An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School
September 11, 2020
Blended Learning to Begin September 21
We will be bringing students back to our schools to participate in blended learning starting on Monday, September 21.
After taking this extra time to prepare, we are ready to begin welcoming students back to our school. As we have traditionally done, we are going to invite our sixth-grade "blended learning" students ONLY to return for our "In the Middle" day on Friday, September 18. This will be a day that is dedicated specifically to them and is intended to welcome them into Edgewood by providing them with the opportunity to get to know the school without other students in attendance. It will be a normal school day beginning at 7:45 AM until 2:25 PM. Students should bring their backpacks and Chromebooks. They will receive FREE breakfast and lunch while here that day.
As we move forward, here are a few details to keep in mind:
- Next week, all students will continue in the distance learning model.
- Starting Monday, September 21, families who have chosen blended learning should plan for their students to attend school in the cohort groups already announced (Group 1: M/W, Group 2: T/Th). Students who have chosen distance learning will continue with that model.
- Blended learning students who will be using District transportation to get to school will receive bus information in the mail. Buses will run following normally scheduled route times.
Watch for more information about our "In the Middle" Day coming soon.
Each student is invited to their grade level Google Classroom each morning, in which a form will be assigned to them to fill out for Attendance before 11:59 PM each day. If they fill it out, they are marked present for the day. If they do not fill it out by 11:59 PM they will be marked absent for the day.
If your student has not joined their grade level Google Classroom, here are the following join links:
Any questions: Contact Julie Hartinger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Technology Support Resources
- Students should check their Google calendars for their up-to-date class meeting links.
- If you have forgotten or need to reset your password, go to http://password.moundsviewschools.org. Use your student ID as the username.
- Here is something to try if your HP chromebook that has USB-C power will not turn on even when plugged in:
- With the chromebook plugged in, open the lid, press the following keys at the same time: Esc - Refresh - Power.
- The recovery screen comes up, now press Refresh and Power at the same time.
- It should reboot to the login screen.
- If you want to display 2 tabs or apps on your chromebook, select the window you want to size. Then press Alt + [ to move it to the left half or Alt + ] for the right half.
- If you are having hardware issues with your chromebook, like audio or camera, try and see if a hard reset corrects the issue.
- For most Chromebooks, follow the steps below:
- Turn off your Chromebook.
- Press and hold Refresh + tap Power .
- When your Chromebook starts up, release Refresh .
Meals will be available for Mounds View District students on Wednesday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 16 for curbside pickup from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at these sites:
- Chippewa Middle School (5000 Hodgson Road, North Oaks)
- Edgewood Middle School (5100 Edgewood Dr, Mounds View)
- Highview Middle School (2300 7th St NW, New Brighton)
- Irondale High School (2425 Long Lake Rd, New Brighton)
Nutrition staff will ask your student’s name and pin number when you receive the meals. Meals will be FREE to any student who qualifies for free or reduced priced meals. Click here to complete the 2021-21 Application for Education Benefits form.
For those who are not on the free or reduced program, the prices are as follows:
- Breakfast is $1.65 and lunch is $2.70
- On September 9, the bag will contain six breakfasts and six lunches = $26.10
- On September 16, the bag will contain three breakfasts and three lunches = $13.05
The USDA announced a potential extension of the “Free Meals for Kids” program until December 31, 2020. This program provided free meals for all students, regardless of eligibility, in the spring and summer. We have been advised by the Minnesota Department of Education to continue charging for meals as directed by the USDA until guidance for this extension is given to school districts in Minnesota. We will share further updates and details once we receive guidance from the State of Minnesota.
2020-2021 General School Information
LOCKERSTo limit the amount of time students need to be out in the hallways, students will not have access to lockers for the 2020-2021 school year. Please make sure your student has a comfortable backpack with limited supplies, including a water bottle as drinking fountains are unavailable at this time.
Per the Governor’s mandate, face coverings are required for all students, staff, and other persons present in the building. Be sure to have a variety of comfortable masks for your student to use if doing blended learning at Edgewood. Disposable masks will be provided to students, if needed.
If you would like your child to take prescription medication at school this year, please complete the Prescription Medication Authorization Form (including both healthcare provider and parent signatures), and return it to school along with your child’s medication in the original pharmacy labeled container (your pharmacy will issue 2 bottles upon request for home and school). If you are hoping to allow over-the-counter medication please fill out and sign the OTC Medication Parent Authorization form and bring it to the Health Office in original packaging.
Note: a “Severe Allergy Medication Authorization” or “Asthma Action Plan Medication Authorization” signed by you and your healthcare provider is preferred for students with asthma or severe allergies.
Maintaining high levels of immunization coverage is critical to preventing additional outbreaks in school and child care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that many families have skipped or delayed visits to the clinic because of recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Healthcare providers are ready to serve children for immunization services and get them caught up on vaccines. Please contact your student’s health care provider to schedule this important care.
