KG November, 2020 Newsletter

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Dear KG Parents,

Dear KG Parents,

Dear KG Parents,

November is the month for parent-teacher conferences. We are still prohibiting visitors inside the building at this time which results in our parent-teacher conferences being held through video conferencing and not in-person. Kelvin Grove is continuing with some changes that were made to conferences last year. Students are once again encouraged to attend conferences with parents this year. Another change is the sign up process for conferences. Parents will select times using a new application called, “Meet the Teacher.” Teachers will send out invitations the first week of November to cover the two days of conferences. Conferences will be limited to a fifteen minute time limit. This application will have a countdown timer in view of the participants and will end the video conference at the conclusion of the scheduled time, keeping each conference at their scheduled time. The junior high core teachers (language arts, math, and science) will be conducting the conferences as a team. Parents will sign up for the team conferences with their child’s social studies teacher in grades 6-8, while parents of fourth and fifth grade students will sign up with their child’s homeroom teacher specifically. Parents can sign up to see any specials teachers, ie. art, music, technology, PE, band, special education, or accelerated ELA separately.

With the late Thanksgiving holiday, conferences will occur on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th. Conferences on Monday will be in the afternoon and evening: 12:30 pm-4:00 pm and 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. Conferences on Tuesday will occur during the morning and afternoon: 8:30 am-11:30 am and 12:30 pm-3:00 pm. Students will not have classes these two days. There will also be no classes November 25th-November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

November will also be the month to choose which type of instruction your child will be participating in after the winter break. Parents will have to declare whether your child will be a fully remote learner or will be coming to school for in-person instruction. Your commitment is essential in our planning for class schedules that may need to change, depending on the number of students that will be present for instruction. The school is still responsible to implement proper social distancing between each person in the classrooms which limits our class sizes to fourteen kids in a class. We strongly believe that our current mitigation strategies have helped our school stay open for in-person learning. Our goal continues to focus on providing in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible. We feel that our excellent teaching staff will have the most impact on your child’s learning when they are directly in front of them in the classroom to receive the instruction. This choice is personal for each family and the district understands that parents must make the best decision for their child and family due to safety concerns involving the virus. We look forward to educating your children, no matter the mode in which it happens. Wishing all of you the very best as we navigate through this school year together.


John Jennings, Principal

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A Letter From The Nurse

During this time of year we tend to see a higher incidence of strep throat, respiratory and gastrointestinal illness.

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

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

  • If sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that your child (or you) stay home for a minimum of 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours prior to returning to school (or work).

  • 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 children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older.

On top of these typical illnesses, we are still fighting COVID-19. While recommendations and guidance haven’t varied much, it is a little different this year. If your child is not feeling well, leave a detailed message with specific symptoms. Your child will need to remain home and attend remotely. The nurse will contact you for more information and provide a return date for in-person learning.

As always, please remember any 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. 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!!

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4th and 5th Grade Guidance

I hope all is well with your family and that you are staying safe and healthy. We are working through the guidance curriculum and navigating the technology as best we can. We have had to make some changes to accommodate difficulties with various activities and assignments, but are trying to keep the class as engaging and meaningful as possible.

We have been learning about empathy and respect and recognizing emotions in ourselves and others. We will also be learning that perspectives can be different even though people experience the same situation. Once students learn to identify the feelings of others and recognize that the perspectives of others can be different from their own, it will help them to problem solve more effectively.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the guidance program or if I can assist your family in any way, please contact me. I would love to hear from you! I would also encourage you to visit my webpage to find out more about the Guidance program and other helpful information.

Kathi Henderson

Kelvin Grove Student Counselor/Social Worker


Phone: 815-838-0737 Ext 1132



Lindsey A. Burnette

Parent Liaison/Student Interventionist/Problem Solving Coach

Kelvin Grove Middle School

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4th & 5th Grade Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics

Students have been working hard in technology class learning about computer programming (aka Coding) on Students are learning important coding terms like program, bug, debugging, loop, and event. 4th grade students are working on lessons in Course E and 5th grade students are working on lessons in Course F.

-Mrs. Lakics

Technology Teacher

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4th Grade

Fourth Grade November Newsletter


  • Students have been reading the novel, On My Honor. Students should be rereading the chapters at home for additional practice.



  • Students have been learning about Rock Patterns.

