Kennedy News

March Edition #KENNEDYBEST

Note from Mr. Rustad: Engaging in Learning at Kennedy

Kennedy Families,


March is here! Each day brings an adventure - it might be warm and sunny or cold and snowy. At Kennedy, March means that we are heating up in our learning and making sure that all students are engaging and achieving at their highest level. We talk a lot about what it means to "E" engage at Kennedy to show your Kennedy BEST. The main thing we teach students is that engaging in learning every day will help all students do their best.


One important way that parents can stay engaged in their students learning is by participating in conferences. Our final round of conferences will be happening on March 23, 25, and 29. The conferences will be virtual. Conferences are a great opportunity parents to hear about how their students are doing academically as well as socially and emotionally. See the note below to sign up for conferences.


March is also a time that we start to think about end of the year assessments. Our students will be participating in several assessments to show their growth. All students participate in NWEA and DIBELS. Our 3rd - 5th graders will also be participating in the MCAs. Testing schedules will be shared by teachers at a later date. These assessments are important to provide feedback around the learning that students have been doing and the growth that they have experienced this year.


Thank you to all of our Kennedy families for continuing to support your kids in math and reading at home. You have all taken on a lot over the last year and it is greatly appreciated.


We Are Kennedy!

Steve Rustad

srusta1@isd77.org


BE SAFE

ENGAGE

SHOW EMPATHY

TOGETHER WE ARE KENNEDY!

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Conferences are Coming Soon!

The next round of conferences are happening soon! The dates for conferences are March 23rd, 25th, and 29th. Conferences run from 3:20 PM to 8 PM on each date. All conferences will be held virutally through Google Meet. If you have not already done so, you can sign up for conferences by clicking on this link or by calling Kennedy and speaking with our building secretary, Sara Dahms.

Deadline for Transitions between Learning Models


As we transition into the spring season and the final stretch of the school year, I want to communicate that the opportunity for students to move between the K-5 Safe Learning Plan (Hybrid/In-Person) and K-5 Distance Learning (MOA) models will have an end date.


Mankato Elementary Schools will be closing the window for students to transition from the Distance Learning model (MOA) back to the building Safe Learning Plan (Hybrid/In-Person) on March 25th, 2021.


This means any student planning to transition to In-Person Learning before the end of the 2020-2021 school year, must request to switch models prior to March 25th.


If you have any specific questions, please contact Kennedy Elementary, (507) 387-2122.


Thank you for your understanding and support.

Science Fair Update

MSU plans to hold a virtual Regional Science Fair this school year. If your child is interested in participating (grades 3 and up), you can register to have your child participate in the Regional Science Fair. Individual school competitions will not be occurring and are not a pre-requisite for attending the Regional Fair. This is a multi-step process, so if your child is interested in doing a science fair project a good starting point would be to watch this video which explains the process. If the registration fee is a barrier, please reach out to me to problem solve this concern.

Leprechaun Bingo is Back!

We will be playing Leprechaun Bingo as a school on Thursday, March 18th at 12:45 p.m. We are still collecting prizes for our lucky winners. If you are able to help, please have all prizes to school as soon as possible. In an effort to follow COVID health and safety guidelines, we ask that all donations are delivered by the morning of Wednesday, March 17th. Thank you for all of your help!


January Kennedy B.E.S.T. Students of the Month

Kindergarten

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First Grade

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Second Grade

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Third Grade

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Fourth Grade

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Fifth Grade

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February Kennedy B.E.S.T. Students of the Month

Kindergarten

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First Grade

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Second Grade

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Third Grade

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Fourth Grade

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Fifth Grade

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Important Upcoming Dates for Kennedy Students

March 18, 2021 - Leprechaun Bingo Day at Kennedy

March 19, 2021 - NO SCHOOL - Conference Prep/Grading Day for Teachers

March 23, 25, and 29, 2021 - Virtual Conferences - Click here for link to register to register

March 31-April 2, 2021 - Spring Break

April 14, 2021 - Distance Learning Day

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR VETERANS IN THE KENNEDY COMMUNITY: COVID-19 K-12 DISTANCE LEARNING SUPPOrt grant

Veteran families that have incurred a negative financial impact by implementing their schools hybrid/distance learning plan, or choosing to homeschool their children due to the current pandemic are eligible for a $3000 grant (per household) that the Minnesota State Department of Veterans Affairs is offering. To learn more about this opportunity, please click this link and scroll down to COVID-19 Distance Learning Support Grant.
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Team Kennedy Rocked the Climb2Feed Kids Backpack Food Challenge!

A huge shout out goes to Team Captain, Jessie Kelly, for organizing and leading a strong Climb2Feed Kids team that raised funds for the BackPack & Power Pack Food Program!


Teams raised enough funds to continue to provide food & fuel on the weekends and school breaks to roughly 900 students every week!

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Register for the Backpack Food Program

Please use this link to sign up for the Backpack Food Program. You fill out this short form (7 questions) and when you are finished, it will link you to the registration form.
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Important Information for Kennedy Families

Kennedy Elementary School

Principal:

Steve Rustad

Email:

srusta1@isd77.org


Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world