Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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May 7, 2021

Mask Reminder

Due to rising numbers in our student population, it is imperative that students continue to wear their masks appropriately (over the mouth/nose) in school at all times and social distance measures must be adhered to during lunch. Parents of students refusing to cooperate will receive a phone call home to come up with a plan for alternative learning. Please follow up with your student on the importance of this issue...we appreciate your help.

2020-21 Student T-shirt Raffle

We have leftover 2020-21 Edgewood t-shirts (S, M, L, XL) from the Distance Learning High-Five contest this past winter. T-shirts were offered this morning to distance learners who were in for MCA testing. If your distance learner did not take the MCA test but they would like a t-shirt, please send the student's name & size to Shannon at shannon.mildenberger@moundsviewschools.org to have available for pick-up.

Students in-person can put their name in the drawing beginning Monday. Raffle buckets will be in both cafeterias so students can put their name/size in the drawing during lunch time. Names will be drawn throughout the next couple of weeks and t-shirts will be handed out to winners.

Academic Excellence Update

Each spring, we hold an Academic Excellence celebration for our students who meet the criteria for either Academic Excellence or the Presidential Award based on cumulative grade point averages. This year, the event will be only for eighth grade students due to Covid restrictions and rising case numbers in the area. Sixth and seventh graders who qualified for Academic Excellence with a 3.66 GPA or higher will be receiving their award in the mail along with Honor Roll certificates.

Eighth grade students who have maintained a 3.66 GPA or higher throughout this school year will receive a certificate. Since Academic Excellence is celebrated before the culmination of Semester 2, we will be running our grade report on Wednesday, May 19, at 3:00pm to calculate Semester 2 grades into students’ GPAs to determine qualification. At that time, we will determine which 8th grade students qualify for Academic Excellence. Families that have students who qualify will receive an invitation with more details.

This year, Academic Excellence will be celebrated on Thursday, May 27, from 6:00-7:30pm. This will be a socially distanced in-person event.

We will also be presenting students with the Presidential Award if they have maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout their time at Edgewood Middle School. They must have attended Edgewood Middle School for all three years (6th, 7th and 8th grades).

Please contact your student’s dean with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

COVID-19 Testing for Students

We have prioritized in-person learning at Edgewood Middle School while protecting the safety and health of our students, staff, and families. This has included access to regular COVID-19 testing for our educators and staff. We’re pleased to now be able to offer regular COVID-19 testing to our students, as well.

Through the State of Minnesota’s partnership with Vault, we will now be offering free COVID-19 testing kits to all students who are interested in participating. These kits are the same ones used at many of the state’s community testing sites as well as offered through the COVID-19 At-Home testing program.

Beginning Monday, May 10, we will distribute testing kits for students interested in participating to be brought home. This will continue every 2 weeks until the end of the school year.

Completed test kits need to be returned the following day to a drop box to be shipped from school for processing.

Here are the steps to take the test:

● Make sure you have Zoom downloaded on the device you’re using to test. You can download Zoom by going to this link: https://zoom.us/download

● When you’re ready to take your test, go to this link: COVID.VLT.CO

● You can create a login using your personal email or by creating a username and password.

● Finally, you’ll provide some basic information and then enter in the testing kit ID, which starts with FR or SD. You’ll then be prompted to meet a Vault test supervisor over Zoom. The test supervisors will give you instructions and make sure your student does the test the right way.

● After your student takes the test, he or she will return it to school the following day, where school staff will collect the kits and ship them to a Vault lab for processing.

● Once it arrives at the lab, individual test results will be ready in 24-48 hours, provided directly to the email associated with the Vault Health account. You can also access results by logging in with your email or username on Vault’s website: app.vaulthealth.com

The test results are NOT provided to the school nor reported in any identifiable way. Students and families are encouraged to inform schools of positive results so the school can take steps to prevent the spread of the virus to other students and staff.

To request a testing kit, fill out the form here.

