Kennedy Parent Newsletter

May 2023

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Kindergarten Round up - May 11th

Mark your calendars for Kennedy ~ Kindergarten Round-up:

  • Kennedy Elementary school will host a night for Kindergarten families to hear an overview of what a kindergarten day looks like and have a tour of the building. This event will take place on Thursday, May 11th from 5:30-6:30.

  • If you have not uploaded the needed documents (Birth Certificate, Immunization Record & Proof of Address) please bring the document along to round up.

Principal's News

Update PowerSchool! If you need help logging in - please call the office at 701-446-4200. You will need to be able to log into PowerSchool to see your student progress report/report card.

You will need to go back through registration forms mid July - Please remember to click on the submit button on the bottom of each page.

Tardy/Late Slips - Students can enter the building at 7:40 am. Instruction BEGINS at 7:55 am. Please make sure your child is on time for school. We need to have the lunch counts in by 8:45 or we will not have enough lunches for all students!

Reminder: School Start and End Times

School start time is 7:55 am and dismissal time is 2:17 pm. Doors will open at 7:40 am. Do not drop children off any earlier than 7:40 am to ensure that students are supervised.

Grades K - 2 enter through Main Door (6); Grades 3 - 5 enter through Gym Doors (7)

All doors will be available to exit.

Please see the School Visitation Policy below - If a parent comes to eat with their child at school, please bring a bag lunch or notify the office that you plan to eat the "hot" or "cold" entrée and pay upon your arrival. Parent can not charge their lunch to their child's account. When coming in to join your child for school lunch, parents need to bring the exact amount ($3.60). We do not have change at the school! Food purchased from a restaurant will not be allowed in the lunchroom. Parents who wish to eat restaurant food with their child can sign their child out of school and return their child after their scheduled lunch break. The Visitation Policy (AP 4650) will be followed.

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 8-12

Teacher Appreciation week is May 8-12. The Fargo Public Schools thanks all of our teachers for their hard work and dedication to fulfilling our mission of "educating and empowering students to succeed" this Teacher Appreciation Week! Educators provide impactful foundations for students to grow, and they have the ability to leave lasting impacts both in academics and citizenship. Their work changes lives on a daily basis. Thank you, teachers!

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Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2023 opens online on February 1 at Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2023 to attend school in the fall.

Registration is a two-step process:

Complete online registration forms at For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person.

Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school by August 28 to finalize registration.

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots
  • Two Documents (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address for verification

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at

If you need help in PowerSchool (Fargo Public Schools online registration software), please call 701.446.1006

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Join Kennedy PTA

We are only as great as our members, and need every family at Kennedy to join PTA. Memberships are only $15 per individual and gives you a formal voice in what the PTA does. Joining does not require you to volunteer, although our small army of dedicated volunteers always appreciate the extra help! You can join online on our MemberHub store:

Our first annual Health and Well-being event (5/3), which will include digital safety.

Sign up here to help! Thanks for your support!


Please do not drop off your students in the south parking lot. The north lot is the BUS LOOP. The south loop is the parent drop off loop. Dropping students off in the wrong loop is unsafe. If you would like to drop off in park in the lot, you are expected to walk your child across the crosswalk. The parking lots are NOT be use as an alternate drop off loop.

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, pull to the tennis court for extra parking and drop off space.

  • 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. Please do not drop off your students in the south parking lot - it is not a drop off loop. This is very unsafe to have children walking through the parking lot. If you would like to pull into the south lot and park and walk your child to the crosswalk - that is great but no not just drop them off and and let them go on their own to the crosswalk.
  • 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.


ATTENDANCE – TARDINESS - ABSENCES`-See Administrative Policy 6220: Student Attendance

The Attendance Policy will be updated online in the Fall of 2022. It is important that parents and their student(s) develop the practice of good attendance and punctual behavior patterns early in their school years and continue to understand their importance.

Parents should call the school when a child is to be absent, so the school can account for all students. When a child is absent and the reason for the absence is not known, the school secretary will contact the parent/guardian as soon as possible to determine the reason for the absence. When school absenteeism (excused/unexcused and/or tardiness) becomes excessive the parents will be contacted to work with school staff on resolving the issue.

Commonly Asked ATTENDANCE Questions:

What if my my child refuses to go to school?

Parents can call the school for assistance in getting their child to school. Parents/guardians are responsible for getting their child to school.

Why do I have to notify the school by 8:30 AM if my child will be absent?

This is necessary to determine the safety of your child. If contact cannot be made, school administration may work with the Fargo Police Department to conduct a welfare check.

Can a school require a medical excuse for absences due to illness?

Yes, schools can ask for medical documentation for illness.

ND Century Code on Attendance 15.1-20-01:

All children between the ages of 7 and 16 are required by law to be in attendance every day that school is in session. Illness and certain other physical or mental incapacities are exceptions. Regular attendance habits require maximum cooperation of parent, students, and school. Parental responsibility is clearly noted in the North Dakota Century Code.

Six late slips = 1 absence / 3 absence = Tier 1 Attendance

Please help us with our daily attendance by calling the school if your child is absent. By calling the school we are able to insure that your child is safe and accounted for each day.

Please call the office (701-446-4206) or email Kennedy Attendance at

If your child arrives at school after the bell rings at 7:55 AM, they will need to stop at the office to get a tardy slip before going to the classroom.

APPOINTMENTS: If you need to pick up your student for an appointment during the school day, come to door 6 and ring the security bell to enter the school. Your child will be called down to the office once you arrive and you may sign them out at that time. Please remember to bring your appointment slip back to school - we will attach it to your reenter slip.

Field Trips and In School Experiences Kindergarten - Grade 5

See Kennedy Calendar for Schedule -

For more Field Trip information Click Here

Note to Parents:

We are excited to offer these opportunities to parents. Parents have the choice to opt their student. If you wish to opt your student out of an opportunity, scroll to the last page of the above link and chose the Opt Out Form. Please fill out the form and return it to your building’s principal.

School Visitation Policy

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The Menu’s this year are only going to be posted a week at a time because of the new system the kitchen is using and the supply of what is available. Parents can access the menus on the Fargo website under the quick links tab. I have included the link here as well

Students that are eating breakfast at school should arrive by 7:40 to allow them time to eat before to the last bell at 7:55. They should enter through door 7 and get their breakfast before they go to their classrooms.

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May 2 - Skate City Night

May12 - Bike/Walk to School Day

May 23 - 5:30-6:30 Color Run / 6:30-8:00 Bubbles!

May 26-Storm Day Make up-there will be school on this date.

June 1 - Last Day of Classes

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC)

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley (BGC) offers affordable and flexible youth development programs for before school, after school, and school-out days for youth K-5th grades, and The CLUB Teen Center at our BGC Midtown location after school and summer for teens 6th through 12th grade.

We’ve increased our capacity for after school activities at The CLUB Teen Center at BGC Midtown, cost is only $10 per teen annually!

And we’ve launched the Maris Academy, a year-long program designed specifically for grades 6-12 that provides exciting career exploration opportunities right here in our community!

Visit our website at for more information, including upcoming Summer and School Year registration dates.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley

Scheduling, Registration, & General Information

701-235-2147 | |

The Fargo South Track and Field program

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