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    April 11, 2021

    Dear Panther Families, 

    We are so excited to have your students return to school full time starting Monday, April 12! Students received an email from Assistant Principal Lauryn Humphris regarding bus and lunch seating as well as other reminders about the return to school. Please encourage your child to review this information before school tomorrow. Thank you! 

    This week: 

    • Mon, Apr. 12 
      • 8th graders: Wear ONE GOAL, ONE HOPE shirts
      • Last day to shop the virtual Book Fair
      • Edible Book Entries due by 8 PM (see below for more information)
    • Tues., Apr. 13 - Please return surveillance tests
    • Fri., Apr. 16 
      • Quarter 3 Reports Cards available on StudentVue/ParentVue
      • Students submit lunch orders for following week

     School Announcements

    Arrival - Starting Monday, April 12 students should report to the following doors when they arrive.

    • Grade 6 
      • A - K: Door 19 
      • L - Z:  Door 18
    • Grade 7 
      • A - K: Door 3 
      • L - Z:  Door 5 
    • Grade 8 
      • A - K: Door 1
      • L - Z:  Door 2

    Breakfast - Students may eat breakfast at school when they arrive in the morning. Students should enter Door #14 (cafeteria), sign in, pick up a breakfast bag, sit to eat breakfast, then assist with cleaning their desk when finished. Breakfast bags are available to all students at no charge. Students will then remain in the cafeteria until 7:50 when they will be dismissed to go to their first period classes.

    Lunch Orders for the Week - Any student can lunch at no charge. This continues throughout the remainder of this school year. Moving forward, students should submit their orders on Friday mornings for the following week. This enables the cafeteria staff to fulfill student requests.

    Food Service Pre-Order: April 12-16

    Names on Lunch Bags - If your child brings a lunch from home, please be sure his/her name is on their lunch bag. Many students will be leaving their lunch bags in the commons while their group is outside for recess. Having names on bags will help us avoid mix-ups when students have similar lunch bags. Thank you!

    Update from the Health Office - Starting April 12, the four district middle schools will be returning to a 14-day quarantine for close contacts. Our buses and classrooms will no longer support the 6-foot distance to avoid close contacts. At some point in their day, students will not be able to maintain social distancing which means they no longer qualify for the 10-day quarantine. 

    Accessing Live Stream Supports - The following information was presented to the School Board to clarify when students are able to access live stream supports, starting April 12. Students who are required to be excluded from school due to being a positive case or identified as a close contact will be afforded the option to utilize the live stream supports. Live streaming supports are not intended to replace an in-person experience. Live stream support may look different from class to class. In some cases, live stream support will be an individual check-in with the at-home student; in other cases, it may involve the student watching an entire live lesson. Students who have elected to attend school in-person are expected to report to school and not select live streaming as a replacement. Attendance is evaluated after each class period throughout the full day of school.  

    List of acceptable reasons to attend virtually:

    • Documented positive COVID-19 test
    • Documented close contact report (requires students to be out of school for 14 days)
    • COVID-like symptoms that require medical certification or a negative COVID test result for re-entry
    • Other medical circumstances that prevent a student from attending in-person learning three or more days 

    If your child will be absent, please contact Mrs. Audrey Uhrin in the attendance office at 630-682-2053. She will keep teachers informed of students who qualify for live stream supports. 

    Absences that do not include live streaming supports:

    • Voluntary quarantining before a vacation, trip, visit a family member, etc. 
    • Slept-in, overslept, or tired
    • Voluntary vacation
    • Missed bus or another transportation issue
    • Inclement weather
    • Wanting to continue attending only two days a week
    • The belief that school is an unpleasant experience due to current safety mitigations (masks, physical distancing, etc.)
    • Missing part of the day due to an appointment, such as an orthodontist

    There is still time left for both Edison's Virtual Anderson's Book Fair and Virtual Edible Book Festival!  Please consider supporting our virtual Anderson's Book Fair, which is open through Monday, April 12. All proceeds benefit our Edison LLC. Here are some instructions for checking out to make sure that Edison gets credit for your order. Please note that you should be able to choose to have your books delivered to Edison (we will send them home with your student) or delivered to your home (may be a small fee). 

    The Edible Book Festival entry deadline has been extended until Monday, April 12 at 8 pm.  We have received some wonderful entries and would like to encourage more students and families to participate.  Details can be found here. If you have any questions after reading the flyer, please don't hesitate to reach out to our LLC Director, Kori Wentzloff at kori.wentzloff@cusd200.org.  All entry photos are due by Monday, April 12 at 8 pm, and voting will take place April 13 - 16. All first place winners in each category will receive a $15 gift card to a local bookstore. Thank you for supporting literacy and our Edison library!  

