February Newsletter

A Note from Mr. Jennings:

Dear KG Parents,

I want to take the opportunity to express my appreciation to each of you for working with the school to get our winter MAP testing completed. We understand that these decisions to allow your children into the school building are personal and come with unique challenges. We feel fortunate to have such a caring and supportive school community to make it possible. The sacrifices some made to sit in your cars with your kids for testing demonstrates the desire for your kids to succeed.

It was great to meet some of our students for the very first time in January. January also marked the midpoint of the school year. We encourage parents to check student progress weekly in Infinite Campus. Google Classroom is the application for work and resources for lessons are posted by teachers, but Infinite Campus is where the official grades are calculated. Students that are not achieving up to their capabilities have multiple opportunities to improve those grades. The teachers have office hours daily, there is virtual homework help after school, and tutoring programs for qualifying students. The single biggest factor for student success this school year is being logged in during remote class sessions. Our school’s policy on work completion remains the same giving students the opportunity to turn in late work without penalty. Make it a routine to check grades on Fridays with your kids, checking on individual assignments and not just the overall letter grade for a class. Setting incremental goals for improving grades can set them up for success the remainder of the school year.

It is time for the 2021 5 Essentials Survey. The survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. It gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

Teachers and students in 4th - 12th grade will be responding to the survey and 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools who meet the 50% response rate threshold. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2021 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Beginning February 3, parents are encouraged to participate in this year's 5 Essentials Parent Supplement Survey.This information has been helpful in developing past school improvement plans and we would like to continue to receive feedback from caregivers. As a parent, you will be asked to share your thoughts on important elements of our school's effectiveness. If at least 20 percent of Kelvin Grove's parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will be generated for our school. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted February 3, 2021 through April 2, 2021. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ ON/AFTER FEB 3rd and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Thanks again for all your doing as families to support your children’s education and KG.


John Jennings

Attendance Reminders

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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, whether they are missing virtual learning or in person

learning. The message must contain the following information:

  • Student first and last name, their grade, and teacher name
  • If they are a remote learner or an InPerson learner
  • The detailed reason or symptoms for the absence/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)

A ParentSquare message is sent out to InPerson parents/guardians who have not called in

their child by 9AM and have not signed in by 9AM to call the attendance line with the

information regarding the absence. A ParentSquare message also goes out to

parents/guardians that merely indicate their child “will not be in school/or on remote

learning without providing a reason” or are “out due to a family emergency without

providing details” requesting the parent/guardian contact the attendance office

immediately to advise the details for the absence. Family emergencies may be considered

an excused absence depending on the details provided.

Parents/Guardians can also check attendance in Infinite Campus at any time. Attendance

is normally finalized within two days.

If you fail to contact the attendance office the child is placed on the Truancy List.

Student attendance, whether virtual or in person, is crucial to student success.

Appointments during the school day are discouraged. If you child needs to be dismissed

any time during the school 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.

Outstanding School Fees!

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We would like to remind families of outstanding fees. Outstanding fees have been entered in

Infinite Campus. If you had initially set up a payment plan on your registration fees and have not made all your payments please remit your outstanding balance now. If your Infinite Campus account shows an outstanding balance and you had requested a fee waiver, please provide your proof of income documents now so we can process your fee waiver request. If you have any questions regarding your outstanding balance, please email Mrs. Krumlinde at


All eighth grade students must have outstanding fees paid in full before graduation. District 91 has also implemented a $20 carry over fee per student for any fees that are not paid in the

current school year.

Kindergarten Registration is Right Around the Corner!

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We are currently in the process of planning our annual kindergarten registration for next fall’s kindergarteners. We are tentatively planning this registration for March. If you have a child that will be attending kindergarten with us please email Mrs. Krumlinde at lkrumlinde@d91.net with the following information:

  1. Child's Name
  2. Child's Gender
  3. Child's Date of Birth
  4. Where the child attends pre-school, if applicable
  5. Parents(s) Name(s) and contact information

If you know of any friends or neighbors with an incoming kindergartener that live within the District 91 boundaries that are planning to attend in the fall, please share this information with them.

Grades 1-8 Registration for Next School Year

We are currently in the process of planning our annual registration for next fall’s students in grades 1-8. We are tentatively planning this registration for April. Please be sure to watch ParentSquare for this information.

January Students Of The Month

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A Letter From The School School Nurse

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February is National Heart Month

Our heart is a muscle that never gets to rest. When our heart beats, it pumps blood and delivers oxygen to each part of our bodies!

