Events & Programs


One School, One Story

Back by popular demand, the Edison PTA is bringing us the One School, One Story program! We will read A Boy called BAT by Elana K. Arnold.

Everyone in the Edison community - students, parents, teachers and support staff - will read this book over the same time period and can enjoy lively discussion about it in classrooms, the lunchroom, on the playground, in carpools, on soccer fields and around the kitchen table. This is meant to be one giant book share - a school that reads together stays together!

We invite you and your child(ren) to answer trivia questions for the chance to win a weekly prize. Trivia questions can be found below:

As a wrap up to this year's One School, One Story program we ask you to mark your calendars for the Family Night on Thursday, December 5th. Bring your child(ren) to enjoy a celebration of the main character, Bat, where we will come together to build awareness for and embrace our unique differences. We will also be exploring the consequences of treating wild animals as pets. More information to come!


2019-20 Theme: "Look Within"

Deadline: Projects due to the Edison office by November 8, 2019
Students may submit an entry in any of the six arts areas listed below. Only original works of art are accepted. It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home.  Once judged at the local level, the winners go on to the council and/or district judging. Those winners go to the Illinois PTA to receive recognition.

Select projects will advance from the state level to the National PTA level. The six arts areas are as follows:

There is also a Special Artist Division which is an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504 to have the opportunity and accommodations they may need in order to participate fully in the program.


Each project submission must include an official entry form. Feel free to attach an extra sheet if more room is needed for the Artist Statement, etc. Student Packet & Entry Form.

Also, parents are allowed to help type children's "Artist Statement" on the form so long as it is the child's exact words. 

2019/20 TIMELINE

November 8 – Projects due to Edison office

Early December – Select entries advance to DuPage East Regional Level

Late January – Select entries advance to State Level


Can I submit more than one project?

Absolutely! Students may submit as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like.

Can I submit a project with a partner or team?

No. Each entry must be the original work of one student only. An adult may not alter the creative integrity of a student's work. Because the program is designed to encourage and recognize each student's individual creativity, help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student's work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. See specific arts category rules and special artist division rules for details.

Can my parents help with my project?

See answer to question above.

Do I have to write an "artist's statement"?

Yes. This is required for each entry. Qualifying entries must include a project title and artist statement. The artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work. The statement must include at least 10 words and not exceed 100 words.

What is the judging criteria for projects advancing to the next level?

1) Interpretation - How closely the piece relates to the theme, based on the artwork itself and the artist statement. (The artist statement -- which is part of the Entry Form -- is very important!)

2) Creativity - How creative and original the piece is in its conception of the theme and its presentation.

3) Technique - The level of skill demonstrated in the basic principles / techniques of the arts area.


The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by the National PTA. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in this annual program.

The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. A theme is given and students can submit work in one of the categories.  Participation and appreciation for the arts is the Reflections Program's goal. Although the Reflections Program follows a "contest" format, winning is not the emphasis.

State of Illinois Reflections Website


Questions? Contact Leslie Schlesinger.

After School Programs

After School Programs

We are running two of our most popular after school programs this Fall.

  • Sticky Fingers will run 9 weeks 9/16 - 11/18 (no class on 10/14) from 3:15 - 4:15 pm in the art room.  Cost is $162/per child.  See flyer for details and register here.
  • Stage Kids will run 10 weeks 9/9 - 11/18 (no class 10/14) from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm in the gym.  See flyer for details and register here using class code: EEE9.9.19, please register by 9/1 for the early bird price of $140.00.  

NOTE: Thanks to the Gray family for volunteering for Stage Kids and Carreon family for volunteering for Sticky Fingers so we have coverage for all sessions, you can sign-up your kids without needing to volunteer for a class this session.


Late Arrival Morning Program - Cancelled




Chess Club

Registration closed. Contact Lindsay with any questions.


Last call for chess club! Registration for Chess Club has been extended until Friday, November 16th to students in grades 2-5. Chess Club meetings begin on December 5th and continue to February 27th during the lunch hour. Please click here for full details about the club’s meeting dates and related fees, as well as to sign your child up. If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Forsberg.


Chess Club Family Night Flyer 2018-19.pdf (PDF)


Dads' Club

Watch for another cool event coming your way ;-)

Edison dads, come out on Thursday, October 11th for an evening of watching the Blackhawks! Please join us at Red Arrow (111 E 1st St,) at 6:30pm. Snacks will be provided. This is a great chance to meet and/or catch up with fellow Edison dads.  Please RSVP so we can keep you informed of future events as well. If you have any questions, please contact: Eric NelsonJonathan Coan or Scott Rathbun.   


