Edgewood Excellence ~ #EWExcellence

La ola del lago Spanish Immersion & Early Learning

Week of November 16, 2015

I hope everyone had a great weekend. The Vikings won, and the Packers lost… Vikings are in first place! As many of you may know, next Sunday, November 22 is the Vikings / Packers game. Let’s get in the spirit and make Friday of this week Vikings/Packers Day – or wear appropriate colors if you don’t have a jersey. You all know what color I will be wearing! :)

Friday is Vikings / Packers Day - show your support for your team. We know where Ezra stands!

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PLSAS celebrates American Education Week

Chad Rittenour (also parent of grade 1 LODL student), our Edgewood/La ola del lago PLSAS school board representative, will be here for American Education week on Monday, November 16 from 11:45 – 1:00 with cookies in the staff lounge.

Conferences are this week!

Best of luck this week as conferences begin. I love this time of the year, as we are able to show how much students have already learned and accomplished, as well as set goals and cast a vision of the learning that will happen over the rest of the school year. The most important piece of advice I can give any teacher during conferences is to share personal stories (the funnier the better) about your students, as this shows the deep level of care positive relationship we have with our students. As always, if there are any are conferences you anticipate might be a bit trickier, I am more than willing to be a part of those. Just let me know the day and time and I will promise to be there.

Book Fair & Teacher Wish Lists:

Our wonderful parent group has put together our Scholastic Book Fair for conferences this week. If you have not yet done so, please be certain to put out your teacher wish list – many parents like to have a tangible way to contribute to their child’s classroom.

Who we are at Edgewood & La ola del lago

¡Hola! Welcome to Edgewood School, home to early learning and La ola del lago Spanish Immersion. Edgewood has some of the most caring and talented staff, parents and students. At Edgewood School, we are passionate about helping each and every student learn and grow. We are committed to providing each child a safe and nurturing environment that fosters creativity, play, and innovation. Our overarching goal is that all students, families, employees, and community members – everyone who walks through our doors – feel an overwhelming sense of belonging.

Conference Meals

Our amazing parent group is organizing a conference dinner for us on Thursday, November 19th. Food will be available from 4:00-7:00 in the staff lounge. Be certain to thank our incredible parent group for their generosity.

Keep on Keeping on with Twitter! #PLSASchat Tuesdays at 8:00 PM

I would like to commend those of you who are continuing to use Twitter to post pictures, professional articles or videos, and sharing the story of Edgewood with our community stakeholders by using hashtag #EWExcellence. If you have not yet joined, you are missing out on so much professional learning, collaboration, and simply hearing the story of Edgewood & Prior Lake – Savage Area Schools. I would like to remind everyone our district does a weekly Twitter chat on Tuesdays at 8:00. Anna Dutke lead last week’s Twitter chat. Way to go, Anna! Please feel free to follow and contribute to #PLSASchat.


It would be great to get many more of our Edgewood voices involved in this powerful district E-12 networking. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Edgewood Twitter Chat, part II – November 16: #EWProfessionalLearning

I am passionate about collective shared learning with colleagues – the more we all grow together, the better we can meet the needs of our students. There truly is nothing more powerful than our collective capacity as educators to develop new skills and strategies to.

My attempt at Edgewood Twitter chat part II is not bound by time or space. Please watch the video by Kid President below (embedded right in this Smore), and then respond to the three questions listed (whenever you have a chance) below using the hashtag: #EWProfessionalLearning


Please respond to the following questions using A1: ….. for question 1, A2: …. for question 2… ,etc. The most important thing is tag your post with the hashtag #EWProfessionalLearning so that others are able to search your responses. Let the tweets, retweets, learning, and sharing begin! Be sure to check back at various points in the week to see what your colleagues are sharing, thinking, and questioning.


Q1: Why did you decide to go into the field of education?

Q2: How do you continue to stay motivated and focused as an educator?

Q3: What is one thing you wan to achieve before the end of the 2015-16 school year?

Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!

Watch the clip below to see how amazingly fluent our grade one La ola del lago students are becoming!

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Meet Mo Elvin, TA at Edgewood in ECFE and Sibcare

Years at Edgewood: starting 6th year

Best part of job: The children and families. I especially love all the babies! Edgewood is a great place to work because everyone is so friendly.

Family: My husband Scott works in Saint Paul in the I/T field, and we have two children who attend district schools, Kayli (9th grade) and Rohan (6th grade).

Hobbies: Reading, cooking (I love trying different cuisines), travel, gardening.

