An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School
April 1, 2021
Quincy House Opening Day
Yearbook Order Deadline Information
Just a reminder that the last day to order a yearbook online is Friday, April 2. To order a yearbook, visit the Lifetouch link and use the yearbook ID code 10712921. The yearbook flyer can be found here.
If your student did not take their picture by Lifetouch for the yearbook, families can submit their own photo for the yearbook. You may take a picture at home and submit it to Ms. Penner (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be used in the yearbook. We ask that you follow the guidelines of a school picture as close as possible, using solid backgrounds and a head shot from the chest up.
Also, if you have any photos you have taken during distance/blended learning that you'd like to share for possible publication in the yearbook, please send those also to Ms. Penner at the email address above.
MN FoodShare March Campaign - Essential Bags
EPAT (EW PARENTS AND TEACHERS)
Edgewood Parents & Teachers (EPAT) is an organization in which parents and Edgewood (EW) teachers and administration work together to help meet the needs of the EW students and staff.
As we did not have a fundraiser this year, there are still ways to contribute to EPAT! Our funds help to provide funds to teachers for additional items they would like for their class that are not covered by the school's budget. Some examples of this are tools, books and other various supplies that enhance our students' learning. Our funds also help to provide items for some of our extra-curricular activities. Here are some ways in which you can donate:
- Amazon Smile (Group Name: Edgewood Middle School PTO)
- Tasteocracy (Group Name: Edgewood Parents and Teachers PTO Group)
- Direct Donation
OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE
Girls Lacrosse Parent Meeting
Join Zoom Meeting:
Irondale Marching Knights Information & Registration Night
Be part of something AMAZING! The Irondale Marching Knights is one of the elite marching bands in the United States. The Knights consistently earn high rankings as a result of the hard work and dedication of the students, staff and families. Every season, the band competes best-in-class across the state, from our home show, Music Of The Knight, to the state championships at US Bank Stadium. See a sample video at: Irondale Marching Knights media
Join us Monday, April 12, at 7 pm via Zoom to learn more about how you can participate. This is the only marching band in District 621 and is open to all current 8th-11th grade students; students at both Irondale and Mounds View High Schools join, including incoming freshmen. You do not need to be a current band student to find a role within the program; spots are open for color guard, drumline, and hornline (which includes woodwinds). To receive the virtual link to the meeting, please contact Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas at email@example.com or 763-438-3987. (And please pass this information along to a friend!)
Middle School Consent Form for High School Activities
Seventh & eighth grade athletes that wish to participate on a high school team will also register online. Before you begin your online registration, approval must be obtained from the middle school principal or dean, the high school activities director and coach. In addition, signatures from both student & parent/guardian are also required. Please complete this Middle School consent form and deliver to the high school activities office before you begin the online registration.
2021-22 and 2022-23 School Calendars
The School Board has officially approved the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school year calendars. The calendars contain no significant changes to traditional breaks including MEA break, Thanksgiving break, winter break and spring break.
Visit the calendars page at moundsviewschools.org/calendars to see the current calendar and the next two school year calendars.
Report Student Absences Electronically
News from the Egewood Library
Distance Learners: Remember that you can checkout books from the Edgewood library by putting books on hold through Destiny Discover. Login with your student ID# and Chromebook password. To ensure you get the books you want right away, make sure the little flag in the corner says "IN" not "OUT". Then, wait for an email that says your books are ready to be picked up. When you're done reading them, books can be returned to the large book drop outside of Edgewood's front doors. Here's a Google Slide that helps walk you through the process of checking out books if you'd like a step-by-step guide.
COMMUNITY ED ACTIVITIES/COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Community Program Offerings
Sign Up for Summer Community Education Programs
NEW! Summer afternoon adventures
Are you looking for a way to have your elementary student engage with their peers this summer without a full commitment to day camp? Summer Adventures is an active camp where students can participate in a variety of gym games, outdoor activities, sports, arts and crafts and more!
Open to students entering grades 1-6 in the fall of 2021.
