All posts by Chris Doig

Musician Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul to visit Edgewood May 14

Songwriter and musician Ellis Paul will give three performances at Edgewood on Monday, May 14.  Ellis’ visit to the school covers so many aspects across the curriculum: music, writing (Woodie Guthrie), history (Ben Franklin, Chief Joseph, Nellie Bly, Rosa Parks),  science (Rachel Carson, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison), the arts (Martha Graham & Georgia O’Keeffe) and sports with Jackie Robinson. He has been was working on a song about Amelia Earhart and thinking about one for Obama and one for Muhammad Ali. His song, “The Hero In You,” is about Growth Mindset—a concept taught throughout Edgewood. These performances are brought to Edgewood by the PTA.

PTA Elections

PTA officer elections May 15

At the monthly PTA meeting, Tuesday May 15, PTA officers for next year will be voted in. Please submit your name for an officer position to Tanya any time before that meeting. All positions are open for new parents: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. We welcome new people and know that this work is essential to bringing great education to our students!

Parent Education Night

Help kids regulate their emotions—Parent Education Night May 10

The Edgewood PTA is hosting another Parent Education Night on Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. with Edgewood’s counselor Rebecca Ledbetter. Rebecca will help parents understand their child’s feelings, help their child work through their feelings and help their child regulate their emotions. Childcare will be available for $3 a child with a YMCA staff member. Please notify Tanya if you need childcare.

New Shirts Available

Order your Edgewood Shirts with the NEW EDGEWOOD LOGO!  (See above)

We will be collecting shirt orders with the logo through next Monday, April 30th.  This will be the last shirt order of the year.  We have different styles and colors to choose from.  Please turn in your order form (attached) by Monday!  Please make sure to indicate Youth or Adult sizes.

PTA budget

PTA Budget for next school year decided May 8

The Edgewood PTA will hold its annual budget meeting Tuesday, May 8, in the Edgewood Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is the time of year where parents can help decide where school funds will go. Child care will be available in the cafeteria for free.

Summer Camp Info

Learn about summer camps this weekend!

The Corridor Elementary School PTO is hosting a Summer Camp Fair to help families in Lane County learn about summer camp opportunities for their children. Nearly 30 organizations will be attending along with entertainment, food trucks and family activities. It is Saturday, April 14, from 11 am – 3 pm at Corridor Elementary School, 250 Silver Lane, Eugene.

Families can collect information on camp enrollment deadlines, times, programming, pricing, and scholarships. There will also be raffles to win free camps (four week-long camps) and free registrations for youth activities.

Lane County Dental

Spring Varnish Time – Monday, April 9th


Lane County Dental will be at Edgewood Apr 9th doing a varnish clinic.

If you previously signed the yellow permission form for the fall clinic, it is still valid and those students will be getting varnish on the 9th.

If you wish for your student to opt out of that, please let us know prior to that date. 

If you wish for your student to participate and you didn’t already sign a permission form, you can pick one up in the office, fill it out, and leave it there. 

Lourie, RN School Nurse

Edgewood Fun Night – Friday, April 20th

Edgewood Fun Night coming soon! Friday, April 20th

Our annual school carnival and silent auction features carnival games, beautiful raffle baskets, food trucks, snacks, wine wall, dunk tank and more!

How will families be asked to participate?


Classroom Carnival Booth:  Families will be asked to sign up for shifts setting up and decorating the carnival booths.


Classroom Baskets:  Classrooms will be sponsoring a theme basket to be raffled at Edgewood Fun Night.  Families are asked to donate items to the basket. Donations of goods or cash/check for the theme basket will be collected Monday, April 9th through Wednesday, April 18th.


Silent Auction:  Edgewood Families with businesses are welcome to donate gift certificates or merchandise to be included in the silent auction. Donations can be taken to the school office, or contact for more details.


Bookcycle:  Families can donate books to be sold for tickets at the event. Leftover books go to the school library, with the excess going to a local bookmobile.  A collection tub will be placed in front of the office on Monday, April 16th.


Freecycle:  Families donate clothes they no longer use and pick up items they could use for free!  Donated clothes can be dropped off ahead of time at the office on A


Additional ways to participate:  Planning and event volunteers are necessary to make this a memorable night for all –contact if you would like more information about helping out! 


Edgewood Families, please join your community in putting on this excellent experience for the children.

Sign up to volunteer  at on @SignUpdotcom today!  Sign up sheets in the office as well.

Golf & Tennis Afterschool

Golf & Tennis Afterschool At Edgewood Elementary Starts In April!!


All levels K-6th are welcome whether you are brand new, or you are trying to earn your next TGA color level. TGA brings the golf course and tennis court to you, making it convenient and affordable to learn and play golf or tennis right on your school campus in a fun and safe environment. All equipment is provided!  Financial aid is available!  Sign up today at!  Tennis – Fridays 3:00-4:00pm, Golf – Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm.  Location:  Edgewood Playground/Field

Proposed School  Schedules for Next Year

Picture of a monthly calendarOur school district is moving to a consistent calendar and schedule for all schools in 2018–19 to better serve students, families, staff and our community. This discussion has been underway for more than a year. Details of the new schedule will be settled this spring, and the changes will be in place when school starts in the fall.


Currently each 4J school has a different calendar and schedule, with significant differences in how much instruction time is provided. Next year there will be consistent schedules for families and similar amounts of instruction time at different schools—an increase in learning time for most students in the district.


Starting this fall, all schools will have the same calendar of school days, no-school days and half-days, with only small differences between elementary schools and middle/high schools. Schools also will have consistent start and end times, and the same weekly early-release days, coordinated to provide equitable learning time and efficient student transportation.


