Kennedy News


Note From Mr. Rustad: There is a lot to be thankful for at Kennedy!

Kennedy Families,

This week we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. This season is a great time to reflect on our life and give thanks. As I reflect, I have three specific groups of people that I want to give thanks for during this season. I am so thankful for our Kennedy students, families, and staff.

  • Students: I am thankful for each of our Cubs. Our Kennedy students are working hard everyday and growing academically, socially, and emotionally. They desire to show their Kennedy B.E.S.T. in all that they do. I am thankful that we are a reflection of our community, our country and our world. Our students have the advantage of learning with their classmates and from their classmates.
  • Families: I am so thankful for our Kennedy families. I have enjoyed getting to know so many of you over the last three months. The Kennedy families are proud of their children and proud of their school. Every parent plays a significant role in making Kennedy the best possible school for their child. It was great to see so many families at the open house in October and at conferences in November. I am certain we will have a packed house with many proud parents and relatives in December for our Holiday music concert. What makes Kennedy parents unique is that they not only care deeply for their own student but also for the welfare of all Kennedy students. Students thrive when there is a strong partnership between family and school. I am thankful for the great partnerships that our families have with Kennedy.
  • Staff: I am deeply thankful for the work that our staff does everyday for the students at Kennedy. This is truly a special group of educators. Our teachers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, kitchen staff, custodial staff, and student support staff all take their roles of educating and caring for the students of Kennedy very seriously. As the principal of Kennedy and as a parent, I get to see first hand that our students are academically challenged, loved, and cared for deeply by this amazing staff. I am so thankful for the great work that they do everyday to ensure that all Kennedy Cubs get their academic, social, and emotional needs met.

Check out the rest of the newsletter to read about some the great highlights of November at Kennedy as well as upcoming events, important news, notes, and reminders. Enjoy the Thanksgiving season with your family!

Thank you,

Steve Rustad


November Highlights at Kennedy

November Kennedy B.E.S.T. Students of the Month

Over 40 Cubs were selected as November B.E.S.T. Students of the Month by teachers. Students of the Month are selected for showing their Kennedy B.E.S.T. at school. Great job to all of these Cubs! As a reminder, B.E.S.T. means:

B - Be Safe and Healthy

E - Engage for Best Learning

S - Show Respect to Others

T - Treat Property with Respect

100 Paws Club at Kennedy

We have been celebrating our students who have reached 100 Paws in their reading logs. Congratulations to these Cubs! Keep reading!
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The GaGa Ball Pit is Here!

Students have been having a blast playing GaGa Ball! The GaGa Ball pit was purchased with money that was raised by our students during the PTO fundraiser. Students have been excited to play ever since it arrived. Check out the pictures of our Cubs in action! Click on the image to watch a video of some or our Cubs in action!

5th Grade Students Visit The Guthrie Theater

Kennedy 5th Grade students had the opportunity to attend a workshop with actors and were then invited to watch a performance of "A Christmas Carol" at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis on November 20.
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Upcoming Events

11/26-11/29 - No School

12/5 - Family Fit Night @ Kennedy

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

12/7 Barnes and Noble Bookfair for Kennedy

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

River Hills Mall

12/10 Two hour Late Start

12/13 Kennedy Holiday Concert - Two options

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

12/13 Kennedy's First Annual Vendor/Craft Fair

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

12/17 Kennedy No Cook Night - 1000 Degrees Pizza

11:00 AM to 9 PM

12/23-1/1 - No School - Winter Break

News, Notes, and Reminders

Note from the PTO

Hello, Cub Families! Your Kennedy PTO would like to know about some upcoming PTO sponsored events. Take a moment and check them out. Follow us on Facebook! Click here to visit/ join the Kennedy PTO Facebook group.

Lost and Found Items at Kennedy

Is your Cub missing a clothing item? Encourage them to check out the lost and found station in the cafeteria.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up at Kennedy

AM Drop-Off Procedures: Kennedy School is open for all students starting at 7:40 AM. Breakfast is open to all students starting at that time. All students should head directly to the playground unless they are eating breakfast. Please remember that there is no supervision for your student on the playground if they arrive before 7:40 AM. The front doors will remained closed until this time. If you are a family in need of supervision for your student in the morning, please consider our morning ACES program.

To help ensure safety and security at our school, we will have all students enter Kennedy through the front doors at the beginning of the day. The side bus door will no longer be open before school. This will start on Monday, September 23. You may continue to drop off your students on the Kennedy Street side of the building but the will need come to the front the building to enter.

PM Pick-Up Procedures: Students will be dismissed at 2:30. The doors to the school will remain locked until that time. Students in grades K-2 will come out of the front doors and students in grades 3-5 will come out of the doors on the Kennedy Street side. Parents who are picking up are encouraged to stay out of the parking lot. It can become a student and family safety concern when cars are pulling into and out of the parking lot. Many students are walking and biking on the sidewalk and we want them to have a safe crossing by the parking lot.

Help Students Avoid Distractions from Learning

It is our goal to provide a highly engaging learning environment at Kennedy Elementary School. To ensure this for our students, we want to eliminate distractions. If your students has a smart phone or smart watch, it should be left at home. By leaving these devices at home, students are more able to engage in their best learning. If you have a message for your student during the day, please contact the school.

Title 1 Services at Kennedy

Kennedy is a Schoolwide Title 1 School. In the past, Title 1funds were available to

provide additional support to students who qualified based on their test scores. As a Schoolwide Title 1 school we are now able to utilize those resources more flexibly to support any students that would benefit. This fits wonderfully with our small group instruction blocks when students receive acceleration or enrichment based on their specific needs. Feel free to contact the school if you have questions.

As a parent, you have the right to request information about the qualifications of your child’s teacher(s). For further information, contact Steve Rustad, principal at Kennedy Elementary.

Kennedy Cubs School Song

School Song

We are Kennedy Black Gold and True

B E S T all the way through

Respect our teachers and classmates too

Prepare for our futures everyday

Proudly we say

We are the Kennedy Cubs

We are Kennedy Black Gold and True

B E S T all the way through

Respect our teachers and classmates too



We are the Kennedy Cubs

Kennedy Elementary School


Steve Rustad


Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world