December 2023 Newsletter
Dates to remember
December 20 - Holiday Celebrations
December 21 - January 3 - Winter Break
Can you believe it? We're on the brink of Winter Break, and as we pause to catch our breath, I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey we've had this year. Time truly flies, and our students have been putting in their best efforts, making remarkable strides in their learning journeys.
From the first day of school until now, the growth and progress we've witnessed in our students have been nothing short of inspiring. It's especially heartwarming to see the development of our little ones.
As we approach the winter break, I encourage you to take a moment to sit down with your child and ask them about their school experiences. Inquire about the exciting things they've learned, the challenges they've conquered, and the friendships they've formed. These conversations provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with your child and celebrate their unique journey of growth.
With winter break just around the corner, we hope that you and your family take this time to rest, rejuvenate, and create lasting memories together. Whether it's through festive activities, quiet moments of reflection, or simply enjoying each other's company, may this break be filled with warmth and joy
Before we embark on this well-deserved break, I want to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. Your support, involvement, and dedication to your child's education make our school community truly exceptional.
I wish you a joyous winter break and a happy holiday season. May the coming year be filled with continued growth, learning, and memorable moments for your family.
We have been seeing an increase in safety issues with our morning drop off and would like to send out a reminder of our procedures here at Edgewood.
The morning bell to open our doors is at 8:50. No adults are outside during that time, please be aware if your kids are here before 8:50 that they are unsupervised. Once the bell rings at 8:50, our doors open and students are allowed in.
For students who are getting out of cars, we ask that they exit the car from the left side so that they are not having to walk in between cars. We do have some staff members that are leaving our building at drop off time, and we don't want kids to accidentally get out in front of a car that is pulling out of the parking lot. We do get those staff members into the line for safety so they should not be passing. Do NOT pass other cars in line, the safety risks are not worth it!
Parents are required to stay in their vehicles while in the car line, you are welcome to park if you need to exit your vehicle.
We have a lot of car riders in the morning! This can create a lot of traffic back up. If there is no one stopped in front of you, pull up to the stop sign to let your kid out of the car. There are staff members outside to help make sure they stay on the crosswalk/sidewalk and get into the building safely. Stopping earlier, means it takes longer for our car line to move through.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with morning drop off. If we all work together, we will have a smooth and safe drop off!
Dean of Students
Happy December! Students will continue to work on identifying emotions and how to react when they experience those emotions. With all the holiday activities that go on this time of year, students can struggle with emotion management. Take some time to talk with your child about strategies they have learned in class about managing emotions.
Just a reminder that our doors don’t open until 8:55. It’s getting colder, and students dropped off before 8:55 wait outside without an adult. Walkers should dress warmer and not leave too early for school.
To report a student absent please call the Edgewood Absence Line (available 24 hrs a day) at 937-578-6815 or email: EdgewoodAttendance@mevsd.us.
Please make sure to state your child’s first and last name as well as the reason for the absence.
If your child goes to the doctor or a medical (dental, counseling, etc) appointment, please request a doctor’s excuse as this will allow the absence to be coded as Doctor’s excused absence and will not count in their absence hours.
Please see the Attendance Section of the student handbook for specific information regarding attendance and absences. Or call the Edgewood Office at 937-578-6800 or email EdgewoodAttedance@mevsd.us with specific attendance questions
~News from the Nurse~
Recess:We still try to send the kids outside whenever the weather breaks. It’s getting cold and wet out there, there may be puddles outside so make sure your kiddos are dressed appropriately and have a change of clothes just in case they get wet.
Clothing items in the clinic are limited. Please always keep a change of clothing in your child's backpack. No matter what grade they are in. Spills, puddles, rips, and accidents can happen to anyone! Be sure to check as the weather changes that the extra clothes are appropriate for the temperatures outside. If your child does borrow clothes from the clinic, please wash and return them so that I have things available for the next student that needs them. I only have limited items.
Illness: We have seen a significant increase in illnesses recently. Please talk to your student about the importance of hand washing. Also, please watch for symptoms of respiratory and gastrointestinal issues. If your student is vomiting, has diarrhea, and/or is running a fever they need to stay home until they are able to go 24 hrs without any symptoms without medication.
Cough drops:If you are sending cough drops into school with your student, please be sure to make sure the cough drops are nonmenthalated and are not the lollipop kind. A good brand to go for is Luden’s or Halls Breezers. Also be sure to include a signed note giving your permission to administer the cough drops to your student. Please do not send in Lolleez.
Birthday reminder: We love celebrating birthdays! However, we do not allow food treats to be sent in anymore but we are always happy to pass out nonfood items such as pencils, stickers, crayons, plastic toys, crafts or fidgets. Please reach out to your child's teacher for guidance or recommendations.
What's Going on in Kindergarten?
Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather outside. We will try to get out as much as possible, and it is difficult when students are not dressed appropriately. Thank you!
In literacy, we are working through our Gingerbread Unit and getting ready to start on holidays. We have learned some new letters and are almost through the entire alphabet. Make sure to check reading bags to see the new UFLI Home Lessons using these letters.
In math, we started to learn about addition. We will continue to practice addition within 5, 10, and 20. Our next unit will be subtraction.
Fantastic 1st Grade
As we enter into the cold season PLEASE make sure your child is ready to go outside for recess. Coats, hats, gloves, etc. are going to be needed daily as we try to get out as much as possible during the winter. Thanks!