Edison Dads' Club is a casual get together at a local establishment (Halfway House, Red Arrow, BeerHeads) where Edison Dads can meet fellow Edison Dads. Usually, an appetizer or two are purchased by the Chairs and everyone pays their own way. We have an “Edison Offering” box shaped like a Bobcat (handcrafted by Jon and his girls) on the table where Dads are welcome to donate a few bucks, but fundraising isn’t the main purpose of the Edison Dads Club. It is a chance to meet up for refreshments, watch a major Chicago Sports team on TV, and socialize with fellow Edison Dads.

Co-ChairsJonathan Coan & Scott Rathbun
Anyone is welcome to provide input/make suggestions for future events. 

The Kids Heart Challenge

Closed - thank you!

The Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope For Heart)

PLEDGE/DONATION ENVELOPES - The pledge/donation envelopes were sent home with each student. They will be jumping rope the week of March 18th during gym class.  A Volunteer sign-up link will be ready soon.  

THURS., 2/21 - KIDS HEART CHALLENGE KICK-OFF - The Kids Heart Challenge (Formerly Jump for Heart) will kick-off on Thursday, February  21st during schools hours.The kids heart event will take place the week of March 20-22nd. Please mark your calendars!More information and volunteer sign-up opportunities coming soon!

CHAIRPERSON(S) - To volunteer or for questions, contact event chairpersons, Jen Deigl and Pam O'Leary.

Spirit Wear


Thank you for purchasing Spirit Wear! The store is now closed.

Come back and see us next year for more new and exciting spirit wear options!


2018-2019 Edison Spirit Wear is now available for order! Remember, every Friday is Spirit Day! Come to school in your favorite Bobcat apparel at the end of each week. New this year...choose from 21 items (most available in 2 color options), then order and pay online at your convenience. The products will be sent home in student backpacks. Proceeds go directly to Edison and the site will only be live until September 14! Please click HERE to go directly to the online store. Samples are available by the PTA bulletin board.

Please direct any questions related to Edison Spirit Wear to Kristin Dailey or Megan Farley.

Bobcat Book Club


The Bobcat Book Club has been postponed until later in February.  More information will be shared as we get closer to the start date. 


We are still in need of volunteers, especially in the younger grades.  Each grade's club requires 2 to 3 volunteers.  The time commitment is just over an hour during the lunch period for 6 weeks. If you are able to help, please contact Jonathan Coan or Dayna Massel


Bobcat Book Club PDF 


If you are interested in helping, or have any questions, please contact the Book Club Chairpersons, Jonathan Coan and Dayna Massel.


This lunchtime club is open to students in grades 1-5.

The Bobcat Book Club generally starts the first week in January and runs for 6 weeks during lunch. Each grade will meet once a week to discuss their respective stories. A sign up sheet will be coming home prior to the start date and should be returned by due date so that we can send the books home with the children over break. Parent volunteers are often needed to run the discussion groups, so please let us know if you're interested! We have activities, questions, and curriculum for all of the books- the parents will just need to read the story and then lead the group in talking about the chapters covered each week.

SROH - Summer Recreation Open House


If you missed the Summer Recreation Open House (SROH), please find a searchable database HERE. The database includes over 100 groups and organizations to keep your student(s) busy this summer! You can sort by program type, registration date, distance, length and more! 

CLOSED - THANK YOU! 17TH ANNUAL SUMMER RECREATION OPEN HOUSE – Mark your calendars! You are invited to attend the 17th Annual Summer Recreation Open House sponsored by the Elmhurst District 205 PTA. This is a FREE event open to all Elmhurst families and neighboring communities. Browse the tables of various organizations offering summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. This open house will be held on Wednesday, February 6, from 6-8 PM at York High School.

CLOSED - THANK YOU! On your way over, stop by the Pot Belly Eat & Earn that same night from 5 to 8 PM on St. Charles Road. No flier or coupons needed. PTA Council will receive a percentage of the total sales collected during those hours. Fundraising proceeds are used to provide scholarships to York seniors.

Running Club

The final numbers are in - check out these running stats - IMPRESSIVE!

First off, we want to thank all the kids and parent volunteers who participated in this years Running Club.  What an amazing year!  The kids in Running club completed a whopping total of 1610 miles.  At the beginning of the year, we had no idea what to expect by tracking laps. For parents who want to see how far their child ran, those stats are below. All you have to do is select your child's class. We also have other interesting stats to check out like: class mileage totals, grade mileage totals and top ten runners.  Thanks Megan and Scott! 



