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Kellogg Middle School Newsletter | December 2018


Dec 10

7th & 8th Grade Band Concert (details below)

Dec 12

Principal Coffee Chats, 8am, 1:30pm or 5pm @ Kellogg Conference Room 219

Student School Board Meeting

Dec 13

6th & 7th Grade Orchestra Concert (details below)

Dec 14

6th Grade Band Concert (details below)

Dec 17-21

Kellogg Food Drive

Dec 20

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert (details below)

Dec 22-Jan 2

No School (school resumes Jan 3)

Jan 8

Kellogg Science Night, 6-8pm @ Kellogg

Jan 10

Kellogg PTSA Meeting, 6:30-7:30 @ Kellogg Media Center

Jan 11

District Science Fair

Jan 14

Rocket Night (for students going to JM next fall), 6-8pm @ JM

Jan 15

Cool Comet Store

Jan 17

End 2nd Quarter

RAMP Night, 6-8pm

Jan 18

No School (teacher work day)

Jan 21

No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Jan 28

Panther Night (for student going to Century next fall), 6-8pm @ Century

Jan 24

Student School Board Meeting

Feb 15

School Dance / Fun Night

Concert Information


Dec 10

7th Grade Band Concert, 7:00pm, Karen K. Larson Auditorium @ Kellogg

8th Grade Band Concert, 7:45pm, Karen K. Larson Auditorium @ Kellogg

(Grade 7 report to room 112 at 6:45pm. Grade 8 report to room 113 at 7:30pm. Concert Dress for 7th & 8th - black bottoms, white tops, dark shoes & socks.)

Dec 14

6th Grade Band Concert (flutes, french horns, trombones, baritones, percussion), 8:00am, Karen K. Larson Auditorium @ Kellogg

6th Grade Band Concert (clarinets, saxophones, trumpets), 9:00am, Karen K. Larson Auditorium @ Kellogg

(Concert Dress for 6th - every day school clothes.)


Dec 13
6th Grade Orchestra Concert, 7:00pm, Karen K. Larson Auditorium @ Kellogg

7th Grade Orchestra Concert, 7:25pm, Karen K. Larson Auditorium @ Kellogg

(Grade 6 report to band room before 6:30pm. Grade 7 report to band room before 6:40pm. Dress code - white shirt with black pants.)

Jan 29
8th Grade Orchestra Concert 7pm @ Century High School

(Dress code: white shirt with black pants)


Dec 20

6th Grade Choir Concert, 7pm, Karen K. Larson Auditorium @ Kellogg

7th Grade Choir Concert, 7:30pm, Karen K. Larson Auditorium @ Kellogg

8th Grade Choir Concert, 8pm, Karen K. Larson Auditorium @ Kellogg

(Students should arrive a half hour before their concert and sign in at the choir room. Concert Dress is black/white/red dress clothes.)


Principal Coffee Chat

In effort to open lines of communication with parents, we are hosting our first round of Principal Coffee Chats. Warm up with a cup of coffee while sharing ideas, expressing concerns and asking questions. Your input matters. Please consider joining Principal Angi McAndrews December 12 from 8-9am, 1:30-2:30pm, or 5:00-6:00pm (new session added) in Kellogg Conference Room (Room 219). This will be an open forum for dialogue. No agenda will be created. Just show up and speak up!

9th Grade Registration Information

Century counselors will be visiting all 8th grade Target classes on Wednesday, January 9th (A day) and Thursday, January 10th (B day) to explain the registration process for 9th grade class and to distribute registration materials. Century’s Panther Night will be held in the Century Auditorium and Cafeteria on Monday, January 28th from 6:00-8:00pm. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. A shadow day at Century is scheduled for March 6th.

In the event that your child is scheduled to attend JM, counselors will meet with students on Thursday, January 10th. JM's Rocket Night will be held Monday, January 14th.

