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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.

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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July News

IMPORTANT DATES/REMINDERS:

  • NO SCHOOL: July 3 – July 7 for Summer Vacation
  • 7/13, 7/20, 7/27: Fire Department Visits Kennedy Academy
  • 7/14, 7/21, 7/28: Icecream Fridays
  • 7/18, 7/19: Boomer Bear
  • 7/24: Topeka Zoo Presentation at Kennedy Academy
  • 7/28: Water Slide & Pizza Party

Summer Activities:
Students will participate in circle time each day, along with tracing and/or writing activities. When there are not scheduled special activities, the students will participate in the Garden and Fitness activities as outlined by the grant we received from the food program for the summer. Please see your child’s teacher for a more detailed outline of the summer events.

Director’s Note:
Please remember that a 30 days notice is required for all students. This includes children that are graduating from our program. This helps us plan for the summer, as well as the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

REMINDER: Students must have sunscreen applied to them in the morning prior to coming to school. We will then reapply in the afternoon before going outdoors.

Daily 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.

FIND US ON THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA:
*Remind App: To receive updates sent straight to your phone, such as school closings, upcoming events, and important reminders, text @ka1976 to 81010. You can opt-out at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @ka1976’.
*Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/KennedyAcademy
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*Parent Email: Please make sure Ms. Kandice has your email address to receive important reminders, parent newsletters, parent letters, and other such items. Send an email to khamner@kennedyacademy.com with subject line: Add to Parent Email.

June News

Important Dates:
June 23: 
NO SCHOOL –

All School Picnic – Lake Shawnee 10a-12pm Shelter #2
Preschool Graduation / Kindergarten Graduation 3pm-4pm – VA Theater

Director’s Note:
Please remember that a 30 days notice is required for all students. This includes children that are graduating from our program. This helps us plan for the summer, as well as the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

REMINDER: Students must have sunscreen applied to them in the morning prior to coming to school. We will then reapply in the afternoon before going outdoors.

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.

FIND US ON THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA:
*Remind App: To receive updates sent straight to your phone, such as school closings, upcoming events, and important reminders, text @ka1976 to 81010. You can opt-out at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @ka1976’.
*Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/KennedyAcademy
*Follow Us on Twitter: kennedyacademy1
*Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kennedyacademy/
*Parent Email: Please make sure Ms. Kandice has your email address to receive important reminders, parent newsletters, parent letters, and other such items. Send an email to khamner@kennedyacademy.com with subject line: Add to Parent Email.

May News

MAY LUNCH MENU

Important Dates:
May 29: 
NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Director’s Note:
Please remember that a 30 days notice is required for all students. This includes children that are graduating from our program. This helps us plan for the summer, as well as the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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.

FIND US ON THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA:
*Remind App: To receive updates sent straight to your phone, such as school closings, upcoming events, and important reminders, text @ka1976 to 81010. You can opt-out at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @ka1976’.
*Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/KennedyAcademy
*Follow Us on Twitter: kennedyacademy1
*Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kennedyacademy/
*Parent Email: Please make sure Ms. Kandice has your email address to receive important reminders, parent newsletters, parent letters, and other such items. Send an email to khamner@kennedyacademy.com with subject line: Add to Parent Email.

April News

APRIL LUNCH MENU

Important Dates:
April 10 – April 14: 
Book Fair
April 14: 
St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon Day
April 17:
 No School (Teacher In-Service)
April 18: 
Preschool & Sibling Picture Day
April 19:
 Elementary & Graduation Picture Day

Director’s Note:
Please remember that we have a strict No Pay/No Stay policy with tuition. That means if tuition is not paid on Monday, the child cannot stay on Tuesday without full tuition. Any tuition that remains unpaid after Tuesday will incur a late charge of $5 per day until it is paid in full. Please see the office with any questions that you may have regarding this policy. Thank you!

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.

FIND US ON THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA:
*Remind App: To receive updates sent straight to your phone, such as school closings, upcoming events, and important reminders, text @ka1976 to 81010. You can opt-out at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @ka1976’.
*Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/KennedyAcademy
*Follow Us on Twitter: kennedyacademy1
*Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kennedyacademy/
*Parent Email: Please make sure Ms. Kandice has your email address to receive important reminders, parent newsletters, parent letters, and other such items. Send an email to khamner@kennedyacademy.com with subject line: Add to Parent Email.

