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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.

December News!

December 7: Christmas Program
December 10-14: 2nd Quarter Testing
~Monday: Neon Day
~Tuesday: Christmas Sweater Day
~Wednesday: Christmas Character Day (Santa, Elf, Reindeer, Snowman, etc)
~Thursday: Camo Day
~Friday: Pajama Day
December 21: Christmas Party/Book Exchange – please send a gender-neutral new, wrapped book that costs no more than $5.00 with them to school by Monday, December 17th
December 24-January 1: No School (Christmas Vacation)

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Friday, December 7th

Preschool (P1, P2, P3) will begin at 6:00 pm – preschool students are welcome to leave once this portion of the program has ended.

Elementary (E1, E2, E3, E4) will begin at 6:45

LOCATION
VA Theater – Enter the VA grounds on 21st street – when you enter there will be a small fork in the road – take it to the left and go to Building #24 – the door you will enter has a small awning and then follow the signs inside to the theater (a couple doors down from the entrance).

ATTIRE 
Your child is welcome to wear what they are comfortable in, but Christmas attire is preferred.

PRESCHOOL (P1, P2, P3): Please be to the theater by 5:45.

ELEMENTARY (E2, E3, E4): Please be to the theater by 6:30.

**Children should remain with their parents until they are called to stage.

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November News

November 21: Pizza Party!!
November 22-23: 
NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday)

We have finished the first quarter and completed testing. The students have done very well. We look forward to what this next quarter brings. We have many activities planned, including visits from Boomer Bear and the Adventuremobile; learning about our letters, numbers, and various academic themes; events such as the Christmas program and celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday week.

If you are interested in enrolling for the 2018/2019 school year:
Please contact the school office for more information or to book a tour today. 

To Schedule a Tour:
Email khamner@kennedyacademy.com or call 785-266-5150 and ask to speak with either Kandice or Chelsie.

To Enroll:
Complete the Student Information form (download the Enrollment form here) and pay the $50.00 non-refundable enrollment fee (cash or money order only please).

Tuition:
$145/week – We are a full-time program Monday through Friday. Discounts available for military and multi-child. DCF Accepted.

Hours of Operation:
6:30 am – 5:30 pm
School begins promptly at 8:30 am.

Additional Information:
Kennedy Academy accepts children from the ages of 2 1/2 years through Kindergarten.

Children must be potty trained.

We do not discriminate against anyone in regard to race, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, or sex. However, we do say a prayer of thanks before each meal and we do teach and celebrate the true meaning of Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

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October News

Important Dates:

October 8-11: 1st Quarter Testing
Monday: Inside Out Day
Tuesday: Dress Like an Animal Day
Wednesday: Crazy Sock Day
Thursday: Pajama Day
Friday: CLOSED for Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 12: Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:00a-2:00p
(Sign-up in your child’s classroom)

October 12: Little Caesar’s Pizza Pick-up 10:30a-3:00p
(ALL KITS MUST BE PICKED UP NO LATER THAN 3:00 pm)

October 31: Halloween Festival w/ chili feed (more information to follow)

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.         

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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September News

Important Dates:

September 3- NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
September 18- Preschool/Sibling Pictures
September 19-
 Elementary Pictures

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.         

SUNSCREEN: Please remember to send your child to school with an application of sunscreen on. We will reapply it after naptime. Thank you!

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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August 2018

Welcome to the 2018/2019 school year! We are excited to kick off the school year with fun, educational activities for the students and teachers to get to know one another! Please feel free to stop by my office any time.

UPCOMING DATES:

~ August 3rd: NO SCHOOL – New Student Orientation

~August 6th – 10th: Placement Testing/Spirit Theme
Monday: Wear Your Favorite Color Day

Tuesday: Dress as your favorite sport or sports team
Wednesday: Dress Yourself Day
Thursday: Fun Hat Day
Friday: Bring your favorite stuffed animal/PJ Day

~August 17th: Parent’s Night 6:00 – 7:00 pm

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.         

SUNSCREEN: Please remember to send your child to school with an application of sunscreen on. We will reapply it after naptime. Thank you!

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.

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/groups/195338417895406/
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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 the subject line: Add to Parent Email.

Summer News

Upcoming Dates:

July 2nd – July 6th: NO SCHOOL (Summer Break)
July 9: Zoo Presentation
July 12: Metro Bus Presentation
July 13: Icecream Truck
July 16: Fred the Preparedness Dog
July 17-18: Boomer Bear
July 20: Icecream Truck
July 25: Bouncy House & Pizza Party
July 27: Icecream Truck
July 31: Taco Tuesday

SPLASH DAYS: Please remember to send your child’s bathing suit and a towel that is marked with their name every Monday. We will send them home on Friday to be washed. Each classroom will have designated days to play in the water, BUT in the summer we often combine, so we need all students to have their water stuff here during the week. Thank you!

SUNSCREEN: Please remember to send your child to school with an application of sunscreen on. We will reapply it after naptime. 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.

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.

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’.

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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 the subject line: Add to Parent Email.

June News

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 4 – 8: 4th Quarter Testing
    • Monday: Career Day
    • Tuesday: Sports Team Day
    • Wednesday: Luau Day
    • Thursday: Red, White, & Blue Day
    • Friday: PJ Day, Slushies & Popcorn
  • June 6: Fire Safety Demonstration
  • June 12: EMT Demonstration
  • June 13: Fire Safety Demonstration, Part 2
  • June 20: Fire Safety Demonstration, Part 3
  • June 22: NO SCHOOL (All School Picnic & Graduation)
  • June 25: Pop, Top, & Read
  • June 27: Final Fire Safety Demonstration

Splash Day begins at the end of June – please see your child’s teacher for more information.

SUNSCREEN: Please remember to send your child to school with an application of sunscreen on. We will reapply it after naptime. Thank you!

Information about the Picnic & Graduation:
The school will be closed on Friday, June 22, 2018. All students of Kennedy Academy are invited to attend the All-School gathering from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Lake Shawnee located at the Yacht Club. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and drink if you would like. Please remember that the teachers are there to celebrate the end of the year as well. Parents must be present for children attending.

Students that are graduating from preschool or Kindergarten and their families are invited to attend the Graduation ceremony at 3:00 pm. Even if your child is attending the Kennedy Academy Kindergarten program, they will graduate with their preschool friends. The graduation will be held on June 22nd at 3:00 pm at the VA Theater located at 21st and Gage. Take the 21st street entrance to the VA and merge left, then take the first right. The entrance has a small maroon awning. Parking can be limited. We ask that the children get there no later than 2:45 pm to prepare for the ceremony!

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.

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.

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’.

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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 the subject line: Add to Parent Email.

May News

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 21st – May 25th: Scholastic Book Fair
  • May 28th: NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

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.

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.

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/groups/195338417895406/
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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 the subject line: Add to Parent Email.

*~*~April News~*~*

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 17: Preschool & Sibling Pics
  • April 18: Elementary & Graduation Pics
  • April 27: NO SCHOOL (Teacher In-Service)

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.

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.

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/groups/195338417895406/
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 the subject line: Add to Parent Email.

March News

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 5th – 9th: 3rd Quarter Testing
    • SPIRIT WEEK:
      • Monday: Crazy Hair Day
      • Tuesday: Pattern Day – wear all kinds of patterns
      • Wednesday: Blast from the Past – dress from any era
      • Thursday: Camo Day
      • Friday: Pajama Day
  • March 16th: NO SCHOOL  (Parent/Teacher Conferences) 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • March 19th – 20th: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • March 30th: St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon Event – more information to follow

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.

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.

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 the subject line: Add to Parent Email.