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Edmonds Elementary School Staff: 2019/2020 Academic Year

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!!!

Located in Northwest Philadelphia and situated in the Cedarbrook Neighborhood, Franklin Spencer Edmonds Elementary School (FSEES) serves more than 600 students from Pre-Kindergarten to the 8th grade.  We are one of 15 schools in Learning Network 6.  FSEES was, in 2016, designated as a City of Philadelphia Community School.

Our catchment area generally includes and extends to Cheltenham Avenue to the North; Stenton Avenue to the South; Limekiln Pike/Upsal Street to the East; and, Mount Airy Avenue/Easton Road/Wadsworth Avenue to the West.  We welcome, on a limited, space-available basis, children and families from outside of our catchment area to join our school community.

At FSEES, we strive for continuous improvement in all that we do.  In order for us to continue to do that and to do it well, we need for our students’ families, as well as members of various business, civic, educational, professional, public service, religious, and social organizations in and around our neighborhood and city to join with us to fulfill our charge of providing all of our students with a great public school close to where they live.

Will you join us?

A Message from The Principal…

August 2019

Dear Families:

Wow!  On what seems like yesterday, I was playing Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out For Summer” across the public address system and walking around the building telling our incredible Edmonds students to enjoy their summers while giving them hugs, high-fives, and handshakes and sharing a laugh here and there.

It is hard to believe that what was the longest summer break on record will be coming to an end in just a few short weeks!  At the same time, it is about that time to begin gently easing in those routines, practicing them to make them habits, and getting acclimated to the schedules that everyone in your household will be following to get ready for and do their part to make the upcoming academic year a smooth one.

While students and staff have had the opportunity to be at home, spending time with family and friends, a great deal of work has been going on at our school to prepare for the new academic year.  The most noticeable change that you will see in a few weeks are the renovations that took place this summer as a part of the Classroom Modernization Project, a School District of Philadelphia initiative that provides for upgraded classrooms, including learning environment, technology, materials and resources, and furniture within our Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms.  Additional schoolwide facility improvements were made at our school this summer and we have reorganized where our students are housed throughout the building with our Middle Years Academy (6th through 8th grade) moving to our annex.

Aside from these changes, you should be aware of the following information and updates about the administrative team at our school this year.  In summary, a Co-Principal has been appointed, a new Assistant Principal has been selected, and we budgeted for and were assigned a School Climate Manager, a position that supported the school prior to my assignment as your Principal last year.  Please join me in welcoming to our Edmonds family, Mr. James Williams who will also be serving as Principal, as well as Mrs. Wanda M. Sago who joins us as Assistant Principal, and Mrs. Vania Goodwin-Adams who will be filling the School Climate Manager role.

In addition to the new administrative staff, please also join me in welcoming the following instructional, pupil personnel services, climate and culture, and program support staff to the Edmonds family and congratulating others on new roles:

  • Ms. Jenna Zorn, Reading Specialist
  • Mr. Caleb Shapiro, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
  • Mrs. Nicole Rice-Hockaday, 1st Grade Teacher
  • Mr. Howard Ginsberg, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Mrs. Kayla Maffeo, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Chara Henderson, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Mrs. Michelle Johnson, 5th Grade Teacher
  • Mrs. Jennifer Amodei, 6th-8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
  • Mr. Daniel Cloak, 6th-8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
  • Mr. Hakim Frye, 6th-8th Grade Mathematics Teacher
  • Mrs. Thelma Reed, 6th-8th Grade Mathematics Teacher
  • Mrs. Marcia Harris-Beasley, Special Education Teacher, 6th-8th Grade Learning Support
  • Ms. Jenna Donaghy, Special Education Teacher, Kindergarten-2nd Grade Emotional Support
  • Ms. Zakia Way, Special Education Teacher, 3rd-5th Grade Emotional Support
  • Mr. Armando Espinosa, Spanish Teacher
  • Mrs. Angela Greco, Music Teacher
  • Mrs. Myia Easley, School Counselor and College & Career Readiness Instructor, 5th-8th Grade
  • Mrs. Valerie Stevens-Graves, School Nurse
  • Ms. Lauren Dattilo, School Social Worker
  • Mr. Jamaine Leslie, Case Manager, STEP Program
  • Mr. David Eggleston, Climate Support Specialist
  • Ms. Ellen Freeman, Climate Support Specialist

