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December 12th, 2018

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

Winter break is quickly approaching! We have a full week next week. Our winter parties are on Friday, December 21st. Please see your child’s teacher for any details. You will need to sign in at the front and wear a visitor sticker. Then school will be out from December 24-January 4th. School will resume on Monday, January 7th. Let’s make these last days count at school and show our Jaguar Pride!

December Home/School Connection Questions

What are ways that we can show kindness as a family to each other, neighbors, extended family, during the holidays, etc?

From The Secretary
The 4th and 5th graders will be performing “Blast From the Past” TOMORROW at 6:00 PM in the Edgar Road Gym. The students and Mrs. Kissick have been working very hard and it is sure to be a great show! There will also be a rehearsal in front of the school at 2:00 PM tomorrow.

If you are interested in your child participating in the science fair this year, please complete and return the Science Fair Application to Mrs. Pott by Friday, December 21st. If you have any questions, please email Shayla Pott at pott.shayla@wgmail.org. Thank you!

Welcome to the Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club! Your child’s school is participating in an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school’s deadline listed on the bottom of this page is eligible for a free admission ticket, valid at the St. Louis Six Flags Theme Park. The deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019.

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.

Attachments
Attachments Include:
Science Fair Application
Six Flags read to succeed information

From the Counselor

December 12, 2018
Our counseling schedule got a little bit skewed last week, due to me being out 3 days for illness! So, to adjust, third and fourth grades are now going to meet with me this week to make up their lessons and Kindergarten/First will be next week. Second grade will keep their lessons the same with Ms. Carl.

Third grade will be helping me answer the question: What can you do to create a supportive community in your classroom? We will be re-reading the book Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and writing down some ideas from the book the answer this question in our interactive notebooks. This week, ask your third grader: What can we do to create a supportive community at home?

Fourth grade will be reading a definition of empathy and using that to develop their own definition of empathy. From there, we will use our notebooks to reflect about a time that someone showed empathy to us. We will describe: the situation, how the person showed us empathy, how it felt to open up to someone and how it felt to experience empathy. This might be nice to try around the dinner table! Empathy can be hard to understand and using good examples from our own lives is helpful.

Second grade students will be working toward learning how to respond positively to others in various types of situations. For example: “how can I respond positively if someone doesn’t want to play what I want to play?” or “How can I respond positively even if I am angry?”

Kindergarten and First will meet with me next week to talk a little bit about how people that are different can complete a neat picture using the book The Crayon Box that Talked.

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!!

The ERS PTO ENRICHMENT PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS to enhance learning for Edgar Road students. Hour-long, volunteer-taught classes will take place before and after school, in the winter months. We'd like to offer a variety of topics based on YOUR special talents & hobbies. No teaching experience is necessary, but volunteers do have to submit to a free background check and participate in a brief safety meeting.

Enrichment runs from January 14th – March 8th. You, the instructor, determine the topic, size of group, age range, number of meetings, and provide supplies that you will be reimbursed for through the small fee students pay to attend the class. Other community members and parents can volunteer as assistants. Some ideas for classes that have been requested by students: drama, building with legos, coding, writing, chess, Spanish, cooking, baking, soccer, gymnastics, slime making, sewing, drawing, arts and crafts, sports, pottery, book club, robotics, and many more! Share your hobby/skill/interest with the students!
If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Jackie Charlot at jackiecharlot@gmail.com. Deadline to sign up to teach a class is December 14th. Please fill out this form to help make a difference in our school: Enrichment Volunteer Sign-up Form! There is a letter about Enrichment enclosed in the attachments.

The 2018 Edgar Road Annual Giving Drive

This year's annual giving drive will benefit the St. Louis Crisis Nursery (https://www.crisisnurserykids.org/). The St. Louis Crisis Nursery in a not-for-profit agency that is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by providing short-term, emergency shelter for children whose families are faced with emergencies or are in crisis. The average stay of a child is two to three days and while there each child receives loving care, a medical assessment, a developmental assessment, art activities, 3 meals and 3 snacks a day and more!

This year they are collecting items and gifts for children from ages birth through twelve. Some examples include diapers, wipes, board books, teething toys, rattles, Legos, multicultural Barbies and dolls, puzzles, play-doh, match cars, craft kits and more! For a complete list please open the Giving Drive attachment with this email.

Items will be collected at Edgar Road from now through Friday, December 14th. Items can be sent in with your child to be left in the large boxes which will be placed in the foyer. Thanks to the Edgar Road Community for supporting the giving drive each year and making a difference to a child in crisis.

What’s Happening In Our Café?

This month we are celebrating herbs and spices in your Cafe!

Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices, known for lowering blood sugar and reducing the risk of heart disease- Ceylon Cinnamon is known for having the best quality!

District News

Edgar Road is looking for a new crossing guard. If you or someone you know are interested, the job is posted on the Webster Groves School District’s website, please fill out an online application.

Upcoming Events
Edgar Road Giving Drive - Now until Friday!
4th and 5th Grade Music Performance - TOMORROW, Thursday, December 13th at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm
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: https://videopress.com/v/tthlAbC.

Staying Connected

Use any or all of the following links to see all of the amazing things at Edgar Road!
Website: goo.gl/16Myz3
Twitter: @WuchDr
Facebook: Edgar Road Elementary
PTO Website: goo.gl/Jod3Bp
PTO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214002695300701/

Parents – Please note that we update our social media photos and announcements regularly. Please check out what we’ve posted.