Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

July 30, 2021

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Welcome Back Community Night & Picnic

We look forward to hosting families at our “Welcome Back Community Night” and Picnic on Thursday, September 2, from 4:30-7:30 PM. Come for food, meet the staff, and connect with other Edgewood families. Drop off forms, pick up class schedules/locker assignments, take Lifetouch school pictures, find out about after-school activities, etc.

· EPAT Family Picnic – Thursday, September 2, from 4:30-6:30 PM. Food will be provided at no cost.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

· Meet Your Teacher! – Teachers will be in their rooms from 5-7:30 PM.

PLEASE NOTE: If you cannot make it that evening, we will have an alternate date on Friday, September 3, from 7-10 AM to pick up your schedule, get locker assignment, and take your picture. Teachers will not be available to meet this day.

Wednesday, September 8, will be the 1st Day of School for 6th Grade ONLY and Thursday, September 9, will be the 1st Day of School for 7th & 8th Grade students.

Register Your Student NOW for Next Fall!

Parents, please register your student for next fall if you haven't already done so. This needs to be done before receiving your student's schedule at the Welcome Back Night. To register, log into ParentVUE and click on the "Online Data Verification" button in the upper right-hand corner to start the process. Be sure your contact information is correct, current address (please attach proof of residence if new address), and you have emergency contacts listed for your student.
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2021-22 General School Information

Please watch for our back-to-school mailing including a letter from Principal Reetz coming to your homes. A copy of the letter can be found here.

General school information as well as the grade level classroom supply lists can be found here.

Please read and have your student/you sign and turn in the specific policy form included in the mailing. A copy can also be found here.

Lifetouch picture order forms were also included in the mailing. You may also order online here using the Picture Day ID#EVTKZPD7B.

If you need help with school supplies, you can call Ralph Reeder at 651-621-6280 to register for the Good Neighbor Back-to-School Project. See flyer here.

If you would like to help District 621 kids succeed and donate to the Good Neighbor Back-to-School Project Wish List, informaton can be found here.

Attention 6th Grade/New Families to Edgewood

We are excited to invite all new Edgewood students and their families to a meeting with their dean in August. During this meeting we are looking forward to getting to know your student and how we can best support him/her during their time at Edgewood. The dean will be the primary contact for your student on situations related to academic planning, grades and support for social/emotional concerns. Middle school is a time of rapid change for students; therefore, the consistency of a trusted adult at school is very important to your student’s social, emotional and academic development.

It is important that we meet with you and your student prior to the start of the school year. To make a New Student Meeting appointment with your student’s dean, please visit the website listed under the appropriate dean’s name. If you are unable to sign up online, please call 651-621-6600 Monday-Thursday between 7:00am and 12:00pm or email Stephanie Cornell (stephanie.cornell@moundsviewschools.org) and she can help you find a time that will work for you.

Amany Rifai (Last Names A-G)


Alysa Sworsky (Last Names H-N)


Liz LePera (Last Names O-Z)


We look forward to connecting with your family and building a positive relationship to ensure your student’s success at Edgewood and beyond.

Transportation Options for 2021-22

Listed below are the transportation services available for your child/children for the 2021-22 school year. Please take a moment to visit our transportation website for more information.

  • Students who live two or more miles from their home school can register for busing HERE.
  • Students who live less than two miles and are not considered to be part of the "walk zone" can register for busing for a fee, which can be paid after registering HERE.
  • Fee-based bus service is not available if the distance between the student's home and school is less than one mile for secondary school students and a half mile for elementary students. These students are in the "walk zone" and no busing is provided.
  • If you reside outside of District boundaries and are not using a daycare or alternate location in the District, busing is not available. If you choose to use a daycare or alternate location, please register and pay any applicable fees due to distance.

If your family needs transportation for the 21-22 school year, please register by July 30, 2021, to allow necessary time for routing. Registrations received after this time could delay bus service. If you have any questions, please contact us at 651-621-6027 or transportation@moundsviewschools.org.

Nutrition Services Information

All school meals including breakfast, lunch, and after school snack will be FREE of charge to all students for the 21-22 school year per USDA.

All students will be using a PIN # for meal tracking. The Nutrition service manager and cashier will be available on Welcome Back Night to give students/parents their PIN# 's. Parents can also access their student's PIN # in the ParentVUE portal under the student information tab.

Mounds View Nutrition Service Department will provide a Monthly Gluten Safe Lunch Menu to a student on a medical authority verified Gluten Free diet with a student who has Celiac Disease.

  • In accordance with federal USDA regulations, the Special Diet Statement form to request dietary accommodations must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian as well as the child’s licensed physician before any accommodations are made.
  • The Special Diet Statement must be given to the School Health office and the District Nutrition Services Office. Please contact the Nutrition Service department at #651-621-6024 or email nutritionservices@moundsviewschools.org to discuss the plan for their student.
  • Our Gluten Free procedure for ordering meals is HERE.

Order Your Spiritwear Here!

New to Edgewood?? The Edgewood online spiritwear store is open and ready for orders! You can find the links for all Mounds View schools here.


EPAT Information

Edgewood Parents & Teachers (EPAT) is an organization in which parents, as well as Edgewood (EW) teachers and administration work together to help meet the needs of the EW students and staff. This includes funding for EPAT-sponsored student events, providing grants to teachers for items not covered in the school's budget, and staff appreciation events.

