An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School
February 12, 2021
No School Reminder
Monday, February 15: Non-school day for all District grade levels -- Presidents’ Day. The Front Office will be closed.
Thursday and Friday, February 18-19: Non-school days for grades 6-12 students -- state-provided staff planning for returning to Hybrid (Blended) Learning on February 22. The Front Office will be open 7:30am - 2:30pm.
Win a New Edgewood T-shirt!
Hey Students! Check out our new Edgewood t-shirts with the masked eagle! Such a great design and certainly something you'd want to have to remember this most interesting time in our lives. Lucky for you, you have the opportunity to WIN one!
Each student who returns at least one Edgewood Library book through next Thursday, February 18, will be entered into a raffle to win a new t-shirt. Please, of course, keep any books you are not finished reading, but we'd love for you to return the ones you're done with so we can get them back on the shelves for other students to read. Good luck!
Edgewood Returns to Hybrid Learning on February 22
Model and Schedule Changes
About 50 Edgewood families have chosen to enroll their student in a different model from what they experienced fall quarter. To accommodate for these changes, we are already making teacher and/or schedule changes, which will take effect on Monday, February 22. To balance section sizes that meet both school mandated class sizes and safety requirements for in-person learning, some students that did not request a change may find that they have a different teacher or an altered course schedule. We care deeply about teacher-student connectedness and will do everything we can to minimize the number of students impacted by these changes.
Teacher planning and preparation days
As was communicated yesterday, teachers will be provided two days of planning and preparation in advance of welcoming hybrid students back to school on February 22. These planning days are scheduled for Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19. Teachers will use this time to share learning readiness information for students that have changed models or teachers, to review safety protocols and practices for in-person learning, and to engage in professional development related to effectively teaching in-person and at-home learners.
Daily school bell schedule (starting February 22)
In November of 2020, Governor Walz issued an executive order requiring schools to add an additional thirty minutes of teacher preparation time. In order to comply with this order, we have changed our daily bell schedule, which all students will follow regardless of learning model.
Students will continue to have four classes each day. Class periods will be 90-minutes in length. Learners in our hybrid model will have a 30-minute lunch followed by a 30-minute recess period (this will foster needed and unstructured social interaction). Distance learners will experience this increase in teacher preparation time as a 60-minute lunch break. As has always been the case, students should simply follow the daily events in their Mounds View Google calendar. Click here to view the bell schedule we’ll use February 22 and beyond.
The daily bell schedule for Friday has not changed. We will continue to offer live teaching and a seven-period day schedule. Students in the hybrid model may be asked to attend school in-person on Fridays, particularly if they’re struggling to demonstrated priority learning or if they are in need of getting caught up on missing work or assessments.
Once all of the model and schedule changes have been made in our student information system, we will send email communication verifying the model in which your student is enrolled, along with any other pertinent information. You can expect this communication to be shared no later than Monday, February 15.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about our return to in-person, hybrid learning please do not hesitate to contact me, your student’s dean, or Associate Principal Tweh. Our contact information can be found 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 Electronically
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.
If your student did not take their picture by Lifetouch this past fall 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
COMMUNITY ED ACTIVITIES/COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Community Program Offerings
Family Ski Nights
Family Ski nights are back - Bring the whole crew for Family Ski Day! Lift ticket prices are $22.00 per person. Under age 5 is free. (Price increase due to new management and additional cleaning fees due to covid.)
Rental equipment is available at the discounted price of $18. New this year , you must register through Community Ed to receive the rental discount.
EVENTS & RESOURCES
Support for Students and Families
St. Andrews Community Resource Center
The Winter Warming Space is still open overnight because temps have dipped below zero.
Between 10-3 M-Th
Below zero overnight
Shower and towels/blankets will be available.
Both St. Andrews Shelters are open. Call Lois at St.Andrew's Community Resource Center 651-762-9124 for Clothesline, shelter and rental assistance M-Th 9:30 - 2:30pm. They will have food and personal hygiene available. For clothing, contact Lois.
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.
Teen Boys Group (This online group is for Boys ages 14-17 to discuss male stigma, depression/anxiety and coping skills, mindfulness skills, ACES education, relationship issues, peer support and more!
- For boys ages 14-17
- Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm starting February 10th)
- Facilitated by Ryan Goman, LGSW and Noam Potek.