WED., 4/3 - 5/8, 11-11:30AM - SPRING RUNNING CLUB

The Spring session of Running Club will be starting on Wednesday, April 3rd and run through Wednesday, May 8th! We will be running during the first half of the lunch hour and eating the second half. We need volunteers each week to help us supervise our young athletes at 11am for 30 minutes! Contact Scott Rathbun or Megan Farley with any questions.



Calling all runners! Running Club will be kicking off on Wednesday, September 5th! 
We will be running every Wednesday during the first half of the lunch hour and eating the second half from 9/5/18 to 10/17/18. 

New this training cycle...we will have an electronic tracking system to keep tabs on how much your runner is moving and improving throughout the year. 
The annual Fall Color Run will be held at Edison School on Saturday, October 20th at 9am. 
Running Club will then take a break during the winter off season and resume in the spring.Registration is $12 for the entire 2018/19 school year. The fee will include all fall and spring Wednesday training runs with new incentives and gatorade/water periodically.
All participants will receive a tee-shirt distributed at The Color Run on October 20th.There are two steps to join...Register here
Then pay electronically here (or via check collected in the office and made out to Edison PTA)
Please remind your student to bring their necklace with feet charms to add to it this year if possible.If you have any questions, please contact Megan Farley or Scott Rathbun at

Science Olympiad

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Please join us for Edison's Science Olympiad on Friday, April 5th from 7-8:30pm. Science Olympiad is a nationally recognized, non-profit program that provides children in grades K-12 with hands-on learning activities designed to spark their imagination and illuminate the world of science. Here's a bit of info (Kindergarten flyer) on what to expect for our new students/parents. It is a fun night of science for everyone!

Please click this registration link to register your student and sign up to volunteer. Registration will close on Friday, March 22ndWe will assemble all registrants and put teams together, with assignments going out on March 29th. Please sign up to volunteer to be a parent team leader on the registration form. We are also looking for supply helpers, experiment leaders and set-up/clean-up help. For registration questions, please contact Margaret Nelson. To volunteer or to find out more information about the event, please contact Julie Vacko or Megan Farley


2019 Science Olympiad Information Flyer PDF


2019 Science Olympiad KG flyer.pdf


Walk to School

WALK TO SCHOOL - SPRING - resumes Wed. April 3, 2019!

7:50AM-8:15AM (supervision starts at 8AM)

Our first Walk to School Wednesday of the year will be on Wednesday, September 5th. Please try and walk or ride your bike to school every Wednesday. There will be a monthly raffle for all Wednesday walkers/rollers! Wednesday Raffle Dates are9/5, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5, 2/6 (Winter Warrior Walk), 4/3 and 5/1.



5th Grade Activities

5th Grade Not-to-Miss Info!

May gets a little dicey with emails and requests, especially for 5th grade. Here’s the list you don’t want to miss:

5th Grade Picnic: Sign the Waiver - Your 5th grade student will get to enjoy bubble soccer via Knockerball Chicago at the picnic on May 24 during school hours (11-2). In order to participate, they need a waiver signed. Here is the LINK.

You will also receive a hard copy of the waiver via the backpack system. Complete whichever format is easier for you. The plan is to have some “be gentle” sessions so that EVERY kids can try it. Please fill out a waiver even if your student isn’t sure they will participate in this activity (it’s optional) as they won’t have the choice if they don’t have a signed waiver. You can check out the activity here:

Also, that day, dessert will be provided, as well as an icee treat at the end of the picnic activities. So please don’t send dessert for your student on May 24! We’ll also take care of beverages. They simply need a sandwich/protein and whatever kind of side you generally send.

We are ordering cupcakes & brownies (students will choose one) and icee treats through York/D205 foodservice. If your student has a food allergy or you have any concerns regarding the ingredients please contact Renee Pas or call/text her at 630-697-2726.

There are still a few slots open if you would like to help at the event (no pressure, we have enough volunteers already that we will be fine). Signup Genius LINK HERE.

Fri. May 24th 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Fifth grade picnic. The students are planning the events this year! It will start with lunch (students will bring their own lunch). The students will then enjoy a short video (which we will post after the events for parents to view and download), students will also put their handprints on a wall in the MPR and enjoy a slew of outdoor activities (which move indoors if raining). The students also voted on an off-site, after-school hours pool party this year — details and date to follow. We are looking  for 20 volunteers to help keep things running smoothly during the event. Please register to volunteer on the sign-up genius. Questions? Direct them to Renee Pas or Julie Vacko 
Wed. May 22nd 9:00 a.m. Walking field trip to Sandburg for current 5th graders (students only). Tues.
May 21st 7:00 p.m. Meeting at Sandburg for incoming 6th grade parents. 
May 19th 6:00-8:00 p.m. 5th Grade Family Pool Party: Save the Date 
We are hosting a family pool party at Oak Brook Park District for all 5th grade students, their siblings and parents. We will have the entire pool to ourselves!

