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Academic Notebook: Week of Oct. 26

John "Nick" Brunn


Aleesha Anderson and Ryan Kempen were invited to lunch with the Austin Rotary Club. They were recognized for being senior students who excel in academics, leadership and activities.


Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Johns, 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Pius; The first grade is going to Cascade Meadows in the afternoon. We will be studying the signs of fall and seeds to adult plants.



Kiwanis Student of the Month: Congratulations to LHS student John Nicholas Brunn who has been chosen by Downtown Kiwanis as Student of the Month. Son of Gregory and Lois Brunn, Nick was nominated by the Religion Department for being an outstanding religion student. He has notably been involved in several extracurricular activities, including serving on the St. James Coffee House Board, the Holy Spirit Church Youth Choir and Youth Leadership Team and the Lourdes High School Liturgical Choir. He also is a National Honor Society student and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, he has received several awards and honors including: 2012, 2013, 2014 Minnesota Music Teachers Association Piano Competition State Finalist; 2014 Performance at Minnesota Music Teachers Association Honors Concert; Magna Cum Laude for the 2013 National Latin Exam; and Cum Laude for the 2015 National Latin Exam. Nick plans to study civil engineering in college and conduct research into renewable energy. He also plans to actively participate in his local faith community, both in service to others and musically.


Tuesday: Band, Library, Volleyball game at RCLS (4:30 B-team; 5:30 A-team)

Wednesday: Faith Night (5:30 p.m. meal; 6:10 p.m. classes for all ages; childcare available); see our website for more info (www.rlrochester.com).

Friday: Chapel (8 a.m.) with Mr. Belter "Lean on the Lord", Picture Day for M/W/F Preschool (Re-take Day for everyone else).

General: Monkey Junction (indoor playspace for young children accompanied by parent or guardian) is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with story-time & snack at 10 a.m. on weekdays; $1.00/child; address is 4500 60th Ave. NW, Rochester.


Tuesday: Scholastic Book Fair, 7-8:45 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. E-1 West Small Group Charter House Visit, 9:30-11 a.m. After School Studio: FLL Robotics, 3:30-5 p.m.


Wednesday: Scholastic Book Fair, 7-8:45 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. RMS Band Rehearsal, 7:45-8:30 a.m. After School Studios: Amazing Athletes, 3:15-4 p.m. and Electronics, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday: Scholastic Book Fair, 7-8:45 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. After School Studios: Tippi Toes, 3:15-4 p.m., FLL Robotics, 3:30-5 p.m., and Hip Hop Dance, 4-5 p.m.

Friday: Scholastic Book Fair, 7:00-8:45am and 3:00-8:00pm. RMS Fall Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Lighting, 5:30-8 p.m.

Themes for the Week: Toddlers: Pumpkins & Leaves; Children's House: North America & Capitals, Human Body & Skeleton, Bats; E-1: Six Kingdoms of Life, Classification of Life; E-2: Ancient Civilizations; 6th Grade Energy Conservation & Use Projects; Middle School: Individuals & Societies, Graphing Equations & Inequalities; Calendar Design Project (fundraising, photography, & poetry elements).

Reminders: Parent Conferences will be held the week of Nov. 9, and there is no school on Friday, Nov. 13 due to conferences. To sign up for a conference time or to learn more, visit http://rmschool.org/content/parent-conferences. Please "like" RMS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RochesterMontessoriSchool.



Tuesday: Fall Book Fair Family Night 5-7 p.m.; Fall Fundraiser Pick-Up 3:30-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.


Wednesday: Fall Book Fair

Thursday: Fall Book Fair

Friday: PTA's Costume Bingo Night 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Join us for the fun!

Coming Up: Fall parent/teacher conferences will take place on Nov. 5 and 12 at Bamber Valley. Teachers will be in touch with parents about setting up appointments. We hope you can make it!


Tuesday: College Visit: Ripon College, 1-1:30 p.m. in the Career Center; Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Wednesday: PSAT Test and ASVAB Testing, 7:30 a.m. in the National Volleyball Center; College Visits: Grinnell College, 9:30–10 a.m.; University of Minnesota Rochester, 12:30–1 p.m. in the Career Center; STRIVE Grub night at RCTC. Check with Mr. Ness in A/B Office for times.

Thursday: College Fair at RCTC, 9–11 a.m.; Parent Conferences, 4-7 p.m.


Friday: College Visit: Iowa State, 9-9:30 a.m. in the Career Center.

Coming Up: Century Band Boosters is hosting a Silent Auction, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5–7:15 p.m., in the Cafeteria. Theme baskets, gift certificates, handmade items, baked goods, and much more! Tacos & Tunes performance will also be held in the cafeteria from 5:45–7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Century Band programs. Following the auction and dinner, the Bands will perform their fall concert at 7:30 p.m.

