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3 November 2023

Happy Friday Kipling Families,

Thank you to all who joined us for our eventful Halloween parade. I hope it becomes a wet, cold, but fun memory for all our students. Mother Nature could not have timed that little bit of wintry mix any better. Since winter is coming, I would like to remind everyone to please make sure students come to school with the proper attire for the weather. Our outdoor recess protocols are as follows:

-We will be outside as long as it is not raining and the real-feel temperature is 15 degrees or above.

-Students cannot go into the snow unless they are wearing snow boots and snow pants.

-Snow cannot be thrown or kicked.

This weekend marks the end of Daylight Savings time. Don’t forget to set your clocks back and I hope everyone enjoys that precious extra hour of sleep!

All my best to you and your families over the weekend.



Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT


Kipling Elementary School

Kipling PTO

Please visit for all things PTO. Please also note these important upcoming dates:

12/1: PTO Meeting @ Kipling, 9:30-10:30 in the Lounge

Kipling Musical

Registration is currently open for 4th and 5th graders.

We expect to have spots available for 3rd graders - registration will open at 8am on November 6th for 3rd grade. Register HERE!

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Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, November 14th.

Special Someone Day

Calling all grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers! Please join us on Thursday, November 16th or Friday, November 17th for an exciting day at Kipling Elementary School. Each student will be able to have a special visitor come to school to see what they are learning about and stop by our PTO Book Fair! Special Someone Day will look a little different this year:

-Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 4th Grade will have their day on Thursday November 16th

-1st Grade, 3rd Grade, and 5th Grade will have their day on Friday, November 17th.

-Limit 1 Special Someone per student due to space issues.

-Only Pre-registered Special Someones with a valid Driver’s License or State ID will be allowed into our school and you must scan your ID through our Visitor Management system before the time of the event.

-Click here for more information and the sign up link!

District 109 Communication

Referral GPS

ReferralGPS is a web-based service focused on assisting our community in finding local mental health and substance use-related treatment. You are invited to use this interactive tool at to search for treatment resources or connect with a Care Navigator anonymously. The platform has the ability to filter by mental health concern, clinician gender/specialty, location, and insurance acceptance. The service is available for all types of private and public insurance options including PPO, HMO, Medicaid, and families that are uninsured or underinsured. ReferralGPS is available for use by district students, staff, and families at no cost. All information entered on the ReferralGPS tool is completely confidential and securely stored. Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way.


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Deerfield Park District and Community News

Park District Before and After Care

The Deerfield Park District runs all of our before and after school care programs. Please contact the Park District, 847-945-0650, if you have questions.

Park District After School Enrichment Information

Sharing on behalf of the Deerfield Park District: registration is open for fall enrichment programs. To see a brochure of programs and get more information, visit

If you have any questions, please contact the park district directly as they run the programs.

Upcoming Important Dates

-Wed 11/8: 4th Grade Music Show

-Fri 11/10: No School - Veterans’ Day

-Tues 11/14: Picture Retake Day

-Wed 11/15-Fri 11/17 - PTO Book Fair

-Thurs 11/16: Special Someone Day for K, 2nd, and 4th Grade

-Fri 11/17: Special Someone Day for 1st, 3rd, and 5th Grade

-Wed 11/22-Fri 11/24: No School - Happy Thanksgiving!

-Fri 12/1: Kipling PTO Meeting, 9:30am in the Staff Lounge

-Tues 12/12: Band Concert @ Shepard, 6:30-7:30pm

-Wed 12/13: 3rd Grade Music Show, 5:30-6pm

-Thurs 12/14: Board of Education Meeting - District Office, 7pm

-Mon 12/18: Choir Concert @ Shepard, 6-7pm

-Thurs 12/21 - Sun 1/7: No School - Winter Break

-Mon 1/8: No School - Teacher Institute Day

-Tues 1/9: Classes Resume