Kennedy Parent Newsletter

December 2021

Principal's News

School Hours: Students are allowed in the building at 7:47 am (First Bell) - Second Bell is at 8:02 am - at this time your child is expected to be in their classroom.


Inclement Weather: Please be sure your child has winter clothing which includes: gloves, hat, winter coat, snow pants, and boots. If your child does not have these items, they will remain on the side walk during recess.


Also, if the weather is inclement, we will bring students in the school and they will wait in the hall under para supervision. This means there will be NO ADULTS helping in the drop off loop. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Check out the Kennedy Elementary Home page https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/kennedy You will find morning announcements, bus information (click on the transportation button), monthly newsletters and other information under Quick Links.


COVID Testing REMEMBER: if any member of your family is tested- please make sure you keep your students home until the test results have been received. Please share the results with the school. Working together will allow us to keep in school learning happening. Thank you for continuing to keep us updated!


Masks: Please make sure your child has a mask to start their school day and at least one extra mask in their backpack. Thank you.


Thank you for your cooperation and showing other's empathy and kindness.

BUS DELAY NOTIFICATION PROCESS

In the rare event that Valley Bus does not have enough staff to cover all the school bus routes for Fargo Public Schools, Valley Bus would implement a “delayed bus route plan” rather than canceling routes. This plan could be used in either a morning route or an afternoon route.

Delayed Bus Route Plan–The “delayed bus route plan” would have the drivers cover for the missing driver after they have completed their assigned route. This would cause the identified route to be delayed by 15 to 30 minutes. Families would be notified the day of the delay by email, text, and voice messaging. Morning route delay notifications will occur between 5:30-6:30 am and after-school delay notifications will occur by 1:00 pm if a driver shortage occurs. This means students may be standing at their bus stop for additional time or they may be returning home up to 30 minutes later than normal. Each route affected would cause a delay for both the elementary and secondary students riding that bus.


The Bus Delay message will only be sent to the affected route and it will say the following:

“Attention FPS families of Bus Route ###. Today, [Monday, October 9, 2021], your morning route will be 15-30 minutes later than normal. Your principal has been notified of your late arrival. “

Or

“Attention FPS families of Bus Route ###: Today, [Monday, October 20, 2021], your after-school route will arrive home 15-30 minutes later than normal. Students will be supervised at their home building until the bus is available.”

Since communication with families is based on what was entered into the FPS PowerSchool System, we asked that each family review their listed emails and cell phone numbers in the Parent PowerSchool Portal. Please update if needed by calling your child’s main office. This type of communication may be used for other situations that cause significant bussing delays.


Students will be excused in the morning if they arrive late to school due to the delayed busing. The buildings will implement a supervision plan for students if the after-school bus is delayed.


Please remember if you decide to drop your student off at their building more than 15 minutes before school the students will wait outside. Please make sure they have dressed appropriately for the weather.


Parents can check their child’s pick-up time using the “bus route by address” options on the FPS Website at https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Page/165.


Although the 2021-22 school year has been challenging, the transportation department and staff at Valley Bus are responding to these challenges and working hard to keep students safe. We thank families for their patience and trust as we navigate staffing challenges.


Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions.


Dr. Grosz & Mrs. Eidsness

Associate Superintendent of Fargo Public Schools

DROP OFF PROCEDURES:

If you drop off your child or children at school, we ask that you be kind and patient to others in the drop off loop. If the loop gets congested, you can pull to the tennis court for extra parking and drop off space.

  • Have your child ready to get out of the car once you are stopped. Have their backpack and device beside them, so they can exit the car as quickly as possible..
  • All children being dropped off in the loop should get out on the passenger side door.
  • Adults are to ALWAYS remain in the vehicle.
  • If your child needs assistance in dressing or gathering their belongings, please park in the parking lot to assist them. Fast drop offs keeps the drop off line flowing.
  • The north loop is for buses and daycares only, not for parent drop off or parent pick up.
  • Parents picking up Kindergarten & 1st grade students, please park on the south side of 44th Ave ONLY for the safety of your children. We do not want them crossing the street to get into your cars.
  • Pull up as far as you are able.
  • Be courteous to staff and others while dropping off - they are there to assist with the safety of dropping off and picking up of of your child/ren.

Thank you for your patience and kindness.

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State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group

State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group

Fargo Public Schools will hold the 2022 State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:15 p.m. at South High School, 1840 South 15th Avenue, Fargo in the theater. Parents, staff and community members are invited to participate and are encouraged to pre-register by 4:00 p.m. on December 17, 2021 by signing up online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/focusgroup or calling 701.446.1005. Questions posed in the focus groups will concentrate on the District’s Strategic Plan. Pre-registered attendees will receive reading materials electronically in advance of the event. For more information, including the questions to be discussed in the focus groups, visit www.fargo.k12.nd.us/focusgroup.

Written Notification of School Accountability Report

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Now more than ever, it is important for schools to be transparent to its stakeholders. The world is in an unprecedented pandemic, and much has changed in our schools and education in general due to COVID-19.

Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well its schools are doing. North Dakota’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful.

State education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state. The School Accountability Report outlines how schools are performing on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.

North Dakota has a public dashboard designed to help communities across the state access important data regarding K-12 districts and schools, including COVID-19 Response. Insights features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English Learner progress, student engagement results, and state accountability. To find out information about our school, visit the dashboard at Insights.nd.gov, select “Find My School”, and search alphabetically.

