Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

May 20, 2022

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Mark Your Calendars!

May 26 - 8th Grade Academic Excellence Ceremony

May 27 - No School (Teacher Work Day)

May 31 - No School (Memorial Day)

June 7 - 8th Grade Celebration Day Field Trip

June 8 - Community Day for All Grades

June 9 - Last Day of School

Library Books Due Today!

Just a reminder that all library books are due Today, May 20. View current checkouts in your "My Stuff" tab in Destiny. Any questions, please contact Ms. Pease in the library.

Backpack Donations

We are looking for new/gently used backpacks. At times, we have students who don't have a backpack or theirs may break while at school so we have used up our supply of extra backpacks. If you have any backpacks at home that are not being used and you're looking for a good home for them, we'd gladly take them off your hands! You can drop them off anytime in the front office - just let staff know it is a donation. Thank you!

8th Grade Academic Excellence

Eighth grade students that achieved a grade-point average of 3.66 or higher for Semester 1 of this school year are all invited to take part in our Academic Excellence Ceremony, which will be held in-person at Edgewood Middle School on Thursday, May 26, from 7:00-8:00 PM. Families of students who qualified for either of these awards received an email earlier this week from Principal Rob Reetz.

In addition, students that attended Edgewood all three years while maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and correctly answered 85% or more of reading and math questions on state assessments, will also be honored with a Presidential Award.

The celebration will take place in the Performance Gym beginning at 7:00 PM. Principal Rob Reetz will briefly address students and families, followed by student speakers, and the recognition of awards. A brief reception with refreshments will follow the ceremony in the Edgewood Café.

8th Grade Celebration Day

The 8th graders will be going on a field trip to Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis (specifically Wabun Park) for their celebration day on Tuesday, June 7.

The students will enjoy a talent show in the morning, followed by yearbook distribution, then the field trip. During the field trip, students will enjoy a picnic and a variety of activities including guided hikes, outdoor games and a scavenger hunt.

Please complete and submit this electronic permission slip, if you haven't already done so, allowing your student to attend the field trip.

Students should wear clothing and shoes that can get wet, and should bring sunscreen and a refillable water bottle. Lunch will be provided.

If you'd like to chaperone, please Sign-up here as parent volunteers (as many as we can get) are critical to the success of this event. While we will have teachers on hand to supervise and re-direct kids, there are many parts of the park that, for safety reasons, are off-limits to students unless they are on a guided tour. Parent chaperones will be stationed in key areas of the park, creating a clear perimeter for students.

Below is a tentative schedule of the celebration day:


7:45 - Take attendance in 1st period classes, set expectations for day

8:15 - Talent show and Yearbook distribution in the performance gym

9:30 - Load buses to leave for the park

10:00 - Arrive at park

10:05 - Park Boundaries and Expectations relayed to students on the bus

10:10 - Free time

12:00 - Lunch

12:30-1:30 - Free time

1:30 - Board the buses

2:00 - Return to Edgewood

2:25 - Depart for home

Please contact your student’s dean if you have any questions or concerns.

NOTE: Students who did not order a yearbook will be able to purchase a limited supply available at $20 each. If you have any questions on the yearbook, please contact Ms. Mildenberger at shannon.mildenberger@moundsviewschools.org.

8th Grade Talent Show Auditions

Eighth grade students are invited to participate in our Talent Show on Tuesday, June 7, the morning of their Celebration Day. The sign-up sheets are posted on the Choir room door and acts can include dancing, singing, musical instruments. skits, or monologues. Auditions will be held on Monday, May 23, after school. Questions, please contact Ms. Cummings at elizabeth.cummings@moundsviewschools.org.

New Payment System for Meal Accounts

The Nutrition Services Department will be introducing a new system for meal accounts next school year, which will replace PayPams. All account balances will be transferred to the new system automatically, but families will need to create an account on the new platform in order to continue adding funds. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

Transportation Options For The 2022-23 School Year

Transportation registration is now available for the 2022-23 school year. Listed below are the transportation services available for your child/children.

  • Students who live two or more miles from their home school can register for transportation for no fee.

  • 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. Payment is due by June 9, 2022.

  • 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.

Register for transportation
Visit the transportation website for instructions regarding registration and payment. Please register and make any necessary payments by June 9, 2022. The registration form will ask for your student's ID number, but it is not required. You can find student ID numbers in your ParentVUE account.

