Milne Grove Messenger

February 2019

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

PTO's Chuck E Cheese Night at Joliet Location 3:00pm-9:00pm: February 1st

Six Flags Read To Succeed Logs Due: February 8th

Valentine's Day Parties: February 14th

11:30 Early Dismissal: February 15th

PTO's Daddy/Daughter Dance in KG New Gym 6:30pm-9:00pm: February 15th

President's Day-No School: February 18th

Late Start Morning - arrive at 9:15 please: February 19th

Family Fitness Night In Milne Grove Gym 6:00pm-7:00pm: February 20th

End of 2nd Trimester: February 22nd

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Kindergarten Round Up is Right Around the Corner!

We are currently in the process of planning our annual kindergarten roundup day in March for next fall’s half-day kindergarteners. If you have a child that will be attending kindergarten with us please email Mrs. Krumlinde at with the following information:

  1. Child’s Name

  2. Child’s Gender

  3. Child’s Date of Birth

  4. Where the child attends pre-school, if applicable

  5. Parent(s) Name(s) and contact information

If you know of any friends or neighbors with an incoming kindergartener that live within the District 91 boundaries that are planning to attend in the fall, please share this information with them.

Congratulations to our December Pillar of Character Award Recipients!

Please Take the 5 Essentials Survey!

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MG Needs Your Input

Your responses are used by our School Improvement Team and provide crucial input to guide our programs and services. If you have children in both schools, we ask that you take one for MIlne Grove and one for Kelvin Grove.

Principal's Page

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Even though it is cold and gray outside, the students and staff at Milne Grove are excited to be moving ahead on our learning journey! The students just finished their Winter MAP benchmarking and I am impressed by the hard work and good thinking I witness each day. Over the next several months, your students and their teachers will be diving deeper into their grade level content and really building their brains. Third grade families will be receiving information about the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (formerly called PARCC)at the end of the month. If there is anything at all that I can do to have a positive impact, please call me at 815-838-0542x2104 or email


Mrs. Koziol

Winter Notes:

If your family is impacted by illness this winter, we would like to remind you to call the district attendance line to report absences by 9am. If you would like to request homework, you should do so in that message and indicate whether you will pick it up or wish for it to be sent home with another student.

Since it has been quite cold the past few weeks, I would like to remind caregivers that students line up and have recess outside as long as it is 20 degrees or over. We would like to see children wearing heavy coats, hats, and gloves each day in order to stay warm. If your child does not have winter gear, please contact our office and we will make sure warm gear is provided.

In case of emergency closings, there are lots of ways to get the information. The district will send out a call, email, and text. In addition, our website, WJOL, and the Emergency Closing Center will be updated.

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Cindy Dragosh, Secretary


Notes From the Nurse

February is Dental Health month. Miles of Smiles will be here at Milne Grove on February 21st to give dental examinations and cleanings to all students who returned the permission slip for services. Miles of Smiles is a team of dental professionals who deliver preventative and educational services to children in schools. If your child is in need of a dental examination, this is a great opportunity for them to meet the state requirement for dental examinations. If you did not sign up for the Miles of Smiles services and would like your child to participate, please contact me to have a permission slip sent home with your child.

Mrs. Gilkerson, RN

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 815-838-0542 ex. 2106 or at

PTO News

February 1st: Chuck E Cheese Night at the Joliet Location from


February 15th: Daddy/Daughter dance in the Kelvin Grove new gym from


February 19th: PTO Meeting in the Kelvin Grove Pod at 6:00pm

Email with questions!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

The Latest from the LRC

Book Notes

All grades are reading the Monarch Award nominated books and preparing to vote for their favorites in March. Our third grade Bluestem Bunch Book Club is underway and those students will also be voting in March.

February is LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH! Show your love by helping your child remember to return books on library day! Keeping books in the student’s backpack or a special place at home is the best way to keep them from getting lost.

If you do not have a White Oak Library card, please stop by and show them your LOVE by signing up! It’s free with proof of residency - you’ll have access to free books, movies, games, programs for all ages, plus computer access and so much more! Did you know you can even get FREE passes to area museums and zoos??

Reading Incentives

Student reading may be counted for ALL incentives at one time - it’s ok to double or triple up on your recording. Duplicate forms may be found on my web page.

Six Flags Read to Succeed forms are due back on FEBRUARY 8th!!! We are unable to accept late forms, so be sure to get yours in on time to earn your free ticket. Please see the MG LRC page at to download a form.

Kane County Cougars forms are due back on March 8. This NEW program started in January. Kids who complete all 8 weeks of reading logs will receive a free ticket to a Cougars game, some cool gear, food, AND A GOLDEN TICKET GOOD FOR ADMISSION TO ANY GAME OVER THE SUMMER! We also will have a D91 game on May 23rd.

