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Edgewood PTA meeting the 14th!

Edgewood PTA meeting tomorrow night, November 14!

Edgewood’s PTA meeting for this month has been moved from Nov. 21 to tomorrow, Nov. 14 due to the no-school days around Thanksgiving. The Edgewood PTA will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. Childcare is free in the Edgewood cafeteria!

Make-it-Yourself holiday classes!

Join Singing Creek for some upcoming Make-it-Yourself holiday classes!

At Singing Creek Educational Center, the theme is pioneer old-fashioned living and this is the time of year to go indoors to create gifts and home goods. These classes help support the nonprofit children’s programs year-round:

Homestead Arts: Wax Candle Making
Saturday Nov 18th, 1pm -3pm at the Granary
$10 per person
Homestead Arts: Braided Rag Rugs
Friday Dec 1st, 11:30am- 1:00pm at the Granary
$10 per person 
Holiday Bazaar at the Pioneer Schoolhouse
Saturday Dec 2nd & Sunday Dec 3rd at the Pioneer Schoolhouse
SCEC will have a booth on Saturday only- selling custom swags and  holiday baskets with greenery and decorations.
Homestead Arts: Winter Wreath Making
Saturday Dec 9th, 1pm – 2:30pm at Adventure! Children’s Museum in Eugene
$20 per wreath made

Sign up now to reserve your spot- don’t wait till the last minute!
For more information contact me, Karen Rainsong, at 
541 968-1986 or

Meet with Superintendent Balderas tomorrow


Please join 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas on Nov. 14 at a community meeting to learn about 4J Vision 20/20, the school district’s strategic plan. 4J Vision 20/20 was developed in partnership with the community and adopted earlier this year by the school board. The plan is a roadmap to guide the school district’s efforts and resources for the next three to five years. Everyone is welcome! Learn more about 4J Vision 20/20:

4J Superintendent Community Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6–7 p.m. at Kennedy Middle School, 2200 Bailey Hill Rd., Eugene.

Harvest Lunch Thursday


Our traditional Harvest Lunch is scheduled for November 16th.  This is a lunch where family can join their kids for lunch in a fall-themed festive setting.  Flyers went home and we would like to get them back if you are planning to join your kids for lunch that day so that we can get a head count.  Payments for the lunch are made at the time of the lunch – we would prefer not to get any ahead of time.  Any pre-payments that are made will go into your child’s lunch account and the account will be charged directly for the lunch on that day.  Students are $2.90 and adults are $4.00.  No charge for students that are free and reduced.  Families can request scholarships.


The Menu is Turkey Gravy or Veggie Lasagna, Corn, green salad, fruit salad, dinner roll and dessert.


The Harvest lunch times are as follows:

KG – 10:50-11:25

1st grade – 11:15-12:00

2nd grade – 11:50-12:25

3rd grade – 12:10-12:45

4/5 EVERGREEN (Courtney, Rhian , Adam) – 12:30-1:15

4/5 Douglas Fir (Mrs. Krueger, Mr. Wines and Tina) – 12:50-1:35

Coat Drive

Edgewood is once again gearing up for the Share the Warmth coat drive where you can donate your gently used winter coats to someone in our Edgewood community who can use it!  We need your warm infant, toddler, children’s and adult jackets and coats.  Please place clean coats in the bin outside the front office this week  (November 13th through 17th) so that we can distribute before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Together we can Share the Warmth!

Acting Studio

The Dreamers Acting Studio

Acting Classes will be offered at Edgewood on Wednesdays Starting November 7 and continuing through June 8! Classes will be for ages 8 and up, start at 1:45 and end at 3:00. Students will learn basic theatre and acting concepts, techniques and terms through a variety of activities and exercises. The class will culminate with a final performance to showcase what students have learned during the term. The cost is $89.00 for four (4) classes. Go to my website,, to learn more about me, Anthony Edwards, my program and my classes.

Dine & Donate

Dine out for Edgewood at Dickie Jo’s burgers and frozen treats!


On Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 14, Dickie Jo’s Burgers and Frozen Treats will donate 25 percent of their sales to Edgewood families back to Edgewood. Flyers will go home with your student. Dickie Jo’s is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and located at 1079 Valley River Way next to Red Lobster. The flyer is good for dine-in or take-out orders. Thank you for your support!


