An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School
April 16, 2021
New After-School Activities and Sports
See below for some after-school activities that will start up soon. All after school activities will be held from 2:30pm-4:00pm.
Transportation via bus can be arranged; however, we are reserving the limited spaces on the bus due to Covid safety measures for students who need transportation on a regular basis. Sign up for transportation will be completed through registration.
Deadline to register will be Wednesday, April 28
Tennis - Mondays and Wednesdays
May 3rd - May 26th
Track - Tuesdays and Thursdays
May 4th - May 27th
EW Spring Musical - Mondays and Wednesdays
April 26th - May 26th
Creative Writing Group - Thursdays
May 6th - May 27th
GSA - Thursdays
May 5th - 26th
Quiz Bowl - Tuesdays
May 4th - May 25th
Any questions, email Liz Gosselin at email@example.com.
National History Day Regional Participants
Pictured left to right (back row): Hasna Yousuf, Mr. Lane Dooley-Jesso, Eden Rios, Lulu Semakula, Abby Otten, Callie Lane, Hailie Herzog, Cy Treuenfels, Ms. Zoe Kourajian
(front row, left to right): Veronica Lindquist, Savannah Hepola, Madison Kmiecik, Lizzie Lockwood, Beatrice Kaden, Paige Nguyen, Andrea Perez, and Stephanie Nazareth
Not pictured: Aili Vasel, Kamlyn Arboe, Karen Sanchez, Anas Enanaa (of Irondale), Ms. Sandy Solheim
MCA Testing Information
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) will take place this spring. Below provides information pertaining to testing at Edgewood this spring. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has instructed Mounds View Schools to administer the MCAs to all students between April 5 and May 21.
Previously, we have communicated dates of the Reading, Math, and Science (8th only) MCA assessments; however, due to many of our families celebrating Eid-al-fitr on May 12th and 13th, we will be moving the Math MCA assessment to a week prior.
The Math MCA assessment will take place on the following dates:
6th Grade - May 4th
7th Grade - May 5th
8th Grade - May 6th
Test information for in-person learning students
Testing for in-person students will look similar to how it has looked in previous years. Testing will take place over one full day. Unless you wish to opt your student out of testing, you do not need to take any action, as testing will occur during the school day. There will be no make up dates for testing.
Test information for distance learning students
MCA testing cannot be done remotely. To take this test, distance learning students will need to attend school and take the test in person. Testing will take place in one full day. Transportation and meals will be provided, if necessary.
We fully support the choice of parents and guardians to consider their family’s health needs when deciding whether or not to allow their student to come into the school building for testing. We know that this pandemic has affected families across our school district.
Options available for distance learning students:
If you do not feel safe sending your student to school to take the MCA test due to circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand and honor your decision. Please complete the survey below to let us know.
To indicate your preference for MCA testing this spring, please complete the survey below to let us know. These health and safety measures will be in place to ensure students and staff stay safe during testing.
For distance students that choose to test, the assessment will begin at 7:45am and will likely finish before 12:00pm. When your student finishes testing, you will be notified to either pick them up or allow them to walk home. If absolutely necessary, we will provide transportation at 2:15pm. Your student will use the time between finishing the test and 2:15pm as a study hall.
Choice to opt out
The state requires school districts to annually administer the MCA. As a parent, you have a choice to decide whether or not to have your student take this or any other statewide assessment. If you have any questions about opting out, please contact your student’s dean. Resources for families about statewide testing can be found here.
Please contact your student’s dean with any questions or concerns. Thank you.
Spring Choir Concert
Edgewood will be holding a spring choir concert this year but it is going to be very different than any concert we have had in the past. In order to be as safe as possible, while still providing a performance opportunity for our students, we will be having an informal concert after school for each grade level in the performance gymnasium. All choir students are welcome, including our distance learners at home! Here are the details:
6th Grade Concert: 2:20-3:30 PM on Tuesday May 4, 2021
7th Grade Concert: 2:20-3:30 PM on Wednesday May 5, 2021
8th Grade Concert: 2:20-3:30 PM on Thursday May 6, 2021
All students and staff will still be expected to wear a mask at all times. Due to capacity restrictions, we are choosing to not have a live audience at any of the performances. However, a recording of our performance will be sent out to all families via email after the concert is finished. Students are not expected to wear any certain clothing, but we always encourage students to feel their best in their attire to elevate their performance. At 3:25, students and staff will clean up the performance space and leave for the day. All students need to be picked up from school or walk home. Activity buses may be available; however, Ms. Cummings Cervenka will communicate information regarding bussing as soon as it is available.
