Kennedy Newsletter for Families

Week of April 27, 2020

A message to my Coyotes:

Kennedy Family Announcements 4.27.20

Principal's Post

Hello Kennedy Families!

Today is the last day for the 2nd Learning Packet Pick-up. Please come to Kennedy sometime today for a Drive-through packet pick-up! It's stress free and you get an awesome "Movie Night Snack Pack" from our amazing PTA! (SEE BELOW for detailed information about this)

According to our calendars, Tuesday is bus driver appreciation day! Wow, do we want to thank them big this year! They have gone above and beyond to make sure our great kiddos all over Kingsport have nourished hearts and bodies. When you meal bus comes by this week, I hope you will consider how you might show thanks, I know it would mean a lot to them. This could be a chalk art message, a card, and sign on your mailbox, a word of appreciation,etc. Please join me in thanking them for all they do.

Friday is Lunch Hero day! This is a day each year we honor our cafeteria staff. The KCS food and nutrition services staff is working so hard to make sure every hungry child has a meal. This is for all kids 18 and under, this means we are asking them to prepare more meals than ever! If your family would like to submit a card or treat, please just give them to your meal delivery staff on Friday and they will return them to the cafeterias. Thanks so much for helping us celebrate those daily heroes!

Please let me know if we can be of assistance to your family during our school closure. We are looking forward to the day we are back in the hallways of John F. Kennedy!

I miss you all so much!

Janice Irvin

How do I pick up my child(ren)'s 2nd Packet?

Due to the Governor's orders to stay socially distant, please:

  • Do not come into the office this time.
  • Drive to the front door area. You'll see us there.
  • Do not get out of your car. :)
  • Teachers will have on masks and gloves.
  • Roll your window down a little bit and we will hand you your packet.
  • Wave goodbye and give "air-hugs" or "air-high fives".


Make a sign to hold up in your car as you drive through to send a message to your teacher. They love you so much and are so excited about the possibility of seeing you at the times below.



If you want to see your teacher(s) when you pick up your packets!!!

MONDAY, APRIL 27 (3-5 Teachers)

3rd Grade - 8 am -10 am

  • Trent and Johnson

4th Grade - 10 am- 12 pm

  • Smith, Ryan, Fielden

5th Grade - 12 pm- 2 pm

  • Pangle and Paupeck

2 pm- 5 pm Office Personnel

Going to be a 6th Grader Next Year? Want to be in Band or Orchestra?

Is your child interested on joining the band or orchestra next year? If so, please click the link below to begin the process.

The form link for enrollment:

Going to be a 6th Grader Next Year? Want to be in Choir?

Music is such an important part of the Robinson Middle School day. I am reaching out to each of you with an invitation to join the Sixth Grade Choir. We sing every day, clap rhythms and learn how to read music. We become a singing family and make new friends. I would love to have you in my Choir program. If you are interested in joining, please email me: No auditions are needed as all are welcome! I look forward to working with you in the fall and making music.

Sincerely, Mrs. Sandra Kerney

Robinson Choral Director

Important - Let's all work together for Lynn Garden!

2020 has been an eventful year! One part of that is the Census being taken this year. COVID 19 has made this more difficult, so we are here to help! Simply click the link below to answer the few simple questions so that our region can adequately be represented. Responding to the census is not only our civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding our community receives, how our community plans for the future, and our representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:

Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.

Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.

Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.

Click this link to fill out your simple census forms now. PLEASE fill out this census. It benefits all of us.

It only took me 4 minutes to complete. It's worth our time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Are there plans for 5th grade promotion?

Answer: We are currently finalizing plans and will share those with 5th grade parents soon, but we will have a way to recognize our 5th graders.

Question: What about student's yearbook and picture orders?

Answer: We are awaiting a delivery date from our printing company and will schedule a pick up date when they arrive.

Question: My child left items at school- is there a time we can pick up those items?

Answer: The district is working on a plan for picking up personal belongings. If you have a specific need in the meantime, please email or and we will make arrangements for you to pick up those items.

Question: How can I get the bus to deliver lunches to my address?

Answer: Please call 423-392-4416 and leave a voicemail to schedule delivery.

Question: My child needs additional work/advanced work/modified work.

