May 16, 2016 News Blast

One more week to BIKE, WALK or BUS to school!

For one more week, Edgewood is encouraging families to help their students bike, walk or bus to school. Students are tracking their participation on a card at school.

Remember, if you can’t walk the entire way, park a few blocks away and enjoy the remainder of the trip by walking. Or drop off your student at the Spencer Butte Middle School parking lot between 7:55 and 8:10 a.m. to walk with Principal Larry and some teachers this week!

Prizes will be drawn on Friday, May 20 and Monday, May 23.

Edgewood PTA meets Tuesday

The Edgewood PTA meets Tuesday, May 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. We have a packed agenda-discussion of classroom sizes, discussion of officer elections and approval of next year’s budget. Childcare provided in the cafeteria by YMCA staff.

Orientation for Incoming Kinders this Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30.

Kindergarten Enrollment Packets for 2016-2017 are ready! If you have a Kinder starting next year, you can already pick up an enrollment packet up at the office. We will also have a Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30. This is an opportunity for parents and incoming Kinders to hear about the KG program, meet the teachers and ask questions.

Come out for Edgewood’s Field Day!

Edgewood’s Field Day is Tuesday, June 14, and it promises to be great fun for all the students. The Kinder through 2nd graders will have field day from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and the 3rd through 5th graders will have field day from 1:15-2:30 p.m. We’ll need 2-3 volunteers from each class to help the students with the races/games. Please let your teacher know or email coordinator Michelle Stecher at

The A to Z Salad Bar 
This Thursday, May 19, Edgewood students will be invited to experience a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from Apples to Zucchini and everything in between! This gives the students an opportunity to learn, discuss, and taste foods that are healthy and nutritious! Hot lunch is priced as usual, but trying the A to Z salad bar is free to sample for all students even if you bring a cold lunch!
From our Nurse….
Germs are still floating around, and we are seeing absences for all kinds of illness! We want EVERYONE to have a healthy Memorial Day Weekend!! Please support our efforts to keep students and staff healthy by reviewing the following guidelines and keeping your child home if he/she seems unwell:
  • As a general rule, we ask that you do not send your child to school within 24 hours of an episode of vomiting, diarrhea, or fever > 100F
  • If your child has a suspicious or stubborn rash, blister(s), sore(s), an itchy eye with discharge or a sore throat, please call your child’s health care provider before sending him/her to school.
  • If your child is uncomfortable, fatigued, not eating or sleeping well, etc., consider keeping him/her home. These are the early signs that your child may be ill.
  • When you call the office, please let us know if your child is absent because of illness.
  • Please model and practice good hand and respiratory hygiene at home. Washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes with the crook of your arm really does help stem the spread of germs.
  • Lice are always around in the elementary setting. Please check your children once in a while after a bath or shower for bugs or eggs (“nits,”) especially if they are complaining of an itchy head. Early treatment with an effective product, followed by daily combing before school helps protect us all against infestations.
  • If your child does not have health insurance or a health provider, he/she can receive low or no-cost basic health care at the Churchill HS School-Based Health Center (541 790-5227) or at one of Lane County’s Community Health Centers (541 682-3550.) Please call for an appointment!
Be well and thanks for your help!
Helana Kadyszewski, RN
(541) 790-5746

Two more days to help Edgewood win these imaginative blocks for young students and their big buddies!

The Imagination Playground block set helps kids learn through play! The Big Blue Blocks inspire children to design their own inventions, environments and activities while encouraging child-directed free play-they stack, connect and channel. Principal Larry and Edgewood teachers love the idea of using these blocks to encourage free play and learning between older and younger students.

We can all vote once per day between now and May 18, and the winner is the one with the most votes! Share with your Facebook friends, tweet out the news and spread the word! Please log on to the site and vote as often as you can. Edgewood kids could use these blocks!

Enter “Edgewood Community Elementary School” when you vote (the exact name is important)!

More Bike+Walk events this weekend!

The weekend of May 20th-22nd is turning into a special Family Biking Weekend and we hope you can join us and one or more of these really fun events!

Family Biking Social: From Everyday Transport to Full On Adventures

Friday 6:30pm, Barn Light East (545 E 8th Ave)
A special presentation and inspiration from local & national experts to help you take the first steps to getting your family on bikes or to take your riding adventures to the next level. Special guest Madi Carlson, Seattle family biking rock star and author of “Urban Cycling” will be there, along with other local experts talking about family bike adventures near and far. Whether you want to figure out how to get your kids to school, do a basic grocery run, or plan an overnight camping trip we’ll have some good tips and tricks to share!

