Kennedy School News

December 14th - December 18th

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of all the staff at Kennedy School, I would like to wish all of our families a very restful, peaceful and joy-filled holiday season.

Take time to relax and enjoy time with family & friends making beautiful memories. Please remember the magic of the season and set aside some time to see the world through the eyes of a child! We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016!

Winter break begins after school on Friday, December 18 & and school resumes on Monday, January 4th!

Winter Newsletter

The Winter 2015 newsletter can be viewed here & on the Kennedy School website. Please take time to carefully read this second issue of the Kennedy School newsletter. The teachers and staff have included very important information in this issue.

Cold & Flu Season Are Here!

Like many other school districts, Schiller Park District 81 is experiencing higher than usual absenteeism rates in its schools, due to fever, cough, etc. Some of these point to influenza-like illness, which the nursing staff is monitoring in conjunction with Cook County Health & Hospitals System guidelines.

With the arrival of cold and flu season, the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) is recommending increased awareness and precautions to help control and prevent the spread of influenza (flu). The CCHHS has created a fact sheet in both English and Spanish which lists important guidelines.

Winter Weather

Winter is upon us and cold weather is fast approaching. Please keep in mind when the temperature is 30 degrees and above the children will continue to line up outside as well as go out for recess.

It is important that they are adequately prepared for the cold temperatures. At this time of the year every child should be wearing a coat, hat, scarf and gloves when leaving the house in the morning. When there is snow on the ground boots are necessary.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

The Six Flags Read to Succeed program has started! If you would like your child to participate, they will need to fill out the Student Reading Log that went home with your children & record 6 hours (360 minutes) of reading by Friday, February 20th. These forms need to be turned in to your child's classroom teacher upon completion. Each child who returns their reading log will receive a ticket to Six Flags Great America! Happy Reading! Remember, reading on MyOn counts as time reading, too!

MyOn WINTER BREAK Reading Challenge

We have challenged our Kubbies to a Winter Reading Challenge! The class who reaches the goal of reading 10,000 minutes on MyOn over Winter Break will receive a special surprise! ur child should be the main character & director and you are the producer you send it
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Family Reading

Make time each week for family reading! Not only is this quality time to spend with kids, but it feeds their brains! Reading to and with your child supports the love of literacy. Reading in front of your child models the importance of reading! Take a few moments each night to read together as a family, to read aloud to your child, or to listen to your child read. Remember, it doesn't always have to be a book! You can read magazines, articles, poetry, something on the Internet, a recipe, pamphlet, brochure, etc. Reading is EVERYWHERE!

Let's celebrate family reading! Share your photos from home of your family taking opportunities to read! You can email them to Mrs. Kartsimas (, tweet them and tag us @SPKennedy81, or mention/tag @kennedyschool81 on Instagram!