Sep. 12, 2016 News Blast

Welcome back to school!

We are so excited to see students and teachers back in classrooms! We are looking forward to another successful year. The Edgewood PTA is in full swing and has a calendar of events ready to roll this year. Please take a look at our Web site for weekly updates, a calendar of events and the nitty-gritty about the PTA:

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. Everyone is welcome and free child care is provided in the cafeteria!

Looking for a few good volunteers!

The Edgewood PTA is looking for some folks to help with the following projects:

  • Green Team (to help with Bike/Walk events)
  • Fun Night
  • Entertainment committee-puts on movie nights, a dance, ice cream social and field day
  • Volunteer appreciation
  • Playground Improvements
  • A treasurer understudy (someone to check in with Meridith to see how she does her job in anticipation of becoming the treasurer next year)
  • Reading Olympics
  • Edgewood Village (our clothing and food pantry)

We have all kinds of volunteer opportunities so please don’t be shy in asking for one that is right for you. Prefer to do work from home? Want to offer time at specific events instead of a long-term project? Want to lead a visionary project? Want to be behind-the-scenes? If everyone committed to donate an hour a month, what a difference it would make!

Please e-mail Volunteer Coordinator Rob Drummond at

Help scoop a good time at the Ice Cream Social!

Our annual fall barbecue-where Edgewood families reconnect, chat with teachers and staff and make new friends-is now the Edgewood Ice Cream Social. It is the same community-centered event, but with ice cream instead of burgers and hot dogs. (Due to changes at 4J catering).

The Ice Cream Social is on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. We need some folks to help set-up and scoop ice cream (in 15-minute intervals).

We’re using (formerly VolunteerSpot) to organize our Ice Cream Social volunteers.

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Michelle Stecher at to sign up.

Come find bigger clothes at the Ice Cream Social!

Can you believe how your child has grown? Last spring’s pants are 2 inches too short and that fleece at the back of the closet shows a belly!

But you didn’t have time for back-to-school shopping? No problem! Edgewood’s Freecycle event has got you covered. During the Edgewood Ice Cream Social on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m., gently used clothing is available to any Edgewood family for FREE! (They will be displayed on tables on the asphalt behind the gym.)

This is a great way to recycle and reuse-and not fill our landfills. Plus it saves money!

Come check out the clothes, fill a bag and get your child ready for fall and winter!

Gently used clothes will be collected in bins outside of the office before the event. Drop off the clothes in bags, please.

Don’t forget background checks in order to volunteer at Edgewood!

We are always looking for people to help out at Edgewood. Whether you want to help with an after-school event, in your child’s classroom or with an ongoing program, you’ll need to get a background check through the school district, 4J-every two years! Visit for a link to the 4J application and the guidelines associated with volunteering.

Support Edgewood and enjoy Dickie Jo’s Burgers!

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 15, from 11a.m. to 9 p.m., Dickie Jo’s Burgers will donate 25 percent of dine-in and take-out purchases to Edgewood. You must bring your fundraising flyer (coming home in your student’s folder or available for pick-up at the school office). Dickie Jo’s Burgers is at 1079-C Valley River Way (next to Red Lobster). Thank you for your support!

Tuesdays are School Garden Days!

Want to help in the garden? On Tuesdays, after drop-off at 8:30 a.m. and after pick-up at 2:45 p.m., Edgewood School Garden volunteers will open the garden gate and bring out the garden tools. Anyone who would like to help is welcome! The garden will be open for about 1 hour depending on needs. Typical tasks are weeding, spreading compost, planting and harvesting.

An official garden work party is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come help get the garden ready for fall learning! Teachers regularly use the space for instruction about plant growth, organisms that live in the soil, native versus non-native plants and how to tend and care for a garden space. Donations of fall blooming flowers or vegetable starts are welcome.  Sign-up by e-mailing School Garden Coordinator Sarah Stanley at

After-school classes at Edgewood!

Spanish classes

Hola! Want your student to learn another language? Spanish classes are offered after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 4pm and are taught by native Spanish speakers. Fall Term is divided in three sessions:

  • Session 1: September 27 to October 20
    • The cost is $100 for 4 weeks (8 classes)
  • Session 2: October 25 to November 17
    • The cost is $100 for 4 weeks (8 classes)
  • Session 3: November 22 to December 8
    • The cost is $75 for 3 weeks (6 classes)

Kindergarteners through 5th graders are welcome to register.  For more information click here. To register, contact Paula at 541.513.3179 or email

Coyote Kids!

