Week of January 15, 2024
A Message from Mrs. Leonardo
Dear Kennedy Community,
As we remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from him: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?"
I am encouraging our Kennedy students to take the time time to think of someone else in honor of Dr. King. This is especially important as we begin to prepare for the Great Kindness Challenge during the week of January 22.
As a middle school educator, there are some days that I ask myself, "What is going on here?!" Then, there are days when I watch a 6th-grader greet a friend with a flower, I see an 8th-grader comfort someone after they fall playing basketball, and I see several peers assist a new student on campus. Yes, I want every Kennedy student to graduate from 8th-grade prepared for high school, but I also want your student(s) to know how important it is to be a part of a community that helps others. I hope you and your student can connect during this extended weekend and find the time to do something positive for someone else. We'll ask students to share what they did later in the week.
Listed below are updates for the week ahead:
No School Monday, January 15 (TOMORROW)
No school on Monday, January 15 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Principal's Coffee Rescheduled
Our monthly Principal's Coffee has been moved to Thursday, January 25th.
Second Harvest Food Distribution
Second Harvest will distribute food to the community in the Kennedy gym parking lot on Tuesday, January 16. The gym parking lot will be closed in the morning.
Reminders for 8th-grade Families
If you have not yet finished your Online Registration for Sequoia Union High School District, SUHSD staff will be at Kennedy from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Kennedy library this Wednesday to support you. Please make sure you bring all of the documents listed here. Your future ninth-graders will be unable to get their schedules until the online registration is finished. The deadline is February 1. Please make this a priority. bit.ly/SUHSD-OLR
Please be reminded that your 8th-grade students were given a letter in November that explained Kennedy's expectations for students to participate in 8th-grade activities and the promotion ceremony. The letter was supposed to be read by students and their families. Then, a signed acknowledgment form was to be submitted by December 1. We will reach out to families this week if we do not have this signed form on file. 8th-Grade Letter
Our 8th-Grade Promotion Ceremony is Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 6:00 pm on the Kennedy field.
A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to participate in all 8th-grade activities and the ceremony. Please be sure to check your student's grades each week.
The MIRA math assessment will be administered to 8th-graders during math class on Wednesday, January 24 and Thursday, January 25. The results of this assessment will determine if your students will need additional support in high school. All students must take this assessment. IEP and 504 accommodations will be followed.
Student Clubs Meeting This Week
Math Homework Support after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in room 534
Book Club after school on Tuesday in the library
6th-Grade Student Council Reps Tuesday at lunch in room 103
Italian Club Tuesday after school in room 318
Makerspace and Robotics Club Tuesday during 6th-grade lunch in room 104
Wellness Club Tuesday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 636
K-Pop Club Wednesday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 208
Rock Band Club after school on Wednesday in room 314
Chess Club Wednesday during 6th grade lunch in the library.
7th-Grade Executive Council Thursday at lunch in room 314
Art Club Thursday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 527
Jazz Club Thursday morning before school in room 312
Photography Club Thursday during 6th-grade lunch in room 425
GSA Kennedy Skittles Thursday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 315
GSA Kennedy Skittles Thursday during 6th-grade lunch in room 102
Chess Club Thursday during 7th/8th grade lunch in the library
K-Pop Club Thursday at 6th-grade lunch in room B-9
6th-Grade Lunch Bunch Friday during 6th-grade lunch in room B-6
Environmental Club Friday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 535
Anime Club Friday during 6th-grade lunch in room B-7
As always, our Kennedy staff members are here to support your student's learning and growth. Your involvement is essential to your student's success. I look forward to connecting with you at our Principal's Coffee later this month.
I hope you have a great week!
Addams Family Play Practice
January rehearsals will be Wednesdays from 3:30pm-6:30pm in the drama room (room 417).
There will be rehearsal on Saturday, January 20th with Ms. Rosenbloom from 9am-4pm.
Not all students will be called for the entirety of any rehearsal. Ms. Rosenbloom will email more details to families.
Cell Phone Reminders
Cell phones are to be turned off and placed in backpacks from the time students get on campus until they exit the campus. If you need to get a hold of your student, please avoid texting or calling during the school day. Please call the office and let us know you would like to speak to your student and we can have them come to the office and call you directly.
We have too many students using and accessing their cell phones during the school day in order to use social media. This is a waste of instructional time.
If your student is caught using their cell phone during the school day, they will be required to check their phone in and out of the office before and after school each day.
We need your continued support with this rule, so we thank you in advance for your help.
