Weekly News from Kimball Hill

December 14, 2020

Message from the Principal

Hello Kimball Hill Parents & Guardians,

I would like to say thank you to our students, parents and staff for everyone's support during these challenging times. Currently, our scheduled return date is on target for January 5th, 2021 and we are looking forward to our in-person learners return to school. As we move forward with remote learning this week before the holiday break, I cannot stress the importance of student engagement and attending all classes; including specials area. Parents, please be sure to periodically check that your child is attending school 'virtually' through the entire school hours. To get everyone through the last week of school before the break and add some extra joy, we would like to invite ALL Kimball Hill families to participate in our holiday Spirit Week next week (December 14th-December 18th). Attached is the flyer.

I want to reiterate our gratitude for your continued support and grace. On behalf of all Kimball Hill Staff, I would like to wish you and your family good health and good spirits throughout this unique holiday season.

Warmly,

Michelle LaCamera

Holiday Spirit Week

Help us get into the holiday spirit and spread some joy! Please join us next week for our virtual holiday spirit week; December 14th-18th. Flyer is attached.

We hope to have 100% participation and please remember to share a picture with your child's teacher.

Holiday Givings

Kimball Hill has partnered up with Cardinal Drive Church of Christ in Rolling Meadows who is having a holiday meal giveaway for families in need. The meals include either a turkey or ham along with some boxes of sides (stuffing, potatoes, cranberries). Santa will be at the church circle drive handing out the meals for families following all COVID-19 procedures and regulations. The distribution will take place on Saturday, December 19, from 12 - 2 PM in the driveway of the church, at 2300 Cardinal Drive.
If your family would benefit from this program, please use to link to register:
http://www.cdfamily.org/turkey-dinner

If you would like to contribute gift cards for our Kimball Hill families in need, please drop off at Kimball Hill School December 14th-December 16th between the hours of 8:30am-3:00pm.

La Iglesia de Cardinal Drive Church of Christ en Rolling Meadows tendrá un sorteo de comida navideña. Las comidas incluirán un pavo o jamón junto con algunas cajas de guarniciones (relleno, patatas, arándanos). Papá Noel estará repartiendo las comidas para las familias siguiendo las restricciones de COVID-19. La distribución ocurrirá el sábado 19 de diciembre, de 12 a 2 PM, en la entrada de la iglesia. La dirección es 2300 Cardinal Drive.
Si usted se beneficiará de este programa, por favor sigue este enlace para registrarse:
http://www.cdfamily.org/turkey-dinner
¡Gracias!

Holiday Storytime Virtual Event

The Women’s Club of Inverness is doing a Zoom story telling time at 4pm on December 17th. Members will be reading to any children who want to participate with The Polar Express and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I have attached a flyer with the Zoom link.


To connect to this event, join their Zoom Meeting below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86421069437? pwd=VjFQUnBNU2lzTEhHWUNoWEtNWmtZdz09

Meeting ID: 864 2106 9437 Passcode: 813209

District-Wide Adaptive Pause November 18-January 5

In our last communication to you following our November 11 Board of Education meeting, we shared the District will be taking an Adaptive Pause beginning the week of November 30 to curb the spread of COVID-19 following the Thanksgiving holiday. This action was taken as we know members of our staff and community, as discussed at the meeting, may attend family gatherings resulting in more potential transmission within our schools. The pause, we felt, would allow time for people who may contract COVID during such celebrations to become symptomatic before returning to school and therefore continue to isolate. Since that decision was shared at the Board meeting on Wednesday evening, some important developments took place that have caused us to modify not only our thinking, but our plan regarding in-person learning during the month ahead.


On Friday, November 13, the Cook County Department of Public Health issued a stay at home advisory. This is not a mandate, but a recommendation based upon public health guidance. The advisory goes into effect Monday, November 16 and will last at least 30 days.

In light of this advisory going into effect, we have heard from many staff members and parents that do not feel safe remaining in school during this stay at home advisory period. Although we have worked hard on our ongoing mitigation efforts, sharply rising community numbers and the county’s attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 are what prompted this advisory to be implemented and for us to reconsider our plan.

Over the weekend, we surveyed our staff to ask if they felt students should learn remotely in light of the advisory being issued. Nearly 80 percent of staff responded “yes.”

While I know there are varying opinions on this subject ranging from full support to stay open for in-person instruction to advocating for a return to remote learning, the thoughts and feelings of all stakeholders are something we must continue to take into consideration when proceeding with our plans through the remainder of the year. Our staff has worked hard during this trying time, and they are becoming increasingly concerned for their own safety due to the recent surge in positivity rates and health department advisory.


In light of the stay at home advisory, District 15 will implement an Adaptive Pause District-wide beginning Wednesday, November 18. According to the CCDPH, the Pause will last at least 30 days. District 15 will not resume in-person instruction until Winter Break concludes. We will reevaluate conditions during the break period and will inform everyone if we will be resuming school on Tuesday, January 5 as scheduled, or if the Adaptive Pause will need to be extended.

During the Adaptive Pause, students will all learn remotely, as we did to start the 2020-21 school year. Materials will be sent home with students on Monday and/or Tuesday to prepare for remote learning. Most staff will also be working from home during the Adaptive Pause period unless they choose to teach or work from their classroom or office spaces. More information will be provided to staff this week.

