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Welcome Information – Summer 2019

Dear Parents / Guardians and Students:

We hope that this summer is proving to be a time of rest and recreation that will leave you prepared to meet the challenges of a new academic year. The 2019-2020 school calendar is available on the Kennedy Website.

Regarding class schedules, every effort has been made to accommodate course requests. Please note, however, that the master schedule has its limitations and that the priority is to enroll students in required courses before electives. If you would like to discuss your schedule, please email Mrs. Maria Abbamont ([email protected]).  Please be aware that not all requests for a schedule change can be honored.

All students are required to have two school locks, one each for their academic and gym lockers. On the day of their orientation, all 9th graders and transfer students should bring $20.00 for the purchase of their two school locks, either in the form of cash or a check made payable to Kennedy Catholic High School. If a returning student does not have the two required school locks then he/she will need to bring in $10 for each lock needed.

The schedule for the opening days of school is as follows:

Tuesday, September 3rd

  • Orientation for 10th and 11th grade transfer students and newly-admitted international students will be held from 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM. Report to the main office.

Wednesday, September 4th

  • First Day for sophomores and juniors: Report (in dress uniform) at 8:00 AM. Report to the auditorium. Dismissal is at noon. (Freshman do not need to report.)
  • First Day for seniors: Report (in casual uniform) at 10:00 AM. Report to the auditorium. Dismissal is at noon.
  • On September 4th and 5th student ID/yearbook photos will be taken by Lifetouch studios. If you wish to order personal photographs, you may use the  order forms that will be mailed to your home by the company. Checks should be made payable to Lifetouch. Please ensure that your son/daughter brings the order form and payment to school on the day of his/her photo. Students are to be properly attired in the dress uniform (as defined below).

     

Thursday, September 5th

First Day for freshman: Report (in dress uniform) at 8:00 AM. Report to the auditorium.   Dismissal is at 2:35 PM. Buses depart at 2:45 PM. (Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors do not need to report.)

On September 4th and 5th student ID/yearbook photos will be taken by Lifetouch studios. If you wish to order personal photographs, you may use the order forms that will be mailed to your home by the company. Checks should be made payable to Lifetouch. Please ensure that your son/daughter brings the order form and payment to school on the day of his/her photo. Students are to be properly attired in the dress uniform (as defined below). 

Friday, September 6th 

  • First full day of school for all grade levels together: All students report to school by 8:00 AM (in casual uniform). 

 


We wish you well for the remainder of the summer and look forward to seeing you soon for the start of a new academic year. 

 

Sincerely, 

Ms. Gretchen Teifer, Dean of Women

Mr. Anthony Corona, Dean of Men

Health Office Information

If you have not sent in your child’s 9th or 11th grade physical, please do so now. This is a New York State requirement for both grades. You will find the Health Appraisal & Physical Form for the doctor’s physical on the Kennedy website on the Documents and Forms Page. A computerized form sent or faxed from the doctor’s office is also acceptable. The school fax number is 914-232-3416. Exams are good for a year, so even physicals from last September may be sent into the Health Office.

Any student wishing to participate in fall sports must have a current physical and must be registered on Family ID. A parent needs to register their child on Family ID (the link is found on the website kennedycatholic.org). Go to the Student Life section, see “Important Student Links”, and click on Family ID in red. If you have not registered, please do so ASAP for your child to be cleared for try-outs. Your student cannot participate in sports activities without being on the Clearance Roster that is given to the coaches from the Health Office. Please see the Athletics page for try out dates.

By New York State Law, Medication orders, including Tylenol or Advil or any other over the counter medication, need to be filled out by both parent and doctor and sent in to the Health Office. Medication needs to be brought in by a parent at the start of the school year. The Student Medication Form is under the Health Office on the Kennedy website.

During the school year, any doctor note or doctor clearance note, or medical paperwork should be addressed to the school nurse/or attention Health Office so the note is not lost.

Thank you for your attention in these matters.

Judy Haight, RN

School Nurse

Special Uniform Information

Uniform Guidelines for 2019–2020

The Kennedy Catholic High School uniform is designed to develop and to promote a sense of professional attire that allows for active, uninterrupted participation in the vibrant school day. The end result needs to be a comfortable fit and a professionally neat appearance.   The uniform polo, crewneck sweatshirt, sweater and vest must have the uniform crest logo. Please note that fleeces will no longer be used.

Girls’ Proper Dress Uniform

Main apparel consists of the khaki uniform kilt, white blouse with collar (not polo), and school uniform sweater. The blouse collar is to show (and not to be covered by the sweater). The properly fitted kilt is to fall at the student’s knee.

Leg-wear includes only opaque, solid (navy or white), non-design tights. Leggings are not permitted.

Footwear includes only black or brown shoes with a substantial, non-sneaker-like sole and good foot support. Sperry-type boat shoes may be worn, but only brown/tan leather ones are permitted. (The following are not allowed during uniform hours at school: platform shoes, open-toe shoes, sandals, flip flops, boots, sneakers or shoes with sneaker-like soles, moccasins, slippers or slipper-like footwear, footwear with fuzzy or faux-fur interior, or extra color/bling on the shoe).

Senior girls are required to wear a white or solid, light colored/pastel, button-down, long sleeve, business style blouse with a collar, and the senior blazer (information about fittings will be provided after the start of school).

Only a Kennedy uniform sweater or vest with the Kennedy uniform logo may be worn under the blazer for added warmth, if needed.

Girls’ Proper Casual Uniform

All of the above remain in effect, with the substitution of the navy uniform polo shirt for the blouse. The casual, crewneck, uniform logo sweatshirt is available for additional warmth as needed (see Flynn and O’Hara). A plain, white, short sleeve tee shirt that does not extend below the uniform polo may be worn as an under-layer for the polo for comfort/warmth.

