Keeping Up With The Kennedy

March 1, 2020- Issue 23

Mrs. Lyden's Class

Students celebrated the 100th day of school by thinking about how 100 could be big or small, a lot or a little, and they used 100 of different items to build unique creations.
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Mrs. Huffstutler's Class

Students read a book about Helen Keller and we learned Braille.
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Fractions are Everywhere! This week we will take a peek into what’s happening in the 4th grade…

The fourth grade students have been having some fun exploring fraction equivalencies and ordering! It was pretty exciting to make their own fractions strips by placing a "whole" into the "half machine" or the "third machine" etc.... This was an exciting hands on opportunity that allowed them to construct fractions, name them and locate them on a numberline. They have also been working carefully on finding equivalent fractions. Using manipulatives they have uncovered how a fractional amount can be represented by many other fractions with different numerators and denominators.

Artist's Reception

An Artists' Reception was held this week, celebrating the newly installed display of student artwork in the Marilyn G. Rodman Educational and Administrative Center.

The display includes framed artwork from students at the JFK and across the district. Student artwork is on display in the conference room and office spaces of the Rodman building. The reception provided student artists and their families with an opportunity to see their work on display, and celebrate their artistic achievements.

The JFK students with work on display include, Jackson McPhee (Kindergarten)

Andrew Gustavsen (Grade 1), Morgan Richmond (Grade 2), Julie Flood (Grade 3), Nathan Fox (Grade 4) and Riley O'Halloran (Grade 5).

Click here to view a video featuring highlights of the show and interviews with Julie Flood and Andrew Gustavsen:

Literacy Circle

This week we will talk literacy experiences for students in Grades 2 & 3...

Students in these grades have typically mastered learning the "code" of reading and are starting to really dive into reading more on their own. It is a wonderful age to talk with them about their choices and tell them how you, as an adult, choose what to read.

Visiting a book store or a library and talking to your children about how you choose books is a powerful experience. It builds connection, conversation, and reminds students that reading is a life-long activity. Although this is still a time that you will be reading to them, children feel empowered by being able to choose something to read on their own. Invite them to talk about their reading with you over breakfast or an afternoon snack.

"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled- This could change your life." - Helen Exley

Kids for Peace

Dear JFK families,

In the past few years Kids For Peace started the Great Kindness Challenge. This year we redesigned the challenge so everyone is included! Kids for peace put sticky notes with kind messages on all of the fifth graders desks and hope they pay it forward! They will pay it forward by doing something kind for another class in a different grade. After they give the class there kindness we hope it goes on like a chain reaction. This will continue until all the classes and JFK staff get kindness done to them. We want you to help your child think of acts of kindness that they can do for others.


Kids for Peace students

Kindergarten Registration



Tuesday March 3, 2020 9-10:30

Wednesday March 4, 2020 1-2:30

Thursday March 5, 2020 6:30-8

After School World Language Program

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a 10-week Spanish program that will meet on Thursdays. It starts on March 12 and runs through May 28. Please see information and registration forms below.

Parking Issues

It has come to my attention that we continue to have issues in the parking lot at arrival and pick up. Please see below for proper procedures:

Arrival: If coming down Dedham Street, cars should take the second left into the parking lot, pull straight in and form a line of cars proceeding to the drop off point. The drop off point is where staff are located. Cars should pull up as far as they can and let their children out on the side facing the staff. For the safety of everyone, there SHOULD NOT be any cars leaving the line and driving around cars. We have many students who are walking and also students who are exiting vans to walk into the school.

Dismissal: Cars should park in the DESIGNATED spots and walk to the fence to pick up their child. For the safety of everyone, please DO NOT drive up to the yellow lines and park. We are in the process of getting additional lines painted for parking spaces.

Also, Handicap Parking is reserved for those with designated stickers or plates.

Thank you in advance for your support in keeping everyone safe.

Notes from the Nurse

As we move through the winter with thoughts of spring and warmer weather, we are reminded that there are a significant amount of coughs, colds and other illnesses going around. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind families and students of the Canton Public Schools Health Guidelines. This provides information about when you should keep your student home, and when it is ok to send them to school. Please take a moment to review this information and feel free to contact the school nurse with questions. If you have any concerns or questions about your child's health, reach out to your child's physician as needed.

Next Year's School Hours

Please be aware that next year JFK school hours change.

Start time: 8:40

Dismissal: 2:55

Early Dismissal: 11:50

Kidsborough's hours will be:

AM: 7:00-8:15

PM: 2:55-6:00

Girls on the Run

Please click on the attachment below to find out more information about this program.

You can use this link to sign up:

Upcoming Events

March 2 Mallet Madness

March 3 Mini Athletes K-2

March 4 Mini Athletes 3-5

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