Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

March 24, 2023

Last Chance to Order Yearbooks

Order Your Yearbook Today!


Hold on to what makes this year amazing and be sure your student gets their yearbook. Order before end of day on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, to ensure your copy!


Edgewood Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to the Edgewood Quiz Bowl team! At their meet on Saturday, March 18, all Edgewood teams advanced to the playoff rounds, and the A Team placed 3rd overall, earning a spot at Nationals in Chicago!

Pictured below: Zoe Kourajian, Addie Nelson, Henry Habeck, Hank O'Hara, Campbell Miller, Dan Perucco

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Know the Facts: Mental Health

Did you know that 17% of teenagers engage in self-harm behavior ? Usually, when people self-harm, it is not done as a suicide attempt. Rather, they self-harm as a way to release painful emotions. Learn more and get support at Cornell University’s Self-Injury & Recovery Resources. As always, reach out to your student’s Dean, our team or your child’s primary care provider for additional help.

Payments For COVID-related Absences

If your child is approved for Educational Benefits (free or reduced-price school meals), they may be eligible for P-EBT benefits of $8.10 for each day they were absent due to a COVID-19 impact. Click HERE for more information.

After-School Activity Reminder

We encourage students to take advantage of after-school opportunities for growth and engagement. Please review the after-school procedures with your child(ren) as your family plans for engagement in after-school activities, clubs, or academic zones.

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Activity Bus to Irondale

For Edgewood students participating in Irondale sports, there is a bus, Bus #135, that stops at Edgewood at 2:40 pm and takes the students over to Irondale to arrive around 2:45 pm.

Did You Know?

District schools recently implemented a Food-to-Hogs program, which sends meal waste to local farms to be made into food for livestock. This offers cost savings, reduces the impact on the environment and keeps unnecessary trash out of landfills. Learn more in the latest edition of School Talk at mvpschools.org/schooltalk.

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, March 27 - Polar Plunge (See below how to support our students!)

Wednesday, March 29-Saturday, April 1 - Chalkboard Capers (See below to order tickets)

Tuesday, April 4 - 7th Grade Field Trip to The Science Museum

Friday, April 7 - No School

Saturday, April 15 - POW WOW at Highview Middle School (See more information below)

Friday, April 21 - No School

The Polar Plunge is Back!

Our student-led Unified Club is hosting the Polar Plunge with Irondale’s club on Monday, March 27, 2023 at 12:30 pm. All Edgewood and Irondale students are invited to participate, and students must register at the following website: https://reg.plungemn.org/register?rpc=d249a0aacc.

This year the plunge will be at Irondale High School. A bus will bring students there and back so they can utilize their regular transportation home. In addition to completing registration, students must also have a permission slip: https://forms.gle/T6zonDWCs4roALW48 and raise at least $50 to take a plunge in our icy waters. Donations must be made online. Part of the money raised will go to Special Olympics Minnesota and the rest directly to EW’s Unified Club which will help with sustainability!

Chalkboard Capers

Chalkboard Capers is a variety show presented annually by the Mounds View Education Association. District teachers and staff host the show to raise money for student scholarships for graduating seniors from District schools. After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, the show is returning this spring!

Dates and times:

March 29, 5:15 p.m.

March 30, 6:30 p.m.

March 31, 6:30 p.m.

April 1, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Irondale High School (2425 Long Lake Road, New Brighton)


Get tickets here!

March Foodshare

Eagle Leaders will be hosting a Spring Food Drive to benefit the Ralph Reeder food shelf March 2-31. Food donations will be collected in first hour classes.

Items the food shelf is looking for:

  • Kid friendly snacks
  • Baking supplies
  • Condiments
  • Meals and side dishes
  • Breakfast
  • Crackers
  • Beverages
  • Hygiene and baby products,
  • Laundry detergent, dish/dishwasher soap.

See attached list for ideas. Thank you for your support of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf!

7th Grade Field Trip

All Edgewood 7th graders will be visiting the Minnesota Science Museum in St. Paul as a field trip on Tuesday, April 4. Students will leave Edgewood around 9:30 am and return around 2:00 pm, in time for the regular after-school buses. This field trip aligns directly with the content our 7th graders study in their Science class and is free for all students. We need volunteers to chaperone! If you would like to chaperone this 7th grade field trip, please email Dan Perucco at daniel.perucco@moundsviewschools.org.

Please see below for Edgewood’s permission policy regarding field trips:

At various times during the school year, students will leave the school campus for educational field trips. These field trips will occur during the school day to enhance learning in one of the following areas: core/allied arts courses, Community service or grade level event. Transportation is provided by the Mounds View School District with no cost to the student. Field trips are included as part of the educational experience for all students and will be limited to local destinations in the Twin Cities area. On occasion, field trips may be within walking distance from Edgewood. Parents/guardians will be informed in advance of any field trips via email from the teacher(s) hosting the field trip or from the front office. In addition, field trips will be published in the weekly Edgewood E-news for parent convenience. At any time, parents may opt out of a field trip for their child by contacting the hosting teacher or calling the main office.

5th Annual Power Wow

Join MVPS Indian Education's Student Honoring Pow Wow on Saturday, April 15, from 12-6 pm at High View Middle School. Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE event! There will be food vendors, a raffle and a feast provided by Pow Wow Grounds. More information can be found here.


Garden Club

Do you like to dig in the dirt and be outside? Do you want to help your community? If you answered yes to either question, garden club is for you! Garden Club will start on Thursday, April 6, and will take place each Thursday after that in Room 011, Ms. Miller's room.

We will grow plants, weed the gardens to prepare them for spring planting, and hopefully make a perennial rain garden, as well! Half of all the food we harvest goes to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf to help our community. Hope you join us for the first garden club on April 6th!

