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November 20th, 2018

Welcome to The Paw Print! Here is what’s happening at Edgar Road:

Over the last month, students have been writing on the response board what they are thankful for. The staff at Edgar Road is so thankful to our families and school community for your love and support! We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. See you on Monday!

November Home/School Connection Questions
Why are traditions important for families?
What are some traditions that we do as a family?
Of those traditions, what are your favorites?
How do you feel after some of our traditions (insert specific traditions)?
What are some traditions that you have heard your friends talk about?
How are your friend’s traditions different or similar than ours?
What traditions would you want to add to our family? Why?

From The Secretary
Do you love science? Are you interested in completing a science fair project this year? Come join District Science Fair coordinator, Shayla Pott, as she explains how to complete a science fair project and answer your questions on Wednesday, November 28th at 6:00 pm in the Edgar Road Elementary Library.

Our annual blood drive in memory of Julia Winkler is on November 29th from 3-7pm. Please consider giving back at this time through blood donation. Your donation can save up to three lives and all donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card through their e-mail. Please sign up at and help us continue to honor a former student took too soon, and help others in need. Code: edgarrdelem
Kelly Lee

A Note from the Music Room
If you happen to have the board game "Candy Land" that is no longer being used by your family and would like to donate it to the Edgar Road Music room, we will gladly take it off of your hands! This classic children's game can easily be turned into a fun and exciting way for older students to learn how to read the music staff. Thank you!

WG Gifted & Talented Nomination Deadline Reminder
We are fast approaching the deadline for nominations for the WG Gifted and Talented program (grades 1-12) and the Gifted Fine Arts program (grades 2-8) to be submitted. To be considered this school year, nomination forms must be submitted on or before December 17, 2018. This deadline will be honored so that the evaluation process can be completed in a timely manner.

Students may be nominated for the Webster Groves Gifted and Talented Program any time during the year. Nomination forms are available at each school building from the gifted specialist. Nomination forms can also be downloaded from the Webster Groves Gifted & Talented curriculum webpage.
We are now able to resume first grade NNAT3 screening and anticipate completing screening no later than Nov. 30. We encourage first grade parents to nominate after the NNAT3 screening has been completed. Students that meet the screening criteria will be notified no later than Dec. 10. Those students that do not meet the screening criteria may still be nominated.

The Gifted Fine Arts program (grades 3-8) evaluates students in the spring of each school year. Students will be screened this school year, with programming to begin in the fall of next school year. For example, students in grade 2 may be screened this year, with programming to begin in their 3rd grade year. The student interview portion of the evaluation process will take place during the school day on Feb. 28, 2019 and March 1, 2019 at the Webster Groves Service Center. Transportation will be provided. There will be interview sessions, in the morning and in the afternoon each day. We are unable to accept nominations for this program after the Dec. 17th deadline.

If you have more questions about the nomination process, please contact Kristy Jackson, Gifted Education Coordinator or the gifted specialist in your building.

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From the Counselor
I hope everyone had a fun long weekend last week and have some meaningful time with your families this week.

Our third and fourth graders started their units on Empathy and Kindness last week, although some finished this week due to the snow day! Third grade read the book “Be Kind” and we will start to sort out what makes a Supportive Community. Fourth graders read the book “I am Human” by Susan Verde and will dive deep into the definition of empathy and what we can do on a daily basis to show empathy for others.

Kindergarten, First and Second grade will meet with me or Ms. Carl next week to review ways to Fill Buckets, as well as practice our good coping skills.
I am so excited that our units on Kindness hit this time of year. Last Wednesday was World Kindness Day and it is a perfect way to start the giving season. At home, I would encourage some type of kindness calendar countdown. As an example, I have added one here for the first week in December (I borrowed some of these ideas from the website
December 1: Give a compliment to a friend.
December 2: Tape change to a vending machine.
December 3: Make a card for a soldier or a far away friend/family member.
December 4: Take coffee or a treat to your teacher.
December 5: Pick up litter.
December 6: Offer to help a family member with something they are doing.
December 7: Donate books to a retirement home.

You can add your ideas to a calendar and mark them off daily. The above website even has some editable calendars!

I am planning on doing this kindness countdown challenge with my boys at home. Let me know if you plan on doing the same! I would love to see your ideas, too.

Sincerely and with thanks,
Mrs. Luesse

PTO Update
ERS Trivia Night
March 2, 2019
The Trivia Night is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It is put on by the PTO and is always lots of fun! Keep your eyes and ears open for ways to help support this fun event and mark your calendars for 3/2/19!!

What’s Happening In Our Café?
• Look for Cranberry Pear Fruit Salad TOMORROW at your salad bar!
• Did you know that you can fill out at meal application for free or reduced meals any time during the school year?

District News
Should bad weather or other adverse conditions prompt us to consider closing schools, or having a late start, the District will make a decision as early as possible. Information will be passed along promptly via phone calls to all families with School Messenger, local media (KMOV, KSDK, KTVI, KMOX), our District website, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Everyone will be informed if this occurs.

Upcoming Events
Jet’s Pizza Night - Thursday, December 6th
Winter Parties - Friday, December 21st at 2:00 PM
Winter Break - Monday, December 24th- January 4th/ School resumes January 7th, 2019
Counselor Appreciation Week - January 7th-11th- We love you Mrs. Luesse!
Jet’s Pizza Night - - Thursday, January 10th
PTO Meeting - Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 PM

Did you know WGSD has an app?? You can even personalize the app by identifying a school(s) and that the calendar, food, etc. will all be from our school. You can also sync the calendar to your calendar. It’s a great app! Here’s the video to show you what it offers:
Staying Connected
Use any or all of the following links to see all of the amazing things at Edgar Road!
Twitter: @WuchDr
Facebook: Edgar Road Elementary
PTO Website:
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Parents – Please note that we update our social media photos and announcements regularly. Please check out what we’ve posted.