Weekly News from Kimball Hill

September 8, 2020

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Message from the Principal

Dear Kimball Hill Parents and Guardians:

It has been another successful week of remote learning at Kimball Hill! I am so proud of our students and especially grateful for the hard work of our teachers and parents. I know our current situation presents challenges for many. I greatly appreciate everyone working together and making the best for our children.

We are hearing feedback from parents about the amount of screen time our students have. Our teachers strive to find appropriate balance while following the 2.5 live teaching hours required by ISBE. We continue to strategize ways to deliver live teaching mixed with asynchronous activities for the remainder of the school hours. In an effort to reduce some screen time, we will be having a supply distribution on September 15th from 8:30am-3:30pm (specific details to follow this week).


Remember tomorrow, Monday September 7th is a holiday and there is no school.

Happy Labor Day to ALL.

As always, please reach out to me any time with questions or concerns at lacamerm@ccsd15.net or call the school at 847-963-5200.


Warmly,


Michelle LaCamera

No Student Attendance- Septmber 18th

District 15 will be utilizing an ISBE-granted E-Learning Plan Day on Friday, September 18. There will not be student attendance or instruction on this date. During this time, teachers will participate in professional learning focused on instructional technology tools GoGuardian and Zoom.

MAP Testing

Each year District 15 students in grades 2 through 8 take an achievement test called the MAP test. The MAP test measures a student’s reading and math levels, is taken by the student with a Chromebook, and takes between 20 to 40 minutes to complete.


This year, all students in grades 2 to 8 will take the MAP test during the distance learning portion of the school year. Teachers will be in contact with students to explain and walk them through the virtual MAP test taking process. Schools will scheudle a MAP test “dry run” in early September. Students will take the actual MAP test between September 14 and October 1. Your child's teacher will provide specific test dates and times to you prior to testing.


Linked below is our parent and student “cheat sheets. You will be provided with another copy closer to MAP testing. Parent/Caregiver Cheat Sheet, Student Cheat Sheet.

All Children Eat Free


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that all school meals for children will be free through December, 2020. Because of this announcement, school meals will no longer be charged to a student’s account. All meals will be free to any child under the age of 18, regardless of ability to pay. Children do not need to be present for a parent to pick-up a meal.


For information on how to access free meals, please visit our website. Meals are delivered to select locations Monday-Friday. No meal service will be provided on Monday, September 7 due to the Labor Day holiday.

Return to Learn dates REVISED

REMOTE LEARNING FOR ALL

K-6th grades

School hours: 8:45am-3:25pm

Morning Kindergarten: 8:45am-11:20am, Fridays: 8:45am-10:55am


Fridays: 8:45am-2:35pm

Afternoon Kindergarten: 12:50-3:25pm, Fridays: 12:25pm-2:35pm


Gradual Rolling Entry to In-Person Classes

NEW TENTATIVE CALENDAR DATES FOR RE-ENTRY TO IN-PERSON LEARNING

  • Monday, September 21: Kindergarten and K-8 self-contained special education programs

    • ACES, Multiple Needs (MN), Early Childhood SIP: Half-day only (9:00-11:30 a.m.); transition to a full- or extended-day starting on Tuesday, October 13

    Monday, September 28: Grades 1-2 and self-contained early childhood

    Monday, October 5: Grades 3-4

    Tuesday, October 13: Grades 5-8 and ECDEC (junior high in hybrid model)


School Supplies

On the school/district webpage, you will find each grade level’s school supply list. If you are unable to purchase supplies due to financial issues please let us know or contact the Palatine Opportunity Center at 847-776-9500 or 847-776-2523. They can connect you with community agencies that help families with school supplies.

Stay Connected with our KH PTA

Our Kimball Hill PTA will be looking for parents to help in a different way this year! We are always looking for volunteers! Our PTA is working on a schedule for virtual meetings at this time. At each PTA meeting, you hear updates about the school programs, upcoming PTA events, and the various ways you can get involved in the Kimball Hill community.


If you ordered a yearbook this past school year and have not picked it up yet, please stop by the school Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:30pm. Please call when you are in front of the school and a staff member will bring it to your car.

District 15 Helpline Available

Do you need help and are not sure who to contact? Do you have concerns or worries about yourself or others? The District 15 helpline is only a call or text away Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Our student services staff are available during these stressful times. Call or text:

English: 847-460-2099

Spanish: 847-460-2129

Calls or texts received outside of these hours will be answered the following workday. You can reach out about multiple topics, including but not limited to:

  • Social or emotional concerns;

  • Resources such as food, housing and transportation; or

  • Ideas on how to support your child

Technology Troubelshooting


For assistance with technology, parents or students should call or email the school’s office. The school office can assist with troubleshooting or, if necessary, can replace a broken device with a loaner.

Socialization and Connection During Virtual Learning

To help support students’ social and emotional learning and well-being during this time, we have created websites for elementary and Jr. High school aged students as a resource for families. You will find activities, articles, and ideas on ways to support socialization, connection, and overall well-being. This includes fun daily activities that you can utilize with your child and family. The resources are aligned to the IL Social and Emotional Learning standards that the students are learning during school, and includes helpful information and tools for self awareness, self management, social relationships, and more.

