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Edison Language Academy – Together Through Two Languages (310) 828-0335 www.edison.smmusd.org
ANNOUNCEMENTS LOVE YOUR SCHOOL MONTH – You still have time to make a direct donation to Edison in February and be entered in the raffle for movie tickets and dinner. We’re half way to our goal! PTA funding really does make a difference for students, giving them field th trips to museums, concerts, plays, the 5 Grade Catalina trip, etc. Monthly assemblies on campus expose them to everything from the live dairy cow and calf that visited this year, music and dance performances, and an upcoming visit from the Chinese Acrobats. Your contributions also help provide KidBiz, the Spanish and English reading program used by students in grades 2-5. 100% of your donation goes to programs for Edison children. LOVE YOUR EDISON LIBRARY! Volunteers still needed on Monday mornings 2/22 and 2/29 to help Carol prepare NEW books for the library, and other tasks. Please email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the library bulletin board to sign up. THE VALENTINES DANCE was fabulous!! Dancing of all types, Loteria, Karaoke, Crafts, Face Painting and delicious food were enjoyed by a huge number of Edison families on Friday, February 12. We so appreciated the alumni volunteers from SMC, Samohi, and JAMS! Special thanks to Event Chairperson Jan Chantarasompoth , Raffle Chair Luhanda Garvin, Food Sales Chair Stefani Gazanna, and all the many volunteers who made this such a fun evening! CORAZON DE VIDA COLLECTION -- We are continuing to collect new underwear and socks for the children in the Corazon de Vida orphanage in Ensenada, B.C. There are boxes in each classroom and in the breezeway. Can you add to the Edison donation? Unfortunately the February 27 trip to Ensenada has been cancelled.
INFORMATION NIGHT FOR PRE-K AND T-K If you are interested in the Pre-K (Seaside Preschool) and T-K (Bridges) programs opening at Edison in 201617, please join us on February 23 at 6:00 p.m. for an information evening about these new programs. We will not have childcare available. Please don’t bring any children.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK: AFTER THE PROGRESS REPORTS Last week, teachers sent home Progress Reports for the first semester. Thanks for bearing with us as we encountered a few technical difficulties that caused a few days’ delay. Progress reports are an important continuation of the conversation between parents and teachers that began during fall Parent-Teacher Conferences. At that time, if teachers felt there was a danger of a student not meeting standards by the end of the school year, each designed an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for the student . The ILP contained recommendations for additional steps to be taken at school and at home. Sometimes these plans included provision of intervention classes before or after school, or work with reading specialists during the school day to accelerate reading and writing skills. So some of our students have been coming early, staying late, or working with specialists during the school day to supplement classroom instruction. Often IPLS included recommendations for independent reading – including specific goals for ST Math or Kid Biz -- and specific things that teachers or parents would do to support learning. These actions were both to help students catch up with standards or push themselves further to achieve their personal best. Please review your child’s Progress Report carefully for an update on progress during the first semester and possibly some additional recommendations for the second semester. Teachers are now working with parents to update the ILPs – adjusting goals to reflect progress, making additional suggestions, and/or recommending a Student Success Team (SST) meeting to examine further why a student may not be making progress. The SST meeting generally involves the parents, teacher, principal and some of the school’s specialists and counselors. If interventions have been provided, adjusted and followed and student progress still lags, the SST team may make a recommendation for counseling, different services, or an evaluation for possible learning disabilities. If you have questions about your child’s progress report or how to continue to support their progress, please contact your child’s teacher. We have high expectations for all our students and are committed to working with families as a team to help all students make appropriate progress. When teachers, the school, students, and families work together, our students succeed! February 17 Metro Expo Line Safety Assemblies
February 23 Pre-K and T-K information night 6:00 pm
February 29 – March 2 th 5 Graders to Toyon Bay, Santa Catalina Island
CREST Spring Camps, Tennis, AIW Writing Camp