Kennedy Newsletter for Families

Week of May 5, 2020

A message to my Coyotes:

A Message from Dr. Irvin

Principal's Post

Hello Kennedy Families!

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! Please reach out to your child's teachers and let them know how important they are! Kennedy is blessed to have the best teachers in the world! A note of kindness and appreciation sure does go a long way! :)

This past Friday was School Lunch Hero Day, and we celebrated by treating our staff to lunch from Chef's Pizza. These wonderful ladies have worked tirelessly to support our Lynn Garden community. Our cafeteria staff, in addition to several Instructional Assistants have come into school every school day since March 16th to make breakfasts and lunches for our community. As of last Friday KCS has delivered 200,000 meals. Our cafeteria staff is nothing short of AMAZING!! We are so glad to have them and our instructional assistants working to ensure that food is available to our students.

Please let me know if we can be of assistance to your family during our school closure. We are looking forward to the day we are back in the hallways of John F. Kennedy!

I miss you all so much!

Janice Irvin

5th Grade Promotion: Save the Date!

May 20 from 9:30 am to 11:00am.

Our drive-through promotion will be one for the history books!

Check your mailbox for a formal invitation!

Celebrate Nurse Lundy!

Nurse Lundy is a Hero!

National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting and will be celebrated on the Wednesday, May 6 this year, of National Nurse Week, which is May 6th – May 12th each year.

The theme for this year is School Nurses: Supporting Students in Times of Crisis. This theme recognizes that school nurses play an integral role in the health of students, regardless of whether they’re in school or not. School nurses support students and student health every day of the year.

On National School Nurse Day, we want to take a special moment to celebrate and recognize the contributions that school nurses are making to the health and learning of our students. #SND2020

Thank you, Nurse Lundy for your dedication to the health and safety of our Coyotes!

How do I pick up my child(ren)'s stuff? :)

Q: I have items that I need to return to or get from school. How/when should I do that?

  • KCS elementary schools will hold a drive-thru pick-up/drop-off event at school (entry into classrooms will not be allowed during this event):

    • Friday, May 15, 8 am - 2 pm

    • Monday, May 18, 10 am - 5 pm

  • Items that may be dropped off:

    • Library books

    • Classroom books

    • Payment of outstanding financial obligations

  • Items that may be picked up:

    • Yearbooks If available. If not, communication regarding distribution will come from school)

    • Student belongings left in classroom (will be bagged by classroom teachers)

    • ECLC nap clothing and feeding supplies

    • Medications left in school clinic

  • Other end-of-year information:

    • Refund checks will be mailed to the student’s home address.

    • Details regarding 5th grade certificates and awards will be communicated by each individual school.

    • Final Report Cards will be communicated through the PowerSchool Parent Portal or mailed to the home address (for students without a Parent Portal account).

Virtual Lost and Found

We are getting creative at Kennedy! Think you lost a jacket? Something else? All lost and found will be hung up on the fence so families can drive around and see if they lost something on May 15 and May 18! Fun!

PreK and Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open, effectively immediately, via, "Registration" on the homepage or click Student Registration Information. All new K-12 students may also register at this time.

Only Kingsport residents with children five (5) years of age on or before August 15, 2020 are eligible for Kindergarten. Parents/guardians must register for the school zoned for their residence; only parents or legal guardians may complete student registration documentation.

Pre-k screening will take place as a drive through at Palmer and appointments will be scheduled over a period of time by calling Palmer, 378-2160.

Going to be a 6th Grader Next Year? Want to be in Band or Orchestra?

Is your child interested on joining the band or orchestra next year? If so, please click the link below to begin the process.

The form link for enrollment:

Going to be a 6th Grader Next Year? Want to be in Choir?

Music is such an important part of the Robinson Middle School day. I am reaching out to each of you with an invitation to join the Sixth Grade Choir. We sing every day, clap rhythms and learn how to read music. We become a singing family and make new friends. I would love to have you in my Choir program. If you are interested in joining, please email me: No auditions are needed as all are welcome! I look forward to working with you in the fall and making music.

Sincerely, Mrs. Sandra Kerney

Robinson Choral Director

Important - Let's all work together for Lynn Garden!

2020 has been an eventful year! One part of that is the Census being taken this year. COVID 19 has made this more difficult, so we are here to help! Simply click the link below to answer the few simple questions so that our region can adequately be represented. Responding to the census is not only our civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding our community receives, how our community plans for the future, and our representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:

Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.

Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.

Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.

Click this link to fill out your simple census forms now. PLEASE fill out this census. It benefits all of us.

It only took me 4 minutes to complete. It's worth our time.

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Library Books Due

We will have a box labeled for returning Library books when you come to get your packet! Please bring your library books back so we can get them ready for next year.

Little Library

Do you have books your children don't read anymore? Bring them to our Little Library by the front door! We will have sanitizer there so you can spray them before you leave. Fun!
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Guardian Referral for School Counseling Services during Covid-19 Closure

Dear Kennedy Families, please feel free to fill out this confidential form (password protected) to let Mrs. Oaks-Blair know if you need to request school counseling services for your child. She will then contact you by phone or email.

Click HERE for the referral.

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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!

We miss you so much!

Keep practicing those H.O.W.L. Expectations!

Helping Others

Overcoming Challenges

Willingness to Learn

Leading with Respect

Low-cost Internet Information

(WJW) — Amid the coronavirus pandemic that is closing schools, businesses, attractions and events across the country, Comcast Cable is reaching out to low-income families to offer assistance so they can stay connected.

“For millions of low-income Americans who don’t have Internet service at home, this uncertain time is going to be even more difficult to manage,” Comcast said in a press release. “As schools and businesses close and families are encouraged, or even mandated, to stay home, Internet connectivity becomes even more important.”

Starting Monday, Comcast is putting in place two program enhancements to help low-income families.

Here is the breakdown on the packages:

  • Low-income families in the Comcast service area can sign up for 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
  • Also, we are increasing Internet speeds for the Internet Essentials service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers, which will be the speed of the service going forward.

To sign up, applicants can simply visit There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Playgrounds Still Closed

As we continue to work with and align with the city on safety decisions, please note that playgrounds will now be closed to the public, starting immediately.

At this time (based on information from the city), other outdoor spaces, such as tennis, tracks, and walking paths, have not been closed. If anything should change regarding this, we will let you know as soon as we are able. This makes me incredibly sad and I can't wait to open it again.

Tennessee Dept. of Ed Closure Toolkit for Families

This toolkit provides a number of resources that can be used to support at- home learning during periods of closure.

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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 Salyer - Office Assistant

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Kem Padgett - Award Winning KCS Secretary

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Debbie Allen - Family Liaison

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Kim Oaks-Blair - School Counselor

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Heather Hobbs - Associate Principal

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Dr. 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!

Taken from Zones of Regulation Content

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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Hear us HOWL!