Week of April 22, 2019
March Students of the Month
Anthony Juarez Maldonado
Christian Sis Xolop
Jeremy Perez Paz
You should have received an email with your child’s personalized fundraising link through 99Pledges. Please share that link with friends and family via text, email and social media to ask them to support your child in this event. If you did not receive it, you can visit the main fundraising page and search for your child’s name: https://99pledges.com/fund/JFK.
For every $25 earned in pledges, your child will receive a raffle ticket that s/he can enter into a raffle for a chance to win some great prizes, including:
$50 Hillsdale mall gift card
Horse trail ride for 4 at Webb Ranch
4 person all day SUP or kayak rental from 101 Surf Sports
Pier 39 Family Fun Pack
2 tickets to a San Jose Earthquakes home game
Cal Academy of Sciences admission tickets
Laser Quest tickets
Bel Mateo Bowl bowling package
The more tickets you earn, the higher your chances of winning so collect those pledges! Please visit our website for more information: https://kennedycougarspto.org/kennedy-color-run.
CAASPP Testing, Schedule, and Resources
Graduation this year is on Friday, June 7, from 6-7 pm on the Kennedy field. There are no assigned seats, but we put out over 1,000 chairs, which is usually plenty. It is first come first served. Students who are participating in graduation will need to check in at 5 pm to their designated check in area (more details to come). Gates will remain locked until 5 pm so no one can reserve seating ahead of time. As we get closer to this date, I will give out specifics about exactly which gates will and will not be opened at 5 pm since families get very excited about getting to the graduation seating. The blacktop will be open to help with the parking situation.
Students will be loaned a forest green gown for graduation. We will hand that out the week of graduation. (The students were each measured earlier in the year so that we could make sure we had the right gown length for each student). The gown needs to be returned after the ceremony by around 7:30 pm, which is when the graduation party starts in the gym. When students return their gown they will receive their wristband for the party.
A reminder, which we have been communicating since January to parents and students, students must have a cumulative 2.0 gpa to walk through graduation. We held to that last year and plan to do so again.Those in danger of not walking have been meeting with administrators during second and third trimester and are aware of the gpa needed this trimester to achieve the cumulative 2.0.
May 4 Sign Up
This past Tuesday we started our second round of VIP Lounges. Like last time, students were invited to the VIP lounge who grew 2+ grade levels on their Star Reading test or tested at/or above grade level. We started with 7th grade this time and will have lounge time for 6th and 8th grade this week. Per student request, we had pizza this time instead of nachos. Instead of popcorn we did root beer floats. Like last time, we setup video games, board games, the Foosball table, and the one-on-one basketball game. Below are some pictures. (Thank you to student Ramie Vetter who took them for me since I was scooping ice cream and pouring root beer non-stop almost the whole lunchtime).
Save the Date
Thursday, May 2, 7 to 8 pm: Vape/JUUL workshop to learn more about what these are, the dangers, and how to help your student. These are becoming a huge epidemic nationwide for middle school and high school students. More information to come.
WEB - Save the Dates
On Friday, April 26, we will hold an informational meeting and pass out applications at lunch for 7th graders who want to be WEB Leaders next year. WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) is a year-long program to help sixth graders feel more comfortable, as well as help them to be successful and social during their first year of middle school.
Since many of you are already planning your summer, here are the dates WEB Leaders must be available for training and for orientations. Most of the other events will occur during the school day next year, with the exception of one or two events that will take place for after school.
Thursday, August 8, 2019: 9 am to 12 pm (Training)
Friday, August 9, 2019: 8 am to 12 pm (Training)
Tuesday, August 13, 2019: 8 am to 12:30 pm (6th Grade WEB Orientation & Lunch)
Friday, August 16, 2019: 9:30-12 pm (New 7th/8th Grade Orientation & Lunch)
Redwood City STEAM Fest
Thank you in advance for your generosity in helping the Kennedy PTO raise up to $30K in support of our students and community! This will help fund next school year’s programs, including: The Kennedy Family Center, The Art Program, The Maker Space, and a new project based learning program called Project Lead The Way. Donate Now or put a check in the PTO box in the school office. No contribution is too small!
After School Extra Math Sessions
Here are the dates of the remaining sessions:
6th Grade: Monday, April 22, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library
7th Grade: Wednesday, May 1, 3:15-4:15 pm, Library
8th graders are welcome to attend the 7th grade sessions to brush up on skills.
8th Grade Graduation Festivities
8th grade graduation events are almost here. Your kids will participate in a day trip to Great America, the graduation dance, field day events and the graduation ceremony, including gowns for all kids. These wonderful events take money to produce and we are asking for donations of $75 per child to cover the costs. Without your donation we won’t be able to make all of these events happen. Please make a contribution today so we can make your child’s graduation from Kennedy a memorable one!
Make a $75 contribution by credit card or PayPal account using this link: https://bit.ly/2DeBrJf. Please include you child’s name in the comments.
Write a check or leave cash in the PTO lock box at the Kennedy Office, please note your child’s name on check or envelope.
Announcements From The Community
FRESHMAN WELCOME EVENT
Sequoia High School, Gym 1 (Main Gym)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The entire Sequoia family is delighted to welcome you-- our incoming students and parents-- to our annual Incoming Student Welcome Event on April 23rd, 2019. Principal Sean Priest will kick the night off with a short presentation followed by a question and answer session with current Sequoia students who can give you the inside scoop on what to expect during this important transition and first year. Expert members of our PTSA, Education Foundation and Boosters Club will also be there to welcome you to the school and answer all your questions. Please join us for this fun, casual, informational night this spring so that you can enjoy your summer break, confident that you are ready to enjoy a smooth start at Sequoia in the fall. Small children are welcome. For more information about this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parks and Rec
Pictures From This Week
Monday, April 22: April Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 535
Tuesday, April 23: 8th Grade VIP Lounge, Lunch, Library; PTO Meeting, 7 pm, Library
Wednesday, April 24: 6th Grade VIP Lounge, Lunch, Library; Site Council Meeting, 3:15 pm, Library
Thursday, April 25: Spring Concert, 7 pm, Gym
Friday, April 26: 7th Grade WEB Informational Meeting, Lunch, Library
Monday, April 27: CAASPP Testing – Language Arts, Special Schedule
Tuesday, April 28: CAASPP Testing – Language Arts, Special Schedule; WEB Ice Cream Sundaes & Bingo, Lunch, Library