Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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February 11, 2022

Candy Gram Update!

Nice job Edgewood students! You raised $59.26 in December and, this week, raised $120.75 for a total of $180.01 for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf! That donation will be greatly appreciated. For every dollar donated, the Food Shelf can purchase $8 worth of food through their contacts for families in need.

Spirit Week Next Week!

Join Eagle Leaders as they host a spirit week next week:


Monday, February 14: Valentine's Day - Wear red, pink, white, or all three colors!

Tuesday, February 15: Tropical Tuesday - Wear tropical summer clothes in winter! Think of a tropical place and wear a summer hat, sunglasses, or summer wear today! (Must be school appropriate.)


Wednesday, February 16: Sport Shirt Wednesday - Wear your favorite team shirt or jersey. It can be from a sport or club you have been in, or your favorite team!


Thursday, February 17: Tie-Dye Thursday - Wear tie dye or bright colors today!


Friday, February 18: Edgewood/Irondale Spirit - Show your school spirit by wearing red, white, black, maroon, or gold today!

Mark Your Calendars!

Monday, February 21 - No School (President's Day)

Tuesday, March 8 - Middle School Jazz Festival @ Chippewa

Thursday, March 10 - Friday, March 18 - No School (Spring Break)

Thursday, March 31 - Parent Communication Night

Vaccine Clinic Reminder

The District is partnering with Primary Health and SpeciaLysts to host a vaccine clinic at Pike Lake Education Center on Saturday, Feb. 12. All District families are invited to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine or booster appointment for themselves or their child. Appointments will be available from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Click here to schedule an appointment. The vaccine is optional and offered at no cost for all families.


Additional information:

  • Pfizer adult and child vaccines, as well as Pfizer boosters, will be offered at this clinic.

  • Appointments for the second dose, if applicable, will take place Saturday, March 5, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Pike Lake. You will make an appointment for your second dose when you register for your first dose.

  • A limited number of walk-in appointments will be available based on the amount of confirmed appointments and staffing at the site. We strongly recommend making an appointment at the link above.

New Benefit May Help Families Buy Food

A new federal benefit is helping eligible families purchase food if their children are out of school due to COVID-19. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) offers qualifying families a per-child benefit of $7.10 for each missed day when COVID-19 keeps their children home from school. Learn more about the P-EBT program here.


Eligible families must be receiving Educational Benefits. If you think you might qualify for this program, learn more and apply here. Contact Nutrition Services with questions at nutritionservices@moundsviewschools.org or 651-621-6022.

Edgewood Yearbook Photos

Students, if you did not get your picture taken during the back-to-school orientation in August or during picture retake day in October, you will not be in the yearbook. You can, however, submit your 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.


Also, if you have any fun photos with classmates/friends from the school year so far, please also share with Ms. Penner to possibly make it into the yearbook!

Did You Order Your Edgewood Yearbook Yet??

Yearbooks must now be ordered online. Go to http://ybpay.com and type in the yearbook ID code #10712922.

Want a Chance to Win an Oculus Headset?

Text "UNIFIED" to 612-662-4343 to subscribe to Unified Champion School texts and get a chance to win an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset! Subscribe by Monday, February 28, to enter.


Also, join us for Unified Club on Mondays after school in Room 232 from 2:30-3:30 pm. We'll see you there!

Did You Know?

Did you know? Career and college advising for students begins in sixth grade.


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Before & After-School Activities

Bus transportation is only available on Mondays & Wednesdays of each week for after-school activities. There are three activity bus routes available, check here and click on the routes to see which bus drop-off location is closest to your home and make sure your student knows which bus to take home if they stay after for activities. Staff will be available at the buses to help students.



Swimming & Floor Hockey will begin on Monday, February 28. Students must register through Community Ed here.


Activities for the week are listed below:


STUDENT ACTIVITY BULLETIN - Week of February 14, 2022

Spirit Week!


MONDAY, February 14 (A Day) - Valentine’s Day! Wear red/pink/white or all three!

