Edgewood's Tiger Talk

December 1, 2017

Notes from the Principal

I have a few different things to share this week:

1) Thank you to our EHSA for putting some technology fishing touches in our Learning Commons (AKA "library"). While we had a modern space, we lacked modern projection ability. EHSA purchased one of two large flat screens (one is in the conference room), and has committed to purchasing technology that allows us to easily project from any computer. We are enjoying the lovely new displays--they truly make the space complete!

2) My maternity leave is expected to begin on December 18th and end on March 4th. As I've mentioned before, Mrs. Jessica Stein will be acting principal while I'm out. She will be in the building Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, Mrs. Michlig and Mrs. Lepine (our instructional coach) will share administrative duties. All of us have been talking and planning a great deal to ensure a smooth transition.

3) Today we had our inaugural Learning Celebration. In our conversations as a staff, we recognized that we wanted to find a space to honor the learning and accomplishments of each child, celebrate children meeting goals, and provide opportunities for public speaking. Learning Celebrations fit the bill. This trimester, every 5th and 2nd grader shared something they've learned to do over the past trimester. If you're the parent of a 2nd of 5th grader, ask your child what they shared! We will have one near the end of each trimester, and every child in the school will have one opportunity to share.

4) As a staff, we've been learning about how to use goal-setting to help kids become more invested in their learning. At Coffee with the Principal on December 8th, I'll be highlighting some of the examples of the work being done so far. Come from 8-8:30. Have some coffee, meet other parents, and learn more about what your child is doing at school!

Classroom Spotlight--Mrs. Jegier--Writing

A couple of the big changes that have happened in schools over the past five years or so have been the increase in the use of non-fiction for reading and writing, and a belief that student choice and interest is important. You see both at play in Mrs. Jegier's first grade classroom.

Students are writing non-fiction. Both she and Mrs. Perkins marveled at how focused kids are on their topics. Students LOVE learning about things in the world--animals, weather, etc. Each child picked an individual topic to write about--something they are really interested in and know a lot about. The span of interests is wide--from WWE to giraffes to fairy wings to electric guitars. Whatever the topic, students are learning to organize their thinking, use writing conventions, and apply spelling patterns to express themselves.

Holiday Gift Idea

I read recently that the US has 3% of the world's children, but 40% of the world's toys. Experiences can be a great gift. A flyer came home last week about a "Let's Build it" Electronics class that will be offered on Mondays after-school at Edgewood. It's open to students in grades 1-5. Learn more here: https://www.learningmeansfun.com/description/lets_build_it.

Sharing Drive

Next Wednesday we'll begin a drive to collect food and other items for the Sharing Program at the High School. The sharing program supports families in need in our community. We'll be collecting:

-Gift Cards

-Baby items (e.g. diapers, wipes, formula)

-Canned foods/non-perishable items

-New winter hats & mittens

Winter Gear

Winter gear makes for a lot of stuff for kids to lose. If your child is missing a coat, mitten, hat, etc., remind them to check the lost and found at school. (It's located just outside of the cafeteria, between Kindergarten and 5th grade classrooms).

Is this game/movie/book appropriate for my kid?

Check out http://www.commonsensemedia.org to get reviews of movies, websites, games, and books for kids. What is in it that makes it PG, for example? Should I be worried about that App/Game they're playing? Check it out to find out!

Pop Tabs

Keep sending in those Pop Tabs! They benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Milwaukee.

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

12/8--Coffee with the Principal, 8-8:30 am in the Learning Commons: Learn about our work so far with Goal-Setting (which builds self-directed learning skills)

12/9--EHSA Breakfast with Santa, 9am-11am

12/14--1st Trimester Report Cards sent home in Thursday Folders

12/15--Wear orange and black or Edgewood shirts!

12/25-1/1--No School--Winter Break

1/18-Winter Concert at the GHS Performing Arts Center, K-2 @ 6:30, 3-5 @ 7:15

1/25--Family Fun Night, 5-7pm. Save the date!

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