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Week of November 8th 2021

Principal Message Week of November 8th

* Last week of the 1st trimester it ends Nov 12, 2021.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. We have reached the last week of the trimester. Families please remind all students to turn in all missing or incomplete assignments this week.

Some things for this week:

Thursday 11/11 No School Veterans Day

Outdoor Education: (11/8-11/10)

Let us wish 130 of our 6th graders and staff a fun safe trip. Our 6th grade will be leaving around 9:30 am Monday morning and returning on Wednesday. 6th grade students not going should be at school as normal as most 6th grade teachers will be on campus waiting for them.

* We tested over 130 student on Friday!

Redwood city School District Climate Survey

Each year RCSD sends out a survey to staff, students and families. Schools use these surveys to get the perspectives of the schools different stake holders and then to address the their input by incorporating it into our school plans for student achievement. The Window closes November 12th.

Click here to begin survey

Parent Teacher Conferences:

Fall Parent teacher conferences will be November 22-23. These conferences will be virtual and on google meet. All families will be receiving schedules to sign-up the week of 15th. Some families will receive notification a little earlier.

Principal's Coffee Thursday 11/5

We moved our Principal's Coffee from last Thursday to Friday thank you families for your flexibility. Click on the link to see the presentation from last Friday. (Click). We will normal have Principal's Coffee the first Thursday of each month


The Yearbook Club has begun. You can order your yearbook now. Books are $35 and the link is provided below.

code: 1015926081674110

Thank you, everyone!

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

Grand Canyon Update (7th Grade)

First, thank you to all of you that submitted applications to participate in this year's trip. Now that we have collected applications and we are nearing the end of Trimester 1, we will begin our evaluation process. We will consider Trimester 1 grades, student mile times from PE class, and feedback from the 7th grade teachers.

We will let you know in an upcoming newsletter when the "Go List" and "Waitlist" will be posted.

Please reach out to Maestro Alfredo ( if you have any questions or concerns.

PTO NEWS - 11/8/21

Dine Out Fundraiser - Support Kennedy Middle School and a top-rated local restaurant - Zareen's in Redwood City on November 9, 2021.

The Kennedy teacher Wish List is not too long right now...every classroom needs Kleenex! Please drop off tissue donations in the front office. Thanks!

Want to get involved in the PTO at Kennedy? Everyone is welcome! Email Stacie Ciraulo (PTO Pres) at for more info.

Open PTO Leadership Roles-

  • Communications Rep - help with parent/school communication

  • Music Dept Liaison - help with Music teachers, events & fundraising

  • Drama Dept Liaison - help with Drama productions

  • Safe Routes Rep - work with community to ensure safety to and from school

  • Student Activities Liaison - work with KMS staff & students to plan activities

  • Fundraising Coordinator - plan and facilitate fundraising efforts for PTO

  • Grade Level Parent Leaders - communicate with parents at your student's grade level, plan parent connections

Parent Education Series

The Parent Venture puts on great events for parents -

November 18, 2021

Friends, Frenemies, and Friendlier Friends: Navigating School Social Dynamics

EL Centro -Drug Prevention Education

Kennedy partners with EL Centro which provides mentorship and drug prevention education to select Kennedy students. If you are have interest please complete the link below and our Family Center will reach out to you.


Student would be meeting with mentors once a week on campus during Homeroom 1:45-2:05 on Thursdays.


We know that many 8th graders will need recommendations from teachers and administrators for private high schools. While these generally aren’t due until January, please give us as much time as possible to complete them.

Counseling Request form / Please click on image Below

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An Evening with New Principal Karen van Putten of Woodside High

Please join us on Monday, November 15th, from 7:00PM - 8:30 PM at Katie and Dan Comfort's home to get to know Woodside High School's fantastic new principal! This is a great opportunity to meet Principal Karen van Putten, selected staff members, and parents of current Woodside High students from Kennedy Middle School. Principal van Putten will share her vision and priorities for Woodside High School over the next few years, including programs and expanded course offerings. All 8th grade parents are invited to attend. Please rsvp here or to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

Kennedy COVID-19 Testing Reminders

We will not be testing Thursday (No School) so we will be testing students registered on Tuesday 11/9

  • BAYPLS is RCSD’s new provider for COVID testing.

  • Kennedy will be testing students Tuesdays from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm and Thursday between 1:30-2:00

  • Also Thursday from 1:30-4:30 Kennedy will open up testing to all RCSD staff and students

  • Each week on Friday RCSD will send out a sign-up student appointment link to all registered families to request an appointment

  • Administration will get a list of students who have an appointment and these students will be tested once on Tuesday or Thursday. Students will be pulled from class for this and we estimate it will take 5-10 minutes for each student to get tested (walking to and fro).

*Students must be registered via PrimaryHealth in order to be tested.

November Dates

- November 11th No School Veterans day

- November 12th End of 1st trimester

- November 17th Parent Powerschool access meeting 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

- November 22nd and 23rd Parent Teacher Conferences

- November 30th Site Council / PTO 6:00-8:30 pm

2021-22 Calendar