  • Chess Club - Cafeteria 6:50-7:30 AM

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

  • Art Club - Room 004 2:30-3:30 PM

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

  • Choir Ensemble - Choir Room 2:30-4:00

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:30-3:20

  • Quiz Bowl - Room 022 2:30-3:30

  • Ski Club - Wild Mountain 2:30-9:30

  • 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, February 15 (B Day) - Tropical Tuesday! Wear summer clothes in winter!

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

  • Music Club - Band Room 2:30-3:30 PM

  • Ski Club - Wild Mountain 2:30-9:30


WEDNESDAY, February 16 (A Day) - Sports Day! Wear your favorite sports jersey!

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

  • Choir Leadership - Choir Room 2:30-3:30 PM

  • Math Zone - Room 013 2:30-3:30

  • 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

  • STRIPES - Room 008 2:30-3:30

  • Yearbook Club - Room 121 2:30-3:30


THURSDAY, February 17 (B Day) - Tie-dye Thursday! Wear tie-dye or bright colors!

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

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

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:30-3:20 PM


FRIDAY, February 18 (A Day) - Edgewood/Irondale Day! Wear EW/Irondale colors!

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

  • GSA - Room 022 2:30-3:30 PM


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

COMMUNITY PROGRAM OFFERINGS

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 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.

Irondale Youth Baseball

Registration is now open until March 1, 2022, for Irondale Youth Baseball, grades 2-9. Learn baseball with your friends in a fun and competitive environment! Games and practices on weeknights. The season begins in mid-April and runs through early July. More information can be found here.

Scouts BSA Troop 9416

Join the Scouts! We meet at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 4880 Hodgson Road, Shoreview, MN, on Mondays at 7:00 pm. For more information about what BSA Scouts, click here.


We will be having short informational meeting on Monday, February 14, 7:00 pm. Just click on the link.


To RSVP or questions: Wes Erwin, Scoutmaster, Troop 9416, meeting at Incarnation Lutheran Church, wes_e@hotmail.com, 651-728-0248.

Middle School Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Team

Ultimate Frisbee is a spirited and incredibly fun non-contact sport. come join us - no experience necessary! Practices are Mondays & Wednesdays, April 4 - May 18, from 5:30-7pm at Pike Lake. League games will be on Sundays from 12:30-4:30pm on April 24, May 1, 8, & 15. To register, click here. To find out more information about the team, please click here. If you have any questions, please email coaches Ann & John Fieberg at irondale.ms.ultimate@gmail.com.

OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE

Irondale Winter Drumline/Color Guard Show


On Saturday, February 19, students from across the district will perform as the Irondale Winter Drumline and Winter Color Guard host their home show in the Varsity Gym at Irondale High School. More than playing music, competing drumlines will march their way into your hearts starting at 1 PM. Come back in the evening to see Irondale’s TWO Winter Color Guards in exhibition, as other schools from the North Star Circuit compete at 6:30 PM. Visit the Irondale Bands website for ticket prices and more information.

Adult Supervision at Irondale

Due to recent concerns with middle school students, Irondale has shared that they are now requiring students to be accompanied by an adult in order to gain entry.


This decision comes in response to problems with middle school students attending games at Irondale without adult supervision. These concerns are compounded by the fact that event supervisors do not know student names, and are often treated unkindly in response to redirection.


So as to be as clear as possible, in order for middle school students from both Edgewood and Highview to attend any future games or events at Irondale, they must be accompanied by an adult from start to finish. The adult does not necessarily have to be the student’s parent, meaning kids may attend games with the parent of a friend.


Irondale has further indicated that the adult accompanying students is to remain at the game or event from start to finish and in close enough proximity that they can support any redirection students might receive from event supervisors (i.e. for rowdy, unkind or unsportsmanlike behavior).

Transportation to Irondale

Bus 15 will transport Edgewood students who are scheduled to go to Irondale after school for athletics or activities.

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.

EPAT (EW PARENTS AND TEACHERS)

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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REMINDERS

Morning Drop-off Safety Reminder

Parents/guardians, just a quick reminder for when you are dropping off your students in the mornings, PLEASE DO NOT DROP THEM OFF AT THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL. Please proceed down the horseshoe and drop them off near the activities entrance on the north side. Also, PLEASE DO NOT DOUBLE PARK TO DROP OFF STUDENTS IN THE HORSESHOE FOR SAFETY REASONS! If students are dropped off after 8:45 am, please drop them off at the front entrance. Thank you for your help in keeping our families safe!

