Kennedy Newsletter for Families

Fall 2021 Family Newsletter

Principal's Post

Kennedy Families,

Greetings from the Kennedy Elementary Office!

We are so pleased and proud to be a Level 5 School! In Tennessee, the highest number for a school to rate is a 5! In the coming months, we look forward to hosting activities here at school so you can see "first hand" the outstanding work that happens here each day. Our vision for our school is to grow students as leaders who help others, overcome challenges, have a willingness to learn, and lead with respect. We are also here for the "whole child" and not just academics. Keeping that in mind, we love offering early childhood experiences that bring joy to our communities. Read below for several events that are coming up!

This school and it's community are blessings in my life, and I hope you feel the same way. I am proud to say I love my job and the work we do. I believe so strongly in our school and what we do that I bring my own children here. Thanks so much for partnering with us in your child's education.

How are we doing? Feel free to email me with comments and concerns.

Proud to serve you and the Lynn Garden Community,

Janice Irvin, Ed. D.

Proud Principal

Kennedy Elementary

Don't Miss this AWESOME Evening of Family Fun!

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Please Donate by Thursday

Please donate bags of candy and cakes (Little Debbies are fine!) for our Spooky Literacy Night and Fall Festival. These will help us with Trunk-o-Treat and our "Snake Walk" (cake walk). This event will take place outside and in the gym.

Right now there is a 60% chance of rain for this event. Our Rain Date will be 10/28/21 from 5-6:30. This event would overlap with the Book Fair.

Thanks so much to Debbie Allen and our PTA for all they have done to organize this event!

Dates Coming Up

10.21.21 - Spooky Literacy Night! 5:00-6:30

10.22.21 - Teacher In-service Day, No School

10.25-29.21 - Book Fair!

10.28.21 - Book Fair Night from 5:30-7:00!

10.28.21 - Spooky Literacy Night Rain Date! 5:00-6:30

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Lynn Garden Leaders Service Project

Our Lynn Garden Leaders did a great job leading the charge to collect new and gently used shoes! We collected 200+ pairs of shoes and Ms. Allen filled her Jeep completely to take them to the Holly Help Spay and Neuter Fund. If Holly Help collects 2,500 pairs of shoes, they will receive $1,000.00 to go toward low cost spay and neuter surgeries

for dogs and cats. In addition, the shoes will be donated to a third-world country.

Way to go, Coyotes!

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PTA Meeting Dates and Info

Here are the dates and times as follows:

November 10th Wednesday at 1:00

December 14th at 6:00pm

Please contact Christine Chapman, our PTA President, if you have any questions.

We hope to see you at our meetings! Our PTA is awesome and keeps our Faculty and Staff feeling supported and loved!

Thank you!

Shout out to Ms. Rathert, Ms. Greer, and Ms. Powers for coming in and helping with lunch duty! It's so very helpful!

Do you want to volunteer? We'd love to have you! All we need is a proof of a recent background check.

School-wide Behavior Expectations

Hear us H.O.W.L.!

Helping Others

Overcoming Challenges

Willingness to Learn

Leading with Respect

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Cindy Culbertson - Office Assistant

Kem Couch - Award Winning KCS Secretary

Debbie Allen - Family Liaison

Kim Oaks-Blair - School Counselor

Suzanne Lewis - Associate Principal

Janice Irvin - Principal

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Kennedy Policies and Procedures (Included each month)

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Attendance, Absences, and Tardiness

Every Coyote is urged to form excellent habits regarding attendance and promptness. A good start every day helps foster a positive attitude. Should your Coyote be absent, please call our school office to let us know the reason (857-2700). Children should arrive to their classrooms no later than 8:30. Students are counted tardy if they are not in their classrooms by 8:30.


Please only send healthy snacks as a birthday treat for your child's class. We cannot accept cupcakes, cakes, or homemade items. Please make arrangements with your child's teacher before sending in healthy treats.

Flowers, balloons, etc. should not be sent to the office for students. Please give these sweet gifts at home.

Breakfast and Lunch Programs

Kennedy Elementary was the lucky recipient of a grant that allows our Coyotes to eat a "no cost" breakfast and lunch each day. Please have your Coyote to school by 7:55 if she or he needs to eat breakfast with us. Eating here is encouraged-- our food is really good.

Ice-cream day is Friday and must be purchased ($1)

Healthy chips can also be purchased ($1)

Bus Transportation

Students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible for bus transportation. Our buses are 14, and 20. If your child's transportation plan needs to change, please call the office prior to 2:30 PM (earlier is always better) so we can make sure that message gets to your Coyote.

The number to the transportation garage is 423-578-1820, if needed.


  1. During AM drop off, please stay in your car and allow your child to exit independently.
  2. During AM drop off, please unload at all 4 numbers/lanes. No need to stop at the bottom of the hill.
  3. During AM drop off, students can walk into the cafe from 7:45-8:30.
  4. In the afternoons, 4th and 5th grade cars (side parking lot) please turn RIGHT after you pick-up. Leave a lane open for emergencies.
  5. In the afternoons, PLEASE USE YOUR CAR TAG! :) There is often a glare and I cannot see faces until you are right beside me. This helps our line move as quickly as possible.
Please keep in mind when dropping off and picking up your child you will need to drive completely around our school to get in line. Please do not cut through even if there are no cars coming at that time. Our traffic pattern is "one way" during drop-off and pick-up.

