Category Archives: PTA News

Nearby Nature

No-school days at Nearby Nature

Looking for somewhere fun to send you kid/s during the upcoming No School Days? Why not a No School Day Adventure with Nearby Nature? Nearby Nature No School Day Adventures are modeled after summer daycamps. Taught by experienced environmental educators, the programs encompass science, hiking, art, and play. Cost: $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships are available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in local parks. To register, visit// or call 541-687-9699.


Talon and Tweets NSD, January 21st, 8:30am-3pm in Alton Baker Park: Discover who’s tweeting in Alton Baker Park. Practice beak techniques, check out our talon collection, experiment with feathers and flight, and make a cool bird mask. Go on a bird watching walk in the park.

How to Hide NSD, February 1st, 8:30am-3pm in Alton Baker Park: Spots, stripes and masks, oh my! How do colors and markings help animals survive in the wild? Answer these questions and more as we play camouflage games, explore nature nearby, and create colorful critters to take home.

Nature’s Busy Builders NSD, February 18th, 8:30am-3pm in Alton Baker Park: Enjoy a building adventure in nature nearby. Make a bird nest and your own fairy fort or gnome home. Go on an animal homes scavenger hunt and create your own fort from our Nature’s Builders Playspace super blocks.


Edgewood Shirts

Edgewood Shirt Orders!  Please turn in order forms by Monday, February 4th !

We will be placing another shirt order this year as soon as we have enough of your orders to do so!   Forms will be coming this week, or you can use the one that is attached.  Colors are for the most part the same; though we substituted “Heather Gray” in a few of the styles.  If interested, please turn in your order forms and payment to the office by Monday, February 4th.  Scholarships are available for Edgewood t-shirt orders.  Please contact the office if interested.

Drama class

After School Drama class on Thursdays!

The Dreamers Acting Studio will be offering another after school acting class starting in January!  

  • Thursdays at 3:00 to 4:15
  • Ages 8-12
  • Classes start January 10th.
  • Classes will be held in B1
  • 4 classes for $89

Students will learn and strengthen a variety of skills through fun and exciting activities and games in a safe, low pressure environment. To find out more visit

Healthy New Year

Try a new healthy habit!

With the New Year comes a chance try new ways of getting to and from school. Tired of waiting in traffic? Imagine what else you could do with that extra time if your child was walking, biking, carpooling or riding the bus to school. You could enjoy some needed “me time” if your child rides the bus or enjoy “we time” biking or walking together. The New Year is a great time to make positive changes in your life – so give it a try! Who knows how long it could take to drive with all this recent traffic? Older students can walk or roll on their own; younger students will need to walk or roll with an adult. 

School choice is now!


January is school choice time for the 2019–20 school year. Families are invited to explore their school choice options, including their neighborhood school. Here are some important dates:

Elementary School Showcase
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, 10 a.m.–12 noon
4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
One-stop school choice information fair
Talk with representatives from every 4J elementary school
Get information about the school choice process
Sign up for school visits
Spanish interpretation provided

Edgewood School Choice Presentations

January 16th – 9:00

January 23rd – 5:30

January 30th – 12:00


Spencer Butte Middle School School Choice Presentations

January 15th – 9:00, 2:30 and 7:00


Roosevelt Middle School School Choice Presentation

January 24th – 6:00

African Library Project


7th grader Helen Sawyer (and former Edgewood student) is working with the African Library Project to provide books to eager readers in Africa who have very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It takes only 1000 books and $500 (plus a little elbow grease!) to start a single library and make a huge difference in children’s lives.  She is specifically looking for  4th-8th grade level books, with some books for younger kids.  Book donations can be brought to the office at Edgewood.  For more information click here:  African Library Project

School Choice month

January is School Choice month

January is school choice time for the 2019–20 school year. Families are invited to explore their school choice options, including their neighborhood school. Here are some important dates:

Elementary School Showcase
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, 10 a.m.–12 noon
4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
One-stop school choice information fair
Talk with representatives from every 4J elementary school
Get information about the school choice process
Sign up for school visits
Spanish interpretation provided

 Edgewood School Choice Presentations

January 16th – 9:00

January 23rd – 5:30

January 30th – 12:00

Spencer Butte Middle School School Choice Presentations

January 15th – 9:00, 2:30 and 7:00

Roosevelet Middle School School Choice Presentation

January 24th – 6:00


Winter Food Box drive

Winter Food Box and Toiletries Drive – Accepting Donations Until Wednesday!

