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Issue #06    |    November 2016

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As we approach the mid-year point of the school year, a fitting adage comes to mind about raising children: The days are long, but the years are short. Meaning we toil through the day-to-day to provide our children with everything we can: guidance, experiences, lessons, daily meals, clothes, family time, etc. But when you take a moment to pause, you realize how quickly they grow up.

Fully embrace this time! Get as involved as you can so that you'll both have lasting memories of these quality years.
I am so thankful for our supportive community and all of our enthusiastic volunteers. You are Edison PTO...Where EVERYONE belongs and we work together to help our children soar.

Amy Schaum, Edison PTO President
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If you haven't already done so, please like us on FACEBOOK to keep up with PTO happenings. 
  • Halloween Parade. We took more than 400 photos.... so chances are you will be able to spot your student in one of them!
  • Limo Lunch Reward for students who hit goals in the Fall Club's Choice Fundraiser
  • Internet Safety was the subject at our November Meeting/Social.
Fall Book Fair: December 1 - 3
By now, you have likely seen the flyers and information online.... THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING!

Join us on December 1st through 3rd, and experience a celebration of reading!

Edison’s Book Fair brings a great selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more. During school days students a will visit with their classes. On Saturday, December 3rd, the Book Fair will be open to all students, families and friends. Consider giving the gift of reading this holiday - purchase books for your children, family and friends. You can also gift books to your child's classroom by shopping their teacher's Classroom Wish List.

All money raised from the Book Fair comes back to our school to directly support Edison's school library.

In addition donations will be collected for the All for Books campaign, in which Scholastic Book Fairs will match monetary donations raised with a donation of up to one million books to two non-profit organizations dedicated to helping children, families, and teachers acquire books and educational resources. Children who bring in monetary donations of any amount by December 3rd, will be entered into a drawing for one of three prize baskets.

If you can't make it to the fair, an online shop will also be in operation from Nov. 15th - Dec. 5th.

We will need lots of volunteers to staff the Fair - if you are available, please SIGN UP TO HELP.

If you have questions about the Book Fair, contact Matthew Ballard at or (440) 944-0295.
Holiday Shop - December 3rd

The annual Holiday Shop returns to Edison on Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm.
This is a fun event for kids around the holidays. Many children take pride in picking out their own holiday gifts for loved ones. This event provides them a safe environment to do so with reasonably priced items. For more info about the products available:

Entertainment will be provided by Ms. Scholz and Edison's Fifth Grade students as they will perform a variety of Christmas/Chanukah/Winter songs from 11am to 1pm.

Santa will also be in attendance to talk with the kids, and pose for photos (bring your camera).
If you get hungry - we will have treats available at the Bake Sale.

In addition to the Club's Choice items, adults will also have a chance to do some shopping. We have opened the event this year to local vendors with home-based business to sell their products. Vendors already confirmed include: Tupperware, doTERRA, Scentsy, Keep Collective, LulaRoe, Rodan & Fields, Tastefully Simple, Damsel in Defense , Mary Kay, Avon, Paparazzi, Isagenix, Thirty-One, Origami Owl, Premiere Jewelry, and Younique. We still have a few slots available, so if you are interested in table space, contact Jessica Kunsman, at or 440-339-0868.

Thanks in advance go to our Holiday Shop coordinator Stacy Fink. She cannot do it alone though! We are in need of volunteers to help during the Holiday Shop, so if you are available, please SIGN UP TO HELP.
11/24/16 -  11/28/16
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

12/01/16 - 12/02/16
Book Fair (during school hours)

12/03/16, 10 am to 2pm
Book Fair and Holiday Shop

Roller Skating Party
USA Skates, Wickliffe
12/14/16 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Drop the kids at school and run some holiday errands!
Eagle's Nest

Edison Staff Holiday Luncheon
Marco's Pizza Night
Don't forget to give your Teacher's name for credit.
​Order online for extra pizza points!

Winter Classroom Parties
Contact your teacher for more information

12/22/16 - 01/03/17
Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
01/11/17 - 6:30 pm
PTO Meeting/Social
Chuck E. Cheese, Mentor
Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL
Marco's Pizza Night
Don't forget to give your Teacher's name for credit.
​Order online for extra pizza points!
Family Bingo Night
Edison Big Gym
01/25/17 - 01/26/17
Popcorn Days
Order form HERE.

Keep up with our Calendar on the PTO Webpage
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.

Jan 11 | Feb 8
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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Spirit Wear

Thanks to all who ordered Spirit Wear this fall! Those who placed an order, your items have been sent home with your student. 

We still have some items left in stock - you can see what remains available, by visiting the Spirit Wear Store on the PTO webpage.

No December PTO meeting/social - but we still have childwatch!

The PTO knows how busy everyone's schedule is about to get as they prepare for the holidays, therefore we will not have a meeting in the month of December. HOWEVER, we will still have childwatch on December 14th from 6:30 to 8:30. So, if you have some errands or holiday shopping you can knock out in an two hours of time, bring the kids over to school. Childwatch is FREE.
Creativity flowed during our October meeting/social at Busy Bees

Families had fun channeling their artistic side at our PTO meeting/social at Busy Bees in October. We had more than 50 people in attendance as families painted pottery pieces that were later fired in the studio kilns. We also raffled off a few prizes. One of our winners was Lori Zaffuto. Lori's daugther Alyssa, is a 3rd grader in Mrs. Metsch's class. This is the Zaffuto family's first year at Edison and we are thankful to say she has been one of our new volunteers for PTO and school events. When asked about her experience at Edison, she said "Favorite thing to me about Edison, being this is our first year, is that the Principal (Mrs.Threat) showed up at the Busy Bees event."
If you are curious as to the creations and happenings at the October Meeting/Social, you can see the photos from our event HERE.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES are available for the following upcoming PTO 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. Keep in mind volunteer work is also a great way for those looking for employment to gain or retain skills.
12/1 - 12-3: Book Fair
12/3: Holiday Shop
12/14: Staff Holiday Luncheon
12/20: Winter Party Volunteer Check-in

Fundraising Update
Our goal for the 2016-17 year is to raise $30,000.
We are almost halfway there at $14,500! 