Social Studies

  • Students have been learning about the government of the United States.

  • Students will soon learn about the nation’s economy.

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5th Grade

Fifth graders have been busy reading the novel Hatchet. The students have really enjoyed this book and the conversations we’ve had along the way. In language we have covered: simple, compound, complex sentences and clauses. In Science we are well into learning about cycles of matter. In Social Studies we are continuing to learn about the early people.

We look forward to seeing everyone at parent teacher conferences. Thank you for your continued support during this time.Please remember all assignments are due by the end of each chapter or unit.

Fifth Grade Teachers

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6th Grade

Parent teacher conferences are quickly approaching. This year, conferences will be held on November 23rd and 24th. They will be held virtually. Parents will select times using a new application called, “Meet the Teacher.” Teachers will send out invitations the first week of November to cover the two days of conferences. The sixth grade team would like to remind parents that students who are absent or not logged in for virtual classes are still responsible for the material presented and the work assigned. Lesson recordings are posted to Google Classroom and can be viewed at any time. The first trimester ends on November 20th. Students will rotate to their next explore class on November 30th after Thanksgiving Break.

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7th Grade


Students have been working through the novel study on Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, it’s from the perspective of a young enslaved girl living in New York during the beginning of the American Revolution. Please ask your student to share their thoughts and ideas as we read together.

Sadlier aka Happilier is in full swing, the students have been diligently working on their vocabulary activities. Each student has access to the program and can show assignments both complete and incomplete as well as test scores.

Jackie Robinson has been the topic of discussion as of late, his life and ability to overcome challenges has provided inspiration for our students. A Christmas Carol is our next story, we’ll be reading the play in class and watching a performance as well as a movie version. Students will be asked to compare and contrast each version.


Students have been working with operations using integers and rational numbers so far this year. Moving into November, students will begin working with proportions, rates, and percentages. This unit involves a lot of real world application, so I welcome you to challenge your student to calculate the tip at dinner or estimate a sales price on that Black Friday sale!


Students have covered the Science notebook expectations and the Tools of Scientific Inquiry. Ask your child to see one of their scientific sketches. Have them explain to you what the ABCDE’s of Scientific Sketching means!

We are now focusing on the Microscopic World of Cells. Students are discovering that cells make up all living things. We will do a lab in which students will explore different types of cells by watching videos and examining photographs. In our next section, we will take a closer look at cells. Just like humans have organs inside of us, each cell has organelles inside of them. We will explore the structure and function of each organelle in this next section Anatomy of a Cell.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, students have learned what brought the colonists to declare independence from Britain. In our next chapter, students will learn about the American Revolution. Students will focus on the Early Years of the War, learn how the War Expanded, discover the colonists’ Path to Victory, and see how the Legacy of the War changed America, and left us with a huge amount of National Debt.

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8th Grade

November 2020 - Newsletter

Eighth Grade Team



Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop:

Vocabulary study using the online Sadlier Connect program takes place on a regular basis. After each unit of study, the students will take a final assessment covering the words of the unit. Reading short stories from our Literature text (stories will be posted online) will be our focus in reading for a majority of the first and second trimesters. Assignments based on each story need to be completed in a timely manner. Final tests/Assessments will be given after the stories have been discussed and analyzed.

SOCIAL STUDIES - Discovery Education

Online Textbook:

Techbook - Civil War to Present

Students will begin to explore the Antebellum time period and the events that led up to the American Civil War.

SCIENCE -StemScopes

Online Textbook: (login with school email and password)

Students will continue our unit “The Earth and the Solar System”.

Through our studies of the solar system, the students have completed the Moon Phases Unit. We will be studying the Formation and Motion of Galaxies. The questions that we will be working on are: How does gravity affect the galaxies? How was the solar system formed? What is the big bang theory? How is gravity like a magnet? What effect does gravity have on objects in the solar systems?


Online Textbook: (login with school email and password)

During the next month, we will be finishing Unit 2 of the Go Math Grade 8 Series, Proportional and Nonproportional Relationships and Functions. The students will have quizzes upon the completion of each module, with two tests throughout the unit due to the large amount of content it covers. Daily homework will be posted on the Google Classroom.

