Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

October 7, 2021

Mark Your Calendar!

Mark your calendar for upcoming days off:


Thursday, October 21 & Friday, October 22: NO SCHOOL - MEA Weekend

Pick-up & Drop-off Safety Reminder

Parents/guardians, just a quick reminder that the frontage road next to the tennis courts off of Woodale Road is an ENTER ONLY road. Please DO NOT EXIT out that way; please exit out of the parking lot back out onto Edgewood Drive after dropping off/picking up your student. Thank you for your help in keeping our families safe!

Order Your Edgewood Yearbook Today!

Last year, we ran out of extra copies for students to purchase at the end of the year so to guarantee you receive one, order your own copy today! Go to http://ybpay.com and type in the yearbook ID code #10712922. The early bird special pricing is $15.00 with the deadline of Friday, November 19. After that time, pricing will go up to $20 per book. Paper order forms are also available in office.

Pass to Leave Reminder

Just a reminder that if you are picking up your student early, you can either send a note for them to drop off at the front office or report it through ParentVUE or the 24-hour attendance line at 651-621-6601. The office will give your student a pass to leave early with the time noted when they are to be dismissed. Please note, it is the student's responsibility to share the note with their teacher and leave at the time of the dismissal. Your student should then come to the office, sign out, then wait until you arrive. Please help remind your student if you need to pick them up early on any given day. If students return back to school during the day, they can sign themselves back in and we will give them a pass to return back to class.

Fall Bus Evacuation

Just an FYI, Edgewood's Fall Bus Evacuation will take place on Wednesday, October 13. As a part of this Evacuation drill, bus drivers will be pointing out the emergency exits and having their students practice leaving through the rear door once they arrive to school in the morning.

Picture Re-take Day

Lifetouch picture re-take day will take place on Wednesday, October 13, in the performance gym space. If you want your pictures retaken from the open house, simply return your original package on picture retake day.


Paper forms to order photos are available outside student services or you can order online at http://mylifetouch.com using the Picture Day ID#EVTRDBR8F.

Before & After-School Programs

After-school activities are up & running! Just a reminder, due to bus driver shortages, we will only have after-school activities transportation on Mondays & Wednesday each week; however, activities will happen Monday - Friday. Students staying after on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays will either need a ride or walk home after the programs. There are three activity bus routes available, check here and click on the routes to see which bus drop-off location is closest to your home and make sure your student knows which bus to take home if they stay after for activities. Staff will be available at the buses to help students.


Also, please note that for the following activities: Chess Club, Strategic Game Club, Run Club, Soccer, Tennis, and Ultimate Frisbee, you MUST register online here.


All Registrations are handled online through the Mounds View Community Education Website and SPOTS ARE LIMITED. If you are interested in an activity you may attend the first practice but you MUST be registered to attend in the future. Please connect with Mr. Van House or Ms. Gosselin if you have any questions or need assistance with registration fees.


MONDAY, October 11 (A Day)

  • Chess Club - Cafeteria 6:50-7:30 AM

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM

  • Art Club - Room 004 2:30-4:00

  • Boys Soccer - Upper Field 2:30-4:20

  • Chamber Orchestra - Room 136 2:35-3:15 and 3:20-4:00

  • Fall Musical Cast/Ensemble Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-4:00

  • FTC Robotics - Room 040 2:30-4:00

  • Girls Tennis - Tennis Court 2:30-4:00

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:30-3:20

  • Math Team Practice - Room 121 2:30-3:25

  • Math Zone - Room 16 2:30-3:30

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Run Club - Outside Door 21 (Bus Loop) 2:30-4:00

  • Science Zone - Room 003 2:30-3:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 120 2:30-3:30

  • Strategy Game Club - Cafeteria 2:30-4:00


TUESDAY, October 12 (B Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM

  • Fall Musical Ensemble Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-3:30

  • Fall Musical Cast Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-4:00

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 120 2:30-3:30

  • Orchestra Zone - Room 136 2:30-3:30


WEDNESDAY, October 13 (A Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM

  • Boys Tennis - Tennis Court 2:30-4:20

  • Eagle Leaders - Room 006 2:30-4:00

  • Fall Musical Cast/Ensemble Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-4:00

