KG End Of The Year Newsletter
Notes from the Principal
Dear KG Hornets,
Even the Farmer’s Insurance Company’s commercials can’t say they’ve already seen what we’ve been through the last three months! While what we’ve seen is so different, the time we’ve lost together can never be replaced. We are saddened by having to close out the school year without a field day, a growth assembly, or a Great America trip, but these are all sacrifices for the greater good of our community, to keep others and our loved ones safe. Please continue to make these changes to your routines, like wearing a mask in public, because one day we will all look back at these times and remember the contributions we did make to help others.
I’m so extremely proud of our school community for the work that was completed in three months time. It started with our students being ready to learn right away while at home. When students were told to bring their books home on Friday, March 13 and start looking at Google Classroom for E-learning, they did just that. The teachers then stepped up by developing virtual lessons and having Zoom sessions to keep the learning and connections going. Then it was the parent’s turn by keeping kids on a schedule and being the ‘home-school’ teacher when the stay at home order was extended the first time and the second time! The district also stepped up by providing meals to our kids each week of the quarantine, and as the need increased so did the number of meals being provided each week.
This I believe is the most important lesson to be learned from the pandemic, find time to give to others. Giving is not something that only happens during the holidays or on birthdays. Giving is also not only done through a monetary donation. During these months, we found time to give praise to our medical professionals, essential workers, and our teachers. Families also gave support to local businesses to keep them operating and people employed. The whole community came together, while still being apart, to give in any way they could.
For our graduating 8th graders, we have missed having you finish out your last year within the halls of KG. But as I’ve continued to say, “Once a Hornet, always a Hornet!” All of you will have volunteer hours in high school, where you’ll have to give back in some fashion. I challenge you to give more of yourself than the minimum amount of hours each year to demonstrate that you’ve learned the lesson this pandemic has taught you, to give! You will always be welcomed back to complete those hours. I look forward to seeing all of you soon; hopefully back at KG!
Registration For School Year 2020-2021 Due by May 29
Registration for our returning students is now open on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The easiest way to register is to login using your Infinite Campus username and password. If you have not created a username and password, you can either email Mrs. Krumlinde at email@example.com to get your activation code to set up your username and password or you can go thru the new student portal and enter all your information. See the Registration tab on the D91 webpage for all registration requirements. We are asking parents to be sure all our returning students are registered by May 29 since it is unknown if we will have an in-person registration day this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you will not be returning to D91 for the 2020-2021 school year, please email Mrs. Krumlinde at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 29, to get the withdraw paperwork necessary to have student records sent to the new school.
Please pay all outstanding fees by May 21, 2020. Any student accounts with outstanding fees after this date will incur a carry-over fee of $20. To check if you have an outstanding balance, you can email the Registrar at email@example.com. Fees can be paid either thru the Epay Illinois link on our website or by mailing your payment to Mrs. Krumlinde, 808 Adams St., Lockport, IL 60441.
Dear KG students and families,
Thank you for welcoming me into the KG community this year! I have enjoyed the time spent with all of you and hope to see you all once we are capable of being together again. Until then, stay healthy and safe! For most, summer involves many outdoor activities; remember to use sunscreen, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, make healthy food choices, exercise and relax!! I have provided a link to the CDC’s web page for tips on maintaining health and safety tips for all ages.
Should you need to contact me over the summer, I am available via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy your summer!!
4th and 5th Guidance
We made it! It wasn’t easy but we survived this school year with all of its challenges together! I am so proud of you for working very hard to learn a new way to learn. I know you have missed seeing your teachers and friends, and we have missed seeing you as well. I hope you have a wonderful summer and that we will be able to learn together in school again next year!! Stay safe and be well!
Parent Liaison/Student Interventionist/Problem Solving Coach Kelvin Grove Middle School
Have a GREAT SUMMER!
Lindsey A. Burnette
Parent Liaison/Student Interventionist/Problem Solving Coach
Kelvin Grove Middle School
We would like to thank you for your support during this remote learning experience. Although this was not the end of the school year we envisioned, and we have missed seeing all of our students in class, the grit students have shown is commendable. We are very proud of all of the hard work and engagement students put in during this time. We look forward to the day we will be able to resume class once again. Until then, stay safe and continue to read and learn throughout the summer.
Fourth Grade Teachers
Fifth grade parents,
Thank you for sharing your children with us. It was a pleasure having each and every one of them in our classroom. We had a lot of fun learning, teaching and getting to know the children. This was definitely a year to remember. We wish you all a wonderful summer filled with laughter and memories.
Jr. High CAD
I truly miss you all and cannot wait to sit at a table with you and learn again. Mrs. Harder
It was a pleasure working with all of you this year! I truly miss all of you and can't wait to work with you again next year. For my students who are moving on Congratulations and I am proud of all your hard work! Have a great summer!!!! Mrs. Dannetta Turturillo
6th Grade Team
Dear 6th Grade Students and Parents,
Where do we begin? Probably at the beginning, that’s usually the best. When you entered 6th grade back in August, you took on a mountain of changes. From moving from class to class, to navigating your locker combinations, changing for PE, and most importantly, no more recess. You had new expectations to meet from three different teachers, and juggle the workload for five different classes. All fresh off summer break. Well, you hit the ground running and quickly showed all of us that you could not only handle it, but excel at it.