Performing is essential to all of our music students and is a part of their performance grade. If any student or family does not feel safe participating in their concert, please email me as soon as possible. A make-up assignment will be available to any family who reaches out to excuse their student. Please call (651-621-6647) or email Ms. Cummings (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions!
8th Graders Touring Irondale
Irondale will be hosting our current in-person learning 8th-grade students for their annual high school tour. The date of the tour is Friday, May 14, 2021, from 9:45am-12:45pm.
Students will arrive at Edgewood at their normal time as they would during the week for breakfast. From 7:45-9:30am, students will have time for activities that include open gym. All students are to report to Edgewood first before we depart to Irondale.
During the tour, students will have the opportunity to eat school lunch at Irondale. Students can either bring a lunch or buy lunch at Irondale. We will survey students next week on which lunch option they are choosing. As the tour ends, we will depart and come back to Edgewood. Students will have another opportunity for fun activities from 1:00-2:15 pm.
We understand that this is on a Friday, but we view this as a critical opportunity to experience high school next year. We greatly encourage all full-in person learners to be a part of this experience; however, we understand if you wish not to have your student a part of the tour. Busses will be provided for both morning and afternoon pickup.
If you have any questions about what the tour will include, please contact Mr. Reed, Associate Principal at Irondale, at 651-621-6820.
Yearbook Sales Information
The online yearbook order sales have ended. We will have a limited supply of yearbooks available to purchase for $20 at the end of the school year. If you are interested in purchasing one when they are available, please contact Shannon at email@example.com.
COVID-19 Testing for Students and Families
We strongly encourage all in-person students and their families to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the school year. Students involved in any extracurricular activities or sports should consider getting tested every week.
There are many options to get tested. You can visit a community testing site, get tested through your healthcare provider or order an at-home test kit. All options are quick, easy, and free to you. Find out more about each option here.
EPAT (EW PARENTS AND TEACHERS)
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
OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE
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.
Report Student Absences
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.
New 2021-22 Calendar Start Date
The 2021-22 school year calendar was updated with a modified start date of Wednesday, September 8, due to the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana. The previous start date was Tuesday, September 7. Visit the calendars page at moundsviewschools.org/calendars to see the current calendar and the next two school year calendars.
COMMUNITY ED ACTIVITIES/COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Community Program Offerings
Sign Up for Summer Community Education Programs
NEW! Summer afternoon adventures
Are you looking for a way to have your elementary student engage with their peers this summer without a full commitment to day camp? Summer Adventures is an active camp where students can participate in a variety of gym games, outdoor activities, sports, arts and crafts and more!
Open to students entering grades 1-6 in the fall of 2021.
Session 1: June 21 - July 15
Session 2: July 19 - August 5
Monday-Thursday | 1-3 p.m | Locations: Island Lake, Pinewood and Valentine Hills | $150 per session
NEW! Summer sports and fitness
Stay connected and active over the summer with your friends and other middle schoolers! Join the Middles 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! Additionally, we will be talking about how active lifestyles and healthy habits are good for the mind and body.
Open to students entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2021.
Session 1: June 21 - July 15
Session 2: July 19 - August 5
Monday-Thursday | 12-2 p.m | Locations: Chippewa, Edgewood and Highview | $150 per session
EVENTS & RESOURCES
On Saturday, April 17, Mounds View High School will be hosting its annual Music For Mounds View benefit concert from 6:30-8:30 PM. Music For Mounds View is a concert full of student performers created in an effort to raise money for local and national charities and bring together the community. This year, our proceeds will be donated to the Washburn Center for Mental Health, World Central Kitchen, and the Swenson Brain Cancer Initiative.
This concert is open to the members of the Mounds View district as well as the general public. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is limited to 120 people and we ask that no more than three people from one household attend. To make sure we do not exceed this number, we are asking those who are interested in signing up to register through our Sign Up Genius (one person per slot), which will be linked below and available on our Facebook and Instagram pages (@musicformoundsview).
We are thrilled to announce that we have seven incredible students showcasing their talents at this year’s event. The performers include Aurora Weirens, Britta Bramsen, Emma Pagal and Lauren Cosgrove, Lily Bronson, Namitha Narayan, and Zoke Sackih.
Along with the concert, we will be hosting a silent auction. Attendees will be able to bid on various themed baskets prior to the event and the winners will be announced at the end of the concert. All proceeds from the auction will be split between the three charities we are supporting!
Tickets are $12 for students/seniors and $15 for adults; guests will purchase them at the event. Join us for a night full of music, charity, and unity!
Community Conversations: Teen Substance Use
In partnership with Hazelden Betty Ford and other area school districts, join us for a virtual event focused on youth substance use and how to have conversations with teens. Connect with District chemical health staff to learn about resources in the community to support you and your teen.
