News Post

Martha McGreal

Edison Talk205 – January 24, 2022
         All School Award – Pajama Day
         REACH Identification
         Late Arrival – Wednesday, January 26
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         Edison Website
         Edison PTA Website

Pajama Day - Tuesday, January 25 - Our “Pajama Day” jar filled up rather quickly as our staff has been “catching” students doing their best and giving them BRAVO Awards. Because the Pajama Day jar filled up with BRAVO Awards we will have our first “All school Award - Pajama Day” on Tuesday, January 25. Congratulations Edi-Linc!

REACH Identification - The REACH identification process utilizes multiple metrics to identify 2nd and 5th grade students that qualify for REACH programming for the 2022-2023 school year. Information about the program and process can be on the district’s REACH website and the identification rubric for 2nd/5th graders including the timeline can be found HERE. Families who are interested in appealing or applying for the REACH program (ELA and/or math) in 2nd-5th grade can view the timelines & eligibility requirements for that process for current 2nd graders, 3rd/4th graders, & 5th graders.

Late Arrival Day – Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – Please see the schedule below for arrival times. All entry and departure procedures for a regular day are continued. Kindergarten students will line up outside of the front office and 1st to 5th grade will line up on the back blacktop.

1st to 5th Grade
8:00am – 9:30am – Staff Development
9:30am – 9:45am – Student Arrival
9:35am – First Bell Rings – Students Enter Building
9:45am – Classes Begin
3:00pm – Students Dismissed

AMK
9:30am – 9:45am – Student Arrival
9:35am – First Bell Rings – Students Enter Building
9:15am – Classes Begin
11:52am – Students Dismissed

PMK
12:45pm – Students Arrive
12:52pm – Students Enter Building
3:00pm – Students Dismissed

Please click this link for the Late Arrival Bus Schedule

The Late Arrival schedule for 2021-22 will be as follows:

     Wednesday, January 26
     Wednesday, February 9, 23
     Wednesday, March 9, 23
     Wednesday, April 13, 27
     Wednesday, May 11 

Previous Messages

Foundation Showcase 2022 - The Showcase will be held on February 5th, 2022 at Medinah Country Club and will be a night filled with musical entertainment featuring D205 Students, comedian- Pat Tomasulo, dinner/cocktails, auctions, & raffles!   This is our largest fundraiser of the year and its success is crucial to our ability to continue to do great work for our D205 Students.

You can purchase your tickets here!

If you cannot attend, you can still support Foundation 205. 

  • You can make a donation here 
  • Purchase raffle tickets for one of three great prizes here 
  • You can also bid on our amazing auction items from your phone!  Click here and choose "Can't Attend but want to stay in the know" and you will receive a link to register for our mobile auction!  No need to be present to win, we will deliver any items you win!

Foundation 205 is an independent, privately funded non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovation in education in Elmhurst Public Schools.  In 2020-21 we re-invested $250,000 in D205. 

Valentine’s Day - We will not have a Valentine’s Day Party, we are using our 2nd yearly party as a closure to the "Edi-Linc" school year. The PTA is aware that we are not doing Valentine's Day parties and we are substituting our "Edi-Linc" closure party. 

For Monday, February 14, at classroom teacher’s discretion, they will carve out 15-30 minutes to hand out Valentine’s Day Cards and celebrate Valentine’s Day. Most likely your teachers will send similar information, however, below are two bullet points that will help you with your child’s Valentine’s Day cards.   

  • With so many of our children struggling with food allergies and other health conditions, Valentines cannot contain food or candy items
  • A few ideas to take into consideration for your Valentine's Day Cards include, cards, stickers, small craft, book, notebook, pencils or bracelets.

Cold Weather Reminders – Notes about student arrival and indoor/outdoor recess.

  • Weather.com is the app we use to determine student arrival procedures, indoor/outdoor lunch/recess.
  • If weather.com is 0 degrees or below real temperature or feels like temperature, we stay inside the building.
  • If weather.com is 1 degree or above real temperature or feels like temperature, we will go outside for recess. 
  • Please note, we always use the colder temperature (real temperature or feels like temperature) for our deciding indoor/outdoor recess.

