Weekly News from Kimball Hill

October 19, 2020

Message from the Principal

Dear Kimball Hill Parents & Guardians,

What an amazing week having all Pre-K through 6th grade students back in person. Kimball Hill proves time and again to be such a special space. COVID-19 has presented our school community with the challenge of a lifetime; yet we still continue to see positivity, resilience and enthusiasm for learning by students, staff and parents. We are committed to maintaining a safe environment and excellence in education. Thank you all for your continued support and partnership through this challenging time. Please continue to help us by following the reminders below.


MORNING ARRIVAL

CAR RIDERS

-Please have your child’s lanyard on and signed. Students need to have their lanyard signed for entrance into the school.

-Please pull all the way forward in the front circle to allow for a continuous, safe flow of cars.

-Parents will need to remain in their car when their student(s) exit the vehicle.

-Please direct your child to exit the car on the side of the school.

-Children need to be ready to exit the vehicle, with their backpack and lunch bag ready.

-Students must have their mask on when exiting the vehicle.

-All students will have their temperatures checked and will sanitize their hands upon entry.

-We ask that students remain an airplane arms length away from others.

BUS RIDERS

-Students riding the bus will have an assigned seat the entire year.

-Students must wear their mask on the bus.

-Students will have their temps taken prior to entering the building.

-Students will sanitize their hands prior to entering the building.

-Students must wear their lanyards and staff will ensure there is a parent signature on the card inside the lanyard.

DISMISSAL

-Students will begin dismissing at a staggered time to ensure social distancing, but all will be outside at 3:25pm.

-Students will load buses and sit in their assigned seats.

-Students that walk home or ride their bikes will be dismissed out Door 8 (back of school and Door 10 by School Street. Please talk to your child's teacher about specifics and set a meeting spot with your child if needed.

-Parents will pull their car all the way forward in the car line at the Front circle, and remain in their vehicle. We ask that all parents be mindful and continue to pull forward so that we can maintain safety for all and prevent blocking traffic.

- If you would like to get out of your car to meet your child at a designated spot, please feel free to park on School Street and please follow social distance guidelines, refraining from hanging out in groups on school sidewalks.

-For Kinder & 1st graders being picked up, a supervisor will radio the teacher to inform the child/teacher that the parent is here. It would be helpful if you could keep a sign displayed on your windshield indicating the last name of your kinder and 1st grade child and teacher.

-Once your child(ren) is safely loaded, please swiftly and safely follow traffic flow. We appreciate your patience. Children should load on the side closest to the sidewalk for safety.

As parents/guardians, your full participation and adherence to all guidelines will help ensure everyone stays healthy as we resume face-to-face instruction.

COVID symptom self-certification is required for all people entering the building each day. Please remember that an adult needs to sign the self-certification card daily (sent home on Chromebook Distribution day). Lanyards have been distributed and cards will need to be presented at the door upon entry to school. Kimball Hill Staff will do a secondary temperature screening with a touchless thermometer at each entrance (Main Entrance, Door 10 by School Street and Door 8 in back of school) before each child enters the building. If you lost your lanyard, please contact your child’s teacher to request one.

As required by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education, face coverings must be worn by students at all times while inside the building, except when eating or drinking. Per IDPH guidelines updated August 13, neck gaiters/athletic neck warmers are not acceptable forms of face coverings. All other cloth or medical face coverings are permitted.

If your child does not have a mask, please contact your school office. If your child qualifies for a face covering medical exemption, a physician’s note must be on file with the school's main office.

If you would like to walk your child to the front sidewalk or meet them (please make sure you are following social distance guidelines) and please refrain from hanging out on the school sidewalk in groups. Kimball Hill staff members will be posted throughout the building to assist students and ensure all students safely get to their classroom.

As always, please reach out to me any time with questions or concerns at lacamerm@ccsd15.net or call the school at 847-963-5200.


Warmly,


Michelle LaCamera

No School November 2nd & 3rd

District 15 is utilizing an ISBE-Granted E-Learning Plan Day on Monday, November 2. Students will not be in attendance.

The District will also be closed on Tuesday, November 3 for Election Day. Please make note of this date on your calendar.

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Halloween Activities

Out of an abundance of caution, district 15 will not be celebrating Halloween at school this year. Teachers can provide classroom activities that may range from a Halloween art activity, read aloud, movie etc. We understand this may be disappointing, but due to the unique circumstances we will be unable to celebrate in our traditional way.


