J. F. Kennedy School Newsletter

January 2020

Dear Kennedy Families,

Happy New Year everyone! It was so nice to see the children back at school this week. We hope you had a fun and rejuvenating time with your friends and family.

We have been thinking about the importance of reflection as we begin a new year of learning and growing. Reflection can be a powerful tool to engage children in discussing and interpreting experiences to find new understanding. Reflecting as a family can strengthen bonds and help children develop a growth mindset.

~Some examples of reflection questions to ask are:

  • How did that go for you?

  • How did it feel to participate in that activity?

  • What’s hard about this? Why?

  • What’s easy about this? Why?

  • What could we try differently?

  • How could we challenge ourselves?

~by Kristen Vincent, Responsive Classroom Consulting Teacher

*School council members needed:

Please contact Linda Ashley if you are interested in serving as a school council member. School council members typically serve for two school years. School councils, consisting of the school principal, parents of students attending the school, and community members are in place at all Massachusetts public schools. School councils have the responsibility of assisting principals in:

  1. Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards

  2. Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school

  3. Reviewing the annual school building budget

  4. Formulating a school improvement plan

We have school council meetings scheduled for the following dates this year from 7:30 - 8:15 AM: February 4, April 7, and June 9.

*Morning Drop Off: We have many students who are marked tardy because they are arriving to school after 8:30 AM. Classroom instruction begins at 8:30 AM.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.


Linda Ashley, Ed.D.



Sarravy Connolly, Ed.D

Assistant Principal


From the Nurse's Office

January News from the Nurse:

Grades 4 & 5: Franklin Public Schools requires evidence of a doctor’s physical exam for all 4th graders (dated within the last year). 5th graders are required to participate in the school’s postural screening (scoliosis) unless a copy of your physician’s screening (dated 7/1/19 or after) is provided to the nurse. Please send in those documents.

Medications: All medications, prescription, over-the-counter, and even homeopathic medications, must have a doctor’s order and written parent permission provided to the health office in order for a student to take them at school. Please don’t send any medications, even cough drops, into school with your student. They may not be used in the classroom. All medications, including cough drops, must be delivered to the school nurse by a responsible adult (parent or designee) and taken only in the nurse’s office.

Extra Clothing: If your child comes home in clothing from the nurse’s office, please wash and return them at your earliest convenience. It’s a good idea to pack extra clothes in your child’s backpack.

Restrictions: If your child is injured or ill and can not fully participate in physical education class and/or recess, please send us a doctor’s note outlining the exact restrictions, including the length of time restricted from that activity.

Update Contact Information: Remember to keep the contact information current on your child’s emergency card. Many times work and cell numbers and even contact people change throughout the year. Please inform the school of any changes.

Strep & Flu: Strep and flu are here. Please keep sick kids home and notify the nurse of new diagnoses.

Winter Clothing: Students go out to recess every day unless it’s raining or if the temperature and/or wind chill is not too low. Please be sure your child comes to school with a winter jacket, hat, and mittens/gloves. Once the snow comes, students need to have a coat, hat, mitten/gloves, snow pants, and boots to play in the snow. If students do not have snow pants and boots, they play on the back top area. An extra pair of socks in your child’s backpack is a good idea, as students often come in from recess with cold, wet feet.

Upcoming Events:


Wednesday, January 8: PCC Meeting @ 7:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, January 16: Grade 3 Chorus Concert @ 9:00-9:30 AM (Snow date 1/23)

Thursday, January 16: Grade 4 Chorus Concert @ 9:45-10:15 AM (Snow date 1/23)

Friday, January 17: Early Release Day - 11:45 AM Dismissal - No lunches are served

Friday, January 17: Providence Bruins Game

Monday, January 20: No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, January 31: 3rd Grade Superbowl Math Morning - Parents/Guardians invited @ 8:45 - 9:45 AM

Thursday, February 6: Student Council Meeting @ 7:45 AM

Friday, February 7: Early Release Day - 11:45 AM Dismissal - No lunches are served

February 17 - 21: February Vacation Week