Sep. 19, 2016 News Blast

Tuesday is the first official PTA meeting of the year!

The PTA meets Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. This meeting is packed with a report from Principal Larry, information about Measure 97 from teacher Tina Leaton and a request from teachers for recess blocks. Find our agenda at the Web site:

Everyone is welcome and free child care is provided in the cafeteria!

Welcome Cari Orr! Please welcome Cari as our new 1st/2nd grade blend teacher.  We are so pleased to have  her join our Edgewood community!

Remember that 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. This Tuesday, the garden needs people to:

1. Move compost into planter boxes, 2. Dig out sod, and 3. Plant starts and seeds in freshened boxes.

 Anyone who would like to help is welcome!

Wednesday is the first Oregon Battle of the Books meeting!

The first OBOB meeting is Wednesday from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. At this meeting, we will send home permission slips, explain more about OBOB, and mock battle Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Your student does not have to have read this book in order to attend. We will also raffle off two OBOB books. OBOB is free. We expect this meeting to be crowded, as we had 65 OBOB participants last year. Parents are not required to attend the meeting. However, if you would like to attend, we may ask you to assist keeping kids focused and on task. Please keep in mind that OBOB is run by parent volunteers. For more information, email Susan Carey at

** Please make arrangements with your child for pickup. If your child attends the YMCA after school program, please let them know that they will be late. All students will be dismissed from the library at 2:45pm.

Enjoy ice cream and our community Thursday!

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 from 5 to 7 p.m. We are asking $1/serving.No Edgewood family will be turned away.

Please HELP 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 FREECYCLE!

Join us for our first FREECYCLE event at the Ice Cream Social this Thursday, September 23. Bring your gently-used clothing, shoes, coats, and other winter-clothing to the bins outside the front office through Wednesday and then stop by the FreeCycle tables at the ice cream social to score some new gear for yourselves.

Freecycle is open to everyone at Edgewood and is a way for us to share the items we no longer need in hopes that they find their way to homes who CAN use them. Who doesn’t love free stuff? Why hold on to clothing you no longer use? There may be someone in our community who would gladly use the things you no longer need!

Want to help with the Bike/Walk events?

We are looking for a few people to help promote biking and walking with Edgewood students this October. It is one day and really shows our students alternate ways to get around. Without volunteers, we will not be able to put on this event! Please email

Third graders to meet Ellis Paul

On Thursday, Edgewood third graders will hear singer/songwriter Ellis Paul, who recorded “The Hero In You” to educate children about America’s important influencers. He sings about Thomas Edison, Rosa Parks, Woody Guthrie, Rachel Carson, and Jackie Robinson. For more information, visit

Chess added to after-school offerings at Edgewood!

A new chess club will be offered on Fridays from Sept. 30 through Dec. 16 from 2:45 to 4 p.m. Chess club meets in Room E2 (Science Room). Instructor Jerry Ramey, who has been teaching chess at Eugene schools for over 20 years, splits each session into two periods of about equal length, one for instruction and the other for playing, with the goal of applying the techniques learned in the actual games. Cost: $100. Enroll at by emailing For more information, call 541-232-0328.

Spanish classes

Want your student to learn another language? Spanish classes are offered after school on Tuesday and Thursdays from Sept. 20 to Oct. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. Kindergarteners through 5th graders are welcome to register. Tuition is $140 for 4 weeks (8 classes). Classes are taught by native Spanish speakers. 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   

Students can 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

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.


Thank you to Sarah Stanley for organizing the delivery of fresh compost to the Edgewood garden and organizing a work party to spread it among the teachers’ raised beds. Thank you to Robin Detmer, and Sarah Stanley and her family who came to the Sunday garden work party in the rain and helped get the beds ready for teachers to use this fall!

Thank you to Julia McMorran for coordinating the clothing donation for our Freecycle event this Thursday!

We’ll see you in the breezeways,

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