Kennedy Newsletter for Families
Fall 2021 Family Newsletter
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.
Don't Miss this AWESOME Evening of Family Fun!
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!
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!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you at our meetings! Our PTA is awesome and keeps our Faculty and Staff feeling supported and loved!
Kem Couch - Award Winning KCS Secretary
Debbie Allen - Family Liaison
Kim Oaks-Blair - School Counselor
Suzanne Lewis - Associate Principal
Janice Irvin - Principal
Kennedy Policies and Procedures (Included each month)
Attendance, Absences, and Tardiness
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
Ice-cream day is Friday and must be purchased ($1)
Healthy chips can also be purchased ($1)
The number to the transportation garage is 423-578-1820, if needed.
- During AM drop off, please stay in your car and allow your child to exit independently.
- During AM drop off, please unload at all 4 numbers/lanes. No need to stop at the bottom of the hill.
- During AM drop off, students can walk into the cafe from 7:45-8:30.
- In the afternoons, 4th and 5th grade cars (side parking lot) please turn RIGHT after you pick-up. Leave a lane open for emergencies.
- 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.
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
857-2700 - Main Office
857-2704 - Cafe, Karen Mullins
857-2702 -Nurse Lundy and Nurse Linkous
1500 Woodland Avenue
Kingsport, TN 37665
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
Hint: You can even have other family members do this if they shop at Food City!
Kennedy Lifeskills for Reference
Kennedy Family Positive Discipline
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.
Health and Medical
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!
Lost and Found
Opportunities for Coyotes
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)
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)
Our KCS Website can be found here: https://www.k12k.com/
Zones of Regulation
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!
Taken from Zones of Regulation Content
Zoning and Tuition
Approvals are based on: Attendance, Behavior, and Classroom Space