Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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January 22, 2021

Hello from the Edgewood Library!

It's already almost the end of January and that means that time is running out to read the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees before we vote at the beginning of March. Read THREE to Vote for your favorite and be eligible for the gift card raffle. The list of books can be found here! Pick one to read as a family or with a friend!

Slight Change to Next Week's Schedule

For the week January 25, there will be a slight change to the schedule. Please see below:


Monday, January 25 - Periods 1,3,5,7.


Tuesday, January 26 - Periods 2,4,6,7.


Wednesday, January 27 - Periods 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.


Thursday, January 28 - No School. The main office will be open 7:30am-2:30pm.


Friday, January 29 - No School/Lifetouch Picture Retake Day. The main office will be open 7:30am-2:30pm.

Lifetouch Picture Retake Day Reminder

We have scheduled a Picture Retake Day at Edgewood for Friday, January 29, from 7am-12pm, while practicing safety and social distancing measures. If your fall photo was not captured or you want to retake your photo, please come to Edgewood within the time frame listed above as this will be the only other photo day for the school year.

Report Student Absences Electronically

In addition to leaving voicemail messages, parents and guardians can now electronically record student absences, including future and/or planned absences. Log into ParentVUE and select “Record absence” next to your child’s name to begin the process. School staff will review new entries daily. Detailed instructions are available here.

Yearbook Cover Design Winner

Students had the opportunity to create and submit a design for the 2020/2021 yearbook cover. After winter break, students voted on their favorite design. Seventh grader Madison Johnson's cover (below) was chosen and will be on our 20/21 yearbook. Congratulations Madison!
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Yearbook Information

If your student did not take their picture by Lifetouch this past fall 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 (anna.penner@moundsviewschools.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.


To order a yearbook, visit the Lifetouch link and use the yearbook ID code 10712921. The yearbook flyer can be found here.

February Lunch Menu

The February lunch menu can be found here.

Updated Locations for FREE Student Meals

All students attending school will receive FREE breakfast and lunch daily through June 2021. If your student is in distance learning at an elementary school, you may continue to pick up meals at the locations listed below.


FREE meals will be available for all students for curbside pickup at the schools listed below. Meal pick-up is available every Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the following locations. Please note the updated locations effective Wednesday, January 27. Meals will no longer be available for curbside pick-up at the elementary schools.



Meals will be FREE for all students. Families and students will not need to provide a name or PIN number to pick up the meals. Masks are encouraged for those picking up meals, even while in their vehicle. This keeps the nutrition services staff safe as they serve the meals. For more information, visit our website.


Want to be a Pen Pal?

Because of distance learning, Elisa, a junior at Mounds View High School, started Pen Pal Initiative, a club that connects students across the district together. At PPI, students sign-up and are paired with a pen pal from across the school district according to their interests. Students at Mounds View and Chippewa have already begun signing up and writing letters, and Turtle Lake and Island Lake will also begin participating soon. We would like to encourage this club as well at Edgewood so if any of our students are interested in participating, you can find out more information and sign up here.

Learning Model Satisfaction Survey

Earlier this school year, we asked families to take a survey to tell us how they thought the blended (hybrid) and distance learning models were working for their children.

  • 86% of families were satisfied that Mounds View Public Schools is doing its best to serve all students and families.
  • 87% of distance learning families were satisfied with distance learning.
  • 83% of blended learning families were satisfied with blended learning.

What responses and suggestions did parents provide for our school? We have compiled a summary of school-specific results here.

EPAT (EW PARENTS AND TEACHERS)

EPAT Information

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


If you would like more information or are willing to volunteer your time to support the EW community, please contact margaret.meyer@moundsviewschools.org or lockwood.kimberly@gmail.com.

OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE

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.

REMINDERS

Chromebook 101/Expectations

CHROMEBOOK 101

Everything you need to know about your Chromebook can be found here.


Additional information can be found here.

News from the Egewood Library

Hello from the Edgewood Library! Now that all students are learning from home for a while, how students get books has changed.


Distance learners will continue to put books on hold using our online system, Destiny Discover, but curbside pick up will no longer be available. Instead, books will be put on a shelf or table in the front entryway at EW and students or families may walk in the front doors to find their books in a bag labeled with their name. Please do NOT come to Edgewood to pick up requested books until you've received the confirmation email that they are processed and ready for you. A book drop will be outside the front doors at EW for students to return books whenever they are done reading.


Blended Learners learning from home for a while will now be requesting books using THIS GOOGLE FORM. More information can be found by watching THIS VIDEO. Once we receive the request and have the books ready to go, we will send the student and their grown-up an email that they can come and pick up their books in the front entryway at Edgewood. A book drop will be outside the front doors at EW for students to return books whenever they are done reading.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Basic Needs Resources

If you are looking for basic needs resources, please find more information at this link.


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 WITH FOOD? CURBSIDE PICK UP OR DELIVERY AVAILABLE! Ralph Reeder Food Shelf's free contactless curbside pick up includes dairy, deli, meat, milk, produce, bakery and shelf stable items. Kid-friendly boxes also available. Delivery is also available for those without transportation, homebound or at risk individuals. Call 651-621-6280 for more information. No need to exchange any paperwork, keeping you and our staff and volunteers safe. Appointments are available weekdays - call 651-621-6280 to schedule.

COMMUNITY ED ACTIVITIES/COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Community Program Offerings

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.

Family Ski Nights

Family Ski nights are back - Bring the whole crew for Family Ski Day! Lift ticket prices are $22.00 per person. Under age 5 is free. (Price increase due to new management and additional cleaning fees due to covid.)


Rental equipment is available at the discounted price of $18. New this year , you must register through Community Ed to receive the rental discount.

Click here to register

click here for rental only

COVID INFORMATION

CDC Discourages Travel

Mounds View Public Schools is not currently requiring quarantine following travel. However, families considering travel during this school year are encouraged to keep a close eye on guidance from the Center for Disease Control. Given the high level of COVID-19 spread in our communities, any unnecessary travel is highly discouraged. The CDC recommends the following: Think about what you would do if you became ill, need to quarantine, etc. while traveling. People who travel out of state are strongly encouraged to quarantine when they return home. Starting January 26, anyone traveling internationally will need to be tested three days prior to returning to the U.S. and have proof of negative results before boarding a flight.

These links can help you make informed decisions about travel:

Domestic travel

International travel

MDH travel and COVID-19

Superintendent Answers COVID-related Questions

  • Why are only kindergarten and elementary students allowed to return soon?

  • What will school look like when these students return?

  • When might middle school and high school students return to school?


For answers to these frequently asked questions and more, download this summary of Superintendent Lennox’s report to the School Board, or watch the report and discussion here.


MDH Decision Tree

The Updated MDH Decision Tree can be found here.

WAYS TO SUPPORT EDGWOOD

Support Edgewood While You Shop!

If you shop on Amazon, Edgewood Parent & Teachers (EPAT) asks for your help to 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.

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