Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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June 4, 2021

Yearbook Distribution

In-person eighth graders will receive their yearbooks or can purchase one today during their celebration day. In-person sixth & seventh graders will receive their yearbooks when they turn in their Chromebooks on Wednesday, June 9, and distance students will receive their yearbooks when they turn in their Chromebooks on Friday, June 11, or Monday, June 14.

Chromebook Return Information

Please note that all in-person students will be turning in their Chromebooks and chargers to their teachers during Period 7 on Wednesday, June 9. Please be sure they have all items with them when they come to school that day. Distance learners will turn in their Chromebooks and chargers on either Friday, June 11, from 8am-2pm or Monday, June 14, from 3-6pm.

Please fill out this sheet and tuck it inside your Chromebook (please do not fold) before returning your Chromebook and make sure you have both Chromebook and charger to return. We appreciate your help in this matter.

Are you an LPN or RN?

Are you an LPN or RN looking for employment with hours to match the Mounds View District schedule? Mounds View Schools is actively seeking applicants for a Licensed Healthcare Specialist position in an elementary Health Office. We are also in need of substitutes to cover time off. This position works under the direction of the Licensed School Nurse to provide first aid for ill or injured students, administer prescribed medication to students, communicate health-related issues to parents, and perform clerical functions related to record keeping and other general office functions. This position requires current Minnesota LPN/RN licensure.

Please contact Sarah Osterman, Licensed School Nurse (sarah.osterman@moundsviewschools.org) if interested or for more information.

Need Help and Support?

Looking for some support and resources for you and your family during this time? Check out our "EVENTS AND RESOURCES" section below.


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.


Girls Swim and Dive Team

Are you interested in the upcoming 2021 Irondale Girls Swim and Dive season? This is open to all girls entering 7-12th grade, who plan to attend Irondale. Please join us for our annual informational BBQ at Long Lake Regional Park – Beach Pavilion. Come and meet your future captains, coaches, and teammates on Monday, June 21, at 6:00 pm. Any questions please contact Coach Scott at scottkoke@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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Summer Strength & Speed Training

The Irondale Athletic Department and Elite Training Systems (ETS) will be working together this summer to offer an elite training program for ALL Irondale athletes and students interested in getting toned, faster, and stronger. We are committed to developing Irondale athletes by maximizing the athletic potential of each student athlete and building a culture committed to weight training. We are dedicated to preparing students for the upcoming athletic year with exclusive training in the areas of flexibility, strength, speed, power, agility and conditioning. This will be accomplished through an Olympic style lifting program and a research-based speed training and agility program. The structured workouts will allow athletes to train in a positive and safe environment, while having fun and building school spirit!

SCHEDULE June 14th to August 13th (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

*** Excludes the week of July 5 th

Cost - $110 per participant

Session 1 – (Students entering grades 9-12): 8:00am-9:00am

Session 2 – (Students entering grades 9-12): 9:00am-10:00am

Session 3 – (Students entering grades 9-12): 10:00am-11:00am

Session 4 – (Students entering grade 6-8 & current Seniors): 11:00am-12:00pm

Registration is now open through the Irondale Activities website.

For any questions or concerns please contact the Activities Office at 651-621-6822.

Wrestling Summer Practice Schedule

Interested in staying busy this summer. Check out what Irondale Wrestling is offering. Any questions, contact Coach Hubbard (jeff.hubbard@moundsviewschools.org).

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.


Masks in School Reminder

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, the Safe Learning Plan remains in effect through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus.

It is imperative that students continue to wear their masks appropriately (over the mouth/nose) in school at all times and social distance measures must be adhered to during lunch. Parents of students refusing to cooperate will receive a phone call home to come up with a plan for alternative learning. Please follow up with your student on the importance of this issue...we appreciate your help.

If this state guidance changes before the end of the school year, we will update you as soon as possible.

Register Your Student for Next Year!

Parents, please register your student for next 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. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

June Lunch Menu

The June lunch menu can be found here. All students attending school will receive FREE breakfast and lunch daily through June 2021. If your student is in distance learning, you may continue to pick up meals outside of Edgewood Middle School's Activity Center every Friday from 10:30-12:30pm.

Daily Schedule

Edgewood will maintain a 4-period day, with 100-minute class periods. The Daily Bell Schedule is viewable here. Students will attend class periods 1, 3, 5, 7 on Monday and Wednesday, and attend class periods 2, 4, 6, 7 on Tuesday and Thursday. Students will attend all seven of their classes remotely on Friday. Class periods on Friday will be 30-minutes in length. Teachers may assign students independent work that is to be completed on Friday afternoon.

Report Student Absences

Just a reminder to call our Attendance Line at 651-621-6601 if your student will be out of school. You may also note an absence in ParentVUE. If you need to pick up your student early for an appt., etc., you may call the front office or leave a message on the attendance line to call them out of class early and ready for pick-up. Just leave the student's name, reason for leaving early, and time of pick-up so we can get a pass to them to leave class.

