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Edison Language Academy – Together Through Two Languages (310) 828-0335 www.edison.smmusd.org

ANNOUNCEMENTS SMMUSD BIKE IT! – WALK IT! DAY will be observed at Edison on Friday, October 10. Bike, walk, scooter, take the bus, or carpool to school on the 10th. PTA Health and Safety Committee will be at the gate to recognize students who use alternate transportation that day. THE GREAT SHAKE OUT IS COMING On October 16 (10/16) at 10:16 a.m., Edison along with schools throughout California will be practicing our emergency response systems for dealing with a large earthquake. The students will practice their usual Duck, Cover and Hold and evacuation drills. Our staff members are all assigned to various emergency teams and we will be practicing our roles during that time. Do you have a home safety plan in place in the event of a big quake? FOCUS AND ATTENTION WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS, PART II – Bobby Verdugo from the UCLA School Function Program will be back on October 22 at 8:30 am for a second workshop for parents on strategies to use at home with children who have focus and attention challenges. Come to Room 208. RUN FEST (formerly the Santa Monica 5000) is back on Sunday, October 19, 2014! Participate and fundraise for your favorite high school team, club or SMMEF! Register at www.santamonicarunfest.com. On the registration form, after you select your t-shirt size, make sure to fill in your school or team name in the box. You can also fundraise at www.crowdrise.com/2014runfest. There are timed 10K, 5K, walk, and retro run events – something for everyone. PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES are coming at the end of the month. We have a pupil free day on October 29 and minimum days until November 5. Please check with your child’s teacher for available appointments. PARENT VOLUNTEER TRAINING - If you are a new parent or if the last time you did the training was more than four years ago, please join us on October 10th at 5:00 p.m. in room 208.

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK: OCTOBER AT EDISON October is a very busy month at Edison. In addition to all the special events detailed in the announcements column, October is prime instructional time for students! October is also the beginning of flu season, so to make illness less likely at this time, pay extra attention to good nutrition, early bedtimes, and good hygiene, including frequent hand washing, and teaching children to cover their mouth or nose with a tissue or a sleeve when they cough or sneeze. The County Health Department also recommends flu vaccinations for everyone except infants under six months of age. If your child does get the flu, then he or she needs to stay home and must be fever free for 24 hours to return to school. Plans are also underway for one of the most distinctive and beloved Edison events -- the Fall Festival and Día de los Muertos celebration. This year the celebration will be held on Saturday, November 8. There are parts of this event that you would find in any other fall carnival -- games and crafts, a haunted house, music, and food! But the event is also a cultural observance of Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos. This holiday originated among indigenous peoples in modernday Mexico and Central America and goes back perhaps 2,500-3,000 years. It is about remembering those we love and honoring those who have already left this life. Nearly every culture has its rituals to remember the dearly departed. And collectively we honor the memories of people important to the larger community by inscribing their names on memorials, observing their birthdays as holidays, or naming streets, hospitals and schools after them. Our Edison commemoration of the Day of the Dead incorporates several different cultural traditions, including the custom of the household ofrendas constructed in many homes in Mexico and Central America. Each classroom decorates a table with things that remind us of people (and sometimes pets) that were special to the children in that classroom. You may see food and water, flowers and candles, works of art, notes, and pictures on the altars. A hardworking team of parents is busy organizing the tamalada, haunted house, structure for the altars, after and crafts and food sales. Each year we seem to add something new and rich to the observance. Don’t miss it! October 15 – PTA Association Meeting 8:30-9:30 AM CAFETERIA

October 24 – Blue Dog Orders Delivered

October 29 - Pupil Free Day for Parent Teacher Conferences

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October 13 ePacket  

Bike it! Walk it!, Frozen, Writing Workshop, Menchies Fundraiser, Wellbeing Festival

October 13 ePacket  

Bike it! Walk it!, Frozen, Writing Workshop, Menchies Fundraiser, Wellbeing Festival