PTO News: 8/14 – 8/20


First day of the 2023-2024 school year is this Wednesday, August 16, 8:30AM! Here is arrival and dismissal information from Mrs. Leonardo to ensure a smooth return for students, parents & staff. Welcome back, Kennedy!

Kennedy gates open at 8:00 am. Students need to be dropped off in the main front parking lot and enter the black gates near the end of the driveway and drop-off zone.

Campus supervisors begin supervising students at 8:00 am. Students will not be allowed to enter campus before 8:00 am without supervision. Students should refrain from loitering in groups in front of the school and near our neighbors’ yards.

As you drop off your students, please be aware of students crossing the street. Please remind your students to walk their bikes and scooters on sidewalks. Please refrain from pulling in and out of neighbors’ driveways.

White-painted curbs along Goodwin, Connecticut, Maddux, and Washington Avenues are also drop-off zones. Please be aware of the bus loading zones. Avoid parking in the bus zone on Goodwin Avenue near the school office. Avoid parking in the SamTrans loading zone on Washington Avenue. Kennedy staff will ask drivers to move if they are parked in loading zones before buses arrive.

For safety reasons, students have one entry point in the morning between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. After 8:30 am., students must enter through the front office for a late pass.

Students can lock bikes and scooters in the bike rack. The bike rack closes at 8:30 am. Skateboards can be left in the school office and picked up after school. Please wear a helmet!

Public transportation is provided through SamTrans. Route 79 is for Kennedy students only. In the mornings, students are dropped off by 8:15 am. In the afternoons, students are picked up by 3:25 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Thursday afternoons, students are picked up by 2:00 pm.

The SamTrans bus stop is located on Washington Avenue near the Boys and Girls Club entrance. Kennedy staff will guide students to the bus stop and monitor them after school until SamTrans arrives.

The SamTrans bus schedule can be accessed on page 10 of the Maze Day packet. Click here to view.

At dismissal, students can exit from any unlocked gate. If you are picking up your student, be sure to tell them where you plan to pick them up.

Bell Schedule

There will be no block schedule during the first week of school. Students will attend periods 1-7 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Our 6th-graders will have separate brunch and lunch breaks from their 7th and 8th-grade peers.

School dismissal is 3:15 pm.

Minimum Day dismissal is 1:50 pm. on Thursday.

The bell schedules for each grade level can be found on pages five and six of our Maze Day packet. Click here to view.

School Materials

Students should have the materials listed above each school day. If families need support getting these materials, please contact our Family Center. School Chromebooks will be distributed the week of August 28, so Chromebooks will not be needed for the first two weeks.

A Message from Mrs. Leonardo

Check out the most recent Cougar Connect for a message from Mrs. Leonardo, as well as additional information regarding school policies and programs Kennedy has to offer.

Chipotle Fundraiser

33% of event sales are donated to Kennedy! Order online using code 3AMMYLH or show the flyer below at pickup.

Direct Drive

Kennedy Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a nonprofit volunteer organization (tax ID 47-1531115) whose mission is to help students thrive and grow into the next generation of community and business leaders. To support this mission, we raise funding and organize parent volunteers to help our school better serve its students.

Kennedy offers an array of programs to support our students’ social, emotional, physical and academic needs, many of which are funded by the efforts of the PTO.

In 2023/2024, our direct drive fundraising goal is $30,000. We are asking $200 per family, but please consider donating any amount that fits your personal financial situation. Whether it’s $25, $50, $100 or $1,000, every dollar helps us reach our fundraising goal and our students are worth our investment.

  • Online donation options are on our donate page:
  • Check payments may be left in the PTO box inside the office or mailed to the school: Kennedy PTO, 2521 Goodwin Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061. Please make checks payable to JFK Middle School PTO.
  • Double your donation – check with your employer to see if they will match your generous donation.
  • Please also consider a donation of your time. The PTO is always looking for volunteers to help with school events. For more information, please visit:
  • Feel free to email with questions or for more information.

For more info:

2023/2024 PTO Open Positions

Please consider taking on one of these vital roles this year! We’d love to have you join us in any way you can – Reach out to with questions and for more info!

  • Fundraising / Grant Writing
  • STEM Program Liaison
  • Student Activities Coordinator
  • Parent Volunteer Coordinator
  • Color Run Co-Lead
  • Spirit Wear Lead
  • Spanish Translation

Spirit Wear

Welcome to the Kennedy Middle School spirit wear store! Here’s a sneak peak – Get yours today!

The store will remain open throughout the school year.  Orders will be processed on Mondays and take 10-15 working days to complete.  Upon completion an email notification will be sent letting you know that the order is ready for shipping or for pickup at Goetz Bros. Sporting Goods (1125 Industrial Rd, San Carlos)

After School Sports

Registration for Fall sports is open! If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t wait too long – Spots are filling fast. Click on the links below for details and registration.

For more info:

Stay in Touch

Follow the KMS PTO on Instagram (@Kennedycougarspto) and Facebook to stay up-t0-date.

Feel free to email with questions or concerns