Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

November 2017

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

Thank you for attending fall conferences. We appreciate getting to know our parents and collaborating around a learning plan to help our students be successful.

Dates to remember

November 5 - Turn your clocks back

November 7 - Pizza Preorder forms for Family Movie Night are due

November 10 - Family Movie Night

November 22 - No school - Teacher workshop

November 23 - No school - Thanksgiving break

November 24 - No school - Thanksgiving break


School begins at 8:50 am.

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.


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


As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess.

When the temperatures are in the 40’s and 50’s, we do require students to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt outside. When winter arrives, winter clothing will be required.


Just a reminder that if your child is having a birthday party and wants to invite their friends from school, we are not able to give out names, phone numbers or addresses of the students. While we know it is exciting for children to have a birthday party and invite their school friends, we ask that you not send invitations to school with them to pass out. It can cause hurt feelings for those students who did not get invited to the party. Please join the School Directory if you would like to contact families.


The district has adopted a wellness policy. We are still celebrating student birthdays; we are just not doing so with birthday treats. We ask that students not bring any treats in honor of their birthday.

PTO MOVIE NIGHT Friday, November 10th

  • Movie Night: Dominos pizza will be served in the cafeteria from 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM. Preorder forms are due on Tuesday, November 7th.
  • Movie will start at 6:15 in the gymnasium. Popcorn, candy, juice and water will be available for purchase.

  • Future PTO meetings:

    January 4th at 6:30 PM

    March 22nd at 6:30 PM

    April 26th at 6:30

Kennedy Fun Run/Walk

Thank you to everyone for making our first Fun Run/Walk a big success.


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).

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.


November Menu Highlights
We are loving this fall weather and looking forward to our big Thanksgiving Dinner on November 16th. Enjoy Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes and other traditional sides.

We are trying out a new item that elementary students haven’t had at school for a few years – Sloppy Joes on a whole grain bun! We think our recipe is extra special because we make them EXTRA SLOPPY! Don’t forget some crisp fresh veggies and fruits for a complete meal.

Breakfast Bites
Breakfast is as easy as 1-2-3! This year to make choosing a breakfast easier, our food options are assigned a point value. Students should choose foods that total AT LEAST 3 points to have a complete breakfast. Also remind your little breakfast-eaters that a healthy complete breakfast requires a fruit or 100% fruit juice! We also have some changes coming to the breakfast menu so stay tuned!

Substitutes Needed!
Looking for a fun opportunity to make some extra money while your kids are in school? Food & Nutrition Services is in need of substitutes to work in the school kitchens. Hours are flexible! Click on the link below to apply, or contact Kim Harren, Director of Food & Nutrition Services at 651-480-7126.


Character Trait: Respect

Above the Line

Ryder H. – Ms Maul

Tabitha J. – Mrs. Davidson

LaDonna M. – Mrs. Hiner

Carter A. – Mrs. Harris

Henry P. – Mrs. Kerber