Answer: Please reach out to your child's teacher. They can provide additional resources to assist you. (iXL on our parent resources page is a great place to practice any grade level standards)

Question: I worry about my child falling behind academically.

Answer: Packet work is meant to review and maintain what was already taught this school year. We will address any untaught standards when we return to school. Ensuring that your child is reading each day is a great way to help them stay on track academically.

Question: My family cannot attend Zoom meetings.

Answer: Zoom meetings are completely optional. Join if you are able. You can also call into Zoom meetings by phone. Your teacher can share directions for joining by phone.

Question: How can we get correct answers for math problems? Reading questions?

Answer: Please reach out to your child's teacher for help. If you are struggling, there are likely many others feeling the same. Teachers will address questions in Zoom meetings, via Class Dojo or email. Teachers are constantly asking for additional ways to help students and will be more than happy to assist you.

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Library Books Due

We will have a box labeled for returning Library books when you come to get your packet! Please bring your library books back so we can get them ready for next year.

Little Library

Do you have books your children don't read anymore? Bring them to our Little Library by the front door! We will have sanitizer there so you can spray them before you leave. Fun!
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Guardian Referral for School Counseling Services during Covid-19 Closure

Dear Kennedy Families, please feel free to fill out this confidential form (password protected) to let Mrs. Oaks-Blair know if you need to request school counseling services for your child. She will then contact you by phone or email.

Click HERE for the referral.

Zoning and Tuition Reminder: Deadline Coming Soon!

Deadline Approaching for Kingsport City Schools Zoning and Tuition Applications for 2020-21 School Year

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Kingsport City Schools will accept Zoning and Tuition Applications for students in grades K–12 for the 2020-2021 school year until Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Parents who would like to request their child attend a different city school instead of one for which their child is zoned, must apply for a zoning exception. Parents of students who are not legal residents of the City of Kingsport must submit a tuition application to attend Kingsport City Schools. Parents or legal guardians must apply annually for their child’s tuition and zoning status, even if they attended Kingsport City Schools during the preceding school year.

Applications can be found online at via the "Parents" tab, 2020-21 Zoning and Tuition Application link. Application deadline is April 30, 2020.

The following are excerpts from the Kingsport Board of Education’s policies and procedures for zoning and tuition:

  • Parents or legal guardians must apply annually for their child’s tuition and zoning status.
  • Students who are not legal residents of the City of Kingsport shall pay tuition charges as approved annually by the Board of Education.
  • Failure to pay tuition will disqualify a student’s application for the next year.
  • Tuition students are accepted and zoning exceptions are granted only if current enrollment permits.
  • The system does not provide bus transportation for tuition or zoning exception students, except in specific circumstances.
Criteria for zoning exceptions are as follows:
  • Documented medical reasons
  • Child care availability
  • An expected move to a different zone
  • Specialized school programs
  • A fifth or an eighth grade student with a previous zoning exception
  • Documented justifications related to the child’s specific educational experience
The school system utilizes the following order when placing students:

  1. Zoning and tuition for Kingsport City Schools employees and retirees, as well as City of Kingsport employees
  2. Zoning exception reapplications
  3. Siblings of currently enrolled out-of-zone students
  4. New zoning exception applications
  5. Tuition reapplications
  6. Siblings of currently enrolled tuition students
  7. New tuition applications for out-of-district residents

To find out the school for which your child is zoned, please refer to the online School Zones and Street Directory listed under the “School Zones and Street Directory” link under “Parents” at, or call the KCS Administrative Support Center at (423) 378.2100.

If you didn't complete the survey last week, please let me know how we are doing (see below)!

Click Here for Family Survey!!!

Please let us know how we are doing! We appreciate you!

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Online Book Fair is here!!!!!

Finally got the link!

We will receive 25% in rewards for all sales and the fair will last until May 3. All orders ship to the student's home.

KCS Math Resources

Our Investigations 3 curriculum now has a link with additional resources to support families. You no longer have to login to Pearson Realize to access these resources. Use this link: to access:

· Math at Home collection

· Investigations 3 Games Online (Grades K-5)

· Math Words and Ideas (interactive review of concepts)

Related Arts Website!

Our amazing Related Arts Team has created a website for your family! Please click the link below for ideas about Art, PE, Music, and Library! They will put all of their info in one place for you and update it periodically. Fun!

