Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

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February 19, 2021

Honor Roll Certificates Available

"A" and "B" Honor Rolls for each grade level have been determined and certificates have been printed. If your student made either honor roll, you should have received an e-mail from Edgewood. Blended learning students will receive their certificates when they return to school next week. Distance learning students can pick up their certificates in the front office between 6am-3pm, Monday through Friday. All other certificates left before spring break will be tri-folded and mailed home.

Health Practices for Blended Learning Return

Here are the health practices we’re expecting of families as students return to school:

  • Conduct daily symptom checks at home each morning using Home Screening Tool.
  • Keep your child home if they or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Report the following to your child’s school health office or building COVID coordinator:
    - Any illnesses
    - COVID-19 close contact exposures or illnesses
    - Positive COVID cases within the home.
  • Be sure your child brings a filled water bottle to school each day.
  • Pack an extra mask.
  • Please check the phone numbers for parents and emergency contacts in ParentVue so that we are able to contact you promptly in case of injury or illness.

Please remember that the health practices in place prior to our shift to distance learning are still important to help us create a school environment that’s as healthy and safe as possible. This is also a great time to review the Minnesota Department of Health’s Attendance Guide for Families.

Blended Learning Updates for Students

Schedule/Teacher Changes

To date, more than 60 families have opted for a change in instructional model. To accommodate for these requests, we did have to shift sections of classes between models, and make changes to teacher assignments (specifically -- 8th grade math teacher Matt Johnston is moving from a distance only position to now working in both our distance and hybrid models; an 8th grade ELA section was added to Gwen Hogan’s teaching assignment, and distance sections of Life Science 7 were consolidated to allow for the creation of a new distance 8th grade Earth Science section taught by Alina Burks).

To see if your student’s schedule was impacted, please view ParentVUE or have your student check StudentVUE. We will print and distribute student schedules upon their arrival to Edgewood on 2/22 and 2/23.

Bell Schedule

As was previously communicated, students in both our hybrid and distance models will follow this bell schedule. Changes to our in-person school day include 30-minutes of time before or after lunch for students to socially interact, play games, and/or engage in physical activities. When the pool is available, students will be able to sign-up to swim, and will have access to our gymnasiums. Students will still be required to maintain 6-feet of distance from one another, and will be required to wear a mask.

Please note school lunch remains FREE to all students.

Use of lockers and backpacks

Logistically, the use of lockers remain a safety concern. This is because lockers can’t be assigned in a way that ensures six feet of distance, and because we know students tend to crowd together and spend more time than is necessary at their locker. We are continuing to stagger and limit passing times between classes.

In place of using a locker, we’re asking students use a backpack and carry necessary classroom materials with them to each period, including their school assigned Chromebook and charger.

Last November, many students choose to carry a coat with them as they transitioned classes. However, we will use the stage in our performance gym for students to drop their coat and boots at the start of day. All belongings will be secure behind a locked door during school hours.

At end of day, students that ride the bus have 7-minutes to gather their belongings on the stage and board their bus. Students departing via parent pick-up will have ample time to do the same.

Arrival and Departure Plan

Students that arrive via bus will be directed to one of three staging areas in the school.

6th grade - performance gym

7th grade - White gym

8th grade - red gym

Free breakfast is available to all in the cafeteria.

Similar to last fall, students arriving via parent drop-off may begin accessing the school at 7:30am. Parents arriving from County H should utilize the drop-off circle off of Edgewood Drive. Students arriving north of our campus (from Mounds View) should utilize the drop-off circle off of Woodale Drive. All students dropped off by parents will enter the school via our new Activities Commons (door 8).

All students will be released from school at 2:15. Students riding the bus have 7-minutes to gather their things and board their bus. Students being picked-up by parents will transition to a staging area in the Red Gym.

We are again asking parents that pick-up their student to display their child’s first and last name in the windshield so we can radio for each student individually.

Please contact your student’s dean if you have any questions or concerns about this or other information already communicated.

Distance Learning Updates for Students

Schedule/Teacher Changes

To date, more than 60 families have opted for a change in instructional model. To accommodate for these requests, we did have to shift sections of classes between models, and make changes to teacher assignments (specifically -- 8th grade math teacher Matt Johnston is moving from a distance only position to now working in both our distance and hybrid models; an 8th grade ELA section was added to Gwen Hogan’s teaching assignment, and distance sections of Life Science 7 were consolidated to allow for the creation of a new distance 8th grade Earth Science section taught by Alina Burks).

To see if your student’s schedule was impacted by these changes, please view ParentVUE or have your student check StudentVUE. These changes will take effect Monday 2/22/21. As has always been the case, students simply need to login into their Mounds View Gmail calendar where they will find links to live instruction.

Bell Schedule

As was previously communicated, students in both our hybrid and distance models will follow this bell schedule. Most notably, students will begin school again at 7:45. They will have an hour break at midday for lunch.

Please contact your student’s dean if you have any questions or concerns about this or other information already communicated.

