Comet Connection

Kellogg Middle School Newsletter | March 2019

Important Dates


  • 12 SEMYO Concert (orchestra only)
  • 13 American Indian Groups
  • 14 Cultivating Culture Circle
  • 14 Student School Board, 11:00-1:30
  • 14 PTSA Meeting, 6:30-7:30 @ Kellogg Media Center
  • 15 IBM Engineers to Terhaar & Jacobsen
  • 20 Cool Comet Store (Q3)
  • 21 Mismatch Socks Day!
  • 21 Cultivating Culture Circle
  • 21 Last Day Q3
  • 22 No school
  • 25-29 Spring Break (no school)


  • 3-4 MCA Science Testing (grade 8)
  • 4 Cultivating Culture Circle
  • 4 Flapdoodles Fundraiser, 10am-10pm
  • 9-11 MCA Reading Testing (grades 6-8)
  • 10 American Indian Groups
  • 11 Cultivating Culture Circle
  • 11 PTSA Meeting, 6:30-7:30 @ Kellogg Media Center
  • 14 Roca Fundraiser, 4pm-7pm
  • 16-19 MCA Math Testing (grades 6-8)

Chat & Chew

Consider using this image as a conversation starter during dinner or downtime!

What can you control? What can't you control?

How does this impact behavior in school? How does this impact behavior in your personal life?

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From Our Nurse

When a student is sick, parents often wonder whether or not to keep a child at home from school.

If a child stays home and has the care he/she needs when first sick, he/she will often get better faster. Staying home and resting will help the body fight the sickness. Staying at home is also one of the best ways to keep others from becoming ill.

Reasons why children should stay at home:

  1. Severe colds, coughs, or sore throats
  2. Eye infections, especially if discharge is present
  3. New skin rashes, especially if draining—unless medical opinion states rash is not contagious
  4. Temperature of 100º or more with or without symptoms of an illness
  5. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  6. Any other sign of acute illness
  7. Until results of laboratory tests (i.e., throat culture, nasal swab) are known.

Children may return to school when:

  1. Well enough to participate in normal school activities
  2. Free of all symptoms for 24 hours (i.e. has not vomited, had diarrhea, abdominal pain in 24 hours)
  3. Temperature remains normal for a 24-hour period without the use of fever reducing medications.
  4. On an antibiotic for at least 24 hours, or
  5. Your health care provider states your child can return to school.

It is often very difficult to decide whether it is really necessary to keep your child home. There are no sure rules to follow as we are dealing with variables. Hopefully, the above guidelines will be helpful to you in making this decision.

Online Safety

There has been lots of chatter about social media challenges and online predatory behavior on the news and social media recently. In addition, research on the effects of tech and social media use shows alarming impacts on brain development and behavior.

While we have little control over social media platforms and personal tech use at school, there are things you can do as parents to help keep kids safe:

  • Consider age appropriateness
  • Monitor use
  • Limit "friends" to those you know personally

There are many resources available to help support your work in keeping your child safe in our increasingly digital world. As a mom, I rely on Common Sense Media (CSM) to tell me the ins and outs of new apps my kids are interested in. In many cases, I will have my child research an app using the website and tell me the dangers before even considering the download. One of my favorite things about CSM is how they pose a question, offer a quick answer and then open it up to parent comments and input, so you are hearing from others in the SAME position! Check this out:

Beyond CSM, there are many other resources that can help:

Stay knowledgeable. Have conversations. Actively monitor.

You aren't invading privacy! Young adolescents are making BIG decisions with an under-developed brain. They NEED your guidance!

Given this fact, there is a growing trend in parents simply saying NO to a smartphone until students are older! In fact, there is a non-profit dedicated to promoting this idea.

Learn more here:

Chat & Chew!

Consider using this image as a conversation starter during dinner or downtime!

The THINK guideline is a great filter for not only comes out of our mouth but also what we post or share privately online! Share examples of things that were inappropriate in word or post. Then try applying this filter and see how the communication would have changed!

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MagiKids Gamebassadors

Thanks to Weirdcards Charitable Club (, we have a new opportunity for students at Kellogg! Students signed up to be Magic: The Gathering Gamebassadors. On February 27th they came together to learn about the game and take home game cards and dice. Thanks to Weirdcards Magikids program, all game parts are free to students! We will meet over a couple of lunch times with the ultimate goal of teaching students to play so that they can bring this game to Advisories and continue to build community in a face-to-face manner.


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