JFK Family Update

Ogdensburg City School District

News from our Principals: Mrs. Frank (UPK-2) & Mrs. Bouchard (3-6)

Happy New Year, JFK!

We hope you enjoyed a fabulous holiday season, and took a moment to enjoy some time with your children. We've missed them so in the last weeks!

As we prepare for the cold weather to come, and likely growing snowbanks, we ask that you please be cautious when dropping off and picking up your children from school. Please drive slowly, as we have many students who walk to and from school. Unfortunately, children are not always visible around corners or when they are crossing between cars. Please also keep in mind that the doors at school are opened at 7:50 am. For the safety of your child, please do not drop him or her off prior to 7:50 am.

Please consider joining our monthly Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting on Tuesday, January 11th at 6:00 pm. The work of our PTO brings tremendous opportunities to our students, and its success depends on our volunteers. This month, as a reward for the tremendous holiday spirit shown by each of our classrooms in the annual door decorating contest, every classroom will have a pizza party, sponsored by the PTO!

Our Positivity Project focus for the month of January will encourage our students to explore optimism, prudence, and perseverance, as we dive deeper into the "Other People Matter" mindset considering how we might support others when they struggle. We continue to be proud of the character displayed by our students every day at JFK!

The School Counseling office, in conjunction with the non-profit community agency Renewal House, is providing classroom presentations in January for all students in grades UPK-6. Look for the counselor's note in this newsletter for more information.

We are so excited to participate in the Global School Play Day on Wednesday, February 2nd, an event dedicated to raising awareness of the value of unstructured play for our students. More information can be found in this newsletter.

If you have questions or concerns at any time during the school year, please do not hesitate to contact us at the email addresses below or via telephone at (315) 393-4264.

We look forward to a fabulous 2022 at JFK!


Mrs. Frank

Principal UPK-2


Mrs. Bouchard

Principal, 3-6


Inclement Weather & School Cancelations

With the winter season upon us, we understand the decision to open or close school due to bad weather has a tremendous impact on families. We also understand that our students are better served - both socially and academically - by being in school. As always, our top priority is the safety of our students.

If the decision is made to delay or close school, the public will be notified as follows:

  • One Call Now
  • On the school district website: www.ogdensburgk12.org
  • WSLB, WPAC, WGIX, YES FM, PAC 98.7, WNCQ in Ogdensburg
  • WPDM and WSNN in Potsdam
  • WMSA, MIX 96.1, FOX 101.5 in Massena
  • North Country Public Radio
  • WWNY-TV 7

If you do not currently receive One Call Now notifications from school and would like to be added to the list, please contact your child's building principal.

Global School Play Day: Wednesday, February 2

JFK Elementary School is excited to participate in the Global School Play Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the necessity of unstructured play for our students on Wednesday, February 2, 2022!

On this day, students are encouraged to bring anything they wish to play with to school. The rules? Students must bring toys, and these toys may not require batteries or electricity (no devices). We recommend that all toys are labeled with the student's name.

Need some inspiration? Try:

  • board games
  • dolls
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • trucks or cars
  • play-doh
  • racetracks
  • playing cards
  • empty cardboard boxes
  • legos, blocks, or lincoln logs
  • markers or art supplies
  • blankets (for forts)
  • tea sets
  • plastic food
  • magnetic building sets
  • animal figurines
  • dress up clothes
  • toy cash register

Each classroom at JFK will participate in their own way, choosing the time frame that best works for their students, but the ground rules remain the same:

  • Teachers will not organize anything for their students.
  • Teachers will not tell students how to play with the toys or games.
  • The play day will be unstructured, but not unsupervised.

Your child's classroom teacher may communicate details specific to their classroom as we approach the Global School Play Day on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. With questions please contact your child's classroom teacher, Mrs. Frank (UPK-2), or Mrs. Bouchard (3-6).

JFK School Store

We are excited for the return of the Student Council School Store! Students may shop on the following days of the cycle: Day 1 (UPK, Jr. Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 1), Day 2 (Grade 2), Day 3 (Grade 3), Day 4 (Grade 4), Day 5 (Grade 5), Day 6 (Grade 6). Available items include pencils, fidgets, keychains, erasers, and more!

Students of the Month

Physical Education: Mr. Bouchard

Ryker Plumley | Grade 2 | Mrs. Smith

Ryker is a very hard worker, and always has a great attitude when he is in the gym. He encourages others to participate and play hard, and is very caring towards his teammates and friends when something may not go their way. Keep up the great work Ryker!

Rachael Oliver | Grade 5 | Mrs. Woods

Rachael always brings a calm and laid back presence to the gym, and does not let anything bother her. She also works extremely hard and participates to the fullest in every activity we do. She is a great athlete and one of the top performing students no matter what we are doing. Keep it up Rachael!

Art: Mrs. Gilmour

Arabelle Sweeney | Jr. Kindergarten | Mrs. Jacobs

Arabelle is an amazing young person! She is interested in all things in the art room. In our recent "Shape Train" project, Arabelle came up with the neatest composition in the class. She assembled her shapes on her paper and made a beautiful castle. She used materials well and really showed her creativity!

Landree Kelso | Grade 3 | Mrs. Ouderkirk

Landree shines in the art room. She recently painted a beautiful sky painting using watercolor. She exercised control of her brush and chose to use a paint that is more difficult to master than typical watercolor. Her blending was spot on and she transitioned perfectly from one color to the next! I love seeing what Landree will do next in my room.

Physical Education: Mrs. Halladay

Allyse Mousaw | Grade 1 | Mrs. Langley

Allyse Mousaw is the student of the month for January. You can tell Allyse loves hockey. She is always one of the first ones to the ball. She gives 100% and is quite the little hockey player. I have really enjoyed watching Allyse thrive during this unit. I can not wait to see how her skills develop over the next few years. Way to go Allyse!

