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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.

OBOB Battle Week has begun!


Edgewood has 70 students (16 teams) participating in this year’s OBOB program. These students have been reading and rereading books since September in preparation for “Battle Week” where they will go head-to-head with other teams answering almost 600 questions on the characters, settings, dates, and plot details of the 16 official OBOB books!

Battles are Monday through Thursday after school in the 4/5 quads. Quiet audiences are welcome to attend! The Championship Battle will be held in the gym on Friday at 9:00am.

* OBOB is an after school program open to 3-5th graders regardless of reading level. Edgewood’s OBOB program is run completely by parent volunteersPlease look for our June meeting for details on next year’s program and 16 books.

Garage sale

Edgewood Garage Sale!

Edgewood will be taking garage sale donations late winter for a fundraiser. If you have items around the house that you no longer need please consider saving them for our community garage sale. More information to follow regarding drop off dates for those items. If you have any questions please contact Erin Ralston at 541-357-0853.

Fun Night

Our Fun Night Auction needs help!

Volunteers are needed to pick-up donated items for our April Fun Night Auction from businesses around town. This is a part of Fun Night that is very popular with adults and takes a tremendous amount of work. If you can help a little or a lot, please contact Auction Coordinator, Robin Detmer at 

Knit Wits

Help out with the Knit Wits!  Wednesdays from 1:45-3:30

Our Knitting Club needs another volunteer.  Our amazing D1 resident Grandma, Mara would appreciate another set of adult hands to join our Knit Wit group. You do not need to know how to knit to join in the fun. The kids can teach you. Mara and the 9 knitting members have busy hands and fingers and simply want another adult to assist with logistics and general group support. Our group meets every Wednesday from 1:45 – 3:30. Please let Tina Leaton in D1 know if you are interested.

Dine & Donate Tuesday

Eat at Café Yumm, support Edgewood!
Our next dine-and-donate is at Café Yumm (in the Meridian building at 1801 Willamette St.) on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Café Yumm is donating 20 percent of food sales to Edgewood. Just bring your flyer when ordering! We have attached a flyer here.


The two Eugene School based Health Centers, located at Churchill and North Eugene High Schools, are open and ready to give immunizations to all children who are lacking immunizations. They are ready to schedule children who participate in public health insurance programs, or have private insurance, or are uninsured. The appointments can be made at: Churchill, tel. 541-790-5227, Claire Bierman is the Health Assistant, North Eugene, tel. 541-790-4445, Kathleen Ybanez is the Health Assistant. The clinics would like to vaccinate as many as possible prior to exclusion day on February 21, 2018. The Churchill Clinic will be open on Monday, February 19 all day, even though it is a school district holiday, and parents/children are welcome. On exclusion day–Wednesday, February 21, Peacehealth will have several persons to help with the immunizations at the North Eugene SBHC so that children can return to school quickly.

Academic Achievement Center (AAC)

The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) is excited about the possibility of adding Edgewood Community Elementary School to our pick up service for the STEM Shuttle! We want to see what the interest level is now and see if there is enough interest in an Edgewood pickup. We hope to start picking up after school at Edgewood on Tuesday and/or Thursdays. If you’d like more information on the program you can go to or call the AAC at 541-654-4999. Space on the shuttle is limited to 10 students per day. There currently is not an option for Edgewood on the registration page, so please email the AAC at and indicate if you’d like Tuesdays, Thursdays, or both Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost would be $30/day and scholarships are available.

Parent Education

“Friendship Difficulties” – the focus of parent education night in February
Edgewood’s counselor Rebecca Ledbetter will help parents navigate the challenges their students have with friends. Come to this free program in the Edgewood cafeteria on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. Part of the session will involve a question-and-answer period. Childcare will be provided for $3/child. Please call the office if you are interested in reserving a spot.

Edgewood Apparel

Edgewood Apparel – shirts, sweatshirts, bags…..

