Milne Grove Messenger

May 2019

Highlighted Dates to Remember (see linked calendar for full schedule of events)

National Library Week, Bookmark Entries Due, & BOGO Book Fair: April 29th-May 3rd

Grandparents Week in the LRC: May 6th-May 10th

PTO Mangia Pizza Fundraiser: May 13th

PTO Meeting at Kelvin Grove at 6:00pm: May 13th

9:30 Late Start: May 14th

BOE Meeting in Kelvin Grove LRC at 7:00pm: May 14th

Dental Forms Due: May 15th

LRC Culver's Fundraiser From 4:00pm-8:00pm: May 15th

D91 Foundation Meeting at Kelvin Grove at 6:00pm: May 21st

Dance Your Way Into Summer Reading Night in Milne's Gym From 6:00pm-7:00pm: May 22nd

Memorial Day-NO SCHOOL: May 27th

PTO Hotdog Day & Field Day: May 28th

Kindergarten Graduation in the Milne Grove Gym: May 30th

11:30 Early Dismissal-Last Day of School: May 30th

The 18-19 Calendar Has Been Updated:

19-20 Calendar Update

Typically, Lockport School District 91 releases the calendar for the following school year in February or March. Unfortunately, D91 has been unable to provide a 19-20 calendar for next year due to pending legislation in the Illinois General Assembly that could substantially impact the proposed attendance days. We do understand how important your family's plans are and would like to minimize the negative impact of this delay by communicating some key dates:

School Starts: Wednesday, August 14th (1st - 8th grade)

Winter Break: Monday, December 23, 2019 through Monday, January 6, 2020 (11 total student attendance days off with a return on Tuesday, January 7th)

Spring Break: Monday, March 30, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020 (5 days off)

We anticipate that the legislative issue holding up this process will be resolved in May 2019. A calendar hearing will be held at the June 11, 2019 Board of Education meeting; the public is welcome to attend. The full calendar will be available for public circulation after it is approved by the BOE. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you and thank you for your patience.

Principal's Page

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

The last month of school is already here! We have so many events and activities scheduled to keep our students busy, engaged, and excited this month - please check out the calendar for more details. The last day of school is May 30th; school will dismiss at 11:30am. Kindergarten graduation will be held on May 30th and Early Learners PK graduation will be held on May 29th; Field Day/Hot Dog Day is on May 28th (please note that AM and PM kindergarten students attend in the PM this day).

We are in the process of scheduling a Parent Planning Council meeting for May & I am looking for your input to choose the day and time! Please indicate your availability on the survey below:

I look forward to working with teams of interested parents to bring our collective visions into reality!

Please contact me with ANY questions you may have at 815-838-0542x2104 or email No question or observation is too small - I would love to hear from you.


Mrs. Koziol

Attendance Notes:

If your child is going to be absent or tardy , we would like to remind you to call the district attendance line to report absences by 9am. If you would like to request homework, you should do so in that message and indicate whether you will pick it up or wish for it to be sent home with another student.

Supervision at the morning arrival begins at 8:20am; please make sure your child DOES NOT arrive before adult supervision begins.

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Cindy Dragosh, Secretary


Notes From the Nurse

Summer is around the corner! Summer is a great time to obtain the required health information for your child for the ’19-’20 school year. Please turn all health paperwork in when registering your child for school. Here is a list of what is needed for the ’19-’20 school year.

Kindergarten—Physical with up to date immunizations, eye exam, dental exam

2nd grade—dental

New/Transfer students—Physical with up to date immunizations, eye exam, dental exam

EL students—Physical with up to date immunizations

Any student’s health record that is missing information may be excluded from school starting Oct. 15th 2019 or may have their report card held till required health exams are provided.

During the online registration process, there will be a health survey that must be completed for each student. Please list all health concerns your child may have on this survey as well as any medications your child takes regularly. Additional paperwork may be given depending on the answers provided on the health survey.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at 815-838-0542 ex. 2106 or at Have a safe and fun summer!