We understand that not all families may be in a position to give right now, but if you have the means, please consider a direct donation to EPAT. There are several ways to contribute, but direct donation maximizes the dollars available to support our students and teachers! Here are our current fundraisers:

  • Direct Donation
    • Send it via U.S. mail to:
      Edgewood Middle School, Attn: EPAT
      5100 Edgewood Drive, Mounds View, MN 55112
    • Shannon Mildenberger is available at Edgewood to receive donations in person
    • Donate online:
      o Venmo information (see below)
  • Amazon Smile (Group Name: Edgewood Middle School PTO)
  • Tasteocracy (Group Name: Edgewood Parents and Teachers PTO Group)

If you would like more information or are willing to volunteer your time to support the EW community, got to our website at https://www.moundsviewschools.org/edgewood or please contact margaret.meyer@moundsviewschools.org or lockwood.kimberly@gmail.com.

Check the weekly Edgewood E-news for updates on EPAT and our upcoming meetings.

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Irondale Fall Sports

Registration is open for all Fall Sports with practices/try-outs beginning on Monday, August 16, 2021. Registration must be completed online through the Irondale Activities website at: https://www.moundsviewschools.org/Page/5324.

Students must be registered in order to try-out. Any athlete that does not make a team, or decides to drop prior to the 1st contest is entitled to a full refund of their registration fee.

Registration will close for all Fall sports by Monday, September 6th (Labor Day). Sports that hold try-outs and are required to make cuts may have an earlier closing date. Please check individual sport webpages for additional information regarding registration closing dates.

There will be a mandatory Fall Round-Up Parent/Athlete Meeting on Thursday, August 26, in the Irondale Auditorium from 6:00–7:30 PM. All athletes should plan to attend along with at least one parent/guardian. Representatives from all sports will be present, along with our athletic training staff. Help will also be available for those needing assistance completing their online registration. If you are unable to attend, please contact the head coach of your child’s sport (see contact info below) prior to August 26th.

Physicals are good for three years from the date of the exam, and must be valid for the entire season the athlete will be participating in. A valid physical must be in our system in order to open the online registration form. New physicals require 24 hours to process. Physicals can be submitted via e-mail, fax, US Mail, or by dropping off in the Irondale Activities Office. To check the date of a student’s last physical, log in to your ParentVUE account and select the Student Info tab. The current physical date is located at the bottom of the page. Copies of the 2021-22 MSHSL Physical form are available in the Activities Office, and also on our Activities website.

More information about fall sports available at Irondale can be found here.

Girls Swim and Dive Team Fundraiser

Looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion - go ahead and “Noodle” your family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or any acquaintance to celebrate their special day (birthday, anniversary, graduation, retirement or etc.)!! A fun, colorful, joyous way to add color, cheer, and decoration to any lawn. Up to 45, various, colored pool noodles are set up in your lawn with/without foam flames! There is a $30 minimum donation and the team will set up in New Brighton, Mounds View and Arden Hills. Contact Leslie Skelly at ihsgsad@gmail.com or visit www.teamunify.com/team/recidhs/page/home for additional information. Thank you for your support!

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Irondale Girls Tennis

Any 7th or 8th grade girls interested in playing tennis at Irondale during the fall of the 2021-22 school year, please contact Coach Walseth at mike.walseth@moundsviewschools.org to receive information about summer tennis and the upcoming season.

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.


Middle School Community Ed Programs

The middle school community ed page has been updated. Registration starts on Monday, August 16, for Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Run Club, and Volleyball. The Enrichment Classes will open on Monday, August 23. For more information or to register, click here.

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.


Rock the School House

The Foundation is excited to announce a series of fall events for you to show your support in fun and meaningful ways, benefitting the students of Mounds View Public Schools. More information can be found here.

* These events will align with any necessary future guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Community Resource Fair & Family Fun Day

Join us on Saturday, September 18, from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Mounds View Community Center for a FREE event including food, inflatables, rock climbing, face painting, farmers market, and more! More information can be found here.

FREE Farmer's Market

Join us on Thursdays, August 5 & September 2, from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM for a FREE Farmers' Market sponsored by the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Choose from fresh vegetables and fruits, artisan breads, bakery items, and more. Bring your own bag and a friend or two...all are welcome!

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.

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!

Support for Students and Families

PACER Learning Center - Information on navigating the education system, when and where to find help, crisis planning, workshops and more. We offer archived workshops that will help you advocate for your child with mental health needs in school.

PACER Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project - Information on how to support your child, where to get immediate mental health help and support, and organizations that support families and children.

Pathway to Autism Services and Support Webinar - Free webinar hosted by the Minnesota Autism Resource Portal team on Thursday, August 5, from 12-1pm. The focus will be on the range of services and supports available to a person with ASD across Minnesota’s systems of support in the years that follow a diagnosis, including an introduction to navigating the Minnesota Autism Resource Portal website. Click here to register.

Self Care, Emotional Health, and Wellbeing

Podcast: Mental Health America - Join Mental Health America (MHA) for a podcast that changes the way our communities talk about mental health. On this podcast, MHA shares their lives, fights in the open, and works together to just figure things out.

Family Wellness Kit: Mental Health Resources for the Entire Family - Free, downloadable Family Wellness Kit full of tips, tools, and activities to help strengthen your family’s health and well-being. One person’s mental health can impact the entire family. This kit works to strengthen the whole family’s mental health through activities that focus on building positive well-being.

The 7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Healthy People - Identify self-defeating behaviors, and defeat them.

Six Morning Habits the Seem Healthy but are Secretly Stressing You Out - While these activities can be beneficial for your energy and mood, they may cause anxiety if you’re not careful.

Health Information and Resources

Hope Dental Clinic - Offering appointments for affordable dental care in Mahtomedi on Wednesdays, Aug 4 & 11, Sep 1, 8, 15, & 22. Call 651-762-9124 to schedule an appointment.


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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