The latest PTO activities

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, March 27, 7-8:30 pm: PTO Meeting, Harry’s Hofbrau
  • Wednesday, April 4, 4-9 pm: Dine out at Galeotti’s Pizzeria
  • Thursday, April 5: STEAM Fair and Open House
  • Friday, April 6: Early release day, 12 pm
  • April 9-13: NO SCHOOL – Spring break
  • Tuesday, April 17, 4-9 pm: Dine out at The Habit Burger
Please visit the Kennedy PTO website for more information on these and other upcoming events. And don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook!

Próximas fechas importantes

  • Martes, 27 de marzo, 7-8: 30 pm: reunión de PTO, Harry’s Hofbrau
  • Miércoles, 4 de abril, de 4 a 9 pm: cena en Pizzeria Galeotti
  • Jueves, 5 de abril, 5:30-7:30: feria STEAM y casa abierta
  • Viernes, 6 de abril:  día mínimo 1:50 pm
  • 9 al 13 de abril: NO HAY CLASES – Vacaciones de primavera
  • Martes, 17 de abril, de 4 a 9 pm: cena en The Habit Burger
Visite el sitio web de Kennedy PTO para obtener más información sobre estos y otros eventos futuros. ¡Y no olvide darnos un <Me gusta> en Facebook!

Looking for new PTO Board Members – join the meeting on Tuesday!

We are looking for new board members to join our Parent-Teacher Organization! Together we build a strong and active community to support all of the amazing programs that Kennedy has to offer, including:

  • Art Program
  • Instrumental Music
  • Drama Program
  • Physical Fitness Program
  • After School Clubs
  • and so much more!

Join us at the next Kennedy PTO meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm at Harry’s Hofbrau (1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City). View the agenda for this meeting or check out the PTO Meeting Details page to view upcoming meeting dates, past meeting minutes, and open volunteer opportunities.

Many of our current board members have 8th grade students and are leaving Kennedy next year. We need new members to step upand take action! Feel free to contact  info@kennedycougarspto.org with any questions.

Buscando miembros nuevos para la Mesa Directiva de PTO: ¡Venga a la reunión el martes!

¡Estamos buscando miembros nuevos para que se unan a la mesa directiva de nuestra Organización de Padres y Maestros! Juntos construimos una comunidad fuerte y activa para respaldar todos los increíbles programas que ofrecer Kennedy, incluyendo:

  • Programa de arte
  • Música instrumental
  • Programa de drama
  • Programa de acondicionamiento físico
  • Grupos escolares extracurriculares
  • ¡y mucho más!

Únase a nosotros en la próxima reunión de Kennedy PTO el martes, 27 de marzo, a las 7 p.m. en Harry’s Hofbrau (1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City). Vea la agenda de esta reunión o visite la página de detalles de la reunión de PTO para ver las próximas fechas de las reuniones, los minutos de las reuniones anteriores y las oportunidades de voluntariado abiertas.

Muchos de nuestros miembros actuales de la mesa directiva tienen estudiantes de 8 ° grado y dejarán Kennedy el próximo año. ¡Necesitamos que miembros nuevos tomen el cargo y actúen! No dude en contactarse al info@kennedycougarspto.org con cualquier pregunta.

Upcoming family dine-outs

Join other Kennedy families for our next dine-out events to raise funds for our Kennedy kids!

Wednesday, April 4: Galeotti’s Pizzeria
Tuesday, April 17: The Habit Burger

Just come anytime between 4 pm and 9 pm and mention that you are dining out for Kennedy Middle School when you place your order and 20% of the price of your meal will go back to Kennedy! Valid for dine-in or take-out orders.

Galeotti’s Pizzeria is located at 3121 Jefferson Avenue (at the corner of Alameda de las Pulgas). Visit their website to see the full menu or to order online.

The Habit is located in Sequoia Station at 1111 El Camino Real. Check out their website for the full menu or to order online.

Be sure to check the PTO calendar for other dine-out dates this year.

Próximas cenas familiares

¡Únase a otras familias de Kennedy para nuestros próximos eventos de cenas para recaudar fondos para nuestros niños de Kennedy!

