Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

January 2020

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 NO SCHOOL - Holiday Break

6 PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm in Media Center

16 Healthy Snack Program - 2nd Semester Payment Due

17 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development

20 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr Day

23 Kindergarten Registration 5:30 - 7:00 PM

24 GEO Bee @ 9:30 am

28 Instrument Fair 5-7 pm in Hastings High School Music Pod


3 PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm in Media Center

3 Instrument Fair 6-8 pm in Hastings High School Music Pod

14 NO SCHOOL - Staff Development

17 NO SCHOOL - President's Day


Elementary Conferences are scheduled in the evening on March 4th and 5th. On March 6th, conferences will take place in the morning. Watch for upcoming online conference sign up.

Above the Line

Henry K

Bennett S

Alex C

Sophia H

Kaylynn L

Character Trait - Kindness


Do you have a student in 4th Grade? Are they interested in band or orchestra?

Check out the Instrument Fair at the HHS Music Pod:

Tuesday, January 28 from 5-7 pm

Monday, February 3 from 6-8 pm


Please have your student(s) check the Lost and Found area if they are missing anything. There are lots of gloves, hats, sweatshirts, etc. We will be cleaning up this area monthly and donating to a local charity if left unclaimed.


Are you connected to your child's Seesaw account? Seesaw is a great way to receive communication from your child's teacher and see classroom activity. It is also the main platform that will be used for e-Learning days. If you are not yet connected to Seesaw, please reach out to your child's teacher for their special link or QR code. Click HERE for more information on e-Learning Days.


DATE/TIME: Thursday, January 23rd, 2020/ 5:30-7pm (Open House)

LOCATION: School of Attendance (Pinecrest, Kennedy or McAuliffe)

You and your child are invited to visit Kindergarten classrooms, meet Kindergarten teachers, turn in registration/enrollment forms, and tour the school.

If you would like to bring completed kindergarten registration forms, here are a list of forms (there is no need to have all of them ready to participate in the Countdown to Kindergarten event):

1. Student Registration Form

2. Minnesota Language Form

3. Ethnic and Racial Demographic Designation Form

4. Non-household Emergency Contact Form

5. A copy of your child’s birth certificate. Your child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2020.

6. Proof of early childhood screening. If your child was screened in ISD 200, we will have the screening report on file.

7. Verification of Residency - due at the time of registration. For those already living in the district - valid driver’s license, utility bill, etc. and for families moving to the district - lease agreement or home closing paperwork.

8. Student Immunization Form

9: If applicable: Legal documentation of guardianship - if person enrolling the child is not the parent, the district will require legal documentation before the child is enrolled.

10. If applicable: Daycare Transportation Form - this is only for daycare transportation within your attendance area.

Registration/Enrollment forms can be found under the “about us” section from any of the district websites: http://www.hastings.k12.mn.us


School begins at 8:50 am.

Drop off times are from 8:30 am-8:45 am. Children should not be dropped off before 8:30. If your child is going to breakfast, you may drop off at 8:25 am and have them go directly to the cafeteria.

If you need to drop off before the 8:30 bell, you can enroll your child in Kids Campus. Further information about Kid’s Campus can be obtained from the district’s website, the Pinecrest webpage, or from our office.

Please make sure your child(ren) arrive at school on time. Learning takes place in a carefully arranged environment that begins the minute your child arrives at school. When your child is late, he/she may not feel the connectedness with the class or have the opportunity to absorb learning in the best setting. To maximize instruction time and academic achievement for your child, as well as minimize disruption for the whole class, please avoid tardiness.


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.


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.

Please visit our webpage for directions at: www.hastings.k12.mn.us


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.


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).

*Cold Closure Exception: If school is closed due to extreme cold weather, children who were pre-registered for Cold Closure Days can attend our McAuliffe site. Hours are 6:30 am to 6:00 pm.

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.