JFK Family Update

Ogdensburg City School District

News from our Principals: Mrs. Frank (UPK-2) & Mrs. Bouchard (3-6)

Happy February, JFK families!

As we continue to experience cold weather, and likely growing snowbanks, we ask that you please be cautious when dropping off and picking up your children from school. Please drive slowly, as we have many students who walk to and from school. Unfortunately, children are not always visible around corners or when they are crossing between cars. Please also keep in mind that the doors at school are opened at 7:50 am. For the safety of your child, please do not drop him or her off prior to 7:50 am.

Please consider joining our monthly Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting on Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00 pm. The work of our PTO brings tremendous opportunities to our students, and its success depends on our volunteers. We are excited to bring the Art to Remember fundraiser to you this month!

We are so excited to participate in the Global School Play Day on Wednesday, February 2nd, an event dedicated to raising awareness of the value of unstructured play for our students. More information can be found in this newsletter.

Our Positivity Project focus for the month of February will encourage our students to explore humility and love, as we dive deeper into the "Other People Matter" mindset considering how we might cheer the success of others. We continue to be proud of the character displayed by our students every day at JFK!

If you have questions or concerns at any time during the school year, please do not hesitate to contact us at the email addresses below or via telephone at (315) 393-4264.

We look forward to a fabulous February at JFK!


Mrs. Frank

Principal UPK-2


Mrs. Bouchard

Principal, 3-6


Inclement Weather & School Cancelations

With the winter season upon us, we understand the decision to open or close school due to bad weather has a tremendous impact on families. We also understand that our students are better served - both socially and academically - by being in school. As always, our top priority is the safety of our students.

If the decision is made to delay or close school, the public will be notified as follows:

  • One Call Now
  • On the school district website: www.ogdensburgk12.org
  • WSLB, WPAC, WGIX, YES FM, PAC 98.7, WNCQ in Ogdensburg
  • WPDM and WSNN in Potsdam
  • WMSA, MIX 96.1, FOX 101.5 in Massena
  • North Country Public Radio
  • WWNY-TV 7

If you do not currently receive One Call Now notifications from school and would like to be added to the list, please contact your child's building principal.

Global School Play Day: Wednesday, February 2

JFK Elementary School is excited to participate in the Global School Play Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the necessity of unstructured play for our students on Wednesday, February 2, 2022!

On this day, students are encouraged to bring anything they wish to play with to school. The rules? Students must bring toys, and these toys may not require batteries or electricity (no devices). We recommend that all toys are labeled with the student's name.

Need some inspiration? Try:

  • board games
  • dolls
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • trucks or cars
  • play-doh
  • racetracks
  • playing cards
  • empty cardboard boxes
  • legos, blocks, or lincoln logs
  • markers or art supplies
  • blankets (for forts)
  • tea sets
  • plastic food
  • magnetic building sets
  • animal figurines
  • dress up clothes
  • toy cash register

Each classroom at JFK will participate in their own way, choosing the time frame that best works for their students, but the ground rules remain the same:

  • Teachers will not organize anything for their students.
  • Teachers will not tell students how to play with the toys or games.
  • The play day will be unstructured, but not unsupervised.

Your child's classroom teacher may communicate details specific to their classroom as we approach the Global School Play Day on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. With questions please contact your child's classroom teacher, Mrs. Frank (UPK-2), or Mrs. Bouchard (3-6).

JFK School Store

We are excited for the return of the Student Council School Store! Students may shop on the following days of the cycle: Day 1 (UPK, Jr. Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 1), Day 2 (Grade 2), Day 3 (Grade 3), Day 4 (Grade 4), Day 5 (Grade 5), Day 6 (Grade 6). Available items include pencils, fidgets, keychains, erasers, and more!

Students of the Month

Physical Education: Mr. Bouchard

Aria Compo | Grade 2 | Mr. Dwyer

Aria always comes into the gym with a great attitude. There is never a complaint from her, and she always puts forth maximum effort no matter what the activity is. Aria sets a great example for the rest of her classmates. Keep up the great work Aria!