Miércoles, 4 de abril: Pizzeria Galeotti
Martes, 17 de abril:  The Habit Burger

Venga en cualquier hora entre las 4 pm y las 9 pm y mencione que viene para la recaudación de fondos de Kennedy Middle School cuando haga su pedido y el 20% del precio de su comida se le devolverá a Kennedy. Válido para pedidos de comida o comida para llevar.

Galeotti’s Pizzeria está ubicada en 3121 Jefferson Avenue (en la esquina de Alameda de las Pulgas). Visite su sitio web para ver el menú completo o para ordenar en línea.

The Habit se encuentra en la estación Sequoia en 1111 El Camino Real. Consulte su sitio web para obtener el menú completo o para ordenar en línea.

Asegúrese de revisar el calendario de PTO para otras fechas de cenas este año.

Mid-Pen Water Polo Club Spring 2018 Skills Clinics

 Saturday, March 24th and Saturday, April 21st
10am-12pm @ Menlo-Atherton High School

Open to ALL skill levels and ALL positions
Cost: $40/player

Whether you are a first time player or a skilled varsity player, these camps are for you! The two camps will focus on:

  • Individual skill development
  • Improving passing and shooting technique
  • Building leg strength and body balance
  • Position specific drills
  • Gameplay activities
To register for the camp, please visit our website: http://mid-pen.waterpolocentral.net/

Mid-Pen Water Polo Club Spring 2018 Clínicas de habilidades

Sábado, 24 de marzo y sábado, 21 de abril
10 a.m.-12 p.m. En la escuela secundaria Menlo-Atherton
Abierto a TODOS los niveles de habilidad y TODAS las posiciones
Costo: $ 40 / jugador
Ya sea que seas un jugador por primera vez o un jugador con experiencia en el equipo universitario, ¡estos campamentos son para ti! Los dos campamentos se enfocarán en:
• Desarrollo de habilidades individuales
• Mejora de la técnica de pasar y disparar
• Desarrollar la fuerza de la pierna y el equilibrio del cuerpo
• Posicionar ejercicios específicos
• Actividades de juego
Para registrarse en el campamento, visite nuestro sitio web: http://mid-pen.waterpolocentral.net/

Lion King Jr. Production – Tickets Now Available!

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Lion King Jr. Tickets are on sale now! Students have been working very hard to make this inspiring story come alive through singing, acting, dancing, drumming, and puppetry. Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderful show and support our school’s theater program.

Get your tickets now for the best seats possible and to get 30% off General seating! General Seating tickets are $7 if you purchase them now. Prices will go up to $10 at the door.

Tickets available at:  http://tktassist.com/Tix/?u=KMS

Performances:
Friday, March 16th at 7:00pm
Saturday, March 17th at 1:00pm
Saturday, March 17th at 7:00pm

Venue:  Mckinley Auditorium, 400 Duane St., Redwood City, CA 94062

Can you donate baked goods or other treats for the concession stand? Sign up here >>
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¡Las entradas para la obra de teatro El Rey León Jr. están a la venta! Los estudiantes de Kennedy han estado practicando arduamente para que esta inspiradora historia cobre vida a través del canto, la actuación, el baile, los tambores y los títeres. No pierda la oportunidad de ver este maravilloso espectáculo y apoyar el programa de teatro de nuestra escuela.

Compre sus entradas hoy para obtener los mejores asientos posibles y también obtener un descuento del 30% del precio de los asientos Generales. Las entradas para los asientos Generales cuestan $7 si las compra hoy. Los precios subirán a $10 si espera a comprarlos en la puerta.

Las entradas están disponibles aquí:  http://tktassist.com/Tix/?u=KMS

Shows:
Viernes, 16 de marzo a las 7:00 p.m.
Sábado, 17 de marzo a la 1:00 p.m.
Sábado, 17 de marzo a las 7:00 p.m.

Teatro:  Mckinley Auditorium, 400 Duane St., Redwood City, CA 94062

¿Puede donar productos horneados u otras delicias para el puesto de venta? Regístrese aquí >>

Important Information for 8th Grade Families!

