Cougar Connect

Week of May 20, 2019

Construction Update

Quick progress is being made in the front of the school on the Office/Family Center building. As you may have seen, they have begun to go vertical. I have been working behind the scenes with the bond team on the inside layout and furniture. Attached below are some pictures of what the inside of the building will look like. On Friday they completed the first concrete pour.

Some of you may have noticed the four portables that also appeared on the blacktop near the gym this past week. Those are for phase two next year when we start to fix up the classrooms. Teachers will take turns moving into the portables while their classrooms are updated.

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Color Run

Thank you again to all of the families and staff who supported the Color Run. An extra thanks to Meredyth Hite who got all of the raffle prizes and money donations from companies. The final total raised was: $12,959. Great job!

As promised, here are pictures from Kennedy parent, Mariana Eymann:

Additionally, here is a video put together by Kennedy teacher, Chandra Leonardo:

7th Grade Field Trip This Tuesday

The 7th graders are going on a field trip to downtown Redwood City this Tuesday to see and learn about some of the historical buildings. We are still missing a bunch of permission slips. I have attached the permission slip below. Please fill it out tonight if you haven't already and have your student return it tomorrow.

Volunteer Breakfast

We look forward to recognizing all of our volunteers’ efforts and dedication this year at our Volunteer Breakfast from 8:30-9:30 am on Thursday, May 30, in the library. Please RSVP at the link below if you are planning to attend. We have some special awards for some of our top volunteers this year.

Free Books For Summer Reading

Students who are 13+ years old can download two books per week for FREE over the summer. (This does require downloading the Overdrive app or software to a personal device.) Here is the link: (Thank you, Ms. Cindy Wilson, for sharing this).

Vaping/JUUL Presentation

As promised, here is the link from the Vaping/JUUL parent education presentation from earlier this month:

Woodside 2019-2020 Events

Principal Diane Burbank sent me some key dates for Woodside events next year that might be of interest. Please see below:

Back to School Night -Thur, Aug 29, 6:30 pm, begins in center quad

7th/8th grade Info Night - Wed, Oct 2, 7pm, PAC

Saturday Open House for prospective students and families - Sat, Jan 25, 9 am - 12 noon, begins in PAC

Spring Open House for current families - Thur, Mar 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Advanced Placement and Advanced Standing Info Night for students and families including incoming 9th - Thur, April 16, 7 pm start, begins in PAC

Awards Night - Wed, June 3, 7 pm PAC

Graduation- Fri, June 5, 10 am, Bradley Field

Summer Reading For Rising 8th Graders

Last Week of School

A reminder that the whole last week of school is Super Minimum Dismissal at 12:06 pm.

Cookies Brand

Last week I learned that I needed to do some staff education on the Cookies clothing brand, which made me realize I probably need to do the same for families. We do not allow students to wear Cookies clothing because this brand promotes and sells Marijuana.

RCSD Instrumental Music Festival For Beginning Music Classes

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Morning Rehearsal: Students will report to the music room at 8:30 am. The bus will depart by 8:45 am. We will do a rehearsal at Sequoia High School from 9:00 -10:00 am. Students should return to Kennedy by 10:15 am.

Evening Performances


Arrive at 5:30 pm, Performance from 6:00-6:30 pm.


Arrive at 6:40 pm, Performance from 7:00-7:30 pm.

Safe and Smart Choices at Drop Off/Pick Up

A reminder again to make good choices when you drop off your student. Please do not drop your student off on the opposite side of the street because students are walking right in front of cars often without looking and almost getting hit. Please encourage your student to use the crosswalks if you must drop off on the other side of the street. Also, be mindful of using neighbors’ driveways to turn around, and make sure you are not blocking their driveways.

Summer Music

We are offering some free summer music lessons again this summer for our students. Instead of Saturdays though, Mrs. Federico-Youngs would like to try something different. Please see the attached schedule. If you have any questions, please reach out to her directly.

Support Kennedy!

Thank you in advance for your generosity in helping the Kennedy PTO raise up to $30K in support of our students and community! This will help fund next school year’s programs, including: The Kennedy Family Center, The Art Program, The Maker Space, and a new project based learning program called Project Lead The Way. Donate Now or put a check in the PTO box in the school office. No contribution is too small!

8th Grade Graduation Festivities

8th grade graduation events are almost here. Your kids will participate in a day trip to Great America, the graduation dance, field day events and the graduation ceremony, including gowns for all kids. These wonderful events take money to produce and we are asking for donations of $75 per child to cover the costs. Without your donation we won’t be able to make all of these events happen. Please make a contribution today so we can make your child’s graduation from Kennedy a memorable one!

  • Make a $75 contribution by credit card or PayPal account using this link: Please include you child’s name in the comments.

  • Write a check or leave cash in the PTO lock box at the Kennedy Office, please note your child’s name on check or envelope.

Academic Support

All Academic Subjects:

Tuesday-Friday, 7:45-8:15 am, Library

Monday-Wednesday, 3:10-4:10 pm, YELL Room, (Old REACH Office)

Thursday, 1:35-2:35 pm, YELL Room (Old REACH Office)


Monday-Wednesday, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 637

Pictures From This Week

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May Events

Tuesday, May 21: Second Harvest Food Bank, 9:30 am Gym; 7th Grade Downtown Redwood City Historic Field Trip & Other Activities (Special Schedule For 7th Grade All Day)

Monday, May 27: No School, Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 22: Site Council, 3:15 pm, Library

Tuesday, May 28: Beginning Music Field Trip/Rehearsal at Sequoia High School, 8:30-10:15 am; May Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 535; Beginning Music Performances at Sequoia, 6 pm (Orchestra) and 7 pm (Band); PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm

Thursday, May 30: Volunteer Breakfast, 8:30 am, Library

Friday, May 31: 8th Grade Great America Trip, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm