September 6, 2019
Hello Edwards Families-
THANK YOU for sharing your children with us! We are off to an amazing start to school here at Edwards and that would not be possible without your partnership. We appreciate the time you shared in meeting with your child’s teacher(s) during mini conferences and all of the feedback you have provided as we start the 2019-20 school year.
One exciting change we have made here at Edward’s is the implementation of a proactive behavior support system, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). It is well known that schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. For this to happen, it is imperative that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive to growth we aim to achieve. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations, it is our goal to create this atmosphere for learning and the staff here at Edwards is committed to this work for our students.
Edwards Elementary PBIS System has 6 components
- We have a matrix of behavioral expectations focused on being safe, thoughtful, and responsible.
- Lesson Plans have been created and are used to teach students these Behavioral Expectations throughout the building.
- We have in place a positive acknowledgment/reinforcement system (monitored by the use of “tickets”).
- We have daily, weekly, and monthly celebrations that focus on reinforcing these behaviors for individual students, classwide acknowledgments, and school-wide celebrations.
- We also have teams in place to support student needs as they arise.
We hope you are hearing about this implementation at home and are as excited as our students and staff are about how this work enhances the learning environment here at Edwards! Check out our Facebook page for our weekly picture of Edwards Way winners.
Thanks for your support,
Ms. Mixdorf & Staff
Edwards Picture Day
PTO Meeting – Edwards Goals
Friday, September 13 is picture day here at Edwards. Packets were sent home with your student(s) today. You can order using the packet or purchase online through www.mylifetouch.com You should also be receiving an email from Lifetouch, as well.
Two parent/grandparent volunteers are needed to help classrooms proceed through the photographing process throughout the day. Lifetouch is giving a $35 credit towards a picture purchase for the volunteers. Please call the office at 515-239-3760 to volunteer.
Online Apparel Store
We are excited to announce the launch of the official Ames Community School District online apparel store. Starting this week, you can order Little Cyclone apparel representing the Edwards school district! The store has a wide variety of options to choose from with the convenience of ordering online and having the items delivered directly to your door.
Inventory will be updated throughout the year. https://acsdstore.com
Reminder – we are back to normal school hours:
8:30 a.m. – School begins
3:30 p.m. – Dismissal (Wednesday 2:05 dismissal)
School Breakfast & Lunch
Menus for the school breakfast and lunch program can be found at: https://ames.nutrislice.com/menu/edwards?mode=browse
Join Us On The Edwards Facebook Page
We encourage you to “like” our page in order to stay up to date with Edwards news and activities! https://www.facebook.com/EdwardsElem/
2019-20 Common Times Across the Elementary Buildings :
NOTE the 8:30 am start Time
8:10 – 8:30 Breakfast Access (doors unlocked);non-breakfast students can enter the building & breakfast can go to the classroom
8:20-8:30 Breakfast, sack lunch to take to their classroom
8:10-8:30 Front doors keyed open
8:30 Start of the Day
3:30 Dismissal ( Wednesday 2:05 dismissal)
Important Upcoming School Year Dates.
No School – Labor Day