New Technology for Virtual Learning


In order to help keep students safer and more scholarly online during virtual learning, District 15 has adopted GoGuardian Teacher - an instructional delivery, classroom management, and community building tool. It helps keep students on-task and helps teachers stay connected to students wherever they learn. We will be deploying GoGuardain Teacher in phases over the next three weeks. Please review this letter to learn more about this powerful learning engagement tool.


The District is also in the process of deploying Zoom as our preferred virtual meeting platform. We are moving away from Google Meet due to some technical challenges that will not be resolved until later this fall. Additionally, Zoom has introduced several new layers of security and privacy controls ensuring that we are able to provide a secure virtual conferencing experience for our students.


Both Zoom and GoGuardian require that students are logged into Chrome with their District 15 account in order to be accessed. Therefore, students must either use their school issued Chromebook or sign into Chrome on a personal device for learning at home during school hours. Students who are not using a school issued Chromebook or are not signed into Chrome will not have the same functionality or security that they would otherwise have in school.


Parent Universities are coming soon. Look for the first to be launched the first week of September. These self-paced courses and presentations are designed to help you help your students learn at home. Visit the virtual learning webpage to learn more.

Special Education Services


If you have questions about your student’s special education needs, please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Masa, our Assistant Principal/Building Case Manager to schedule a time to discuss your child’s IEP.

Multilingual Services


If you have questions about your student’s language programming, please reach out to your child's teacher or Mrs. LaCamera and Mrs. Masa to schedule a time to discuss your questions or concerns.

Bus Information

Bus information for free riders will be available to view by logging into Campus Parent or by downloading the free Infinite Campus mobile app on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. Due to the transportation restrictions faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, change requests will not be taken this year. Paid transportation requests will be very limited. Paid riders will be notified if busing will be provided on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.

Information from Nurse Lidia

The following are requirements for all Kindergarten and 6th grade students, whether your child is attending in-person instruction or receiving instruction virtually. All students are required to meet health examination and immunization requirements. Students not in compliance will be subject to exclusion from school until Illinois State.

HEALTH EXAMINATION AND VISION FORMS ARE due by October 15, 2020

● must include lead screening for children who are six years or younger and diabetes screening

● must be dated within one year prior to the first day of school (August 19, 2020)

Certificate of Child Health Examination-English


REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS

· DTP/DTaP – 4 or more doses with last booster after 4th birthday

· Polio – 4 or more doses with last booster after 4th birthday

· MMR – 2 doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday

· Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine-2 doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday and 2nd dose no less than four weeks after the first dose, or proof of varicella disease.


Parents requesting religious or medical exemptions to any school health requirements must provide the appropriate documentation prior to the due date. The instructions for completing the Certificate of Religious.

Exemption form and the form are available at: Instructions for Completing Illinois Certificate of Religious Exemption to Required Immunizations and/or Examinations Form


2. VISION EXAMINATION- due by October 15, 2020

StateofIL_EyeExamForm.pdf

Eye Examination Waiver Form


3. DENTAL EXAMINATION – due by May 15, 2021. The dental examination must have taken place

within 18 months prior to May 15 of the school year.

IDPH_DentalExamForm-Eng.pdf

Dental Exam Waiver Form


The following are requirements for all 6th students, whether your child is attending

in-person instruction or receiving instruction virtually.


1. HEALTH EXAMINATION

– physical examination must have taken place within one year prior to school start date

(August 19, 2020).


HEALTH EXAMINATION FORM IS DUE OCTOBER 15, 2020

A student not meeting this requirement is subject to being excluded from school.

- Certificate of Child Health Examination-English


REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS:

· Tdap - 1 dose before 6th grade year

· Meningococcal conjugate vaccination - 1 dose received on or after 11 years of age


PROOF OF PREVIOUS REQUIREMENTS:

· DTP/DTaP – 4 or more doses with last booster after 4th birthday

· Polio – 4 or more doses with last booster after 4th birthday

· MMR – 2 doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday

· Hepatitis B vaccine - 3 doses

· Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine - 2 doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday and 2nd dose no less than four weeks after the first dose, or proof of varicella disease


2. DENTAL EXAMINATION

- Due by May 15, 2021. The dental examination must have taken place no earlier than 18 months

prior to May 15, 2021.

-IDPH_DentalExamForm-Eng.pdf

-Dental Examination Waiver Form


All students are required to meet health examination and immunization

requirements. Students not in compliance will be subject to exclusion from


Send these completed medical records to our school nurse, Mrs. Lidia Aleman.

Important Dates

September


15th- Supply/Material Distribution at KH (details soon)


In Person Learning revised

  • Monday, September 21: Kindergarten and K-8 self-contained special education programs

    • ACES, Multiple Needs (MN), Early Childhood SIP: Half-day only (9:00-11:30 a.m.); transition to a full- or extended-day starting on Tuesday, October 13

    Monday, September 28: Grades 1-2 and self-contained early childhood

    Monday, October 5: Grades 3-4

    Tuesday, October 13: Grades 5-8 and ECDEC (junior high in hybrid model)


Contact the Principal

Michelle LaCamera

Kimball Hill School

2905 Meadows Dr.

Rolling Meadows, 60008

lacamerm@ccsd15.net


847-963-5200

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