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Edison Language Academy – Together Through Two Languages (310) 828-0335 www.edison.smmusd.org
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK: A FOCUS ON CHARACTER AND VALUES
ANNOUNCEMENTS New Computers! Funding from Santa Monica’s Measure ES has provided Edison with rd th th enough Chromebooks for each 3 , 4 , and 5 grade student to have access to a laptop computer in his or her classroom! These computers will be used for the State SBAC testing but also for other work throughout the year. We were also fortunate to have a huge technology budget when we moved to the new school. With this new infusion of technology, we are almost at a 1:1 ratio of computers to students schoolwide! What a tremendous resource! Lost and Found --Missing a sweater, sweatshirt, lunchbox or umbrella? Check the Edison Lost and Found in the hallway between the Administration Annex and Room 208. The shelves and coatracks are full! Whatever is not claimed by January 16 is being donated to charity, so come and search now and reclaim your child’s lost property! Reflective Parenting Workshop – A 10week workshop on effective parenting provided by Family Service of Santa Monica will begin 1/22 from 9:00-10:30 am at McKinley Elementary. The workshop is free for Edison parents, but space is limited. If you’re interested call (310) 451-9747. This workshop is in English; a workshop in Spanish will be offered later in the year. Facilities Update: Work continues to prepare for excavation of a large underground cistern to store storm water for use in irrigation. The preschool parking lot is being re-graded and asphalt should be installed soon (rain delay). Film is being installed on the transom windows in classrooms to reduce morning glare – which will be a big help to us. The new architects are reviewing sound data collected in the cafetorium to find ways to improve acoustics, and work continues on how to best add rooftop heating and cooling systems to the classroom wings. We continue meetings with the construction team each Wednesday at 7:45 am. For more detail about completed and pending projects, visit: http://fipcontractors.smmusd.org/edison-newconstruction.aspx or join us at our weekly Wednesday meetings at 7:45 am.
One of the things that I love about dual immersion programs is that along with academic goals (proficiency in both languages and high academic achievement in all content areas) immersion programs also are designed to develop students’ self-esteem and build positive intercultural attitudes and communication. There are several ways we work toward this third goal, starting with a focus on building a safe school climate and the expectation that students treat each other with respect and acceptance. In a safe and accepting climate, students can feel free to take risks in using their second language, proposing a math strategy, contributing to a classroom discussion, expressing an opinion, or being their own unique selves. We expect that students will treat each other with respect and resolve interpersonal conflicts with problem solving skills. So we teach Cool Tools and use the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program to help children learn to be up-standers and not by-standers. This work is guided by a set of core values that guide our learning community. There are a beautiful series of student oil paintings in the cafetorium that illustrate some of these key values. The Character Counts assembly earlier this month, discussed the Edison values that are part of the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. In January we also have a couple of important Edison projects that reinforce some of these values:
As a way of expressing caring for others, each year Edison collects donations for the Corazon de Vida Orphanages and families have the opportunity to sign up for a bus trip to Tijuana to deliver the supplies and spend the day with the children in one of the Corazon de Vida Orphanages on February 28. Can you contribute something for the children of Corazon de Vida? Diapers, wipes, tooth brushes and toothpaste are all needed. Watch for more information.
To live into the values of kindness (caring) and justice (fairness), Edison each year participates in The Kindness and Justice Challenge. In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we spend a month intentionally practicing acts of kindness and justice – at school, at home, and in the community. Students record these acts on slips of paper that we combine together in a big paper chain. Please feel free to join us in recording kind and just acts and adding them to our chain – and to remind your student to practice kind and just acts at home.
January 19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL
January 21 – Site Council Meeting, 4:006:00 p.m. – Community Room
January 28, Sexual Development and Behavior in Children, 8:30 am in Rom 208.
School Smarts, Shaka Shack, Tennis, Westside Aquatics