Cougar Connect

Week of October 25th 2021

Principal Message Week of October 25th

Principal Message Week of October 25th

Principal video message

* There are 3 weeks left until the end of the 1st trimester. The last day of Trimester 1 is Nov 12, 2021.

We hope you all had a great weekend! Below is the Cougar Connect for the week of 10/25.

We had a great week last week, Kennedy! Here is a quick update of last week as well as what is to come.


It looks like we will have rain next week which is great!!! 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

Intramural update:

Basketball ended Thursday with a great game and BBB winning. Congratulations to BBB for winning our first intramural championship! Soccer was postponed due to rain but should be getting started soon.

MSI Field Trip:

6th grade had the opportunity to go to the Marine Science Institute and thus far the trip has been going well as staff and students are having a great time. Teachers have shared some pictures that we posted below. We still have one class scheduled for Monday.

- Mon.10/25 Mr. Schemkes 4th period

WEB (Where Everyone Belongs)

Our WEB leaders met their 6th-grade mentees on Thursday and had a successful meet and greet that ended with a tower building activity. 6th grade will meet with their WEB leaders each month for activities going forward. Thank you WEB leaders for doing a great job.


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

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Kennedy Student Council has come up with some great spirit week ideas for this week. Below is the schedule for the week.


Monday: Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday: Twin/Triplet/Group Day

Wednesday: Anything but a Backpack Day (Click on link to see what it is)

Thursday: Class Color Day

-8th Grade: All Black

-7th Grade: All White

-6th Grade: All Green

Friday: Halloween Costumes and Colors

(See Rules for costumes first posted in Cougar connect 10/18)

Dress Code still applies to every day.

* Boo Grams will be sold next week Monday through Thursday during brunch, lunch, and after school.


PTO Meeting - Tuesday, 10/26 7:05-8pm - same Zoom link as Site Council meeting

Join Zoom Meeting

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

If you are interested in taking on a PTO leadership position please email

Activities for this week:

a. October Birthday Celebration Treats - Thursday, 10/28 at lunch

b. Halloween Games in B Quad - Friday, 10/29 at lunch

c.Kennedy PTO is hosting a Staff Breakfast on Friday, 10/29.

Please sign up to bring a spooktacular treat! go/10c094eabae2fa4ff2-kennedy

Outdoor Education Update

Thank you all the families that expressed interest and have completed your applications. We will begin building cabin groups this week. If you have a request or need a sleeping bag please complete the form below.

Salient points from the meeting on 10/13:

  • KMS office has begun taking payments. Please provide the payment in an envelope with student full name on the outside.

  1. Costs: $300 per student and $285 for Free and Reduced Lunch

  2. Families with financial concern, pay what you can. (We will be reaching to the people that have already informed us)

  • Students will be grouped in groups of 12 to 16. If families want to make a group request please complete this form: Group Request form

  • Packing list. Please indicate on that same group request form above if you need a sleeping bag or have one that can be loaned to another student

  • Families must complete the application for OutDoor Education by Friday the 22nd. Application in English, Solicitud en español

*Groupings will be made the week of October 25th

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.

UpStream Project

Continuation from last weeks Cougar Connect:

The link below provides additional information about a new program called The Upstream Project. Kennedy Middle School is implementing the Upstream Project with community partners and participating in a study and evaluation of it. The Upstream Project aims to provide better and earlier supports and service connections to students and their families in areas like community services, housing, and school engagement, when needed.

Upstream includes a couple of research and evaluation activities: (1) your child participating in a confidential screening survey on students’ strengths and needs and (2) the school sharing some of your child’s school records with the research team so they can be linked with students’ survey data. The Upstream Project and research activities only apply to students in grades 6 and 8.

Click the link below to learn more about the Upstream Project and access the opt-out form. If you do not want us to send the survey to your child or share their school records, you may opt them out of either or both by opening this link and completing the opt-out form. If you are okay with your child participating in these activities, you do NOT need to complete the form. Although we will share this form every year, once a student is opted out of these activities, they remain opted out every year, so you do not need to opt them out again.

The form includes contact information in case you have any questions. You may access and complete the opt-out form at this link until October 29, 2021.

-- Link to Further Information and Opt-Out Form --

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 October 18 MSI Field Trip 6th grade and WEB mentors 6th grade Activities

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October Dates

- 25th-29th Spirit Week

- 26th Site Council 6:00 pm -7:00 pm

- 26th PTO Meeting Oct 26 Zoom 7:05-8:30pm

- 28th Birthday Celebrations

- 29th Staff Breakfast

-29th B-Quad Activities

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

2021-22 Calendar