Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

December 9, 2022

Winter Break

Winter break will be Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2. School will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. The main office will be closed at this time.


A set of dental retainers were found wrapped in paper towels. If your student if missing theirs, please have them come to the office to retrieve.

Let's Talk About It Blog!

Mounds View Public Schools seeks to support students in learning, practicing, and modeling essential personal life skills that contribute to academic, vocational, and personal success. To support this goal, district Chemical and Mental Health Specialists are partnering to bring parents and caregivers their newest creation: "Let's Talk About It" blog! They will be doing a monthly blog directed toward parents to help educate, support, and direct you to additional support related to the work they do. Their first blog has been posted on their site here.

Important - Middle School Students Participating in High School Sports

Parents, please note that if your middle school student participates in a high school sport and will be leaving early for a competition, you still need to contact our attendance either via ParentVUE or leave a message on the attendance line at 651-621-6601 so we can get a pass to your student to leave their class.

Yearbooks for Sale!

Edgewood Yearbooks are now available to order online here. Softcover books are $15 each and hardcover books are $20 each.

If your student did not get their picture taken or are new to Edgewood, you can upload a headshot photo to be included in the yearbook using this link.

Did You Know?

After record enrollment numbers this year, Community Education has added more early childhood classes, youth programs and adult programming for next year. Registration for youth, family and adult enrichment is open now! See activity opportunities and register at mvpschools.org/registercommunityed.

From The Health Office...

Cold and flu season has arrived. We have started seeing an uptick in illnesses, including the flu, common cold, and other respiratory illnesses across the community. Here are a few reminders to help keep your students, your family, and others healthy as we head into the holiday season:

  • Cover your cough

  • Keep your student home if they are not feeling well - find the guidelines here

  • Drink plenty of fluids

  • Wash hands frequently

  • Test for COVID (we have home tests available at school - just ask the Health Office if you would like one sent home or if you would like to pick one up).


Ski & Snowboard Club

Get set to hit the slopes this winter with Community Education's After-School Ski and Snowboard program for students in grades 6-12! Community Ed will be offering sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings. This season we will be going to Wild Mountain, located in Taylors Falls, MN.

Dates: Monday or Tuesday evenings

  • Mondays - Dec 12, 19, Jan 9, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27 (Mar 6th make up date if needed)
  • Tuesdays- Dec 13, 20, Jan 10, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28 ( Mar 7th make up date if needed)
  • Registration: Closes December 9, 2022. Note: If buses fill before Dec 9th, students will be put on a wait list.

*Price includes: 8 lift tickets, ski corral, 1 ski lesson/assessment and motorcoach transportation to and from the ski area. (Buses may be combined with another school based on registration). Students are strongly encouraged to use the Ski Corral at Wild Mountain.

**Ski equipment rental includes: skis, boots, poles and helmet. Snowboard equipment includes snowboard, boots and helmet.

Parent Chaperones are Needed! You don't have to ski, we are looking for Chalet only chaperones too. Without chaperones there is no ski program. Buses are chaperoned by Mounds View District parents. Chaperones help take attendance and maintain order on buses. Additional responsibilities are posted on our website. Chaperones will receive a free lift ticket, rental equipment and lesson each night. It is preferred that chaperones work for all 8 weeks. As with all school volunteers, a routine background check will be required. Contact the ski supervisor at your child’s school for information.

To register or for more information, click here.

Boys Basketball

All boys in grades 6-8 are encouraged to participate. No experience necessary!! The focus of this activity is on skill building, teamwork and sportsmanship. Practice is 2:30 - 3:40pm (Tuesday and Thursday); games are 3:00-5:00pm. Activities will not meet on non-school days. Activity buses are available after practice for eligible students. Transportation is provided to and from all games. To register, click here.

Girls Basketball

All girls in grades 6-8 are encouraged to participate. No experience necessary!! The focus of this activity is on skill building, teamwork and sportsmanship. Practice is 2:30 - 3:40pm (Monday and Wednesday); games are 3:00-5:00pm. Activities will not meet on non-school days. Activity buses are available after practice for eligible students. Transportation is provided to and from all games. To register, click here.

Coed Fitness & Training

Basic fitness training principles will be incorporated into this program, which is designed to help students increase their cardiovascular endurance, strength and agility. All students in grades 6 – 8 are encouraged to participate. Fitness training meets from 2:30 - 3:40pm on Monday and Wednesday. Activity Buses are available to qualified students at 3:45pm. To register, click here.

Competitive Coed Swimming

All swimmers are welcome to swim with friends and work on improving stroke technique, strength, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Monday & Wednesday: Skill-building, strength and conditioning plus competitions. Practices from 2:30-3:40pm; meets are 3:00-5:00pm. Activities will not meet on non-school days. Activity buses are available after practice for eligible students. Game day busing will bring all students to host school departing at 2:35pm and return remaining students to their home school ONLY by 5:30pm. To register, click here.

Non-competitive Coed Swimming

All swimmers are welcome to swim with friends and work on improving stroke technique, strength, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Tuesday & Thursday: Skill-building, strength and conditioning practice only (no competition days). Practices from 2:30-3:40pm. Activities will not meet on non-school days. Activity buses are available after practice for eligible students. To register, click here.

