J. F. Kennedy School Newsletter

November 2019

November 2019

Dear Kennedy Families,

Although the weather is changing and the leaves are falling, the rigorous teaching and learning at Kennedy School remains a constant. Classroom routines and procedures have been established and students are demonstrating our Core Values on a daily basis.

November is an important time for us to reflect on our many blessings. I am certainly thankful everyday for the opportunity to come to work and be in the presence of so many amazing students, teachers and staff, parents and caregivers, and support staff. I am grateful to work with a committed group of educators who are always striving to improve student learning outcomes.

As we move toward Thanksgiving break, I want to wish everyone a fun and relaxing break. It is my wish that you get some time off to spend with your loved ones creating special memories together.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. Our work together is crucial to your child's development and our school's overall success.

Warm regards,

Sarravy Connolly, Ed.D.

Assistant Principal

Ongoing News/Reminders:

~Mrs. Cuneo sends out the weekly PCC Newsletter every Sunday evening. Thank you Mrs. Cuneo for keeping all of us informed of the many upcoming PCC events throughout the year! If you are not receiving the Parent Communication Council (PCC) Newsletter, please send an email to Kennedypccsecretary@gmail.com

~CORI Forms: Thank you to our parents who volunteer to join us as chaperones on field trips. All volunteers and chaperones need to be CORI checked each school year. We ask that parents do not meet students at their field trip destination. This causes a distraction and can make it challenging for chaperones to monitor groups of students.

~Our cafeteria has started a breakfast program for students. The price of breakfast will be $1.80. Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch are also eligible for Free or Reduced Breakfast. Reduced price is $0.30. Students choose from a variety of breakfast items such as cereal, fruit, yogurt, bagels, milk, and juice.

Students go to the cafeteria at 8:15 am when the school doors open. They will eat breakfast in the cafeteria and then report to their classrooms by 8:30 am. It is important that students who are getting breakfast at school arrive as close to 8:15 am as possible so that they can get to class by 8:30 am.

~Late arrival reminder: Parents/Guardians need to bring students to the main office if they arrive late to school - after 8:30 am. Thank you!

~Daily family support such as helping students to arrive to school on time prepared to learn, school attendance, communication with teachers and administrators when questions arise, and setting a positive example about the importance of education.

The Massachusetts' school and district accountability system includes indicators including achievement, student progress or growth, progress towards English proficiency for English learners, and chronic absenteeism (more than 10% of missed school days).

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Curriculum Corner

Ms. Weiss, our math specialist, and Mrs. Jacobs, our literacy specialist, will at times work with students in small groups within the classrooms or in their office (Room 25). During reading, writing, and math workshops, students may work in small groups on specific skills at students’ individual skill levels. Additionally we have hired an interventionist to work with students in the areas of math and reading. Mrs. Burkholder will also work with students to target specific skills in a small group setting.

Check out the Math website linked on our school website. If you go onto the Kennedy School website, click on Academics and then Math. You will find the link there. Also if you missed the Math and Literacy Fluency Night on 11/13, you can find the presentations from Ms. Weiss and Mrs. Jacobs below:

Math Fluency Presentation:


Literacy Fluency Presentation:


From the Nurse's Office

Screenings: Vision and hearing screenings are underway. If you receive a letter from the nurse that your child failed their school screening, please make an appointment to follow up with a doctor and then send a copy of their findings to the nurse.

Flu: The season is here. Consider vaccinating yourself & your children.

Contagious Diseases- Please continue to notify the nurse when your child has a contagious disease such as conjunctivitis, strep throat or impetigo. It is very helpful to other parents who can be alert for specific symptoms.

Weather/Clothing: As the seasons and temperatures change, please send your child to school with weather appropriate clothes and outer wear so that they can enjoy outdoor recess comfortably.

Sub Nurses Needed: The district is still seeking RNs for the office and field trip coverage. If interested, please contact Patty Elias, RN, Director of Student Services at eliasp@franklinps.net or call 1-508-541-5288 x3

Sleep: For optimal physical and mental health elementary school aged children should get 9-12 hours of sleep each night.

Absentee Line: (508) 541-5261. Please call by 9:00 am if your child will be absent or late to school.

You're Invited to the Show!

Over 50 Franklin middle school students in the cast, 25+ helping with set art and on crew, FHS kids playing in the orchestra... a wonderful show for kids and families!

Franklin Middle School Footlighters present:


Friday, November 22nd & Saturday, November 23rd

7:00PM at HMMS

Tickets $10 at the door

Upcoming Events:


Wednesday November 27 - Friday November 29 - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break


Monday December 9: Report cards go home

Friday December 13: Early Release Day @ 11:45 - No Lunch Served

Friday December 20: Grade 1 Winter Solstice Reading

Monday December 23 - January 1: Winter Break


Wednesday January 8: PCC Meeting 7:00-8:00 pm

Thursday January 16: Grade 3 Chorus Concert - 9:00-9:30 am

Thursday January 16: Grade 4 Chorus Concert - 9:45-10:15

Friday January 17: Providence Bruins Game

Monday January 20: No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day