Kennedy Parent Newsletter

April 2022

Principal's News

PowerSchool

It is important that we have your current contact information if your child becomes sick or injured. Please log into your PowerSchool account and update your phone numbers and address. Please include more than one phone number. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the office at 701-446-4200.


Kindergarten Registration for 2022-23.

If your child is going to be Kindergartner at Kennedy in fall of 2022. Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2022 opens online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration on February 1, 2022. Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall. See full details below.


Kindergarten Round-Up May 9th 5:30-6:30 pm

"Kindergarten Round-Up" is an opportunity for 2022-23 Kindergarteners to see the classrooms, meet teachers, and particpate in activites. It is also an informational time for parents about what to expect in Kindergarten. We ask that only the incoming Kindergartener and at least one parent attend. In order to not distract from our time together, siblings should remain at home.


2022-23 School Year Reminder:

After July 1st, parents are required to log into Powerschool after and review/update all information. This is to ensure that all information is current and your child (ren) are ready to start school in August.


REMINDER - 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.


School Make Up Days

Due to the weather-related school cancellations on January 7 & 14, Fargo Public Schools will use the storm make up days built in to the school calendar. Classes will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022 and Monday, May 16, 2022. These days are now days that students and staff are expected to be at school. For the February 11th, 18th, and 22nd closures due to weather, the district will NOT be making up those days.


Community Resources

School counselors and staff are available during the school day to assist students. After hours and during weekends and holiday breaks, families need to utilize community supports. If you are in need of assistance for yourself or someone else, please contact the following resources:


  • FirstLink: Dial 2-1-1
  • (24/7 hour help line for community resources and emotional support)
  • Suicide Lifeline (answered locally): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Red River Regional Dispatch: 701-451-7660
  • If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1


Thank you for allowing us to educate your children and working with you toward a bright future. We are here to work with you to provide the best education possible. If you have questions please contact me.


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

PARENT CLIMATE & CULTURE SURVEY

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Kennedy Elementary along with all Fargo schools is engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are a part. You are invited to participate in an online survey open until Friday, May 13.

Surveys provide school leaders and teachers a window into the perceptions of all stakeholders. The results of this survey will help us identify areas of strength and those that need improvement in regard to the school’s climate and culture. The results will enable us to make improvements focused on building positive school culture.

This survey is anonymous, takes no more than 5-8 minutes to complete, and is smartphone compatible, too.


Click on the link below:


https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/189600/p797


Please be assured your responses to the survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.


Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

ACCESSING PROGRESS REPORTS

Accessing your child's progress report or NDSA scores from your PowerSchool Account is best done from a computer. The directions below are also found on your PowerSchool log-in screen.


STEP 1

Click the PowerSchool logo on the Fargo Public School webpage. Use your parent account to log into PowerSchool.

STEP 2

If you have more than one child at Fargo Schools, select the child you want to view from the top of the screen (names will be listed).

STEP 3

Along the left side of the screen, scroll down and select “Document Storage” from the menu list.

STEP 4

At the top of the Document Storage screen that appears, change the “Show All” box to “Progress Report (K-5)” or “NDSA”. Your child’s progress report results will appear. Click the document links to open each progress report result.


If you require assistance with accessing your child's progress report please call Kennedy School Office at 446-4200.

Enrichment Summer School

The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. You can register online for courses by clicking the following link:

https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Elementary-Enrichment-Summer-School-Cour/MeaF

June 6th to June 17th

8:00AM – 10:30AM

10:30AM – 1:00PM

All Classes held at Lewis and Clark Elementary School

1729 16th St. S. Fargo, ND 58103

Please contact Lori Nappe, Summer School Director, with any questions at nappel@fargo.k12.nd.us.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2022.23

It is time to register your Kindergarten student for 2022-23 school year. Registration for Fall 2022 is now open online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration ( February 1, 2022). Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall.

Registration is a two-step process:

STEP ONE: REGISTER ONLINE
Complete online registration forms at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person. Masks are required for all visitors.

STEP TWO: SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION

Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school by August 25 to finalize registration.

· Child’s certified birth certificate

· Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots

· Document (i.e. current pay stub, current utility bill or lease/purchase agreement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address for verification

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps.

GENERAL INFORMATION


  • Students will be allowed in the building at 7:47 (15 minutes prior) to the start of school at 8:02. Our teachers have time prior to the start of the day that is "duty free". Currently, we are lacking the number of staff necessary to supervise students and maintain safety in a non-instructional enviornment (i.e., two playgrounds, and/or gym) prior to the start of the school day.

  • All students are to be at school no later than 8:00 am.

  • School hours are 8:02 am to 2:24 pm.

  • If your child is going to be absent or late, please call 701-446-4206 prior to 8:00 am.

  • Make sure your child has lunch funds. Free and Reduced Lunch forms are available.

  • Dress your child in appropriate attire for the current weather. (Winter - coat, snow pants, boats, hat & mittens)! Children who do not wear these items will go out but for recess

  • If you are picking up your child, come in to the office to sign them out. Office staff will call them down when you arrive.