A few additional notes:

● Participating in this testing is optional and testing without symptoms does not require any isolation or quarantine while awaiting results.

● Students who are under 18 years old will need a parent or legal guardian to provide consent on the student’s behalf.

● This program is provided at no cost to you or to the school district. Your insurance company will not be billed.

MCA Testing Information

The remaining MCA Science testing dates are listed below for both in-person and distance learning students. Please know that if your child does not take the MCA's this spring or misses one of the assessments, this will in no way have a negative impact on your child's future placements. Per our district's guidance, we will not be hosting make-up dates for MCA assessments.

Please help remind your student to come prepared for testing by:

  • Making sure Chromebooks are charged
  • Bringing their Chromebooks to school
  • Bringing headphones or earbuds (needed for testing)
  • Bringing a water bottle
  • Wearing masks

The Science MCA assessment (8th Grade In-Person Learning Only) will take place on May 19th.

The Science MCA assessment (8th Grade Distance Learning Students Only) will take place on May 21st.

For distance students that choose to test, the assessment will begin at 7:45am and will likely finish before 12:00pm. When your student finishes testing, you will be notified to either pick them up or allow them to walk home. If absolutely necessary, we will provide transportation at 2:15pm. Your student will use the time between finishing the test and 2:15pm as a study hall.

Choice to opt out

The state requires school districts to annually administer the MCA. As a parent, you have a choice to decide whether or not to have your student take this or any other statewide assessment. If you have any questions about opting out, please contact your student’s dean. Resources for families about statewide testing can be found here.

Please contact your student’s dean with any questions or concerns. Thank you.

After-School Activities and Sports

After-school activities are held from 2:30pm-4:00pm in the below locations.

Tennis* - Mondays and Wednesdays on Tennis Court

May 3rd - May 26th

*Bring tennis racquet.

Track - Tuesdays and Thursdays on Track Field

May 4th - May 27th

EW Spring Musical - Mondays and Wednesdays in Choir Room

May 3rd - May 26th

Creative Writing Group - Thursdays in Room 122

May 6th - May 27th

GSA - Thursdays in Room 22

May 5th - 26th

Any questions, email Liz Gosselin at liz.gosselin@moundsviewschools.org.

8th Graders Touring Irondale

Irondale will be hosting our current in-person learning 8th-grade students for their annual high school tour. The date of the tour is Friday, May 14, 2021, from 9:45am-12:45pm.

Students will arrive at Edgewood at their normal time as they would during the week for breakfast. From 7:45-9:30am, students will have time for activities that include open gym. All students are to report to Edgewood first before we depart to Irondale.

During the tour, students will have the opportunity to eat school lunch at Irondale. Students can either bring a lunch or buy lunch at Irondale. We will survey students next week on which lunch option they are choosing. As the tour ends, we will depart and come back to Edgewood. Students will have another opportunity for fun activities from 1:00-2:15 pm.

We understand that this is on a Friday, but we view this as a critical opportunity to experience high school next year. We greatly encourage all full-in person learners to be a part of this experience; however, we understand if you wish not to have your student a part of the tour. Busses will be provided for both morning and afternoon pickup.

If you have any questions about what the tour will include, please contact Mr. Reed, Associate Principal at Irondale, at 651-621-6820.

Kids Bowl Free!

We are super excited to announce the return of Kids Bowl Free! Kids receive up to 2 FREE GAMES per day ALL SUMMER LONG!* Sign up today here.

*Subject to availability. Sunday-Friday only. Please check program hours.

Round Dance & Fry Bread Sale

Please join the Mounds View American Indian Community as we host a Round Dance for healing, peace, and understanding at our upcoming Round Dance and Fry Bread Sale on Friday, May 14, from 4-7pm at the Long Lake Regional Park Pavilion. This event will be held in place of our Annual Pow Wow to allow for greater learning and understanding of dancing and singing traditional to the American Indian community. We will invite you to join in dance with us and share in the peace and healing for all people. Pow Wow Grounds will be providing food for purchase during the event. To help keep everyone safe and healthy; we ask that you do not attend if you are ill or have had known exposure to Covid-19 in the last 14 days. Masks will be required during the event. RSVP to Jill Spencer if you plan to attend. The flyer can be found here.