Our Winter Food Box drive is in full swing.  Our goal is to provide food boxes for more than 20 Edgewood families to help cover general food needs during the winter break .  Each box will have various well-rounded items and staples.  We are looking for donations of non-perishable items such as pastas, sauces, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, fruit cups, granola bars etc.  Bring any non-perishable donations to the office for the food boxes.  Please let us know if your family can benefit from receiving one of these boxes this year.


 Cash, check or credit card donations are appreciated too! All donations will support the Edgewood Village food pantry. We will be purchasing dairy, produce and proteins for the winter food boxes with some of these donations. 

To use your credit card, follow this link:


Toiletries can also be dropped off in the office. These will be included in the winter food boxes as well


If you are interested in helping out with the Food Boxes, we are looking for volunteers on the afternoon of Thursday, December 20th  and the morning and afternoon of Friday, December 21st.

Dress for the Weather

Outside Recess – Dress for the Weather!  (And pack a change of clothes too!)

It is the time of year when we start seeing more rain, more mud, more puddles…….  We have recess outside whenever possible and this means that sometimes it will be in the rain!  Please make sure and send kids with jackets to stay warm and dry.  It is helpful if they have extra change of clothes in their backpack in case they get too wet for comfort.


This Friday is December’s OBOB MeetinOregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

This year’s Edgewood OBOB team has 80+ students, who have been hard at work reading books, learning author names, forming teams, and preparing to battle. The next OBOB meeting is Dec. 14 from 1:45-2:45pm in the Music Room. Parent volunteers are needed at this meeting to help teams divide up the books. Please contact if you can help!

Hand-in-Hand Parenting

Hand-in-Hand Parenting resources

In case you missed the Hand-in-Hand Parenting education night last week, Ron Meiners left us with some great information to pass along. The Hand-in-Hand Parenting philosophy, based on experiential research, shows that stress interferes with a child’s connection with his or her parent and that leads to off-track behavior, including meltdowns, picky eating and defiance. This stress can be healed through play listening, stay listening, special time and setting limits. For more information, check out the Website at and listen to a podcast at

winter break food boxes

Dear Edgewood Community,
Winter Break is coming soon and we are hoping  to fill winter break food boxes for approximately 30 Edgewood families.  This food drive is different than our Thanksgiving food boxes in that we are hoping to cover basic food needs over winter break as opposed to just one meal.  Each box will have various well-rounded items and staples.  We are asking families to donate non-perishable items (see list below).  We will be purchasing dairy and proteins with cash donations received.


If you are able to help, we’ll be collecting donations through Wednesday, December 19th.  Dry goods can be brought into the office.  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
In addition to our food drive, our Edgewood ambassadors have organized a toiletries drive.  Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo etc can all be brought into the office as well and we will add them to our Winter Break Food Boxes.
Thank you for your generosity!

December Community Equity Forum

You’re Invited….

The December Community Equity Forum is titled “The Saga of racism and resistance -Stories from the Black Pioneers of Eugene & Springfield Schools.” This free event is Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Eugene School District 4J District Office Auditorium, 200 North Monroe St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Interpretation will be offered for Spanish & ASL.

Edgewood Village Update


Our Thanksgiving boxes were a huge success!  Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed food, money and time.  It made a huge difference!  We will be sending information on how to help with our winter break food box drive soon!


We are looking for a team of people that would be interested in helping run our Edgewood Village food pantry next year.  Currently, Meridith Turnbull is our coordinator and helps out with the pantry year round  as well as the Thanksgiving boxes and Winter Break Food Boxes.  This is her last year at Edgewood, so in order to keep this wonderful resource available to families, we will need a new coordinator (or team of coordinators).  Please let the office know if you are interested and we will meet soon to plan out what Edgewood Village will look like in the future.

Auction help needed

Our awesome auction needs help!