Questions? Please contact us at 651-621-6027 or transportation@moundsviewschools.org.

Register Your Student NOW for Next Fall!

Parents, please register your student for the 2022-23 school year if you haven't already done so. 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 or you are new to Edgewood), and you have emergency contacts listed for your student.
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Before & After-School Activities


MONDAY, May 23 (A Day)

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

  • Chamber Orchestra - Room 136 2:35-3:15 and 3:20-4:00

  • Strategy Game Club - Cafeteria 2:30-4:00

  • Unified Club - Room 232 2:30-3:30

  • United for Success: A Black History Club - Room 122 2:30-3:30

TUESDAY, May 24 (B Day)

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

  • Orchestra Zone- Room 136 2:30-3:30

WEDNESDAY, May 25 (A Day)

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

  • Flag Football - Lower Field 2:30-4:10

  • Quiz Bowl - Room 022 2:30-3:30

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Science Zone - Room 003 2:30-3:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 012 2:30-3:30

  • Spanish Zone - Room 060 2:30-4:00

THURSDAY, May 26 (B Day)

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

  • Garden Club - Room 011 2:30-3:30 PM

FRIDAY, May 27

  • NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

MONDAY, May 30

  • NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

*Activities subject to change. Listen to morning announcements for updates.

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!

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Did You Know?

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Rock the School House Early Bird Special!

The clock is ticking! To show our appreciation for all you do, the Foundation is extending special staff pricing. To get the extras, just fill out our quick and easy Google form before June 1!

Reserve your staff ticket ($70) for Rock the School House, the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation's flagship fundraising event, before June 1 and receive:

  • One (1) drink ticket per guest
  • One (1) ring for the Ring Toss game per guest
  • Seating at an assigned table with your district friends

This action-packed event (Saturday, September 24, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center), is the Foundation’s primary source of revenue. The more money we raise, the more our students benefit! We hope you will consider joining us for this year’s 10th anniversary event.

If you have been to the event in the past, you’ll be happy to know we’ve added a few more fun and games to the schedule of events! Reserve your tickets today - with no payment until August 2022 - we just want to know you’re coming before the summer break sets in.

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.


Fall Dance Team

The Irondale Dance Team program is holding their spring tryouts May 23-25 from 4-6pm, in the Irondale Lower Gym. These tryouts will determine who is on the Fall Performance and Winter Competitive teams for the 22-23 school year. Teams are accepting anyone who will be in 7th-12th grade next school year to try out for BOTH teams as there is a potential for there to be a fall middle school team this year, and middle schoolers are accepted on the winter competitive team. Dancers are expected to attend all three days of tryouts. No experience is necessary to try out, please sign up using the google form link included here. If you have questions please email ihsfallperformanceteam@gmail.com.

You can sign up here. We hope to see you there!

Irondale Girls Swim & Dive Meeting

Are you interested in the upcoming 2022 Irondale Girls Swim & Dive season? Please join us for our annual informational BBQ at Long Lake Regional Park – Beach Pavilion on Monday, June 13, at 5:30 PM. Come and meet your future captains, coaches, and teammates! This is open to all girls entering 7th – 12th grade who plan to attend Irondale. Any questions, please contact Coach Scott at scottkoke@gmail.com.

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.

Dine to Donate Fundraiser

Bring your family and friends to dine with us on Wednesday, May 25, after 4:00 PM at Adagio's on Silver Lake Road in New Brighton and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Irondale Class of '22 Senior All Knight Party. We hope to see you there!


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, go 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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Revised School Calendar Next Year

The School Board revised the 2022-23 school year calendar previously approved in February 2021. The new calendar does not contain any additional non-school days. However, the revised calendar now reflects non-school days for the following observances:

  • Monday, September 26: Rosh Hashanah

  • Monday, October 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  • Friday, April 21: Eid

The revised calendar contains no other significant changes to traditional breaks including MEA break, Thanksgiving break, winter break and spring break. View the revised calendar here.

Approved school calendar: 2023-24

The Board approved the 2023-24 school year calendar. View the calendar here.

Show Your School Spirit!

Get ready for back to school with new spirit wear! Take a look at Edgewood's options here. Shop from a selection of t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, vests and other accessories.
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