Kennedy Newsletter for Families

Week of April 2021

Principal's Post

Hello Kennedy Families,

I always like to look back at old newsletters from years past to see what I wrote about over the last years in our Kennedy Family Newsletter. Here are some things we were discussing and planning this time last year:

  • Packet Pick-up
  • When individual teachers would be outside for Packet Pick-up so students could see their teachers in line from their cars
  • Zoom Class Meetings
  • Communicating through Class Dojo (Hey! We still do this!)
  • Germs
  • Taking the US Census
  • Our Online Scholastic Bookfair
  • Our Playground was closed. :(
  • Emergency Resources during the nationwide Covid-19 quarantine
  • Bus delivery of KCS Breakfast and Lunch

As I'm typing these things, I have a sense of calm. We have done amazing things as a community over the last year. I think it's good for us to look back to see how far we have come. It was stressful, but we came through it together.

I'm so profoundly happy that our students are back in school. We have had to quarantine several times this year (my children included), but for the most part our doors have been open. Almost every day on the morning announcements I mention to Coyotes that "all of the adults in this building have chosen Education as a profession" and that "our students are the reason we are here". Going through stressful times and trauma has made and continues to make our students resilient. Our future is bright, and I know our students will contribute many amazing and beautiful things to our community as they continue to grow.

So proud to serve you,

Janice Irvin, Principal

KCS Summer Learning Experience Information

Dear Families,

We are excited to offer students the KCS Summer Learning Experience at Kennedy Elementary! On-site, students will engage in reading, math, movement/play, and STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Related Arts, Math) instruction and activities designed to keep your child(ren) learning and growing! Designed for fun, the Summer Learning Experience allows students to create, learn, and explore while giving them plenty of time for physical activity and special events to celebrate summertime and learning!

The Summer Learning Experience at Kennedy runs five weeks beginning June 1 through July 1 (June 1-4, then Monday through Thursday until July 1). Students participate four days a week, 8:45 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. Transportation (if needed), breakfast, and lunch will be provided for each student. A KCS teacher will be reaching out to you soon with more information about the experience and how your child(ren) will benefit from this experience.

Please complete the form being sent home and return to your child’s teacher by Friday, April 16. These are being sent home today for some students.

Ready to Enroll? Reserve your spot at or scan the QR code (open the camera on your phone and start to take a picture of it).

Take Note

April 9 - Ross N. Robinson Boys Group is coming to do landscaping for us

April 13 - 5 to 6PM (all teachers) Drive through pick up Spring Stem Night! Drive past the front of our school to see your teachers and get some great activities!

April 14 - Kindergarten Screenings in Room 50

April 14 - 4th Grade Goal Celebration #1 (see teachers for more details) 1st Math (multiplication to 11s) and 1st Literacy (Study Island Work)

April 19 - If you ordered a tree it is scheduled for arrival on or around Earth Day (April 22).

TNReady/TCAP State Testing Begins

April 21 - English/Language Arts Part 1

April 22 - English/Language Arts Parts 2 & 3

April 23 - English/Language Arts Part 4

April 26 - Math Part 1

April 27 - Math Parts 2 & 3

April 28 - Science

April 29 - Make-ups Completed

May 6 - Orleans-Hannah Math Placement Test 9am (5th Graders only)

May 7 - Field Day (Rain Date May 14) No Families this year, please.

May 17 - 4th Grade Goal Celebration #2 (2nd try- multiplication to 11s)(2nd try- Study Island Work)

May 18 - 5th Grade Promotion 9:00am

May 19 - 1/2 Last Day of School - Talent Show (PreK-2 at 9:30 & 3-5 10:30 - possibly live streamed this year

June 1 - 1st Day of KCS Summer Learning Experience -Mr. Herron, Principal

Summer Learning Experience Dates

June 1 - 4

June 7 - 10

June 21 - 24

June 28 - July 1

Kindergarten Registration

Hello Kennedy Families,

Please take the time to read this information about Kindergarten Registration. Please pass the information on to families that you know who have a Kindergarten age child.

