Dear Families,

When we as a community carefully constructed three Strategic Goals for our district a few years back, we prefaced them with an essential framework: “The lens through which we view all work is to systematically provide a culture of learning that reflects each student’s individual needs, interest, abilities and voice for the academic and social emotional development of the whole child.” In the education world, we hear references to “the whole child” all the time, but what does it mean, exactly?  
Edgemont unequivocally seeks to provide the best academic experience for every student, and families choose Edgemont for our ability to do so. But that academic focus is only part of what it means to truly educate a child.  To educate the whole child means to nurture self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills and social awareness. We strive to educate in academics, the arts and athletics for the purpose of engaged local and global citizenship.

In this edition of the E-news, we seek to highlight some of the ways in which our district works to enhance the social and emotional well-being of every student. You’ll see an overview of our K-12 support services, and a feature on the Jewels of the Heart program, recognizing outstanding citizenship in all three schools.  You’ll learn about Greenville’s “Kindness Rocks!” program, and find helpful information for parents regarding absences and early dismissals.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to announce our Parent Book Club, and I invite all of you to join us in reading and discussing our first selection. Chosen in collaboration with the Counseling Department and the PTSA, the first book we will read together is Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine, PhD. I think you will find her discussion of the importance of values and coping skills very worthwhile.  There are a number of opportunities for you to sign up to attend an informal discussion with an administrator/counselor and your fellow parents. (If you purchase the book here on Amazon Smile, it benefits the Edgemont Scholarship Council.)

According to Dr. Levine, “This book is not about downplaying academic success, high grades, or prestigious colleges. On the contrary, it is a book about how to optimize conditions so that a far greater number of children can actually be successful without the accompanying high levels of distress that have become so prevalent.”

I thank you for your continued support as our district seeks to meet the needs of all students with this balanced approach to education.


Victoria Kniewel


School Counselors and Psychologists: Not Just For Emergencies

Edgemont has important support systems in place to promote the social, emotional, and academic well-being of all of our students. School psychologists and school counselors are available to parents and students at all three schools, across all grades, and at any time, for problems of any size and variety. Click here to learn about all the ways school counselors and psychologists are helping students.


Kindness Rocks

The windowed hallway at Greenville is much more colorful than it used to be, thanks to the addition of hundreds of beautifully painted rocks lining the sills. But these rocks aren’t just there for decoration; they are the bearers of messages of kindness, friendship, and positivity. The result of a multifaceted K-6 program, kindness most definitely “rocks” at Greenville. Read more here!


New Faces Around Seely Place

Seely Place welcomed four new staff members this year, and they have all hit the ground running.  Find out more about them here.



Jewels Of The Heart Initiative Recognizes and Inspires Acts of Citizenship

Back in September, Edgemont Board of Education president Jennifer Darger spoke of a new initiative for the school year in support of the district “lens” on social emotional learning. This initiative, called Jewels of the Heart, was inspired by Ms. Darger’s own mother’s elementary school classroom. It provides a vehicle for the district to recognize and encourage notable acts of kindness and citizenship, just as it recognizes academic, artistic, and athletic achievements. Since the program’s inception a few months ago, twenty-six students have been awarded “Jewels of the Heart” for behaviors associated with exceptional citizenship, as observed by their teachers. Read more...

Robotics Club Impresses At First Tech Challenge

On January 20th, the Edgemont Robotics Club participated in The First Tech Challenge at Riverside Engineering and Design High School in Yonkers, pulling off an impressive 11th place finish in only their second time competing. Read about robotics here...



Schools Closed
Mid-Winter Recess
February 19 - 23

PTA/PTSA Parent Forum on School Budget
Thursday, March 22
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
EHS eLab

Board of Education Meetings
Tuesday, February 27
8:15 PM - EHS LGI
Initial Budget Proposal

Thursday, March 1
8:15 PM - EHS LGI
Snow Date for February 27th meeting

Tuesday, March 6
7:00 - 9:30 PM - EHS LGI
Budget Work Session 
(open to public)
Athletics & Curriculum

Tuesday, March 27
8:15 PM - EHS LGI
Ongoing Budget Discussion



The District will provide transportation to private/parochial schools for the 2018/2019 school year for students who are residents of Edgemont and are registered in the District. If you are interested, please forward the application (found on under "Quicklinks") to the business office, along with a current utility bill to confirm your name and Edgemont address on file. You will be notified upon receipt if additional residency documents are required.  

Applications are due April 1, 2018.  

Applications received after this date will not be processed.

If you have not yet confirmed your child’s acceptance at a school, you should still submit an application by the April 1 deadline in order to be approved for transportation.

Applications and utility bills may be sent by mail (Edgemont UFSD, Business Office, 300 White Oak Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583), fax (914-472-6846), or email (  You may also hand deliver the application and utility bill to the business office.

Important Announcement for Parents of Incoming Edgemont Kindergarten Students

If you have a child who is eligible for enrollment in Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year (who is at least 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2018), please contact:

Mimi Southard, Business Office

Central Office

300 White Oak Lane

Scarsdale, NY 10583

(914) 472-7767, ext. 4431 

New families to the District will have to complete the forms in the Registration Packet and provide the following documents:  deed/lease, child’s birth certificate or passport, parent photo IDs (valid driver licenses or passports), current utility bill (2018 date).

Parents/Guardians of children currently enrolled in the District will have to complete the forms in the Kindergarten Packet for Families with Residency Documents on File and present a birth certificate or passport for the incoming Kindergarten student, along with a current utility bill (2018 date), to confirm the address on file.

What To Do When Your Child is Absent, Late, Or Leaving Early

As winter takes its toll with seasonal colds and such, here is a quick review of what to do when your child is absent, late, or leaving early at each school.

Edgemont UFSD
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