Welcome to Kennedy Elementary

April 2022 Newsletter

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


6 - Yearbook Orders DUE! Online ordering ONLY!

12 - PTA Meeting @ 7:00 pm - Kennedy Media Center

15 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Holiday

18 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Holiday

18 - 4th Grade T-shirt Orders Due!


2 - Hastings Elementary Choir Concert 6:30 pm @ Hastings Middle School

9 - NO SCHOOL - **Calendar Change - Asynchronous Learning Day

10 - PTA Meeting @ 7:00 pm - Kennedy Media Center

30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day


9 - Last Day of School

April Featured Artists

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2nd Grade - Joy, 3rd Grade - Mikaela, Linkon, William, Daniel, 1st Grade - Adalyn

4th Grade - Phoenyx, Kindergarten - Will K, 3rd Grade - Evelyn E

Order your Kennedy Cougar Yearbook Today!

Click HERE to order your Kennedy Yearbook.

All orders must be placed online by Wednesday, April 6th.

Enter School Code: 141685

Click the image to order your 4th Grade t-shirt!

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration is OPEN!

Information for registering your 2022-23 kindergarteners was mailed out to families the week of January 3rd. If you did not receive a letter, please reach out to the Kennedy office at 651-480-7221 or visit our website.

2022-23 Classroom Placement

Class placement forms are available in the office if you wish to provide specific input into your child's 2022-23 classroom assignment. Please have these forms returned by Friday, April 8th. Please do not phone or email this information to us.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Click here to view the most recent Raider Update!

Peachjar Flyers

Click here for most recent flyers and community events


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.


Weather Warning Terms

The National Weather Service uses the words, "watch" and "warning" to alert you to potentially dangerous weather.

Watch - Be Alert!

A watch means weather conditions are favorable for dangerous weather to occur. In other words, a "watch" means watch out for what the weather could do, and be ready to act accordingly.

Warnings - Act Now!

A warning means the weather event is imminent or occurring somewhere in the defined warning area and that people need to take shelter as soon as possible.

School Lunch Updates!

FREE Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all students for the 2021-22 school year.

**NOTE** Students will be charged for second meals, a la carte items, and milk if they bring their own meal.

More information about lunch accounts can be found here.

My Payments Plus

Online Lunch Account

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.


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.