Welcome to Kennedy

May/June 2018

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Main Office: 651-480-7221

Nurse: 651-480-7224
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7257
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

Elementary Handbook

District Calendars

The 2017-2018 school year is quickly coming to an end. The last day of school will be an early release on Thursday, June 7th at 12pm. Thank you for your support in helping us provide the best education possible for your child.

Have a wonderful summer!



2 - 4th Grade PARENT Puberty Presentation (6:30pm @Tilden)

4 - Early Release (12pm) - Staff Development

7 - 4th Grade Student Puberty Presentation

8 - Empower Me! Presentations

21 through 25 - Book Fair (schedule listed below)

28 - No School - Memorial Day


1 - Carnival

7 - Last Day of School - Early Release (12pm)


9 through 27 - Summer School 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Monday through Friday at Pinecrest Elementary.


8 - Class placement and BAS scheduling information communicated (1st - 4th gr.)

15 - Kindergarten Orientation invites are being mailed out.

22 - BAS Reading Assessments (1st - 4th gr.)

Looking Ahead to the 2018 / 2019 School Year

Each family will receive a communication in August containing important information regarding the beginning of the school year. This information will include your child(ren)’s classroom assignment and, if needed, the dates and times of kindergarten orientation.

The first day of school in the fall for students in grades 1-4 will be Tuesday, September 4th, and Wednesday, September 5th for kindergarten students.

Suggested classroom supply lists for the fall will be available on our school websites and in local stores.


Q. If my child attends daycare can they ride a bus?

A. Students in grades K-4 will be transported from home or daycare within their school attendance area only. For example, if you live in the Pinecrest attendance area and daycare is also in the Pinecrest attendance area, bus transportation will be provided. All students need to walk to the closest bus stop. No students will be transported from within walking areas.

Please keep in mind that the bus company is not able to accommodate special requests for busing (such as going two days to one place and two days to another. Or one week here and another week there).



We want to make sure all students are safe at dismissal. Please notify the office or your child's teacher at the beginning of the school day of any changes to their end of day plans. Changes made late in the day are challenging to communicate. Consistency with your child’s dismissal plans reduces stress on all parties involved. Keeping the same plan, day after day, helps us maintain safety throughout dismissal.

We understand that there are times when it is necessary to change dismissal plans. In those instances, it is recommended to have a note a day in advance, and the day of. Teachers will not deviate from normal end of day plans without notification from a parent. Please keep in mind that these steps are the same if your child plans to go home with a friend. If your child intends to ride a bus home with their friend, the bus driver also requires a note. We thank you for your advanced planning and communication

4th Grade Parents

Parent Preview Night for 4th Grade Puberty Presentation;

Wednesday, May 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Tilden Community Center


On May 8, your child will have the opportunity to attend a presentation called “Empower Me!” on personal safety awareness. Similar to last year, this program is provided to students in grades K-4 and is designed to help children learn about personal safety in an empowering and positive way. An additional parent only presentation is planned for Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 PM. The parent only presentation is open to parents from all 3 schools and will be held at the McAuliffe Elementary Media Center. The presentations were funded through a grant from the United Way. Please see the parent letter below for more information.


Our Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair is a reading event that brings books to your child’s school that they want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Book Fair dates: May 21st – 25th

Students will have the opportunity to purchase books during their library time and also the following times.

Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00AM – 8:50 AM (Before School) and 3:25PM – 4:00PM (After School)

Reading for pleasure has real and lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps kids discover who they are. Help your child develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading by:

· Setting the example. Let your kids see you read!

· Having a collection of books at home. Update the collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.

Supporting our schools Scholastic Book Fair. Allow your kids to choose their own books they’ll love


The JFK yearbooks have been ordered. Delivery should be near the end of the month. When it arrives we will notify families through email, the JFK web site and announcements in school. There is no preordering or paying in advance. Yearbooks will be for sale before school and throughout the day in the office after they arrive. The cost is $10 payable to ISD 200.


As the weather continues to be nice, our class may spend prolonged periods (20 min+) outside learning. Please have your child bring any needed sun exposure items such as hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. that you see as appropriate for your child. If your child is going to bring sunscreen, please show them how to apply it themselves.


Although flip-flops are fun and colorful, they should not be worn at school since they do not provide any stability or protection from injuries. Our nurse sees children with cuts, scratches, broken toenails, twisted ankles, and falls from running in flip-flops. Please be sure that your child wears appropriate shoes each day to school.


SPARK is a FREE program for youth in Hastings. The program is designed for 2nd-8th graders. Young people can join our staff at Three Rivers/Cari Park & Lion’s Park in the summer for fun, games, activities, and programs from various community organizations. The parks will be staffed from 11:30 am-2:30 pm. SPARK will run Monday – Friday from June 12-August 19th.

**No program July 3-4th

For more information check out the SPARK program website.


Kindergarten registration is now open. You may find enrollment forms here.

Weekly Character Trait: Self Control

Above the Line Golden Tickets for March