You quickly showed us teachers that you could handle any project or assignment we threw at you. Your ability to work hard allowed us to do so many more cool things in the classroom than we’ve ever done before. We were excited to see you every day, and we know you were excited to see us. We loved seeing the anticipation for First Chapter Fridays, Stories with Holes, 80s Music Video Fridays, cashing in your Dojo Points for music, or to sit by a friend, Mario Kart Tournaments during our PBIS incentive days, and the awesome field trips and projects we did in class.
Then the shutdown happened. Life ground to a halt in the blink of an eye. Nobody knew what would happen next. Then Remote Learning happened. And just like the challenges you faced at the start of the year, a whole new set presented themselves in front of you. And just like the beginning of the year, you took those challenges head-on and overcame them. We, your teachers, are so proud of you. You improvised, adapted, and overcame. Remote Learning is not easy. Teachers need to see their students, and students need to see their teachers. People often praise us teachers for working so hard during this, but in reality, it is easy for us to put in the work when we know that the parents and students are working just as hard.
This school year has been a roller coaster. Highs and lows, we conquered them together. 7th grade is going to present a fresh set of challenges, but based on what we’ve seen this year, we have full confidence that you will conquer those challenges just as you have done your 6th-grade year.
Enjoy your summer break 6th grade, you deserve it. We want you to know that we miss every single one of you, and we will see you again soon at KG.
Mr. Lindstrom, Mrs. Stateman, and Mr. Prieboy
7th Grade Team
To all of our seventh grade students and parents,
We would like to thank you for all of your support and hard work these past weeks. Though we would much rather say, “See you next year!” and “Have a great summer!” in person, we are looking forward to the upcoming year with our class as the new 8th graders. We wish all of you and your families good health, peace in chaotic times, and much joy in your daily lives together. We have missed being in the classroom with you but know that challenges develop character and grit. We have all done our very best to rise to this challenge.
We are in this together,
The Seventh Grade Team
8th Grade Team
To the class of 2020,
Where did the time go?! August 14th seems like a lifetime ago, especially now that we are all living through COVID19.
First of all, you will always hold a special place in my heart. You, after all, are my first class of 8th graders! I’m so grateful to have been your teacher this year. We made many good memories and we had many laughs. From the handshakes before class, girls trying to teach me the Renegade, daily doses of BING, and just the energy and space that we created and shared.
One of my favorite memories is, the way you all came together to decorate the doors for Christmas! As a group, you worked together and collaborated. You also were very determined. When you channel determination or perseverance, you can do anything!! Stay focused, do good things, and you will go far!! You have shown me that you possess many of these attributes. You can do great things and go far in this world!
I wish you nothing but the best in high school!! Make the most of each day!! Carpe Diem!!
Wow, the end of the school is here! Hard to believe considering all the strange things that have happened over the past nine weeks.
Two things have been consistent with me this year and I couldn’t let you leave without me reminding you to “always show your work.” Someday, even though some of you still don’t believe me, you will thank me and say to yourself ”by golly Mr. Kelly was right!” The other thing I have tried to emphasize to you is that life beyond middle school and even high school is very different. The real world out there doesn’t care who you are or where you came from, it tends to treat everyone the same. And unfortunately, it isn't easy and you have to work for what you get! Never, did I think that the world would introduce us to the life lesson that we are currently living with Covid-19, stay at home orders, businesses and schools closing, quarentines, etc. On the bright side, we discovered Zoom Videos!
What we didn’t get was the ability to say goodbye at the end of the year. For that I am sad because I would rather say it than write it. As my second year at KG ends, so does my career here with the KG Family. It has been a very good year. I know that at times I was tough and expected a lot but it was only because I cared about you and believed in your ability to grow. We had a lot of laughs, we made fun of each other when we needed a laugh. We talked about serious things when we needed to. And goodness knows, I made fun of myself an awful lot because one thing I do want you to know is that you can never take yourself too seriously. It makes you a boring and dull person. You listened and allowed me to share my 12,000 mile adventure for my son’s final year in football. I believe that no matter what we did care about each other.
As a class, we accomplished a lot. Believe it or not, you grew as people and students of math. Improvement is all I wanted and I really did see it. Periods 8 - 9, we successfully implemented the Enriched Math Class and with it you were successful too. All of you asked questions and challenged me which is how I Know you grew.
I have really enjoyed my time at KG. Funny thing, when I was in elementary school, we were the Hornets, and coming here, my first teaching job was with the Hornets. It could not have been more appropriate. I wish you only success as you move to high school. It is a big change, but you can do it. Remember, as long as you believe that you can do it, there is nothing that you cannot do. Go forth and learn, learn something new every day and you will be successful.