Additional notes about lunch and snacks

  • When the temperature is above 40 degrees students will eat lunch outdoors
  • When the temperature is below 40 degrees students will eat lunch indoors
  • Snacks may be eaten in classrooms but they have to be 6 feet apart
  • When appropriate, snacks can be eaten outdoors during recess as we’ve done in the past

Winter Assessment Windows - Our Winter assessment windows are below. 

Access Testing (EL students) - January 12 to February 15
NWEA MAP (K-5) - January 10th to Jan 28. 
Fountas and Pinnell (reading levels)s (1st to 5th) - January 10 to February 4

Lunch and Snack Update – Given the strength of contagion from the COVID-19 Variant Omicron our students will continue to be 6 feet apart while mask less eating lunch. Additionally, we will be working with teachers to ensure that students eating snacks in classrooms or other areas of the building will be 6 feet apart.

Mask Reminder – Given the strength of contagion from the COVID-19 Variant Omicron please remind your children to keep their masks up and covering their mouth and nose.

COVID Vaccine Information - As more students get vaccinated we ask that you please be sure to share a copy of her/his vaccination card with our school nurse.  This will help school personnel report the most accurate information to the DuPage County Health Department, avoiding unnecessary quarantines for students, who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Onsite COVID Testing Available - As a service to our community, the District works with North Shore Clinical to provide voluntary onsite RT-PCR COVID testing for students and staff members.  To enroll your child in weekly testing, click here.  Once you have enrolled in weekly testing, we will send an email confirmation.  Weekly testing at Edison School is offered every Thursday morning before school. Please bring, or direct, your student to the Edison office between 7:50am and 8:10am. If your student rides a bus to school, we will direct them to the office, straight from the bus.  If a student does not come to the office before school, they will not be tested, as the testing staff leaves the building when school begins. For those interested in enrolling in our test-to-stay/ symptomatic testing, please complete the weekly testing consent form and then we will send you a confirmation email allowing you to opt-in to the test-to-stay/ symptomatic testing.

Planned Vacations - The following information is copied from the 2019-2020 Elementary School Parent Handbook, which is what's available on line on the D205 website.  

VACATIONS: Parents or guardians are expected to schedule vacations during the summer or on school holidays. In instances where absences are requested for vacation, parents/guardians must submit a written request to the student’s principal two weeks in advance. The absence will be considered unexcused if this procedure is not followed. Students approved for a vacation will be expected to complete missing class work after returning. Students will be given one day for each day missed to make up work. The school will not provide class work or assignments in advance.  

Reminder about keeping our school community healthy - We want to ensure that our school community remains healthy. As a reminder, if your student is experiencing any of the following symptoms, they should remain at home. 

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher), 
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache, 
  • Shortness of breath, 
  • New cough, 
  • Sore throat, 
  • Vomiting, 
  • Diarrhea, 
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell, 
  • Fatigue from an unknown cause,
  • Muscle or body aches from an unknown cause.

Additionally, students should remain home if any of the following apply:

  • The student has been asked to quarantine by the local health department.
  • The student has tested positive for, or is awaiting the results of, a COVID test.
  • The student is unvaccinated and a member of the household has symptoms of COVID or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Thank you for your role in helping keep our school community safe.

Attendance Line for Student Absences – If your child is ill and won’t be at school please call the attendance line 630-617-2381. Checking this phone line is one of our first tasks every morning. Your message will be received. Thank you.

Students Leaving for Lunch – If you are picking up your child for lunch, please remember to send your child’s teacher a note or email. This email or note will be forwarded to the office and your child will be waiting in the office for you when you arrive. Thank you.

Students Leaving for Appointments – If your child is leaving the school in the middle of the day, please include your child’s teacher only.

YMCA and Kindercare Transportation Changes – If you are using the YMCA or Kindercare after school services and you are changing your child’s transportation for the day, please include your child’s teacher, the office staff and the organization you are using, either the YMCA or Kindercare. Thank you. 

AM and PM Parking Reminder – I’d like to remind all of our families who are dropping off their children at school or picking them up, the front driveway parking lot and guest parking spaces should not be used for morning drop off or afternoon pickup. Parents should park on S. Fair Avenue or Huntington Lane in the morning for drop off or afternoon for pickup. During the morning arrival and dismissal time, bus traffic, room 108 and room 112 are the only allowed in the front parking lot. I appreciate your cooperation. 

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