Welcome to Kennedy

May/June 2019

About Us

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

FAX: 651-438-0048

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

Elementary Handbook

District Calendars

The 2018-2019 school year is quickly coming to an end. The last day of school will be an early release on Thursday, June 6th at 12pm. Thank you for your support in helping us provide the best education possible for your child.

Have a wonderful summer!



2 - Rise with Literacy - 6:30 to 7:30 PM

7 - PTO meeting 6 to 7 PM

9 - Middle School Orientation in the Middle School Auditorium - 6:30 PM

10 - FULL DAY of school (calendar change)

14 - Empower Me! Presentation for parents at McAuliffe - 6:30 PM

15 - Empower Me! Presentation for grades K -4

20 through 23 - Book Fair (schedule listed below)

27 - No School - Memorial Day

29 - Start of Yearbook sales (before school)

31 - Carnival


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

18, 19 - 2019 Kindergarten Assessments


8 through 26 - Summer School 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Monday through Friday at McAuliffe Elementary.


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

14 - Kindergarten Orientation invites are being mailed out.

28 - Open Houses 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Looking Ahead to the 2019/ 2020 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 3rd and Wednesday, September 4th 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


On May 15, 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 14 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.

Empower Me Workshop Parent Letter


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 20th – 23rd

Students will have the opportunity to purchase books during their library/computer lab class

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. Yearbooks are scheduled to go on sale starting May 29. 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 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 School Carnival

The end of the year carnival for students is quickly approaching. We need your help to make the fun activities run smoothly and provide a fun time for all the students. Instructions for stations will be provided at the carnival. If the carnival gets canceled due to rain, the make up date is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4. Please sign up below and if you have questions call or text Brenda S. at 612-987-9016 or email her at rnstagno@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for helping with the carnival.

If you can't volunteer at the actual carnival on Friday May 31st. We will be setting up Thursday, May 30, from 4 to 6 pm Please sign up.

Carnival Schedule for the day is:

9:00 - 10:00 Kindergarten

10:00 - 12:00 1st grade

11:00 - 12:00 2nd grade

12:45 - 1:45 3rd grade

1:45 - 2:45 4th grade

Tug-of-war, Popcorn & Drink Schedule is:

9:45 - 10:15 3rd grade

11:00 - 11:30 4th grade

1:00 - 1:30 1st grade

1:30 - 2:00 2nd grade

2:30 - 3:00 Kindergarten


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

Weekly Character Trait: Self Control

Above the Line Golden Tickets for March