PIZZA HUT BOOK IT continues monthly thru March.

Joliet Slammers will begin next month.

Volunteer Corner

Many thanks to Heather Jerz and Peter Klauser for keeping our books on the shelves and organized!

Mrs. Tumino ~ 815-838-0542, x2122 Follow me on Twitter!

Physical Education Feats

On January 25th students in Pre-3rd grade attended a Kick-Of Assembly the Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart). A representative from the American Heart Association discussed with students what the Kids Heart Challenge is all about and how they can participate! Students should have brought home forms from the assembly to start their fundraising. Our goal for this year is to raise $13,000!

Throughout the month of February students will participate in activities that focus on living a healthy lifestyle! We will end February with our Kids Heart Challenge event during PE! For 1st-3rd grade students the event will take place on Friday, February 22nd. Kindergarteners will participate during the same week during their PE time and Early Learners will participate on Thursday February 21st.

There will be a Fun Family Fitness Night in Milne Grove gym on Wednesday, February 20th from 6-7pm. All students K-3 are invited to bring their families to participate in some Workout Wednesday activities and check out some Kids Heart Challenge information.We will have a computer for students to sign up with!

You can get online with the Kids Heart Challenge by going to . Search for Milne Grove and you’re started!

Please contact Mrs. Draper at with questions about what your child is learning in gym!

Bags of Hope Weekly Food Donation Pledge

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3rd Grade


  • Please continue to work on spelling and vocabulary with your child at home.

  • Reading for 20 minutes each night will help your child’s fluency and comprehension. Additionally, read together to foster the love of reading! It can take you places.


  • Please continue to work with your child on fact fluency for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

  • Please continue to review fraction math vocabulary words with your child.


  • Your child will be learning about plants, animals and ecosystems.

Social Studies:

  • Please continue to review the economic vocabulary words with your child.

Encourage your child to use the third grade website so he/she can continue working on foundational skills. There are a variety of links that will help your student increase his/her ability with the material that has been taught so far this year.

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

Thank you,

The Third Grade Team

Mrs. McGreevy, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Stanly, 3rd grade teacher, & Mrs. Woodworth, Guest 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- It is important to continue studying the weekly spelling and vocabulary words every night. Also, as you listen to your child read, continue to ask them to retell events that happened in the story and ask questions about the text. This will help their language skills and their ability to think critically about a text.

Social Studies- We have begun Chapter 3, The World Around Us. Students will be focusing on maps and globes, locating different places and features, understanding the world is made up of different landforms and bodies of water.

Science- We will continue learning about landforms and how they change quickly and slowly over time. Students will be participating in experiments to observe these changes and discover ways to prevent erosion.

Math- Students have begun learning subtraction facts. It is important to study these facts nightly. When students are timed for their fact tests they have 4 minutes to complete 25 facts. In February, we will continue to focus on 2 and 3 digit subtraction. After that, we will learn about money and time.

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:

  • Spelling and reading words ending with long vowel sounds

  • Decode and encode CVCe words with -s, -ing, and -ed endings

  • Decode and encode CVVC words with ai, oa, ea, and ee

  • Review using good, better, best

  • Read fluently and understand literary and informational texts

  • Using interjections appropriately in speaking and writing

  • Identify and use adjectives correctly in speaking and writing

  • Read and spell new memory words

Language and Writing:

  • Focus on writing complete sentences with the correct ending marks

  • Writing polished opinion paragraphs

  • Introduction to narrative writings

GO Math:

  • Count to 120, starting at any number

  • Understand place value representing tens and ones

  • Read and write numbers between 110 and 120

  • Compare numbers to show greater than or less than

  • Using greater than, less than, and equal to symbols

  • Identifying 10 more and 10 less than a given number

Social Studies:

  • Celebrating our Nation

  • Learn about the importance of President’s Day and our Founding Fathers


  • Exploring sound waves and how they are created

  • Discuss the meaning of Groundhogs Day and how shadows are created

The First Grade Team

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Preboy, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,


The Kindergarteners are very excited that they are becoming readers and writers! Keep practicing the word bag nightly and here are some videos to help with some of the new language arts concepts we will be introducing.

School House Rocks Nouns


Journal writing has been a fun activity used in class to strengthen the kindergarteners’ letter-sound relationships and sentence making skills. If you are interested in applying these skills at home, have your child record events in a personal journal or have them write and illustrate a story to read to our class.
Thank you for all you do to help your child be successful at school!


We LOVE to count!! We are practicing counting by 1’s and 10’s. In Math we will be continuing addition, writing numbers and showing quantities to 19.