Healthy habits start at home ~ be sure to incorporate some of these tips into your daily routines

  • Be physically active 7 days a week, for at least 1 hour a day. Take a walk, play your favorite sport, go swimming, take a bike ride, dance - whatever it is that you enjoy to do, do it! Encourage your family and friends to get active with you.

  • Take a multivitamin daily - this will ensure that you are receiving a proper amount of vitamins & nutrients

  • Snacks - making healthy choices is good for not only your heart, but your health overall. It is NEVER too late to start making healthy choices!

Click here for healthy snacking ideas

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake Dip is a heart healthy snack on the American Heart Associates website.

  • Choose whole-grain products like whole wheat bread, oatmeal and brown rice.

  • Choose water and milk, rathan than drinks loaded with sugar, like juices & pop.

  • Limit the amount of fried foods you eat

  • Limit the amount of added sugars. Be sure to know the difference between added sugars and natural sugars.

  • Remember to not overeat or under-eat. Both have negative effects on our bodies!

  • Track your physical activity, meals & snacks, and weight.

  • Reduce stress by practicing relaxation techniques

  • Be sure to get enough sleep - 8 hours is recommended

Click here to read the American Heart Associations ‘7 Simple Ways to Live Better’ guide

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School Counselor

We know this year has been difficult for parents, students and teachers as we have had to start with remote learning and have had changes between blended learning and remote learning. These changes have not been made without serious consideration as we are aware that remote learning has presented several challenges for everyone. Through these challenging times, we want to support your child and you to ensure growth in learning and student engagement in the learning process. As student access to help from teachers has been more challenging than just raising their hand or asking the teacher after class, we would like to make sure you and your child are aware of all options for seeking help. We have found the following tips to be helpful and hope that you will find them helpful as well.

Your child can:

  • Use the “Raise Hand” option in Google meet during class

  • Ask questions in the chat during class

  • Email teachers with questions

  • Request a meeting with the teacher to ask for help or clarification

  • Organize their assignments in the agenda provided at the beginning of the school year to keep assignments for all classes in one place if they find it difficult to check all their Google classroom pages

  • Attend the “Office Hour” with their teacher to ask for help or clarification

  • Attend the virtual “Homework Help” 3-4pm on Mondays-Thursdays

You can:

  • Spend a few minutes at least once a week to check grades and work completion on Infinite Campus. You can ask your child or email your child’s homeroom teacher if you do not know how to access Infinite Campus.

  • Download the Google Classroom app and log in as the student to see communications and assignments as your child receives them

  • Contact the teacher with concerns or questions

  • Set a schedule with expectations for the day and initiate a reward system when expectations are met

  • Withhold desired devices or activities until daily expectations are met or grades and/or attendance are improved

  • Help your child to get a good, positive start each day and make sure they are in attendance to classes

  • Check in with your child throughout the day to see how they are doing with classes and work

  • Praise your child for steps toward success and improvement

Thank you for all you are doing to help and encourage your child to be successful in school. We are here to support you and your child. Please feel free to contact us when you need support as you work to assist your child during the challenges of this school year.

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Lindsey A. Burnette, M.Ed. Parent Liaison/Student Interventionist/Problem Solving Coach Kelvin Grove Middle School

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  • Students have been reading short stories from our Basal reader. They have also been learning vocabulary using the Word Wisdom series.


  • Students have been learning about factors and multiples.

  • Please work with your child on fact fluency.

  • Students can use the think central online component of the Go Math Series to practice concepts learned.


  • Students have been learning about plate tectonics.

Social Studies

  • Students have been learning about the Northeast region of the United States.

Please check your child’s Google Classroom for assignments.

5th Grade

We can’t believe we are halfway through the second semester already.

In ELA we have started our second novel, The Cay. It is set during WWII, and is about a young boy who gets separated from his mother while trying to escape the war. He and his mother leave Curacao and head back to West Virginia where they are originally from. In the meantime, the ship they were traveling on gets torpedoed.

In science we are learning about Earth’s rotation. In Social Studies we are learning about Early Americans.

In math we are learning about fractions. We will cover adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, along with, multiplying and dividing fractions.

We thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times. Please visit thinkcentral.com to practice any of the math lessons we are covering. Students know how to access and maneuver around the site. If any questions should arise, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. Also, please continue practicing basic math facts with your child.

Thank you,

Fifth grade teachers

4th and 5th grade PE

In PE Class for February, we will be doing racket sports in physical education class with the in-person students. This will include badminton, pickleball, and table tennis. We will also be continuing our fitness components by doing fitness videos and fitness testing. The students at home will have google classroom assignments and choices for PE class daily. Each day is worth 10 points so make sure your student is turning in his or her assignment daily! Thank you and stay active and healthy.

