KENNEDY ELEMENTARY

Manistee Area Public Schools

Welcome to Kennedy!

As Manistee Chippewas, we are all leaders in our own way. Chips Lead at school, with friends, and in the community by developing healthy relationships, using responsible decision-making and respectful communication.

As leaders, we inspire each other to dream more, learn more, and do more.

Chips Lead!

 

Summer Care Program

Summer Care will be offered for students age 5-12 years old at Madison Community Learning Center.  Care is available Monday through Friday 7:45 am to 3:30 pm.  The cost is $25 a day or $120 a week and will begin on June 15.  Please register before Friday, June 12.  Registration is required before a child will be able to attend the first day.  For more information and to register call 231-398-3758, or email sludwig@manistee.org.

 

Joanie Wiersma, Kennedy Principal

Introducing Principal Wiersma

We welcome Kennedy Elementary Principal, Joanie Wiersma to Manistee Area Public Schools.  Joanie has a strong background in school administration, instructional coaching, educational assessment, K-12 literacy, and curriculum development.  Her experience and insight will provide Kennedy Elementary and the MAPS District with strong leadership for furthering student success.

Welcome Back!

Kennedy Elementary Principal, Joanie Wiersma welcomes you back for the 2020/21 school year.

 

Food Service Program

With support from the United States Department of Agriculture and Michigan Department of Education, Manistee Area Public Schools is grateful to be able to extend free meals for all children 18 and younger in our Manistee community through December 31, 2020, or until funding runs out.  Once funding is no longer available, our Food Service Department will return to the National School Lunch Program parameters for public school food service.

Beginning Tuesday, September 8 MAPS will be serving all in-person learners free breakfast and lunch every school day at each building in the district.  We will also be offering free Grab & Go meals Mondays and Thursdays at Manistee Middle High School at MMHS at 525 Twelfth Street from 9 am to 10 am.  This food service program is available to all MAPS online learners in addition to any Manistee community families with children 18 & younger and students with disabilities up to 26 years of age. 

Grab & Go Food Service program details:

  • Grab & Go meal service will begin on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 8. Breakfast and lunch meals for 4 days will be served that day.
  • Beginning September 14, meals can be picked up Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Curbside pick-up will be available at the MMHS main entrance drive at the student drop off area.
  • Meals provided on Monday will be breakfast & lunch for 3 days.
  • Meals provided on Thursday will be breakfast & lunch for 4 days to provide meals through the weekends.
  • Families of in-person learners are also able to pick up 2 breakfast and 2 lunch meals for their students on Thursdays to provide food through the weekend, following the same pick up instructions above.
  • If a holiday, snow day or school day scheduled to be off occurs on a Monday, the meal pick up will be Tuesday.
  • If a holiday or school day scheduled to be off occurs on a Thursday, the meal pick up will be Wednesday.  (Example Thanksgiving)
  • If a snow day, or other closure, occurs on Thursday meal pick up will be Friday.

We are grateful for the ability to continue providing this important service for the children of our community through the funding support of Federal and State agencies.  

Kennedy Announcements

Your Kennedy Team


Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: (231) 723-3271
Fax: (231) 723-5879
School Office Hours: M-Th: 7:30am – 4pm, Friday 7:30am – 3pm


