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Issue #04    |    July 2016

... until the first day of school!

Message from the President

I hope your family is enjoying the remainder of summer break - in whatever form that comes in - rest/relaxation or time to do lots of activities. I suppose I'm one of the rare folks, but I prefer the school year routine. Though summer break is a good time for a change and allows us all to recharge.
We have accomplished so much this past year, there is so much to be proud of. I have especially enjoyed getting to know really great people that make up our Edison community. 

I've been working on planning out next year's calendar and it'll be full of fun, family activities. But I need your help!  Whatever your skills, whatever your availability, I need you!

PTO will ask for volunteers in the fall, but I want to extend an invitation to you now...if you're thinking about how you can help but you're just not sure how you best fit in, please contact me. Let's talk or email so I can understand what your interests are and together we'll find a good fit that is comfortable for you.

Amy Schaum
Edison PTO President

PTO Officers Elected for the 2016-17 school year

President...Amy Schaum
Vice President...Laura Pizmoht
Secretary...Margaret Tobin
Co-Treasurers...Cassandra Zavodny and Stacy Fink
Communications Chairperson...Laura Pizmoht
Engagement Chairperson...Wendy Fiebig
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES are available for the following upcoming events. If you are able give us a little of your time, click the link and go to Sign-Up Genius where you can plug your name in to volunteer.

Beginning of School Events (one link below for all August events)
8/10 - New Student Orientation 
8/11 - Second Grade Meet the Teacher Night 
8/15 - First, Fourth and Fifth Grade Meet the Teacher Night
8/18 - First Day of School for Grades 1-5; Kindergarten Meet the Teacher; 3rd Grade Meet the Teacher
8/19 - Kindergarten Meet the Teacher 

September Events (click name to be linked to that event sign-up)
9/14 - PTO Meeting/Social Sprinkles and Sprinklers 
9/20 and 9/21 - Pastries with Parents  
9/21 - Marco's Pizza Night 

PTO Meetings to Become 
Less Business and More Social

Meetings... few of us enjoy them.
Social time... what parent has time for that?

We understand your time is precious, and after a long day, the last thing you want to sit through is a meeting. But wouldn't it be nice to have the opportunity to meet other parents and have some fun with your student(s) at the same time?

If you answered a resounding, "YES!", then take note as PTO is looking to mix a bit of business with fun for our monthly "meeting" as we move into the 2016-17 year.

The goal in changing our format to a Meeting/Social is to get the business of the PTO completed quickly and efficiently in a casual and fun environment, while enabling social time for students, parents, grandparents, Edison staff, and volunteers. Please join us - come to get to know the members of your Edison community. No sitter? No problem! The kids are also welcome since we are planning activities for the social portion that include them too!

The PTO Meetings/Socials will continue to be held the second Wednesday of each month, and our first Meeting/Social event will be on September 14th at 6:30pm. We are calling it Sprinkles and Sprinklers. This will be an ice cream social for the whole family, so siblings are welcome. This is a FREE event and will be held on the Edison playground. Ice cream, sprinkles, and popsicles will be provided by PTO.

The October meeting will be held at Busy Bees Art Studio in Mentor where you can make a craft alongside your student. There are many items to choose from that you can paint. Families will pay for the items of their choice. Food and drinks will be provided by PTO.

Future meetings will include things such as a night at Chuck E Cheese, Edison Spirit week crafts, Family Fitness night, Reading night (come in your PJs!), and a Lawn Yahtzee craft night. For details each month's meeting/social - check the PTO Calendar.

This new format is being organized by our Engagement Committee - chaired by Wendy Fiebig. Wendy would love to hear your thoughts and ideas (or even get a few volunteers to help on her committee). You can contact her at 330-842-7076 or

Fundraising Update
Our goal for the 2015-16 year was to raise $30,000. 
We surpassed our goal by $2,000, and raised $32,000! 

This goal is consistent with what we've been raising in past years too. It pays for $10,000 of playground improvement and the remaining $20,000 is for student activities & recognition.

By the way - not only did we pass our fundraising goal, but because we raised more money and reduced costs in other budget categories, 
we were under budget by $9,300 overall for the PTO fiscal year (which ended June 30th). 