Mrs. Clark and Miss Anderson

4th & 5th Grade Technology Class

4th and 5th grade students are working on correct finger reaches when typing. Student will be filling out a rainbow keyboard once they have learned a set of letters. This will help them to remember which finger should type each key. Students are continuing to improving their typing technique and skills by typing lessons on Typing Club. Lessons and due dates will be available on Google Classroom.

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Lockport Area Special Education Cooperative

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All of the students are continuing to strengthen their skills in language arts and math. Please continue to have your child read for 20 minutes every night and study vocabulary words. In social studies we are learning about the geography of the United States. In science we are learning about Earth’s water and atmosphere. Just a reminder that my office hours are daily from 2:30-3:00pm. I will be on my google meet during that time if you need to speak with me.

Jr High CAD

We finished our Science unit on Planets and learned a mnemonic to order the planets. We are reading some biographies and fictional stories. In Math, we are working on coins, telling time, and reading graphs. Some of us are reviewing phonics, word blends, and rhyming. We are always busy!

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Mr. Whitcomb’s Monthly Message

Welcome to 2021! A fresh start to a brand-new year!

The new year is always a fantastic time, as many are recharged and ready to start anew. The new year also brings a sense of optimism and hope, as many embark on a fresh, 365-day journey. In education, our future leaders return after Winter Break, focused, and committed to achievement. They are dedicated to finishing the last laps (or months) of the learning marathon on a strong note. As we begin to transition from the shortened days of winter, into the spring, you can sense a feeling of recharge and enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm, commitment, and optimism continues to be the theme within LASEC Academy this school year. I would like to add a recent quote from an 8th grade student in LASEC Academy about the new year that really spoke volumes to me. That quote is, as follows, "since we are in the new year, I realized it was time that I refocus on being the best version of myself." This is the exact form of positivity and dedication that makes me so proud of the classroom culture and community we have fostered this school year in LASEC Academy. I am beyond proud of our LASEC and Kelvin Grove students and their resilience in all that they do.

As we embark on a new chapter this year, I am optimistic that 2021 will provide us with a much brighter year. For LASEC Academy at Kelvin Grove School, we have united as a team to ensure a trajectory of success for our future leaders. I am so grateful to have such wonderful partnerships with our families and I thank you for your ongoing support. As our 2021 canvas still remains fresh of opportunities yet to come, I know that the opportunities for continued growth and achievement amongst our resilient future leaders will repeat themselves, just as they did throughout 2020. It has been so refreshing and wonderful to have our students back in the building, reaching optimal levels of whole child success, academically, socially, and emotionally.

I look forward to continuing to partner with all our stakeholders through the remainder of the year. I cannot thank you enough for your continued partnership, patience, and flexibility as we navigate a very different school year. It has been so humbling being part of the Kelvin Grove and LASEC family.



LASEC Academy Teaching and Learning Highlights

In Mathematics, students will be finishing their Geometry unit, completing an assessment, and moving on to our next section of GoMath, which involves statistics (Modules 10 and 11, respectfully). For sixth grade, we will be focusing on Modules 11 and 12 on equations and variables. In Science, we will be learning about elements and components of the periodic table. We will also be studying formulas. All units provided are aligned specifically to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

In Language Arts, we are currently reading the novel "The Outsiders," by S.E. Hinton. “The Outsiders” novel has been a classic since the 1960s and is always well received by my students. This unit is one of my favorites to teach and is one of those units where all the students are always deeply engaged and interested in what happens next within the story. That being said, we will spend the next few weeks diving deep into the text, covering key comprehension questions; learning vocabulary from the novel; taking assessments to evaluate learner understanding; and constructing short responses to a myriad of ideas presented in the text. We will also be diving deeper into conflict, plot, and theme, conducting studies of various short texts to determine how each component is interwoven together to create an effective story. Part of this process will involve determining the author’s point of view, along with how characters develop over the course of a given story. I will also be focusing in on effective grammar, writing practice, formatting text, and evaluating word usage. All in all, it should be a pretty action packed, yet engaging February, in terms of reading and writing.

In Social Studies, we will be studying case laws further through the teaching and learning resource, Street Law Incorporated. It is an interactive platform in identifying cases within history that have transformed the landscape of how laws are interpreted and enforced in the world today. We will also be progressing through The Great Depression and the Roaring 20s by exploring the curriculum available in Discovery Education.

For our rotating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) block, we will be talking about the principles of courage and resilience throughout the months of January and February. A variety of activities will be provided to foster further discussion and understanding of both SEL principles. Meanwhile, for our rotating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) block, students will be developing their understanding of conducting effective research, utilizing Google Apps for Education; developing study habits; and utilizing technology for typing, coding, programming, and increasing efficiency and accessibility.

