Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

September 25, 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

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A Million Dreams

Welcome back both blended and distance learning students! No matter what the school year looks like, teachers across the Mounds View School District are here to support you in achieving your dreams. Please enjoy this compilation of motivational messages from district staff accompanied by an in-house performance of "A Million Dreams" by members of the district's music teaching staff.

Virtual Parent Circle

REVISED DATE: Edgewood Middle School will be holding their first VIRTUAL Parent Circle on October 8, 2020, from 5:30-7:00 PM. Parent Circles is a themed discussion that gives families a voice and an opportunity to provide input and feedback. See information below to join the Parent Circle:


Parent Circles Link for October 8, 2020 5:30-7 PM

https://meet.google.com/fov-uiop-wvq

Dial-in: (US) +1 575-914-2088

PIN: 593 311 473#

Fall Lifetouch Photos

Lifetouch photos will take place on the followng days:


Wednesday, October 7

Picture Day for Cohort 1 Learners


Thursday, October 8

Picture Day for Cohort 2 Learners


Friday, October 9

Picture Day for Distance Learners and anyone else who missed. Watch for more information on the timeframe of when to bring your student for their photo, more than likely, It will be in the morning sometime.


We ask that all students get their pictures taken on the day they are scheduled for the student IDs/yearbook. If you'd like to order photos, it can be done online here.

Hello from the Edgewood Library!

Some of you are wondering if your kids will get to check out books from the library or not this year. Yes! They sure will.


Blended Learners will come the library to check out books with their class and also have the option of having books delivered to their 7th period class on the days they are in school. This document gives blended learners all the information they need to get books this year!


Distance Learners can put books on hold and pick up anytime between 8-3:30 on school days. This document gives all the information distance learners need to make it happen!


Thanks for your flexibility and support as we get this weird year up and running!

Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl is a competitive trivia sport in which students compete on teams to answer questions quickly. This year, we will practice online and possibly attend a virtual meet. We will meet on Tuesdays at 2:45, beginning on September 29th. Fill out THIS FORM to receive a Google Calendar invite.

GSA

GSA is a group for LGBTQ+ students and allies, and it's a ton of fun! We play games, get to know each other, and talk about issues related to the LGBTQ+ community. This year, we will meet virtually on Fridays at 10:30 am, beginning on October 2. Fill out THIS FORM to receive a Google Calendar invite.

Ski & Snowboarding

This information may seem a bit early, but Ski and snowboard season is going to approach us quickly! With so much uncertainty with Covid -19, and the limited amount of participants that can ride a bus, we will not be able to offer our After school ski and snowboarding program that usually starts in December. If the situation improves by the first of the year, we will try to offer a 4 week session in February.


However, we do have options for all of you snow lovers, Family Days will continue on Sundays. We will be offering 8 - 10 sessions, dates are TBD , but will be posted by Mid-November. You provide your own transportation. You will have the opportunity to purchase both lift tickets and rentals at a reduced rate.


Wild Mountain is offering some great deals for the upcoming season, and an equipment swap

over the next couple of weekends. Ski pass deals being offered through October 5.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barb at 651-621-6055.

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.

Meals for Students

Meals for blended learning students

Free breakfast and lunch will be available to all students on the days that they are at school. Students will also be offered a bag with breakfast and lunch to take home for their at-home learning day(s). Students will not need to pay or enter a PIN number to receive these meals.


Free meals will also be available for students attending Tier 1 childcare.


Meals for distance learning students
Free meals will be available for all distance learning students every Friday, starting September 25, for curbside pickup from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the following sites:



Each bag will contain five breakfasts and five lunches. Meals will be FREE to all students. Families and students will not need to provide a name or PIN number to pick up the meals. If school is not in session on a certain Friday, meal pick-up will occur the previous day at the same time listed above.


The Minnesota Department of Education has announced an extension of the USDA’s “Free Meals for Kids” program until December 31, 2020, or until funds run out. This program provides free meals for all students regardless of eligibility.


The September lunch menu can be found here.


PLEASE NOTE: If your student is bringing their own snacks/lunch to school, please refrain from bringing any peanut-based items due to peanut allergies. Thank you for your cooperation!

Attendance Reminder

Each student is invited to their grade level Google Classroom each morning, in which a form will be assigned to them to fill out for Attendance before 11:59 PM each day. If they fill it out, they are marked present for the day. If they do not fill it out by 11:59 PM they will be marked absent for the day.


If your student has not joined their grade level Google Classroom, here are the following join links:


6th Grade: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTM5NzMyODAzNDY4?cjc=reckq6g


7th Grade: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTQwMTQ5Nzc4MDU4?cjc=ovnq35k


8th Grade: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTQwMTQ2NjQxNzIx?cjc=gdcegyr


Any questions: Contact Julie Hartinger (julie.hartinger@moundsviewschools.org)

Extended Absence Form

We realize there are times when families take vacations when school is in session. If that is the case, we ask that you please complete our "Extended Absence Form". This form is used to inform the school office and teachers of your child's absence. Also, just a reminder to parents planning to take students out-of-town for a week or more should arrange with the teachers/Deans to have school assignments issued in advance of the trip. Students should also plan to stay after school, if needed, when they return to make up missed work.

EPAT (EW PARENTS AND TEACHERS)

What's EPAT?

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. There are quarterly meetings and online communication to conduct the business of the organization. This is not your elementary school PTA; the time commitment is much less, especially when there are more parents involved in key positions and just volunteering to assist at events. Your help is needed for those key positions for the 2020-21 school year. Critical Positions that must be filled include:


  • Fall Fundraiser / Ralph Reader Snack Pack Coordinator
  • School Event Coordinator
  • Staff Appreciation Coordinator

If you have ever looked at the school and thought I wish I knew more about what was going on or had ideas on ways to improve our EW community, this is a great platform to both learn from and help make a difference. 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.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Mounds View Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee

The Mounds View Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee is seeking representatives to serve on the committee for the 2020-21 school year. Committee members work in partnership with the district and community to gain knowledge and provide feedback about curriculum and other instructional issues.

If you are interested, please answer the questions found in this link Mounds View Curriculum Advisory Application.


As we navigate this school year and how to safely hold our Curriculum Advisory Committee meetings, we are exploring our in person options as well as virtual options for our members. We plan to meet three times this year, once in November, Jan/Feb and March/April. More information will be sent to those community members who are interested in being part of our committee. We kindly ask that you complete the form below as soon as possible so we can begin planning. We look forward to our time together.


Please see the Mounds View Curriculum Advisory website for meeting dates, past topics and other important information regarding the committee. If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Zahn at 651.621.6040 or by e-mail at gretchen.zahn@moundsviewschools.org.

OUR EYES ARE ON IRONDALE

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

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.

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.


Food Taste Testing - Earn some extra $$CASH$$ and sample some really great food. All you have to do is log on and register at www.fpitesters.com.


Thank you for your support!

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