Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dedication of Outdoor Musical Instruments at Jackson Square Park Friday, Sept. 24

Belong. Believe. Become.

The Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club is donating seven outdoor musical instruments at Jackson Square Park in celebration of its 25th anniversary (1985-2010). The installation of these instruments started yesterday (9-15-2010) and will be completed in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication on the afternoon of our homecoming game, Friday, September 24th. Knutson Construction has donated the installation of these instruments. 

John Vandermyde Sr. is a member of the Rotary Club and has participated in this project with Kevin Reich, Edison class of ’85 and City of Minneapolis First Ward City Councilmember, Minneapolis Park Board staff, Minneapolis Park Commissioners, Douglas Schmitt from Schmidt music, Bob Gardner of Knutson Construction, and Beth Hulteng, Edison band teacher, as well as many members of the Rotary Club. John is also a member of the Edison Community/Sports Foundation and is an Edison Class of ’58 Alumni. Scott Lipscomb from the University of Minnesota Music Department will have his students complete a research project. This one to two year study will involve students observing how these instruments are used through the community and school. To find out more information about these instruments, please go to

Jackson Square Park is on its way to be one of the most amazing parks in Northeast Minneapolis. Please show your support and appreciation for the arts by attending the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 24th between 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Monday, September 20, 2010

NE School Showcase Planning Meeting TONIGHT 6:30 @ Edison!

Join us tonight as we begin planning the very successful NE School Showcase. This year's showcase is set for Saturday, November 13 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Edison High School Community GYM!

Make sure your school is represented! See you tonight!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Inviting Un-Enrolled Students to "Come Home to Minneapolis"

Too many young people leave school before earning their diploma. We want them to know that we can work with them on a plan to come back to school and earn their diploma. We want them back.

WWYB Centrals

* Broadway School 1250 West Broadway Ave.
Diane Glawe, team leader
Open from 10 to 4

* Wilder School 3345 Chicago Ave. S.
Diane Elkerton, team leader
Open from 10 to 4

On site:

  • Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) : Placement staff, & social workers
  • Translators (City of Minneapolis Neighborhoods and Community Relations Department, Minneapolis Public Schools, and others)
  • Hennepin County Front Door staff (social services & youth resources)
  • Youth Link staff (youth workers)
  • American Sign Language Interpreter (note: Broadway location only)
  • City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department
  • City of Minneapolis Nurse (note: at Wilder only – immunizations)
  • AchieveMpls - STEP-UP Summer Jobs Program


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

4th Annual Edison BBQ a HUGE Event!

The 4th Annual Edison Community BBQ tally is in! The community, Edison students and staff served 1400 burgers, brats, polishes and sen yai sen lek chicken cuts. Plus, we went through 20 gallons of coleslaw, 25 gallons of potato salad, 18 gallons of baked beans, over 1500 bottles of water & sodas, 5 gallons of pickle spears, 600 lbs of melons and1000 brownies personally made by Amy Fields, the GM of the Eastside Food Cooperative. We estimate approximately 1100 people visited the BBQ!

Special thanks to the following 2010 Grill Meisters:

Legendary Grill Meister Shaun Wakaruk

Celebrity Grill Meister's Bill Jaap & Joe Surisook

Relief Grill Meister's Gerald Miller, John Vandermyde Sr. and CM Kevin Reich filled in for Legendary Grill Meister Niles Schulz this year and did a great job too.

Special thanks to those that showed up and said, "I'm here. Put me to work!"

Jennifer Arneson, Lisa Brock, Tamsen Brock, Amy Fields, Rebecca Gagnon, Egan Haugasag, Stephanie Johnson, Adelheid Koski, Sarah Larson, Shannon McDonough, Jeff Morrison, John Moore, Kurt Nowacki, Kevin Obrien, Karen Peterson, Ian Pierce, Ward 1 CM Kevin Reich, Eric Skoglund, Laura Subak, John Vandermyde Sr., Doug Werner and more...sorry if we didn't mention you.

Of course, the event can't happen without the sponsors. Thank You!

The 2010 Edison Community BBQ sponsors were...

Eastside Food Cooperative

Good Carma Volkswagen

Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association

Jim Lupient Buick GMC

Larson Dental

MM Handyman Services

M&M Mortgage

Northeast Kiwanis

Rock Solid Companies

sen yai sen lek

Signature Mechanical

West Title

Special thanks to the Edison students for their leadership and hard work!

The Edison Staff and community members working the event were most impressed this year with how the Edison Students took a leadership role! Thanks to so many Edison students for working this event so your parents, the majority of the staff and the community could relax and enjoy a great night. We all think it's great to see how many student leaders are rising to the call at Thomas Edison High School.

Special thanks to everyone who spread the word on facebook or invited others with a call, email, handwritten note or by word of mouth. It was great to see the our local newspaper, the Northeaster promote the event on several occasions too!

This was a group effort. It takes many, many mini-promoters to get over 1000 people to show up at a BBQ. This team of promoters created a great sounding board. One person noted that he had received an invite from 5 different people. Every single person that invited someone else promoted this event and should be proud for doing so.

It's a great way to start a year ! Please join us for our upcoming school events, cheer us on at our games and see our performing arts productions. To learn more about our school and to see the latest news and happenings, visit our web page at: Is there an event you would like us to share with others? Please e-mail Pamela Vertina, Public Relations Coordinator at

Carla Steinbach
Principal of Thomas Edison High School