Keeping Up With The Kennedy

March 8, 2020- Issue 24

Mrs. Eagle's Class

Kindergarten students, Jack Melin and CIara Clifford colored Rainbows online during Mrs. Eagle's/Mrs. Foley's Technology class. JFK Kindergarten students learned about ROY G. BIV and the colors of the rainbow in Mrs. Eaton's Art Class!
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Music Class

Students of all grade levels have been learning a new form of hopscotch with origins in Africa during music class this week! It involves using a grid pattern and hopping a pattern of 7 to a steady beat. Below is a link to the song we have been using if you want to give it a try at home, it’s a blast!!

Amarelinha Africana:

Mrs. Todesca's Class

In writing, students learned how to “Show, Don’t Tell.” Chart paper was hung around the room with emotions written on each one. In order to practice adding sensory details to their narrative writing, students were writing sentences to “show” the emotion without using the specific word in their sentences. For example, students wrote “I was crying buckets,” rather than saying “I was sad.” They enjoyed rotating through the room in a carousel activity.

Mrs. Sylvia's Class

In celebration of Read Across America, Mrs. Sylvia's third-grade class had many "Mystery Readers" who came in throughout the past week to share their favorite books. Many thanks to Mrs. Delaplain, Mrs. Lamme, Mrs. Flood, Mr. Sasin, Mrs. Proctor, Mrs. Omar, and Mrs. Eaton, for reading to us!

Miss Gushue's Class

Students had a mystery reader to celebrate Read Across America week. Mrs. Donovan our K-5 STEAM coordinator

JFK Hosts Holi

Holi is an Indian festival of colors that is celebrated in some parts of India. This holiday involves people of all ages but most importantly includes children. Traditionally, Holi is celebrated during spring, when new colors in nature begin to appear. This holiday represents inclusiveness, new beginnings, and that good triumphs over evil. During Holi, everyone wears white clothing and powder is thrown on each other. It fun and lighthearted festival that includes decorating each other in nature's colors which are typically extracted from flower petals.

On Tuesday, March 10, JFK will recognize Holi by dressing in bright colors. Here is a list of classroom teachers and their designated color.


Dixon: Red

Eagles: Purple

Mourad: Orange

Hershman: Blue

Grade 2:

Todesca: Orange

Lyden: Blue


Huffstutler: Green

Oshry: Red

Grade 3:

Aylward: Purple

Moore: Orange

Gushue: Blue

Sylvia: Yellow

Grade 4:


Pollatto: Red

Aikens: Purple

McNamara: Orange

Grade 5:


Donaghey: Yellow

Booth: Green

Houle: Red

We look forward to a bright day at JFK and seeing all of the colors mix together!

What Makes a Shape a Shape!!!

Let's take a peek into what’s happening in the 3rd grade…

This week the third grade students have been exploring two-dimensional shapes and their attributes. They have been discovering how plane shapes have many properties that make them different from one another. Ms. Gushue's class had some fun creating their own geometric riddles by describing attributes of shapes in the form of clues, in hopes that a classmate would be able to solve their challenge and name their intended shape!

Literacy Circle

This week we will talk literacy experiences for students in Grades 4 & 5...

Students in grades 4 and 5 are using reading strategies across content areas. Students from Miss McNamara’s class described three of their favorite reading strategies when reading articles about different types of energy:

- Rereading sections more than once to be sure they understand or get the gist.

-Reading the sentences around the bolder words to help them use context to make meaning of the unknown word.

- Look back in the text for evidence before trying to answer a question about a specific content question.

Notes from the Nurse

As we move through the winter with thoughts of spring and warmer weather, we are reminded that there are a significant amount of coughs, colds and other illnesses going around. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind families and students of the Canton Public Schools Health Guidelines. This provides information about when you should keep your student home, and when it is ok to send them to school. Please take a moment to review this information and feel free to contact the school nurse with questions. If you have any concerns or questions about your child's health, reach out to your child's physician as needed.

Next Year's School Hours

Please be aware that next year JFK school hours change.

Start time: 8:40

Dismissal: 2:55

Early Dismissal: 11:50

Kidsborough's hours will be:

AM: 7:00-8:15

PM: 2:55-6:00

Girls on the Run

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Upcoming Events

March 9 Mallet Madness

March 10 Mini Athletes K-2

March 11 Kids for Peace

Mini Athletes 3-5

March 12 Language Club


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