Surprise in the Time Capsule

When we opened the Edgewood Time Capsule, we found this WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE poster written by former Edgewood student John Mancuso. Funny enough, third grader Akash Dhiman found the poster. His father, Pradeep Dhiman, went to Edgewood and he’s still best friend with John’s brother; the brother even attended the Dhiman’s wedding.

Akasha Dhiman and Nate Bedford, both third graders, holding the joke poster.

What She Put in the Time Capsule

Jessica graduated from Edgewood in 2004, and we invited her back recently to take a look at what she put in the time capsule that year. It was easy for her to spot, and she was so excited to find her sketch.

At the top of her drawing, there’s a message: “To Edgewood’s 100th Birthday and the kids.”

What else have we found in the time capsule? More to come…

Edgewood Turns 100 years old!

On Monday, January 9th, 2019 Edgewood School officially turned 100! An Edgewood alum and parent, Greg Bartolos, shares his thoughts on our school assembly below: 

Edgewood School’s 100th Anniversary Celebration was a total success. Dr. Houseknecht emceed the event, providing history and entertainment in equal measure. And Mr. Yang’s breaking-news reports put a smile on every face in the audience.

The time capsule (hidden since 1994 when Edgewood celebrated its 75th anniversary) was the focal point for both children and adults. And its opening was a pleasure to watch. (See video for details!)

Guests of honor included Mr. Conlan – part of three generations in Edgewood. Mr. Conlan amazingly met Edgewood’s first principal, Mary Piedalue, in the early 1940s as a student.AndDorothy Bench, who composed Edgewood’s theme song in 1976, led everyone through a spirited rendition.

The personal highlight for me was having a long conversation with Cora Five, who was my fourth-grade teacher in 1977! It was genuinely wonderful to see her and to share our mutual and ongoing admiration of Edgewood and the many people who help maintain the school’s rich and proud heritage.

The turnout was fantastic and so were the food and drinks. A special thanks to PTA Co-Presidents Heedan Chung-Goh and Susie Smith for helping to ensure that everything went as planned.

Thanksgiving Assembly Inspires Giving

Every year Edgewood Elementary holds a Thanksgiving Assembly to celebrate the upcoming holiday. This year, like every year before, the student body gathered together as a show of school spirit and community. Children in the first, fourth and fifth grades sang early American songs.

Leading up to the assembly, the PTA collected donated food items in boxes outside of classroom doors. Think: mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, stuffing. Many were overspilling with donations. And in all, there were 22 boxes filled with food for people in need. A representative from the Salvation Army came to take boxes, thanking the school for its generous donations.

Each child that donated a food item received a paper feather to write what they are thankful for this year. The feather was then posted on a giant turkey outside of the main office.


The Book Fair Was a Hit

In  November, Edgewood’s annual Book Fair was held in the new school library. There was plenty of space to spread out the wide selection of picture and chapter books, and children appreciated the elbow room. Children attended the fair with their classroom teachers, and they were also invited to return with their parents to shop later.

The book fair was a big success, in big part to an amazing group of volunteers.

Edgewood Outing to Citi Field

On Sept. 13, the PTA organized an Edgewood outing to Citi Field to watch the Mets vs. the Marlins.

The fifth graders got to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at the 7th inning stretch.

The fun did not end there — “Mr. Met” paid a special visit!

Watch their performance below…