Week at a Glance

"B" Week- December 15th to December 19th, 2014

Monday, Dec. 15- Monday Meeting- Certified Staff, Individual Reflection/ Intermediate Wing PARCC assessment readiness (Grades 3-6)


Wednesday, Dec. 17 Holiday Staff Breakfast, in the Lounge

11:00 A.M.- 9:00 P.M. Go Roma "No Cook" Night- PTO Fundraiser


First/Second Grade Musical- ELFis and the Sleigh Riders-and- 5th and 6th Grade Chorus!

1:45 P.M. Performance, Edgewood Gym

6:30 Performance, at JJHS


Thursday, Dec. 18th- No Band Lessons- Congratulations to Brad for his opportunity to present at the Midwest Clinic, in Chicago!


4:30 P.M. Edgewood Holiday Staff Party-

The Wise Boxer Pour House, 16 W. Jefferson, Naperville

Many thanks to Robyn, Lindsey and Laura for planning our celebration!


Friday, Dec. 19- Holiday Parties- Classroom teachers please be sure to notify Kerri if there will be any change in students' lunch orders on this day. Please also let Specials teachers and interventionists know of any schedule changes on this day.

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We Empower 2014

It was great to see and hear so much about innovation and motivating learning in student-centered conversations that took place yesterday! The key note speaker, Martin Moran, really pushed us to think about what our students are creating during learning. It is valuable for us to display or show as many works in progress as possible... because this provides genuine opportunities for feedback, and students and teachers can learn from one another!

I am looking forward to stopping by Team mid-day collaboration times, or other small moments in time we can meet, and hearing about your "take-aways" from our W.E. 14 in-service day.

I also just found an article that perfectly aligns with the focus of many of yesterday's sessions... meaningful student engagement.

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

Persevering Through Poverty

This past week, Robyn shared with me an article featuring a book recently released in October, Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, by Linda Tirado. The autobiographical stories about poverty she tells have been widely acclaimed since last year, through a blog she created, and the two articles below are worth reading as we continue to think about the impact of generational poverty and/or situational poverty that many of our Edgewood families are experiencing.

Why Poor People Stay Poor

Linda Tirado: What I Miss About Being Poor


With the Holiday Season in full swing, I fondly reflected on the fact that Edgewood School has a wonderful history of reaching out to help families in our community. Michelle Strezo has obtained eight $50 Jewel gift cards, for our homeless families, and I would like to have a staff Goodwill Drive this week. Please bring in any lightly used or new items, to be collected in boxes in our Lounge. On Friday, we will deliver all items collected from you to the Goodwill Store and Donation Center in Woodridge, on Woodward Ave.

School Psychologist to help during medical leave...

This past week, Nancy Ericksen and I interviewed a candidate who will be able to work with us while Nancye Wertz is still away on medical leave. Diana Valdivia has helped in the past with bilingual evaluations in Woodridge, and she has been hired full-time now to help both Murphy and Edgewood Special Ed. teams as our school psychologist. We are hoping that she will be in both buildings by next week, and I know that she will receive a warm welcome from our staff!

Upcoming Things...

Enjoy a restful Winter Break with family and friends!

December 20- January 4th


January 5th, 2015- School Resumes

Classroom Teachers- Please help with Playworks time with your students the first three days of our return from Winter Break. Playworks maps and activities will be e-mailed to you, to help all of us reconnect and reinforce our outside/inside (depending on the weather) behavior expectations during Playworks.

January Edifier will go home with students today.


January 6th- Tanya at Admin., in the AM

3:00 to 4:00 After school activity sessions begin.


January 9th- PRIDE Lunch, in the LRC


Assessment dates to keep in mind:

DESSA SEL Screening- January 12-16

January Benchmark Assessments- STAR and AIMS Web- January 12-23

ACCESS Testing Window- January 12 to February 12

(Scheduled assessment times, specific for your students, will be provided in January.)

Our 4th Graders Wrote Holiday Letters of Thanks to our Men and Women in Service

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