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17 March 2023

Hello Kipling Families,

Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Despite some heartbreaks from the NCAA tournament, we had a great week here at Kipling. 2nd Grade definitely had a busy week. First they had their wonderful Music Performance on Wednesday and then some students from Ms. DiJohn’s class had the chance to share their nonfiction research projects at our Board of Education meeting last night. The students who participated at the Board Meeting were impressive, they were brave, and they demonstrated all the characteristics of a Kipling student: inquisitive, collaborative, caring, determined, and fun-at-heart.

Thank you for your partnership in our students’ education - it is such a joy to work with them each day.

All my best to you and your families over the weekend!


Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT


Kipling Elementary School

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Kipling PTO

-Please sign up for your PTO Membership now! Click HERE to sign up if you have not already!

-Our next PTO meeting will be on Friday, April 14th at 9:30am in our Staff Lounge.

-PTO Bingo Night will be Friday, April 21st from 5:30-7:30pm. More info coming soon!

5 Essentials Survey - We Need at Least 20% Parent Participation to Generate a Report. We are Currently at a 16% Completion Rate (WE ARE ALMOST THERE!).

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a survey. If you haven't yet, please consider doing so this weekend so our school can have a parent report. Thank you for your support!

Please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. Your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

IAR Testing

Students at Kipling in grades 3 through 5 will be participating in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English/Language Arts & Mathematics between April 4th and April 10th.

This state assessment helps us understand how students are growing academically year to year, while also providing an achievement comparison to grade-level peers across the state. By measuring both mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards and the College and Career Ready benchmarks of the PSAT and SAT, the IAR is also designed to help prepare students for success in high school and beyond. The overall performance of each school, by grade, also impacts our designation, which is reported on the Illinois School Report Card.

District 109 Communication

Kindergarten Registration For 2023-2024 is Now Open!

Have an incoming kindergartener (or know someone who does?) The registration process for the upcoming school year is now open and the earlier we know who is coming, the better we can plan! Just go to to learn how to begin the process. Please reach out to our registrar, Rosa Castillo ( with any questions.

DPS109 Parent/Guardian Webinar Series

District 109 is excited to announce that, in partnership with PPS109 and Dr. Doug Bolton, we will be hosting a series of virtual parent/guardian/community workshops this Spring. We will be kicking off this series on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 pm, with a one-hour Zoom webinar focusing on: “Parents and Guardians as Partners in Collaboration.” Additional topics for the subsequent events will include:

  • Understanding Development (4/13)

  • Addressing The Greatest Worries of Parents & Guardians (4/27)

  • Understanding Children’s Hardest Moments (5/4)

  • The Basics of Childhood Resilience (5/11)

  • Collaborative Problem Solving (5/18)

Please click here to access the zoom link for all of the upcoming events. Each webinar will begin at 7 p.m. No sign-up is required ahead of time, and the sessions will be recorded and distributed for anyone that cannot attend.

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Deerfield Park District and Community News

The Deerfield Park District runs all of our before and after school programs. Linked here is the brochure & information for sign up. Please contact the Park District, 847-945-0650, if you have questions.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • March 27th-March 31st - Spring Break

  • April 7th - NO SCHOOL

  • April 14th - PTO Meeting - 9:30am, Staff Lounge

  • April 19th - Elementary & Middle School Choir Festival, Shepard Middle School, 6:30pm

  • April 21st - PTO Bingo Night! - 5:30-7:30pm