Lance Law | Grade 6 | Mrs. Baxter

Lance is a very hard worker when it comes to PE. He has great physical skills when it comes to any sport/activity we do. But, it is his ability to treat others with kindness and keep a positive attitude that stands out the most. He is a great example of what sportsmanship truly means. Keep it up Lance!

Art: Mrs. Gilmour

Simon Follette | Grade 2 | Mr. Dwyer

Simon puts forth a great deal of effort in the art room. His artwork is neat and shows his love for the subject. I'm always impressed with how hard he applies himself and the end results of his labors. Good job, Simon!

Ava Nugent | Grade 3 | Mrs. Marshall

Ava is a delight in the art room. She is always on task and ready to create. By looking at her artwork you can tell she puts her heart into what she does. Ava, you're a rock star in art class!

Physical Education: Mrs. Halladay

Violet Robb | Grade 1 | Mrs. Langley

Violet is a team player. I have never seen a more supportive teammate. Violet goes out of her way to help others. She seems to find more joy in other's success than her own. Violet has a rare and special gift. It is a true joy being Violet's teacher. Thank you for everything you do Violet.

Maggie Mathews | Grade 3 | Mrs. Ouderkirk

Maggie is the epitome of the word athlete. She eats, breathes and sleeps sports. Maggie's competitive spirit seeps out of every pour. She practices just as hard as she plays. Maggie is a great role model. Her classmates look up to her for advice and support. Thanks for being such a great student Maggie. I can not wait to see what the future holds.

Music: Miss Gotham

Eden Hammond | Kindergarten | Mrs. Lalone

Eden brings positivity and kindness to the music classroom during every class! She encourages and helps others while also expressing and sharing her own musical creativity with the class. Keep up the fabulous work Eden!

Naseer Abdulghani | Grade 6 | Mrs. Mathews

Naseer is a very hard worker who truly thrived during our recent unit on songwriting. Naseer wrote an excellent song that showed his amazing creative abilities and musical skills. I am super proud of the work he did on this project. Great job Naseer!

Art: Mrs. Willmart

Violet Robb | Grade 1 | Mrs. Langley

Violet shows tremendous creativity in art class and she also comes up with some amazing details to add to her work! She is very kind and respectful, and she has very creative ideas that make her work original and unique.

Echo Bouchey | Grade 5 | Mr. Brenno

Echo is very respectful and comes to art class ready to get to work. He often adds extra details to his work to make it more unique, and he is always willing to help his classmates too. Echo is wonderful to have in art class!

Instrumental Music: Mrs. Tessmer

Alan White | Grade 5 | Mrs. Doyle

Alan has done an amazing job on the trumpet! He just started playing this year and is playing like a junior high student! He comes prepared to lessons and works hard on his assignments every week! Great job Alan!

Hannah Mousaw | Grade 5 | Mr. Brenno

Hannah has excelled on her flute this year! She practices consistently and has an amazing sound! I'm excited to see how far you go this year! Keep up the great work Hannah!

February Calendar

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From Our School Counselors

This month we will have a week long winter break. This will be beneficial for our students who have endured a lot of stress and unknown in their lives during this pandemic. Social Emotional Learning continues to be a priority being addressed within our school environment to support our students. Below is a fun activity to enhance those skills at home during the break.

What is the meaning of social emotional development?

Social-emotional development is a child's ability to understand the feelings of others, control their own feelings and behaviors, and get along with peers. Feelings of trust, confidence, pride, friendship, affection and humor are all a part of a child's social-emotional development.

Mrs. McNichol (UPK-2)


(315) 393-4264 x32068

Mrs. West (3-6)


(315) 393-4264 x32868

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From the Health Office: Mrs. Kroeger & Ms. Driscoll

Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age

February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take to help your heart. Heart disease, and the conditions that lead to it, can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease. These are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.

