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26 May 2023

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Kipling Families,

I hope everyone has some relaxing and enjoyable plans for this weekend. I always view Memorial Day weekend as a positive time to reflect on the growth we have seen over the course of the school year as well as a celebration of the hope and joy that summer brings. Warm weather, BBQs, NOT setting an alarm - all the little, good things that remind us of our happy childhood memories. I hope you have fun creating those happy memories for your own children and your families this summer.

Part of the end of the year excitement here at Kipling is our annual Field Day! Field Day is next week Tuesday. This day will have a lot of energy with it - the kids have been working very hard learning all the events and they are very excited. Thank you to Ms. Walker and Mr. Greenberg for all the preparation you've provided our students. We have been reminding everyone that all the events won't go perfect, their classroom might not win, and that is all OK. Please help us by reminding your kids the most important part of Field Day is to have fun, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and to be a respectful, mindful, and safe competitor. Thank you so much for helping make sure this day is memorable for our students.

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


Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT


Kipling Elementary School

Kipling PTO

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

-Our final PTO meeting of the year will be on Friday, June 2 from 9:30-10:30 at Kipling.

-Pizza and Kona Ice! Please join the PTO and all Kipling Families for a fun event when school lets out on Wednesday June 7th from 11:40am-1:40pm!

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Students Not Returning to Kipling for 2023-2024

This form is for current Kindergarten - 4th grade students who will not return to Kipling for the 2023-2024 school year. All student records will be transferred to the new school over the summer. The new school must submit a request for records via fax or email. Please submit one form for each of your children who are NOT returning to Kipling.

A Book a Day in May Challenge

During the month of May we are challenging EVERY classroom to read a book a day. The books we are reading have a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as Social Emotional topics. Our goal is to challenge our thinking, see the world through different lenses, understand and appreciate different perspectives and experiences, and strengthen our social emotional skills.

Our district’s core values state the following: “We embrace people of all identities, races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, abilities, orientations, education levels, national origins, or any other distinguishing characteristics.” As such, the age-appropriate books we will share with students may feature diverse characters that represent this core value. If you have any questions or would like your child to not participate, please let Mr. Lombardo and/or your teacher know.

We hope that each classroom enjoys reading and discussing some REALLY GREAT books. Thank you, Ms. Thurman, for organizing this fun literacy event for our school this month!

Storytime for Ms. Schippers

Kipling Elementary will be holding a community-wide event to celebrate our beloved Ms. Schippers who passed away unexpectedly earlier this school year. On Thursday, June 1st, please join us for “Storytime for Ms. Schippers” from 4:30-5:30pm in the Kipling field. Bring your family, a blanket, and a good book as we all read to honor Ms. Schippers and her legacy of literacy.
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5th Grade Parents Save the Dates

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District 109 Communication

ICYMI: A One-Question Survey On How DPS 109 Is Doing

As part of our mission & vision process, the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 administration established several key performance indicators for the district, which are updated and reviewed at various points throughout the year. One of the newest KPI's, which is being measured for the first time here, is a Net Promoter Score. Simply put, we want to know how satisfied you are with your overall experience with our school district.

Here is a Google Form that will ask you "How likely are you to recommend Deerfield Public Schools District 109 to a friend or colleague?" on a scale of 1 "Very Unlikely" to 10 "Very Likely"

Please rate the district accordingly. There is also an optional space provided where we encourage you to leave feedback about your score so that we can learn and grow from what you share. Your response is anonymous.

3rd-5th Grade Boys Basketball Camp at Deerfield High School

Hello Deerfield Families! Once again Deerfield Boys Basketball is excited to announce that summer camps are running during the summer of 2023. We have our traditional team camps along with a week offering specific to improving shooting fundamentals which we are calling our "Shooting Camp." All the information you need about our different camp offerings is contained in the Google Doc linked in this email. A link to the registration page for summer camps (which is live on the Deerfield Athletics Web page) is also contained in the Google Doc. Please go to this document for all information:


Of note: Our youth camp for those entering 4th - 8th grades will not start until Wednesday June 7 to accommodate the elementary school calendar.

Feel free to email me at with any questions. Thank you and hope to have your son join us this summer.

Coach McKendrick

Deerfield Park District and Community News

Registration through the Deerfield Park District is open for returning families and will open up next week for new families in the district. For more information on Before and After School Club and registration information, contact Kathleen Muellner: or 847-572-2623. Click here for their brochure. Again, this program is NOT run by DPS 109 and all questions should be directed at the park district.

Upcoming Important Dates

          • May 29th - No School, Memorial Day

          • May 30th - Kipling Field Day!

          • June 2nd - PTO Meeting @ Kipling, 9:30am

          • June 2nd - 5th Grade Picnic during their lunch/recess time

          • June 5th - 5th Grade Visit to Tour Shepard Middle School

          • June 7th - 5th Grade Send-Off Breakfast @ Kipling, 7:30am-8:30am

          • June 7th - Final Day of School, 1/2 Day, 11:40am Dismissal