Register Your Student for Next Year!

Parents, the Online Data Verification system is now up and running! Feel free to go in to register your student for next year if you haven't already done so. To register, log into ParentVUE and click on the "Online Data Verification" button in the upper right-hand corner to start the process. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

P-EBT Parent Information

P-EBT cards were mailed in late March 2021. This new P-EBT card will also be loaded with additional benefits in later months, keep your card safe.

Parents, if you were to receive a P-EBT card but your address has changed, please contact the school office at 651-621-6600 to notify us for future mailings. However, you must also notify the P-EBT Hotline to have it re-sent. Please see information below:

The P-EBT Hotline staff are responsible for answering any questions about the benefit amount, eligibility, address changes (if the card has already been mailed), new card requests, and most other P-EBT questions. Families can call 651-431-4608 or 1-833-454-0153 or submit questions through the P-EBT Help Form.

May Lunch Menu

The May lunch menu can be found here. All students attending school will receive FREE breakfast and lunch daily through June 2021. If your student is in distance learning, you may continue to pick up meals outside of Edgewood Middle School's Activity Center every Friday from 10:30-12:30pm.

Cardboard Needed for Art Projects

Mr. Zimmerman, our Art Teacher, is starting to collect cardboard for a project next year. Specifically, he's looking for cool odd cardboard or pulped paper objects that come with boxes. Think of that cool gold box that you bought something in that would get thrown out, or the insert to the new phone or printer you bought. etc. Items can be dropped off in the front office. Any questions, contact Mr. Zimmerman at eli.zimmerman@moundsviewschools.org.

Yearbook Sales Information

The online yearbook order sales have ended. We will have a limited supply of yearbooks available to purchase for $20 at the end of the school year. If you are interested in purchasing one when they are available, please contact Shannon at shannon.mildenberger@moundsviewschools.org.

Order Your Spiritwear Here!

The Edgewood online spiritwear store is open and ready for orders! You can find the links for all Mounds View schools here.

Daily Schedule

Edgewood will maintain a 4-period day, with 100-minute class periods. The Daily Bell Schedule is viewable here. Students will attend class periods 1, 3, 5, 7 on Monday and Wednesday, and attend class periods 2, 4, 6, 7 on Tuesday and Thursday. Students will attend all seven of their classes remotely on Friday. Class periods on Friday will be 30-minutes in length. Teachers may assign students independent work that is to be completed on Friday afternoon.

Need Help and Support?

Looking for some support and resources for you and your family during this time? Check out our "EVENTS AND RESOURCES" section below.


Irondale Dance Team Tryouts

Do you love to dance? Are you currently in the 6th-11th grade? If yes, then we are looking for you! Irondale Dance Team’s tryouts for fall and winter season are May 17, 18, and 19 from 3:30-6pm in the upper/lower gym at IHS. No experience necessary! Registration link is on our social media sites as well as our website. Please register prior to day 1.

*Middle school is only eligible for the winter season. Further questions reach out to Coach Nikki Sharpe at ihsdanceteamcoaches@gmail.com.

Want to learn more about IDT before tryouts? Join us for our leadership team led practice! Come meet our leadership team, learn more about the team and practice some skills. Leadership team practice is May 12th 3:30-5:30 in the dance (old gymnastics) gym. Confirm your spot by emailing ihsdanceteamcoaches@gmail.com.


Be part of something AMAZING! Register now to be part of the Irondale Marching Knights! The staff is already hard at work planning the next season show and the first rehearsal is Saturday, May 22.

