Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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December 4, 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

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.

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Thank You EPAT!

A BIG THANK YOU to EPAT for donating 30 gift cards to Edgewood! These cards will be given to our Morning High Five student winners. Remind your student to log in to the Morning High Five segment from 7:45-8:15am each morning for a chance to win $10 to one of the following businesses: Chick-fil-A, Target, Kwik Trip. Good Luck!

6th Grade Chromebook Swap

We will be swapping out 6th grade chromebooks starting Monday, December 7, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. to accommodate working families as well as Tuesday, December 8, during normal office hours from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Please come to Edgewood with your current chromebook and charging cord during the specified times - Swaps will not be done if the charger cord is missing.


We will provide curbside service, please stay in your vehicle. During normal office hours from 8-3, if a staff member is not visible when you show, please call 651-621-6600 and let us know you are here to make a chromebook exchange.


PLEASE NOTE: If you recently had issues with your Chromebook and have already received a new Chromebook with your name on it, you do not need to come swap out.

Chromebook Expectations for All Students

Parents, please remind your students that school-owned devices, just like textbooks and other school-owned items, should be cared for and used properly. When transporting the device to/from school it should be secured in a backpack or other carrying case.


Chromebooks should hold a battery charge enough for a full day at school so the charging cables can stay at home.


While students are distance learning at home, they should take good care of and keep their Chromebook in a safe place when not in use.


Students are responsible for damage done to a Chromebook (just like they are for a textbook).


Replacement of a Chromebook is approximately $224

Repair/replacement of screen is approximately $37

Repair/replacement of keyboard is approximately $68

Replacement of a charging cable is approximately $25


Other repairs will be charged according to the time and materials required to make the repair.

Shift to Distance Learning

During Distance Learning, please contact the office at 651-621-6600 to set up an appointment if you need to come inside to the office area. Someone will be available to answer calls from 7:30am-2:30pm.


Below are five key pieces of new information pertaining to our shift to distance learning. If you would prefer to view this information in a 4-minute video presentation, click here.


Monday-Thursday at 7:45am students in all three groups (group 1, group 2, distance only) are to log into their Mounds View Gmail calendar. To begin these days, students will engage in a grade level specific “Morning High Five,” led by our Dean and Administrative team. The “Morning High Five” will include daily announcements, social-emotional learning, celebrations, reminders and connectedness activities. A link to the Morning High Five will can be found Mon-Thurs in student's gmail calendar.


Academic classes will follow the Morning High Five, beginning at 8:15am. Live instruction will then take place throughout each day. View our course schedule for each day here.


  • Increasing engagement and learning on Friday

The biggest change with our shift to distance learning is that Fridays will now be a modified 7-period day, meaning students will have either a live meet or on-demand learning for each of their seven classes.


On Fridays, students will begin their day at 8:15am. All core classes (math, science, English Language Arts and Social Studies) will be taught live for 40-minutes. Students may also have music, Art, Spanish, Integrated Science or Phy-Ed classes live as well. To know if one or more of these classes is live on Fridays, students simply need to look for a Zoom link in their calendar. If there isn’t a zoom link, students are to find their on-demand learning in Google Classroom.


  • Continuing to Contact the school in regard to student illness

As is the case with in-person learning, please make us aware each day if your child is unable to participate in their classes or complete their assignments. Accurate attendance records are critical for a variety of reasons, and we want to make sure that students are marked properly. Please call and leave a message on our 24/7 attendance line directly at 651-621-6601.


Please also continue to notify us when your family and/or child(ren) may or have be exposed to the Covid-19 virus as we need to continue to provide documentation to the Minnesota Department of Health. If your student or family member may have been exposed, please contact Mr. Tweh, our Covid Coordinator, at 651-621-6630 or richmond.tweh@moundsviewschools.org .


  • Plan to increase student attendance

Previous and current experience has shown that student attendance from home is inconsistent. Often, parents tells us they did not know their student wasn’t logging on. With live instruction now taking place each day, our teachers will take and submit attendance within the first five minutes of each class. The families of any student marked as absent without prior notice will automatically receive a call from the school within the first ten minutes of the start of each class. This phone call is to notify parents real-time that their student has not logged into their teacher’s live Zoom. Our obvious hope is that parents can assist us with getting their student to attend required classes. Students will be marked present if/when they jump on to Zoom late.


  • Contacting students directly via phone or text

To increase the efficiency and timeliness of communication, Edgewood would like to be able to directly contact students that have their own phone. Please consider providing or updating us with your child’s cell phone number by clicking here.


If you have any questions or concerns about our shift to distance learning, please contact your student’s dean or any of our three administrators. Access to our contact information can be found here.

Coronavirus Communication From the Health Office

Although our learning model has shifted to distance learning for the time being, it is vital that you continue to call in to the Health Office at 651-621-6604 to report any positive cases of COVID-19, close contact exposures to any positive cases of COVID-19, and signs or symptoms of illness that you may have in your household.


This information allows us to prioritize safety when we transition back into the blended learning environment by adhering to Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for quarantine and isolation, thereby limiting the spread of the virus.


In addition to helping us keep students and staff safe when we return to in-person learning, ongoing communication with the school allows us to keep track of the incidence of COVID-19 in our school community. This data is utilized by our district level COVID team and our regional support team as we make decisions regarding which instructional model we are able to operate within safely.

The Health Office can also be helpful in providing guidance on isolation and quarantine recommendations. Although the Minnesota Department of Health does call the homes of those who test positive for COVID-19, they are currently backlogged given the rapid increase in cases recently. When you contact the Health Office, we will assist you with calculating quarantine and isolation dates, providing information to help you with contact tracing, and connecting you with knowledgeable staff who can help answer questions you may have.


Minnesota also has enhanced testing availability. Here is some additional information about available testing:


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

REMINDERS

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.

Please Pick Up Your Lifetouch Photo Order

Photo orders have arrived from Lifetouch and they are located in a box on a table in the front entryway. Please sanitize your hands before touching the envelopes. The entryway is open from 6:00am-10:00pm Mon-Fri.


If you do not find your student's photo order, please write down your student's name on the clipboard provided next to the pictures. We are working with Lifetouch to locate these orders. You may also contact Lifetouch customer care at 866-511-3510 or https://schools.lifetouch.com/contact-us/ for more information.


If students did not get their photo taken 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.

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Visit the Lifetouch link today to order your yearbook! Yearbook ID code is 10712921. The yearbook flyer can be found here. There are also paper order forms available in the front office or the front entryway of the school building.

EPAT (EW PARENTS AND TEACHERS)

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.

COMMUNITY ED ACTIVITIES/COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

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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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.

COVID INFORMATION

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

Home Screening

Answer these screening questions each time you are going to send your child to school, child care, or another youth program. If you answer “yes” to any question, your child should stay home.

When to stay home?

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


https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/homescreen.pdf


https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/attendance.pdf


*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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