Packet Pick Up – Tonight at Rapid Ricks

Nicollet’s Hope 5K packet pick up is tonight at Rapid Ricks 5 – 8 and Saturday from 8 – 9 a.m.

Can’t wait to see you all there.


School is almost out

Can you believe it that school is going to be out soon?  The year has gone by fast.  2017-2018 is a year for wins and hardships.  As the PTO reflects on the year we are so PROUD of the STUDENTS that are at NPS.  They truly represented Nicollet.  We would like to take the time to say CONGRATS to the class of 2018.  We can’t wait to see how each of you will grow and change the world.  

The next BIG event for the Nicollet PTO is the Nicollet’s Hope 5k.  We are excited for the event and it is coming up fast on June 16th.  Don’t forget to sign up ASAP.  

You can sign up at:

If you have any questions please e-mail us at: [email protected].com

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Nicollet PTO’s Nicollet’s Hope 5k is coming soon…

The Nicollet PTO has chosen their 2018 Nicollet’s Hope Ambassador. When the PTO took over the Nicollet’s Hope walk it was our goal to use it to bring the community together for a fundraiser for the PTO and family’s and or groups that the community can get behind to show true Nicollet Hope.

This year we will continue to walk for one of our own, This year it is for a Husband, Dad, Son and Friend of people in our community.
This years ambassador is Ben Kettner. With this walk a portion of the funds will be given to the Ben Kettner family. The walk will take place Saturday morning during Friendship days. More details to come. If you would like to assist in the planning of the event please let us know by reaching out to Jill Martens or e-mail at [email protected]

Here is a little information about Ben that was shared on the upcoming Benefit page:

Ben Kettner (39), a loving husband and father born and raised in Nicollet, was recently diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer, following an unexpected weeklong stay in the hospital that was prompted by a blood clot in his leg, shortness of breath and chest pain. Comprehensive testing has since revealed the cancer has spread to his lymph nodes, bones (spine, ribs and hip) and several spots on the brain.

Ben will likely be starting a course of treatment to prolong his health in March 2018.

Ben resides in Nicollet with his wife, Naomi, and their three young children, Samantha (12), Jaxon (6) and Ryder (2).

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Year coming to a end!

Can you believe it, the school year is on it’s last leg.  So many great things happened this year and things only to get better.  The PTO wants to thank our AMAZING parents and teachers for the love and support this past year through time, donations and support.  We are coming up to our final events of the year please let us know if you can help out.

Teacher/Staff and Bus Driver Week

Softener Salt Sales

Nicollet’s Hope 5k Fun Run/Walk – Watch for the site to be live this week and if you would like to help volunteer or be sponsor please e-mail [email protected]

April Meeting April 3 @ 6:30p.m.

Hope to see you all at a PTO meeting or event soon.  Can’t come but want to know what is going on please e-mail [email protected] to get on our mailing list.


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Upcoming Events – Nicollet PTO

Here is a list of the upcoming Nicollet PTO functions and things you can help make our school a better place….

Next PTO Meeting Dates: Feb 6 @ 6:30 , March 6 @ 6:30

Teacher/Staff Conference Meal – Feb. 21

  • If you would like to donate a food item for the meal please e-mail [email protected] or reach out to us on the Nicollet PTO facebook page.

Nicollet’s Hope Week – Feb. 13 – 17

  • Pre-Order Shirts now or order the day of the event and get later.
  • Come to the basketball game and hear and learn more about the upcoming 5k Fun Run on June 17th

Nicollet Hope Fun Run 5K planning is started

  • If you are interested in planning, donating, volunteering please reach out to Jill Martens @ [email protected], [email protected] or on Facebook.
  • Watch for planning meetings to be posted soon.

Salt Sales will start soon with pick up in May

  • Watch for more details to come.  If you would like to help organize please reach out to Amy Wills @ [email protected]

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Family Movie Night and Middle School Movie Night Information coming soon.




