Cougar Connect

Week of September 16, 2019

Breakfast Club Starts This Week (Before School Academic Support)

We are putting a more positive spin on our before school academic support to get more students to come this year. It will be called Breakfast Club. Students can come to the library from 7:45-8:15 am Tuesday through Friday to get something to eat and get help with their homework from a Kennedy staff member. If it becomes popular and we find more time is needed, we may start at 7:30 am instead. A lot of our students are not completing their homework each day, so please encourage your student to come in the morning to this or our after school help.

After School Academic Support Starts This Week

This year we will have after school academic support again on Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays from 3:10-4:10 pm and on Thursdays from 1:40-2:40 pm. We will provide a snack for the students and they can get help from a Kennedy staff member in Room 531.

Back To School Night

During seventh period on Wednesday students will fill out a special sheet with their schedule on it for you. Please make sure you ask your student for it so you have it for Back To School Night.

We look forward to seeing you at 6:00 pm in the gym this Thursday for Back To School Night. Families can join administration in the gym from 6:00-6:20 pm and then attend first period. In the gym we will teach you how to use Google Classroom. This is how a lot of students’ work is distributed and turned in. We will also briefly show how Kennedy funds are being allocated this year. There will be food for purchase on the blacktop outside of the gym starting at 5:30 pm for your convenience. Here is the schedule for the evening:

6:00-6:20 pm: Administration’s Presentation in the Gym

6:25-6:32 pm: Period 1

6:35-6:42 pm: Period 2

6:45-5:52 pm: Period 3

6:55-7:02 pm: Period 4

7:05-7:12 pm: Period 5

7:15-7:22 pm: Period 6

7:25-7:32 pm: Period 7 (Grade printouts handed out as a progress report)

Second Harvest Food Bank

Our monthly Second Harvest Food Bank begins again this Tuesday for the school year. It will take place from 9:30-10:30 am in the Kennedy gym.

Reminder About Super Early Dismissal on Thursday, October 3

Thursday, October 3, is super early dismissal at 11:45 am for all sites in Redwood City for staff professional development. We included it on the calendar that went out in the back to school packet, but my guess is many of you overlooked it or have forgotten already, so I want to make sure it is on your radar.


Dungeons & Dragons Club: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, Room 528

Photograph Club - Tuesdays, Lunch, and Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 314

Yoga Club - Tuesdays, Lunch, Room A1 (Locker Room)

The following clubs start is week:

Book Club - Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10, Room 531 (Starts, Wednesday, 9/18)

Maker Space Club - Mondays, Lunch, Room 531 (Starts Monday, 9/16)

Students can show up to the club and do not need to sign up ahead of time.

International Walk To School Day

International Walk to School Day will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd in the morning. Prizes and other goodies will be given to students who walk and/or bike to school on this day.

Students, small groups, or classrooms can participate in the Walk and Roll to School Poster Contest. Winning entries will be made into posters that will be shared countywide!

Walk and Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Announcements From The Community

Kennedy PTO is proud to Endorse Measure H!

Measure H will be on the November ballot. Measure H is a parcel tax that will potentially bring $3.4 million annually into Redwood City for the next 12 years. For measure H to pass, it will take 66% of the voters to approve. We need your help to make this happen for our kids and teachers.

Action Items:
Like: Please like our Facebook page. The RWC Yes-on-H Facebook page here: Redwood City Yes on H
Endorse: Please formally endorse the campaign! You can endorse using YES! I endorse Measure H for better Redwood City schools!
Yard Sign: Please use the link below to sign up for a yard sign. Yes! I'll Display a Yes on H Lawn Sign
Volunteer: This is an immediate need! Calling and Walking: Please use this link to sign up for phone banking and precinct walks. This measure will not pass unless we put in the Volunteer time. Redwood City Community for Better Schools - Yes on H: Yes on Measure H Volunteer Sign Up
Send the above links to your contacts through email, Facebook, and text.
Donate: Please donate *any* amount helps. Donate now using this link. Yes on H Donation Form
For more information, please visit the website or contact Ann Hynecek at

Measure H for Redwood City Schools - Yes on H!

Sequoia High School Shadow Program

Dear Friends in the Sequoia HS Community,

Another school year has arrived, and for us at Sequoia, that means another chance to welcome visiting 8th graders for a first look at the school. Our Shadow Program provides the unique opportunity to accompany a current Sequoia student throughout the school day. In our process, we make every effort to match our shadows and hosts based on curricular and extracurricular interests submitted during registration. In addition to seeing a host's regularly scheduled academic classes, we will kick things off with a general introductory information session (8:00-8:30) and will end the day with a summative question/answer session over a complimentary lunch in our Student Activities Center, ending the day at noon. Parents are also welcome to attend both the introduction session as well as an optional informational session from 8:30-9:15.

Shadow dates can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that the program has become very popular and early dates can fill up fast. the program will open for electronic registration on Wednesday, September 11 on the SHADOWS PAGE (Home Page > Parents and Community > 8th Grade Shadowing Program) of the Sequoia HS website. Please feel free to contact shadow coordinator Corey Uhalde ( with any questions or comments.

Corey Uhalde

Sequoia High School
Director of Student Activities
Head Coach Varsity Baseball

Woodside High School Parent Night

See the flier below for information about the Woodside High School Parent Night for 7th and 8th grade families.

Pictures From This Week

September Events

Tuesday, September 17: Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30-10:30 am, Gym

Thursday, September 19: Back To School Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

Friday, September 20: WEB Leader Hunt, Brunch, Around Campus

Tuesday, September 24: PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library

Wednesday, September 25: Site Council, 3:15 pm, Library

Friday, September 27: Missing Card Challenge, Lunch, Outside of Room 534/535