General: Student of the Month Recognition Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 a.m., Forum. Congratulations, Theresa Amofa, Alexandra Berven, Gabrielle Christinsen, Emma Fall, Natalie Fink, Heidi Jenkins, Anna Krizan, Seth Massot, Lindsey Monnet, Kylee Novak, Yen Phan, Linsey Roe, Nathan Strumpfer, Nolan Tourtillott, and Chanwoong Yoon.


Tuesday: Mrs. Feece and Mrs. Danz's kindergarten classes go to Quarry Hill from 1:15-3:15 p.m.

Friday: Churchill Character Parade at 3 p.m.

Future Events: Lifetouch Picture re-takes will be done on Wednesday, Nov. 4.



Tuesday: Picture retake day; forgot to smile, try it again.

Wednesday: SPARK diversity program in classrooms; Last Wednesday of the month at Wendy's North is EH Night. A Portion of the proceeds supports Elton Hills.

Thursday: SPARK diversity program in classrooms.

Friday: First graders have a morning trip to RCTC for the play "Frost"; Fall Parade starts at 3:10 p.m., families are welcome to come watch.

General: Word of the week: Gregarious; Lego Team: Volunteer leaders from IBM are Aaron Evans and Tim Robeck. School Advisors are 4th grade teachers Sara Lopez and Jeff Anderson. The group meets Mondays after school through early December. Team members are: Grade 4 Tridyn O., Jason Z., Elektra M., Gracie L., Olumayowa O., Michael F., Sammy F., Julia G., Hunter B., Sophie K., Raymond M., Lael M. and William M. & Grade 5 Henry B., Payne E., Gracie L., Hong-Cyuan L., Maddie W., Cassie M., Cae R., Makalie R., Yahir L., Kaleb T. and Tidus D.; Christmas Anonymous Collection is starting to help make many children happier and healthier. Collection bins will be located in the front lobby of the school. Items needed: Christmas wrapping paper, cans of food (no glass jars), snow boots in good condition, skates in good condition, games with all the parts, toys that are usable, books in good condition, warm winter coats, jackets and snow pants (new or used). No other clothing can be accepted at this time.; Congratulations to Mrs. Huebert's class for being the first class to reach 50 stars in "Battle of the Bands". Stars are awarded based on the whole class' effort in following ROCKstar expectations.

Coming Up: Nov. 10, PTSA Meeting at 7 p.m. in the library.


Tuesday: All Pro Dads, 8-8:45 a.m., Cafeteria. All significant men and their students are welcome to come for a quick breakfast before school. You'll take away some great tips on how to be the best role model you can be and strengthen your relationship with your kids at the same time. It's FREE, See You There!; PTSA Meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center.


Wednesday: Ms. Albrecht and Ms. Mueller's kindergartners will go to Quarry Hill, 1:15-3:15 p.m.

Thursday: Ms. Graves and Mrs. Hogenson's kindergartners will go to Quarry Hill, 1:15-3:15 p.m.

Friday: Mrs. Red Hill and Ms. Wittmer's friends will go to Quarry Hill, 1:15-3:15 p.m.

General: Congratulations to our Student Counsel Representative's, Grade 4, Karissa B, Claire N, Cameron B. Grade 5, Jorge M, Jordan T, Neveah H, McKenzie S, Brianna R.

Coming Up: Next All Pro Dads, Nov. 24.


Coming Up: Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30-8 p.m.: 5th Grade Information Night, 5th graders and their parents are invited to attend if they are interested in attending Friedell Middle School next year. Meet staff and tour the school; Highly Gifted information is also available.


Thursday: Picture Re-take day

Wednesday: Wear blue each Wednesday in October to support and promote National Bullying Prevention Month

Friday:1st Grade Family Engagement – Fall in for Words 8 a.m.

General: We had 660 all-school positive behavior referrals for the three day week!


Tuesday: Sekapp Orchard (Heim, Jacobs, Kvenvold & Schepp)

Wednesday: Sekapp Orchard (Dyer, Gaard & Swenson)

Thursday: Picture Retakes, forms available in the office; Planetarium (Eckhoff & Flanaghan)


Tuesday: Tuesday Schedule. US Navy Visit, 1 p.m. in the Student Support Center.

Wednesday: PSAT Testing, 7:40 a.m. College Visit: Grinnell College, 1 p.m., in the Student Support Center; There will be a meeting at 1:15 pm for students who would like to pursue PSEO opportunities for spring semester, 2016. Interested students should stop by the Counseling office to pre-register for the meeting.

Thursday: College Visit: University of Missouri, 1 p.m., in the Student Support Center.

General: Saturday, Oct. 24, ACT testing at John Marshall. Report by 7:45 a.m. with admission ticket, photo ID, calculator, and pencil.