I will miss you,
Dear Class of 2020:
I truly can not believe that it is time to say Congratulations! and farewell to this year’s 8th grade class of 2020. It has been a pleasure to have been able to watch many of you grow and transform from wide-eyed 4th graders just entering KG, to the wonderful young adults that you have now become. I will deeply miss seeing your faces each day. For many of you, this year was the second, or even the third time, you had me as your teacher. Each and every one of you holds a special place in my heart.
Although your graduation marks the beginning of a new path, I hope you will always hold your “old” home at KG near and dear to you. You have become a family over the years, and will carry many KG friendships into your golden years. Nothing would warm my heart more than you remembering something we learned, discussed, shared, or laughed about as you grow older. Nothing would make me happier than you contacting me to tell me all about your successes, accomplishments, and joys. I can’t wait to hear all about them. I’m counting on it.
I will say that I had hoped for a different kind of graduation for all of you. Despite the current circumstances, I am very thankful for our enlightening discussions, the relationships that became stronger, the laughter, the nail-biting chess games, the door decorating, the exciting sports games, and getting to know each one of you through your beautiful writing. What an awesome year!
I am so proud of the milestone you have reached. You attained it through resilience, sacrifice, and compassion (remember these?). You are strong. Sometimes things get harder before they get easier. Never give up. Just try each day to be a little better than you were the day before. Go forward now and be the best you can be.
Best wishes to you for a bright and HAPPY future!
Director: Mrs. Plagman
Unlike every other May I have taught, this is a sad newsletter to write. Usually, I am congratulating Concert Band on their great performance at IGSMA State Festival and writing up all the information for the Band Recognition Concert and Graduation performance. This year is different, yet the one thing that is the same is how proud I am of all the band students this year! Not only for their hard work in rehearsals and lessons that resulted in wonderful performances at the Fall Concert, Solo & Ensemble, Winter Concert, and District Festival but also for their perseverance through their remote learning. Each and every person in the band has improved as a player and a musician. We won’t get to perform our final concerts, but we will continue to get better and make great music together when we meet again in person! As much as I miss being in the classroom, it has been wonderful to be able to connect with the students through Zoom lessons and lunches. Students should continue to practice and check Google Classroom for your assignments for band and not hesitate to reach out if they have any questions.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (815)838-0737 x1139 or email@example.com.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone for all your support and commitment to the band program at Kelvin Grove this year. Although it turned out to be a very different type of year, it was another great year of learning and making music and I am looking forward to an outstanding year next year. Have a great summer and PRACTICE!!!!!!!
Kelvin Grove Technology, Music, and Art Classes
The Kelvin Grove teachers of Technology, Music, and Art would like to again thank students and parents for the continued support and effort in maintaining our treasured connections throughout our remote learning at Kelvin Grove. We have noticed great response and we are thrilled to hear that our activities have been fun and engaging. We all are so proud of the time and effort put forth throughout this remote learning time; thank you to all the dedicated families that are assisting their children through this new experience.
Most importantly, we all are here for you - to answer questions, offer ideas, share inspiration, or just talk about your experiences. Although we miss seeing your children each day, we are so glad we can connect remotely. Please let your child know our daily thoughts are with them and we are excited to connect again soon.
Mrs. Cravens firstname.lastname@example.org (Art)
Mrs. Randolph email@example.com (Music)
Mrs. Lakics firstname.lastname@example.org (Tech)
*When emailing, be sure to include first and last name, grade, and homeroom in email.
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Running out of things to read?
It's ALMOST Summer! 😎
The Kelvin Grove Learning Resource Center has one simple message for Kelvin Grove students:
Read for the FUN of it!
Dear Kelvin Grove Class of 2020:
I would like to extend my sincere thanks and congratulations to the AMAZING students in the KG graduating class of 2020.
The best is yet to come!
I just love that sentence! It's filled with hope and promise and dreams and all the wondrous things that lie ahead for each of you.
Stay strong, stay safe, make good choices, do the right thing . . . oh, and of course, READ, READ, READ!
(Seriously: did you think I was going to say stop reading???? C'mon, it's me!)
Fill your minds with all the great things that are yet to be discovered -- and read about times and events that are the very
foundation of where you now stand. Read about mysteries, fantasies, and dreams.
Read about other places, cultures, thoughts, ideas, opinions. Read things that wrap you in the promise of tomorrow.
Just READ. And then read some more.
Remember what I said all year: Check your sources, validate, cultivate the differences between opinion and fact.
Respectfully challenge things if you see they are wrong, hurtful or unfair.
Stand up for yourself: respectfully.
Be the BEST researcher you can be -- and then improve on THAT "best"!
Read about kindnesses and heroes and all the ordinary people who step up each day to make a difference.
But read . . . and keep your minds open as you get ready to make YOUR mark on this world.
I send my personal congratulations and best wishes to each of you!
May you have a wonderful high school experience!
Continue to make good choices, be safe, be well -- and be amazing adults! May your futures be as bright as you are!
We will miss you all.
💟💻👋👍 And don't forget: we're only a CLICK away if you ever need us! 💟💻👋👍
And exactly HOW big is that Guinness World Record ball of yarn?
Happily Ever After, Mrs. B.
Mrs. Bruemmer, LRC Coordinator / District 91 Webmaster