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  • Talk 203 3-3-2021

    Posted by Dr. Murray on 3/4/2021

    Dear Kennedy Community,

    As the temperature outside increases, so do the opportunities for students and families to be involved at Kennedy. Please review the information below, especially the times for our Home & School and Coffee with the Counselors meetings on Tuesday. I hope you can join us!

    Dr. Murray

    7th and 8th Grade Girls’ Volleyball will begin on March 10th. Below is the current plan for practices and games. 

    Our Plan:

    •       Students will participate in try-outs, to keep the numbers on the teams manageable.
    •       Students will need to have a valid school physical on file, along with the Covid paperwork (self-certify and parent release), to participate in the season.
    •       No fees are necessary this year.
    •       Students will have practice every school day from 3-4:30.
    •       Students who feel ill or are in quarantine may not attend practice or games.
    •       Families will need to provide transportation to/from the building each day.            The school will NOT be providing busses.
    •     Temp checks will be required every day.
    •       All in-house players and coaches must be masked at all times.
    •       All in-house players must bring their own water bottles. 
    •       Each team will play 8 games, all 203 schools twice. 

                                     -  Spectators are not allowed at the games.

                                     -  Coaches will ref the games.

                                     -  We will not be keeping a book, only using the scoreboard.

                                     -  Students will not be getting a jersey, but our goal is to have our team wear a similar color on game days.

                                     - There will be bussing offered for away games, however, parents can drop their child off/ pick them up if they choose.

                                     - Games will start when both teams are present and ready to play.

    Signing up:

    •       Complete the sign-up form no later than Friday, 3/8. 

    If you have any questions, please reach out to any of the coaches below.

    Ronnie Wu (7th Grade Head Coach) 

    Steve Brown (Athletic Director & 7th Grade Assistant Coach) 

    Diana McCaffery (8th Grade Head Coach)

    Kathy Fedderly (8th Grade Assistant Coach)

    Surveillance Testing Update

    If you are participating in the Surveillance Testing and you attend school on Thursdays and Fridays, the collection day will now be Thursdays starting this week.  Collection for students in our Tuesday/Wednesday group will continue on Wednesdays  Surveillance testing is a non-diagnostic test that detects high viral loads of COVID-19 in an individual.  If the surveillance screening comes back with a positive clinical finding, you will first receive a text message and then a follow-up call from the school health office.  Has your student lost their supplies? Are you are still interested in having your student participate? Please contact the front office at 630-420-3220.  Thank you again for participating in Naperville 203’s surveillance screening.

    Returning Physical Education Equipment

    We had a number of students who picked up a basketball or soccer ball back in the fall. The PE Department kindly asks that they bring those back if they are now coming to school in-person. Students continuing with remote learning can hold on to the equipment until later in the year.

    Kennedy Home & School Meeting

    Please join us Tuesday, March 9th at 9:00 am for our next regular H&S meeting. It’s a great opportunity to hear the latest about what is going on at Kennedy and to find out ways you can help support our programs. The meeting will be held via Zoom at this link.

    Coffee with the Counselors

    The past year has been like no other. In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, students and families have had to adapt to a whole new way of schooling. Stress and anxiety have never been higher. Fortunately, Kennedy Junior High has an amazing group of Counselors to help navigate these troubled waters. Please join them Tuesday, March 9th from 10:00-10:45 am for Coffee with the Counselors - following our Home & School meeting - using this zoom link. It is a great opportunity to share ideas and thoughts on navigating school in the world of hybrid learning, and discuss the importance of the school family partnership as we support our students.

    MathCon 2021

    Seventy-three students have signed up to represent Kennedy in the annual online Math competition! They were e-mailed their username and passwords yesterday, so they have access to both the practice tests and final test on Based on a student’s test score he/she may qualify for the Finals Competition which includes only the top 1% of students in 4th-12th grade. Date TBD. Good luck to all our Mathletes!

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