Mrs. Gilkerson, RN

PTO News

PTO May News:

May 6th-May10th: PTO Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

May 13th: Mangia Pizza Fundraiser

May 13th: PTO Meeting at Kelvin Grove at 6:00pm

May 28th: Hot Dog Day at Milne Grove

May 29th: Hot Dog Day at Kelvin Grove

Email with questions!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

The Latest from the LRC

Book Notes We are celebrating School Library Week April 29-May 3 with spirit days and a bookmark design contest. The winning (voted by school staff) bookmarks with the theme “Read Now. Read Forever.” can be found on the MG LRC page of our website.

BOGO Scholastic Book Fair Come to the KG LRC April 29 - May 3 until 5pm Mon., Tue., Wed. and Fri, and until 6:30 on Thursday to stock up on summer reading materials! Everything is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

Feed the Need to Read - Culver’s Fundraiser May 15th Please order from Culver’s from 4-8pm on Wednesday, May 15th and be sure to tell them you are with D91. A percentage of what you spend will be donated to our libraries! Look for “celebrity” servers from school! Who will deliver your food?

Grandparents Week Our annual Grandparents Week in the library will run from May 6-10. It’s always so nice to visit all the wonderful grandparents who are able to join us! Invitations have been sent home and were due back by April 29. If you didn’t get yours in, download and print one from my webpage.

D91 Family Night Slammers Game June 5th See our website for details. Many students earned free tickets through the Slammers reading program. If your child did not participate, you may purchase lawn seats for just $5 each, or box seats for $10, when you get there. Tickets for students, and families who ordered extra, will be delivered the last week of school.

Six Flags Tickets These will be distributed in late May to students who earned them.

White Oak Summer Reading Keep your kids, and yourself, reading over the summer – join the public library’s Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens and adults. Find more info at I will give a free book, 10 Character Coupons and a special lunch party to all students who show me their completion certificate in the fall!

Volunteer Corner My most sincere gratitude goes out to Heather Jerz and Peter Klauser for helping me in the library all year long. They have made my life so much easier!

Mrs. Tumino ~ 815-838-0542, x2122 Follow me on Twitter!

Book Fair & National Library Week Spirit Days

April 29 - May 3

Scholastic Buy One Get One Free Book Fair in the Kelvin Grove LRC

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 3:10-5

Thursday 3:10-6:30


Mon: Roll Out of Bed & Read - wear pjs or comfy clothes

Tue: Wild About Books - wear animal/animal print clothes

Wed: Wacky Wednesday/Dr. Seuss - wear wacky clothes and/or hair

Thur: Get in the Game with Reading - wear sports/team clothes

Fri: Hornets Read - wear spirit wear/school colors

Physical Education Feats

As we round up the school year, students will get to participate in some fun activities with PE!

During the end of April and beginning of May students will be participating in a dance unit. To celebrate all of the dances students will learn, we will be having Family Dance Night on Wednesday, May 22nd. The event will once again be paired with Summer Reading Night! Be on the lookout for a flyer.

May also means: FIELD DAY! Field day is currently scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th. Mrs. Draper will be sending home a parent flyer for any parents who are interested in helping volunteer at this years event. If you plan on being a volunteer make sure you have completed the appropriate District Volunteer requirements.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer and stay active!

Please contact Mrs. Draper at with questions about what your child is learning in gym!

Bags of Hope Weekly Food Donation Pledge

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3rd Grade


  • Please continue reading with your child at home over the summer to help him/her grow in fluency and comprehension.

  • Encourage your child to keep a journal over the summer break to continue working on his/her writing skills.


  • Please continue to work with your student on fact fluency for multiplication and division.

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for such a wonderful year!

The Third Grade Team

Mrs. McGreevy, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Stanly, 3rd grade teacher, & Mrs. Woodworth, Guest Teacher,

Mrs. Steed, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

2nd Grade

Language Arts: As our school year comes to an end, the second grade teachers would like to thank you for your continued support with our curriculum. Over the summer continue to read chapter books.

Math: During the month of May we will work on geometry and fraction concepts. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts over the summer. This is a skill that is needed for third grade.

Science: Our last unit of the year will focus on Life Science. The students will learn to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. The second graders are going to Pilcher Park in May. We would like to thank PTO for contributing money toward the field trip.

Social Studies: We will continue with our unit, “Our Nation Past and Present.”

