Week of May 6, 2019
We are excited for the first annual Color Run this week! It will take place at 1:40 pm at the Kennedy track and field this Friday. If your student wants to participate and has not turned in a permission slip, extras can be found in the office. Students need to return these by Thursday, May 9, at the latest. You can no longer fill out the online permission slip. For more information about the Color Run go to: https://kennedycougarspto.org/kennedy-color-run
You should have received an email with your child’s personalized fundraising link through 99Pledges. Please share that link with friends and family via text, email and social media to ask them to support your child in this event. If you did not receive it, you can visit the main fundraising page and search for your child’s name: https://99pledges.com/fund/JFK.
For every $25 earned in pledges, your child will receive a raffle ticket that s/he can enter into a raffle for a chance to win some great prizes, including:
$50 Hillsdale mall gift card
Horse trail ride for 4 at Webb Ranch
4 person all day SUP or kayak rental from 101 Surf Sports
Pier 39 Family Fun Pack
2 tickets to a San Jose Earthquakes home game
Cal Academy of Sciences admission tickets
Laser Quest tickets
Bel Mateo Bowl bowling package
Vaping/JUUL Education Night
Safe and Smart Choices at Drop Off/Pick Up
Clothing For Hot Weather
Graduation this year is on Friday, June 7, from 6-7 pm on the Kennedy field. There are no assigned seats, but we put out over 1,000 chairs, which is usually plenty. It is first come first served. Students who are participating in graduation will need to check in at 5 pm to their designated check in area (more details to come). Gates will remain locked until 5 pm so no one can reserve seating ahead of time. As we get closer to this date, I will give out specifics about exactly which gates will and will not be opened at 5 pm since families get very excited about getting to the graduation seating. The blacktop will be open to help with the parking situation.
Students will be loaned a forest green gown for graduation. We will hand that out the week of graduation. (The students were each measured earlier in the year so that we could make sure we had the right gown length for each student). The gown needs to be returned after the ceremony by around 7:30 pm, which is when the graduation party starts in the gym. When students return their gown they will receive their wristband for the party.
A reminder, which we have been communicating since January to parents and students, students must have a cumulative 2.0 gpa to walk through graduation. We held to that last year and plan to do so again.Those in danger of not walking have been meeting with administrators during second and third trimester and are aware of the gpa needed this trimester to achieve the cumulative 2.0.
Thank you in advance for your generosity in helping the Kennedy PTO raise up to $30K in support of our students and community! This will help fund next school year’s programs, including: The Kennedy Family Center, The Art Program, The Maker Space, and a new project based learning program called Project Lead The Way. Donate Now or put a check in the PTO box in the school office. No contribution is too small!
8th Grade Graduation Festivities
8th grade graduation events are almost here. Your kids will participate in a day trip to Great America, the graduation dance, field day events and the graduation ceremony, including gowns for all kids. These wonderful events take money to produce and we are asking for donations of $75 per child to cover the costs. Without your donation we won’t be able to make all of these events happen. Please make a contribution today so we can make your child’s graduation from Kennedy a memorable one!
Make a $75 contribution by credit card or PayPal account using this link: https://bit.ly/2DeBrJf. Please include you child’s name in the comments.
Write a check or leave cash in the PTO lock box at the Kennedy Office, please note your child’s name on check or envelope.
Announcements From The Community
Stand Up For Schools
Pictures From This Week
Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10: CAASPP Testing - Math, All Grades
Friday, May 10: Color Run, 1:40 pm, Track and Field
Tuesday, May 14: Dine Out Fundraiser at Pizza My Heart, 4:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday, May 15 & Thursday, May 16: CAASPP Testing - Science, 8th Grade Only (3rd and 4th Period)
Wednesday, May 15 - Friday, May 24: 7th Grade Grand Canyon Trip
Tuesday, May 21: Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am Gym; 7th Grade Downtown Redwood City Historic Field Trip & Other Activities (Special Schedule For 7th Grade All Day)
Monday, May 27: No School, Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 22: Site Council, 3:15 pm, Library
Tuesday, May 28: May Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 535; PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 30: Volunteer Breakfast, 8:30 am, Library
Friday, May 31: 8th Grade Great America Trip, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm