PTA Newsletter September 26, 2018 - Get Wild About Reading!
Wed, Sep 26 8:42am
Edison Elementary

Dear Edison Families,

Edison’s Annual Read-A-Thon is fast approaching! “Wild about Reading” starts Monday, October 1st and will end Friday, October 19th.

This is an amazing opportunity for all of our students to get involved in raising money for Edison while developing a love for books!  This is our only student-led fundraiser, and the best time for your kids to ask for donations from friends, family, and neighbors.

The Read-A-Thon will kick off on October 1 with a school assembly featuring local author Elisa Kleven. After the assembly, all students will receive their Read-A-Thon packet - an envelope containing everything they need to ask for donations in support of their reading.  Once students get home, they set a daily reading goal for the two-week period. All time spent reading outside of school counts - whether your child is reading or being read to. Students share their reading goal with family, friends, and neighbors, and ask for a flat donation to support their efforts!  Each student should try to raise at least $50 or ask 10 people for donations. All donations are tax deductible.

And as an incentive, there will be fun prizes for students who read the most and raise the most money!  

This year, the Read-A-Thon will also include a fun evening on Park Street to support our school!  On October 2, dine at Tomatina and pick up some new books at Books, Inc. A share of the proceeds will be donated to Edison!

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The Edison PTA is hiring a Garden Instructor for the 2018-2019 School Year and beyond. Our current garden instructor Lorri Garrett is moving onto another position, so we will be finding a replacement to start ASAP. This contractor position works approximately 10-15 hours per week, teaching 6 garden classes a month while maintaining an organic garden for our lessons to take place in. If you are interested - or know someone who may be interested - please email or click here for more details.



Alameda Special Education Family Support Group - Franklin Elementary - Wednesday, October 3, 6:30-8:30PM. The Alameda Special Education Family Support Group is hosting a Welcome Back to School Reception. Free childcare will be provided. For more information click here.

Diversity and Inclusion Playdate and Meeting - Edison Blacktop - Sunday, October 7th, 4-6PM. Bring your family, friends, and kids to our Diversity and Inclusion Playdate and Meeting. All are welcome and babysitting will be provided.  For more information, contact Sheila SatheWarner.

Look Ahead at Upcoming PTA & School Activities

  • District Collaboration Day - Early Dismissal Grades K-5 - Friday, September 28, 12:30PM
  • PTA Association Meeting in the MPR featuring Playworks! - October 11, 6:30-8:30PM
  • Fall Festival - Saturday, October 27, 11AM-2PM
  • Multicultural Night - Thursday, November 15 - 6-8 PM
  • Spring Auction and Gala - Saturday, March 23, 2019 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM



Good Eggs Grocery Fundraiser - We are excited to announce our upcoming Good Eggs fundraiser! From October 1-November 30, Edison will receive 5% back on all Good Eggs grocery purchases. New to Good Eggs? They’re a grocery delivery service highlighting the best of mostly local produce and products. Farmer’s market quality has never been so convenient. New customers get $15 off off their first order. Just visit our school site and enter the code “OTTEREATS” to start earning money for our school. Bonus: We’ll receive a $500 bonus if 20 new families sign up and place an order. (No subscription—order whenever you want, on your schedule!) Already a Good Eggs user? Just enter the same code at checkout in the promo code section.

Merchant Programs - Remember to use the Amazon link to earn FREE MONEY for Edison every time you shop!  



“Otters Helping Out” - September/October: Looking for family-friendly volunteer opportunities? Our awesome PTA Community Service Committee has organized a comprehensive listing here!



First Auction Committee Meeting - We have a DATE! We have a VENUE! We have a THEME!! Come meet us and learn more about this event and just how much fun the auction is! Our first meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 15th at the Hob Nob at 7:00 PM. All are welcome - even if you are not sure you can volunteer. Contact Monica for more information.

STEAM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Art/Design. Math.) - The STEAM Committee is looking for parents enthusiastic about science! We are exploring the possibility of several exciting STEAM programs including hosting Weekend STEAM Workshops/Experiments on the Edison blacktop, participating in the Alameda Mini-Maker Faire, exploring a dedicated STEAM Lab at Edison, and assisting Edison's educators with STEAM related supplies and activities. Sign up on Konstella or email Erik Kneer.

All Committees Are Currently Seeking New Volunteers - Read all about them in our guide, "Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Volunteering At Edison," and sign up on Konstella.


Join the PTA: Sign up for your PTA Membership at! We need another 160 people to join to meet our goal of 400 members - NOW IS THE TIME to join!  

Drop-off: Please do not park in the LOADING ZONE! Buses are having an extremely difficult time parking and the congestion is making it unsafe for student bus riders.

Konstella: Make sure your children are on the roster for their new classrooms in Konstella so you can hear about news and activities in your child's classroom, from the teacher and room parents. Contact Sarai Dunsany if you need help.




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