I know this decision will come with mixed feedback from our parents, staff and the larger community, with some in support of the plan and others against it. I certainly understand the challenges that working parents will face who rely on our schools for childcare and the overall stressors of fully remote learning. Navigating educational plans during the ups and downs of this pandemic has come with no “right” answers or perfect solutions. In the end, I have to make decisions based upon the health and safety of everyone in our buildings, both students and adults.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

en espanol

En nuestra última comunicación con usted después de nuestra reunión de la Junta de Educación del 11 de noviembre, compartimos que el Distrito tomará una Pausa Adaptativa a partir de la semana del 30 de noviembre para minimizar la propagación de COVID-19 después de las vacaciones del Día de Acción de Gracias. Esta acción se tomó porque sabemos que los miembros de nuestro personal y la comunidad, como compartió en la reunión, pueden asistir a reuniones familiares, lo que puede resultar en una mayor transmisión potencial dentro de nuestras escuelas. Sentimos que la pausa permitiría que las personas que contraigan COVID durante tales celebraciones se desarrollen síntomas antes de regresar a la escuela y, por lo tanto, continúen aisladas. Desde que se compartió esa decisión en la reunión de la Junta el miércoles por la noche, ocurrieron algunos desarrollos importantes que nos han llevado a modificar no solo nuestro pensamiento, sino nuestro plan con respecto al aprendizaje en persona durante el próximo mes.

El viernes, 13 de noviembre, el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Cook emitió un aviso de permanencia en el hogar. Esto no es un mandato, sino una recomendación basada en guías de salud pública. El aviso entrará en vigor el lunes, 16 de noviembre y tendrá una duración de al menos 30 días.

A la luz de la entrada en vigor de este aviso, hemos escuchado a muchos miembros del personal y padres que no se sienten seguros al permanecer en la escuela durante este período de aviso para quedarse en casa. Aunque hemos trabajado mucho en nuestros esfuerzos de mitigación en curso, la subida repentina y acelerada del número de casos en la comunidad y el intento del condado de minimizar la propagación de COVID-19 son lo que impulsó la implementación de este aviso y lo que causó la reconsideración de nuestro plan.

Durante el fin de semana, encuestamos a nuestro personal para preguntarles si sentían que los estudiantes deberían aprender de forma remota a la luz del aviso que se emitía. Casi el 80 por ciento del personal respondió "sí."


Sé que hay diferentes opiniones sobre este tema que van desde el apoyo total hacia la apertura a la instrucción en persona hasta la defensa de un regreso al aprendizaje remoto, los pensamientos y sentimientos de nuestro personal son algo que debemos seguir teniendo en cuenta al proceder con nuestros planes durante el resto de 2020. Nuestro personal ha trabajado tanto durante este tiempo difícil, pero están sintiendo el estrés de una pandemia en curso y están cada vez más preocupados por su propia seguridad debido al reciente aumento en las tasas de positividad y los avisos del departamento de salud.


A la luz del aviso de permanecer en casa, el Distrito 15 implementará una Pausa Adaptativa en todo el Distrito a partir del miércoles, 18 de noviembre. Según el CCDPH, la pausa durará al menos 30 días. El Distrito 15 no reanudará la instrucción en persona hasta que concluyan las vacaciones de invierno. Reevaluaremos las condiciones durante las vacaciones e informaremos a todos si reanudaremos la escuela el martes, 5 de enero, según lo programado, o si será necesario extender la Pausa Adaptativa.


Durante la Pausa Adaptativa, todos los estudiantes aprenderán de forma remota, como lo hicimos al comenzar el año escolar 2020-21. Los materiales se enviarán a casa con los estudiantes el lunes y/o martes para prepararse para el aprendizaje remoto durante la pausa adaptativa. La mayoría del personal también trabajará desde casa durante el período de Pausa Adaptativa, a menos que decidan enseñar desde su salón de clases. Se proporcionará más información al personal esta semana.


Sé que esta decisión vendrá con comentarios mixtos de nuestros padres, el personal y la comunidad en general, algunos a favor del plan y otros en contra. Ciertamente comprendo los desafíos que enfrentarán los padres que trabajan y que dependen de nuestras escuelas para el cuidado de sus hijos y los factores estresantes generales del aprendizaje a distancia. Navegar por los planes educativos durante los altibajos de esta pandemia no ha tenido respuestas "correctas" ni soluciones perfectas. Al final, tengo que tomar decisiones basadas en la salud y seguridad de todos en nuestros edificios, tanto los estudiantes como el personal.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo y comprensión.

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

Important Dates to Remember


November 18th-January 4th: Adaptive Pause (In-Person Closure)- Remote Learning for ALL Students


December 14-18th: Spirit Week (details above)


December 17: Virtual Storytime (details above)


January 5th- In-person learners return to Kimball Hill


January 21: KH Picture Day- tentative more information to follow

Contact the Principal

Michelle LaCamera

Kimball Hill School

2905 Meadows Dr.

Rolling Meadows, 60008

lacamerm@ccsd15.net


847-963-5200

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