For a further breakdown on where all that money is going visit the Fundraising link on the PTO's Webpage
Wed., Aug. 10 - 12 to 1 pm OR 5 to 6 pm
New Student Orientation
(see Edison School website for more info)
Thur., Aug. 11 - 6 to 7 pm
2nd Grade "Meet the Teacher Night"
(see Edison School website for more info)
Mon., Aug. 15
1st Grade "Meet the Teacher Night" - 5 to 6 pm
4th and 5th Grade"Meet the Teacher Night" - 6 to 7 pm
(see Edison School website for more info)

Thur.,  Aug. 18 - 6 to 7 pm
 8 am to 2 pm
Kindergarten "Meet the Teacher"
(see Edison School website for more info)

Thur.,  Aug. 18 - 8:45 am

Thur.,  Aug. 18 - 6 to 7 pm
3rd Grade "Meet the Teacher Night"
(see Edison School website for more info)

Fri., Aug. 19 - 8 am to 2 pm
Kindergarten "Meet the Teacher"
(see Edison School website for more info)
Mon., Aug 22 - 8:45 am
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - Kindergarten

Wed.,  Aug. 24
 - 4 to 5pm
Band Fair for 5th Graders
(see Edison School website for more info)
Mon.,  Sept. 5

Thur.,  Sept. 8 - 7 to 8 pm
First Band Lesson Night
(see Edison School website for more info)
Wed.,  Sept. 14 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm
PTO Meeting/Social "Sprinkles and Sprinklers"
Thur.,  Sept. 15
Thur.,  Sept. 15 - 6 to 8:30 pm
Edison Skating Party at United Skates

Tues.,  Sept. 20
Pastries with Parents
(student last names F-L 7:30 to 8:00 am; A-E 8:00 to 8:30 am)
Wed.,  Sept. 21
Pastries with Parents
(student last names S-Z 7:30 to 8:00 am; M-R 8:00 to 8:30 am)
Thur.,  Sept. 21
Marco's Pizza Night
Don't forget to give your class name for credit  

PTO meetings

We know not everyone can make our monthly meetings. But if you would like to stay in the loop - you can get copies of the meeting Agendas and Minutes from our website.

Sept 14  | Oct 12

PTO Executive Board 2016-17

Amy Schaum 216-224-4711

Vice President
Laura Pizmoht 216-403-4505

Margaret Tobin 216-548-5894

Cassandra Zavodny 216-288-4880

Stacy Fink  216-570-3985

JaTina Threat 440-954-3555

Assistant Principal
Laurel Ravida 440-283-2283


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Pastries with Parents

Hope you were able to join us back in April at Edison for breakfast with your student before their school day.  It means so much to the children to be able to share their school and their experiences with you.  Save the date, we are planning for Sept 20 - 21 to do this again!

Spirit Wear

Newly designed shirts as voted on by the incoming 5th grade class will soon be available for purchase! 
There are also still a limited selection of previous items available.
Options are shown on the Spirit Wear portion of the PTO website

Fourth Quarter (4Q) PTO Accomplishments

  • Raised $9,700 at Purses 4 a Purpose
  • Hosted the Columbus Zoo at Edison
  • Enjoyed a fun Edison Night at Chuck E. Cheese's
  • Ate out of beautiful Marco's pizza boxes
  • Dined at Quaker Steak
  • Organized Pastries with Parents
  • Celebrated our traditional Edison Carnival
  • Popped popcorn for Popcorn Days
  • Perpetuated beauty with the Dean's Plant Fundraiser
  • Showed our gratitude during Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Ran the Scholastic Book Fair
  • Supplied volunteers and the inflatable for Field Day
  • Contributed to the Fifth Grade Activity

What a roaring success! 
This event raised $9,700.

Thank you to our committee members! Their dedication to creating this event and transforming the night into a truly wonderful event for our community.

The auction baskets were highly sought after, the food was a lot of fun, and of course there were the purses!

Plans for next year are underway.

The traditional Edison Carnival was held at the end of April, and it was back better than ever!  All the games were rebuilt and the students really enjoyed these new games. We invited the Ridge Acres community and the School of Innovation. Our games were staffed by parents and 23 high school volunteers.

