Edison Park CEA

October 1, 2019 Newsletter

Letter from Mrs. Trent, Principal

Our kids are working on their academic success and will soon be getting report cards. The first thing to remember is that the child’s report card is the child’s…not ours. While it’s easy to get down on ourselves when kids perform poorly, it’s very important to our mental health and theirs to remember the following:

1. We cannot learn for kids. As educators and parents, we can up the odds of high achievement by modeling responsibility, establishing a safe and calm environment, providing excellent instruction and demonstrating excitement for learning.

2. We cannot control every action they take or decision they make. It’s comforting to remember that some of the world’s most successful people have struggled with grades. Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Jim Fay and Dr. Foster Cline are some notable examples. What is most important is that our children develop good character, curiosity and problem-solving skills.

3. Many highly successful people struggled with grades as children. If we can consistently demonstrate empathy rather than anger or frustration, the odds of them overcoming their difficulties dramatically increase!!

We want our students to reach their highest potential academically, socially and emotionally. We are proud of every success and celebrate our amazing students every day!

Student Activities

What's Happening?

Book Fair Planning- October 8th at 5 PM

Join Ms. Payne in the media center to plan an "Arctic Adventure" book fair. Enjoy Hors D'oeuvres, meet other parents, and plan to get kids excited to read! For more information, please contact Ms. Payne via email: JoannePA@leeschools.net

Kindergarten Registration Open Now-November 1

Do you have an incoming kindergarten student or know someone who does? Kindergarten registration has opened. If your child will be five on or before September 1, 2020, please sign up now. Registration takes place at the Student Enrollment Office. Please bring the following items: original birth certificate, physical (within 1 year), immunization records, proof of current address, photo ID, and custody papers (if applicable). Once you register, you will be given a pin number allowing you to choose school preferences during the Open Enrollment period without waiting in lines. The Student Enrollment Office is located at 2855 Colonial Blvd. It is open Monday - Friday from 9 AM- 4 PM. Questions? Please email studentenrollment@leeschools.net

No School- Monday, October 14th

School will be closed on Monday, October 14th for Teacher Duty Day. This day is provided for teachers to complete all grade reports for the first quarter. Quarter 1 ends on Friday, October 11th.

Yearbooks & Yearbook Personal Ads

Yearbooks will be full color and hardcover this year for only $10. There will be thousands of pictures in the yearbook, featuring performances, clubs, class activities, artwork and more! Every grade level will be featured throughout the book. Order online at Jostens.com. You may also send in $10 to your classroom teacher in order to place an order for the yearbook.

Yearbook Personal Ads are available until December 1st. Ads are created online. You can upload your photographs & make a personal ad celebrating your child. Go to Jostens.com and select "Yearbook Recognition Ads" in order to build your ad online. Ad sizes range from business card to full page. Personal Ads are only created by the family online.

Zaxby's Spirit Night-October 22nd

Edison Park is hosting a Zaxby's Spirit Night on Tuesday, October 22nd. Why cook? Take your family to Zaxby's and mention that you are from Edison Park. This generous business partner will make a donation to our school. Thank you!

PBIS Quarter 1 Celebration- October 23rd

Edison Park CEA is a PBIS School and recognizes students for making positive choices. The "CORE 4" are the essential agreements at Edison Park CEA. The "CORE 4" reminds students to (1) Be Respectful, (2) Be Responsible, (3) Be Safe, and (4) Be A Good Citizen. Students earn points daily for positive behavior. During quarter 1, students who earn 75% of the possible points will be invited to the Quarter 1 Celebration. This quarter, students will celebrate the USA through live music, guest speakers, and images of landmarks found throughout our country. Students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on October 23rd.

SAC Meeting- Thursday, October 24th at 5:45 PM

Join us to learn more about school data & goals! Mrs. Trent will share data related to attendance, behavior, and academic success. The meeting will begin at 5:45 PM in room 108. This would be a great way to learn about the school and get a great seat for the 4th grade performance at 6:30 PM.