    Student Council will now meet in-person starting this Thursday, April 15 at 3:10 in room #114.  The next meeting will be Thursday, April 29, again at 3:10. Contact sponsors Debbie.Kost@cusd200.org or Stephanie.Incrocci@cusd200.org with questions. 

    Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) will meet Friday morning, April 16 at 7:15 in room #114. Future meetings include Friday, April 23, & 30. Contact Debbie.Kost@cusd200.org for more information. (FCS is a student-run organization and is not sponsored by the school.)

    Donate Your Used Clothes and Shoes to Help Edison Win the Earth Month Challenge! Edison’s Ecology Club has registered to participate in the USAgain Earth Month Challenge National clothes and shoes collection contest. This is a great opportunity for our school to earn money, support Earth Day and compete to win a cash prize! In addition, USAgain, plants a tree every time the bin is filled, which is the reason the company refers to the box in front of Edison as a TreeMachine! Contest dates: April 1–30. The ten (10) top collecting schools win cash prizes: 1st $1,500,  2nd $800,  3rd $600,  4th $500,  5th  $450,  6th $400,  7th $350,   8th $200,  9th & 10th $100. Drop off your used clothing and shoes in the green and white bin in front of the school. Thank you for your support! 

    Please Check Your Child’s School Supplies - Prior to spring break, many students were missing needed school supplies for class. Please check with your child to determine if they have the pencils, pens, dry erase markers, notebooks, and paper they need. Please also be sure they have a clean mask every day. If your family is experiencing financial difficulty at this time, please contact your child’s counselor if your child needs supplies or any other support at school. 

    Track and Field - The 2021 Track and Field season is fast approaching as practices will be starting on Monday, April 19.  Students can sign-up during P.E. classes next week. Track and Field is open to any 6th-grade students that ran cross country, but may only run the mile.  Students MUST have the following items completed in order to participate:

    • IHSA Sports Physical Form
    • Track 2021 Form (includes participation parent consent and concussion form)
    • Fees $125 (6th, 7th & 8th graders that were out for Cross Country will also be able to do track and field for free)

    Track meets are tentatively scheduled for:

    • Sat., May 1 vs. Franklin at St. Francis High School, 10 AM
    • Tues., May 11 vs. Hubble at WWS, 4:45 PM
    • Mon., May 17 vs. Franklin at WWS, 4:45 PM
    • Thurs., May 20 vs. Monroe at Wheaton College, 3:45 PM
    • Wed., June 2 - all city meet at WN, 4:00 PM
      • Rain Date:  Tentatively scheduled for June 4 at WN, 4:00 PM

    Students will take a bus to the meet and may leave with their parents as soon as they finish their events. There will be a bus to take students back to Edison if not picked up by parents at the meet. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any of the coaches: Claire Annes (claire.annes@cusd200.org), Robert Miller (robert.miller@cusd200.org), Julie Braun (julie.braun@cusd200.org), Tim Hower (timothy.hower@cusd200.org) or Amanda Austin (amanda.austin@cusd200.org).

    Course Selection for 2021-22 School Year - Soon, the 6th and 7th grade counselors will be connecting with all of their students to show them how to select their courses for next year. All students will be automatically scheduled into the appropriate English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, PE/Health classes, but rising 7th and 8th graders need to let us know if they will be taking Band, Chorus or Orchestra, and rising 8th graders need to select electives. Details about when these meetings will take place will be sent out soon. We are working with Lincoln, Madison and Whittier to set up a Step Up experience for rising 6th graders as well. More details coming soon! 

    Yearbook Photo Submissions - Do you have any fun pictures of your son/daughter that you would like for us to include in our Edison yearbook? If so, please email them to EdisonYearbook2021@gmail.com. We are looking for any fun pictures of your students inside or outside of school (playing sports, hiking, studying, reading, working on their computer, practicing their instruments, etc.). The spots are filling up quickly, but we'd love to include as many students as possible, so please consider this fun opportunity to contribute. 

    The Slate of Officers for Edison PTA 2021-2022 - Thank you to the 2021 Nominating Committee. They have presented the following slate of officers to serve on the Edison PTA Board during the 2021-2022 school year:

    • Co-President - Traci Kantowski & Katie Murphy
    • 1st Vice President of Membership - Jen Denson
    • 2nd Co-Vice Presidents of Ways and Means - Katie Fils & Alayne Fahrman
    • Treasurer - Christy Waterman
    • Secretary - Lisa Riordan    

    Please join us on Wednesday, April 28 at 2:00 PM for the official election during our general PTA meeting. All are welcome!

