Kennedy Parent Newsletter

May 2022

Principal's News

Kindergarten Round-Up May 9th 5:30-6:30 pm

"Kindergarten Round-Up" is an opportunity for 2022-23 Kindergarteners to see the classrooms, meet teachers, and participate in activities. It is also an informational time for parents about what to expect in Kindergarten. We ask that only the incoming Kindergartener and at least one parent attend. In order to not distract from our time together, siblings should remain at home.


PowerSchool

It is important that we have your current contact information if your child becomes sick or injured. Please log into your PowerSchool account and update your phone numbers and address. Please include more than one phone number. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the office at 701-446-4200. This is also the sight that you will find your child's progress report.


Kindergarten Registration for 2022-23.

If your child is going to be Kindergartner at Kennedy in fall of 2022. Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2022 opens online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration on February 1, 2022. Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall. See full details below.


2022-23 School Year Reminder:

After July 1st, ALL parents are required to log into Powerschool and review/update all information. This is to ensure that all information is current and your child (ren) are ready to start school in August.


REMINDER - School Hours: Students are allowed in the building at 7:47 am (First Bell) - Second Bell is at 8:02 am - at this time your child is expected to be in their classroom.


School Make Up Days

We have one more make up date on Monday, May 16, 2022. All students and staff are expected to be at school.


Thank you for allowing us to educate your children and working with you toward a bright future. We are here to work with you to provide the best education possible. If you have questions please contact me.


Thank you for your cooperation and showing other's empathy and kindness.

PARENT CLIMATE & CULTURE SURVEY

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Kennedy Elementary along with all Fargo schools is engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are a part. You are invited to participate in an online survey open until Friday, May 13.

Surveys provide school leaders and teachers a window into the perceptions of all stakeholders. The results of this survey will help us identify areas of strength and those that need improvement in regard to the school’s climate and culture. The results will enable us to make improvements focused on building positive school culture.

This survey is anonymous, takes no more than 5-8 minutes to complete, and is smartphone compatible, too.


Click on the link below:


https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/189600/p797


Please be assured your responses to the survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.


Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS EXPIRING JUNE 2022

A waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enabled schools across the nation, including Fargo Public Schools, to provide all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K – 12 education in March of 2020. The free school meal benefits will expire after the last school day of the 2021 – 2022 school year.


What does this mean for families? In the fall of 2022, meals will return to paid-for status. Families will need to pay full price for student meals or fill out an application to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available starting July 1, 2022. Applications will be available on the Nutrition Services Department website after that date and will be shared at the start of the 2022-23 school year with families.

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is forming the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and is currently accepting applications from parents of students who receive special education services.

General membership is open to any FPS parents/guardians of students currently attending FPS. FPS seeks the following four parent/guardian volunteers for membership of the FPS SEPAC, with the following requirements:

  • A person who lives in the FPS District and who is a parent or legal guardian of a student directly receiving special education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan or is in the referral process within a FPS school, but not employed by the FPS district.

The role of SEPAC members is to provide insight and support to the SEPAC in the understanding of parent/ family issues and perspectives, and to attend all regular meetings and special meetings as requested.

Read more about the Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

ACCESSING PROGRESS REPORTS

Accessing your child's progress report or NDSA scores from your PowerSchool Account is best done from a computer. The directions below are also found on your PowerSchool log-in screen.


STEP 1

Click the PowerSchool logo on the Fargo Public School webpage. Use your parent account to log into PowerSchool.

STEP 2

If you have more than one child at Fargo Schools, select the child you want to view from the top of the screen (names will be listed).

STEP 3

Along the left side of the screen, scroll down and select “Document Storage” from the menu list.

STEP 4

At the top of the Document Storage screen that appears, change the “Show All” box to “Progress Report (K-5)” or “NDSA”. Your child’s progress report results will appear. Click the document links to open each progress report result.


If you require assistance with accessing your child's progress report please call Kennedy School Office at 446-4200.

Enrichment Summer School

The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. You can register online for courses by clicking the following link:

https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Elementary-Enrichment-Summer-School-Cour/MeaF

June 6th to June 17th

8:00AM – 10:30AM

10:30AM – 1:00PM

All Classes held at Lewis and Clark Elementary School

1729 16th St. S. Fargo, ND 58103

Please contact Lori Nappe, Summer School Director, with any questions at nappel@fargo.k12.nd.us.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2022.23

It is time to register your Kindergarten student for 2022-23 school year. Registration for Fall 2022 is now open online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration ( February 1, 2022). Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall.

Registration is a two-step process:

STEP ONE: REGISTER ONLINE
Complete online registration forms at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person. Masks are required for all visitors.

STEP TWO: SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION

Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school by August 25 to finalize registration.

· Child’s certified birth certificate

· Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots

· Document (i.e. current lease agreement, purchase agreement or two (2) of the following: utility bill, insurance document, pay stub or car registration that includes guardian name, address, current date, and company name.)

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps.

