D91 Back to School Guide

2022-2023 School Year

Dear D91 Parents and Guardians,

The D91 faculty and staff are excited to welcome students back for a new academic year on Wednesday, August 17th. The first day of school is a half day, and students in grades K-8 will attend from 8:30 am until 11:30 am. The first full day of school (8:30 am-3:10 pm) will occur on Thursday, the 18th.

This guide is meant to help families navigate this busy time! Please reach out to our school offices with any questions.


Sincerely,
The D91 Admin Team

Important Numbers & Extensions

Call 815-838-0737 to reach either school.


Press 1 to leave a message on the attendance line.


1101 - KG Office

1113 - KG Reception Area

2100 - MG Office


1104 - District Registrar


1102 - KG Health Office

2106 - MG Health Office


1164 - KG Foodservice

2117 - MG Foodservice


KG Fax Number: 815-834-4339

MG Fax Number: 815-838-6893

Upcoming Dates

New Parent/Student Orientation - Aug 9

Board of Education Meeting - Aug 9

Classes Posted - Junior High Locker Set Up - Aug 11th

Kindergarten Ice Cream Social - Aug 11


Kindergarten & PK Open House - Aug 16

1st Day of School (11:30 dismissal) - Aug 17

Aug/Sept Lunch Orders Due - Aug 19 @ 9am

1st Day of Hot Lunch Service - Aug 29

PACKING FOR THE LEARNING DAY

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Students in 3rd - 8th grade will carry their district issued Chromebook between school and home each day. There is no need to bring the charger, just make sure it is fully charged before packing it. Students in K-2 will have Chromebooks available for use in the classroom, but will not carry them home. All students are encouraged to have a pair of personal headphones.
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Health Requirements and Forms

Our school nurses are happy to assist any family who has questions regarding health requirements or school based nursing services. Please reach out to them using the contact information below.


Mrs. Lacasse, RN at Kelvin Grove
815-838-0737, ext. 1102
dlacasse@d91.net

Mrs. Olson, RN at Milne Grove
815-838-0737, ext. 2106

colson@d91.net

Calling in Student Absences

As a protection to their children, parents are required to contact the school whenever the child will not be in attendance. These calls should be placed before 9:00 am. If not received by 9:00 am, the child will be marked unexcused. A message must be left on voicemail at 815-838-0737 Press (1) for the attendance line.


At this time you should give the following information:

  • Student’s first and last name

  • Grade

  • Reason for the absence

  • Details of illness

  • Homework request


If a student is not called in or a note received from the parent/guardian advising of the student’s absence by

9:00 am a phone call will be made to the parent/guardian inquiring of the student’s absence. If a student is absent for 4 or more consecutive days of school, a doctor’s note is required upon returning to school.


Homework requests must be reported by 9:00 am each day of the student’s absence. Homework will be available after school in the office until 4:00pm. Late requests for homework cannot be honored.


Student attendance is crucial to student success. Appointments during the day are discouraged. If your child needs to be dismissed any time during the school day (e.g., dental or doctor appointments), please notify the office in writing prior to the absence. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain assignments before leaving. Students in grades 1-8 must attend a minimum of 300 academic minutes (excluding recess, lunch, and passing periods) in order to be counted as present for a full day. Students must attend a minimum of 150 academic minutes to be counted as present for the half day.

Payment of School Fees

If you indicated that you would like to create a payment plan or pay in full, please provide a check payable to Lockport SD 91 for the first/only payment. Families are welcome to use EPAY (see link below).


Any family that wishes to apply for a fee waiver MUST complete the annual application UNLESS you receive notification from our registrar that your family is already certified directly from the state system. Copies of this application will be sent home with lunch ordering information on the first day of school and is available electronically through the link below as well.

School Supplies

School supply lists are linked below.


ANY family that is having difficulty with school supplies or essential school items (backpacks, lunch boxes, book bags, etc) should contact the building principal immediately. We know the past year has been difficult for many.

Milne Grove students can drop off supplies in the MG gym on Tuesday August 16th from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Dropping off supplies in advance is completely optional, students are welcome to bring their supplies on the first day of school as well. If you choose to drop off supplies, just head around to the back of the school and enter through the gym doors. There will not be anyone in the office to buzz you in.


Kelvin Grove students should bring their supplies with them on the first day of school.

Kindergarten Open House & Expectation Night 2022

Kindergarten and Early Learners PK Open Houses will be offered at MIlne Grove on Tuesday, August 16th from 6:00 - 6:45pm. Parents and children are welcome to attend.


Milne Grove will offer an in person Expectation Night on Wednesday, August 31st for parents with students in Grades 1-3; additional details will be provided.


Kelvin Grove will offer an in person Expectation Night on Wednesday, September 7th for parents with students in Grades 4-8; additional details will be provided.

Arrival and Entering the School(s)

  • Families are encouraged to drop off at Kelvin Grove FIRST and then head to Milne Grove.

  • Students may not arrive on school property prior to 8:20am. The arrival window at each school is 8:20-8:30am.

  • Students will enter buildings at assigned doors based upon their grade level; see list below

  • Students that arrive later than 8:30 am will enter through Door G (MG) or Door #2 (KG).

