May 9, 2016 News Blast

It’s time to BIKE, WALK or BUS to school!

For the next two weeks, 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, on our second week (May 16- 20), 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!

Prizes will be drawn on Friday, May 20.

Fundraising dollars distributed for next year at Tuesday meeting!

On Tuesday, May 10th from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Edgewood Library, the PTA will be meeting to determine where all of our fundraising dollars will go next year. Please attend if you want a say in how we spend these hard-earned dollars.

Orientation for Incoming Kinders on 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 and parents 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

Want to help out with the FUN RUN next year?

Next year’s Fun Run comes around right at the start of the school year. We need a few people to help Anna Galas with some of the details. Ask a few of your friends and work together! It is a fun event that every student in the school looks forward to. Help us make it a great year. Email or call the office 541-790-8700 if you are interested!

If you won a Silent Auction gift certificate…

Please be sure to say a big THANK YOU to the businesses who generously donated to our auction as you use your gift certificates around town!

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)!

“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    

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 and the event will fill up quickly.

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 Christy McCaslin for organizing such a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week. The teachers definitely felt the love from their students!

Thank you to all the parents for helping to make Teacher Appreciation Week really special for our dedicated, hard-working teachers!

And the teachers sent this appreciation to all of you:

WOW … The Teachers and Staff were thrilled w/ all of the expressions of appreciation you gave them … the notes, the flowers, the lunch (YUM-SCRUM!), the pictures … They say:  Thank you for the SMILES you put in our hearts!

Have a great week,

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