Marco's Nights
Edison's Monthly Marco's nights brings 15% on call-in/walk-in orders and 20% for online orders back in donations to the school!
  • Thanks for ordering Pizza from Marco's! We have had a successfull couple of months, bringing in $170 in September, $193 in October, and $431 thanks to our November pizza box nights!
Monies Spent
  • Purchased playground supplies for student use at recess
  • We have paid out more than $2,200 in teacher grants
  • Funded $6,000 towards transportation for student field trips
Consider Edison PTO in your Holiday Giving
If you are looking to make last-minute donations before the end of the year, consider giving directly to Edison PTO. Donations are tax-deductible. Also - if you work for a firm that participates in a company-matching program, you can double your donation! For more information on giving to Edison PTO, you can download our Direct Donation Letter HERE.


School Day off Camps
Schools out!  But you still have to work. The City of Wiloughby Parks and Recreation Holiday Camps provide a safe alternative for your kids. Holiday Camp dates are: November 28,  December 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 and Jan 2 & 3. Open for children ages 6 to 13 and staffed by experienced counselors, participants will enjoy field trips, arts & crafts, games and more! Kids should also dress for the weather because they will go outside (weather permitting). More information on camp activities, cost and registration can be downloaded from the City's website HERE.
Willoughby Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting - Thursday, December 1st
Shops and restaurants will offer a warm place to visit, specials and surprises! Word on the street is that Santa will arrive on his sleigh as well!  Prior to the lighting ceremony, enjoy the Willoughby Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner. Proceeds benefit local charities. The dinner is from 4-6:30 pm. Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by Edison's own Third Grade classes.After the lighting ceremony (around 7:35), don’t miss some great deals at the 21st Annual Willoughby Evening Lions Club Christmas Auction in Willoughby City Hall lower level. Proceeds benefit the Lions Christmas Basket program and the Lions eye care program.

Santa's Calling
Would your children like have a chat with Santa this holiday season? Our friends at Willoughby Parks and Recreation and the Willoughby Evening Lions Club have the inside track to Santa's Calling. If you would like to have them get the jolly one to telephone your children ages 3 through second grade, you can download the sign-up form HERE. Forms must be returned by NOON on December 5th.
Visit Santa in Wes Point Park
December 2 - December 23
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 5 - 8 pm
Saturdays & Sundays 2 - 5 pm
Please bring a Non-perishable food item when visiting Santa.
ALL donations collected go to the Willoughby Food Pantry.
Family Night - January 15
“Zootopia” will be the movie at our Family Pizza and a Movie night!” On Sunday Jan 15, at the
 Willoughby Senior Center Gym from 5:00-7:15 pm.  (No School on Monday)
 Cost is $13 per family or $10 per Resident Family. 
 Advanced Registration is required by January 12, 2017.
Family Bus Trip to the Toboggan Chutes!
Participants must be 42 inches tall and wear gloves or mittens.  Date is Thursday Feb 16, 2017 (No School on Friday Day). Cost is $17 per person or $12 for Willoughby residents. Advanced registration is required. Call for Parks and Recreation at 440.953.4200 for details or visit

2nd Quarter (2Q) PTO Accomplishments

  • Marco's pizza box night
  • Zero Gravity Discount Night
  • Presented Internet Safety Night at our November Meeting/Social
  • Limo Lunch reward for Fall Fundraiser
  • Popcorn Days (806 bags of popcorn bagged and sold!)
  • Checked in all volunteers for the classroom Halloween Parties
  • Organized and distributed all fundraising orders
  • Assisted with hearing screenings

Without the dedicated families and friends of Edison, it would difficult to accomplish so much!
To our long-time/regular volunteers - thanks as always! To our new volunteers, we thank you for giving of your two-hour power to help! We hope you realize how much you are needed and appreciated. Come back to volunteer anytime!
Marco's pizza box nights: Amy Schaum, Dakota Schaum

Zero Gravity: Amy Schaum, Cassandra Zavodny, South High Key Club

Internet Safety Night: Laura Pizmoht

Limo Lunch: Judy Folckemer, April Sanderson, Lynn Hallum, Chris Hallum, Stacy Fink, Kelly Ungar, Cindy Myers, Jessica Kunsman, Kathey Andow, Rebecca Dill, Joe Cupples, Aiden Switalski's grandma, Amy Schaum

Popcorn Days: Marla Gasser-Mog, April Sanderson, Jessica Kunsman, Annamarie Esposito, Mackenzie Snyder, Kim Rich, Norma Gibson, Cindy Myers, Lisa Minotas, Michelle Fair

Halloween Party Check In: April Sanderson, Denesha Mitchell, Tacy Dooley, April Patton, Kelly Ungar, Lisa Kubish, Lori Zaffuto, Laura Pizmoht, Amy Schaum

Fundraiser Pickup: Stacy Fink, Alexis Pellegrini, Loralee Anderson, John Vaughn, Alicia Martin, Marla Gasser-Mog, Veronica Carr, Wendy Fiebig, April Sanderson, Amy Schaum

Hearing Screenings: April Sanderson, Jessica Kunsman, Connie McGrath
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