Kennedy Parent Newsletter

March 2022

Principal's News

Parent Teacher Conferences - Conferences will be held on March 3rd & March 7th from 3:00-7:00 pm. Go to the Kennedy Home page under Quick Links - Parent Teacher Conference and sign up for a conference time with your students teacher(s): https://ptcfast.com/schools/Kennedy_Elementary


PowerSchool

It is important that we have your current contact information. Please log into your PowerSchool account and update your phone numbers and address. Please include more than one phone number. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the office at 701-446-4200.


Kindergarten Registration for 2022-23. If your child is going to be Kindergartner at Kennedy in fall of 2022. Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2022 opens online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration on February 1, 2022. Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall. See full details below.


Masking Update:

On Friday, February 25, the Centers of Disease Control issued an update on its masking requirements. As of Friday, masks are no longer required on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/childcare programs. Therefore, effective immediately, masks are no longer required to be worn on school and activity buses for Fargo Public Schools.


REMINDER - School Hours: Students are allowed in the building at 7:47 am (First Bell) - Second Bell is at 8:02 am - at this time your child is expected to be in their classroom. We are averaging over 35 tardy/late students per day.


School Make Up Days

Due to the weather-related school cancellations on January 7 & 14, Fargo Public Schools will use the storm make up days built in to the school calendar. Classes will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022 and Monday, May 16, 2022. These days are now days that students and staff are expected to be at school. For the February 11th, 18th, and 22nd closures due to weather, the district will NOT be making up those days.


Community Resources

School counselors and staff are available during the school day to assist students. After hours and during weekends and holiday breaks, families need to utilize community supports. If you are in need of assistance for yourself or someone else, please contact the following resources:


  • FirstLink: Dial 2-1-1
  • (24/7 hour help line for community resources and emotional support)
  • Suicide Lifeline (answered locally): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Red River Regional Dispatch: 701-451-7660
  • If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1


Thank you for allowing us to educate your children and working with you toward a bright future. We are here to work with you to provide the best education possible. If you have questions please contact me.


Thank you for your cooperation and showing other's empathy and kindness.

ACCESSING PROGRESS REPORTS

Accessing your child's progress report or NDSA scores from your PowerSchool Account is best done from a computer. The directions below are also found on your PowerSchool log-in screen.


STEP 1

Click the PowerSchool logo on the Fargo Public School webpage. Use your parent account to log into PowerSchool.

STEP 2

If you have more than one child at Fargo Schools, select the child you want to view from the top of the screen (names will be listed).

STEP 3

Along the left side of the screen, scroll down and select “Document Storage” from the menu list.

STEP 4

At the top of the Document Storage screen that appears, change the “Show All” box to “Progress Report (K-5)” or “NDSA”. Your child’s progress report results will appear. Click the document links to open each progress report result.


If you require assistance with accessing your child's progress report please call Kennedy School Office at 446-4200.

BOOK FAIR

March 1 - 3rd - Set up your Child's eWallet - eWallet is a safe, convenient, and cashless way to shop. Accounts can be created directly from your school's homepage. Set up you Child's fund so they are ready to shop the Fair - funds can be added at any time. Plus, you have the option of inviting family members to contribute!


Here is the link for the Book Fair:

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=kennedyelementaryschool3

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:

https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Elementary-Enrichment-Summer-School-Cour/MeaF

June 6th to June 17th

8:00AM – 10:30AM

10:30AM – 1:00PM

All Classes held at Lewis and Clark Elementary School

1729 16th St. S. Fargo, ND 58103

Please contact Lori Nappe, Summer School Director, with any questions at nappel@fargo.k12.nd.us.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2022.23

It is time to register your Kindergarten student for 2022-23 school year. Registration for Fall 2022 is now open online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration ( February 1, 2022). Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall.

Registration is a two-step process:

STEP ONE: REGISTER 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 by August 25 to finalize registration.

· Child’s certified birth certificate

· Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots

· Document (i.e. current pay stub, current utility bill or lease/purchase agreement) 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 www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps.

GENERAL INFORMATION


  • All students are to be at school no later than 8:00 am.

  • School hours are 8:02 am to 2:24 pm.

  • If your child is going to be absent or late, please call 701-446-4206 prior to 8:00 am.

  • Make sure your child has lunch funds. Free and Reduced Lunch forms are available.

  • Dress your child in appropriate attire for the current weather. (Winter - coat, snow pants, boats, hat & mittens)! Children who do not wear these items will go out but for recess

  • If you are picking up your child, come in to the office to sign them out. Office staff will call them down when you arrive.

  • End of Day Arrangements - if you need staff to relay a message for a change in plans - the office needs to be notified by 12:00 to ensure that we catch your student before the end of the day. If you know in advance you can always write a note in their planner / communication folder.

DROP OFF PROCEDURES:

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.

  • 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 there to assist with the safety of dropping off and picking up of of your child/ren.

Thank you for your patience and kindness.

PTA

Kennedy PTA meeting – March 7th @ 6:30pm

Our Kennedy PTA meeting is set for Monday, March 7 at 6:30pm. It will be held at Kennedy in the Multipurpose Room. The meeting will also be broadcast via Facebook Live for those unable to attend. Our next Kennedy PTA meeting is set for Monday, April 4th at 6:30pm


STEAM Family Night - March 24th

Watch for more information!! - This is a fun evening for everyone!


Join us - Kennedy PTA

We are still looking for a lot more Kennedy families to join PTA this year. Like any membership organization our PTA finds the best ideas when we have lots of people involved, and our offerings are most successful when they represent all of us. If you have not yet joined, please visit our MemberHub store here: https://kennedyfargo.memberhub.com/store?category=Memberships.

MARK YOUR CANENDARS!

March 1 - 3 - Book Fair

March 3 & 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Classroom teachers will send out the link.)

March 7th - PTA Meeting in Multi Purpose / Cafeteria

March 17 & 18 - No School - Spring Break

March 24th - STEAM Family Night

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Fargo South Activities Briefing

Fargo South Activities Briefing

This has been included in your newsletter to provide information on the value of kids participating in activities, the events happening at South High, and information on the great things that our South students are doing.


Fargo South sponsors 24 varsity sports and over 30 groups, co-curricular activities, and co-curricular clubs. You can find the full list of opportunities at https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/domain/138.

*All times and dates are subject to change. Please find the most current information on the South High Calendar at https://www.fargocalendars.org/public/genie/187/school/39/.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley

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.

Visit our website at bgcrrv.org for more information, including upcoming registration dates for Summer 2022 and School Year 22-23.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley

Scheduling, Registration, & General Information

701-235-2147 | schedule@bgcrrv.org | bgcrrv.org