Keeping Up With The Kennedy

June 21, 2020- Issue 40

Good Evening Families

We have reached the end to the 2019-2020 school year. Who would have thought in September this is how we would end out year. Thank you for your continued commitment in helping your students finish out the year strong. I wish everyone a happy and restful summer.

As I sit and write this last Update, I am filled with emotion. Over the past 9 years I have been honored to connect with so many great students and families in Canton. The memories I hold will stay with me for a very long time. I will miss seeing the students everyday and their smiling faces as they walk through the door. Somehow, regardless of the day I was having, it always made me think everything would be OK.

My 4:00 AM wake ups to turn on the computer and check emails are now replaced with "stopping to smell the roses". I have started working at a greenhouse and have been learning everything I can about plants. My yard is landscaped with color. I have numerous projects started in my yard that should keep me busy for quite sometime. For those who asked about my chickens during pick up last week, I have not named them yet. I am told that could be bad luck, however, they are getting bigger each day and should be laying eggs by the end of the summer.

Thank you again for making my time at the JFK a truly memorable experience. I wish everyone good health and happiness and am very excited to begin the next chapter of my life.

Messages from the Specialists

Specials Year End Comments June 2020

Physical Education- Mr. Sasin

Keeping moving and staying healthy was a difficult task during this quarantine period, especially when the weather was cold and rainy! You have jumped into activities that have allowed you to reach the goals that are on our 5 PE Standards posters. You kept running, jumping, throwing, catching, dancing, twisting, playing with others, creating ways to move, being great leaders, listening to feedback and of course, being kind, brave and thankful individuals. You have seen great progress toward some of these experiences this year and I hope you will remember to keep it up.

I began the year, in person, telling you that I care that you know how to move your body, calm your body, and about the kind of person you are both inside and outside of school. I will close the year, virtually, telling you that I am proud and thankful for the work you have put into finding ways to move your body and being the very best version of yourself in this difficult time. Soon we will be back to normal having great experiences together as friends and classmates. Have a great summer and keep moving! -Mr. Sasin

Library-Mrs. Bayliss

I think you all know by now how much I relish spending time with you each week. You are respectful, attentive audience members during our read aloud. Afterwards, it's a joy to watch you independently search for the perfect book to take home. I love seeing what you pick! (It's an added bonus if you ask me for recommendations.) In June I usually read off the names of all the read-aloud books that you've listened to all year and we talk about favorites, or memorable characters or settings, or flops. The level of detail recalled, and by whom, always amazes me. I'm sad that we missed out on that.

I look forward to the time when I’ll have you all in front of me again and you'll have access to our collection. I tell you all the time that I love that my audience has all different shades of skin and personalities and abilities and family situations. How boring it would be if we were all the same. I will continue to add books to our collection that reflect and value ALL of you so that you can see yourself reflected in a book or take a peek into the thoughts and feelings of those around you. I’ll keep choosing read alouds that either entertain us or teach us or make us think. Above all, my books will celebrate our differences. You all know that I think books are magical, so I'm hoping that they will encourage that celebration, recognition and respect of each other even after you walk out of my library. Until then, I was so impressed with how you all handled this crazy year and I'm wishing you a fantastic summer! Read on!

Instructional Technology

So proud of all of you. Over the past year you lived and breathed technology!

Using technology, you conducted online classes in all your subjects; math, science, social studies, ELA, art, music, library, physical education and health. You opened, read, responded, turned in, reflected, edited, formatted, and typed numerous documents. You created pictures, songs, watched webcams, coded, listened to audio recordings, books and poetry. You engaged with your teachers and each other using video conferencing. You got a “taste” of what technology can do AND gained skills that you will use all the way through college!

You put what you’ve learned about digital citizenship into action! Words cannot express how proud we are, (parents and guardians included, because we could not have done it without the support of our families!)

Whatever the future brings, we will be re-inventing the way we use technology. More exciting learning to come! Have a healthy and safe summer! Mrs. Foley


Congratulations everyone!! We made it!! While the past three months were definitely not what we pictured as the end to our school year, we are so proud of your ability to adapt to this new way of learning. The first few weeks were challenging as we all tried to figure out the best way to teach and learn online, but by week four we seemed to settle into a good routine. You started creating your own musical instruments, writing your own songs, singing and dancing together in meetings, and sharing your music with those around you. It was such a treat for us to see you use different technology to create music, like the Chrome Music Lab or Isle of Tune. We loved receiving videos and pictures showing us all that you accomplished during this time. We can’t wait to see you again and make music together, however that may look! Keep spreading the joy!!

