Kennedy School News

November 30th - December 4th

Winter Weather

Colder temperatures and snow are upon us!

Please keep in mind when the temperature is 30 degrees and above the children will continue to line up outside as well as go out for recess. It is important that they are adequately prepared for the cold temperatures. Please be sure to dress your children appropriately for the weather.

Morning Arrival

The safety of your children is always our top priority at Kennedy School. It is important to review information that both children and parents need to be aware of to ensure the safety of all students during arrival & dismissal.

*The driveway located on the South side of the building is for student drop-off and pick-up only! There is NO parking in the South lot during arrival. Please take advantage of the drop-off circle by remaining inside your vehicle while your child unloads in the circle drive. After your child exits the vehicle, please wait until the car in front of you moves before exiting the drive-through-lane. Please do not pass cars in front of you, as this is a major safety concern and there is only 1 lane to exit the parking lot.

School Begins Promptly at 7:55am for K-3

There have been an increased number of tardy students at Kennedy School. Morning routines are always more difficult when it is cold outside. Please allow yourself extra time to get to school. Students are to arrive between 7:40am-7:55am. You will see this blue sign during times when adult supervision is provided by school staff.
If you arrive after 7:55am in the drop-off circle and see this red sign, you must check your child in through the main office, as they will require a tardy slip. Please do not drop your child/children off if there are no adults outside, as the exterior doors of the school are locked.

Pre School & PATS Tree Decorating Celebration

PreK and PATS families are invited to our annual Tree Decorating Party on Wednesday, December 9th from 2:00pm-3:00pm in the cafeteria.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

December 10th: SD81 Winter Band Concert @ LMS (6:30pm)

December 14th: Santa Visits Kennedy School

December 16th: Board of Education Meeting @ LMS (7:00pm)

December 18th: Polar Express Day (Last day of school before break)

December 19th-January 3rd WINTER BREAK

January 4th: School Resumes

Family Reading

Make time each week for family reading! Not only is this quality time to spend with kids, but it feeds their brains! Reading to and with your child supports the love of literacy. Reading in front of your child models the importance of reading! Take a few moments each night to read together as a family, to read aloud to your child, or to listen to your child read. Remember, it doesn't always have to be a book! You can read magazines, articles, poetry, something on the Internet, a recipe, pamphlet, brochure, etc. Reading is EVERYWHERE!

Let's celebrate family reading! Share your photos from home of your family taking opportunities to read! You can email them to Mrs. Kartsimas (, tweet them and tag us @SPKennedy81, or mention/tag @kennedyschool81 on Instagram!

Kindergarten's Gingerbread Day