Kennedy Elementary School

Comet Tales October 2019

Scheduled Conferences October 10, 14 & 15

Fall Conferences may be the first time parents/teachers have an opportunity for on-on-one , face-to-face conversation. The primary goal of the first meeting is relationship building without the pressure of reporting academic performance. This time with parents/teachers can be a two-way dialogue about the academic and social emotional needs of their child.


Below are 4 links that contain information regarding Fall Conferences. The first link is to sign up for these conferences.


https://ptcfast.com/schools/Kennedy_Elementary

2019 Fall Conferences FAQ

Blank copies of new progress reports

Parent-Teacher Conference Worksheet


The Family's Guide to Your Student's Progress - see link below.

Family Educator Enhancement Team (FEET) Meeting

Fargo Public Schools and West Fargo Public Schools will hold a joint Family Educator Enhancement Team (FEET) meeting in October. FEET is designed to assist families who have children with special needs by connecting them to available educational partners. Parents and guardians are invited to attend the meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Leidal Education Center in Room #138, 207 W Main Ave, West Fargo.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP one week prior to the event at: http://bit.ly/2ktCAYa. Free childcare will be provided.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • All students should be at school no later than 8:00 am.

  • School hours are 8:10 am to 2:32 pm.

  • If your child is going to be absent or late, please call us prior to 8:00 (701-446-4206).

  • Make sure your child has lunch funds. Free and Reduced Lunch forms are available.

  • Dress your child in appropriate attire for the current weather.

  • If you are picking up your child, come in to the office to sign them out. Office staff will call them down when you arrive.

Attendance/End of Day Arrangements

Please make arrangements for end of day pick up with your child before they come to school. However, we do understand that emergencies come up and will do our best to help out. Please let us know by 12:00 when possible if there has been a change in plans for end of day. You can always write a note in your child's communication folder/planner and the teacher will see it first thing in the morning. If your child is not going to be attending school, please call 701-446-4206 - the Attendance Line.

Our school day begins at 8:10 am and ends at 2:32 pm. The first bell rings at 8:00 am. All students should be in their classroom ready to learn at 8:10 am.

SHOUT OUT TO THE PTA!!

Thank you for the Grade 3 Plants! The growing has started!!

PTA NEWS

Hello Kennedy Families!!


We are excited to announce our pursuit of becoming a National PTA School of Excellence. The National PTA School of Excellence program is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. Please stop by the PTA booth at Parent-Teacher Conferences to get more information and to complete a baseline survey on our family-school engagement. You can also visit https://www.pta.org/home/programs/National-PTA-School-of-Excellence to learn more. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Respectfully,

Kennedy PTA Board


There is the still time to join PTA! We have many exciting opportunities and events planned for the 2019-2020 school year. Please get involved in the life of your child. The best way to know what is going on is by being involved; whether it's volunteering, attending meetings, or helping out in the school. Research shows there is a direct correlation between parent involvement and academic success. Mark your calendar the next PTA meeting is on Monday, October 7th in the K-1 pod area at 6:30-7:30

Thank you to all those volunteers who are already helping to make 2019-2020 a great school year!


SAVE THE DATE! Kennedy Carnval will be held on Friday, Otober 25th from 6-8 pm watch for pre-sale coming home October 11th !


Kennedy PTA's online presence can be found here-

Our website: https://sites.google.com/site/fpsptakennedy/

Facebook: Kennedy Elementary PTA, Fargo ND

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PtaKennedy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kennedyelementarypta/


Below you will find links to documents that will help you connect to Kennedy PTA and various programs that the PTA sponsors in our community.

Kennedy PTA Board bitmoji: http://bit.ly/KennPTABoardBitmoji

Kennedy PTA calendar: http://bit.ly/KennPTACalendar

2019 Reflections poster (http://bit.ly/KennPTAReflections) and further information (http://ndpta.org/reflections)

Kennedy PTA Membership form: http://bit.ly/KennPTAMembership

BREAKFAST & LUNCH

If you choice to join your child to for lunch and are ordering school lunch - you need to have your order into the office no later than 9:00 am.

Daily prices for the 2019-20 school year

Breakfast

Student-$1.45

Adult-$2.15

Lunch

Student-$2.45

Adult-$3.50

Carton of Milk-$0.35

Free and Reduced Forms are available on line. Click below.

COMMUNICATION

At Kennedy, we believe that all students, staff, and parents should use social media and other digital tools in a responsible and respectful manner that allows individuals to communicate freely and share ideas without the threat of intimidation, harassment, or abuse. All students, staff, and parents should participate in cybercivility as defined:

  • Participating in online interaction and sharing information in a safe and respectful manner without fear or threat.

  • Ensuring people can freely participate with technology without feelings of harassment, lies, or unwanted abuse.

  • Engaging positively in the use of digital media in a manner that is responsible, respectful, non-threatening , and constructive.

  • Effectively communicating in the digital world in a manner that makes individuals feel safe, respected, and free from the threat of estrangement.

  • Promoting a culture of respectful, inclusive, and responsible on-line behavior that promotes a healthy exchange of ideas and fosters positive impact.

I ask that any complaints, suggestions, and/or questions about the education of your student/students (i.e., lunches, staff, bullying, etc.) come to the building by way of a phone call, direct email message, or a visit to the school. We are happy to listen to your concerns as a parent. When you share your thoughts, whether that be social media, in a face to face conversation, in writing, or phone calls but I ask that you use cybercivility when talking about the school, its staff, and its students. Thank you.


If you have questions, please contact the office at 701-446-4200.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Rage

STUDENT HANDBOOK

The Student Handbook . Please review page 13 - Invitations, Delivery of Flowers/Balloons and Limousines in the Student Handbook. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Rage or Mr. Larson.

MORNING ROUTINE AND SUPERVISION

Kennedy breakfast starts at 7:30 am. Supervision of students not having breakfast begins at 7:30 am. During the fall and spring, students will be supervised on both playground areas (K-1 north playground and grades 2-5 south playground). When the weather becomes rainy or cold (windchill factor of -15 degrees below zero), students will gather in the gym or in their classrooms and be supervised by staff.


RECESS CANCELLATION POLICY (From the Handbook)

Outdoor recess is normally cancelled when the temperature and wind speed create a wind chill of 15 degrees below zero. Parents ares strongly encouraged to make sure their children have mittens, hats, boots, coat, and snow pants adequate for cold weather. Because physical activity is so important, all students will go outside when we have outdoor recess, unless they have a doctor’s note indicating they should stay indoors.

STUDENT DROP OFF/PICK UP

For pick up and drop off, please use the south loop. The north loop is for BUSES ONLY.


Parents dropping off students from 7:30 am to 8:10 am MUST REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLE when dropping off your child/children for school. If you need to get out of your car or wish to walk your child into the building, please park in the parking lot. This ensures that there is not a backup of cars on 42nd Street.


At dismissal, between 2:00 and 2:45, parents also need to park in the left or right lane and REMAIN in their vehicle. The center lane is for cars to pull out and leave once their child/children have entered their car.


DO NOT PARK IN THE BUS LANE (THE NORTH LOOP) AT ANY TIME.

  • The first week of school, make sure to have your child get in the habit of “scanning on and off the bus”. This will help to pinpoint where your child is if they get off at the wrong stop. Check “Here Comes the Bus” to be sure the child is scanning and the card is being read.

  • During the first week, walk your child to the bus in the morning and pick your child up at the end of the day. It would be helpful to show your child items that are familiar to look for so they know where to get off.

  • It is helpful to introduce yourself to the bus driver for both the morning and after school route.