FEB. 14, 2017 NEWS BLAST

OBOB Battle Week is Here!
75 Edgewood students (3rd, 4th, and 5th graders) have been reading and rereading books all year in preparation for OBOB’s Battle Week. Teams will be battling questions on the 16 official OBOB books after school in the 4/5 quads on Monday-Thursday. The championship battle will be held on Friday at 9:40am in the gym. Information will be posted at the office as the tournament progresses. Parents, friends, and siblings are invited to watch and cheer on all 17 teams. We are super proud of all participants’ hard work and dedication this year! Good luck to all teams!
If your child attends the Y after school, please make sure to tell them your child’s OBOB battle schedule.
Reading Olympics is coming!
Students and teachers are gearing up for the upcoming Reading Olympics! It will be a celebration of reading where students will be able to work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate of achievement award. The goal is to raise $10,000 to support our school’s special programs, such as Artist-in-Residence, field trips, outdoor school and more. Students will be bringing home materials at the end of this month. To volunteer, email PTAEdgewood@gmail.com
Sign up for Edgewood Fun Night roles!
Everyone is welcome to help out at our signature community event, Fun Night. It is April 21st this year. It takes many volunteers to pull off this amazing night. Sign up for Edgewood Fun Night 2017 at  http://signup.com/go/mnhCcK

Library Volunteers Still Needed
We need a few volunteers to help re-shelve books in the library each week. This could be done in the morning at drop off or at the end of the day before pick up. Please let Tanya in the office know (541-790-8700; bunson_t@4j.lane.edu) if you are available to help re-shelve books and which morning(s) or afternoon(s) work best for you.  Specifically, we are looking for help on Tuesdays (morning or afternoon), Wednesday mornings or Friday mornings. Thank you to those that have already signed up to help!
Donations needed for the Front Office:
The office is in need of the following items. Please bring any of them by if you can!

– new / gently used coloring books
– plastic grocery bags (to bring home wet /muddy clothes)
– flushable wipes
– socks
– girls’ underwear (preferably smaller sizes)
– stretchy pants / sweats
Next week’s PTA meeting
The Edgewood PTA meets Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. This month’s special topic is how to help prevent major cuts to school funding with the budget shortfall at the state legislature. In addition, we’ll hear from Principal Larry Williams, an Edgewood teacher and coordinators of our upcoming events. Everyone is welcome and childcare is free in the cafeteria.
Parents, be a voice for your students and for our schools!
Stand for Children is offering an opportunity for parents to come to Salem, meet your state legislators and share your thoughts on school funding and raising our high school graduation rate. Training is provided.
It is Monday, Feb 20th (it’s a no-school day, you can bring students), from 9a.m. to 3p.m. at the State Capitol. For more information, contact Joy Marshall, Stand for Children, jmarshall@stand.org or 541-912-2921.
In the wake of Measure 97 failure
On Saturday, Feb. 25th from 1 to 3 p.m. the legislators from the state’s Ways and Means Committee are in Eugene to hear from Oregonians about how looming budget cuts will affect them. With a $1.8 billion state budget deficit, Oregon families are facing massive cuts to schools, health care, and the services they rely on daily. A Better Oregon is asking for people to show up to this meeting to tell them: Cuts to schools, health care and critical services are unacceptable so long as the world’s largest corporations pay the lowest corporate taxes in the entire nation here in Oregon.
The meeting is in Rooms 308-309 of Building 17 (The Forum) at Lane Community College, 4000 E 30th Ave. RSVP: bit.ly/ABOroadshow
Thank you to the hard workers who showed up to sort, pack, and store 332 snack packs last Friday. We now have enough  to go through mid- May, at which point the program will wrap for the school year.  Great first year. Just 6 weeks shy of making it through the school year. Hopefully we can generate more food and cash, donations going forward! And thank you Gayle Sawyer for organizing this wonderful program!

Thank you so much to Robin Detmer for handling and organizing all of the teacher requests for funding through the teacher and school fund. Robin has done a great job reaching out to teachers to find out what they need!

Thank you to Susan Carey, Julia McMorran and Stacey Ziegler for all of the hard work preparing the OBOB teams for this Battle Week. Your efforts have engaged so many students in reading!
We’ll see you in the breezeways,
Beth Casper, PTA president, PTAEdgewood@gmail.com
Billy Dahmen, PTA vice-president, vicepresident.PTAEdgewood@gmail.com
Amelia Reising, PTA Secretary, infinitepublic@yahoo.com
Meridith Turnbull, PTA Treasurer, gonthajones@hotmail.com