Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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March 10, 2021

March's Remaining Schedule

  • March 11-12: Non-student contact days for all District grade levels (School Office Closed)

  • March 15-19: Non-school days for all District grade levels - Spring Break (School Office Closed)

  • March 22-26: Blended learning resumes for secondary schools

  • March 29: 4-day in-person learning begins for current blended learning families in secondary schools (Current distance learning families will remain distance). See the new bell schedule beginning March 29th below in the "Details" section. School office hours, beginning March 29, will be 6:30am-3:00pm Mon-Thurs and 6:30-2:30pm on Fridays.

Four-Day In-Person Learning Details

Four-day in person learning will begin on Monday, March 29. Only students currently enrolled in our hybrid model will automatically begin coming to school Monday through Thursday starting March 29th. (Please note: Current distance learning families who chose distance will remain in distance learning.) If this is what you want for your student, you do not need to do anything.

Any parent that wishes to opt-out of our 4-day a week in-person learning model may request a move to full distance learning by emailing their student's dean prior to Friday, March 12, 2021. Requests to shift to full distance will be made effective March 29, 2021.

Dean Contact Info:

Amany Rifai - Students last name A-G



Alysa Sworsky - students last name H-N



Liz LePera - students last name O-Z



What will school look like when kids return four days a week?

Starting March 29, 2021, in-person classes will range in size from 22-30 students. Given limitations on physical classroom space and furniture, students will no longer be able to maintain six feet of distance from one another during classes. Per Governor Walz Safe Learning Plan, we will do everything we can to distance students by three feet or more in classrooms. We will be able to distance students six feet from one another when they are eating breakfast or lunch.

What will the daily schedule look like on March 29, 2021?

Edgewood will maintain a 4-period day, with 100-minute class periods. The Daily Bell Schedule is viewable here. Students will attend class periods 1, 3, 5, 7 on Monday and Wednesday, and attend class period 2, 4, 6, 7 on Tuesday and Thursday. Students will attend all seven of their classes remotely on Friday. Class periods on Friday will be 30-minutes in length. Teachers may assign students independent work that is to be completed on Friday afternoon.

Why can’t all students come to school on Friday?

Fridays will remain a” learning plus” day, meaning a small number of students will access school for additional help or support, but most kids will engage with teachers remotely. There are two reasons why secondary schools across the metro cannot return five days per week. Unlike at the elementary level, middle schools have many non-core teachers assigned to lead learning in both our in-person and distance learning models. Friday is the one day each week that non-core teachers can engage live with just their distance students (distance learning in non-core classes like phy-ed or art is mostly experienced as asynchronous or “on demand”). The second reason for a 4-day week at the secondary level has to do with teacher preparation time. In a normal year, teachers receive 265 minutes a week of preparation time. However, in November, Governor Walz signed an executive order that added 150 additional minutes per week of teacher preparation time. In order to meet our contractual requirement and Walz’s executive order, we needed to create time on Friday afternoon for teachers to plan for the upcoming week.

To be clear, I believe teacher preparation time increases teacher effectiveness and supports the additional time teachers were given. Teaching students in two different learning models remains an ongoing challenge.

Staff Vaccination Update

Edgewood staff that chose to be vaccinated are beginning to receive appointments and shots. This is a critical component of our safety plan, and we are on track for a majority of staff to have received one or both shots by March 29, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns about this increase in the number of weekly in-person learning days, please do not hesitate to contact Principle Reetz via phone (651-621-6603) or email robert.reetz@moundsveiwschools.org.

Please be sure to contact your student’s dean should you wish to opt-out of in-person learning.

Yearbook Order Deadline Information

Just a reminder that the last day to order a yearbook online is Friday, April 2. To order a yearbook, visit the Lifetouch link and use the yearbook ID code 10712921. The yearbook flyer can be found here.

If your student did not take their picture by Lifetouch for the yearbook, families can submit their 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 photos you have taken during distance/blended learning that you'd like to share for possible publication in the yearbook, please send those also to Ms. Penner at the email address above.

News from the Egewood Library

Distance Learners: Remember that you can checkout books from the Edgewood library by putting books on hold through Destiny Discover. Login with your student ID# and Chromebook password. To ensure you get the books you want right away, make sure the little flag in the corner says "IN" not "OUT". Then, wait for an email that says your books are ready to be picked up. When you're done reading them, books can be returned to the large book drop outside of Edgewood's front doors. Here's a Google Slide that helps walk you through the process of checking out books if you'd like a step-by-step guide.

2021-22 and 2022-23 School Calendars

The School Board has officially approved the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school year calendars. The calendars contain no significant changes to traditional breaks including MEA break, Thanksgiving break, winter break and spring break.

Visit the calendars page at moundsviewschools.org/calendars to see the current calendar and the next two school year calendars.

MN FoodShare March Campaign - Essential Bags

Help the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf by putting together Essential Bags! This is a fun project that families can help participate in and students can bring the completed bags to school. Sign up here. You can also help by donating any of the following non-perishable food items below that are in need.
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March Lunch Menu

The March lunch menu can be found here.

Need Help and Support?

Looking for some support and resources for you and your family during this time? Check out our "EVENTS AND RESOURCES" section below.


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.

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

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.


Irondale Girls Golf

Irondale is looking for girls that are interested in being part of the golf team this spring. If you’re interested in joining the team please complete this interest survey. For more details, see the flyer.

A few quick reminders and dates to keep in mind:

  • Monday, March 15: Registration for all spring sports opens. Check Irondale's activities page.

  • Monday, March 22: Virtual team meeting (see flyer for details)

  • Thursday, March 25: Pre-season parent/player meeting at 6pm via Google Meet.

