Hornet Happenings

Milne-Kelvin Grove School District 91 April 2023

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Highlighted Dates to Remember


Kindergarten Round Up @ MG

Monday, April 3


Cold Stone Social Sale Begins (through 4/21)

Wednesday, April 5

Parent Athletic Association Meeting, 7 p.m. @ KG

Friday, April 7


Monday, April 10


Tuesday, April 11

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m. @ KG

Friday, April 14

D91 Big-Small Ball, 7-9 p.m. @ KG New Gym

Wednesday, April 19

LATE START DAY - 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 20

Kindergarten In-Person Registration, 3:30-6 p.m. @ MG

Friday, April 21

Cold Stone Social Orders & Money Due

Wednesday, April 26

Bingo For Books, 6:30 p.m. @ MG

Thursday, April 27

Drama Club Production, "Brushstrokes" @ KG

Friday, April 28

Drama Club Production, "Brushstrokes" @ KG

A Note to our Parents

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is right around the corner! This is the time of the year that students get to show off all their gains in maturity and responsibility. It is truly the best part of the year when classroom discussions are at their best and students understand fully the classroom expectations. We hope that you will spend some time helping your child reflect on their progress over the year and praise them for all of their efforts!

Now that the weather is getting nicer, we would also like to remind our families that adult supervision is not provided until 8:20 am and students should not arrive before 8:20 unless they are participating in the breakfast program or are enrolled through the park district's OASIS program. If your family's schedule conflicts with the 8:20 arrival rule, please contact the school office and learn how you can enroll your child in the before-school breakfast program.

Happy Spring,


Mr. John Jennings, Principal


815-838-0737 x1105

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal


815-838-0542 x2104

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Kindergarten Round Up Runs Through April 20!

Milne Grove School is offering a digital Kindergarten Round Up for the 2023-2024 school year from March 20 - April 20, 2023. During this window, families can access our registration webpage and complete the student registration electronically. Caregivers that would like assistance can make an appointment with our registrar, Mrs. Dragosh, by emailing cdragosh@d91.net or calling 815-838-0737 x1104. On April 20, the district will offer an in-person opportunity to finalize registrations; families can walk in between 3:30-6pm to use a device, drop off documents, and check out our building.

Click here to join our mailing list and make sure you receive all the registration information and links for our full day kindergarten program. Please note that in order to register for the 23-24 school year, students need to be at least 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023.

In order to be complete, registrations must include a completed electronic registration, the child's birth certificate, guardian's driver's license, notarized custody form, and all residency documentation. Health documents are required prior to the start of school in August. For program information, please contact the school principal, Mrs. Koziol at jkoziol@d91.net. The D91 Boundary Map is included for your reference below.
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Notes from the Health Office

April is a great month for health topics! I am not sure I could pick one specifically, so I will leave a little of each for you to learn about. Be sure to click the links provided below to gain more knowledge regarding the highlighted newsletter topics.

April 7th is World Health Day! The theme for 2023 is "Health for All"! World Health Day is celebrated annually, drawing attention to specific topics, and is celebrated on the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) was founded in 1948. The WHO leads global efforts to promote healthier lives during all life stages.

Sepsis is the next topic and it is one I want everyone to know about. Most people think “it won’t happen to me or my family." Due to my healthcare background, I also thought that way, until June 2022 when my daughter was in septic shock due to an asymptomatic infection. Pediatric Sepsis Week is April 18th - April 24th. Sepsis is a life-threatening response to an infection that can lead to severe health complications that involve other organs or possible death. Sepsis can be caused by any type of infection: viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic. Symptoms of sepsis are listed below and can vary slightly in children under 5 years old. TIME is a mnemonic to recall the specific symptoms - Time, Infection, Mental decline, Extremely ill.

April is Stress Awareness Month; it has been recognized every April since 1992. Stress is a reaction to a situation where we feel anxious or threatened. In order to live a happy, healthy life, we need to develop healthy coping skills. Stress is a natural reaction to wanted and unwanted changes in our environment resulting in physical, emotional, and intellectual responses. Long-term stress can result in physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach issues, and it can lead to heart disease or a stroke. When placed into stressful situations, our bodies release specific stress hormones causing an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose levels.

D. Lacasse, RN

MG/KG District Nurse

dlacasse@d91.net ~ x1102

C. Olson, RN, BSN

MG Nurse

colson@d91.net ~ x2106

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Please continue to support the ongoing fundraisers sponsored by the D91 PTO!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

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

News from the KG LRC

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The LRC has been busy with StarLab and Corsi-Rosenthal Cubes and readers and innovators!

