Thank you

There is excitement with the PTO group this year…this year we turn 5 years old!  First off, we need to thank our founding members and all the different board members throughout the years. Each of you helped build our program and we can’t thank you enough.  Secondly, I would like to thank our current board members for their tireless efforts to continue to grow this organization to the level it is today. Next, the members of our community!  You may not know it, but if your child(ren), grandchild(ren) or neighbor’s kid(s) attend NPS, that automatically enrolls you into our PTO. We couldn’t do it without the support and donations from all of you. Last, but certainly not least, the area businesses.  Thank you for the past support to our organization and we look forward to working together on future projects! The Nicollet Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will continue to bring different family events, fundraisers and support to the Nicollet School and community as long as we have amazing people to support and volunteer with us.

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April Meeting Notes

Meeting started at 6:30PM and was held in the Community Room at NPS.

Treasury Report: Current Funds $10,310.72 before expenses brought to the meeting and check for Wings of Mercy taken out.

School/Principals Report:

3 Donation request were received from Teacher’s this month.

  1. Tom Murphy submitted a request on behalf of Phy Ed and Coaches for redesigning of the weight room.  With the redesign it would allow the space to be used K – 12 and would allow for more specific fitness training. To complete the redesign different groups will be asked for donations.  – PTO to hold voting meeting on request
  2. Classroom Library Funds request – Jill Martens is verifying the funds left at Barnes n Noble.  PTO may use those funds to fulfill this request.
    1. Will highly recommend to all teachers at the PTO Book Fair next year that teachers have their wish list out and ready.
      1. Will need to get planning this now.  Maybe could be during School Open House at the beginning of the year.
  3.  Recess Equipment: cones, sets of bases ect..  Todd is going to get more information on this one.  This brought up a discussion of organized play type games such as Gaga ball.  What other style games are out there to be looked at?

Other school news:

A new para was hired for MS/HS and they are continuing to assess the needs and hire staff.

MCA testing will be starting soon.  Please check your e-mail for your students schedule.

ACT testing is completed and 15 students completed the testing.

Raider Pride Final Event is in May and they are still looking for a date for the family picnic.

Class Registration is almost complete for High School and Middle School will register in May

Traffic Safety Awareness Day will take place May 2nd.  It will be broken into 3 sessions 7 – 12 in the morning.

Weather Awareness Week is next week and a Tornado Drill will be taking place.

Senior Award Night will be held May 17th

Kindergarten Round up is April 4.

Special Events:

4/15 Title 1 Family Night – 5:30 – 7 : Snack will be at 6 provided by the PTO

4/19 Make Up Snow Day – All Students in class

4/22 Climb Theater

4/24 Career Expo

5/4 Prom

5/10 Make Up Snow Week Pep Fest

Dean’s Report: Discussion on Senior Night was had.  They are pushing to get a note off about RSVP by 4/15.  Recommendation was given to have Seniors Sit on stage vs. the Theater Chairs.  The PTO Scholarship will be awarded by Amy Wills and Jill Martens

Old Business

Wings of Mercy Donation – From the Bake Sale that took place in Feb $274 was raised for the Wings of Mercy Org. with a matching donation from the family $548 is being sent off to Wings of Mercy in honor of Ben Kettner.

Volleyball Concessions – First event of Summer Camps Fundraiser took place with 2 concessions.  Final expense reciepts are coming in but it looks like there was $1000 profit from the event.

Nicollet’s Hope 5k Planning – Planning is behind from previous years.  Additional help is needed.  Quote for shirts has been sent out to two locations.  The two that are chairing the event recommend to move to a color run.  The only event that will take place is the Friendship Days event.  As always this fundraiser is for the PTO and students classes that help.  This year it will be offered to the 7th and 8th grade so they can start building there funds.  Jill Martens will be reaching out to the class advisors and parents to see if they can assist in helping plan and event that day. Josh Chadderdon will assist with doing designs for the shirts.  Next meeting 4/7 @ 7PM at Rapid Ricks all are welcome to join.

Kindergarten Round Up – April 4th – Jill Martens will be attending to invite people to the PTO.

PTO Scholarship for 2019 Seniors at NHS. – Scholarship details were reviewed at the meeting.  Minor changes were needing to be adjusted and will be sent to Sam Cotton.  Group agreed for our first Scholarship we will award two @ $500.00 each.

