Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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May 21, 2021

8th Grade Academic Excellence Rescheduled

Due to unfavorable weather conditions, we have rescheduled our Academic Excellence event for Tuesday, June 1. We want to honor and celebrate students as best we can; our photo booth, as well as outdoor interactions with staff, are important components that were compromised by rain.

You can arrive anytime between 6 and 7:30pm. You will come in on Edgewood Drive in the horseshoe loop, get a program, and proceed down the road where your child will receive their certificate(s), a car bumper sticker, and a treat for all At the fork in the loop, you can then either go to the left to leave or go right, park, and take a picture at the photo op area. There will be EW staff to direct you once you enter the front loop. We will also be practicing social distancing in the photo op area.

Thank you for your flexibility...we apologize for any inconvenience this creates.

Eighth Grade In-Person Celebration

The eighth grade in-person year-end celebration will be on Friday, June 4. The day will be filled with connecting with one another, fun activities, a picnic lunch, a talent show, and yearbook signing. We will not be providing online learning this day. Bussing will be set up for your child if they normally ride the bus to and from school. If your child will not be attending, please call the attendance office (651-621-6601) to report your child’s absence.

Below is the schedule for the day. Activities are still being discussed; however, students will sign up for their preferred activity sessions on Wednesday, June 2, or Thursday, June 3, in their Science classes.

  • Breakfast/Yearbooks - 7:15-8:15

  • Talent Show - 8:15-9:00

  • Activity Session - 9:00-10:30

  • Activity Session - 10:30-12:00

  • Outdoor Picnic Lunch - 12:00-1:00

  • Activity Session - 1:00-2:15

There will also be a photo op wall during breakfast/lunch for students to take selfies and signature books for students who didn't purchase a yearbook. However, there will be extra yearbooks available for eighth graders to purchase in the cafeteria the morning of June 4.

Distance teachers are also planning a virtual celebration day this day for all grades as well. The teachers will be hosting a variety of activity sessions from 9:00am - 11:00am. These activities can be found on their Google calendar. There will also be grade level lunches from 11:00am - 11:30am. Distance students are also welcome to purchase a yearbook if they haven't ordered one online. Please see the information below regarding yearbook sales.

Please reach out to your child’s dean if you have any questions.

Yearbook Sales & Distribution

Extra copies of the Edgewood yearbook are available to purchase for $20. If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Shannon at shannon.mildenberger@moundsviewschools.org or bring $20 (cash or checks made out to Edgewood Middle School) to the front office to secure your copy to be handed out at the end of the school year.

Please note: In-person eighth graders will receive their yearbooks on June 4, in-person sixth & seventh graders will receive their yearbooks when they turn in their Chromebooks on Wednesday, June 9, and distance students will receive their yearbooks when they turn in their Chromebooks on Friday, June 11, or Monday, June 14.

Mark Your Calendars!

Please note that all in-person students will be turning in their Chromebooks and chargers to their teachers during Period 7 on Wednesday, June 9. Please be sure they have all items with them when they come to school that day. Distance learners will turn in their Chromebooks on either Friday, June 11, or Monday, June 14. Watch for specific drop-off times in a future e-news edition. We appreciate your help in this matter.

Also, please note that the last day to check out library books is Thursday, May 27. All library and text books are due back by Thursday, June 3.
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After-School Activities and Sports

After-school activities are held from 2:30pm-4:00pm in the below locations through the week of May 24.

Tennis - Monday and Wednesday on Tennis Court

Track - Tuesday and Thursday on Track Field

EW Spring Musical - Monday and Wednesday in Choir Room

Creative Writing Group - Thursday in Room 122

GSA - Thursday in Room 22

Any questions, email Liz Gosselin at liz.gosselin@moundsviewschools.org.

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.


High School Minnesota Cycling League

Please join us for our MN Cycling Leage VIRTUAL informational meeting on Monday, May 24, at 7:00pm to learn more about our 6th-12th grade mountain bike team. Practice will start in July. Zoom link and more information can be found here.

Wrestling Summer Practice Schedule

Interested in staying busy this summer. Check out what Irondale Wrestling is offering. Any questions, contact Coach Hubbard (jeff.hubbard@moundsviewschools.org).

Irondale Girls Tennis

Any 7th or 8th grade girls interested in playing tennis at Irondale during the fall of the 2021-22 school year, please contact Coach Walseth at mike.walseth@moundsviewschools.org to receive information about summer tennis and the upcoming season.

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.


Masks in School Reminder

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, the Safe Learning Plan remains in effect through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus.

It is imperative that students continue to wear their masks appropriately (over the mouth/nose) in school at all times and social distance measures must be adhered to during lunch. Parents of students refusing to cooperate will receive a phone call home to come up with a plan for alternative learning. Please follow up with your student on the importance of this issue...we appreciate your help.

If this state guidance changes before the end of the school year, we will update you as soon as possible.

Register Your Student for Next Year!

Parents, the Online Data Verification system is now up and running! Feel free to go in to register your student for next year if you haven't already done so. To register, log into ParentVUE and click on the "Online Data Verification" button in the upper right-hand corner to start the process. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

May Lunch Menu

The May lunch menu can be found here. All students attending school will receive FREE breakfast and lunch daily through June 2021. If your student is in distance learning, you may continue to pick up meals outside of Edgewood Middle School's Activity Center every Friday from 10:30-12:30pm.