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics

Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade technology class are working on their typing technique on lessons. Along with working on their typing skills students are working on skills for school, work and life by exploring different Google Applications on Google’s Applied Digital Skills website. 6th grade students are working on creating a quiz using Google Forms, 7th grade students are working on using a digital agenda on Google Calendar, and 8th grade students are working on building a resume using a template on Google Docs.

-Mrs. Lakics

Technology Teacher


Lockport Area Special Education Cooperative

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All of the students are continuing to strengthen their skills in language arts and math. Please continue to have your child read for 20 minutes every night. In social studies we are learning about the United States government. We learned about what government is and the three branches of government. Next we will learn about the voting process. In science we are studying the solar system. We learned about the universe and are now learning about our solar system.


Our class has been learning about fossils and extinction in Science. We are reading stories about families helping each other, weather out in the wilderness or in their own homes. In Math, we worked on graphs, multiplication, addition and subtraction. We are reviewing nouns and verbs, getting ready to begin writing paragraphs. We are doing well with technology!


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Welcome to November! A time where fall colors are in full swing and holidays focused on family, gratitude and caring are upon us. Although I am not new to education, as I continue to reflect on my first year in LASEC Academy, I remain grateful and humbled that I am afforded the opportunity to educate a fantastic group of future leaders. Despite all the changes brought upon us this school year, our dynamic students, supportive families and the community continue to unite together to cultivate an exceptional learning climate for all of our students.

I thank our families for their continued partnership this school year. Whether it be adjusting to remote learning Wednesdays; helping your son or daughter adjust to wearing a face mask; remembering to self-certify each school day, via Parent Square; and, more, I appreciate all that you have done to help make the 2020-2021 school year the best one possible. While it undoubtedly looks different, we are stronger by working as a team, together.

LASEC Academy Academic Updates

Looking ahead to November, in Mathematics, we will be starting our next unit on exponents, prime factorization, order of operations, expressions and equations, and functions, depending on grade level (6-8). In terms of Science, we will be diving into interactive lessons on adaptations (physical and behavioral), environments and properties of matter.

In Language Arts, we have finished writing a four-paragraph essay on the Wonder novel, and we will be starting a mini unit on “The Landlady,” by Roald Dahl. In addition to our reading, we will also spend the month continuing to develop understanding on how to form a “game plan” for writing. Students will also continue to evaluate text structure, author’s purpose, plot and theme. I have also prepared lessons to teach our future leaders how to both illustrate and elaborate when writing. Lastly, we will continue our practice with grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and citing sources.

For Social Studies, November will be primarily focused on studying laws, amendments and branches of government. We will be working on identifying the roles of the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches. Part of the learning process will involve evaluating checks and balances within our government. Our class will also be exploring the purpose and background of laws, amendments and articles of the United States Constitution. Lastly, we will be identifying the process of how a bill gets signed into a law.

For our rotating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) block, our class has been busy exploring digital citizenship, teamwork and self-determination. As we continue in November, our class will be covering the topics of kindness, positivity and confidence. Lastly, for our rotating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) block, we will be learning more about typing, coding, computer science and robotics.

To stay up to date with the latest updates regarding our campus, I encourage you to visit one of the hyperlinks by clicking below:

As always, I am here and willing to provide support or answer any additional questions that you may have. You are welcome to send me a ClassDojo message or email me at, and I will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued partnership!


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Physical Education Newsletter

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In PE Class, we have just finished up our pre-test for the Presidential Fitnessgram testing. As we move into November, we will be doing a variety of lifelong physical activity, such as workout stations, workout videos, and walking and running. Equipment will be limited and sanitized after use! For our remote live classes with the 4th and 5th grade, we are doing a variety of fitness challenges, HITT workouts and virtual active video games! We have been so happy to see your faces (both remote and in-person) and see all the hard work you are still putting into your own physical fitness! Keep up the great work Hornets and stay active and healthy!


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Throughout the fall months, we are working on the following projects:

Kelvin Grove artist students have been learning daily about the fundamentals of good drawing. We explored how to use creative warm-ups and quick sketches to “stretch” before we begin more formal work. Next, we started our first full observational drawing where we studied the size, shape, and spacing of Fall items for a Still Life. Our second drawing shifted focused and we used our imagination when drawing. We drew a house “facade” or front and added many creepy details to add fun Halloween flair. Next, we will learn how to choose our focus and students will be deciding the majority of the elements used - with subject and material.