In an effort to have fun and still be inclusive of all students; both in person and virtual, our entire district will be invited to participate in Spirit Week.

Please click on the link below to see our District 15 Spirit Week. We hope to see everyone participate. If your child is virtual, please share a picture with your child's teacher so we can post them on our FB, Twitter and Instagram page. We hope to get 100% participation.

All KH Children Eat Breakfast for Free Through December

Take Home Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast

District 15 Nutrition Services is happy to offer a take home breakfast program. All students will have the opportunity to pick up 5 days of Grab ‘N’ Go breakfast meals at no charge and bring it home on Monday afternoons. This convenient new program allows the student to eat breakfast at home each morning before school starts, making it easier for students to have the opportunity to start the day ready to learn.

Does my student have to take the Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast Bags? Participation is strictly voluntary. Teachers will ask students every week if they would like one and there will be one provided for those that indicate they do. If your child does not need one, please inform your childs teacher.

How does Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast Bags work? Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast Bags will be available at all schools for your child to take home on Monday afternoons. It will contain (5) complete breakfast meals, along with a second bag of (5) cartons of white milks. Since the milk should be refrigerated as soon as possible, there is an option to decline the milk if the child is not going home directly from school.


What foods are served in Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast? Each bag will contain 5 Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast kits and will consist of a combination of the following:

  • Breakfast Bar & 100% Juice Box

  • Cereal Bowl, Graham Snack, & 100% Juice Box

  • Whole Grain PopTart, Graham Snack, & 100% Juice Box

  • A separate bag will be provided with (5) cartons of white milk


How much will Grab ‘N’ Go breakfast cost? The (5) Grab ‘N’ Go breakfast meals provided are free of charge to all students. USDA has approved a waiver which allows our district to provide healthy meal access to all children in the community ages 18 and younger for FREE! This is a federally funded program.


What are the benefits of Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast? With a Grab ‘N’ Go breakfast program, all students have the opportunity to eat a healthy breakfast. Studies have shown that with breakfast: Students concentrate better and remember more of what they learn. Students perform better academically. Absenteeism and tardiness is decreased. Hunger-related nurse visits are reduced.


How does my child receive the Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast Bag? If you would like your child to receive the Take Home Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast Bag, please call your school office to let them know you would like to have your student participate. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about this breakfast program, you can contact Kristin Voigts, Director of Nutrition Services (847) 963-3929 or voigtsk@ccsd15.net.


Desayuno Grab ‘N’ Go para llevar a la Casa


El Servicio de Nutrición del Distrito 15 se complace en ofrecer un programa de desayuno para llevar a casa. Todos los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de recoger 5 días de desayunos Grab 'N' Go sin cargo y traerlos a casa los lunes por la tarde. Este nuevo y conveniente programa le permite al estudiante desayunar en casa cada mañana antes de que comience la escuela, lo que facilita que los estudiantes tengan la oportunidad de comenzar el día listos para aprender.

¿Mi estudiante tiene que llevar las bolsas de desayuno Grab 'N' Go? La participación es estrictamente voluntaria.

¿Cómo funcionan las bolsas de desayuno Grab 'N' Go? Las bolsas de desayuno Grab 'N' Go estarán disponibles en todas las escuelas para que su hijo/a se las lleve a casa los lunes por la tarde. Contendrá (5) desayunos completos, junto con una segunda bolsa de (5) cartones de leches blancas. Dado que la leche debe refrigerarse lo antes posible, existe la opción de rechazar la leche si el niña/o no se va a casa directamente de la escuela.

¿Qué alimentos se sirven en el desayuno Grab 'N' Go? Cada bolsa contendrá 5 kits de desayuno Grab 'N' Go y consta de una combinación de lo siguiente:

  • Barra de desayuno y caja de jugo 100%

  • Tazón de cereal, bocadillo Graham y caja de jugo 100%

  • PopTart de grano entero, bocadillo Graham y caja de jugo 100%

  • Se proporcionará una bolsa separada con (5) cartones de leche blanca

¿Cuánto costará el desayuno Grab 'N' Go? Los (5) desayunos Grab 'N' Go proporcionados son gratuitos para todos los estudiantes. El USDA ha aprobado una exención que permite que nuestro distrito proporcione acceso a comidas saludables a todos los niños de la comunidad de 18 años o menos, ¡GRATIS! Este es un programa financiado con fondos federales.

