Kendall News

January 27, 2020

Newsletter Highlights:

  • E-Learning Day Reminders
  • Open House
  • Attendance Counts
  • National School Lunch Program
  • 5Essentials Survey
  • Special Survivor Games
  • Marajana 101: What you need to know
  • Third-Party Educational Programs
  • PTA Points
  • Save the Dates!
E-Learning Day Information

Please review the Winter Weather Guidelines for IPSD 204.

Open House

You are invited to

Kendall Elementary School's

Open House

Thursday, February 6, 2020

6:30-7:30 PM

Open House allows students the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for their school with parents and siblings. Students become "tour guides" as the proudly lead their families through the building. They enjoy introducing their families to many of the special people in their school lives. It is a positive event for all. Please join us!

The Book Fair will be open in the LMC during open house.

Attendance Counts

Every winter, bad weather — snow, slush, freezing temperatures — can present challenges to getting children to school. So do the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months. What can parents do to promote good attendance? Be sure to dress your child appropriately with warm winter clothes for travel to/from school. Teach your child healthy habits for cold and flu season. Research shows that something as simple as hand washing can improve attendance. (For more information or assistance with improving your child's attendance, please contact your school)

To check attendance in Home Access:

1. Click the Attendance icon at the top.

2. Use the << and the ­>> to change months

3. Use the mouse to hover over a specific day to get details of an absence for that day.

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National School Lunch Program

As a reminder, Indian Prairie School District #204 schools are participants in the United States Department of Agricultures (USDA's) National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and our food service contract is with a company called OrganicLife. The required components of a "meal" to be offered include: fluid milk, grains, meat/meat alternates, fruits, and vegetables. Students are required to take 3 of the 5 components offered and one component must be a full serving of fruit or vegetable. The cost of the meal is dependent on the meal meeting these required components.

Cashiers are able to remind, but not enforce, students to take a fruit or vegetable. If a student doesn’t have the required meal components, cashiers will charge the student accordingly to maintain compliance with USDA program requirements. For example, if a student only has a chicken sandwich and a milk, they have 3 components (grain, meat and milk) but one of them is not a fruit. If the student does not take the fruit, the student will be charged for an entrée ($3.50) and a milk ($0.60) for a total of $4.10 instead of the cost of the full reimbursable meal if they would have taken a fruit or vegetable. Another example is if they only want a fruit and a milk, they would not be charged the full price for a reimbursable meal but instead $0.75 for the fruit and $0.60 for the milk totaling $1.35.

If you have any questions, please see additional information on Indian Prairie School District #204 Food Service Program here:

We Need Your Feedback - Our current response rate is 29%

Kendall currently has a 29% response rate from our parents. Please consider completing the survey as we value your input!

Parents across Illinois once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit

2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)

3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

Thank you for your feedback.

Special Survivor Games 2020

District 204 Elementary & Middle School Students with Special Needs are invited to participate in Special Survivor Games on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Peterson Elementary School in Naperville. Peterson’s PTA is hosting this great event for all to enjoy. Peer buddies will be available to every participant, and cheerleaders will be encouraging the friendly competition. The events will be held in relay style fashion and each will be adapted so every child can join in and build self esteem, while enjoying the company of their friends.


Marijuana 101: What You Need to Know

January 30

Parents and students are invited to attend “Marijuana 101: What You Need to Know,” from 7 to 8 pm on January 30 in the LMC at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Drive, Aurora. Presenters Matt Cassity (360 Youth Services), Sergeant Rick Krakow (Naperville Police Department), and Officer Edwina Pirela (Aurora Police Department) will share important information regarding health, safety and the new laws related to the recent legalization of marijuana in Illinois. District 204 and the Indian Prairie Parents' Council are hosting this event to help inform the community about this timely topic.

Third-Party Educational Programs

The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:

Kendall: NanoBeasts STEM and Robotics Classes

Kendall PTA Points

International Family Night

We need your TALENTS, interests, and traditions! Our 3rd annual INTERNATIONAL Family Night is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. You have the opportunity to share a talent onstage, share your favorite dish, teach us something about yourself, or lead a demonstration or craft! We need families to participate in this event to make it successful! Check out the flier, and then sign up using this link:

Several of our students have recorded a special invitation in their home languages! Please check out this site to listen and be inspired! We have a few more that will be added soon! Check out their invitations here:!

