Cougar Connect

Week of November 13, 2023

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A Message from Mrs. Leonardo

Dear Kennedy Community,

And just like that--trimester one is finished! Trimester two begins Monday, November 13. Students' grades will be finalized Tuesday morning by 8 am. We plan to print report cards this week and mail them home by next week.

After grades are finalized and locked on PowerSchool, we will be able to pull reports for honor roll. We will also be reaching to 8th-grade families of students whose GPA is below 2.0. In order for 8th-graders to participate in the 8th-grade promotion ceremony and 8th-grade activities, they must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all three trimesters. I will send more information to families via email and letter by November 30. Our admin team will also meet with students and their families to come up with a plan for success if a student's GPA is below 2.0.

Save the date! Wednesday, November 29 will be our Honor Breakfast. We will recognize students who achieved Principal's Honor Roll (4.0+), Honor Roll (3.75-3.99), students with Excellent Attendance (Two or Fewer Absences), and students with i-Ready Lesson Excellence (30 or More Passed Lessons). Breakfast will be provided by IHOP, and students can bring two guests. We will begin at 7:30 am in the Kennedy gym. Invitations will be sent home by November 21st.

🎯Rules Review Assemblies

Our admin team will meet with each grade level on Monday to review school-wide expectations, policies, and procedures. We also plan to talk about kindness, empathy, and respect for ourselves and others. These reminders are important and starting our new trimester with these reminders is always helpful. I will share the presentation slides with families in next week's newsletter.

📱Social Media Discussion & Group Talk

Redwood City Police Department Juvenile and Family Services Specialist, Jennifer Martinez, will be speaking to our 8th-grade students during PE about how to stay safe while using social media. Ms. Martinez will also speak to students about cyberbullying and how they should conduct themselves online. This will be on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

💚New Beginnings Community Church Beautifies Kennedy

Thank you to New Beginnings Community Church for donating their time and resources in order to beautify Kennedy's campus today (Sunday)! We appreciate your hard work and dedication. I've included some photos in the bottom portion of the newsletter. Be Rich

🫱🏻‍🫲🏽RCPD Partnering with Kennedy

Parents want to know how they can protect their students from the dangers of social media. We are working with our local law enforcement agencies to bring parent info nights to Kennedy. As mentioned above, we plan to connect with our 8th-grade students this week.

On November 30, Ms. Martinez will return to Kennedy for an informational session for parents. Parents will learn how to navigate Instagram and TikTok so that they can be aware and informed about how students use these applications.

We encourage you to attend. Space is limited to 25 people, so sign up today. Sign up here.

✅Attendance Letters

Attendance letters will be sent home for any student who has attendance concerns. These letters are automatically sent to families from the Redwood City School District. Our attendance staff will be reaching out to families to set up meetings to come up with a plan to ensure that your students are attending school every day.

🌎Anti-Bullying Week, World Kindness Day, & Ruby Bridges Day

We have several things happening at Kennedy this week. We plan to speak to our students at our assemblies about how to treat each other with respect. Monday is World Kindness Day, so students will be encouraged to spread kindness on Monday and throughout the week (and forever!). Tuesday is Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. We will highlight Ruby Bridges's efforts as a civil rights activist by wearing purple on Tuesday and challenging students to find facts about Ruby Bridges around the school. Our Environmental Club created posters that encourage students to be kind to the environment and climate.

❤️SEL Lessons in Social Studies

Last week Ms. Kathryn and Ms. Ruby started SEL lessons in social studies classes. We are excited about this new endeavor because it will allow all grade levels to receive social-emotional lessons.

☺️Field Trips

Our 6th-grade science students will walk to Stulsaft Park this week to collect water samples. The schedule is listed in the newsletter.

Ms. Hernandez's 6th-period STEAM class will go to Hidden Villa, The Pulgas Water Temple, and the San Mateo County water treatment plant on Wednesday.

