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Kennedy Families Love Reading

posted Nov 30, 2015, 10:57 AM by Salem Keizer

Over 300 students and their families participated in Kennedy Elementary School's two-day Families Love Reading Event last Monday and Tuesday. 



Families were provided with free books at their child’s level, free information and guidance on how to support their students at home, and the opportunity to decorate free book boxes for storing their new books. 



The event also served as a kick off for the Kennedy Winter Reading Incentive Program where students can earn prizes for minutes read during the month of December. 



Nice job Kennedy students and parents!

Kennedy 2015-2016 Supply List / Lista de Utiles

posted Jun 16, 2015, 10:42 AM by Kennedy Elementary   [ updated Aug 5, 2015, 3:02 PM ]

We will also have copies of these lists in the office beginning August 17, 2015.
También tendremos copias de éstas listas en la oficina empezando el 17 de agosto de 2015.

McNary High School 2015 Graduates Visit Kennedy Elementary!

posted Jun 4, 2015, 4:56 PM by Salem Keizer

In Salem-Keizer’s inaugural Parade of Honor events, graduates from McKay and McNary high schools visited the elementary schools they attended as children. The goals of the event are to inspire young students to become graduates, and to give graduates a chance to thank their former teachers.


Wearing their graduation caps and gowns, graduates paraded through the halls of their old schools, sharing smiles, waves and lots of high-fives with current elementary students.

Scott Elementary School welcomed returning McKay graduates with signs, cake, and a special framed photo collage for each graduate. Teachers hugged their all-grown-up former students, and graduates commented that the school seemed much larger when they were children.

Kennedy Elementary School students cheered graduates from McNary with shouts of, “Go McNary!” while waving signs and handing out blue and white paper-chain necklaces. After parading through the school, graduates looked at photo books from years past and chatted with teachers and their former principal.

Photos of the inaugural Parade of Honor events can be found on Flickr:

Kennedy Students Appreciate Their Teachers!

posted Jun 4, 2015, 4:30 PM by Salem Keizer

Kennedy Elementary students share their thought on the hard work that their teachers do.

Kennedy Elementary Celebrates Our 50th Anniversary!

posted May 26, 2015, 2:25 PM by Salem Keizer



Kennedy Elementary School Celebrated 50 years last week with a Walk Down Memory Lane event. 

Both former and current students, staff, and parents joined in the celebration. 


The celebration included a hallway picture walk to honor the last 50 years, a photo slide show, yearbooks over the years, refreshments and even balloon animals for the kids! 

The principal from 1985 and even some of the staff from 40+ years ago were in attendance. 



 Many current Kennedy parents (former Kennedy students) enjoyed showing their children pictures and sharing memories from past years at Kennedy!






Kennedy Elementary's "Families Love Reading"

posted Mar 31, 2015, 9:01 AM by Salem Keizer

Kennedy Elementary values family involvement in all students' educations. One way of showing this value is through Kennedy's first Families Love Reading event. 

Over 80 families from Kennedy Elementary in grades K-3 recently took part in "Families Love Reading," an event to engage families with tools to help their child at home in reading. 

This event was hosted during spring conferences at Kennedy on March 18th and 19th. 

Each student who attended was able to take at least five books home at their current reading level. They also designed their own book boxes to hold their books, with supplies generously donated by Home Depot. 

"Kennedy students already have book boxes at school, so we want build that same connection at home," said Principal Jesse Leonard. 

"It's exciting to think that students may now have a personalized box filled with books that interest them at their level available by their beds or in a reading area at home." 

Families received a reading handbook with information on how to help enhance their child's reading time at home. They also received training on specific ways to support their child's reading beyond, "sound it out".

 Parents had an opportunity to try out their new skills with their children with support from Kennedy staff. 

Our school plans to continue with this program during fall conferences, with the goal of at least doubling participation.

Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting

posted Nov 19, 2014, 11:30 AM by Salem Keizer

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