Edgewood's Tiger Talk

April 6, 2018

Notes from the Principal

With snow on the ground, it's hard to believe it's spring! As with every spring, our 3rd-5th students will soon begin state testing with the Forward Exam. These tests are used to help us determine your child's level of proficiency relative to state grade-level expectations. This is one piece of data that helps to guide our instruction and our plans for continual school growth.

Preparing students for testing is a delicate matter; on the one hand, we want them to do their best, and to take the tests seriously. On the other, we do not want 8-10 year olds to feel overly pressured, or stress if they encounter a question they don't know how to answer. As we prepare our students for the tests, there are some life-lessons and opportunities for character development that we like to take advantage of:

  • Be proud of your work; it makes you feel proud of yourself.
  • Focus and self-discipline matters.
  • Sometimes in life you get a re-take, sometimes you don't. Just think of a job-interview. It's important to do your best, even when you don't necessarily feel like it.
  • Sometimes, you encounter a problem you don't know how to solve; don't let that get you stuck. Work around it.

My goal for students is to feel like they've made a good, solid, effort, and that they're proud of themselves. Pride in work is a great indicator of future success. Just as you might do before an interview, an important meeting at work, or a big game, please support your child by making sure they get a good night's rest and a protein-packed breakfast in the morning. Below are the testing dates. Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time, as we'll begin 1st thing in the morning.

4/11-4/13: 5th Grade

4/17-4/19, 4/23-4/24: 4th Grade

4/25-4/27: 3rd Grade

If you have any questions about testing, please feel free to contact me.


While it's April, it looks like we'll have some more snow on Monday. Please continue to send jackets, gloves, hats, and snowpants so that students can play outside comfortably at recess.

EHSA Update

Here are some of the recent contributions the EHSA has made to Edgewood:

  • We now have 2 modern projection devices in our spiffy new learning commons, called "Insta-shows".
  • K4 is having a visiting field trip from the Zoo

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 10th

6:30 PM in the Learning Commons.

Come learn about what's happening inside the walls of Edgewood, how you can get involved with supporting instruction and school activities!

Know any kids who will be in K4 next year? Or have new kids in the neighborhood?

Do you have a child who will be in K4 in the fall? Do you know anyone who will? Or see new kids in the neighborhood? Please encourage them to enroll early. This helps us to have the right staffing to meet student needs. You can enroll by:

1) Visiting the District Office located at: 4850 S. 60th St., Greenfield, WI 53220

2) Visiting the District Website: http://greenfield1.schooldesk.net/Parents/Enrollment-Information

Upcoming Dates

4/9-4/11:5th Grade Forward (State) Testing*

4/10: EHSA Meeting, 6:30 in the learning commons. All are welcome!

4/13: Culture Night at GHS, 5:00-7:45. Come try different foods, see dances, and have a blast!

4/17-4/24: 4th Grade Forward Testing*

4/25-4/27: 3rd Grade Forward Testing*

*If you're scheduling appointments these days, it'd be helpful to schedule them later in the afternoon so that students have time to complete the exams.

4/27: Coffee with the Principal, 8-8:30am in the Learning Commons--all parents/guardians are welcome!

5/25: No School, Professional Learning

5/28: No School, Memorial Day

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