Softener Salt Fundraiser – Going on now….



Come to the BOOK FAIR at Barnes & Noble July 30 -August 4

B&NBookFairGo into Barnes & Nobel in Mankato and tell them you support Nicollet Public PTO and we will be rewarded with items for our teachers and school.  Come to the fun Harry Potter Night July 30 for activities and games and the release of the new book. Activities run 8 – 11:45p.m.


Bring any school supplies into Famous Footwear and put it into the Nicollet Public School Box and you will get an additional discount for bringing in a school supply.  All school supplies collected will be donated back to the school by the time school starts.  What a great way to get a discount and support our school  This is running now through August 28!


Can’t believe the New Year is starting SOON!

Can you believe it that summer is half over?  It truly is a crazy thought.  Not sure if you have heard the news but the Nicollet PTO will take over running the Nicollet’s Hope 5K at Friendship Days.  We hope each of you will continue to support the causes moving forward.  We are very thankful to Becky’s Hope for passing it onto us.  It truly is a honor.

On another note since school is coming please let Jill Martens or Amy Wills know if there are any events, topics or needs that you would like the PTO to help out with.

We are truly excited for the 2nd year of PTO to get started. Look here or on our Facebook page for more details to come.

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April Meeting tonight!

Come learn about the following:

What is new in First Grade right now and for next year

Scrip Program and other fundraising activities

Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week – Last week of April

Friendship Days activities…

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PTO Canvas Painting Fundraiser this Saturday January 23, 2016

support-ptoCome have a fun night painting and enjoy the company of others that want to support our youth. January 23 @ 6:30 at the Nicollet American Legion.  Cost is $35.00 if purchased by sending money to school to the Attn: Nicollet PTO/Canvas Painting Fundraiser or calling 507-351-2971 to reserve your seat or go online at: and it is slightly more to cover the cost of processing the card payment. You will have to cut and paste the link that is in bold text into web browser.


Shoot For a Cure T-Shirts on Sale through Tuesday December 15th

T-Shirt Order BlankIf you have any questions please e-mail us at: [email protected]



BOX TOP$ and PTO Meeting Reminder


Please send in any BOX TOP$ you many have so we can get them in for the fall deadline.  We will be having class competitions in early 2016.

Did you know that each BOX TOP$ is 10 cents each.  That adds up really fast.


REMINDER: PTO MEETING is this coming Monday November 2 @ 6:30 in the Community Center @ NPS.





Principal’s Updates – School – Family Communication and Safety Drills & Procedures Overview

Each PTO meeting we have a Principal update on different things happening at the school or informing those in attendance of different things.  At the October PTO Member Meeting Principal Jennifer Baumgartner presented different ways the school communicates out to families and also went over safety drills & procedures.  Below is the information that was given out at the meeting.

 Family Communication

Infinite Campus Portal –

  • Communicate daily bulletin, student grades, missing assignments, attendance and lunch accounts
  • Parents and students each need their own log in to access
  • Can be accessed by computer or phone
  • Talk to Bonnie Giefer to set up   ([email protected]   507-232-3411 ext 3109)

Infinite Campus Messenger-

  • Emails sent to a group of parents ranging from a class to the K-12 population
  • Need current email on file for each member of the family
  • Can update through Portal Login

Honeywell Instant Alert –

  • Everyone is put into the system upon enrolling in the district
  • Default is the home phone or primary contact cell phone if no home phone
  • Register through Honeywell site to manage your contacts, type of message received, and what kind of messages you want
  • Can have multiple contacts
  • Can receive voice message, email or text message per contact
  • Types of messages:   General  (information)  Activities (updates and reminders) School Closing, High Importance, and Transportation
  • Registration information found on the NPS website under “Parent Links”

Facebook –

  • Reminders of Events, school closing, etc.    Nicollet Public School   “Like” to follow

Website Home Page –

  • Reminders of Events, school closing, on front of Home page

Twitter –

  • Reminders of Events, school closing, etc.
  •  @Nicollet_PS

Suggestions for the Website or Facebook page?   Email  [email protected] and [email protected]

Safety Drills and Procedures – An Overview

FIRE        Communicated by:  Alarm

Reason for use:    Fires, chemical spill, other need to evacuate the building quickly and efficiently except a bomb threat.

