PTO News: 9/4-9/10 – it’s a busy week!!

No school on Monday 9/4 for Labor Day

Every year on the first Monday in September, we celebrate workers and honor those who fought for better pay and working conditions years ago in, what was called the ‘Labor Movement’. Unofficially, it’s seen as the end of summer for many people. We hope you had a great 3-day weekend!

Back to School Night on Tues 9/5 @ 5:45pm

5:45-5:55pM: Mrs Leonardo will greet the Kennedy community in the gym

6:00-7:30PM: Families will travel to classrooms according to their students’ schedules. Teachers will be given 10 minutes to give a very brief overview of their class.

*Ask your student for their schedule they filled out in class this past week!

** Also, don’t forget that Tuesday, September 5 will be a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 1:50 pm due to Back to School Night.

High School Info Night on 9/5 @ 7:30pm

After Back to School Night, 8th grade families are invited to come to the Kennedy gym to learn about important high school dates. 7:30PM-8:15PM

Thursday 9/7 – Coffee & Super Min Day

  • 8:45AM — Coffee with the Principal, in the Library
  • 12PM — Don’t forget it’s a Super Minimum Day — dismissal at 12pm!

Meeting Minutes from PTO meeting

Read the meeting minutes from our first PTO meeting last week. And mark your calendars now… next meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept 26 via Zoom at 7pm.

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. Prior Cougar Connects are now easily found under the ‘Home’ tab.

A message from our PTO President

Check out the latest newsletter from our PTO President, Jess Bryski. Prior newsletters are now easily found under the ‘Home’ tab.

Needed – Parent Volunteers

  • Lunch Volunteers: Help monitor kids during lunch, from 10:58 AM-12:21 PM
  •  Parent Grade-Level Liaisons: Work with PTO to communicate needs and ideas for each grade level. Ensure parents know what’s happening in each grade.
  • Contact if you’re interested!

Yearbook 2023-2024

Capture your memories in this year’s John F. Kennedy Middle School Yearbook!


To purchase…

  1. go to www.treering/validate
  2. Enter your school’s passcode: 1015926081674110

Regular price: $38.29

Purchase by: April 11, 2024

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: Click HERE
  • 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!

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade-Level Community Leaders – Work with PTO to communicate needs and ideas for each grade level. Ensure parents know what’s happening in each grade.
  • Fundraising/Grant Writing Help – Help with KMS PTO fundraising through grant writing and procuring corporate donor partnerships.
  • Parent Volunteer Coordinator – Create sign-up forms and help recruit and coordinate volunteers for PTO and school events.
  • Safe Routes To School Coordinator – Work with PTO to encourage students to bike and walk to school. Help kids with traffic safety skills and work to reduce traffic congestion.
  • Spirit Wear Lead – Manage spirit wear webpage and work with the vendor on designs. Help promote sales with the PTO communications team.
  • STEAM Liaison – Work with KMS STEAM Program lead teacher to support the program. Coordinating family volunteers for program activities as needed.
  • Student Activities Coordinator – Help plan two school dances
    (October & March); organize DJ, food and decorations, and recruit volunteers.
  • Student Store Coordinator – Work with KMS administrators to procure, organize, and distribute Student Store items.

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)

Amazon Wishlist

If you’d like to contribute directly to a teacher’s classroom, check out the Kennedy’s Amazon Wishlist , created by Mrs Leonardo. The wishlist will be updated based on classroom needs.

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