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 school year will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 3:00p.m. & 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. located at each Kingsport Elementary School. You do not have to bring your child to registration. Masks are required. For additional information, call the Kingsport Elementary School your child is zoned for. Go online to for a list of Required Documentation.

Attached is a copy of the Kindergarten Registration Flyer

The On-Line Registration Portal is open! Families can register NOW from the comfort of your own home instead of waiting until April 7, 2021.

Go online to, select Registration at the top of the screen.

Scroll to the bottom of the screen where you will see the following information.

If you currently have students in KCS, please sign in using your Aspen Portal Credentials. If you are new to KCS, please follow the instructions for creating an Aspen Portal.

You have the opportunity to upload the required documentation through the portal OR call the school to set up an appointment to drop off the documentation.

Take Note: Please contact your child's school for the next step to complete the KCS registration process. This includes setting up a time for your child’s Kindergarten Screening. For Kennedy Families, you will call 423-857-2700 and ask for Kem Couch.

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KCS Math Resources

Our Investigations 3 curriculum now has a link with additional resources to support families. You no longer have to login to Pearson Realize to access these resources. Use this link: to access:

· Math at Home collection

· Investigations 3 Games Online (Grades K-5)

· Math Words and Ideas (interactive review of concepts)

Related Arts Website!

Our amazing Related Arts Team has created a website for your family! Please click the link below for ideas about Art, PE, Music, and Library! They will put all of their info in one place for you and update it periodically. Fun!
KCS Family Resource Page

Please click this button to see a list of local resources for food, clothes, etc.

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Kennedy is a Bully-Free Zone! #CoyotesAreKind

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**** Kennedy Office Staff ****

Cindy Culbertson - Office Assistant

Kem Couch - Award Winning KCS Secretary

Debbie Allen - Family Liaison

Kim Oaks-Blair - School Counselor

Christy Tunnell - Camelot Therapist

Brett Herron - Associate Principal

Janice Irvin - Principal

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Kennedy Constants (always included)

We hope you find it helpful! Please let us know if we can clarify anything for you.

Attendance, Absences, and Tardiness

Every Coyote is urged to form excellent habits regarding attendance and promptness. A good start every day helps foster a positive attitude. Should your Coyote be absent, please call our school office to let us know the reason. Children should arrive to their classrooms no later than 8:15 having eaten breakfast.


Please only send healthy snacks as a birthday treat for your child's class. We cannot accept cupcakes, cakes, or homemade items. Please make arrangements with your child's teacher before sending in healthy treats.

Flowers, balloons, etc. should not be sent to the office for students. Please give these sweet gifts at home.

Breakfast and Lunch Programs

Kennedy Elementary was the lucky recipient of a grant that allows our Coyotes to eat a "no cost" breakfast and lunch each day. Please have your Coyote to school by 7:55 if she or he needs to eat breakfast with us. Eating here is encouraged-- our food is really good.

Ice-cream day is Friday and must be purchased ($1)

Healthy chips can also be purchased ($1)

Bus Transportation

Students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible for bus transportation. Our buses are 04, 14, and 20. If your child's transportation plan needs to change, please call the office prior to 2:45 PM (earlier is always better) so we can make sure that message gets to your Coyote.

The number to the transportation garage is 392-4416, if needed.


  1. During AM drop off, please stay in your car and allow your child to exit independently.
  2. During AM drop off, please unload at all 4 numbers/lanes. No need to stop at the bottom of the hill.
  3. During AM drop off, students can walk into the cafe from 7:30-8:05.
  4. In the afternoons, 4th and 5th grade cars (side parking lot) please turn RIGHT after you pick-up.
  5. In the afternoons, PLEASE USE YOUR CAR TAG! :) There is often a glare and I cannot see faces until you are right beside me. This helps our line move as quickly as possible.

Communication & Class Dojo

As a school, we voted to start using the ClassDojo app last year. This year we will fully implement the use of this app. It's an awesome tool for us to share events and pictures with you of your child doing great things!

Contact us!

857-2700 - Main Office

857-2704 - Cafe, Karen Mullins

857-2702 -Nurse Lundy

378-2340 -Fax

1500 Woodland Avenue

Kingsport, TN 37665


Our school-wide expectations are used in all areas of our school.

