Kennedy Newsletter for Families
April 3, 2020
Hello Kennedy Families,
Well, we made it through our first week of at-home instruction! THANK YOU for all of your work and connection with us! This is new for ALL of us and our learning curve is steep! We want to make sure that we are providing all of the support we can for your child(ren)! PLEASE do not hesitate to let us know how we can help you during this time! We know it can be stressful and we want to help ALLEVIATE any stress!
Please keep in mind that if you are stressed, you can take a step back, focus on your family, and move at your own pace. As we enter week two, please rest assured knowing that everything your child needs academically is in the packet of work that was distributed at school. Please continue to work through the daily assignments in the packet with your child. All things electronic are completely optional and are meant to be a way to check-in and stay connected with school.
I want to keep you in the loop on all the work we are doing at Kennedy to support your Coyote.
- Teachers have been working this week to establish 2-way communication with each student and family. Teachers have been tasked with maintaining 2-way communications with each family at least once each week. This can happen through email, Class DoJo, or Zoom, or by telephone.
- Please be sure to respond to your teacher's communication. If teachers are not able to have 2-way communication with a family, Kennedy's office staff will be reaching out to ensure that our students and families are okay.
Thanks for all you do,
A Message from Coach Robbins
***Read this message together as a family!***
I miss you all and wish we were all back in the Cafegymatorium. Unfortunately, we cannot be together right now, but as we always talk about in PE, the only things you can always control are your attitude and your effort. So make sure you keep a great attitude, and let's make an effort to add some movement everyday.
I want you to think about all the lessons we have had this year, and how we talked about different ways you could practice your skills at home with limited equipment. I am going to post some ideas, but as always use your imagination and create your own activities
-Our warm up activities
Arm Circles-Shoulder Shrugs-Jumping Jacks-Trunk Twist-Arm Swings-Toe Touches-Side Lunges
-Roll your socks in a ball
Set up a cup and throw your socks and try to hit it
Toss the socks in a basket
Toss to self
Toss with a guardian or bother/sister
Use cups to catch the ball
Balance on different body parts
-Use napkins as juggling scarves
These are just a few examples, but please use these to get your creative juices flowing.
Below I am posting some online resources that have great activities to get you moving.
a. Action for Healthy Kids – Parents and caregivers can use these activities and resources to keep their kids moving, learning, and eating when kids are out of school for any reason.
b. Fitbound - Being safe and practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. Fitbound brings exercise right into your home by allowing you to access HIIT, Yoga, Dance, and more anytime, anywhere.
c. GoNoodle – Families only need an email address to get access to all the activity videos GoNoodle has to offer.
d. Hip-Hop Public Health: H.Y.P.E. at Home – Hip Hop Public Health has put together a collection of free, fun, standards-based dance breaks that encourage physical activity at home. You can also download these resources and save them on your computer. Sort by content level, academic standard, grade level, and more.
e. OPEN Active Home – The Online Physical Education Network provides free, rigorous, outcomes-based curriculum tools to every physical education teacher and physically active school community. The Active Home Module includes videos, PDF, and Word files all with detailed instructions of the “how” and “why” for each activity. Resources are provided to support active homes for students and families K-12.
f. Sworkit Kid Workouts – Kid workouts are always free regardless of having access to a membership. Categories for kids include strength, agility, flexibility, warm-up, cool-down, or stand up and move.
g. Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) – Examples include mind & body calendars, online PE guidance and content from educators for supporting health and physical education from home.
h. SPARKhome - Create a FREE account to access 3 weeks of materials (15 per program: K-2, 3-6, Middle School, High School) to keep students active & healthy. We also encourage parents to create a free account so they can directly access the materials. To access the SPARKhome programs:
a. Create a FREE account or log in to an existing account.
b. Click the "Course Catalog" dropdown and select SPARKhome (Free).
g. Taylor’s Martial Arts-Taylor's Martial Arts have recorded several P.E. class
videos to help support students during our time of closure. The videos are fun for
kids of all ages, and parents are welcome to participate as well :)
Have Fun and Stay Active
You may have already heard from your child's teacher that interactive optional ZOOM sessions are being planned to begin next week. Teachers are so excited to connect with their students and facilitate students being able to connect with each other again! Below are some links and documents that may be helpful as your family embarks on this virtual journey:
- Please help us be respectful of student privacy and do not post Zoom pictures to social media. (This is the same as our cafeteria guidelines.)
