School hours 8:45 AM - 3:10 PM /Office Hours 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Built in 1964, the John F. Kennedy Elementary School is located in a residential neighborhood and borders a brand new playground in a beautiful wooded city park that offers spectacular views of the mighty Hudson River. This is a place where our city children can convene with nature. Inside our school, the hallways are clean, well lit and decorated with the students' writings and colorful artwork. The main hallway contains a large fish tank, giving children the opportunity to study the ecology up close. The dedicated staff greets the children each day ready to educate this next generation.
We Inspire. We Educate. We Graduate.
ALL students, ALL of the Time.
Above the rest, no less than my best!
With daily attendance and hard work, all students will graduate and create a better world to live, learn, laugh & grow.
• Staff will collaborate to create the best teaching to meet the specific needs of ALL of students through culturally relevant and engaging curriculum.
• Parents and their children will commit to being at school on time (8:45 a.m.), every day and all day (no early releases)! We can only teach your children if they are here. Remember, “attendance affects everything!”
• The entire JFK community will focus on Social-Emotional Learning. Together, we will support students with:
*self-awareness *self-management *responsible decision-making *relationship skills *social awareness
A few notes on attendance procedures:
All absences require a written explanation to the teacher on the day the student returns to school. The written excuse must state the inclusive dates of the absence, the reason, and must be signed and dated by a parent or legal guardian. A phone call is helpful but it does not satisfy the legal requirement for excusing absences. Failure to send a note results in an illegal absence on the child’s attendance record.
If students are LATE for school (8:56am), they must be accompanied to the office with a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian. No child should be dropped off without an adult escort into the building after the doors to the school have been locked at 8:55am.
Students leaving during school hours must be signed out in the main office. Students should only leave school early for medical appointments or family emergencies. A note indicating the student’s early departure and the name of the person who will pick up the student must be sent to school and handed in by the student in the morning. Parents are not permitted to take students from the classroom or playground. Students will be called to the office when the parent arrives.
Students will not be signed out from the Main Office after 2:45PM.
Dismissal begins at 3:05 p.m. with the dismissal of bus students. All other students will be dismissed at 3:10 p.m. or after all busses have departed.