Back-to-School 2022-2023
Welcome back, Edison families!
Hello, Edison community.

We are just under a month away from the first day of the 2022-2023 school year and the Edison staff could not be more excited to welcome you and your students back! Below you will find several important announcements, as well as all of the information you need to ensure a smooth start to the school year.

New families, you can expect to receive regular updates in the form of a school community email newsletter. I have added all new families to our recipient list using the email addresses provided by CPS' Office of Access and Enrollment. If you would like to change or add an email address to our list, please email Ky Pham at klpham@cps.edu and include the new email address, as well as the name and grade level of your student.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!

In partnership,

Karen Valentine, EdD
Updates and Announcements

Summer Office Hours

Edison's main office is generally open during the summer each Wednesday from 8:00am to noon. This schedule may vary depending on the custodians' cleaning schedule so please make an appointment if you need to drop something off or pick something up.


Annual Pre-Registration Event

As in years past, Edison will host a pre-registration event on August 18th from 10:00am to 6:00pm. This optional event is an opportunity for parents to drop off school supplies and fill out back-to-school forms before the first day of school. At the event, you'll find tables where you can fill out required forms, a PTO registration and spirit wear table and potentially tables from various partner organizations. If you are unable to attend the event on the 18th, you are free to stop by the main office between 8:00am and 2:30pm, 8/15-8/17. If you are unable to stop any of those days, please email the school clerks at klpham@cps.edu or vsantos1@cps.edu and they will coordinate a time with you.

Please note:
  • Teachers will not be available during the event as they will be in professional development sessions.
  • We are not able to provide school tours during the event.
  • New families do not need to complete the enrollment forms a second time but they are welcome to drop off school supplies.


School Forms

We'll have hard copies of the back-to-school forms at the pre-registration event but if you prefer to complete the forms in advance, the forms can be found here. *If you prefer not to disclose your family's income on the income form, you should write N/A on that line.

Curriculum Night - Save the Date!

Edison's in-person Back-to-School Curriculum Night will *tentatively* be held on September 14th from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Additional details are coming soon. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events:

8/8 - 8/11: Kindergarten Diagnostic Assessments
8/9: August PTO Meeting
8/12: Kindergarten Orientation
8/17: K-2 Back to School Virtual Town Halls
8/18: 3-5 Back to School Virtual Town Halls
8/18: Pre-Registration Day
8/19: 6-8 Back to School Virtual Town Halls
8/22: August LSC Meeting
8/22: First Day of School
8/22: PTO Coffee Social
9/5: Labor Day - No School
9/12: Curriculum Night (Tentative)
9/13: September PTO Meeting
9/19: September LSC Meeting
9/22: School Picture Day
9/22: Progress Report Distribution
9/23: School Improvement Day - No School
10/7: Trackathon


*Logistical information and additional upcoming events have been updated on the website's calendar. You can check it out here.
2022-2023 Volunteering
Edison's office staff is working to approve volunteers for the coming school year. Parents who renewed their volunteer status last school year and had their ID approved by the school clerk are already eligible to volunteer for this coming school year. Parents that were not active volunteers during the 2021-22 school year should apply to volunteer here and make an appointment with vsantos1@cps.edu to bring a government-issued ID to the main office for approval. Please note that schools are not able to approved emailed copies of IDs and parents may not volunteer until they have received a formal approval by email. For more information please refer to CPS volunteer website. If you have any questions, please contact the Edison office.

Volunteer Opportunity

The PTO is looking for volunteers to help support the event. Check out the volunteer opportunities here.

Transportation

Attached is the application for school bus service for the 2022-23 school year. Every family that lives 1.5 miles away from the school qualifies for CPS transportation services. Forms should be submitted to Edison's main office. Please contact Ky Pham at klpham@cps.edu with any questions or to schedule a time to drop off the form.

Please note:
  • CPS does anticipate a bus driver shortage this year but they do expect to successfully route more students than last year. As with last year, priority will be given to diverse learners and students in temporary living situations.
  • Parents only need to submit this form if they have moved within the past year or did not register for bussing last year.
PTO at Pre-Registration
Membership Dues: Your $15 PTO membership dues (per family) help support PTO activities and enrichments for our kids throughout the year. Dues-paying members are eligible to vote in the PTO election in the spring. See us at the PTO pre-registration membership table!

Spirit Wear: For a donation to the PTO, take home some gently used Spirit Wear for your Edison Eagle. . . . Or donate your gently used Spirit Wear at pre-registration and we will help find it a good home!

Parent Directory: CPS does not share contact information. Be a part of Edison's 2022-23 directory by sharing your information on this form. Please note that directory information should be for Edison community use only.
Trackathon
Trackathon, Edison's annual fall fundraiser, will be held on October 7th. Save the date and be on the lookout for more updates from Edison's PTO!

Volunteer Opportunity

The PTO is looking for volunteers to help support the event. Check out the volunteer opportunities here.
School Supply Lists

School supply lists are now posted on the school website. You will see that parents can now add their student entire school supply list to a cart by clicking a button on the right side of the page. We hope this makes school supply shopping relatively painless!
Aspen Parent Portal

You can find CPS' Parent Portal here. If you need to update the home address in your Aspen profile; please contact Ky Pham at klpham@cps.edu.

What features does the Aspen Parent Portal have?

  • Student assignments
  • Student grades
  • Student schedules
  • Student attendance
  • Grade and attendance notifications through email or text messages
  • Student fees, including credit card payments
  • Health compliance
  • High school student's progress against graduation requirements
  • Mobile-friendly format

To learn more about Aspen’s features, watch the videos below:
LSC Updates
The next LSC meeting will be held at 7:00pm on August 22nd. The meeting will either be held virtually or at Edison in room 115.

Questions and comments can be addressed to the LSC’s chairperson, John Martini, at johnamartini-ergclsc@hotmail.com or to individual LSC representatives. An agenda for the meeting will be posted at the school and emailed to the school community prior to the meeting.
Youth Guidance Updates
2022-2023 Youth Guidance programming will be offered from 2:45pm - 6:00pm Monday-Friday, with enrollment options for full-time, part-time 3 days per per week until 6:00pm and part-time 5 days per week until 4:30pm. Punch cards will also be available for purchase. 

Enrichment classes and workshops will also be offered through YG this school year. Please stay tuned for registration information!
Counselor's Corner
For some of our students, high school is just around the corner, so we want to remind you about GoCPS, our district-wide application process where you can apply to every CPS high school with one site, one application and one deadline. With GoCPS, you will be able to manage the entire application process online and have the ability to:
  • Review school and program options in one place
  • Rank these school and program choices based on your preferences
  • Receive an offer from the highest-ranked choice on your application for which your child qualifies and which has available seats

As a reminder, you can receive updates by visiting go.cps.edu/contact and subscribing by providing your contact information. This will place you on the mailing list to receive important instructions, announcements and advance notifications that are critical to completing the application process. 

If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach to our school counselor, Jennifer Anderson-Flynn at jnandersonflynn@cps.edu.
CPS 2022-2023 School Calendar

A printable copy of CPS' 2022-2023 calendar with important notes and dates, can be found here here.
Newsletter Submissions
If you would like to submit an item for Edison's community newsletter, please email your submissions to kevalentine1@cps.eduPlease take note of the following newsletter guidelines:
  • Student accolades must be limited to school-related activities (example: sports and clubs, and citywide, state or national competitions or awards)
  • Submissions received by noon on Friday will be included in the following newsletter. 
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