Kennedy Parent Newsletter

October 5, 2020

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Principal Message

I want to tell you how much I have appreciated our Kennedy families!! You have helped to make the drop off go smooth and have had the students prepared for the added changes of wearing masks, hand washing/sanitizing, and social distancing. As a reminder, please be sure that you have communicated with your child on what they are to do at the end of the day after school dismisses.

UPDATE ON NEW LEVEL: As of this morning (10/5/2020), there is a change to the level for elementary students. More information will be provided later this week.

Free meals: Fargo Public Schools received a grant to provide all students FREE breakfast and lunch. If you would like meals on your distance learning days (days at home learning), you will need to preorder the meals a week in advance. The link will for this is below.

COVID-19: As we move forward, it is important for you to monitor your child (and others who live in your home) for COVID-19 related symptoms. We ask that you call your primary healthcare provider for further instructions and get a test for active COVID-19 infection. STAY HOME until the test results are received. Please call the Kennedy attendance number (446-4206) if your child is ill or has an appointment. We will call you directly if your child has been in close contact with a positive case of COVID - it will not be an automated call.

Distance Learning Days: Please check each of your children's distance learning assignments to be sure they are complete and ready to be turned in when they return. This is there ATTENDANCE for those days. No homework means ABSENT. Too many absences will be submitted to the Student Attendance Review Board for follow up.

As a reminder, allowing children to compete their own work builds practice, responsibility, and grit. If your child is struggling with the work, please contact their teacher.

Teacher Availability: Teacher are teaching and preparing lessons every day from 7:55 until 3:00. If you will be out of town and miss a face-to-face day, please email your teacher 24-hours unadvanced for assignments (This means: Group 1 email by Tuesday at 2:00 and Group 2 by Thursday at 2:00). Teachers will not be able to answer any emails or phone calls between 7:55 and 2:40. The best way to reach a teacher is to email them or leave a message and they get back to you when they are able.

Additional Information

Update POWERSCHOOL Information REMINDER: Update ALL phone numbers, emails and addresses in PowerSchool during the year. This is how we reach you if your child is ill or messages that need to be sent out. If you are not receiving a monthly newsletter or Blackboard Connect messages (email, phone calls, or texts), go in and check your PowerSchool settings. Please make any changes to contacts, address and phone numbers.

Drop Off & Pick up: Do not drop off your child prior to 7:55 am. We do not have supervision for them until 7:55. Pick up at the end of the day is at 1:32 in our (current ) Level 3 Hybrid model.

Playgrounds: The school playgrounds are closed during the school day and are open at 4:00 pm.

Classroom Birthdays: Birthday treats are NOT allowed at this time while in our Level Hybrid Model.

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The 2020-21 Reflections art theme is…”I Matter Because”

For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because.

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories. Nationally these are: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Students are encouraged to submit in more than one category. Student entries are divided into two age categories: Kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd through 5th grade. Entries are then judged and submitted to the state PTA office.

Kennedy PTA encourages all Comets to take part in the 2020-21 competition. We are going to hold two Zoom kick-off sessions on October 12th and 21st starting at 6:30pm. Parents and children are encouraged to attend to find out more information about Reflections.


Please contact Darla Bakko at

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