Prospective Family Tours: Sign Up Here

Shadowing for 5th-Grade Students: Sign Up Here

Our first Kennedy Info night for prospective families will be this Thursday via Zoom. Meeting ID: 835 8231 5297 Passcode: kennedy

Please note the passcode. Last week's flyer has an outdated passcode.

Historic Union Cemetary Walking Tour

Join RCSD board member Janet Lawson as she and her husband give a walking tour, on Saturday, November 18th at 10 am. Come learn about the pioneers of San Mateo County and Redwood City.

👩🏽‍🔬Kennedy Career Day

We plan to hold a Career Day at Kennedy in the spring. We are looking for folks who are interested in sharing information about their career with 6th through 8th grade students. Please spread the word! Interested individuals can sign up here. We will have more information about the event and the support we will need in January and February 2024.

🫶🏽November Family Challenge

We challenge students and their families to cook a meal together this month. Take a picture of yourself completing the challenge and email it to

📚Kennedy Book Fair

The Kennedy Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 13-17th! Click here to explore Kennedy's Book Fair website. Click here to learn more about e-wallet.

Please sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair. We need parent support! Sign up:

Student Clubs Meeting This Week

  • Intramural Flag Football on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at lunch

  • Cursive Writing Club Monday at 7th/8th grade lunch in room 316

  • Math Homework Support after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in room 534

  • Book Club after school on Tuesday in the library

  • 6th-Grade Student Council Reps Tuesday at lunch in room 103

  • Italian Club Tuesday after school in room 318

  • Makerspace and Robotics Club during 6th-grade lunch in room 104

  • Wellness Club Tuesday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 636

  • K-Pop Club Wednesday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 208

  • 7th-Grade Executive Council Thursday at lunch in room 314

  • Rock Band Club after school on Wednesday in room 314

  • Art Club Thursday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 527

  • Jazz Club Thursday morning before school in room 312

  • Photography Club Thursday during 6th-grade lunch in room 425

  • GSA Kennedy Skittles Thursday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 315

  • GSA Kennedy Skittles Thursday during 6th-grade lunch in room 102

  • Chess Club Thursday during both lunches in the library

  • K-Pop Club Thursday at 6th-grade lunch in room B-9

  • 6th-Grade Lunch Bunch Friday during 6th-grade lunch in room B-6

  • Environmental Club Friday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 535

That's all for now!

See you soon!

Mrs. Leonardo

Art Contest: Kindness

Kennedy Cougars submitted artwork around the theme of kindness. Please vote for your favorite submission! Voting closes Wednesday, November 15. We will announce the winners Thursday during morning announcements.

Vote here: click the link.

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New Beginnings Church @ Kennedy

Advanced Band Performs at the Veterans' Day Event on 11/11/23

October Family Challenge Winner: Gianna C.!

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Intramural Soccer Champions

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6th-Grade Field Trips to Stulsaft Park

Half-day walking field trips to Stulsaft Park begin this week for 6th-grade science classes. Students were given permission slips and must have a permission slip to attend the trip. These field trips are in conjunction with the Marine Science Institute and allow our 6th-graders to explore and learn about our Bay Area watershed. Maestra Adriana, Mrs. Virnich, Ms. Strangman, and Mr. Howard's science classes have specific dates for the trips.

Monday, November 13:

Morning Group: Maestra Adriana's 4th Period & Mrs. Virnich's 4th Period

Leave 1st period and return by the end of 4th period.

Afternoon Group: Maestra Adriana's 5th & 6th Periods

Eat lunch during 5th Period and return by the end of 7th period.

Tuesday, November 14

Morning Group: Ms. Strangman's 1st & 2nd Periods

Leave 1st period and return by the end of 4th period

Afternoon Group: Mrs. Virnich's 3rd & 5th Periods

Eat lunch during 5th Period and return by the end of 7th period.