The Irondale Marching Knights is one of the elite marching bands in the United States competing across the region, including at our home show Music Of The Knight (this year on September 25th), and culminating with the state championships held in US Bank Stadium in October. See a sample video at: Irondale Marching Knights media.

This is the only marching band in the Mound View School District, and it is open to students at both Irondale and Mounds View High Schools as well as all 8th-11th grade students. You do not need to be a current band student to find a role within the program; spots are open for color guard, drumline, and hornline (which includes woodwinds). Tell your friends, too!

Don’t delay, register now by contacting Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas at recruitment@irondalebands.org or 763-438-3987 to get your application packet including important information and dates.

Irondale Girls Tennis

Any 7th or 8th grade girls interested in playing tennis at Irondale during the fall of the 2021-22 school year, please contact Coach Walseth at mike.walseth@moundsviewschools.org to receive information about summer tennis and the upcoming season.

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.


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.

As we did not have a fundraiser this year, there are still ways to contribute to EPAT! Our funds help to provide funds to teachers for additional items they would like for their class that are not covered by the school's budget. Some examples of this are tools, books and other various supplies that enhance our students' learning. Our funds also help to provide items for some of our extra-curricular activities. Here are some ways in which you can donate:

  • Amazon Smile (Group Name: Edgewood Middle School PTO)
  • Tasteocracy (Group Name: Edgewood Parents and Teachers PTO Group)
  • Direct Donation

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.


Please Send Water Bottles to School

Just a reminder to please have your student bring a reusable water bottle to have at school incase they get thirsty. Drinking fountains currently are not available but students can fill bottles at the water filling stations.

Report Student Absences

Just a reminder to call our Attendance Line at 651-621-6601 if your student will be out of school. You may also note an absence in ParentVUE. If you need to pick up your student early for an appt., etc., you may call the front office or leave a message on the attendance line to call them out of class early and ready for pick-up. Just leave the student's name, reason for leaving early, and time of pick-up so we can get a pass to them to leave class.

In addition to leaving voicemail messages, parents and guardians can now electronically record student absences, including future and/or planned absences. Log into ParentVUE and select “Record absence” next to your child’s name to begin the process. School staff will review new entries daily. Detailed instructions are available here.

Chromebook 101/Expectations


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

Additional information can be found here.

New 2021-22 Calendar Start Date

The 2021-22 school year calendar was updated with a modified start date of Wednesday, September 8, due to the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana. The previous start date was Tuesday, September 7. Visit the calendars page at moundsviewschools.org/calendars to see the current calendar and the next two school year calendars.


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.

NEW! Summer Sports and Fitness

Stay active and connected with your friends and other middle schoolers over the summer! Join the middle school summer sports and fitness program and participate in a wide variety of games and activities that may include flag football, tennis, ultimate frisbee, pickleball, basketball, kickball, volleyball, soccer and more! We will also be talking about how active lifestyles and healthy habits are good for the mind and body.

When: Monday-Thursday, 12-2 p.m.

Where: All middle schools

Registration fee: $150 (Free and/or reduced lunch fee: $75)

Session I: Mon.-Thurs., June 21-July 15

Session II: Mon.-Thurs., July 19-August 5

Click here to register now!

Full and Half-day Summer Camps

Join us for nine weeks of summer day camps in 2021, including both full-day and half-day options for students entering grades K-7. With new instructors, new topics and one centralized location, students will try new things, meet new people and grow. Camp topics include coding, visual arts, theater, STEM, science, Spanish, sports and more!

When: Mondays through Thursdays throughout the summer for full or half days

Where: Turtle Lake Elementary

Registration fees start at $99

Click here to register now!


Community Conversations: Teen Substance Use

In partnership with Hazelden Betty Ford and other area school districts, join us for a virtual event focused on youth substance use and how to have conversations with teens. Connect with District chemical health staff to learn about resources in the community to support you and your teen.

