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Principal Message October 31st, 2022

Good Morning Kennedy Families,

Wow! What a week! Thank you families for helping us celebrate our October birthdays, helping prepare and send our 54 8th graders to their Yosemite trip, and for chaperoning a very exciting and fun Halloween dance with over 250 students attending!

We are almost at the end of the 1st trimester. Let’s remind our students to do the best that they can as the trimester ends November 10th. Also, please reminder our students to charge their chromebooks each night. Chromebooks are needed in nearly every class, and when students fail to bring charged Chromebooks to school, it is disruptive to the learning environment.

Below is the Cougar Connect for the week of (October 31st to - November 4th)

Super-minimum Day Tuesday, November 1st (Link)

Kennedy will be on a super minimum day schedule this Tuesday, Nov 1st. Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm. It is a staff professional development day district-wide.

  1. This Tuesday Kennedy will be offering morning breakfast for students between 8:00 am-8:30 am in the Kennedy gym.

  2. If your student needs a bagged lunch to take home Tuesday, please let us know by completing the following survey. This will help lunch staff prepare enough lunches for those who request them. Lunch Survey for Super-Minimum Day

Principal's Coffee 8:45 am -10:00 am Thursday, November 3

Families are welcome to join us for Principal's coffee this Thursday at 8:45 am in the Kennedy library.

After School Support Schedule this week

  • Homework support Monday and Wednesday 3:15 pm-4:15 pm in the Kennedy library

  • Math Support Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 3:15 pm-4:30 pm in room 534

Pride Group

Kennedy partners with San Mateo County "Pride Center" which provides counseling support for Kennedy students. If you are interested contact Mariela Lopez in the Family center. or 650-4822409-3482

English (Link)

Spanish (Link)

COIVID/ FLU Vaccines Redwood City

Redwood City School District (RCSD) invites its community to vaccination clinic events the District will host this fall. The COVID vaccine or booster as well as the flu shot will be available for RCSD students and their families and for RCSD employees and their families. Either or both vaccines are available for children (5-11 year olds), youth (12+) as well as adults (RCSD employees and RCSD families).

The event details are as follows:

  • Date(s) of Clinic: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 and Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022

  • Location: Hoover School, 701 Charter St., Redwood City

  • Clinic Hours: 4-7 pm

Individuals interested can sign-up in advance via MyTurn using the following links:

Tardies - Students Late to classes 2-7th periods

Kennedy has "Academic Lunch" during lunch weekly for students who are late to class. Families are notified via text message if their student was late. If you have a student who is late to class, please follow up with him/her and encourage timely arrival to classes. We appreciate your efforts in this matter.


COVID-19 is still a concern for our staff, students, and families. We continue to recommend, but not require, students wear masks. If a student tests positive, parents should complete the district’s self-reporting form and inform the Kennedy office. This form is available on the “Quick Links” section of the RCSD website as well as all 12 school websites.

Also, if your student is sick or showing COVID-19 symptoms, please keep the student home and get them tested.

Let’s have a great week, everyone!

Go, Cougars!

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

Book Fair November 14-18th

Kennedy Book Fair is coming up.

  • Book Fair Nov 14-18th in the Kennedy library

  • Students will be visiting with their ELA teachers and during some recesses and lunches.

  • Students enrolled in the after school program can also visit after school.

  • Parents can use the link to set up e-wallets or shop.


Student Store

The Kennedy Student Store opens this week for online purchases.

Store will be Open from November 1st- November to 10th

Items ordered can be picked -up the week of November 14th

Cougar Cash is awarded by staff via the Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) app found in on students Clever Dashboard.

Halloween day Student-Expectations

Halloween day student-expectations were shared with all students the prior weeks.

Halloween costume Expectations

  • No costume masks

  • No fake blood or props and accessories (Ex: things you hold or carry like a wand a weapon etc).

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

  • Hair coloring must be applied at home and not at school

  • Candy leave at home

*Students do not have to dress-up

Grand Canyon Trip Update

We have collected more than 70 applications and, even though we set a deadline, will accept more if there are still families interested. We want to make sure that any student that wants to participate has the opportunity to do so.

We are currently working on collecting student information which includes feedback from admin and teachers, mile times from P.E. teachers, and GPAs for the 1st trimester.

We aim to post our "Go List" before Thanksgiving break.

Please email Maestro Alfredo Oropeza ( if you have any questions.