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February Book Fair - Volunteer spots available

Preview: Thursday, January 30th afternoon and Friday, January 31st all day

Monday, February 3rd: 9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 4th: 9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 5th: 9:15 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Special Grandparent Night)

Thursday, February 6th (Open House): 9:15 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, February 7th: 9:15 a.m. - Noon

Volunteers spots are still available! Sign up here:

Inside Out Club Spring 2020 Session Sign Up

Only 20 Spots available!

2nd - 5th graders will learn empathy, collaboration, and other character-building skills through a fun mix of learning activities and mini service projects that benefit local nonprofits. This spring’s projects will support Phil’s Friends, People’s Resource Center, and more! Lessons and activities are different from last year.

Meets 4 times on Mondays

Time: 3:45-4:45 pm

Dates: 2/10, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11

Location: Kendall Elementary Room 126

Complete an online permission form using the link below by Friday, January 31st,1,Amt-HVW4M11_rsDZLCXsNjjvxgrSHVZbNjcenRJsaiUPoBU71Vi6_KCfhU-KaNHAK5EQ-nFB0jSSdCNqAXIGjX30IxPjCwqLbirqBkxP7Rumn3fwu5TF-XYW&typo=1

This club is not possible without volunteers! The club is led by a Kendall parent. Feel free to contact her with any questions you may have. (Brooke Cook,

Also, please mark on your permission form if you are available to help us out at any of the meetings this Spring - we would love to have you involved! We would love your help for all four sessions to provide consistency for the kids, but all help is welcome. Can’t join us during the day? We’d love your help from home with Inside Out Club projects.

Eggcited Restaurant Fundraiser

Get EGGCITED! Kendall’s first every breakfast and lunch restaurant fundraiser will be held on Thursday, February 27th from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by Eggcited (corner of 111th Street and Route 59) during the morning or early afternoon, and the restaurant will generously donate a portion of participating sales to Kendall PTA! The students have no school, so grab the whole family and enjoy a meal out together!

Box Top Update

Remaining clipped box tops that have been collected from Nadiana the bot in the LMC will be submitted at the end of February. If you have any clipped box tops at home that have NOT EXPIRED, please have your child turn them in by February 7th, 2020.

Don't forget… we can still get credit for box tops by using the Box Top app. You can download the app for free and set up your account. Be sure you select Oliver Julian Kendall Elementary. If you see the Box Tops logo on any package, you will need to scan the entire receipt from the store, and credit will automatically go to Kendall. You have 14 days from your date of purchase to scan the receipt. No more clipping of box tops! If you have any questions, please contact Dawn at

Save the date for Kendall’s Science Fair!!!!

The Kendall PTA would like to invite all students, individually or in teams of 2-4 people, to participate in the Science Fair on Monday, April 20th. Watch for signup and additional information in the coming weeks.

Nominate a Staff Member for the A+ Award

Anyone can nominate a District 204 staff member for the A+ Award. Nominations must include an essay (of 50-500 words) describing how this staff member has positively impacted students. We strongly encourage student nominations. Parent, alumni and community nominations are also welcomed.

Click here to submit a nomination for a staff member who goes above and beyond to make a difference for our students.

Save the Dates!


Patriot Pride Spirit Day - Wear Red, White, and Blue

Wednesday, January 29th

PTA International Family Night

Wednesday, January 29th 5:30-8:30

Book Fair

Monday, February 3rd to Friday, February 7th

Open House

Thursday, February 6th 6:30-7:30

PTA General Meeting

Friday, February 7th 9:30 a.m.

PTA Skate Night

Wednesday, February 12 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

PTA Friendship Parties

Friday, February 14th 2:00-3:00

No School - President's Day

Monday, February 17th

Winter Chorus Concert

Wednesday, February 19th 6:30 p.m.

Patriot Pride Spirit Day - Wear Red, White, and Blue

Wednesday, February 26th

No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, February 27th

No School - Teacher Institute Day

Friday, February 28th