Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

October 14, 2020

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WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Rock the School House - Last Chance for Free Dessert!

Attend Rock the School House - At-Home Edition on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Attendees who want a Rock the School House experience at home can do that by getting an event pass starting at just $20 per household. Supporters can even purchase an All-Access Pass that includes local specialty snacks, exclusive drinks and DIY event activities. Notably, if you purchase an All-Access Pass by this Thursday, October 15, your event kit will include a free dessert! Passes are on sale through October 15 by visiting our event website: https://www.moundsviewschools.org/passes If you just want to tune in for the program (no purchase required), visit the same website for more information.

No School Thursday & Friday

Reminder that there is no Distance/Blended Learning or Learning Plus on Thursday - Friday, October 15-16, due to MEA. The front office will be open until 12:00 p.m. on Thursday and closed on Friday. Enjoy the long weekend!

Take Home Lunch Update

Starting October 23, take home lunches will be discontinued on Fridays ONLY. Students will receive a 2-day take home bag on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Mark Your Calendar

Friday, November 6 - No Learning Plus. (8th Grade Distance Learners ONLY will be taking the Pre-ACT from 7:35-11:30 a.m. onsite) Parents/guardians will need to provide transportation to and from school. Watch for more information regarding this day soon.


Thursday, November 12 - Our next VIRTUAL Parent Circle. The topic will be "Teaching Through a Social Justice Lens". Watch for sign-up information in a future E-news.

Lifetouch Photos

Lifetouch photos were taken last week Wed-Fri. Reminder that if you'd like to order photos, it can be done online here.


If students did not get their photo taken for the yearbook, you may take a picture at home and submit it to Ms. Penner (anna.penner@moundsviewschools.org) by November 30 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.

EPAT (EW PARENTS AND TEACHERS)

Join Us for Our Next VIRTUAL Meeting!

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. Our next committee meeting is Monday, October 19, at 7:00 PM via Zoom. In this meeting, we will be discussing how EPAT can assist with upcoming Edgewood events. We are also in need of filling these key positions for the 2020-21 school year:


  • Fall Fundraiser
  • School Event Coordinator
  • Staff Appreciation Coordinator

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.

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.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

SEPPAC Meeting

The first virtual meeting for the Mounds View District Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council (SEPPAC) is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 6:45-8:15 p.m.


Join the meeting here.


Agenda

  • Introductions of SEPPAC co-chairs and District special education leadership

  • Overview of SEPPAC

  • Mental health during COVID-19 with the following guest speakers:

    • Julia Geigle, MSW, LICSW

    • Carla Anton, MA, LMFT

OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE

Attention Gymnasts!

The girls gymnastics team is having a meet and greet with the new coaching staff and captains on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. We will meet at Irondale in the multipurpose room. Stop by to meet the new coaching staff and get any questions answered about this 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.

COVID INFORMATION

Understanding the COVID-19 Notification Process

Now that schools are open for blended (hybrid) learning, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “Will I be notified if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in my child’s school?”


Given the local incidence of positive COVID-19 cases in our county and communities, it’s reasonable to expect that schools will see positive case reports from students and staff. When that occurs, there are two types of notifications that may be made if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our schools.


Close contact notifications

If any known school occupant has a confirmed case of COVID-19, school staff will partner with the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct contact tracing to identify close contacts of anyone with a confirmed case who attended school while infectious. Close contact is when someone is within six feet of the ill person for at least 15 minutes. All close contacts of a confirmed case will be notified of their exposure and asked to stay at home for 14 days since their last exposure to the confirmed case.


General notifications

The risk of exposure for non-close contact individuals present in the building on that date is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community. These students and staff are not considered to be at higher risk, and there is nothing additional they need to do. For privacy reasons, schools can’t share many details about the status of a person who tests positive for COVID-19. However, after close contact notifications have been made, schools may sometimes notify families of students who shared a classroom, learning space, bus route or small group with the infected person. Who is notified depends entirely on the specific circumstances of the person’s presence at the school. It is unlikely there will be a mass notification of an entire school community simply because of a single positive case present in the building.


Students and staff who are not close contacts of a person with a confirmed case or who were not in a shared space with an infected person should not expect to receive a notification from the school. These students and staff are not considered to be at higher risk, and there is nothing additional they need to do.

Home Screening

Answer these screening questions each time you are going to send your child to school, child care, or another youth program. If you answer “yes” to any question, your child should stay home.

When to stay home?

Please follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).


https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/homescreen.pdf


https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/attendance.pdf


*Please note that if you have one student who needs to stay home with one or more common symptoms of COVID or two or more less common symptoms, their siblings also need to stay home until COVID has been ruled out as the cause of illness.


What is isolation?


Isolation means keeping someone who is sick away from others to help keep the illness from spreading.


What is quarantine?


Quarantine means keeping someone who is not sick yet, but was exposed to a sick person away from others. This is used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 because people can spread it before developing symptoms.


What to do if your student needs to stay home due to illness, quarantine or while awaiting COVID test results?


Call your school’s attendance line to report your student’s absence. School staff will contact you to help determine the length of recommended absence based on the MDH COVID-19 Decision Tree.


What if my child tests positive for COVID-19?


Please contact your school’s COVID Coordinator or Health Office to report the positive test result. We will work with you to ensure you have the information you need and begin identifying and notifying close contacts under the guidance of MDH.


Will this information be shared?


We will not share any identifying information about a lab-confirmed case that is reported to us except for the purpose of reporting to MDH.


Will we be informed if a positive case is reported in school?


There are two levels of notification that would be shared as appropriate when a lab-confirmed case is reported to school.

Close contact notification - close contacts will be notified when a lab-confirmed case is reported and receive direct information regarding quarantine and next steps. This contact tracing will be conducted in partnership with MDH.


General notifications - when a lab-confirmed case is reported in a classroom or school setting, families of students who share a classroom, learning space, bus route, small group, etc. will be notified after close contacts have been identified.

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL

Ways to Support Edgewood

You can support Edgewood by participating in the below fundraisers year-round:


AmazonSmile - Operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.


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.


For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.


Thank you for your support!

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