Cougar Connect

Week of November 6, 2023

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A Message from Mrs. Leonardo

Dear Kennedy Community,

Spread the word: it's school tour season! We are excited to showcase the great things happening at Kennedy. School tours allow parents to visit classrooms on a specific date. We will also allow incoming 6th-graders (current 5th-graders) to shadow a current 6th-grade student. We will have our first virtual informational session on Thursday, November 16 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The meeting link will be shared in next week's newsletter, but the QR code and details are included in the flyer below my message.

Prospective Family Tours: Sign Up Here

Shadowing for 5th-Grade Students: Sign Up Here

❤️Support a Kennedy Family

Please read a message from our PTO president about how you can support a Kennedy family. Thank you.

👩🏽‍🔬Kennedy Career Day

We plan to hold a Career Day at Kennedy in the spring. We are looking for folks who are interested in sharing information about their career with 6th through 8th grade students. Please spread the word! Interested individuals can sign up here. We will have more information about the event and the support we will need in January and February 2024.

🏫No School November 9 and 10, 2023

Please add these dates to your calendars. There will be no instruction this Thursday, November 9 and this Friday, November 10.

🫶🏽November Family Challenge

Be sure to scroll down to the Kennedy Family Center section. We have our October Family Challenge winner, and our podcast explains November's Family Challenge.

Pizza and Pupusas with the Principal

Thank you, families, for attending my evening "Principal's Coffee" event on Thursday. Since this was an evening event, I figured we needed to change the name! We settled on Pizza and Pupusas with the Principal because I love alliteration! 😁

Thank you, Ms. Coyle, for attending. Ms. Coyle provided parents with information about how to check their student's work on Google Classroom, how to access and use PowerSchool, and why and how students who are at K-8th grade levels should be using i-Ready.

I also gave a few updates on Kennedy. You can access my Google Slides here.

👻Halloween Dance Photobooth

Thank you to former Kennedy parent, Ronnie Guinto, for supplying the photobooth for our Halloween dance. Students and families can access the photos here.

📚Kennedy Book Fair

The Kennedy Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 13-17th! Click here to explore Kennedy's Book Fair website. Click here to learn more about e-wallet.

Please sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair. We need parent support! Sign up:

Student Clubs Meeting This Week

  • Intramural Flag Football Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at lunch

  • Cursive Writing Club Monday at 7th/8th grade lunch in room 316

  • Math Homework Support after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays in room 535

  • Book Club after school on Tuesday in the library

  • 6th-Grade Student Council Reps Tuesday at lunch in room 103

  • Italian Club Tuesday after school in room 318

  • Makerspace and Robotics Club Tuesdays during 6th-grade lunch in room 104

  • Wellness Club Tuesday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 636

  • K-Pop Club Wednesday during 7th/8th grade lunch in room 208

  • Rock Band Club after school on Wednesday in room 314

That's all for now!

See you soon!

Mrs. Leonardo

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Dissections in 7th-Grade Science

Dia De Los Muertos in STEAM

Families around the world honor their deceased loved ones with colorful Dia de los Muertos, or 'Day of the Dead,' celebrations on November 1. The traditional Mexican holiday is also observed in some form in various Latino countries.

At Kennedy, our STEAM students used the design engineering process to create altars that met specific criteria, such as one meter above the table, including four tiers, and making sure the altar was visible from four sides.

In addition, the whole class needed to come to a consensus and select three people who would be the leaders of this project. They needed to discuss the important skills of a leader and the supporting members. Once leaders were selected, they needed to decide on the theme of the altar and divide themselves into groups to accomplish tasks. Students were asked to self-evaluate how they helped or hindered the process.

Finally, altars are a way to show that we are not alone in our sadness or emotions. Students have shared as little or as much as they have felt comfortable doing so.

Thank you, Ms. Hernandez, for sharing!

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Kennedy Advanced Band to Perform on Veterans' Day

Join us for a special Veterans' Day event, where the talented Kennedy Middle School Advanced Band students will kick off the festivities with a musical tribute to our heroes. Their inspiring performance will set the tone for a day filled with gratitude and respect for our veterans. We invite you to share this meaningful occasion on Saturday, 11/11/23, @ 10:00 AM at Courthouse Square, Redwood City. We look forward to seeing you there!

Flyer created by 8th-Grader: Penny R.

California Healthy Kids Survey

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is an anonymous, confidential survey of school climate and safety, student wellness, and youth resiliency. It enables schools and communities to collect and analyze data regarding local youth health risks and behaviors, school connectedness, school climate, protective factors, and school violence. This survey will help our district determine services to address the needs of our students.

