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November 2021

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November Dates to Remember

November PTO Meeting (3:30 p.m.): Monday, Nov. 1 KG LRC

Board of Education Meeting (7 p.m.): Tuesday, Nov. 9

End of First Trimester: Friday, Nov. 12

Report Cards Distributed: Friday, Nov. 19

LRC Pajama Day: Friday, Nov. 19

Virtual Family Reading Night: Friday, Nov. 19

D91 LRC Food Drive Ends: Friday, Nov. 19

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 22-23

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 24-26

Principal's Page


Dear MG Parents,

Our staff is excited to talk with you later this month during our virtual parent teacher conferences. Based on the positive feedback from last year, the district has decided to use the same meeting tool, “Meet the Teacher.” Please look for the link and instructions in ParentSquare. Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 22nd from 12:30 pm-4:00 pm and 5:30 pm-8:00 pm and Tuesday, November 23rd from 8:30 am-11:30 am and 12:30 pm-3:00 pm. Students will not have classes either day. School will also be closed November 24th-November 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


The chill in the air signals the season is definitely changing. Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather each day. Milne Grove hold outdoor recess each day that the temperature is 20 degrees or over, with the wind chill factored in. If you are having any difficulty with obtaining warm weather items for your child, please reach out to our school office. We are happy to help.


I hope that each of you has a joyous and warm Thanksgiving holiday,


Sincerely,

Jaime Koziol




Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

jkoziol@d91.net

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Dawn Magolan, Secretary

dmagolan@d91.net

815-838-0542 x2100

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VIRTUAL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES NOVEMBER 22 & 23

Lockport District 91's Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 22nd from 12:30pm-8pm and Tuesday, November 23rd from 8:30am-3pm (with some times set aside for meal breaks). Once again, parents/guardians will be able to meet with their student’s teachers through 15-minute video conferences using an online parent-teacher scheduler called Meet the Teacher.

The system allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers or allow the system to find the most convenient schedule from the teachers' available appointments. On the day of the conference, you will log back in and use the Meet the Teacher website to efficiently video conference with any teacher you have set an appointment with. Please see the parent guide linked here for details about the user experience, or watch the video linked here.

Beginning today, guardians are asked to visit: https://lockport91.meettheteacher.com/

Logging in is simple and uses information you already know. After entering your name and your child(ren)'s identifying information, you will be able to create conference appointments with any teacher in your child(ren)'s schedule. After registering, parents/guardians will receive an email confirmation with a link to access the conferences along with an option to add the meetings to their calendar. If you cannot locate the email, please check your spam folder or log back into the site to verify your schedule. Appointments and changes can only be made until November 16th.


If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the school office who will be happy to add appointments on your behalf. This is the only formal conference that we will offer throughout the year, though we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher whenever you have questions or concerns.


Thank you for all of your support, we look forward to connecting with you virtually for conferences this fall!


Mr. John Jennings & Mrs. Jaime Koziol

Notes from the Health Office

Hello!


First off, I would like to introduce myself to you all! Some of you may know me and others may not - I am Devon Lacasse, currently the Nurse for Kelvin Grove. I have been assisting with the Nurse’s Office at Milne Grove over the last few weeks. Please contact me via email (dlacasse@d91.net) or ParentSquare with any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting your child(ren) and working with your families!


During this time of year we tend to see a higher incidence of strep throat, respiratory and gastrointestinal illness. To minimize infection, I recommend:


  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash hands immediately after.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

  • In addition to everyday preventative measures, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for everyone 6 months and older to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year.


On top of these typical illnesses, we are still fighting COVID-19. We have seen some change in the guidance in terms of symptoms to quarantine/isolate for and how long you will need to isolate/quarantine, but much of it still remains the same since the beginning of the pandemic. If your child is not feeling well, leave a detailed message on the attendance line and please be as specific as possible when reporting symptoms. Your child will need to remain home during this time. The nurse will contact you for more information and provide a return date for in-person learning.


As always, please remember ALL medication needs a medication authorization form (which is available in the office and online) on file in the nurse’s office AND the medication must be in its original container with the label adhered to it. Cough drops, supplements, and over the counter (OTC) medications are included in this. Please contact me with any changes in your student’s medications or the development of any health concerns during the school year. It is important that your student’s health record is kept current.


Finally, with the cold winter weather setting in, PLEASE send students to school with appropriate outerwear including coats, hats, and gloves/mittens.

Have a safe and healthy winter!!


Milne Grove Health Office

(815) 838-0542 x2106

PTO NEWS

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Email d91.pto.info@gmail.com with questions!

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The Latest from the LRC

Save the Date ~ Friday, November 19 is Virtual Family Reading Night! Information will be coming home soon about this fun family activity.


Read for the Win continues! We are at 30,000 minutes of student and staff reading, working towards our goal of 100,000 minutes! Continue to turn in those football sheets or use the google form linked on my webpage. So far we have earned extra recess and stuffed animal day. What will the next 10,000 earn us?


The D91 LRCs’ Annual Food Drive is ongoing thru November 19 - Please send in donations for the Lockport Food Pantry and Bags of Hope. Bags of Hope donations continue all year. Won’t you help local children in need by sharing kid-friendly, easy to prepare foods weekly (or as often as you can)?


Mrs. Tumino

ltumino@d91.net ~ 815-838-0542, x2122 Follow me on Twitter!

Exploring SEL with Mrs. Reynolds

In October, during social and emotional learning (SEL), we talked about success at school and our hopes and dreams for the year. Your child was invited to write or draw a picture of a goal on a bee for our bulletin board. It’s going to be an unbeelievable year!


We will spend time this month identifying our feelings and the feelings of others, along with a strategy for when we have “big feelings.” We will learn about self-talk as a tool for handling our feelings, being assertive, and focusing on our work. (These are the Illinois State standards 1A1a and 1C).


You can help your child build these skills at home by talking about feelings and how we show feelings on our faces and with our bodies. Encourage your children to name their feelings. Together with your child, you can talk about times when you felt the same way as a character on a show you watched. You can also ask about situations in which your child experienced different emotions, for example, “When was a time you felt proud?”


Self-talk is the way we speak to ourselves in our own minds. A story with self-talk is "The Little Engine That Could." Encourage your children to pay attention to their self-talk. It can be helpful or hurtful. Be sure to pay attention to your words, as they become your child’s self-talk. Do you have a favorite phrase? A few I like are, “It’s a great day to have a great day,” “You are loved just the way you are,” and “We can do hard things!”


Please contact me anytime through a phone call, email, or parent square!

~Mrs. Reynolds

Ext. 2103, mreynolds@d91.net

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This month we are honoring 6 very special 2nd graders!

Kaitlyn O.

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Caleb Z.

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Kaylen A.

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Elijah S.

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Mavis C.

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Oliver M.

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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). adingels@d91.net