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Meet Trina Olson, Early Childhood Teacher, Licensed Parent Educator and Developmental Screener

I am in my 17th year teaching in PLSAS. I love coming to work at Edgewood because I have the opportunity to make a difference with the children and parents I work with on a daily basis. I love using puppets in the classroom to help build excitement for learning! When I am not at school I can often be found working in my garden, spending time outdoors/cabin and cooking for my 3 grown sons and husband!

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From La ola del lago PTC

Seeking Support for our LODL Amity Interns


Our 4 Amity International Interns continue to be an extremely valuable addition to our program! Many families are asking how they can get involved in this amazing partnership! Here are 3 ways families can participate:


1. Our interns are preparing for their first MN winter... Through generous donations, fundraising, and volunteer efforts we have been able to find most of what they will need to get out and brave the snow and cold temperatures! We are still seeking 2 pairs of warm, snow boots. If you have any gently used boots to donate, they would be greatly appreciated. We are looking for a women's size 7.5-8 and a men's size 8. If you have other gently used adult-sized winter gear (jackets, snowpants, boots, hate, mittens, etc) we are accepting these items for future interns. If you have items to donate, please email: maleighanderson@gmail.com


2. Does your family want to spend time with our interns? Maybe you'd like to have an intern over for dinner or bring them to you favorite museum or sporting event? Our interns are excited to learn about and experience our culture and to get to know the LODL families! Our host families have created a signup of items the interns are interested in, you can find it here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa8ab29a6f85-activies


3. EXCITING NEWS!!! We are going to be welcoming a 5th intern, Mireia, in January! We are currently looking for a host family for Mireia. Please contact, Maleigh Anderson for more information about becoming a host family! Maleigh's email: maleighanderson@gmail.com

School Board Begins Planning for May Referendum

The School Board is planning for a referendum this May due to rising student enrollment and the need for 21st century, innovative learning spaces to accommodate all students, E-12.

What is the School Board Doing to Plan for Growth?

On November 2, the School Board approved the recommendations from our Demographic Review Committee, a group charged with studying enrollment data and existing school facilities.

The School Board is now planning for:

  • A referendum to take place in May 2016 for a new elementary school.
  • Additions for classroom and core spaces to add capacity at multiple sites, E-12. Action to be taken in the spring of 2016.
  • Exploring facility space options for innovative programs such as: Bridges ALC, Fab Lab, SAGE Academy, La ola del lago and MNCAPS. Action to be taken in the spring of 2016.

What is the Projected Enrollment?

Our district is experiencing consistent, sustained student enrollment growth and our numbers are projected to continue to increase.

Our K-12 enrollment is expected to be 7,787 at the end of this school year. Over the next five years, we are anticipating 1,250 additional students, with enrollment projected to top 9,037 in 2020.

Our growth is occurring throughout all grade levels across the entire district. We currently have the largest kindergarten class in our district's history with 574 students.

What is Causing this Growth?

Our innovative programs (E-STEM, La ola del lago, SAGE Academy, Bridges ALC, full day pre-K) and our quality staff have helped us retain our resident students.

We have become a destination district with families moving into our attendance boundaries because of our high-quality cities and schools.

Finally, due to available land for housing in both Savage and Prior Lake, we know our district will continue to grow in enrollment.

How Does State Mandated Open Enrollment Benefit Our District?

While open enrollment has a positive effect for school districts, in PLSAS, the majority of our growth can be attributed to resident students.

In Minnesota, school funding is driven by enrollment. Funding formulas are calculated per student. As a result, districts with declining enrollment have declining revenue.

Historically, PLSAS has lost more of our resident students to open enrollment than we have gained from other districts. The 2013/14 school year was the first time in our history in which we had more students open enrolling into our schools than leaving our district.

We welcome open enrollment students where space is available. We manage class sizes by closing open enrollment at a particular site when a building is nearing capacity.

Overall, open enrollment helps us maintain financial stability and offer innovative programs, which helps us retain our resident students.

What are the Next Steps?

Over the next several months, we will be communicating and collecting input regarding our space needs with staff and our community. We will be studying options to accommodate our enrollment growth and also expansion of innovation in all of our classrooms. We will be collecting feedback prior to finalizing a referendum plan. At any time over the next several months, input can be sent to input@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

To review data that the Demographic Review Committee studied, please visit our www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/referendum

ECFE Scheduling Changes

As was mentioned in last week’s EC staff meeting, the PLSEA has decided to make changes to ECFE teachers’ schedules. There is no longer the option for flexible prep time and setup/take down time. The only exception to this is classes that meet off site. In the upcoming days, Becca and I will be presenting each a new schedule to each ECFE teacher. There will be the opportunity for feedback and input; however, once agreed upon, the times are to be followed. If you have any questions, please check with your PLSEA representatives. This will only affect ECFE educators – both parent ed and children’s teachers.