The CHKS survey will be administered to all 7th and 8th grade students in the Redwood City School District between the week of November 6th and 8th. All students will participate in the survey unless you opt for your child not to participate. If you do not want your child to participate, please complete the form at this link and submit it to our Site Coordinator or scan the form and email it in.

Kennedy's Site Coordinator is our mental health counselor, Kathryn Lige:

Should you have any questions, please contact Patrinia Redd (Director of Health and Wellness & District Coordinator) at

8th-Graders @ Yosemite

Our 8th-graders returned from Yosemite. Thank you to our chaperones and coordinator for supervising and assisting on the trip!

Coordinator: Michele T.

Chaperones: Merrily R., Antonio L., Cindy M., Edgar M., Anthony V., Jim S., Kim R., and Anita W.

PTO Calendar

The Kennedy school calendar is now on the PTO website and has been updated with school events and activities for the year! You can add it to your personal calendar by going to and clicking the +Google Calendar button on the bottom right of the calendar.

PTO Corner

Hello, Kennedy Community!

Heading into November gets us closer to the Thanksgiving holiday, and I’m thinking about gratitude. I’m very grateful to be part of this community of caring, generous, and supportive parents and families.

As you may know, a parent of one of our 7th-grade students recently passed away. This loss impacts all of us - even if we don’t know the family personally. Can you imagine what this family is going through? My heart aches for them and hopes that we can come together to care for one of our own. Though a small gesture, there will be an envelope in the Family Center where anyone can drop off gift cards (Target, Costco, Safeway etc.) to help support this family. Together we can provide some relief and wrap them in our love.

Just as we lean on each other in times of hardship, we also come together to create and assist with the fun stuff. A perfect example of this parent involvement is Marcela S., who organized the amazing Halloween Dance last week! If you saw Mrs. Leonardo’s pictures in the Cougar Connect or heard from your own kiddo, the dance was fire (that means lots of fun!)!!! Marcela and her crew of parent volunteers decorated the gym, provided pizza, drinks, and sweet treats, and then helped clean it all up afterward. Our wonderful community of families worked together to make sure the kids had a night to remember! THANK YOU!

Are you feeling inspired to help out at KMS too? Are you looking for opportunities to be more involved at school? We have plenty of ways to help out this month. Check it out!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is only a few weeks away! We need volunteers who have been registered and approved through the RCSD process to help in the library. The library is open to ELA classes, as well as during brunch and lunch to give the kids lots of time to browse and shop! The book fair is an excellent way to celebrate our love of reading and spread this joy to all the students.

Please sign up at the link below to help.

Our STEAM teachers are also in need of some field trip chaperones for two upcoming field trips. The trips will be on November 15 to the Pulgas Water Temple and on December 6th to a water quality processing plant. Chaperones must be cleared through the district. Bus transportation is provided and the trips will last all day, 8:30-3:15. If you are available to help out please contact to express your interest.

Finally, don’t forget that another way to be involved is by contributing financially to our school. The PTO’s Direct Drive fundraising efforts support academics, student activities, staff appreciation events, and our elective programs. Whether it's $25, $50, $100, or $1,000, every dollar helps us reach our fundraising goal and our students are worth our investment.

To support KMS, DONATE at the link below:

Represent Kennedy With Style

KMS Spirit Wear is on sale now. Order online at the link below.

Follow the KMS PTO on Instagram and Facebook, @KennedyCougarsPTO.

Check out for more info.

Kind regards,

Jess Bryski

PTO President


High School Event Updates

Please check the High School Shadow Programs & Informational Event Links document.

  • TIDE and Woodside posted their shadowing request links.
  • Carlmont posted links for campus tours and the Chat with a Carlmont Student event.
  • Sequoia will open the shadowing request link on 9/13/23.
  • Menlo-Atherton will open the shadowing request link within the next ten days.

High School Information Website

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Come and find out WHY TIDE Academy is a great small public high school option in the Sequoia Union High School District!

TIDE Academy offers After School Tours and Shadow Opportunities to spend the day with a current TIDE Academy student! Due to demand, we've added three more shadow dates! All information about our events is also on our website at"

9th Grade Online Registration

The Online Registration (OLR) process is required for all students enrolling at SUHSD (even if you have already completed it for an older sibling). OLR opens annually on October 15 and closes on February 1. Learn more here:
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Updates from Boys and Girls Club

Hello BGCP Families,

Welcome to Quarter 2 at BGCP! Here are some updates and changes that are occurring in the program.