Session 1: June 21 - July 15
Session 2: July 19 - August 5
Monday-Thursday | 1-3 p.m | Locations: Island Lake, Pinewood and Valentine Hills | $150 per session
NEW! Summer sports and fitness
Stay connected and active over the summer with your friends and other middle schoolers! Join the Middles School summer sports and fitness program and participate in a wide variety of games and activities that may include flag football, tennis, ultimate frisbee, pickleball, basketball, kickball, volleyball, soccer, and more! Additionally, we will be talking about how active lifestyles and healthy habits are good for the mind and body.
Open to students entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2021.
Session 1: June 21 - July 15
Session 2: July 19 - August 5
Monday-Thursday | 12-2 p.m | Locations: Chippewa, Edgewood and Highview | $150 per session
EVENTS & RESOURCES
On Saturday, April 17, Mounds View High School will be hosting its annual Music For Mounds View benefit concert from 6:30-8:30 PM. Music For Mounds View is a concert full of student performers created in an effort to raise money for local and national charities and bring together the community. This year, our proceeds will be donated to the Washburn Center for Mental Health, World Central Kitchen, and the Swenson Brain Cancer Initiative.
This concert is open to the members of the Mounds View district as well as the general public. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is limited to 120 people and we ask that no more than three people from one household attend. To make sure we do not exceed this number, we are asking those who are interested in signing up to register through our Sign Up Genius (one person per slot), which will be linked below and available on our Facebook and Instagram pages (@musicformoundsview).
We are thrilled to announce that we have seven incredible students showcasing their talents at this year’s event. The performers include Aurora Weirens, Britta Bramsen, Emma Pagal and Lauren Cosgrove, Lily Bronson, Namitha Narayan, and Zoke Sackih.
Along with the concert, we will be hosting a silent auction. Attendees will be able to bid on various themed baskets prior to the event and the winners will be announced at the end of the concert. All proceeds from the auction will be split between the three charities we are supporting!
Tickets are $12 for students/seniors and $15 for adults; guests will purchase them at the event. Join us for a night full of music, charity, and unity!
New at Your Local Library!
Virtual Book Clubs for grades 6-12, (including some great manga and graphic novels!). Click here for more information and to register!
Grab bags for teens (give 'em some general information about you like and they'll pull books for you to try!!). Click here to sign up.
Information on the summer reading programs for teens coming soon!
Community Forum - End Human Trafficking
Support for Students and Families
Does social media cause depression? How to minimize negative effects of social media use.
Special Needs and Learning Difficulties: Can tech be helpful for ELL and ESL learners? - Apps designed for ELL and ESL learners focus on translation and vocabulary.
Talk to Your Child About Vaping: While They Are Still Willing to Listen - Fact and conversation guide, especially for Middle School age.
CLUES Best Buy Teen Tech Center TUTORING. If you need help with math, chemistry, biology, history, writing or any other subject in school the BBTTC@CLUES can help! The BBTTC@CLUES is offering online tutoring hours for middle and high school students that need support in a variety of subjects. Join us every Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 5 pm - 7 pm & Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm.
For more Information on tutoring and workshops. Contact: Ricardo Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org 651.379.4288 if you have questions.
Brighter Days Family Grief Center serving Minnesota families - They provide consulting services for schools. They also provide camps and retreats (some free) for youth and/or families experiencing loss.
Coping With A Parent’s Suicide - How to help the children who are left behind. Supporting children: What do children need most in the aftermath of a suicide?
Relationship, Connection, and Supporting Learners
Stopping the Spread of Math Anxiety: Three Messaging Strategies for Elementary School Teachers -Math anxiety can develop in the very early grades, often because of the negative messages about math that children pick up from the adults in their life.
Building Connections with Students from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds Through Perspective-taking - In the classroom and elsewhere, we interpret what others say and do through our own experiences, values, and beliefs—as well as our knowledge of the other person or people.
Racial Equity and Cultural Diversity - This webpage includes a compilation of products and resources on cultural responsiveness, racial equity and cultural diversity for the mental health health workforce, curated by the MHTTC.
