Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

January 13, 2023

No School Monday

Please note there is no school on Monday, January 16, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The main office will be closed.

Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, January 19 - 5th Grade Parent Information Night

Wednesday, January 25 - End of Semester 1

Thursday, January 26-Friday, January 27 - No School (Teacher Workday)

Monday, January 30 - Beginning of Semester 2, Westside Band Festival @ Irondale Varsity Gym

Tuesday, January 31 - 8th Grade/Irondale Orchestra Concert @ Irondale Varsity Gym

5th Grade Enrollment Information Night

We are hosting a Middle School Enrollment Information Night for families of current 5th-grade students on Thursday, January 19, 2023, from 6-7:30. We’re giving families the choice of joining us in person or virtually. The in-person presentation will be from 6:15-6:45 pm, followed by student-led tours. The virtual presentation will be from 7-7:30 pm.

The evening will be led by Principal Tweh and Associate Principal Haas, with a presentation covering registration for 6th-grade classes and an overview of the student experience at Edgewood.

● Please note this information night is geared toward parents of incoming 6th graders. Student orientation is scheduled for May.

● For families choosing in-person, self-guided, or student-led tours and a meet and greet with 6th-grade teachers will follow the formal presentation.

● Families that wish to attend virtually can access the presentation by clicking or copying this URL: meet.google.com/qnu-zgrf-nox.

6th Grade Fieldtrip

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.

All Edgewood 6th graders will be visiting the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul as a field trip on Thursday, February 16. Students will leave Edgewood around 8:30 am and return around 2:00 pm, in time for the regular after-school buses. This field trip aligns directly with the content our 6th graders are studying in their Minnesota History Classes. We need volunteers to chaperone! If you would like to chaperone this 6th grade field trip, please call or email Margaret Meyer at 651-621-6612 or margaret.meyer@moundsviewschools.org.

National History Day Fair

Edgewood is seeking Parent and Community Volunteer Judges for its History Fair on Thursday, February 16. If you are available and willing to chat with students about their AMAZING History projects, please consider volunteering! The time commitment is 7:15 am - 2:25 pm, and training and materials will be provided. The sign-up link can be found here. Thank you for supporting our students!

Donations for Meal Account Balances

Nutrition Services accepts donations as a safety net for students in grades K-12 who do not have sufficient funds in their accounts due to family circumstances beyond their control. Using these funds for students is a temporary solution until other arrangements can be made to assist the child and family on a more permanent basis. No student is denied a meal, regardless of the status of the family’s account balance.

Tax-deductible donations for meal account balance debt relief are accepted year-round from individuals or groups. You may also make a donation directly to your child's school. To donate, contributions should be dropped off or mailed to:

Nutrition Services
4570 Victoria Street North
Shoreview, MN, 55126

Free Meal Distribution

The Lutheran Social Service meal team will be hosting a free frozen meal distribution in our area. The frozen meal distribution will be Thursday, January 19, and Thursday, March 23, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 7th St NW, New Brighton, MN 55112, from 11AM to 1PM. It is on a first come first serve basis and individuals can take up to ten meals per person. For more information, please click here.

Photo Information/Yearbooks for Sale!

Edgewood Yearbooks are now available to order online here. Softcover books are $15 each and hardcover books are $20 each.

If your student did not get their picture taken or they are new to Edgewood, you can upload a headshot photo to be included in the yearbook using this link.

Also, students or parents, if you have any photos with teammates, music mates, or friends that you'd like to share in the yearbook, please send a copy of the photo to Ms. Penner at anna.penner@moundsviewschools.org.

Just a reminder...your student's school photos are available for parents to view and order online!

Click on the button below to get started.


Event Code: FE198922
Also Needed: Synergy Unique Student ID (Student's 6-digit number in ParentVUE...6XXXXX)


  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and text
  • Photos are shipped directly to your home
  • High-res digital downloads are available
  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay once

Did You Know?

New Career & College Centers at each high school offer planning tools to help students answer the question, “What’s Next?”

