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Principal Message October 24th, 2022

Good morning Kennedy Families,

We had a real fun week last week with many students showing school spirit and having a great time. We have 3 weeks left in the 1st trimester, please remind your students to do the best

that they can in order to earn the best results possible. Also families please remind students to charge their chrombooks before school each day. A fully charged computer should easily get through the school day.

Let's have a good week, everyone. Below is the Cougar Connect for the week of (Oct-24-28)

Super-minimum Day November 1st (Link)

Kennedy will be on a super minimum day schedule Tuesday Nov 1st. Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm

Picture Day

Picture day make-ups are October 25th. If you still want to complete orders the link is below



Site Council / ELAC Meeting Tuesday 10/25 6:00-pm-7:00pm (Link)

After School Homework Support

Kennedy will be beginning after school Homework support every Monday & Wednesday from 3:15 pm - 4:15pm in the Kennedy library. Students can sign-in at the door and receive assistance. Program begins October 24th.

Panorama Survey

Each year our district sends families a short survey to complete about the school. Please spend some time completing this form as the school uses this information to develop action steps.

8th Grade Families

Local High Schools have information nights coming up the next few weeks. Sequoia, Tide Academy, DesignTech and Menlo Atherton are all this week. If you are interested, use the link to decide which event you would like to attend. (Link)

Pride Group

Kennedy partners with San Mateo County "Pride Center" which provides counseling support for Kennedy students. If you are interested contact Mariela Lopez in the Family center. or 650-4822409-3482

English (Link)

Spanish (Link)

Fast Food or Food Deliveries

Please be reminded that our school rules state that fast food drop offs and deliveries from DoorDash, UberEats, etc. are not allowed. This is a safety concern and it also is disruptive to school activities and the office.

Families may drop off a lunch or any forgotten item (books, homework, etc.) for their child in the main office, but classrooms will not be disturbed to notify students that a lunch or items are waiting for them. Families should arrange with their children in advance if they intend to drop off any items. Food deliveries (DoorDash, UberEats, PostMates, etc.) are NOT allowed, as this is a major disruption to the office and could lead to safety issues.

Tardies - Students Late to classes 2-7th periods

Kennedy has "Academic Lunch" during lunch weekly for students who are late to class. Families are notified via text message if their student was late. If you have a student who is late to class, please follow up with him/her and encourage timely arrival to classes. We appreciate your efforts in this matter.


COVID-19 is still a concern for our staff, students, and families. We continue to recommend, but not require, students wear masks. If a student tests positive, parents should complete the district’s self-reporting form and inform the Kennedy office. This form is available on the “Quick Links” section of the RCSD website as well as all 12 school websites.

Also, if your student is sick or showing COVID-19 symptoms, please keep the student home and get them tested.

Go, Cougars!

Nikolaos Fanourgiakis


Kennedy Middle School

Halloween Dance October Friday October 28th 6:00pm - 8:00 pm Kennedy Gym

Kennedy's Halloween Dance is this Friday.

Tickets will be on sale during lunch M-F during lunch and are $5 dollars each. (Students needing assistance can check in with administrators) Included in the price is:

  • Pizza and water
  • DJ
  • Photo booth
  • Arcade games


Halloween Grams $1 each

Participation Expectations: Student s must...

  • Respecting staff and classmates

  • Do the best they can. (No D and F’s)

Halloween costume Expectations

  • No costume masks

  • No fake blood or props and accessories (Ex: things you hold or carry like a wand a weapon etc).

  • Costumes may not have obscene language, hate speech or themes/references to drugs, alcohol, the occult, death/suicide, or violence.

  • Hair coloring must be applied at home and not at school

  • Candy leave at home

*Students do not have to dress-up

Families Expectations

  • Must pick-up students from the gym at 8:00 pm. We do not want students walking or riding their bikes home

Redwood City Parks and Recreation

Basketball sign-up are right now. If you are interested, sign-up the deadline in Thursday 10/27.


Los Ayudantes Literacy Support

Are you looking for an easy volunteer opportunity that makes a real difference for long-term, English learning students at Kennedy? Los Ayudantes ("The Helpers") is a non-profit that helps local middle schoolers improve literacy and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in high school and beyond. Their dedicated literacy volunteers help in the same classroom one hour a week helping students as they read out loud: decoding, explaining vocabulary and delving deeper into reading subject matter. You will become an important, trusted mentor for the students when you make this commitment to tutor them throughout the remainder of the school year. Virtual tutoring is also available.

English proficiency is required. Training is provided, and you can shadow one of our volunteers before you decide to help out. For available volunteer time periods, visit our website, For more information, please contact the Program Director, Jenni Farrell at

Math Support

Two options for Math Support for Students

First: Ms. Le is beginning after school math support this week. All students needing support can pop - in when needed.


  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday till 4:30 pm in room 534

Students can go directly to her classroom after dismissal

2nd: Families can still sign their students up for an extra math class. Currently around 70 students are registered. If you are a parent that wants your student to be part of this extra class or wants more information please email me directly.

Some specifics:

  • This is a graded class with students having to commit for the year.

