Edgewood's Tiger Talk

October 6, 2017

A Note from the Principal

One of the 21st Century Learning Skills (G21) that we teach is collaboration. Collaboration includes being a productive group member, communicating effectively, supporting views and findings, and reflecting on how your group is doing.

This makes sense; there aren't many jobs out there that don't require that you collaborate with others. Businesses have realized that effective teams create better outcomes than individuals, and so in interviews, they're looking for people with strong collaboration skills. Working well with a team is something that can make or break your career.

Group work isn't new to school. I participated in many group projects throughout my school career. But usually, one person did the majority of the work, and we all got the same grade. What's different today is that we teach kids what it looks like and sounds like to work together. We teach them to invite others into the conversation. We teach them to respectfully disagree with one another, to listen, and to ask questions.

The bonus is that research shows that these skills also lead to increased academic achievement, so by focusing on them, we both better prepare children for their futures and help them to learn more deeply.

Infinite Campus Reminder

Please keep your phone numbers and emergency contacts (who's allowed to pick kids up from school) up to date in Infinite Campus.

Pawsitively Edgewood--Character Education

We've continued to focus on courtesy, which is a sub-topic of respect. Below is a video students watched teaching them about what it means.

Sesame Street: Courteous (Word on the Street Podcast)

Classroom Spotlight--Mrs. Stoner

Songs, chants, and rhymes seem like things we do just for fun. It turns out that they lay an important foundation for reading and writing. In the picture to the right, students were greeting one another by saying the chant, "Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?" This brings smiles to faces to start the day, builds classroom community, and also helps to develop students' sense of rhyme and rhythm, which they'll rely on to develop their budding reading and writing skills.

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Upcoming Dates

10/9-10/20--Spirit Wear Sale (online orders)

10/11--Author Visit, K5-2nd Grade (Order forms will come out next week)

10/13--Wear Edgewood Shirts or Orange and Black


10/18-10/25--Bookfair (open during lunch for kids, and during conferences)

10/19--Early Release K5-5th Grade for Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for K4)

10/20--Coffee with the Principal, 8-8:30 am, Learning Commons--Learn about Growth Mindset

10/20--EHSA Halloween Dance, 6-8pm

10/25--Parent Teacher Conferences

10/26-10/27--No School--Fall Break

11/14--EHSA Meeting, 6:30-7:30 pm in the Learning Commons. Refreshments & childcare provided.

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