  • Evacuate the building
  • 5 drills required per school year

SEVERE WEATHER        Communicated by: Intercom

Reason for use:    Severe weather, especially tornado activity.

  • Move everyone in the building to the safest place possible for shelter.  (mason walls, no windows, etc)
  • 1 drill required per school year.

CODE YELLOW “MODIFIED LOCKDOWN”        Communicated by: Intercom

Reason for use:    Medical emergency in the building that needs attention and clear hallways / lockdown needed to check premise for a variety of reasons / threat identified outside of the building / need to keep everyone in place

  • 5 total lockdown drills required per school year.

CODE RED “FULL LOCKDOWN”        Communicated by: Intercom

Reason for use:    Identified threat inside the building

  • 911 response required
  • Full crisis plan in place including communication to families in a timely manner once safely able.
  • 5 total lockdown drills required per school year  (between modified and full)

BOMB            Communicated by: Intercom

Reason for use:    Credible threat of a bomb or similar threat in the building.

  • Evacuate the building
  • 911 response required

Communication Regarding Lockdowns and Evacuations:

  • If there is a real lockdown for identified / verified threat, parents will be briefed by the best method for the situation.   This may be for a small number of parents, a specific group or school wide.  We have an obligation to be transparent whenever possible, protect confidentiality, and help parents process with their students as well as feel safe.   What I can assure you is that if your child is endangered, you will be contacted.

Family Reading Night – Pre-K to 4th Grade

UPDATE: Family Reading Night was a success on October 15th.  Here is one of the group photos we got through out the night.  Different activities ranged from story time, word games, coloring a fall book mark and more.  We look forward to bringing the community together on more family activities.  For more pictures from the event check out the Facebook page.



Welcome to the Nicollet PTO Website!

Welcome to the Nicollet PTO Website!

Fall is here and school has started… Something very exciting is taking place right in our own community, a partnership is being developed with the school called Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO). This program will support all ages at Nicollet Public School Pre-K – 12th grade.

We are excited about involving the parents, teachers and the community into the school and starting the tradition of supporting events that bring school and families together.

To keep you informed we would like to invite you to attend the monthly meets we are scheduling which will be held on the 1st Monday of each monthly @ 6:30pm (Meeting time was approved to move at October Meeting). At the meetings we look to discuss recent issues, provide new information on upcoming events and fundraisers and bring everyone up to speed on the current programs and financials as well as hearing about your concerns, needs and goals. With this being our first year we will have a lot more informational meetings as we discuss what we need/want to accomplish and look forward to your input. We are looking to have childcare provided during the meetings to make it easier for families to join us.

We encourage frequent and open communication. We have developed a Facebook page and have a link out on the schools website ( ) These communication avenues will allow us to inform you of upcoming events, meetings/notes, agendas as well as a route for others to add comments and suggestions. By using these options we are trying to keep things “green” to conserve on paper, ink, time and energy!

PTO has two main goals: One being to bring the community and school together and our second goal is to start to fund NPS education programs/activities and extracurricular programs to make it the best place for the students, staff and community.

We all know that in order for a PTO to survive we need volunteers. We are going to be promoting the 2 Hour Power program with PTO. We’d love your 2 Hours, and –Really! We promise! – There’s no obligation beyond helping out in this small, but important way. If you’d like to do more – great, but we know that’s not a fit for everyone. Be watching for more information on 2 Hour Power volunteering opportunities.

Be sure to spread the word as we know these efforts will go a further with the help from parents and community members as well. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or look us up on Facebook: Nicollet Public School PTO.