We All Scream for Ice Cream
An earthquake and an impending hurricane were not enough to prevent the PTA-sponsored Ice Cream Social on Friday, Aug 26. The ice cream social was held to celebrate the first week of school for EES students and parents.
The PTA hosted about 150 brave and spirited students and their families on the eve of the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Fifteen tubs of ice cream, chocolate, caramel and strawberry syrup and an assortment of delicious toppings were supplied by the PTA for the event.
Parents and students built their sundaes while discussing the events of the first week and trying to squeeze in some planning for the school events to come. The PTA plans to begin their first fundraiser in September or October and is looking for parent volunteers for a number of other activities and duties.
The first day of school was a success according to school staff, even though it ended with the earth shaking. The school was promptly evacuated after the earthquake on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and students remained outside until dismissal. To an outside observer it was business as usual, the students were so calm and orderly, which is a credit to them and the faculty.
This was despite a number of bee stings and even a squirrel which jumped from a tree onto the nurse’s back. Most would agree that this goes beyond the call of duty for the first day of school. The school was eventually cleared by maintenance personnel and no damage was reported.
Edgewater enrolled 492 students this year and is over capacity. Mrs. Schou, principal at EES, hired another second grade teacher to handle the large class numbers. Melissa Fisher, a familiar face at EES, was added to the faculty of the school the day before school opened. Ms. Fisher has been a long-term sub at the school in the years past.
All in all, it was a memorable first week for the students and faculty at Edgewater Elementary.