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PTA Meeting

PTA Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 18th

Tomorrow night, the Edgewood PTA meets to vote on a budget request, get an update on the 4J bond measure and get updates about the upcoming Fun Run. We meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. Everyone is welcome and free child care is provided in the cafeteria!

Welcome back to school!

We are so excited to see students and teachers back in classrooms! We are looking forward to another successful year. The Edgewood PTA is in full swing and has a calendar of events ready to roll this year. Please take a look at our Web site for weekly updates, a calendar of events and the nitty-gritty about the PTA:

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. Everyone is welcome and free child care is provided in the cafeteria! Our first meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 18th.

Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social – Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6-7!

Our annual fall back to school ice cream social—is Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m.  We hope you can come and connect with other Edgewood families!  The event is free, but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the event.


Help scoop a good time at the Ice Cream Social!

We need some folks to help set-up, clean up and scoop ice cream for our ice-cream social.

Please sign up here:

If you prefer, please contact Amy Phillips at to sign up.


Come find bigger clothes at the Ice Cream Social!

Can you believe how your child has grown? Last spring’s pants are 2 inches too short and that fleece at the back of the closet shows a belly!

But you didn’t have time for back-to-school shopping? No problem! Edgewood’s Freecycle event has got you covered. During the Edgewood Ice Cream Social on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m., gently used clothing is available to any Edgewood family for FREE! (They will be displayed on tables on the asphalt behind the gym.)

This is a great way to recycle and reuse—and not fill our landfills. Plus it saves money!

Come check out the clothes, fill a bag and get your child ready for fall and winter!


Donate your child’s too-small clothing items this week!

Gently used clothes will be collected in a bin outside of the office starting Monday morning. Drop off the clothes in bags and no ripped items, please.

Dine & Donate

Support Edgewood and enjoy MOD pizza!

Mark your calendars! On Monday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., MOD Pizza will donate 20 percent of dine-in and take-out purchases to Edgewood. You must bring your fundraising flyer (coming home in your student’s folder or available for pick-up at the school office). MOD Pizza is at 77 E. 29th Ave. Thank you for your support!

4J Parent Leaders Network

Parent leaders district-wide meet regularly

The 4J Parent Leaders Network is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. They meet at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street; space and refreshments are provided by Eugene School District 4J. This year’s meetings are 10/3, 12/3, 2/4, and 4/15 from 6:30 to 8:00pm. The first meeting, Oct. 3, covers back to school, policies and procedures that apply to parent groups, working with the Eugene Education Foundation, and communication best practices. The topics for the remainder of the meetings can be found at our Website:


For more information, please visit To add your parent leaders to the email list for meeting reminders and announcement, please email their contact information to Thank you for your support.


2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

October 3rd:  December 3rd: Understanding K-12 Funding in Oregon 101; working with the School Board, programs and ideas for raising additional funds for your school community.

February 4th: Community involvement; best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children, how to get your neighborhood connected with your school.

April 15: Advocacy; enhance your ability to impact educational opportunities and social change, mobilize volunteers and recruit future parent leaders.”

Don’t forget background checks

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 and the About the PTA link for a link to the 4J application and the guidelines associated with volunteering or visit


Box Tops

Box Tops collected year round

It’s time to kick off the 2018-2019 “Big Box Tops Challenge!” At Edgewood we have had a goal of 10,000 Box Tops every year, this year we would love to beat that, even by just one Box Top.

Look for the handout coming home with your student! There will be a sheet that holds twenty-five Box Tops, but before you glue or tape the Box Tops to the sheet please make sure they are not expired. Just make sure your student’s name and classroom number is on the sheet. The classes are competing for trophies that are awarded three times a year. THANK YOU for helping support our school!

Gardening volunteers needed

Edgewood’s School Garden is growing…

And we need your help! Volunteer an hour a month or an hour a week in the school garden. Opportunities to help take classes out, no experience or planning necessary,  or just come help tend the garden. Training and guidance provided as needed. Edgewood’s School Garden plays a vital role in the outdoor education of our students—please help us with this important aspect of school!