When: Monday, May 10, at 7pm
Where: Virtual event
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0JC_xpiaJsiEhHXa7mL40ia1Id6pi-UMS4ll6BIMzvoPZIA/viewform
Celebrate Success 2021
The Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council presents
“Celebrate Success 2021”
Celebrate Success is an annual event where a panel of past and present students, who have received special education services, share their post-secondary plans and aspirations and experiences in K - 12+ education.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Online Virtual Meeting
New at Your Local Library!
Virtual Book Clubs for grades 6-12, (including some great manga and graphic novels!). Click here for more information and to register!
Grab bags for teens (give 'em some general information about you like and they'll pull books for you to try!!). Click here to sign up.
Information on the summer reading programs for teens coming soon!
Support for Students and Families
Supporting Mental Health in Challenging Times – Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative has provided a variety of FREE Prerecorded Workshops for caring adults who aren’t formally trained in mental health (but may also be a useful refresher for mental health professionals).
More than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents - April 22 webinar that helps teach parents and caregivers how to recognize the signs of depression and other mental health problems, strategies to talk with their child about mental health, and learn how to access mental health services and supports.
Parent/Caregiver Support Group for Children with Internet Gaming Issues – NEW support group offered by Sage Prairie to help parents/caregivers set healthy limits with their children regarding video games and screen time.
What are appropriate consequences for bad behavior? - Targeting positive behaviors can be just as important (at home and in classroom).
Life Planning Series: Guardianships - Participants will learn about the guardianship-conservatorship laws with a focus on the purpose, legal procedure, and considerations after appointment and changes to laws adopted by the State Legislature in 2020. Tuesday May 4, 2021; 6:30-8:00 PM Location: Online Web Streaming
Relationship, Connection, and Supporting Learners
Webinar Series: Staying Connected with Students and Youth During COVID-19 - This 4-part webinar series explores research on belonging and connectedness, the key tenants of virtual communication for educators, and effective strategies for building virtual connectedness. Catch-up on the first session here: Link.
FREE April Webinar Series (Chemical Health Trainings) One designed for Parents and One for Teachers/Staff- Supporting and Inspiring Students this Spring.CEU’s: 1.5 free CEUs offered for the following Boards: Behavioral Health, Social Work, Education, Nursing.
Dates: Wednesday, April 28th, 2:00pm-3:30pm – Teacher Training
Thursday, April 29th, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Parent and Community Education Event
Self Care, Emotional Health, and Wellbeing
The District’s mental health specialists have created a weekly wellness podcast for staff called “TGIF: Educator Wellness." Listen to this Friday’s new episode about “Relationships Matter”. We know that all youth need positive relationships to navigate challenges and thrive. Saying relationships are important for a young person to learn and grow is like saying water is important for a swimming pool. Julia Geigle is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), and a mental health specialist for the district. You can listen here or many places that you listen to podcasts (Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more).
How to Manage Complicated Feelings During the Chauvin Trial – article: tips from four Minneapolis-based mental health professionals.
Recovery Road Podcast – free podcast from Hazelden Publishing where you’ll find powerful thoughts, excerpts, and reflections from Hazelden’s most popular resources. Now more than ever we need to find calm in the chaos, stay focused on self-care, and commit to long-term recovery.
Health Information and Resources
MN Vaccine Connector - The State of Minnesota is using this tool to contact people for vaccine appointments, including at the new Minnesota State Fair clinic that is due to open April 14th. For language or other assistance with signing up, call the hotline: 1-833-431-2053. The web-based sign up is also available in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.
Urban League Twin Cities Vaccinations - The Urban League Twin Cities is teaming with Stairstep Foundation/His Works United, Messianic care, and Black Nurses Rock TC to provide Covid vaccinations to community members 18 years and older. By appointment only - call 612-254-1228 to schedule.
Staying Safer During Ramadan - Many Minnesota families are looking forward to observing Ramadan. In preparation, Muslim faith leaders and Imamns across the state collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Health to establish recommendations for safer celebrations during this time of COVID. For a poster version of these recommendations, click here.
Celebrate Safer - Looking for ideas for safer celebrations in general? MDH has some tips to consider for helping to slow the spread of Covid while planning events.
About COVID-19 and Variants - we’re hearing a lot about the spread of Covid variants in the news. This link includes current and accurate information about what we’re seeing in Minnesota.
Dr. Lynn Ogawa on the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout - Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Lynne Ogawa joins NineNorth’s Cities Speak podcast to discuss the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, clarify the process of the vaccine rollout, and share notable positive experiences in helping distribute vaccine.
Basic Needs Resources
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.
WAYS TO SUPPORT EDGWOOD
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.
Main office: 651-621-6600
5100 Edgewood Dr N
Mounds View, MN 55112