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General Information

The Kennedy-Longfellow is a community elementary school located in the heart of East Cambridge. Due to our close proximity to Kendall Square, we have cultivated multiple technological and corporate partnerships. The school holds a $2 million technology grant funded by Albert Merck through our partnership with Lesley University. All of our students use cutting-edge technology as an integral part of their classroom learning. The Lesley University Technology Partnership staff educate our teachers and work cooperatively with them to effectively embed the technology to support students with their academic goals. In addition, our 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students are paired with volunteer Reading Buddies from the John A. Volpe National Transportation Center and our 5th graders are paired with their “KeyPals" from Draper Laboratory, IBM, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Our school features ample outdoor play and recreational areas, a large auditorium, multiple activity spaces, and an expansive library. It is within easy walking distance to both the Red and Green subway lines, providing access to all of the Cambridge and Boston area. The Kennedy-Longfellow School has two different after-school programming options (Kennedy Community School and East End House) to serve the needs of working parents and offer enrichment programming to all students.

In addition, the Kennedy-Longfellow is the home of the East Cambridge Preschool Program, a Special Start Pre-K Program, the Food Services Department, and the City of Cambridge Transportation Office.

School Hours
7:55AM - 1:55PM

Absence
When a child will be absent, a parent is requested to call the school and give the date(s), and anticipated length of absence. Parents may leave a message on the answering machine after or before school hours. The School Department Policy requires that families send a note explaining the circumstances of the absence to the teacher upon their child's return to school in order for an absence to be considered an excused absence. Learn more >>
 
Recess
Each class will go outside almost every day. Please make sure children are dressed for cold weather when it arrives.

Changes in Afternoon Plans
Changes in students' schedules that require bus changes need to be made in writing to the classroom teacher in the morning. Afternoon changes cause confusion for students, families and staff and can compromise student safety.

Conferences and Reports
The teachers will schedule conferences with parents in the fall and in the spring, or as necessary to share information with parents about a child's experiences in school. We see these conferences as a way to learn from parents about their children and the goals parents have for their children's education, as well as a chance for teachers to share the child's learning at school.

School Nurse
Learn more about school health guidelines and view links to health-related web sites. Learn more >>