Daily Schedule

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 periods 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.

Report Student Absences

Just a reminder to call our Attendance Line at 651-621-6601 if your student will be out of school. You may also note an absence in ParentVUE. If you need to pick up your student early for an appt., etc., you may call the front office or leave a message on the attendance line to call them out of class early and ready for pick-up. Just leave the student's name, reason for leaving early, and time of pick-up so we can get a pass to them to leave class.

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.

Order Your Spiritwear Here!

The Edgewood online spiritwear store is open and ready for orders! You can find the links for all Mounds View schools here.

2021-22 Calendar Start Date

The 2021-22 school year will begin Wednesday, September 8, due to the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana. Visit the calendars page at moundsviewschools.org/calendars to see the current calendar and the next two school year calendars.


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! Summer Sports and Fitness

Stay active and connected with your friends and other middle schoolers over the summer! Join the middle 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! We will also be talking about how active lifestyles and healthy habits are good for the mind and body.

When: Monday-Thursday, 12-2 p.m.

Where: All middle schools

Registration fee: $150 (Free and/or reduced lunch fee: $75)

Session I: Mon.-Thurs., June 21-July 15

Session II: Mon.-Thurs., July 19-August 5

Click here to register now!

Full and Half-day Summer Camps

Join us for nine weeks of summer day camps in 2021, including both full-day and half-day options for students entering grades K-7. With new instructors, new topics and one centralized location, students will try new things, meet new people and grow. Camp topics include coding, visual arts, theater, STEM, science, Spanish, sports and more!

When: Mondays through Thursdays throughout the summer for full or half days

Where: Turtle Lake Elementary

Registration fees start at $99

Click here to register now!


Free Health Clinic

Please join Compassion New Brighton for their free health clinic on Saturday, June 19, from 10am - 4pm at Highview Middle School, 2300 7th Street NW, New Brighton. Services provided include:

  • Medical Check-ups
  • Basic Dental Care
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Foot Care
  • Haircuts
  • Social Services

Pre-register by calling 651-382-4035. Walk-in appointments are also welcome. More information can be found here.

Kids Bowl Free!

We are super excited to announce the return of Kids Bowl Free! Kids receive up to 2 FREE GAMES per day ALL SUMMER LONG!* Sign up today here.

*Subject to availability. Sunday-Friday only. Please check program hours.

Rock the School House

What a year it has been! As you may remember the Foundation conducted its 2020 flagship fundraising event, Rock the School House, exclusively online. And just like that, it’s time to save Saturday, September 11, for the 2021 fundraising event. The Foundation is excited to utilize a venue with outdoor options and shift the date to earlier in the fall for this smaller in-person event*. What better time to celebrate the students of Mounds View Public Schools than with a Rockin’ Back to School Bash. Attendees will be greeted with some of the greatest hits like the Online Auction as well as new chart-toppers to be revealed closer to the event. Until then, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 11, for Rock the School House 2021.

* This event will align with any necessary future guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health. We will also offer the event as an online option for those wishing to attend virtually. Our silent auction will continue online and be accessible to anyone with an online event pass.

Support for Students and Families

Youth Resources - Created by Ramsey County Youth for Ramsey County Youth (geared toward those under the age of 25), this site offers quick access to resources for basic needs, healthcare, education & training, employment, and more.

Virtual Interactive Teen Job Fair – join other youth and more than 40 local employers on May 25 from 2-5 PM to learn about employment opportunities. To register, log on to www.elevatefutures.com and create an account using TEENJOBS as the registration code. You will receive a list of employers hiring teens, invites to prep sessions, and more! Click here for a flyer about the event.

Fidgety Fairy Tales – view MACMH (Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health)’s videos that re-imagine familiar fairy tales to raise awareness about children’s mental health. Check out the Chicken Little video catastrophizing thoughts. Click here to learn about FREE hour-long family fun events where families will watch one of the Fidgety Fairy Tales together!

Ways to Build Resilience – Join the NAMI Minnesota Children’s Team on May 13 for a webinar that will help you learn how to trade a negative coping strategy for a positive coping strategy.

Relationship, Connection, and Supporting Learners

Children's Mental Health Matters Campaign - downloadable toolkits for school- and community-based champions with resources, activities, and social media posts to promote children’s self-care, wellness, and mental health.

A Suicide Action Summit – join MN community members virtually on May 22, from 10 AM-1 PM to share ideas and create a plan of action regarding suicide prevention.

Self Care, Emotional Health, and Wellbeing

#StayConnectedMN: Mental Health Messaging Toolkit – check out MN Department of Health’s communication campaign with simple messages and tips on how to support mental health and well-being.

10 Kids Books to Promote Children’s Mental Health – books recommended by psychologists to help young readers deal with emotions (especially given the uptick in children experiencing anxiety, stress, confusion, and other issues that have come as a result of 2020).

Health Information and Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunities in Ramsey County - Local vaccine opportunities updated daily - currently available for those 16 and up.

Bridge to Benefits Low-Cost Healthcare Directory - A list of local free or low-cost physical, mental and dental health clinics.

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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