For our graduating 8th grade students, June 7th will arrive before we all know it. There are 3 items we want to bring to your immediate attention:

1. CONTRIBUTE!! CONTRIBUTE!! CONTRIBUTE!!

These events cost money – Please contribute. A $75 CONTRIBUTION from each student will ensure that all 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in the graduation events that have been established by Principal Adler, the JFK PTO Board, and the Graduation Dance Committee. The graduation events include an outing to Great America, graduation gown cleaning and the Graduation Dance. Without your financial assistance, these events will not be possible. This $75 CONTRIBUTION is due no later than April 6th . All funding must be in place by April 6th to ensure each event has the full resources it needs. Contributions can be made at the Kennedy STORE.  Please make sure you enter your child’s name on the donation!! Cash or check payments may be dropped off in the school office in the PTO Lock box.

2. VOLUNTEER!! VOLUNTEER!! VOLUNTEER!!

8th Grade Parent Chaperones are required for the picnic and the Great America Outing. 6th and 7th grade parent chaperones are needed for Graduation Dance. The Graduation Dance requires all 8th grade parents to participate in decorating the gym and cleaning up. Please go to SignUpGenius: Graduation Events.

3. ORDER!! ORDER!! ORDER!!

Order your student a Class of 2018  sweatshirt and t-shirt. Please go to CLASS OF 2018 to order you sweatshirt or t-shirt. This store closes on April 10th.

Lastly, please consider making a donation to the PTO to PAY IT FORWARD to future students by clicking on the DONATION button.

We wish our 8th grade students the best of luck in high school and beyond!

The Kennedy PTO Board and 8th Grade Graduation Dance Committee Chairs:

Michele Haussler – President
Debbi Jansen – Communications
Karen Jamison –  Treasurer
Claire Bascara, Eva Beddar, Kristen Clavel & Isela Garcia – 8th Grade Graduation Dance Committee Chairs

Use AmazonSmile for your holiday shopping!

It’s holiday shopping season and chances are you’re ordering something, if not many things, through Amazon.com. Instead of going straight through Amazon, try AmazonSmile instead. You will still be using your familiar Amazon account (wish lists, shopping cart, etc.) but by using AmazonSmile,  Amazon will donate funds to our Kennedy PTO!

To get started, go to smile.amazon.com and simply select the John F Kennedy Middle School Parent Teacher Organization as your charitable organization. Each time you return, Amazon will remember your selection, and every eligible purchase you make at AmazonSmile will result in a donation! It’s that easy!

Try these 2 easy ways to start with a smile.

1. Create a bookmark – Drag this box to your bookmarks or favorites bar to create a shortcut to smile.amazon.com.

2. Install the Amazon Assistant – Get easy access to Product Comparisons, Deal of the Day, and time-saving shortcuts, which all link to smile.amazon.com. Learn more about Amazon Assistant

 Thanks and Happy Shopping!

 

Any questions, please contact fundraising@kennedycougarspto.org.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday and Kennedy Middle School

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wanted to send a quick reminder to think of Kennedy on this #GivingTuesday.

Kennedy has joined this global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday) to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities. It’s a great opportunity to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Make a contribution today to the Kennedy Middle School PTO:

Donate online now!

Through December 15thall donations of $10 or more will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. And by making a donation now, you are also eligible for a 2017 tax deduction!

With your help, current and new programs will be possible at Kennedy:
Art ● Instrumental Music ● Drama ● Physical Fitness ● After School Clubs ● Chrome Books for Every Student ● 8th Grade Graduation Celebration ● STEAM Program & Fair ● Family Center Support providing counseling services for students and families

Making your donation online is fast, easy, and secure. All online donations are handled through PayPal. You can also drop off your check or cash donation in the PTO Mail Box in the school office, or mail your donation to Kennedy PTO, Attn: Treasurer, 2521 Goodwin Ave, Redwood City, CA 94061.

Many companies provide a Matching Gift program to employees. Some companies will provide a 100% match, thereby doubling the value of your gift. Click here to see a list of local employers who we believe offer a Matching Gift program to employees. If you don’t see your employer’s name listed, check with your HR department or contact info@kennedycougrspto.org.

Thank you for considering our amazing Kennedy community. We are grateful for all of our wonderful students and all of their supporting family members and Kennedy teachers and staff.

