Milne Grove Messenger

May 2018

Highlighted Dates to Remember (see linked calendar for full schedule of events)

3rd Grade Parent Step Up Night at KG: May 8 @ 6pm

Walk/Bike to School Day: May 9

Dance Your Way into Summer Reading Night: May 10

Late Start: May 15

LRC Culver's Fundraiser: May 16

3rd Grade Student Step Up Day & 3rd Grade Recorder Concert: May 17

3rd Grade Lock In: May 18

MG Field Day: May 21

Early Learners Graduation: May 23

Kindergarten Graduation / Last Day of School: May 24

D91 Slammers Night: May 25

PTO News

May 2nd: PTO Meeting at 6:00pm in the KG LRC.

May 9th: Mangia pizza night fundraiser.

May 21st: Hot dog day at Milne

Email with questions!

Principal's Page

The last month of school is already here! We have so many events and activities scheduled to keep our students busy engaged and excited this month - please check out the calendar for more details. The last day of school is May 24th; school will dismiss at 11:30am. Kindergarten graduation will be held on May 24th and Early Learners PK graduation will be held on May 23rd; Field Day/Hot Dog Day is on May 21st.

Thank you to all parents who came out for Parent Planning Council in April and May! I look forward to working with teams of interested parents through the summer to make our vision of an Idea Lab for students and a parent education series a reality!

Through the summer, we will be using Freckle (formerly Front Row) as our summer education program for families who would like to keep their kids' skills sharp. Each child will receive their log in information with their report card; you can use the link below to access the site. A celebration will be held in August for all students who participated on a weekly basis.

Call me at 815-838-0542x2104 or email

Jaime Koziol

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Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Cindy Dragosh, Secretary


Help Kids Have Access to Food this Summer!

Notes From the Nurse

The State of Illinois mandates that all school age children receive physical, eye (by an optometrist or ophthalmologist) and dental exams prior to the first day of school. All exams must be documented on the State of Illinois forms. All children entering school for the first time or transferring from one school to another are required by law to have these exams. No student may enter school without the proper Health Records on file. Take advantage of the summer months to get the needed exams for your child.

According to law, students may be excluded from school if the physical exam and immunization information are not completed by October 15th of the current school year. Report cards will be withheld if eye exams are not turned in by October 15th. Report cards are also withheld if dental exams are not completed by May 15th of the school year.

We have a number of resources for parents who are having difficulty finding physicians, dentists or optometrists.

I would like to remind parents whose children will be entering 2nd grade, that your child is required to have a new dental exam completed and documented on the State of Illinois form by the first day of school. Those currently in 2nd grade are required to have a new dental exam turned in to the health office no later than May 15, 2018. Report cards will be held if the exam is not turned in by that date.

Please feel free to call me at 815-838-0542 if you have questions or concerns regarding these exams or if you are in need of a form.

Have a safe and joyful summer!

Shannon Gilkerson, RN

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The Latest from the LRC

Book Notes We celebrated School Library Week in April with spirit days and a bookmark design contest. The winning (voted by school staff) bookmarks with the theme Every Child a Reader can be found on the MG LRC page of our website.

BOGO Scholastic Book Fair Come to the KG LRC April 30 - May 4 until 6pm daily to stock up on summer reading materials and help stock classroom libraries!

Feed the Need to Read - Culver’s Fundraiser May 16th Please order from Culver’s from 4-8pm on Wednesday, May 16th and be sure to tell them you are with D91. A percentage of what you spend will be donated to our libraries!

Grandparents Week Our annual Grandparents Week in the library will run from May 7-11. It’s always so nice to visit all the wonderful grandparents who are able to join us! Invitations have been sent home and are due back by May 1st.

D91 Family Night Slammers Game May 25th See our website for details. Many students earned free tickets through the Slammers reading program. If your child did not participate, you may purchase lawn seats for just $5 each, or box seats for $10, when you get there. Tickets for students, and families who ordered extra, will be delivered the last week of school.

Six Flags Tickets These will be distributed in late May to students who earned them.

White Oak Summer Reading Keep your kids, and yourself, reading over the summer – join the public library’s Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens and adults. Find more info at I will give a free book, 10 Character Coupons and a special lunch party to all students who show me their completion certificate in the fall!

Computer Bytes The Milne Grove websites link is up and running all year long: click HERE or find it by clicking on the MG LRC button on the front of the school web page. Keep your child working on those hard-earned skills with some fun and educational games and activities!