We hope to continue this strong Edison tradition...but we need you! Many of our games had to be closed for periods of time because we didn't have enough people to help. Older siblings or adults can run these games, so please consider helping next year, even if you split a shift with somebody else!

Campbell's Labels for Education

In the month of April, we collected Campbell's Labels for Education.  
The winning classrooms were:
Kindergarten...Miss Makar with 76 points
1st grade...Mrs. Cardile with 176 points
4th grade...Mrs. Bittner with 181 points
5th grade...Ms. Amata with 105 points
(No labels were turned in to any of the 2nd or 3rd grade classes.)
So far we've purchased new art supplies. We'll be getting some new playground toys with these labels too.  Thanks for participating to make our great school even better!

Marco's Pizza 

We've heard such positive feedback from students, families, and teachers, that we'll be doing box nights again for the 2016-17 school year, but with a twist!  We will be incorporating them into the learnings for Red Ribbon Week and Drop Everything and Read Week!

We'll also continue to do our monthly Marco's night, but will be switching to the Third Wednesday.  Reminders will still be sent out for each pizza night.

Popcorn Days

Thank you to our volunteers for making 2,000 of bags of popcorn during the 2015-16 school year. It was greatly enjoyed by students and staff!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

We celebrated a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. 
Sidewalks were decorated, posters were hung, fresh fruit was delivered, and geraniums in painted potters were given!  This is in addition to our annual teacher appreciation luncheon.Thank you volunteers for making this a warm week for teachers!
Purses 4 a Purpose: Wendy Fiebig, Margaret Tobin, Julie Kramer, Alexis Pellegrini, Stacy Fink, Beth Tigue-Matos, Kelly Szakal, Cassandra Zavodny, Loralee Anderson, Kathy Hodson, Carol Mitchell, Lee Nejak, Steven Fiebig, John Carr, Tom Fiebig, many more families and Edison Staff that contributed to the auctions and wheelbarrow

Columbus Zoo: Kelly Szakal, April Sanderson, Lynn Hallum, Kelly Ungar, Lisa Kubish

Marco's pizza: Ms. Diana and her student volunteers

Quaker Steak: Connie McGrath

Pastries with Parents: Kelly Szakal, Kristen Werden, Beth Tigue-Matos, Alexis Pellegrini, April Sanderson

Edison Carnival: Cassandra Zavodny, Joe Cupples, Stacy Fink, Danica McCann, Jeff McCann, Lisa Kubish, Savanna Kubish, Mackenzie Snyder, Kim Ballard, Carol Bennett, Cherita Glanton, Deborah Harrison, Amanda Hinton, Kyle Kleinhenz, Kourtney Lester, Franklin Macarthy, Jori Macarthy, Lori Maxwell, Connie McGrath, Liz Miller, Laura O'Donnell, Alexis Pellegrini, Erin Sekely, Ken Strothers, Kelly Szakal, Beth Tigue-Matos, Erin West, Karen Yirava, Carly Caldrone, Kyra Lyn Cottrell, Ben Schaum, Krissy Klouda

Popcorn Days: Marla Gasser-Mog, Alexis Pellegrini, Kourtney Lester, April Sanderson

Dean's Plant Fundraiser: Kim Ballard, Julie Compton, Laura Pizmoht, Kelly Szakal, Marla Gasser-Mog, Cassandra Zavodny

Teacher Appreciation Week: Kelly Szakal, Erin Sekely

Scholastic Book Fair: Matthew Ballard, April Sanderson, Erink Sekely, Julie Compton, Chantel Thbodeaux, Shana Boyd, Cassandra Zavodny

Field Day: Mary Arnold, Scott Lawlor, Kelly Szakal, Erin Sekely, April Sanderson, Stacy Fink, Laura Gorka, Marla Gasser-Mog, Beth Tigue-Matos, Alexis Pellegrini, Cindy Myers, Lee Nejak, Laura Pizmoht, Lynn Hallum, Kourtney Lester, Connie McGrath

Fifth Grade Activity: Kelly Ungar, Heather Popovic, Laura Gorka
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