Contact Robin Detmer at


After School Activities

We will be compiling a list of activities on the PTA website.  


Learn to Ice Skate with the Eugene Figure Skating Club!

Anyone can learn—there is no experience needed—for recreational skating, figure skating, and hockey.  Beginner and Advanced Classes for Ages 4 through Adult start September 18 with an 8-week session. Tuesday sessions begin 5:15pm & later. Saturday sessions begin 10:30am & later. Sign up to take classes once or twice a week! Prices for NEW students: 1 Lesson weekly $107 + skate rentals. Location: The Rink Exchange 796 West 13th Avenue Lane County Fairgrounds. Check out our website for more info: or email us at:


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 2018 Coyote Kids! begins the first week of October for grades 1st-5th. Coyote Kids meets once a week on Thursdays for 2 hours after school lets out. Cost is 4 monthly payments of $74.25. Scholarships are available. For more info and to register:



Chess club will begin a new year on September 18th!  WE WILL MEET ON TUESDAYS this year in Room B1, 3:00-4:15PM.  New players are very welcome, including Kinders.  We look forward to another great year of chess at Edgewood!  You can enroll by going to our Southside Chess website here:  You can also call me, Jerry Ramey, 541-232-0328, or email me:


Calling all yogis – after school kids yoga class!

Join Yoga Playgrounds for these fun and active classes that will get kids stretching their bodies and minds through individual and group poses, mindfulness games and creative relaxation techniques. Packed with playfulness, positivity and fun, these classes will give kids tools to manage their behaviors to lead happier, healthier and more peaceful lives. Classes for Grades K-3 will meet Mondays from 2:45-3:45 from Oct 8 – Dec 10. For more info or to register visit:


Hip-Hop Dance Class

We are so excited to be able to offer dance this year at Edgewood! This high energy, positive and fun dance class will allow students the opportunity to move and grove while they learn the fundamentals of hip hop dance! The class is Wednesdays after school from 3:15 – 4:15 (pick up is promptly at 4:15) and Fridays after school at 2:00pm. Classes start the week of SEPTEMBER 17TH. Class will be taught by Vanessa Fuller, Professional Dancer and Owner of Xcape Dance Academy, mother of 2 Edgewood students! Kids must register for 2 days per week. Cost is $80/ month for the class. To register, visit or call  541-912-1140. Payment for classes is due before the start date. A final performance opportunity will be provided.


Golf & Tennis Afterschool At Edgewood Elementary

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 is on Fridays 2:00-3:00pm, Golf is on Thursdays 3:15-4:15pm. Location: Edgewood Playground/Field


AAC STEM shuttle

Check out the attached flyer from the Academic Achievement Center.  For more information on after school activities through AAC STEM, please go to or call 541-654-4999,

Volunteers Needed for Pictures

Help with Picture Days September 24-27

We will soon be sending out a classroom schedule for school pictures.  We need a few volunteers from each classroom to help shuttle kids to the picture taking station and back to class.  Please let the office know if you are interested in helping out on picture days!  Please make sure that you have done your background check!

Summer Free Lunch Program

From Food for Lane County

We invite all children and youth age 18 and younger to eat lunch for free during the summer months. Staff and volunteers serve meals at schools, parks and community centers located throughout Lane County. Each summer, FFLC serves thousands of lunches and breakfasts to children through the Summer Food Program.  See flyer for lists of sites!

New and exciting additions from the PTA

Edgewood to meet technology/furniture needs next year, thanks to PTA

PTA members voted to spend about $27,000 to upgrade severely outdated technology (for example, projectors that project images too small for kids in the back to see and computers as old as 2005) and furniture needs, such as kindergarten chairs and desks for a new kinder class next year and broken chairs that teachers are making due with. The money is available through a special fund that was set up when Evergreen Elementary and Edgewood Elementary merged.

Pick up your Medications.

