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Edison Parent Council News
Week of December 13, 2015

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12/15 (T) Parent Council Holiday Potluck 6:30 - 8pm
12/16 (W) Art Walk Planning Meeting, 7 - 8pm
12/17 (Th) Winter Sing
12/21 - 1/1 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
1/4 (M) - NO SCHOOL - Budget Reduction/Furlough Day
1/5 (T) - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development/Planning Day
2/11 (Th) - Cafe Alva Talent Show
3/12 (S) Spring Art Walk, Laurelwood Golf Course


Join Us - Parent Council Holiday Potluck, Tuesday

THIS TUESDAY! Pease join us Tuesday Dec. 15th from 6:30 – 8pm for the Parent Coucil Holiday Potluck. All are welcome! This year's potluck will be hosted by Audrey and Trevor Betenson at 1900 E. 27th Ave. Please bring a dish to share: A-G drinks, H-M sweets, N-Z savory. Childcare provided. See you there!

COFFEE! TEA! CHOCOLATE! - Orders ready Wednesday, Volunteers needed Tuesday

cafemamCoffee, tea and chocolate orders will be ready to take home on Wednesday morning! Look for your order outside your child's classroom at drop off or pick up. If there are ceramic mugs in your order, please handle your box or bag with care! For questions or problems with your order, please contact Jen Thoennes at 541-345-4970 or

VOLUNTEER NEEDED! We need someone to pick up our chocolate order at Euphoria Chocolate Company in West Eugene on Tuesday, December 15 at 12:00 and deliver it to Edison by 1:00. The boxes will easily fit in (but fill) a car, suv or minivan. Please contact Jen Thoennes if you are available to do this task. 541-345-4970 or

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Adult volunteers are needed to help pack the coffee, tea and chocolate orders on Tuesday, December 15 at 1:00. If you are interested and available for this fun and delicious smelling task, please email Jen at or just show up to the cafeteria at 1:00.

Art Walk Planning Meeting bright_color_handmade_abstract_oil_painting_for_jpg_200x200 5

Art Walk Planning Meeting - December 16th, 7-8PM in the library. If you would like to be a part of the planning process or coordinate a classroom activity please come to this planning meeting! Snacks will be provided.

Classroom Art Coordinators still needed for the Art Walk Projects
Please contact jennifer.ensminger@brightstarcare.comif you are interested. 

Edison Winter Sing, Thursday

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, Support our student musicians and come bring your voice and holiday spirit!
9:00 am for All-School assembly
6:30 pm for evening Family sing and 4th grad performance and 5th grade Tone Chime choir

Meet the Masters is in full swing at Edison! 

The first artist this year is Alexander Calder, an American artist who is well known for his kinetic mobiles and large outdoor stabile sculptures.  Be on the lookout for a Calder-esque mobile or stabile coming home with your student in the next couple of months. There is now an exciting opportunity to see two original Calder mobiles on display at the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.  These are displayed in the Focus Gallery until January 30, 2016.  And, from January 6th to February 12th entry into the JSMA is FREE to all visitors!

The Toucan Times Needs More Contributions!    


Every month we collect poems, stories, drawings, word puzzles, jokes, interviews, and recipes with a common theme. December's theme is "Let It Snow."  Please bring your submission to the "Toucan Times Mail Box" in the front office or send to Label your submission with your full name, teacher and grade so we can keep track of submitted items. Submissions are due December 15th. The Toucan Times will be distributed the last week of each month.


Edison Chinese Language and Culture After-School Club Fridays, 2:55pm-4pm, January 8 - February 26

Club website: The Language Teaching Specialization (LTS) MA program at the University of Oregon, Dept. of Linguistics is continuing to offer a free Chinese language and culture club at Edison on Fridays. In Winter the theme will be 'Let's travel through China!' Class sessions are taught by bilingual native Mandarin speakers who are current graduate students in the MA program. The club includes both Chinese language (Mandarin) and culture-related content and activities, and is taught in a bilingual format (i.e. this is not an immersion course). Both novice and heritage speakers of Chinese are welcome. Sessions follow the University quarter system. This club is open to up to 15 children each term from grades 3-5 (ages 8-11). Please contact Keli Yerian for more information, to register, or for questions:

Ki-Aikido at Edison

aikidoEdison Elementary School and the Oregon Ki Society will be offering a Wednesday Ki-Aikido program for Edison students beginning January 13th.

Class Dates: 1/13-3/16, 10 weeks
Class Day and Time: Wednesday 1:15-2:15pm
Class Fee: $50
(The Oregon Ki Society is a private nonprofit and does have some funds for partial and full scholarships for families with limited income.)

The Oregon Ki Society is a nonprofit educational service organization established in 1974 to teach Ki and Aikido with mind and kibody coordinated. All instructors are volunteers.

To register, email Teri Simpson at The class is capped at 15 students. Also visit our facebook page at and our web page at for more information or you can email me with any questions.


Give Gifts that Give Back to Edison! Here is your eScrip Holiday Shopping Tip of the Week
Put a Post-it on your computer monitor so you don't forget to use the eScrip Online Mall to access your favorite shopping websites. Remember to earn for Edison! Amazon, Target, Gift Card Mall, Disney Store, Nordstrom and hundreds more!


Don't Forget to Put Edison on your Gift List

Edison's Direct Drive is ON! Critical staffing and programs depend on the generosity of Edison families through our Direct Drive. Did you know that over a quarter of our annual fundraising typically comes from the Direct Drive? Without this support, we would be facing either staffing cuts or more fundraisers. So, please help keep Edison strong with scheduled monthly or quarterly tax-deductible gifts through your bank's bill-pay service, or with a one-time check made out to Edison and given to Nan. Edison students, staff, and teachers thank you!


writersHoliday Tales and Book Making Workshop at the Salmon House Writers Workshop Dec. 21st through Dec. 23rd 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In this fun three day workshop for 8-12 year olds, students will enjoy listening to traditional and modern holiday stories, learning story crafting basics, and creating their own holiday tale.On day three, we'll make a storybook from the participants stories to share with family and friends! All materials provided. Please bring a snack. Tuition is $90 per student. To register, call (541) 326-6112 or visit


 thankyou2 A big thank you to Renee Turner, Emily Marquardt, & Melissa Gish for helping process and tabulate all the coffee, tea and chocolate order forms! And a shout out to the Thoennes children for their contributions to the process.

A giant thank you to all the families who donated items for Time of Sharing - your sharing spirit is critical to our Edison community!

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Edison Contact Info and Key Staff
1328 East 22nd Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Office: 541-790-8900
Attendance Line: 541-790-8925
Principal: Tom Horn
Secretary: Nan Robinson

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