Edgewood's Tiger Talk

October 20, 2017

A Note from the Principal

I tried out our Green Screen! Instead of my usual written update, I made a video talking about our School Growth Goals for the year. Watch to learn!


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

Students have been learning about having a "Growth Mindset"--which is the belief that with effort and good practice, you can get smarter--you can get better at things. This is backed in scientific research! Watch the video below to learn more about it.


Classroom Spotlight--5th Grade Biztown

One of the many memories students make in 5th grade is around going to "Biztown". To prepare, students learn about real-life applications for math and communication. They learn to write checks, balance checkbooks, and work as a team to develop a business plan. And as you can tell from the pictures below, they have fun doing it!

Physical Education with Mr. Warnecke

In gym our 3rd-5th graders are in the middle of their soccer unit and preparing for our first Pacer Assessment within the next week. The Pacer measures students cardio and strength. K-2nd is in the middle of their football unit with the focus on catching and throwing. K-2 are also preparing for their first Pacer Assessment within the next week. All classes are doing well. Keep up the great work Tigers!

Guidance with Mrs. Michlig

There are many benefits of children being able to identify, express and manage their feelings in a respectful and safe manner. It helps them to regulate their emotions, advocate for themselves and be more successful in social situations with peers. Students in K5, 1st and 2nd grade are learning and reviewing these foundational skills through songs, stories and roleplays. I-messages are a future focus as students learn to share their feelings. E.g. "I feel sad, when you took that ball away from me. Please give it back." These skills are reinforced during teachable moments and Peace Tables. In addition, our 5th grade Peer Mediators serve as a great resource in helping younger students put these skills into practice on our playgrounds.

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students learned that there are 4 types of bullying: physical, verbal, social and cyber. Naming these actions for what they are will help students be able to recognize a behavior and to respond appropriately through Stop, Walk and Talk. Cyberbullying is a focus of 2 lessons at these grade levels. Students need to be able to recognize bullying in person or via technology and to tell an adult immediately if they become a target of this behavior. Time is also spent discussing that hurtful words communicated on devices hurts just as much as if it was said to one's face.

Art with Mrs. Nolan

Memories of summer adorn EW. Students in many classes are completing Sunflowers created in various media. 5th graders learned about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh and mimic his style in sunflower chalk paintings. 4th grade artist study REALISM in art by observing sunflowers and working in oil pastels to create Value in the flowers.

Enjoy the these creations as they make their way home.

Music with Mrs. McClanahan

In music this month we are studying dynamics, the softness and loudness of music. Quite fitting as Halloween is all about contrast of volume. The students and I ask a small favor on their behalf: when asking to change the volume on the TV/computer/Xbox game, could you please ask them to make it softer instead of saying, "turn it down". The latter makes music more difficult for students as up/down is a much different concept than soft/loud. We thank you in advance. Have a "dynamic" month!

Pop Tabs

Our school strives to help our students see the benefits of helping others. These opportunities not only benefit the recipients of our efforts, but those that do the good deeds. Did you know that in 2016 the Ronald McDonald House of Milwaukee helped provide services, including nearly 2000 family stays at little or no cost? They offer a place for families to stay together while their children receive medical care at Children's Hospital of WI or other area hospitals. These families come from 569 Wisconsin communities, all 50 states and many countries around the world. A simple thing that has a big impact is to collect Pop Tabs off of cans. Each year Edgewood students donate these to the Ronald McDonald House. They are recycled for money which is then utilized to help families in need. Start collecting and sending them in--the collection boxes are in each classroom!

Earn money for our EHSA when you shop on Amazon!

Go to https://smile.amazon.com/. Search for the "Edgewood Home and School Association, Inc." A small percentage of every purchase will come to the EHSA. Easy for you, $ for the school!

Upcoming Dates

10/20--Halloween Dance, sponsored by the EHSA, 6-8pm

10/20-10/25--Bookfair (open during lunch for kids, and during conferences)

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.

12/8--Coffee with the Principal: Learn about our work so far with goal-setting

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