    Ramadan and Other Religious Observances - If your child is observing Ramadan --or any other religious event during the course of the school year--and requires special accommodations or flexibility, please be sure to contact your child’s counselor. We are happy to work with you to support your child during these important times of year.

    Represent Edison Middle School on the D200 PTA DEI Committee! We are looking for a volunteer to represent the Edison PTA as a member on the DEI Committee. This liaison would act as an intermediary between Edison Middle School/Edison PTA and DEI200 teams. Responsibilities include attending monthly DEI status meetings (currently virtual due to COVID) and facilitating communication between the DEI200, Edison Middle School and Edison PTA. If you are interested in volunteering or would like additional information, please contact Kristin Olson, kolson1@me.com.

    Dental Exams - The State of Illinois requires that all children enrolled in 6th grade have an oral health (dental) examination performed by a licensed dentist. The Proof of Dental Examination Form, signed by the dentist, must be on file at school by May 15 of this school year.  Any exam done within the 18 months prior to May 15 will be acceptable. Feel free to scan and email the form to edisonhealthoffice@cusd200.org.  Questions? Call the Health Office at 630.682.2050, ext. 3635.

    Sign Up for In-person Athletics, Intramurals, Clubs, and Activities  - Students MUST to log into their school accounts to view and complete forms.  

    • Athletics - Track and Field, ALL forms MUST be completed prior to start on April 19th
      • IHSA Sports Physical Form
      • Track 2021 Form (includes participation parent consent and concussion form)
      • Fee $125 (6th, 7th, & 8th grade cross country runners are free)

    Community Announcements

    Free Glenbard Parent Seminars

    • Wed., Apr. 14 @ 7:00-8:30 PM - Thrivers: Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine presented by Dr. Michele Borba. The link to join the webinar is https://glenbard.zoom.us/j/81643628278
    • Thurs., Apr. 15 @ 7:00-8:00 PM - Positive Parenting for Today’s Teen/ Crianza Positiva para los Adolescentes de Hoy presented Dr. Ferney Ramirez. Únase a nosotros en su computadora, tableta o teléfono usando este enlace: https://glenbard.zoom.us/j/86307881828.
    • Wed., Apr. 21 @ 12:00-1:00 PM - Mindfulness: Use Your Breathing to Transform Stress into Strength presented by Dr. Matt Dewar. The link to join the webinar is https://glenbard.zoom.us/j/85984125346

    Water’s Worth It Essay Contest - The Central States Water Environment Association of Illinois invites students in grades 6-8 to join the Water’s Worth It Campaign by writing a short essay about water scarcity. The Essay Topic: Optimism in the face of a Global Water Crisis. First prize is $200; runner-up is $100. For details, see the CSWEA Essay Contest flyer. Entries due April 15.

    Good Citizens Awards - The City of Wheaton Community Relations Commission is kicking off the annual Good Citizens Awards.  We invite you to nominate a Wheaton student, resident, or group who has acted in a particularly generous, kind, or selfless manner for the good of our city to be recognized.  Award recipients will be honored at the Wheaton City Council meeting on May 17, 2021. The nomination form and more details can be found online at: www.wheaton.il.us/goodcitizen  All nominations are to be submitted online by Monday, April 26.  

    Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project ("KSCPP") Fourteenth National Essay Contest - Submissions are due April 11, 2021. Top middle school prize is $500! For more information, visit http://www.kscpp.net/default/02/02.php?top=2&sub=1

    The Annual Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District Photo Contest is part of a larger statewide competition hosted by the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) Photo Contest, and ultimately the national competition hosted by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). The contest is open to all amateur photographers who live in Kane or DuPage Counties.

    There are two age divisions: youth & adult 19 and up. Contestants can enter as many as five photos in each of the four categories. Deadline is April 23, 2021

    The Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Poster Contest - Use your artwork to share your ideas about this year's theme, Healthy Forests=Healthy Communities. For information and entry form visit https://kanedupageswcd.org/kd/education. Contest information is available here: https://kanedupageswcd.org/pdfs/Education/PosterContestInformation2021.pdf. Deadline is April 23, 2021. 

    Have a great week! 

    With #EdisonPantherPride,

    Rachel Bednar, Principal 

    An Edison Panther CARES for self, others, and the community.
    Collaborative ● Accountable ● Respectful ● Empathic ● Safe