This new quarter will feature changes in our program schedule, as well as new enrichments and clubs that are meant to enhance the student experience at the program. We’ve included our NEW program schedule for you to reference.

Daylight Savings:

Along with a new schedule, we’re also changing the release time for our student walkers. As daylight savings is starting, we want to ensure the safety of our students. For this reason, student walkers will be released from the program at 4:45 PM each day (to prevent students from walking home in the dark). If you wish to have students stay until the end of the program and get picked up, please reach out to our BGCP office. The new release time begins MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH. Our contact information is listed below:

BGCP Office Number: (650)804-9045

BGCP Email:

Quarter 2 will run from Monday, October 23rd until Friday, December 15th. The new walker release time will continue until the end of daylight savings in March 2024. We look forward to staying in communication to better serve our students.

BGCP Office Number: (650) 804-9045

BGCP Email:

We are excited about all the fun and engaging activities we have in store this year! We look forward to staying in communication and serving our students. Thank you, BGCP families.

Arnulfo Prado

Kennedy BGCP Site Director

New BGCP Schedule

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Kennedy Family Center Updates

Our November Family Challenge is HERE! Find out the details in this month's podcast.

Our October Family Challenge Winner: Gianna C. in 7th grade! We are giving away movie tickets and snacks for the whole family.

Family Challenge Details Begins: 23:51

RCPD Partnering with Kennedy

Parents want to know how they can protect their students from the dangers of social media. We are working with our local law enforcement agencies to bring parent info nights to Kennedy. We plan to meet with our 8th-grade students the week of November 13 in their PE classes to discuss social media and cyberbullying. Then, on November 30 we plan to have an information night for parents. We will include more details next week.

Padres de Kennedy 2023 WhatsApp Group

If you prefer to receive information in Spanish and by text, click on the link to join the Kennedy Family Center's WhatsApp group “Padres de Kennedy 2023"! You will receive updated Kennedy Middle School information in Spanish and reminders of our school events.

Cynthia Cardona, Community School Coordinator

Maria Segundo, Admin Assistant

Kathryn Lige, Lead Mental Health Counselor

Contact the Kennedy Family Center by phone: (650) 482-2110

Redwood City Parks & Rec Sports This Week

Flag Football

Monday, 11/6

4:00 PM

Kennedy Cougars Green vs. Roy Cloud at Hawes Field

Monday, 11/6

6:00 PM

Kennedy Cougars Gold vs. Charles Armstrong at Hawes Field

Wed 11/8

4:00 PM

Kennedy Cougars Gold vs. Clifford at Hawes Field

Wed 11/85:00 PM

Kennedy Cougars Green vs Hoover at Hawes Field



Monday, 11/6

4:45 - Kennedy White at Hoover

5:30 - Kennedy Green at Hoover


Monday, 11/6

5:30 - Kennedy Green at Kennedy

6:15 - Kennedy White at Kennedy


Monday, 11/6

4:00 Kennedy White vs Kennedy Green at Kennedy

What's Happening in the Kennedy Library?

Book Club has started! We meet on Tuesdays after school. If you are interested in joining, come by the library to sign up or sign up here.

Get more details from Ms. Cooper and the awesome Kennedy Library by visiting the Kennedy Library Website.

Student & Family Handbook

In order to make our handbook for students and families more accessible, we have digitized it. Please know that the information in the handbook will be continually updated to ensure families are informed. Students received planners during the fourth week of school, and included in the planner is the student handbook.

Click to view and save the Kennedy Student & Family Handbook.

Kennedy's Amazon Wishlist

We are incredibly grateful for your support! Thank you!

Our wishlist contains items requested by teachers at Kennedy. It now contains items we need for our STEAM and art electives.

Thank you, John and Tracey Lee, for the cordless electric scissors for our STEAM class.

Kennedy's Amazon Wishlist

Upcoming Events


  • End of Trimester 1 Nov. 9

  • No School Nov. 9
  • Veterans’ Day ~ No School Nov. 10
  • Book Fair Nov 13-17 Library
  • Minimum Day Nov. 21 1:50 pm
  • Thanksgiving Break ~ No School Nov 22-24
  • PTO Meeting Nov. 28 Zoom 7:05-8:30 pm
  • Kennedy Honor Breakfast Nov. 29 7:30 am Gym
  • Site Council & ELAC Nov. 29 Zoom Time TBD

Click here to view the most up-to-date version of the Kennedy Calendar of Events.

Kennedy Middle School

With a commitment to excellence, Kennedy Middle School engages, encourages, and empowers students in challenging and creative learning opportunities while preparing them for their futures in high school and beyond.