Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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October 23, 2020


Did you reply ‘STOP’ to a text message?

Did we send you one-too-many text messages that caused you to reply ‘STOP,’ in frustration? If so, please know that replying ‘STOP’ to a single text message automatically unsubscribes you from receiving all future text messages from any school or District office. Please consider resubscribing so you can receive future emergency notifications, and we’ll do our best to limit our text messages to critically urgent information that is as targeted as possible. To resubscribe, simply call or email any school main office and ask to be resubscribed to all text messages.

Halloween Food Drive

Want to have fun and help others for Halloween?

Who: Students and Staff

What: Wear your *costume to school!

When: Wednesday, October 28 or Thursday, October 29


1. Costumes must not interfere with regular school activities. If you can not participate in class due to your costume, you may be asked to take it off or be sent to the office.

2. If your costume has a “prop”(bottles, pacifiers, etc.), please follow the regular rules about food and beverages in class.

3. Full face masks will not be allowed (just your regular face mask).

4. Costumes may not involve violent themes that include cuts, dismemberment, blood, weapons, etc.

5. You must wear your costume to school. Do not bring “extra” costume items and plan to dress up, apply makeup or hair sprays before school or during passing times. You need to be on time to your classes.

6. Please observe all the regular school expectations.

7. A table will be set up in the gym that morning to collect your $1 or food item.

8. Plan for a safe, enjoyable day.

Ramsey County Library Resources

All Mounds View high and middle schools are partnering with Ramsey County Libraries to ensure that all secondary students have access to the many print and digital resources that the public libraries have. We are asking ALL Edgewood families to fill out this quick Google Form, even if you already have a public library card. Parents need to fill out the form with their students to make sure the information is correct. Thank you! We are excited to make sure all students have access to the many resources the public library is able to provide! The form will only be open through Sunday, November 8.

Answering Your Questions

At this week's School Board meeting, Superintendent Chris Lennox answered some of the most frequently asked questions the District is receiving lately, including:

  • Will the District ever consider bringing back students for full-time, in-person learning?

  • Can you help me understand the Learning Model Tracker?

  • Why can private schools have students back full-time yet we do not have our students back full-time?

  • Will parents and the community be told if there are COVID outbreaks in our schools?

To hear his responses to these questions, watch the meeting video at Agenda Item 5.1: Reopening Updates, 41:30 here.

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Visit the Lifetouch link today to order your yearbook! Yearbook ID code is 10712921. The order deadline date is November 20, 2020. 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.

Take Home Lunch Update

Starting TODAY, October 23, take home lunches will be discontinued on Fridays ONLY. Students will receive a 2-day take home bag on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, October 29 - Virtual Parent Communication Night from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Sign up to visit with your student's teachers here.

Friday, November 6 - No Learning Plus. (8th Grade Distance Learners ONLY will be taking the Pre-ACT from 7:35-11:30 a.m. onsite) Parents/guardians will need to provide transportation to and from school. Watch for more information regarding this day soon.

Thursday, November 12 - Our next VIRTUAL Parent Circle. The topic will be "Teaching Through a Social Justice Lens". Watch for sign-up information in a future E-news.

Monday, November 30 - Next EPAT Meeting.

MVSEF's Rock the School House - $20 Makes a Difference

There is still time to support our students (WiFi access & technology support), see a spectacular production featuring Mounds View Staff and have access to our live and premier auction for this year's Home Edition of Rock the School House. Buy your $20 pass now by visiting our event website: https://www.moundsviewschools.org/passes.

If you just want to tune in for the program (no purchase required), visit the same website and register your email.

EPAT Fall Fundraiser Update

Due to Covid, EPAT will not be doing a fall fundraiser this year. However, in lieu of a fundraiser, we are asking families to donate to the Ralph Reeder Foodshelf to help our families in need this year. Please see the attached flyer for the items most needed at the Ralph Reeder Foodshelf for Fall 2020. You can either drop off items at the front main office or online donations can be made at http://ralphreederfoodshelf.org. Thank you for helping fight hunger in our community.

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.


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. Our next meeting is on Monday, November 30.

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.


Lifetouch Photos

Lifetouch photos were taken last week Wed-Fri. Reminder that if you'd like to order photos, it can be done online here.

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) by November 30 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.


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.


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.


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.


Understanding the COVID-19 Notification Process

Now that schools are open for blended (hybrid) learning, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “Will I be notified if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in my child’s school?”

Given the local incidence of positive COVID-19 cases in our county and communities, it’s reasonable to expect that schools will see positive case reports from students and staff. When that occurs, there are two types of notifications that may be made if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our schools.

Close contact notifications

If any known school occupant has a confirmed case of COVID-19, school staff will partner with the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct contact tracing to identify close contacts of anyone with a confirmed case who attended school while infectious. Close contact is when someone is within six feet of the ill person for at least 15 minutes. All close contacts of a confirmed case will be notified of their exposure and asked to stay at home for 14 days since their last exposure to the confirmed case.

General notifications

The risk of exposure for non-close contact individuals present in the building on that date is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community. These students and staff are not considered to be at higher risk, and there is nothing additional they need to do. For privacy reasons, schools can’t share many details about the status of a person who tests positive for COVID-19. However, after close contact notifications have been made, schools may sometimes notify families of students who shared a classroom, learning space, bus route or small group with the infected person. Who is notified depends entirely on the specific circumstances of the person’s presence at the school. It is unlikely there will be a mass notification of an entire school community simply because of a single positive case present in the building.

Students and staff who are not close contacts of a person with a confirmed case or who were not in a shared space with an infected person should not expect to receive a notification from the school. These students and staff are not considered to be at higher risk, and there is nothing additional they need to do.

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).



*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.



You can support Edgewood by participating in the below fundraisers year-round:

AmazonSmile - Operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

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.

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