YOU'RE INVITED: Family Night - Kickoff to a great school year!

Posted on Aug. 18 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
All Kendall families are invited to join us for fun, friends, and important information about how to help your student at home, and pick up some incentives for attending!

This is the first of many family events this school year. We hope to see you there!

Schedule of Events:
  • 5:20 – 5:30: doors open, sign-in
  • 5:30 – 5:40: Welcome!
  • 5:40 – 6:05: Session 1
  • 6:05 – 6:30: Session 2
  • 6:30 – 6:40: Snack
  • 6:45: Doors close

Topics for Sessions:
  • Technology: Resources for students and families at home, differentiated by grade level (apps, websites, etc.)
  • Homework: Tips and advice for successful homework completion
  • Reading: Tips and strategies for improving reading skills at home
  • Math: Tips and strategies for increasing math proficiency at home
  • PBIS @ Home: Positive ways to promote and support good behaviors you want to see

PLEASE NOTE: NEW pickup procedures in place!

Posted on Aug. 09 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
To increase safety for our students, staff, and families, Kendall Elementary has new procedures for those who pick their students up from school.

Students who are being picked up from school at the end of the day (rather than riding the bus) will gather in the gym, where Kendall staff will coordinate their dismissal individually when their ride arrives. Students will not be dismissed until their ride have been verified by a Kendall staff member. See below for verification details.


Drivers:

Parents/guardians will receive two “Authorized Car Pick-Up” tags from Kendall Elementary at the beginning of the school year. One tag needs to be placed on the dashboard of the car that is picking up your student(s) at the end of each school day in the “Student Dismissal Zone”. This tag is REQUIRED for car pickup.

DO NOT give your tags to anyone else! Only those authorized to pick your student up from school should have these tags. If there is a change of plans with who is picking up your student, please write a note to your teacher and/or the office regarding the change.

When you arrive at Kendall, you will need to enter at the west end of the pick-up lane (closest to the building). All traffic in the pickup lane is to remain single-file. DO NOT pull up beside other cars! Also, remember: You MUST have your "Authorized Car Pick-up" tag displayed on your dashboard to be able to pick up your student in this drive! If you do not have a tag, follow the procedures outlined below.

Once several cars in the pickup line have been verified, Kendall staffers will walk that group of students out of the gym. Once that group of students have loaded into their cars and the cars have cleared the pickup zone, the next set of cars will pull up into the pickup zone to be verified. That process will continue until all students have been picked up. Remember to maintain a single-file line of traffic, and wait for your turn to pull into the pickup zone and be verified. We believe this process will be more safe and more efficient, but it will take patience and teamwork during the transition period while we all get used to this new process! 

If at any time you lose your tag, please come to the office to get a new one. No altered tags will be accepted for dismissal.


Walkers / pick-ups with no tag:

Please also note that parents/guardians will no longer be allowed to stand outside any doors to pick up their students. Instead if you have a tag, please stay in your car and follow the dismissal process outlined above. If you do not have a tag, or prefer to walk up to pick up your student, you must park your vehicle (if applicable) in the parking lot (not in the pick-up drive!) and come to the school office. No walk-up pickups will be allowed outside the gym or any other external door. You must come to the office. Also note: When crossing the pickup drive in front of the school, you must use the marked crosswalk for office pickup.

If there is a change of plans with who is picking up your student, please write a note to your teacher and/or the office regarding the change.

Let us know if you have any questions!

ALL students will get FREE breakfast, lunch in 2016-17 school year

Posted on Aug. 08 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Originally posted on July 7, 2016

Marion Community Schools is excited to announce that EVERY student in our school system, preschool through 12th grade, will get FREE breakfast and lunch in the coming school year.

A la carte items may still be available at some schools for additional cost, but the basic breakfast and lunch will be free for all MCS students. That’s a potential savings of about $100 per month for each student and his or her family!

(Preschoolers enrolled in half-day programs get either breakfast (morning classes) or lunch (afternoon classes); those enrolled in our full-day program get both meals.)

The free meals are part of the community eligibility provision of the National School Lunch Program run by the USDA. MCS applied for this provision and has recently been informed that our application has been approved.

This means there is no application process for free or reduced-price meals. There are no special requirements. All Marion Community Schools students are automatically eligible for free meals.

However, those who wish to apply for assistance with textbook costs will need to fill out an application during registration (online or in-person). 

Any funds currently in student meal accounts will remain there and may be used for a la carte sales. If you wish to obtain a refund of the balance in your student’s meal account, please email the MCS Food Service Department at tkeenan@marion.k12.in.us or jwarren@marion.k12.in.us. Please include your name, student’s name, current address, and phone number.

If you have further questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 765-662-2546, ext. 112 or 113. For more information regarding the Food Service Department, including menu information and more, click here.

>> Click here to view the letter being sent to families regarding this information

Welcome to Kendall Elementary School

Kendall Elementary School provides all students the
foundation to reach their potential as lifelong learners.

 

Vision

  • We, the staff, parent, and patrons of Kendall Elementary School are committed to providing a quality educational environment where every student will LEARN, ACHIEVE, and EXCEL.

We believe

  • High levels of academic success will be reached by all students.
  • All students, families and school personnel must be valued and treated with respect.
  • The Indiana Standards guide our curriculum.
  • Students, staff, parents and the community share the responsibility of education in a positive learning environment.
  • Character education builds responsible student behavior. 

 

Kendall Elementary School is committed to
Learning, Achieving, and Excelling.


 

 

Our school instructional focus is QAR- Question/Answer Relationship.  This comprehension strategy helps students understand the relationship between questions and answers and where to find those answers.