Back to School
Important information for the beginning of the 2019/2020 school yeaR
Well Hello Edison Families!
I am so excited to welcome you to another school year. We have a couple of changes to share with you and we want to ask you to join us in some of the challenging, necessary and important work we will be engaging in this year.
Please join me in welcoming Alicia Coughlan to our Edison team. She will be teaching 5th grade with Mrs. Johnson. She comes to us with a wealth of experience both as an educator and an Edison parent. Sarah Lacey will be taking on a new role this year as our Title I coordinator and as a teacher coach. Christine Hinrichs will be teaching 2nd grade with Laura Hood and finally, Crystal Thomas will be teaming up with Matt Wade to teach 4th grade.
As you may recall, Edison was identified as an “At Risk” school this past year due to our performance on the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test. Last year Edison leadership and staff completed our school improvement plan. In short, we are focusing on three areas: attendance, English Language Arts (ELA) and community involvement.
To get the year started on the right foot, I want to discuss the importance of regular attendance. Studies show that half the students that miss 2-4 days of school in the first month will go on to have chronic attendance problems. Chronic attendance is defined as students that miss 10% of their schooling (18 days in a year, 2 days a month.) Students with chronic absenteeism are more likely to experience negative effects on their academic progress than those that attend regularly.
Children who are chronically absent (10% or more) in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school.
One other change we’d like to share concerns drop off in the morning. We would like to try moving drop off to the playground. Last year I think I earned more grey hair trying to supervise out front with all the cars and the busses and kids being kids. By moving drop off to the playground, students can run and play in a controlled and much safer environment.
SAVE THE DATEs
- Tuesday, September 3rd, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. will be your opportunity to visit your classroom. It’s a chance to meet your teacher, classmates and bring in school supplies.
- Wednesday, September 4th, classes begin!!!
- Friday, September 6th, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. will be the Edison back to school Block Party. An opportunity to connect or reconnect with friends and teachers and learn about your school. There will be food, music, information booths and lots of fun activities.
We hope you have had a great summer break. We can’t wait to see you and get the year started!
If you have any questions, call our office at (541) 790-8900. You may also email Nan Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org