Trip Website (Link)

Musical 2022-23 School Year

Sara Rosenbloom, our drama teacher, will be leading our Spring Musical. We are excited to announce this year’s production will be Matilda The Musical Jr. This year we will be live and in person and we are looking forward to a fantastic production this spring! Students will work as a group to create a musical. This is a performance opportunity for students to build community, sing, dance, and act in a group and create a show we can all be proud of. Being part of a production is a lot of fun and a great way to participate in the school community.

If you are interested in being part of the musical and finding out more information, sign-up.

Matilda Sign-Up

Important dates and information:

  • November 9th Wednesday, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Informational Meeting (Zoom link)

  • Week of November 14th, Auditions

  • Rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday after school until 5:30 pm. Rehearsals will be once a week until January. (Specifics will be shared during our informational meeting on November 9th)

Show Dates are: March 17th,18th and 19th, 2022.

Contact Ms. Rosenbloom if you have any questions:

Math Support

Two options for Math Support for Students

First: Ms. Le is beginning after school math support this week. All students needing support can pop - in when needed.


  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday till 4:30 pm in room 534

Students can go directly to her classroom after dismissal

2nd: Families can still sign their students up for an extra math class. Currently around 70 students are registered. If you are a parent that wants your student to be part of this extra class or wants more information please email me directly.

Some specifics:

  • This is a graded class with students having to commit for the year.

  • The classes are 4 days a week M-Th

  • The classes are not specific for homework help; the staff will be working on the diverse math needs of these students.


6th and 7th Grade

7:45 am -8:25 M-Th

8th Grade

3:15-4:00 M-W

2:15-3:00 Th.

6th Grade Marine Science Institute Field Trips!

6th Grade Marine Science Field Trip has more trio to go!

Below is the schedule of classes going Canoeing in Sloughs in October (9am-2pm)

  • October 31st Monday, Period 4, Ms. Ruiz class and Period 2, Sergio’s class

*If you have any-questions check in with your science teachers,,

SEL Partnership Acknowledge Alliance

Project Resilience by Acknowledge Alliance will commence on Sept 30 in 6th-grade social studies classes and will run for seven weeks with the lessons on Fridays.

Project Resilience is a partnership where outside instructors work with our students on developing their social emotional skills, including identifying strengths, recognizing and managing emotions, demonstrating caring for others, coping strategies for dealing with feelings, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, making responsible decisions and working with others.

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Yearbook 2022-23

Kennedy Yearbooks are available for purchase. Families please use the information below if you are interested.

Step #1 School (Link)

Step #2 School Passcode 1015926081674110

Price $35

Deadline April 5th

Official Flyer with information (Link)

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Click on here to access Weekly PTO update


The Kennedy Counseling team is here to support our students! We offer crisis support, short term individual counseling and one time check-ins.

Here is the link to the Kennedy counseling referral. You can also email our Mental Health Counselor, Mariela Lopez for any questions or concerns (

November Calendar

  • October 30th - November 4th Yosemite Trip- 52 students going
  • November 1st Tuesday- Super-minimum day
  • November 3rd, Thursday - Principal's Coffee 8:45 am - 10:00 am Kennedy Library
  • November 9th, Wednesday- Kennedy Musical information night 6:00 pm via zoom
  • November 10h, Thursday - End of 1st Trimester
  • November 11th, Friday- No School Veterans day
  • November 14th - 18th Kennedy Book Fair
  • November 17th, Thursday Honor Roll Recognition during Homeroom
  • November 17th, Kennedy Information Night for our Feeder Schools, 6:00pm - 8:00 pm
  • November 18th, Friday - Minimum day
  • November 21-22, Monday and Tuesday - No School
  • November 23-25, Thanksgiving Break No School
  • November 29th, Tuesday- Site Council / ELAC / PTO 6:00- 8:00

Student Family Handbook / 2022-23 Calendar

Pictures / Music

Music / Art Corner

If you have a chance watch the video below:

The video is showcasing an example of our music program collaborating with our art classes. Student in Ms. Balogh's 2nd ands 3rd period music classes produced the music and the art work is from students in our art class with Ms. Segal.

Ghost of John is the name of the song being played

Great job teachers and students.

Ghost of John

STEM MS. MARTI / MS. MEEK 6th Grade students

Students building their own games!

School Dance!

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