Edgewood News

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November 5, 2020


Parent Communication Night Survey

Thank you for taking the time last week to meet with your student's teachers virtually for our Parent Communication Night. This was a new format for our teachers, parents, and students. We value your input and strive to improve all of our practices to best meet the needs of our Edgewood community. Your answers to the below survey questions will give us the needed information to reflect upon and guide us towards continuous improvement. This survey is anonymous unless you would like to include your name so that we can follow up with you on your feedback. Please respond to this survey at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

Survey Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMRAMQcTMCm8-ZZ52eEMtBY-CqCcDQ9_E286osjEtjLH8KSQ/viewform

Friday Schedule Change: Pre-ACT for 8th Grade Distance Learners ONLY

On Friday, November 6, there will be NO Learning Plus for students.

ONLY Eighth Grade Distance Learners will be onsite taking the Pre-ACT from 7:35-11:30 a.m. Parents/guardians will need to provide transportation to and from school.

Lifetouch Photo Proofs Arrived

Lifetouch photo proofs have arrived and are available for pick-up during our materials pick-up today through Saturday (see times below). If you have ordered actual photos, we are still waiting on those, as well as the student ID cards, and will let you know when they come in.

The front entry will be open from 6:30am-10:00pm Thursday-Friday and Saturday 8:30am-12:30pm.

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.

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, November 12 - The Eagle Ears VIRTUAL Parent Circle has been cancelled at this time.

Monday, November 30 - Next EPAT Meeting.

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.

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.

Covid Case Numbers

A new link at www.moundsviewschools.org/coronavirus shows a chart of the District's weekly COVID cases and the number of quarantining staff and students. No individual school building has five or more positive cases at this time. If or when that occurs, that information will be included on the Coronavirus site.

The District are currently working with MDE, the Minnesota Department of Health and our regional support team to better understand what this new guidance means for Mounds View Public Schools. We are hoping to have answers in the next few days. For now, secondary schools will remain in blended learning and activities will continue until we can clarify the expectations regarding the learning model for our secondary students.

As always, the health and safety of our students, families and staff remains our top priority. Look for more information as soon as we’re able to provide it.


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.


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.


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.


Rock the School House - Home Edition

Please consider tuning in for the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation’s 9th Annual Rock the School House - At Home Edition Program. On Saturday, November 14, you will have the chance to see unique and compelling entertainment featuring Mounds View staff and alumni. It is “free” to attend and how timely, given aren’t we all looking for fun distractions these days? Click here to access the link to view the production beginning at 7:00pm on November 14 - you won’t be disappointed.

SEPPAC Presentation

The second virtual meeting for the Mounds View District Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council (SEPPAC) is scheduled for

Thursday, November 19, 2020 6:45-8:15 p.m.

Join the meeting here

Presentation by Barb Clark

The Missing ACE: FASD and In-Utero Trauma

Professionals are seeing high rates of children who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol, drugs and high levels of in-utero stress which can have a significant impact on the child’s brain development. Although Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are twice as common as autism, this disorder often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Children and adolescents with FASD have invisible brain injuries and typical parenting and teaching strategies are often ineffective. It is vital for anyone parenting or teaching children to understand the reasons behind the learning and behavioral challenges and to have an in-depth understanding of the strategies which are more effective with children and adolescents with these neuro-behavioral differences. While many of the strategies are general and are appropriate to use with all students who may share some of the learning needs of students with an FASD, they should be especially helpful to use with students who have been diagnosed with an FASD.

Barb Clark is a parent who has made a ton of mistakes and has lived to tell. She is now passionate about sharing her mistakes with other parents and professionals to make their journey smoother than hers was. Through humor and real life experiences, she shares information about how trauma impacts children’s brains, and how to move away from consequence based parenting and instead use strategies that promote relationship and attachment building. She has a particular passion for educating others on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, trauma informed parenting strategies and parent support networks which she does through her position at the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) as well as through her work as an FASD Consultant.

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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