April and May will bring LOTS of excitement and opportunities for students to find

that "RIGHT-FIT" book and explore and create in centers throughout the LRC and MakerSpace.

Check us out at kgycyberlibrary.weebly.com

Are your kids bored? Try a "Virtual Vacay" with the #KGLRC:

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Kelvin Grove Students are invited by grade level to

eat / read during lunchtime in the LRC on select days.

Information coming soon!


TWO DAY BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale

May 11-12

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Please contact me any time if I can be of assistance to your student(s):

Sharon Bruemmer

LRC Coordinator/District 91 Webmaster

KGTV Co-Sponsor

Milne-Kelvin Grove District 91





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Counseling/Social Work News


It’s no secret that young children and teenagers experience stress just as adults do. While it may be hard to imagine what stressors a young child or teenager has, they experience them everyday within their world. Some sources of stress for them include:

  • School demands and frustrations

  • Problems with friends and/or peers at school

  • Negative thoughts or feelings about themselves

  • Family changes or challenges

  • Death of a loved one

  • Taking on too many activities

  • Social media (check out the Ted Talk below)


When stress gets too overwhelming and consistent, it can lead to anxiety, withdrawal, physical illness, aggression, or other negative effects. They can benefit greatly from learning stress management skills. Stress management skills will help students deal with stress at school, at home, and in social situations. Parents and guardians can help students by monitoring for signs of stress, modeling stress management skills, and supporting them through listening and being involved.

How do I know if my student is stressed?

These signs could be an indication that your child is experiencing stress

  • Irritability and anger - stressed out children may be more short tempered and possibly lack the words to express how they are feeling

  • Changes in behavior - if your child typically likes to hang out with friends and get out of the house, suddenly not wanting to go anywhere or socialize is a change in behavior or if your child is acting out and they are typically a great listener

  • Trouble sleeping and/or a negative sleeping pattern

  • Neglecting responsibilities - if a child feels their plate is too full, they may feel too overwhelmed and not start any of it or know how to start crossing items off their to-list

  • Eating changes

  • Changes in health - stress can show up as physical symptoms, such as stomach aches or headaches

What stress management skills can I teach my child?

If you notice your child presenting warning signs of stress, it is important to open up a conversation to check in and use it as a learning opportunity for stress management skills. Children can learn to decrease stress with the following routines and behaviors:

  • Exercise and eat regularly

  • Have a good sleep routine and get enough sleep each night

  • Avoid excess caffeine

  • Learn relaxation techniques (such as deep abdominal breathing, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation)

  • Talk through situations that cause stress and role play managing the stress

  • Learn to chunk and separate bigger tasks into smaller tasks

  • Practice using positive self-talk and challenging negative thoughts

  • Take a break from stressful situations (if possible) and use activities such as listening to music, talking to a trusted person, drawing/writing, or spending time with a pet to reduce stress

  • Build a network of friends who can help to cope in a positive way

By using these techniques, children can begin to learn how to manage their stress. Parents/Guardians can also help by modeling their own healthy coping skills when dealing with stress of their own, allowing the child to problem-solve on their own first, limit social media, and combat negative thinking if your child expresses negative thoughts. To the left is a great visual with additional ideas on ways to cope with stress.

If you would like additional information regarding stress management for your family or child please contact the mental health department at your building.

Milne Grove - Mrs. Reynolds, Social Worker, mreynolds@d91.net, x2103

Kelvin Grove - Mrs. Carrescia, School Counselor, acarrescia@d91.net, x1170

Kelvin Grove - Ms. Kubik, Social Worker, nkubik@d91.net, x1132

District - Dr. Richardson, School Psychologist, krichardson@d91.net, x1117(KG)/x2135(MG)

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For the month of April, Kelvin Grove will have a focus on social awareness and relationship skills as their CASEL competencies.

Social awareness is the ability to understand the perspective of and empathize with others including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. Social awareness skills include taking others perspectives, recognizing strengths within others, demonstrating compassion, and recognizing situational demands and opportunities.

Relationship Skills is the ability to establish and maintain healthy, supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. Relationship skills include the ability to communicate effectively, develop positive relationships, resolve conflicts constructively, show leadership skills, offer support, and stand up for the rights of others.

This information and more on CASEL’s five competencies can be found at https://casel.org/fundamentals-of-sel/what-is-the-casel-framework/

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Kelvin Grove - 4th - 8th Grade

Sydney M.

Seventh Grade

Andrew Z.

Seventh Grade

Brianne S.

Eighth Grade

Keegan H.

Eighth Grade
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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, then substitute teaching at Milne or Kelvin Grove is what you have been looking for! 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