Bobcat Breeze

Edison Academy of Differentiated Learning

October 2019

Principal's Message

As we move further along into the school year, I find teachers continuing to successfully reinforce our school-wide expectations. In the most successful classrooms, teachers have established specific routines for students to follow. This means giving students a specific place to find and keep materials, how to transition from group work to whole group, a set schedule for literacy instruction, etc. These routines, blended with the teacher’s consistent expectations, form the basis for an efficient running classroom where all students have the security of predictable procedures and routines, and teachers are able to save gobs of time.

This emphasis of ours on establishing predictable routines can be a good springboard for families to revisit a set of important routines -- getting to and from school safely. Whether they’re walking to the bus stop, walking in the parking lot, or walking the entire way to school, all kids are a pedestrian at some point during the school day. Which leads me to this alarming statistic: Every day 44 kids are hit by a car while walking in the United States. That’s 16,000 kids hurt every year. So let’s work together to do something about these preventable accidents.

When you talk to your children about everything that goes with setting routines, from homework to chores to brushing their teeth, please also talk to them about how to walk to and from school safely. So while there are a number of things you can do to start the discussion with children I am asking that all our families start by setting aside just 2.5 minutes each day. Why 2.5 minutes? Because that’s approximately how long it will take, I actually timed it myself, for a pedestrian to walk over to our crosswalk instead of crossing in the middle of Sultana or 6th street. That’s a pretty good investment of time when you consider that crossing someplace other than an intersection accounts for more than 70% of child pedestrian deaths in the United States. Thank you for committing to take just 2.5 minutes each day to use the crosswalk with your children. If you’d like a few more tips and resources to help start the discussion with your child check out this infographic.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you. You are always welcome to stop by my office, just call ahead and the door will be open.

Mark Your Calendar

October 4

  • Middle School Girls Basketball Tryouts, 2:30-3:30 pm - (Grades 6-8)

October 5

  • Middle School Flag Football Finals - Chaffey High School

  • Elementary Basketball Finals - Oaks MIddle School

October 7

  • PFO Meeting (Parent Faculty Organization), 2:45 - 3:45, Multipurpose Room

October 8

  • Picture Make Up Day

October 9

  • Middle School Boys Basketball Tryouts - (Grades 6-8)

  • PFO Meeting (Parent Faculty Organization), 2:45 - 3:45, School Library

October 11

  • Fire Drill, 8:45 am

October 14

  • Non Student Day - No School

October 17

  • The Great Shake-Out, Earthquake Drill, 10:17 a.m.

October 18

  • Edison Eats, Yogurtland, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, 1337 N Mountain Ave, Ontario, CA (Bring Your Flyer)

  • PFO Trunk or Treat Planning Meeting, 2:25-3:25 pm, Multipurpose Room

October 19

  • Saturday School (Attendance Make Up Academy): Come make-up an absence, 8:00 - 12:00

October 22-25

  • Reading Inventory Assessment, 2nd - 8th Grade -- Do your best, hit your goal Bobcats!

October 25

  • Middle School Dance Gr. 6-8, 4:00-6:00 pm, Central School, 415 E G St, Ontario, CA 91764

October 26

  • Middle School Girls Basketball Tournament, Times TBD, Vernon Middle School, 9775 Vernon Ave, Montclair

October 28

  • PFO Meeting (Parent Faculty Organization), 2:45 - 3:45, Multipurpose Room

October 28 - Nov 1

  • Red Ribbon Week

October 31

  • Coffee with the Principal, 8:00-9:00 (Multipurpose Room) Come for the coffee, stay for conversation.

November 1

  • Trunk or Treat Family Night, 4:00-7:00 pm, Edison parking lot

  • End of Trimester 1

November 2

  • Middle School Boys Basketball Tournament, Time TBD, De Anza Middle School, 1450 S Sultana Ave, Ontario

November 4

  • PFO Meeting (Parent Faculty Organization), 2:45 - 3:45, Multipurpose Room

November 7

  • Parent Workshop - Building on My Child’s Strengths, 8:00-9:30 am, Multipurpose Room

  • Edison Gold Award Recognition, OMSD Board Meeting, 7:00-7:45 pm, Oaks MIddle School

November 9

  • Saturday School (Attendance Make Up Academy): Come make-up an absence, 8:00 - 12:00

Frequent Hand Washing Can Reduce School Absences

Scientists estimate that up to 80% of infections are spread through poor hand hygiene. That means a simple step like -- hand washing -- is the best way to stay healthy and avoid missing school. Thank you for teaching your child to:

  • Wash properly. Children should wet their hands, lather with soap and wash for 20 seconds. It takes about this long to sing the “Happy BIrthday” song twice.

  • Include all parts of the hand -- front, back, fingernails, between the fingers etc.

  • Wash hands often, especially before eating. Soap and water work best. If they aren’t available, have them use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Thank you parents for making attendance a priority. Together we are making a difference! (Source: P. Bosnell, “Hand Hygiene at Home and School”)

Update Your Contact Information Today

If there were an emergency at school could we easily locate you? Do you have a new home phone number? A new cell phone number or email address? A new home address? Please let the school office and your child’s teacher know right away -- (909)984-5618.

Register Today and Help Us Win $1,000 for our School

The 7th Annual 5K Reindeer Run and Rudolph’s Dash is quickly approaching -- come and join our amazing community as we support our students on the road to college. The City of Ontario has joined efforts with our award winning Promise Scholars program designed to help our Edison Bobcats get ready for college. All proceeds from the race are donated to our Promise Scholars program and each year the school with the most participants wins $1,000 for their school! So come and spend some time burning off that -- ahem-- “holiday cheer” while supporting a great cause. And who knows, you might even help our school win the grand prize! December 14, 8:00 am, Euclid Avenue in Downtown Ontario. Register today:

PFA -- Trunk or Treat

Families are in store for yet another amazing PFO event this month with our Annual Trunk or Treat Family Night! All families are welcome to come and join in on the festivities November 1st from 4:00-7:00 pm. There will be games, prize contests, and food for everyone. Interested in helping make this event even better? Please consider lending a hand or contributing treats and candy by signing up here: Our PFO is an amazing group of volunteers, thank you for supporting this group of dedicated staff and families!

Gallup Strengths Finder Parent Workshop

Coming next month we are pleased to provide families an opportunity to embrace their individual parenting style by discovering and developing their own -- and their children's -- talents and strengths. This Strength’s Based Parenting Workshop doesn't prescribe one "right" way to parent. Instead, this workshop will empower parents to support their child in ways that works for them and their children. Save the Date: Thursday, November 7, 8:00-9:30 am