October 2021


A Note from the Principal

Dear KG Parents,

This year has been off to a great start, and it’s hard to believe we are halfway through the first grading period. That’s right, it’s the mid-term of the first trimester. Students have been working hard and getting used to being back in the classroom with all of their peers. I know I can speak for the staff in regards to this year feeling more like school than it has in a long time. It’s awesome to hear the fight song again in the hallways on Fridays and to see the school spirit return to our home games with many fans in the bleachers.

We’ve been focused on several initiatives to begin the school year, most of which are occurring during ASAP Time. ASAP stands for Advisory, Social-emotional, and Academic Programming time. The grade level teams are working on community builders to reintegrate all students back into school and foster the sense of belonging to our KG family. Additionally, teams are teaching mindfulness techniques to help students cope mentally with the stress of the pandemic and with the pressures of social situations at school. Academically, teachers are using a new program during class, IXL, to practice both reading and math skills. This can also be used at home to practice specific content currently being taught in the classroom and to review skills from the previous grade level.

Students also just finished up our first administration of the MAP assessment, and I couldn’t be more proud of the growth that the students demonstrated this fall. Students took this assessment only one time last year in January, and we were very concerned about the results which indicated a possibly significant learning loss by each of the grade levels. The benchmarking this fall showed our students made outstanding progress starting last spring and into the start of this year. Some grade levels actually had their best results since starting at KG. Great job, Hornets! We will take this assessment two more times during the school year and share the results with parents during the end of the grading periods. Students will still have growth goals associated with MAP, and we plan to have our growth assemblies in January and May.

Not only do we have several new students in the building this year, but we have several new staff members at KG. If you didn’t have the opportunity to connect with your child(ren)’s teachers at our Virtual Expectation Night event, then don’t miss out on scheduling a time to meet them during parent teacher conferences, November 22 & 23. The district will send out directions on how to schedule conferences at the end of the month. We will be using the same application as last year, “Meet The Teacher.” The positive feedback we received last year from both parents and teachers when using the video conferencing tool led us to keep the format the same. As for new staff, KG still has some employment opportunities available including some part-time and full-time positions. Please check our website (http://www.d91.net/employment.html) for details on these opportunities to work with a wonderful group of people.

Thanks for your continued support of KG, especially in thwarting the latest social media challenges! It really does take a village to raise a child and teach them how to be responsible citizens in their houses, schools, and the communities they live in.


John Jennings


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Attendance Reminders

District 91 requires parents/guardians to contact the Attendance Office at (815)838-0737 extension 1, PRIOR TO 9AM whenever a child will be late to school or will be absent for any part of the school day.

The message must contain the following information:

1. Student’s first and last name, their grade, and a teacher name.

2.Detailed reason or symptom for the absence or why the student will be late to school (students that are not called in or are called in without a reason are considered TRUANT and unexcused, and will be reported as such).

3. Your name, relationship to the student, and a call back number.

A ParentSquare notification is sent out to parents/guardians who have not called in their child by 9AM and have not signed in by 9AM, and to parents /guardians that only indicate their child “will not be in school” or are “out due to a family emergency” requesting the parent/guardian contact the Attendance Office immediately to advise the details of the absence. Family emergencies may be considered an excused absence depending on the details that are provided. If you fail to contact the Attendance Office the child will be placed on the Truancy List. Student attendance is crucial to student success.

Appointments during the school day are discouraged, but we also understand that nowadays there can be no other choice. If your child needs to be dismissed anytime during the day (e.g., dental or doctor appointment), please notify the Attendance Office prior to the absence. Proof of the appointment is required in order for the absence to be considered excused. See student/parent handbook on our website regarding make up work and/or a pre-arranged absence.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 815-838-0737 ext# 1104 or you can email me at cdragosh@d91.net.

Notes From Your School Nurse

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Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

One of my main goals is to provide a safe and healthy environment for your child. We ask for your help in this by: (a) staying home if sick; all household members should stay home if anyone in the house shows even 1 symptom of an illness (coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, etc.); (b) if you are calling your child(ren) into the absence line, please be as specific as possible when describing their symptoms (all information is kept confidential); and (c) ensure that your child is wearing a well fitting face mask while at school.

Illinois State law requires that all physicals and immunizations are current and on file by October 15, 2021. There is not an extension period; exclusions will begin on this date if your child’s physical is not provided by this date. 6th grade students will need to provide proof of 2 additional vaccinations: Tdap & MCV.

  • MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccination) is administered at 11 years of age and again in high school. This vaccination forms antibodies to assist in fighting a severe form of bacterial meningitis, as well as other illnesses caused by this bacterium.

  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) is administered at 11 years of age.

  • Parents: Remember to fill out and sign/date the Health History section. This is located on the back side of the form, at the very top.

Occasionally your child may become ill at school. It is important that the school have your correct home telephone number and work number, as well as an emergency number of a relative, friend, or neighbor that may be contacted in the event a parent cannot be reached. It is encouraged to have more than 1 emergency contact, should that person not be available. Please contact the school with any updates. I will keep you informed if your child makes frequent visits to the health office. Sometimes children complain of illness but that may not be the core issue. I welcome calls to inform me of any home or medical issue your child may be experiencing. Part of reaching our goal to keep your child in class to optimize his/her learning involves consistency of health practices at school and at home.

The Student Handbook reads, “If a student is absent for 4 or more consecutive days of school, a doctor’s note is required upon returning to school.” Parents are required to notify the school when a child has been diagnosed as having a communicable disease. Notices can then be sent home to alert parents of other children who may have been exposed. All names of children will be kept confidential.

Visit the Health and Wellness section of the District 91 website to find appropriate forms and more information about physicals, immunizations, dental and eye exams.

Meet our new School Psychologist!

