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Edison Language Academy – Together Through Two Languages (310) 828-0335 www.edison.smmusd.org
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK: I CAN’T DO THAT --- YET
ANNOUNCEMENTS iBox Tops for Education –Bring those Box Tops in now through February 13. Valentines Raffle –If you’ve already sold your tickets, parents can pick up additional tickets from the front office. There are cash prizes for winners and incentives for individual students. Valentines Dance and Silent Auction – Join the Edison community on Friday, February 13 for our celebration of th the Día de Amistad. 5 grade parents are selling food, and the PTA is organizing dancing, a foto booth, face painting, crafts, karaoke and loteria in addition to the Silent Auction. Come between 5:30-8:30 p.m. for this great family evening. Proceeds benefit both the Edison PTA and the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF). Immunizations –If you initially signed a waiver for vaccination and you subsequently did get your child vaccinated, or if your child has received some vaccinations that we may not be aware of, please contact our school nurse Rachel Bressler right away. We want to work with you to keep all our students safe during this measles outbreak Facilities Updates:. For more detail, visit: http://fipcontractors.smmusd.org/edison-newconstruction.aspx or join us at our weekly Wednesday meetings at 7:45 am in the community room. th 5 Grade Parent Meeting on Math in Middle School – John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Principal Steven Richardson will speak about what Common Core Math Standards mean in middle school and how JAMS organizes its math offerings. Come to the Edison cafetorium on Monday, February 9 from 8:30-9:30 am. Stairway to the Stars – If you want to see the scope and depth of the SMMUSD Music Program, come to one of the Stairway to the Stars Concerts and see top ensembles from elementary, middle and high school. Concerts are held at Barnum Hall on the Samohi Campus on Feb. 10 (Choirs), Feb. 12 (Bands); and Feb. 18 (Orchestras). General admission tickets are available for $15.00/ticket at http://www.smmusd.org/vapa/stairway/ Parent Workshop on Sexual Development of Children If you missed this excellent parent workshop last week, visit the Edison web site for copies of the handouts. www.edison.smmusd.org. And mark your calendar for February 25 at 8:30 am for the Feb. parent workshop on Childhood Anxiety presented bilingually by Bobby Verdugo. Corazon de Vida – Collection of donations continues through February 27. To purchase the $50.00 bus tickets for the trip to Baja California on February 28, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/february-28-2015-edisonschool-trip-to-the-casa-hogar-maria-imaculada-orphanagehacienda-tijuana-tickets-15215533069
On Friday, February 6, winter progress reports go home. They report on the progress made to date toward meeting the year-end standards. Keep in mind that the students have until June to meet these standards – and some of the various skills listed may have not even been taught yet. This report lets you know how much progress they have made, using this scale:
4 - Masters Standards: Student demonstrates mastery of strand or cluster or standards expected by the end of the school year. Mastery is not generally achieved until the end of the year. 3 – Approaching Mastery: Student has mastered or nearly mastered some, but not all of the standards within a strand or cluster. Student is well on the way toward mastery by end of the year. 2 – Making Some Progress Toward Standards: Since the beginning of the year, student demonstrates growth toward many of the standards within the strand or cluster. With continued work and support, student may reach mastery by the end of the year. 1 – Making Little Progress Toward Standards: Student has demonstrated little progress toward mastery since the beginning of the year. Considerable work and support will be needed for student to achieve mastery.
During this reporting period, you want to see your child “making some progress” or “approaching mastery.” Teachers are differentiating instruction and providing extra support for those students who are scoring 1s and 2s and will want to confer with you about how we can work together to accelerate and support your child’s progress. The best way to think about this report if your child receives 3s, 2s, or 1s, is that they have not mastered standards -- yet. Not that they can’t, and not that they won’t. It just hasn’t happened yet. It will take continued perseverance and work – perhaps a little more work than done in the past – but mastery can happen. World-renowned Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck speaks of the “power of yet” – helping students to reframe “I can’t do it” to “I can’t do it yet”. It changes the statement from a negative to a positive. So if your child is discouraged to see less than 4s on their progress report, remind them that with work and determination, they can get to mastery. Then talk with his or her teacher to see how you can best support that effort. You can see Dr. Dweck on “the incredible power of yet” at http://www.greatschools.org/parentingdilemmas/7539-parenting-tips-power-of-yet-carol-dweck-video.gs
February 11 Site Council 4:00-6:00 p.m.
February 13 Valentines Dance and Silent Auction 5:30-8:30 p.m.
February 19 Bilingual Kindergarten Orientation (Parents coming must call front office to sign up)
Site Council, Valentine's Day Dance, Raffle, Corazon de Vida, Elemental Strings