Family Weekly Newsletter: February 6-10, 2023
OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE
IT'S SPIRIT WEEK!
For Pajama Day, Comfy's are okay, blankets are not okay!
IMPORTANT ACTIVITY INFORMATION
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Students who are attending extra curricular events after school, that they are not a part of, will need to go home and then return to the school with an adult when the event begins. These events include: sporting events, concerts, shows, etc.
**This does not include if they are involved in activities after school such as sports practice, BYC, theatre rehearsals, etc.
ATTENTION MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ATTENDING BHS SPORTING EVENTS
Effective now, Your 2022-23 Student IDs are now REQUIRED to attend any home sporting event to get into a boys 9A/9B/10A basketball game. The StudentVue or Schoology class schedule is NO LONGER acceptable. If you attend a JV and/or Varsity BHS sporting event, you will need to pay the online Vanco student admission fee in order to attend ($5.00 + additional fee). https://www.vancoevents.com/us/eventlist/burnsvilleathletics If you have not picked up or have misplaced your 2022-23 ISD 191 Student ID, please see the Main Office of the school you attend.
Effective on January 17, 2023, Backpacks are NOT ALLOWED at Home Sporting Events. Other personal bags like small purses and fanny packs are permitted.
IMPORTANT STUDENT ID INFORMATION
STUDENT ID INFORMATION
If students had their picture taken this fall they have been given their student ID. If students had their picture taken for the first time at re-takes and they don't have their ID they should come to the main office and Ms. O'Hara Stuart will have it for them. If you are a new student we are working to get a student ID for you, please keep an eye on the annoucements regarding how you can get one!
If you have lost your student ID card, you can fill out the form below. For $5 we will print a new ID for you. These will be processed approximately once a week and the $5 must be brought to the office before it will be processed.
CLASS ACTS IS BACK!!!
ANNOUNCING NEWSIES JR. AUDITIONS!
Informational Meeting: Tuesday, January 31st during Advisory!
Auditions: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 7th & 8th, 2:45 - 4:30
Call Backs if necessary: Thursday, February 9th, 2:45pm
Show dates: April 12-15, 7pm at the Mraz Center.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
Young Rembrandts-Crazy for Manga Art
Learn how to draw and color all things ANIME! Artists will learn to draw their own anime style characters ranging from easy to challenging – this is a great way to perfect those skills and learn new manga tricks. Complete multiple pieces of artwork like customized faces, animals, sugoi action and more ARTastic drawings.
Sign up today! SIGN UP HERE
YEARBOOKS FOR SALE!
YEARBOOK NAME CHANGE FORM!
Yearbook name change information
If you use a name that is different than what we have in the school system whether it's a nickname or a preferred name and want that reflected in the yearbook, please fill out this form: Yearbook Name Change Request Form. This form needs to be filled out by Friday, January 27th, 2023.
WHAT'S NEW IN OUR MEDIA CENTER
BOOK FACE CHALLENGE!
2. Think about what might surround the picture on the cover
3. Model yourself to fit into the cover (Keep it culturally/school appropriate)
4. Have a friend take your picture
5. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org from your school account with the subject line: bookface challenge
DUE February 28
NICOLLET NEWSCAST - FEBRUARY 6, 2023
NEW ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES
With safety in mind we are returning to some of our pre-covid attendance procedures.
Attendance is a key factor in student success! Parents are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments outside of the school day. If your student must miss school, please follow the following procedures in accordance with our attendance policy to ensure the absence is excused:
All Day Absence – Parent/Guardian must call the attendance line (952-707-2604) as soon as possible in the morning to report the absence. If this is not possible, parents may send a signed note to school when the student returns.
Arriving Late to School – Parent/Guardian must call the attendance line (952-707- 2604) as soon as possible in the morning AND the student must complete the sign-in form in the Main Office when they arrive at school. If a call is not possible, the student can bring a signed note to the office when they arrive at school AND complete the sign in form. If the student does not sign in upon arrival at school, they will not be excused.
Leaving Early from School (for an appointment, etc.) - We ask all Parents/Guardians to come into the building to sign out their students. Parent/Guardian must send a note into the office in the morning AND the student must pick up their departure pass before leaving school. With the pass in hand, they are able to leave class at the appropriate time, eliminating the wait for parents. If a call is the only option, it needs to be before 10:00 am and we cannot guarantee your student will be waiting for you for pickup. If the call is after 10:00 am we will call your student down for you when you arrive to sign them out. There is a short form that needs to be filled out as well. If the student is returning to school after the appointment, they should bring their departure pass back into the Office and get signed back into school.
PLEASE NOTE: If students are leaving school due to illness, they need to check out through the health office in order to be excused. A parent/guardian needs to be contacted by a nurse, and a pass will be issued for students when leaving school. We cannot go back and excuse students who do not check out before leaving. If they do not check out, they will not be excused.
We have seen an increase in unsafe behavior on the buses as the year has progressed.
A reminder that riding the bus is a PRIVILEGE. If behavior on the bus is unsafe students may be suspended from the bus for a period of time.
The same behavior that is expected in school & classrooms is expected on the bus. Bus safety is necessary for all riders & drivers. Bus drivers cannot safely drive your children's buses when buses are loud and chaotic. Please talk with your child about what safe bus riding looks like.
We appreciate your support and partnership in helping get our students to and from school safely.
CLICK ABOVE TO SHOP FOR SPIRITWEAR!
BURNSVILLE BLAZE STORE!
YAY! It's Snow Week!!
*For one week only, we are having a SNOW WEEK SALE where everything is 10% off!
*It's a fun week to show off your Burnsville pride and Blaze spirit so stop in and get your gear!
