Kennedy News

September Review Edition #KENNEDYBEST

Note from Mr. Rustad: Kennedy BEST Everyday!

Kennedy Families,

Our first month of the school year is in the books! It is has been great to have the students back in the classrooms. Teachers and students are building awesome relationships each day that they are together.

There have been some great things happening at Kennedy during this first month, especially the all school celebrations. Earlier in September we were able to have an assembly for K-2 students and one for 3-5 students. I did little research and found out that it had been 598 days between our last assembly in February of 2020 and our latest assemblies! Much has changed in our world during those 598 days but one thing has remained the same and that is greatness of Kennedy community. Bringing students together helps build our community and the family feel that we are so proud of at Kennedy.

Another great experience was the PTO fundraiser and Color Run. Our Cubs did a great job of raising money for our school and they were then able to celebrate with the school-wide Color Run. All of our students will all get a Kennedy Cubs t-shirt for their help in raising over $10,000! Thank you to all of the Kennedy families that helped our Cubs with fundraising! The PTO will put those funds to great use.

As we enter into October, we will continue to push our students to reach their academic potential and to be their Kennedy BEST everyday. Thank you so much for partnering with us. It's a great year to be a Cub!

Together We Are Kennedy!

Steve Rustad





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Color Run Fun at Kennedy!

The Kennedy PTO Fundraiser ended with a great all school celebration - the Color Run! It was so incredible to see all of our Cubs running and having a fun time together. The Cubs did a great job of fundraising this year. The school goal was $10,000 and our Cubs raised nearly $12,000! All Cubs will get a Kennedy Cub t-shirt for reaching their $10,000 goal. Check out some of the fun pictures of the run and the students tie-dyeing Mr. Rustad, Mrs. Luethmers, Ms. Helget, and Ms. Deb!


Kennedy families are encouraged to participate in the PTO. To learn more about it and to get the most current information, you are encouraged to follow the Kennedy Elementary PTO Facebook page. Click here to visit the official PTO website.

Kennedy PTO Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 7th, 6-7pm

2600 East Main Street

Mankato, MN

Kennedy parents are welcomed to attend our first PTO meeting of the year. The topic is "A Day in the Life of a Kennedy Cub". Some of specials teachers and kindergarten teachers will be in attendance to guide the conversation.

Childcare and snacks will be provided.

Masks are required to be worn for all who attend the meeting.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Picture Day on Wednesday, Oct. 6th

Kennedy school picture day is on Wednesday, October 6th. Families should have already received order forms. Please send your order form and money with your student on Wednesday if you plan to order pictures. You can also order online by going to and using the online code that is on the bottom of the picture form. If you need a new picture form, please reach out to your child's teacher to have a new one sent home.

First Kennedy Assembly!

We had our first assembly of the year! Student learned about the "Fill the Tank" challenge. We are working towards an all school celebration for filling our tank with Paw Slips! We also saw Kenny the Cub, learned about the fundraiser, and talked about Kennedy B.E.S.T. This year we are doing assemblies for students in K-2 and then another for students in 3-5.

Walk and Bike to School Day - Wednesday, October 6th

This week is Mayo Health Wellness Week in the Mankato Area Public Schools. Each day our Cubs are learning about healthy choices. Wednesday, October 6th is Walk and Bike to School Day in the school district. Students are encouraged to bike or walk, as they are able, to school. If you have your student bike to school, please remember that they should be wearing a helmet. We will have another Walk and Bike to School Day in the spring.

Click here to see the Wellness Week Presentation and the theme for each day. There is a goal for school and a goal for home each day this week.

Job Opportunities at Kennedy

We have a couple of great opportunities available here at Kennedy. Check them out and see if they would be a great fit for you! If so, you are encouraged to email Steve Rustad with questions or apply through the links provided.

  • Substitute Teachers: Do you have a four year degree and would like work the same schedule as your student? Consider applying to be a sub! If you are interested, you can choose to sub throughout the school district or only at KENNEDY! We are always looking for great people to work with our students and that are part of the Kennedy community. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY TO BE A SUB!
  • Playground Supervisor: Looking for a couple of hours of work with kids each day? We have an open playground supervisor position at Kennedy. This position is 2.25 hours per day on student contact days. If this is something you are interested in, please click here to fill out the application or email Steve Rustad with questions.

Important Reminders about Arrival and Dismissal

We have just a few quick reminders about arrival and dismissal at Kennedy.

  • Crosswalk: Please remember that students and families should only be crossing the street at the crosswalks at the corners of Kennedy Street and East Main. There is crossing guard there and they will make sure you and your student can cross safely.
  • U-Turns: Please do not make u-turns in the middle of the road. This can be a safety issue and can create traffic issues.
  • Bus Lane: Do not drop off your student(s) in the bus lane. This lane is on the Kennedy Street side and in front of door 14. The bus loop is only for school buses and pre-school parents.

Click the button below to see all of the Kennedy Arrival and Dismissal Procedures.

21-22 Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

This document contains the most updated information about arrival and dismissal procedures at Kennedy.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

The breakfast and lunch will once again be free for all MAPS students this year. Families should still plan to fill out the Educational Benefits form even if there is no cost for school lunch and breakfast this year. If you have Educational Benefits extend beyond support for breakfast and lunch. They extend in to other things such as athletic fees, technology fees, and community education programs. Funding for many great programs at Kennedy comes out of financial support we receive based on the completion of the Education Benefits form.
October Breakfast Menu

Here is the breakfast menu for the first two weeks of October. The menu is subject to change.

October Lunch Menu

Here is the lunch menu for the first two weeks of October. The menu is subject to change.

ISD 77 COVID-19 News and Health protocols

Click here to learn about the latest COVID-19 news and health protocols from Mankato Area Public Schools.

Upcoming Events at Kennedy

  • Wednesday, October 6th - Picture Day and Walk and Bike to School Day
  • Thursday, October 7th - PTO Meeting at Kennedy
  • Monday, October 11th - No school for ISD 77 students and Indigenous People's Day
  • Friday, October 15th - Black and Gold Day - East Homecoming
  • Thursday and Friday, October 21-22 - No school - MEA Break
  • Thursday, October 28th - Open House and Book Fair
  • Friday, October 29th - Black and Orange Day - no costumes please

It's a Great day to be a CUB!!!

Kennedy Elementary School


Steve Rustad


Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) is committed to working together equitably, with families and communities, so that each learner has the knowledge and skills to be a successful and contributing citizen in a diverse global society.