Volunteer Corner My most sincere gratitude goes out to Jaime Dixon,Peter Klauser, Linda Hozjan, Kathleen Kesteloot and Katie Schuldt for helping me in the library all year long. They have made my life so much easier! ~ 815-838-0542, x2122 Follow me on Twitter!
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Physical Education Feats

As we round up the school year, students will get to participate in some fun activities with PE!

During the end of April and beginning of May students will be participating in a dance unit. To celebrate all of the dances students will learn, we will be having Family Dance Night on Thursday May 10th.This year the event will be paired with Reading Night! Be on the lookout for a flyer.

May also means: FIELD DAY! Field day is currently scheduled for Monday, May 21st. Mrs. Draper will be sending home a parent flyer for any parents who are interested in helping volunteer at this years event. If you plan on being a volunteer make sure you have completed the appropriate District Volunteer requirements.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer and stay active!

Mrs. Draper

3rd Grade


  • Please continue reading with your child at home to help them grow in their fluency and comprehension.


  • Please continue to work with your student on fact fluency for multiplication and division. They need to work on accuracy as well as speed when practicing their facts. If you would like additional resources for fact practice, please visit the third grade page under math.

  • You can use the Go Math link to review lessons at home and assist with concept questions. Go Math Website


  • We are currently working on our final science unit of the year which is all about ecosystems. Please work with your student on their vocabulary words for this unit. If you need an additional copy of the words, please look on the third grade website.

Social Studies:

  • We are currently working on our culture unit. Students will be studying different cultures around the world and then learning all about the history of Lockport.

Important Dates:

5/2 - Last day for 3rd grade Homework Help

5/7- Field Trip to Lockport Township High School Central Campus

-Lunch with the Kelvin Grove Beta Club

5/9-Fossil Presentation with Ms. Gotts

5/11-Field Trip to Morton Arboretum (walking shoes)

5/15-Field Trip to Downtown Lockport (walking shoes)

5/17-Step Up Day at Kelvin Grove

5/18-Field Trip to Will County Historical Village (walking shoes)

-Junior Achievement in the afternoon

-Third Grade Lock-In 7:00 pm-8:00 am

5/21-Field Day at Milne Grove

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns!

Thank you,

The Third Grade Team

Miss Johnson, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. McGreevy, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Steed, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

2nd Grade

Language Arts: As our school year comes to an end, the second grade teachers would like to thank you for your continued support with our curriculum. Over the summer continue to read chapter books.

Math: During the month of May we will work on geometry and fraction concepts. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts over the summer. This is a skill that is needed for third grade.

Science: Our last unit of the year will focus on Life Science. The students will learn to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. The second graders are going to Pilcher Park in May. We would like to thank PTO for contributing money toward the field trip.

Social Studies: We will continue with our unit, “Our Nation Past and Present.”

If your child attends homework help; the last day will be on Wednesday, May 9th.

The Second Grade Team

Mrs. Bolte, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Georgopulos, 2nd grade teacher,

Miss Podwika, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

1st Grade

Superkids Reading Program:

  • Read fluently and understand the importance of reading a conversation with expression

  • Decode and encode “oi” and “oy” for /oi/

  • Decode and encode “c” for /s/ and “g” for /j/

  • Decode and encode “ow” and “ou” for /ou/

  • Decode and encode “oo” for /oo/

  • Alphabetize words

  • Decode words with the prefix -re

  • Review various spelling patterns

Language and Writing:

  • Focus on writing complete sentences with the correct ending marks

  • Writing a narrative paragraph

  • Discuss, write, and revise personal narratives

  • Reading and writing different types of poetry

  • Adverbs with -ly

  • Review grammar topics

GO Math:

  • Three-Dimensional Geometry

  • Make objects and larger shapes from other shapes

  • Two-Dimensional Geometry

  • Equal shares, halves, and fourths

  • Getting ready for 2nd grade

Social Studies:

  • Comparing our Country’s past to its present

  • Mother’s Day

  • Memorial Day


  • Changing of seasons and the coming of Summer

  • Understanding how adult animals and their young are alike

  • Animal mimicry

Homework Help for 1st grade students will end on May 16th!

The First Grade Team

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Preboy, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Stanly, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,


During the month of May, please keep up with reading the “book-in-a-baggie” as they come home. We can really see some children reading with fluency from nightly practice...way to go!!

Kindergarten SOAR will end on May 11th.

Once summer vacation arrives, it is essential your child continue reading to keep their skills sharp for First Grade. The Lockport Library has a wonderful children’s section and the librarians will show you the appropriate leveled readers for your child. They also offer a wonderful Summer Reading Program as well as many fun activities for children.

