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    September 6, 2021

    Dear Panthers and Panther Families: 

    Mon., Sept. 6 - Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

    Tues., Sept. 7

    • 9:30-11:30 AM SHIELD Testing in Commons
      • Students will be called down by grade level 
    • Cross Country Meet v. Leman - 4:15 PM
    • Volleyball v. Monroe
      • 7th Grade - 4:30 PM
      • 8th Grade - 5:30 PM

    Wed., Sept. 8

    • PTA Meeting - 2:00 PM, Room 122

    Thurs., Sept. 9

    • Volleyball at Stratford *Spectators are not permitted, games will be live streamed
      • 8th Grade - 4:30 PM
      • 7th Grade - 5:30 PM
    • Vocal Auditions for Electric Youth Show Choir begin. See information below.
    • Taste of Edison - 7:00-8:00 PM, outside basketball court 

    Fri., Sept. 10

    • Auditions for Electric Youth Show Choir, 3-5:30 PM
    • 8th Grade Band at WWS Football Game - 6:00 PM


    All students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch all year, but students must pre-order! Moving forward, students will order on Fridays for the coming week. The links do not work for parents; they only work for students using their student cusd200 account. Students who did not order Friday should order no later than Monday during Daily Den. 

    Food Service Pre-Order: Sept. 7-10

    TASTE OF EDISON - Thursday, September 9 at 7:00 PM

    This is a time for students to get to see what different types of clubs will be offered at Edison for the year. Be sure to stop by and take a look at the various options! This will be set up outside on the basketball courts. 


    In an effort to reduce the number of students that would need to quarantine if deemed a close contact, we have increased our social distancing at lunch to 6ft. This definitely changes our lunch plans and is certainly not ideal. Students will be split into two groups. Half will eat lunch first while the other half will go out to recess, then the students will switch. At the moment the students will be split alphabetically. We want students to be able to sit with their friends and have time together during the recess break, so we will be working on a way to make those adjustments. Students will learn about this new lunch schedule and their new lunch seats on Tuesday morning during Daily Den. We appreciate your support and understanding as we make this change to ensure everyone’s best interest to continue learning in-person. 

    ELECTRIC YOUTH SHOW CHOIR AUDITIONS - Flyer & Audition Information

    Electric Youth is a competition show choir that performs an original music performance with pop music arrangements, costumes, props and live band!  All interested students should attend the Dance Audition after school on Friday, September 10, 2021 from 3-5:30 PM. ALSO, each student should sign up with a partner for a Vocal Audition on the SignUpGenius provided. See Mr. Grace with any questions. Vocal auditions will be held September 9-14. 


    All students should have had their pictures taken in PE on Tuesday, August 24. These pictures will be used for the yearbook and for student IDs. If your child missed having their picture taken, or if you are unsatisfied with their photo, students will be called down for picture retakes on Thursday, October 7. 


    If students forget something for school, we ask that parents do not drop it off for them. This includes lunches, water bottles, homework, PE clothes, and instruments. Instead, parents and guardians are asked to help their child develop a strategy for remembering everything they need. Using a checklist every night before bed and/or in the morning can be incredibly helpful for easing the stress of getting out the door on time. If a student is missing something, rest assured, we will help them problem solve for the day. 


    Due to the COVID-19 guidance, students are not allowed to use the drinking fountains, but they can use the bottle filler to fill a water bottle. A see-through, plastic water bottle is preferred, as the metal Hydro Flask varieties are terribly loud and disruptive when they are dropped--and you wouldn’t believe how often they are dropped!! 

    PTA MEETING - Wednesday, September 8 at 2 PM

    Please join the Edison Middle School PTA Board for the first meeting of the 2021-2022 school year. We will be sharing plans for the year, the budget and hearing updates from school leadership. All are welcome! Please click here to view the agenda and click here to view the proposed 2021-22 budget. There will be a Zoom option for anyone unable to attend in person. Please email president@edisonmspta.org if you need the link or have questions. Your voice is important. Please join us! 

    We’d love all Edison staff and families to be PTA members to support our school! You can join the PTA for $20 at Edison’s Online Store. Join by October 31st and be entered for a chance to WIN!

    • 1st Place: $50 Target Gift Card
    • 2nd Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card
    • 3rd Place: $25 Starbucks Gift Card

    For more information, visit the Edison PTA website or contact VP of Membership, Jennifer Denson, membership@edisonmspta.org.

    We're on the move with the Fun Run and would LOVE your help! (October 1/rain date October 8) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E49ADA929A20-gift


    Patriot's Pen is a contest open to middle schoolers. Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. More than 138,000 students participated last year in this contest. The national winners will receive at least $500. The first place national award is currently $5,000. Submissions are due October 31. Additional information can be found here: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships


    Letters About Literature is a statewide reading and writing promotion. Students in grades 4 – 12 are invited to read a book of their choice, reflect on it, and write a personal letter to its author explaining the impact this work had on them. Students can enter individually, or through school, library and youth organizations. There are three writing levels based on the student’s grade in school:

    • Level I - Grades 4 - 6
    • Level II - Grade 7 & 8
    • Level III - Grades 9 - 12

    There will be one winning letter selected per level. Winners receive a cash prize and a plaque from the Illinois Secretary of State. Teachers of the winners will receive a certificate and a cash prize for the school to purchase books for the school library. Runners up from each level will receive certificates. Written submissions will be accepted for all ages until the entry deadline of December 15, 2021. Attach a completed entry form to each entry and send via US Mail or Email. State winners will be formally announced in May 2022.


    GPS is a resource for parents, educators, students, and community members to  self-empowered children who collaborate, communicate, embrace diversity, create and think critically. Programs are offered free of charge, no registration is required, and the public is welcome to attend. Upcoming events are listed here

    • Wed., Sept. 8 @ 7:00-8:00 PM - Community Read – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. GPS will host the book’s author, Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow, and decorated veteran, Wes Moore, in a special virtual event: https://glenbard.zoom.us/j/81237927237

    Shine on! 

    With #EdisonPantherPride, 

    Rachel Bednar