If your child attends homework help; the last day will be on Wednesday, May 15th.

The Second Grade Team

Mrs. Bolte, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Georgopulos, 2nd grade teacher,

Miss Podwika, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

1st Grade

Superkids Reading Program:

  • Read fluently and understand the importance of reading a conversation with expression

  • Decode and encode “oi” and “oy” for /oi/

  • Decode and encode “c” for /s/ and “g” for /j/

  • Decode and encode “ow” and “ou” for /ou/

  • Decode and encode “oo” for /oo/

  • Alphabetize words

  • Decode words with the prefix -re

  • Review various spelling patterns

Language and Writing:

  • Continue practicing writing complete sentences with the correct ending marks

  • Focus on writing a narrative paragraph through discussing, writing and revising their personal narratives

  • Reading and writing different types of poetry

  • Adverbs with -ly

  • Review grammar topics

GO Math:

  • Three-Dimensional Geometry

  • Make objects and larger shapes from other shapes

  • Two-Dimensional Geometry

  • Equal shares, halves, and fourths

  • Getting ready for 2nd grade

Social Studies:

  • Comparing our Country’s past to its present

  • Mother’s Day

  • Memorial Day


  • Changing of seasons and the coming of Summer

  • Understanding how adult animals and their young are alike

  • Animal mimicry

The First Grade Team

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Preboy, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,


During the month of May, please keep up with reading the “book-in-a-baggie” as they come home. I can really see some children reading with fluency from nightly practice...way to go!! Once summer vacation arrives, it is essential your child continue reading to keep their skills sharp for First Grade. The Lockport Library has a wonderful children’s section and the librarians will show you the appropriate leveled readers for your child. They also offer a wonderful Summer Reading Program as well as many fun activities for children.

You can find the information here:

The Kindergarten students have become prolific authors and illustrators! We have worked very hard all year on using the “memory words” (both in words that can be sounded out and words that must be know by sight) to compose letters to friends, stories, and journal entries. Please reinforce these skills at home over the Summer. Reinforcement will make sure the skills gained are not lost. A good way to do this is by keeping a journal of the things they are doing, seeing, feeling or places the students are going. If your child brings it back to share with their Kindergarten Teacher, they will receive a prize.

A printable writing paper is available here:

In Math Kindergarten is working on addition and subtraction facts as well as composing and decomposing numbers, counting to 100 by ones and tens and measurement. Please keep these skills current by playing flashcard games, counting to 100 and working on composing and decomposing numbers to 20.

To reinforce these concepts at home check out these songs:
In Jolly Phonics we are continuing our study of digraphs and long vowels. There are many resources available at their site:
We use the website GoNoodle to help us stay focused, calm and energized during our school day by using music and movement, here is the link for you to try:
For many Math and Reading Games that the children enjoy reinforcing important skills with, please take a look at Starfall :
Thank you for all you do to help your child be successful at school!
The Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Adams -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

Early Learners Preschool

Upcoming Events:

Week of May 6th – The Early Learners will be creating special gifts for their dads and moms for Father’s and Mother’s Days. They will also review upper and lowercase letters A to Z.

Week of May 13th – The Early Learners will be introduced to the picnic theme. They will discuss what is needed for a picnic before having one during snack time. They will also create their own frisbees, visors, and fans to keep themselves cool during a picnic.

Week of May 20th – Game Week - The Early Learners will be playing board games inside and fun games outside. The Early Learners will also have their own field day on Wednesday, May 22nd with a rain date of Thursday, May 23rd.

Week of May 27th - Summer Fun - The Early Learners will discuss and paint pictures of what they would like to do this summer to have some fun.

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, May 8th, Grandparents Day in the Library from 1:00p.m. to 1:30p.m.

Thursday, May 9th, Family Fun Event at Richland School in Crest Hill from 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. in the B gym. Awareness of Animals will be presenting at least nine different animals.

Monday, May 13th, the White Oak Library will be visiting to tell the Early Learners about the summer reading program.

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 14th & 15th, Parent Teacher Conferences while your Early Learner is in class.

Wednesday, May 22nd, Field Day

Thursday, May 23rd, Rain date for Field Day

Friday, May 24th, Field Trip to Lincoln Way East in Frankfort to see the production of The Jungle Book. The bus will leave Milne Grove around 9:30a.m. Watch your child’s folder for more information.

