Keeping Up with Kipling!

April 29, 2022

Keeping Up with Kipling

Dear Kipling Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful week.

I enjoyed my time outside greeting drivers as they carefully went about drop off correctly while I was out there. Thank you to all of you who cooperated and followed our driving rules. As a reminder, please DO NOT TURN LEFT INTO THE DROP OFF LANE. We are asking you to drive all the way to the turn around and make your way back along the curb. That is safer for our students and that should be the only reason needed.

Sadly, I have to be the bearer of bad news. Ms. Clark, our assistant principal, will be spending her last day at Kipling on Friday, May 6th. Due to changes in health and family circumstances, Ms. Clark will not be able to finish out the year with us like we had previously planned. We wish her the best of luck and success into the future.

Please have a wonderful weekend!

Here are some important dates:

Kipling Staff Appreciation Week:)

Tuesday, May 3rd - Shield Testing

Wednesday, May 4th - Early Release

Thursday, May 5th - PTO Meeting at Kipling

Friday, May 6th - Kipling Spirit Day -Favorite TV Character Day

Friday, May 6th - Ms. Clark's Last Day

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

Mr. Elbert


Kipling School

Erin's Law Presentations

Illinois State Law requires us to provide Erin's Law education to all students grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Kipling will hold its Erin's Law presentation on Wednesday, May 11th. Each grade level will have a 30 minute presentation by Victor Pacini.

Please see this letter for more information about Erin's Law and our presentation.


Illinois HB156 provides that menstrual hygiene products shall be made available in bathrooms of every school building that are open for student use in grades 4 through 12 during the regular school day. Dispensers have been installed in all bathrooms at the middle schools and are in the process of being installed in the elementary schools. This measure allows for free and equitable access to products for all who use the bathroom facilities, while also creating a supportive school environment for all 109 students. If this prompts questions for your child, we would encourage you to discuss it at home.

What to do if your child is not returning to Kipling next year?

If you have a current K-4th grade student who is not returning to Kipling next year, please complete this form as soon as possible. This information not only supports us with making class placements but knowing your child is moving allows us to prepare for your child's transition. Prior to your child's last day at Kipling, we will prepare all records for transfer. As a reminder, our school office will not be open during the summer months. Please complete this form even if your child is transferring to another DPS109 school.


As part of our district's vision to develop students that are emotionally resilient, socially skilled, and academically prepared, DPS 109 invites our community, alongside our teachers, staff, and district administrators to watch the documentary "Chasing Childhood" and attend an optional discussion session on Tuesday, May 3rd.

The documentary will be available to watch on demand between April 21st and May 3rd for up to 1,000 people. Watch your inbox next Thursday for a link to the film and a link to sign up for the community discussion.

Art Show - Thank you and Save the Date

Thursday night's Art Show was a huge success! Thank you, 3rd through 5th grade artists, and thank you to Ms. Foran for her dedication and hard work decorating the school for the Art Show. It was so wonderful to see families inside of the school! We are looking for our next opportunity to showcase our school and our student work.

Speaking of that, the Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Art Show is coming up on May 19th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. This Art Show will be an open house format. Please come anytime between 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM and walk the building with your child as you look through all of the art work on display. We can't wait to see you here!

Shield Testing Opt Out

If you would like to opt your child out of a week of Shield Testing, please remember to fill out this form by 8:00 AM on Monday morning. Please keep in mind that this opt out form erases each week. If you would like to opt out the following week, you will have to fill out the form again.

To clarify this post, if you opted out permanently, this does not apply to you. This is only for families who have opted to allow their children to be Shield tested but would like to opt out for one week only. Permanent opt outs will not be tested unless given permission by their families.