Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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July 19, 2021

Summer Office Hours

The summer office hours will be Monday - Thursday from 7am - 2pm. The office will be closed on Fridays. If you plan to stop by the office, please call ahead at 651-621-6600 as hours may vary due to limited staff, vacations, and meetings.

Important - Return Chromebooks Please!

If you have not returned your Chromebook from this past school year, please do so ASAP as we are missing quite a few of them. We need them returned to check/repair and possibly send to other school locations for the new school year.


PLEASE NOTE SUMMER OFFICE HOURS ABOVE for drop-off. We greatly appreciate your help in this matter.


Please fill out this sheet and tuck it inside your Chromebook (please do not fold) before returning your Chromebook and make sure you have both Chromebook and charger to return.

Summer School Meal Pick-up

Free meals will continue to be available to all students during summer school, including students not participating in summer programming. Meal bags will be available weekly through August 5. Meals will be available for curbside pick-up on Thursdays from 10am-1pm at Irondale High School (2425 Long Lake Rd, New Brighton).

Attention 6th Grade/New Families to Edgewood

We are excited to invite all new Edgewood students and their families to a meeting with their dean in August. During this meeting we are looking forward to getting to know your student and how we can best support him/her during their time at Edgewood. The dean will be the primary contact for your student on situations related to academic planning, grades and support for social/emotional concerns. Middle school is a time of rapid change for students; therefore, the consistency of a trusted adult at school is very important to your student’s social, emotional and academic development.


It is important that we meet with you and your student prior to the start of the school year. To make a New Student Meeting appointment with your student’s dean, please visit the website listed under the appropriate dean’s name. If you are unable to sign up online, please call 651-621-6600 Monday-Thursday between 7:00am and 12:00pm or email Stephanie Cornell (stephanie.cornell@moundsviewschools.org) and she can help you find a time that will work for you.


Amany Rifai (Last Names A-G)

https://calendly.com/amany-rifai/new-student-meetings


Alysa Sworsky (Last Names H-N)

https://calendly.com/alysa-sworsky/new-student-meetings


Liz LePera (Last Names O-Z)

https://calendly.com/lizlepera/new-student-meetings


We look forward to connecting with your family and building a positive relationship to ensure your student’s success at Edgewood and beyond.

Register Your Student for Next Fall!

Parents, please register your student for next fall 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. Be sure your contact information is correct, current address (please attach proof of residence if new address), and you have emergency contacts listed for your student.
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2021-22 Calendar Start Date

The 2021-22 school year will begin Wednesday, September 8, due to the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana. Visit the calendars page at moundsviewschools.org/calendars to see the current calendar and the next two school year calendars.

Transportation Options for 2021-22

Listed below are the transportation services available for your child/children for the 2021-22 school year. Please take a moment to visit our transportation website for more information.


  • Students who live two or more miles from their home school can register for busing HERE.
  • Students who live less than two miles and are not considered to be part of the "walk zone" can register for busing for a fee, which can be paid after registering HERE. Payment is due by July 12, 2021.
  • Fee-based bus service is not available if the distance between the student's home and school is less than one mile for secondary school students and a half mile for elementary students. These students are in the "walk zone" and no busing is provided.
  • If you reside outside of District boundaries and are not using a daycare or alternate location in the District, busing is not available. If you choose to use a daycare or alternate location, please register and pay any applicable fees due to distance.


If you have any questions, please contact us at 651-621-6027 or transportation@moundsviewschools.org.

Nutrition Services Special Diet Accommodations

Mounds View Nutrition Service Department will provide a Monthly Gluten Safe Lunch Menu to a student on a medical authority verified Gluten Free diet with a student who has Celiac Disease.

  • In accordance with federal USDA regulations, the Special Diet Statement form to request dietary accommodations must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian as well as the child’s licensed physician before any accommodations are made.
  • The Special Diet Statement must be given to the School Health office and the District Nutrition Services Office. Please contact the Nutrition Service department at #651-621-6024 or email nutritionservices@moundsviewschools.org to discuss the plan for their student.
  • Our Gluten Free procedure for ordering meals is HERE.

