Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

November 2021

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Health Office (Nurse): 651-480-7224
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7257
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

Dates to remember

NOVEMBER

7 - Daylight Savings ends

22 - PTA Meeting via Zoom @ 6:00 pm

25,26 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

29 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development


DECEMBER

1 - 10 - 10 Days of Giving Food Drive

22 - 4th grade choir concert, time TBD

23 - Jan 2 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

November's Featured Artists

Avery, Tatyana, Noah, Sasha, Chet, Christopher

Big picture

Congrats to our Adopt-A-Classroom Recipients at Kennedy Elementary

RAIDER UPDATE

Click here to view the most recent Raider Update!

Peachjar Flyers

Click here for most recent flyers and community events

The Kennedy PTA needs YOU!

The first meeting of the year will be on Monday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm via Zoom.


Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94034124908

Meeting ID: 940 3412 4908
Passcode: 610026

10 Days of Giving Food Drive

December 1st through December 10th

More info to come soon!

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess.


When the temperatures start to dip into the 40’s and 50’s, we do require students to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt outside. When winter arrives, winter clothing will be required.

Did your student miss both picture days?

Cahill Photo Studios had a few parents contact them directly because their students missed both picture days. Partnering with Dan Rother gives us the opportunity to provide parents an option for those students who missed both picture days. Parents can contact Dan directly to set up an appointment to go to his studio in Hastings to get their picture taken and we will process their image and order here at our office.


Dan Rother Photography

651-437-8828

ATTENDANCE

Throughout the year, there may be times that your child may be sick, need to go to medical appointments, etc. If your child is absent, please call the attendance line by 8:50 am at 651-480-7220.

Being on time to school is very important. If you are late to school, please check your student in at the main office.

If there is ever a change to your child’s normal dismissal plan, please contact the main office at 651-480-7220 by 2:30 pm.


If you are picking up your student early for an appointment, bring your ID. If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up, office must be notified in advance and their ID also is required.

Early Pick Up for Students

In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.

MESSAGE FROM THE NURSE

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.

Don't Wait Until Winter ... Prepare for a "Snow Day"

It is important that you have accurate phone numbers on file for your student with the school district. Although we are using a calling system to contact families in case of inclement weather, the district will still continue to post school delays or closings in the following ways:


Official school closing announcements will be made on Hastings KDWA Radio 1460, WCCO-Channel 4, KSTP-Channel 5, KMSP-Channel 9 and KARE-Channel 11 television and Hastings Public School Website.


Click HERE for instructions on how to update contact information in Infinite Campus Parent Portal

School Lunch Updates!

FREE Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all students for the 2021-22 school year.


**NOTE** Students will be charged for second meals, a la carte items, and milk if they bring their own meal.


More information about lunch accounts can be found here.

My Payments Plus

Online Lunch Account

birthday parties

Just a reminder that if your child is having a birthday party and wants to invite their friends from school, we are not able to give out names, phone numbers or addresses of the students. While we know it is exciting for children to have a birthday party and invite their school friends, we ask that you not send invitations to school with them to pass out. It can cause hurt feelings for those students who did not get invited to the party.

treats at school

The district has adopted a wellness policy. We are still celebrating student birthdays; we are just not doing so with birthday treats. We ask that students not bring any treats in honor of their birthday.

Bring your ID

We have updated our student sign in/out system and will need to re-scan all driver's licenses when students are picked up early.


Please bring your driver's license with you when you are checking out your student.

Change of Address or Daycare

If during the school year your address or daycare changes and this requires a change in transportation, please contact the school, not the bus company. If you give us the information we will work with the bus company to make the changes. The only changes that can be made are those that are permanent or for an extended length of time. It is very difficult for the bus company to make brief or sudden changes in the routes. If you need to update your address, please complete this form to turn into the office Thank you for your help in this matter.

KIDS CAMPUS EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

If the Hastings Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Kids Campus Program will also be closed. If school is delayed two hours in opening, Kids Campus will be open at the regular time (6:30 am).


If school closes two hours early, then Kids Campus sites will close two hours early

(4:00 pm). Parents will be called and notified by Kids Campus staff to pick up their child.

Please pick up your child by 4:00 pm or authorize someone else to pick up your child by that time. Please listen to the radio and TV for school closing announcements.