Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

October 2022

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Health Office (Nurse): 651-480-7224
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7257
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

Dates to remember


3-7 - Homecoming Spirit Week (See dress up days below)

6 - PTA Fun Run & Membership Drive 5:00 - 6:30 pm (see more details below)

17 & 18 - Evening Conferences

17-19 - Scholastic Book Fair during Conferences

19 - NO SCHOOL - Morning Conferences

20 & 21 - NO SCHOOL (EdMN Days)

24 - Monthly PTA Meeting (Kennedy Media Center 7:00 pm)

26 - Picture Day Retake/Makeup Day


21 - Monthly PTA Meeting (Kennedy Media Center 7:00 pm)

24 & 25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

28 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development

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PTA Fun Run & Membership Drive

When: Thursday, October 6

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Free event for all Kennedy Elementary Students

5:00 Kindergarten & 1st Grade

5:30 2nd & 3rd Grade

6:00 4th Grade & Anyone who cannot make assigned times

Check out the Kennedy Cougar PTA webpage for more information!


Elementary conferences are scheduled in the evening of Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th and during the morning of Wednesday, October 19th.

Conferences will be held in person unless otherwise arranged with the classroom teacher. If you wish to have a virtual conference, please reach out to the teacher after sign up.

Fall Conference Sign Up

Click here to sign up for a time

Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families,

Our Scholastic book fair will be held in the Media Center during conferences.

Monday, October 17th from 4:00 - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 18th from 4:00 - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 19th from 8:00 am - 11:30 am

Volunteers needed!! Please sign up here to help at the book fair.

Remember, every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!).

Shop our Online Store: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/jfkcougars from October 17th - 30th

Picture Makeup/Retake Day

All parents should have received a direct link to view their students' images from the email address noreply@imagequix.com. The link could have gone to your junk, spam or promotions folder.

If you order by the end of the day Monday, October 3rd, you will receive a FREE Social Media Image and the option for FREE shipping to the school.

Want a retake?

Wait to purchase photos, and your child can have their picture taken on retake day: Wednesday, October 26th. To ensure your child gets added to the retake list, please fill out the form below or give Cahill Studios notice no later than 48 hours before picture day.

Retake Form: https://share.hsforms.com/1YHrWwVMVQEevcfR0u6a6wgcrwo6

If you did not get an email, please contact the Cahill Studios Customer Service Team.

Email: orders@cahillphotostudio.com
Office Number: 715-268-9363
Toll-Free Number: 866-229-0135



All District 200 K-4 elementary students received school bus safety training on a school bus in September. Hastings Bus Company drivers conducted the training. They have developed lesson plans that correlate with the bus safety curriculum classroom teachers cover each fall.

Cougar Choir

Hello Kennedy Families!

I am excited to announce that 4th graders will have the opportunity to sign up for Cougar Choir. Cougar Choir is a free program that will meet Tuesday mornings from 8:00 am to 8:30 in the music classroom, starting Tuesday, November 1st at 8:00 am. Choir begins before bus arrival, and families will need to provide alternative transportation. Students will still be able to get breakfast after choir. We do have an attendance policy in place to make sure students are prepared for performances. Permission slips will be coming home soon and will be due Friday, October 28th. All permission slips must be signed by both parent and/or guardian and the student. I can’t wait to see you there!

Elizabeth Sorenson


Kennedy Music


Please continue to monitor your child every morning for symptoms of COVID-19 that could indicate that they are not well. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms or they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please keep them home and call the attendance line. Symptoms of COVID-19*

● Fever or chills (T = 100.4 or higher)

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Fatigue

● Muscle or body aches

● Headache

● New loss of taste or smell

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms (see Symptoms of Coronavirus for more information).

We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to update and share information with us. As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 evolves, this guidance may change.

During the school day if your child develops illness symptoms we, the school, will notify you and help you and your family take needed actions. Students who develop illness symptoms during the school day will be sent home.


As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess.

When the temperatures start to dip into the 40’s and 50’s, we do require students to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt outside. When winter arrives, winter clothing will be required.

birthday parties

Just a reminder that if your child is having a birthday party and wants to invite their friends from school, we are not able to give out names, phone numbers or addresses of the students. While we know it is exciting for children to have a birthday party and invite their school friends, we ask that you not send invitations to school with them to pass out. It can cause hurt feelings for those students who did not get invited to the party.

treats at school

The district has adopted a wellness policy. We are still celebrating student birthdays; we are just not doing so with birthday treats. We ask that students not bring any treats in honor of their birthday.