Emma Barr | Grade 5 | Mr. Brenno

Emma Barr is the student of the month for January. Emma has really come out of her shell during our hockey unit. She plays with a tenacity I have never seen from her. Her assertiveness has encouraged other students in the class to try harder. It is always nice to see a student find a sport that not only they are good at but enjoy. Keep up the good work Emma.

Music: Mrs. Woodcock & Miss Gotham

Maximus Burns | Universal Pre-Kindergarten | Mrs. Wilkinson

Max is a great role model in music class. He brings his best singing voice to music class every day. Max is excited about music class and prepared extremely well for our holiday program. Nice job, Max!

Dylan Kutt | Grade 3 | Mrs. Marshall

Dylan did a fantastic job preparing for our winter concert. Dylan has great performance skills and is always excited and eager to learn in music class. Dylan participates actively in music class and works hard to grow as a musician. Keep up the awesome work, Dylan!

Art: Mrs. Willmart

Easton Denny | Grade 1 | Mrs. McCallus

Easton comes to art class ready to be creative and he tries his best at whatever he is making! Easton has a wonderful imagination and it shows in his artwork!

Luke White | Grade 4 | Mrs. Mousaw

Luke really thinks about the way he wants his artwork to look, and he also has great concentration while he is working! Luke takes his time, and tries new ideas out in art class, letting his imagination be free!

Instrumental Music: Mrs. Tessmer

Lauren Bouchard | Grade 6 | Mrs. Baxter

Lauren has done an amazing job on her trumpet! She has worked very hard on improving her sound and her technique. Lauren has also become a great leader in the trumpet section! Great job Lauren!

Carson Bertram | Grade 5 | Mr. Brenno

Carson has been working hard on his trumpet sound and pitches. He has an incredible sound and he is consistent with his pitches. You have come a long way Carson, keep up the great work!

January Calendar

Big picture

From Our School Counselors: Renewal House Presentations

On January 24th, 25th and 26th, a representative from Renewal House will be visiting JFK, giving presentations to each classroom in grades UPK-6 on keeping our bodies safe. Picture books will be used for classrooms in grades UPK-4 followed by a short discussion and a handout or coloring sheet, while a PowerPoint Presentation will be used for classrooms in grades 5 & 6. Each presentation will last 30 minutes or less, and will be given with both a representative from Renewal House and either a School Counselor or School Social Worker present. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions or concerns. Thank you!

Mrs. McNichol (UPK-2)


(315) 393-4264 x32068

Mrs. West (3-6)


(315) 393-4264 x32868

From the Health Office: Mrs. Kroeger & Ms. Driscoll


The most important step to preventing the spread of germs during cold and flu season is proper handwashing. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. It involves five simple and effective steps: wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

How should you wash your hands?

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

What if soap and water aren’t available?

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol, and wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you can.

Remember to make handwashing a healthy habit at home, school, and at play!

For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html

COVID-19 Information

Please be reminded of the following information, shared by Mr. Kendall via email on September 7, 2021:

Please DO NOT send your child(ren) to school when you believe you or your child(ren) have been in contact with a known COVID-19 positive individual OR when they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, which include:
  • Fever or chills
  • 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

If your child(ren) have experienced any of the above situations, please contact the school nurse.

If we are to continue to stay open for full in-person instruction, we must all take responsibility and stay home when we are not feeling well.

Join the JFK PTO!

As the world increases its' sense of normalcy, we look forward to the return of time honored traditions of elementary school, from field trips to book fairs!

The John F. Kennedy Elementary School PTO is seeking volunteers. Meetings are held monthly, with volunteers helping to provide our harvest reading event, family sleigh rides, holiday door decorating contest prizes, Art to Remember fundraiser, Scholastic Book Fairs, and much more. PTO events are much loved by our students, and we would love your support!

Our next meeting for the 2021-2022 school year will take place on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 6:00 pm in the library at JFK. Please note that meetings may be moved to a Zoom platform as we monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are interested in joining, please email Mrs. Frank at cfrank@ogdensburgk12.org or Mrs. Bouchard at sbouchard@ogdensburgk12.org, or join us at our meeting!

From the Ogdensburg Public Library

It is a new year at Ogdensburg Public Library! We are starting a new program to celebrate, along with continuing some of our favorites. Afterschool Movies will now be playing on Wednesdays once a month! These movies will be rated PG and below. Story time, take home crafts and music and movement will continue into the new year. We are always excited to see new faces at each of these programs. For more information, call: 315-393-4325. As a reminder, masks required inside the library.

Library Hours:

Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesdays 11:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursdays and Fridays 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Bookstore Hours:

Wednesdays 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Thursdays and Fridays 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Take Home Crafts

Weekly in January and February

A craft to take home and complete. Each craft will contain materials and instructions to help you make a color themed craft. Pick up a craft each week to collect a full rainbow of activities.

Music and Movement

Tuesdays at 11:00 am

A preschool movement and socialization class. Jump your jiggles out and wiggles your waggles away with music, instruments and sensory play. Ages 2-5

Story Time

Thursdays at 11:00 am

Stories, activities and crafts for young children. Socialize, gain early literacy skills and learn to love books during this preschool program. Ages 3-5

Afterschool Movies

Wednesday, January 19 at 3:30 pm

A safe place to hang out and enjoy a movie after school. This month stop in to see a family take on dangerous machines.

Big picture

We are on Facebook!

Be sure to like the Ogdensburg City School District Facebook page for information about school district announcements.

Opt in to the school district's emergency notification system, One Call Now, by texting ALERT to 22300 from your cell phone.

Click below to download the monthly Title I newsletters for the month of January!

Click below to download the January lunch and events calendar for JFK!