Monday, May 27th, NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28th, Last Full Day of class for Early Learners

Wednesday, May 29th, Graduation Program. The Early Learners and their families will need to arrive at 1:00p.m. and the program will start at 1:15p.m.

THANK YOU to ALL the EARLY LEARNER FAMILIES for all your help and support this school year!! Ms. Ginte, Mrs. Sonya and Mrs. Robin hope all the families have a wonderful summer!

The PK Team

Miss Robin, PK Teacher,

Miss Sonya, Bilingual Liaison,

Miss Ginte, PK aide,

The Speech Spot with Mrs. Barker

Practicing Language Skills in the Car

As summer approaches, you may be spending more “family time” in the car. Take advantage of everyone being together and play some family fun, language-based games.

*Categories: One player chooses a category such as “animals.” Every player takes a turn naming an item in the category. If a player repeats a word or is unable to name a word in the category, he/she is out. To make the game more difficult, choose more specific categories, such as farm animals or nocturnal animals.

*Rhyme Time: To practice phonological awareness skills, children can create rhymes for things they see from the car window. For example, if a child chooses the word “tree”, other players must think of rhyming words (e.g. knee, bee, see). Keep count of the rhyming words generated for each original word.

*Guess It: One player gives a clue describing something that they saw from the window, such as a dog or a traffic light. Remaining participants take turns guessing what the person is thinking of. If incorrect the player provides a second clue. Continue the game until the mystery item is discovered.

*Cities and Syllables: As you pass through different cities and states or as you drive onto different streets, practice counting the number of syllables in that street, city or state name. In a variation of this game, a player chooses a number of syllables between one and five. Players look for words/things in the environment that match the number of syllables.

Alphabet Game: A tried and true favorite! Beginning with the letter A, players look for words in the environment which begin with the letter. (e.g. Avenue) The game ends when the letter Z is reached. Players can play as one group, as teams or as individuals.

I am going to …. To increase auditory memory, players can create a list of items to purchase at a store or to take to a destination. For example, the first player can say,” I am going to Walmart and I need to buy socks”. The next person adds a second item,” I am on going to Walmart and I need to buy socks and crayons”. A player out when they can’t remember something on the list.

* Ideas from Super Duper Publications- Handy Handouts

Savvy Solutions with Mrs. DeSandre

by Mrs. DeSandre, Milne Grove Social Worker

This Month’s Topic: Maximize Family Time This Summer

It seems impossible, doesn’t it? Finding some time to spend together as a family, but when you look at it, it is possible and depends on your definition of what quality time together looks like. Quality time doesn’t have to cost a fortune, involve big gestures, or even be something that you wouldn’t normally do, but it’s about how you go about it. Below are some ideas to intentionally spend some quality time together.

Sitting down together as a family for meals is a great way to spend time together and create conversations. It becomes a time to chat and listen to each other as well. All phones away! With the weather becoming nicer, have a meal outside!
Teach the kids to cook their favorite meals or snacks this summer. It is a life skill that children will need down the road that they aren’t taught it in school. Teaching them kitchen safety is also important. Try a new recipe together!

Go outside and play as a family! You could take a walk together, go swimming, get on your bikes, play a sport game, or just go to the nearest park and run around.
Get creative and make summer memories! Pinterest has so many summer craft activities and ideas. Make your own slime or playdough, paint ‘kindness rocks’ to distribute throughout the community, or attempt a science experiment..

This includes parents too! It doesn’t have to be the sprinkler it could be the water balloons or even water guns. Have fun as a family and make spending the time you have available quality time together!

Pick out a book as a family. Read a chapter a night to your children. Encourage discussion and ask questions. Reading aloud together will support your children's learning over the summer.

Even just 10 minutes a day can create memories and also build literacy skills.



Currently, all kindergarten through third grade students completed their unit on watercolor and painting and concluding ceramic sculpture. All students focused on joinery and basic hand-built techniques for construction. Students also experimented with subtractive elements such as texture to create interesting effects on the surface of the clay. As a final step, students will painted their sculptures in various color schemes.