So far, students have exceeded all expectations set for blended and remote learning. School District 91 students, parents, teachers and administration are the best and I am so proud of all we have accomplished together.

Enjoy the Fall season, your family, and the wonderful blessings that come your way.

Mrs. Cravens

Music News

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D91 Families: Making Music Together.

Check Music Web Pages for links to songs to sing and play together.

Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director Email: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

CONTINUED SPECIAL REQUEST: when contacting me, please include student’s first and last name, grade, and homeroom teacher. Thank you.

We made it to Midterm and students seem to be getting used to this new type of going to school. I am very proud of the students working together and so many completing music assignments on time.

OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER: Seasonal Music + I’m trying to have all Grades 2-8 learning some of the same songs to sing and play to help families sing and play music together. They are learning to play Cups and bucket drum while at school and SING when at home. Please ask them to share the Adams’ Family Cup Song with you.

PLEASE HELP THE MUSIC PROGRAM by buying the remaining Hornet Magnets, Fathead Stickers AND the Crystal Instruments. They will make nice Christmas Gifts. I have one of each and enjoy them so much.

MUSIC FUNDRAISERS (See Music Web page for more pictures):


METAL TABS off cans. Please send tabs in a ziplock bag or WIDE Mouthed container, then have students empty it into the Music Tab buckets at school

D91 Music Web sites:

Music HOME Page

Kelvin Grove Page

4th Grade Music

5th Grade Music

6th Grade Music

7th Grade Music

8th Grade Music

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me as we explore the many areas of Music. Musically Yours, Mrs. Randolph

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Band Director: Mrs. Plagman

Welcome to our new Beginning Band members! I am so excited to start this musical journey with these students!

Intermediate Band and Concert Band continue to have lessons and make music. We are really focusing on rhythmic independence, music theory fundamentals, and note reading this trimester. It is important for your child to be at every lesson. Make sure your child is checking their lesson schedule (paper if hybrid, Google Calendar if remote). First trimester is coming to an end and every student has a final playing assessment to complete. All final playing assessments and any late work/missing assignments will be due no later than Friday, November 13. No late work will be accepted after Friday, November 13!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by phone (838-0737 x1139) or e-mail (


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#KGLRC BookHub begins November 2, 2020.

Think "GrubHub" . . . but with books :)

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Additional book-handling steps

being taken by the KG LRC during Covid-19 Pandemic:

All returned materials will be quarantined for 7 days before check-in and further handling

(materials quarantine times are subject to change as the science behind this develops).

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Every Wednesday students connect with the KGLRC

during LRC LIVE Google Meets.

Grade 4: 10-10:30

Grade 5: 12:30-1

Grade 6: 1-1:30

Grade 7: 1:30-2

Grade 8: 2-2:30

There is ALWAYS something to do in the KGLRC Google Classroom!

To see what we do, please visit our KGLRC Weekly Overview!

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E-Read Materials Available 24/7

What does e-reading look like at Kelvin Grove?

Check it out HERE!

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Yes! KG students read over 100 books

in the last 3 weeks on "Epic" alone!

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VIRTUAL Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 2-15, 2020

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Our Kelvin Grove LRC & Milne Grove LRC Book Fair is online!

Support our school libraries and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more!

You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist

and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25.

It's a new school year... let's instill a new-found love of reading: TOGETHER! #Read91

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Book Up Virtual Book Club for Grades 6 / 7 / 8 ~ Information in #KGLRC Google Classrooms

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Book Up Virtual Book Club for Grades 4 & 5 ~ Information in #KGLRC Google Classrooms

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Caudill Nominees 2021 INTERACTIVE is on Titles are available through the #KGLRC

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Enrichment & Virtual MakerSpace Continues Online #KGLRC

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Happy Thanksgiving

from the Kelvin Grove LRC!

Mrs. B.

Please contact Mrs. Bruemmer if you have any questions

or if you need any assistance!

815-838-0737, extension 1109

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October Students Of The Month

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Picture Retake Day Is Coming

Picture retake day is coming on Monday November 30th and Tuesday December 1st. Remote learners who are interested in retakes, please call Ms. Scott at (815)838-0737 Ext1101 to make an appointment.

We encourage you to purchase your picture package at

Click the Lifetouch link below to order your picture package online using Kelvin Grove Picture Day ID: EVTB3MV29

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Please take the time to read our student's questionnaire forms below!