Join SEPTAR's association meeting on Tuesday, January 16 at 7pm on Zoom to learn all about dyslexia, presented by Ashley Koedel, M.A., Director of Educational Services at Morrissey Compton. Learn what warning signs to look for, what strategies parents and teachers can use to support students, and when to seek assessments. All families are welcome! Spanish interpretation is provided. Register: bit.ly/SEPTAR116
GrowFit MultiSports Camps
Russ Nuffer of GrowFit MultiSports Camps in Redwood City has agreed to donate 5% of registration fees for camps back to our KMS PTO. This is an on-going offer throughout the school year using the code.
GrowFit is located at Sports House in Redwood City. Check out the winter camps available for students by clicking here. This is a great offer, so don't miss out!
2024 Bay Area Pathways Academy
The 2024 Bay Area Pathways Academy™ (BAPA) Spring Break and Summer Program is now open for registration! BAPA is an in-person comprehensive academic, enrichment and fitness summer program for students entering grades 6 to 9, with some new options for younger students (clink on BAPA Jr for more info).
Academic classes are taught by credentialed teachers using a Project Based Learning (PBL) approach that incorporates interactive learning activities designed to make learning enjoyable, while enrichment and fitness classes are taught by instructors.
Register before April 22nd to receive early bird pricing. Visit our website for more information.
NEW CAMPS FOR 2024
- BAPA Spring Camp (11- 14 years old): Your child can choose from our BAPA Spring Break ART CAMP or CODING CAMP during the weeks of 4/1 to 4/5 or 4/8 to 4/12 from 9am to 1pm.
- BAPA Summer Coding Academy (11-14 years old): Three 2-week half day sessions from 9am to 1pm. Session 1: 6/17-6/28. Session 2: 7/8-7/19. Session 3: 7/22-8/2.
- BAPA Jr. Summer Camp (6-7 & 8-10 years old): Three 2-week half day sessions from 9am to 1pm. Session 1: 6/17-6/28. Session 2: 7/8-7/19. Session 3: 7/22-8/2.
- Online STEAM Courses (8-14 years old)
High School Event Updates
Please check the High School Shadow Programs & Informational Event Links document.
- TIDE and Woodside posted their shadowing request links.
- Carlmont posted links for campus tours and the Chat with a Carlmont Student event.
- Sequoia will open the shadowing request link on 9/13/23.
- Menlo-Atherton will open the shadowing request link within the next ten days.
Woodside High School Open House January 20
Woodside High School will hold their annual Open House on Saturday, January 20 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.
Join us for student-led one-hour tours that will showcase our fabulous campus. You will get the chance to meet our teachers and get answers to many prospective students’ questions about attending Woodside High School. Tours begin every 15 minutes.
Come join the Wildcat Family!
Click on the link below to reserve a time:
Woodside High School Administration
9th Grade Online Registration
Kennedy Family Center Updates
Padres de Kennedy 2023 WhatsApp Group
If you prefer to receive information in Spanish and by text, click on the link to join the Kennedy Family Center's WhatsApp group “Padres de Kennedy 2023"! You will receive updated Kennedy Middle School information in Spanish and reminders of our school events.
Cynthia Cardona, Community School Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Segundo, Admin Assistant email@example.com
Kathryn Lige, Lead Mental Health Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Kennedy Family Center by phone: (650) 482-2110
Sign Up to Play Soccer with Redwood City Parks and Rec
We now look forward to soccer in the spring! Registration will open on Monday, November 20 and run through Wednesday, February 14. We highly encourage players to register early and online! Here is the link to online registration - Online Registration - Redwood City After School Sports Soccer
Parents can also go to our website to find additional information and download forms - Redwood City After School Sports (teamsideline.com)
Student & Family Handbook
In order to make our handbook for students and families more accessible, we have digitized it. Please know that the information in the handbook will be continually updated to ensure families are informed. Students received planners during the fourth week of school, and included in the planner is the student handbook.
Kennedy's Amazon Wishlist
We are incredibly grateful for your support! Thank you!
Our wishlist contains items requested by teachers at Kennedy. It now contains items we need for our STEAM and art electives.
Thank you to the Bowen family for purchasing Lego sets for our STEAM classes!
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day ~ No School Jan 15
- PTO Meeting Jan 23 Zoom 7:05-8:30 pm
- Principal's Coffee Jan 25 8:45-9:45 am
- Site Council Jan 30 Zoom 3:30-4:30 pm
- ELAC Jan 31 Zoom 4:00-5:00 pm
- 8th Grade Activities Parent Meeting Jan 30 Zoom 7:00-8:00 pm
- High School Placement testing for 8th grade happens in the month of January; dates to be determined.
Click here to view the most up-to-date version of the Kennedy Calendar of Events.