Kennedy Newsletter for Families

December 2020

Merry Christmas, Lynn Garden!

Principal's Post

Kennedy Families,

There is no place on Earth as exciting as an elementary school during the holiday season! I'm keeping this section short this time because this newsletter is full of ways you can help your child close gaps and/or get ahead. Please partner with us to work on the items below. They were chosen by our teachers.

Holiday magic is in the air at Kennedy Elementary! We sincerely hope you have a joyous holiday season.

I'm proud to serve you and the Lynn Garden Community!

Happy HOWL-idays!

Janice Irvin, Ed. D.

Proud Principal

Kennedy Elementary

What should we work on from home?

Information straight from our teachers!

Help your child close possible gaps created by the Coronavirus! See how to help below! For more information contact your child's teacher through email or Class Dojo.


We are working on number recognition 0-10, sorting and recognizing 2D shapes in our environment. Literacy we are working on our name recognizing and writing, goals in our yellow books. And as always read to your child!!


Please work on sight words, letter/sound recognition, number recognition, counting to 50 by 1s, 5s, 10s, and counting backwards from 10.

1st Grade

Literacy- Sight words, blends and diagraphs (sh, th, etc)

Math- Counting forward and backwards within 120

Addition and Subtraction facts within 20

2nd Grade

Reading leveled readers that are sent home weekly.

In math, basic skills...time, money and math facts as well as place value.

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Literacy

3.RL.KID.2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

3rd Grade Parents: Ask your student:

“What lesson can you learn from reading this story?”

“What part of the story teaches you this lesson?”


“Tortoise and the Hare”

Lesson: Slow and steady wins the race.

The tortoise won the race by keeping at it even though he was slower than the hare. The hare was prideful and took a nap, which kept him from winning the race.

Math- Adding and Subtracting through 1,000 and multiplication facts.

4th Grade

Math - My students still need to work on their multiplication facts. I gave them 10 sheets with the answers to do at home. These need to be memorized ASAP.

Literacy- the fourth grade needs to work on READING. They need to read every night preferably aloud and chat about what they are reading. One of the biggest issues we had on a recent test is that our students struggle to read some material independently. They are learning the skills, but they have to work on practicing that reading "muscle" every day on their own. They also need to work on being able to persist and have more reading stamina.

5th Grade

Literacy- Reading longer books is expected at this age. 5th grade students really need to continue working on their stamina with reading (for enjoyment, preferably chapter books).
What should my child's writing include?

Have you ever wondered what our goals for student writing include? The state of Tennessee actually has rubrics for teachers to use while guiding students in writing instruction. Check the rubrics out here!

Request from all teachers:


If you have a student in quarantine please communicate with classroom teachers on DOJO regarding classwork. Please also pickup materials at school (Chromebook, MyBook, Investigations Book) to be used at home to complete work.

We are keeping Canvas updated with videos and assignments for our Quarantined Coyotes.

What if my child has to quarantine?

Some tips from someone who has been there:

  1. Stay calm. Children get really freaked out when they hear they were around someone with COVID-19. They will look to you to see how to react. We do not tell them at school
  2. Log-on to Canvas (if your child isn't sick). This is SO important. Students have to work from home to keep up with their classmates. Our teachers have worked very hard to keep their Canvas websites up to date every day. If a child doesn't complete work during quarantine they will be marked absent from school.
  3. Call Nurse Lundy if your child tests positive and she'll tell you when you can return.

HOWL about that!

Our Coyotes have opportunities to earn HOWL Cards every day. The letters stand for:

Helping Others

Overcoming Challenges

Willingness to Learn

Leading with Respect

While we fully support doing things because they are the RIGHT thing to do (Intrinsic Motivation), we also know that sometimes you need a little treat for the good work you're doing (Extrinsic Motivation). A BIG shout out to Barnes and Noble for their donations to the HOWL Prize Box!

Note: I keep the other half of EVERY HOWL Card our Coyotes get because I'm so proud!

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Here's What's Coming Up!

Dec. 10 - Picture Day Re-takes (pre-order forms are in the office, please Dojo your child's teacher to let them know if your family would like retakes. All students who were absent during out last picture day will automatically have their pictures taken.

  • 8:30-10 am for Face-to-Face Students
  • 10-11am RCL Students

Christmas Spirit Week for Coyotes

Dec. 14 - Christmas Accessories Day! (Hats, Masks, Necklaces, Headbands, all welcome!)

Dec. 15 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Dec. 16 - Wear Red and Green or Christmas Outfits!

Dec. 17 - Jeans and Kennedy Shirts/Apparel

Dec. 18 -1/2 Day Students wear pajamas and sneakers!

December 21 - January 5 - Winter Break

January 6 - Come back ready to learn

Lost and Found

Make sure to put your child(ren)'s name in their coats and jackets. We end up with SO many items at the end of the year. Right now we have almost 20 coats and jackets. FYI - we donate these items back into the community at the end of the year.