You can find the information by clicking on the link below:

The Kindergarten students have become prolific authors and illustrators! We have worked very hard all year on using the “memory words” (both in words that can be sounded out and words that must be know by sight) to compose letters to friends, stories, and journal entries. Please reinforce these skills at home over the Summer. Reinforcement will make sure the skills gained are not lost.

A good way to do this is by keeping a journal of the things they are doing, seeing, feeling or places the students are going. If your child brings it back to share with their Kindergarten Teacher, they will receive a prize.

A printable writing paper is available here:

In Math Kindergarten is working on addition and subtraction facts as well as composing and decomposing numbers, counting to 100 by ones and tens and measurement. Please keep these skills current by playing flashcard games, counting to 100 and working on composing and decomposing numbers to 20.

To reinforce these concepts at home check out these songs:
We use the website GoNoodle to help us stay focused, calm and energized during our school day by using music and movement, here is the link for you to try:
In Jolly Phonics we are continuing our study of digraphs and long vowels. Please watch these videos and sing their songs with your child:
For many Math and Reading Games that the children enjoy reinforcing important skills with, please take a look at Starfall :

The Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Adams -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

Early Learners Preschool

Upcoming Events:

Week of April 30th – The Early Learners will discuss their special parents and create special Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts for them. They will also discuss their special families and who the members of their families are before creating family portraits.

Week of May 7th – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Zz”. The theme will be zoo. They will also review numbers 0 to 20 and their quantities.

Week of May 14th - The Early Learners will be learning about flowers. They will also discuss what their favorite flowers are before planting some.

Week of May 21st - I AM SPECIAL week. The Early Learners will discuss what makes them special and create special projects. They will also discuss what types of jobs they would like to do when they grow up.

Dates to Remember:

Field Trip to Nova Quarter Horses, Inc. in Mokena on Thursday, May 10th. The Milne Grove Early Learners will attend in the morning and must be at school by 8:40a.m. The bus will leave at 9:05a.m. and will return around 12:30p.m. Your child will need a paper bag lunch for the trip.

Parent-Teacher Conferences at Milne Grove School on Wednesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 17th. Parents will attend while their child is in class.

Field Day for Early Learners will be Friday, May 18th at Milne Grove School. There is NO rain date available.

Last full day of class for Early Learners is Tuesday, May 22nd..

Early Learners Graduation Program is on Wednesday, May 23rd at 1:15p.m. in the gym. The whole family should arrive at Milne Grove School at 1:00p.m. and your Early Learners will go to their classroom until the program starts at 1:15p.m.

Watch your child’s folder for information regarding the May Family Fun Event.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to ALL the families who volunteered in the classroom, at home, on field trips, at family fun events, and for parties. You help and supported was greatly appreciated this school year! The Milne Grove Early Learners staff would like to wish ALL the Early Learner families a safe and fun summer!

The PK Team

Mrs. Torkelson, PK Teacher,

Mrs. Pederson, Bilingual Liaison,

The Speech Spot with Mrs. Barker

Barrier Games - “Do You See What I See?”

Barrier games are a great language tool - they provide opportunities to develop communication skills. In a barrier game, two players sit across from each other with a barrier, such as an easel, or a file folder, between them. Each player has duplicate scenes and objects. Place the barrier so that each player is unable to see the other player’s scene and objects. One player-the directing player-chooses where to set each object on his/her scene. The directing player gives verbal directions to help the other player set up her/her scene exactly the same way. The barrier keeps both players from seeing each other’s scene during this process. The directing player must give clear directions such as, “Put the big, yellow block next to the small green triangle.” The game facilitates use of a variety of language concepts such as color, size, location, facial features and order. Once the players feel like their scenes match, let them compare their scenes.

Some examples of resources for Barrier games are Mr. Potato Heads; Melissa & Doug 5 Scene Reusable Sticker Pads (only $3.95 at Blain's Farm & Fleet); Cootie Bug: Magnetic Playsets by Imaginetics; Lego Blocks; shape blocks or magnets; playdough; coloring pages; dry erase boards with matching sets of markers or blank pieces of paper with matching sets of crayons.

Borrowed from Kevin Stuckney, M. Ed., CCC-SLP-Super Duper Handouts #228

Savvy Solutions with Mrs. DeSandre

This Month’s Topic: Summer Activities to Keep Kids’ Brains Active!

When summer break arrives each year, children are relieved to be finished with another school year. However, it is important to remember not to let the freedom turn into a summer without structure or purpose! Just like during the actual school year, children make better use of their time when they have a routine and activities presented to them. Below you will find a few fun ways you can help keep your children’s brains active!

1. Have students create a summer calendar with important events, holidays, outings, etc. As you can help them identify dates, they can do the writing and decorating for each month!

