#EWExcellence ~ Week of 04.04.2016

La ola del lago Spanish Immersion & Edgewood School

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Week of April 4, 2016

Feliz lunes,

What a beautiful weekend! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the wonderful weekend weather. Conferences are coming up next week. If there is any conference you would like me to be a part of - for any reason - please feel free to let me know. As always, parents love to hear descriptive stories about their children - this is a huge part in the relationship and personalization we strive for each day with our students. And of course we always want to have some very specific goals for students to attempt to attain by the end of the school year. Thanks for all you do to ensure we are relentlessly focused on the learning of our students.

I hope everyone has a great week!


Conferences are coming up!

**Thanks to the EWAC and LODL PTC - they will be providing dinner and appetizers the night of April 12 from 4:00 - 7:30.

Conferences for La ola del lago are:

April 12 (4:15 – 8:15), April 14 (4:15 – 6:15), and April 19 (4:15 – 8:15)

Circle of Friends Conferences are: (check your contract or with Becca for exactly what your contract says)

April 12 (Evening)

April 14 (8-4)

April 18 (Evening)

April 19 (Evening)

**Any CoF conferences that have ECSE teachers attending (including SLP, OT, PT, DHH, etc.) should plan on having conferences on either April 12 or 14, in order to ensure ECSE staff are available.

Just as the fall, please collaborate with the team to find a time. Teachers are responsible for setting up their own conference schedule.

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HEALTHIER CLASSROOM SNACK IDEAS (from Janeen Peterson - Child Nutrition Services Director)

Fresh Whole Fruit — Fruit is naturally sweet so kids love it. The best

kind for classroom settings are bananas, apples, oranges, cuties, nectarines,


Canned Fruits and Fruit Sauces-individual serving sizes — These can

be just as nutritious as fresh fruit. Look for brands packed in water or

natural juice. Don't forget to provide spoons!.

Dried Fruits — Look for brands with little or no added sugar: raisins,

apricots, apples, cranberries, pineapple, and papaya

Granola Bars — Look for a brand with a short list of ingredients. Try to

avoid chocolate covered granola bars that contain more sugar. Some brands

to try would be Nature Valley, Kashi, and Quaker Oats.

Fruit Leathers — Some brands of fruit snacks are more like candy than

fruit, and should be avoided due to their high content of added sugars and

lack of fruit. Brands TO AVOID include Fruit Rollups, Farley’s Fruit

Snacks, Sunkist Fruit Gems, Starburst Fruit Chews, Mamba Fruit

Chews, Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews, Original Fruit Skittles, and Amazin’

Fruit Gummy Bears. DO TRY Natural Value Fruit Leathers and

Stretch Island Fruit Leathers, which come in a variety of flavors and don’t

have added sugars.

Breakfast Cereals — Kids love snacking on dry whole grain cereals like

Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini Wheats, Kix and Wheaties make

good snacks. Look for cereals with no more than 35% added sugars by

weight1 (or roughly 8 grams of sugar per serving).

Whole Grain Crackers — Whole-grain individually packaged crackers

like Triscuits, which come in different flavors or thin crisps like Wheat

Thins(or similar woven wheat crackers), Kalvi Rye crackers, or whole

wheat Matzos. Also try other favorites such as Annie's Bunny Grahams

or Sunshine whole grain animal crackers

Please take a moment to complete this survey on E-STEM

Hi Everyone,

The committee sends this survey out annually and uses the results to identify how teachers are doing district-wide with integrating E-STEM into their classrooms. Please complete as soon as possible.


Note, some questions may require you to interpret what they might mean for early childhood. Here are a few key ones:

Interdisciplinary projects: consider activities in your classroom (both during choice time as well as in large group) – do they integrate more than one subject/concept such as math & technology or science & engineering.

Hands-on Science: Disregard the piece about National Geographic & think of just hands-on science opportunities in your classroom (during centers/tables and/or large group activities)

Science Notebooks: Journals

If you have any questions, let me know.

Thank you in advance for doing this.

Anna Dutke

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Referendum Site Teams Formed last week

As we all know, PLSAS has a referendum planned for May 24. Each school will have a specific site team designated.

La ola del lago Referendum Team:

Berenice Nava, LODL teacher, parent

Jillian Sullivan, LODL teacher, parent

Maleigh Anderson, LODL PTC president, parent

Maure Creager, LODL parent

Aaron White, LODL parent

Richie Kucinski, LODL administrator, parent

Claudia Carlos, LODL noon supervisor, parent

PLSAS Early Childhood Team:

Gina Hendrickson, EC teaching assistant

Jenna Johnson, ECFE secretary

Rebecca Richardson, Early Childhood Manager

Heather Dione, EWAC,EC parent

Anna Dutke, EC teacher

Tiffany Wengatz, EC parent, PLSAS Demographics committee

Richie Kucinski, Early Learning Coordinator, ECFE/CoF parent

#PLSASchat ~ Tuesdays at 8:00 PM & Twitter

I would like to commend those of you who are continuing to use Twitter to post pictures, professional articles or videos, and sharing the story of Edgewood with our community stakeholders by using hashtag #EWExcellence. I would like to remind everyone our district does a weekly Twitter chat on Tuesdays at 8:00. Please feel free to follow and contribute to #PLSASchat

Our Mission & Vision: Who We Are @ La ola del lago Spanish Immersion & Edgewood School

Welcome to Edgewood School, home to early learning and La ola del lago Spanish Immersion. Edgewood has some of the most caring and talented staff, parents and students. At Edgewood School, we are passionate about helping each and every student learn and grow. We are committed to providing each child a safe and nurturing environment that fosters creativity, play, and innovation. Our overarching goal is that all students, families, employees, and community members – everyone who walks through our doors – feel an overwhelming sense of belonging.