Edgewood News

An e-newsletter from Edgewood Middle School

October 8, 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.

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

Wednesday , October 14 - No Distance/Blended Learning for 8th graders ONLY. 6th and 7th graders blended and distance will still have 4 Core + 1 More Assignments. (8th Grade Blended Learners ONLY will be taking the Pre-ACT - see MEA Week below for more information.)


Thursday - Friday, October 15-16 - No Distance/Blended Learning or Learning Plus due to MEA.


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.


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.

MEA Week - Schedule Changes

The school schedule for the week of October 12 will look a bit differently for families:


Monday, October 12: Classes as usual, students should attend their Period 1, 3, 5, 7 classes.


Tuesday, October 13: Students should attend their Period 2, 4, 6, 7 classes.


Wednesday, October 14: All Hybrid 8th grade students ONLY at Edgewood Middle School will take the PreACT test. This assessment is approximately 150 minutes for the subject tests as well as a 60-minute student information session. Students will be testing in the morning starting at 7:45 a.m. and the afternoon will be participating in various activities until 2:15 p.m. Transportation will be provided to students who have a current bus pass. All other students will need to walk/bike or be dropped off and picked up.


NOTE: All Distance Learning 8th grade students will take the PreACT test on Friday, November 6.


We will be adhering to the Mounds View Health and Safety Guidelines for Assessments which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH guidelines for COVID-19, Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) statutes, result and standards, and Minnesota’s relevant and current executive orders.

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 meet on Tuesdays at 2:45. Fill out THIS FORM to receive a Google Calendar invite.

GSA Club

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. 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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