Thank you for all you do to help your child be successful at school!
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 February 4th – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Hh” and the theme is Health and Safety. They will also be introduced to the number 15 and the heart shape.

Week of February 11th – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Xx” and the theme will be X-rays. They will also be introduced to the number 16 and will celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Week of February 18th - The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Nn” and the theme will be nutrition. They will also be introduced to the number 17.

Week of February 25th – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Oo” and the theme will be Outer Space. They will also be introduced to the number 18 and the oval shape. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the color orange and experiment with outside and inside.

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday & Thursday, February 12th & 14th DIAL Screenings

Wednesday, February 13th, Field Trip to Berkots

Thursday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day Party from 2:00p.m to 3:00p.m.

Friday, February 15th, NO CLASS for Early Learners, School Improvement Day

Monday, February 16th, NO SCHOOL, President’s Day

Monday, February 25th, I AM SPECIAL poster presentations start and go through the month of March.

Watch your child’s folder for information on the February family fun event at Milne Grove School.

The PK Team

Miss Robin, PK Teacher,

Miss Sonya, Bilingual Liaison,

Miss Ginte, PK aide,

The Speech Spot with Mrs. Barker

Many parents of preschool aged children wonder if their child is developing at the expected rate, especially in the areas of Speech & Language development. If you are a parent of a young child you might want to consider having your child participate in a Preschool Screener. Lockport Area Special Education Cooperative (LASEC) provides a free developmental screening program, called the DIAL for all preschool aged children residing in DIstrict 91. The DIAL screenings occur in local preschool classrooms, at Milne Grove and LASEC offices periodically throughout the year. The remaining screening dates are February 20, 2019 & March 20, 2019. Please call LASEC at 815 838-8080 or go to to schedule an appointment.

All parents are encouraged to have their young child screened but particularly those whose child is exhibit the following.


  1. Difficulty following directions or answering questions

  2. Difficulty establishing and maintaining eye contact

  3. Speaking using only single words or two word combinations

  4. Communicating using gestures more than words

  5. Has a history of frequent middle ear infections

  6. Has difficulty learning new concepts such as colors, numbers, shapes


By age three your child’s is:

  1. Unintelligible to familiar people

  2. Producing vowel sounds but very few consonants

  3. Not using the sounds /b, p, t, d, m, n, w, h/

  4. Leaving off beginning or ending consonant sounds (e.g.”pi” for “pig”, “a” for bat)

  5. Repeating the initial sound in a word (m-m-m-mommy; or stretching out sounds in a word (sssssss-eee)

  6. Showing signs of frustration

By age four your child is:

  1. Not producing the sounds /k, g, f, s/

  2. Not producing consonant cluster (says “poon” for “spoon” or “boo” for “blue”)

  3. Substituting sounds with airflow /s, sh, f, ch, j/, with the sounds /b, d, p, t/

  4. Unintelligible to familiar people

  5. Showing signs of frustration

Savvy Solutions with Mrs. DeSandre

by Mrs. DeSandre, Milne Grove Social Worker

This Month’s Topic: Building Responsibility in Children

  1. Teach your child what it means to be ‘responsible’. Explain to them what their expectations are for being responsible at home and at school. (Example: They are responsible for bringing homework home, completing it, and returning it back to school.)

  2. Talk about how all choices have consequences. During dinner, have each family member talk about choices made during the day - and the results of those choices. This discussion will help your child see that he makes choices every day. (Example: I choose to study for my spelling test. The result was that I got an ‘A’.)

  3. Be a model of responsibility yourself. Explain all of your responsibilities to your child. Set aside some time to become more involved within the community or volunteer at the school. Teach your child that small actions can make a positive difference.

  4. Let your child make choices. By giving them options, your child can make choices within the limits you have set. (Example: Having them decide when to complete homework or even what chores to choose from.) Encourage them to make their own choices during problems or dilemmas.

  5. Discuss the importance of organization. Teach your child how to write a checklist. Explain the importance of cleaning and taking care of their own room. Have your child be the one to get their own backpack and/or lunch ready for the next day.)

  6. Don’t make it easy to forget. If your child often forgets an assignment or book, do not always drive to school to help out. If your child loses something, do not be quick to replace it. Let natural consequences fall into place.

  7. Reward job well done. Show your child how proud you are when he or she makes a responsible choice. Show appreciation when they help out. Do not let small deeds go unnoticed.

Resources: 25 Ways Parents Can Build Responsibility in Children. The Parent Institute.


In February and March, all Milne Grove artists are continuing to explore the art of painting, while moving into the art of sculpture in the weeks ahead. Currently, we are also concentrating on communication skills when discussing completed artwork during critique. Students also continue to focus on communication in written form through “Artist Statements” for all projects completed. Be sure to ask your child about their artwork - you will be amazed at what you learn!