Classroom Mental Health - A Teacher Toolkit for High School (tools can be adapted to younger students) Classroom climate: Communication; Wellness; Stress Reduction Techniques; Procrastination & Time Management; Stigma; Looking Out for Each Other
Self Care, Emotional Health, and Wellbeing
The Self-Love Workbook: A Life-Changing Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Recognize Your Worth and Find Genuine Happiness - Adult Workbook mentioned in TGIF
The Self-Love Workbook for Teens: A Transformative Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Build a Healthy Mindset, and Embrace Your True Self - a version of the above for teens.
Grounding Techniques & Self Soothing for Emotional Regulation - Use these skills to self soothe, calm and manage difficult, overwhelming emotions and sensations.
Just Breathe and The Jar and Glitter Demonstration - The kids in this video explain how they pause and curb their negative emotions, 3 minutes. This is something both kids and adults can do to find a place of calm.
Stress Presentation for Schools by NYFS: A 50 minute live recording by NYFS
Emotional Wellness Toolkit - .How you feel can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities, your relationships, and your overall mental health. How you react to your experiences and feelings can change over time.
Family Digital Wellness Guide: Parenting in a Changing World: What Parents Need to Know about Media and their Child, Infants to Teen Years- Evidence Based- PDF booklet by Boston Children's Hospital. Center on Media and Child Health, 2020.
Health Information and Resources
Vaccine Connector - This tool is for all Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated. Minnesota is currently vaccinating those aged 65 or older, health care workers, long-term care residents and staff members, school staff, and child care staff. As those offerings expand, individuals registered through this Vaccine Connector will receive information and be notified when it’s their turn to get a vaccine.
Our Community vs. COVID 19 - The Columbus, Ohio Black Physicians Network created a video about the COVID-19 vaccine. It covers vaccine hesitancy and addresses the need for vaccination in communities of color.
Mini Medical School - Internationally renowned experts from the University of Minnesota address complex pandemic topics ranging from the mechanics of how the vaccines work to the social and cultural disparities of the pandemic’s impact using accessible language. Sessions have been offered live in the evenings with recordings available on demand.
Refugee and Immigrant Covid-19 Hot Line - There is now a MN COVID hotline specifically dedicated to immigrants to get help with COVID questions and one-on-one navigation support (ie getting appointments scheduled, finding testing sites and vaccination sites for those eligible, dealing with employers, accessing COVID rental assistance, etc). It is available to undocumented immigrants too.
Basic Needs Resources
For parent support, please click on this link.
For student support, please click on this link.
For LBGQT support, please click on this link.
You can also find the resource guide and other information on our district website. We are here to help!
Need Help with Food?
Need help getting food? Or want to help others who do? - Many Minnesotans are facing financial difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and there are supports available to help! Our own Ralph Reeder Food Shelf offers weekday scheduled appointments. Click the link to learn more about how to schedule an appointment for a pick up or to make a donation to the food shelf. And new this week, Minnesota is launching a program to help connect families with personalized assistance and information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - more information available at www.mnfoodhelper.org.
WAYS TO SUPPORT EDGWOOD
Support Edgewood While You Shop!
AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon; the only difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Edgewood Middle School.
Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.
Our group name is "Edgewood Middle School PTO" and you can also now set up your mobile app to place orders using AmazonSmile! For more information about the AmazonSmile program, click here.
Support Edgewood While You Eat!
Joining the Tasteocracy community is easy! Using our online sign up form, provide your contact information and a small amount of demographic information. Minutes after you submit, you will receive an email welcoming you to the Tasteocracy community. Each tester may have only one account.
Tasteocracy and the clients who work with us value your participation and compensate you for your time and opinions. The amount of compensation is related to the length of the test. Tests that have a longer time commitment have a higher compensation amount. All tests average at $40 per hour of participation.
Our group name is "Edgewood Parents and Teachers PTO Group". For more information about the Tasteocracy program, click here.
Main office: 651-621-6600
5100 Edgewood Dr N
Mounds View, MN 55112