  • Monday, March 29: Practice begins at 3:30pm (site TBD)

Please reach out to Coach Olson with any questions at james.olson@moundsviewschools.org

Irondale Youth Baseball

Registration is now open for Irondale Youth Baseball for students grades 2-9. The season begins mid-April and runs through early July. More information can be found at http://www.iblbaseball.com or on this flyer.

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 Electronically

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.

Chromebook 101/Expectations


Everything you need to know about your Chromebook can be found here.

Additional information can be found here.


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.


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!

Community Forum - End Human Trafficking

Join the local Rotary Clubs for a free, virtual forum for students, parents, teachers, & residents. Learn about human trafficking in our community, how our students are most vulnerable, online safety, and how to spot the signs. The virtual event will take place Thursday, April 15, from 7:00-8:30pm. More information can be found here. To register, click here.

Support for Students and Families

Does social media cause depression? How to minimize negative effects of social media use.

Special Needs and Learning Difficulties: Can tech be helpful for ELL and ESL learners? - Apps designed for ELL and ESL learners focus on translation and vocabulary.

Talk to Your Child About Vaping: While They Are Still Willing to Listen - Fact and conversation guide, especially for Middle School age.

CLUES Best Buy Teen Tech Center TUTORING. If you need help with math, chemistry, biology, history, writing or any other subject in school the BBTTC@CLUES can help! The BBTTC@CLUES is offering online tutoring hours for middle and high school students that need support in a variety of subjects. Join us every Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 5 pm - 7 pm & Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm.

  • For more Information on tutoring and workshops. Contact: Ricardo Bennett rbennett@clues.org 651.379.4288 if you have questions.

Brighter Days Family Grief Center serving Minnesota families - They provide consulting services for schools. They also provide camps and retreats (some free) for youth and/or families experiencing loss.

Coping With A Parent’s Suicide - How to help the children who are left behind. Supporting children: What do children need most in the aftermath of a suicide?

Relationship, Connection, and Supporting Learners

Stopping the Spread of Math Anxiety: Three Messaging Strategies for Elementary School Teachers -Math anxiety can develop in the very early grades, often because of the negative messages about math that children pick up from the adults in their life.

Building Connections with Students from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds Through Perspective-taking - In the classroom and elsewhere, we interpret what others say and do through our own experiences, values, and beliefs—as well as our knowledge of the other person or people.

Strengthening Relationships with Students from Diverse Backgrounds: YouTube 9 min.

Racial Equity and Cultural Diversity - This webpage includes a compilation of products and resources on cultural responsiveness, racial equity and cultural diversity for the mental health health workforce, curated by the MHTTC.

Classroom Mental Health - A Teacher Toolkit for High School (tools can be adapted to younger students) Classroom climate: Communication; Wellness; Stress Reduction Techniques; Procrastination & Time Management; Stigma; Looking Out for Each Other

Self Care, Emotional Health, and Wellbeing

The Self-Love Workbook: A Life-Changing Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Recognize Your Worth and Find Genuine Happiness - Adult Workbook mentioned in TGIF

The Self-Love Workbook for Teens: A Transformative Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Build a Healthy Mindset, and Embrace Your True Self - a version of the above for teens.

Grounding Techniques & Self Soothing for Emotional Regulation - Use these skills to self soothe, calm and manage difficult, overwhelming emotions and sensations.

Just Breathe and The Jar and Glitter Demonstration - The kids in this video explain how they pause and curb their negative emotions, 3 minutes. This is something both kids and adults can do to find a place of calm.

Stress Presentation for Schools by NYFS: A 50 minute live recording by NYFS

Emotional Wellness Toolkit - .How you feel can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities, your relationships, and your overall mental health. How you react to your experiences and feelings can change over time.

Family Digital Wellness Guide: Parenting in a Changing World: What Parents Need to Know about Media and their Child, Infants to Teen Years- Evidence Based- PDF booklet by Boston Children's Hospital. Center on Media and Child Health, 2020.

Health Information and Resources

Vaccine Connector - This tool is for all Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated. Minnesota is currently vaccinating those aged 65 or older, health care workers, long-term care residents and staff members, school staff, and child care staff. As those offerings expand, individuals registered through this Vaccine Connector will receive information and be notified when it’s their turn to get a vaccine.

Our Community vs. COVID 19 - The Columbus, Ohio Black Physicians Network created a video about the COVID-19 vaccine. It covers vaccine hesitancy and addresses the need for vaccination in communities of color.

Vaccine Locator - For general information about the Community Vaccination Program, please visit Find my vaccine or call 833-431-2053 between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Mini Medical School - Internationally renowned experts from the University of Minnesota address complex pandemic topics ranging from the mechanics of how the vaccines work to the social and cultural disparities of the pandemic’s impact using accessible language. Sessions have been offered live in the evenings with recordings available on demand.

Refugee and Immigrant Covid-19 Hot Line - There is now a MN COVID hotline specifically dedicated to immigrants to get help with COVID questions and one-on-one navigation support (ie getting appointments scheduled, finding testing sites and vaccination sites for those eligible, dealing with employers, accessing COVID rental assistance, etc). It is available to undocumented immigrants too.

Let’s Talk COVID Conversations - Marnita’s Table and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota are teaming up to provide a space to discuss health equity, COVID vaccines, and support cultural competency and better healthcare service for our most impacted populations. Anyone who would be interested is welcome to attend - come to learn or come to share experience and perspective. Several times and dates available. Free to attend, please click here to RSVP.

  • Friday, March 12th 12pm-3pm

  • Friday, March 19th 10am-1pm

  • Thursday, March 25th 1pm-4pm

Basic Needs Resources

If you are looking for basic needs resources, please find more information at this link.

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.


Support Edgewood While You Shop!

If you shop on Amazon, Edgewood Parent & Teachers (EPAT) asks for your help to 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.

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