Drop-off starts at 7:45am for K-5 and begins promptly at 8:30am for PreK students.

K-5 Students arriving after 8:30am must be walked to the front door by a family member.

Communication & Class Dojo

As a school, we voted to start using the ClassDojo app last year. This year we will fully implement the use of this app. It's an awesome tool for us to share events and pictures with you of your child doing great things!

Contact us!

857-2700 - Main Office

857-2704 - Cafe, Karen Mullins

857-2702 -Nurse Lundy and Nurse Linkous

378-2340 -Fax

1500 Woodland Avenue

Kingsport, TN 37665


Our school-wide expectations are used in all areas of our school.

They are:

H- Helping Others

O- Overcoming Challenges

W- Willingness to Learn

L- Leading with Respect

Hear us HOWL!

In addition to these expectations we use Positive Discipline with Lifeskills at Kennedy Elementary. We know that a part of growing our students as leaders includes citizenship and character. We believe our students are the best in Tennessee.

Food City Card Reminders

Please remember to link-up your Food City card with Kennedy Elementary. When you do this Food City donates a percentage back to our school and sends us a check to be used towards our school. It all adds up! Thanks in advance!

Hint: You can even have other family members do this if they shop at Food City!

Kennedy Lifeskills for Reference

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Kennedy Family Positive Discipline

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This (above) is the guide a group of Kennedy teachers brought back from a Positive Discipline training in Atlanta. Each teacher in our school uses this guide during Classroom Meetings each day.

Positive Discipline really boils down to discipline that is kind and firm. We focus on fixing the behavior, not necessarily punishment. It's based on respect and character building.


Each month we have fire drills, and other drills as mandated by state law. These are recorded. During drills students are instructed not to talk. Additionally, our school is also equipped with an AED (automated External Defibrillator).

Health and Medical

Our school nurse is Lorrie Linkous, RN. If your child is ever sick and you aren't sure if they are well enough to attend, you can always bring your child in to be checked by her. Many Kennedy faculty members have used her office in this capacity.

Additionally, we have a tele-medicine program where a child can be seen via a camera and equipment in Nurse Linkous's office. They can receive antibiotics through this program if needed! We encourage you to use this program! It's awesome!


As a general rule, Kennedy Elementary does not assign homework every night. We do encourage you to read with your child at least 20 minutes each night (about three story books with the littles!). If your child is older/able, they can read out loud to you on the way to practice, while you make dinner, or on your way to the grocery. Reading each night adds up! Please add this to your daily routine!

Lost and Found

Please, please, please put your child's first and last name/telephone number in your child's coat! We have a mountain of homeless coats by the end of the year! If you are wondering, we donate homeless coats to Higher Ground at the end of the year so they can go back into our Lynn Garden Community where needed. Please visit our Lost and Found periodically.

Opportunities for Coyotes

Ambassadors (4th and 5th Grade Student Council)

AM Tutoring (5th Grade)

Big Brothers Big Sisters (all grades)

Chorus (all grades)

DBYes (DB student mentors)

HOWLers (Boys, 4th and 5th)

Kiwanis Club Readers (volunteers)

RTI - Response to Intervention (time set aside to catch up academically)


Ladies of Lynn Garden (Girls 4th and 5th)

Lego League

Maker Space (only one in a KCS elementary school!)

Morning Mile (Coach Robbins - 7:45-8:00)

Speech Services for approved students

Spelling Bee (3rd, 4th, and 5th)

Snacks/Water Bottles

Everyone knows a hungry brain can't concentrate and learn. No need for our Coyotes to be hangry! Healthy snacks and water bottles are not only welcomed, they are encouraged! Please remind your Coyote that only water should be in their bottles. Examples of good snacks- Goldfish, cheese sticks, pretzels, and apples.

Testing Policies

For your information and scheduling purposes, a schedule of tests administered to our Coyotes is included on our district website under the "Parents" tab. You will also receive a school flier prior to the administration of standardized tests. Kennedy families will receive results of our TNReady/TCAP testing as soon as they become available (this past year it took several months).

Our KCS Website can be found here:

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Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation®: A Curriculum Designed to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control (2011, Social Thinking Publishing) is a curriculum comprised of lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L to help students gain skills in the area of self-regulation. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they are in the different Zones (states of alertness/moods/feelings) as well as learn how to use tools (including sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) to regulate the Zone they are in.

In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students will be gaining an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading facial expressions, perspective on how others see and react to their behavior, insight on events that trigger their behavior, calming and alerting strategies, problem solving skills and much more. You can connect this work to parenting as home. We are excited to help our Coyotes stay in the Green Zone!

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Zoning and Tuition

If you don't live in Lynn Garden but you would like your child to attend/continue attending Kennedy, you will need to apply for a zoning exemption every year. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available on our website starting in March 2022.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Jim Nash ( via email or by calling (423)378-2100.

Approvals are based on: Attendance, Behavior, and Classroom Space

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