Milne-Kelvin Grove School District 91 Dec. 2022/Jan. 2023
Highlighted Dates to Remember
Monday, December 5
Special Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ KG
Wednesday, December 7
Parent Athletic Association Meeting, 7 p.m. @ KG
Tuesday, December 13
Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m. @ KG
Wednesday, December 14
LATE START DAY, 9:30 a.m.
Friday, December 16
Donuts with Dear One in December, 8 a.m. @ KG
Winter Dance, 7 p.m. @ KG
Friday, December 23
EARLY DISMISSAL, 11:30 a.m.
Monday, December 26 - Thursday, January 5
NO SCHOOL - WINTER BREAK
Friday, January 6
NO SCHOOL - TEACHER'S INSTITUTE
Monday, January 9
SCHOOL RESUMES, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 12
PAA Family Night, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. @ KG Gyms
Friday, January 13
MID-TERM SECOND TRIMESTER
8th Grade Graduation Pictures, 8:30 a.m. @ KG
Monday, January 16
NO SCHOOL - MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Tuesday, January 17
Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m. @ KG
Wednesday, January 18
PTO Mangia Pizza Fundraiser
Thursday, January 19
Pack the Gym Performance, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. @ KG
Wednesday, January 25
LATE START DAY - 9:30 a.m.
A Note to our Parents
As we head into the winter season, cold temperatures may be made frigid by wind chills and snow/ice storms may be a fact of life. We would like to remind families of the D91 E-Learning plan. E-Learning days may be used in lieu of emergency days and do not need to be made up at the end of the school year. In the event of an e-learning day, students in grades 3-8 will access all work in Google classroom while students in grades PK-2 will use the blizzard envelopes that were provided at Parent teacher conferences (or sent home immediately after Thanksgiving). If a school closure is deemed necessary, the district will send a mass notification through ParentSquare. In addition, the school closure will be announced on our website, on WJOL, and through the Emergency Closing Center. Please see our closing guidelines webpage for more information.
The colder weather also affects students throughout the day. Each day that the temperature is 20 degrees or above, students line up outside at arrival and K - 5th grade students at Milne and Kelvin Grove school head outdoors for 30 minutes of recess. It is imperative that students have a coat, gloves, and hat in order to remain comfortable when outdoors. If your family needs assistance with cold weather clothing, please contact Mrs. Koziol at extension 2104 for resources and support.
Mr. John Jennings, Principal
Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal
Notes from the Health Office
It's hard to believe winter is around the corner! The temperature outside is getting colder and we have seen some flurries, so it’s time to start preparing. There are a lot of fun things to do outside this winter. However, it is important to consider safety.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has provided us with some helpful winter health and safety tips:
OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITIES
Run Wild My Child has a list of 100+ activities to do during the winter months. Snow paint, frozen ice globes, and freezing bubbles are a few that my children enjoy most!
It is safer to sled feet first or sitting up rather than laying down head first
Seld on slopes that are not too steep and that are free of obstructions, such has fences and trees
Never skate along and skate only on approved surfaces
Skate in one direction with the crowd
Wear a helmet when skiing and avoid crowded areas
OTHER WINTER CONCERNS
Often due to the warm air inside drying out your nasal passages
Use a cool-mist humidifier at night, use saline spray or nose drops, cover nose and mouth with a scarf when outside
Dress appropriately - usually dressing in layers is best
Limit time on outdoor activities - have children come inside periodically to warm up, then head back outside a little while later.
Remove wet or damp clothing and replace with dry clothing as soon as possible
Warm drinks will help to increase body temperature
The CDC nicely explains what hypothermia and frostbite is and provides tips like above to prevent either from occurring
D. Lacasse, RN
MG/KG District Nurse
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ x1102
C. Olson, RN
email@example.com ~ x2106
Mangia Pizza Night in January
The D91 PTO is partnering with Mangia Pizza for Fundraising Nights throughout the 22-23 school year.
On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, order dinner from Mangia Pizza and tell them you are supporting D91.
They will donate a portion of the profits to the D91 PTO.
Mangia Pizza is located at 132 E. 9th Street
(NW corner of 9th and Hamilton) (815) 838-1919
Please continue to support the ongoing fundraisers sponsored by the D91 PTO!
MG LRC News
MG Readers Achieve Fall Goal!!!
