Kennedy Newsletter for Families
Greetings from the Kennedy Elementary Office!
Hello Kennedy Families,
It's snowing in Lynn Garden right now...and that's fine...but that groundhog better not see his shadow tomorrow! I am ready for SPRING! LOL!! It's hard to believe we are already in our second semester. This week and next all teachers will meet with administrators and academic coaches to look at student test data. We use this information to figure out what our students know and what they don't. Then we plan together and discuss what we will do if they don't know it, and what we will do if they have mastered the content. That teaching and learning cycle is what we use to make a plan for success for all students. We work to fill educational and understanding gaps every year, but this year we will work even harder to make sure all students are ready for the next grade level. Many families have been reaching out and asking how they can help make sure gaps are closed and content is mastered.
Here's what I recommend:
- Make sure you are scheduled to have a conference with your child's teacher(s) this week. This is a time to look at your child's testing data and ask questions.
- If your child is available, bring them to the conference (or part of it) so they can see teachers and families are a team.
- Use Dojo and reach out to teachers to see what you can work on at home.
- Have your child read every day and limit screen time.
Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you have questions or other needs.
Proud to serve you and the Lynn Garden Community,
Janice Irvin, Ed. D.
It's National School Counselors Week!
If you think of her this week, send her a little something and thank her for all she does. I know a note of thanks would mean the world to her! OR email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Safety Presentation
Do you feel like your child is safe online?
The internet can be a wonderful tool for learning. However, we know that it can also present our children with many dangers and expose them to age inappropriate material or predators. Please join us on February 2nd from 9:00-10:00 AM to learn from Amanda White, Child Advocacy Prevention Educational Coordinator, all about the dangers lurking on the web, apps, games, and more - and what you can do to protect your child.
Feel free to visit www.cacsctn.org and on the homepage you can "physically" sign up to receive reminders (this isn't necessary though!). Guardians are also welcome to submit questions ahead of time to email@example.com
Join us using the link below!
How are we celebrating Valentine's Day this year?
- Families may send in store purchased items only.
- If food is a part of the celebration, it should follow our KCS healthy food guidelines and also be individually wrapped and store purchased with ingredient labels properly affixed. Non food options would be a great alternative here (Valentine pencils, erasers, stickers).
- Please send in unopened bags of items and allow us to put baggies together for students. The fewer hands touching items, the better!
- We will trade valentines on Friday, February 12, keep them over the weekend, and give them out on the Monday (2/15/21) after to kill germs.
- Party in classrooms because JOY goes on!
Take Note of What's Coming Up
February 9: Howler's @ BOE Mtg.
February 12: Valentine's Day Parties
February 15: Valentine's Come Home!
March 12: End of Nine Weeks
March 15: NO SCHOOL ~ Teacher In-Service Day
March 18: Report Card Distribution
March 29 – April 2: NO SCHOOL ~ Spring Break
April 21: TN Ready ELA 1(Grades 3, 4, and 5)
April 22: TN Ready ELA 2 (Grades 3, 4, and 5)
April 22: Progress Report Distribution
April 23: TN Ready ELA 3 / 4 (Grades 3, 4, and 5)
April 26: TN Ready ELA Makeup
April 27: TN Ready Math 1 (No Calculator) (Grades 3, 4, and 5)
April 28: TN Ready Math 2 /3 (Calculator) (Grades 3, 4, and 5)
April 29: Science Testing (Grades 3, 4, and 5)
April 30: Make-Ups
May 19: Half Day ~ Last Day of School
May 19: End of Nine Weeks/ Report Card Distribution
Family Reminders for COVID-19 Absences
- If anyone in your household takes a COVID test, your child should remain home until results are received. Please call our office at 857-2700 and we will get school related items ready for pick up.
Link your Food City card to Kennedy, please!
A Message from our Cafeteria
Kennedy is a Bully-Free Zone! #CoyotesAreKind
**** Kennedy Office Staff ****
Cindy Culbertson - Office Assistant
Kem Couch- Award Winning KCS Secretary
Debbie Allen - Family Liaison
Kim Oaks-Blair - School Counselor
Brett Herron - Associate Principal
Dr. Janice Irvin - Principal
We hope you find it helpful! Please let us know if we can clarify anything for you.
Attendance, Absences, and Tardiness
Please only send healthy snacks as a birthday treat for your child's class. We cannot accept cupcakes, cakes, or homemade items. Please make arrangements with your child's teacher before sending in healthy treats. Treats must follow our KCS healthy food guidelines.
Flowers, balloons, etc. should not be sent to the office for students. Please give these sweet gifts at home.
Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Ice-cream day is Friday and must be purchased ($1)
Healthy chips can also be purchased ($1)
The number to the transportation garage is 392-4416, if needed.
- During AM drop off, please stay in your car and allow your child to exit independently.
- During AM drop off, please unload at all 4 numbers/lanes. No need to stop at the bottom of the hill.
- During AM drop off, students can walk into the cafe from 7:30-8:05.
- In the afternoons, 4th and 5th grade cars (side parking lot) please turn RIGHT after you pick-up.
- In the afternoons, PLEASE USE YOUR CAR TAG! :) There is often a glare and I cannot see faces until you are right beside me. This helps our line move as quickly as possible.
Communication & Class Dojo
857-2700 - Main Office
857-2704 - Cafe, Karen Mullins
857-2702 -Nurse Lundy
1500 Woodland Avenue
Kingsport, TN 37665
H- Helping Others
O- Overcoming Challenges
W- Willingness to Learn
L- Leading with Respect
Hear us HOWL!
In addition to these expectations we use Positive Discipline with Lifeskills at Kennedy Elementary. We know that a part of growing our students as leaders includes citizenship and character. We believe our students are the best in Tennessee.
Kennedy Family Lifeskills for Reference
Kennedy Family Positive Discipline Reference
Positive Discipline really boils down to discipline that is kind and firm. We focus on fixing the behavior, not necessarily punishment. It's based on respect and character building.
Health and Medical
Additionally, we have a tele-medicine program where a child can be seen via a camera and equipment in Nurse Lundy's office. They can receive antibiotics through this program if needed! We encourage you to use this program! It's awesome!
Lost and Found
Opportunities for Coyotes (Subject to Change Due to Covid-19)
AM Tutoring (5th Grade)
Big Brothers Big Sisters (all grades)
Chorus (all grades)
DBYes (DB student mentors)
HOWLers (Boys, 4th and 5th)
Kiwanis Club Readers (volunteers)
RTI - Response to Intervention (time set aside to catch up academically)
Ladies of Lynn Garden (Girls 4th and 5th)
Maker Space (only one in a KCS elementary school!)
Morning Mile (Coach Robbins - 7:45-8:00)
Speech Services for approved students
Spelling Bee (3rd, 4th, and 5th)
Our KCS Website can be found here: https://www.k12k.com/
Zones of Regulation
In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students will be gaining an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading facial expressions, perspective on how others see and react to their behavior, insight on events that trigger their behavior, calming and alerting strategies, problem solving skills and much more. You can connect this work to parenting as home. We are excited to help our Coyotes stay in the Green Zone!
Taken from Zones of Regulation Content
Zoning and Tuition
If you have any questions feel free to contact Alisa Strong (firstname.lastname@example.org) via email or by calling (423)378-2100.
Approvals are based on: Attendance, Behavior, and Classroom Space