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Kellogg Newsletter | October 2019

Important Dates


  • 10 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4:30-7:30pm (no after school activities except Annie chorus)
  • 14-15 StandUp Student Workshop (grade 6)
  • 15 Picture Retake Day
  • 15 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4:30-7:30pm (no after school activities except Annie chorus)
  • 17-18 No School (MEA Break)
  • 21-22 Planetarium Field Trip (grade 8)
  • 22 Mix-It-Up Day
  • 23 Unity Day (wear orange)
  • 25 Activity Night (more info coming soon)


  • 5 Election Day
  • 5 Cool Comet Store (during lunch)
  • 5-6 Waste-to-Energy Field Trip (grade 6)
  • 7 End Q1
  • 8 No School (End-of-Quarter Work Day)
  • 12 Dental Clinic @ Kellogg
  • 12 Middle School Gifted Services Meeting, 6:00pm @ JM Auditorium (target audience: elementary families)
  • 15 Vision Screening
  • 19-21 Annie performances (during the school day for students)
  • 21-22 Annie public performances, 7:00pm @ Kellogg Auditorium
  • 27-29 No School (Fall Break)


  • 9 Band Concert, 7:00pm
  • 12 Orchestra Concert, 7:00 pm
  • 19 Choir Concert 7:00 pm
  • 20 Last School Day of 2019
  • 23 Holiday Break (officially) Starts
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Parent-Teacher Conference Details

We will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 15.
  • Grade 6 teachers will meet with families in classrooms. Chairs will be available in the hallway to wait your turn to meet with a teacher. You may meet with one or all of your child's teachers.
  • Grade 7 teachers will meet in gymnasiums, located on the east end of the building on 3rd floor.
  • Grade 8 teachers will meet in the cafeteria, located just off the lobby.
  • Shared staff only attend a portion of the conference time. They should be communicating their schedule with you in advance. We will also have that information posted during conferences.

Important notes about Kellogg conferences:

  • Middle school conferences are not scheduled. They are an open house or arena style.
  • Conferences with individual teachers should last no more than 5 minutes to ensure conference lines keep moving. Please be mindful of this time limit as you sit down to visit.
  • Teachers have scheduled meetings from 3:00-4:00 and will be attending the PTSA Conference Dinner from 4:00-4:30.
  • The front door will open at 4:15.
  • Parents and students will be asked to stay in the lobby until 4:30.
  • No after school activities take place on conference nights.
  • Students are encouraged to attend conferences with parents!

PTSA Conference Dinner

(a message from Kellogg PTSA)

Hello Kellogg Families,

Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up, and the PTSA would like to help out teachers by serving them dinner on these nights to help them out during these long days! We need your help to make this happen! All teachers will be meeting together for dinner on conference nights from 4-4:30 PM. We will have a general theme for each night. On Thursday, October 10th, we will be having an Italian Dishes night. On Tuesday, October 15th, we will be having soups and chili!

All food needs to be brought to the Staff Lounge (second floor by the media center) between 3:15 PM-4 PM on the designated night (either the 10th or 15th), so we can have everything set up and ready to go by 4 PM. There are also spots to help with set up and clean up before and after. Please try to bring items in disposable dishes. If you need to leave a dish, please label it with your name. We will clean it and leave it in the office for pickup the next day. Below is the link to the signup!

Autism Family Camps

Ironwood Springs, in Stewartville, offers two one-day family retreats and two overnight family camps for families who have a child with autism (or are considering an autism diagnosis). The entire family is encouraged to attend (yes, parents and siblings should attend, too). Activities include: petting zoo, crafts, campfire, opportunities to meet, interact and have fun with other families, meals, and more. The next Family Retreat is Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Maximum cost per family is $100. Full scholarships available. Contact Jaimi Stejskal,, 507-533-4315, to find out more.

