Friedell Middle School

October 5 - 9

The Week Ahead!

We hope all are well as we turn to October! Know that we miss your students each and every day here at Friedell! Should you have any needs for your student, or as a family, please know that you can always reach out to us at school! Depending on the need, select the Help and Support options at the bottom of this newsletter!


Here is the Schedule/Day Calendar for this next week! Please know you can always call the office if you are unsure of what day it is, or what classes you have! You can also look in Google Classroom for that information!


October 5 - A Day 2 (Class periods 4, 5, 6, 7)

October 5 - PTSA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. - See details below!

October 6 - B Day 1 (Class periods 1, 2, 3, Advisory)

October 7 - B Day 2 (Class periods 4, 5, 6, 7)

October 8 - A Day 1 (Class periods 1, 2, 3, Advisory)

October 9 - A Day 2 (Class periods 4, 5, 6, 7)


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.


Parents can always access additional information in our Parent Portal! This has info on our teachers, classes, PTSA, and general school information!

Fall Conferences - New Dates!

Parents and Families,


We have set aside two dates in later October for conferences. We will be holding a series of pre-arranged conferences on October 22nd, and on October 27th. Staff from school will be reaching out to families to schedule a conference time, or to see if you would like a time for your student. These calls will be starting next week in order to make certain we can meet with as many families as possible.

Attendance Reminders

We continue to have a number of students reporting absences to their teachers. Please remember that parents and guardians need to report absences to the office even during Distance Learning (DL). This is for a number of reasons, but mostly for accuracy of reporting, and for tracking of symptoms of illness. When someone states they are leaving because they are not feeling well to a teacher, the office still needs to follow-up with that student and family to track symptoms.


To make absence reporting easier, we have added an additional way to submit that to the office. This can be done online through your Skyward Family Access portal. To help with instructions, we have created a video that takes you through reporting absences in Skyward!


Please report all attendance absences through the office in some way. All absences that you know about in advance (Dentist, Doctor, Ill, Sports, etc.) need to be done through the office. Please realize that the office does need to be alerted if students are leaving a class early as well (an example would be leaving 15 minutes prior to the end of class). The office will notify the teacher of the absence or departure in all of these cases.


We realize that sometimes students are in class and marked absent. This happens for a number of reasons (not responding to questions, internet/technology issues, etc.), and we know that there will be times that we need to change attendance. If a student is in class, and marked absent, please have the student contact the teacher to work through this issue. The office will not be able to change any attendance marked by the teacher without the teacher's consent.

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GOOGLE ClASSROOM - Parent Edition

Google Classroom is the main communication tool between your Friedell student and his or her teachers. Directions, classwork, homework, quizzes, links to Google Meets, etc. are all posted to Google Classroom.


Parents can receive Google Classroom Summaries, a daily or weekly email of all of the posts that went out to your child. Parent/Guardian summaries also include a list of missing work, upcoming work, and class activity - assignments, announcements, directions, homework, etc.


If you would like to receive email summaries, parents/guardians need to do 2 things:

Step 1: Fill out this form (https://forms.gle/CsKymZduQyq6Bhh3A) with the email or emails you would like Google Classroom to send summaries to.


Step 2: Accept the email invitation. Be looking for an email invitation from Laura Willis (Friedell's Instructional Coach) within the week in order to accept Google Classroom Summaries. You need to click "Accept" within the invitation email in order to start receiving summaries. After you accept the invitation, you will then have the option to receive daily or weekly email updates.


Reminders:

  • Parents do not download the Google Classroom app. All communication will come through emails.
  • If you were receiving Google summaries last year and you were a Friedell parent/guardian, there is no need to sign up again for that child. You will need to fill out your info again if you have a new 6th grader, your child is new to Friedell, or if your email has changed.


Click here to learn more about Google Classroom Summaries.

What if my student's iPad or electronic device does not always work?

We are seeing some tech issues with our iPads. Most often the issue with the iPad is that is has not been updated to the newest OS (Operating System). This can be done by anyone using the iPad.


The most common errors we are seeing can be fixed by doing 3 things:

1) Update the iPad to OS 13.6 (or newer)

2) reinstall Google Meets app from Self Service

3) reinstall Google Classroom app from Self Service



If this does not help the iPad, please contact the Friedell Office. We are glad to help over the phone or set up an appointment. We can either have you stop by school, or we can come to your house and troubleshoot there!


We have recently added a number of Parent Tutorials about Google to our district supports. If you would like to check some of those out, please follow this link! In addition to those tutorials, we have a number of Helpful Tips on how to work in the apps and devices that our students are using. Feel free to use those opportunities as well!

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PTSA Events

PTSA is a group open to all parents, you do not have to be a member to attend meetings, shop at the Book fair, or anything else that they do to support our school!


On Monday, October 5, there will be a PTSA meeting that will be held virtually via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please send an email to Mr. Lundak (lelundak@rochester.k12.mn.us). He will send you a link prior to the meeting so you may attend!


We also have an Online Book Fair coming up! The full details are below, but we hope you can support Friedell, and find some amazing books, with this opportunity!

Check Out Our Community Education Offerings!

All of our Middle School Community Education classes have started, but it is not too late to join! Please know that most opportunities are offered free of charge!


This year, to help with flexibility in schedules, there are evening classes to support Math, Science, and English! Feel free to sign up on the Community Education Site! The specific Friedell classes are in the document below!


Students, and Families that are interested can also contact their Advisory teacher to get the Google Classroom codes!


We hope that you can consider taking advantage of this evening opportunity!

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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Notes from our Health Office

We encourage you to refer to the district’s Coronavirus Information Page at https://www.rochesterschools.org/Fall2020 for up to date information as well as essential resources. If you or your student will be coming on campus for any reason, we are asking everyone to complete an at home screener to keep everyone safe and healthy. For your reference, here is the at home screener: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GgyPlajlg5LxrkSJSd1clzv40rs1vuLI/view

If you are calling in your child due to illness, we do ask you note any and all symptoms your child is experiencing. This is important information as we continue to work with public health to keep our community safe and healthy.

More than ever before, it is important everyone 6 months of age or older receive an flu vaccination. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a rough flu season could cause serious issues for our community, further reducing school attendance and stretching our health care resources. As a reminder, there will be no flu vaccination clinics for the 2020-21 school year. Please call your provider or public health to discuss. Of note, there are also many pharmacies offering flu vaccinations in the community.

Weekly School Information

Each week we will send out information that directly applies to the following week of school!


The letter and number days for next week are below! If you would like to see a more comprehensive school calendar, you may do so on the district website or with this link! There are a few calendars, but you most likely want to look at the Middle School Block Schedule Calendar.