Picture Retakes Have Arrived!

If your student took retake pictures on Friday, January 29, they have arrived - along with their student ID cards. You can find your photo envelope out in the entryway which is open Monday through Friday from 6am - 10pm. Thank you for your patience!

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 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.


Irondale Youth Baseball

Registration is now open for Irondale Youth Baseball for students grades 2-9. The season begins mid-April and runs through early July. More information can be found at http://www.iblbaseball.com or on this flyer.

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.


February Lunch Menu

The February lunch menu can be found here.

Report Student Absences Electronically

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.

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.

Yearbook Information

If your student did not take their picture by Lifetouch this past fall for the yearbook, 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.

Also, if you have any photos you have taken during distance/blended learning that you'd like to share for possible publication in the yearbook, please send those also to Ms. Penner at the email address above.

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

Family Ski Nights

Family Ski nights are back - Bring the whole crew for Family Ski Day! Lift ticket prices are $22.00 per person. Under age 5 is free. (Price increase due to new management and additional cleaning fees due to covid.)

Rental equipment is available at the discounted price of $18. New this year , you must register through Community Ed to receive the rental discount.

Click here to register

click here for rental only


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Support for Students and Families

St. Andrews Community Resource Center

The Winter Warming Space is still open overnight because temps have dipped below zero.

  • Between 10-3 M-Th

  • Below zero overnight

  • Shower and towels/blankets will be available.

Both St. Andrews Shelters are open. Call Lois at St.Andrew's Community Resource Center 651-762-9124 for Clothesline, shelter and rental assistance M-Th 9:30 - 2:30pm. They will have food and personal hygiene available. For clothing, contact Lois.

Does social media cause depression? How to minimize negative effects of social media use

Special Needs and Learning Difficulties: Can tech be helpful for ELL and ESL learners? - Apps designed for ELL and ESL learners focus on translation and vocabulary.

Talk to Your Child About Vaping: While They Are Still Willing to Listen - Fact and conversation guide, especially for Middle School age.

Face to Face is starting two new groups in February to support the community:

Teen Boys Group (This online group is for Boys ages 14-17 to discuss male stigma, depression/anxiety and coping skills, mindfulness skills, ACES education, relationship issues, peer support and more!

- For boys ages 14-17

- Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm starting February 10th)

- Facilitated by Ryan Goman, LGSW and Noam Potek.

- Groups Dates/Times: Wednesdays from February 10th-March 17th from 4-5:30pm

- Contact information Ryan Goman: 612-559-7067 (Cell Phone) gomanr@face2face.org.

Group for Youth with Parents who Struggle with Addiction (Online Psychoeducation/support group for youth whose parents struggle with substance use disorders. This 6 week group will focus on education, healthy relationships, self-care strategies, resources, and peer support.)

- Open to youth grades 9-12.

- Tuesdays 4:30-6:00pm. From February 2nd-March 9th

- Facilitated by Kayla Marcoux, MSW, LGSW and Rehan Dunkal

- Contact information: 612-695-9468; marcouxk@face2face.org

CLUES Best Buy Teen Tech Center TUTORING. If you need help with math, chemistry, biology, history, writing or any other subject in school the BBTTC@CLUES can help! The BBTTC@CLUES is offering online tutoring hours for middle and high school students that need support in a variety of subjects. Join us every Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 5 pm - 7 pm & Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm.

  • For more Information on tutoring and workshops. Contact: Ricardo Bennett rbennett@clues.org 651.379.4288 if you have questions.

Relationship, Connection, and Supporting Learners

Impact of the Pandemic on Students’ Mental Health - March 2 4:00-5:30pm - This free event hosted by MACMH) and NAMI Minnesota features a panelists of professionals who will discuss students impacted by the pandemic returning to in-person learning in the weeks and month ahead. They will share self-care tips and help parents and educators reflect on and respond to the impact of the pandemic, George Floyd’s murder and ongoing racism on children and youth.

Stopping the Spread of Math Anxiety: Three Messaging Strategies for Elementary School Teachers -Math anxiety can develop in the very early grades, often because of the negative messages about math that children pick up from the adults in their life.

Building Connections with Students from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds Through Perspective-taking - In the classroom and elsewhere, we interpret what others say and do through our own experiences, values, and beliefs—as well as our knowledge of the other person or people.

Strengthening Relationships with Students from Diverse Backgrounds: YouTube 9 min.

RSVP for FREE Training: Holistic Strategies for Youth Mental Health. CEUs available.

Thursday, February 18 (3:00 to 5:00) Learn and practice strategies that support youth mental health through cultural healing practices, diet/nutrition, sleep, exercise and laughter. This training takes place during our Cultural Outreach Committee meeting.