¿Cuáles son los beneficios del desayuno Grab 'N' Go? Con un programa de desayuno Grab 'N' Go, todos los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de comer un desayuno saludable. Los estudios han demostrado que con el desayuno: Los estudiantes se concentran mejor y recuerdan más de lo que aprenden. Los estudiantes se desempeñan mejor académicamente. Se reduce el absentismo y las tardanzas. Se reducen las visitas de enfermería relacionadas con el hambre.


¿Cómo recibe mi hijo/a la bolsa de desayuno Grab 'N' Go? Si desea que su hijo/a reciba la bolsa de desayuno para llevar a casa Grab 'N' Go, llame a la oficina de su escuela para informarles que le gustaría que su hija/o participara. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comentario o sugerencia sobre este programa de desayuno, puede comunicarse con Kristin Voigts, Directora de Servicios de Nutrición (847) 963-3929 o voigtsk@ccsd15.net.

Transportation News

SAFE AND SECURE IN OUR “NEW NORMAL”: COVID-19 Informed Bus Protocols in District 15


What’s new:


o All buses are deep-cleaned nightly, with the same antiviral used inside the school buildings.

o All touch surfaces on the buses are spot sanitized after each route, with the same antiviral used

in the school buildings.

o Driver and all bus riders MUST BE MASKED for the duration of the bus ride.

o Rules for optimal airflow in the buses have been put in place.

o Temperatures will be taken enroute, where possible, or at school before entering the building.

o Bus capacity has been reduced to <45 passengers per bus, more stringent than state

recommendations.

o Seats have been assigned based on stop order (first students to board, walk all the way to the

back) to minimize cross traffic and to maintain social distancing.

o Siblings or members from the same household will be assigned to sit together on the bus.

o Assigned seats will be strictly enforced by the driver.

o Eating/drinking on the bus is PROHIBITED.


How students are expected to ride:

On the way to school :


o Know your pickup time and route number.

o WEAR YOUR MASK: if a student is at the stop without a mask, a disposable mask will be

provided and school contacted with student’s name.

o Be at your pickup location 5 minutes ahead of time.

o At large stops: line up in grade order, big kids first, siblings together.

o Wait until the bus stops before approaching the door.

o Board quickly and quietly.

o Go immediately to your assigned seat.

o Keep your backpack on your lap.

o Stay in your seat, out of the aisle.

o NO EATING OR DRINKING ON THE BUS.

o Temperatures will be taken enroute, where possible, or at school before entering the building.

o At school, stay seated until the driver dismisses you.

o Enter school quickly and quietly through assigned door.


On the way home :

o WEAR YOUR MASK

o Go to your assigned seat quickly and quietly.

o Keep your backpack on your lap.

o Stay seated, in your assigned seat, out of the aisle, until the driver dismisses you.

o NO EATING OR DRINKING ON THE BUS.

o At your stop, stay seated until the driver dismisses you.

o Exit quickly and quietly.

School Supplies

On the school/district webpage, you will find each grade level’s school supply list. If you are unable to purchase supplies due to financial issues please let us know or contact the Palatine Opportunity Center at 847-776-9500 or 847-776-2523. They can connect you with community agencies that help families with school supplies.


Students will be required to bring school supplies to school on their first day of in-person classes. Please label your child(ren) supplies. There will be no sharing of supplies this school year.

Stay Connected with our KH PTA

Our Kimball Hill PTA is looking for volunteers! Our PTA is working on a schedule for virtual meeting schedule at this time. Please email the PTA if you would like more information to become a room rep this year.

District 15 Helpline Available

Do you need help and are not sure who to contact? Do you have concerns or worries about yourself or others? The District 15 helpline is only a call or text away Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Our student services staff are available during these stressful times. Call or text:

English: 847-460-2099

Spanish: 847-460-2129

Calls or texts received outside of these hours will be answered the following workday. You can reach out about multiple topics, including but not limited to:

  • Social or emotional concerns;

  • Resources such as food, housing and transportation; or

  • Ideas on how to support your child

Contact the Principal

Michelle LaCamera

Kimball Hill School

2905 Meadows Dr.

Rolling Meadows, 60008

lacamerm@ccsd15.net


847-963-5200

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