School Conferences November 8 and 9

By now you should have received a green form with your conference time.  Please return that form to school to show that your conference time works for you!  If there is a conflict with your time, please contact the office to reschedule.  As a reminder, Wednesday, November 8 is a regular early release day (1:45) and there is no school on Thursday, November 9.

4J Parent Leaders Network

4J Parent Leaders Network meetings all year

The 4J Parent Leaders Network is an a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children.

Our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street Take away tools will be provided.

Monday, October 30, 2017 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, January 29, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.

Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.!forum/4jparentleadersnetwork 

Help with School Directory

Data entry help needed with School Directory!

We are in the midst of putting together the student directory, but could use a few volunteers who are willing to help with data entry at home.  It is an easy task, but time consuming for one person, so it’s ideal to share the load  and  it is a great way to support the school while working from home.  Please let the office know if you are interested!  We would like to get the directories out before the holidays.

Fun Run Follow-up

Fun Run raised $15,000!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Fun Run and helped make this a very successful event! In addition to highlighting exercise and fitness for our students, we raised about $15,000 for programs and school supplies. This money will ensure that our artist-in-residence and storyteller continue to enrich our students’ lives.


Edgewood is kicking off this year’s Big Box Tops Challenge—we are hoping to collect 10,000 Box Tops, which is 2,000 more than last year! Your student brought home information about this year’s challenge and a collection sheet on the back. Each sheet holds 25 Box Tops. You can glue your Box Tops right to the sheet, or just put them in a baggie or envelope. Just please make sure your student’s name, and classroom is written on the sheets, baggies, or envelopes.

Keep an eye out for “Bonus Box Tops.” Safeway, Costco and other stores sometimes run specials where you can sign up for bonus Box Tops. Please let us submit the bonus Box Tops code numbers, that way we can be sure your child’s classroom gets credit for the submission. Please submit any “Bonus Box Tops,” in a separate envelope please do not attach them to the collection sheets. We will send out regular updates on how we are doing throughout the Challenge. Thank you!

Help with Edgewood’s Snack Pack Program

The Edgewood Village Snack Pack Program offers a supply of meals and snacks for around 20 children over their weekends and extended breaks, free of charge. Bags are distributed on the last school day before the weekend or break by parent volunteers.  This program can use volunteers to assist with weekend distribution, food drives, and packing and sorting bags.  If you are interested, please sign up at, and email for details.


Thank you to all the parents who came to the anxiety workshop! Spencer Butte’s school counselor Margaret Albright and regional nurse Nichoel Fry offered a host of great information for helping children deal with anxiety. They are presenting the same workshop in November at Spencer Butte – we will make sure to pass along the dates in case you missed the one last Thursday. The Edgewood PTA will host 2 more parent education nights this year.

Thank you to the parents who stepped up to help with Popcorn Wednesdays! The kids are excited to see the popcorn cart in the breezeway again!

Thank you to everyone who has come in to count Fun Run money, with a special thank you to  Jen Hunt and Susan Carey who have come in every morning. We appreciate keeping us informed of how the Fun Run is doing!

Volunteers Needed

Help with Edgewood’s Snack Pack Program

The Edgewood Village Snack Pack Program offers a supply of meals and snacks for around 20 children over their weekends and extended breaks, free of charge. Bags are distributed on the last school day before the weekend or break by parent volunteers.  This program can use volunteers to assist with weekend distribution, food drives, and packing and sorting bags.  If you are interested, please sign up at, and email for details.

Edgewood’s Oregon Battle of the Books has begun!

Edgewood’s first OBOB meeting was last week with more than 70 excited readers participating. Permission slips are available in the school library if your child is interested in joining OBOB. Please return it to your teacher or the office. Email if you would like to be included in our email list. Teams will be formed in November. The next meeting is Wed. Oct. 18 with battle books Blast-Off! and Masterpiece. 

Coyote Kids

New Semester of Coyote Kids! Enrichment Program Begins Soon

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. All of this right at your school and nearby green spaces!

Fall 2017 Coyote Kids! begins the first week of October.
Grade: 1st-5th grades.
When: Once a week every Thursday at your school.
Time: As soon as school lets out for the following two hours!
For more info and to Register:
Cost: Four monthly payments of $74.25. Scholarships are available!