Nicollet News

Family Weekly Newsletter: November 8 - 12


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Upcoming Events

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don't forget

Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, November 9th. If pictures are retaken you will have the choice between the original pictures and the retakes. If a student would like their picture retaken they will just have to go at the designated time and have it taken.

Additional photo opportunity

In-studio photography session available to students who missed picture day

District 191 students who missed getting their picture taken on picture day and picture retake day have another opportunity.

Kemmetmueller Photography is offering an in-studio photograph session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. The studio is located at 18336 Minnetonka Blvd in Deephaven. No appointment is necessary.

Please note that this make-up day is specifically for families who missed both picture and retake days.

For more information about school photos, visit the Kemmetmueller Photography website.

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Important Information

Vaccine info for 5-12 year olds

The webpage,, was created to be a resource for families to learn about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine for children and teens, understand what to expect when their child gets vaccinated, and why it is important to do so. The site will also help parents find the right vaccination experience and location for their child.

In addition to the webpage, two new videos were created featuring Minnesota pediatricians sharing information about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and why it is important to get kids vaccinated:

Also there are social graphics and translations are available on the Share Our Message page for use by schools and other community members to share this message.

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Reminder that all student, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask when inside our buildings. We have had many students coming daily without masks. Please help remind your child to bring a mask everyday!

Please see guidance below for choosing a mask. Gaiters, scarves, and ski masks are not substitutes for masks. Thank you for helping keep our Nicollet students and staff safe!

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If your student is experiencing any of the following symptoms, they MUST stay home from school.

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • New cough or a cough that gets worse

  • Difficulty/hard time breathing

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Muscle pain

  • Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired

  • Severe/very bad headache

  • Chills

It’s essential that we all work together and stay vigilant so we can keep doing the things we want to do, including in-person learning, activities and athletics.

Additionally, please know that we follow the MN Dept. of Health Decision Tree and guidance when it comes to sending home students or staff with COVID-19-like symptoms. MDH says, "If a student or staff member becomes ill with COVID-19-like symptoms while in attendance, they should immediately be sent home, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or prior history of disease." The decision tree indicates that if a student has at least one common symptom of COVID-19 or two less common symptoms, they need to be sent home immediately.

Here at NMS, we want to keep all of our students and staff safe and healthy and do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following the MDH guidance is one of our tools for keeping kids and staff safe. We know this process, like many things COVID-19 related, can present challenges to families. We are here to help. Nurse Mjelleli can help provide resources for testing and vaccination and answer questions you may have. We know it's not easy, but with everyone's support, we can continue to keep our students and staff healthy!

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Application for Educational Benefits

Every year, all families with children enrolled in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 should complete an Application for Educational Benefits. Many families are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals, as well as waived or reduced fees for transportation, athletics, activities and more!

By completing an application, you are helping to ensure every school in District 191 gets the much-needed state and federal funding it deserves.

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BYC Registration INFO!

Burnsville Youth Collaborative for Grade 6-8: Our BYC afterschool program combines academic support and enrichment along with recreational activities. The program runs Monday - Thursday from 3:00 - 6:00PM each day. Transportation is provided for students within the bus zone.

BYC is set to run: November 29th through April 28th


Burnsville Youth Collaborative grados 6-8: Nuestro programa extracurricular BYC combina apoyo académico y enriquecimiento junto con actividades recreativas. El programa es de lunes a jueves de 3:00 a 6:00 p.m. todos los días. Se proporciona transporte a los estudiantes dentro de la zona de autobuses.

BYC está programado del 29 de noviembre hasta el 28 de abril.

Haga click aquí para registrar a su estudiante:

Chess Club News

Congratulations are out to two of Nicollets chess players for winning awards at our first competition last week. John Blomer placed second in the camp championship section and Rynaldo Mejia placed third in the junior high section of the Kickoff Open in Plymouth.


Join PRISM! PRISM is an after-school club celebrating inclusiveness and individuality! It is a safe, non-judgemental space and network for LGBTQ+ students and allies. We are open to ALL students who want to support each other and promote an accepting environment at NMS.

We meet every-other Tuesday in room 320 (Ms. Schmidt’s room) after school!

Our next meeting will be November 9th.

Singers & Swingers Registration


FALL 2021 - Spring 2022



Year Long $129.00

You must be registered to participate. Scholarships and partial scholarships are available if you register online.

Register online here with a credit card.

Need some help with the online registration? Click here.

Click here to print a Singers and Swingers Registration

BHS Athletics

BHS Winter Sports Registration: The 2021-22 BHS Winter Sports online rSchoolToday registration will OPEN on 10/15/2021; . Please use your same email, username, and password if you are a Returning User from the 2020-21 school year OR this past 2021 fall athletic season. Below are the start/tryout dates for the winter sports offered.

You will need to have a VALID - current sports physical on file with the BHS Athletics Office in order to participate. This is a requirement of the MSHSL and BHS. Students CANNOT participate without it! Please click on the link to print off a copy of the MSHSL Sports Qualifying Physical Examination Form:

You need to have completed the rSchoolToday online registration prior to the start/tryout date. Please visit to register for athletics (and activities).

Please visit the athletic website for more information on your winter sport;

If you have any athletic and activities registration questions, please contact Jeanine Riggs;

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BAC Athletics

Burnsville Athletic Club (BAC) Sports - Check out community sports opportunities at

Weekly Nicollet Clubs & Activities

Science Fair - Mondays from 3:00 - 4:30 in room 311~ Mr. Nemetz and Ms. Challgren

Chess Club - Tuesday/Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 in the Media Center ~ Mr. Ribnick

Photojournalism Club - Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30 in Room 124 ~ Ms. Holman

Singers & Swingers - Thursdays at 7:00 before school in Choir Rm or Aux Gym ~ Ms. Bakken

Student Council - Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:30 in Room 502/4 ~ Ms. Wilson

Prism - Every other Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:30 (Nov. 9 & 23) in Room 320 ~ Ms. Schmidt

The Drama Experience - First meeting Thursday November 11 at 3:00 in Room 100 ~ Mr. Orth

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Community Resources

Family Food Resources

191 Community Pantry

Our family, grocery bag style food distribution available to all community members on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at Diamondhead Education Center. Each grocery bag has 10-15 nonperishable items designed for a family of 4 including a box of assorted fresh fruits and vegetables when available. The Pantry is open to the public.

191 Community Pantry Grocery Bag Distributions -- 1st and 3rd Tuesdays Year Round

191 Fresh Produce Distribution

Available July - October provides a box of assorted fresh fruits and vegetables distributed the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at Diamondhead and is available to all community members.

More information about these resources at:



COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Resources

Here is the link to the main Dakota County COVID vaccine page:

Here is the link to the schedule of upcoming COVID vaccine clinics:

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If you have any questions about the information within this back to school newsletter, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Main Office via phone or email.

Phone: 952-707-2600


Fadlan la xiriir Axmad Kaahiye, is ku xirahanaga iskuulka Nicollet Middle School, wixii su'aala ah oo aad ka qabtid macluumaadkaa: Tel: 952-373-1877

Si tiene alguna preguntas, envíe un correo electrónico a Mary Lopez: Tel: 612-568-3022

About Nicollet Middle School

Our vision here at Nicollet is that we will realize our individual strengths and RISE together to become future ready and community strong. RISE stands for Resourceful, Inclusive, Safe, and Excellence. We know that when we strive to achieve these characteristics as individuals and as a community, we will learn and grow stronger together.
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