March News

MARCH LUNCH MENU: Click Here

Important Dates:
March 8:
 Little Caesar’s Pizza Pick-Up 3pm to 5pm 
March 13-16:  3rd Quarter Testing / Spirit Week
~Monday – Crazy Hair Day
~Tuesday – Pattern Day – Stripes, Plaid, Dots
~Wednesday – Blast from the Past (dress up from any era)
~Thursday – Camo Day
~Friday – NO SCHOOL
March 17:  NO SCHOOL –  Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 20-21:  NO SCHOOL – Spring Break

Director’s Note:
Please remember that we have a strict No Pay/No Stay policy with tuition. That means if tuition is not paid on Monday, the child cannot stay on Tuesday without full tuition. Any tuition that remains unpaid after Tuesday will incur a late charge of $5 per day until it is paid in full. Please see the office with any questions that you may have regarding this policy. Thank you!

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.

FIND US ON THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA:
*Remind App: To receive updates sent straight to your phone, such as school closings, upcoming events, and important reminders, text @ka1976 to 81010. You can opt-out at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @ka1976’.
*Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/KennedyAcademy
*Follow Us on Twitter: kennedyacademy1
*Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kennedyacademy/
*Parent Email: Please make sure Ms. Kandice has your email address to receive important reminders, parent newsletters, parent letters, and other such items. Send an email to khamner@kennedyacademy.com with subject line: Add to Parent Email.

February News

FEBRUARY LUNCH MENU: CLICK HERE

 2016 Child Care Tax Statements are Available in the Office.

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:
February 13 – February 27: Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser

  • Collect Payment at time you take orders. CASH ONLY!!
  • Pick Up Date 3/8/17 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • You can order online at www.pizzakit.com; click on products, shop, and use Fundraiser ID#: 320823

February 14: Valentine’s Day Class Parties
February 17: No School – Teacher In-Service

 

FIND US ON THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA:
Remind App: To receive updates sent straight to your phone, such as school closings, upcoming events, and important reminders, text @ka1976 to 81010. You can opt-out at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @ka1976’.
Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/KennedyAcademy
Follow Us on Twitter: kennedyacademy1
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Parent Email: Please make sure Ms. Kandice has your email address to receive important reminders, parent newsletters, parent letters, and other such items. Send an email to khamner@kennedyacademy.com with subject line: Add to Parent Email.

January News

JANUARY LUNCH MENU:

 2016 Child Care Tax Statements will be available by January 13th.

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:

January 1, 2017 – Happy New Year!

January 2, 2017 – School Resumes

January 9 – January 13 – 2nd Quarter Testing

Spirit Week:

  • Monday 1/9: Neon Day 
  • Tuesday 1/10: Western Day
  • Wednesday 1/11: Workout Day (Exercise Clothes)
  • Thursday 1/12: Circle of Life Day (Dress Young or Old or anything in between)
  • Friday 1/13: PJ Day

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 keycards 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.

FIND US ON THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA:
Remind App: To receive updates sent straight to your phone, such as school closings, upcoming events, and important reminders, text @ka1976 to 81010. You can opt-out at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @ka1976’.
Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/KennedyAcademy
Follow Us on Twitter: kennedyacademy1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kennedyacademy/
Parent Email: Please make sure Ms Kandice has your email address to receive important reminders, parent newsletters, parent letters, and other such items. Send an email to khamner@kennedyacademy.com with subject line: Add to Parent Email.

 

December

DECEMBER LUNCH MENU: CLICK HERE

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:
December 2nd – Christmas Program at VA – Preschool @ 6 and Elementary @ 6:30
December 23rd – Christmas Party and Book Exchange
December 25th – Merry Christmas
December 25th – January 1st – No School – Christmas Vacation

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 keycards 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.

FIND US ON THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA:
Remind App: To receive updates sent straight to your phone, such as school closings, upcoming events, and important reminders, text @ka1976 to 81010. You can opt-out at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @ka1976’.
Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/KennedyAcademy
Follow Us on Twitter: kennedyacademy1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kennedyacademy/
Parent Email: Please make sure Ms Kandice has your email address to receive important reminders, parent newsletters, parent letters, and other such items. Send an email to khamner@kennedyacademy.com with subject line: Add to Parent Email.

November News

NOVEMBER LUNCH MENU: Click Here

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:
November 7 – Adventuremobile – E1, E2, E3, E4
November 15 – Boomer Bear – P2, P3, E1
November 16 – Boomer Bear – E2, E3, E4
November 24 – November 25 – NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving
November 28 – Adventuremobile – E1, E2, E3, E4

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 keycards 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.

FIND US ON THE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA:
Remind App: To receive updates sent straight to your phone, such as school closings, upcoming events, and important reminders, text @ka1976 to 81010. You can opt-out at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @ka1976’.

Like Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/KennedyAcademy
Follow Us on Twitter: kennedyacademy1
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kennedyacademy/
Parent Email: Please make sure Ms Kandice has your email address to receive important reminders, parent newsletters, parent letters, and other such items. Send an email to khamner@kennedyacademy.com with subject line: Add to Parent Email.