Family Safety Fair
Saturday 10am-2pm, Willamalane Center (250 S. 32nd St., Springfield)
The biggest safety event of the year! Learn about safe homes, safe bicycles, and safe driving.  SRTS will be there with a table and a Traffic Garden! You can also sign up for having smoke detectors installed, get your kids’ car seats and boosters checked, and win some fabulous prizes! No tickets required. Free admission.

Kidical Mass Prince Ride 
Saturday 2pm, Meet at Monroe Park (8th & Monroe)
Bike decorating (thanks to the UO student group, LiveMove) at Monroe Park then we’ll rock out to some Prince tunes as we ride over to Prince Pücklers for some free ice cream! Feel free to dress in whatever themed clothing you think might fit…but definitely something you can dance in. Join us as we welcome Madi Carlson, author of “Urban Cycling” and family biking rock star from Seattle, on this classic Kidical Mass ride.

Confident Cycling for Families Class
Sunday 9am-Noon, Camas Ridge Community School
Class attendees will not only learn about basic traffic skills but also learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, how to properly fit a helmet, how to size a bicycle for a child, and how to properly carry things on a bicycle. Information will also be provided about gear and clothing, proper lighting, use of lights, and locking a bike. Half the course will be conducted indoors and the last portion will be held in the parking lot with skills & drills before a final ride on neighborhood streets.

This class is made for parents AND kids so all participants are asked to bring a bicycle and a helmet with them to class. Some reduced cost helmets will be available. Anyone requiring a loaner bicycle for the class is asked to state that in the comments section of the registration form. This class is geared towards children ages 5 – 13 and is free and open to all families but registration is required.

“I Never Thought About It That Way!”

Paul Bodin, a philosophy professor at the University of Oregon, is putting together a forum to be held at the 4J District Education Center, 200 N. Monroe, on May 20th and 21st. The event is free…lunch is even provided…and is intended for students, parents, teachers, and administrators, K-12. The event will feature a keynote speaker, Peter Worley, Co-founder of The Philosophy Foundation and leading author of philosophical inquiry curriculum. Peter is coming from London, England, and will speak on Friday night. There will also be 3rd-5th grade philosophical discussions on Saturday. Register for this free event by logging on to: c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link 

Celebrate the man behind the voice of The Ducks!

On Friday May 20th at 4pm Oregon Baseball will be hosting Don Essig Day, for all elementary school students. Don Essig is most famously known for being the voice of the ducks at Autzen Stadium, but he was a teacher, as well as principal, at many schools within the Eugene area.

During this PAC-12 match-up against the Arizona Wildcats, children 12 years and under will get in free. We have also provided a group discount rate for staff and families.

Football/Cheerleading season

South Eugene/Churchill Youth Football & Cheer is getting ready to start another exciting and safe cheerleading and football season for kids in K-8 grade. We offer competitive games and a safe practice structure. Come to one of following registration dates to sign up, meet coaches and other players.

Registration Dates (@ South Eugene High School Gym, west side)

May 1st Online Registration Opens
May 22nd 10am-1pm
June 4th 10am-12pm
June 5th 12pm-2pm
June 11th 12-3pm
Practices begin August 15th.

State Championship games are played at Autzen Stadium at the end of the season.

Can’t make a live registration? Register Online! 

More summer camp options

Lane United’s Youth Summer Camps are the premier summer camp option for young athletes looking to develop their skills in a fun and educational environment. Lane United’s experienced coaching staff and players will lead campers in activities and small-sided games that will allow them to hone their soccer skills and develop core physical abilities (speed, agility, balance, coordination). Camps are available in three sessions: June 27-30 (runs 1-4pm at Willamalane), July 18-21 (runs 9am-12pm at Willamalane), and August 8-11 (runs 9am-12pm at Spencer Butte Middle School).

Camps are open to boys and girls of all skills levels ages 8-14. Cost is $95 for each 4-day camp. There will also be a discount for families registering siblings of $10 off per player.

To register, visit or call (541) 393-9091.


Thank you to all of the parents who came to last week’s PTA budget meeting. It is vitally important to have input and feedback about how the fundraising dollars are spent, and we appreciate you adding another meeting to your busy schedule!

Thank you to all the Edgewood families for supporting your students’ bike+walk+bus to school challenge. We know that it might make your mornings a bit more hectic, and we appreciate your sacrifice. Your students are coming to school excited about getting to school an alternative way!

Have a great week,

John Stapleton, PTA president,
Beth Casper, PTA vice-president,
David NT, PTA Secretary,
Meridith Turnbull, PTA Treasurer,