All Staff Week Planning –  Celebration of all Nicollet Staff, Teachers and School Bus Drivers will becoming up early May.  PTO is working with the Wellness Group for one event but PTO will sponsor two meals.  1 – Breakfast and 1 – lunch all items will be in the Staff lounge.  Amy Wills will start asking for assistance and donation in the coming weeks.

Honors Breakfast will take place for all Middle and High School Students and their parents from 7:30AM – 7:55AM.  This event will be to honor all on A and B honor roll..  Rolls, Coffee and Water will be served.

Bully Night Training: Topic for discussion was held on how to complete the circle on bully training and include parents in on the training.  Todd is going to reach out to other administrators and see how/what they do for this.

Follow Up discussion on Teen Center and Donations – Jill Martens spoke to previous Board Members who were on the board during planning or building of the Teen Center to see what the room was truly intended for.  Found it was suppose to be a room for students taking college courses to do homework and relax on down time.  Reason being is the PTO has been given donations of many things that would be perfect for that room.  With discussion privileges were taken away due to past seniors not keeping it clean and because of bad behavior.  Todd recommended to talk with the new superintendent.

Parent Request of new fencing for the Community Ed/ JV Baseball was given.  Cost estimate was coming in at $1500.00.  It was determined more information was needed such as quotes and bill of materials.  Amy Wills did state that they could maybe get parents to work concessions in order to make money up. It is Amy’s understanding that the Booster Club was not contacted for a donation.  Request did not come to a vote as more information is needed.

Thank you to those that joined the meeting tonight and we hope to see you at a meeting soon.

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April Meeting Agenda

The Nicollet PTO Meeting is tonight at 6:30.  Special Planning meeting at 6:00 South Entrance Community Room for the Nicollet’s Hope 5k.

Here is the Agenda as we know it….

Officers report

School report

Old Business

Wings of Mercy Donation

Volleyball Concessions

Nicollet’s Hope 5k Planning

Kindergarten Round Up – April 4th

Scholarship for 2019 Seniors at NPS

All Staff Week Planning

Snacks for Events

Honors Breakfast

Reading Night

New Business

Request for Donations

Sr. Night

Bully Training Discussion

PTO Storage Location(s)

T.Center History Update

Camp/PTO Fundraiser(s)

We hope you can join us tonight.

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November 7th Quick Meeting Notes

Want to know what you missed?


Here it is:

Meeting – November Agenda
Meeting called to order: November 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
Welcome and call to order was completed and a reminder of where to find information for the PTO was given which is below:
PTO Website –
Check it out you can have it update your calendar on your computer, smartphone or tablet.
Freshly updated today.
Facebook Page – Nicollet Public School PTO
Become a member and see files are saved on here for future reference.
School Website also links out to the PTO Website and they will also post information of upcoming events on their page
Treasurer’s Report – Cristy Macias reported we are over $17,000 at this point. Next month we should have all the purchases and expenses pushed through the account.
Past News:
Homecoming Activities – Donation was given to Community Ed and we heard it was well received by many families and kids.
Softener Salt Fundraiser Update – Salt sales went over well. There is still approx. 50 bags of crystals for $5.00 bag. If you would like some please contact Amy Voss-Wills or e-mail [email protected]
Collectibles Update – Contest for Daycare – 12 grade is starting soon. More information to come. Will end before holiday break. Please mark which grade you want to get credit for the collectibles you send in. Summer collectibles have been cut and cleaned up and sent. For Box Tops a $150.00 check should be coming soon. * Please when collecting milk caps wash them and let dry as the smell is very over taking if not done.
Fall Conference Meals – Update on Sr. High Meal – Sr. High Staff sent many notes of Thanks to the PTO and parents that supported the meal at school. Shout out to all parents and community members that help with this activity.
Donations from Verizon Call Center – Jill and Ken went over the list of items donated to the PTO. Next steps of getting donations to the school will be worked on in the next couple of weeks.
Teen Center Ideas – Ken Bosley will be setting up a side meeting to continue discussions and ideas for the sub team to meet.
Principal School Update: Jill reviewed Todd’s notes since he was not available to attend. Todd will be sharing his notes at next weeks School Board meeting as well.
Teacher Request: There was NO teacher or student request at this meeting.
New Items:
PTO Daycare Fundraising – Heather Anthony has been leading a fundraiser for the NPS Daycare at the Nicollet Roll-ins the past two summers. She reported that an estimated $1100 was made. At this time we asked if any request to use the funds are needed and she was hoping to check at the parent meeting but the meeting was postponed due to illness. Heather also is going to see if some other parent would like to take the lead on doing this fundraiser from a daycare prospective. She will keep us posted but either way the PTO will keep the spot for the Roll-ins
Fall Conference Meals – Elementary – Amy Wills will be sending out a message for assistance to have food for the Elementary Conferences. Elementary Conferences are next week the 15th and 16th.
Fundraising Updates:
Give to the Max Day – November 15th – Information will be posted on Facebook to promote. Money received will be set aside for student scholarship fund.
Book Fair at school – We are going to take a step back and look at all options for this. Looking at maybe a time we could do the book fair with some sort of community event to get more of a push in sales.
Book Fair at B & N – Jill has asked B & N if there are any book fair dates open at the Mankato location. Will report back what she has. At this time we still do have approx. $300 in funds at B & N.
Nicollet Hope 5k (June 15, 2019) – Friendship Days is June 13 – 15. Looking for volunteers to assist with planning and day of activities. Some thoughts that need to be reviewed is a glow run vs. a morning run. If interested in assisting please contact Jill Martens
South Gym Concessions Stand for Jr. High Games – This idea came up when we first started the PTO but has resurfaced as the request has come up by other parents. Jill reached out to the Booster club to see if they wanted to do something like that and Lisa Fischer came back and said they have enough that if the PTO wanted to consider doing this we sure can. A small team will meet to come up with ideas and how to man the area for the games to see if this is something the PTO will take on.
Raider Pride PTO Fundraiser – More information will be coming out but the PTO will be doing a Duct tape the Principal to the wall fundraiser. We are hoping we can have the event take place during snow week or around that time.
Student/Family Activities Updates:
Honors Breakfast for A/B Honor Roll Kids and their parents – It was approved to move forward. Jill Martens will discuss with Todd T. and will get a plan in motion to move forward. On the Elementary side we will change up the theme a little bit to be more like: Rolls with my Hero (Dad, Grandpa, Neighbor), Rolls with my Heroine (Dad, Grandpa, Neighbor) Rolls with my Grandparents/Special Friend
Family Holiday Movie Jill Martens setting up a meeting to discuss to figure out if this something we can still fit in.
Raider Spirit Event – The PTO decided to sponsor an event that is for Parents and Students. The PTO will supply the Paint/Markers and Paper and to make Posters and Banners that will be used through out the Winter season to promote school spirit in the gyms and hallways. Watch Facebook for an upcoming day.
Pizza Bingo – Looking to do this in the spring. This event is NOT to be confused with the Back Pack events at the legion. Watch for more details.
Nicollet’s Hope Night – Winter Event – Looking to change up what was done previously this is still in the early planning stages but doing a bake sale and asking for donations to support places our local members have used while in need this past year. Still waiting for some confirmations before we can say to many details.
Misc Projects:
Staff Lounge Updates – a sub team has been put together to look at options to updating the staff lounge to make it more inviting and clean. If interested on being on the team let Jill Martens know.
Assemblies for students all ages – If there are any assemblies you hear about from other schools that would be great to bring to Nicollet please e-mail information to [email protected]
PTO Scholarship Program kick off – A sub team is starting to form to bring this idea into action. If you are a parent, student, community member that would like to help kick this off please reach out to Jill Martens
Meeting adjourned @ 8:00p.m.

PTO Meeting Tonight – November 7th

Join us tonight for the Nicollet PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the NPS Community Center.


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


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).


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.



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!


Book Fair at Barnes and Noble July 30th – Looking for Volunteers

Have you heard…  There is a NEW Harry Potter book releasing on August 1.  With that Barnes and Nobel is doing a release party on July 30th and would love to do a Book Fair with Nicollet July 30 – August 4th.  To earn money we need to supply some volunteers from 8 – 11:45p.m. on July 30th.  You can volunteer in 2 hour or 4 hour time frame.  Please reach out to Jill Martens or Amy Wills directly or by e-mailing: [email protected]  More information to come. we need you_2


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.

Jill Martensjoin-the-pto



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…

Meeting starts at 6:30 and is in the Nicollet Community Roompto-meeting-tonight



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.