*We are open Tuesday and Thursday from 10-3:30. If ordering online use code: SNOW
*Have a great week! Go Blaze!!
* Sale runs from Sunday 1/29 through Sunday 2/5
STUDENT ACTIVITIES, SPORTS & CLUBS
THIS WEEK IN NICOLLET SPORTS & ACTIVITES
Tuesday, February 7
Boys Basketball vs. St. Peter @ St. Peter
Wednesday, February 8
Boys Basketball v. ISD 197 @ NMS, 3:45 & 4:30
GREEN TEAM CHALLENGE UPDATE
WEEKLY STUDENT CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
Singers & Swingers - Thursdays 7:00AM in Choir Room, Ms. Bakken
Jazz Band - Tues. & Fri. 7:00AM through Advisory in Band Room, Ms. Bakken
Chess Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00 in the Media Center, Mr. Ribnik & Mr. Burtnett
Quiz Bowl - Wednesdays 2:45 - 4:00 in Room 308, Mr. Hartman
Photojournalism Yearbook Club - Tuesdays 2:45 - 4:30 in Room 100, Mr. Reeves
Student Council - E/O Wednesday 2:40 - 3:40 in Room 114, Mr. Iverson/Mr. Sorensen
Dungeons & Dragons Club - Wednesdays 2:45 - 4:00 in Room 116, Mr. Iverson
Science Club - Tuesdays 2:30 - 4:00 in Room 311, Mr. Nemetz
The Drama Experience - M-Th 2:45 - 4:30 in Room 322, Mr. Orth
PRISM - Wednesdays during Advisory in Room 320, Ms. Waterman/Ms. Fahey/Ms. Olson
BYC is BACK!
BYC is set to run: October 25, 2022 - April 27, 2023.
**BYC IS CURRENTLY FULL BUT YOU CAN STILL REGISTER AND BE PLACED ON A WAITLIST
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Check out the Burnsville High School Athletics website for information.
Burnsville Athletic Club:
School Nurse: Ms. Mjelleli "Nurse M"
Hours: 7:20AM - 3:20PM
Nicollet Middle School Families:
As cold and flu season is upon us, we have seen an increase in respiratory and flu symptoms over the past few weeks. As a reminder, please keep your child home if they are experiencing a cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea. They may return to school after they have been fever free for 24 hours and their symptoms are improving. Please report your child's absence and their symptoms using the Nicollet attendance line at 952-707-2612. Also, all confirmed cases of communicable diseases (ie: Covid, influenza, strep, chicken pox, etc.) must be reported to our health office. You can contact the health office at email@example.com. Thank you all for helping us keep our children and staff healthy, safe, and in school.
In order for us to effectively communicate with you throughout the school year, please make sure you update your address, phone numbers, email address and emergency contact/s on PARENTVUE. This information is very important as it is the only way to contact you in the event of an emergency.
We will send weekly bulletins for families through email. We will also regularly call home with voicemail message updates.
Additionally, Parents/Guardians now have the option of receiving text notification from District 191 and its schools. Text messages are timely and relevant, including weather related school closure information, emergency announcements and others.
In order to participate, parents/guardians must opt-in by texting “subscribe” to the
Learn more about ParentVue at https://www.isd191.org/enroll/student-information
Schoology connects students to their teachers. Students get class assignments, link to readings and guides selected by their teacher, collaborate with classmates, and work on self-paced learning activities. Families can see upcoming assignments and announcements, view assignments, test schedules and daily grades for current classes, and more.
Food and Nutrition Services
- Free meals for all students have expired.
- Families are encouraged to complete the Application for Educational Benefits. https://www.isd191.org/enroll/application-for-educational-benefits
- Meal prices are based on the results of completing the Application for Educational Benefits. It may take up to 10 days for your application to be processed. Families will receive a letter in the mail letting them know if they have been approved or denied. Meals must be paid for until families are notified of the results.
- Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year, and especially if there has been an increase to household members or decrease to household income.
- Money is expected to be deposited into meal accounts prior to making meal purchases. Money MUST be in accounts to make la carte purchases.
Credit/Debit Cards online through PayPams website
Cash at secondary schools using NetCash machines in the cafeteria
Checks at secondary schools using the check drop box
Cash or checks at elementary schools in a marked envelope provided to the student's teacher
- All students need to use their PIN (Personal Identification Number) at meals and should practice memorizing this 4 or 5 digit number.
- Menus, nutrition, and allergen information can be found online at https://schools.mealviewer.com/
- A special diet statement must be completed and on record in order for the Food & Nutrition Services department to make accommodations. https://www.isd191.org/discover/departments/health-services
- Visit the Food and Nutrition Services webpage for more information: https://www.isd191.org/discover/departments/food-nutrition-services
Parent Drop off & Pick up
Just a reminder that our parent drop-off location is on the east side of Nicollet near the tennis courts (the same location as parent pick-up). Please circle around the lot rather than pulling into parking spaces to avoid having your child cross through traffic to enter the school. Students should be picked up by 2:45pm. After school, you will only be able to turn RIGHT out of our parking lot. We appreciate your cooperation so this process is safe for EVERYONE.
If you are dropping your child off at school after 7:45 AM, please drop them off at the front of the school, door 1, because they will need to check into the office for a tardy pass to class.
Please do not enter the driveway between Sky Oaks and Nicollet. This is where buses are entering and exiting and dropping students off here is a safety concern.
THE MAP IS BELOW:
Fadlan la xiriir Axmad Kaahiye, is ku xirahanaga iskuulka Nicollet Middle School, wixii su'aala ah oo aad ka qabtid macluumaadkaa.
About Nicollet Middle School
School Hours: 7:50AM - 2:30PM
Location: Nicollet Middle School, East 134th Street, Burnsville, MN, USA