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ACT- Raising Safe Kids

(a message from Fernbrook)

There is a FREE parenting group that will be co-facilitated by Kellogg's Fernbrook Therapist, Allie Schwab, at Fernbrook Family Center. With support from the Bridge Collaborative, Fernbrook is able to provide two rounds of the ACT- Raising Safe Kids parenting program. The ACT-Raising Safe Kids program is an evidenced based program, developed from the American Psychological Association, that teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 10 (more info can be found at

A couple program highlights:

  • The program includes a supportive child component (AKA free childcare!)
  • Food will be provided.
  • Parents and families do not have to be a Fernbrook client!
  • Their is no additional paperwork, intake, assessments, etc. that need to be completed. Just the referral form!

The flyer and registration sheet can be accessed below. Click on the image to enlarge.

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About the Referendum

We want you to be informed. There are various ways you can learn about the referendum; visit our website, follow our social media, watch our videos, attend public meetings, or tune in to an upcoming webinar. All of this information is available at

This 7-minute video explains the bond referendum:


  • Edison Building • 615 7th Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55902
  • Monday through Friday • September 20 - November 4 • 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • Saturday, November 2 • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Enter through Door 2 and proceed to the Office of Business Services

Note: If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring identification. This means you were successfully registered at least 21 days before Election Day and you have not moved or changed names since then. If you need to register or update your registration, or you have not voted in four years or more, you will need to show proof of residence before you vote.


  • Complete the 2019 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application,
  • Or, contact our Business Services Department at (507) 328-4210 or via email to request a 2019 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application via mail.
  • Return the completed 2019 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application by email or by mail to: Business Services, Rochester Public Schools, 615 7th Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55902. Upon receipt and verification of the information provided, a ballot will be mailed to you with a self-addressed stamped envelope for your convenience.

Or, Vote on November 5 at your polling location.

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School Safety

Student & staff safety are a top priority at Kellogg Middle School. Here are a few things that are helpful to know regarding our practices:

  • The state requires that we practice tornado, fire & lock down drills several times each year. Given the possible variations of threats in a school setting, staying in place might not always be the safest option. During the year, we will drill in a variety of different ways to ensure we are listening and talking about possible emergency scenarios. On occasion, our emergency drills may be coupled with another event, such as the K9 searching the building.
  • When individual emergencies happen in the building, we call a "Stay Put." This means students all report to their assigned area and stay there until the all clear is given. Depending on where an emergency occurs, we may need to relocate students from one area to another to respond to an emergency during a "Stay Put". We conduct "Stay Puts" to preserve the privacy of the student or staff member experiencing the emergency and to ensure quick easy access by emergency professionals.
  • If there is a safety threat within the school building, we will be sure to communicate with all families through Skylert.
  • We do not notify families when we run drills or when we respond to an individual emergency using a "Stay Put."

Attendance Matters!

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Academic Advancement

We host a Highly Gifted program for students grades 6-8 at Kellogg. Entrance into this program is coordinated by Monica Bowler. Students considered for this program often show very high standardized test scores in multiple content areas. You can learn more about our services here:

In addition to the Highly Gifted program, we offer Honors classes to students in grades 7-8. Registration for those classes will take place late winter / early spring. There is not entrance criteria; we honor the desire of students and families to self-accelerate.

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REPEATS (in case you missed it!)

Kellogg Traffic Pattern

You may have noticed by now that there is an organized system that allows us to get all traffic in and out of the parking lot and drop off zones in a safe and orderly manner. Here are some important notes:
  • All traffic leaves west, heading toward Broadway.
  • If you drive behind the building, traffic is one way, east to west.
  • If you enter from the west side, drop your child off at curb on the west end of the building.
  • No cars are allowed in front of the building while buses are present.
  • Read all signs that you encounter along and in the roadway.
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Still looking for Cool Comet prize donations!

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Let's Connect!


Angi McAndrews, Principal


Mike Widman, Assistant Principal


Teri Linander, Associate Principal


Student Support Services

Amy Carstensen, 6th Grade Counselor


Darren Saner, 7th Grade Counselor


Darlene DoBell, 8th Grade Counselor


Sara Rich, School Social Worker


Akilah Sharif, School Social Worker



Lori Dietrich, School Nurse, LPN


Sara Gnagey, School Nurse, RN, LSN


Office Staff

Robyn Davis, Office Manager


Penny Ginther, Registrar & Attendance


Amy Clark, Receptionist


Tracy Malm, Receptionist