Kennedy Newsletter for Families
Greetings from the Kennedy Elementary Office!
Hello Kennedy Families,
Happy New Year! We are so excited to have our face to face learners back in person on Tuesday, January 19th. We've missed them! I would like to thank and commend all of our families for making the best of virtual learning. We appreciate your hard work!
As we prepare for a return to face to face instruction, please remember to send all completed work with your child when we return on Tuesday, January 19. This completed work will allow us to count your child present during the virtual period.
Also, I want to clarify our calendar for the next couple of weeks. Tuesday, January 19 through Friday January 22, all face to face students will attend school each day. Remember there is no school on Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.
The week of Jan 25, all face to face students attend each day with the exception of Wednesday, January 27. This will be a virtual instruction day (no google meets will take place on this day...all assignments will be posted in Canvas or sent home with students the day before). The following summarizes our schedule for the next two weeks. We do not have specifics beyond this point, but KCS will keep you posted as soon as that information becomes available.
Monday, January 18 Students do not attend in observance of MLK holiday
Tuesday, January 19 Face to face students attend as normal
Wednesday, January 20 Face to face students attend as normal
Thursday, January 21 Face to face students attend as normal
Friday, January 22 Face to face students attend as normal
Monday, January 25 Face to face students attend as normal
Tuesday, January 26 Face to face students attend as normal
Wednesday, January 27 VIRTUAL LEARNING DAY FOR STUDENTS (No Google Meets)
Thursday, January 28 Face to face students attend as normal
Friday, January 29 Face to face students attend as normal
Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you have questions or other needs.
Proud to serve you and the Lynn Garden Community,
Janice Irvin, Ed. D.
Family Reminders for COVID-19 Absences
- If anyone in your household takes a COVID test, your child should remain home until results are received. Please call our office at 857-2700 and we will get school related items ready for pick up.
- Please see the graphic below for more scenarios:
Link your Food City card to Kennedy, please!
A Message from our Cafeteria
Please see the January and February menus linked below. At times these menus may change without notice due to food availability, but that doesn't happen often. Please email our cafeteria manager, Karen Mullins, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
January menu linked here.
February menu linked here.
Kennedy is a Bully-Free Zone! #CoyotesAreKind
**** Kennedy Office Staff ****
Cindy Culbertson - Office Assistant
Kem Couch- Award Winning KCS Secretary
Debbie Allen - Family Liaison
Kim Oaks-Blair - School Counselor
Brett Herron - Associate Principal
Dr. Janice Irvin - Principal
We hope you find it helpful! Please let us know if we can clarify anything for you.
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 392-4416, 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 7:30-8:05.
- In the afternoons, 4th and 5th grade cars (side parking lot) please turn RIGHT after you pick-up.
- 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.
Communication & Class Dojo
857-2700 - Main Office
857-2704 - Cafe, Karen Mullins
857-2702 -Nurse Lundy
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.
Kennedy Family Lifeskills for Reference
Kennedy Family Positive Discipline Reference
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 Lundy'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
If you have any questions feel free to contact Alisa Strong (firstname.lastname@example.org) via email or by calling (423)378-2100.
Approvals are based on: Attendance, Behavior, and Classroom Space