Kennedy News


Note From Mr. Rustad: Winters Greetings from Kennedy!

Kennedy Families,

January has been a great month at Kennedy! Students have been busy working in their classes. Additionally, our students have been able to get outside and enjoy the warmer than usual January!

We still have a few cold and snowy months to go. Please make sure that your student has the appropriate winter gear for outside recess. All students should have a hat, gloves, winter coat, snow pants, and boots. We want all students to be safe, warm and comfortable as they play outside.

Check out the rest of the newsletter to read about some the great highlights of January at Kennedy as well as upcoming events, important news, notes, and reminders.

Thank you,

Steve Rustad


January Highlights at Kennedy

January Kennedy B.E.S.T. Students of the Month

Over 40 Cubs were selected as January B.E.S.T. Students of the Month by teachers. Students of the Month are selected for showing their Kennedy B.E.S.T. at school. Great job to all of these Cubs! As a reminder, B.E.S.T. means:

B - Be Safe and Healthy

E - Engage for Best Learning

S - Show Respect to Others

T - Treat Property with Respect

Floor Hockey, Snowshoeing, and Cross Country Skiing at Kennedy!

Students at Kennedy have been participating in floor hockey, snowshoeing and cross country skiing during gym time at Kennedy. Thank you to Mrs. Smith and Ms. Carlson for giving students such great experiences!

Meet the New Counselor - Ms. Hornick

Hi! I’m Shyranda (Shy) Hornick, the new School Counselor for Kennedy Elementary. This is my fourth year as a School Counselor, and my first year at the elementary level. Before accepting the mid-year position at Kennedy, I had been working at Bamber Valley Elementary in Rochester, MN. My previous experiences are at Mayo High School (Rochester, MN) in 2016-2017 and Goodhue School (K-12) from 2017-2019.

A little about my family and I - My significant other, Jared and I both grew up in New Ulm. This past October, we had the opportunity to move from Goodhue back home to our roots! We have two young children - Everett James (3 in March) and Vienna Louise (10 months). As a family, we enjoy camping, attending dirt bike events such as motocross and hillclimbs, fishing and enjoying lake life in the summer.

I am extremely happy to be part of District 77; more specifically, excited to provide support to the entirety of Kennedy Elementary! Go Cubs!

Ms. Hornick can be contacted via email at

Upcoming Events

2/11 - Two Hour Late Start

2/17 & 2/18 - No School

2/19 - No Excel

2/24 - Open Door Sealant Program

2/27 - Science Fair

News, Notes, and Reminders

Note from the PTO

Hello, Cub Families! Your Kennedy PTO would like to know about some upcoming PTO sponsored events. Take a moment and check them out. Follow us on Facebook! Click here to visit/ join the Kennedy PTO Facebook group.

Lost and Found Items at Kennedy

The Lost and Found is overflowing! If your child has one cold hand (or perhaps two) encourage them to stop down in the cafeteria to look for lost items! Please take a minute to label your child's winter gear! If there is a name, staff can easily return gear to owners and kids can easily identify what is theirs. THANKS!!

Drop-Off and Pick-Up at Kennedy

AM Drop-Off Procedures: Kennedy School is open for all students starting at 7:40 AM. Breakfast is open to all students starting at that time. All students should head directly to the playground unless they are eating breakfast. Please remember that there is no supervision for your student on the playground if they arrive before 7:40 AM. The front doors will remained closed until this time. If you are a family in need of supervision for your student in the morning, please consider our morning ACES program.

To help ensure safety and security at our school, we will have all students enter Kennedy through the front doors at the beginning of the day. The side bus door will no longer be open before school. This will start on Monday, September 23. You may continue to drop off your students on the Kennedy Street side of the building but the will need come to the front the building to enter.

PM Pick-Up Procedures: Students will be dismissed at 2:30. The doors to the school will remain locked until that time. Students in grades K-2 will come out of the front doors and students in grades 3-5 will come out of the doors on the Kennedy Street side. Parents who are picking up are encouraged to stay out of the parking lot. It can become a student and family safety concern when cars are pulling into and out of the parking lot. Many students are walking and biking on the sidewalk and we want them to have a safe crossing by the parking lot.

Title 1 Services at Kennedy

Kennedy is a Schoolwide Title 1 School. In the past, Title 1funds were available to

provide additional support to students who qualified based on their test scores. As a Schoolwide Title 1 school we are now able to utilize those resources more flexibly to support any students that would benefit. This fits wonderfully with our small group instruction blocks when students receive acceleration or enrichment based on their specific needs. Feel free to contact the school if you have questions.

As a parent, you have the right to request information about the qualifications of your child’s teacher(s). For further information, contact Steve Rustad, principal at Kennedy Elementary.

Kennedy Cubs School Song

School Song

We are Kennedy Black Gold and True

B E S T all the way through

Respect our teachers and classmates too

Prepare for our futures everyday

Proudly we say

We are the Kennedy Cubs

We are Kennedy Black Gold and True

B E S T all the way through

Respect our teachers and classmates too



We are the Kennedy Cubs

Kennedy Elementary School


Steve Rustad


Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world