Keeping Up with Kipling!

October 22, 2021

Hello, Kipling Cougar Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful week!

Can you believe it is almost Halloween already? Time is flying by. The phrase, "The days crawl and the months fly, " is so true.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the PTO Boo Bash tomorrow! Again, it is rewarding to take these small steps toward a more normal year. I am hopeful that the near future will also bring with it a more normal end of school year!

The week ahead features Red Ribbon week, a Law Enforcement Drill and our Halloween festivities so we are all looking forward to some fun ahead!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week!

Andy Elbert


Kipling Elementary School

Lost and Found

At the Boo Bash tomorrow, you will find the large pile of Lost and Found items we have had for quite some time now. This pile of items will be donated in the very near future. Many of the items have been in our lost and found for over a year now. Please take a moment to check the lost and found out at the Boo Bash before those items are gone!

New Lunch Plan Beginning November 1st (2nd Running)

Now that the weather is showing signs of changing, we are going to shift our students back inside for their lunch period. Here is the new plan beginning Monday, November 1st:

*All students will be eating in the main gym or on the stage.

*When masks are down, students will still be six feet apart.

*Folding chairs and trays (similar to foldable TV trays) will be utilized by all children whether they are on the stage or in the gym.

*PTO Special lunches (Marla Lunches) will still be available.

*Students will still be assigned a specific spot to in the gym where they will sit daily.

*Foods such as peanut butter will still be allowed. Pre-pandemic lunchroom rules regarding allergies will apply. Students with allergies will have an assigned spot (as will all students) along with a colored tray to eat on.

*There will no longer be a need for towels at school. We will be sending those home in early November.

-Below is the lunch/recess schedule:



Kindergarten and Half of 2nd Grade (Bieschke & Zucker)


1st Grade and Half of 2nd Grade (Carr & Stepp)



1st Grade and Half of 2nd Grade (Carr & Stepp)


Kindergarten and Half of 2nd Grade (Bieschke & Zucker)



3rd Grade and Half of 5th Grade (half of Victorine, P/J and Kaulentis)


4th Grade and Half of 5th Grade (other half of Victorine, P/J and Kaulentis)



4th Grade and Half of 5th Grade (Other half of Victorine, P/J and Kaulentis)


3rd Grade and Half of 5th Grade (half of Victorine, P/J and Kaulentis)

Upcoming Week

Law Enforcement Drill (sometime this week)

*Shield Testing on Tuesday

*Early Release on Wednesday

*Thursday at 7:00pm Board of Education Meeting

*Friday is parade at 2:00pm and the parties after that at 2:30pm.


Help people in need! We are excited to announce that the 2nd Annual 109 Gives Back Food & Supply Drive will take place at all six buildings from November 1-5 and from November 8-10. We are trying to collect 5,000 items as a district to benefit the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry... if every student brings two things, we will accomplish that! Look for more information next week or head to to read more now.

DPS109 SEL Parent/Guardian Workshop on Monday 10/25 at 7pm with Doug Bolton:

DPS 109 is excited to announce that, in partnership with PPS 109 (our parent and educator partnership supporting the district community) we will be hosting a series of parent/guardian/community workshops this school year.

We will be kicking off this series next Monday, October 25th, with a one-hour Zoom webinar hosted by Dr. Doug Bolton entitled “Parenting Through COVID: Understanding & Coping With The Stress.” In this talk, Dr. Bolton will share some of the lessons we are learning from COVID about how to use stressful times to build resilience in our children that will help them now and in the future. Before COVID, there was a childhood mental health crisis. As challenging and painful as COVID has been on all of us, the disruption of this pandemic has pushed us all to find resilience during a time of remarkable stress. I

The webinar begins at 7 p.m. No sign-up is required ahead of time, and the session will be recorded and distributed in the next 109 News for anyone that cannot attend.

Click the link below to join the webinar:

Oct. 25 Dr. Doug Bolton Zoom Link

Passcode: 968130


Please note that Family Access will be down from October 20-29 and then from November 5-19 to allow grades to be submitted. Please contact Kristin Neu ( with any questions.

Boo Bash! (Week 3 of this article)

Please plan on joining the Kipling Community at the PTO's Boo Bash on Saturday, October 23rd beginning at 11:30am at Kipling School. Photo fun, Bizarre Entertainment and many other activities have been planned for you and your children. Costumes are encouraged so please dress up and head to Kipling!

We ask that you have a mask handy in case you need to enter the building to use the bathroom.

Thank you, PTO, for putting together another wonderful event!

Halloween Parade (Finally Running)

We are very excited to welcome families back on October 29th for our Halloween parade around the outside of the school building. I wanted to send out a few nuggets of information as we make plans for that day:

*The parade will start at 2:00 and it will be along the outside of the building. Please do not find a spot close to the building. Instead, find a spot approximately 20 feet from the building to ensure our students have a nice wide (safe path) to walk.

*Students will have the opportunity to put their costumes on prior to the parade but we ask that students bring costumes that they can put on on top of their clothing instead of changing out of an outfit in order to put the costume on. We will not allow students to use the bathroom to change into costumes! Please send them with a costume they can layer on top of their clothing.

*While picking a spot outside for the parade, we ask that you be considerate to others about spacing. I have learned that each family has their own preferences and beliefs about how to stay safe during this pandemic. Although we are outside and there are no CDC specifications about social distancing, some families might choose to wear masks and find their own space to observe the parade. Please respect that space and those decisions.

Kipling Students and Families - Please Save the Date (Last Running of this article)

On Sunday, October 24 at 12:30 PM (note the new time), the Deerfield and Kipling communities will gather at the corner of Deerfield Rd and Kipling to honor and thank our dear friend and former crossing guard Ray Weimer. Ray was the Kipling crossing guard for 33 years and retired last spring. He always made sure the Kipling corner was a safe place with a friendly face. Please come and show your appreciation!