Your child will explore skills in bushcraft, naturalist skills, nature hikes and cooperative awareness games-children work together in small groups gaining knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds, and survival, as well as increasing their overall nature awareness. Fall 2016 Coyote Kids! begins the last week of September for 1st through 5th graders on Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. Cost is 4 monthly payments of $69.25 (scholarships are available). Register at:

Misfits Rags Sewing Classes  

Students age 9 to 12 are welcome to join this sewing class on Wednesdays 1:45-3:45 p.m. starting October 19.  Sewing classes are designed to build self-confidence and increase self-esteem. Students will take home a project each class, except for the first class intros and some advanced project classes. Sewing machines and fabrics will be provided, however students are welcome to bring their own. Cost: $130 for a 4-week session. Contact for more information.

Mindful Movements  

On Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., students age 9 to 11 are welcome to a mindful movement class designed to support physical health, social development, emotional regulation and mind-body awareness. Classes incorporate teacher-guided upbeat dance moves, circus-inspired activities, yoga/tai-chi poses and relaxing meditation techniques. Classes start October 20 and run through Nov. 17th. Cost: $100 for a 5-week session. Contact

Science: Anatomy, Physiology, & Health Sciences!  

On Wednesdays from 1:45 to 3 p.m. from Oct. 12th to Dec. 14th, students can join a hands-on, project-based science class to learn about health and the human body. Specifically, we will look, and conduct experiment around, the skeletal, circulatory, muscular, digestive, nervous, immune, and respiratory systems, in addition to, learning about exercise, nutrition, cells and the function of the human body and how it works. Open to 1st through 5th graders. Cost: $125 for a 10-week session. Contact:

On Tuesdays from 2:45 to 4 p.m. from Oct. 11th to Dec. 13th, students can join an art class and learn about artists from other time-periods and cultures. They will create their own art projects, study the artwork of others, and be encouraged to share their ideas about Art. Weekly Art projects involve a wide array of mediums and subject matter. Projects will be both ‘outside the box,’ and ‘conventional’ in their approach and result, with a focus primarily on creativity more than ability. Open to Kindergarten through 5th grade. Cost: $125 for a 10-week session. Contact

Fun Sock Creatures   
Studentscan join a fun sock creature class on Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. beginning Sept. 28. Class is open to students in grades 3rd through 5th. Cost: $80 for a 6-week session. Contact Paula Pinto at (541) 513-3179 or

Oregon Battle of the Books gears up this month!

Students in 3rd through 5th grades are welcome to join Edgewood’s Oregon Battle of the Books program. There are 16 books (kids do not need to read all of them), and they are quizzed on different aspects of the books. It is a fun, engaging program that encourages reading and comprehension! The first meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. Sign-up by emailing Susan Carey at (If you signed up at the Open House or last year, you are already on the e-mail list).

Parents, teachers, staff invited to forum about ESSA

The Florence Community PTA and Oregon State PTA are hosting a community forum on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Siuslaw Middle School Commons. The speakers for the afternoon include Oregon PTA President, Collin Robinson, along with representatives from Oregon Dept of Education and
Oregon Education Association. The primary topic is ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), with an emphasis on assessments. There will be a networking lunch at noon, which the public is invited to as well. Questions? Call Diane McCalmont at 541-997-2514.


Thank you to Billy Dahmen for coordinating our first fundraising event of the year-the EWEB parking lot fundraiser for the Ducks game over the Labor Day weekend. It was not easy given that school hadn’t even started yet!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped collect money and direct cars during our EWEB parking lot fundraiser: Brian Aljian and son Sebastian, Lourie Morgan, Tracey Henshen, Mari Cary, Amelia Reising (and family during post-game cleanup), Virginia Cornog and Victoria Richardson. We appreciate your time during the weekend to raise some money for Edgewood!

Thank you so much to Anna Galas for her work at the end of the year to be prepared for this year’s Fun Run. She has a committee of 11 volunteers helping to put together this year’s community-building, fitness awareness and fundraising event! Thanks Anna!

Thank you to Michelle Stecher for her organization of a brand-new Edgewood event: the ice cream social (Sept. 22). It is a great chance to reconnect with old friends, make new ones and enjoy our school community. Thank you Michelle for taking on this sure-to-be recurring event!

Thank you to Brian Alijan for his continued work on our Web site, which holds a ton of information now! We’ll be needing your expertise this year as we grow our Web presence, and we are so lucky to have you in charge! Thank you Brian.

Thank you to Amelia Reising, who not only has contributed so many hours of volunteer design time to help our PTA information be easy-to-read and professional but also has envisioned major improvements to our playgrounds! We look forward to making some of her visions a reality this year! Thank you Amelia!

Thank you to Billy Dahmen and Jenelle Hunt for their help in putting together the packet of PTA information being sent home with students. It was a grind of stapling 400+ packets, but we know that it will help people better understand what we do and sign up to help! Thank you!


We’ll see you in the breezeways,

Beth Casper, PTA president,
Billy Dahmen, PTA vice-president,
Amelia Reising, PTA Secretary,
Meridith Turnbull, PTA Treasurer,