Panel Discussion: "LEARN"

Wendy Goodman and Holly Brabeck (RCCMHC) will introduce the training (brain/body connection, sleep and laughter)

  1. True Thao, True Thao Counseling will present on Cultural Healing Practices

  2. Rhonda Godfrey, a cultural broker with MHealth Fairview will present on Cultural Healing Practices

  3. Linda Towle, MN Care Partner, will present on Trauma-Informed Yoga

  4. Martina Rahim-Sepulveda, MN Care Partner, will present on Nutrition, Exercise & Mental Health

Breakout Rooms: “PRACTICE"

Participants will each choose 1 room to join. Panelists will teach specific strategies related to their topic.

Healing School Communities in the Context of Racial Violence: Where do we go from here? This is a two-part learning series intended for students, families, educators and school mental health professionals who are navigating the ongoing impact of racial violence in all forms on student mental health. Each 1.5 hour learning session will feature a moderator who will engage advocates, leaders and the school mental health workforce in a conversation. February 25 and March 4, 2021

Racial Equity and Cultural Diversity - This webpage includes a compilation of products and resources on cultural responsiveness, racial equity and cultural diversity for the mental health health workforce, curated by the MHTTC.

Classroom Mental Health - A Teacher Toolkit for High School (tools can be adapted to younger students) Classroom climate: Communication; Wellness; Stress Reduction Techniques; Procrastination & Time Management; Stigma; Looking Out for Each Other

Self Care, Emotional Health, and Wellbeing

The Self-Love Workbook: A Life-Changing Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Recognize Your Worth and Find Genuine Happiness - Adult Workbook mentioned in TGIF

The Self-Love Workbook for Teens: A Transformative Guide to Boost Self-Esteem, Build a Healthy Mindset, and Embrace Your True Self - a version of the above for teens.

Grounding Techniques & Self Soothing for Emotional Regulation - Use these skills to self soothe, calm and manage difficult, overwhelming emotions and sensations.

Just Breathe and The Jar and Glitter Demonstration - The kids in this video explain how they pause and curb their negative emotions, 3 minutes. This is something both kids and adults can do to find a place of calm.

Stress Presentation for Schools by NYFS: A 50 minute live recording by NYFS

Emotional Wellness Toolkit - .How you feel can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities, your relationships, and your overall mental health. How you react to your experiences and feelings can change over time.

Family Digital Wellness Guide: Parenting in a Changing World: What Parents Need to Know about Media and their Child, Infants to Teen Years- Evidence Based- PDF booklet by Boston Children's Hospital. Center on Media and Child Health, 2020.

Health Information and Resources

Give Kids a Smile - Last call for free dental care available this weekend (Friday Feb 5, Saturday Feb 6). No eligibility questions will be asked to seek care. Patients younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian to receive dental care. If someone you are working with needs assistance or translation services, please call United Way 2-1-1 (or 800-543-7709), where Information and Referral Specialists can assist you in Hmong, Somali and Spanish Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The specialists there can place a three-way call to the dental clinic and assist you in making an appointment. (This information is also available via the above website.)

COVID-19 Vaccines in Ramsey County - Looking for current information about the COVID vaccine rollout in Ramsey County? You can find it here!

MN Vaccine Locator - Vaccine doses are becoming available to select priority groups in Minnesota. We know that the supply remains limited at this time. As a part of the continued COVID response, the state has created this tool to help clarify where vaccines are available in the community.

Refugee and Immigrant Covid-19 Hot Line - There is now a MN COVID hotline specifically dedicated to immigrants to get help with COVID questions and one-on-one navigation support (ie getting appointments scheduled, finding testing sites and vaccination sites for those eligible, dealing with employers, accessing COVID rental assistance, etc). It is available to undocumented immigrants too.

COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program FAQs - Looking for more information about Minnesota’s community vaccination program? This site has answers to frequently answered questions. The sites are currently offering vaccines to Minnesotans aged 65 and older through this program.

Let’s Talk COVID Conversations - Marnita’s Table and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota are teaming up to provide a space to discuss health equity, COVID vaccines, and support cultural competency and better healthcare service for our most impacted populations. Anyone who would be interested is welcome to attend - come to learn or come to share experience and perspective. Several times and dates available. Free to attend, please click here to RSVP.

  • Thursday, February 18th 1pm-4pm

  • Saturday, February 27th 10am-1pm

  • Thursday, March 4th 12pm-3pm

  • Friday, March 12th 12pm-3pm

  • Friday, March 19th 10am-1pm

  • Thursday, March 25th 1pm-4pm

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 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.


CDC Discourages Travel

Mounds View Public Schools is not currently requiring quarantine following travel. However, families considering travel during this school year are encouraged to keep a close eye on guidance from the Center for Disease Control. Given the high level of COVID-19 spread in our communities, any unnecessary travel is highly discouraged. The CDC recommends the following: Think about what you would do if you became ill, need to quarantine, etc. while traveling. People who travel out of state are strongly encouraged to quarantine when they return home. Anyone traveling internationally will need to be tested three days prior to returning to the U.S. and have proof of negative results before boarding a flight.

These links can help you make informed decisions about travel:

Domestic travel

International travel

MDH travel and COVID-19


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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