Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

November 4, 2021

No School

Please note there is no school the week of Monday, November 22, through Friday, November 26, due to teacher workdays/Thanksgiving Break.

FREE Bike Program

Please fill out this form if you are in need of a free bike. As a school, we were contacted about a program that provides free bikes to students in need. The bikes have been refurbished and are available at no cost to you. There are approximately 200 bikes available on a first come, first serve basis.

Thanksgiving For All Project

To receive a Thanksgiving bag with all the fixings including a turkey or gift card, please call the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf at 651-621-6280.

Operation Joy Holiday Toy & Gift Shop

Do you need help with toys and gifts for your children? To register your children (birth to grade 12), please visit http://www.operationjoymn.org. Deadline to register is December 3.

Vaccination Information and Incentives

Mounds View Public Schools encourages all eligible students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The State of Minnesota recently launched a vaccine incentive program rewarding Minnesotans 12-17 years old for completing their COVID-19 vaccine series. Parents and guardians can register their fully vaccinated child to receive a $200 Visa gift card, a drawing entry for a $100,000 Minnesota College scholarship and more. Learn more about the program and find a vaccine here.

2021 Edgewood Fall Fundraiser

EPAT is kicking off their fundraiser to raise money for Edgewood Middle School. Edgewood Parents & Teachers (EPAT) will be conducting a direct donation fundraiser, which means that every dollar donated goes back into supporting our incredible students. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for Edgewood to go towards permanent outdoor basketball hoops, television monitors in flex spaces, classroom libraries and consumables in science.


The money raised through this fundraiser directly impacts every student that attends Edgewood and every donation makes a difference! Watch for more information via email.

Fall Food Drive

Eagle Leaders is hosting a Fall Food Drive to benefit the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, Monday, November 8, through Friday, November 19. Eagle leaders will be collecting food and monetary donations in Period 1 classes. Donations can also be dropped off at the office.


Over 2200 people (900 families) are currently accessing services each month at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Things have slowed down since the onset of the pandemic, however, many new families are coming in each week. The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is giving out between 65,000 and 75,000 pounds of food each month, and with the holidays around the corner, they are gearing up for another increase in demand for services.


Students bringing in a food donation will receive a “leaf” to color and add to Edgewood’s Fall Food Drive tree.


The list of the most needed food items are Canned meats, Tuna and Hamburger Helpers, Peanut Butter, Baking Supplies, Crackers, Granola Bars, Cereal, Toilet Paper, Laundry Detergent, mayonnaise, ketchup, mac and cheese cups, Juice Boxes, and Pudding Cups.


Thank you for your help! Please continue to refer your families needing help to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf's main number @ 651-621-6280. More information about Ralph Reeder or to donate online, click here. Ralph Reeder also has an Amazon wish list that allows people the option to ship items directly to the food shelf. This link is updated continually.

Parent Communication Night

We will have our next Parent Communication Night on Tuesday, November 9. Families will have the choice of scheduling an in-person or virtual meeting.


If you would like to set up a meeting with any of your student's teachers, please sign up on this document.

EPAT Communication Night Dinner

Another Parent Communication Night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9, so let's keep that staff fed! Please volunteer to donate food items and/or your time. Parents can bring in donations anytime on November 9 from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm. Non-perishables can be dropped off earlier in the week if desired. Donations can be brought to the main office. Any crockpots will be plugged in to keep food warm, and can be picked up at 7:30 pm that evening or the next day. The Sign-up Genius link for the taco bar buffet can be found here. Thank you for your generosity!

Order Your Edgewood Yearbook Today!

Last year, we ran out of extra copies for students to purchase at the end of the year so to guarantee you receive one, order your own copy today! Go to http://ybpay.com and type in the yearbook ID code #10712922. The early bird special pricing is $15.00 with the deadline of Friday, November 19. After that time, pricing will go up to $20 per book. Paper order forms are also available outside of Student Services.

Before & After-School Programs

Just a reminder, due to bus driver shortages, we will only have transportation 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.


Beginning Knitting will begin on Monday, November 8. You must register online here.


Swim Club will begin on Wednesday, November 10. STRIPES (by invitation only) and Quiz Bowl will begin on Monday, November 15.


Registration for winter sports (Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Fitness Training, Swimming, and Floor Hockey) will open on Monday, December 6, at 9:00 am online though Community Ed!


MONDAY, November 8 (A Day)

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

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

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM

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

  • Fall Musical Cast/Ensemble/Tech Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-4:30

  • FTC Robotics - Room 040 2:30-4:00

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:30-3:20

  • Knitting Club (Beginning) - Main Flex Space 2:30-4:00

  • Math Team Practice - Room 121 2:30-3:25

  • Math Zone - Room 16 2:30-3:30

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Science Zone - Room 003 2:30-3:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 120 2:30-3:30

  • Spanish Zone - Room 106 2:30-4:00

  • Strategy Game Club - Cafeteria 2:30-4:00

  • Unified Club - Room 232 2:30-3:30

  • Volleyball - Red Gym 2:30-4:00


TUESDAY, November 9 (B Day)

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

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM

  • Fall Musical Cast/Ensemble/Tech Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-4:30

  • Orchestra Zone - Room 136 2:30-3:30

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 120 2:30-3:30


WEDNESDAY, November 10 (A Day)

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

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM

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

  • FTC Robotics - Room 040 2:30-4:00

  • Math Zone - Room 16 2:30-3:30

  • Matilda Jr. Musical FREE Student Performance - Performance Gym 2:30-4:30

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Science Zone - Room 003 2:30-3:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 120 2:30-3:30

  • STARS Club (by invitation only) - Room 020 2:30-3:30

  • Swim Club (Must sign up in office) - Pool 2:30-3:45

  • Volleyball - Red Gym 2:30-4:00

  • Yearbook Club - Room 120 2:30-3:30


THURSDAY, November 11 (B Day)

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

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM

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

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:30-3:20

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 120 2:30-3:30


FRIDAY, November 12 (A Day)

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

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM


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


Registration for winter sports (Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Fitness Training, Swimming, and Floor Hockey) will open on Monday, December 6, at 9:00 am.