- The Zoom links that you will receive from your teacher are for your child only. Do not share.
- Our settings on Zoom are set to record the Zoom class session. We will not share these videos outside of our KCS network. We will not be able to share these videos with families or others in order to protect student privacy. I will not be able to join every class's Zoom session but look forward to watching sessions at a later time.
- Students also have the ability to call in from a phone if they are unable to access Zoom from an internet-connected device.
- ZOOM Directions for Students and Families (click here for directions)
As we continue to work with and align with the city on safety decisions, please note that playgrounds will now be closed to the public, starting immediately.
At this time (based on information from the city), other outdoor spaces, such as tennis, tracks, and walking paths, have not been closed. If anything should change regarding this, we will let you know as soon as we are able. This makes me incredibly sad and I can't wait to open it again.
From our School Counselor
Dear students and families ,
My week has been so much brighter by seeing so many of you on classroom Zoom meetings. It has given me so much joy to see such smiling faces and reconnect with our students and families. I am thankful that we can still be connected even though we can't be together physically in our school building. I am appreciative of our teachers for letting me join and talk to students about how they are coping with this big change in how we "learn" and "live" right now.
I have posted some links on Class DoJo to help access a read aloud book, The Yucky Bug, by Julia Cook. It is a great book that helps us discuss things that are going on in our world in a non-scary way. It also empowers children to know that they are truly helping others by using physical distancing. I love the opportunity that books give us to talk as a family and comfort our children.
In addition, I posted a wonderful article on Dojo about how we can support our children socially and emotionally throughout this time in our world. I hope you can check that out, too. I think it will be a true resource for your entire family.
Please continue to reach out to me as I am here to help. You can call, email, or DoJo message me. I will get back with you as soon as I can. Remember, we are all in this TOGETHER.
Love, Mrs. Oaks-Blair, School Counselor
This toolkit provides a number of resources that can be used to support at- home learning during periods of closure.
Please click this button to see a list of local resources for food, clothes, etc.
KCS Food Program (same as last week)
- Program is available at 10 AM - 2 PM at all eight elementary schools, Sevier, Robinson, and Dobyns-Bennett each weekday. We will restart the program on Monday, 3/30 following spring break.
- This is for all children 18 and under. Children do not have to be Kingsport City Schools students.
- Breakfast and lunch will be given during the 10 AM - 2 PM time frame.
- Bus routes will leave schools starting at 10 AM.
- If you are not on a bus route and live within Kingsport City limits, please call (423) 392-4670 or (423) 392-4416 to be added to a bus route if needed.
- Please click the following link for full details about the KCS feeding program. We encourage all families with children 18 and under to take advantage of this opportunity.
Other Web Based Resources
Here are some websites that you can visit to support your student's learning at home. I'm sure many of these are duplicates of what you already have, but we hope you find something new in here that your lion will love!
PBS Kids PBSkids.org
Switcheroo Zoo SwitcherooZoo.com
National Geographic for Kids Kids.NationalGeographic.com
Dr. Seuss Seussville.com
Little Golden Books LittleGoldenBooks.com
Starfall (reading and literacy) Starfall.com
Fun Brain Funbrain.com
(math, reading, Wimpy Kid)
National Constitution Center ConstitutionCenter.org
Into the Book Reading.ECB.org
**Khan Academy (math) KhanAcademy.org
Storyline Online StoryLineOnline.net
(actors read to kids)
(yes, that magazine!)
**=Irvin's top pick!
Kennedy is a Bully-Free Zone! #CoyotesAreKind
**** Kennedy Office Staff ****
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.
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
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