Edison Park CEA

August 30, 2019 Newsletter

Letter from Mrs. Trent, Principal

Welcome to the 2019/20 School Year!

As we embark on a new school year, we anticipate the journey of learning and where it will take us. We have had a spectacular start and our students are settled into their classrooms while being engaged in academics and the arts.

We would like to welcome our new families to Edison Park and invite you to join us on this year’s expedition. We plan to cultivate the learning of ALL children and ensure a safe learning environment so success will be achieved! “The real learning starts when one crosses borders and travels miles for real knowledge”.

“Adventure is the best place to learn. Travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of the living (Miriam Beard)”. We look forward to partnering with you as we take our learning to places beyond our wildest imaginations!


Mrs. Trent

The 2019-2020 School Theme is "Learning Takes You Places!"

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A+ School

We are very proud to be recognized by the Florida Department of Education as an "A+ School" again this year! This is a result of hard work by students, staff, parents, and community partners! We will continue to focus on increasing attendance, promoting positive behavior, and reaching academic success for all students!

Golden School Award

Edison Park CEA was presented with the Florida Department of Education Golden School Award on Tuesday, August 27th. The Golden School Award recognizes elementary, secondary and adult schools with exemplary volunteer programs that meet the following criteria:

  • 80% of the school's staff is trained in school volunteerism,
  • School has a designated volunteer coordinator, and
  • Total number of volunteer service hours equals or exceeds twice the number of students enrolled.
We are very thankful for our volunteers. Your time and dedication makes a difference in the lives of Edison Park students!


Volunteer Orientation- Friday, September 6th at 8 AM

Please join us for a Volunteer Orientation on Friday, September 6th at 8AM in room 108. We will discuss how to register to become a volunteer (or continue to be a volunteer). Expectations and opportunities will be shared. We love volunteers and appreciate your service. Please RSVP with Mrs. Debra Howarth, Secretary to the Principal, by calling 334-6232 or via email at DebraLHo@leeschools.net.

SAC Meeting- Thursday, September 12th at 5:30 PM

Join us to learn more about school data & goals! Mrs. Trent will share data related to attendance, behavior, and academic success. Meetings begin at 5:30 PM in room 108.

Service Project: Canned Food Drive, Sept. 9th - Sept. 20th

Each year, students collect non-perishable food to donate to those needing support. Our Salvation Army Canned Food Drive will be from Monday, September 9th through Friday, September 20th. All donations are provided to residents of Lee County. The class with the most canned food donations will celebrate with a pizza party, sponsored by Downtown House of Pizza! Thank you, DHOP!

DADS Take Your Child To School Day- September 25th

Dads Take Your Child to School Day is observed annually in September in Florida’s schools. The Dads Take Your Child to School Day initiative serves to highlight and support fatherhood engagement in education by helping schools foster this important connection with fathers and father figures. Research indicates engaging dads, brothers, uncles, significant male role models, and male mentors, increases student success in numerous ways. We encourage Dads to plan to drive their child to school on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Picture Retakes- Friday, September 27th

If you would like your school picture retaken, this is the day! Students who were absent on the original day can also take advantage of this opportunity to get their photos taken. For ordering information, please visit mylifetouch.com.

No School- September 2nd & September 30th

All School District of Lee County schools will be closed in honor of Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah.

Yearbook $10- Special offer when ordered by Sept. 27th

The yearbook will be full color and hardcover for only $10. If you would like to add your name engraved on the cover, the yearbook company will provide 4 FREE icons next to your name if you order before September 27th. Personal Ads are also available until December 1st. You can design an ad celebrating your child on the Jostens yearbook website. The yearbook will include school events, performances, clubs, classroom activities and more for EVERY grade level. Don't miss out! Order today at Jostens.com.

Golden Apple Nominations- Due October 4th

It's that time of year again! Please take time to nominate an outstanding full-time teacher, guidance counselor, arts teacher, media specialist, reading coach, or technology specialist for the 33rd Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program. For an electronic nomination form, please visit leeschoolfoundation.org We are proud to have a recent Golden Apple winner, Mrs. Rose (grade 1). We would love to have some of our other outstanding educators recognized with this high honor! Nominate a teacher today. It's easy to do and means a lot!

Trunk-Or-Treat: Time to start planning!

Friday, October 25th @ 6PM

Hosted by the PTA, this is 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!

(See photo of a 2018 Trunk. Some trunks match the school theme.)

FREE Breakfast & Lunch

All students are invited to eat breakfast and lunch for free in our school cafeteria. Each day, our staff serves a variety of healthy foods and choice of milk. There are no papers to fill out to be eligible for the free meals. We welcome all students to enjoy these delicious meals each day!

Support the Arts

Theatre Department: Donations Needed

We are excited to add sets to our student performances! Mrs. McCullers, theatre teacher, has created a "Scene Shop" in order to incorporate larger-scale sets and props into the shows. Supplies in the theatre "wish list" range from $2-$100. Do you have extra interior or exterior paint at your home? The theatre department would also appreciate donations of extra cans of paint for set designs. Please use the link below to access the theatre supply wish list. For those accessing the account on paper newsletters, please go to "myregistry.com" and search for "Edison Park". Thank you for your support!