- Groups Dates/Times: Wednesdays from February 10th-March 17th from 4-5:30pm
- Contact information Ryan Goman: 612-559-7067 (Cell Phone) email@example.com.
Group for Youth with Parents who Struggle with Addiction (Online Psychoeducation/support group for youth whose parents struggle with substance use disorders. This 6 week group will focus on education, healthy relationships, self-care strategies, resources, and peer support.)
- Open to youth grades 9-12.
- Tuesdays 4:30-6:00pm. From February 2nd-March 9th
- Facilitated by Kayla Marcoux, MSW, LGSW and Rehan Dunkal
- Contact information: 612-695-9468; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 651.379.4288 if you have questions.
Relationship, Connection, and Supporting Learners
Impact of the Pandemic on Students’ Mental Health - March 2 4:00-5:30pm - This free event hosted by MACMH) and NAMI Minnesota features a panelists of professionals who will discuss students impacted by the pandemic returning to in-person learning in the weeks and month ahead. They will share self-care tips and help parents and educators reflect on and respond to the impact of the pandemic, George Floyd’s murder and ongoing racism on children and youth.
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.
RSVP for FREE Training: Holistic Strategies for Youth Mental Health. CEUs available.
Thursday, February 18 (3:00 to 5:00) Learn and practice strategies that support youth mental health through cultural healing practices, diet/nutrition, sleep, exercise and laughter. This training takes place during our Cultural Outreach Committee meeting.
Panel Discussion: "LEARN"
Wendy Goodman and Holly Brabeck (RCCMHC) will introduce the training (brain/body connection, sleep and laughter)
True Thao, True Thao Counseling will present on Cultural Healing Practices
Rhonda Godfrey, a cultural broker with MHealth Fairview will present on Cultural Healing Practices
Linda Towle, MN Care Partner, will present on Trauma-Informed Yoga
Martina Rahim-Sepulveda, MN Care Partner, will present on Nutrition, Exercise & Mental Health
Breakout Rooms: “PRACTICE"
Participants will each choose 1 room to join. Panelists will teach specific strategies related to their topic.
Healing School Communities in the Context of Racial Violence: Where do we go from here? This is a two-part learning series intended for students, families, educators and school mental health professionals who are navigating the ongoing impact of racial violence in all forms on student mental health. Each 1.5 hour learning session will feature a moderator who will engage advocates, leaders and the school mental health workforce in a conversation. February 25 and March 4, 2021
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
Give Kids a Smile - Last call for free dental care available this weekend (Friday Feb 5, Saturday Feb 6). No eligibility questions will be asked to seek care. Patients younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian to receive dental care. If someone you are working with needs assistance or translation services, please call United Way 2-1-1 (or 800-543-7709), where Information and Referral Specialists can assist you in Hmong, Somali and Spanish Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The specialists there can place a three-way call to the dental clinic and assist you in making an appointment. (This information is also available via the above website.)
COVID-19 Vaccines in Ramsey County - Looking for current information about the COVID vaccine rollout in Ramsey County? You can find it here!
MN Vaccine Locator - Vaccine doses are becoming available to select priority groups in Minnesota. We know that the supply remains limited at this time. As a part of the continued COVID response, the state has created this tool to help clarify where vaccines are available in the community.
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.
COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program FAQs - Looking for more information about Minnesota’s community vaccination program? This site has answers to frequently answered questions. The sites are currently offering vaccines to Minnesotans aged 65 and older through this program.
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.
Thursday, February 18th 1pm-4pm
Saturday, February 27th 10am-1pm
Thursday, March 4th 12pm-3pm
Friday, March 12th 12pm-3pm
Friday, March 19th 10am-1pm
Thursday, March 25th 1pm-4pm
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 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.
CDC Discourages Travel
Mounds View Public Schools is not currently requiring quarantine following travel. However, families considering travel during this school year are encouraged to keep a close eye on guidance from the Center for Disease Control. Given the high level of COVID-19 spread in our communities, any unnecessary travel is highly discouraged. The CDC recommends the following: Think about what you would do if you became ill, need to quarantine, etc. while traveling. People who travel out of state are strongly encouraged to quarantine when they return home. Anyone traveling internationally will need to be tested three days prior to returning to the U.S. and have proof of negative results before boarding a flight.
These links can help you make informed decisions about travel:
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