All students will also be drawing outside as we experience the warm weather. We will be observing nature, and drawing what we see, all around us – like Claude Monet. Students will also learn about artists who use nature as inspiration, like Andy Goldsworthy. We will also discuss some basic sketching techniques.

Thank you to all students, parents, teachers, administration and staff for all your support of the arts throughout the year. It is with your patience and understanding that all our special projects and all good things in art are possible.

For more information on art classes at Milne Grove, please be sure to check us out on the web at Thank you for your interest in your child’s art education.

Mrs. Cravens


Technology Class

Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics

In technology class Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade have been working on a digital citizenship activities:

  • Kindergarten: Going Places Safely

    • Students discovered that the Internet can be used to visit far-away places and learn new things, compare how staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world, and rules for traveling safely on the Internet

  • 1st Grade: Staying Safe Online

    • Students learned that being safe when they visit websites is similar to staying safe in real life, learned to recognize websites that are good for them to visit, and identivity when they should ask an adult they trust before they visit a particular website.

  • 2nd Grade: Follow the Digital Trail

    • Students learned that the information they put online leaves a digital footprint or “trail”, they explored what information is appropriate to be put online, and judged the nature of different types of digital footprints by following the information trails of two fictional animals.

In technology class 3rd grade is wrapping up their computer programming unit by learning to code on Course D, Osmo Coding Awbie, Ozobots, and Spheros.

Please visit Mrs. Lakics’ website for more information and ideas-

-Mrs. Lakics

Technology Teacher

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Music Notes

To Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director

Email: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

Congratulations to the Kelvin Grove Chorus for earning a First Division at IGSMA District Contest! They will perform at IGSMA State Contest Saturday, April 27 at 9 am in the Troy Middle School Auditorium – 5800 West Theodore St. – Plainfield. Admission is $1. Please come and show your support of the Kelvin Grove Chorus!

Music Fundraiser: Hornet Magnets ($5 each), Fathead Stickers ($5 each), and Hornet Tervis Tumblers ($20 each – ONLY 3 Tumblers LEFT) are for sale. Send money and a note to Mrs. Randolph with your child’s name, homeroom teacher, and which item(s) you want to purchase.

M. May 13 (6:30 pm) – All students in Grades 4,5 , 6-8, KG Chorus, and a few selected student organists, guitarists, soloists in grades 6-8 will present the spring concert “Disney On Stage” in the KG Feneli gym. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Students wear their best clothes for this performance. Students who have a sports conflict are encouraged to join the concert in their sport uniform as soon as their games are over. The Grades 4-8 are to report to their assigned locations at 6:15 pm and will perform around 7 pm – so sports students may join us at the end of the concert.

Th. May 16 – 3rd Grade Recorder Concert and Recorder Awards at 2:30 pm MG gym – Parents & Friends invited – Students bring recorders, books and wear nice school clothes for concert.

M. May 20 – KG Chorus trip to the “Victorian Palace” private home of the Sanfilippo family to tour the world’s largest collection of antique player music instruments and the largest private theatre organ. (Check it out on the web “Victorian Palace Barrington IL”.)

T. May 28 – KG Chorus performs during D91 8th Grade Graduation at LTHS East Campus Auditorium. Meet at 6:45 pm in hall outside LTHS East Band room.

Please continue to check the music web pages to see what your children are learning in music and for more information.

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Kelvin Grove Chorus

Congratulations to the Kelvin Grove Chorus for earning a First Division at IGSMA District Contest! They will perform at IGSMA State Contest Saturday, April 27 at 9 am in the Troy Middle School Auditorium – 5800 West Theodore St. – Plainfield. Admission is $1. Please come and show your support of the Kelvin Grove Chorus!

Music Fundraiser

Music Fundraiser: Hornet Magnets ($5 each), Fathead Stickers ($5 each), and Hornet Tervis Tumblers ($20 each – ONLY 3 Tumblers LEFT) are for sale. Send money and a note to Mrs. Randolph with your child’s name, homeroom teacher, and which item(s) you want to purchase. (see design below).

Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids. This is what you have been looking Contact Athena Dingels for details (must possess a bachelor's degree and be willing to obtain the sub teacher credential through ISBE).