Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

May 2022 Newsletter

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Health Office (Nurse): 651-480-7224
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7257
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

Dates to remember


2 - Hastings Elementary Choir Concert 6:30 pm @ Hastings Middle School

LiveStream Link: https://bit.ly/200elemSpring22

9 - NO SCHOOL - Asynchronous Learning Day - see more info below

10 - PTA Meeting @ 7:00 pm - Kennedy Media Center

16 - Empower Me Presentation for Grades K-4 - more info below

16 - Student Wellness Survey - more info below

30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day


3 - Kennedy Cougar Carnival sponsored by the PTA

9 - Last Day of School - full day

May Featured Artists

4th - Valerie, 2nd - Wesley, K- Daphne, 3rd- Anna, 1st - Hayden, 4th- Kianna

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Asynchronous Day - May 9th

More information will be shared by your student(s) classroom teachers by the end of the week. Grade level plans will also be posted to the Kennedy website by Friday.

Meals will be available to take home at the end of the day on Friday, May 6th. Your student will be able to let the teachers know they want a meal to take home Friday morning. You will get one breakfast and one lunch.

Student Wellness Survey

During the week of May 16, our 3rd and 4th grade students will be taking the annual Student Wellness Survey. It helps us to understand each student’s current health and well-being. Please use the link below to preview the survey and to access the opt-out form and the district survey calendar. If you choose to complete the opt-out form, please return the form to the main office.

Link to Survey Documents

"Empower Me" Presentation

On May 16, your child will have the opportunity to attend a presentation called "Empower Me!" on personal safety awareness. For more information, please read this letter.

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration is OPEN!

Information for registering your 2022-23 kindergarteners was mailed out to families the week of January 3rd. If you did not receive a letter, please reach out to the Kennedy office at 651-480-7221 or visit our website.

Looking Ahead to the 2022-23 School Year

Each family will receive a communication in August containing important information regarding the beginning of the school year. Kindergarten families will receive a separate email with orientation information for Tuesday, September 6th.

The first day of school in the fall for students in grades 1-4 will be Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday, September 7th for kindergarten students.

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

Warm Weather and Flip Flops

As the weather continues to be conducive to being outside, 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, and remind them not to share their sunscreen with other students. A base layer of sunscreen can also be applied at home before sending your child to school.


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.

Kennedy Cougar PTA

The PTA is looking for volunteers for this year's carnival. For for information, please visit their website or Facebook page.

PTA Contact Email: kennedycougarpta@gmail.com

Student Well Being

As we continue to look to support our students’ mental health and well-being, please connect with your child’s classroom teacher, school social worker, Dirk Wassink at dwassink@isd200.org or 651-480-7260, or building principal, Mr. Latch at klatch@isd200.org or 651-480-7221 with any questions, concerns or safety related issues.

Bring your ID

We have updated our student sign in/out system and will need to re-scan all driver's licenses when students are picked up early.

Please bring your driver's license with you when you are checking out your student.

Early Pick Up for Students

In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.

If there is ever a change to your child’s normal dismissal plan, please contact the main office at 651-480-7220 by 2:30 pm.

If you are picking up your student early for an appointment, bring your ID. If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up, office must be notified in advance and their ID also is required.

Treats at School

The district has adopted a wellness policy. We are still celebrating student birthdays; we are just not doing so with birthday treats. We ask that students not bring any treats in honor of their birthday.


Please continue to monitor your child every morning for symptoms of COVID-19 that could indicate that they are not well. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms or they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please keep them home and call the attendance line. Symptoms of COVID-19*

● Fever or chills (T = 100.4 or higher)

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Fatigue

● Muscle or body aches

● Headache

● New loss of taste or smell

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms (see Symptoms of Coronavirus for more information).

We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to update and share information with us. As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 evolves, this guidance may change.

During the school day if your child develops illness symptoms we, the school, will notify you and help you and your family take needed actions. Students who develop illness symptoms during the school day will be sent home.

Change of Address or Daycare

If during the school year your address or daycare changes and this requires a change in transportation, please contact the school, not the bus company. If you give us the information we will work with the bus company to make the changes. The only changes that can be made are those that are permanent or for an extended length of time. It is very difficult for the bus company to make brief or sudden changes in the routes. If you need to update your address, please complete this form to turn into the office Thank you for your help in this matter.

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School Lunch Updates!

FREE Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all students for the 2021-22 school year.

**NOTE** Students will be charged for second meals, a la carte items, and milk if they bring their own meal.

More information about lunch accounts can be found here.

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