The Buzz
August 29, 2019
SNAPSHOT: There were smiles all around on the first days of school this week. Next week the district littlest learners will return when the Early Learning Center and ECSE have their first day. See more first day photos on the EPS In Focus photo blog.
Staff News

25% Employee discount on Hornet gear through Sept. 20

EPS employees receive 25% off on your purchase at the Hornet Hub at EHS. Show your badge at time of purchase. The Hornet Hub is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Offer excludes Faribault Woolen Mill blankets.)

Milestones

  • Condolences to Lynn Clarke, Cornelia DAPE teacher, on the recent passing of her mother-in-law.
  • Condolences to Jeff Jorgensen, student support services director, on the recent passing of his mother.

Please review the attached FAQ regarding your role as a district staff member during this School Board election year. In general, if you are acting in the capacity as a district staff member, you cannot advocate for or against a particular candidate. Outside of work, when you are acting as an independent citizen, you can advocate as you wish. Read the FAQ for more details.

The Buzz publishes every-other week during the school year with important information for staff about what's going on throughout the district. See past issues of  The Buzz .
Back to School
Update family info by Sept. 16
The opportunity to make updates to portal records will close Monday, Sept. 16. Visit the My Info Update section of the parent portal to be sure your contact information and student immunization record is up to date. Also check for other required forms and documents. Review this tutorial for more information.

And visit the Online Family Handbook  for more information and the Back To School Checklist.
Latest Headlines

This year’s MCA science scores for Edina High School are the highest ever and while teachers and administrators are very pleased, they are not completely surprised. They believe the more than 20 point increase over last year’s proficiency rate is the culmination of years of work by the EHS biology teachers and a unique opportunity presented to students. 

EPS recognized staff members at an awards luncheon Aug. 22 to honor bus drivers with safety records, staff members with 25 years of service and staff achieving tenure.
School Board Update
Seven candidates file for three School Board positions
Voters in the Edina school district will elect three members to the School Board this fall as the terms of Amir Gharbi, Sarah Patzloff and Leny Wallen-Friedman expire. The seven candidates are: Linda Friede, Julie Greene, Garrett Knudson, Lou Nanne, Sarah Patzloff, Janie Shaw and Leny Wallen-Friedman. Visit the Voter Resources page at edinaschools.org/2019Election for more information. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

First of two Candidate Forums is Thursday, Sept. 12
The League of Women Voters-Edina will sponsor a School Board Candidate Forum on Thursday, Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. at Edina City Hall. Candidates will answer one question they will be given in advance and will take written questions from the audience. A second Candidate Forum is slated for Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. and is sponsored by the EPS Parent Leadership Council.
Next Board meeting: Monday, September 16
The meeting begins at 7 p.m., in ECC Room 349. A complete meeting agenda is posted three days prior to the meeting. Regular meetings of the School Board are live streamed on the district's YouTube channel. To watch, click on the YouTube icon at the bottom of every district website page, or find the link on the School Board meetings web page.

Q&A Sessions are held as requested. View more information about Q&A sessions and the form to submit questions. Questions must be submitted by 3 p.m. one week prior to each session. Sessions are held at 6:30 p.m., prior to a regular Board meeting.

Meeting schedule, dates and times are subject to change. For the most current information, view the Board Meeting calendar , and meeting notices and agendas on the district website. (Agendas are posted three days prior to meetings)
Did You Know?
EHS Mock Trial seeks volunteers with courtroom experience

The Edina Mock Trial program needs volunteers to help coach our high school teams. No Mock Trial experience is necessary, but it’s helpful to have courtroom experience. Edina typically fields three teams. Mock Trial season is mid-October to early February and involves a time commitment of about 3 hours a week. If you are interested or would like more information, contact John Justice at  jjustice952@msn.com .
Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps seeks tutors for EPS

Six tutors at Edina schools are still needed to fill positions with the Minnesota Reading and Math Corps. Opportunities are available at Cornelia, Creek Valley, Highlands, Countryside and Valley View. Tutors can elect to serve 35, 25, or 18 hours per week and receive training and a stipend. Visit readingandmath.net to learn more.
Upcoming Events
Check the Community Bulletin Board for postings
about fundraisers and other opportunities!
*Visit school websites for details on Open House and Get Connected Days
Sept. 2: Labor Day, No School
Sept. 3: First Day of School, Early Learning Center and ECSE
Sept. 7 & 8: Edina Give & Go Gear Swap , ECC Gym (Door 7)
Sept. 7: Free Heart Screen for Kids , ages 14-24, EHS Activity Center, sponsored by the Patrick Schoonover Heart Foundation
Sept. 12: School Board Candidate Forum, 7-9 p.m., Edina City Hall
Sept. 20: EHS Homecoming - 4:45 p.m. Parade, Wooddale Avenue; 7 p.m. Football Game, Kuhlman Stadium
STAY CONNECTED