We always have Edgewood shirts and sweatshirts available for purchase in the office (old styles and new).  An order can be requested if we don’t have the correct size or style.  Once we have enough interest, we will place an order.

  • Shirts – $10
  • Sweatshirts (old style) – $15
  • Sweatshirts (new style) – $20
  • Bags – $5

School Choice Month

January is School Choice month

If you or any of your friends are interested in exploring school choice options, the district will hold an Elementary School Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. All 4J schools will hold tours and other opportunities to visit during the month of January.  The application deadline is January 31.


Edgewood will be having school tours on January, 10 at 9:00am, January 17 at 5:30 and January 24 at 12:00.


More information:

Donations for School Councelors

A note from Rebecca, our school counselor:

Hi Parents!  Thank you for being such a wonderful source of support and encouragement for your students and the staff here at Edgewood!  I wanted to put out a request for donations for incentive-based activities and reward activities at the schools.  This may be a great way to get rid of some of those items in your home that may be collecting dust in a closet. I am happy to share items with other school counselors to utilize in their schools as well.  Thank you so much for your help and support!


We are looking for the following:


–          Trading cards (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-O, Magic)

–          Legos or other building-type toys

–          Play Doh and Play Doh accessories

–          Art supplies and Stickers

–          Small toys (McDonalds, Shopkins, plastic dinosaurs

–          Favor bag prizes (rings, bouncy balls, etc.)

Dine and Donate – Tacovore

Eat tacos, help Edgewood!
On Tuesday, Jan. 9th, Edgewood families can support the Edgewood PTA by eating at Tacovore. Tacovore is famous for its tacos, guacamole and margaritas. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 530 Blair Blvd. Don’t forget to bring the attached flyer! Copies will be coming home too.


Congratulations to everyone involved! If we can keep up the pace we will meet our goal of 10,000 Box Tops for the school year. The first place winner for the first round is Tina’s class with a total of 442, and in second place and only seven Box Tops behind is Mrs. Blake’s class with 435, and in third place is Mr.Vanderbilt’s class with 369.


If we missed a few, don’t worry we are starting over and whatever class gets the most this next section January – March 31st will get the trophies, and then whatever classes collect the most for the year overall get the the trophies at the end of the year.

Acting Classes

The Dreamers Acting Studio

Acting Classes are offered at Edgewood on Wednesdays through June 8! Classes are for ages 8 and up, start at 1:45 and end at 3:00. Students 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 the following website,, to learn more about Anthony Edwards, his program and his classes.

Winter Food Box donations

We are hoping to fill food boxes to help 25 Edgewood families cover their basic food needs over winter break.  Thank you to everyone who has already brought in donations.
If you are able to help, we’ll be collecting donations through December 15th and are still in need of pretty much everything.   Dry goods can be brought into the office or to any of the collection bins in the quads.  Cash donations are also accepted to help pay for perishable items such as meats, dairy and cheese. Here are some ideas of non-perishable food items we are looking for:
– pastas
– sauces
– beans
– rice
– soups
– rice or pasta meals (mac and cheese)
– cereal
– peanut butter and Jelly
– canned fruit or vegetables
– oatmeal
– crackers
– granola bars
– fruit snacks
Other ways to help:
We are also hoping to have volunteers sign up to help with the boxes on Friday, December 15.  Please let us know if you can help with any of the following:
In the morning after drop off.
– Sorting and organizing the boxes
In the afternoon
– help move food boxes to pick up area
– help distribute boxes to families
In the late afternoon
– help deliver boxes to homes

Pants needed

The office needs more stretchy pants or leggings!

The office could use more stretchy pants or leggings for kids that need a change of clothes.  We are especially in need of pants that would fit some of our younger boys in KG-1st.  If you have any to donate, we’ll take them!

Dress For Recess

We try to have the kids outside for recess as often as possible.  This means that they will often be outside even when there is a light rain.  Please make sure your kids are dressed warmly for recess.  It’s not a bad idea to have them carry a change of clothes in case they get wet from the puddles.

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!