Keeping Up With The Kennedy

June 14, 2020- Issue 39

Good Evening Families

We have a big week coming up as we wind down the 2019-2020 school year. Families will be coming by the building to pick up student belongings. Please read the protocol below to help with a smooth process.

Students in grades 4 and 5 will be dropping off their musical instruments at this time.

Chromebooks have a separate drop off procedure. Please see below.

Nurse Stenmon will be at JFK to distribute medications back to families when you come to pick up your students personal belongings. If you have any questions please contact her at

I am also happy to announce that we have finalized a plan for our Grade 5 Celebration. Please read information below.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about any end of the year information.

Student Material Pick Up/Drop Off Process

June 16th~
4th Grade 10-12

5th Grade 12-2

June 17th~

2nd Grade 10-12

3rd Grade 12-2

June 18th~

Kindergarten 10-12

1st Grade 12-2

  • We ask that you have the first and last name and room number of your child on a paper displayed on the dashboard.
  • Please begin to form a line starting in the large parking lot similar to AM drop off.
  • Cars will then be sent to the horseshoe for pick up at the main door
  • If you have items to drop off (library books or instruments), there will be bins at the front door.
Our goal is to provide a smooth traffic flow and not clog up Dedham Street. If the pick up time is not convenient, please contact me and we can make other arrangements. Also if you have more than one child, please let us know the day/time you will be picking up so we can have items ready.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.

Chromebook Drop Off

As the school year is coming to a close, I want to provide you with the details for the upcoming student loaner Chromebook collection. This collection is for any Chromebook that was loaned to students for either the school closure/remote learning deployment or the Canton High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. I sincerely hope that access to a device provided support to your child during this school year and specifically during school closure.

We have scheduled the return dates for the loaned devices as follows:

Tuesday, June 23rd 12 pm - 2 pm

Wednesday, June 24th 10 am - 12 pm

Thursday, June 25th 8 am - 10 am

The collection will take place at Canton High School and we will be using a similar format for collection as we did for distribution.

Pull into the main loop at Canton High School (entrance by the tennis courts). Place a sign in the passenger window with the name(s) of each of your children that borrowed a Chromebook. Please have the Chromebook(s) AND charger(s) accessible in your trunk. A staff member will retrieve it upon your arrival.

All borrowed Chromebooks and chargers must be returned to Canton Public Schools on one of the collection dates listed above.

Lastly, I would like to publicly thank the Technology and Digital Learning Team for all their hard work. They prepared and deployed over 550 Chromebooks to our students and offered support to students and families, as well as staff, during these last few months. I am incredibly proud to work with such an amazing group of staff members committed to supporting our school community.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our staff at

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!


Julie Shore

Director of Technology and Digital Learning

Grade 5 Celebration

We are very excited to announce our Grade 5 Celebration. Please read below for specifics. The event will take place on Monday, June 22 with a 9:30 start for students in Mrs. Banks/Miss Donaghey's classes and at 10:15 for Mr. Houle, Mrs. Kelley, and Mrs. Booth. There may be some additional surprises that we are keeping a secret.....

  • At the designated time, cars will begin to form a line in the large parking lot similar to the morning drop off.
  • · Each student will ride in a car with their family
  • Please have student name displayed on a paper on the dashboard.
  • · Cars will then be directed to drive through the JFK horseshoe
  • · Teachers will be standing 6 feet apart in front of the office.
  • · A marker will be on the ground to show students where to stand
  • · Each student will get out of the car with a face mask. When it is their turn to take a picture the mask can be removed, and then put back on to return to the car.
  • · Parents will pop their trunk for the student's "swag bag" to be placed in the trunk and then proceed out of the horse shoe.

Incoming Kindergarten News

There is no kindergarten screening at the end of June as was previously scheduled. We anticipate screening will occur in September and will provide you with more details as they come available.

We will be having a Kindergarten Information Night on Monday, June 22 @ 5pm. More information to follow.

A note from Mr. Sasin

This is the last week for Grade 5 to participate in the 5th Grade Mile. Students should use a tracker and send along a picture of themselves and their completed mile to this link:

Parents can also email a picture of the mile participants if they don't want to fill out the form.

Make it a family event and get out there and try a mile together. Jogging is a great life long fitness skill and we always love to finish off 5th grade with this event to help prepare them for the Middle School. If it's too much to run all at once then do a walk/ jog to complete it. It's really all about participation and trying your best! Good luck, have fun, and stay well!

Notes from the Nurse

Epinephrine Auto Injector Malfunction Notification

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The FDA has issued an alert regarding potential malfunction of epinephrine auto-injectors:

FDA alerts patients and health care professionals of Amneal and Impax Laboratories epinephrine auto-injector device malfunctions.

Please follow the link below for additional information and instructions to check your child’s epinephrine auto injector to see if it is affected.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

If your child has a medication(s) at school (Epi pen, inhaler or other medications) please send me an email at and let me know your wishes for your child's medication.

Here are your options:

  1. Notify Nurse Stenmon that you would like to pick up medication(s). You will be contacted about pick up at a later date.

  2. Notify Nurse Stenmon that you would like to have your students medication held at JFK until next school year. If the medication will expire prior to 9/2020 I will notify you prior to the start of the school year.

  3. Notify Nurse Stenmon if you would like me to dispose of your student’s medication.

  4. Please notify Nurse Stenmon if you intend to have your child attend the summer school program and the medications will be kept for your student for the summer program. (this is provided the program takes place face to face).

If I do not hear from you, and your students medication is expired, or will expire prior to Sept. 2020, I will dispose of the medications appropriately.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me. Thank you for your assistance, I look forward to hearing from you.

Nurse Stenmon

JFK Nurse