Currently, the kindergarten students are in the final stages of their Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud inspired sundae paintings and will progress into the art of printmaking. Students will use the “monoprint” technique to create a flower still life with chalk accents. First grade students will continue their outer space mixed media paintings and later turn their attention to the talented, yet mysterious world of Vincent Van Gogh prior to creating their own Sunflower Painting.

The second grade students will begin a watercolor cityscape in spirit of Chicago. Students will view many skyline images for inspiration and learn about the countless sites and classic architecture within the great Windy City. The third grade artists are currently working on the color wheel and the work of Jim Dine and move to the mysterious world of Edvard Munch.

For more information on art classes at Milne Grove, please be sure to check us out on the web at Thank you for your interest in your child’s art education.

Mrs. Cravens

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Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics

Students have been working hard to learn the basic skills needed to computer program in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Kindergarten has been learning to code on Course A and an unplugged activity called Code-A-Pillar. 1st grade has been learning to code on Course B and an unplugged activity called Code-A-Pillar. 2nd Grade has been learning to code on Course C, an unplugged activity called Code and Go Robot Mouse, and an unplugged activity called Binary Bracelets. 3rd grade has been learning to code on Course D, Osmo Coding Awbie, Ozobots, and Spheros. Please visit Mrs. Lakics’ website for more information and ideas-

Mrs. Lakics

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Music Notes

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

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

A GIANT THANK YOU to the Rialto Square Theatre, Stage Hands # 124, D91 Board, Adminstration, Teachers, Staff, and everyone who helped with the “I Love Christmas” Program at the Rialto December 18! I hope everyone enjoyed the special opportunity we had to perform at the Rialto. I appreciate all the hard work you gave to help our children and me. We hope you enjoyed our KG organ students performing the prelude on the million dollar Grand Barton Theatre Pipe Organ. A SPECIAL THANK Y OU to our Wonderful D91 Students for a “professional” style performance. You did a great job! Continue to check the music web site as we continue to add more pictures as time allows for over 1000 pictures taken. If you took a good close-up picture of a group of students you would like to share on the web, please send it to Mrs. Randolph via email. Watch the newsletter for a time later this year after gym is finished to show the video of the program to parents and others who weren’t able to attend the Rialto program. Thank you, again!! MEMBERSHIP: Joliet Area Theater Organ Enthusiasts (JATOE) OPEN TO EVERYONE! Let’s have D91 families put the JATOE membership goal over the top with 200 members this year. Mrs. Randolph and family are members. Students who haven’t passed organ yet, but would like to have a JATOE student membership may pay $15 to JATOE to join. Others pay $30 for the yearly membership. This fee helps pay for the professional organists to perform for the concerts and helps support the Grand Barton Pipe Organ needs. The JATOE full membership form is attached with this newsletter for those of you who would like to support the wonderful Grand Barton Theatre Pipe Organ at the Rialto and hear 12 FREE organ concerts a year with special invitations to other theatre organ concerts in the Chicagoland area and allow you – the member - to play the million dollar Grand Barton organ after each Rialto concert during open console time. Kindergarten and First Grade are learning to play Orff instruments to accompany the Mallet Song, Mallets to the top, and One , two tie my shoe, in addition to other songs. They are listening to “Flight of the Bumble Bee” by Russian Composer - Rimsky -Korsakov Second Grade is studying “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Grieg and learning to sing the counting song in Spanish. Second grade will have music worksheets due the next music class. Third Grade will continue playing recorder and will have a few work sheets. They will review Sea Shanteys, and music from Hawaii. (Did you know Hawaii has 3 different colors of sand? Ask your child to share with you what they learned about sand and astronauts in Hawaii.) RECORDER MORNINGS for 3rd Grade on Wednesdays from 8-8:20 am – ENTER by buzzing into MG at 8 am. Recorder Mornings are available to all 3 rd grade students. Students may pass recorder assignments to earn stickers and work toward the recorder award in May and then when advanced in recorder – students may use the music computer lab and work on Music Maestro and then advance to learning piano during that time. Always check the D91 Music home page by 6:30 am the day of Open Lab for any announcements for closings of lab for that day. KG Chorus is preparing for District Choir Contest on Saturday, March 16 at Lockport Township High School East Campus. We ask all of our family and friends to come support us that day. There is a small admission charge. Watch music web page for time. MUSIC DONATIONS: If you work for a company that would donate tax-deductible funds to the D91 music department to help purchase instruments, computer hardware & software, MIDI carts, and other things needed for the music department, please contact Mrs. Randolph to provide you with a letter to give the business or corporation.

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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).

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