Friday, November 17th
Morning Group: Mrs. Virnich's 1st & 2nd Periods, Mr. Howard's 3rd Period
Leave 1st period and return by the end of 4th period

Cave Art in Maestra Adriana's Class

Maestra Adriana's Spanish Immersion science classroom was turned into a dark cave to allow students to assume the role of early humans who created cave art. Students got to draw their art by candlelight.

Ms. Camara's Students' Books

Ms. Camara's expository reading & writing students were given the opportunity to write their own books. Students had a publishing party last week during class.

Intramural Flag Football

SEL Lessons in Social Studies Classes

Mandarin Immersion Students Make Snowy Mooncakes

Our Mandarin Immersion and Mandarin elective students got to make snowy mooncakes on Wednesday. Traditionally, mooncakes are made and eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival, but our students got to experience this event last week. Thank you, Ms. Cao, and our parents for putting this event together!

PTO Calendar

The Kennedy school calendar is now on the PTO website and has been updated with school events and activities for the year! You can add it to your personal calendar by going to and clicking the +Google Calendar button on the bottom right of the calendar.

PTO Corner

Hello, Kennedy Community!

November gets us closer to the Thanksgiving holiday, and I’m thinking about gratitude. I’m very grateful to be part of this community of caring, generous, and supportive parents and families.

As you may know, a parent of one of our 7th-grade students recently passed away. This loss impacts all of us - even if we don’t know the family personally. Can you imagine what this family is going through? My heart aches for them and hopes that we can come together to care for one of our own. Though a small gesture, there will be an envelope in the Family Center where anyone can drop off gift cards (Target, Costco, Safeway etc.) to help support this family. Together we can provide some relief and wrap them in our love.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is this week. We need volunteers who have been registered and approved through the RCSD process to help in the library. The library is open to ELA classes, as well as during brunch and lunch to give the kids lots of time to browse and shop! The book fair is an excellent way to celebrate our love of reading and spread this joy to all the students.

Please sign up at the link below to help.

Our STEAM teachers are also in need of some field trip chaperones for two upcoming field trips. The trips will be on November 15 to the Pulgas Water Temple and on December 6th to a water quality processing plant. Chaperones must be cleared through the district. Bus transportation is provided and the trips will last all day, 8:30-3:15. If you are available to help out please contact to express your interest.

Finally, don’t forget that another way to be involved is by contributing financially to our school. The PTO’s Direct Drive fundraising efforts support academics, student activities, staff appreciation events, and our elective programs. Whether it's $25, $50, $100, or $1,000, every dollar helps us reach our fundraising goal and our students are worth our investment.

To support KMS, DONATE at the link below:

Represent Kennedy With Style

KMS Spirit Wear is on sale now. Order online at the link below.

Follow the KMS PTO on Instagram and Facebook, @KennedyCougarsPTO.

Check out for more info.

Kind regards,

Jess Bryski

PTO President


High School Event Updates

Please check the High School Shadow Programs & Informational Event Links document.

  • TIDE and Woodside posted their shadowing request links.
  • Carlmont posted links for campus tours and the Chat with a Carlmont Student event.
  • Sequoia will open the shadowing request link on 9/13/23.
  • Menlo-Atherton will open the shadowing request link within the next ten days.

High School Information Website

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Come and find out WHY TIDE Academy is a great small public high school option in the Sequoia Union High School District!

TIDE Academy offers After School Tours and Shadow Opportunities to spend the day with a current TIDE Academy student! Due to demand, we've added three more shadow dates! All information about our events is also on our website at"

9th Grade Online Registration

The Online Registration (OLR) process is required for all students enrolling at SUHSD (even if you have already completed it for an older sibling). OLR opens annually on October 15 and closes on February 1. Learn more here:
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Updates from Boys and Girls Club

Hello BGCP Families,

Welcome to Quarter 2 at BGCP! Here are some updates and changes that are occurring in the program.

This new quarter will feature changes in our program schedule, as well as new enrichments and clubs that are meant to enhance the student experience at the program. We’ve included our NEW program schedule for you to reference.