Kelvin Grove

At Kelvin Grove, parents may drop off using one of the three parking lots on campus. Student entry/exit doors by grade level:

4: Door #1

5: Door #3

6-8: Door #4

Specialized transportation-Door #11


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Milne Grove

At Milne Grove all students are dropped off at the front of the school line up outside behind the school based upon their grade level; K and 1st outside of Door C and 2nd and 3rd between Door E and F.

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Dismissal and Leaving the School

Dismissal at both schools begins at 3:10pm. Families are encouraged to pick up at Kelvin Grove and then Milne Grove. If your child is walking from Kelvin to pick up a sibling on foot, please remind them that if they arrive late, their sibling will be waiting in the office.

Kelvin Grove

At Kelvin Grove, the doors for entrance and exit will be the same.

Bike riders and walkers:

  • At Kelvin Grove, these students will be dismissed from the assigned grade level door. Bike riders should walk bikes while on campus.

Bus students:

  • Staff members will encourage social distancing as students are loading buses.

  • Students will load their assigned bus and report directly to their assigned seat.

Milne Grove

At Milne Grove, dismissal is based on grade level:

2nd & 3rd grade will exit the front of the building

PK, K & 1st grade will exit the back of the building

Sibling/Carpool pairs will exit according to the grade of the OLDER sibling.


ALL SIBLING PAIRS WILL MEET OUTSIDE THE OFFICE. SIBLING GROUPS WITH THE OLDEST CHILD IN K or 1st WILL GO TO THE BACK. SIBLING PAIRS WITH THE OLDEST CHILD IN 2nd or 3rd WILL DISMISS TO THE FRONT.


MG Walkers:

Families that plan to meet their children on foot must notify the office that their child is a walker. Regardless of age, your child will meet you near Door B.


Students who are walking alone will exit Door A or B depending on whether they are walking east or west on 7th. If your child is allowed to walk unaccompanied, please let the teached and/or office know.

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Breakfast & Lunch Ordering Information

2022-2023 District 91 Meal Information
Breakfast $2.20 Lunch $3.85 Milk 50¢


All students in grades K-8 have the option to pre-order lunch and breakfast. During the 22-23 school year, the district will return to pre-pandemic foodservice protocols.


Meal services will begin on August 29, 2022 and be offered when school is in session through the end of the academic year. Order forms for Aug/Sept 2022 are due by 9am on Friday, August 19th. Every month, a new order form must be submitted with payment in advance of the due date in order to continue your child(ren)’s participation. Orders to our supplier are always placed well in advance; if a student’s order is submitted past the due date, the student will experience a one week delay before food service will begin.


Students may qualify for free or reduced lunches; families that are not already on the direct certify list are invited to complete a 2022-23 FRL Program Application through our registrar, Mrs. Dragosh at the district office. If approved, this program may lower the parent’s contribution per meal to .40 each day, or the program may subsidize the cost entirely.


Lunch: ALL students will need to provide their own cold lunch from August 17 – August 26. Students who ordered their meals by the due date will receive pre-ordered lunches beginning 8/29. Students that choose not to order meals must bring a lunch from home each day; lunch is not served on half days.


Breakfast: Breakfast service will begin on August 29, 2022 for those that pre-ordered. Students will arrive at 8am and enter MG Door G or KG Door 4. Breakfast will not be served on late start days. Only students who order breakfast through the school are permitted to arrive during breakfast supervision each morning; students are not allowed to bring their breakfast to consume in the cafeteria.


Tips for Success:

  • Please make sure you have made a note of which days your child is not ordering hot lunch and will need a cold lunch!

  • Menu changes may be necessary. Notice will be given when possible.

  • Credits are available if a child is sick on a day he or she has ordered. You MUST use the credit on the very next order form, or the credit will be forfeited. Parents/guardians are responsible for keeping track of credits; notices will not be provided.

  • All payments must accompany the order form; forms will be returned if the payment is not enclosed; if you are using E-Pay to fund hot lunches, please indicate the amount of the payment and the date of the payment on your form.

  • All students are required to complete the lunch form monthly, even if your child has qualified for free or reduced lunch status.

  • Our kitchen does not keep extra hot meals on hand each day; students who forget their lunch may contact their parent or guardian to bring a lunch to school


Mrs. Dennis, Lunch Coordinator at Milne Grove
815-838-0542, ext. 2117
jdennis@d91.net


Mrs. Latham, Lunch Coordinator at Kelvin Grove
815-838-0737, ext. 1164
tlatham@d91.net

COPIES OF FORMS LINKED BELOW WILL BE SENT HOME ON 8/17/22

Lunch Program Website

Fall Picture Day 2022 - AUGUST 25th

Picture Day for D91 students is Thursday, August 25, 2022. Order your perfect package online and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day! If you prefer a picture day form, please check your child's backpack/folder in the coming weeks.


Milne Grove Picture Day ID - EVTWVB2PN


Kelvin Grove Picture Day ID - EVTPW9WPW


Retake Day is Friday, October 7th & Spring Picture Day is March 9th


https://my.lifetouch.com

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Helping Your Child Succeed

D91 is excited to welcome your child back to school!