Picking Your Student Up Early?

In an effort to help reduce disruption in classrooms during the day, please call ahead of time to either the attendance line (651-621-6601) or the main office line (651-621-6600) to notify us you need to pick up your student early so we can get a pass to them to leave class on their own without disrupting and having to call into the room. You can also send a note for them to drop off at the front office or report it through ParentVUE in the morning. Please note, it is the student's responsibility to share the note with their teacher and leave at the time of the dismissal. Your student should then come to the office, sign out, then wait until you arrive. Please help remind your student if you need to pick them up early on any given day. If students return back to school during the day, they can sign themselves back in and we will give them a pass to return back to class. We appreciate your help!

Masks Required at School and on the Bus

Though schools and buses usually have a limited number of extra masks on hand, please make sure your child is bringing their mask to school and/or on the bus each day. As a reminder, Mounds View Public Schools requires that students, staff, and visitors wear masks while inside its buildings. The federal government also requires face coverings for individuals while riding on all forms of public transportation, including school buses. If you are in need of reusable masks for your child, please contact your school.

Mask Reminders & Expectations

As our community transmission rates remain high, we continue to follow CDC and Ramsey County Public Health guidance and expect students and adults in our buildings to consistently and appropriately wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Please continue to reinforce this expectation with students and staff in your sites.


Remember:

  • Masks should be worn consistently indoors except while actively eating or drinking.

  • They should fit snugly over the nose, under the chin and on the sides.


Recommendations on how to wear a mask can be found here.

Snow Days: Five Things to Know

It’s been a while since we’ve experienced a weather-related school cancellation. Here are five things to remember this year:


  1. If winter weather conditions force school closures this year, there will be no instruction held on the affected day(s).
  2. Families will not receive a “We’ll be open tomorrow” message during wintery weather evenings. Always assume schools will remain in session, until you hear or see differently from Mounds View Public Schools.

  3. Within 20 minutes of a decision to close schools, families will receive text, voicemail, and email messages. Make sure your contact information is current in ParentVUE. Instructions can be found here.

  4. Want your student to also receive an alert? Parents can add their student’s cell phone for emergency text alerts in ParentVUE. Here’s how.

  5. If you've blocked ANY previous text messages from us in the past, you won't receive any emergency alerts. To unblock your cell phone, contact your school's front office.


The decision to close schools is a difficult one to make, and we realize that it significantly impacts all of our families. To learn more about the criteria for school closures, visit here.

Chromebook Expectations

Attention students: It is critical and expected that you bring your charged Chromebook to school everyday. Please be sure to place your Chromebook inside your backpack each evening or morning after you have charged it to ensure it is ready for you at school.

Attendance

If your student will be absent, coming in late, leaving early, etc., please leave a message on our 24/7 attendance line at 651-621-6601. You may also report an absence through ParentVUE.


If your student is leaving early, you may also send a note with your student to bring to the front office. We will issue a pass to them so they can leave their class early to come down, sign out, and be ready for pick-up.


We realize there are times when families take vacations when school is in session. If that is the case, we ask that you please complete our "Extended Absence Form". This form is used to inform the school office and teachers of your child's absence. Also, just a reminder to parents planning to take students out-of-town for a week or more should arrange with the teachers/Deans to have school assignments issued in advance of the trip. Students should also plan to stay after school, if needed, when they return to make up missed work.

Ala Carte Funds

Breakfast, lunch, and snack are FREE to all students this year; however, if they want items from the Ala Carte (snacks, juice, treats, etc.), they need to add money to their lunch accounts and use their lunch pins to access.


PLEASE NOTE: The funds must be put in an envelope provided on the black collection boxes located either in the front lobby or outside the cafeteria door. The envelopes NEED to include the student's first & last name then NEEDS TO BE PUT into the secure cash box or drop it off in the front office. PLEASE INFORM YOUR STUDENT NOT SET THEIR MONEY/ENVELOPE ON TOP OF THE BOX! The cafeteria collects the money at 9:00 am each morning. They cannot take money during lunch. Thank you for your help in this matter.


The safest way to add money is through the online Paypams account 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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