The Cutting Edge

August 2019

Back to School Night

Each grade level will host a back to school 30 minute meeting for parents. We have purposely scheduled the event over two evenings to allow parents with multiple children to attend each grade level event.

August 13 First Grade 6:00 pm

Kindergarten 6:30 pm

August 15 Second Grade 6:00 pm

Third Grade 6:30 pm

Fourth Grade 7:00 pm

An Amazing Start to a Fantastic School Year!

Thank you to parents, students, and staff for making the first week of school a huge success. Overall, students jumped right back into the swing of school. Everyone is learning procedures and routines, even our new students and kindergarten students have adjusted beautifully. School wide, we already had our first fire drill and storm weather drill for the month of August. I am always fearful that our younger students may become frightened or overwhelmed by the loud siren warning signals, but everyone did fantastic. We are all truly excited for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. On behalf of the Edgelea staff, we thank you for entrusting your most precious children to us. We looking forward to learning and growing together this school year.

Preparing for a strong school year!

It is a myth that teachers have the summer off! Many teachers spent countless hours preparing classrooms, learning new teaching strategies, attending educational conferences, and participating in educational book studies this summer.

On August 1st, the Edgelea staff participated in professional development with a focus on understanding that children need calming classroom environments in which to learn. School wide, we are committed to cultivating peaceful, engaged classrooms by empowering students with mindfulness activities, breathing strategies, and opportunities to process learning through exercise and brain breaks. If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Teaching students how their brain works is a huge step. Even young students can learn strategies for priming their brains to learn more effectively.

As you walk throughout our building, you will notice our new "sensory paths" in the hallways. These were designed to provided children with exercise and movement opportunities. We also have a hallway with breathing stations and yoga stations. Our school occupational therapist is working to create "Minds In Motion" in our school this year, too. As we work to transform our hallways and classrooms, please know this is an ongoing task and will not be complete for quite a while but we are heading in the right direction.

Edgelea has two sensory paths....check them out!

Last year, we did a big fund raiser in September and earned enough money to purchase two sensory paths for Edgelea. According to the Sensory Path, what makes it unique is the research behind what they have formulated. It is a series of movements that offer the child the necessary proprioceptive and vestibular input so children can refocus and attend which ultimately increases cognition and retention of new information. Students who use the sensory path were found to have a huge reduction of sensory seeking behaviors and an increase in cognitive functioning. The Sensory Path has been identified as helping students with Autism, Sensory needs, ADD/ADHD and many other students who benefit from the specific movements designed in the path.
  • It helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
  • It encourages the development of motor skills.
  • It supports language development.
  • It encourages 'scientific thinking' and problem solving.
  • It can involve mindful activities which are beneficial for all children.

Upcoming Calendar Events for August and September

August 13 Back to School Night: First Grade 6:00 pm; Kindergarten 6:30 pm

August 15 Back to School Night: Second Grade 6:00; Third Grade 6:30; Fourth grade 7:00 pm

August 16 Edgelea Spirit Day. Wear gold and black.

August 22 Mrs. Ave at Hiatt for Cognitive Coaching Training

August 26 Spirit Day: Cartoon Day.

September 2 No School Labor Day

September 3 TPA Meeting 6:00 pm. Teacher Parent Association. Everyone is welcome!!

September 6 ALL PRO DADS 7:00 am

September 6 Spirit Day: Super Hero Day

September 12 Goodies with Grandparents A-L Families

September 13 Goodies with Grandparents M-Z Families

September 20 Tree Lafayette 8:45 and 1:00 3rd graders in Maker Space Room

September 20 Spirit Day: Broncho Spirit Day. Wear red and black.

September 23 Picture Day…Smile and say cheese

September 24 TPA Sponsored Event…Books for Bingo 6:00 pm

September 26 Mrs. Ave at Hiatt for Cognitive Coaching

September 27 Pink Walrus Night-TPA event. Bring flyer and Edgelea receives a portion of profits

3-minute Mindful Breathing Meditation (Relieve Stress)

Opening Day at JHS

LSC teachers were welcomed back to school by special guest speaker and teacher of the year, Michael Bonner. Click on the link below to see Michael Bonner's appearance on the Ellen Show.

"Educators who create a welcoming learning environment where students can see themselves with the lessons and assessments will increase the chance of that child succeeding"

Michael Bonner

Load and Go! It is working!

WOW!!! We had all students loaded in their cars and the last car left the lot at 3:01. That is UNBELIEVABLE for the second day of school. THANK YOU to every person who is focused and helping our students leave the building calmly and successfully. It does take the entire village. Please know that we appreciate your help and effort before and after school. We are making a better, safer, calmer entry and exit for our children. THANK YOU to parents and staff members!!!

Great news! The Lafayette School Corporation School Board and central office administration continue to work towards building Edgelea a better, bigger, and safer parking lot for pick up and dismissal. It is slated for construction in 2020.

All Pro Dads

All Pro Dads will meet the first Friday of ever month between 7:00 and 7:45 am. (No breakfast meeting in January and May). All Pro Dads serve a simple breakfast of donuts or pancakes. All dads, uncles or other important people are welcome to bring the kids and come for breakfast and fellowship. There is no charge.

All Pro Dad’s breakfast is about building and strengthening the relationships of dads and kids by taking at least 1 morning a month to spend quality time with our kids and let them know how much we care about them, and how much we want to be an active part in their lives.

. You will be glad you did. BE EXCITED! BE INVOLVED! BE…..AN ALL PRO DAD!!!! Watch for more information in our September Cutting Edge Newsletter.

What is TPA ?

TPA is the Edgelea Teacher Parent Association. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this group. The TPA meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in the Edgelea Library. What exactly does TPA do? They sponsor many fun, exciting family events at Edgelea such as STEM Night, Bingo Night, Fine Arts Night, All Pro Dads. They raise funds to support Edgelea teachers and students. Currently, they are saving money to go towards new playground equipment. Please consider coming to our TPA meeting on September 3 at 6:00 pm in the library.
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TPA moms Deanna Hersheberger and Megan Vrendenburg create a warm welcome at Edgelea.

Edgelea Contact Information

Edgelea Elementary

2910 S. !8th Street

Lafayette, IN 47909


Ana Ave, Principal

765-772-4780, ext. 2500

Mandy Fisher, Asst. Principal

Tammy Guenther
Attendance Clerk

Shannon Wagner

Ashley Sainer

Beth Armstrong