Swim Club

Swim Club will begin on Wednesday, November 10, from 2:30-3:45 in the pool. It will take place every Wednesday after school unless it needs to be canceled and there will be a sign-up sheet in the office due to limited capacity. You must sign-up before 6th period each Wednesday so Ms. Gentling knows who to expect.

Quiz Bowl

Join us for Quiz Bowl on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on Monday, November 15, in Room 022.

Choir Clubs

Check out the Choir groups starting in the near future:


Ensemble will begin on Monday, November 29, from 2:30-4:00 every Monday in the Choir Room.


Choir Leadership Team will begin on Wednesday, December 8, from 2:30-3:30 every Wednesday in the Choir room.


Contact Ms. Cummings if you have any questions.

Unified Club

Unified Club is for students who have an interest in developing meaningful relationships between students with and without disabilities. We cook, create art, swim, play sports, jump into a hole made in a frozen lake and just hang out after school. Bring a friend and meet in Room 232 at 2:30 pm on Mondays for a great time together.

Iron Youth Wresting

Get ready! Iron (Irondale / Spring Lake Park / St.Anthony) Youth Wrestling will be back again this year for grades K - 8th. All practices will go from 6:30- 8:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.


We will have 2 sessions.

Session 1 will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 16th - December 28th. Session 1 will have 11 practices.


Session 2 will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 4th - March 15th. Session 2 will have 21 practices.


Many of the high school wrestlers will be there to help your child improve their wrestling knowledge, become a better athlete, and of course, have fun and make friends! We will post optional tournament dates throughout the season that our coaches will be at if your wrestler wants to try out the skills that they have been learning.


Costs:

Session 1 - $30/wrestler

Session2 - $60/wrestler

Both sessions - $80/wrestler (Family cap: $150)


Link https://www.irondalewrestling.com/page/show/6740934-youth-youth-2021-2022-

COVID-19 Testing Options

The Minnesota Department of Health encourages the following groups to get tested regularly. With the at-home program and community sites offering free testing across the metro, it's easy to find a test.


  • Unvaccinated teachers, staff and students in K-12 should test weekly at a minimum or more frequently per CDC guidance.

  • People who are unvaccinated should test before travel (domestic or international).

  • Even if you are vaccinated, you should get tested

    • if you have symptoms of the virus;

    • if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19;

    • if you are returning from international travel;

    • or if you have attended a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart.


Our community continues to have many free COVID-19 testing options available:

Matilda, Jr.

Mark your calendars for Edgewood's Fall Musical, Matilda, Jr.! Performances will be:


Thursday, November 11, at 7:00 pm

Friday, November 12, at 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 13, at 1:00 pm


Tickets will be available at the door and are $4/students and $8/adults with a family cap of $20. We hope to see you there!

RESOURCES

Join Mounds View Public Schools and Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council on Thursday, November 11, 2021, along with Island Lake School Psychologist, Dawn Walker, and Sunnyside School Psychologist, Kari Hosmer Ballata, for a discussion on Calm Down Kits and Mindfulness, two strategies that help promote self-regulation. A calm down kit is a kit full of visuals and tools to help children cope with their emotions in a positive and safe manner. Mindfulness is a mental state of active awareness in the moment while carefully observing your thoughts and feelings without judgement so that you can be your best self.

Quarantine Questions

If your student is in contact with someone with COVID and you have questions in regards to quarantine, please contact our COVID Coordinator, AP Richmond Tweh at richmond.tweh@moundsviewschools.org.


Please note that if your student is ever out due illness or any other reason, they can access homework through Google classroom. You can also email teachers directly, if needed.

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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OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE

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.

COMMUNITY PROGRAM 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.

REMINDERS

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.

Pick-up & Drop-off Safety Reminder

Parents/guardians, just a quick reminder that the frontage road next to the tennis courts off of Woodale Road is an ENTER ONLY road. Please DO NOT EXIT out that way; please exit out of the parking lot back out onto Edgewood Drive after dropping off/picking up your student. Thank you for your help in keeping our families safe!

Tardy Notifications

Edgewood will begin their Tardy Notifications next week. Parents will receive a robo call notifying them when their child has had two or more tardies in a given day.


Classes begin at 7:45 am. Students who want breakfast should arrive to school by 7:30 to ensure time for breakfast before the school day begins.

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.

Pass to Leave Reminder

Just a reminder that if you are picking up your student early, you can either send a note for them to drop off at the front office or report it through ParentVUE or the 24-hour attendance line at 651-621-6601. The office will give your student a pass to leave early with the time noted when they are to be dismissed. 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.

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.

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 9:30 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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