Daylight Savings:

Along with a new schedule, we’re also changing the release time for our student walkers. As daylight savings is starting, we want to ensure the safety of our students. For this reason, student walkers will be released from the program at 4:45 PM each day (to prevent students from walking home in the dark). If you wish to have students stay until the end of the program and get picked up, please reach out to our BGCP office. The new release time begins MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH. Our contact information is listed below:

BGCP Office Number: (650)804-9045

BGCP Email:

Quarter 2 will run from Monday, October 23rd until Friday, December 15th. The new walker release time will continue until the end of daylight savings in March 2024. We look forward to staying in communication to better serve our students.

BGCP Office Number: (650) 804-9045

BGCP Email:

We are excited about all the fun and engaging activities we have in store this year! We look forward to staying in communication and serving our students. Thank you, BGCP families.

Arnulfo Prado

Kennedy BGCP Site Director

New BGCP Schedule

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Kennedy Family Center Updates

Our November Family Challenge is HERE! Find out the details in this month's podcast.

Family Challenge Details Begins: 23:51

Padres de Kennedy 2023 WhatsApp Group

If you prefer to receive information in Spanish and by text, click on the link to join the Kennedy Family Center's WhatsApp group “Padres de Kennedy 2023"! You will receive updated Kennedy Middle School information in Spanish and reminders of our school events.

Cynthia Cardona, Community School Coordinator

Maria Segundo, Admin Assistant

Kathryn Lige, Lead Mental Health Counselor

Contact the Kennedy Family Center by phone: (650) 482-2110

Redwood City Parks & Rec Sports This Week

Flag Football

Monday, 11/13

5:00 PM

Kennedy Green vs. Charles Armstrong at Hawes Field

Monday, 11/13

6:00 PM

Kennedy Cougars Gold vs. North Star at Hawes Field


8th Grade


Monday, 11/13 - 4:45 pm Kennedy White vs. Kennedy Green at Red Morton

The winner goes to the Championship Game on Thursday, 11/16 at Red Morton at 6 pm.

7th Grade


Monday, 11/13 - 4:45 Kennedy Green vs. Roy Cloud

Monday, 11/13 - 5:30 Kennedy White vs. Clifford at Kennedy

The winners go to the Championship Game on Thursday, 11/16 at Red Morton at 5 pm.



Monday, 11/13 - 4:00 pm Kennedy White vs. Clifford at Kennedy

The winner goes to the Championship Game on Thursday, 11/16 at Red Morton at 4 pm vs. Kennedy Green.

What's Happening in the Kennedy Library?

Book Club has started! We meet on Tuesdays after school. If you are interested in joining, come by the library to sign up or sign up here.

Get more details from Ms. Cooper and the awesome Kennedy Library by visiting the Kennedy Library Website.

Student & Family Handbook

In order to make our handbook for students and families more accessible, we have digitized it. Please know that the information in the handbook will be continually updated to ensure families are informed. Students received planners during the fourth week of school, and included in the planner is the student handbook.

Click to view and save the Kennedy Student & Family Handbook.

Kennedy's Amazon Wishlist

We are incredibly grateful for your support! Thank you!

Our wishlist contains items requested by teachers at Kennedy. It now contains items we need for our STEAM and art electives.

Thank you to Lisa Eli for donating school supplies to Kennedy!

Kennedy's Amazon Wishlist

Upcoming Events


  • Book Fair Nov 13-17 Library
  • Minimum Day Nov. 21 1:50 pm
  • Thanksgiving Break ~ No School Nov 22-24
  • PTO Meeting Nov. 28 Zoom 7:05-8:30 pm
  • Kennedy Honor Breakfast Nov. 29 7:30 am Gym
  • Site Council & ELAC Nov. 29 Zoom Time TBD

Click here to view the most up-to-date version of the Kennedy Calendar of Events.

Kennedy Middle School

With a commitment to excellence, Kennedy Middle School engages, encourages, and empowers students in challenging and creative learning opportunities while preparing them for their futures in high school and beyond.