Weekly Student Activity Bulletin

MONDAY, December 12 (A Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • Math Team - Room 121 2:30-3:30

  • Quiz Bowl - Room 021 2:25-3:25

  • Science Zone - Room 003 2:30-3:30

  • Ski & Snowboard Club @ Wild Mountain 2:30-9:30

  • Spanish Zone - Room 106 2:30-3:30

  • Strategy Game Club - Cafeteria 2:30-3:45

TUESDAY, December 13 (B Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • Affinity Group - Room 041 2:30-3:45

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:35-3:30

  • Math Zone (MSM1 & MSM2) - Room 014 2:30-3:30

  • Ski & Snowboard Club @ Wild Mountain 2:30-9:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 006 2:30-3:30

  • Unified Club - Room 232 2:30-3:30 CANCELLED TODAY!

WEDNESDAY, December 14 (A Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • Chamber Orchestra - Orchestra Room 2:25-3:30

  • Choir Club - Room 130 2:30 - 3:30

  • GSA Club - Room 013 2:30-3:30

  • Math Zone (Int. Algebra, MSA, & Geometry) - Room 116 2:30-3:30

  • National History Day Club - Room 021 2:30-3:30

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

THURSDAY, December 15 (B Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • Eagle Leaders Club - Room 006 2:30-3:30

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:35-3:30 CANCELLED TODAY!

  • Music Zone - Band and Orchestra Rooms 2:30-3:30

  • Quiz Bowl - Room 021 2:25-3:25

FRIDAY, December 16 (B Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • No After-school Activities

*Activities are subject to change, please listen for daily announcements.

After-school Activity Buses

After-school activity buses will be available Mondays through Thursdays. After-school activity bus routes can be found here.

After-School Sports Coaches Needed!

Attention Parents - Edgewood's Community Ed After-School Sports are in need of coaches! After-school sports cannot happen without coaches. Below is a list of each sport where help is needed this season, and we would welcome help in ANY capacity - YOU WILL BE COMPENSATED. If you are available everyday, great!, But even if it is only one of the days a week or just being available as someone we can connect with for subbing please let us know. All non-staff confirmed coaches must pass a background check)*

The commitment this year is generally 2 days a week 2:30-3:45pm (Also for competitive sports only - 2 game nights a season against other District middle schools that run until about 5:30pm). Seasons run 1-2 months.


  • Boys Basketball

  • Girls Basketball

  • Floor Hockey *Coed*

  • Swimming 1 (Skill Building)

  • Swimming 2 (Competitions)

  • Fitness Training (Weight Lifting)

  • Ski & Snowboard Club


  • Track

  • Flag Football

  • Coed Tennis

  • Quidditch

We sincerely appreciate your consideration! If you are interested in helping out or have any questions, please contact Mr. VanHouse at christian.vanhouse@mvpschools.org.


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.


Upcoming Community Ed Activities

Mounds View Schools Community Education offers a variety of opportunities for youth, families and adults to pursue interests, expand abilities and improve social skills in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Programming is offered before school, after school, non-school days and weekends. Click here to see all Community Education offerings!

Community Programs

In addition to the youth programs and enrichment opportunities available through the District's Community Ed Department, a number of activities, camps and youth programs are hosted by area cities, local businesses, community organizations and school PTA groups. Please see offerings available in the district attendance area here.


Lost Phones and Airpods

Parents, we are seeing an uptick of lost or misplaced personal devices such as cell phones and wireless earbuds. We understand these are expensive items and are of value. Please share with your child that it is best to keep such items in their lockers, backpacks, or kept at home as the goal is to not lose these items and ultimately remain engaged in their learning. If your student is missing any of these items, please have them check the front office to describe.

Bus Safety

We have noticed several bus behaviors that do not reflect our values here at Edgewood. We work with American Transportation to ensure that students and drivers have an enjoyable experience. Our message to students and families is riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. If negative interactions occur, a meeting with administrators, parents, and students will happen to discuss the next steps. We hope never to have such a meeting. Parents, please work in partnership with us by reiterating our expectations regarding transportation. Students are to remain seated while the bus is in motion—no food or beverages on the bus. We are respectful to other individuals and follow the bus driver's directions. We appreciate your support in keeping all students respectful and safe.

Friendly Reminder

Parents, just a friendly reminder, if you drop off items in the office for your student, PLEASE BE SURE your student knows as we do not call into rooms if they are expecting items to be dropped off.

Also, if you know you will be picking up your student early, PLEASE contact us by any of the following as soon as possible:

  • report it in ParentVUE
  • send a note with your student in the morning to bring to the office
  • or call the main number or attendance line at 651-621-6601 with the time you will need to pick up your student so we can get a pass to them.

These options help to prevent us from having to call into the classrooms which distracts the learning of all students. Any help you can provide to eliminate the distractions in the classrooms are greatly appreciated.

Winter Weather Reminders

It's been a while since we've had a weather-related school cancellation. Here are five things to remember this year.

2022-23 General Information

The 2022-23 General Information Packet can be found here.

The daily schedule can be found here.

The 2022-23 school calendar can be found here.

The 2022-23 A/B school calendar (6th grade only) can be found here.

The lunch menu can be found here.

If your student is going to be out for an extended amount of time, please fill out the extended absence form and have them drop it off in the front office.

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Educational Benefits

Parents, you should have received an email if you had yet to complete your educational benefits form. This form's completion includes the benefits of free or reduced; home internet, school activities, academic test, transportation, breakfast and lunch, and college applications. More information can be found here. The application can be found here.

2022-23 Edgewood Handbook

The 2022-23 Edgewood Handbook can be found here.
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