Edison Intermediate School
800 Rahway Avenue · Westfield, NJ 07090
(908) 789-4470 

 The Current
September, 2003
Published by the Edison Intermediate School PTSO
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We would like to welcome you to the 2003-2004 school year. Edison Intermediate School has a very active PTSO. Thanks to all of you who have already sent in your membership money. There is still time to join. We are happy to welcome the old members as well as the new families to Edison School.

This PTSO newsletter, “The Current”, will be sent to your home 3 times during the year. Thanks to Rosemarie Panarese for compiling the information for our newsletter and also to Jim Reardon for donating the printing services. “The Current” is also available on the Edison website- www.westfieldnj.com/eis . Sharon Degel, our webmaster, does a terrific job of keeping our website up to date. Please visit our site regularly for calendar information, Flash and PTSO news sign up, text book ordering information, classroom and library information, and to contact the teachers.

Our only fundraiser of the year, the Magazine Sale, is currently in progress. It runs from September 24- October 16. Through this program, you are able to purchase new magazines and renew old subscriptions. Thanks in advance to Sheri Cognetti and Michelle Lynes who are co-chairing this committee.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first PTSO meeting of the year- October 9th at 7pm when we will be hosting Family Pasta Night and Peer Leadership program in the cafeteria. If you are interested in helping out please contact Dana Rego. Please make your reservation by returning the form at the end of this newsletter.

The 7th grade parent roundtable is scheduled for Oct.14 and the 8th grade parent roundtable, Oct.21st. These chats with the principal are a great opportunity to ask Mrs. O’Brien questions and discuss topics of concern with other parents.

If you are interested in purchasing a text book for you child to keep home, please consult the text book letter and order form on our website. October 15 will be the last day to place orders through this program. This year we are also attempting to coordinate a used text book swap program. Forms will be available at Back to School Night in the cafeteria. If you would like to help with this project, please contact Merry Wisler.

You should all be receiving your Edison School Directory very soon. Special thanks to Merry Wisler for tackling this huge project and meeting our goal to have the directory out by Back to School Night!

Thanks in advance to the emergency contact moms who have been assigned to each homeroom this year. These homeroom moms will no longer be calling for weather/snow closings as this information is now readily available on the website, channel 36, and on radio station NJ101.5 (FM). This phone chain will only be used for notification in the event of a school wide emergency situation.

Our Edison Intermediate School Executive Board meets once a month on the first Thursday at 1pm at the school. If you would like to sit in on a meeting you are welcome.

Thanks for your support and have a great school year.

Sue Dilzell and Vivian Strano Co-Presidents

Letter from the Administration

We are off to a running start to the 2003-2004 school year here at Edison. In the first month of school we welcomed more than 670 sixth, seventh and eighth graders as well as 30 PRE-K students. Edison also hosts 51 third, fourth and fifth graders participating in the elementary Gifted & Talented/ALP program. With such a varied and exciting family of students, we really live this year’s SGA motto: ELECTRIC! Extraordinary Learning Experiences Creating a Terrific, Responsible, Intelligent Community!

We want to thank the many Edison parents who responded to the Board of Education’s Community Survey. This information is a vital resource as we continue to plan programs and initiatives that will keep Westfield schools in the forefront of academic excellence. In just a few weeks the Board of Education will start the process of taking an in-depth look at the needs of our schools, and the results of the survey will be integral to that process. Thank you again to all who shared your thoughtful responses.

Earlier this summer I was reading Personal History, the Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography of Katherine Graham who led The Washington Post for many years. As I read this remarkable woman’s story of her own life, I thought of other words she said that crystallize for me the joy of working at Edison:

“To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun.”

Cheryl A. O’Brien, Principal and Stewart T. Carey, Assistant Principal


Please remember that students ARE NOT allowed to carry backpacks or book bags during school hours.

Students will be allowed to go to their lockers as needed.

Just a reminder concerning EIS dress code policy that applies to both boys and girls.

Students ARE NOT allowed to wear the following:
NO halter tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops or tank tops.
Your shirt must meet your waistband at all times, even when seated.

All adults MUST report to the Main Office to sign in and receive a Visitor’s badge. This badge MUST be worn while you are in the building.


Are you looking for the latest information about what’s going on at Edison School? Can’t find that flyer to check the exact time of an upcoming event? Wondering if a notice you’ve been waiting for ever made it home? We’re pleased and excited to announce the launching of the EIS – Flash, an electronic update of activities and events at EIS delivered automatically to your home via email. If you’re interested in receiving this free service, log on to www.westfieldnj.com/flash  to subscribe.


If you would like to subscribe to the PTSO email notification system please go the Board of Ed website www.westfieldnj.com/eis/ptso .


We are pleased to welcome the following new faculty members to Edison:

Michael Altmann  Forensics/Public Speaking
Marc Biunno 8th grade Language Arts
Lynda Bottitta Special Ed
Mark Daniel Special Ed
Ken Horn Vocal Music
Marc Lazarow 7th grade Language Arts
Robert Maver 6th grade Social Studies
Eileen Moran School Nurse/Health
Karen Marcus 6th/7th grade Gifted & Talented
Deanna Jascur Paraprofessional
Kyle Forbes Paraprofessional

Please remember that you can contact any staff member via email by typing there first initial last name @ westfieldnj.com

For example: Michael Altmann maltmann@westfieldnj.com


Please check the hardcopy of the Current to add some new student listings to your Student Directory.

