RBBCSC Parent to Parent Newsletter

March 2020

2019-2020 Calendar


ACTIVE EVENT CALENDAR for all schools (click off any you don't use)

Important Upcoming Dates

Spring Break

Friday, March 13 - Friday, March 20

Students Return

Monday, March 23

School Board Meeting Info

Monday, March 23 , 2020

7:00 pm

EHS, door #3, Room C115A

Click here or on the picture to view the agenda.

RBBCSC's Response Plan for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This letter was sent out via email from Dr. Sanders on Friday, March 6.

Dear RBB School Community,

On behalf of the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation, I want to thank you for the opportunity to provide your sons and daughters with a healthy and safe learning environment. For this reason, RBBCSC regularly monitors the seriousness of an active flu season, the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), or other communicable illnesses.


To assist our school community in understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect our families from this illness, please refer to the following sites:


RBBCSC will encourage students and staff to practice the following good health hygiene to prevent the spread of any illness, including viruses:

  • Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisgnbMfKvI)

  • If soap and water are not available, use a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when experiencing symptoms such as fever or vomiting (symptoms should be gone for 24 hours, without using medications, before returning to school);

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces


RBBCSC will continually remind students of best practice hygiene through classroom instruction, school-wide announcements, and strategically placed posters (See Attachment) around our schools.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Next Steps

RBBCSC will continue the following:

  • Monitor the Coronavirus situation around the world and potentially in our own community.

  • Work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Monroe Department of Health.

  • Use deep cleaning best practices in our schools and on our buses.

  • Communicate with students, parents, staff, and the community.

Contingency Learning Plan: Preparing for Possibility of an Extended School Closure

What happens if a possible closure of school for an extended time becomes imminent?

  • Edgewood schools will work with families to return medication prior to closure.

  • RBBCSC will communicate the following plan to deliver instruction to students if school would close for an extended time:

    • RBBCSC will deliver instruction through regular eLearning Day practices.

      • Teachers will be available (email or phone) for student-parent-teacher communication throughout the hours of a regular school day.

  • Other accommodations will be developed for families without Internet access. Details of accommodations will be communicated once we know the extent of the potential school closings.

In the event that Edgewood Early Childhood Center is closed, families will be credited for any days their child would have attended preschool.

RBBCSC participated in a meeting with the Monroe County School Safety Committee this morning to discuss our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will continue working with the different agencies that make up this committee.

RBBCSC will do our best to be proactive in our decision making as we monitor further developments.

Thank you for being such valuable partners!


Dr. Sanders, Superintendent

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Lifelines of the Month

LIFELINES are the character traits that are taught at school so that everyone is using the same vocabulary. They may be taught in a different order at the buildings, but these have been introduced or reflected on this month at EPS & EIS:

Wellness - to take care of your body and mind

Problem Solving - to create solutions in difficult situations and everyday problems

Courage - to act according to one's beliefs

Be sure to discuss these at home and integrate them into your at-home language - you'll be impressed at how quickly they remember the definitions and follow through!

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EECC Enrollment Information for 2020/2021 School Year

Enrollment at Edgewood Early Childhood Center

It's time to think about plans for next year at EECC!

Enrollment opened March 2, and we encourage you to enroll ASAP if you are interested in a place for your preschooler in the fall. Half-day classes are available for students turning three by October 1. Half-day (four by October 1) and full-day (four by August 1) pre-K options are available, as well. All classes are available two, three, or five days a week. The rate for half-day classes is $12.50 per day and full-day classes are $25.00 per day. Latch Key services before and after school are also available. Contact Matt Wooden, Preschool Coordinator, with questions at mwooden@rbbschools.net, and use the QR code here to visit our enrollment page.

Edgewood Early Childhood Center (EECC) Preschool - PreK

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Edgewood Primary School (EPS) K-2

EPS Website Link

PTO Facebook Link "Like" us!

Important Dates Link

Volunteer Form Link

Lunch Reservations Link

If you have additional questions, please call EPS during school hours at 812-876-9600.

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Edgewood Intermediate School (EIS) 3-5

EIS Website Link

EIS Facebook Page Link "Like" us!

Important Dates Link

AR Book Link

If you have additional questions, please call EIS during school hours at 812-876-2219.

From the PTO:

The Spring Spirit Wear Sale is open now through March 23rd (www.tinyurl.com/RBBSPRING). Orders will be delivered the week of April 6th. Grab your short-sleeved shirts and windbreakers now!

Interested in helping with the end of school events (e.g., last day of school festivities)? Interested in being involved with PTO next year? Come to a meeting or email us for more information at eis.pto.345@gmail.com.


Wednesday, March 11 in EIS Library

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Register to Support!

Make sure that you are signed up with Kroger Rewards and Amazon Smile. It's the easiest form of fundraising there is! EIS gets quarterly checks from both organizations and every cent matters!

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4th Graders in Mrs. Majors' Class Collecting POP TABS for Riley

Mrs. Majors' 4th graders are collecting POP TABS to send to Riley Hospital for Children in May. If you would like to help them fill a 5-gallon container, please send your pop tabs to one of the following locations:

* EIS - attention Mrs. Majors

* EPS - attention Melanie Craig (her son is a 4th grader in Mrs. Majors' class)

Edgewood Junior High School (EJHS) 6-8

EJHS Website Link


Important Dates Link

Student Newspaper Catch-Up with the Colts Link

If you have additional questions, please call EJHS during school hours at 812-876-2005.

