Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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December 18, 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

News from Nutrition Services

Although our school meals have been free for all students this year as directed by USDA, we still need families to complete an Application for Education Benefits. If you haven't completed one for this year please click HERE to complete. If your household is accepted this school year, your status will roll over for the first 30 days of school of 2021-2022.

Schedule Change Next Week!

Please note that there will be a slight change to the school schedule next week. On Monday, December 21, students will attend their normal Period 1, 3, 5, 7 classes; however, on Tuesday, December 22, students will attend their Period 2, 4, 6, 7 classes.


There will be someone in the main office to answer calls from 7:30am - 2:30pm.

Meal Pick-Up Change for the Week of December 21

FREE meals will be available to all students for curbside pickup at the schools listed below on Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 10:30am-12:30pm. If you plan to pick up at Edgewood, please turn on Woodale Drive by the tennis courts and proceed to the new Activities Center entrance for your meals.


PLEASE NOTE: There will be no other opportunities for meal pick-up during winter break (Dec. 23-Jan. 3). Regular meal pick-up will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 6.



Masks are encouraged for those picking up meals, even while in their vehicle. This keeps the nutrition services staff safe as they serve the meals. For more information, visit our website.

Winter Break

Winter Break will take place Wednesday, December 23, through Friday, January 1, with distance learning starting up again on Monday, January 4. Watch for more information on when we could possibly see students back in the building after break.


PLEASE NOTE: The school office will be closed December 23 through January 1. Please e-mail staff if you need to reach them during this time. E-mail addresses can be found here.

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!

Important Lifetouch Photo Retake Update Information

We are aware of the ongoing issues with Lifetouch around your child’s school photos. We’d like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and delay in the process of receiving your child’s photos. We have been working with Lifetouch over the past few weeks to find a solution. Please see information regarding three options below: a picture retake day at Edgewood on January 29, scheduling a retake at Lifetouch’s offices in Maple Grove or receiving a full refund for the amount paid.


Retake day at Edgewood

We have scheduled a make-up photo day at Edgewood for January 29, 2021. This date is tentative and will be dependent on our ability to safely have students in the building. We will send additional details as the event gets closer, including safety and social distancing measures.


Retake day at Lifetouch in Maple Grove

For families who did not receive their photos from Lifetouch, they have the option to have a retake done at the Lifetouch offices in Maple Grove. Use the links below to schedule a time from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the dates provided. Note that Lifetouch can only allow one student and one adult per camera per five-minute time slot. Temperatures of all entering the building will be taken. Masks are required except when the student is being photographed. Lifetouch is located at 13400 67th Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN, 55311.



Full refund

If these options do not work for you, you are entitled to a full refund. To request your refund, contact Anya Baker at Lifetouch by emailing abaker@lifetouch.com and including the school name and student name. In order to have your request prioritized, include “refund” in the email subject line. You will receive a response within 24 hours of emailing Anya (Monday-Friday).


Yearbooks

The pictures that are taken by either of the two methods above will be added to the 2020-21 yearbook. If there are any issues, families can submit their own photo for the yearbook. You may take a picture at home and submit it to Ms. Penner (anna.penner@moundsviewschools.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.


To order a yearbook, visit the Lifetouch link and use the yearbook ID code 10712921. The yearbook flyer can be found here.


Again, we apologize for the frustration and confusion this has caused. If you have any issues or questions about the options above, please contact us.

REMINDERS

Chromebook 101/Expectations

CHROMEBOOK 101

Everything you need to know about your Chromebook can be found here.


Additional information can be found here.

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.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

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.

EPAT (EW PARENTS AND TEACHERS)

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.


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.

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.

OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE

Irondale Information Night

Eighth grade students will register for courses the week of February 1st (virtually) at Edgewood. We encourage students to have conversations with their families and deans prior to registering to ensure all questions are answered prior to selecting courses.


During our Virtual Irondale Information Night on Thursday evening, January 21, from 5:30-7:30pm, eighth grade students and their families will have an opportunity to connect with Irondale staff to learn more about different course offerings, school activities/clubs, and will have a chance to connect with their dean. Please mark your calendar and look for more information coming from us on this event in the near future. We will have some pre recorded resources available for families who are not able to attend that evening.


More information can be found here.

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

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.

COVID INFORMATION

MDH Decision Tree

The Updated MDH Decision Tree can be found here.

Covid Testing

We are encouraging all staff to get tested for COVID-19 weekly before the Thanksgiving Break. Testing is one way to identify and isolate the virus to prevent the spread within the school community. Given the current surge in cases and availability of other testing options, we recommend that all school employees order their test via the unique URL that was sent in September. All District employees received an email with a unique URL to access a no-cost COVID-19 saliva test, courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Education. Refer to the email you received in September to order your test. The Department of Education suggests ordering and using your test before the program ends on December 30, 2020. If you have questions or can't find your email (try searching for “COVID-19 saliva test”), contact humanresources@moundsviewschools.org.


If you have already used the test referenced above, consider the options below to get tested.


At-home COVID-19 saliva testing

Minnesota offers free, at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Right now, families can order up to five test kits per household. Families will be asked if they have insurance, but the state will cover the costs for any uninsured or underinsured families. You should not receive a bill using this testing option. Order your at-home test here.


COVID-19 community testing sites

All COVID-19 testing is free at Minnesota Department of Health community testing events. We are always planning more community testing events across the state, working together with communities to make sure everyone can get tested. Tests are free for everyone, and no identification or insurance is required.


Find nasal swab community testing events

Find saliva community testing sites

When to stay home?

Please follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).


https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/homescreen.pdf


https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/attendance.pdf


*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.

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