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.

Order Your Spiritwear Here!

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

2021-22 Calendar Start Date

The 2021-22 school year will begin Wednesday, September 8, due to the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana. Visit the calendars page at moundsviewschools.org/calendars to see the current calendar and the next two school year calendars.


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.

NEW! Summer Sports and Fitness

Stay active and connected with your friends and other middle schoolers over the summer! Join the middle school summer sports and fitness program and participate in a wide variety of games and activities that may include flag football, tennis, ultimate frisbee, pickleball, basketball, kickball, volleyball, soccer and more! We will also be talking about how active lifestyles and healthy habits are good for the mind and body.

When: Monday-Thursday, 12-2 p.m.

Where: All middle schools

Registration fee: $150 (Free and/or reduced lunch fee: $75)

Session I: Mon.-Thurs., June 21-July 15

Session II: Mon.-Thurs., July 19-August 5

Click here to register now!

Full and Half-day Summer Camps

Join us for nine weeks of summer day camps in 2021, including both full-day and half-day options for students entering grades K-7. With new instructors, new topics and one centralized location, students will try new things, meet new people and grow. Camp topics include coding, visual arts, theater, STEM, science, Spanish, sports and more!

When: Mondays through Thursdays throughout the summer for full or half days

Where: Turtle Lake Elementary

Registration fees start at $99

Click here to register now!


Free Health Clinic

Please join Compassion New Brighton for their free health clinic on Saturday, June 19, from 10am - 4pm at Highview Middle School, 2300 7th Street NW, New Brighton. Services provided include:

  • Medical Check-ups
  • Basic Dental Care
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Foot Care
  • Haircuts
  • Social Services

Pre-register by calling 651-382-4035. Walk-in appointments are also welcome. More information can be found here.

Kids Bowl Free!

We are super excited to announce the return of Kids Bowl Free! Kids receive up to 2 FREE GAMES per day ALL SUMMER LONG!* Sign up today here.

*Subject to availability. Sunday-Friday only. Please check program hours.

Rock the School House

What a year it has been! As you may remember the Foundation conducted its 2020 flagship fundraising event, Rock the School House, exclusively online. And just like that, it’s time to save Saturday, September 11, for the 2021 fundraising event. The Foundation is excited to utilize a venue with outdoor options and shift the date to earlier in the fall for this smaller in-person event*. What better time to celebrate the students of Mounds View Public Schools than with a Rockin’ Back to School Bash. Attendees will be greeted with some of the greatest hits like the Online Auction as well as new chart-toppers to be revealed closer to the event. Until then, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 11, for Rock the School House 2021.

* This event will align with any necessary future guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health. We will also offer the event as an online option for those wishing to attend virtually. Our silent auction will continue online and be accessible to anyone with an online event pass.

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.

Relationship, Connection, and Supporting Learners

Reimagining Mandated Reporting - Attend this half day workshop on Friday, June 18, for school administrators on the legal obligations of mandated reporters and what the “reasonable belief” requirement of reporting means in practice. Attendees will gain an understanding of the racial complexities associated with reporting, the child welfare system, why they matter, and how to incorporate them into their reporting decisions. Training is provided at no cost to you. Board of School Administrator (BOSA) credits will be available.

Free VIRTUAL Day-long Workshop on NEAR* Science & Historical Trauma - Join FamilyWise and Sam Simmons on Monday, June 28, for a day-long workshop to learn how historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, and childhood adversity impact our lives, the lives of our children, and the health of our communities.

Decolonizing Forgiveness: Moving From Apologizing to Accountability - Gather virtually on Tuesday, July 27, & Wednesday, July 28, with other educators for two half-days of conversation, sharing, and action advancing the work of educational equity in Minnesota.

Mental Health and Substance Use Considerations Among Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Study by the KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation).

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

FREE Health Clinic in New Brighton – Go to our very own Highview Middle School on Saturday, June 19, from 10am–4pm for free health and dental care, along with other services. Click here for more information.

Hope Dental Clinic - Offering appointments for affordable dental care in Mahtomedi on Wednesdays, July 7 & 28, Aug 4 & 11, Sep 1, 8, 15, & 22. Call 651-762-9124 to schedule an appointment.

Your Shot to Summer - MDH is offering rewards to the first 100,00 Minnesotans aged 12 and over, who get their first COVID vaccine between May 27th and June 30th. Interested? Click the link to learn more. Two upcoming free local clinics are offering vaccines for those 12+. Hosted at the New Brighton Community Center (Eagles Nest) on Wednesday, June 9, and Wednesday, June 16, from 1:30-5:30pm each day. Schedule an appointment for June 9th here or for June 16th here. Walk-ins are also welcome!

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 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.


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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