Cougar Connect

Week of October 23, 2023

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A Message from Mrs. Leonardo

Dear Kennedy Community,

It's Goal-Setting Conferences week! I hope you have signed up to meet with your student's first-period teacher. We are excited to have our students lead their conferences. This is a new endeavor for RCSD, so we look forward to learning about how to improve our practices around goal setting. Please reach out to your student's first-period teacher to schedule a conference if you did not get the texts or emails they sent. You can use our Staff Directory to find teachers' emails.

If you did not get an email or text, we may not have your most up-to-date information or you have text messages or emails from our communication system blocked. Please contact our office staff for support.

Goal Setting Conferences

  • We will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Breakfast will be served before school and lunch will be served at brunch time.
  • Public transportation via samTrans will still arrive at its regularly scheduled time (MTWF 3:20, Th 2:00.
  • Students must come to conferences with their parent(s) or guardian(s). The conference can't happen without the students.
  • Families will be unable to drop by to speak with other teachers. Please contact teachers via email or leave messages at the front office for teachers to contact you. Next week's conferences will be reserved for goal-setting discussions.

📊Panorama Family Survey

☑️Kennedy Family, School, & Student Compact

Here is our updated 2023-24 Kennedy Family, School, & Student Compact: click here. Please review this compact with your student(s) this week.

Once you have reviewed our compact, please agree or disagree with this compact by October 31, 2023. You can agree or disagree with our compact by clicking here.

🏫SUHSD Open Enrollment

8th-grade families, please begin the online registration and enrollment process for your soon-to-be high school freshman. Visit this link for more information: For assistance please contact:

Online Registration:

Juan Ramirez, Ext. 22395 or

Merced Ruiz, Ext. 22209 or

Open Enrollment: Cynthia Guerra, Ext. 22211 or

🏫No School November 1, 2023

Please add this date to your calendars. There will be no instruction Wednesday, November 1 due to RCSD teacher professional development.

Change to Principal's Coffee November 2, 2023

My November Principal's Coffee will be an evening event. Parents and guardians who work in the mornings are interested in attending these events, but they cannot attend due to their work schedules.

This evening event will focus on i-Ready data and i-Ready for student growth and how to access and use PowerSchool to keep track of your student's academic progress.

The evening Principal's Coffee will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Library.

📚Kennedy Book Fair

The Kennedy Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 13-17th! Click here to explore Kennedy's Book Fair website. Click here to learn more about e-wallet.

🏀Register for Redwood City Parks and Rec Winter Basketball

The deadline for basketball is Thursday, October 26. Sign up here:,

🎃Halloween Dance Friday, October 27

The Halloween Dance will be this Friday, October 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The dance is for Kennedy students only. Costumes are allowed but not required.

Costume Guidelines:

  • Costume masks are prohibited.

  • Fake blood, props, and accessories are prohibited (Examples: guns, wands, knives, etc.).

  • Costumes should not have obscene language, hate speech, or themes/references to drugs, alcohol, the occult, death/suicide, or violence.

  • Gang-related costumes, clothing, and/or props are prohibited.

  • Hair coloring must be applied at home.

  • Candy should remain at home. Teachers and administrators have the right to confiscate candy if it is disruptive to the learning environment.

Please be advised that in order for students to attend the Halloween Dance in the Kennedy gym, they must have a 2.0 GPA or better. This means no Ds or Fs. They must have good attendance and good behavior. This means no behavioral referrals, suspensions, or incidents with other students or staff members.

Please sign up here to volunteer for the dance:!/showSignUp/20F0C48ABA62CABFD0-44674854-kennedy

Red Ribbon Week

The Kennedy Family Center will host Red Ribbon Week. Students will be able to search for red envelopes around the campus in order to find facts about how to maintain and live a positive lifestyle. Students should collect five facts. Then, on Friday, students can submit their five facts on a Google Form I will send out. I will randomly choose three names from the submissions. The winners will get lunch delivered by Door Dash or Uber Eats from the restaurant of their choice or they can select an Amazon gift card. Read more about Red Ribbon Week here.

🐾Spirit Week is This Week!

