OBOB meeting Friday, Oct. 19

We love reading and OBOB at Edgewood! Almost 80 students attended our first OBOB meeting last month, breaking our previous school record. Our second OBOB meeting is this Friday, Oct. 19 in the Music Room from 1:45-2:45pm. Open to 3-5th graders. Please encourage good behavior as OBOB is run by parent volunteers. Permission slips are available on the OBOB library shelf. Team formation will occur at the November meeting.  Questions: edgewoodobob@gmail.com.


Lost and Found

Lost and Found items will be donated at the end of October!

Lost a jacket or a lunchbox? Please come find it in our overflowing Lost and Found!  We will be bagging up and donating all unclaimed items at the end of this month.

Bike Rodeo

Bike Rodeo! Tuesday, Oct 16th 3:15-4:45pm, Outside or in Gym/Cafeteria

Let’s celebrating biking! Edgewood, 4J Safe Routes to School and the YMCA are coming together to provide a fun way for our students to improve their biking skills and get excited about riding! Kids of all ages are welcome to ride through a bike skills course, blend smoothies with pedal power and play fun games to help them learn traffic safety. Bring your own bike or ride ours. Free!

To volunteer, contact Sarah Mazze at mazze_s@4j.lane.edu or 541-516-0887.

TRBO Basketball

TRBO Basketball

Attention 4th and 5th grade girls: TRBO will be holding a free basketball clinic Wednesday October 24th from 6:30-7:30 (parent info meeting 7:00-7:30) at South Eugene HS!  An opportunity to work with the High School Girls Basketball team and coaches!

Meet Don Brown, girls Varsity coach, and the South Girls Basketball team. We will be providing Information on winter teams and the South Girls program. Come with questions and hear about the program!


Fun Run update

Thank you to everyone who has brought back their pledge envelopes! 
So far we have raised……
(Our goal is $20,000 – if we reach our goal, kids get to vote on a costume for Mr. Moore!  It has been done before!)
The top 3 classes that have the most participation will receive a popcorn/popsicle recess party
Currently in the lead we have……Ms. Sofie and in 2nd place we have a three way tie with Ms. Becky, Mrs. Krueger and Mr. Vanderbilt!
Pledges can be turned in through the end  of the day on Friday, October 19.  Thank you for helping your kids collect their pledges over the long weekend and turn in their envelopes!
If people prefer donating with their credit card, please follow this link:  https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Edgewood-Fun-Run-/IdLgT

Strings Class

NEW! After-School Strings Class! The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) is offering our 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to learn a stringed instrument! Classes are held here at Edgewood after school! Julia Frantz is a wonderful violinist and teacher and is excited to have your child in her strings class! We provide the book and the instrument to take home, and scholarships for any family that needs one. String Academy at Edgewood meets in the music room Tue/Thurs, 3:05-4:00 PM. Please check with the office for more information or register on line: http://esyorchestras.org/programs/string-academy-i/. Open the door to an enriching musical experience for your child, with benefits that can last a lifetime!


We made it through the rain…

Great job to all our student (and parent and teacher) runners! And THANK YOU to all the cheering fans. What a great morning!!

Please collect money from friends and family who pledged (HINT: it’s not too late to obtain new pledges!). As a reminder, the funds go to the PTA to support resources such as school field trips, special school equipment and extra classroom projects as well as our storyteller and Artists in Residence. Our goal is to collect $20,000.

Please bring your pledge money to school (in envelope that was sent home). There are extra envelopes in the office. The envelopes have Edgewood’s TAX ID on them to provide to your donors for tax deduction purposes. All money should be turned in by Friday, Oct. 19.

There is also an option to pay pledges with a credit card!  There is a field to enter the student name you are pledging.  Please follow this link:  https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Edgewood-Fun-Run-/IdLgT 


MONEY COUNTING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Do you have an extra hour in your morning over the next two weeks?

Each day between Oct. 9 and Oct 22, we need some additional hands to help collect Fun Run money from classrooms each morning (8:30-9:30). Please sign-up at http://signup.com/go/gAhPjSX and then meet up in the office.

YMCA hosts Bullying event

The Eugene Family YMCA hosts Bullying event Wednesday

Since October is Bullying Prevention Month, the Eugene YMCA hosts the movie Wonder in the gym with a discussion to follow. The free event is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10.   Bring your dinner, lawn chairs, friends and family.


October is Bike, Walk, Ride and Roll Month!

It’s bike, walk, ride and roll to school this month! For the next three Wednesdays in October—Oct. 10, 17& 24—try creating a new habit.

Think about how you get to school, could you make other choices for a healthier environment and life? Could you interact with the school community while coming or going to school? Do you live close enough to walk? Would carpooling with neighbors save gasoline?

