Welcome to the 2017/2018 School Year!

We are so excited to begin a new year with current and new families! We look forward to getting to know everyone and starting the year off on the 7th of August. We will have Placement testing the week of the 7th through the 11th. Once all tests are finished, we will place each student in their permanent classroom. We will then test again each quarter (in October, December, March, and June). The teachers have been busy working on lesson plans and getting everything set up for the upcoming school year with lots of fun, educational activities! 

Important Reminders:
Breakfast count ends at exactly 7:15 am.

Lunch count ends at exactly 8:30 am.
Key cards must be used to enter the building.
Students must be signed in and out daily on their classroom forms.

Upcoming Dates:
August 4:
 No School – New Student Orientation from 12 pm to 2 pm

August 7th – 11th: Placement Testing & Spirit Week
~ Monday: Wear Your Favorite Color Day

~ Tuesday: Dress As Your Favorite Sport or Sports Team Day
~ Wednesday: Dress Yourself Day (Have fun kids!)
~ Thursday: Fun Hat Day
~ Friday: Bring Your Favorite Stuffed Animal & PJ Day
August 18: Parents Night (All School) – Classroom meetings begin at 6 pm 

IMPORTANT:
We have a keyless entry system in place to provide a layer of protection for all students and staff. We ask that ALL parents or family members that pick up or drop off children have a key card available to use in order to reduce the number of times that a staff member has to open the door for people. There are multiple reasons for this:
 
1) Teachers cannot leave their students unattended even for a minute to run and open the door. This interrupts class time when they have to line up their students and go to the door to open it.
 
2) It becomes almost second nature to open the door to anyone that is knocking because we have to do it so frequently every day and never know anymore if it’s someone picking up or dropping off. 
The level of caution is greatly reduced because of the frequency of knockers.  If we know that all parents/family members have key cards and there is no reason for people to knock on the door, then we are more cautious and aware that those knocking are visitors.
 
3) Other parents are so used to people not having key cards that they are just allowing others to walk in with them without knowing if they are or are not to be in the school. 
 
4) It defeats the purpose of the system.
 
From this point forward, any family that knocks frequently, will be provided a card and have the $10 deposit charged to their account. The money will be due with the next tuition payment. 
 
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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About Ms. Kandice - DIRECTORS NOTE

Hello! My name is Kandice Hamner. I have been with Kennedy Academy since 2010 when I started as a Lead Teacher. In 2012, I accepted the position as Executive Director. I have my Bachelor's in Early Childhood Unified from Fort Hays State University and have over 15 years experience in the early childhood field. If I can be of assistance to you, please feel free to stop by my office.