They are:

H- Helping Others

O- Overcoming Challenges

W- Willingness to Learn

L- Leading with Respect

Hear us HOWL!

In addition to these expectations we use Positive Discipline with Lifeskills at Kennedy Elementary. We know that a part of growing our students as leaders includes citizenship and character. We believe our students are the best in Tennessee.

Kennedy Family Lifeskills for Reference

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Kennedy Family Positive Discipline Reference

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This (above) is the guide a group of Kennedy teachers brought back from a Positive Discipline training in Atlanta this past summer. Each teacher in our school uses this guide during Classroom Meetings each day.

Positive Discipline really boils down to discipline that is kind and firm. We focus on fixing the behavior, not necessarily punishment. It's based on respect and character building.


Each month we have fire drills, and other drills as mandated by state law. These are recorded. During drills students are instructed not to talk. Additionally, our school is also equipped with an AED (automated External Defibrillator).

Health and Medical

Our school nurse is Angie Lundy, RN. She is outstanding and has been at Kennedy for over a decade. If your child is ever sick and you aren't sure if they are well enough to attend, you can always bring your child in to be checked by her. Many Kennedy faculty members have used her office in this capacity.

Additionally, we have a tele-medicine program where a child can be seen via a camera and equipment in Nurse Lundy's office. They can receive antibiotics through this program if needed! We encourage you to use this program! It's awesome!


As a general rule, Kennedy Elementary does not assign homework every night. We do encourage you to read with your child at least 20 minutes each night (about three story books with the littles!). If your child is older/able, they can read out loud to you on the way to practice, while you make dinner, or on your way to the grocery. Reading each night adds up! Please add this to your daily routine!

Lost and Found

Please, please, please put your child's first and last name/telephone number in your child's coat! We have a mountain of homeless coats by the end of the year! If you are wondering, we donate homeless coats to Higher Ground at the end of the year so they can go back into our Lynn Garden Community where needed. Please visit our Lost and Found periodically.

Opportunities for Coyotes

Ambassadors (4th and 5th Grade Student Council)

AM Tutoring (5th Grade)

Big Brothers Big Sisters (all grades)

Chorus (all grades)

DBYes (DB student mentors)

HOWLers (Boys, 4th and 5th)

Kiwanis Club Readers (volunteers)

RTI - Response to Intervention (time set aside to catch up academically)


Ladies of Lynn Garden (Girls 4th and 5th)

Lego League

Maker Space (only one in a KCS elementary school!)

Morning Mile (Coach Robbins - 7:45-8:00)

Speech Services for approved students

Spelling Bee (3rd, 4th, and 5th)

Snacks/Water Bottles

Everyone knows a hungry brain can't concentrate and learn. No need for our Coyotes to be hangry! Healthy snacks and water bottles are not only welcomed, they are encouraged! Please remind your Coyote that only water should be in their bottles. Examples of good snacks- Goldfish, cheese sticks, pretzels, and apples.

Testing Policies

For your information and scheduling purposes, a schedule of tests administered to our Coyotes is included on our district website under the "Parents" tab. You will also receive a school flier prior to the administration of standardized tests. Kennedy families will receive results of our TNReady/TCAP testing as soon as they become available (this past year it took several months).

Our KCS Website can be found here:

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Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation®: A Curriculum Designed to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control (2011, Social Thinking Publishing) is a curriculum comprised of lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L to help students gain skills in the area of self-regulation. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they are in the different Zones (states of alertness/moods/feelings) as well as learn how to use tools (including sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) to regulate the Zone they are in.

In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students will be gaining an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading facial expressions, perspective on how others see and react to their behavior, insight on events that trigger their behavior, calming and alerting strategies, problem solving skills and much more. You can connect this work to parenting as home. We are excited to help our Coyotes stay in the Green Zone!

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Zoning and Tuition

If you don't live in Lynn Garden but you would like your child to attend/continue attending Kennedy, you will need to apply for a zoning exemption every year. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on our website starting in March 2020.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Alisa Strong ( via email or by calling (423)378-2100.

Approvals are based on: Attendance, Behavior, and Classroom Space

Our vision, our students, our community, our future!

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