Edgewood's Tiger Talk

January 5, 2017

Principal's Update

We often say to our kids, "Oh, I'm not good at math either," or "I was never a good writer." When we do this, we're hoping to make our kids feel better--to show them that they're not alone in struggle. And, what we might end up doing is communicating that they won't be good at it either, or it's not worth trying.

In education, we hear a lot about brain research. Two of the findings that stick out the most to me are:

1) IQ is not fixed; learning and practice can grow brain connections, and you can get smarter.

2) Attitude impacts learning and ability.

So, thinking of math as a fun puzzle to be solved can make us better at it. Changing our words is tough, though. I often say that I stink at baseball and basketball...and football, for that matter. But what if, instead of saying, "I'm not good at it", I said, "I never had enough practice with throwing and hand/eye coordination. I bet if I worked on that I'd could be a decent player." The message we'd send our kids would be completely different.

Our kids learn by watching us; before saying, "I'm not good at ____," think, "What would I have to do better to be better at it?"

In learning,

Mrs. Boyd

Family Night

Prepare for a night of fun and world tours! Each grade level is planning fun activities and learning about countries from all over the world. Travel from Ireland to South Sudan to Mexico. The EHSA will be selling pizza for dinner, and we'll have fun for the whole family. Come anytime between 5 and 7 pm!

Pawsitively Edgewood--Character Education

This month we're continuing to work on confidence. Students have learned that confidence is posture, volume, and trying again after you fail. To celebrate confidence, at the end of the month, we have a special assembly with a BMX biker. This is being paid for with money raised from Box Tops. We're sure the kids will love it!

PE Update from Mr. Warnecke

All grade levels just completed their second fitness week. With cold temps come cold weather activities! All grade levels will be doing floor hockey for their next unit, mixed in with some team-building activities. All classes are doing a great job, keep it up!

Art Update from Mrs. Nolan

K5- Artists will fly to great heights completing their pattern designs on Hot Air balloons.

1st- WHOO WHOO! Artists will complete their realist drawings of Great Horned owls by embelishing them with feathers made from tissue paper.

2nd- To complete Complementary Color Fancy Hands, artists will add designs to enhance the abstract art.

3rd- Artists get a first hands-on experience with the art of Printmaking. After detailed drawings of Owls, students applied glue line over the lines. These made raised lines which printing ink is rolled over and then a paper laid over. As they peeled off the paper, a print of the Great Horned Owl appeared.

4th- Our city architects are applying marker to their designed city scenes. To complete them, yarn stitched around the edges of buildings will be added.

5th- Students will pick up on their weaving projects started prior to the holiday projects.

Winter Weather

Winter is here. We go outside for recess if it is above zero Fahreneheit, including windchill. Please make sure your child has a warm coat, snow pants, boots, a hat, and gloves/mittens. If you are in need of assistance getting winter items, please reach out to Mrs. Boyd or Mrs. Michlig.

Morning Arrival Reminders

  • Please wait with your child until 8:30, when the doors are opened. There is not supervision prior to that.
  • We make the most of each moment we have; your child will have more time to get settled if they arrive as close to 8:30 as possible.
  • If you're pulling into the driveway to drop off, please pull down as far as you can; this reduces the backup on Layton.
  • If someone different is dropping of, please remind them that we do not pull around cars in the driveway for safety reasons.

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Upcoming Dates


1/6--Coffee with the Principal--Topic: Math Online Resources, 8:00-8:30am

1/10--January EHSA Meeting, 6:30-7:00pm

1/16--No School--Martin Luther King Holiday

1/26--Family Night--"Around the World" is our theme! 5-7pm

2/3--Coffee with the Principal, 8-8:30 am