  • Monday, October 23 - Jersey and/or Sports Day
  • Tuesday, October 24 - Anything But a Backpack
  • Wednesday, October - Music Genre Day (dress up like a specific type of music)
  • Thursday - Opposite Role Day (teachers dress like students, students dress like teachers)
  • Friday - Color Day (6th graders wear green, 7th graders wear white, 8th graders wear black)
  • The first-period class with the highest number of participants will earn Cougar Cash to be used in the student store.

🍕Dine Out Event

Dine out at State of Mind public house and pizzeria this Wednesday, October 25 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. Mention Kennedy so 15% of your purchase goes back to Kennedy! Location: 3710 Florence Street Redwood City, CA 94063 650-995-7478.

That's all for now!

See you soon!

Mrs. Leonardo

8th-Graders @ Yosemite

Over 55 of our 8th-graders and nine adult chaperones will travel to Yosemite for a week of fun and learning in nature. Students will depart on Sunday, October 29 and students will return Friday, November 3.

If your student is going on this trip, please be sure to read your emails to get the most up-to-date information surrounding the trip's logistics.

Dance Tickets & Halloween Grams

  • Dance tickets are $5 and will be sold before school and during brunch time on the blacktop. Students will not receive physical tickets. Their names will be added to a list. Then, on the evening of the dance, their name will be crossed off of the list, and they will be given a wristband. We encourage students to bring their student IDs to the dance.
  • Student Council will be selling Halloween Candy Grams for $1. Students can buy candy grams for their friends. The grams will be delivered during 7th period on Halloween Day. Students need to know the 7th period of the person they are purchasing for.
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School Site Council & ELAC Meetings

Thank you for a successful School Site Council meeting last week. Our SSC voted to approve the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and our Measure U addendums. We now have a plan to work with this school year.

Thank you, Cynthia Cardona (community school coordinator), for assisting with setting up and interpreting for our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). I am thrilled with the turnout and the families who are eager to partner with Kennedy.

Aravind Somanchi is our new SSC President AND our ELAC President! WOW! Thank you, Aravind!

School Site Council Agenda

School Site Council Minutes

ELAC Agenda and Minutes

Cougar Leaders

Our 8th-grade mentors led an event for 6th-grade students on Thursday. The Marvelous Me activity allowed for 6th-graders to eat some M&Ms while answering questions about themselves.

We also had 10 Cougar Leaders volunteer to support Henry Ford's Fall Fiesta. Thank you, everyone!

Arielle M., Kgosi M., Camila L.A., Alexa C., Naima A., Daniel V., Isaac A., Genesis G., Sierra W, and Anthony R.

Picture Day Retakes Tuesday, October 24

Students can retake their photos or take their photo if they were absent on Tuesday in the Kennedy Gym.

PTO Calendar

The Kennedy school calendar is now on the PTO website and has been updated with school events and activities for the year! You can add it to your personal calendar by going to and clicking the +Google Calendar button on the bottom right of the calendar.

PTO Corner

Hello, Kennedy Community!

All Kennedy parents are automatically members of the PTO and your voice is important!

Everyone is invited to join us for our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 24, at 7:05 pm - 8:30 pm via Zoom.

Here is the Zoom link.

Meeting ID: 985 9237 3018

Passcode: Kennedy

To support KMS, PLEASE DONATE at the link:

Follow the KMS PTO on Instagram and Facebook, @KennedyCougarsPTO.

Check out for more info.

Kind regards,

Jess Bryski

PTO President


High School Event Updates

Please check the High School Shadow Programs & Informational Event Links document.

  • TIDE and Woodside posted their shadowing request links.
  • Carlmont posted links for campus tours and the Chat with a Carlmont Student event.
  • Sequoia will open the shadowing request link on 9/13/23.
  • Menlo-Atherton will open the shadowing request link within the next ten days.

High School Information Website

9th Grade Online Registration

The Online Registration (OLR) process is required for all students enrolling at SUHSD (even if you have already completed it for an older sibling). OLR opens annually on October 15 and closes on February 1. Learn more here:
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Updates from Boys and Girls Club

Hello BGCP Families,

We want to remind everyone about our Attendance Policy: students are expected to attend a full day of the program every day. Our program runs until 5:50 p.m. each day. We provide a diverse set of options for students such as academic support, enrichments, chill time, and high school exposure. For them to experience these components, students need to attend the program.