Encourage your child to check the Lost and Found often! :D

Winter Camp-out Activity Bags

Our Family Liaison has been collaborating with teachers of all grade levels and subjects to get together "Winter Camp-out Activity Bags" for all Coyotes. They will include a flashlight, white erasable board, cards for math games they have learned at school, books chosen just for them, and more! Be on the look-out for these materials when we return from our holiday break.
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Kennedy is a Bully-Free Zone! #CoyotesAreKind

**** Kennedy Office Staff ****

Ms. Cindy Culberson - Office Assistant

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Ms. Kem Couch- Award Winning KCS Secretary

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Ms. Debbie Allen - Family Liaison

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Ms. Kim Oaks-Blair - School Counselor

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Mr. Brett Herron - Associate Principal

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Dr. Janice Irvin - Principal

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Kennedy Constants

We hope you find this permanent section helpful! Please let us know if we can clarify anything for you.

All of this is subject to change due that ol' crazy Covid!

Attendance, Absences, and Tardiness

Every Coyote is urged to form excellent habits regarding attendance and promptness. A good start every day helps foster a positive attitude. Should your Coyote be absent, please call our school office to let us know the reason. Children should arrive to their classrooms no later than 8:15 having eaten breakfast.


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

Kennedy Elementary was the lucky recipient of a grant that allows our Coyotes to eat a "no cost" breakfast and lunch each day. Please have your Coyote to school by 8:20 if she or he needs to eat breakfast with us. Eating here is encouraged-- our food is really good.

Per school policy, students cannot bring fast food in the cafeteria. Please have your student eat his/her meal prior to arriving at school.

Bus Transportation

Students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible for bus transportation. Our buses are 14, and 20. If your child's transportation plan needs to change, please call the office prior to 2:45 PM (earlier is always better) so we can make sure that message gets to your Coyote.

The number to the transportation garage is 392-4416, if needed.


  1. During AM drop off, please stay in your car and allow your child to exit independently.
  2. During AM drop off, please unload at all 4 numbers/lanes. No need to stop at the bottom of the hill.
  3. During AM drop off, students can walk into the cafe from 7:30-8:05.
  4. In the afternoons, 4th and 5th grade cars (side parking lot) please turn RIGHT after you pick-up.
  5. 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.


As a school, we voted to start using the ClassDojo app last year. This year we will fully implement the use of this app. It's an awesome tool for us to share events and pictures with you of your child doing great things!

Contact us!

857-2700 - Main Office

857-2704 - Cafe, Karen Mullins

857-2702 - Nurse Lundy

378-2340 - Fax

1500 Woodland Avenue

Kingsport, TN 37665


Our school-wide expectations are used in all areas of our school.

They are:

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

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Kennedy Family Positive Discipline Reference

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This (above) is the guide a group of Kennedy teachers brought back from a Positive Discipline training in Atlanta this past summer. Each teacher in our school uses this guide during Classroom Meetings each day.

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.


Each month we have fire drills, and other drills as mandated by state law. These are recorded. During drills students are instructed not to talk. Additionally, our school is also equipped with an AED (automated External Defibrillator) and stock EpiPens.

Health and Medical

Our school nurse is Angie Lundy, RN. She is outstanding and has been at Kennedy for over a decade. If your child is ever sick and you aren't sure if they are well enough to attend, you can always bring your child in to be checked by her. Many Kennedy faculty members have used her office in this capacity.

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!


As a general rule, Kennedy Elementary does not assign homework every night. We do encourage you to read with your child at least 20 minutes each night (about three story books with the littles!). If your child is older/able, they can read out loud to you on the way to practice, while you make dinner, or on your way to the grocery. Reading each night adds up! Please add this to your daily routine!

Lost and Found

Please, please, please put your child's first and last name/telephone number in your child's coat! We have a mountain of homeless coats by the end of the year! If you are wondering, we donate homeless coats to Higher Ground at the end of the year so they can go back into our Lynn Garden Community where needed. Please visit our Lost and Found periodically.

Opportunities for Coyotes

Ambassadors (4th and 5th Grade Student Council)

AM Tutoring (5th Grade)

Big Brothers Big Sisters (all grades)

Breakfast Club (for students with sensory needs)

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)

Lego League

Maker Space (only one in a KCS elementary school!)

Morning Mile (Coach Robbins - 7:45-8:00)

Speech Services (for qualifying students)

Spelling Bee (3rd, 4th, and 5th)

Snacks/Water Bottles

Everyone knows a hungry brain can't concentrate and learn. No need for our Coyotes to be hangry! Healthy snacks and water bottles are not only welcomed, they are encouraged! Please remind your Coyote that only water should be in their bottles. Examples of good snacks- Goldfish, cheese sticks, pretzels, and apples.

Testing Policies

For your information and scheduling purposes, a schedule of tests administered to our Coyotes is included on our district website under the "Families" tab. You will also receive a school flier prior to the administration of standardized tests. Kennedy families will receive results of our TNReady/TCAP testing as soon as they become available (this past year it took several months).

Our KCS Website can be found here:

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Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation®: A Curriculum Designed to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control (2011, Social Thinking Publishing) is a curriculum comprised of lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L to help students gain skills in the area of self-regulation. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they are in the different Zones (states of alertness/moods/feelings) as well as learn how to use tools (including sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) to regulate the Zone they are in.

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!

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Zoning and Tuition

If you don't live in Lynn Garden but you would like your child to attend/continue attending Kennedy, you will need to apply for a zoning exemption every year. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on our website starting in March 2020.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Alisa Strong ( via email or by calling (423)378-2100.

Approvals are based on: Attendance, Behavior, and Classroom Space

Our vision, our students, our community, our future!

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Hear us HOWL!

Highlights - more pictures can be found on Twitter! @KCS_Kennedy