J. F. Kennedy School Newsletter

October 2019

October 2019

Dear Kennedy Families,

Happy Autumn! I hope everyone has been enjoying the beautiful fall weather and gorgeous foliage this year.

It is hard to believe that we have been in school for one month! We have had a smooth transition to the new school year. Students have settled nicely into class routines and are actively engaged in learning new curricula. It was so nice to see so many parents attending our Curriculum Night a few weeks ago. The home-school connection is a very important part of your child’s education. If you have any questions regarding assignments or homework, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Asking your child specific questions about what they are learning in school helps get them talking about their school day to expand on the “lots of stuff” answer. Some examples of open-ended school conversation starters are:

  • Tell me about the most challenging math problem you solved today.
  • What was your favorite part of your book you read today?
  • What did you add to your writing pieces today?
  • Will you teach me about a new vocabulary word you learned today?
  • Tell me about the most fun thing you did today at recess?
  • What did you learn about in your special today?
  • Will you describe what you discussed during partner or group work today?

I am very proud to share that Kennedy Elementary has earned the distinction of being named a School of Recognition for exceeding MCAS achievement targets and other accountability measures. 67 schools in the Commonwealth earned this distinction. While MCAS is only one measure of our students’ achievement in meeting curriculum standards, we pause to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work, perseverance, and dedication to educational excellence of students, staff members, and families!

We want to thank all Kennedy families for their support of students achievement in school. Daily family support such as helping students to arrive to school on time prepared to learn, school attendance, communication with teachers and administrators when questions arise, and setting a positive example about the importance of education.

The Massachusetts' school and district accountability system includes indicators including achievement, student progress or growth, progress towards English proficiency for English learners, and chronic absenteeism (more than 10% of missed school days).

All teachers and administrators are working on setting their SMART goals for the school year. We are busy collecting student assessment data and planning action steps to continue to increase student achievement in the curriculum and social emotional learning skills. Some areas we are focusing on are expanding non-fiction writing units, planning social emotional learning lessons to meet students’ individual areas for growth, and implementing rich literacy lessons using a variety of read aloud texts along with a wide range of books for independent reading.

October will be a busy month at Kennedy! Please see the calendar of events below for a list of important dates. Mrs. Cuneo sends out the weekly PCC Newsletter every Sunday evening. Thank you Mrs. Cuneo for keeping all us informed of the many upcoming PCC events throughout the year! If you are not receiving the Parent communication Council (PCC) Newsletter, please send an email to Kennedypccsecretary@gmail.com

CORI Forms: Thank you to our parents who volunteer to join us as chaperones on field trips. All volunteers and chaperones need to be CORI checked each school year.

~Our cafeteria has started a breakfast program for students. The price of breakfast will be $1.80. Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch are also eligible for Free or Reduced Breakfast. Reduced price is $0.30. Students choose from a variety of breakfast items such as cereal, fruit, yogurt, bagels, milk, and juice.

Students go to the cafeteria at 8:15 am when the school doors open. They will eat breakfast in the cafeteria and then report to their classrooms by 8:30 am. It is important that students who are getting breakfast at school arrive as close to 8:15 am as possible so that they can get to class by 8:30 am.

~Late arrival reminder: Parents/Guardians need to bring students to the main office if they arrive late to school - after 8:30 am. Thank you!

~Please join us at the PCC meeting on Wednesday, 10/16 from 7:00-8:00 PM. Come and meet our new adjustment counselor, Ms. Brooke Texeria. Ms. Texeira and Mr. Lee, school psychologist, will be sharing some ideas and strategies families can use to foster school success and positive peer relationships. There will be time for questions and discussion at the end of their presentation.


Linda Ashley

Curriculum Corner

Ms. Weiss, our math specialist, and Mrs. Jacobs, our literacy specialist, will at times work with students in small groups within the classrooms or in their office (Room 25). During reading, writing, and math workshops, students may work in small groups on specific skills at students’ individual skill levels.

From the Nurse's Office

When should your child stay home?

A child should stay home for AT LEAST 24 hours to rest if the following symptoms are present the morning of school or the previous night…

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea - must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning

  • Fever > 100 degrees - must be fever free for 24 hours before returning

  • Cold and cough with colored nasal drainage

  • Itchy or reddened eyes with drainage

  • Moderate to severe pain

  • An unusual rash

  • A poor night's sleep due to illness, cough, etc...

  • Until on antibiotics for at least 24 hours for strep throat, conjunctivitis, etc.

When should you call the nurse?

~A change in your child’s health status (new diagnosis)

~Contagious disease such as chicken pox, flu, strep throat, whooping cough, conjunctivitis

~Newly prescribed medication/Change in current medication

~Serious injury, illness, hospitalization or a trip to the ER

~If your child has a fracture, sprain, stitches, cast, brace, crutches or concussion.

~Anytime you anticipate your child may need pain relief at school (ie. after dentist, etc.)

~If your child is absent: Absent call-in line (508) 541-5261-(please don’t leave homework requests here)

Please provide the nurse with written guidelines from the physician if the illness/injury will affect school activities such as participation in PE, recess, stairs or even written tasks. Once activities are restricted, we also need clear guidelines from the MD as to when the child may resume full activities.

Medications at school: Medications, prescription or over-the counter, will not be dispensed without a written order from a licensed prescriber and written parental consent. All medications must be in the original container, properly labeled & delivered to school nurse by a responsible adult (not the child).

The Flu is here. A recent CDC study found that on average, 3-11% of the U.S. population gets sick from flu each season. Consider getting your family vaccinated. Please check with your child's doctor about when your child can return to school. Reinforce covering coughs/sneezes and good hand washing. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm

State mandated screenings: Depending on the grade, students are screened for hearing, vision, height and weight every fall. If there is an initial vision or hearing test failure the screening will be repeated in a couple weeks. If a student fails the second time, a letter will be sent home with your child. Please bring this referral letter to the specialist and then return it to the health office, so we may have a record of the outcome of this appointment and any newly prescribed treatment. Fifth grade students will be screened for scoliosis in the spring- unless the health office has been provided a copy of that screening by student’s doctor dated on or after July 1, 2018.

Physical exams are required for any student entering JFK as a new student, kindergartners and students in 4th grade. Copies of any physical exam in other grades are also helpful, feel free to provide those at any time.

Any questions, please call Ellen Gould, RN (508) 541-5261 x2


The district is seeking RNs for office and field trip coverage. If interested, please contact Patty Elias, RN, Direct of Student Health Services at eliasp@franklinps.net or call 1-508-541-5288 x3.

Upcoming Events:


Friday, October 11 - Early Release @ 11:45 am (No lunches are served)

Monday, October 14 - No School - Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 16 - PCC Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Guest Speakers: Mr. Lee, school psychologist, and Ms. Texeria, school adjustment counselor

Tuesday, October 29 - Early Release @11:45 am (No lunches are served) Parent/Teacher conferences

Wednesday October 30- Early Release @11:45 am (No lunches are served) Parent/Teacher conferences


Tuesday November 5 - NO SCHOOL Election Day

Thursday November 7 - Picture Retake Day

Monday November 11 - NO SCHOOL Veterans Day

Wednesday November 27 - Friday November 29 - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break