Principal: Joanie Wiersma |  Secretary: Holly Dahlquist

View Kennedy Staff
Administrative Team

Principal: Joanie Wiersma | jwiersma@manistee.org

Administrative Assistant: Holly Dahlquist | hdahlquist@manistee.org 


Instructional Staff

Jennifer Abel
3rd Grade Teacher  jabel@manistee.org

Wendy Adamski 
Specials - PE/Health wadamski@manistee.org 

Leah Antal 
3rd Grade Teacher lantal@manistee.org 

Krista Bennett
Math Coach kbennett@manistee.org

Dana Dobis 
Resource Room ddobis@manistee.org

William Edmondson
5th Grade Teacher  wedmondson@manistee.org

Amanda Feyen
Elementary Music  afeyen@manistee.org

Tanya Hunter
5th Grade Teacher thunter@manistee.org

Jaclyn Kaminski
5th Grade Teacher jkaminski@manistee.org

Andrea Mack 
Specials - Instrumental Music amack@manistee.org 

Tina Mannon 
Long Term Substitute - 4th Grade tmannon@manistee.org 

Taylor Mellon 
5th Grade Teacher tmellon@manistee.org 

Emily Noteware 
Resource Room enoteware@manistee.org  

Josh Smith 
4th Grade Teacher jsmith@manistee.org 

Scott Solberg
SafeNet  ssolberg@manistee.org

Kayla Szokola 
3rd Grade Teacher kszokola@manistee.org

Andrea Wegener 
Resource Room awegener@manistee.org 

Jane Wojciechowski
3rd Grade Teacher jlwojciechowski@manistee.org 

Kelly Zimmerman  
4th Grade Teacher kzimmerman@manistee.org

Para-Professionals

Ingrid Bond  ibond@manistee.org

Karla Lidtke klidtke@manistee.org

Tara Lange  tlange@manistee.org

Julie Martin  jmartin@manistee.org

Stacey McIntosh smcintosh@manistee.org

Amy Rankin arankin@manistee.org

Beryl Salzman bsalzman@manistee.org

Austin Slawinski aslawinski@manistee.org

Nutrition Services

Carol Hansen  chansen@manistee.org

Terri Morski  tmorski@manistee.org

Julie Polcyn  jpolcyn@manistee.org

Custodial Staff

Clarence Schultz  cschultz@manistee.org

Don Froncek dfroncek@manistee.org

 

Welcome to Kennedy Elementary!

The school year is just beginning and we want to welcome all of our learners. Some of you will be learning with us in the classroom and others will be learning along with us online. We welcome you all for a great year of learning adventure!

Meet your teacher in our welcome videos below.

If you don’t see your teacher’s name listed, keep checking back to see if their welcome video has been posted.

Meet the Third Grade Teachers

Meet the Fourth Grade Teachers

Meet the Fifth Grade Teachers

MAPS Elementary ATP

 

Chocolate Fundraiser Update

Due to the extension of Stay Home ruling, the distribution of the Chocolate has been postponed until May 1st. While we cannot legally distribute the orders at this time, we continue to work behind the scenes with World’s Famous to ensure that all the products are in our hands and ready to deliver to students’ families the very moment the order is lifted. We appreciate your understanding and continued support of MAPS ATP.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at mapsatp1@gmail.com.

 
 

Action Team for Partnership (ATP)

What is ATP?: ATP is our parent-teacher group for all of the MAPS Elementary buildings – Madison, Jefferson, and Kennedy

Parents who become involved in their child’s education can make a positive difference. Contact Julia Raddatz raddatzj@manistee.org, or Kevin Schmutzler kschmutzler@manistee.org for more information or to join our ATP family.

 
ATP Fundraiser Update 5-11-20

🍫 Chocolate updates—-We have some sweeeeet news to share! We will be reaching out to families this week to make delivery arrangements! While we are taking every precaution on our side to minimize any risks with delivery, we encourage our MAPS families to do the same when distributing! Any questions related to this fundraiser can be directed to mapsatp1@gmail.com. Thank you for your continued patience during this time, and your overall support of MAPS ATP!

What are the objectives of the ATP?

The Manistee Area Public Schools parent group Action Team for Partnership (ATP) is a group of dedicated parents that spearhead projects to benefit our students. It is similar to a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) only a little more prescriptive and based on committees, including:

  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Volunteering
  • Learning at Home
  • Decision Making
  • Community Collaboration
What does ATP do?

We fundraise to help support our schools and students. We pay for field trips, school supplies, recess/playground equipment, books, staff appreciation activities, and more! We also organize many family events: Fall Carnival, Daddy-Daughter and Mother-Son nights, Holiday Caroling, Birthday Lunches, Book Fairs, and Santa Shop are some examples.

ATP Fundraiser

2018 Fundraiser - Wesco Popcorn Buckets! - MAPS Elementary ATP is pleased to announce that we are again selling the Wesco Popcorn Buckets this year.  We are so excited to partner with our local Wesco Stations to make this possible.

Buckets will sell for $12 each and can be refilled for FREE at all Wesco stations around the state from now until December 31, 2019!  This is a great holiday gift idea!  See the announcements section on this page for details about our 2018 fundraiser, and check back for future fundraising information.

ATP Points Tracker

Starting January 2019, ATP is starting a point tracker for volunteers!

How do I earn points?

  • Every ATP event (popcorn day, slushy day, winter carnival, etc.) every 2 hours you volunteer, you earn 1 point.
  • For showing up to our ATP meeting that’s once a month, you earn 1 point.
  • For suggesting a friend to volunteer & they show up for at least 2 hours, you earn 1 point.

 

All the points you earn will be entered for a drawing. At the end of the year, we will choose two winners. We hope to have a ton of volunteers!

Your Chippewa Journey Continues at Kennedy Elementary

The staff at Kennedy Elementary are looking forward to an exciting school year. Kennedy Elementary offers a challenging academic program along with many athletic opportunities and after school programs. We are proud of the programs our school offers and encourage you to work hard, do your best, and find success both academically and in your personal accomplishments.

