Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

October 2018

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Nurse: 651-480-7224
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7257
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

September is already behind us! We had an excellent beginning to the school year. The students have been “all smiles” and enthusiastic about learning. Of course, being back with friends and having an opportunity to make new friends is a plus too.

Dates to remember

October

15 - Evening Conferences & Book Fair 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

16 - Evening Conferences & Book Fair 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

17 - NO SCHOOL - Morning Conferences & Book Fair 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

18 & 19 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Association Days)

24 - Picture Retakes


November

Kennedy Shirt orders due (deadline has been extended)

FALL CONFERENCES

Elementary conferences are scheduled in the evening of Monday, October 15th and Tuesday, October 16th and during the morning of Wednesday, October 17th.


Click here to access the Conference Sign Up

Fall Book Fair

Kennedy's Fall Book Fair will be during conference times in the Media Center. Our BOOK FAIR is a reading event that brings books to your child's school that they want to read. It is a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.


October 15th 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

October 16th 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

October 17th 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

A wide variety of books and items will be available.

PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF EXPECTATIONS

1) We must make conservative driving decisions. Always Be Patient!

2) Whenever possible, prepare your child(ren) to exit the vehicle on the curbside.

3) Please pull up as far as you can, so other cars can drop off behind you.

4) Do not park your car along the curb and come into the building. If you need to come into the building for any reason, please park in one of our parking lots.

5) As the cold weather approaches, make sure you have clear visibility out all of your windows.


Drop off times are from 8:30 am 8:50 am. Children should not be dropped off before 8:30. If you need to drop off before the 8:30 bell, you can enroll your child in Kids Campus. Further information about Kid’s Campus can be obtained from the district’s website, or from our office. Please note, if your child is going to breakfast, you may drop off at 8:25 am and have them go directly to the cafeteria.

END OF DAY PICK UP FOR STUDENTS

In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.

DISMISSAL SAFETY

We want to make sure all students are safe at dismissal. Recently there has been an increase in the amount of families adjusting their child’s dismissal plan, particularly, mid-day. We can get up to 30 phone calls a day indicating a change in students’ dismissal procedures. Sometimes half of those calls arrive 20 minutes before dismissal. Getting everyone on the same page at the end of the day has some inherent challenges. Consistency with your child’s dismissal plans reduces stress on all parties involved. Keeping the same plan, day after day, helps us maintain safety throughout dismissal.


We understand that there are times when events occur that need to change dismissal plans. In those instances, it is recommended to have a note a day in advance, and the day of. We thank you for your advanced planning and communication.


EXAMPLE: What If My Child Is Going Home From School With A Friend?


Many children want to go home with a friend after school. If this is the situation with your child, you will need to send a note to their teacher. We will not allow a child to deviate from their regular going home route without a note giving your permission. If your child intends to ride a bus home with their friend, the bus driver also requires a note. If you follow these expectations your child will have a pleasant and easy time going home with a friend.

BUS SAFETY TRAINING

All District 200 K-4 elementary students received school bus safety training on a school bus in late September. Hastings Bus Company drivers conducted the training. They have developed lesson plans that correlate with the bus safety curriculum classroom teachers cover each fall.

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess.


When the temperatures start to dip into the 40’s and 50’s, we do require students to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt outside. When winter arrives, winter clothing will be required.

FIELD TRIPS

Occasionally your child's teacher will extend classroom instruction and activities through field trips. Admission fees and bus expenses will be covered by the funds from our fall fundraiser.


Before going on a field trip, teachers will send home permission slips to be signed by their parent or guardian. Permission must be granted prior to attending an activity. We believe that students need to provide their parents/guardians with the forms and to have them returned at least one day prior to the trip.

Kennedy t-shirts & sweatshirts

Kennedy Cougar t-shirts & sweatshirts are now available to order using the order form below. Please fill out a copy of the form and return it with payment to the main office. Sizes and samples will be available during conferences.

Shirt order deadline has been extended to November 1st.

KIDS CAMPUS EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

If the Hastings Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Kids Campus Program will also be closed. If school is delayed two hours in opening, Kids Campus will be open at the regular time (6:30 am).


If school closes two hours early, then Kids Campus sites will close two hours early

(4:00 pm). Parents will be called and notified by Kids Campus staff to pick up their child.

Please pick up your child by 4:00 pm or authorize someone else to pick up your child by that time. Please listen to the radio and TV for school closing announcements.

Character Trait: Ready to Learn

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Community Education Recreational Opportunities

TO REGISTER: Call 651-480-7670 or register online at www.HastingsCommunityEd.com