The Register-Guard published the Edgewood PTA’s letter in support of Measure 97 on Saturday. Interested to see what it said?
Measure 97: A solution for our schools
As parents and school PTA leaders, we know that Measure 97 is the right choice for Oregon’s schools.
The Edgewood Elementary PTA – and parents across the state – have endorsed Measure 97 – the ballot measure that will move Oregon from dead-last in corporate taxes just by making sure that c-corporations that do over $25 million in state sales pay their fair share. Measure 97 will generate an estimated $3 billion annually that can be used to hire thousands of teachers, add two weeks to the school year and restore 500 career and technical education programs.
And here’s something no one is talking about: shorter school days and a shorter school year mean hidden costs to parents and caregivers who have to leave work early or pay for after school or extended summer care.
We can’t allow big corporations like Comcast and Wells Fargo to have record profits while Oregon’s children are put at a fundamental disadvantage. Comcast doesn’t care if our classrooms are overcrowded. Wells Fargo doesn’t care that our schools only have a nurse once a week. Monsanto doesn’t care if 1 in 4 Oregonians won’t finish high school in 4 years, or if they finish at all. Bank of America doesn’t care if our kids are cheated out of an entire year of school. And they never will.
But we—as parents, educators, small business owners, and concerned citizens—know the value of an educated populace and workforce. We hope you’ll join us in voting Yes on Measure 97.
Beth Casper, Edgewood PTA President
Billy Dahmen, Edgewood PTA Vice-President
Our Fun Run was such a HUGE success!
We reached our goal and raised $20,001.89 for our school. This helps support programs at Edgewood and our teachers in so many ways.
The kids have voted on Larry’s costume. Principal Larry will be dressed as a…
Thank you so much for supporting Edgewood students in the fun run! Whether it was to cheer them on or to help them collect their pledges. This is one of our favorite events at school and it helps to have so many of you involved.
We want to send out a special thank you to all who have volunteered to make this event happen. Thank you to the entire Fun Run committee led by Anna Galas, who helped organize the whole event and to Gayle Sawyer who coordinated all of the volunteers. Thank you to Susan Carey and all who helped spend the last few weeks counting the pledges that were turned in. Thank you also to Keri Bretschneider who is helping organize the lunch with Larry prizes, and to Nicole Craig who is organizing the extra recess parties.
Everyone’s hard work and time commitment is so appreciated!
Finally, we would like to thank the U of O Rec center who have donated a complementary pass for one family admission for every Edgewood student! This is a great opportunity for your family to enjoy fun fitness activities together! These passes were secured with the help from Chelsie Donahue.
Thank you so much!
At the PTA meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, members voted to endorse Measure 97, which increases the corporate minimum tax for the largest corporations doing business in Oregon with more than $25 million in Oregon sales. This measure will support our schools and send much-needed funding to our school district. Contact PTAEdgewood@gmail.com for more information or a lawn sign!
PTA members also voted to fund a set of Imagination Playground blocks to be used by the primary grades at recess. Older students will use these blocks during Big/Little Buddy time. The blocks will give our youngest students a resource for using their imagination, learning about cooperative play and experimenting with design. We are so excited to bring these learning/playing tools to Edgewood!
Our PTA minutes will be posted on our Web site in the next few weeks for anyone interested in the content of the entire meeting. Thank you!
Do you have a student who loves to tell stories? Check out the Wild Imagination Group for Elementary Schoolers. This group is all about fun and discovery of the wonder of words. Sessions include action packed word-play, oral and written storytelling, exploration of poetry, engaging crafts, and games. Taught by Eugene writer and teacher, Sallie Vandagrift. Meets Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29th-Nov. 17th. Tuition is $125 per student. All materials included. To enroll, please visit salmonhousewriters.com or call (541) 326-6112. Salmon House is at 527 West 12th Ave. Contact (541) 326-6112 or salmonhousewriters.com
We will be starting a new chess club at Edgewood Elementary on Friday, September 30, 2016, meeting in Room E2 (Science Room). The club will meet each school day Friday, 2:45-4:00PM. The class will be conducted by Jerry Ramey, who has been teaching chess at Eugene schools for over 20 years. Each session will have 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. Many of our students have been successful in local, state and national chess competitions. Chess is one of the greatest of all games, challenging and fun, and we look forward to making it available to the kids at Edgewood. Fall term runs from 9/30 to 12/16/2016 with a fee of $100.You can enroll your child by going to our web site http://www.southsidechess.com or by emailing Jerry firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to call Jerry at 541-232-0328 for more information.
Every Monday, our PTA puts together a newsletter with information on all sorts things going on at Edgewood. We sent our first one out today. If you did not receive a news blast today, it may have gone in your SPAM folder, or we may not have your email in the system we use to send these out. Please let Tanya know so I can add you to the list.