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10 March 2023

Hello Kipling Families,

Happy Friday and Hakuna Matata! This morning our entire school was treated to the wonderful production of The Lion King. Our 3rd-5th graders had roles on, in front of, and behind the stage and they were absolutely incredible. I know tonight and tomorrow’s performances are going to be equally as good. Thank you to all the parents, park district staff, and teachers who helped support our students as they made this production a reality. A special thank you to Ms. Brynda and Mr. OBrill for all of your leadership.

March is here and with it comes so much hope. March is my favorite month. Hopefully, this winter weather will soon be behind us. The official spring season and Spring Break are only a couple weeks away. Hopeful NCAA fans are feverishly filling out their brackets for March Madness (Go, Hawkeyes!). And most importantly, the third trimester of our school year has arrived. In this final trimester, we are filled with hope about the potential our students and staff have to meet their goals.

As a school community, let’s embrace this time and partner together to work toward our collective goals and celebrate all the growth our students will achieve by the end of the school year.

All my best to you and your families over the weekend!


Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT


Kipling Elementary School

Kipling PTO

-Please sign up for your PTO Membership now! Click HERE to sign up if you have not already!

-Our next PTO meeting will be on Friday, April 14th at 9:30am in our Staff Lounge.

-PTO Bingo Night will be Friday, April 21st from 5:30-7:30pm. More info coming soon!

5 Essentials Survey - We Need at Least 20% Parent Participation to Generate a Report. We are Currently at a 15% Completion Rate (WE ARE ALMOST THERE!).

Help us get important feedback about our school! You only have a short time left to take the 5Essentials Parent Survey. Please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. Your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

IAR Testing

Students across the district in grades 3 through 8 will be participating in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English/Language Arts & Mathematics between April 3rd and April 24th.

This state assessment helps us understand how students are growing academically year to year, while also providing an achievement comparison to grade-level peers across the state. By measuring both mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards and the College and Career Ready benchmarks of the PSAT and SAT, the IAR is also designed to help prepare students for success in high school and beyond. The overall performance of each school, by grade, also impacts our designation, which is reported on the Illinois School Report Card.

District 109 Communication

Kindergarten Registration For 2023-2024 is Now Open!

Have an incoming kindergartener (or know someone who does?) The registration process for the upcoming school year is now open and the earlier we know who is coming, the better we can plan! Just go to to learn how to begin the process. Please reach out to our registrar, Rosa Castillo ( with any questions.

Caruso Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Deerfield Public Schools District 109 is proud to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated auditorium at Caruso Middle School this upcoming Thursday, March 16th at 5 p.m. There will be a guided tour that starts shortly after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 as well as a self-guided tour option as well. You can see a slideshow of the progress of the project at

DPS109 Parent/Guardian Webinar Series

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Deerfield Park District and Community News

The Deerfield Park District runs all of our before and after school programs. Linked here is the brochure & information for sign up. Please contact the Park District, 847-945-0650, if you have questions.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • March 10th - Kipling Musical Evening Performance

  • March 11th - Kipling Musical Saturday Performance

  • March 15th - 2nd Grade Music Performance, 5:30pm

  • March 16th - Board of Education Meeting at District Office - 7pm

  • March 27th-March 31st - Spring Break

  • April 7th - NO SCHOOL

  • April 14th - PTO Meeting - 9:30am, Staff Lounge

  • April 19th - Elementary & Middle School Choir Festival, Shepard Middle School, 6:30pm

  • April 21st - PTO Bingo Night! - 5:30-7:30pm