Kennedy Elementary


School Hours:
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Pre-K classes open at 7:30 AM
ECSE classes open at 7:45 AM
Wednesday - Early Release Day
K-5 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Pre-K 7:45 AM to 11:30 AM

Contact us:
1605 Davis Road
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: (785) 832-5760
Fax: (785) 832-5762

Principal: Cris Anderson
Kennedy Elementary is home to Early Childhood (Pre-K) through 5th grade students.
As of October our enrollment number is 368 students. 120 of those students attend our Early Childhood (Pre-K) program.

Upcoming Events

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  • Spring Marathon Club-
    Marathon club is set to start up again on Monday, March 2nd - weather permitting. With the current forecast it is unlikely we will run Monday. We will run if the temperature is 35 degrees or warmer. Please dress your student accordingly!

    Students who aren't already signed up can join now - forms are outside of room 26 (Mrs. Jackson's office) and are due back March 10th.

    We will continue to run on Monday and Wednesday as follows:
    Students with last name A-M -- Mondays 3:05-3:45
    Students with last name N-Z -- Wednesdays 1:35-2:15
    View our Spring Marathon Club flyer - HERE
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  • Harvesters Food Drive

    The Harvesters “Neighbor to Neighbor” canned food drive will take place from March 4th through March 24th. Last year Kennedy Elementary won the traveling trophy in Douglas County for the 2nd year in a row! We’d like to keep the trophy so we’re doing some fun things to help students remember to bring a donation. 

     ********PLEASE NOTE - BRING CANNED GOODS ONLY!*********

    March 4th through 6thBOYS vs. GIRLS - donations go in the barrels in the hallway. Winners for grades K-5 receive a Kennedy Elementary Pencil!

    March 9th through 13thKennedy Pride week – a different theme for each day!

    **We request that students bring in one canned good each day they want to participate if possible – donations are not required to participate if your family cannot provide an item.

    Monday 9th – MVP MONDAY/SPORT TEAM WEAR – wear a t-shirt or jersey representing your favorite team.

    Tuesday 10th – TACKY TUESDAY – mismatched clothes are perfect for this day!

    Wednesday 11th – PAJAMA DAY (please remember students must still wear appropriate shoes).

    Thursday 12th – KENNEDY PRIDE DAY – wear your Kennedy T-shirt or our school color (blue).

    Friday 13th – DRESS FOR SUCCESS - Wear your NICEST clothes and your brightest smile – it is also SPRING picture day!


    March 23rdFINISH STRONG – the classroom with the most donations by weight receive a prize!

    ·        Pre-K classrooms – each student will receive a free book donated by Kappa Kappa Gamma

    ·        K-5 classroom – each student will receive a water bottle donated by Communities in Schools

     **Please remember it is NOT okay to donate any items received from the Harvesters Backsnack program.

    All donations will benefit LOCAL food banks and stay in the areas from which they are donated.

    Questions? Contact Stacie Jackson, Communities in Schools at 330-1656.

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  • Applications Available for Finance Advisory Council Membership

    Lawrence Public Schools encourage community members with expertise and experience in accounting, auditing and/or financial reporting and an interest in serving on the Lawrence Board of Education’s Finance Advisory Council (FAC) to complete an application by April 1, 2015.  FAC Committee Guidelines and a Membership Application are available on the district’s website (  The FAC monitors financial issues and trends facing the district, provides advice to the superintendent and school board and helps communicate district financial matters to the community.

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    Kennedy Elementary principal Cris Anderson traveled to New Orleans last week to receive the National Communities in Schools' Unsung Heroes Award on behalf of her school. The annual award is presented to schools that are able to challenge students academically, knowing that students’ non-academic needs are being met through organizations such as Communities in Schools. Anderson believes in the benefits of the Communities in Schools model and has consistently been receptive as well as proactive in doing whatever it takes to bring in resources to support students. “When we all work together, we have greater power to impact student success. It’s a community effort, and the gains will pay off to us in our community,” she said. Award recipients included Mrs. Anderson, Stacie Jackson, Kennedy's Communities in Schools site coordinator and Erika Dvorske from the United Way of Douglas County. Communities in Schools at Kennedy is funded by the United Way of Douglas County and other local and nationwide contributors.

    You can read more about the Unsung Heroes award and see the video featuring all of the winning schools HERE.
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  • Kennedy teachers receive Martin Luther King Jr. awards!
    Kennedy fifth grade teachers Patrick Wedel and Cara McNorton were awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Champion of Equity Award for their leadership and promotion of courageous conversations with and among their students. We are very proud of their work and leadership!
     Pictured below are Mr. Wedel and Mrs. McNorton among many of the Kennedy staff who came to support them on their big night! Congratulations!
    Award picture  
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  • Parents - please review the NEW REVISED inclement weather policy to be aware of the changes and procedures:
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  • Dependable Condors:
    ATTENDANCE MATTERS! Kennedy Elementary will be recognizing students with perfect attendance monthly! Perfect attendance means students are on time and at school EVERY DAY! Dependability is part of our Kennedy PRIDE expectations - and having great attendance is a great way to recognize our students as Dependable Condors.
    Kennedy PRIDE Logo
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  • Lunch Schedules 2014-2015 
    11:00-11:25 Preschool Classes
    11:30-11:55 1st Grade
    11:40-12:05 Kindergarten
    11:50-12:15 2nd Grade
    12:00-12:25 4th Grade
    12:05-12:30 3rd Grade
    12:15-12:40 5th Grade
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