Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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December 11, 2020


Important Lifetouch Photo Retake Update Information

We have received some photo orders from Lifetouch and they are located out in the front entryway in alphabetical order. Please sanitize your hands before touching the envelopes. If you do not find your student's photo order, please not it on the sheet provided.

We are aware of the ongoing issues with Lifetouch around your child’s school photos. We’d like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and delay in the process of receiving your child’s photos. We have been working with Lifetouch over the past few weeks to find a solution. Please see information regarding three options below: a picture retake day at Edgewood on January 29, scheduling a retake at Lifetouch’s offices in Maple Grove or receiving a full refund for the amount paid.

Retake day at Edgewood

We have scheduled a make-up photo day at Edgewood for January 29, 2021. This date is tentative and will be dependent on our ability to safely have students in the building. We will send additional details as the event gets closer, including safety and social distancing measures.

Retake day at Lifetouch in Maple Grove

For families who did not receive their photos from Lifetouch, they have the option to have a retake done at the Lifetouch offices in Maple Grove. Use the links below to schedule a time from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the dates provided. Note that Lifetouch can only allow one student and one adult per camera per five-minute time slot. Temperatures of all entering the building will be taken. Masks are required except when the student is being photographed. Lifetouch is located at 13400 67th Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN, 55311.

Full refund

If these options do not work for you, you are entitled to a full refund. To request your refund, contact Anya Baker at Lifetouch by emailing abaker@lifetouch.com and including the school name and student name. In order to have your request prioritized, include “refund” in the email subject line. You will receive a response within 24 hours of emailing Anya (Monday-Friday).


The pictures that are taken by either of the two methods above will be added to the 2020-21 yearbook. If there are any issues, 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.

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

Again, we apologize for the frustration and confusion this has caused. If you have any issues or questions about the options above, please contact us.

Attention 8th Grade Families

The eighth grade Pre-ACT Results will be ready and available for pick-up on Thursday, December 17, from 6am - 3pm in the school office or from 3 - 7pm curbside. If your student still has a picture order, science kit, or other class materials to pick up, those will be available as well.

6th Grade Chromebook Swap

For students who have not swapped out your old Chromebooks for a brand new one, please stop by Edgewood between the hours of 5-7pm on Wednesday, December 16, or anytime during the week from 6am-2pm. Please bring your current Chromebook along with the power charger cord to the front entrance at Edgewood during these times. Swaps will not be done if the charger cord is missing.

No need to leave your car, we'll come to you! If you sit for a bit and no one shows up, please call the front office at 651-621-6600 and we'll send someone out.

This would also be a great time to return any library books you are finished with. We'll happily take them from you so we can check them out to other students!

PLEASE NOTE: If you or a family member is affected by Covid-19, please wait to change out your Chromebook until you are all well. Call 651-621-6600 to set up a time to come by and make the swap.

Chromebook 101/Expectations


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.

Free Meal Pick-up: Locations and Times

FREE meals are available to all those who are under the age 18 every Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the locations listed below.

PLEASE NOTE FOR EDGEWOOD LOCATION: Please enter Edgewood on Woodale Drive (parent pick-up route by tennis courts) and pull up to the new Activities entrance to receive your meals. You will then depart on Edgewood Drive. Please open your trunk when you arrive. If that is not an option, we ask that you grab the items we provide and put them in your vehicle.

For more information, visit our website.


ZOOM Resource Fair

Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative is hosting a ZOOM Resource Fair on Thursday, December 17, from 3:00-4:30pm.
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Basic Needs Resources

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

You can also find this 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.

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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.

We are also in need of filling these key positions for the 2020-21 school year:

  • School Event Coordinator
  • Staff Appreciation Coordinator

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.

Support Edgewood While You Shop for the Holidays!

If you shop on Amazon, Edgewood Parent & Teachers (EPAT) asks for your help to support Edgewood while you shop for the holidays!

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, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.


Knight Training

Do you want to improve your muscular strength and endurance? Do you want to improve your athletic performance? Do you want to improve your overall fitness? Do you want to improve your mental health? Do you want to start exercising? If you answered YES to any of the questions please join us on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for some movement!

What? An instructor will lead you through a virtual 30-45 minute series of bodyweight exercises that will improve overall strength, athletic performance, general fitness, and mental health. No equipment needed!

When? Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 - 3:15 pm, Friday 7:15 - 8:00 am, starts Tuesday, December 15.

Who? ANYONE in 7th - 12th grade! Beginner ---> advanced, PE student ---> Varsity athlete, fitness junkie ---> very first group fitness workout. We can modify it for everyone!

Where? Once you sign up, you will receive a weekly link in your email to join the Virtual Class.

Cost? FREE

How do you sign up? Fill out the Sign Up Form to receive the class link. You only need to fill out the form once to continue receiving the class link.

Any questions, please email diane.shaw@moundsviewschools.org.

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.


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.


MDH Decision Tree

The Updated MDH Decision Tree can be found here.

Covid Testing

We are encouraging all staff to get tested for COVID-19 weekly before the Thanksgiving Break. Testing is one way to identify and isolate the virus to prevent the spread within the school community. Given the current surge in cases and availability of other testing options, we recommend that all school employees order their test via the unique URL that was sent in September. All District employees received an email with a unique URL to access a no-cost COVID-19 saliva test, courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Education. Refer to the email you received in September to order your test. The Department of Education suggests ordering and using your test before the program ends on December 30, 2020. If you have questions or can't find your email (try searching for “COVID-19 saliva test”), contact humanresources@moundsviewschools.org.

If you have already used the test referenced above, consider the options below to get tested.

At-home COVID-19 saliva testing

Minnesota offers free, at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Right now, families can order up to five test kits per household. Families will be asked if they have insurance, but the state will cover the costs for any uninsured or underinsured families. You should not receive a bill using this testing option. Order your at-home test here.

COVID-19 community testing sites

All COVID-19 testing is free at Minnesota Department of Health community testing events. We are always planning more community testing events across the state, working together with communities to make sure everyone can get tested. Tests are free for everyone, and no identification or insurance is required.

Find nasal swab community testing events

Find saliva community testing sites

When to stay home?

Please follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).



*Please note that if you have one student who needs to stay home with one or more common symptoms of COVID or two or more less common symptoms, their siblings also need to stay home until COVID has been ruled out as the cause of illness.

What is isolation?

Isolation means keeping someone who is sick away from others to help keep the illness from spreading.

What is quarantine?

Quarantine means keeping someone who is not sick yet, but was exposed to a sick person away from others. This is used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 because people can spread it before developing symptoms.

What to do if your student needs to stay home due to illness, quarantine or while awaiting COVID test results?

Call your school’s attendance line to report your student’s absence. School staff will contact you to help determine the length of recommended absence based on the MDH COVID-19 Decision Tree.

What if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

Please contact your school’s COVID Coordinator or Health Office to report the positive test result. We will work with you to ensure you have the information you need and begin identifying and notifying close contacts under the guidance of MDH.

Will this information be shared?

We will not share any identifying information about a lab-confirmed case that is reported to us except for the purpose of reporting to MDH.

Will we be informed if a positive case is reported in school?

There are two levels of notification that would be shared as appropriate when a lab-confirmed case is reported to school.

Close contact notification - close contacts will be notified when a lab-confirmed case is reported and receive direct information regarding quarantine and next steps. This contact tracing will be conducted in partnership with MDH.

General notifications - when a lab-confirmed case is reported in a classroom or school setting, families of students who share a classroom, learning space, bus route, small group, etc. will be notified after close contacts have been identified.

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