Bring your ID

We have updated our student sign in/out system and will need to re-scan all driver's licenses when students are picked up early.

Please bring your driver's license with you when you are checking out your student.

Early Pick Up for Students

In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.


In line with state requirements, schools will track attendance during their at-home days (distance learning days). We do this by having students interact with learning tasks & materials. If learning tasks need modifying or are not being completed, parent/teacher communication will be needed. Please feel free to reach out with your teacher on Flex days.

Although attendance is required, we value students thoughtfully engaged in their learning. Accountability for learning (completing assignments/assessments) will be separated from “showing up for distance learning” (attendance). For the purpose of accountability, students are expected to complete tasks daily and demonstrate evidence of their learning. This expectation applies for both the Hastings Online Academy and Hybrid Learning.

To report an absence, parents/guardians can notify the school's attendance line at 651-480-7220.

Change of Address or Daycare

If during the school year your address or daycare changes and this requires a change in transportation, please contact the school, not the bus company. If you give us the information we will work with the bus company to make the changes. The only changes that can be made are those that are permanent or for an extended length of time. It is very difficult for the bus company to make brief or sudden changes in the routes. Thank you for your help in this matter.


In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.


Please drop your children off at the bottom of the stairs in the north parking lot. A short sidewalk will lead them right into the building without crossing streets or going between cars or buses. Enter the lot from Tyler St. Please have them ready to exit your car so the line does not back up. Parents should stay in the car. The curved drive at the front of the building is reserved for buses only.
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crosswalk safety

If your student is walking to school and needs to use the intersection of Tyler & 10th Street E, the best times are 8:30 - 8:45 am as this allows them to arrive to school on time and have assistance by a crossing guard.
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afternoon pick up safety

Dismissal Time: 3:25 is the dismissal time for all students. Students being picked up by car will be dismissed from the back horseshoe drive. Be sure to get your car/student number from the office. Walkers and bus students will use the front door. The curved drive at the front of the building is reserved for buses.

Afternoon car pick-up procedures: Dismissal begins at 3:25 and takes a total of about 10 minutes. The line moves quickly beginning at the 3:25 dismissal bell.

· If you are picking your child up at the end of the day, you will need to stop at the school office to get a number to display in your vehicle window. Students will have a matching number attached to their backpack.

· Form a single line of traffic entering from Tyler Street, through the north parking lot, around to the back of the building.

· PLEASE STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE. Students will be assisted to the vehicles.

· Please move your car up as soon as the car in front of you moves forward.

· Make sure your car number is visible. The numbers may be attached to the passenger side visor so it can conveniently be flipped down or on the front passenger window. The numbers are not visible if they are on the dash.

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Overcoming Anxiety

Let your children know you care. If your children are anxious about school, send personal notes in the lunch box or book bag. Reinforce the ability to cope. Children absorb their parent's anxiety, so model optimism and confidence for your child. Let your children know that it is natural to be a little nervous anytime you start something new but that they will be just fine once they become familiar with classmates , the teacher, and school routine.

Do not over react. If the first days are a little rough, try not to over react. Young children in particular may experience separation anxiety or shyness initially but teachers are trained to help them adjust. If you drop them off, try not to linger. Reassure them that you lave them, will think of them during the day, and will be back. Remain calm and positive.

Acknowledge anxiety over a bad experience the previous year. Children who had a difficult time academically or socially or were teased or bullied may be more fearful or reluctant to return to school. If you have not yet done so, share your children's concern with the school and confirm that the problem has been addressed. Reassure your children that the problem will not occur again in the new school year, and that you and the school are working together to prevent further issues. Reinforce your children's ability to cope. Give your children a few strategies to manage a difficult situation on their own. But encourage your children to tell you or the teacher if the problem persists. Maintain open lines of communication with the school.

Arrange play dates. Try to arrange get-togethers with some of your children's classmates before school starts and during the first weeks of schools to help them re-establish positive social relationships with peers.

Family Matters - A resource from the National Association of School Psychologists


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If the Hastings Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Kids Campus Program will also be closed. If school is delayed two hours in opening, Kids Campus will be open at the regular time (6:30 am).

If school closes two hours early, then Kids Campus sites will close two hours early

(4:00 pm). Parents will be called and notified by Kids Campus staff to pick up their child.

Please pick up your child by 4:00 pm or authorize someone else to pick up your child by that time. Please listen to the radio and TV for school closing announcements.

Hastings Community Education

Community Education's Fall catalog was recently sent out to the public. You can also view the wonderful classes they have by clicking on the link above. They have a large selection that you will find appealing. Check the catalog out.