Joins us for one last chance to socialize with all the 5th grade families. Parents do not have to swim; there is a very nice patio-like area with a small party room to socialize right on the pool deck. There is also no cost to attend but you can feel free to make a donation to fund snacks and pizza. Please RSVP with a headcount total for your family attending the event. I'm including the link to the EVITE HERE but I will also send one as well. ?s please contact Renee Pas  or Laura Gibson.

1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 630-645-9581


Wed. May 15th Fifth grade field trip in Chicago for the Science is Fun Cruise. Talk to your student’s classroom parents for more information or to find out if volunteer spots are still open. 


Mon May 13 DUE! 5th Grade Video: Upload Pictures - Please upload a few (3 is a great number) pictures of your 5th grade student for the 5th grade memory video. A picture of them going in kindergarten is a great option, one of them this year and one of them with a group of friends at a school event. Your choice. The York video team will incorporate all the images into the video. Note that the form asks for names only to ID students so the video team can make sure they have everyone included. For extra safety/internet protocol no names will be identified on the video. Upload photos by Monday May 13th. Contact with any questions. Here’s the LINK.

Parents will be able to view the entire video and download it AFTER the kids see it first. You will receive instructions on that after the May 24th picnic.

5th Graders - get your Sandburg Spirit Wear now!!

  • Order before May 5 and be ready to show your Sandburg spirit when school starts in the Fall!  

  • Orders placed now will be delivered to your child at school by the end of the year.

  • Spirit wear makes a great 5th grade graduation present!

Items available can be viewed and ordered online. The webstore closes at midnight on Sunday, May 5. Or you can print this paper order form and turn it into your school office by Friday, May 3. Any questions, contact Beth Schlief or Jeanne Borchardt.

May 7th 10 a.m. Visit with Sandburg Principal Sandburg principal will visit Edison Elementary to meet with parents regarding any middle- school related questions.

May 7th 11 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Lock Week Volunteers Needed Fifth grade students will start practicing their lock skills in the gym this week during lunch recess time. Mr. Pluskota presents the demo on Tuesday, so we just need a few parents that day, then additional volunteers for the remainder of the week as kids need to earn their Lock License by the end of the week (most are done before Friday). This is a fun program designed to ease one of the key stressors for students entering middle school — worrying about being able to open their locker between classes in time to get to the next class. Generally the students pick this skill up quickly. Parents will help the students learn this skill and sign off when they achieve it. Please register to volunteer on the sign-up genius. 

Volunteers needed! Sign up HERE!

Family Math Night



Edison Family Math Night is a chance to experience math side-by-side with your Edison student.  You and your child will play math games, solve puzzles, and meet challenges at all grade levels.  See how your student sees math everyday and go home with ideas to support your child at home.  You and your Edison student will realize that math is all around us every day!  Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.  We also need a couple of parent volunteers that night to sign people in, pass out prizes, and collect feedback on their way out.


Contact Debbie LeGare, (708) 610-9555, Family Math Chairperson, with any questions and/or to volunteer!


If you forgot to order a yearbook this year and would like one, we have a few extras for sale in the office on a first-come, first-served basis. $20 cash or check made payable to the PTA. Your child(ren) will receive their book(s) on the last day of school.

Yearbook orders and optional two-page personal spread need to be set to "print-ready" by Friday, April 12th in order to have them arrive in time for the last day of school. If you've purchased your book, there is a final step to take.  Log into Tree Ring and set your book to "PRINT READY".  This indicates that no more edits need to be made to your book. Please contact Mandy Clear or Katie Glavinskas if you have any questions.


All school and PTA-sponsored club pictures (including band and orchestra) will be taken during the lunch hour on Friday, February 1st in the gym. Your child should plan on staying at school for lunch in the gym if they would like to participate. Please remind your child of all clubs they are currently in or have participated in this year as some clubs have already ended.  

We need the help of the Edison community to fill our yearbook pages from all of our fun events throughout the year.  Please send us any Edison-related pictures of Edison students from this school year.  Hopefully, you'll start by sending us all the pictures you took from the Back-to-School events.

Questions about the yearbook should be directed to Mandy Clear or Katie Glavinskas.



