Keeping Up with Kipling!

September 18, 2021

Hello, Kipling Cougar Families!

I hope you all had a great week! It was odd to be in school five straight days. How unusual!

I was hoping you might be able to help me. I am linking a survey to this newsletter and I was hoping you might take a moment to fill it out for me. It is regarding this Keeping Up with Kipling weekly newsletter/update. I want this to be useful to you so please help me make it so that it is. Thank you in advance for your help.

The weather was a bit different this week than we have had recently, which is a good reminder to you all that students should be dressed for fall weather. We are going to try to eat in the tents and have outdoor recess as much as possible.

We all hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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

Have a great week!

Andy Elbert


Kipling Elementary School

Social Emotional Learning at Kipling

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important at Kipling School. As a part of the learning process, we will be asking our students to reflect on their own SEL mindsets via an online survey. The survey will be administered between October 4th and 15th, and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. It asks students to self-reflect on their own grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness, and emotional regulation.

Individual student responses can provide the school and family with insight into what skills the child self-identifies as strengths and others they would like to develop. The overall data helps us (the educators) identify priorities and provide targeted learning opportunities to address the SEL needs in our classrooms.

Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact me no later than October 1st.

Student Health Requirements 21-22 (2nd Running)

We recognize and are mindful of the fact that many families may have had difficulty getting children in for physical, dental, and eye exams as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to routine medical care; however, at this time, all child-health related requirements for school attendance, remain in effect for children in public, private, or parochial schools, as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1.

Health-related examinations and immunization requirements are due no later than October 15. Please click here to be directed to our website for detailed information regarding specific requirements by grade level.

You will soon be receiving communication from our building nurse if your child is missing any of the required documentation. Students not in compliance with the health examination and immunization requirements will be excluded from school beginning Friday, October 15, 2021. Please reach out with any questions regarding these requirements as we want to partner with you to ensure compliance with these requirements. Thank you.

What is Test To Stay?

This year, fewer students are needing to be quarantined if they are a close contact to a COVID-19 case, thanks to the Lake County Health Department's "Test To Stay" protocol. Click here to read more from the district about it.

Board Meeting Briefs

Last night, the DPS 109 Board of Education held their September meeting. You can read the brief recap of the meeting here, which includes a link to the full recording of the meeting. We are sending this as part of the principal's newsletter to cut down on the number of emails you receive!