Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School

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Samuel Barber
Vice Principals
Gregory Lawson
Jennifer DiBello
Andrea Ellis-Smith
DASA Coordinators
Lauren Angelone
School Address
1106 Lancaster Ave. | Syracuse, NY 13210
School Hours (Elementary)
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

School Hours (Middle)
8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
Main Office
(315) 435-4650
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4543
Guidance Office
(315) 435-6414

Ed Smith School Vision and Mission
Principal's Message
April 2022

Dear Families,

Spring has arrived in Syracuse with snowflakes and a snow day. Only in Syracuse! Despite the snowy weather, Ed Smith is in spring mode with many activities in the planning stages for the end of the year.

Currently we are winding up the ELA NYS testing and will be conducting the NYS Math testing at the end of the month. Our students are doing well on the computer-based format, and we are proud of their efforts. Often the adults are more nervous about the technology compared to the students. The student’s knowledge of technology is impressive when we think back to when we first started testing on computers.

On April 5, we will host a virtual session for parents on our in-house assessment- called NWEA – formerly known as the STAR assessment. This session will take place on TEAMS for all grades. The link can be found on our website and will be sent out on Talking Points. Check your child’s book bag on Monday for their NWEA report to refer to during the presentation.

In addition, we have been holding a virtual book club series for students and their parents on Thursdays from 6-7 pm on TEAMS as well. We will continue to send the link through Talking Points. The event culminates with a virtual visit by the author on May 26. We hope to see more students and families attending as over 300 books were distributed to students. We are hoping for a large turnout for our author visit as well. If you missed the previous sessions, it is ok to still join us.

Our spring recess is April 11 – April 15. There is no school that week. Students return on April 18. Let’s hope we see some sunshine during spring break!

Looking forward into May, we will be holding our Middle School Musical on May 12 & 13 at 7pm. Save the date for the Great Ed Smith Carnival on May 20. We are excited for its return! In addition, our Kindergarten & 1st grade students will take the stage on May 25th.

As you can see, we are slowly but surely planning our annual traditions and it is a welcome relief to see students excited practicing for various events and concerts. The school is once again buzzing with excitement, and we can see it on the kids’ faces daily.

Our PTO is once again meeting in the building with a virtual option on April 21st at 7pm.

Finally, be on the lookout for permission slips for field trips! Those are turning also. Spring has arrived at Ed Smith and so are the smiles.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mr. Barber


Ed Smith April Newsletter



5th-8th Book Club (Every Thursday 6-7)  https://bit.ly/edsmithstars

Upcoming Events

Parent Engagement Notebook

Parent Engagement Notebooks.pptx

Covid Testing Registration

To register your child for Covid Testing, click on this link 
Covid Testing Sign Up. It works in Google Chrome, but not in Internet Explorer.  When you click on this link, it will ask you to create an account and give consent for your child to be tested for Covid.  

Remote Learning Information
CLICK HERE to open Padlet for schedules, links to class meetings and weekly assignments

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ee how to access SeeSaw

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Click here to see the Blended and Virtual Learning Hub

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School Supply List

School Supply List.pdf



School News
Ed Smith School Presents Its 2022 Spring Musical: Shrek, Jr. Ed Smith School Presents Its 2022 Spring Musical: Shrek, Jr.: It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek Jr. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.   Don’t miss Shrek, Jr., which will be presented by Ed Smith students on Thursday, May 12 th and Friday, May 13 th at 7 pm. Admission is free!   We hope to ... more >>
Ed Smith Student to Compete at Scripps National Spelling Bee Ed Smith Student to Compete at Scripps National Spelling Bee: Perorate. P-E-R-O-R-A-T-E.   It’s a verb meaning to speak at length.   And for Ed Smith 8 th grader Nagi Aitbayeva, it’s the word that won her the local Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard Spelling Bee, advancing her to represent Central New York at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland this spring!   “I already knew it,” Nagi explained of perorate, her spelling challenge. “It wasn’t the most challenging word I’ve ever come ... more >>
SCSD Teachers Meet Their Goals Thanks to New Impact Coaches SCSD Teachers Meet Their Goals Thanks to New Impact Coaches: In Molli Brown’s classroom at Delaware Primary, first graders complete a timed math fluency test – called a math sprint – three or four times a week.   When they finish, they run to the front of the room, grab a crayon, and shade in how many questions they got right on their personal goal tracker.   When they reach their math goal – which each student sets for himself or herself each month – they get to ring a special bell to celebrate their progress. ... more >>
Ed Smith Students Learn Critical Thinking through Philosophy Workshops Ed Smith Students Learn Critical Thinking through Philosophy Workshops: What makes me the person I am?   What distinguishes knowledge from opinion?   How should we determine which rules to live by?   Ed Smith 6 th through 8 th grade students had the opportunity to ponder these questions and more in a series of weekly virtual philosophy workshops, led after school by members of the Syracuse University Department of Philosophy.   “I think it is absolutely paramount to provide children with the opportunity to develop their critical ... more >>
Corcoran, Frazer, and Ed Smith to Reopen for In Person Learning on Wednesday, January 12th Corcoran, Frazer, and Ed Smith to Reopen for In Person Learning on Wednesday, January 12th: After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that Corcoran, Ed Smith, and Frazer will all reopen for in-person learning on Wednesday, January 12th. As more staff have become eligible to return to work, we are now able to safety resume in-person learning. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we work through this year’s unique challenges. As always, our decisions are made with the health and safety of our students in mind – and we are excited to welcome students ... more >>

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Get Involved in the Ed Smith Centennial!
Help us make Ed Smith’s Centennial great! To see the events and activities and learn how you can get involved, please visit the Ed Smith PTO website (link www.edsmith-pto.org) and click on 100 Year Celebration.

Howler Newsletter
The Howler is our monthly PTO newsletter for the Ed Smith Community.
The email to contact the Howler is edsmithhowler@gmail.com

REGISTER for COVID-19 Testing
Register now for your child to receive a free COVID-19 test at school: visit https://covid19.ongov.net/appointments/schools/

Student and Family Supports are Available!
The SCSD has many academic, social, emotional and mental health supports available to students. School social workers can help connect you and your child to in school and/or out of school supports that meet your needs. Please call us at (315) 435-4650 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.


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