Kennedy Parent Newsletter

May 2021

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May 17th & 31st - No School

June 3rd - Last Day of Classes

Principal's News

School Start and End Times

School start time is 8:10 am and dismissal time is 2:32 pm. Doors will open at 7:55 am. Do not drop children off any earlier than 7:55 am to ensure that students are supervised.

Information links for parents - Check out the following valuable links:

COVID information

Behavioral Health

No visitors/outside food deliveries are allowed in the buildings - No food can be brought in to share (they can bring their own snack); drop off time is 7:55 am; masks must be worn. We will continue to encourage sanitizing and social distancing when and where possible. We are not able to ensure 6 feet of social distancing at all times.. Students will be considered as close contacts to a student who is positive if they are unmasked. If your child is in close contact (unmasked) with a positive student, parents will be called to quarantine their child (i.e., keep them home). If two (or more students) are unmasked for more than 15 minutes per day, they are considered a "close contact".

COVID Testing - REMEMBER: if any member of your family is tested- please make sure you keep your students home until the test results have been received. Please share the results with the school. Thank you for continuing to keep us up-to-date.

If you drop off your child or children at school, we ask that you be kind and patient to others in the drop off loop. If the loop gets congested, you can pull to the tennis court for extra parking and drop off space.

Reminders for the drop off loop:

  • Have your child ready to get out of the car once you are stopped. Have their backpack and device beside them, so they can exit the car as quickly as possible..
  • All children being dropped off in the loop should get out on the passenger side door.
  • Adults are to ALWAYS remain in the vehicle.
  • If your child needs assistance in dressing or gathering their belongings, please park in the parking lot to assist them. Fast drop offs keeps the drop off line flowing.
  • The north loop is for buses and daycares only, not for parent drop off or parent pick up.
  • Parents picking up Kindergarten & 1st grade students please park on the south side of 44th Ave ONLY for the safety of your children. We do not want them crossing the street to get into your cars.
  • Pull up as far as you are able.
  • Be courteous to staff and others while dropping off - they are they are they to assist with the safety of dropping off and picking up of of your child/ren.

Thank you for your cooperation and showing other's empathy and kindness. We look forward to having everyone back in the building together!

End of Day Pick-Up

We are staggering dismissal times to prevent congregating. Classes dismiss starting at 2:25 and the last class dismisses at 2:32. K & 1 parents: you are encouraged to park in the north staff lot to pick up children.

Registration for ALL current FPS students will open on July 1st - Please log into Power School and update information after July 1st .

Book Fair May 3 - 7

I have some great news! We are going to have an in-person Book Fair May 3 – 7!

It will look different just as everything else during this school year has looked different. 😊 More details will be coming soon, but here are a few things we know now.

  1. Your class will visit the book fair during your regularly scheduled library day. (Day 1 – Monday, Day 2 – Tuesday, Day 3 – Wednesday, Day 4 – Thursday, Day 5 – Friday)
    1. The cases arrive April 30.
  2. No parents will be helping in school.
  3. It will be a Cash-Less Fair. Parents will need to setup an e-wallet for their student. Go to to set up your eWallet. This is the only way your child will be able to purchase at the Book Fair.
  4. The virtual Book Fair is still an option.

Mark the dates your calendar if you need additional help please call the office at 44-4200. 😊

Susan Kempel, MLS

Librarian Media Specialist

Kennedy Elementary

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2021 is open online at on February 1, 2021. Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall. This is for New to district Kindergarten registration only - all other students (including Pre-School) will need to be re-enrolled after July 1st, 2021. Check out our Kindergarten video

Registration is a two-step process:


Complete online registration forms at For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person. (masks are required for all visitors)


Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school before August 25 to finalize registration.

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record, with 5-year shots
  • Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address to verify the correct

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at

If you need PowerSchool help, please call 446-1030

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Enrichment Summer School

The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. You can register online for courses by clicking the following link:

June 7th to June 25th

8:00AM – 10:00AM

10:00AM – 12:00PM

All Classes held at Hawthorne Elementary School

555 8th Ave. South Fargo, ND 58103

Transitions Summer School

Transitions Summer School is a teacher referred program. It is designed to provide additional support for students, in the area of math and/or reading, who are in need of extra instruction for them to be successful for the upcoming school year. Registration forms were due by April 15th. Parents will receive an email confirmation letter from the Transitions office by June 15th, informing them of their child's placement.

DATES: July 12th-30th (Monday-Friday)
TIMES: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM

WHERE: Elementary Buildings

Attendance Policy: Students enrolled in the "Transitions" Summer School Program are expected to be in attendance a minimum of 13 days of the 15 class days scheduled. Students who are absent are expected to make up the work they missed during their absence.

Please contact Rebecca Folden, Summer School Director, at 446-4404 with any questions.

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National PTA School of Excellence - Survey !

Dear Families, Administrators and Teachers:

The Kennedy PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders and community members is important to the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program, which grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. We feel Kennedy Elementary and Kennedy PTA can achieve that together—and the result will be national, state and community-wide visibility for the positive impact we are making together at Kennedy.

We need your help! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families, administrators and teachers at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Your feedback will help us improve our family-school partnership and achieve excellence.

Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at Kennedy and complete the final survey, which you can access via the QR code or full link below. If you need a paper copy of the survey, please let the school office know. Select the option that most accurately expresses how you feel about your experience. This survey is completely anonymous. We greatly appreciate your feedback, which will help us improve everyone’s experiences at our school!


Jeff Bakko, Kennedy PTA President

Karrie Rage, Kennedy Elementary Principal

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work toward becoming a National PTA School of Excellence!

Survey Link:


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5th Grade Orchestra Rental Nights (Current 4th Grade Students)

Students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend one of the following nights to ask questions about orchestra and to get set up with an instrument and supplies from the three music vendors in the area. These nights will be in the fall (instead of spring) of 2021 this year due to COVID restrictions. Could you please add the following nights to the elementary school calendars:

Ben Franklin Tuesday, September 7

Discovery Monday, September 13

Carl Ben Tuesday, September 14

The event is 5:00-7:00 pm each of these nights.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC)

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC) offers affordable youth development programs for before school, after school, and school out days. Summer 2021 and School Year 2021-2022 programming is now available!


Visit our website at for all of the details.


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley

Scheduling, Registration, & General Information

701-235-2147 | |

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