Dear Parents & Students:
On behalf of the staff at Edgewood Elementary School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! We are looking forward to working together to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school
Two years ago our staff took the first steps in developing a more positive academic and behavioral environment for everyone at Edgewood Elementary. As a staff and student body, we have devoted much time over the last year collaborating on the details of a School-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) Program, which was fully implemented on the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. The purpose of the PBIS initiative is to establish and maintain effective school environments that maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence of all learners at Edgewood Elementary. This competence is gained as a result of school personnel and families working together to provide a continuum of support for all learners. Several key elements of PBIS are:
- A common purpose and a positive approach to discipline
- A clear set of positive expectations and behaviors
- Procedures for teaching and encouraging expected behaviors
- Procedures for discouraging inappropriate behaviors
- Data used to guide decision making and planning
- Emphasis on prevention of inappropriate behaviors
We have three school-wide expectations as part of our EES Cougar behavior program, developed with all staff members, which are now posted throughout the building and will be discussed frequently with students. These expectations are: Be RESPECTFUL, Be RESPONSIBLE, and Be SAFE. It is our goal to be very specific with students as to the behaviors that will allow them to be RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and SAFE within each area of the school.
We hope you will take some time at the beginning of this new school year and discuss with your child the importance of positive behavior in school and in the world at large. It is our goal to have students experience great success at Edgewood Elementary and a large part of that is the partnership school and home has around our behavior expectations. It is a pleasure to be serving with you in developing the social and behavioral competencies of our children.
Lastly, your child may come home filled with excitement for our reward system we have in place at EES to reward children for excellent behavior. With our Class Dojo program, students can earn points for good behavior that can be turned in at our Cougar School Store for prizes or extra privileges. If your child comes home excited about these rewards, please share in their excitement as they are a BIG deal at EES.
It is my privilege to work with a team of inspiring educators who encourage, challenge, support and celebrate student learning. Cougar family, thank you for what you do each and everyday to make that happen.
Gray Croley Jr.
Edgewood Elementary Principal