Apr. 18, 2016 News Blast

Don’t throw away those electronics or appliances with a cord!

Just like last year, Edgewood will be participating in an e-waste recycling competition with up to 19 other schools. Save any electronic waste (computers, keyboards, monitors or anything with a cord) and Next Step recycling will have a bin at the school for collection from tomorrow, April 19th, to Wednesday, April 27th.

PTA Meeting tomorrow night

The PTA meets tomorrow (Tuesday, April 19th) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. We’ll be hearing the principal’s report, a teacher’s report and an update about a reading Olympics pilot project for next year. Join us to find out what’s happening at Edgewood!

Lost and Found items

We will be hanging the most recent batch of lost and found items out on the breezeway tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19 through the end of school. This is an easy way to see what has gotten buried in those lost and found bins. Hopefully, several items will find their way to their homes again. Please come and reclaim lost items.  

Earth Day Friday

On Friday, April 22, your students will be treated to a special BRING Recycling lesson on reducing, reusing and recycling in honor of Earth Day! Be sure to ask them what they learned and how you can help at home.

How can you participate in preparing for Edgewood Fun Night? We are so glad you asked!

Our annual school carnival and silent auction featuring carnival games, beautiful raffle baskets, food trucks, snacks, disco, wine wall, and more is Friday, April 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Here’s how families are invited to participate:

* Classroom Carnival Booth: Families will be asked to sign up for shifts setting up and decorating a carnival game booth. Sign-up sheets will be posted at classrooms Monday, April 11th and are available online at http://vols.pt/3v8mz5

* Classroom Baskets: Classrooms will be sponsoring a theme basket to be raffled at Edgewood Fun Night. Families are asked to donate items to the basket. Donations of goods or cash/check for the theme basket will be collected Monday, April 11th through Tuesday, April 26th.

* Silent Auction: Edgewood Families with businesses are welcome to donate gift certificates or merchandise to be included in the silent auction. Donations can be taken to the school office, or contact edgewoodfunnight@gmail.com for more details.

* Bookcycle: Families can donate books to be sold for tickets at the event. Leftover books go to the school library, with the excess going to a local bookmobile.

* Freecycle

: Families can donate clothing and shoes that will be available to all at the event. A collection tub is currently in front of the office welcoming your donations.
(Collection tubs for the Freecycle and Bookcycle are stationed in front of the office.)

Additional ways to participate for Fun Night

Planning and event volunteers are necessary to make this a memorable night for all -contact edgewoodfunnight@gmail.com if you would like more information about helping

Wow Newts! Nearby Nature Quest this month

Enjoy a newt-themed Nature Quest in Tugman Park! Learn about these cool critters from naturalist Tom Titus as we explore the wild side of this south Eugene park. Event co-sponsored by the Eugene’s Southeast Neighbors. Meet at the Tugman Park picnic shelter (3666 Hilyard Street, Eugene) on Saturday, April 30, from 10 am-noon. Members are free; non-members $5/family. Pre-register: 541-687-9699 or http://www.nearbynature.org/pre-registration. 

Want to host an international exchange student for the 2016-17 school year?

CCI Greenheart brings high school exchange students to the Eugene area, and it is looking for loving families to host them. The main requirement is love, kindness and the willingness to learn about your student’s culture while sharing your own. Students are here for 1 or 2 semesters and attend your local high school. We also have participants that come from anywhere between 2-8 weeks in the summer.

For the 2016-2017 school year, our students are age 15-18 and have the appropriate visa, medical insurance and their own spending money. We have students from over 60 countries with a variety of interests, talents, and hobbies. It is also an incredible opportunity to make the lifelong dream of an international teen come true, enrich the lives of your family and those in your community, and contribute in a significant way to global peace and understanding

Please contact me for additional information or with any questions you may have. You may also visit our website for more information at https://www.cci-exchange.com/host-families/long-term-hosting/  

Generosity Feeds Edgewood!

On Saturday, May 14, 300 volunteers will be producing and packaging 10,000 ready-to-distribute servings of beans and rice through Generosity Feeds, a nonprofit that mobilizes people to package food and feed children who are hungry outside of school hours. Edgewood Village will receive 1,000 servings of rice and beans for our food pantry.

Want to help package? The event is Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. to noon at Bertha Holt Elementary. It is a family event and children as young as 3 can participate! You must register at www.generosityfeedseugene.org  and the event will fill up quickly.

Start planning for summer camps!

Nearby Nature: Looking for a way to get your kids outside this summer? Then you should check out Nearby Nature’s outdoor day camps in Alton Baker Park! These camps are a wonderful medley of hands-on adventure, play, nature, science, art, and gardening. Kids hike, catch bugs, pick berries, canoe, bike, and do experiments. They sing, do crafts, play games, tell stories, act, and build forts. They also simply play outside! Nearby Nature camps run June 20-September 2, last one week each, and serve kids 3-13 years old. Half and full day options are available and enrollment is limited to 12 per camp. For registration and scholarship information, see http://www.nearbynature.org/programs/daycamps or call 541-687-9699. 

Soccer Camp: Registration is now open for the 32nd annual South Eugene High School soccer camp! The camp is open for kids entering 1-8th grades. All levels of experience welcome! The camp runs June 20-24. The cost is $130 and we offer a discount for siblings.  Learn more & register: www.southeugenesoccerclub.org.

LCC Spark Academy: Offers full and half day summer camps on computers and coding, 3D game design and digital music.  Appropriate for youth entering 4th-8th grades, these day camps will teach computer-based skills through fun activities that kids love like video game making and digital world and character development. In addition to computer skills, summer day camps are designed to encourage skill development in collaboration, communication, and problem-solving, all while having fun. For dates, times, and other details visit lanecc.edu/sparkacademy. Email Spark Academy Program Coordinator, Bliss Newton, at spark@lanecc.edu or call 541.463.6100.

Appreciations

Thank you to Jill Mina, the Green Team Coordinator, for helping to organize such a special Earth Day extravaganza with a lesson from BRING recycling! Edgewood students are in for a treat!

Thank you to Susan Carey and Bree Bouse for their incredible work with the Edgewood OBOB team at the state tournament. Your leadership with the students showed!

Thank you to Gayle Sawyer for pulling together dozens of volunteers in preparation for Edgewood’s Fun Night. This is a colossal effort and your organization is very much appreciated.

Thank you to Julia McMorran for collecting clothing items for a fabulous Freecycle event at Fun Night! You are putting together a great opportunity for families to shop for the summer and next school year!

Thank you to all of the Edgewood parents who are helping care for the Fun Night carnival booths, donating to the classroom baskets and spending time volunteering on Fun Night. Our students will remember this annual event for a lifetime, so your efforts are so appreciated!

Have a great week,

John Stapleton, PTA president, presidentPTAEdgewood@gmail.com
Beth Casper, PTA vice-president, vicepresident.PTAEdgewood@gmail.com
David NT, PTA Secretary, infinitepublic@yahoo.com
Meridith Turnbull, PTA Treasurer, gonthajones@hotmail.com