Summer Activities Registration Opens Monday, March 27!

Get ready! Registration for summer day camps, enrichment, sports camps and more opens Monday, March 27 at 9 am. There are opportunities for all ages, birth to adult! View the electronic catalog here and register at mvpschools.org/RegisterCommunityEd.

After-school Activity Buses

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

Weekly Student Activity Bulletin

MONDAY, March 27 (A Day)

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

  • Competitive Swim Practice (Coed) - Pool 2:30-3:40 PM

  • Floor Hockey Practice (Coed) - Red Gym 2:30-3:40

  • Quiz Bowl - Room 021 2:25-3:25

  • Science Zone - Room 003 2:30-3:30

  • Spanish Zone - Room 106 2:30-3:30

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

  • United for Success - Room 020 2:30-3:30

TUESDAY, March 28 (B Day)

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

  • Badminton (Coed) - Red Gym 2:30-3:40 PM

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:35-3:30

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

  • Non-Competitive Swim (Coed) - Pool 2:30-3:40

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

  • Unified Club - Performance Gym 2:30-3:30

WEDNESDAY, March 29 (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

  • Competitive Swim Practice (Coed) - Pool 2:30-3:40

  • Floor Hockey Practice (Coed) - Red Gym 2:30-3:40

  • GSA Club - Room 013 2:30-3:30

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

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

THURSDAY, March 30 (B Day)

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

  • Badminton (Coed) - Red Gym 2:30-3:40 PM

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

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:35-3:30

  • Music Zone - Orchestra Room 2:30-3:30

  • Non-Competitive Swim (Coed) - Pool 2:30-3:40

  • Quiz Bowl - Room 021 2:25-3:25

  • Yearbook Club - Room 120 2:30-3:30

FRIDAY, March 31 (b Day)

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

  • No After-school Activities

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


KnightKrawler Robotics Competing at University of Minnesota Williams Arena

Irondale's KnightKrawler Robotics, Team 2052, will be competing again at the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional Competition at the U of M's Williams Arena on March 29-April 1. We'd love to have you come check it out and help cheer on the team. The event is FREE! The schedule for the MN regional can be found here. Let me hear you holler...KnightKrawler!

Irondale Girls Golf

Irondale Girls Golf starts on Thursday, March 23. Players should meet in the Irondale multi-purpose room at 3:30 p.m. More information is below...hope to see you there!
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Irondale Girls LaCrosse

Registration is now open!

The lacrosse season starts on Monday, April 3, and registration is now open! Please register sooner rather than later. Follow the directions on the Irondale High School Activities page. Link is below. All athletes will need to provide an updated physical. 7th and 8th graders will also need to have a middle school consent form completed in order to register. It is provided on the website.



Tryouts will begin on Monday, April 3, at 5:00 pm on the Irondale Turf. Tryouts will run through the week until Friday, April 7. There will be three teams: Varsity, Junior Varsity and B-squad. Anyone that tries out for lacrosse will make a team. No one who tries out will be cut from the program.


We are still looking for more volunteers/helpers for our booster club! If anyone is interested in helping out to create a great experience for our athletes, please let Coach Michaela know at michaelaward2012@gmail.com.

Irondale Baseball

Interested in being part of the HS Baseball program this Spring?

All current 8th grade students planning to attend Irondale HS in the Fall of 2023 are welcome to register for HS Baseball this Spring (2023).

What you need to know:

· All players must have a physical at time of registration

· No players will be cut & all players will be welcome to practice with our HS program throughout the Spring.

· Throughout the Spring season players might be asked to suite up and potentially play in game.

· Irondale Baseball will more than likely field three teams in the Spring

· Varsity, B-squad & 9th Grade

· 8th graders will more than likely practice with 9th grade and/or B-squad

If questions, please contact Coach Foss at jafoss@cisco.com or call/text 651.226.5870.

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.

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.

Community Education Summer EXPO Event

Don't miss out! Join us at our Summer Community Expo to learn about Youth, Adult & Family classes, activities, summer camps and services offered by local organizations and businesses. This family-friendly event will include entertainment, activities, food trucks and more! The best part is... registration is FREE! Register at mvps.me/SummerEXPO.


Let’s Talk About It blog: What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s mental health?

All children (and adults for that matter!) experience times of poor mental health in which they struggle with overwhelming feelings of sadness, anger, stress, and fear. These intense feelings may manifest in physical complaints like stomachaches, difficulty concentrating, school avoidance, aggression, and more. It is heart wrenching to see your children hurting and not be able to take that pain away. In this month’s blog post, learn about ideas and resources available to help support your child’s mental health such as mental health therapy (including how to find a therapist).

Five Facts to Know About...Transportation and MVPS

  1. We contract transportation services with six different bus companies.
  2. Bus drivers are not Mounds View Public Schools employees.
  3. Like all bus companies, our transportation providers are experiencing a shortage of drivers. We are working collaboratively with them to address the need for additional drivers.
  4. Late buses may be an occasional consequence of the driver shortage. We're sorry for this, and we ask for patience as we work with the bus companies to find drivers.
  5. At times, when routes need to be covered by different substitute drivers, times and route consistency may vary.

To learn more about bus driving opportunities, please call 651-621-8900 or visit www.american-trans.com.

Know the Facts!

Research suggests that one of the most influential factors when a teen is growing up is a strong, open relationship with a parent or caregiver. Knowing the facts around marijuana will help you feel comfortable having open, honest conversations! Talk, They Hear You is a great resource to help you begin the conversation as well as this info sheet from the CDC. For more information, please refer to the latest blog post from the Student Support and Engagement Team.


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).

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.

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.

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.

2022-23 Edgewood Handbook

The 2022-23 Edgewood Handbook can be found here.
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