Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

November 2019

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Main Office: 651-480-7221

Nurse: 651-480-7224
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7257
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

Thank you for attending fall conferences. We appreciate getting to know our parents and collaborating around a learning plan to help our students be successful.

Dates to remember

November 3 - Turn your clocks back(Daylight Savings ends)

November 4 - PTA meeting at 6:30 PM

November 5 - Election Day - Remember to Vote! (Find election info HERE)

November 6 - Picture retakes

November 18 - NO SCHOOL - change in calendar (Teacher workshop)

November 27 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workshop

November 28 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

November 29 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

WELCOME TO KENNEDY

As we say goodbye to Mrs. Crandall, we welcome Mrs. LynDee Humble. She worked in the district as a secretary for the Teaching and Learning Department 6 years ago. Her family moved out to California for a while and they relocated back to Hastings last year. LynDee has 3 kids and she is very excited to be back working for Hastings Public Schools!

WHAT TIME DOES SCHOOL START?

School begins at 8:50 am.

Please make sure your child(ren) arrive at school on time. Learning takes place in a carefully arranged environment that begins the minute your child arrives at school. When your child is late, he/she may not feel the connectedness with the class or have the opportunity to absorb learning in the best setting. To maximize instruction time and academic achievement for your child, as well as minimize disruption for the whole class, please avoid tardiness.

DON'T WAIT UNTIL WINTER...PREPARE FOR A "SNOW DAY”

It is important that you have accurate phone numbers on file for your student with the school district. Although we are using a calling system to contact families in case of inclement weather, the district will still continue to post school delays or closings in the following ways:


Official school closing announcements will be made on Hastings KDWA Radio 1460, WCCO-Channel 4, KSTP-Channel 5, KMSP-Channel 9 and KARE-Channel 11 television and Hastings Public School Website.


Please visit our webpage for directions at: www.hastings.k12.mn.us


E-LEARNING

Our district will also be taking advantage of "e-Learning days". The elementary schools will be using the Seesaw app for these days. If you are not yet connected to your child's Seesaw account, please contact their classroom teacher. For more information on e-Learning click HERE

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess.


When the temperatures are in the 40’s and 50’s, we do require students to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt outside. When winter arrives, winter clothing including hats and mittens/gloves will be required.

TEN DAYS OF GIVING

In December, the elementary schools will be participating in the 10 Days of Giving. Watch for more information to come home in Friday folders.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Just a reminder that if your child is having a birthday party and wants to invite their friends from school, we are not able to give out names, phone numbers or addresses of the students. While we know it is exciting for children to have a birthday party and invite their school friends, we ask that you not send invitations to school with them to pass out. It can cause hurt feelings for those students who did not get invited to the party.

TREATS AT SCHOOL

The district has adopted a wellness policy. We are still celebrating student birthdays; we are just not doing so with birthday treats. We ask that students not bring any treats in honor of their birthday.

KIDS CAMPUS EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

If the Hastings Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Kids Campus Program will also be closed. If school is delayed two hours in opening, Kids Campus will be open at the regular time (6:30 am).


If school closes two hours early, then Kids Campus sites will close two hours early

(4:00 pm). Parents will be called and notified by Kids Campus staff to pick up their child.


Please pick up your child by 4:00 pm or authorize someone else to pick up your child by that time. Please listen to the radio and TV for school closing announcements.

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH BENEFITS

The grace period for free and reduced lunches is now over. If you have not applied for free or reduced lunch benefits you will now be charged for school lunches/breakfasts. You still may apply for free or reduced school lunches by clicking on the button below and complete the required application.

Character Trait: Respect

Above the Line

Harrison O. - Mrs. Brucker

Madeline B. - Mrs. Grabow

Lydia P. - Mrs. Davidson

Brooke F. - Mrs. Kirk

Tracenton V. - Mrs. Novak