Teacher Appreciation


Let’s celebrate our wonderful Edison Teachers and Staff and show them how much we appreciate them. The activities for their special week include:

  • Monday, May 6th - School will be decorated with balloons! 
  • Tuesday, May 7th - Teacher and staff breakfast. If you can help out by providing food and/or help set-up and clean-up, please click HERE to sign up. 
  • Wednesday, May 8th - Please bring flower(s) for your teachers, including all Specials Teachers, Aides and Specialists that your child(ren) see on Wednesdays.
  • Thursday, May 9th - Please write your teachers a note, card, or draw them a picture, including all Specials Teachers, Aides and Specialists that your child(ren) see on Thursdays.
  • Friday, May 10th - Teacher and staff lunch. If you can help out by providing food and/or helping with set-up and clean-up, please click HERE to sign up.

One of Edison's Teacher Appreciation events is to provide meals to the Edison staff during Parent/Teacher Conferences. We will be providing dinner on Monday, November 19th and lunch on Tuesday, November 20th. We need volunteers to help with set up and clean up!  There are still a few food donations needed as well.  Please click HERE to sign up. If you have any questions please contact Jen DeiglNatalie McKinney or Lesley Schlesinger.

Bobcats Givin' Back

MON., 4/22 - FRI., 5/3 - BOBCATS GIVIN' BACK 2018/19
Once again, it’s time for Edison’s annual Bobcats Givin' Back charity drive! Since the 2010/11 school year, our school has selected a charitable initiative which allows our school community to come together with the goal of helping others. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach our children about the tremendous value of giving back. This year we will be collecting children’s books for John Milton Gregory Elementary School. This is a kindergarten through 8th grade Chicago Public School. 

John Milton Gregory Elementary School
3715 W Polk St Chicago, IL 60624
Beginning on Monday, April 22 and continuing until Friday, May 3, we are collecting new and gently used hardcover library books for Gregory's school library. Our intention with this Book Drive is to involve children in the donation of the book(s), including the grade level and title. Students may choose to donate one or several books, that is completely up to each family. If you donate a book (or books) for our initiative, please ask your child to sign the inside cover of their donated book, “2019 Bobcats Giving Back, Suzie”. Please do not use any last names.

Edison Fun Lunch

Edison Fun lunch (formally all school picnic) will be May 16th during the lunch hour. All students will be eating lunch at the same time in the rear of the building and a DJ will be playing music during the lunch hour. In the past the PTA has provided lunch for all students, because of the district food policy, we will not be providing lunch for the students. Hot lunch is still available. We are looking for parent volunteers. If you are able to help, please contact Heather Giambrone or Jen Deigl. Thank you!

Incoming Kindergarten Welcome Party

Do you have an incoming kindergartener? We are looking for someone to oversee the kindergarten welcome party with Mrs Costello on May 20th.  Please contact Heather Giambrone

Field Day

FIELD DAY - TUESDAY, MAY 28th - One of the highlights of the school year for all grades! This year's field day will be on Tuesday, May 28th. An afternoon of outdoor games and fun organized by our PE teacher Mr. Veenendaal! We are looking for volunteers to supervise the hydration station and to run the games. Volunteer slots are for 11:45AM - 3PM. We need 26 volunteers to make this day a success for the kids.  Please consider signing up.  Contact Christine Simonis with any questions.  To volunteer click here (or on image below.)  

PTA Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

It's hard to believe the school year is almost over and we couldn't have accomplished any of our wonderful PTA events without your help and support.  This lunch is for you, our PTA volunteers, for your time and effort that helped make this a great year, no matter how big or small your part! Please join us for a casual lunch before Field Day, May 28th (rain date May 29th) from 11-12! Younger siblings are welcome.

School Supplies

We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping. 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy, and hassle free! And just like last year, the supply kits will be delivered directly to classrooms!

REACH supplies also available online! After adding the appropriate grade kit to your cart, add the REACH kit (regardless if your child is in LA, Math or both). Next, ALL REACH MATH students will add an additional supplemental kit which is grade appropriate (3-4 GRADE MATH or 5 GRADE MATH.) 

You can make all your purchases right now by clicking HERE. Orders must be placed by June 30th. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Jacobs.


2019/2020 SANDBURG (incoming 6th graders) SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS ON SALE NOW! - ORDERS DUE JUNE 30TH through Carlson. Get ready for next year. Order your pre-packaged school supply kits and avoid the hassle of searching for school supplies over summer break. Click HERE to order online. The school supply kits will be delivered to Sandburg in time for the walk-throughs at the beginning of August.

Other questions? Contact Lara Stavridis, Sandburg PTA President.

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