We miss you so much!

Keep practicing those H.O.W.L. Expectations!

Helping Others

Overcoming Challenges

Willingness to Learn

Leading with Respect

Low-cost Internet Information

(WJW) — Amid the coronavirus pandemic that is closing schools, businesses, attractions and events across the country, Comcast Cable is reaching out to low-income families to offer assistance so they can stay connected.

“For millions of low-income Americans who don’t have Internet service at home, this uncertain time is going to be even more difficult to manage,” Comcast said in a press release. “As schools and businesses close and families are encouraged, or even mandated, to stay home, Internet connectivity becomes even more important.”

Starting Monday, Comcast is putting in place two program enhancements to help low-income families.

Here is the breakdown on the packages:

  • Low-income families in the Comcast service area can sign up for 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
  • Also, we are increasing Internet speeds for the Internet Essentials service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers, which will be the speed of the service going forward.

To sign up, applicants can simply visit There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Playgrounds Still Closed

As we continue to work with and align with the city on safety decisions, please note that playgrounds will now be closed to the public, starting immediately.

At this time (based on information from the city), other outdoor spaces, such as tennis, tracks, and walking paths, have not been closed. If anything should change regarding this, we will let you know as soon as we are able. This makes me incredibly sad and I can't wait to open it again.

Tennessee Dept. of Ed Closure Toolkit for Families

This toolkit provides a number of resources that can be used to support at- home learning during periods of closure.

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KCS Family Resource Page

Please click this button to see a list of local resources for food, clothes, etc.

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Kennedy is a Bully-Free Zone! #CoyotesAreKind

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**** Kennedy Office Staff ****

Cindy Salyer - Office Assistant

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Kem Padgett - Award Winning KCS Secretary

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Debbie Allen - Family Liaison

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Kim Oaks-Blair - School Counselor

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Heather Hobbs - Associate Principal

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Dr. Janice Irvin - Principal

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Kennedy Constants (always included)

We hope you find it helpful! Please let us know if we can clarify anything for you.

Attendance, Absences, and Tardiness

Every Coyote is urged to form excellent habits regarding attendance and promptness. A good start every day helps foster a positive attitude. Should your Coyote be absent, please call our school office to let us know the reason. Children should arrive to their classrooms no later than 8:15 having eaten breakfast.


Please only send healthy snacks as a birthday treat for your child's class. We cannot accept cupcakes, cakes, or homemade items. Please make arrangements with your child's teacher before sending in healthy treats.

Flowers, balloons, etc. should not be sent to the office for students. Please give these sweet gifts at home.

Breakfast and Lunch Programs

Kennedy Elementary was the lucky recipient of a grant that allows our Coyotes to eat a "no cost" breakfast and lunch each day. Please have your Coyote to school by 7:55 if she or he needs to eat breakfast with us. Eating here is encouraged-- our food is really good.

Ice-cream day is Friday and must be purchased ($1)

Healthy chips can also be purchased ($1)

Bus Transportation

Students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible for bus transportation. Our buses are 04, 14, and 20. If your child's transportation plan needs to change, please call the office prior to 2:45 PM (earlier is always better) so we can make sure that message gets to your Coyote.

The number to the transportation garage is 392-4416, if needed.


  1. During AM drop off, please stay in your car and allow your child to exit independently.
  2. During AM drop off, please unload at all 4 numbers/lanes. No need to stop at the bottom of the hill.
  3. During AM drop off, students can walk into the cafe from 7:30-8:05.
  4. In the afternoons, 4th and 5th grade cars (side parking lot) please turn RIGHT after you pick-up.
  5. In the afternoons, PLEASE USE YOUR CAR TAG! :) There is often a glare and I cannot see faces until you are right beside me. This helps our line move as quickly as possible.

Communication & Class Dojo

As a school, we voted to start using the ClassDojo app last year. This year we will fully implement the use of this app. It's an awesome tool for us to share events and pictures with you of your child doing great things!

Contact us!

857-2700 - Main Office

857-2704 - Cafe, Karen Mullins

857-2702 -Nurse Lundy

378-2340 -Fax

1500 Woodland Avenue

Kingsport, TN 37665


Our school-wide expectations are used in all areas of our school.

