Back to School 2023-24 Newsletter
DATES TO REMEMBER
16 - Teacher Assignment & Bussing information released in Parent Portal
18 - deadline to order school supply kits from Kennedy Cougar PTA
4 - Labor Day
5 - Raider, Set, Go!
6 - Raider, Set, Go!
7 - First Day for all elementary students
11 - 7:00 PM PTA Meeting in Media Center
15 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development
20 - Picture Day
28 - 5:00 PM 2nd Annual PTA Fun Run & Family Fun Night
Dear Kennedy Elementary School Parent/Guardian:
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! We are thrilled to start the new year alongside students and families with our first annual Raiders, Set, Go! conferences. Family engagement is a key piece to our success working with students. Over the past several years, we have found many students need more support as they transition to the new school year. In response to this need, we have created the opportunity for students and teachers to have time to connect and learn more about each other. This will also provide time for families to meet with their child’s teacher before the start of the school year.
RAIDER, SET, GO - SEPTEMBER 5 & 6
What should we expect at our Raider, Set, Go! conference? Students and teachers will begin with a short “get to know you” activity, allowing students to share their interests and learning preferences. Students will then complete a reading activity with their teacher, followed by time for families to connect with the teacher.
When are Raider, Set, Go! Conferences? Sept. 5 & 6 from 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
How do we sign up for a Raider, Set, Go! Conference? Similar to parent-teacher conferences, families will use this link to PTCfast to sign up for their 25 minute conference. LINK HERE
What should we bring? Students are often excited about school supplies and are welcomed to bring them to their classroom at this time. Computers will be available for parents to update portal information, if needed.
The first day of school for all elementary students is Thursday, September 7.
School begins at 8:50 AM and students should arrive at school from 8:30 AM to 8:50 AM to be ready for the start of the learning day. All students in grades K-4 will need to enter the building through the main doors (Door 1). Students are dismissed at 3:25 PM.
HOMEROOM TEACHER ASSIGNMENT
Assignments will be available at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, August 16 by logging in to Infinite Campus Portal. (go to Documents, then select homeroom assignment). Call 651-480-7220 or email Miranda Havard at email@example.com if you need to set up a portal account.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL ANNUAL UPDATES
Hastings Public Schools is pleased to provide families with an easy way to sign annual forms and review and update household contact information for the 2023-24 school year through their Campus Parent Portal Account. Beginning mid-August, families will be asked to review and update their household contact information and review and agree to school handbooks, student device agreements, and other annual forms. Once you complete the Annual Update process, be sure to go to the district ePay system if you wish to purchase the protection plan. Although the Online Update process will provide some information on the plan, you must go to the ePay system to complete the purchase. (Link: https://hastings.epaytrak.com/). Be sure to watch your email and our website for more information on how to complete our electronic Annual Updates process.
One parent or guardian from the primary household will be required to provide information for your children. Parents/Guardians from a secondary household will be able to update their own contact information.
After logging into your Parent Portal Account, click More and Back-To-School Annual Updates to begin.
TO PURCHASE THE OPTIONAL STUDENT DEVICE PROTECTION PLAN CLICK HERE (AND THEN SELECT MISCELLANOUS AND STUDENT DEVICE PROTECTION PLAN).
BACK TO SCHOOL ANNUAL UPDATES: STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS
- Hastings Family Service is accepting donations of school supplies for distribution. Donations of school supplies, new socks, underwear and backpacks may be brought to the HFS or placed in the labeled bins at various businesses. If you are in need of school supplies, please make an appointment by calling 651-437-7134. Distribution dates are August 22-24 and 29-30.
As we partner together, students will remain at the heart of all we do! If you have any questions, please reach out.
John F. Kennedy Elementary
Transportation routing information is available in the Campus Portal by clicking “More” and then “Bus Information.” Please remember to check routing information again closer to the start of the school year as minor adjustments may be made. If your pickup or drop off location is not accurate, please contact your child’s Building Office.
Just a reminder that the district had an opt-out of transportation for students in grades K-8 and an opt-in for transportation for students in grades 9-12. This information has been updated in the Campus Portal. If your information is not accurately reflected, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The walking distance for elementary students is a .75 mile radius from the school and a 1.75 mile radius for secondary students. Detailed maps of the walking areas are available on the district’s website.
School Picture Information & Dates
Cahill Studios New Picture Day Process!
There will no longer be pre-ordering; all orders will be done after pictures have been taken, and you will be able to see your students' images before purchasing. Cahill Studios will be sending each parent a direct link to view and order their student's images 2-5 days after picture day. Orders placed within a week of when the links were sent out will receive a FREE social media image and the option for FREE shipping to the school! Cahill Studios will be in contact with you a week before your picture day with more information. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Cahill Studios.
Wednesday, September 20th
Pinecrest Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School
McAuliffe Elementary School
Retakes will be available; watch for those dates to come yet.
Kennedy and Hastings Raiders School Clothing Store
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