Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

October 2017

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Nurse: 651-480-7224
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7257
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

September is already behind us! We had an excellent beginning to the school year. The students have been “all smiles” and enthusiastic about learning. Of course, being back with friends and having an opportunity to make new friends is a plus too.

Dates to remember


4 - Last day to contribute to the Fun Run/Walk

5 - PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

16 - Evening Conferences & Book Fair 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

17 - Evening Conferences & Book Fair 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

18 - NO SCHOOL - Morning Conferences & Book Fair 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Association Days)

25 - Picture Retakes

25 - Kennedy Shirt orders due


Elementary conferences are scheduled in the evening of Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October 17th and during the morning of Wednesday, October 18th.

Click here to access the Conference Sign Up

Fall Book Fair

Kennedy's Fall Book Fair will be during conference times in the Media Center.

October 16th 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

October 17th 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

October 18th 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

A wide variety of books and items will be available.

We LOVE our new playground!


THANK YOU for supporting the Kennedy Fun Run!



1) We must make conservative driving decisions. Always Be Patient!

2) Whenever possible, prepare your child(ren) to exit the vehicle on the curbside.

3) Please pull up as far as you can, so other cars can drop off behind you.

4) Do not park your car along the curb and come into the building. If you need to come into the building for any reason, please park in one of our parking lots.

5) As the cold weather approaches, make sure you have clear visibility out all of your windows.

Drop off times are from 8:30 am 8:50 am. Children should not be dropped off before 8:30. If you need to drop off before the 8:30 bell, you can enroll your child in Kids Campus. Further information about Kid’s Campus can be obtained from the district’s website, or from our office. Please note, if your child is going to breakfast, you may drop off at 8:25 am and have them go directly to the cafeteria.


In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.


We want to make sure all students are safe at dismissal. Recently there has been an increase in the amount of families adjusting their child’s dismissal plan, particularly, mid-day. We can get up to 30 phone calls a day indicating a change in students’ dismissal procedures. Sometimes half of those calls arrive 20 minutes before dismissal. Getting everyone on the same page at the end of the day has some inherent challenges. Consistency with your child’s dismissal plans reduces stress on all parties involved. Keeping the same plan, day after day, helps us maintain safety throughout dismissal.

We understand that there are times when events occur that need to change dismissal plans. In those instances, it is recommended to have a note a day in advance, and the day of. We thank you for your advanced planning and communication.

EXAMPLE: What If My Child Is Going Home From School With A Friend?

Many children want to go home with a friend after school. If this is the situation with your child, you will need to send a note to their teacher. We will not allow a child to deviate from their regular going home route without a note giving your permission. If your child intends to ride a bus home with their friend, the bus driver also requires a note. If you follow these expectations your child will have a pleasant and easy time going home with a friend.


All District 200 K-4 elementary students received school bus safety training on a school bus in late September. Hastings Bus Company drivers conducted the training. They have developed lesson plans that correlate with the bus safety curriculum classroom teachers cover each fall.


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 start to dip into 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.


Occasionally your child's teacher will extend classroom instruction and activities through field trips. Admission fees and bus expenses will be covered by the funds from our fall fundraiser.

Before going on a field trip, teachers will send home permission slips to be signed by their parent or guardian. Permission must be granted prior to attending an activity. We believe that students need to provide their parents/guardians with the forms and to have them returned at least one day prior to the trip.

Kennedy t-shirts & sweatshirts

Kennedy Cougar t-shirts & sweatshirts are now available to order using the order form below. Please fill out a copy of the form and return it with payment to the main office. Sizes and samples will be available during conferences. Last day to order will be October 25th. Delivery of order will be near the end of November.


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.

Food & Nutrition Services News

October Menu Highlights
October is National Farm to School Month! We are proud this year to have delicious SweeTango and Honeycrisp apples from Whistling Well Farms right here in Hastings!

On October 5th, we will be featuring a “Midwest Menu” with many foods being produced locally! That day, we will serve a grass-fed all-beef hot dog from Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Cannon Falls, Parmesan Roasted Red Potatoes from Wingard Farms in Elk River, and apple slices from Wescott Orchards in Elgin (served with caramel dip!)

October 12th is the 2017 Great Lakes Apple Crunch! We encourage everyone to crunch into an apple at noon.

NutriSlice Menus Special Diet Filter
Parents and students with food allergies who still want to eat at school can utilize the Special Diets Filter. To utilize this feature, click on the “Filter Allergens” button at the top right of the online menu screen. You must agree to the Terms & Conditions prior to continuing. Then, you may check the box of any of the Top 8 food allergens and the online menu will cross off any menu item that contains that allergen. Starting in October, you may also print this customized allergen-friendly menu by clicking the Print icon button at the top right of the page. If you still have questions regarding your student’s special dietary needs, please contact Kim Harren at 651-480-7126.

If a standard horizontal menu is preferred, simply utilize the new “Printer-Friendly Menu” button underneath the Special Diets Filter button on the right side of the menu.

To access NutriSlice, visit your school’s website and scroll down halfway to find the Lunch Menus bubble. Or visit www.hastings.nutrislice.com.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices

Click here for a cost breakdown of meals for each month


Fine Arts Happenings Around the District

High School Vocal Concert - October 16th - 7:00 pm - HHS Auditorium

Homecoming - October 6th - 7:00 pm - Todd Field
Children’s Orchestra Concert - October 26th - 6:00 pm - HHS Auditorium

Character Trait: Ready to Learn

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Community Education Recreational Opportunities

TO REGISTER: Call 651-480-7670 or register online at www.HastingsCommunityEd.com

Mon Oct 2 – GROUP HYPNOSIS For Weight Loss or to Stop Smoking/Chewing, (adults) 5:30-9 pm, Tilden Com Ctr, $65/each or $115/both sessions

Mon Oct 2-Dec 11 – LOW GLYCEMIC EATING & BELLY FAT REDUCTION Series (adults), 6:30-8 pm, Tilden Com Ctr, $99

Sat Oct 7-Dec 16 – learn to skate (hockey or figure skating for children ages 3+), 10- 11:30 am, Hastings Civic Arena, $150

Fri Oct 13 – Church of felons, live film preview first time in Minnesota (ages 16- adults), 5:30 pm doors open, 6:30 pm event begins; HHS, Aud., $5-advance or $8-at the door

Sat Oct 14 – kidcreate halloween hoopla (ages 5-12 yrs), 9 am-2:30 pm, Hastings High School-C121, $69

Tue Oct 24 – HEARTSAVER CPR FOR INFANT & CHILD (adults), 6-9 pm, Tilden Com Ctr, $55

Tue Oct 24 – STAMP-A-STACK “BIRTHDAY” CARDS (ages 12+), 6-8:30 pm, Tilden Com Ctr, $9

Sat Oct 28 – PROFICIENCY & PREPARATION FOR STEAM AND HOT WATER HEATING BOILER LICENSE TESTING (adults), 8:30 am-2:30 pm, Hastings High School-C124, $99

Sat Nov 4 – HISTORIC CEMETERY WALKING TOUR WITH HISTORY OF ST. PAUL (ages 15+), 9 am-3:30 pm, will be provided information on where to meet in St. Paul, $35