Booster immunizations are required for all kindergarten and 7th grade students. You can find out if your child's immunization record is up to date by checking your ParentVUE Account under the Health tab. You can also view the “Is my child ready for School” form. You can request a copy of your child’s immunization record at the state by calling 651-201-3980 or visiting Find My Immunization Record. If you have difficulty locating a provider for immunizations, please visit Where To Get Vaccinated. The Minnesota Vaccines for Children program offers Free or low-cost immunizations for eligible children aged 18 years and younger.
Reminder, annual well-child visits are recommended and a great time to get a flu shot. We recommend the School Physical Exam form to be completed for incoming kindergarten students. Additionally, if your student is interested in playing on a high school team (students are eligible for some high school sports beginning in 7th grade), they will need a Sports Qualifying Physical Exam. Well-child visits are a great time to update immunizations, too!
NUTRITION SERVICES 2020-2021 PRICES
Breakfast: $1.65 – Secondary Students
Lunch: $2.95 – Secondary Students
$0.60 – Milk
$2.25 – Adult Breakfast
$4.00 – Adult Lunch
Families can complete their Application for Educational Benefits (free/reduced priced meals). A new application must be completed each school year. Paper applications will be available at our Welcome Back Day or apply online here.
On schedule, bus passes will be mailed out the week of September 7. Letters will go out to families of special ed students this same week.
The Transportation Department will continue to accept new registrations and change requests, but will not be processing any of these between the dates of September 4 and September 30. This a safety issue, allowing time for drivers to practice their routes, and create seat assignments based on physical distance. Changes will resume on October 1.
Families who want busing and reside in a FEE AREA will need to pay for busing (if not done so already). Payment can be made by check, payable to “Mounds View Public Schools” and delivered to your child’s school or online using this PayPal link. Those families that qualify for Educational Benefits will qualify for free busing as well. Apply for benefits here.
State law requires public school districts to provide free transportation to all students living two miles or more from their school. MVPS meets this requirement. Families who want busing and reside in a FEE AREA will need to pay for busing (if not done so already). Payment can be made by check, payable to “Mounds View Public Schools” and delivered to your child’s school or online using this PayPal link: https://www.moundsviewschools.org/Page/9763. Families that qualify for Educational Benefits will qualify for free busing as well. To apply for benefits, use this link: https://www.moundsviewschools.org/Page/121.
Can my child ride home with a friend or use another bus stop? No. The bus pass indicates the exact stop location. Students can only ride their scheduled bus and must get on and off at their stop only.
Does my child need to keep the bus pass all year?
Yes. Please have your child keep the pass in his/her backpack. This is helpful for substitute drivers.
Please call the 24-hour Attendance Line at 651-621-6601 by 7:25 AM to report our child’s absence or tardy. You will need to call the Attendance Line each day your child is absent.
Homework is available upon parent request after two full consecutive absent days. Homework can be picked up in the front office by parents after 2:45 PM. If you are planning a vacation, please send a note with your child prior to your vacation. Your student will be given a “Travel Plan Form”.
Edgewood e-news - This weekly, electronic newsletter is sent via email to all parents/guardians. The newsletter contains news, reminders, events, activities and is the best way to get a complete picture for the upcoming week at Edgewood.
ParentVUE - This parent portal gives parents secure, electronic access to their student’s records, as well access to online registration. Staff in all MV schools use this system to provide families with more consistent and reliable communication about their child’s progress. For information on how to sign up for a ParentVUE account, call the school office.
Facebook & Twitter - Edgewood uses social media platforms as another way to send news, announcements, reminders and to showcase student learning.
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. There are quarterly meetings and online communication to conduct the business of the organization. This is not your elementary school PTA; the time commitment is much less, especially when there are more parents involved in key positions and just volunteering to assist at events. Your help is needed for those key positions for the 2020-21 school year. Critical Positions that must be filled include:
- Fall Fundraiser / Ralph Reader Snack Pack Coordinator
- School Event Coordinator
- Staff Appreciation Coordinator
If you have ever looked at the school and thought I wish I knew more about what was going on or had ideas on ways to improve our EW community, this is a great platform to both learn from and help make a difference. If you would like more information or are willing to volunteer your time to support the EW community, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS & RESOURCES
Need help with food or school supplies?
The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf's free contactless curbside pick up includes dairy, deli, meat, milk, produce, bakery and shelf stable items. Kid friendly boxes are also available. Delivery is also available for those without transportation, homebound or at risk individuals. No need to exchange any paperwork, keeping you, and our staff and volunteers safe. Appointments available weekdays - call 651-621-6280 to schedule a pick up time. More information can be found here.
If you need help with school supplies, you can find out more information here.
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.
COMMUNITY ED ACTIVITIES/COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Community Program Offerings
SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL
Ways to Support Edgewood
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.
For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Food Taste Testing - Earn some extra $$CASH$$ and sample some really great food. All you have to do is log on and register at www.fpitesters.com.
Thank you for your support!
Main office: 651-621-6600
5100 Edgewood Dr N
Mounds View, MN 55112