Oct. 12, 2015 News Blast

Edgewood PTA survey

The Edgewood PTA would love to know what you envision when thinking of the future of Edgewood Community Elementary School. Would you like to see new playground equipment or more music time? Would students benefit from an outdoor classroom or enhanced garden space? Please take one minute to complete a very short survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JFNX279

Oregon Battle of the Books meeting Wednesday

Calling all third, fourth and fifth graders! The next OBOB meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. in the library. Students will discuss the books “The Sasquatch Escape” and “Flora and Ulysses.” Questions? Contact parent volunteers Bree Bouse (BreeBouse@hotmail.com) or Susan Carey (suspcarey@yahoo.com)  or visit http://oboblsta.pbworks.com.

Take a night off of cooking on Thursday

Leave the cooking and dishes at home Thursday and join your friends at Papa’s Pizza Parlor, 1700 West 11th Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 15. Papa’s Pizza donates 50 percent of the value of the food you purchase to Edgewood! The fundraiser is good ALL DAY.

Come watch Monsters Inc. or Hotel Transylvania at Edgewood!

This Friday is a free family-friendly event at Edgewood! From 6 to 8 p.m., two movies will be shown: Monsters, Inc. and Hotel Transylvania. This is a family event and there are no drop-offs please. Admission is free but we will be collecting food for the Edgewood Village food pantry. Popcorn and concessions sales with benefit 5th grade Outdoor School.

Fun Run Pledges

Thank you to everyone who has turned in their Fun Run pledge envelopes! If you haven’t turned one in yet, it is not too late. We will be collecting them all next week through FRIDAY, OCT. 16! So far, more than $5,000 has come in! THANK YOU!

If we reach our goal of $15,000, kids will be able to vote on a costume for Larry!

Fun Run prizes and and pizza party winners will be announced after all pledges have been tallied.

 PTA leaders met Superintendent last week

The 4J Parent Leaders is a group of involved parents that help the school district understand parent concerns and shape policy. Last week, PTA leaders came up with these goals:

  • Increase the level of communication between parents with the District administration. We want our voices heard and action taken when it is needed.
  • Open dialog between school parent groups. We want to share resources, ideas, and best practices among our schools’ parent teams to the benefit of all.
  • Engage in the upcoming 4J visioning process. The last time the District had a comprehensive outreach to the community was more than 20 years ago. It’s time to hear from the community about the kind of schools we want.
  • Understand and participate in key legislative efforts to help fix our school funding and administrative problems.

Currently, we have two Edgewood parents committed to this process over the course of the year — John Stapleton and Gayle Sawyer. If anyone has questions, or would like to participate, please e-mail John at president PTAEdgewood@gmail.com and we will find a way for you to make a difference.

Appreciations

Thank you so much to the new volunteers who have stepped into roles that make our Edgewood events run smoothly. Julia McMorran is our new Freecycle coordinator and Jill Mina is our new Green Team coordinator! Tell them you appreciate their time and energy!

Thank you to Brian Alijan for taking extra time to enhance the Edgewood School Web site, update the PTA Web site and put up a survey and other “extras” needed by the Edgewood PTA. His technical expertise is just what we needed!

It was great to see so many familiar faces at Curriculum Night. Thank you for coming out!

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