Nicollet News

Family Weekly Newsletter: January 10-14, 2022

WE ARE ONLINE LEARNING JANUARY 10-14, 2022

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SCHOOL DAY IS FROM 7:50AM - 2:50PM

Distance Learning Schedule

  • Friday, January 7th will be an asynchronous learning day for students. Students should log in to Schoology and check each of their courses for assignments. There will be no virtual meetings.

  • Monday, January 10th - Friday, January 14th, we will be following our distance learning schedule.

    • The distance learning schedule follows our regular bell schedule.

    • Classes will meet synchronously for at least 30 minutes and the remainder of the class period will be an opportunity for students to keep working on their class assignments and get support from the teachers.

    • Classes will meet using Google Meets.


Distance Learning Expectations

We expect our students to continue to show RISE when online. See our RISE Expectations for Distance learning here.


Attendance

Daily attendance is essential to the success of our scholars. Please make sure your learner attends all online classes daily. If there is a reason your child will not be able to attend online, please call our attendance line to excuse them for the day at 952-707-2604.


Technology Support

If your child needs tech support while in online learning, please have them complete a tech support ticket through Rapid Identity and our tech folks will reach out to assist.


Internet Assistance

If you are in need of home internet assistance you can click here for more information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit program which provides discounts on internet services for eligible families. You could also fill out the Application for Educational Benefits form and then reach out to our social worker or counselors:

  • Kara Fahey if you have a 6th grader with a last name A-K or an 8th grader - kfahey@isd191.org (952-707-2616)

  • Kristin Mains if you have a 6th grader with last name L-Z or a 7th grader - kmains@isd191.org (952-707-2617)


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Distance Learning Meals

Meals will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, January 11th from 11am - 1pm. Packs will be include meals for four days (Tuesday - Friday).

Here are the steps to take:

1. You must fill out this form to request meals.

*The form must be filled out by 9:00AM on Tuesday, January 11th.

2. Arrive between 11am - 1pm at Nicollet Middle School.

3. Have your students LUNCH pin number. Students should know their number but if not you can find their number in ParentVue.

  • Step 1~ Sign into your ParentVue account
  • Step 2~ Click on your student
  • Step 3~ Click on "Student Info"
  • Step 4~ At the bottom of the screen click on "Additional Information"
  • Step 5~ Scroll to the bottom and under "Miscellaneous Information" will be their meal pin

4. Please park in a parking spot in the front of the school.

5. Walk up to door 20 (immediately right of door 1 as you approach NMS) and get the meal bag you requested.

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Home Rapid Test Kits for Students

Qalabka Baaritaanka Degdega ee Guriga

Kits de prueba rápida casera

Thanks to funding from the state of Minnesota, District 191 has a limited supply of BinaxNOW rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests available for students.


These tests are for students only, but need to be picked up by an adult.


**We have one test kit available per Nicollet student and will be distributing them curbside on Friday, January 7th from 8:00am - 3:00pm.


Unfortunately these tests cannot be used to end a student's quarantine time. A PCR test is required for this purpose.


Information is available in other languages here.


Here's more information about the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test.

Upcoming Events

Click for our Calendar of Events

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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NO BYC JANUARY 10 - 13

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. We do have plenty of openings so register now!


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


**THERE WILL BE NO BYC JANUARY 10 - 13.

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MODERN DANCE PROJECT IS BACK!

Join the Modern Dance Project! Professional Teaching Artists from the Twin Cities will teach students modern dance concepts and technique while creating three dance pieces over the course of 8 weeks. Practices take place after school on Tuesdays and Fridays at Nicollet Middle School in the Auxiliary Gym from January 18th to March 11th. Transportation and snacks provided.

Participants will perform in The Modern Dance Concert on March 4th at the Mraz Center.


Return your registration form to the office by January 12th.


Project Dates: January 18th - March 11th

Rehearsals: Tuesdays 3-6pm & Fridays 3-5pm


Permission forms are in the Nicollet main office. Program Director Bekah Berry can be contacted with any questions at bagudim@gmail.com.

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P-EBT Card Update

Below is some information about the upcoming P-EBT card benefits renewal. Please consult one of the websites or phone numbers below with any questions.


Students who were issued P-EBT benefits in 2020-21 and need to update their address must do so via the P-EBT Help Form. This form can also be used for any other P-EBT card questions you may have.


Families that lost the P-EBT card they were issued last school year should contact EDGE customer service by callng 888-997-2227 or visiting www.ebtEDGE.com


View P-EBT information for families on the Department of Human Services (DHS) P-EBT webpage


If you are a parent or guardian and have questions about P-EBT for your child, you can call the Department of Human Services (DHS) call center number at 651-431-4608 or 1-833-454-0153.

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EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS INFORMATION

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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NICOLLET CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis for athletics and activities during the time of distance learning. These events involve smaller groups of students and are voluntary. All teams must have mitigation plans in place. Activity leaders will reach out with specific information about club meetings.

  • Chess club will take place online

  • Drama will be in person and online


MORE INFORMATION BELOW ABOUT INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES

PRISM Club

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!

The Drama Experience

The Drama Experience is a one-of-a-kind program that combines original scripts, state-of-the-art technology, and a welcoming culture. This is open to all Nicollet students. After school in Room 100 with Mr. Orth. Join the Schoology Course with Access Code: X75R-T3KP-KJW2 for more information!

Please register & pay online using this link:

https://isd191-ar.rschooltoday.com/viewmyaccount


If you have an account you'll sign in on this page otherwise create your account and you'll then be able to register!

Singers & Swingers Registration

GRADES 6-8

FALL 2021 - Spring 2022

WITH MRS. BAKKEN and MS. BERRY

THURSDAYS AT 7:00 AM IN THE CHOIR ROOM OR AUX. GYM


Year Long $129.00


You must be registered to participate.

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

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ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!

Order your Yearbook TODAY at Balfour.com! Our deadline to put in orders is January 28th. Our year in review will be documented by your school photographers and bound in a book for you to keep. You will be able to remember the fun and friends of middle school for years to come.

New pricing for 2021-22 Nicollet Yearbooks:

Softcover: $21.00 Hardcover: $25.00

Autograph Page: $2 Current Events Page: $3

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IMPORTANT VACCINE & TESTING INFORMATION

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Vaccine info for 5-12 year olds

The webpage, mn.gov/vaxforkids, 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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Kids Deserve a Shot!

Minnesota has launched ‘Kids Deserve a Shot,’ a vaccine incentives program rewarding Minnesotans 12-17 years old for completing their COVID-19 vaccine series.


Incentives such as VISA giftcards and College Scholarships!


Click here to learn more information!

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Resources

Here is the link to the main Dakota County COVID vaccine page: https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/HealthFamily/HandlingEmergencies/Disasters/Pages/COVID-19-Vaccine.aspx


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

https://phappt.co.dakota.mn.us/appointment/en/clinic/search


Free at home screening through Vault Order Your Kit

  • When you send it in, you’ll get results in 1-3 days and Vault will send you another kit automatically!

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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:

WEBSITE: www.tinyurl.com/brainpower191

EMAIL: brainpower191@gmail.com

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Questions?

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

Email: nicollet@isd191.org


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

akaahiye@isd191.org Tel: 952-373-1877


Si tiene alguna preguntas, envíe un correo electrónico a Mary Lopez:

mlopez@isd191.org 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.
NMS Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Click on the link above to see this week's school menus!