Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

September 2019

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Nurse: 651-480-7224
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7257
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

We are ready to start a new and exciting school year! Welcome back to all of our returning families and a special welcome to the new students and their families for the 2019-20 school year. Please contact us with any concerns you may have, as we want the school year to be a successful one for each of you.


Monthly newsletters are available to you online each month. It will be posted just prior to the beginning of the month.

Dates to remember

SEPTEMBER

2 - Labor Day NO SCHOOL

3 - First day of school for grade 1 through 4

3 - Kindergarten Orientation (scheduled times)

4 - First day of school for kindergarten

20 - Picture day

27 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development/Workshop


OCTOBER

14 - Evening Conferences & Book Fair

15 - Evening Conferences & Book Fair

16 - NO SCHOOL - Morning Conferences & Book Fair

17 & 18 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Association Days)

WHAT TIME DOES SCHOOL START?

School Hours:
8:30am: Buses begin to drop students, classrooms are open, and breakfast is served.
8:50am: School begins. Students may bring unopened food from breakfast to use for snack break to classroom.
3:25pm: Dismissal for all students.

END OF DAY PICK UP FOR STUDENTS

In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.

FALL CONFERENCES

Elementary conferences are scheduled in the evening of Monday, October 14th and Tuesday, October 15th and during the morning of Wednesday, October 16th.

Sign-up will be online. As soon as the sign-up is up and running you will receive an email notice.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

The Hastings Bus Company will be transporting the rural and city elementary children (if you live more than 0.75 miles from school) to and from school. The bus company phone number is 651.437.1888.


Parents of kindergarten and 1st grade students should pin a tag on their child indicating the bus route number, name and address where the child is to be dropped off. These tags should be worn all year for kindergarten and the first two weeks for first graders or until your child is comfortable riding the bus.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR DAYCARE

If during the school year your address or daycare changes and this requires a change in transportation, please contact the school, not the bus company. If you give us the information we will work with the bus company to make the changes. The only changes that can be made are those that are permanent or for an extended length of time. It is very difficult for the bus company to make brief or sudden changes in the routes. Thank you for your help in this matter.

NEW STAFF TO KENNEDY

Kindergarten

Katherine Gibson

I am originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin and grew up in a family of educators. I graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a bachelor’s degree in ElementaryEducation. I student taught Kindergarten at Centennial School District for 25 weeks, and spent my first-year full time teaching in both the Eastern Carver School District and the Hastings School District. I was a long-term Kindergarten substitute from August 2018-December 2018 in Chaska, MN. I was also a long term reading interventionalist, and 4th grade long term substitute in Hastings, MN from January 2019-June 2019.

My fiancé is an assistant director for the University of Minnesota Athletic Department and works within the Golden Gopher Fund. We enjoy going for walks, attending sporting events, and travelling home to see our niece and nephews. We are planning for a May 22, 2020 wedding in La Crosse.

I’m excited to meet all of my Kindergarten students!

Kindergarten

Jessica Niedermayer is joining the kindergarten team at Kennedy! This will be her third year teaching, and first year in kindergarten. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in May of 2017, she spent the first two years of her career teaching 4th grade in Mankato, MN. She grew up in the country in New Prague, MN with her parents and three siblings (one who is her identical twin!), and now lives in Farmington. She enjoys anything outdoors, reading, running, spending time with family and friends, exploring new ice cream places, and watching and coaching gymnastics. Jessica is excited to join the Kennedy and Hastings community and looks forward to getting to know the students, families, and staff.

Grade 3

Stacy Robillard is a new third grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. This will be her fourth year teaching. She previously served as a Title 1 teacher for students in grades 3-4 as well as a third grade teacher in North Branch. Stacy grew up in Eagan and recently moved to Apple Valley with her husband, Joey. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and baking. She is very excited to work together with staff, students, and families at Kennedy Elementary!