Every year at Fun Night, Edgewood PTA hosts a silent auction with hundreds of items available for bidding. There are always gift cards, spa baskets, a kid’s bike, jewelry and handmade items. This event would not be possible without volunteer support and planning starts NOW! Please email Amy Phillips if you can help in any way: sending out the letter to businesses, collecting items, calling businesses and seeking new donations are all possible ways to help! Email Amy at

Parent Education Night rescheduled

Parent Education Night rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4

Our Hand-in-Hand Parent Education Night has been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 4th in the Edgewood Library. This great opportunity has been moved from Thursday, Nov. 29th. Ron Meiners will give us the particulars about hand-in-hand parenting and helping with parenting difficulties. Child care will be available by the Y for $3 a child.

Coat Drive

Share the Warmth Coat Drive

Edgewood Village needs your help.  We need coats, jackets, and winter–warm layers to help everyone in our community stay toasty warm during the next months.  Please make any winter coat donations to our drop box by the front office from Tuesday, November 13th-Friday November 16th.  Take part!  Share the Warmth!

Thanksgiving Boxes

Donations for Thanksgiving Boxes – We need Turkeys……and more!
Every year, our Edgewood community comes together to create Thanksgiving meal boxes for some of our Edgewood families.  This year we will try to put together close to 30 boxes!  Please consider donating items on our Thanksgiving grocery lists (see attached) or making a cash donation to support this endeavor.

We are especially in need of turkey donations, but there are several other items missing as well.  We have sign-up sheets in a binder in the office, or you can just let me know how you would like to contribute via email or phone.   

Non-Perishable items can be brought to the office anytime next week. Perishable items (turkey, ham,  milk, butter, cool whip etc.) should be delivered to the kitchen no sooner than Friday, November 16 or Monday November 19 due to lack of space in the kitchen. We will be distributing the boxes to families on Tuesday, November 20th.

If you would like to help put together the food boxes and/or distribute them, please contact the office. We are looking for volunteers on Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

Harvest Lunch Information

Save the Date – Harvest Lunch! November 15

Our annual Harvest Lunch will be on November 15. This is an opportunity for families to join their students for a special harvest lunch.  More information will come home, but the general lunch schedule will look like this :

KG – 10:50

1st – 11:15

2nd – 11:50

3rd – 12:10

4/5 Evergreen – 12:30 (Rhian, Courtney, Mrs. Stiegeler)

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


Volunteer at Harvest Lunch!

We are still looking for people that are interested in helping decorate, serve or clean up at Harvest Lunch.  Please let the office know if you can help!  You can work around the times when your kids eat, so that you can join them for this special lunch!

OBOB Friday 16th

OBOB meeting this Friday!

Reminder: The next OBOB meeting is this Friday, November 16 in the music room. At this meeting, we will be forming teams and mock-battling The Infinity Year of Avalon JamesUgly, and When the Sea Turned to Silver. Edgewood is proud of its enthusiastic 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade readers. We have a new record number of students participating in OBOB this year! Questions – contact


Picture Retake and Make up Day

– Friday, November 16

Friday, November 16th, Northwest Exposures Photography will be offering retakes for families less than completely satisfied with school portraits of their children. They will also be photographing make up sessions for children who are new to the school since photo day, or who were absent on the photo days.


For Picture retakes:  Please return the entire set of photos, keeping your class photo, to the office before 9am Friday, November 16th.  

For Makeups (new students or students absent on picture day): Please get an order form from the office and return it to the office before 9am November 16th or let Tanya in the office know your child was absent and will need to be photographed.

If you just forgot to order and your child was present during the photo days: Contact Northwest Exposures Photography to make arrangements for prints.


Prints from the retake / makeup session will be delivered to the school before Thanksgiving. Questions? Contact: or 541.654.1921.



Wrestling opportunity open for Edgewood students

Area wrestling coaches organized a youth wrestling league for Eugene area schools and this is our second season.
*Wrestling is open to boys and girls from grades K-8.  It’s a great way to build strength, coordination, work ethic, self-confidence, and self-defense skills.
*Practices are Mondays/Wednesdays in the South Eugene High School wrestling room from 6:15-7:15 pm starting November 12 and going through the first week of January.
*The cost to participate is $65, which includes a t-shirt– competition entries are $5 each and are optional. 
*We can work on a sliding scale with families where cost is an issue.

The league is oriented towards first- and second-year wrestlers, and competition is organized by age and weight class. This is a great environment for beginners!

More information is available at or on facebook: ORWAY South Valley Region