PTA - Teacher Appreciation Week

Hello Kennedy families! We are excited to celebrate our teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week on May 2-6th. We have some very fun ideas and need your help to make some of them happen! We are seeking donations from our families to provide some breakfast/snack options for the first few days of the week. (Shhh, don't tell the teachers and staff 😉...staff and teachers, don't read this 😉😉). Please reach out to the PTA at kennedypta@gmail.com for questions or additional ideas!

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0d48adac23abfb6-teacher

Virtual Academy 2022-2023

Recently, Fargo Public Schools made the decision to continue its Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. For planning purposes, we need to gather information regarding interest for next year.

Elementary (grades K-5): The elementary model will stay the same through the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE).

Secondary (grades 6-12): Secondary students will utilize a program called Edgenuity for core classes. This program, currently used at the high schools for credit recovery coursework, provides greater flexibility to meet students’ academic needs. In addition, secondary students will have the opportunity to meet via Zoom with an FPS instructor at scheduled times throughout the day. Elective courses will be offered through NDCDE at the secondary level.

Please complete the survey linked below to indicate your interest in attending the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFZEu1-qzxbzL7xn_Pq_txT2LnKXhJfURO9Kkx76Y7OtGGyg/viewform?usp=sf_link

More information on the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy can be found on our webpage:

https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/virtualacademy.


If you have questions, please contact the Virtual Academy administrators listed below:


Lori Nappe (Grades K-5)

(701) 446-1601

nappel@fargo.k12.nd.us


Holly Fiechtner (Grades 6-12)

(701) 446-1602

fiechth@fargo.k12.nd.us


Morning Drop Off

There has been some conversation/questions about the doors of the elementary schools not opening until 15 minutes prior to the start of school. The reason that doors have not been opening earlier is due to a couple of factors: lack of adequate hourly staff available and teachers’ supervision assignment begin 15 minutes prior to the start of school.


The lack of “people power” diminishes our ability to supervise students within the school or in common areas, such as gym, cafeteria and/or playground). In addition, the need for teachers and support staff to collaborate on planning for the upcoming day. Once students are in the building, it is “go time”.


FAQs about why elementary schools are not opening their doors earlier.


Why can’t the doors open earlier?

  • There is a lack of staff to adequately fill open positions on a daily basis.

  • The number of open and/or unfilled positions results in less flexibility on who can cover bus duty, parent drop off and breakfast distribution.


Why is lack of supervision a “big deal”?

  • The lack of “people power” diminishes our ability to supervise students within the school or in common areas, such as the gym, cafeteria and/or playground, safely.

  • Developmentally, elementary aged students are not able to be left unsupervised due to safety.


What does the support staff do?

  • Fifteen minutes before school begins, support staff are assisting with drop off and pick up and breakfast distribution to make that go as smoothly as possible.

  • When the weather is inclement, they supervise students in the hallway until the first bell rings and students can enter the classroom.

  • Students may enter the building earlier if they are part of a before and after school child care program hosted on-site. The Boys and Girl Club or the YMCA service FPS elementary schools. In addition, students who are participating before or after music groups, such as, chimes, choir or orchestra may enter the building 5-minutes before the group begins.


What can parents do to support their children and the school with drop off and pick up?

  • Prepare your child or children for weather conditions by providing your children with adequate outer gear, such as

    • Winter coat

    • Winter hat

    • Winter gloves

    • Snow pants

    • Winter boots

    • Scarf

    • Raincoat

    • Umbrella

  • Assist in doing your part in assisting with drop off and pick up,

    • be patient,

    • be a positive role model in front of all children-your own or others’,

    • follow your building's drop off/pick up traffic patterns and “flow”,

    • be cautious around schools by watching for pedestrians and bicyclists, and

    • adhere to speed limits and cross walks.

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MARK YOUR CANENDARS!

May 11 - 5th Grade Thunder Road/PTA Event 3:00-5:00pm

May 13 - Bike/Walk to School Day

May 16 - Day B3 - PTA Color Run 6:00-7:00 pm

May 26 - Last Day of Classes

2022 - 2023 School Calendar

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Summer Sports Camps Gr 2 - 6

Basketball Camp - Ms. Steckler has a printed copy if you would like one.

2022 FARGO SOUTH

“BRUIN”

BASKETBALL CAMP

We are Back! New format and ready for FUN!


“BRUIN” Basketball Camp for Boys and Girls:

2nd Grade – 8th Grade (this school year)

Fargo South Basketball Camp is a camp designed to improve the skills of its campers in dribbling, passing, and shooting, as well as teamwork and strategies needed to become better players in a supportive, positive learning environment. You can be assured that your son or daughter will get the best possible instruction in a positive and fun atmosphere from the Fargo South boys’ and girls’ basketball coaches and players.

May 31st – June 2nd (Fargo South High School)

All Boys and Girls will be from 9:00 – Noon

Check in time will be at 8:30 on Tuesday May 31st

Awards Ceremony will be at 11:30 on Thursday June 2nd

Total cost of the camp is only $60; A $30 deposit is due with your registration form. The remaining $30 is due the first day of camp.

