Lion King Jr. Production Sign-ups

It is time to sign your child up for the Lion King! We will have “Casting from Within” which means all students who register for the production will have roles in the play. Auditions will only be for cast members who want to try out for featured solos and will be held on the second week of rehearsals. Rehearsals will be held directly after school in Ms. Mori’s room, 417.

To register your child: Applications will be available at the REACH and Kennedy offices or download it here: Lion King, Jr. application.  Fill out the application and turn it in to the Kennedy main office with the registration fee. Your child will be given a script the first day of rehearsal. The calendar and play information is included in the application.

To learn more, attend on one of the parent information meetings on January 10, 8:00 am or 6:00 pm. Please RSVP by emailing Debbie Moore at  and specify which meeting you will attend.  If you have any questions, email or call 415-531-1258.

Use AmazonSmile for your holiday shopping!

It’s holiday shopping season and chances are you’re ordering something, if not many things, through 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 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

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

 Thanks and Happy Shopping!


Any questions, please contact

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

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 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 or Debbie Moore at 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.

Volunteers needed for the Kennedy Book Fair

The Kennedy Book Fair is coming up fast and we are looking for volunteers to help ensure its success! This event is a great opportunity to help our students cultivate their love for reading and help our school earn new books!

Please consider volunteering to help with set up, assisting students in their book selection, restocking books, and other tasks.

The book fair begins on Tuesday, October 10th and goes through Friday, October 13th and will be open during lunch breaks (11:20-1:10pm) and after school (2:45-4pm) in the Kennedy library. Set-up and teacher/student previews start on October 5th.

Sign Up Here to Help!

Additional information will follow with details on the event but feel free to check out the online book fair which starts on September 28th (and is open 24 hours a day through October 18th)!

Habit Burger Dine-out is Tuesday, September 19th

Join other Kennedy families on Tuesday, September 19th at The Habit Burger Grill for a dine-out event to raise funds for our Kennedy kids!

Just come anytime between 4 pm and 9 pm and mention that you are dining out for Kennedy Middle School (or show this flyer) 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 (you can order online).

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

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