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Meet the Social Worker

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We would like to meet our new Social Worker, Ms. Megan Hoak.

Please click on the PDF below.


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Please sign up for a pumpkin via Parent Square on the link below. Spaces are limited!


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Welcome to the Kelvin Grove LRC!

Mrs. Bruemmer, LRC Coordinator

sbruemmer@d91.net kgcyberlibrary.weebly.com

The Kelvin Grove LRC is on track to set records for student book check-outs -- and we're just starting October! We are delighted to be able to serve EVERY Kelvin Grove student EVERY week in our library.

Dear Parents / Guardians:

The library program in Kelvin Grove's Learning Resource Center has an exciting "menu" of adventure in store for your student this year:

• Our program will be promoting the very best of children’s literature to your child with activities designed to help students enjoy the stories even more --featuring PRINT & DIGITAL choices.

• I will do my very best to get (or keep) your children “hooked on reading” by recommending specific reading materials to each individual. The goal is to find that “one-to-one” fit -- utilizing not just your child’s likes and dislikes, but also tools and apps such as Destiny Discover, SORA, eRead Illinois, NovelList K-8 Plus, Britannica School (username: dist91 / password: hornet), AND MUCH, MUCH more!

• The LRC will add 100 or more new titles this year of the latest and most exciting new books for young readers, including new recreational reading selections AND quality non-fiction to help meet the Illinois Learning Standards and support KG curriculum.

• Students will learn library and research skills specifically suited to their developmental needs.

• I will work with classroom teachers to help them find materials especially suited to the individual interests and abilities of your child.

• In addition to library skills, KG LRC lessons and “LRC Centers” will continue to stress good Digital Citizenship, helping your child make safe and ethical decisions when using the Internet. Students will experience TECH PETTING ZOO and will be able to have hands-on experiences with technology products

loaned to KG LRC from the Illinois State Library.

• The LRC has a MakerSpace to help students edit movies, create podcasts or edit photographs -- along with a fully dedicated chromakey (green screen) room.

• Special events are being planned, including author webcasts, book fairs, PumpkinPalooza, Caudill Nominee programs, Make-It/Take It projects, photography and bookmark contests -- and of course, reading, reading, reading . . .

I’m ready and excited for the FY2022 school year. I'm committed to making the KG LRC a safe and welcoming space at Kelvin Grove -- and putting JOY into reading. Please contact me anytime with questions, concerns or for assistance.

Mrs. Bruemmer



Little Free Library / Outdoor Classroom

CHECK OUT THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY on the KELVIN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM / PATIO -- and watch as NATURE CLUB helps the space get a little greener! Thanks to PTO for providing the NEW patio umbrellas, too!

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Scholastic Book Fair October 18-22

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October 18-22

The SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR is back at Kelvin Grove!

A one-way, socially distanced book fair event -- along with an outdoor movie (It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown). Raffles, Bake Sales, and BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!

Book Fair profits benefit the Milne Grove and Kelvin Grove LRCs!

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Bake sale daily - begins at 3:10 in KG's main foyer

MONDAY - 3:10-4:30

TUESDAY - 3:10-4:30

WEDNESDAY - 3:10-4:30

THURSDAY - 3:10 - 8 PM


(It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)

Come see our fall luminarias, too!


Reader's Delight Raffle Basket

Tickets: $1.00/each

Safe, Cashless way to shop the fair:

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Spirit Week October 18-22

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10/18/21 Monday: Roll Out of Bed & Read Day (Wear PJs)

10/19/21 Tuesday: Genre Mash-Up Day (Wear mismatched clothes)

10/20/21 Wednesday: Read Me Day (Wear a shirt you can read)

10/21/21 Thursday: Leave-Me-Alone-I'm-Reading Day (Wear a hoodie)

10/22/21 Friday: Hornet Read Spirit Day (Hornet wear)

KG LRC PumpkinPalooza Entries Accepted Oct. 25 & 26

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on kgcyberlibrary.weebly.com

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September Students Of The Month

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The D91 PTO held its first meeting of the 2021-2022 school year on September 21 and we were delighted to see so many new and enthusiastic faces. The next meeting date has not been scheduled yet but meetings this year will sometimes be after school and sometimes in the evening in an effort to accommodate more people’s schedules. Meeting attendees were grateful for student supervision during the meeting and efforts will be made in the future to continue to offer this service during meetings.

The Affy Tapple fundraiser will run from October 1st to October 13th. Order pick up will be on October 22 (time to be announced) at Milne Grove. More information will be coming via ParentSquare.

Mabel’s Labels and Market Day are ongoing fundraisers for the PTO. Order anytime. Friends and family can order too!

Scan your receipt with the Box Tops for Education app every time you purchase a qualifying item. Any remaining Box Tops clips can be sent to school with your student in a zip bag or envelope.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The first PTO event of the year will be on October 16th- Community Leaf Raking and Tailgate. D91 families are encouraged to help their friends and neighbors with fall leaf raking. The raking can be done on Friday, October 15 after school or Saturday during the day but we will gather for a Tailgate Party to celebrate our hard work on Saturday October 16th at 3:30 in the KG parking lot. The PTO will provide hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy. More information and how to RSVP will be coming soon.

On Friday, October 22, D91 has an early dismissal and the PTO has a great way for students and families to spend the afternoon- A Scavenger Hunt! The Hunt will start with pizza at Milne Grove at noon and then teams will have 90 minutes to complete their tasks. Team registration will be required. More information and how to register your team will be coming soon.

Fall Picture Retakes

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Fall Picture Retakes will be scheduled for Friday, October 8th . If you missed last session, you may order them at my lifetouch.com with Picture Day ID: XTH9NBTVE.

If you ordered them and would like to retake them, please bring your previous photos in on retake day.

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