2. Have your children help in the kitchen! Help them follow along with step-by-step recipes. Perhaps you can even have your children pick out their own recipes or check out a recipe book at the local library.

3. Get crafty! Look up ideas or watch videos on how to make homemade bubble solution, create origami, make playdough or slime, or conduct science experiments.

4. Go on a walk, go to the park, or take an outing to discuss nature. Have conversations about animals, insects, plants, weather, etc. There are several places in the area that are free. Pilcher Park in Joliet, The Little Red Schoolhouse in Willow Springs, or Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville.

5. Read WITH your child! Gather your own favorite selections or have your children find new reads at the local library. Spend time reading and discussing the events, the characters, or what

they would have done if they were in the story. Ask questions!

6. Have your child write, create, and design their own book. Stapling plain pieces of paper together is a great and simple way to get started. They then have to create a title page, think about and write their story, and then provide illustrations for each page.

7. If you are feeling really adventurous, plan a family activity day with your children. Help your child research events and activities in your area and choose an affordable activity the whole family can enjoy. Take plenty of pictures during this adventure. Your can then print them out for an opportunity to create a family scrapbook of your special day.

8. Playing board games is also a great way to keep children’s brains active while spending quality time together. Encourage your child be the banker or scorekeeper to reinforce math skills.


*If you have any recommendations for topics, please contact me!*

Contact Mrs. DeSandre at

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Currently, all kindergarten through third grade students completed their unit on watercolor and painting and concluding ceramic sculpture. All students focused on joinery and basic hand-built techniques for construction. Students also experimented with subtractive elements such as texture to create interesting effects on the surface of the clay. As a final step, students will painted their sculptures in various color schemes.

All students will also be drawing outside as we experience the warm weather. We will be observing nature, and drawing what we see, all around us – like Claude Monet. Students will also learn about artists who use nature as inspiration, like Andy Goldsworthy. We will also discuss some basic sketching techniques.

Thank you to all students, parents, teachers, administration and staff for all your support of the arts throughout the year. It is with your patience and understanding that all our special projects and all good things in art are possible.

Mrs. Cravens

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Music Notes

To Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director

Email: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

Congratulations to the Kelvin Grove Organists who performed on the Joliet Rialto Theatre’s Grand Barton Theatre Pipe Organ on Wednesday, March 28! They helped celebrate National Music In Our Schools Month 2018 with the theme “Music Connects” by connecting our school with the Rialto Theatre’s professional organist, Mr. James Patak, and our guests from the area. A special Thank You to Mr. James Patak, the Rialto Theatre’s Organist, who gave us a history of the Grand Barton and performed for us that day! We appreciate our “Partners In Education” The Rialto Theatre and the Joliet Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts (JATOE) for preserving the wonderful Grand Barton Theatre Pipe Organ and allowing our Lockport School D91 Students to continue to perform on it. (See pictures included here and on the school music web page under organ.

Pictured: (Top row L-R): Keelyn Gallagher, Kaitlyn Billings, Lola Rodriguez, Victor Cieslak-Kaczmarczyk, Evelyn Moan, Anja Klauser,

(Bottom Row L-R): Nicki Rose, Sarah Ellison, Emerson Tremayne, Skyler Wittenkeller, Kaydence Peebles, Allison Bobek)

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W. April 25 – Hornet Music Tumblers, Magnets, and Fathead Sticker Orders were due. If you forgot to order one, contact Mrs. Randolph to purchase the few extras that were ordered (see design below).

T. May 15 (6:30 pm) – All students in Grades 4,5 , 6-8, KG Chorus, and a few selected students in grades 6-8 will present the spring concert in the KG old gym. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Students wear their best clothes for this performance. Students who have a sports conflict are encouraged to join the concert in their sport uniform as soon as their games are over. The Grades 4-8 are to report to their assigned locations at 6:15 pm and will perform around 7 pm – so sports students may join us at the end of the concert.

Th. May 17 – 3rd Grade Recorder Concert and Recorder Awards at 2:30 pm MG gym – Parents & Friends invited – Students bring recorders, books and wear nice school clothes for concert.

M. May 21 – KG Chorus trip to the “Victorian Palace” private home of the Sanfilippo family to tour the world’s largest collection of antique player music instruments and the largest private theatre organ. (Check it out on the web “Victorian Palace Barrington IL”.)

W. May 23 – KG Chorus performs during D91 8th Grade Graduation at LTHS East Campus Auditorium.

Please continue to check the music web pages to see what your children are learning in music and for more information.

Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids. This is what you have been looking Contact Athena Dingels for details (must possess a bachelor's degree and be willing to obtain the sub teacher credential through ISBE).