No Medications Left Behind!

All student oral medications will be discarded on June 18th.  No Exceptions!

Set yourself a reminder to pick up medications no later than June 15th, the last day of school.  We cannot keep medications over the summer and we cannot check them out to your child. Epi pens and inhalers will be sent home with your child only with permission.  Call 541-790-8700 to arrange this.


An extra special thank you to David Van Slyke for his role as PTA treasurer this year! We appreciate all of the work you put into this role and writing oh-so-many checks!


Another extra special thank you to Tracie Harness for her role as PTA vice-president this year! We appreciate all of the work you did keeping track of so many members and for your leadership in remodeling the staff room!


Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this school year fabulous! It takes hundreds of volunteers throughout the year to pull off all the fundraising and community building events, field trips and classroom activities each year. Thank you for stepping up and taking on some of these tasks!

Have a great week and we will see you next year!

Field Day!

Tomorrow is Field Day! – Tuesday June 12

Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to help!  It is going to be a great day!

KG-2nd Grade – 9:30-11:00 (Volunteers show up at 9:00 or 8:30 for set up)

3rd-5th Grade – 1:10-2:40 (Volunteers show up at 12:45 or 12:20 for set up)


The weather looks sunny and hot! Please consider having your kids put on sunscreen, bring a water bottle, wear a hat and have an extra set of clothes as they may get wet!  The fields may still be wet from this weekend’s rains.  Please also consider packing extra socks and shoes to change into if needed.


Popcorn sales end this week

June 6th–this Wednesday–is the last time popcorn will be available for sale after school until next year (if we have a popcorn coordinator). Be sure to tell your students! The sale of popcorn helps the K-2 graders go on field trips!


Check for library books at home!

Reminder: All Library books are due back at school now! Parents, please help your kids with being responsible and returning their library books.


Lost and Found

Items missing? Please be sure to check out our lost and found. We will be donating all of our lost and found items on Friday, June 15th at 1:00.


FREE DONUTS for parents at PTA information table Thursday, June 7

Co-presidents Beth Casper and Julia McMorran will have a table set up after school on Thursday, June 7, to hand out free donuts to parents and answer any questions you have about the PTA and see if one of our volunteer opportunities fits you! We have all kinds of volunteer opportunities, including Popcorn Coordinator, Social Media Editor and Newsletter Editor, that need to be filled for next year. These things won’t happen next year without volunteers! If we all donated an hour a month, what a difference it would make! Stop by and say hi!

PTA- last meeting this year

Last PTA meeting June 5

Our PTA meeting is now the first week of June. It is Tuesday, June 5th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Edgewood Library. Childcare is provided by the Edgewood PTA free to parents in the cafeteria. At the budget meeting in early May, PTA members agreed to spend about $27,000 to upgrade severely outdated technology (for example, projectors that project images too small for kids in the back to see and computers as old as 2005) and furniture needs, such as kindergarten chairs and desks for a new kinder class next year and broken chairs that teachers are making due with. The money is available through a special fund that was set up when Evergreen Elementary and Edgewood Elementary merged. This proposal will be voted on at the June meeting. Also on the agenda is a presentation by Sarah Mazze, the school district’s safe routes to school program manager.


Community forum

School Bond Measure – Share your views

Bond measure comment form • Community forum Wed., May 30

The 4J school board is considering a potential bond measure to be placed on the November 2018 ballot to replace and improve aging school buildings and learning materials, continuing the district’s long-range facilities plan.

You are invited to learn more and share your views before final decisions are made.

A community forum has been scheduled on Wednesday, May 30, 7–8 p.m., at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St. in Eugene. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

A comment form also is available online through Wednesday, May 30. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts. Your voice is important!

Popcorn Sales Ending June 6th

Popcorn sales end next week

June 6th–next Wednesday–is the last time popcorn will be available for sale after school until next year (if we have a popcorn coordinator!!). Be sure to tell your students! The sale of popcorn helps the K-2 graders go on field trips!