KG November, 2021 Newsletter
Dear KG Parents,
November is the month for parent-teacher conferences. Through the feedback and attendance we received last year, the district will use the same application as last year 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. Kelvin Grove is continuing with some changes that were made to conferences in previous years. Students are once again encouraged to attend conferences with parents. Teachers will also be reviewing the Academic Learning Behaviors which are educational skills that correlate into life skills for successful adults.
In conjunction with the Thanksgiving holiday, conferences will occur on Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd. 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 24th-November 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
With the change in daylight savings time approaching, I am always reminded of the change in the seasons as well. The fall weather is always unpredictable but cool mornings and evenings are guaranteed. Please make sure your child has sufficient clothing in the morning as they come to school and if they walk home after a club or activity. Dressing in layers is the best way to combat the changes in temperature during this season. Stay warm and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will once again be held VIRTUALLY using the Meet the Teacher. Meet the Teacher is an online parent/teacher conference scheduling application which enables you, the parent to book a time to see your child(ren)'s teachers.
A Letter From The Nurse
During this time of year we tend to see a higher incidence of strep throat, respiratory and gastrointestinal illness. To minimize infection, I recommend:
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
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 everyone 6 months and older to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year.
On top of these typical illnesses, we are still fighting COVID-19. We have seen some change in the guidance in terms of symptoms to quarantine/isolate for and how long you will need to isolate/quarantine, but much of it still remains the same since the beginning of the pandemic. If your child is not feeling well, leave a detailed message on the attendance line and please be as specific as possible when reporting symptoms. Your child will need to remain home during this time. The nurse will contact you for more information and provide a return date for in-person learning.
As always, please remember ALL 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. Cough drops, supplements, and over the counter (OTC) medications are included in this. 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!!
Hello all, this is Dr. Richardson, the school psychologist. This month, I will have had the pleasure of talking to many students about “self-esteem”. We will talk about the value of being you and being what makes you happy. We, as adults, must understand that the school environment has a lot of different personalities, backgrounds and experiences. It can definitely be tough some days and great on others. We must understand that WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT and that being different is ABSOLUTELY OKAY!!! All students, no matter the differences, should embrace themselves, value themselves, and ALWAYS think highly of themselves… having a positive view of themselves. We must encourage our students to be who they are with no apologies, trust themselves, and know that they are more valuable than gold!
“Be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios.”
Meet the new School Counselor Alisha Welvaert
I will be teaching guidance lessons in a couple 4/5 classrooms but would love to meet all students! If anyone would like me to pop in and introduce myself, please let me know a day/time this week or next that may work for your schedule and I'll just spend 5 minutes introducing myself and letting students know how they can self-refer if they are having any issues or concerns.
Mental Health Department Ms. Hoak & Ms. Welvaert
Dear KG Families,
As the holidays are approaching, please reach out to us if you are in need of any support from the school. The Kelvin Grove family would like to support you in any way that we can. The global, COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted many families throughout the last two years, and we as a school, want to ensure that the needs of our families are met. I have attached flyers for a Family Support Day; this event brings school and community resources together for our Will County School Families in need of assistance. It will occur on November 6th, from 9am-11am at Bolingbrook High School.
Additionally, families who want to contribute to helping the Lockport community, please send your student with canned goods and non perishable food items; the LRC is conducting a food drive to benefit the Lockport Food Pantry. Some of the items may include canned meats, cereals, peanut butter, canned fruit, rice, or pasta. The pantry also is collecting laundry detergent, hand soap and toiletries. Please drop off your donations to the LRC at Kelvin Grove or Milne Grove by November 15th. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns about anything.
Ms. Hoak & Ms. Welvaert
October Students of the Month
Thankful feathers will reappear on our poor bald turkey! Ask your student what they were thankful for this fall season.
- The Scholastic Book Fair and LRC Bake Sale was a HUGE success -- thanks to the support of our District 91 students, families and faculty! All proceeds benefit the District 91 library collections through new book purchases for kids to check out!
- November in the LRC will kick off stations / centers with a wide variety of (socially-distanced) activities for students to start rotations. From 3-D printers and 3D pens to LEGO construction challenges to demonstrations of Charles' Law and yeast . . . wow: so much to do and so much to see.
- Readers' Advisory (one-to-one book help) will be our main focus. If your student LOVES to read, we will help enhance that love. Conversely, if your student is NOT a fan of reading, we will do our best to change that -- and provide book choices that align with your student's preferences and likes.
- Up next: VIRTUAL FAMILY READING NIGHT is scheduled for November 19th. Watch for details on ParentSquare and on www.d91.net and on the D91 Facebook page!
- If I can be of assistance at any time, please reach out via email - email@example.com. Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving holiday break! I'm thankful for all the amazing students you share with KG each day.
Mrs. Bruemmer, LRC Coordinator/District Webmaster