Grade 4 Performance: "Are We There Yet?"

Fourth grade students will be performing on Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 PM. You are cordially invited to "Are We There Yet?", live on stage! Fourth grade will be packing up the family and dancing their way down the road on a great American vacation!

As a friendly reminder, we ask that Edison Park theatre etiquette is observed. Theatre etiquette includes turning off or silencing phones, using the side aisle when choosing to take a photograph, and bringing restless or crying young children to the foyer. Please applause, laugh, and respond appropriately during performances. Please supervise all non-performing children before, during, and after performances. Thank you for your supporting our student performers!

Trunk-Or-Treat: Friday, October 25th

Hosted by the PTA, this an evening Fall Festival with a DJ, games, & food trucks. Car trunks are fully decorated with parents dressed in costumes giving out candy. Students dress in costumes and trick-or-treat to each car trunk. The event is free, but there are AMAZING food trucks with great food for purchase. This is a school "favorite" event! For more information, please contact the PTA.

Appreciation Days

We are appreciative of all of the people who work together to make Edison Park CEA a fantastic school of the arts! October is filled with appreciation days. October 2nd is "School Custodian Appreciation Day". October 16th is "Boss Appreciation Day". October 21-25 is "Bus Driver Appreciation Week". The month of October is "National School Principal Month". If you see any of these team members, please take a moment to thank them for their service.


We will begin hosting weekly tours in order to prepare for Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. Tours will be held every Tuesday at 8:45 AM starting on Tuesday, November 5th. There will not be a tour on Tuesday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Break), Tuesday December 24th & 31st, and Tuesday, January 7th (Winter Break). However, tours will resume on Tuesday, January 14th. Please invite your friends to come for a tour. We look forward to meeting new families and sharing the great things happening at Edison Park CEA. Tour guests will sign in at the front desk with photo ID. Tours will begin at 8:45 AM. No appointment necessary.

School Improvement Plan Goal: Increase Attendance

School Improvement Plan Goal: Student school-wide attendance averages will increase to 96% in the 2019-2020 school year.

Attendance is important! In order for students to reach their highest potential, we encourage students to come to school each day- all day. Coming to school on time helps students have the opportunity to eat breakfast, unpack their backpacks, and get ready to learn. Academic instruction begins promptly in the morning. Staying in school all day enables students to keep on track with their academic goals. Last year, the school-wide student attendance average was 95%. This year, our goal is to earn a 96% school-wide attendance average. Please help your child reach his/her highest potential by coming to school each day.

Students with "Perfect Attendance" during Quarter 1 will be recognized! Students with no days absent and less than 3 days late will earn a ribbon and gift certificate. They will also have their names displayed in the cafeteria and on their classroom doors.

Neighborhood Courtesy: Please Slow Down

We are so fortunate that our school is located in the historic Edison Park neighborhood. As a courtesy to the neighbors and for the safety of everyone, please remember to drive slowly through the neighborhood. Thank you!

Electronic Edison Park CEA Newsletters

Thank you for reading the Edison Park newsletter. If you would like to read prior issues, please use the links below:

September 2019: https://www.smore.com/fzgxq

Student Recognition

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Recognition from the Governor

Nearly 160 students from Edison Park received a letter from the Governor of Florida for outstanding performance on the Florida Standards Assessment. In addition, we are proud to announce that current 6th graders- Kacie P., Addison R., and Kael S.- earned PERFECT scores on the FSA in either math, science, or both subjects! We are proud of the accomplishments of our students!

Staff News

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, Ms. Anna McCullers, Ms. Kylie Nustad, and Ms. Shelsea Ratz.

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

Edison Park Creative & Expressive Arts School has been recognized as a Florida "A+" School, Florida DOE Golden School, PBIS School, and Florida Arts Model School. We proudly serve k-5 students in the South Zone of The School District of Lee County.