On the final Wednesday, October 24, we’ll tally school participation and distribute small prizes. Thank you for considering other ways of getting to school!

Interested in volunteering for Bike&Walk events at Edgewood? Contact Tanya Andrews at  tanyacandoit@gmail.com.


Reminder to dress for the weather! 

It is that time of year ago when recess might be wet.  We strive to have the students outside as often as possible for recess, which means sometimes they will have recess in the rain.  Please make sure that students dress accordingly and have a change of clothes in the event they get wet.


No school Thursday and Friday

Just a friendly reminder that there is no school this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11 and 12. Thursday is a professional development day and Friday is an inservice day.


Free Breakfast served every day!

Edgewood serves a free breakfast for any student that is interested.  This applies to  all Edgewood students!  The cafeteria starts serving breakfast each morning at 8:00.

Donations Needed

The Edgewood Village Snack Pack program needs your donations!

These single-serve food items help to ensure that no child goes hungry over the weekends.

We are in need of healthy snacks like:

– fruit cups

– granola bars

– cereal bars

– applesauce pouches

– packs of nuts

– packets of instant oatmeal

– easy canned food items (Spaghettios, etc.)

– shelf-stable milks

– pudding cups

– fruit snacks or strips


Please bring your Snack Pack donations to the front office by Wednesday, Oct. 24! Thank you!!

Edgewood’s school counselor

Edgewood’s school counselor, Rebecca Ledbetter, starts each day off with a morning announcement. These announcements remind students to be kind, responsible for their own actions and positive. Rebecca sometimes adds a joke or tells the students about silly “holidays,” such as Talk Like a Pirate Day. She’ll leave students with inspirational quotes also–one recent quote: “We change the world with one act of kindness at a time.” What a lovely way for our students to start the day! (Rebecca is pictured giving the morning announcement in September)



First Edgewood OBOB Meeting is this Friday

Calling all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who love to read! The first OBOB Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)meeting is this Friday (Sept. 28th) from 1:45-2:45pm in the Edgewood Music Room. Please note the new day and location this year! 

Come find out more about OBOB, meet the Edgewood coaches, and mock battle The Wild Robot and Wish (you do not need to have read these books to attend). At Edgewood, OBOB is a parent-run program open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, thanks to funding by the Edgewood PTA. Questions: edgewoodobob@gmail.com

Gun Safety

Learn about gun safety and storage this Thursday

The Edgewood PTA’s first Parent Education Night is Thursday, Sept. 27th in the Edgewood Library. It is free and childcare is provided by the YMCA in the cafeteria for a $3 suggested donation per child. The topic is Be Smart—a campaign to bring together responsible adults to reduce the number of unintentional shootings that occur when children get ahold of an unsecured firearm. Owning a gun is a personal decision, but responsible storage is a public safety issue. Kids and unsecured guns are a potentially lethal combination. We hope you can make it and learn more!

Ballot Measure Info

School Bond Measure on November Ballot

A measure that would provide local funding for Eugene public schools is on the November 6 election ballot.


The bond measure, Measure 20-297, would allow Eugene School District 4J to:

• Make improvements at every school

• Improve student safety, security and equity across the district

• Provide better learning environments and materials for students

• Boost career technical education at all 4J high schools

• Repair and update schools that are more than 50 years old

Replace three aging buildings that are worn and have high energy and maintenance costs


By law, bond money can only be spent on capital improvements such as facilities, equipment, curriculum and technology. It cannot be used to pay for teachers, school days or school programs.


If the measure is approved, property tax rates for Eugene School District 4J bond debt would increase by about $0.66 per $1,000 assessed value. Property taxes would increase by about $135 a year for the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000.


Voters must be registered by October 16 to vote in this election. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning October 17 and must be returned to the county elections office or an official ballot drop box by November 6, 8 p.m.


For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/bond.

Membership scholarships available!

Edgewood parents have generously donated enough money for 25 more people to become Edgewood PTA members! You don’t have to come to PTA meetings to be a PTA member. Interested? Contact Daphne at daphne_neville@hotmail.com with your full name, address, phone number and email address. Thank you for supporting the Edgewood PTA!

Volunteer info

Help out with Popcorn Wednesdays!

We hope to resume our Popcorn tradition soon, but we need parent volunteers! Please contact the office if you are interested in helping out or in learning more about what that entails. We will probably be needing popcorn volunteers on Fridays.

Signed up to volunteer? You will get a SafeSchools email

If you want to volunteer in the Eugene School District, you need to get a background check and follow some basic training. Once you sign up, you will get an email that says this, “Eugene School District 4J is using SafeSchools.com to offer training courses online for your convenience. Follow these easy steps to complete your Eugene School District 4J safety training requirements…” The email will have a username so you can go through the training.