Music Department: Keyboard Donation Needed

Mrs. Yorty, Music teacher, is seeking a keyboard for performances. The keyboard will be used to enhance student performances and will be used at community events. Mrs. Yorty is looking for a used or new keyboard that has special effects, piano, and orchestra sounds. She is seeking one with 88 keys, a storage case, and stand so that it can be easily transported. If you have a keyboard donation, please contact Mrs. Yorty via email- DorothyJY@leeschools.net.

Dance Shoes

Dance teacher, Ms. Peters, would like to send a friendly reminder to always bring dance shoes to class. Being prepared for class provides the best experience for students and protects the dance studio floors. Gently used dance shoes are available for purchase from Ms. Peters if needed. Thank you!

Theatre Etiquette

We are proud to host monthly performances in our historic theatre. We ask that all guests review the theatre etiquette followed at Edison Park.

  • Food or drinks are not allowed in the theatre.
  • Please turn off or silence all phones and electronic devices.
  • All non-performing children/students must be supervised by and remain with an adult before, during and after the performance.

  • If a younger child is with you in the audience and becomes restless or upset, please take them into the foyer.
  • Please applaud, laugh and respond appropriately and avoid yelling out or shouting names, words or phrases.
  • Please avoid waving or gesturing to performers.
  • If you are going to take video or photographs of the performance, please do so from the sides of the theatre, being careful not to block the view of others or the aisles.

  • If you have to leave during a performance, please exit between scenes, selections or songs to minimize distraction

Student Recognition

Spotlight Students & CORE 4 Students of the Week

One student from each class is selected as a "Spotlight Student of the Week". These students are featured on the school news, social media, and the cafeteria bulletin board. Their "All About Me" poster is hung outside their classroom door and they are treated extra special throughout the week.

During Quarter 1, all students earning 75% or more of their weekly behavior points have an opportunity to be selected as the "CORE 4 Student of the Week". Eligible names are placed in a "hat" and are selected by pulling one name per class. These students have their names read on the school news. Students earn a gift certificate and are celebrated for demonstrating positive behavior in school.

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Staff News

Welcome, New Staff!

We are thrilled to have several new staff members join our Edison Park family! Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Karen Thompson, comes to us after achieving much success at The Sanibel School. Ms. Anna McCullers, former Education Outreach Manager of the Florida Repertory Theatre, joins us as the new drama teacher. Ms.McCullers was integral in providing five theatre programs in Lee County. Mrs. Tajh Corricelli, clinic assistant, also comes with lots of experience helping students in the clinic from The Sanibel School. New to the district, but with a strong technology background, Mr. Clark Megerle will be keeping our technology running throughout the school. Ms. Julia Bauziene joins our custodial crew and comes with lots of experience in the district. We are fortunate to have these new staff members at Edison Park CEA!

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, Mrs. Kylie Nustad, and Mrs. Karen Thompson.

Stay Connected

Social Media & More!

If you would like to be on the PTA email list, please send your name and email address to EdisonParkPTA@gmail.com They will send you event updates and ways you can get involved. The Edison Park PTA has a facebook account (Search: EdisonParkRocks) and a twitter account (@EdisonParkPTA). The PTA President is James Kroll.

The school also hosts a facebook page (@EdisonParkCEA) and a twitter page (@EPCEA). Follow us for fun photos, school updates, and more!

FOCUS: District Portal for Grades, Attendance, & More!

The School District of Lee County seeks to become paperless and is no longer sending home forms for emergency information, for example. Therefore, all parents are encouraged to create a FOCUS account. This portal will showcase student grades, attendance, and other important information. It is very important to fill out the emergency form, directory information (allowing your student to be in the yearbook), and medical information. To create a FOCUS account and fill out forms, please visit focus.leeschools.net. Thank you for your support! (see below for steps to create an account)
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Upcoming Edison Park Performances

Grade 4: "Are We There Yet?"

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 6:30pm

2401 Euclid Avenue

Fort Myers, FL

Are We There Yet? Fourth grade will be packing up the family and dancing their way down the road on a great American vacation!

Grade 5: "The Magic Lamp" Musical

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 6:30pm

2401 Euclid Avenue

Fort Myers, FL

Fifth grade auditions are being held for the upcoming performance of the musical, "The Magic Lamp". Get ready for another amazing 5th grade performance in our theatre!

Holiday Show

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 6:30pm

2401 Euclid Avenue

Fort Myers, FL

Enjoy "December 'Round the World" in our theatre. This is our annual holiday show, featuring a variety of arts ensembles from grades 3, 4, and 5. This is a show you won't want to miss!

Partners in Education

Thank you, Business Partners!

We'd like to send a BIG "Thank you" to our business partners who helped kick off another great school year! Your generosity and commitment to Edison Park CEA helps make this school the very best. We truly appreciate each of you. If you are interested in connecting your business with us, please contact Debra Howarth, secretary to the principal.

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.

In order to save paper, future monthly EPCEA newsletters will be electronic only and posted on FB, Twitter, School Website, & PeachJar.