We've had a great opening to the school year and it was wonderful to see all the students again! Lots of team building activities are going on in classes as teachers and students get to know each other and prepare for the year. A special welcome to all our 5th grade families!
8th grade Laptops - Important information for parents:The student laptop assembly took place yesterday. Students were trained in proper care and maintenance and behavior expectations and consequences for misuse were discussed with them.
On Tuesday, all 8th graders will take the laptop home and must complete the "Laptop Inspection Form" with a parent. This is where you will highlight any damage that may be on the laptop, although this should be minimal as all laptops were updated over the summer. The form is self-explanatory and must be completed and passed in to the homeroom teacher before the student will be permitted to take the laptop home on a regular basis.
New Faces at Kennedy:
Several of our staff have recently had babies and we have some long term substitute teachers that we would like to introduce to you:
Kalli Retalas - Physical Education
Marcus Hatt - Guidance Counselor Grades 6 & 8
Sherry Curns - School Psychologist/Counselor
Meredith Chambers - ACCESS teacher
Marilyn Feinberg - Spanish
We also have some new teachers to introduce to you:
Kiernan Joyce - 8th grade Social Studies
Jeff McMahon - 7th grade Language & Literacy
Jonathan Almon - 5th grade Social Studies/Lang. & Lit
Janice Batista - English Language Learners
Karin Knapik - Instructional Technology
Laura Ivers - Assistant Director/Student Services
From the Nurse's Office- Important Medication Information MEDICATIONS: It is important that students with asthma or life threatening allergies to have their medications available in school at all times. If you have not done so already, please deliver student medications to the clinic with the necessary paperwork at your earliest convenience. Do not hesitate to call me at 508-647-6652. Thank you!
Please click the Virtual Backpack link for more information.
"LAPS AT LUNCH" Needs your help.
Back by popular demand is Laps at Lunch. This is a program where students get to go outside during their lunch period, for some fresh air and a little exercise. We are in need of a few parents to help make this program possible. 15-20 minutes of your time is all it takes. We are looking for people to help with 1st (11:10-11:32) and or 2nd (12:05-12:25 ) lunch. If you are able to spare a little time for the kids please e-mail Heather Chase at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you signed up ASAP.
Coins for the 3000 Challenge (formerly known as the 3000 Coin Challenge)
Once again this year, Kennedy will be collecting change to donate to the Natick Service Council Telethon. Last year the Kennedy Middle School community raised $550 dollars, and we are hoping to surpass that amount this year. The "Coins for the 3000 Challenge" will "kickoff" on Monday, September 9th and run until Tuesday, October 8th.
The "Coins for the 3000 Challenge" is a way for Kennedy to "Think Globally and Act Locally." We begin theChallenge near the anniversary of 9/11 to remember the approximately 3000 people who lost their lives on that day (that's the Global part), and we will be donating all of the money we collect to the Natick Service Council during their telethon on October 9th (that's the Local part).
Every little bit helps, so we thank you in advance for your generosity.
Kennedy Teachers and StaffResilient Parent, Resilient Child Parent & Family Program Series We are pleased to announce the 2013-14 Resilient Parent, Resilient Child speaker series. For the online brochure, please goHERE Topics addressed will include how to support student athletes, raise successful students and support global and digital citizenship. All are welcome -- this series is for the whole community! All programs will be held at Natick High School and are free of charge. Check out the website atwww.ResilientParentResilientChild.org. Thanks to the Natick Public Schools, Natick Together for Youth (NTY), Charles River Rotary, SPARK Kindness, and all of our community supporters. You can register and learn more about our first program on "Raising a Student Athlete: Supporting Toward Excellence" HERE.
9/2 Labor Day - school closed
9/3 Middle SchoolAthletics Registration 5PM
9/5 & 6 Rosh Hashanah - school closed
9/10 Picture Day
9/12 & 9/13 5th grade field trip Ropes Course (Information to be distributed by team; teams go on one of these days)
9/26 Early release 11:30 dismissal
9/24 Open House Night Grades 5 & 7
9/26 Open House Night Grades 6 & 8
(more details to come when school reopens)