For its contribution to my life, Edmonds has always been, is, and will continue to be special to me.  It is indeed a special place and what should be clear now, more than ever, is the fact that we must all accept and “own” our respective roles and responsibilities to make this space what we collectively envision for our children—a model for educational equity.  The new administrators and staff who will be joining us this year are committed to this work and your children – OUR CHILDREN – will leave us with everything that we owe them and more: a strong foundation for the future!  I hope we can count on your continued support and assistance with that labor…

As a reminder, school starts on Tuesday, September 3rd.  We look forward to welcoming all children and families in the schoolyard starting at 8:25 am on that day.  Your child’s homeroom teacher or advisor will contact you the week prior to confirm your child’s classroom assignment for the upcoming academic year.  We ask that you please make sure that your correct telephone number is on file with the school so that you do not miss this call.  You may contact the school’s Main Office at 215.400.3370 on or after Monday, August 12th (but before Friday, August 30th) to verify that your information is correct.

My very best to you for a pleasant, enjoyable few remaining weeks of summer!

Sincerely yours,

Yasir N. Roundtree, Principal


We’re So Excited and We Just Can’t Hide It!

  • Early Literacy: Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) has partnered with us to support our English Language Arts and Literacy instructional programming in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades.  CLI works with our school leaders and classroom teachers so that our students can become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers.
  • Mathematics: Our school is the recipient of a grant from MathCounts through Carnegie Learning.  As a part of this project, classroom teachers in all grades will receive additional supports intended to assist them in developing their content knowledge while also enhancing their capacity to deliver mathematics instruction infused with the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
  • Technology: F.S. Edmonds was the beneficiary of another grant, which supported us in providing our students with additional, hands-on exposure to technology.  The students who participated in this exciting opportunity learned, among other things, how to take apart a computer and to make the needed repairs.  Additionally, our students were taught about 3D printing design.
  • Climate and Culture: We are the recipient of a School Transformation grant to implement a schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.  As a part of our PBIS program, our students show respect, demonstrate responsibility, and always think about safety first.
  • The Arts: Edmonds Elementary School was selected to receive a benevolent donation of original artworks created by acclaimed artist Purvis Young, as well as a wide variety of informational booklets, teaching materials, posters, framing, and hardware valued in excess of $500,000 due to the generosity of the Janet Fleisher Investment Corporation.
  • Community Advocacy and Partnerships: Thanks to the hard work, behind-the-scenes efforts, and tremendous energy of the Mount Airy 9th District Community Council’s Education Committee, our school is the home to a brand new Community Garden.  Members of the Committee, along with other supporters and volunteers, including our Home and School Association’s Executive Board and Ms. Kyasha Tyson, Director of Community and Economic Development in Councilwoman Cherelle Parker’s Office, joined forces to build the garden from the ground up.  This space added a nice touch to our school and is one of many planned projects to beautify our grounds.


FSEES is and will continue to be “On the Rise!”



School Immunization Information
~ An Important Message from the Office of Student Health Services ~


Every year schools are required to assess all students’ immunization records to determine compliance with the Pennsylvania school immunization regulations.  Effective September 3rd, all School District of Philadelphia students will have 30 calendar days to be properly immunized with the vaccines required to attend school and/or provide the appropriate documentation of immunization or a signed medical plan or exemption.  Starting on the 31st day, non-compliant students will not be able to attend school if the required proof is not submitted.

For more information, please contact the school’s Main Office at 215.400.3370 at which time you should ask to speak to our School Nurse, Mrs. Stevens-Graves.  In addition to our Schoo Nurse, you may also contact the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Student Health Services at 215.400.4920.

Thank you, in advance, for your partnership in assuring that all children who attend Franklin S. Edmonds Elementary School are properly immunized against potentially harmful illnesses.