Kennedy Newsletter for Families

January 2021

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Principal's Post

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.

Principal

Kennedy Elementary

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:
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Kennedy's Teacher of the Year is Ms. Amy Nida!

Ms. Nida has taught at Kennedy for over 20 years and is currently a Kindergarten/1st Grade Looping teacher. This award was voted on by her peers. Congratulations, Ms. Nida! Well deserved!

Link your Food City card to Kennedy, please!

Have you linked your Food City card to Kennedy? This process has to be completed each year. In December, Food City delivered at check for over $500 from the cards linked to Kennedy. You can link your card by asking at the checkout line or you can link your card in your online account.

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 kamullins@k12k.com if you have any questions.


January menu linked here.

February menu linked here.

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Kennedy is a Bully-Free Zone! #CoyotesAreKind

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**** 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

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Kennedy Constants


We hope you find it helpful! Please let us know if we can clarify anything for you.

Attendance, Absences, and Tardiness

Every Coyote is urged to form excellent habits regarding attendance and promptness. A good start every day helps foster a positive attitude. Should your Coyote be absent, please call our school office to let us know the reason. Children should arrive to their classrooms no later than 8:15 having eaten breakfast.

Birthdays

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

Kennedy Elementary was the lucky recipient of a grant that allows our Coyotes to eat a "no cost" breakfast and lunch each day. Please have your Coyote to school by 7:55 if she or he needs to eat breakfast with us. Eating here is encouraged-- our food is really good.


Ice-cream day is Friday and must be purchased ($1)

Healthy chips can also be purchased ($1)

Bus Transportation

Students who live more than 1 mile from school are eligible for bus transportation. Our buses are 04, 14, and 20. If your child's transportation plan needs to change, please call the office prior to 2:45 PM (earlier is always better) so we can make sure that message gets to your Coyote.


The number to the transportation garage is 392-4416, if needed.

Carline

  1. During AM drop off, please stay in your car and allow your child to exit independently.
  2. During AM drop off, please unload at all 4 numbers/lanes. No need to stop at the bottom of the hill.
  3. During AM drop off, students can walk into the cafe from 7:30-8:05.
  4. In the afternoons, 4th and 5th grade cars (side parking lot) please turn RIGHT after you pick-up.
  5. 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

As a school, we voted to start using the ClassDojo app last year. This year we will fully implement the use of this app. It's an awesome tool for us to share events and pictures with you of your child doing great things!

Contact us!

857-2700 - Main Office

857-2704 - Cafe, Karen Mullins

857-2702 -Nurse Lundy

378-2340 -Fax


1500 Woodland Avenue

Kingsport, TN 37665

Discipline

Our school-wide expectations are used in all areas of our school.


They are:


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

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Kennedy Family Positive Discipline Reference

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This (above) is the guide a group of Kennedy teachers brought back from a Positive Discipline training in Atlanta this past summer. Each teacher in our school uses this guide during Classroom Meetings each day.


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.

Drills/AED

Each month we have fire drills, and other drills as mandated by state law. These are recorded. During drills students are instructed not to talk. Additionally, our school is also equipped with an AED (automated External Defibrillator).

Health and Medical

Our school nurse is Angie Lundy, RN. She is outstanding and has been at Kennedy for over a decade. If your child is ever sick and you aren't sure if they are well enough to attend, you can always bring your child in to be checked by her. Many Kennedy faculty members have used her office in this capacity.


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!

Homework

As a general rule, Kennedy Elementary does not assign homework every night. We do encourage you to read with your child at least 20 minutes each night (about three story books with the littles!). If your child is older/able, they can read out loud to you on the way to practice, while you make dinner, or on your way to the grocery. Reading each night adds up! Please add this to your daily routine!

Lost and Found

Please, please, please put your child's first and last name/telephone number in your child's coat! We have a mountain of homeless coats by the end of the year! If you are wondering, we donate homeless coats to Higher Ground at the end of the year so they can go back into our Lynn Garden Community where needed. Please visit our Lost and Found periodically.

Opportunities for Coyotes

Ambassadors (4th and 5th Grade Student Council)

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)

STREAM Club

Ladies of Lynn Garden (Girls 4th and 5th)

Lego League

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)


Snacks/Water Bottles

Everyone knows a hungry brain can't concentrate and learn. No need for our Coyotes to be hangry! Healthy snacks and water bottles are not only welcomed, they are encouraged! Please remind your Coyote that only water should be in their bottles. Examples of good snacks- Goldfish, cheese sticks, pretzels, and apples.

Testing Policies

For your information and scheduling purposes, a schedule of tests administered to our Coyotes is included on our district website under the "Parents" tab. You will also receive a school flier prior to the administration of standardized tests. Kennedy families will receive results of our TNReady/TCAP testing as soon as they become available (this past year it took several months).


Our KCS Website can be found here: https://www.k12k.com/

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Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation®: A Curriculum Designed to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control (2011, Social Thinking Publishing) is a curriculum comprised of lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L to help students gain skills in the area of self-regulation. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they are in the different Zones (states of alertness/moods/feelings) as well as learn how to use tools (including sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) to regulate the Zone they are in.

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 don't live in Lynn Garden but you would like your child to attend/continue attending Kennedy, you will need to apply for a zoning exemption every year. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on our website starting in March 2020.


If you have any questions feel free to contact Alisa Strong (astrong@k12k.com) via email or by calling (423)378-2100.


Approvals are based on: Attendance, Behavior, and Classroom Space

Our vision, our students, our community, our future!

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