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Week of November 1st 2021

Principal Message Week of November 1st

* There are 2 weeks left until the end of the 1st trimester. The last day of Trimester 1 is Nov 12, 2021.

Happy Halloween everyone. I hope you had a joyful weekend and we look forward to seeing you Monday.

Last week was an eventful week. We canceled school at 6:30 am on Monday but then rebounded with a great rest of the week. I would like to thank are PTO and our student council for helping us organize activity for spirt week and all the students and staff for participating. We still need to make-up crazy hair day though!

Some things for this week:

Redwood city School District Climate Survey

Each year RCSD sends out a survey to staff, students and families. Schools use these surveys to get the perspectives of the schools different stake holders and then to address the their input by incorporating it into our school plans for student achievement. The Window opens Monday November 1st and closes November 12th.

Click here to begin survey

Parent Teacher Conferences:

Fall Parent teacher conferences will be November 22-23. These conferences will be virtual and on google meet. All families will be receiving schedules to sign-up the week of 15th. Some families will receive notification a little earlier.

Picture Day Make-ups Monday November 1st Students needing to make-up their pictures will be reminded Monday morning and they will go to the gym to take their picture

Principal's Coffee Thursday 11/5

Virtual Principal's coffee this Thursday between 8:45 am - 9:30. Click on the link below to join


Important Dates for November:

All the dates are marked on the bottom of this Newsletter however a couple of scheduling reminders

- Thursday November 11th No School Veterans day

- Friday November 19th is a minimum day with school letting out at 2:05 pm

* Club showcase and school dance are being postponed for now

Weather Possible Rain Monday and Thursday:

Below is a quick review of our school procedures for rain during recess and lunch as well as before school. This was also shared with students last week and they will be reminded during daily announcements this week.

  1. Please make sure you’re sending your students with coats, proper shoes, and umbrellas.

  2. Our gates open at 8 am and we must ask students if the wellness form was completed prior to coming onto campus. Students cannot be allowed on campus until that happens and we have no staff available to supervise students prior to 8 am. Please note that students who arrive prior to 8 am will have to wait in line until our gates open.

  3. If it rains during school recess and lunch recess, students will have three options:

    1. Lunch Shelter

    2. Gym

    3. B-Quad under the overhangs


The Yearbook Club has begun. You can order your yearbook now. Books are $35 and the link is provided below.

code: 1015926081674110

Thank you, everyone! Let’s have another good week

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

Outdoor Education Update

Outdoor Education trip is around the corner. KMS will be checking in with students on Tuesday and with families needing to register their students for COVID testing throughout the week.

See message from last Thursday for specifics.

Thursday 10/28

PTO NEWS - 10/31/21

Thank you to all the families that donated food for the Staff Breakfast!

KMS students had lots of fun playing PTO sponsored Halloween games at lunch on Friday! What a festive way to start the weekend!

Dine Out Fundraiser - Support Kennedy Middle School and a top-rated local restaurant - Zareen's in Redwood City on November 9, 2021.

KMS classrooms need kleenex! Please drop off tissue donations in the front office.

Want to get involved in the PTO at Kennedy? Everyone is welcome! Email Stacie Ciraulo (PTO Pres) at for more info.

Open PTO Leadership Roles-

  • Communications Rep - help with parent/school communication

  • Music Dept Liaison - help with Music teachers, events & fundraising

  • Drama Dept Liaison - help with Drama productions

  • Safe Routes Rep - work with community to ensure safety to and from school

  • Student Activities Liaison - work with KMS staff & students to plan activities

  • Fundraising Coordinator - plan and facilitate fundraising efforts for PTO

  • Grade Level Parent Leaders - communicate with parents at your student's grade level, plan parent connections

EL Centro -Drug Prevention Education

Kennedy partners with EL Centro which provides mentorship and drug prevention education to select Kennedy students. If you are have interest please complete the link below and our Family Center will reach out to you.


Student would be meeting with mentors once a week on campus during Homeroom 1:45-2:05 on Thursdays.


We know that many 8th graders will need recommendations from teachers and administrators for private high schools. While these generally aren’t due until January, please give us as much time as possible to complete them.

Counseling Request form / Please click on image Below

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An Evening with New Principal Karen van Putten of Woodside High

Please join us on Monday, November 15th, from 7:00PM - 8:30 PM at Katie and Dan Comfort's home to get to know Woodside High School's fantastic new principal! This is a great opportunity to meet Principal Karen van Putten, selected staff members, and parents of current Woodside High students from Kennedy Middle School. Principal van Putten will share her vision and priorities for Woodside High School over the next few years, including programs and expanded course offerings. All 8th grade parents are invited to attend. Please rsvp here or to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

Kennedy COVID-19 Testing Reminders

  • BAYPLS is RCSD’s new provider for COVID testing.

  • Kennedy will be testing students Tuesdays from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm and Thursday between 1:30-2:00

  • Also Thursday from 1:30-4:30 Kennedy will open up testing to all RCSD staff and students

  • Each week on Friday RCSD will send out a sign-up student appointment link to all registered families to request an appointment

  • Administration will get a list of students who have an appointment and these students will be tested once on Tuesday or Thursday. Students will be pulled from class for this and we estimate it will take 5-10 minutes for each student to get tested (walking to and fro).

*Students must be registered via PrimaryHealth in order to be tested.

Pictures week of 10/25 8th Grade reading short stories to 6th grade / Science for Scientists / Halloween

November Dates

- November 1st Picture Day Make-up (Moved)

- November 4th Principal's Coffee

- November 11th No School Veterans day

- November 12th End of 1st trimester

- November 17th Parent Powerschool access meeting 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

- November 22nd and 23rd Parent Teacher Conferences

- November 30th Site Council / PTO 6:00-8:30 pm

2021-22 Calendar