Boys’ Proper Dress Uniform

Main apparel consists of khaki, Docker-style pants, plain brown or black leather dress belt, white long-sleeve oxford button down shirt, business tie, and school uniform sweater or uniform vest. The shirt collar and business tie are to show. Pants are to be properly fitted at the waist and should not bunch up at the ankle.

Footwear includes white, brown, navy, or black socks, and only brown or black, polish-able, leather dress shoes. Sperry-type boat shoes may be worn, but only brown/tan leather ones are permitted. (Absolutely no black sneakers, walking shoes, footwear with faux-fir or fuzzy interior, slippers, boots, suede shoes, moccasins or shoes with sneaker-like soles will be permitted).

Senior boys wear a white or solid, light colored/pastel, button-down, long sleeve, oxford shirt with business tie and the senior blazer (information about fittings will be provided after the start of school).

Only a Kennedy uniform sweater or vest with the Kennedy uniform logo may be worn under the blazer for added warmth, if needed.

Boys’ Proper Casual Uniform

All of the above remain in effect, with the substitution of the navy uniform polo shirt for the oxford shirt. A plain white, short sleeve tee shirt that does not extend below the navy polo is to be worn beneath the polo. Please note that a Kennedy Catholic casual crewneck uniform sweatshirt is available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara.

Boys’ and Girls’ Gym Uniforms

Boys are girls are required to wear a Kennedy Catholic tee shirt or sweatshirt and a pair of Kennedy Catholic shorts or sweatpants. These items may be purchased from the school store. Students may wear items that they have received from a Kennedy Catholic athletic team.

General Uniform Guidelines

  • The uniform polo, crewneck sweatshirt, vest, and sweater must have the school uniform logo.
  • The dates for the changes between the casual and dress uniforms will be determined only by the administration and will be communicated to the KCHS community by the administration.
  • Students will wear the uniform when representing KCHS at off-campus functions.
  • Hats and hoods are to be removed upon entering the building.
  • A student who arrives to school in non-uniform attire may remain in the main office until a parent arrives with proper attire. A student who is not in proper uniform will not be permitted to attend classes until the situation is remedied, or will receive a uniform detention.
  • Students are expected to be properly groomed in order to attend classes; anyone in need of grooming attention will address it in the health office. (This includes, but is not limited to, facial shaving or nail polish removal, as needed).
  • Boys are to be clean shaven. Hair must be cut, neatly combed, may not hang over the shirt collar, ear or face, and may not be bushy around the side. The following arranged in any style are not permitted:  spiked hair, corn rows, mohawks, dreadlocks, curls, dyed or bleached hair, permed hair, themed or bizarre hairstyles. The dean will determine whether a haircut is appropriate and the inappropriate haircut must be remedied.
  • Sweatshirts are not to be worn during the uniform school hours.
  • At no time is a long sleeve shirt to be worn under a short sleeve polo.
  • The following are not permitted: fad haircuts such as mohawk or mohawk fads, dreadlocks, bleached or dyed hair, choker chains or choker necklaces, chains hanging from pants pockets, tattoos, face/ear/tongue or other body piercings (with the exception of a small pair of earrings for the girls), excessive or inappropriate makeup, jewelry, or nail polish.
  • Camelback backpacks or any other hydration-type backpacks are not permitted.

 Availability of Uniform Items

  • Flynn & O’Hara: Khaki kilt, Kennedy Catholic polo shirt, sweater, vest, gym uniform, khaki pants, white oxford shirts, belts, socks, tights, shoes
    • To ensure that your daughter has a properly-fitted kilt for the start of the current school year, the following information was provided from Flynn & O’Hara in order to help meet your kilt uniform-ordering needs. They may be contacted directly by phone at (800) 962-4816, or online at www.flynnohara.com.
      • For the torso: It is possible to use a measurement either around the waist or around the top of the hip. Please choose the one that provides the better, more comfortable fit. For the length: The XL length provides an extra two inches. For example, a kilt with 19” length will change to 21” length if ordered as an XL. Kilts may be put on Special Order for up to 23” in length. This type of order may take 4 to 6 weeks to fill. The end result needs to be a comfortable fit and a professionally neat appearance, with the kilt length ending at the knee. This allows for active, uninterrupted participation in our academic activities at school.
    • Kennedy Catholic School Store: gym uniform, school locks, spirit wear
    • Local retail stores: white blouse, tights, white oxford shirts, khaki pants, belts, shoes

 

Special Notes

  • All students are expected to comply with the school’s uniform dress code. Wearing the Kennedy uniform is part of the school’s requirement for all matriculating students. The inability to meet this requirement will render a student ineligible to attend classes. The inability to wear the complete uniform renders an individual ineligible to be a Kennedy student. Any exception to this rule must be granted by the Administration.
  • Students who are unable to fully comply with the school’s uniform policy because of doctor’s orders recognized by the Administration may not be allowed to participate in any school sponsored athletic or extracurricular event.
  • The school administration reserves the right to judge new trends as they emerge on the market and to determine if they are in conformity with the dress code and other school regulations. The administration also reserves the right to alter the existing dress code, or other regulations, based on student behavior and performance for the good of the school.

Important Documents

KCHS iPad Use Policy 19-20 AppleCare

Shuttle Bus 

Pesticide Letter

Welcome Back Brunch – (scroll to the bottom of this webpage to sign up)

Students who wish to participate in sports must register with Family ID (click here to register now)

KCHS iPad Use Policy 19-20 AppleCare

Shuttle Bus 

Pesticide Letter

Students who wish to participate in sports must register with Family ID (click here to register now)

Communion Breakfast Tickets