School News

Important Reminders

When to Keep Your Sick Child at Home
The winter months are filled with cold weather and sickness. The district has some guidelines for when and how long you should keep your children home from school when they are sick. Please click here to download the district's policies and procedures for student sickness.

Cold Weather Recess Requirements
As the temperatures drop, please be sure your students has appropriate outside gear. A coat/jack/sweatshirt is required for recess if the temperature is below 60 degrees. To play in the snow, boots and snowpants are required for K5-2nd grade; boots are required for 3rd-5th grade. Due to our recess restrictions this year, students will not have the option to stay out of the snow if they don't have on the proper gear. 

Students will be outside for recess every day unless there is inclement weather or if the temperature is at 0 degrees or below.

Student Dismissal
Students should be picked up at the end of the day on the grassy spot to the right side of the covered walkway. Families should keep the walkway clear for students and teachers who are exiting the building. 

Absences and Tardies
All absences and tardies must be phoned into our Attendance Line (262-376-5555) each morning. Please leave a message and include the following information: your name, your student's name, the reason for absence/tardy and the date of absence. If we do not receive a phone call or message by the start of school, we have to call you to gather the necessary information. 

Follow the link to access our Student and Family Handbookfor more information on the School District of Grafton's attendance policies. 

Changes Ahead, Be Informed!
Download the Ten Things Kennedy Parents Should Know... document. This document is filled with information that is very important to the success of our 2017-18 school year. 

Popcorn Friday + Spirit Wear Day
Friday, May 18th

Bring in your quarters to enjoy a bag of yummy popcorn, and wear your Kennedy Spirit Wear or school colors!

PWSB Color Blast
Monday, May 21st, 6:30 p.m. Race Start
Grafton High School Track

Join us for the Port Washington State Bank Color Blast to kick off the start of summer! Please click here to download the informational sheet and learn more about the event.

Register early online and save on registration costs:

Early registration is $12.00 for adults ages 18+, and $8.00 for students ages 4-17. Each registration includes one color packet. Race-day registration cost is $15/adults, $10/students.

Color packets can be picked up on Friday, May 18th at Port Washington State Bank in Grafton from 1:00-5:30 p.m., or on race day from 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Last Day of School
The last day of school for students is Friday, May 25th. This will be a full day of school and we have some fun end-of-the-year activities planned. 

8:30-10:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony For 5th Graders + Award Recipients
10:00-11:15 a.m. Classroom Activities
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. School Picnic With Families
12:30-1:00 p.m. Clean up + Classroom Activities
1:00-3:00 p.m. Fun Day Rotations

Summer Hours
Due to the on-going construction projects at Kennedy, the building will be closed Friday, June 1st - Friday, August 24th. During some of this time the Kennedy Staff will be working remotely at John Long Middle School. Please see below for the summer office schedule and building location information.

May 29th - June 1st
7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
at Kennedy Elementary School

June 4th-June 18th
July 30th - August 9th
August 13th-August 24th
Closed Fridays until August 17th
7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
at John Long Middle School

August 27th-August 31st
7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
at Kennedy Elementary School

While our school and district will have modified hours of business and availability over the summer months, we strive to be highly accessible and helpful to our families and the community. Please contact us if you need anything or if you have any questions and we will help you as soon as possible. Please call or email to confirm that assistance will be available to serve you.

Craig Gunderson, KES Principal
(262) 376-5651

Stacy Fischer, KES Administrative Asst.
(262) 376-5655

Kara Cain, District Office Administrative Asst.
(262) 376-5407

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For over 10 years, Kennedy families have committed to clean up Centennial Park during the Clean Up Grafton event. Join Kennedy Elementary and our families and help Clean Up Centennial Park on Saturday, May 12th (rain or shine) from 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Families MUST sign up by May 7th to receive a day pass to the Grafton Pool and Mke Co. Zoo.
We are looking for a family to arrive early and check Kennedy families in.  
If you can help out, please contact Jamie Koehler at

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