  • FTC Robotics - Room 040 2:30-4:00

  • Girls Soccer - Upper Field 2:30-4:20

  • Math Zone - Room 16 2:30-3:30

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Science Zone - Room 003 2:30-3:30

  • Ultimate Frisbee - Lower Field 2:30-4:00

  • Yearbook Club - Room 120 2:30-3:30


THURSDAY, October 14 (B Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM

  • Creative Writing Club - Room 122 2:30-3:30

  • Fall Musical Ensemble Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-3:30

  • Fall Musical Cast Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-4:00

  • Garden Club - Room 011 2:30-3:30

  • Jazz Band - Band Room 2:30-3:20

  • Reading Zone - Room 001 2:30-3:30

  • Social Studies Zone - Room 120 2:30-3:30


FRIDAY, October 15 (B Day)

  • Breakfast Served – Cafeteria 7:15–7:40 AM

  • After School Snack – Cafeteria 2:25-2:35 PM

  • Fall Musical Cast/Ensemble Rehearsal - Stage 2:30-4:00


*Activities are subject to change, please listen for daily announcements.

COVID-19 Testing Options

The Minnesota Department of Health encourages the following groups to get tested regularly. With the at-home program and community sites offering free testing across the metro, it's easy to find a test.


  • Unvaccinated teachers, staff and students in K-12 should test weekly at a minimum or more frequently per CDC guidance.

  • People who are unvaccinated should test before travel (domestic or international).

  • Even if you are vaccinated, you should get tested

    • if you have symptoms of the virus;

    • if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19;

    • if you are returning from international travel;

    • or if you have attended a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart.


Our community continues to have many free COVID-19 testing options available:

Matilda, Jr.

Mark your calendars for Edgewood's Fall Musical, Matilda, Jr.! Performances will be:


Thursday, November 11, at 7:00 pm

Friday, November 12, at 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 13, at 1:00 pm

RESOURCES

Curriculum Advisory Committee

The Mounds View Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee is seeking representatives to serve on the committee for the 2021-22 school year. Committee members work in partnership with the district and community to gain knowledge and provide feedback in curricular areas such as content area standards, resources, and learning targets.

If you are interested, please see the Mounds View Curriculum Advisory website for meeting dates, general information regarding the committee, and the application to be on the committee. The application will be open through Wednesday, October 13th. If you have questions, please contact Heidi Saari at 651.621.6059 or by e-mail at heidi.saari@moundsviewschools.org.

Quarantine Questions

If your student is in contact with someone with COVID and you have questions in regards to quarantine, please contact our COVID Coordinator, AP Richmond Tweh at richmond.tweh@moundsviewschools.org.


Please note that if your student is ever out due illness or any other reason, they can access homework through Google classroom. You can also email teachers directly, if needed.

EPAT (EW PARENTS AND TEACHERS)

EPAT Meeting

Join us for our first EPAT meeting of the school year on Thursday, October 14, from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Edgewood Office Conference Room.


If you would like more information or are willing to volunteer your time to support the EW community, go to our website at https://www.moundsviewschools.org/edgewood or please contact margaret.meyer@moundsviewschools.org or lockwood.kimberly@gmail.com.

EPAT Information

Edgewood Parents & Teachers (EPAT) is an organization in which parents, as well as Edgewood (EW) teachers and administration work together to help meet the needs of the EW students and staff. This includes funding for EPAT-sponsored student events, providing grants to teachers for items not covered in the school's budget, and staff appreciation events.


We understand that not all families may be in a position to give right now, but if you have the means, please consider a direct donation to EPAT. There are several ways to contribute, but direct donation maximizes the dollars available to support our students and teachers! Here are our current fundraisers:

  • Direct Donation
    • Send it via U.S. mail to:
      Edgewood Middle School, Attn: EPAT
      5100 Edgewood Drive, Mounds View, MN 55112
    • Shannon Mildenberger is available at Edgewood to receive donations in person
    • Donate online:
      o Venmo information (see below)
  • Amazon Smile (Group Name: Edgewood Middle School PTO)
  • Tasteocracy (Group Name: Edgewood Parents and Teachers PTO Group)


If you would like more information or are willing to volunteer your time to support the EW community, go to our website at https://www.moundsviewschools.org/edgewood or please contact margaret.meyer@moundsviewschools.org or lockwood.kimberly@gmail.com.


