Link- Virtual Backpack November 22, 2019

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”
―  Roy T. Bennett,  The Light in the Heart

Absent/Tardy Procedures

In anticipation of busy schedules in the coming weeks, we just wanted to remind families about the  Absent/Tardy/Dismissal Procedures  here at Kennedy. 

We have seen a large increase in call-in requests to dismiss students, which requires a call into the classroom disrupting the classroom learning. We certainly understand that unexpected events will come up. However, if you have a planned dismissal for your child, the easiest and most efficient process is to have your student  bring in a written note to the office  indicating the date, time, reason for dismissal and who will be picking up. Your student will obtain a dismissal slip from the office which they will provide to their teacher, allowing them to leave the classroom at the assigned time. They will then be waiting for you in the front lobby by the visitor door. Please come into the building to pick your student up.  

We are here to support your families and busy schedules while creating an environment that supports both staff and students alike. Thank you for your cooperation. 

KMS Middle School Athletics Registration Night

Monday November 25th 5:00-7:00pm
Tuesday November 26th 5:00-7:00pm
At Kennedy Middle School 
At Front Lobby (near chorus room) 

Winter Sports Offerings 
-Boys & Girls Basketball (7th & 8th grade, there will be cuts)
-Wrestling (6th, 7th & 8th grade)

Steps to Register for a Sport  

Step 1 for Registration: (A parent/guardian must complete registration)
1. Go to
2. Click "Find Programs" on the banner at the top of the page
4. Type your Organization's name in the search box. Click search.
5. Click on the Organization name in Search Results.
6. Click on the name of the Program for which you want to register.
7. If you are new to FamilyID, click "Sign Up" as a family or individual and enter the requested information. If you already have a FamilyID account, "Log In" by entering your email address and password. 
8. Complete the registration form and hit "Save and Continue".
9. Click "Pay now" and complete payment or "Confirm Registration" if no payment is required.
10. Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation from 
You can view and update your registrations at any time by going to your Dashboard.

Step 2 for Registration:
Bring to the Kennedy Middle School Registration Night: 
1. Confirmation Registration email from .
2. A paper copy of your current physical (must be within 13 months) or upload on
3. Your email confirmation for your online payment or a check payable to NHS Athletics for $225. (Basketball players should write checks incase they do not make the team)

Basketball Tryout Dates:

Tuesday, December 3rd
Thursday, December 5th
Monday, December 9th

Girls Tryouts-2:15-3:15
Boys Tryouts-3:15-4:15

Middle School Wrestling

Click here for more information!

From now until October 31 the book is only $30!!   
From   November 1, 2019 until January 31, 2020 the price is still only $35!  

This is a full color, 50+ page, hardcover book!  

If you don't reserve your book by January 31, 2020 the price increases to $40!  
If you don't purchase your book by March 22, 2020, we can't guarantee a book will be available when you want to buy one…

So - purchase your book today! Visit  and enter the KMS school code 13244.

If you have any questions about anything yearbook please email the yearbook adviser, Karin Cloutier at
Candy Drive

We would like to extend a thank you for participating in and supporting the 12th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops! Together we donated over 13,000 lbs of candy for our troops overseas-- just in time for the holiday season.

We'd love to see your participation at our 2020 drive as well! We invite you to stay updated for dates through our  Candy Drive  and  Wellesley Dental Group  Facebook pages.

KMS Clubs and Activities

Please Click on this link for a list of all after school activities and clubs
PTO News
PTO News has moved! News about PTO events and activities can now be found at the new KMS PTO website at . You can also subscribe to the PTO email list to receive news in your email inbox by following this link:

KMS Fall Play

November 22nd at 7:00pm
November 23rd at 2:00pm and 7:00pm


We invite you to spend an evening with one of the most beloved children’s stories of our time. Joseph Robinnette’s adaptation of the classic E.B. White novel shares all of the warmth and heart of the unique characters who inhabit the Zuckerman farm. This incredible tale of friendship, full of laughs and adventure, is perfect for audiences of all ages. 

December 2 - No School, NILS Professional Day
December 3 - Trimester 2 Begins
December 4 - School Council Meeting, 7:30am
             Early Release Day, 11:25am
December 5 - Report Cards available after 3:30pm
December 9 - Gr 5 & 7 Band Concert, 7pm, @ Natick High School Auditorium
December 10 -  Gr 5 & 7 Winter Concert
              Gr 5 performs at 6:15pm, Specialty Chorus at 7:00pm, and Gr 7 at 7:45pm
December 11 - Gr 6 & 8 Band Concert, 7pm, @ Natick High School Auditorium
December 12 -  Gr 6 & 8 Winter Concert
              Gr 6 performs at 6:15pm, Specialty Chorus at 7:00pm, and Gr 8 at 7:45pm
December 23 - January 1 - Schools Closed for Winter Break
January 2 - Schools Reopen

Introducing our 2019 Fall Series!
Register Now!

Click on this LINK for information.

Kindness Unites Us! A Celebration of the Many Ways We SPARK Kindness!
Wednesday, December 11 from 6:30-8:30pm
The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN
For the entire community (all ages)

What is the power of kindness in our community? How do we show acts of kindness (big and small) to each other? Who are the people who connect our neighborhoods? Join us for an intimate evening where local storytellers share the many ways we  SPARK  kindness.
Please visit to register and to learn more!

Please visit   to register and to learn more!

Click here for more information!

SPARK = Successful Positive Authentic Resilient Kids
See the attached flyer here!

Natick Parent Connections
Natick Parent Connections is for parents/caregivers of children with developmental, learning, social/emotional disabilities and other special education needs. This group is committed to providing a welcoming space for parents and caregivers to share resources/experiences, ask questions and network with other families as they work to ensure the best possible special education program for their child.  
Natick Morse Institute Community Room 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, Noon to 1:30pm

Support Group for Parents raising children with
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Natick Public Schools
This group is a new initiative of Natick SEPAC designed to provide support and community among parents raising children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Parents of children who attend any school within the Natick Public School System (this includes out-of-district placements) are welcome. If your child has more than one diagnosis, among them ASD, you are welcome!
Natick Town Hall 3rd floor Training Room
Wednesday November 13, 7pm
Wednesday December 11 7pm 
Basic Rights Training
A speaker from the Federation for Children with Special Needs details the process to request support services and understand the laws/guidelines surrounding special education.  This meeting is highly recommended for parents just starting the special education process or parents that have a child on an IEP but have never attended a Basic Rights workshop before.  
Registration is not required, but appreciated in an effort to be able provide enough handouts. Please  if you plan to attend.
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm 
Natick High School Library  - Snow date 2/11/20

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Our mission at the John F. Kennedy Middle School is to provide a safe and healthy learning community that fosters respect and promotes intellectual, social, and emotional growth. We engage and challenge our students while valuing their individual strengths.