• Edison Updates


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    September 27, 2020

    Dear Panther Families, 

    Another beautiful Sunday! I hope you had a chance to get out and enjoy it. 

    School News

    Returning to School Information - Now that we are able to have students return to school, we know many of you are awaiting detailed information about buses, arrival and dismissal, lunch, mask breaks, PE, band, chorus, orchestra and more. This week, we will be working with the principals and assistant principals of the other three schools to finalize and communicate information about all of these details. We will also be working on a virtual tour so new families and students will be able to get a sense of the building before your children return. We will send this information as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience! 

    Edison Equity Team - Last Monday, September 21, a group of 13 parents along with Principal Rachel Bednar and Assistant Principal Lauryn Humphris met on Zoom for the first Edison Equity Team meeting. We established norms for the group, introduced ourselves, shared why we’re interested in being on the team, and shared experiences at Edison or the Wheaton community related to equity, diversity and/or inclusion. Our next meeting will be Monday, October 19 at 6 PM on Zoom. We will be reviewing the district Equity/Proactive Practices Work Plan, how that work applies to Edison, and identifying other potential goals. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Rachel Bednar at rachel.bednar@cusd200.org.

    PTA News

    Please Join the PTA  - Whether you are family or staff, VA or hybrid (currently remote), the most important thing you can do to help us all stay connected and carry on our mission is to simply become a member. Please join here: https://edisonmiddleschool.memberhub.store/.

    Please Attend a PTA Meeting - Our first meeting of the year will be Wednesday, September 30th at 2pm.  We will meet under the tent in the back of Edison.  All are welcome to join us.  

    PTA Dining for Dollars - To help us with our mission, we are excited to partner with neighborhood restaurants to not only help fund Edison programs but also to support our local businesses. So take a night off cooking—order pick-up or delivery or dine in. Just be sure to mention the Edison Middle School fundraiser when you order!

    Upcoming Dining for Dollars opportunities this week:

    Community News

    Free Flu Vaccines at Walgreens - Visit the Walgreens website here https://www.walgreens.com/topic/pharmacy/seasonal-flu.jsp to schedule a flu vaccine. 

    FT Cares Foundation & Wheaton Park District are gearing up for Light the Torch 5K. Due to the guidance from the State of Illinois, this year’s race will be VIRTUAL! Runners are encouraged to run the 5K route of their choice anytime between Saturday, October 3, and Saturday, October 17. All registered runners will be mailed a race shirt. Shirts will be mailed in late October to the address used during race registration. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the FT Cares Foundation, Cosley Zoo, DuPage County Historical Museum, and Play for All Playground & Garden Foundation. For every individual registration that uses your unique school code of EDISON, the participant will receive $5 off registration + the school will receive $5 back per registrant towards school projects. Participants can register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Wheaton/LighttheTorch5KNightRun

    The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS): Navigating Healthy Families Event This Week: Tues., Sept. 29 @ 7-8:30 pm | Free! Jason Reynolds, Library of Congress Youth Ambassador to Reading, Author of Long Way Down Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. 

    The link to join the webinar is https://www.cod.edu/GPS. Participants’ cameras and microphones will be disabled during the speaker’s presentation and slideshow. Questions may be submitted ahead of time to Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at gilda_ross@glenbard.org.

    Long Way Down, written in free verse, is told from the perspective of a teenage boy mourning the death of his brother and contemplating revenge. The novel is set during the sixty seconds it takes the boy to ride the elevator down from his apartment. At each floor along the way, he encounters family and friends destroyed by gun violence. Each has advice for him as he struggles with the burden of revenge and grapples with a life-altering dilemma: to kill his brother’s murderer or not.

    Jason Reynolds will also discuss his critically acclaimed non-fiction exploration of racism and antiracism, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. This remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s book Stamped From the Beginning similarly traces the origins of anti-black and racist ideas as well as proposes tools for identifying and combating them--all approachable for a younger audience. Reynolds writes, “This is a book about the here and now”. The book is number one on the NY Times Bestseller List from the most in-demand young adult author in the U.S.

    I hope you have a great week! Shine on! 

    Rachel Bednar, Principal