Kendall News

February 3, 2020

Newsletter Highlights:

  • E-Learning Day Reminders
  • Open House
  • February Book Fair
  • Winter Aimsweb Benchmark Scores
  • February 14th Friendship Parties
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • STEM School Info Night
  • 5Essentials Survey
  • Special Survivor Games
  • PTA Points
  • Save the Dates!

International Family Night

Thank you to our amazing PTA for hosting a spectacular International Family Night to celebrate our Kendall Community.

Happy 100th Day of School!

Thank you WatchDOGS!

Thank you to our Dads of Great Students who joined us at school last Friday: Mr. Kraai, Mr. Rozycki, Mr. Torpey, and Mr. Turriff!
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.

Book Fair Jungle!

Monday 2/3/20 - 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 2/4/20 - 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday 2/5/20 - 9:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Grandparents Night

Thursday 2/6/20 - 9:15 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Open House

Friday 2/6/20 - 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Challenge yourself to be part of something big in 2020. Consider signing up for Team IPEF and participating in the Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon or 5K as a charity partner. Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to be involved for a cause and make a difference for your school. Last year 555 runners raised $205,597 to help enrich education in all 33 of our District 204 schools through programs such as Robotics, Teacher Grants, the Fine Arts Festival and Young Heart for Life.

Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the half marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 18, 2020 Visit to learn more or sign-up. Registration deadline is March 8th.

Aimsweb Winter Benchmarks

Dear Parent/Guardian:

In January, Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 administered the aimswebPlus benchmark assessments to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. These brief Illinois Learning Standards aligned assessments evaluate academic performance and growth in the areas of early literacy/reading and early numeracy/mathematics. These benchmark assessments are administered again in May. The purpose of these assessments is to evaluate student academic growth toward end of year expectations. These assessment results are used by teachers and administrators to assist with instructional planning and differentiation at the grade, classroom and student level.

Depending on grade level, literacy measures assess vocabulary, phonological awareness, word recognition, reading comprehension and reading fluency; and numeracy measures assess number sense, operations, algebraic thinking, measurement/data, geometry, fractions and ratios/proportions. These areas of performance are summarized in an overall early literacy/reading and early numeracy/mathematics score.

Your child’s national and district percentile ranks in these academic areas will be available within the Home Access Center on Friday, February 14, 2020 at

Go to the Grades area and Test Scores tab. Please note that the average range extends from the 16th to 84th percentile rank; variations in your child’s scores should be interpreted in the context of other indicators of academic performance including daily classroom work, teacher observation, historic academic performance, etc.

Paper copies of individual student reports will be available upon request. Should you have any questions regarding your child’s aimswebPlus results, please contact the school principal.


Charles Sprandel

Executive Director of Research and Assessment

Indian Prairie School District #204

February 14th Class Friendship Parties

Our annual Friendship Parties are approaching and we are excited to celebrate at Kendall School with the exchange of cards or special notes, if students would like to participate. Time will be scheduled on Friday, February 14th for students to exchange in their classrooms as they celebrate a day of friendship with one another.

As a reminder, we ask that families refrain from sending candy or food treats in with cards. These items cannot be distributed at school. We encourage you to send a card only to keep the focus of the day on kind words of friendship. Students may include a school supply item with their cards, if they choose. School supplies should be taped to the outside of the card. Other items (toys, jewelry, etc.) will not be distributed.

We are excited to share in the joy of friendship with our students and appreciate your support! Any specific grade level information will be shared by your child’s teacher.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Kendall School will be holding 2nd semester parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 1:00 – 8:00 pm. Traditionally, this second conference session is not scheduled for every family and instead based upon a teacher or parent request.

Please note that Thursday, February 27th is not a school day for students. Students will also be off on Friday, February 28th for a district-wide institute day for staff.

We Need Your Feedback - Our current response rate is 30%

Kendall currently has a 30% 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 - RSVP by March 1st

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.


Kendall PTA Points

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February Book Fair - Volunteer spots available

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 ever 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!

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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!


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

PTA Restaurant Day

Eggcited 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

No School - Teacher Institute Day

Friday, February 28th

2nd Grade Musical

Monday, March 2nd 6:30 p.m.