Please note, data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with less than 10 students to protect confidential information about individual students and will say “no data available”.

Family Engagement

We have robust plans for working to continuously improve educational programs at our school, even in the midst of a pandemic. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active participants in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in school initiatives, offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement, and volunteering at school. Meeting our school’s goals will take a united effort, and we look forward to working with families to ensure success for each student.

Continuous Improvement

All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore, our school has completed a continuous improvement plan. As part of the overall school improvement plan, a strategy map is generated for each school. Our strategy map, outlining our key school improvement initiatives, is also available on the Insights Dashboard.

Kennedy Elementary is a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 450.

If you have any questions regarding the information in the memorandum, please contact the school at 701-446-4200 or email: ragek@fargo.k12.nd.us.

Sincerely,

Karrie Rage, Building Principal

VIRTUAL ACADEMY REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SECOND SEMESTER

Hello, FPS families!


As we approach the second semester, Virtual Academy wants you to be aware of our learning platform available to all students. Second semester begins Tuesday, January 18, 2022. If you’d like more information about Virtual Academy, please click here.


If you believe this would be a good fit for your student, the survey to request registration information is here. Requests should be submitted no later than Wednesday, December 22, 2021.


For additional information, please contact:


Lori Nappe, Virtual Academy Elementary Dean (K-5) (701) 446-1601 nappel@fargo.k12.nd.us


Holly Fiechtner, Virtual Academy Secondary Dean (6-12) (701) 446-1602 fiechth@fargo.k12.nd.us
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WHEN WILL KIDS HAVE RECESS INSIDE?

Students will have indoor recess when:

  • it is raining, students will be inside for recess.
  • it is -10 or colder (with wind chill)

Fargo Public Schools has a new guideline of -10 or colder (with the wind chill) for students staying in for recess. The classroom teacher will monitor the temperature before taking their students outside using the Fargo Public Schools weather information center resource. The FEELS LIKE temperature will be used. Each teacher will lead various activities with their students which will be different class by class.

PTA

Kennedy PTA meeting – January 10th @ 6:30pm

Our Kennedy PTA meeting is set for Monday, December 6th at 6:30pm. It will be held at Kennedy in the K/1 Pod and masks will be required per current FPS policy. The meeting will also be broadcast via Facebook Live for those unable to attend. Our next Kennedy PTA meeting is set for Monday, February 7th at 6:30pm


We need YOU in Kennedy PTA

We are still looking for a lot more Kennedy families to join PTA this year. Like any membership organization our PTA finds the best ideas when we have lots of people involved, and our offerings are most successful when they represent all of us. If you have not yet joined, please visit our MemberHub store here: https://kennedyfargo.memberhub.com/store?category=Memberships.

MARK YOUR CANENDARS!

December 6th - 6:30 PTA Exec Meeting K-1 Pod

December 23 - January 2nd - No Classes

January 10th - 6:30 PTA Meeting K-1 Pod

January 18th - 7:00 pm Virtual Music Night

January 25th - 7:00 pm Choir and Orchestra

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Fargo South Activities Briefing

Fargo South Activities Briefing

Welcome to the third Fargo South Activities Briefing! This has been included in your newsletter to provide information on the value of kids participating in activities, the events happening at South High, and information on the great things that our South students are doing.

Did you know . . .

Studies have shown that participants in activities do better in the classroom. A Colorado study demonstrated that its athletes maintained nearly a 3.1 grade – point average, while non – participants had a 2.44 grade – point average – a substantial 26% difference.

Fargo South sponsors 24 varsity sports and over 30 groups, co-curricular activities, and co-curricular clubs. You can find the full list of opportunities at https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/domain/138.

Upcoming events at South High

December 3rd

Gymnastics hosts Valley City and Wahpeton at 5:00 PM

Donkey Hotey’s Improv Troupe performs at 7:30 PM

December 7th

Boys Basketball hosts Grand Forks Central at 7:15 PM

Girls Hockey hosts Fargo Davies at 7:30 PM at the Coliseum

December 10th

Debate hosts the Fargo South Debate Tournament 3:00 PM

December 11th

Debate hosts the Fargo South Debate Tournament 8:00 AM

Girls Hockey hosts Bismarck at 1:00 PM at the Coliseum

December 13th

Band Concert at 7:30 PM

December 14th

Boys Hockey hosts Grafton at 6:00 at the Farmers Union Rink

Girls Basketball hosts Red River at 7:15

December 16th

Boys Swimming and Diving hosts Sheyenne at 6:00 PM

Boys Basketball hosts Wahpeton at 7:15 PM

Boys Hockey hosts Sheyenne at 7:30 PM at Farmers Union Rink

Choir Concert at 7:30 PM

December 17th

Donkey Hotey’s Improv Troupe performs at 7:30 PM

Girls Hockey hosts Devils Lake at 7:30 PM

December 20th

Jazz Band Concert at 7:30 PM

December 21st

Boys Swimming and Diving hosts Moorhead at 6:00 PM

Boys Hockey hosts Devils Lake at 6:30 PM at Farmers Union Rink

Girls Basketball hosts Valley City at 7:15 PM

Orchestra Concert at 7:30 PM

*All times and dates are subject to change. Please find the most current information on the South High Calendar at https://www.fargocalendars.org/public/genie/187/school/39/.