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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.

November News

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 23 & 24 NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

The students will be working on their songs for the upcoming Christmas program this month. The Christmas program is right around the corner, and we are very excited to share our Christmas joy with each of you too!

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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October News

Upcoming Dates:

  • October 9 – 13 1st Quarter Testing/Spirit Week
    • Monday: Inside Out Day – wear your clothes inside out
    • Tuesday: Dress Like an Animal Day
    • Wednesday: Crazy Sock Day
    • Thursday: Superhero/Villain Day
    • Friday: Pajama Day
  • October 16 NO SCHOOL (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • October 27 Halloween Festival (See Note Below)

Our Annual Halloween Festival is being held on Friday, October 27th. We invite you to spend the day with your child enjoying games, a catered chili lunch, Halloween costume parade, and Halloween classroom parties. The activities will begin at approximately 8:45 am and the students will rotate through the stations until 11:00 am. At 11:00, the preschool building, and E1 and E3 will begin lunch. P1, P2, and P3 will eat in their classrooms; E1 and E3 will eat in the lunchroom downstairs. E2 and E4 will have lunch at 11:45 in the preschool lunchroom. We’d love for each student to bring their family for lunch; however, we only have room for 2 guests per child. You may pick up a form to RSVP from the office. This year we are offering a meatless chili option as well as the hamburger chili. If you would like to have lunch with your child that day, please fill out a form indicating your chili preference, how many guests will be attending (up to 2), and provide the payment to the office no later than Friday, October 13th.

The teachers will be walking the children from class to class, so we are asking for parents to help us run the games. If you are interested in volunteering some of your time, please see your child’s teacher or the office to sign up for volunteer times. We are looking for several volunteers. We will have nap after lunch. Feel free to let your child stay or keep them with you and return after. The costume “parade” (around the neighborhood, will start at 2:45 pm for the Elementary students and at 3:00 pm for the preschool students. Please make sure your child’s costume is at the school by 2:30 pm so they can get dressed (no weapons as part of the costume please). Immediately following the “parade”, each teacher will have their own Halloween party in their classroom. Please see your classroom teacher for details.

Donation Request: Halloween Candy and Goodies for the “Parade”. For your child’s individual classroom party, please see their teacher for individual requests.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What day is the festival?  

Friday, October 27th – begins at 9:00 am, chili feed during lunch, parade after naps, and class parties immediately following.

  1. What time is the chili feed?

This depends on your child’s classroom lunch schedule – it will be either 11:00 am or 11:45 am. Please see their teacher for further verification.

  1. Do we send the kids in their costume?

NO! Please send them in a bag with ALL items labeled with their name including the bag and their treat bag.

  1. What will happen if it rains? 

We will continue with the festival as planned BUT if it is raining during the parade time, they will simply wear their costumes to show off to their friends.

  1. My child’s costume has a weapon – is it ok for them to bring?

No weapons are allowed of any kind. They will be removed immediately and placed in the Director’s office until pick up.

  1. What time is the class party?

Class parties begin immediately following the parade. Elementary parade is at 2:45 and Preschool parade is at 3:00.

  1. Can we bring the items we signed up for before the class party? 

Yes, you are welcome to drop this off anytime next week, as long as it doesn’t require refrigeration.

  1. Does my child have to wear socks in the bounce house? 

YES! Even if your child does not need socks for their footwear on this day, PLEASE send a pair of socks with them, or they will NOT be able to bounce in the house.

  1. Where do we park? 

This is always a difficult task. PLEASE do NOT park in front of anyone’s driveways. Be mindful of the neighborhood traffic needing to navigate through the road. If you can carpool with friends/family to reduce the number of vehicles, please do. But be prepared to walk.

  1. Can we take our child with us during nap time?

You are more than welcome to take your child during nap time. But please be back in time for the parade if you want them to walk with their class. We do not recommend parents staying during nap time. This has not worked out well in the past.

 Can younger siblings and parents dress up also? 

Definitely! This is a fun and exciting day!!

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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.

September News

Upcoming Dates:

  • September 4: NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
  • September 20: Preschool & Sibling Pics 8a-11a
  • September 21: Elementary Pics 8a-11a

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
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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.

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.

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 the subject line: Add to Parent Email.

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’.
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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’.
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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.

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
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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.

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’.
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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
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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

 

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