Cougar Connect

Week of October 28, 2019

Halloween Costumes

We will allow students to wear costumes on Halloween and at the Halloween Dance. Costumes need to be school appropriate. Here are some guidelines/rules, many of which are our normal dress code items that still apply:

  • We must be able to tell who the student is, so no masks.

  • No fake blood or weapons (real or fake).

  • Students may not show midriffs or excessive amounts of skin.

  • Costumes may not have obscene language, hate speech or themes/references to drugs, alcohol, the occult, death/suicide, or violence.

  • No gang-related clothing or items.

  • Closed toed and closed back shoes must be worn at all times; slides, slippers, house shoes, and flip flops are prohibited.

Dance This Friday

We are excited for our first dance of the year this Friday, November 1, from 6-8 pm in the Kennedy gym. Students may wear their Halloween costume. Tickets will be on sale starting on Tuesday at lunch outside of Room 535 for $5. If it is a financial hardship, students can speak to a teacher, administrator, or the Family Center. The $5 ticket includes pizza, a water bottle, and unlimited pictures at the photo booth. We will also have a DJ.


As a reminder, students who have any referrals, suspensions, or other disciplinary issues in the month of October will not be sold a dance ticket. We also do not sell tickets at the door to discourage visitors from other schools trying to attend the dance


If you are able to donate water bottles that would be great. They can be sent to the office. Water bottles are difficult to get reimbursed. We also need 10-20 chaperones from 5:45-8:00 pm. Please volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094aaeae2ba6fd0-october

WEB Carnival

Thank you to our 8th grade WEB leaders who planned and led the WEB Carnival on Friday. We survived the heat and the students had a lot of fun. We had around 150 sixth graders attend. Below are some pictures.

Sprays

This is a reminder that spray deodorant, perfume, cologne, and body sprays are not permitted on campus. We have staff and students who are very allergic to these. Please make sure your student leaves these at home.

Grades

A reminder that the end of the first trimester is coming up on Wednesday, November 13. We don’t have a lot of time left, so please encourage your student to get all assignments in, make up late work if the teacher accepts late work, and have your student come to before and/or after school academic help.


Below is a graph based on a report run earlier in the week of current grades. It actually doesn’t look too bad. As a reminder and for those who are new to Kennedy, to qualify for the Honor Roll Breakfast, which is Tuesday, December 3, at 7:15 am in the gym, students must have a 3.75 or higher. We have about 50 students who are close to qualifying (between a 3.60-3.74), so I am hoping the current number will go up by the end of the trimester.


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Thank You

Thank you to our Book Fair Co-Chairs, Chris Castro and Julissa Witzel. We also appreciate all of the volunteers:


Liz Eberhard

Iris Balagtas

Jill Melosh

Kimberly Wendt

Marisol Nava

Mayra Ramirez

Merrily Robinson

Tracy Chad

Paula Enochs

Yvonne Schwab

Isela Castaneda

Esther Canche

Janet Lawson

Alison Chubb

Silvia Bravo

Sandy Kahman

Nell Douglas

Erica Sonnenburg

Allyson Fisch

Roy Dorling

Victoria Witzel

Audrey Witzel

Naiema Jacobo

Astronomy Night - Mark Your Calendars!

The Science Department is hosting our second annual Astronomy Night. Join us on Tuesday, November 12, at 6 pm at the picnic tables in front of the 500 wing by the field. We will have pizza and other treats. Then we will have telescopes out to look at the full moon. Feel free to bring your own telescope as well.


Amazon Smile

A reminder that you can give back to Kennedy at no extra cost by using Amazon Smile when you purchase items on Amazon. Here is a link for more information: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_rspo_laas_aas
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Boxtops

If you have any box tops at home, please send them in with your student this week. There are two dates each year we can mail them in to earn money for our school. The deadline is coming up, so we need to mail them in before November 1 . Even after this week, please continue to send them in for our next big turn in. Many of you have probably also noticed that Boxtops has gone digital. Please go to the boxtops website, https://www.boxtops4education.com/, and create an account. Select that you want to donate them to Kennedy Middle School and then you scan your receipt each time.

What’s All the Buzz with JUUL & Similar Vape Devices?

We are bringing back the vaping parent and student informational night again this year. Kennedy is hosting, but it is open to anyone in the community who is interested in attending. Please RSVP. https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/842153/schools/51035

Academic Support

Breakfast Club (Breakfast Provided)

7:45-8:15 am, Library (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays)


After School Help (Snacks Provided)

3:10-4:10 pm, Room 531 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

1:40-2:40 pm, Room 531 (Thursdays)

Clubs

Anime Club - Thursdays, Lunch, Room 417

Book Club - Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10, Room 531

Dungeons & Dragons Club - Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, Room 528

Earth Club - Wednesdays, Lunch, Library

Maker Space Club - Mondays, Lunch, Room 531

Photograph Club - Tuesdays, Lunch, and Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 314

Pokemon Card Club - Fridays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 421

Sci-Fi Club - Tuesday, Lunch, Room B-5 (Every Other Week)

Yoga Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays, Lunch, Room A1 (Locker Room)


Students can show up to the club and do not need to sign up ahead of time.

Announcements From The Community

RCSD Parents Invited to District Workshops on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

Redwood City School District (RCSD) is hosting this fall a series of workshops for district parents on the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ youth. The workshops, which start next week on Monday, October 28 and wrap up in early November on Monday, November 4, are part of a larger scope of presentations centered around the school district’s new Board policy on creating safe learning environments for all students including transgender, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students.


The RCSD community has been participating in these presentations since this summer with district administrators and school principals engaged in professional learning activities about creating safe, inclusive learning environments for students of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Teachers and support staff also have participated since the start of the school year.


A number of workshops for parents have been scheduled throughout the district and parents are invited to attend any of the following identical presentations.

  • Monday, Oct. 28. - Roosevelt School - 6:00-7:30 pm

Parents from Clifford, Cloud, and Roosevelt schools are invited this evening. One session will be held in English and a second one in Spanish.

  • Monday, Nov. 4 - MIT - 6:00-7:30 pm
    Parents from Adelante Selby, Garfield, Henry Ford, Hoover, Mandarin Immersion, MIT, North Star Academy, Orion Alternative, and Taft. One session in English will be held in the gym and two sessions in Spanish will be held in the auditorium.


Note: While the sessions have been organized by geographic locations for the convenience of parents, parents can choose to attend any session that works best for their schedule.


This workshop will give parents an overview of the gender binary and it discusses ways in which this system could be oppressive to transgender and non-binary individuals. It also breaks down the difference between sex, gender identity, and gender expression. The workshop highlights the importance of recognizing sexuality as a different identity of someone’s experience. It names some of terminology and language used when talking about pronouns. It also shares tips on how best to support LGBTQ+ youth.


The RCSD Board of Trustees approved Board Policy 5157 in December of 2018 after a months-long process, which involved the work of a committee comprised of RCSD parents, teachers, and administrators.

Pictures From This Week

October Events

Monday, October 28: Candy Corn Caldron Toss Competition, Lunch, In Front of Rooms 534 & 535

Monday, October 28-Wednesday, October 30: Pumpkin Decorating, Lunch, Outside of Room 529 and 530

Tuesday, October 29 - Friday, November 1: Dance Tickets On Sale, $5, Lunch, In Front of Room 534 & 535

Wednesday, October 30: Site Council, 3:15 pm, Library

Thursday, October 31: Halloween! Wear Your Costume To School (Must be school-appropriate); Pumpkin Contest Judging, Brunch

Friday, November 1: Halloween Dance, 6:00-8:00 pm, Gym