They are:

H- Helping Others

O- Overcoming Challenges

W- Willingness to Learn

L- Leading with Respect

Hear us HOWL!

In addition to these expectations we use Positive Discipline with Lifeskills at Kennedy Elementary. We know that a part of growing our students as leaders includes citizenship and character. We believe our students are the best in Tennessee.

Kennedy Family Lifeskills for Reference

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Kennedy Family Positive Discipline Reference

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This (above) is the guide a group of Kennedy teachers brought back from a Positive Discipline training in Atlanta this past summer. Each teacher in our school uses this guide during Classroom Meetings each day.

Positive Discipline really boils down to discipline that is kind and firm. We focus on fixing the behavior, not necessarily punishment. It's based on respect and character building.


Each month we have fire drills, and other drills as mandated by state law. These are recorded. During drills students are instructed not to talk. Additionally, our school is also equipped with an AED (automated External Defibrillator).

Health and Medical

Our school nurse is Angie Lundy, RN. She is outstanding and has been at Kennedy for over a decade. If your child is ever sick and you aren't sure if they are well enough to attend, you can always bring your child in to be checked by her. Many Kennedy faculty members have used her office in this capacity.

Additionally, we have a tele-medicine program where a child can be seen via a camera and equipment in Nurse Lundy's office. They can receive antibiotics through this program if needed! We encourage you to use this program! It's awesome!


As a general rule, Kennedy Elementary does not assign homework every night. We do encourage you to read with your child at least 20 minutes each night (about three story books with the littles!). If your child is older/able, they can read out loud to you on the way to practice, while you make dinner, or on your way to the grocery. Reading each night adds up! Please add this to your daily routine!

Lost and Found

Please, please, please put your child's first and last name/telephone number in your child's coat! We have a mountain of homeless coats by the end of the year! If you are wondering, we donate homeless coats to Higher Ground at the end of the year so they can go back into our Lynn Garden Community where needed. Please visit our Lost and Found periodically.

Opportunities for Coyotes

Ambassadors (4th and 5th Grade Student Council)

AM Tutoring (5th Grade)

Big Brothers Big Sisters (all grades)

Chorus (all grades)

DBYes (DB student mentors)

HOWLers (Boys, 4th and 5th)

Kiwanis Club Readers (volunteers)

RTI - Response to Intervention (time set aside to catch up academically)


Ladies of Lynn Garden (Girls 4th and 5th)

Lego League

Maker Space (only one in a KCS elementary school!)

Morning Mile (Coach Robbins - 7:45-8:00)

Speech Services for approved students

Spelling Bee (3rd, 4th, and 5th)

Snacks/Water Bottles

Everyone knows a hungry brain can't concentrate and learn. No need for our Coyotes to be hangry! Healthy snacks and water bottles are not only welcomed, they are encouraged! Please remind your Coyote that only water should be in their bottles. Examples of good snacks- Goldfish, cheese sticks, pretzels, and apples.

Testing Policies

For your information and scheduling purposes, a schedule of tests administered to our Coyotes is included on our district website under the "Parents" tab. You will also receive a school flier prior to the administration of standardized tests. Kennedy families will receive results of our TNReady/TCAP testing as soon as they become available (this past year it took several months).

Our KCS Website can be found here:

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Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation®: A Curriculum Designed to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control (2011, Social Thinking Publishing) is a curriculum comprised of lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L to help students gain skills in the area of self-regulation. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they are in the different Zones (states of alertness/moods/feelings) as well as learn how to use tools (including sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) to regulate the Zone they are in.

In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students will be gaining an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading facial expressions, perspective on how others see and react to their behavior, insight on events that trigger their behavior, calming and alerting strategies, problem solving skills and much more. You can connect this work to parenting as home. We are excited to help our Coyotes stay in the Green Zone!

Taken from Zones of Regulation Content

Zoning and Tuition

If you don't live in Lynn Garden but you would like your child to attend/continue attending Kennedy, you will need to apply for a zoning exemption every year. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on our website starting in March 2020.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Alisa Strong ( via email or by calling (423)378-2100.

Approvals are based on: Attendance, Behavior, and Classroom Space

Our vision, our students, our community, our future!

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