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Kellogg Middle School Newsletter | Mid-January 2019

Skyward Access will be offline this weekend due to scheduling updates.

SCHEDULE CHANGE REMINDER

Next Tuesday, students will received their updated schedules in their 1st hour class.


While a small number of students may have a few class shuffles, most students will see


  • Periods 1-3 will remain unchanged.
  • Periods 6-7 will become periods 7-8, otherwise unchanged.
  • Students will be assigned Lunch/Advisory or Advisory/Lunch during period 4 for grade 7, period 5 for grade 6, and period 6 for grade 8. Some special education and EL programs will be exceptions to the lunch schedule.

Government Shutdown

As I mentioned in our January newsletter, Kellogg now has a food pantry to help support students in need. Given the government shutdown, we wanted to be sure to extend our hand to families that may be experiencing hardship. If your family could benefit from food support, please connect with one of our social workers:

Akilah Barlow 507-328-5861 akbarlow@rochester.k12.mn.us

Sara Rich 507-328-5861 sarich@rochester.k12.mn.us


In addition, if your family income has changed, you are welcome to apply for free or reduced meals for your child(ren) while they are at school.

http://www.rochester.k12.mn.us/departments/student_nutrition_services/free_reduced_meal_application

507-328-4218


If there are other ways we can partner with you to support your family during this time of uncertainty, please don't hesitate to ask. You are welcome to contact me directly at any time.

Angi McAndrews, Principal

507-328-5817

anmcandrews@rochester.k12.mn.us

Student Behavior Referrals

You parent feedback suggests that more frequent communication for low level behavior issues would be appreciated & our teachers agree! The more we connect, the stronger we are together. Starting 2nd semester, we will use the following progression to communicate low level behavior concerns:

3 Level 1 incidents: email home

6 Level 1 incidents: phone call home

9 Level 1 incidents: parent meeting with an administrator

STUDENT ILLNESS

As we move through cold and flu season, please keep this information in mind:


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

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.

Here’s to a healthy winter for all!