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Edison Language Academy – Together Through Two Languages (310) 828-0335 www.edison.smmusd.org
ANNOUNCEMENTS Student Investigations for Hispanic/ Latino Heritage Month – There is still time to turn in student submissions for the “Did You Know?” /Wall of Knowledge bulletin on Hispanic/Latino Heritage. National PTA Reflections Program – invites students to make art responding to the theme LET YOUR IMMAGINATION FLY! PTA Volunteers will be offering some workshops at lunchtime to encourage students to participate in making art. Attention Kinder Parents! -- Would you like to help plan a fun event for our Edison community? If so, join the 2015-16 Kinder Committee and help plan the next Movie Night for the Spring! It is a great way to meet new people and to serve your volunteer hours for the Edison community. If you are interested, please contact Jan Chantarasompoth, VP Special Events at email@example.com or (310) 8499741.
Attention Challenges and Children: A Parent Workshop. Edison families are invited to a workshop on attention challenges that elementary school aged children typically face. Parents will be provided strategies that can help to improve their child’s attention and focus in school and home. Parents will also be provided with an overview of UCLA School Function Services at Edison and how these services can help with their child’s learning needs. Wednesday, October 14, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Room 100 at Edison.
Sibling Attending Kinder in 20162017? – See Yoly right away for an application for your younger child. A completed application is due by November 13 in order to receive a sibling priority. Fall Raffle – Tickets are on sale now for Edison’s Fall Raffle. 1st prize is $1,000 cash. 2nd prize is an Electra 7D Beach Cruiser. 3rd prize is $250 cash. An initial packet of tickets went home last week. If you need more, see the office.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS/ FALL FESTIVAL The Edison community is already hard at work organizing Edison’s annual Fall Festival/Día de los Muertos, to be held on Saturday afternoon, November 7th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. It has elements of many school fall carnivals (games for children, inflatables, face painting, a haunted house, etc), but it is also so much more. As a Spanish-English dual immersion school, Edison focuses on the cultures of the Americas. We learn about each other’s cultures in an open and respectful environment and often find that there are many values and practices we hold in common. For example, nearly all cultures have some ways that they honor or remember the dearly departed. So at the Edison Fall Festival, we include a look at the Days of the Dead observed in Mexico, Central America and parts of South America on Nov. 1 and Nov.2. At the Festival, the cafetorium will be transformed into a solemn series of classroom “altars” that contain items that help us remember our departed. The altars may include pictures of departed loved ones (including pets), flowers, artwork, water, candles, favorite foods and drink, fruit, papel picado (tissue paper cutouts), etc. The items on the tables are known as “ofrendas” or offerings – helping us remember some of the things that our departed loved the most in their time on earth. The traditional belief is that the spirits of the departed come back to visit during the Days of the Dead. However, this is not a scary holiday in the way of Halloween, but rather a quiet time of remembrance. Accompanying the altars is a large carpet or “alfombra” made of colored sawdust, rice, beans, and sometimes fruit – making an intricate but very temporary work of art on the ground in the tradition of the mandalas. On the entertainment stage there will be a student Mariachi and other live Latin Music, Ballet Folklorico, Aztec Dancers, and Flamenco Dancers, and a third-grade theater presentation. To tempt you In the food pavilions you’ll find tamales, tacos, pupusas, aguas frescas, and Asian food in addition to pizza and delicious deserts. And among the arts and crafts you’ll find an opportunity to decorate sugar skulls. Come and join us for this uniquely Edison festival! . October 21 – PTA Association Meeting 8:30 am Community Room
October 28 – Parent Workshop: Attention Challenges 8:30 am Room 208
October 28 – Picture Re-Take Day
Sibling Enrollment, Direct Donation, Dia de los Muertos / Fall Festival Information and Raffle, Boy Scouts, CREST Basketball