A Note From the Student Support and Engagement Team/Chemical Health Specialist

Escape the Vape is a PSA video contest for MN6th-12th graders who would like to use their voice to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping and expose the shadowy commercial tobacco marketing tactics behind it! Students will create and upload their 30-second, vape-bashing masterpiece where they can win $500 for themselves AND $500 for their school, along with other great prizes. For more information visit MNEscapetheVape.org.

Let's Talk About It: What is Mental Health?

‘Mental health’ is a term we have heard a lot in the past few years. The U.S. Surgeon General and leading medical groups, like the American Academy of Pediatrics, have declared youth mental health a national emergency. But what exactly is mental health? Why are we hearing more about it now more than ever? When should I be worried about my child’s mental health? For answers to these questions and more, click HERE to read this week’s blog by our district mental and chemical health specialists.


Creative Writing Club

Everything fun about writing is what you'll find here. No experience required! Join us beginning Tuesday, January 17, after school in Room 122.

Ski & Snowboard Club

The Ski & Snowboard Club remaining dates are:

  • Mondays - Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27 (Mar 6th make up date if needed)
  • Tuesdays- Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 28 (Tuesday, March 7, is make up date for cancellation on December 20)

Competitive Coed Swimming

Coed Competitive Swimming will begin on Monday, February 27. All swimmers are welcome to swim with friends and work on improving stroke technique, strength, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Monday & Wednesday: Skill-building, strength and conditioning plus competitions. Practices from 2:30-3:40pm; meets are 3:00-5:00pm. Activities will not meet on non-school days. Activity buses are available after practice for eligible students. Game day busing will bring all students to host school departing at 2:35pm and return remaining students to their home school ONLY by 5:30pm. To register, click here.

Non-competitive Coed Swimming

Coed Non-competitive Swimming will begin on Tuesday, February 28. All swimmers are welcome to swim with friends and work on improving stroke technique, strength, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Tuesday & Thursday: Skill-building, strength and conditioning practice only (no competition days). Practices from 2:30-3:40pm. Activities will not meet on non-school days. Activity buses are available after practice for eligible students. To register, click here.

Weekly Student Activity Bulletin

MONDAY, January 16

  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

TUESDAY, January 17 (B Day)

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

  • Boys Basketball - Red Gym 2:30-3:40 PM

  • Creative Writing - Room 122 2:30-3:30

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:35-3:30

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

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

  • Unified Club - Room 232 2:30-3:30

WEDNESDAY, January 18 (A Day)

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

  • Chamber Orchestra - Orchestra Room 2:25-3:30 PM

  • Choir Club - Room 130 2:30 - 3:30

  • Coed Fitness & Training - Weight Room 2:30-3:40

  • Girls Basketball - 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

  • National History Day Club - Room 021 2:30-3:30

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

THURSDAY, January 19 (B Day)

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

  • Boys Basketball - Red Gym 2:30-3:40 PM

  • D&D and Puzzle Club - Room 011 2:30-3:30

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

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:35-3:30

  • Music Zone - Band and Orchestra Rooms 2:30-3:30

  • Quiz Bowl - Room 021 2:25-3:25

FRIDAY, January 20 (A Day)

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

  • No After-school Activities

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

After-school Activity Buses

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


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.


Know the Facts!

Know the Facts is a short, quick fact related to the previous blog from the Student Support and Engagement department, in collaboration with the mental health and chemical health district support staff, that can be used/referred to when having conversations with others. We will include links if available to further the conversation. Our hope is to share short, quick facts that will educate and encourage all of us to continue to have those conversations that may otherwise be challenging to have without some facts around it.

Vaping nicotine can increase anxiety symptoms and increase stress levels, yet many teens falsely believe vaping can relieve anxiety and stress? Visit Truth Initiative and learn the truth about vaping and how it can increase mental health issues. Know the facts so you can be part of the conversation.

Let's Talk About It Blog!

Mounds View Public Schools seeks to support students in learning, practicing, and modeling essential personal life skills that contribute to academic, vocational, and personal success. To support this goal, district Chemical and Mental Health Specialists are partnering to bring parents and caregivers their newest creation: "Let's Talk About It" blog! They will be doing a monthly blog directed toward parents to help educate, support, and direct you to additional support related to the work they do. Their first blog has been posted on their site here.


Winter Weather Reminders

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

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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