Still need to do your background check? Go to: https://www.helpcounterweb.com/welcome/apply.php?district=eugene

Girl Scout Plastic Drive

In an effort to support our earth and our community and in conjunction with Lane County Waste Management’s 1-day Plastics Round-up event, the girls of Girl Scout Troop 11527 are collecting plastics to recycle. ONLY clearly marked #2, #4 & #5 tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles that have had any labels removed can be accepted. A marked bin will be at school from Monday 9/17 through the end of the school day on Thursday 9/28. Thank you for helping us to keep plastics out of the landfill!

If you’d like more specific information on the event, visit: http://www.lanecounty.org and click on the Quick Link for the Lane County Plastics Round-up, 1 day event.

This week is school picture week!

Picture envelopes have already gone home.  We have extras in the office, if you still need another one. Thank you to everyone who has offered to volunteer!

MONDAY, September 24

Ms. Kaley 8:45-9:40

Mrs. Stiegeler 9:40-10:25

Mr. Sumner 10:25-11:15

Adam 12:30-1:45

Mrs. Krueger 1:45-2:30

TUESDAY, September 25

Ms. Dena  8:45-9:40

Mitzi 12:20-1:45

Tina  1:45-2:45

WEDNESDAY, September 26

Ms. Becky  8:45-9:40

Rhian  9:40-10:20

Mr. Vanderbilt  10:20-11:15

Janet – 12:30-1:30

Courtney – 1:30-2:45

THURSDAY, September 27

Ms. Sofie  8:45-9:40

Toni – 12:25-1:20

Mr. Wines 1:20-2:30

School Garden grows with help of volunteers!

On Thursday, we had volunteers from the Eugene Chamber of Commerce volunteer through the United Way Day of Caring, who worked alongside several Edgewood parent volunteers to spruce up our school garden. Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce volunteers, United Way for organizing,  Mindy Bell from the School Garden Project for coming to help, and parent volunteers Robin Detmer, Tanya Andrews and Tami Boehm for all the awesome work! The garden is ready to help students learn! The official Day of Caring hashtag is #LaneCountyCares and tag United Way at @UnitedWayLane

Dine & Donate MOD!!!

Forget making dinner tonight—eat at MOD pizza and support Edgewood!

Today, 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 (Flyer is attached and it also came home in your student’s folder or is available for pick-up at the school office). MOD Pizza is at 77 E. 29th Ave. Thank you for your support!


Flyer here 

Inspire kids with science!

The UO SPICE Science Open House is Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Willamette Atrium at the University of Oregon. The purpose of the event is to help connect community families and educators to science outreach programs on campus and in the community.  All activities are completely free and open to the public.  There will be something fun for children of all ages. In the past, hands-on activities and demonstrations have included the Flubber Factory, the Egg Drop, Lazer Maze and much more. This event is free and is a wonderful way to get kids interested in science. 



Thank you to Amy Phillips and all of our ice cream social volunteers! We couldn’t have handled the crowd without you!

Thank you to Julia McMorran and the rest of the Freecycle volunteers for helping Edgewood families take home new-to-them clothing!

Thank you to Amelia Reising and Shawn Hymer for organizing (and doing the bulk of the hard labor) for the tree-planting as part of our playground improvements in the upper playground. Thank you to all of the families who came by to help dig holes, spread mulch and water the baby trees!

***Check out www.EdgewoodPTA.com for photos of the tree planting!

After-school activities

After-school activities available to Edgewood students:

(In an effort to keep the newsblast to a manageable length, we are only running after-school activities once but keeping the list on our Website. Visit www.edgewoodpta.com under “Programs and Events.” There is a tab for “after-school activities” and a current list with registration and contact information. Edgewood After school activities include, chess, dance, yoga, tennis and golf and coyote kids!  Check them out here!)


Explore Science at the Eugene Science Center!

Eugene Science Center recently launched a new drop-off Friday after-school program in response to Friday early release in local schools. The program is an opportunity for Kindergarten through 5th grade students to explore science in a fun, hands-on setting. Science After School is led by experienced STEM educators and incorporates both structured and open-ended inquiry based learning opportunities. Advance registration is required. It is Fridays from 1 to 6 pm. For pricing and registration: Please visit www.eugenesciencecenter.org/events/science-after-school/ .


Sing with the Oregon Children’s Choir!

The Oregon Children’s Choir welcomes K-12th graders to join one of our fun and inspiring choirs for the 2018-2019 school year! Develop new singing techniques, learn new songs and make new friends. Choirs meet once per week and perform four concerts per year. Scholarships and sibling discounts are available. Registration and information at www.oregonchildrenschoir.org.