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    October 2, 2022  

    Dear Panther Families, 

    WOW! What an awesome FUN RUN we had on Friday! Thank you to our amazing PTA volunteers for organizing such a successful event and thanks to all or you for your generous support of our school! We can’t wait to share with you what new experiences and opportunities your donations will allow us to provide our Panthers! 

    We have a busy week ahead–8th graders will participate in the district-wide Signs of Suicide program on Tuesday or Wednesday (more info below), we have Panther Spirit Day and Pack the Gym/Field on Tuesday for the girls volleyball game and cross country meet, picture retakes on Thursday, and a fire drill with the Wheaton Fire Department and WWS home game on Friday. And that takes us to a 3-day Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend! 

    The following Friday, on October 14, we are excited to bring back one of our fun events that we haven’t been able to do for the last couple of years–National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day! This is most popular with 6th grade parents and students, but 7th and 8th grade parents are welcome as well! See below for more information. That evening, we also have our first Parent Teacher conference night. If you would like to connect with your child’s teachers, see the link below to sign up. 

    Here’s a quick rundown of this week: 

    Tues., Oct. 4 - Pack the Gym – wear your Panther Spirit Wear!

    • Hunger Action Month ends - Please bring donations to Daily Den
    • SOS Presentation (8th Grade Only), Periods 1 & 2
    • Cross Country Pictures
    • Pack the Gym and Field -
      • Volleyball Game v. Hubble, 3:45 PM 7th Grade & 4:45 PM 8th Grade
      • Cross Country v. Wredling & Thompson, 4:15 PM

    Wed., Oct. 5 - National Do Something Nice Day!

    • SOS Presentation (8th Grade Only), Periods 1 & 2
    • Volleyball Game @ Stratford, 3:45 PM 8th Grade & 4:45 PM 7th Grade

    Thurs., Oct. 6 

    • Picture Retakes, Auditorium
    • CC @ Leman, 4:15 PM
    • Volleyball Game @ Leman, 3:45 PM 8th Grade & 4:45 PM 7th Grade

    Fri., Oct. 7

    • Fire Drill with Wheaton Fire Department 
    • Wheaton Warrenville South Home Football Game


    Thank you to all of our volunteers that helped set up & clean up, passed out drinks, bananas, and granola bars, and cheered on the runners. Thank you for all of the generous donations; every bit counts! Thank you to PepsiCo for providing Gatorade, water, and Propel to keep the kiddos hydrated. Thank you to Edison staff for promoting the Fun Run & pumping up the kids. Thank you to our Panther mascot Eddy for supporting the runners. Thank you to the PE department for grilling up lunch for the volunteers. Lastly, thank you to the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who ran their hearts out and cheered on their peers ! This was a perfect event with perfect weather!


    The PTA is organizing dinner for the Edison teachers during the conferences on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, November 10. Donations of drinks and desserts are needed to complete their meal. We greatly appreciate your help. Please sign up to volunteer and donate items for the Parent Teacher Conference Dinner! 


    Please drop off beverages/desserts in the front office the morning of the dinners (Wednesday, October 12 or Thursday, November 10.  With any questions don't hesitate to reach out to Cara @ 773-793-2594.  


    September was Hunger Action Month. The Wheaton Lions Club and People's Resource Center have teamed up to run a food drive that ends on October 4. We have been collecting items in Daily Den. The People’s Resource Center is most in need of the following donations: 

    • Canned goods – fruits, veggies and soups, especially low-salt or no sugar added, legumes/beans, spaghetti sauce, apple sauce, large juices
    • High Protein – peanut butter, tuna, beans, and canned chicken, chili, or stew
    • Whole Grains – whole wheat pasta, brown rice, cereal
    • Baking Ingredients – flour, sugar
    • Household Items – disposable diapers, bar soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry detergent, spray disinfectants, disinfecting wipes
    • Diapers – especially sizes 6 & 7, baby wipes, adult-sized diapers, 2T-3T pull-ups, 4T-5T pull-ups

    Thank you for your generosity! 