Order Your Spiritwear Here!

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

Library News!

Check out the Summer Reading Guide from the Edgewood Library Here!


You can also read our ebooks and digital audiobooks all summer by clicking on our website and going to the Destiny Discover link on the homepage!


Don't forget that if you find a Edgewood Library book over the summer, we'll leave our Book Return out in the front of the building so you can access 24/7!

Are you an LPN or RN?

Are you an LPN or RN looking for employment with hours to match the Mounds View District schedule? Mounds View Schools is actively seeking applicants for a Licensed Healthcare Specialist position in an elementary Health Office. We are also in need of substitutes to cover time off. This position works under the direction of the Licensed School Nurse to provide first aid for ill or injured students, administer prescribed medication to students, communicate health-related issues to parents, and perform clerical functions related to record keeping and other general office functions. This position requires current Minnesota LPN/RN licensure.


Please contact Sarah Osterman, Licensed School Nurse (sarah.osterman@moundsviewschools.org) if interested or for more information.

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.

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.


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.

OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE

Girls Swim and Dive Team Fundraiser

Looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion - go ahead and “Noodle” your family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or any acquaintance to celebrate their special day (birthday, anniversary, graduation, retirement or etc.)!! A fun, colorful, joyous way to add color, cheer, and decoration to any lawn. Up to 45, various, colored pool noodles are set up in your lawn with/without foam flames! There is a $30 minimum donation and the team will set up in New Brighton, Mounds View and Arden Hills. Contact Leslie Skelly at ihsgsad@gmail.com or visit www.teamunify.com/team/recidhs/page/home for additional information. Thank you for your support!

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Wrestling Summer Practice Schedule

Interested in staying busy this summer. Check out what Irondale Wrestling is offering. Any questions, contact Coach Hubbard (jeff.hubbard@moundsviewschools.org).

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.

COMMUNITY ED ACTIVITIES/COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Middle School Community Ed Programs

The middle school community ed page has been updated. Registration starts on

Monday, August 16, for Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Run Club, and Volleyball. The Enrichment Classes will open on Monday, August 23. For more information or to register, click here.

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.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

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.

Rock the School House

The Foundation is excited to announce a series of fall events for you to show your support in fun and meaningful ways, benefitting the students of Mounds View Public Schools. More information can be found here.

* These events will align with any necessary future guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Support for Students and Families

PACER Learning Center - Information on navigating the education system, when and where to find help, crisis planning, workshops and more. We offer archived workshops that will help you advocate for your child with mental health needs in school.


PACER Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project - Information on how to support your child, where to get immediate mental health help and support, and organizations that support families and children.


Pathway to Autism Services and Support Webinar - Free webinar hosted by the Minnesota Autism Resource Portal team on Thursday, August 5, from 12-1pm. The focus will be on the range of services and supports available to a person with ASD across Minnesota’s systems of support in the years that follow a diagnosis, including an introduction to navigating the Minnesota Autism Resource Portal website. Click here to register.

Self Care, Emotional Health, and Wellbeing

Podcast: Mental Health America - Join Mental Health America (MHA) for a podcast that changes the way our communities talk about mental health. On this podcast, MHA shares their lives, fights in the open, and works together to just figure things out.


Family Wellness Kit: Mental Health Resources for the Entire Family - Free, downloadable Family Wellness Kit full of tips, tools, and activities to help strengthen your family’s health and well-being. One person’s mental health can impact the entire family. This kit works to strengthen the whole family’s mental health through activities that focus on building positive well-being.


The 7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Healthy People - Identify self-defeating behaviors, and defeat them.


Six Morning Habits the Seem Healthy but are Secretly Stressing You Out - While these activities can be beneficial for your energy and mood, they may cause anxiety if you’re not careful.

Health Information and Resources

Hope Dental Clinic - Offering appointments for affordable dental care in Mahtomedi on Wednesdays, July 7 & 28, Aug 4 & 11, Sep 1, 8, 15, & 22. Call 651-762-9124 to schedule an appointment.

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.

WAYS TO SUPPORT EDGWOOD

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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