We offer the following programs throughout the year:

  • PowerLearning 1:1 iPad instruction
  • Data Driven Instruction
  • Guaranteed & Viable Curriculum
  • Educational based field trips & assemblies
  • Paraprofessional Assistance
  • After-School Tutoring
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) & Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
  • Safenet
  • Child Study Meetings

As Manistee Chippewas, we are all leaders in our own way. Chips Lead at school, with friends, and in the community by developing healthy relationships, using responsible decision-making and respectful communication.

T | TRUSTWORTHY — Chips tell the truth and are responsible

R | RESPECTFUL — Chips listen and value others

A | ACCEPTING — Chips are friendly to all

C | COOPERATIVE — Chips work together as a team

K | KIND — Chips are helpful and caring


“TRACK” is the Manistee Area Public Schools global, district-wide, leaders platform that all educators, staff and students follow throughout their Chippewa Journey.  This initiative is connected to course curriculum,  extra curricular programs,  disciplinary procedures, and internal culture.

Academic Excellence
  • Collaborative Classroom ELA Curriculum: Academic and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Needs Focused Enrichment Opportunities
  • Field Trip Travel Opportunities
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Team Teaching
  • Breakfast in the Classroom (free breakfast for all students)
  • Collaborative Classroom  (SEL)
  • At Recess: Buddy Bench & Conflict Corner practices
  • MMHS Mentors
Extracurricular Activities
  • Expanded MRA Athletics
  • Student Council
  • Band
  • Social Skills Group (Mondays & Wednesdays)
  • Young Men’s Breakfast Club (2nd & 4th Tuesday before school)
  • Ladies First Breakfast Club  (2nd Wednesday before school)
  • Blessings in a Backpack (Fridays)
  • Child Study and Student Staffings with TC, SSW, OT, PT, VI, etc. (varies)
  • Lego Robotics team  (Thursdays after school)
  • Student Council and student council fun events like Movie Night, Dodgeball, etc.
  • Career Day during March Reading Month
  • Swim & Growing Up lessons  (4 days in March)
  • Fieldtrips:
    • Mackinac (3rd Gr)  (June)
    • Sleeping Bear Dunes (4th Gr)  (February)
    • Tall Ship (5th Gr)  (May)
  • After School Opportunities: Boy & Girl Scouts, MRA, Cheerleading, Jr. Dance Team,  Annual Talent Show
Parent Involvement
Action Team for Partnership (ATP)

What is ATP?: ATP is our parent-teacher group for all of the MAPS Elementary buildings – Madison, Jefferson, and Kennedy.

The Manistee Area Public Schools parent group Action Team for Partnership (ATP) is a group of dedicated parents that spearhead projects to benefit our students. It is similar to a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) only a little more prescriptive and based on committees, including:

  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Volunteering
  • Learning at Home
  • Decision Making
  • Community Collaboration

What does the ATP do?: We fundraise to help support our schools and students. We pay for field trips, school supplies, recess/playground equipment, books, staff appreciation activities, and more! We also organize many family events: Fall Carnival, Daddy-Daughter and Mother-Son nights, Holiday Caroling, Birthday Lunches, Book Fairs, and Santa Shop are some examples.

At Kennedy:

  • Movie Night
  • Popcorn Days
  • Slushy Days
  • Birthday Lunches
  • Book Fairs
  • Winter Carnival
  • Books for Bikes
  • …and more

Parents who become involved in their child’s education can make a positive difference. Contact or Kott kkott@manistee.org, or Kevin Schmutzler kschmutzler@manistee.org for more information or to join our ATP family.

Seesaw

Seesaw is a service that we use K-6 at MAPS and is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what’s happening in the classroom. Seesaw gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Each student gets their own journal and will add things to it, like photos, videos, drawings, or notes. When there are new Seesaw posts, families can be notified via app notification, email or SMS. Parents are only notified about their own child’s work, and all data is safe and secure.

Contact your student’s classroom teacher to get more information about how you can get connected via Seesaw.

Staff Training & Student Support

Training and Practices:

  • Safenet
  • “Love & Logic” Jim Fey  (Ex: student choices, empathy, logical consequences, SRC, etc.)
  • “No Such Thing as a Bad Kid” with Charlie Appelstein
  • “Poverty’s Influence on Learning” Eric Jensen
  • “Stewards of Children” Child Abuse and Neglect Training (Child Advocacy Center)
  • “Take Time for You Self-care action plans for educators” Tina Boogren
  • Restorative Justice practices and Professional Development for Administrators
  • Teachers Involving Parents in Schoolwork practices
  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention
  • CRASE training (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events)
  • NightLocks installed throughout the building
  • Emergency Operation Plan (in revision/updating process)
  • Annual Staff: CPI/1st Aid, Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention, Bloodborne Pathogen, AED, Concussion, EpiPen, Emergency Drill Schedule
  • Annual Students: Cybersafety including OK2Say app, Stop-Walk-Talk anti-bully program,