Conditions and behaviors that affect your risk for heart disease include:

  • High blood pressure. Millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions, such as stroke.
  • High blood cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Having diabetes and obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels.
  • Smoking. More than 37 million U.S. adults are current smokers, and thousands of young people start smoking each day. Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease.
  • Obesity. Carrying extra weight puts stress on the heart. More than 1 in 3 Americans, and nearly 1 in 6 children ages 2 to 19, has obesity.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes causes sugar to build up in the blood. This can damage blood vessels and nerves that help control the heart muscle. Nearly 1 in 10 people in the United States has diabetes.
  • Physical inactivity. Staying physically active helps keep the heart and blood vessels healthy. Only 1 in 5 adults meets the physical activity guidelines of getting 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity.
  • Unhealthy eating patterns. Most Americans, including children, eat too much sodium (salt), which increases blood pressure. Replacing foods high in sodium with fresh fruits and vegetables can help lower blood pressure. But only 1 in 10 adults is getting enough fruits and vegetables each day. A diet high in trans-fat, saturated fat, and added sugar increases the risk for heart disease.

4 Ways to Take Control of Your Heart Health

  1. Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, talk to your doctor about smoking cessation programs that are available in your area.
  2. Manage conditions. Work with your health care team to manage conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This includes taking any medicines you have been prescribed.
  3. Make heart-healthy eating changes. Eat foods low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar and sodium. Try to fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits, and aim for low sodium options.
  4. Stay active. Get moving for at least 150 minutes per week. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. You can even break up the 30 minutes into 10-minute blocks.

For more information visit cdc.gov

Read Across America Week

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COVID-19 Information

Please be reminded of the following information, shared by Mr. Kendall via email on September 7, 2021:

Please DO NOT send your child(ren) to school when you believe you or your child(ren) have been in contact with a known COVID-19 positive individual OR when they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, which include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your child(ren) have experienced any of the above situations, please contact the school nurse.

If we are to continue to stay open for full in-person instruction, we must all take responsibility and stay home when we are not feeling well.

Join the JFK PTO!

As the world increases its' sense of normalcy, we look forward to the return of time honored traditions of elementary school, from field trips to book fairs!

The John F. Kennedy Elementary School PTO is seeking volunteers. Meetings are held monthly, with volunteers helping to provide our harvest reading event, family sleigh rides, holiday door decorating contest prizes, Art to Remember fundraiser, Scholastic Book Fairs, and much more. PTO events are much loved by our students, and we would love your support!

Our next meeting for the 2021-2022 school year will take place on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm in the library at JFK. Please note that meetings may be moved to a Zoom platform as we monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Look for information regarding our ART TO REMEMBER fundraiser, coming home later this month! Your students have created some beautiful artwork, and Art to Remember allows you to preserve it in some amazing ways!

If you are interested in joining, please email Mrs. Frank at cfrank@ogdensburgk12.org or Mrs. Bouchard at sbouchard@ogdensburgk12.org, or join us at our meeting!

From the Ogdensburg Public Library

Come into the library and keep warm this February! We are continuing Music and Movement for preschool age children and take home crafts for children of all ages. We will also be doing a mystery movie afterschool once a month all winter. Storytime is held every Thursday at 11 am. It features 2-3 stories, a new song or rhyme each week, a read along story and the program ends with a craft. We are always excited to see new faces at each of these programs. For more information, call: 315-393-4325. As a reminder, masks required inside the library.

Library Hours:

Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesdays 11:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursdays and Fridays 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Bookstore Hours:

Wednesdays 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Thursdays and Fridays 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Take Home Crafts

Weekly in February

A craft to take home and complete. Each craft will contain materials and instructions to help you make a color themed craft. Pick up a craft each week to collect a full rainbow of activities.

Music and Movement

Tuesdays at 11:00 am

A preschool movement and socialization class. Jump your jiggles out and wiggles your waggles away with music, instruments and sensory play. Ages 2-5

Story Time

Thursdays at 11:00 am

Stories, activities and crafts for young children. Socialize, gain early literacy skills and learn to love books during this preschool program. Ages 3-5

Mystery Afterschool Movies

Wednesday, January 19 at 3:30 pm

A safe place to hang out and enjoy a movie after school. This month stop in to see a family take on dangerous machines.

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We are on Facebook!

Be sure to like the Ogdensburg City School District Facebook page for information about school district announcements.

Opt in to the school district's emergency notification system, One Call Now, by texting ALERT to 22300 from your cell phone.

Click below to download the February lunch and events calendar for JFK!

Click below to download the February Title I Newsletter!