Occupational Therapy

Lauren Yares, the new Occupational Therapist at Kennedy Elementary, recently graduated from St. Catherine University with a Master’s degree in OT. She has worked in the Roseville and Bloomington school districts with a wide variety of students, ages 3-18. She grew up in Woodbury and recently moved to Eagan. She enjoys traveling, watching Parks and Recreation/The Office, and spending quality time with her friends and family (especially her new nephew Theo). Lauren is thrilled to begin working with the students, families, and staff at Kennedy and is looking forward to an exciting school year!

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Please call the Main Office each morning to report when your child(ren) will not be attending school.


Research shows that attendance is directly linked to achievement. In tracking students that drop out of school, one thing they have in common is poor attendance.


Being late for school also hurts a child’s learning. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss close to 30 hours of instruction during the year.


Children can make up an assignment, but they can never get back what’s most important: the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive. Your child’s success in school depends on having a solid educational background – one that can only be gained through regular school attendance.


You may ask, how can I help?

  • Enforce a regular bedtime.
  • Make sure your child is organized so he/she can get out the door with what they need.
  • Remember that everything you add to a schedule means something must be taken away. For example, if you add lots of before and after school activities, you take away time for your child to read, play and study.


We appreciate all you do to ensure that your child(ren) attend school regularly.

Please review the attendance policy on page 3 of the Elementary Handbook.

NURSE

Each school in Hastings has a licensed school nurse on duty. If your child has a health concern, please discuss an action plan with the building RN. The nurse will be on duty from 8:15 to 3:45.


If your child is saying they don’t feel well or showing symptoms, it will be important for you to decide whether they are well enough to attend school that day.


Some important things to remember and go over with your child to help them stay healthy are:

  • Properly covering mouth when coughing
  • Wash hands often
  • Keep your child home until 24 hours after they have had a fever.

More information can be found at the health services website.

DOES YOUR CHILD NEED EYEGLASSES?

The eyeglass program helps individuals that would find it a financial hardship to purchase eyeglasses. This would be a person without insurance for eye exams, lenses and frames, or they may have a high deductible that prevents them from utilizing their coverage. Contact your school nurse for information.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices

Click here for a cost breakdown of meals for each month


Breakfast Prices

Full Pay Meal Prices:
Kindergartners FREE
Grades 1-4: $1.30

Reduce Pay Meal Price:
All grade levels: FREE

Adult Meal Price:
All grade levels: $1.80

Extra Milk or Milk Only $0.50


Lunch Prices

Full Pay Meal Prices:
Grades K-4: $2.70

Reduce Pay Meal Price:
All grade levels: FREE

Adult Meal Price:
All grade levels: $3.80

Extra Milk or Milk Only $0.50

Kennedy Snack Program

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure students are healthy and perform well academically, we are very excited to offer Kennedy students a healthy snack option each day for a minimal cost. to access the letter and sign up form please use the download button below.

Right to Know

Parents have the right to request and receive information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers.


Parents Right to Know Act Concerning Use of Pest Control Materials:

(M.S. 123B.575, Subdivisions 1-14)


Our district utilizes a licensed, professional pest control service firm for the prevention and control for rodents, insects, and other pests in and around the district’s building. Their program consists of:

1. Inspection and monitoring to determine whether pests are present, and whether any treatment is needed;

2. Recommendations for maintenance and sanitation to help eliminate pests without the need for pest control materials;

3. Utilization of non-chemical measures such as traps, caulking and screening; and

4. Application of EPA-registered pest control materials when needed.

Pests can sting, bite, cause contamination, damage property, and spread disease; therefore, we must prevent and control them. The long-term health effects on children from the application of such pest control materials, or the class of materials to which they belong, may not be fully understood. All pest control materials are chosen and applied according to label directions per federal law.

An estimated schedule of interior pest control inspections and possible treatments is available for review or copying at each school office. A similar estimated schedule is available for application of herbicides and other materials to school grounds. Parents of students may request to receive, at their expense, prior notification of any application of a pest control material, should such an application be deemed necessary on a day different from the days specified in the schedule.

Community Education Recreational Opportunities for Kids

https://hastingscommunityed.com/ or 651-480-7670

Community Education's Fall catalog was recently sent out to the public. You can also view the wonderful classes they have by clicking on the link above. They have a large selection that you will find appealing. Check the catalog out.