JAN. 23, 2017 NEWS BLAST

Planning a super fun Fun Night!
Fun Night is Edgewood’s spring carnival-a time to celebrate our community with carnival games, raffles, a silent auction and food carts! As many of you already know, planning for Fun Night takes a lot of volunteers. Fun Night Coordinator Gayle Sawyer has set up two meetings for you to find out more about how to help at Fun Night-there are dozens of opportunities and many hands make light work!

The two meetings are:
* Tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at McMenamins on E. 19th
* Friday, Jan. 27th at 8:35 a.m. (right after drop-off) in the Edgewood cafeteria
The content at both meetings will be the same, it is offered twice to accommodate varied schedules. These are informational, brainstorming meetings for anyone interested in helping out in any way with the event – from donating a bike, to decorating the gym. For more information, contact Gayle at gayle.lb.sawyer@gmail.com.

Friday night Movie Night at Edgewood!
Come enjoy a free movie at Edgwood this Friday, Jan. 27th at 6:15 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. The movies are ‘Storks’ and ‘Jungle Book.’ This is a PTA-sponsored event, so there is no staff supervision available and no drop-offs, please. Snacks can be brought or purchased at the event – cost of snacks ranges from .50-$1/item, cash only and they benefit the 5th-graders Outdoor School. Gym mats are available, feel free to bring blankets and pillows. If you bring camp chairs, please set up in the rear of the room. The movies are FREE, but please consider bringing food for Edgewood Village’s Snack Pack program. (See more information below).
Please donate to the Edgewood Village Snack Pack program
The Edgewood Village is currently serving 19 children and their siblings every weekend. We have complete snack packs to last through the end of January. There will be tub outside of the office to collect food as of Wednesday, Jan. 25th. Please consider bringing in the following items to the collection tub or at the movie night, Friday, January 27:

Needed single-serve food items are:
juice boxes
non-refrigerated milks
cups of fruit
granola bars
beefaroni or spaghettios
packets of instant oatmeal
cereal bars
pudding cups
fruit snacks or strips

On Friday, February 10, Gayle Sawyer will host a snack pack stuffing party at drop-off (8:35 AM) in the cafeteria. Those interested can email me at gayle.lb.sawyer@gmail.com to participate.
Lost and Found in the Breezeway
The weather looks good this week and we will try and display the numerous lost and found items out on the breezeway. Please have your children look for their missing coats, lunchboxes, water bottles etc. If you are on campus, have a look yourself. We want lost items to return home!
Kids Yoga coming to Edgewood!
In these fun and active classes kids will stretch and energize their
bodies and their minds through individual and group poses, mindfulness
games and creative relaxation techniques. Packed with playfulness,
positivity and fun, these classes give kids the tools they need to manage
their behaviors to lead happier, healthier and more peaceful lives. Winter
session runs Fridays after school in Room #1 from Jan 27th – March 24th.
Cost is $84. Register online at www.yogaplaygrounds.net.
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.
Keep your eyes out for Reading Olympics!
Our NEW fundraiser, The Reading Olympics is coming up!  It will be a celebration of reading where students will be able to work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate of achievement award. This fundraiser is replacing the Direct Donation Drive. The goal is to raise $10,000 which goes directly into funding special programs in our school such as Artist in Residence, Field Trips, Outdoor School and more! More information will be coming in February. To volunteer, email PTAEdgewood@gmail.com
Oregon Battle of the Books nears
The next OBOB meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 1:45-2:45p.m. in the Edgewood Library. Students will battle all books!
On Wednesday mornings, get more OBOB battle practice! Join us in the Edgewood library for mock OBOB battles from 8:10-8:25am every Wednesday until Battle Week, which is Feb. 13 to 17. Drop in on your way to class.
After School Homework Club Coordinator Needed!
There is interest among the staff in starting an after-school homework club. If you are interested in taking the role of parent-in-charge (with direction from teacher Sally Krueger) of this project, please contact Tanya (bunson_t@4j.lane.edu) or Sally Krueger (krueger@4j.lane.edu). This is a great opportunity to help students complete their work and feel confident in their progress.
New Website address
Please note that the Edgewood PTA has a new Website address-easier to remember! It is http://edgewoodpta.com .
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