Check out the photos below!
Our "Hive" is completely filled in! Great job Milne Grove!!!
News from the KG LRC
It's a great time of year to curl up with a book and cup of hot chocolate.
The KG LRC will feature lots of winter fun -- and a special book tasting in the LRC Cafe -- as we move through this holiday season.
Thank you for sharing your students with us. Please be sure to take time to unplug and relax during the holiday season -- and please encourage KG students to simply
CHILL WITH A GOOD BOOK!
LRC MAKERSPACE PROJECTS COMING SOON!
Thank you for the grant, CITGO!!
What do a Corsi-Rosenthal box and a KG student have in common?
Stay tuned for details as we move closer to engineering dates!!
Watch Kelvin Grove students take charge of broadcasting District 91 news!
Kelvin Grove will be partnering with Lewis University and KG alumnus Logan Kap, a Lewis Senior Radio/TV Broadcasting student & Fall 2022 Technical Director of LUTN.
Logan also interns at 97.1 The Drive.
KGTV Co-Sponsors: Mrs. Bruemmer & Mrs. Skoczek
KG LRC Celebrates HOUR OF CODE
with KG students in December!
Mrs. Lakics and Mrs. Bruemmer team up
to provide all Kelvin students with time
to celebrate HOUR OF CODE!
SENDING SINCERE BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON
AND A HEALTHY, HAPPY 2023!
Counseling/Social Work News
It is another Winter Holiday season!! The temperatures are cold, there is snow in the air, and your little ones (and big ones), are home on Winter Break. SO, what do you do? How do our children survive?
During the winter break, many of our students need to keep their minds occupied. Some of us may go on family trips to celebrate the holidays while some of us may simply stay home and forgo traveling. Either way you choose, here are some both mental and physical ways to enjoy and endure the winter break, before your kid(s) go back to school.
Help your child understand that, just because they are on break, does not mean that you are.
Many children assume that just because they are on break or vacation from school that you follow that schedule as well. Preset a work/obligation schedule with your child(ren), telling them when you will be out of the house for work or other daily obligations and when you will be returning. Make this a visual statement, so that they can see it everyday and not wonder where you are and how come you are not off of work like they are off of school.
Create and Maintain that Family Time.
Make time for you and your child(ren). Simple things like playing in the snow, watching a movie on TV, reading a book, coloring/painting, taking a drive to see the Christmas lights, watching the ball drop on New Year's Eve, or sitting down and having a meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) together are great ideas of how to spend time together. Creating that free time to talk, laugh, interact, be silly, and be open, is very important to both the adult’s wellness and the child’s wellness. Spending time with each other creates a stronger bond and will help the rough times not seem so bad. Add “Family Time” to your daily calendar and make it a normal piece of your day!
Protect your Mental Health.
During this time, many students and adults may experience some anxiety, depression, or other emotional responses that may be out of their control. Helping to cope with these feelings is nothing simple, but start by acknowledging the concern, encourage talking to a trusted adult and being open, and be open to listen (which is extremely helpful). If you know ahead of time that the holiday is emotionally hard, contact your school social worker or counselor for your child(ren) and ask them for information about outside services and support to help.
Get back into the routine of things.
Just before school starts back in January, a helpful hint is for you to get your child back into the swing of things. Five to seven days before school starts, go back to the bedtime routine… whatever time you had set before, go back to it. After any school break, it is sometimes hard for students to get back into the routine of waking up, getting to school and being prepared to learn. Usually during school breaks there is a lot of sleeping in and sometimes the structure eases up a little. So, to help the transition back to school be a good one, go back to those bedtimes, talk to your child(ren) about the new year school expectations, and encourage them to have a great rest of the school year!
From the Hornet Family to you all, we are sending warm wishes this holiday season. If there is anything that we can do to help you and to make this season as bright as possible, please reach out to us.
Milne Grove - Mrs. Reynolds, Social Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org, x2103
Kelvin Grove - Mrs. Carrescia, School Counselor, email@example.com, x1170
Kelvin Grove - Ms. Kubik, Social Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org, x1132
District - Dr. Richardson, School Psychologist, email@example.com, x1117(KG)/x2135(MG)
EACH MONTH KELVIN GROVE IS HIGHLIGHTING A CHARACTER COUNTS PILLAR.