Rotary Student of the Month: Steffi Tetzloff, daughter of Jon and Sabine Tetzloff, has been selected by the John Marshall Music department as the Rotary Student of the Month. Steffi plays trumpet in the John Marshall Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Symphonic Winds Honors Band. She is also a 4-year member of the varsity tennis team, 3 years All-Conference. Outside of school, Steffi has been involved in various music activities and programs, including the Minnesota Youth Symphony Orchestra, and she has been a member of the MMEA All-State Band and Orchestra and the Big 9 Select Band and Orchestra. In addition, Steffi is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Commended Student, and a member of the National Honor Society. Steffi's future plans include seeking a graduate degree in music performance and business/economics before pursuing a career in music performance or education; Brett Herbers, son of Jim and Mary Herbers, has been selected by the Social Studies department as the John Marshall Student of the Month for the Kiwanis Rochester Sunrisers. In selecting Brett, his nominators praised his dedication, natural leadership abilities, and willingness to step in when needed. Brett is captain of the Speech Team, secretary of the National Honor Society, section leader for the John Marshall Marching Band, and is also a member of the Pep and Symphonic Winds Concert bands. In the community, Brett serves as a Post-Bulletin Teen Columnist and is a member of the RPS Materials Review Committee. He has been recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor and is a Yale Book Award recipient. Brett will be attending college in the fall; his major course of study and final school choice are under consideration.


Friday: Character Parade, 2:30 pm..


Wednesday: Blood Drive, 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; PSAT, 7:40 a.m.

Thursday: Blood Drive, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Tuesday: All Pro Dads, 8-8:45 a.m., Cafeteria. All significant men and their students are welcome to come for a quick breakfast before school. You'll take away some great tips on how to be the best role model you can be and strengthen your relationship with your kids at the same time. It's FREE, See You There!; PTA Meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Media Center.

General: Congratulations to our Student Counsel Representative's, E2, Elena K and Mary V., E1 representatives are, Annika OB and Svea M.

Coming Up: Next All Pro Dads, Nov. 24.


Tuesday: Spirit Day —Twin Day (dress like a buddy); All School Assembly, 9:20 a.m.

Wednesday: Spirit Day — Wacky Hair/Hat Day

Thursday: Spirit Day — Glasses Day (including sunglasses!); Celebrity Lunch for 4 lucky students, 3 Rochester firefighters, and a fire truck.

Friday: Spirit Day — Book Character Day (dress like a favorite character); Third grade field trip to Mayo High School Planetarium; All School Bingo, 2:30 p.m.; Family Kickball/Movie/Pizza Night sponsored by PTA, 5:30-8 p.m.

General: Four students were chosen to have "Lunch with a Celebrity" in September, and our celebrity was our principal Paul Ehling. They all had a great pizza lunch together!; Third grade students began weekly optional Chinese classes during their recess with a parent volunteer teacher. They are enjoying learning a new language!


Thursday: Picture Retakes in the morning; Terrific Kids Assemblies 1:30 p.m.

Coming Up: Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Vision & Hearing for Grades 1 & 3.


Friday: All of grade two will be having a fall festival in which they will rotate to different rooms for activities; First and Fourth grade Humanities classes will be participating in the Buddy Program, First graders will present their family heirloom projects to fourth graders; Student Council will be sponsoring Halloween Bingo from 5–8 p.m. in the large gym. There will be three shifts 5-5:50 p.m., 6-6:50 p.m., and 7-7:50 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes and there will be food and beverages for sale;


Friday: All Pro Dads, Washington Gym, 8-8:45 a.m.


Tuesday: Lego robotics meets before school; HERO day — students may wear their HERO shirts with their uniforms today; mass at 9:15 a.m.

Thursday: Lego robotics meet before school; Girl Scout Day — girl scouts are welcome to wear their vests or sashes with their uniforms today

Friday: Kindergarten students will dress as scarecrows and have a parade and party in the afternoon; The student council is sponsoring a Halloween dance for junior high students tonight.


Tuesday: Parent Prayer Time, 7:45-8:30 a.m.

Wednesday:Visitor Tours, 8:30 a.m.

Friday:End of 1st Quarter; Beach Day for grades 7-12.


Wednesday: Mass at 9:10 a.m. prepared by Mrs. Pyfferoen's 3rd grade class; October Birthdays Recognition; Junior High students go to Eagle Bluff; Lego Robotics for 6th – 8th graders from 3:45-5:15 p.m.

Friday: Math League 6th grade 8 am; Kindergarten students will have Scarecrow Day. The students will dress as scarecrows and be involved in a number of special learning activities throughout the day; Junior High students return from Eagle Bluff.

Student Council: The following students have been elected to serve on Student Council: Meg Degen, President; Jack Frain, Vice President; Clare Stevermer, Secretary/Treasurer; Jack Archbold and Sydney Grimm, Publicity; Lauryn Renier, Michaela Krahn, and Sarah Shedivy, Jr. High Reps; Eric Waldbillig and Will Pederson, Sixth Grade Reps; Caelei Banks and Hailey Johnson, Fifth Grade Reps. Also, 10 students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades participated in the first Math League meet on 10/12. Eric Waldbillig won the high score award for Holy Spirit, earning 24 out of a possible 28 points. Throughout the week, fourth grade students will be dressing up as their biography person and present a report to their classmates about the book they read.

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