. In addition, we want to send a big "thank you" to the PTA for funding this special event. We are also grateful for the IB students at Fort Myers High School who volunteered to host a craft and movie experience with students of staff members while the adults had their luncheon. Finally, we send a big "thank you" to Mrs. Harrington, Mrs. Howarth, and Mrs. Stanfield for planning this amazing event! It was a team effort and the staff is very grateful for your time, donations, and generosity!

Quarter 2 PBIS Celebration & Edison National Bank

Students "traveled" to Africa during the Quarter 2 PBIS Celebration, thanks to generous business partner, Mr. John Ammons of Edison National Bank. "Drum Magic" came to our school and provided a drum circle experience for students. Each student used their own drum, created in Ghana. Students danced, sang, and played in unison. It was a dynamic and highly engaging experience enjoyed by students. We are grateful for the generosity of our business partner, Mr. John Ammons, for sponsoring this event! (Follow us on Facebook to see photos & videos of the event).

Scholastic Book Fair Success

Thank you for supporting the "Scholastic Arctic Adventure Book Fair". It was our most successful book fair ever. As a result, we were able to purchase new books for the media center. In addition to earning over $4,000 in Scholastic dollars, we were also able to purchase books for those in need. Thank you, PTA, for paying the sales tax for each of our young shoppers and for the countless hours you donated as a volunteer. We appreciate your support in decorating, running the fair, and creating fun events throughout the week. Thank you, all, for making this event a huge success!

Spotlight Students of the Week

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The School District of Lee County

The School Board of Lee County, Florida

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5 (Chair)

Chris N. Patricca, District 3 (Vice Chair)

Mary Fischer, District 1

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Debbie Jordan, District 4

Betsy Vaughn, District 6

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Dr. Gregory K. Adkins



The School Board of Lee County, Florida, prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, marital status, religion, or sexual orientation

Edison Park Creative & Expressive Arts School

Edison Park CEA is recognized as a Florida Department of Education "A+" School, Florida Arts Model School, Florida Golden School, Five Star School, and PBIS School. In addition to a receiving a strong academic foundation, all students participate in dance, theatre, strings, music, visual arts, physical education, guidance, and safety classes. Edison Park is located adjacent to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and serves students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade in the South Zone.