The EJHS secretary will send out a Daily Announcements (LINK) through email each day. The announcements are not archived, so it is important to open this link daily for the most up-to-date information.

From the PTO:

This is a quick reminder that the EJHS spirit wear sale is currently underway and ends right after spring break, March 23. Snag a fun short-sleeved baseball tee or packable windbreaker jacket and support your Edgewood schools. Apparel will be delivered the week of April 6 and 100% of proceeds go back into supporting EJHS students and teachers! There is a flyer attached so you can see what the apparel looks like, you can purchase online here: https://edgewood2017.formstack.com/forms/spring_2020

We’ve also revamped and reenergized the spring break reading challenge! Every student who reads a total of 300 minutes over the 10 days of Spring Break will automatically earn a full-size candy bar. Then, the student who reads the most minutes PLUS one student drawn at random will win a gift card! The reading logs are available online (link below) and must be turned in by Wednesday, March 25. LINK: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1HDscgPY5nsUYyf4cBmxWHtQHhsh6LDAUueCvDQRBp4A/edit?pli=1

The EJHS PTO invites you to join us to help support the EJHS students, teachers and staff! There are opportunities that fit every schedule and interest--whether it is sending in items for pitch-ins, spending time helping at events, or simply attending meetings to stay connected to what is happening at the school! You can find information about the PTO on Facebook, or you can join the email list by sending a note to EJHSPTO@Outlook.com.

Thanks for all of your support this year! Your EJHS PTO


VOICE Indiana is a statewide youth empowerment brand for youth ages 13-18, whose initiative is to engage, educate, and empower teens to celebrate a tobacco-free lifestyle. Gain practical experience in advocacy, leadership, public speaking, and much more! Trainings and materials will be provided by the Tobacco Free Coalition of Monroe County’s Tobacco Prevention Coordinator. For more information on how to apply, contact Patricia Colon at pcolon@iuhealth.org. Parents, keep an eye out for an upcoming parent education session too!

VOICE - https://www.voiceindiana.org/

Edgewood High School (EHS) 9-12

EHS Website Link

EHS Counseling Office Link

Important Dates Link

If you have additional questions, please call EHS during school hours at 812-876-2277.

The EHS secretary will send out a Daily Announcements (LINK) through email each day. The announcements are not archived, so it is important to open this link daily for the most up-to-date information.

Mulch Fundraiser from the Edgewood Wrestling Team

Looking for quality mulch? Don't want to spread it yourself? Here is the fundraiser for you!

The Edgewood Wrestling Team is offering their annual mulch fundraiser this year, but are limiting it to the first 125 yards per delivery day (Saturday, April 11th & Saturday, May 9th).

They offer pick-up, delivery (for an additional charge), and the opportunity to have a student spread it for you (at an additional charge).

Mulch colors come in BROWN & BLACK.

Click here for more details and to order!

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File your Taxes for FREE!

Starting January 30th, Monroe, Owen and Brown county residents can file their taxes for free with the Free Community Tax Service and receive 100% of their refund quickly and easily – usually in just 10 days or less.

Throughout tax season IRS-certified volunteers will help low- and moderate-income residents file their federal and Indiana tax returns for free, claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) if eligible, and receive their full refund quickly. The Free Community Tax Service is offering twelve full-service tax prep sites in 2020, including a new full-service site at the Brown County Library and a new site serving Chinese International Students at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

To learn more about the Free Community Tax Service and the EITC qualifications, view free tax preparation sites dates and times, download a tax preparation checklist and learn how to book an appointment visit www.MonroeUnitedWay.org/FreeTaxes.

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Mark your calendars and sign up today for an exciting Experience 4-H event all about the animals! 4-H is Wild About Animal Conservation will be an event that youth interested in animal conservation will not want to miss.

Open to all Indiana youth in grades 6-12 (4-H members and non- 4-H members), we’ll be hosting an Experience 4-H @ Purdue on Saturday, April 4, 2020. This experience will begin at 9 AM at the Purdue Animal Science Research Farms- Aquaculture Research Lab (West Lafayette, IN) with the fascinating Hellbender- aka North America’s largest salamanders. After the research farm experience parents/ guardians will transport youth back to campus. The late morning session will allow youth to learn about animal behavior with one of Purdue’s top Animal Behaviorist. In the afternoon, Columbian Park Zoo will introduce youth to the various career opportunities and why conservation is important. Columbian Park Zoo will also be bringing some of their animals for a meet and greet activity! The fun will end the day around 3 PM.

The cost to attend is $20/per youth, which includes lunch and supplies. You do not have to be enrolled in 4-H to attend. Registration is through 4HOnline and will end March 30th. If you need assistance registering you can contact Cara Harbison at charbi@purdue.edu or 765-494-8437. The registration is open to 30 youth, so do not delay sign up today. Website link: https://extension.purdue.edu/4h/Pages/Experience4H.aspx

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Do you have information you would like included in this newsletter?

If you do, please email Jill Ferguson at jferguson@rbbschools.net. The deadline for information to be sent is the 10th of each month. Please send flyers in a JPG format if possible or in a PDF format.