This week’s PTO activities

Join us this week for two important meetings:

November 28th at 7 pm – The November PTO meeting will be held at Harry’s Hofbrau. Come join other Kennedy parents and staff members to find out how you can get more involved in your child’s education and the Kennedy community. If you are a parent or guardian of a Kennedy student, then you are part of the Kennedy PTO! Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend these meetings! Go to the PTO Meeting Details page to view the meeting agenda, upcoming meeting dates, past meeting minutes, and open volunteer opportunities.

November 30th at 7:00 pm – The 8th grade Graduation Dance Committee is meeting in the Kennedy library.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the dance – and you do not need to be an 8th grade parent to join! Additional information about the 8th grade graduation activities will also be discussed. If you cannot make it to the meeting, please email clairebascara@gmail.com and we will make sure you are included on the volunteer list.

Honey Bear Christmas Tree Fundraising

Be sure to visit a Honey Bear Tree lot to get your holiday tree and wreath this season! Kennedy will receive 15% of the purchase price when you buy your tree or wreath at Honey Bear Trees. Tell your friends & neighbors and raise even more money!

Simply bring this flyer (en Espanol) when you purchase your tree and wreath.  (If you happen to forget it, there will be extra flyers on the lot).  It’s that simple!

 All of their trees are of the finest quality and freshness, grown on the Cocco Christmas Tree Farm in Oregon’s beautiful Cascade foothills.  It’s a great opportunity to find the perfect Christmas Tree and  support our Kennedy kids and community at the same time!

Family Dine-outs to raise funds for Kennedy

Join other Kennedy families at our monthly dine-out events to raise funds for our Kennedy kids! Our next two events are:

Wednesday, December 6th: Galeotti’s Pizzeria is located at 3121 Jefferson Avenue. Check out their website for the full menu. Valid for dine-in or take-out orders (you can order online).

Tuesday, December 19th: Habit Burger is located in Sequoia Station at 1111 El Camino Real. Check out their website for the full menu. Valid for dine-in or take-out orders (you can order online).

Come any time between 4 pm and 9 pm and mention you are dining out for Kennedy Middle School when you place your order and a percentage of your meal will go back to Kennedy! It’s that easy!

Kennedy’s Lion King Jr. Production – Workshops

To enrich the experience of our upcoming Kennedy production, Lion King Jr., we will be holding various workshops to explore related topics. The first workshop was held in October and focused on African Drumming.

In December we have two additional workshops planned:

Tuesday, December 5th from 3:15 to 4:30 pm, Stacey, the director of our Lion King production, will take us through an expository class exploring the Lion King / Hamlet connection in a fun and age-appropriate way for our students.

Wednesday, December 6th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Mandy Bell, our Lion King choreographer, will discuss and demonstrate the finer points of theater and African rhythmic dance.

All workshops will be held in Ms. Mori’s dance studio (room 417). Please RSVP to Marie Carter or Debbie Moore.

All students, siblings, and parents are welcomed to participate. The event is free of charge and open to sibling/parent participation however, a suggested donation of $10 per family will be appreciated to cover the cost of the event.

The parent meeting for the play will be on January 10th and details will follow.

Questions about these workshops or the Lion King Jr. production should be directed to Marie Carter at mcarter2700@gmail.com or Debbie Moore at debbie@m00re.org or text to 415-531-1258.

Kennedy Book Fair is Open Now!

The Kennedy Book Fair starts on Tuesday! Come to the Kennedy library to check out the great selection of books available – it’s open Tuesday through Friday during lunch breaks (11:20-1:10pm) and after school (2:45-4pm).

There will be fun events, including:

  • guess the number of marshmallows in the jar and you can win a s’more party with 5 of your closest Kennedy friends
  • when more than half of each grade stops by the fair, staff member Ben Krause will shave his beard (in a public event!)
  • pick up your new library card at the book fair if you filled in your form for a new or replacement Redwood City library card

For every book purchased through this fair (including online purchases), Kennedy earns free books for the school!

It’s a win-win, so make sure you come out and support this great fundraising and community building event!

We are still looking for parent volunteers to help our fair run smoothly. Please consider volunteering to help with set up, assisting students in their book selection, restocking books, and other tasks.