Coaches at Camp will be: Mike Hendrickson – Head Boys Basketball Coach and Andrew Burns – Assistant Boys Basketball Coach along with Team Members of both the Boys and Girls Teams.

Instruction will include:

Individual shooting – Offensive Footwork & Moves – Movement without the Ball – Rebounding – Ball Handling & Passing Offensive Strategies – Specialized Position Play – Free Throw Shooting – Dribbling – 5 on 5 Team Play (with tournament) and awards.

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Clip and Send this registration form:

Make checks payable to Bruin Basketball


Bruin Basketball Camps

1840 15th Ave S

Fargo, ND 58103

NAME: __________________________________________________ AGE ________________________

PARENTS NAMES: _______________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________________________________

SCHOOL: ____________________________________________ GRADE (this year): ________________

PHONE: _____________________________________________ EMAIL: ________________________________

BRUIN BASKETBALL CAMP May 31st – June 2nd 9:00 am -12:00 pm Male / Female

T SHIRT SIZE S M L XL (adult sizes)

I hereby acknowledge that my child is medically fit to participate in the BRUIN BASKETBALL CAMPS. I authorize the camp staff to secure any emergency medical treatment deemed necessary and waive and release the camp from any and all liability for any injuries.

_______________________________ _________________________

Parent or Guardian Signature Date

If you have any questions about our Basketball Camps please call: Coach Mike Hendrickson at 446-2043 or email at hendrim@fargo.k12.nd.us

Coach Andrew Burns at 446-2077 or email at burnsa@fargo.k12.nd.us

Football Camp - Ms. Steckler has a printed copy if you would like one.

2022 Fargo South Youth Football Camp

Grades 2-6 July 12- 14 2:00 to 4:00 PM (grade entering next school year) Campers will be grouped according to their grade level

Cost: $40 (Waivers available upon request)

Camp Purpose

The purpose of this camp is designed to increase the execution of fundamental football techniques. Athletes will

participate in individualized technique, teaching, and drill sessions. The camp will provide athletes to individually work in their desired offensive and defensive position group, as well as providing some team competitions. We hope you’ll join us this summer for a great opportunity to work on skills and improve on the fundamentals of football. Campers will be grouped according to their grade level. The camp is open to all athletes in grades 2-6th.

Camp Fees

The cost of the camp is $40 for early registration (before July 1st) and $50 (after July 1st). This includes instruction, T-shirt, and awards. Each additional camper per family is $20. Camp waivers are available upon request.

Registration/Check-In Time

Check-In will occur at Fargo South High School Field on the first day of camp, July 12th, beginning at 1:30 PM. Registration can be sent to: Tyler Kosel, 1840 15th Ave. S, Fargo, ND 58103. Make checks payable to Fargo South Football.

Location/Facilities

The camp will be conducted at Brant-Quamme Field, 1840 South 15th Avenue, Fargo, ND 58103: Enter from the North end on 15th Ave.

Weather

If inclement weather is an issue, the camp will go along as scheduled. We will move the camp indoors to Fargo South High School and South arena. If camp is held indoors, please drop your camper off at the Door 2 North arena lobby off 15th Ave. We will have camp coaches directing them where to go.

Staff

The camp will be conducted by High School coaches, current, and former Fargo South Bruin football players.

Training/Injuries

A member of the Sanford Health Athletic Training staff will be available throughout the camp.

What to Bring to Camp?

Campers need to bring football shoes (tennis shoes work as well), shorts, and socks. Football equipment will not be worn during this camp. Water will be provided throughout the camp. Please provide your own sunscreen.

Questions

Please contact Tyler Kosel, Head Football Coach, at 701-446-2045 or email him at koselt@fargo.k12.nd.us


Registration Form for Fargo South Football Camp 2022, Gr. 2-6: July 12-14 - 2:00-4:00


Camper's Name:___________________________ Phone # ____________________

Email:___________________ Home Address: ______________________________________

Shirt Size _______________ Grade entering Fall of 2022 _____________________

Emergency Contact Name ___________________ Phone #___________________________

I hereby give my approval for my child to participate in Fargo South Football Camp. I hereby authorize the directors of Fargo South Football Camp and all instructors to act for me according to their best judgment and any emergency requiring medical attention. I hereby waive and release the camp from any and all liability for an injury while at camp. I certify that my son is medically fit to participate in our camp. I understand that Fargo South Football Camp Director, Tyler Kosel, and all instructors will not be responsible for injury or loss of property while the athlete named on the application is attending camp. I also understand that each camper is responsible for his own medical insurance and expenses.

Parent/Guardian: Date: __________________________

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC) offers affordable and flexible youth development programs for before school, after school, and school out days for youth K-5th grades, and The CLUB Teen Center at our BGC Midtown location after school and summer for teens 6th through 12th grade.

Visit our website at BGCRRV.org for more information.

Summer 2022 registration is open, sites are almost full! Registration dates are set for School Year 22-23

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley

Scheduling, Registration, & General Information

701-235-2147 | schedule@bgcrrv.org | BGCRRV.org