Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

February 2021

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Main Office: 651-480-7221

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

Elementary Handbook

District Calendars



1 - Begin in person learning for 3rd and 4th grade

12 - NO SCHOOL - District Staff Development

15 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day

22 - March 7 - Virtual Scholastic Book Fair


3 - Evening Conferences

4 - Evening Conferences

5 - NO SCHOOL - Morning Conferences

7 - Last day of Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

29 - April 5 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


Click her to view the most recent Raider Update!


Kindergarten Enrollment information packets will be mailed soon. In the meantime, click HERE for more information on kindergarten enrollment.


Elementary Conferences are scheduled in the evening on March 3rd and 4th. On March 5th, conferences will take place in the morning.

All conferences will be held virtually via Zoom. Conference sign ups will go live on Monday, February 8th. Please watch your emails for the sign up link.


Zoom Book Discussion Thursday, February 10, 6:30 – 7:30 PM on Zoom

Join the Hastings community for a discussion of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. This discussion will be appropriate for teenagers and adults! To get the Zoom link, register via the Dakota County Library calendar.

Author Visit: Shannon Gibney Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 PM on Zoom

Shannon Gibney, one of the authors featured in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota is coming to Hastings! Her essay, “Fear of a Black Mother,” is the first chapter of the book. “Shannon Gibney is an award-winning author of books of all kinds — from novels to anthologies to essays to picture books. She writes for adults, children, and everyone in-between.” To get the Zoom link, register via the Dakota County Library calendar.

Book Discussion for HHS Students Wednesday, February 24, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

High school students are invited to a lunchtime Zoom about A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota (and the author visit). Students, check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit! The Zoom link will be shared on Schoology!

Book Discussion for HMS Students Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 AM

Middle school students are invited to a Zoom discussion of Ghost Boys. A few local police officers will join our conversation to talk about their careers, training, experiences, and advice. Check with your teachers to see if they are offering extra credit. The Zoom link will be shared on Schoology!

Family Activities to be picked up Friday, February 26, 6-7:30 PM at Hastings YMCA

This "event" is for families with children in elementary school. We will have fun activity bags for families to pick up and take home for family discussion of The Day You Begin.


The Scholastic Book Fair is back! Our book fair will be held virtually February 22nd through March 7th. Flyers and the link to the book fair will be coming home with students soon.


Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for winter weather. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess. Winter coats, gloves or mittens, and hats are required to make their time outside more enjoyable.

If the temperature is below 0º fahrenheit, or the wind chill is around that level, we will keep the students inside during recess.


Please continue to monitor your child every morning for symptoms of COVID-19 that could indicate that they are not well. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms or they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please keep them home and call the attendance line. Symptoms of COVID-19*

● Fever or chills (T = 100.4 or higher)

● 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

*This list does not include all possible symptoms (see Symptoms of Coronavirus for more information).

We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to update and share information with us. As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 evolves, this guidance may change.

During the school day if your child develops illness symptoms we, the school, will notify you and help you and your family take needed actions. Students who develop illness symptoms during the school day will be sent home.


Breakfast and lunch will be offered Monday – Friday (on school days) the following ways:

Beginning February 1st: Grades K-4

Meals served in school for students

Grade 5

Hybrid learning (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, Friday) meals served in school when in the building.

Meals needed when not in school will be provided for students in the following ways;

  • Cohort A

    • Tuesday – breakfast and lunch for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

  • Cohort B

    • Friday- breakfast and lunch for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Grades 6-12 and HOA Students

  • Pickup 1 breakfast and 1 lunch daily at any of the following locations: (no signup required)

    • Middle School (door #22) between 8:00-10:00 am

    • Middle School (door #24) between 2:30-5:30 pm

    • High School (lower student entrance) between 10:00-12:00 pm

    • Pinecrest, McAuliffe and Kennedy (main entrance) between 3:45-4:15 pm

    • For families preferring to reduce frequency of pickups, meals can be ordered for pickup twice a week (Monday and Thursday) at the Middle School (door #24) between 8:00-10:00 am and (door #24) between 2:30-5:30 pm (signup required). This includes families that are in quarantine. Click this link to sign up.

  • Students in school may bring home meals for siblings daily (signup required). Click this link to sign up.

  • You only need to fill out the sign-up form one time. We do not need a weekly order. If something changes, please contact Brittney Hirschauer at 651-480-7126.


Visit this site for up to date information on food, transportation, schedules and more!


Click here to view the updated protocols adjusted for COVID-19. If you need to update your child's end of day plans due to emergency closing, please contact their teacher.


Need Books?

H.O.A. Lending Library Cart

Open: 8am-3pm

Located: outside McAuliffe Office doors (in the school entry way)

Contact-free option

Available to all HOA students

No book check out required!

Take what you need, return what you can, donate more books if able!

Always use the provided hand sanitizer on the cart before selecting books. If there is a family looking at the books on the cart, please practice social distancing and wait at least 6 feet away for your turn.


Your child's safety is of prime importance to us. There are a few procedure guidelines that help us maintain a secured building and limit the number of distractions to our classrooms. Our building is designed to have a single entry point during the school day. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Always check in at the office whenever you are at school.
  • When delivering things for your child (ex. snow gear), please drop them off at the office. We will deliver articles or call your child down to the office.
  • When picking up your child early from school, please do so by signing them out at the office. The office personnel will contact your child’s teacher to dismiss them and meet you in the office.
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Community Education Recreational Opportunities

TO REGISTER: Call 651-480-7670 or register online at www.HastingsCommunityEd.com