Friedell Middle School

March 22 - 26

The Week Ahead!

Here is the Schedule/Day Calendar for next week!

  • March 22 - A Day 1 (Class periods 1, 2, 3, Advisory)
  • March 23 - A Day 2 (Class periods 4, 5, 6, 7) or 6th Grade Transition Day
  • March 23 - End of Quarter 3: Please know students may still turn in late work!
  • March 23 - Picture day for Distance Learning students (7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.)
  • March 24 - No School - Learning Model Transition Planning Day
  • March 25 - No School - Learning Model Transition Planning Day
  • March 25 - Mindfulness During Challenging Times 6:00 p.m.
  • March 26 - No School - Grading Day for end of quarter 3

Students have access to a form in their grade level Google Classroom that they can update with their schedule for the week. We are including another version of that document here.

Happening Now:

  • March 23 - 6th Grade Transition Day! 6th Grade parents received an email on 3/18 with information on the day!
  • March 23 - Picture Day for Distance Learning and 6th grade students - 7:45 a.m.
  • March 24 - No School for Learning Model Transition Planning
  • March 25 - No School for Learning Model Transition Planning
  • March 25 - Parent session for Middle School Families at 6:00 p.m.
  • March 26 - No School for end of quarter grading

Upcoming Events:

  • March 29 to April 2 - Spring Break
  • April 5 - Return to school in person for students (More details to come! Info at the Chat with a Principal Sessions)
  • April 7 - Picture day for 7th and 8th grade students

General Info:

  • The Friedell office is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call if you have questions or need support!
  • As we prepare to have more students in the building, please remember it is imperative that all students complete the daily health screener before coming to school.
  • Many of the pictures below contain links to websites and additional information. Please feel free to click on them to access the additional information. One example would be the February Calendar, that link takes you to our district calendars page, specifically the Middle School Calendar.
  • Stay up to date with all of Rochester Public Schools! Check out our Top 5 things to know - this is avaialble in multiple languages!
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Friedell Families!

We hope all are able to relax during Spring Break from March 26th through April 4th. We do return to in person learning for many students on April 5th. With different infromation coming at us, we wanted to share some information for your all.

If your student is traveling during spring break within the United States, they will not need to quarantine prior to returning to school. If your student is traveling internationally, Olmsted County Public Health advises to get tested 3-5 days after travel, AND to stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Please notify the Friedell office at 507-328-5650 if you are traveling internationally, or to any U.S. Territories during spring break.

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Parent and Students:

We will be having pictures this year as a part of our return to school. We have two different Picture Days dependent on your students grade and learning model. We want to balance the groups, as well as provide everyone an opportunity for their picture!

Details will be coming from our Picture Vendor soon, but we want to make all aware of these two dates:

  • March 23rd from 7:45 - 10:00 a.m.
  • April 7th from 7:45 - 10:00 a.m.

The March 23rd date will be for our 6th graders, most of which will naturally be in the building for the 6th grade orientation and transition day. We will work as a team to develop a schedule for all kids in the building to have their picture taken that day. Also on March 23rd we would invite any of our Distance Learning only students to stop by in the monring from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. to have their picture taken. This early part of the day will be calmer with fewer people in the building and moving around to provide space for our DL only students.

The April 7th date will be for our 7th and 8th graders to have their picture taken, as well as any 6th graders that may have been absent on March 23rd. This will also be done during the day and accomodate all students so they can have their picture taken.

If you have questions, please contact the Friedell office at 507-328-5650 or at


Thursday, March 25th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join the RPS Middle Schools in this wonderful session!

“Mindfulness is a way of supporting students, educators, and

the whole school community so they can not only survive, but

thrive.” -Mindful Schools

Mindfulness practices can help reduce stress and increase

well-being. This session will discuss what mindfulness is and is

not, outline research on the benefits of mindfulness, and give

practical suggestions for incorporating mindfulness into your life.

A google meet link is here for you to join at 6:00 p.m. on March 25th.


Friedell PTSA is offering another chance for SPIRITWEAR! Order your Friedell T-Shirt today! Only $15 while supplies last! Orders are due April 9th, and the items will arrive around the end of April!

Also, it is not too late to join PTSA! us the same link to become a member!


Friedell PTSA

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Families -

We realize many of us are a bit behind, struggling, or just in need of some extra support. Please know that support is available at all of our schools. For Friedell, please reach out to the teacher you would like support from, and connect with them on setting up a time to come into the building for that direct support. This could be one teacher, a series of teachers, or our Social Emotional team as well.

We do have some limited transportation available if that is a barrier. Please work with the teachers to set up times for the support based on the specific needs of your student(s).

Do you have a sibling attending Friedell next year for 6th Grade?

Check out our revamped Friedell Music Registration page!

Follow the link to our website and all the videos to help you make the best choice for selecting Music in Middle School!

There are videos for Choir, Orchestra, and Band! There are a couple of additional videos for Orchestra and Band has instrument specific videos as well! Check them all out and complete the registration form! The registration form will go live (or become active) on February 15th!

For those that have a current 5th grade student who will be attending a RPS middle school other than Friedell (JA, Kellogg, or Willow Creek), they too have similar pages on the individual school sites!

For questions, please contact our Friedell Music Team:

Choir - Jason Wright

Orchestra - Lori Ringen-Poencet

Band - Troy Kowalski

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Student Mental Health Resource

Rochester Public Schools recognizes that we are all experiencing increased stress and worry during this time. In response, RPS is now partnering with community agencies to provide free virtual consultations to help address worries you might have about your child's mental wellness. These sessions will typically be with a community provider, not with an RPS staff member. Visit to schedule a 45 minute appointment with a trained mental health provider to discuss your concerns. These consultations can help you clarify what help your child might need and think about next steps. The mental health provider you meet with can connect you with resources for help. What is discussed during the consultation is confidential.

Click on the picture below, or open one of the PDF files for additional details!

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Need Something? We Can Help!

Please know we are here to help with any needs that may arise in your home. Please give us a call in our office and we will try to support in any way possible.

We are able to connect with other district sites on many resources that could potentially help solve a problem you have with:

- Food Insecurity

- Winter Clothing

- Homework Help after school

- Technology Support

We want you to know that you can call us at school (507) 328-5650, or email the office We are here to help!

Our Library is OPEN!!!

During the Distance Learning (DL) our Friedell Library is still open for students to check out books! Please see this information below, or at this link, on how to check out a book from the Friedell Library!

Please do not let getting a book be a barrier! We are now making weekly deliveries on Wednesdays. You can check out a book any day, but we will work to deliver books that have not been picked up yet each week on Wednesday!

In addition to checking out books from our library, please remember we have thousands of eBooks available on the student iPads. If you are interested in this option, please follow this link!

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shared updated guidance regarding saliva testing. MDH recommends that all school-age youth returning to school, sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the school year.

Testing, plus wearing masks and taking other precautions, such as social distancing and staying home (quarantining) when needed, are some of the best tools we have to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There are COVID-19 community testing sites across Minnesota, in addition to local hospitals and clinics. Rochester does not have a community testing site available to residents. However, you can also use the COVID-19 test at home program. Testing is provided at no cost to you.

RPS shares this information with parents to help give you another way to support keeping your school community healthy and safe. There is no expectation or requirement that your child receives a surveillance COVID-19 saliva test. Of course, if your child is feeling ill, please have them stay home from school and contact your primary healthcare provider.

Student Saliva Tests are now able to be dropped off at RPS! Please see the district information about this new opportunity in our Key Mitigation Strategies!

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