-Ms. Carlson and Mrs. Kidd

Visual Art

What an interesting year it’s been! I’m so proud of the way in which JFK students persevered and continued to create amazing artwork while we were apart. Please continue to exercise your creativity and make art! I can’t wait to see what you’ll create next year!

I wish all of the fifth graders the best as they leave the JFK and continue their education. I hope you look back and smile when you think of all the memories made at the JFK. It has been a pleasure to watch each and every one of you grow and explore your creativity.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy summer and I’m looking forward to being with you again.

Mrs. Eaton

LINK to all of the art activities from March - June….try something new


Well that was quite a ride! I’m so proud of each and every one of you for all you have accomplished this year...especially while having to work and learn from home. Even though I have TRULY MISSED seeing all of you in my classroom and in the halls, I really enjoyed getting to see so many pictures and videos of the work you have done at home. Remember that this difficult time will pass and we will be together again but in the meantime: find things to do that make you happy! Always stay positive and look at the bright side of every situation. I hope you all have an amazing summer and I look forward to seeing you again soon!! To the 5th graders...I’m sorry your Kennedy career ended this way but remember you can ALWAYS email and visit, so please do :D

  • Mr. Beck

Message from Mr. Beck

Please click on the link below

Final Health from Home Newsletter All Grades

Chromebook Drop Off

As the school year is coming to a close, I want to provide you with the details for the upcoming student loaner Chromebook collection. This collection is for any Chromebook that was loaned to students for either the school closure/remote learning deployment or the Canton High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. I sincerely hope that access to a device provided support to your child during this school year and specifically during school closure.

We have scheduled the return dates for the loaned devices as follows:

Tuesday, June 23rd 12 pm - 2 pm

Wednesday, June 24th 10 am - 12 pm

Thursday, June 25th 8 am - 10 am

The collection will take place at Canton High School and we will be using a similar format for collection as we did for distribution.

Pull into the main loop at Canton High School (entrance by the tennis courts). Place a sign in the passenger window with the name(s) of each of your children that borrowed a Chromebook. Please have the Chromebook(s) AND charger(s) accessible in your trunk. A staff member will retrieve it upon your arrival.

All borrowed Chromebooks and chargers must be returned to Canton Public Schools on one of the collection dates listed above.

Lastly, I would like to publicly thank the Technology and Digital Learning Team for all their hard work. They prepared and deployed over 550 Chromebooks to our students and offered support to students and families, as well as staff, during these last few months. I am incredibly proud to work with such an amazing group of staff members committed to supporting our school community.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our staff at

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!


Julie Shore

Director of Technology and Digital Learning

Grade 5 Celebration

We are very excited to announce our Grade 5 Celebration. Please read below for specifics. The event will take place on Monday, June 22 with a 9:30 start for students in Mrs. Banks/Miss Donaghey's classes and at 10:15 for Mr. Houle, Mrs. Kelley, and Mrs. Booth. There may be some additional surprises that we are keeping a secret.....

  • At the designated time, cars will begin to form a line in the large parking lot similar to the morning drop off.
  • · Each student will ride in a car with their family
  • Please have student name displayed on a paper on the dashboard.
  • · Cars will then be directed to drive through the JFK horseshoe
  • · Teachers will be standing 6 feet apart in front of the office.
  • · A marker will be on the ground to show students where to stand
  • · Each student will get out of the car with a face mask. When it is their turn to take a picture the mask can be removed, and then put back on to return to the car.
  • · Parents will pop their trunk for the student's "swag bag" to be placed in the trunk and then proceed out of the horse shoe.

Summer Lunch Program

We will continue to provide lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. Pick-ups will be from 11-1 at CHS and the bulldog van will be coming to the following areas:

Pequit St, ½ way between Washington Street and Sherman Street - 11:00 AM

Canton Estate Apartments, Neponset St, in the parking lot – 11:15 AM

Waterfall Apartments, Waterfall Drive, in front of the tennis courts – 11:30 AM

Arboretum/Woodfield Commons, in front of the leasing office – 12:10 PM

Blue Hills Village Apartments, Randolph Street, in the circle by the pool – 12:30 PM

Prynne Hills/Bay Drive Clubhouse - 12:45