Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

December 2022

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7220
Health Office (Nurse): 651-480-7224
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7257
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

Dates to remember


1 - 10 - 10 Days of Giving Food Drive

19 - Monthly PTA Meeting (Kennedy Media Center 7:00 pm)

22 - 4th Grade Kennedy Cougar choir concert with HHS Jazz Band 9:00 - 9:30 am

23 - Jan 2 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


2 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

16 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day

23 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workshop

27 - Kennedy Family Movie Night

30 - Monthly PTA Meeting (Kennedy Media Center 7:00 pm)

December's Featured Artists

Hannah, Hailey, Austin, Landon, Wilder, Ca'Lea, Harper

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10 Days of Giving Food Drive

This year’s food drive benefits Hastings Family Service. Merchants Bank and area schools will collect monetary donations and non-perishable food items.

Through December 10th, students may fill a plastic or paper bag with items and drop them off in the green bins at school! A bin will be located near the main doors and in the cafeteria at Kennedy Elementary.

  • Monetary donations. Hastings Family Service can turn a $10 donation into 10 pounds of food. If each student at Kennedy brought in $2 we could provide 1,000 pounds of food to families in need!
  • See most needed item list below.

The school with the most food and cash collected will win one scoop of Culver's Fresh Frozen Custard for each student, compliments of Culver's of Hastings.

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PTA News

At our last meeting we approved our budget for the 2022-23 school year. You can find more details on our website, kennedycougarpta.org. The December meeting will focus on events planned in the new year. Members and non-members are encouraged to attend meetings to find out what events and programs are planned and contribute your ideas.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

December 19th - Monthly Meeting, 7:00 pm, Kennedy Media Center

January 27th - Kennedy Family Movie Night

January 30th - Monthly Meeting, 7:00 pm, Kennedy Media Center

2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration

Information for registering your 2023-24 kindergarteners will be mailed out in early January. Additional information regarding an opportunity to visit our school and meet kindergarten teachers will also be included in that mailing.

Don't Wait Until Winter ... Prepare for a "Snow Day"

It is important that you have accurate phone numbers on file for your student with the school district. Although we are using a calling system to contact families in case of inclement weather, the district will still continue to post school delays or closings in the following ways:

Official school closing announcements will be made on Hastings KDWA Radio 1460, WCCO-Channel 4, KSTP-Channel 5, KMSP-Channel 9 and KARE-Channel 11 television and Hastings Public School Website.

Click HERE for instructions on how to update contact information in Infinite Campus Parent Portal

E-Learning Plans

Click here to learn more about our E-Learning Plan to understand the plan for days in which school may be closed due to inclement weather.

*Please note, the first inclement weather day will not have e-learning expectations in place. Students will use the day to catch up on anything they would like.

Birthday Parties

Just a reminder that if your child is having a birthday party and wants to invite their friends from school, we are not able to give out names, phone numbers or addresses of the students. While we know it is exciting for children to have a birthday party and invite their school friends, we ask that you not send invitations to school with them to pass out. It can cause hurt feelings for those students who did not get invited to the party.

Treats at School

The district has adopted a wellness policy. We are still celebrating student birthdays; we are just not doing so with birthday treats. We ask that students not bring any treats in honor of their birthday.

Student Well Being

As we continue to look to support our students’ mental health and well-being, please connect with your child’s classroom teacher, school social worker, Dirk Wassink at dwassink@isd200.org or 651-480-7260, or building principal, Mr. Latch at klatch@isd200.org or 651-480-7221 with any questions, concerns or safety related issues.


Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for winter weather. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess. Winter coats, gloves or mittens, and hats are required to make their time outside more enjoyable.

If the temperature is below 0º fahrenheit, or the wind chill is around that level, we will keep the students inside during recess.


Throughout the year, there may be times that your child may be sick, need to go to medical appointments, etc. If your child is absent, please call the attendance line by 8:50 am at 651-480-7220.

Being on time to school is very important. If you are late to school, please check your student in at the main office.

If there is ever a change to your child’s normal dismissal plan, please contact the main office at 651-480-7220 by 2:30 pm.

If you are picking up your student early for an appointment, bring your ID. If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up, office must be notified in advance and their ID also is required.

Early Pick Up for Students

In order to minimize interruptions to the classroom, students should not be picked up early unless it is an emergency. On those occasions when it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please go to the school office to sign your child out. The office secretary will call the classroom and have the student sent to the office. Teachers will not release students unless the office gives prior approval. This practice has been established to help protect your child.

Bring your ID

We have updated our student sign in/out system and will need to re-scan all driver's licenses when students are picked up early.

Please bring your driver's license with you when you are checking out your student.


Please continue to monitor your child every morning for symptoms of COVID-19 that could indicate that they are not well. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms or they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please keep them home and call the attendance line. Symptoms of COVID-19*

● Fever or chills (T = 100.4 or higher)

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Fatigue

● Muscle or body aches

● Headache

● New loss of taste or smell

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms (see Symptoms of Coronavirus for more information).

We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to update and share information with us. As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 evolves, this guidance may change.

During the school day if your child develops illness symptoms we, the school, will notify you and help you and your family take needed actions. Students who develop illness symptoms during the school day will be sent home.

Change of Address or Daycare

If during the school year your address or daycare changes and this requires a change in transportation, please contact the school, not the bus company. If you give us the information we will work with the bus company to make the changes. The only changes that can be made are those that are permanent or for an extended length of time. It is very difficult for the bus company to make brief or sudden changes in the routes. If you need to update your address, please complete this form to turn into the office Thank you for your help in this matter.

School Lunch Updates!

Lunch Menus can be found here.

More Information about Lunch programs can be found here.

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Online Lunch Account


Click here to view the most recent Raider Update!

Peachjar Flyers

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If the Hastings Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Kids Campus Program will also be closed. If school is delayed two hours in opening, Kids Campus will be open at the regular time (6:30 am).

If school closes two hours early, then Kids Campus sites will close two hours early

(4:00 pm). Parents will be called and notified by Kids Campus staff to pick up their child.

Please pick up your child by 4:00 pm or authorize someone else to pick up your child by that time. Please listen to the radio and TV for school closing announcements.