  • The classes are 4 days a week M-Th

  • The classes are not specific for homework help; the staff will be working on the diverse math needs of these students.


6th and 7th Grade

7:45 am -8:25 M-Th

8th Grade

3:15-4:00 M-W

2:15-3:00 Th.

Yosemite Trip Update

The trip is around the corner!

Yosemite Trip update:

BAG CHECK-IN is Friday, October 28th

  • Bag Check In starts at 3:15 and ends at 5:00pm
  • Please bring your child's bag and sleeping bag with your child to Room 101. This is the first room off the main school parking lot.
  • 4 tables will be set up for each Trail Group. Check in at your child's Trail Group table. Chaperones will be checking contents of the ONE bag for all items on the PACKING LIST (see attached list).
  • Bag/Suitcase and Sleeping bag will be tagged.
  • Please bring your child's day pack with water bottles (to be filled on Sunday), bandana, warm hat, rain jacket, journal/small notebook, pencil/pen. We will tag this day pack at check-in on Sunday.

TRIP CHECK IN is Sunday, October 30th

  • Trip check opens at 9:30AM. Please arrive by 9:30AM at the KENNEDY GYM
  • Students bring their Daypack with filled water bottles and a full lunch.
  • Students will check in with their chaperone first, take a covid test, tag their daypack, then stand with their bags.
  • Once everyone is checked in and covid testing is complete, we will load the bus ONE Trail Group at a time.
  • Please let students load on the bus. Parents and Guardians and other family can join us at the bus once we are loaded to wave us off.


  • Students return, the school will be in communication if families with approximate time of arrival.

Musical 2022-23 School Year

Sara Rosenbloom, our drama teacher, will be leading our Spring Musical. We are excited to announce this year’s production will be Matilda The Musical Jr. This year we will be live and in person and we are looking forward to a fantastic production this spring! Students will work as a group to create a musical. This is a performance opportunity for students to build community, sing, dance, and act in a group and create a show we can all be proud of. Being part of a production is a lot of fun and a great way to participate in the school community.

If you are interested in being part of the musical and finding out more information, sign-up.

Matilda Sign-Up

Important dates and information:

  • November 9th Wednesday, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Informational Meeting (Zoom link)

  • Week of November 14th, Auditions

  • Rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday after school until 5:30 pm. Rehearsals will be once a week until January. (Specifics will be shared during our informational meeting on November 9th)

Show Dates are: March 17th,18th and 19th, 2022.

Contact Ms. Rosenbloom if you have any questions:

6th Grade Marine Science Institute Field Trips!

The 6th grade science team will be continuing MSI field trips this year. The Marine Science Institute will give students the opportunity to learn about the watershed they live in and how to take care of it. This includes learning how to canoe and water quality collection. Permission slips will be distributed by your students science teachers prior to their classes trip.

Below is the schedule of classes going Canoeing in Sloughs in October (9am-2pm)

  • October 26th, Wednesday, Period 1, Ms. Virnich class

  • October 31st Monday, Period 4, Ms. Ruiz class and Period 2, Sergio’s class (This was moved from October 13th)

*If you have any-questions check in with your science teachers,,

SEL Partnership Acknowledge Alliance

Project Resilience by Acknowledge Alliance will commence on Sept 30 in 6th-grade social studies classes and will run for seven weeks with the lessons on Fridays.

Project Resilience is a partnership where outside instructors work with our students on developing their social emotional skills, including identifying strengths, recognizing and managing emotions, demonstrating caring for others, coping strategies for dealing with feelings, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, making responsible decisions and working with others.

Please visit

8th Grade Corner

Local High Schools have information nights coming up the next few weeks. Sequoia, Tide Academy, DesignTech and Menlo Atherton are all this week. If you are interested, use the link to decide which event you would like to attend. (Link)

HS night presentation: (Video of Presentation), Slide Deck Presentation

Some Information for you:

  • Local High Schools are providing Shadowing opportunities for students with some already starting. See link for more information.

Yearbook 2022-23

Kennedy Yearbooks are available for purchase. Families please use the information below if you are interested.

Step #1 School (Link)

Step #2 School Passcode 1015926081674110

Price $35

Deadline April 5th

Official Flyer with information (Link)

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Click on here to access Weekly PTO update


The Kennedy Counseling team is here to support our students! We offer crisis support, short term individual counseling and one time check-ins.

Here is the link to the Kennedy counseling referral. You can also email our Mental Health Counselor, Mariela Lopez for any questions or concerns (

October Calendar

  • October 25th Picture Day Make-up Kennedy Gym
  • October 25th Site Council & ELAC 6:00 pm-7:00 pm via zoom
  • October 25 PTO 7:00-8:30m via Zoom
  • October 28th Halloween Dance 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Kennedy gym
  • October 30th - November 4th Yosemite Trip

Student Family Handbook / 2022-23 Calendar

Pictures / Music

Music Corner

Intermediate and \Advanced Band:

Star Wars, arranged by Paul Lavender

Kennedy Middle School Program

StarvWars (1) by Kennedy Middle School Program

Spirit Week!

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