To make this possible, every 4J school will have bell schedule adjustments. The proposed new schedule for Edgewood Community Elementary School is 7:55 am-2:35 pm Monday through Thursday, and 7:55 am-12:10 pm on Fridays, to provide time for school and teacher planning, collaboration and professional development. (Our current schedule is 8:35 am-2:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 8:35 am-1:45 pm on Wednesdays.)


The school board will discuss the proposed schedule on Wednesday, April 4, and will take action to approve the standard school schedule later this spring. 


We know changes in school schedules mean changes for your family schedules, and this can be challenging. We will share calendar and schedule changes with you as soon as possible, so you have time to plan ahead.


To learn more, review the draft schedule, and provide feedback, see

Summer Daycamps

Nearby Nature Summer Daycamps Open for Registration

If your kids enjoy exploring, biking, bug catching, treasure hunting, and other fun nature adventures, then they should participate in Nearby Nature’s outdoor summer daycamps! Nearby Nature’s camps are a unique medley of adventure, science, nature, art, play, and gardening. Most take place in Alton Baker Park, in the group’s unique Learnscape Gardens. Daycamps run from June 18-August 31, last one week each, and serve kids from three to 13 years old. Half and full day options are available and enrollment is limited to 12 children per camp. Scholarships are available! For registration as well as scholarship information, see or call 541-687-9699.

Nearby Nature Summer Daycamps Open for Registration:

If your kids enjoy exploring, biking, bug catching, treasure hunting, and other fun nature adventures, then they should participate in Nearby Nature’s outdoor summer daycamps! Nearby Nature’s camps are a unique medley of adventure, science, nature, art, play, and gardening. Most take place in Alton Baker Park, in the group’s unique Learnscape Gardens. Daycamps run from June 18-August 31, last one week each, and serve kids from three to 13 years old. Half and full day options are available and enrollment is limited to 12 children per camp. Scholarships are available! For registration as well as scholarship information, see or call 541-687-9699.

Edgewood OBOB at regionals

Edgewood OBOB at regionals
The Edgewood OBOB team competed this weekend at the regional OBOB competition along with 55 of the area’s best teams. We are so very proud of them! They battled tough questions and even successfully challenged a question – all while having fun! 

It has been an amazing season and we look forward to new books, new teams, and new battles next year!  We hope that you will join us (or Spencer Butte’s program) next year!

Edgewood Rummage Sale – a success!


WOW!  Thank you for such a phenomenal turn out at the Edgewood Rummage Sale this year!  We raised over $1500 and really enjoyed the community building aspect of this event.  We would love to hear any feedback you have about the experience whether you participated as a volunteer, a shopper, a donator or all three!

Reading Olympics Envelopes Due

Reading Olympics – Please turn in envelopes this week!

We will be collecting Reading Olympics envelopes all of this week.  We want to celebrate all of the reading minutes logged in by our students –whether or not pledges were collected.  That being said, this is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, so please do turn them in to help raise funds for our Storyteller, Artist in Residence, Teacher supplies, school garden and more.  Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!

Pledges are tax deductible.  Edgewood PTA Tax ID#:  99-0375925.  Please let us know if you need the PTA to write a letter for tax purposes.

Fun Night

Edgewood Fun Night Volunteers Needed

Edgewood’s fantastic carnival and silent auction is fast approaching, and we welcome all families to be involved in creating a night of memories for our very important customers – the children! Fun Night is April 20 5:30-8 PM and uses the whole school campus for face painting, snacks, food trucks, cake walks, auction items, and more! Help make the fun happen as an event volunteer. Event volunteers can choose their spot online at or contact Gayle at for more information. There are signups for the week prior to the event, as well as the week after, if you are unavailable the night of.

U of O K-5 Science Fair

U of O K-5 Science Fair

The UO Science and Invention Fair for K-5 students is just around the corner on March 10th, 2018 from 11am-3pm.  The UO Science Fair features not only great original science projects by area students, but also many hands on outreach activities. The event is free an open to the public. 

 Students who wish to enter a project in the fair should sign up on our website by March 7th. Scholarships are available for any student with financial hardship who wants to register a project.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers needed for the Edgewood Rummage Sale!

We will need a few volunteers to pull this off!


There are volunteer opportunities Thursday-Sunday to help with the rummage sale. You may sign up here: or simply let Tanya know by calling the office at 541-790-8700 or


We will need a few Volunteers to help…..

 ……collect donations on Thursday and Friday for an hour around drop off and pick up times.

……. set up on Friday  afternoon or Friday evening

……. with 2 hour shifts during the sale on  Saturday and Sunday

…….. tally money at the end of each day on Saturday and Sunday


If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ralston at 541-357-0853.

Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten Orientation for incoming 2018-2019 Kinders this Wednesday 6:00!

Is  your child starting Kindergarten in the fall?  Do you know someone in the Edgewood neighborhood who will be starting?  We are having a Kindergarten Orientation Event this Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00.  At this event, parents and students will have an opportunity to meet some of our staff, see the school and pick up enrollment paper work.  Can’t make it to the event?  No problem!  Enrollment paperwork is available at the office.  Come fill out an intent to enroll postcard so that we know your child will be attending Edgewood next year!

School Directories are here!


Please check your children’s folders to find this year’s school directory.  We are sending home one directory per household.  There are extra copies in the office.  We are looking for a parent to coordinate the directory for next year.  This is a volunteer opportunity that can work from home and there are plenty of parents available to help put it together.  Please contact the office if you are interested.