Kendall News

February 10, 2020

Newsletter Highlights:

  • Team IPEF
  • Winter Aimsweb Benchmark Scores
  • February 14th Friendship Parties
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • STEM School Info Night
  • Kindergarten Preview Night
  • 5Essentials Survey - LAST CHANCE!
  • Special Survivor Games
  • PTA Points
  • Save the Dates!

Thank you for visiting our Open House!

Thank to all who were able to join us at our Annual Open House last week. It was such a joy to see how proud our students were to share their work with their families.

Reminder: No School Monday, February 17th

TEAM IPEF 2020 SIGN-UP - Join Team Kendall!

Challenge yourself to be part of something big in 2020. Consider signing up for Team IPEF and participating in the Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon or 5K as a charity partner. Team IPEF offers a unique opportunity to be involved for a cause and make a difference for your school. Last year 555 runners raised $205,597 to help enrich education in all 33 of our District 204 schools through programs such as Robotics, Teacher Grants, the Fine Arts Festival and Young Heart for Life.

Runners commit to raise a minimum of $204 for 204 as they train and complete the half marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 18, 2020 Visit to learn more or sign-up. Registration deadline is March 8th.

Aimsweb Winter Benchmarks

Dear Parent/Guardian:

In January, Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 administered the aimswebPlus benchmark assessments to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. These brief Illinois Learning Standards aligned assessments evaluate academic performance and growth in the areas of early literacy/reading and early numeracy/mathematics. These benchmark assessments are administered again in May. The purpose of these assessments is to evaluate student academic growth toward end of year expectations. These assessment results are used by teachers and administrators to assist with instructional planning and differentiation at the grade, classroom and student level.

Depending on grade level, literacy measures assess vocabulary, phonological awareness, word recognition, reading comprehension and reading fluency; and numeracy measures assess number sense, operations, algebraic thinking, measurement/data, geometry, fractions and ratios/proportions. These areas of performance are summarized in an overall early literacy/reading and early numeracy/mathematics score.

Your child’s national and district percentile ranks in these academic areas will be available within the Home Access Center on Friday, February 14, 2020 at

Go to the Grades area and Test Scores tab. Please note that the average range extends from the 16th to 84th percentile rank; variations in your child’s scores should be interpreted in the context of other indicators of academic performance including daily classroom work, teacher observation, historic academic performance, etc.

Paper copies of individual student reports will be available upon request. Should you have any questions regarding your child’s aimswebPlus results, please contact the school principal.


Charles Sprandel

Executive Director of Research and Assessment

Indian Prairie School District #204

February 14th Class Friendship Parties

Our annual Friendship Parties are approaching and we are excited to celebrate at Kendall School with the exchange of cards or special notes, if students would like to participate. Time will be scheduled on Friday, February 14th for students to exchange in their classrooms as they celebrate a day of friendship with one another.

As a reminder, we ask that families refrain from sending candy or food treats in with cards. These items cannot be distributed at school. We encourage you to send a card only to keep the focus of the day on kind words of friendship. Students may include a school supply item with their cards, if they choose. School supplies should be taped to the outside of the card. Other items (toys, jewelry, etc.) will not be distributed.

We are excited to share in the joy of friendship with our students and appreciate your support! Any specific grade level information will be shared by your child’s teacher.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Kendall School will be holding 2nd semester parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 1:00 – 8:00 pm. Traditionally, this second conference session is not scheduled for every family and instead based upon a teacher or parent request.

Please note that Thursday, February 27th is not a school day for students. Students will also be off on Friday, February 28th for a district-wide institute day for staff.

Kindergarten Parent Preview Night

If you have a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2020, he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. You are invited and encouraged to attend a Kindergarten Parent Preview Night on March 11th at 6:30 PM in the multipurpose room. At this meeting, we will provide a detailed look at what the kindergarten experience will offer. You will also be provided with more details related to registration requirements and deadlines. This night is designed for parents and guardians only.

We Need Your Feedback - Survey Closes Friday, February 14th

Kendall currently has a 30% response rate from our parents. Please consider completing the survey as we value your input!

Parents across Illinois once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit

2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)

3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

Thank you for your feedback.

Special Survivor Games 2020 - RSVP by March 1st

District 204 Elementary & Middle School Students with Special Needs are invited to participate in Special Survivor Games on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Peterson Elementary School in Naperville. Peterson’s PTA is hosting this great event for all to enjoy. Peer buddies will be available to every participant, and cheerleaders will be encouraging the friendly competition. The events will be held in relay style fashion and each will be adapted so every child can join in and build self esteem, while enjoying the company of their friends.


Kendall PTA Points

Nominations for 2020-21 Executive Board

Kendall PTA is currently accepting nominations for its 2020-21 Executive Board. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else please complete this Google Form by clicking the link below. We are currently accepting nominations for all board positions. (President, Vice-President, Secretary & Treasurer). If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at: Lindsay Kraai (, Beth Mikuta ( and Anna Lukosus ( Please complete this application to the PTA Nominating Committee by Monday, March 2nd.

Valentine Skate Night

Join other Kendall families for a Valentine Skate night on Wednesday, February 12th, from 6-8 p.m.. Admission is $6.00 plus $4.00 for regular or inline skate rental (if needed). Wear hearts, or wear red or pink, and feel free to invite friends as participants need not attend Kendall!

Eggcited Restaurant Fundraiser

Get EGGCITED! Kendall’s first ever breakfast and lunch restaurant fundraiser will be held on Thursday, February 27th from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by Eggcited (corner of 111th Street and Route 59) during the morning or early afternoon, and the restaurant will generously donate a portion of participating sales to Kendall PTA! The students have no school, so grab the whole family and enjoy a meal out together!

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Mother-Daughter Event

Girls, bring your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or friend, and team up to paint a canvas at Pinot's Palette in Naperville! There are two sessions from which to choose on Saturday, March 7th! See the flier for more information. Register at by February 21st. Advanced registration for this event is required. Contact Tori Manganelli ( with questions.

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Save the date for Kendall’s Science Fair!!!!

Save the date for Kendall’s Science Fair! The Kendall PTA would like to invite all students, individually or in teams of 2-4 people, to participate in the Science Fair on Monday, April 20th. Watch for a signup and additional information to come home with your child(ren) in the coming weeks!

Nominate a Staff Member for the A+ Award

Anyone can nominate a District 204 staff member for the A+ Award. Nominations must include an essay (of 50-500 words) describing how this staff member has positively impacted students. We strongly encourage student nominations. Parent, alumni and community nominations are also welcomed.

Click here to submit a nomination for a staff member who goes above and beyond to make a difference for our students.

Save the Dates!


PTA Skate Night

Wednesday, February 12 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

PTA Friendship Parties

Friday, February 14th 2:00-3:00

No School - President's Day

Monday, February 17th

Winter Chorus Concert

Wednesday, February 19th 6:30 p.m.

Patriot Pride Spirit Day - Wear Red, White, and Blue

Wednesday, February 26th

No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, February 27th

PTA Restaurant Day

Eggcited 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

No School - Teacher Institute Day

Friday, February 28th

2nd Grade Musical

Monday, March 2nd 6:30 p.m.

PTA Mother/Daughter Event

Saturday, March 7th @ Pinot's Palette

Kindergarten Parent Orientation

Wednesday, March 11th 6:30 p.m.