    This school year our Student Services Team is working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We are using a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help. SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts. Through the program, students learn the following: 

    • Depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help  
    • How to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend 
    • ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend 
    • Who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it  

    Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a brief depression screening tool and response slip that asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk and will absolutely follow up with the parents of any student who shares their concerns. The screening tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional. The dates for the implementation of this program will be on Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5 during P.E. classes. We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this program please contact Assistant Principal Lauryn Humphris at 630-682-2050 or lauryn.humphris@cusd200.org.


    If your child missed picture day or needs retakes, please remind them to listen for announcements on Thursday. We will call students down by grade level to have their photo taken. 


    Edison uses PTCFast.com to make signing up for conferences as convenient as possible. Please enter the following web address into your browser window or click here – https://ptcfast.com/schools/Edison_Middle_School_3 – to sign up. While teachers would love to meet with every parent, unlike elementary school, some teachers have upwards of 150-175 students, so it is impossible for teachers to meet with every parent on conference nights. If your child is doing well and you have no concerns, it is okay not to schedule a conference. You are welcome to reach out to the teacher for a phone or email update instead. At the same time, if you are unable to attend a conference and need to connect with your child’s teacher(s), feel free to reach out to set up a conference on another date. 


    National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is October 14! All parents are invited to join their children in the cafeteria for lunch. You can buy a lunch or bring your own. We’ll send out an RSVP form later this week. 


    We love that our Panthers want to celebrate their friends’ birthdays, but we will be reminding them of the following guidelines: 

    • Students wanting to enter the building prior to 7:50 AM must have a pass from a teacher. The pass should be from the teacher closest to the locker being decorated. This ensures proper supervision of students. 
    • Passes will be written for 7:40 AM. This allows students to come in 10 minutes early to hang items on the birthday locker. Students should have their mini posters and decorations already made and prepared to hang quickly in the 10 minutes before the building is open for all the students to enter. 
    • We ask that students not bring balloons. These are simply far too tempting for other students to leave alone when they pass by! 
    • We ask that the birthday person remove their decorations from their locker by the end of the day. 

    Thank you! 


    For years, Edison students, staff and families have been participating in the Cantigny 5k Run/Walk for Homeless Veterans. All proceeds from the race benefit the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton. The race will be held on Saturday, November 5, at 9 am at the beautiful Cantigny Park. To register, fill out the online form found on Cantigny’s website here: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Wheaton/Cantigny5KRunWalk. Space is limited to the first 1200 participants. Before the race, we always assemble at the tanks for a group picture. We hope you can join us! 


    If there is one thing that middle schoolers struggle with, it’s deadlines! Many students currently have low grades not because they don’t understand the material, but because they are not turning in their work! Parents, please ask your child to open up StudentVUE and check for any missing assignments. The first quarter ends on Thursday, October 20, with first quarter grades posting in StudentVUE and ParentVUE on Friday, October 28. If your child has a question about an assignment, please help your child write an email to their teacher or practice how they would ask their teacher about it before or after class. Middle school is the perfect time for students to learn to advocate for themselves, but they often need some coaching from their parents and teachers. Together we can help all our Panthers develop confidence and competence in these important executive skills that will help them for the rest of their lives! 


    Speaking of learning executive skills…we heard there were questions about why we don’t have students using backpacks and tote bags during the day. It’s because we want them to learn some important executive skills and not carry heavy bags on their developing frames all day long. Middle school students struggle with understanding the passage of time. Practicing going to their locker during their four minute passing period helps them learn how to use their time effectively. Also, it encourages them to organize themselves. During COVID when we weren’t using lockers, so many students had backpacks and bags with papers smashed in willy-nilly, along with their phones, snacks and candy. Without bags and backpacks during the day, they tend to be able to find their books and papers more easily, we aren’t finding crumbs and wrappers all over the floors, and students aren't distracted by having their phones in close proximity. Another issue we noticed during COVID is that kids were carrying backpacks and bags that were nearly as heavy as they are. This is terrible for their posture! It is much better for them to carry just the items they need for each class. We know the high school allows students to carry their backpacks and bags, but by that age, they have grown a lot and developed better skills. We know there are challenges to them not carrying their bags and backpacks, but they are learning important skills! 