We have been working hard on our comprehension and phonics skills during whole group and small group time in our literacy blocks. We can retell stories, compare and contrast characters and nonfiction books about the same topics, name the main topic and main idea in nonfiction books, and are learning how to identify the lesson of a story. We worked on learning the difference between facts and opinions so that we could include true information when writing informational texts. We learned a lot about consonant digraphs like -ck, sh, ch, th, wh, and ph, and will start to dig into silent e next.
We're spending most of December reviewing time to the hour and half hour and identifying/counting pennies and dimes, as well as reviewing and reteaching skills from the first trimester that students need more time with. We are also learning about different math fact strategies like counting on and back, fact families, friends of 10, doubles and halves, and 10 and some more.
In science and social studies we worked on force and motion and economics. We are currently learning a lot about wants and needs and goods and services.
Spectacular 2nd Grade
As the weather has turned colder it’s important to dress warm for outdoor recess. Most days we try to get outside for recess.
Students are starting to work on two-digit by two-digit addition. They will learn different strategies to add with and without regrouping. In reading students have been learning about parts of a story. This skill will help students as they are beginning narrative writing. Students will write a narrative story about being trapped in a snowglobe. We have also transitioned back into Science and are working on Force and motion.
Please be on the lookout for our December Book It calendars to record nightly 20 minute reading homework for a chance to earn a FREE Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut!
Terrific 3rd Grade
Please remember to send appropriate outerwear with your student this time of the year for outdoor recess.
We are looking forward to Heritage Dolls being returned so that we can share our families' cultures with the class.
In reading, we have been working on retelling traditional literature stories and finding the theme or central message of the story.
In math, we have started part of our measurement unit. We are currently working on finding the area of rectangles and irregular shapes. Then we will learn how to find the perimeter of shapes.
In science, we have been working on our matter unit which includes forms of energy. We will learn about light, sound, heat, electrical & magnetic energy. We have done some neat experiments with each of these types of energy.
Please make sure your child reads 20 minutes every night and it is recorded on their reading log.
Fabulous 4th Grade
It’s that time of the year again so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for possible outdoor recess.
We are working on word problems using all 4 operations and interpreting the remainder in math. In reading, we just finished character, setting and plot and are moving on to making inferences in literature. Social studies we are learning about the first Ohioans.
Please continue to make sure your child is filing out their reading log and practicing math facts at home.
News from Technology
This month Kindergarten continued working on their typing and coding skills and advancing to harder levels. They also had some fun trying out some silly Turkey games. 1st Graders are practicing how to login with their google username and password instead of their QR codes. They are doing an awesome job and are logging in quicker and quicker each time. We also had some fun doing a Thanksgiving pixel art activity and then trying to search and pull it up from their google drive. 2nd Graders made some awesome digital Turkey Mosaics. They learned to create different shapes of different sizes and colors in google slides and then changed the background of their slide. 3rd Graders had fun learning how to rotate and move objects in google slides to try and guess Mrs. Erickson Thanksgiving mystery creations. It was a lot of fun seeing everyones interpretation of what could be created using the same objects. 4th Graders are doing a great job working in small groups to edit and refine their movie script. Coding Club members got a one year subscription to Bloxels and are having a great time designing and coding their own video game. 3rd Grade finished recordings for morning announcements and did a great job! We have officially moved on to 2nd Graders and they are already knocking it out of the park!
Your students have been busy in the Art Room this month! In Mrs. Ingraham’s classes, students have been learning how to show persistence in a project while learning new skills like drawing objects to appear close up and far away. They’ve also learned some tricks for landscape and portrait drawing. Mrs. Ingraham has been impressed with how much confidence the students have gained in making unique choices for their art.
Mrs. Riddle’s classes have been learning about how artists can repurpose old things to bring them new life through art. They’ve also enjoyed seasonal fall projects to see how artists use nature in their work.
Next month, we will begin projects to celebrate Edgewood’s Multi-Cultural Day. We are excited to show your kids how artists are inspired by their personal cultures and how artists impact the culture around them.
What’s going on in Phys Ed?
During the month of November, the students have been working on different gross motor skills. One particular skill the kids have worked on is kicking. The students participated in multiple types of games that required them to dribble a ball with their feet, trap the ball with their feet, and kick a ball towards targets with the inside of their foot. We will transition to other gross motor skills, such as throwing and catching, in the next couple of months.
Winter is here, and with that means very unpredictable weather. As a reminder, if we were to have any school closings, the letter day would be the same the next day. For example, if Monday were an A day and school is closed, then Tuesday would become an A day. Here is a list of classes and the letter day they have physical education:
B Day: 4th Tutak, 3rd Hodnichak, 2nd Hodnichak, 1st Grim, K Miller, K Howard
C Day: 4th Quitar, 4th Zollars, 3rd Dean, 3rd Vollrath, 2nd Brandenburg, 1st Schroeder, K Malone
E Day: 4th Counts, 3rd Jarrett, 2nd Mathew, 2nd Kinney, 1st Trouten, 1st Gerken, K Ciminillo
All Library books need to be brought to the library on the class library day. Please keep the plastic back pack with the library books. These will be turned in at the end of the school year and help the students keep the library books safe from damage and are easy to find in their backpacks or cubbies! For pictures of things happening in the library and updates on fun activities, please join our private EW Library Facebook page. You must answer the questions to be allowed to join that way our page stays private just for Edgewood families.
Library UA schedule as follows:
A Day: Grimm, Ciminello, Tutak, Dean and Mathew
B Day: Schroeder, Mallone, Quitar, Vollrath and Brandenburg
C Day: Trouten, Miller, Counts, Jarrett and 2nd Hodnichak
D Day: Gerken, Howard, Zollar, 3rd Hodnichak and Kinney