We recognize that students also participate in other activities outside of our program. If your student is unable to attend, we ask that you communicate this information via email or text. You can also fill out our Accommodation Request Form if there is any specific day your child cannot attend. We do ask that if an accommodation is made, students attend three full days of the program. Here is the link for you to fill out and our contact information:

BGCP Office Number: (650)804-9045

BGCP Email:

We are excited about all the fun and engaging activities we have in store this year! We look forward to staying in communication and serving our students. Thank you, BGCP families.

Arnulfo Prado

Kennedy BGCP Site Director

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Kennedy Family Center Updates

Our October Family Challenge is HERE! Find out the details in this month's podcast (9:33 mark)

Please take a picture of your family going on a hike or walk together, and send a picture to the family center: You can also text a picture to (650) 656-0501. The winning family will receive a family prize pack. Watch the podcast for more information!

October Podcast

Padres de Kennedy 2023 WhatsApp Group

If you prefer to receive information in Spanish and by text, click on the link to join the Kennedy Family Center's WhatsApp group “Padres de Kennedy 2023"! You will receive updated Kennedy Middle School information in Spanish and reminders of our school events.

Parent Support Groups

Parent support groups are back at the PAL Center. This week's support group will cover topics on mental health.

6:30 to 7:30 pm at the PAL Center 3399 Bay Road in Redwood City

For more information, contact Rocio: (650) 204-0638 or

Cynthia Cardona, Community School Coordinator

Maria Segundo, Admin Assistant

Kathryn Lige, Lead Mental Health Counselor

Contact the Kennedy Family Center by phone: (650) 482-2110

Second Harvest Food Bank

Our foodbank distribution will be held this Tuesday, October 17 at 9:00 am in the Kennedy gymnasium parking lot.

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Redwood City Parks & Rec Sports This Week

Flag Football

Monday, 10/23

4:00 - Kennedy Cougars Gold vs. North Star at Hawes Field

6:00 - Kennedy Cougars Green vs. MIT at Hawes Field

Wednesday, 10/25

4:00 - Kennedy Cougars Gold vs. Kennedy Cougars Green at Hawes Field



Monday, 10/23

4:00 - Kennedy White at Hoover

5:30 - Kennedy Green at Hoover

Thursday, 10/26

4:00 - Kennedy White at Kennedy

4:45 - Kennedy Green at Kennedy


Monday, 10/23

4:00 - Kennedy White at Kennedy

4:45 - Kennedy Green at Kennedy


Thursday, 10/23

4:00 - Kennedy Green at Kennedy

6:15 - Kennedy White at Kennedy

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What's Happening in the Kennedy Library?

Book Club has started! We meet on Tuesdays after school. If you are interested in joining, come by the library to sign up or sign up here.

Get more details from Ms. Cooper and the awesome Kennedy Library by visiting the Kennedy Library Website.

Student & Family Handbook

In order to make our handbook for students and families more accessible, we have digitized it. Please know that the information in the handbook will be continually updated to ensure families are informed. Students received planners during the fourth week of school, and included in the planner is the student handbook.

Click to view and save the Kennedy Student & Family Handbook.

Kennedy's Amazon Wishlist

We are incredibly grateful for your support! Thank you!

Thank you, Pam Swint, for buying our Chess Club chess sets and timers.

Our wishlist contains items requested by teachers at Kennedy. It now contains items we need for our STEAM and art electives.

Kennedy's Amazon Wishlist

Upcoming Events


  • Super Minimum Days (Due to Conferences) Oct 23-27 In-Person 8:30-12:00 pm
  • Fall Conferences Oct 23-27 In-Person 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Picture Day Make-up Oct 24 Gym 8:30 am-12:00 pm
  • PTO Meeting Oct 24 Zoom 7:05-8:30 pm
  • Halloween Dance Oct 27 Gym 6:00-8:00 pm
  • 8th Grade Yosemite Trip Oct 29-Nov 2 Yosemite National Park
  • No School Nov 1-Teacher Professional Development

Click here to view the most up-to-date version of the Kennedy Calendar of Events.

Kennedy Middle School

With a commitment to excellence, Kennedy Middle School engages, encourages, and empowers students in challenging and creative learning opportunities while preparing them for their futures in high school and beyond.