When: Monday, May 10, at 7pm
Where: Virtual event
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0JC_xpiaJsiEhHXa7mL40ia1Id6pi-UMS4ll6BIMzvoPZIA/viewform

Celebrate Success 2021

The Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council presents

“Celebrate Success 2021”

Celebrate Success is an annual event where a panel of past and present students, who have received special education services, share their post-secondary plans and aspirations and experiences in K - 12+ education.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Online Virtual Meeting


6:45-8:15 p.m.

New at Your Local Library!

Virtual Book Clubs for grades 6-12, (including some great manga and graphic novels!). Click here for more information and to register!

Grab bags for teens (give 'em some general information about you like and they'll pull books for you to try!!). Click here to sign up.

Information on the summer reading programs for teens coming soon!

Support for Students and Families

Youth Resources - Created by Ramsey County Youth for Ramsey County Youth (geared toward those under the age of 25), this site offers quick access to resources for basic needs, healthcare, education & training, employment, and more.

Virtual Interactive Teen Job Fair – join other youth and more than 40 local employers on May 25 from 2-5 PM to learn about employment opportunities. To register, log on to www.elevatefutures.com and create an account using TEENJOBS as the registration code. You will receive a list of employers hiring teens, invites to prep sessions, and more! Click here for a flyer about the event.

Fidgety Fairy Tales – view MACMH (Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health)’s videos that re-imagine familiar fairy tales to raise awareness about children’s mental health. Check out the Chicken Little video catastrophizing thoughts. Click here to learn about FREE hour-long family fun events where families will watch one of the Fidgety Fairy Tales together!

Ways to Build Resilience – Join the NAMI Minnesota Children’s Team on May 13 for a webinar that will help you learn how to trade a negative coping strategy for a positive coping strategy.

Relationship, Connection, and Supporting Learners

Children's Mental Health Matters Campaign - downloadable toolkits for school- and community-based champions with resources, activities, and social media posts to promote children’s self-care, wellness, and mental health.

A Suicide Action Summit – join MN community members virtually on May 22, from 10 AM-1 PM to share ideas and create a plan of action regarding suicide prevention.

Self Care, Emotional Health, and Wellbeing

#StayConnectedMN: Mental Health Messaging Toolkit – check out MN Department of Health’s communication campaign with simple messages and tips on how to support mental health and well-being.

10 Kids Books to Promote Children’s Mental Health – books recommended by psychologists to help young readers deal with emotions (especially given the uptick in children experiencing anxiety, stress, confusion, and other issues that have come as a result of 2020).

Health Information and Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunities in Ramsey County - Local vaccine opportunities updated daily - currently available for those 16 and up.

Bridge to Benefits Low-Cost Healthcare Directory - A list of local free or low-cost physical, mental and dental health clinics.

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!

Need Help with Food?

Need help getting food? Or want to help others who do? - Many Minnesotans are facing financial difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and there are supports available to help! Our own Ralph Reeder Food Shelf offers weekday scheduled appointments. Click the link to learn more about how to schedule an appointment for a pick up or to make a donation to the food shelf. And new this week, Minnesota is launching a program to help connect families with personalized assistance and information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - more information available at www.mnfoodhelper.org.


Support Edgewood While You Shop!

If you shop on Amazon, Edgewood Parent & Teachers (EPAT) asks for your help to support Edgewood while you shop!

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, click here.

Support Edgewood While You Eat!

Joining the Tasteocracy community is easy! Using our online sign up form, provide your contact information and a small amount of demographic information. Minutes after you submit, you will receive an email welcoming you to the Tasteocracy community. Each tester may have only one account.

Tasteocracy and the clients who work with us value your participation and compensate you for your time and opinions. The amount of compensation is related to the length of the test. Tests that have a longer time commitment have a higher compensation amount. All tests average at $40 per hour of participation.

Our group name is "Edgewood Parents and Teachers PTO Group". For more information about the Tasteocracy program, click here.

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