Anyone who was not listed in the directory may still turn in a completed, signed form to the Main Office and the information will be included in the next Current. Deadline: October 15th. Forms available in the Office.


Our only fundraiser for the year is our Magazine Sale. The sale runs from 9/24 to 10/6. Please save all of your magazine renewals. You can either purchase new magazines or renew your old subscriptions. If you are renewing, the new subscription will start when the old one runs out - it’s very easy. The selling takes place whenever is convenient and the students turn in the order forms at lunchtime. If you want to help with this fundraiser or have any questions please call Sherri Cognetti or Michelle Lynes.

Sign up for the Target VISA and designate EIS as the recipient. We will receive 10% of your purchases.


This year you WILL NOT receive a phone call for weather related school closings. This information is now readily available on the website ( www.westfieldnj.com ), channel 36, and on radio station NJ101.5 (FM). You will only receive a phone call in the event of a school wide emergency situation.


Coming very soon is The Edison Theater Guild's first annual fall production. This year we are pleased to present to you Get Smart. Get Smart is a show based on the popular television show of the 1960's. The play is written by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. The show centers on Maxwell Smart, CONTROL's top agent and his new partner, Agent 99. Together, the two spies must stop Mr.Big and his evil KAOS agents from getting their hands on the ithermo device as well as stop the kidnapping of a young princess. With the help of fellow CONTROL agents, shoe phones, and luck, Smart will attempt to save humanity. Performing such quirky show takes an extraordinary group of talented and dedicated actors and crew members. The excitement that we are generating in rehearsals is amazing. We are looking forward to opening night. So clear your calendar for The Edison Theater Guild's fall presentation of Get Smart at the Edison Intermediate School Auditorium on the nights of Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15. Tickets will be available at the door. We'll see you at the show!

The 8th grade Journalism class is currently learning how to investigate and report the news. They participated in a mock press conference, wrote feature articles about their classmates, and are now learning how to write using official newspaper style. They will begin interviewing for this year's first issue of the Edison Insider this week.

On September16th, the SGA held its annual induction ceremony. Twenty-one new representatives, committee chairs, and executive board members were inducted.

The Halloween socials will be held on October 24th. There will be a DJ, dancing, and contests for best costumes. Sixth grade is from 4-5:30 PM and seventh and eighth is from 7-9 PM. Tickets will be $3 in lunch that week and $5 at the door.

The SGA Halloween activity is on Oct 27 from 3-4 PM. Details to follow.

The sixth grade is off to a wonderful start this year! All the teachers are excited and the students are enthusiastic to learn. We are looking forward to a wonderful year!

The sixth grade team of teachers, along with their guidance counselor, Kerri Hecker, have organized a "Getting To Know You" field trip for the sixth grade students. On October 3rd, the sixth graders will be going to the Woodbridge Community Center for a day of roller skating. Everyone is really looking forward to meeting one another. It promises to be a fun filled day.

The sixth grade has also started learning an important test taking strategy called Pirates. The sixth grade students will continue to learn more about how to use this effective strategy in their classes during the months of September and October.

Ms. O'Brien's Language Arts class is currently researching facts about the Russian Revolution in the library. This is in preparation for their Animal Farm unit, an allegory about the Russian Revolution by George Orwell. The class is also beginning a writing workshop that will focus on Nancie Atwell's style of learning creative writing.

Please join the PTSO for the First PTSO meeting:


Marie Koch – Student Assistance Counselor
For Edison and Roosevelt will be presenting a program on Peer Leadership

Date: October 9, 2003
Place: Edison Cafeteria
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Cost: $10/Adults $5/children
Pasta, Salad, Drinks and Dessert will be served

All Teachers, Staff, Parents and Students are invited!!!

Please RSVP by October 1st with form on the bottom of this page

Pasta & Peer

Please make checks payable to Edison PTSO – Cash is also accepted.
Return this form with payment to the Main Office by October 1st.

NAME(S) ATTENDING :   _________________________________________
PHONE NUMBER: _________________________________________
AMOUNT ENCLOSED: _________________________________________


This is a list of the general membership evening meetings for the 2003-2004 school year. We hope that you can attend. The dates for the meetings are:

October 9, 2003 Pasta & Peer
February 26, 2004 Fine Arts Expo & Cabaret
March 31, 2004 Budget Presentation & Bd of Ed Candidates Night (held @ WHS)
May 6, 2004 5th grade Transitions & Parent Orientation

The 2003-2004 Edison Intermediate School PTSO Executive Board

Co-Presidents- Sue Dilzell and Vivian Strano
1st Vice President- Anne Bergin
2nd Vice President- Dana Rego
Recording Secretary-Theresa Reardon
Corresponding Secretary- Rosemarie Panarese
Treasurer- Judy Hoffman
Advisor- Donna Perch


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