  • End of Day Arrangements - if you need staff to relay a message for a change in plans - the office needs to be notified by 12:00 to ensure that we catch your student before the end of the day. If you know in advance you can always write a note in their planner/ communication folder.

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. We have had close calls of people getting hit in the drop off loop.

  • 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 behind the car in front you. Please don't leave gaps between cars. We want to speed up the drop off process for all while ensuring the safety of our Kennedy family-both children and adults.
  • 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.

PTA

Kennedy PTA meeting – April 4th @ 6:30pm

Our Kennedy PTA meeting is set for Monday, April 4 at 6:30pm. It will be held at Kennedy in the Multipurpose Room. The meeting will also be broadcast via Facebook Live for those unable to attend. The 1st and 5th grade teachers will be presenting grade level information and highlights.


Join us - 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!

April 15 - No School

April 18 - Day A3 - Make up storm day

May 13 - Bike/Walk to School Day

May 16 - Day B3 - PTA Color Run 6:00-7:00 pm

May 26 - Last Day of Classes

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Fargo South Activities Briefing

Welcome to the sixth 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 . . .

Activity participation is positively linked to better cognitive functioning in children (attention and working memory) (Bailey, 2006; Castelli, Hillman, Buck & Erwin, 2007; Sibley & Etnier, 2003), grades, test scores, school engagement, and education aspirations (Eccles & Barber, 1999; Marsh & Kleitman, 2002), reduced school dropout (Mahoney & Cairns, 1997), and a higher likelihood of college attendance (Barber, Eccles, & Stone, 2001).

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

April 5th

Baseball vs. West Fargo at 5:30 PM at Starion Field

April 7th

Play “Bloodlines” at 7:30 PM South High Theater

April 8th

Softball hosts May-Port at 4:30 PM

Boys and Girls Track and Field hosts Wahpeton and Davies at 4:30 PM

Play “Bloodlines” at 7:30 PM South High Theater

April 9th

Play “Bloodlines” at 7:30 PM South High Theater

April 10th

Play “Bloodlines” at 2:00 PM South High Theater

April 12th

Softball hosts Valley City at 4:30 PM

April 14th

Baseball hosts Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 5:30 PM at Starion Field

Girls Soccer hosts West Fargo at 7:00 PM

April 19th

Girls Tennis Hosts Fargo North at 4:00 PM

Baseball Hosts Devils Lake at 5:00/7:00 PM at Starion Field

April 21st

Boys and Girls Track and Field Teams host Devils Lake, Horace, and Valley City at 3:00 PM

Girls Tennis hosts Shanley at 4:00 PM

April 22nd

Baseball Hosts Wahpeton at 5:00/7:00 PM at Starion Field

Girls Soccer hosts Shanley at 7:00 PM

April 26th

Softball Hosts West Fargo at 4:30 PM

Girls Soccer hosts Shanley at 7:00 PM

April 27th

Boys Golf at Kings Walk in Grand Forks at 9:00 AM

April 28th

Girls Tennis hosts Sheyenne at 4:00 PM

Girls Soccer hosts Red River at 7:00 PM

April 29th

Baseball Hosts Red River at 5:00/7:00 PM at Starion Field

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

Summer Camp Opportunities at South High

Volleyball:

Dates:

July 25th – July 27th

Times:

Kindergarten through 5th Grade: 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Sixth through Eighth Grade: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Location:

South Main Gym

Registration Information:

https://www.sites.google.com/a/fargoschools.org/fargo-south-volleyball/

Contact Information:

Head Coach Peyton Wegleitner

wegleip@fargo.k12.nd.us

Football:

Dates:

July 12 – July 14

Times:

Grades 2 – 6: 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Location:

Fargo South Main Stadium Field

Registration Information:

Contact Coach Kosel at koselt@fargo.k12.nd.us

Contact Information:

Head Coach Tyler Kosel

koselt@fargo.k12.nd.us

Basketball (Boys and Girls):

Current 2nd through 8th Graders

Dates:

May 31st – June 2nd

Times:

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location:

Fargo South Main Gym

Registration Information:

Contact Coach Hendrickson at hendrim@fargo.k12.nd.us

Contact Information:

Head Coach Mike Hendrickson

hendrim@fargo.k12.nd.us.

Fargo Public Schools Summer School Sports Camps:

Girls Basketball (Grades 5 through 8)

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM at Carl Ben Eielson

Volleyball (Grades 6 through 8)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM at Carl Ben Eielson

Boys Basketball (Grades 5 through 8)

Grades 5 and 6 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at South High

Grades 7 and 8 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at South High

Football (Grades 7 and 8)

1:00 – 2:30 PM at South High

Registration Information can be found at Summer School Sports Camps.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC) offers affordable and flexible youth development programs for before school, after school, and school out days for youth K-5th grades, and The CLUB Teen Center at our BGC Midtown location after school and summer for teens 6th through 12th grade.

Visit our website at bgcrrv.org for more information, including upcoming registration dates for School Year 22-23.

Summer 2022 registration is now open!

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley

Scheduling, Registration, & General Information

701-235-2147 | schedule@bgcrrv.org | bgcrrv.org