Kellogg Science Night

The Kellogg Science Night will be Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Students in all grade levels will be given the opportunity to submit a science project. The display boards/slideshows will be judged by Optimist Club volunteers and members of the Century STEM Society from 2:30-5:00. Students, parents, family and friends are welcome to attend from 5:00-6:30 to view projects and see the judges feedback forms. Refreshments will be provided. All students MUST be accompanied by an adult. Each science teacher will also be providing extra credit opportunities that night for viewing projects.


Helping Teens with Holiday Stress

In the frenzy of planning, shopping, wrapping, decorating, entertaining, and visiting that often punctuates the holiday season, it is no wonder that many parents find the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to be one of the most stressful of the entire year. Unfortunately, as our stress level increases, we often increase the stress level of those around us while also becoming less able to see the signs of stress the other members of our families’ exhibit. Without some blatant flashing sign like a school suspension, angry outburst, or emotional meltdown, we may be too wrapped up in our own holiday stress to notice that our teens are having a tough time too.

Teenagers have their own set of holiday stress, especially if they are part of a family that is struggling financially, dealing with a separation or divorce, or facing the holidays without a loved one for the first time. Stress impacts teens in many of the same ways it impacts adults. They can experience physical symptoms like headaches and insomnia. They can struggle emotionally and suddenly have a short fuse and be quick to anger. They may turn to unhealthy behaviors like binge eating as a way to cope with their stress.

What Can Parents Do to Help? The first and most important thing is to notice if your teenager is stressed. Pay attention for the signs that your teen is worried and then work together to determine the source of their stress. Sometimes, just knowing that they aren’t alone can make a huge difference in how much stress they are experiencing.

Share: Be honest, but be reassuring. It may be tempting to take this opportunity to over share with your teen and unload all your adult problems, worries, and concerns onto your teens. Resist that temptation. They don’t need to be burdened with adult issues.

Breathe: Institute a 2 minute breathing break a couple times a day where the whole family gets together and focuses on breathing. Just a couple minutes of deliberate, mindful breathing can wash away worry and alleviate accumulated stress.

Move: With all the holiday hustle and bustle, it is easy for everyone to get out of the habit of exercising. Since exercise is great for soothing stress, get everyone moving by turning on their favorite music and daring them to dance. Get off the couch and go for a walk or rearrange the living room, just get everyone moving and burning off some of their stress.

Give: The holidays are a time of giving, but often that means giving presents. Holiday stress over how many presents they will get, who will get the most, what they want that they won’t get, and feeling guilty for wanting things the family cannot afford can be soothed with a simple shift in priorities. Take time out of shopping and shipping to volunteer as a family at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, nursing home, or any other venue that allows everyone in your family to give some of themselves and change their outlook on the holiday season.

Family Resources

Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

Do you need help paying your energy bills? The Energy Assistance Program is currently available to assist low-income households with their heath and electric bills. Furnace repairs or replacements are also available for homeowners who are experiencing no-heat emergencies. Households have until May 31, 2019 to apply for EAP.

Contact Three Rivers Community Action 507-316-0610 or 1-800-277-8418.

After School Meals

After school meals are provided in several schools throughout Rochester during the regular school year at NO COST to any child 18 years of age and under. You can attend any school and receive the meal at the schools listed below. Walk–ins are welcome. Meals meet USDA standards and include protein, whole grains, milk, fruits and vegetables.

Elementary—Riverside, Gage & Franklin, Monday-Thursday, 4:00-4:45 pm in the cafeteria.

Middle School-- John Adams, Monday-Thursday, 2:45-3:30 pm in the cafeteria.

Holiday Assistance

If your family could use some assistance with the expenses of the holidays this year, please contact the Salvation Army 507-288-3663. They have several programs (Prison Toy Lift, Toy & Joy Shop, Christmas Shopping Trip) that assist families with Christmas expenses. In addition, they have a holiday meal on Christmas day. Call 288-3663 for more information.

Winter Outerwear

If your child is in need of winter outerwear, please contact Kellogg School Social Worker at 328-5861. Winter Coat vouchers are available. Families take the voucher to the Salvation Army (either location) and get a free coat for everyone in the family who needs one. We also have a limited supply of winter gear for students (coats, hats, mittens, snow pants/boots) at school. These are being offered to families on a first-come, first-served basis.