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Morgan_ChristensenKMS Family Bulletin

Greetings Kennedy families,

Another great week of school has come and gone. During the past 6 weeks, routines have been established and students have made positive connections with school, peers, and staff. This week marks the first checkpoint for student progress. As a result, you may have questions regarding progress reports and if you do, please contact the teacher. The first progress report is an excellent time to address concerns and to adjust the way we are working to meet the needs of your student. ParentVUE is another helpful resource for viewing student grades and progress as well as checking your student’s planner regularly.

In looking ahead to the rest of the month and specifically into the upcoming week, we have several things to keep in mind.

 

Dates and Events: |click here|.

  

Things to Know

Mini Pow Wow Dance:  On October 18th, we will be having a Pow Wow from 1:45 to 3:15. This past week, our students learned some Native American dancing in order to participate in the Pow Wow. We are very excited to be having this event at Kennedy.

 

School Safety Drills:  KMS will be continuing this week in Advisory a review of our School Safety Drills. We practice our drills to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Drills include: Earthquake/Directed Evacuation, Fire drill, and Lock out/Lock down drill with barricade, counter and evacuation components. Note: We will not practice or simulate an active shooter drill/ALICE; we will only discus what to do in the event something did occur. We will also discuss and practice a room clear and talk about what to do for responding to an allergic reaction known as an allergy drill.

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE Website:  To help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With the Synergy ParentVUE web portal, parents can access near real-time information on assignments and scores, attendance, class schedules, discipline, conference visits, health office visits, immunization compliance, transcripts, graduation status and more.ParentVUE is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student information, including assignments, grades, attendance, school calendar, and teacher contact details. ParentVUE offers a single sign-on to view school information for all of the siblings, regardless of the grade level or school of attendance. While the website is accessible over the Internet, access is secured via a user name and password. Parents can see information about their children, only, and cannot see the records of other students. To create an account, you will need the web address and activation key provided by your student’s school.

Kennedy’s Got Talent:  It’s time for Kennedy’s Got Talent Auditions!  We know there are so many talented Knights at our school and we are very much looking forward to this event. Auditions will be TuesdayOctober 16th and Wednesday October 17th, from 3:40-5:00pm in the small gym.  In order to attend the auditions students must sign up in the front office.  Forms are due back to the front office by October 9th! We are looking for a variety of act’s...singing, dancing,

Walk and Roll 10/15 – 10/19:  Kennedy Middle School is participating in the Walk+Roll to School Challenge and we need your help! The Walk+Roll to School Challenge is a month-long encouragement event in which students are encouraged to use active transportation such as walking or bicycling to and from school. Our goal is to encourage as many students as possible to increase their physical activity by using active transportation modes like walking, biking, scooting, skating, etc. This year we have great incentives and prizes to encourage our students to get active! During Advisory we will tally our modes of transportation.

10/25 Career EXPO:  On October 25th all 8th grade students and both AVID 8 & 7 will be having a field trip after lunch from 1:00 to 3:30pm. Students will be attending a Career Exploration EXPO at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield. There will be local business and interactive booths for students to learn more about careers they might be interested in pursuing. To help prepare for the EXPO, there are three lessons to students will reviewing in class and an information handout sent home for your review. In addition, there will be a separate email with additional information. This is an excellent opportunity for our students. If you have concerns and/or questions about this field trip, please contact the office.

Spirit Week:  Starting on October 22nd, KMS will be having our school spirit week. Every day there will a different spirit day for students to participate and show their spirit.
10/22, Monday: Pajama Day
10/23, Tuesday: Twin Day
10/24, Wednesday: Pink Out for Cancer Awareness
10/25, Thursday: #TBT Throwback Thursday
10/26, Friday: Halloween Costume Day

Fall Social:  We will be having our Fall Social on October 26th, which will be the day for students and staff who wish to participate in dressing up for Halloween. We will have a costume contest that day and students are encouraged to where their costumes. Rules for costume wear/use will be provided as we near the event. Note: We will not be having students wear costumes on Halloween day since we will be having a Fall social on Friday, the 26th.

Note: A separate email will be sent out later this week with Fall Social details for anyone interested in helping out and/or donating items for the event. Stay tuned!

District Events

The 4J Parent Leaders Network is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. They meet at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street; space and refreshments are provided by Eugene School District 4J. This year’s meetings will be convened by Heather Sielicki (Camas Ridge Parent) and Rita Gillihan (Yujin Gakuen Parent) on 10/1, 12/3, 2/4, and 4/15 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

You are invited to participate with the parent leaders at your school. Please sign up to attend the MondayOctober 1st meeting at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f48acac2fa3f85-4jparent.

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

  • October 1stBack to school; policies and procedures that apply to parent groups, working with the Eugene Education Foundation, and communication best practices.
  • December 3rdUnderstanding K-12 Funding in Oregon 101; working with the School Board, programs and ideas for raising additional funds for your school community.
  • February 4thCommunity involvement; best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children, how to get your neighborhood connected with your school.
  • April 15Advocacy; enhance your ability to impact educational opportunities and social change, mobilize volunteers and recruit future parent leaders.

For more information, please visit https://parentleadersnetwork.org. To add your parent leaders to the email list for meeting reminders and announcement, please email their contact information to parentleadersnetwork@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

  

Oct 19 American Indian/Alaska Native Conversation:  The Chief Education Office, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education, is convening a community conversation in Lane County on the updated American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Plan.

The conversation is the first of two urban conversations, and one of many with communities across Oregon called for by the AI/AN State Plan. The State developed the Plan with members of Oregon’s tribal education community, recognizing the importance of intentionally partnering and engaging with one another to ensure each student in Oregon realizes their full potential.

Given the collaborative nature of the Plan, it is critical that we have broad representation from education and tribal leaders, families, students, and community partners at the community conversation.

Conversation Details

WhenOctober 19, 4:00-7:00 p.m. (dinner will be provided)
Where: Springfield High School Library:  875 7th Street, Springfield, OR
What: Lane County is home to students who are future leaders, scholars, graduates, musicians, artists and more.  We invite elders, parents, students, educators, local school districts, and the larger community to engage in a conversation about improving American Indian/Alaska Native education in Lane County and the surrounding region.  State education leaders are eager to listen to community members and understand how to best partner with local leadership and the community to support tribal students.

RSVP: Please RSVP via email or phone to Angela Bluhm if you can attend  (angela.bluhm@state.or.us or 503.378.2761)

 

 

 

School Hours
8:00am-4:00pm:  Office hours
9:00am-3:235pm: Instructional school hours
8:00am-3:50pm:  Supervision hours Mon-Thurs
8:00am-2:50pm Supervision hours Friday

Access
8:00am:  Student center open for early arrival
8:30am:  Cafeteria open for breakfast; front office open for students
8:45am:  Locker bays open for students; see teacher syllabus for office hours

Morgan Christensen
Principal | Kennedy Middle School
christen_mo@4j.lane.edu | 541-790-5500

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