    Students will soon be asked to participate in a survey for a graduate project from Northern Illinois University. The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete and would be completed in Daily Den. The intent of the survey is to ask the students about their perceptions of the teaching profession. You are welcome to view the questions on the survey as well as opt out of the survey if you choose. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Andrew Vondran (andrew.vondran@cusd200.org). To review the survey questions, please click here: Survey on Education Pathway interest with Middle School Students

    PARENT BOOK DISCUSSION - MON., NOV. 14, 10-11:30 AM OR 6-7:30 PM 

    For several years before the pandemic, we invited parents to participate in a book discussion. In the past, we’ve read The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey, How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims, and The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud, PhD. and Ned Johnson–all EXCELLENT! Now that we are able to meet in person again, we would love to know who would be interested in participating in reading and discussing the book Parent On Purpose: A Courageous Approach to Raising Children in A Complicated World by Amy Carney. Please complete the Parent Book Discussion form linked here and let us know if you would like to read and discuss this book with us! 


    Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Enter the National PTA’s Art Contest, Reflections! This year’s theme is “Show Your Voice!” Students are to interpret the theme in any way they feel appropriate, using their skills to generate their own original artwork. Submit your project with an official entry form to the school office by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards. Check out Illinois PTA's Reflections Gallery at illinoispta.org/reflections. For more information, check out the Edison PTA Reflections flyer.


    • Glenbard Parent Series - The Glenbard Parent Series, or GPS, Navigating Healthy Families presents distinguished speakers to inspire, connect and inform with research-based strategies that promote engaged learning and positive youth development for children of all ages. They welcome everyone to their free, weekly, virtual events--many are presented at both noon and 7 PM. In 2022-23 several programs will be offered in Spanish, Gujarati, Urdu and Hindi. No registration is required. Links/details GlenbardGPS.org. Coming up:
      • Thu, Oct 6 @ 7:00-8:00 pm – Becky Munsterer Sabky presents, “Valedictorians at the Gate: Standing Out, Getting In, and Staying Sane While Applying to College”. When author Becky Munsterer Sabky was a high school senior she was rejected by her dream college choice. She had done everything right, and still she received the dreaded “thin envelope.” A decade later she was the one helping to make the admissions decisions for an Ivy League university. This event will be presented virtually.  The link to log in to this webinar from your computer, tablet or phone is https://glenbard.zoom.us/j/81036110637
    • NAMI DuPage is excited to present its 3rd annual Oktoberfest! October 7-9, 2022 at DuPage County Fairgrounds. Includes carnival rides, kids’ activities and special performances (Sunday afternoon), car show, pancake breakfast, wine and beer tasting, live music, and much more! Proceeds go to NAMI DuPage so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost services, including mental health education to middle and high school students, teen support groups, peer counseling, educational and support programs, and career education. For more information, visit the NAMI DuPage Oktoberfest site at https://namidupage.org/news-and-events/events/octoberfest/
    • People’s Resource Center (PRC) - The PRC is a local organization that responds to basic human needs, promotes dignity and justice and creates a future of hope and opportunity for the residents of Dupage County. They provide social services and emergency aid, a clothes closet even with business attire, job assistance, computer training and access, and adult learning and literacy programs. They are located at 201 S. Naperville Road Wheaton, IL 60187. You can find more information at their website www.peoplesrc.org.
    • Mobile Food Pantries - Each month, the District hosts at least one mobile food pantry at various places in the community that are open to all District 200 families. Mobile food pantries are provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank and are sponsored by various, generous PTAs and private donors. A complete list of mobile pantries can be found on our website.
    • Letters About Literature in Illinois - Statewide Reading and Writing Contest - 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. For more information, visit https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/library/center_for_the_book/letters.html


    Registrar, Attendance and Counseling Office:  630-682-2053

    Health Office:  630-682-2050 x3635

    Athletic Office: 630-682-2050 x3204

    Main Office:  630-682-2050

    *Please call or copy our assistants on your email to ensure a timely response. Thank you! 

    Shine on! 

    With #EdisonPantherPride, 

    Rachel Bednar, Principal 


    An Edison Panther CARES for self, others, and the community.

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