Check the weekly Edgewood E-news for updates on EPAT and our upcoming meetings.

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OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE

Transportation to Irondale

Bus 15 will transport Edgewood students who are scheduled to go to Irondale after school for athletics or activities.

Nordic Ski Team

The Irondale nordic ski team is looking for new members! Seventh and eighth graders that are interested in joining the high school team should attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 26, from 6-7pm! The meeting will be in the new building in the back of Irondale - please park in the new north lot by the tennis courts.


The season will run November 15 through February 17. Coach Torvi will available to answer questions and go over team information. The flyer can be found here and more information can be found on the Team Website. Contact Coach Torvi with any questions - chris.torvi@moundsviewschools.org.

Irondale Fall Musical

Mark your calendars for Irondale Drama's presentation of The Wizard of Oz in Irondale's brand new Auditorium! Showtimes are:


Thursday, November 4, at 7pm

Friday, November 5, at 7pm

Saturday, November 6, at 7pm

Sunday, November 7, at 1pm


Ticket Prices are $12 for Adults and $10 Students/Seniors. Tickets go on sale October 1, at 5:00 pm. 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.

REMINDERS

Attendance

If your student will be absent, coming in late, leaving early, etc., please leave a message on our 24/7 attendance line at 651-621-6601. You may also report an absence through ParentVUE.


If your student is leaving early, you may also send a note with your student to bring to the front office. We will issue a pass to them so they can leave their class early to come down, sign out, and be ready for pick-up.


We realize there are times when families take vacations when school is in session. If that is the case, we ask that you please complete our "Extended Absence Form". This form is used to inform the school office and teachers of your child's absence. Also, just a reminder to parents planning to take students out-of-town for a week or more should arrange with the teachers/Deans to have school assignments issued in advance of the trip. Students should also plan to stay after school, if needed, when they return to make up missed work.

Masks Required at School and on the Bus

Though schools and buses usually have a limited number of extra masks on hand, please make sure your child is bringing their mask to school and/or on the bus each day. As a reminder, Mounds View Public Schools requires that students, staff, and visitors wear masks while inside its buildings. The federal government also requires face coverings for individuals while riding on all forms of public transportation, including school buses. If you are in need of reusable masks for your child, please contact your school.

Tardy Notifications

Edgewood will begin their Tardy Notifications next week. Parents will receive a robo call notifying them when their child has had two or more tardies in a given day.


Classes begin at 7:45 am. Students who want breakfast should arrive to school by 7:30 to ensure time for breakfast before the school day begins.

Chromebook Expectations

Attention students: It is critical and expected that you bring your charged Chromebook to school everyday. Please be sure to place your Chromebook inside your backpack each evening or morning after you have charged it to ensure it is ready for you at school.

Ala Carte Funds

Breakfast, lunch, and snack are FREE to all students this year; however, if they want items from the Ala Carte (snacks, juice, treats, etc.), they need to add money to their lunch accounts and use their lunch pins to access.


PLEASE NOTE: The funds must be put in an envelope provided on the black collection boxes located either in the front lobby or outside the cafeteria door. The envelopes NEED to include the student's first & last name then NEEDS TO BE PUT into the secure cash box or drop it off in the front office. PLEASE INFORM YOUR STUDENT NOT SET THEIR MONEY/ENVELOPE ON TOP OF THE BOX! The cafeteria collects the money at 9:30 am each morning. They cannot take money during lunch. Thank you for your help in this matter.


The safest way to add money is through the online Paypams account here.

Show Your School Spirit!

Get ready for back to school with new spirit wear! Take a look at Edgewood's options here. Shop from a selection of t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, vests and other accessories.
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