Kennedy Parent Newsletter
March 31st and April 1st-Distance Learning Days
April 2nd No School
School Start and End Times
School start time is 8:10 am and dismissal time is 2:32 pm. Doors will open at 7:55 am. Do not drop children off any earlier than 7:55 am to ensure that students are supervised.
Information links for parents - Check out the following valuable links:
COVID information www.parentslead.org/covid-19
Behavioral Health https://www.behavioralhealth.nd.gov/helpishere
No visitors/outside food deliveries are allowed in the buildings - No food can be brought in to share (they can bring their own snack); drop off time is 7:55 am; masks must be worn. We will continue to encourage sanitizing and social distancing when and where possible. We are not able to ensure 6 feet of social distancing at all times.. Students will be considered as close contacts to a student who is positive if they are unmasked. If your child is in close contact (unmasked) with a positive student, parents will be called to quarantine their child (i.e., keep them home). If two (or more students) are unmasked for more than 15 minutes per day, they are considered a "close contact".
Extra Mask - Please continue to supply extra masks in your students backpack. Thank you.
COVID Testing - REMEMBER: if any member of your family is tested- please make sure you keep your students home until the test results have been received. Please share the results with the school. Thank you for continuing to keep us up-to-date.
DROP OFF REMINDERS:
If you drop off your child or children at school, we ask that you be kind and patient to others in the drop off loop. If the loop gets congested, you can pull to the tennis court for extra parking and drop off space.
Reminders for the drop off loop:
- Have your child ready to get out of the car once you are stopped. Have their backpack and device beside them, so they can exit the car as quickly as possible..
- All children being dropped off in the loop should get out on the passenger side door.
- Adults are to ALWAYS remain in the vehicle.
- If your child needs assistance in dressing or gathering their belongings, please park in the parking lot to assist them. Fast drop offs keeps the drop off line flowing.
- The north loop is for buses and daycares only, not for parent drop off or parent pick up.
- Parents picking up Kindergarten & 1st grade students please park on the south side of 44th Ave ONLY for the safety of your children. We do not want them crossing the street to get into your cars.
- Pull up as far as you are able.
- Be courteous to staff and others while dropping off - they are they are they to assist with the safety of dropping off and picking up of of your child/ren.
Thank you for your cooperation and showing other's empathy and kindness. We look forward to having everyone back in the building together!
End of Day Pick-Up
We are staggering dismissal times to prevent congregating. Classes dismiss starting at 2:25 and the last class dismisses at 2:32. K & 1 parents: you are encouraged to park in the north staff lot to pick up children.
Storm Day Make-Up on APRIL 30th
Due to the storm day on December 23rd, there WILL BE SCHOOL on Friday, April 30th.
Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2021 is open online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration on February 1, 2021. Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall. This is for New to district Kindergarten registration only - all other students (including Pre-School) will need to be re-enrolled after July 1st, 2021. Check out our Kindergarten video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6A5Gdf0ZOA&feature=emb_title
Registration is a two-step process:
STEP ONE: REGISTRATION ONLINE
Complete online registration forms at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person. (masks are required for all visitors)
STEP TWO: SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION
Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school before August 25 to finalize registration.
- Child’s certified birth certificate
- Child’s immunization record, with 5-year shots
- Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address to verify the correct
If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps.
If you need PowerSchool help, please call 446-1030
Enrichment Summer School
The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. You can register online for courses by clicking the following link:
June 7th to June 25th
8:00AM – 10:00AM
10:00AM – 12:00PM
All Classes held at Hawthorne Elementary School
555 8th Ave. South Fargo, ND 58103
Transitions Summer School
Transitions Summer School is a teacher referred program. It is designed to provide additional support for students, in the area of math and/or reading, who are in need of extra instruction for them to be successful for the upcoming school year. Registration forms are due by April 15th. Parents will receive an email confirmation letter from the Transitions office by June 15th, informing them of their child's placement.
DATES: July 12th-30th (Monday-Friday)
TIMES: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM
WHERE: Elementary Buildings
Attendance Policy: Students enrolled in the "Transitions" Summer School Program are expected to be in attendance a minimum of 13 days of the 15 class days scheduled. Students who are absent are expected to make up the work they missed during their absence.
Please contact Rebecca Folden, Summer School Director, at 446-4404 with any questions.
Virtual Academy News
In the 2020-2021 school year, Fargo Public Schools was able to provide the Virtual Academy for students and families because of an executive order by Governor Burgum. Currently, that order is slated to expire at the end of the school year; legislative action would be needed to continue offering this type of setting. As a result, all students enrolled in the Virtual Academy in the 2020-2021 school year will be enrolled back at their neighborhood school for the 2021-2022 school year. This helps assure that we have your student assigned a teacher for the 2021-2022 school year.
If future legislative action allows for North Dakota schools to offer virtual programming for students, Fargo Public Schools would complete a process to review the viability of implementing a sustainable virtual academy. FPS has experienced successes and also learned many lessons over the course of this school year that would be considered if a virtual school was allowed to continue.
Hope this finds you all doing well!
-Missy Eidsness, Associate Superintendent
-Bob Grosz, Associate Superintendent
STUDENT ART WORK
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC) offers affordable youth development programs for before school, after school, and school out days. Summer 2021 programming is now available! Please visit our website at www.bgcrrv.org for more information.
BGCRRV SUMMER AND 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
· Summer Registration is now open for returning and new families!
· 2021-22 School Year Registration will open:
1. Returning families - Tuesday, April 13th @ 8:30 a.m. via email
2. New families - Tuesday, April 20th @ 8:30 a.m. live on our website
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley
Scheduling, Registration, & General Information