Quote of the Month

"New year—a new chapter, or just the same old story? Ultimately, we write it. The choice is ours."

-Alex Morritt

6th Grade

Sixth grade students have recently completed the Winter portion of MAP testing. Students are encouraged to continue to check their grades online for the most up to date assignments and grades. Students are regularly assigned both homework and long term projects that need to be completed on time. Teacher Websites, Google Classroom, and your student’s agenda are all excellent resources to see what assignments are due when.

7th Grade

In Science, we have wrapped up our cells unit. Students have done a great job on their cell projects using household materials. I am very impressed that many students have spent NO money on their projects this year! Way to use what you have & be innovative! We are moving on from the microscopic world of cells and moving on to our next unit toward the end of January. We began learning about the different systems in our bodies. Similar to the way organelles work together inside a cell. This will bring us to the next unit on the sensory receptors our bodies use.

In Social Studies, students are working their way through the United States Constitution. We have broken the Constitution into 7 different parts: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3, Article 4-7, The Bill of Rights & Amendments 11-27. This allows students to focus on one piece at a time, study and be prepared for each of those 7 quizzes.

In ELA, students are continuing to read through our new novel, “I Will Always Write Back”. The book will be broken down into sections for the students to read through. There will be corresponding questions on google classroom for the students to answer.

In Math, we are finishing up working with percentages and moving on to expressions, equations, and inequalities. This is going to be an algebra heavy unit, so we will end up taking our time moving through this unit. Algebra can be a challenge for middle schoolers, but is a topic that students need to have mastered to prepare them for the future.

8th Grade


Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop: https://www.sadlierconnect.com/@1952592

The students continue to read the novel The Outsiders. Students have been informed that they should presently be reading a novel of their choice for silent reading time.

Journal writing is done on a regular basis. Vocabulary study continues with the online Sadlier Connect program.

SOCIAL STUDIES - Discovery Education

Online Textbook: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

Techbook - Civil War to Present

Students will explore how industrialization changed and transformed American society. Students will also begin exploring multiple causes and impacts of WWI.

SCIENCE -StemScopes

Online Textbook:http://stemscopes.com/ (login with school email and password)

The student will be studying the History of Planet Earth. Studying clues that can tell us about the planet’s past and help us predict the future. Studying the Geologic history of Earth, plate tectonics, and seafloor spreading.


Online Textbook:https://my.hrw.com/ (login with school email and password)

Students will be finishing Unit 3 of the Go Math Grade 8 Series, Solving Equations and Systems of Equations. The students will be quizzed upon the completion of each module, and have a test over the entirety of the unit. Daily homework will be posted on the Google Classroom.

Junior High PE

In PE Class for February, we will be doing racket sports in physical education class with the in-person students. This will include badminton, pickleball, and table tennis. We will also be continuing our fitness components by doing fitness videos and fitness testing. The students at home will have google classroom assignments and choices for PE class daily. Each day is worth 10 points so make sure your student is turning in his or her assignment daily! Thank you and stay active and healthy.

Mrs. Clark and Miss Anderson

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics

6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are working on skills for school, work and life by exploring different Google Applications on Google’s Applied Digital Skills website. 6th grade students are working on creating a quiz using Google Forms, 7th grade students are working on using a digital agenda on Google Calendar, and 8th grade students are working on building a resume using a template on Google Docs. Lessons and due dates will be available on Google Classroom.

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Kelvin Grove Art Students in 4th and 5th Grade will learn about the art within comic strip illustrations. We will look at Roy Lichtenstein for a historical perspective, Garfield and the Peanuts Gang for classic originals, as well as modern day comics like Chicken Thoughts and trendy graphic novels.

We will be developing our own characters and storyline - putting it all together in frames for our own comic strip illustration. In the week to follow, we will continue by adding additional characters, scenes, and situations.

Junior High artists will focus on introducing themselves and their work through some basic sketching and doodling warm up activities before more formal work in the weeks ahead.

Thank you for your interest in the Art Department at Kelvin Grove, and Happy New Year to all.

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KG Music News

D91 Families: Making Music Together.

Check Music Web Pages for links to songs to sing and play together.

Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director Email: srandolph@d91.net PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

CONTINUED SPECIAL REQUEST: when contacting me, please include student’s first and last name, grade, and homeroom teacher. Thank you.

BLENDED & REMOTE MUSIC RULES: Students are to have microphones OFF & cameras ON - pointed at student so I may view their movements in playing rhythms, moving, seeing the music they create, etc. for grading purposes during class. Students will need paper and pencils or have white marker boards with markers, to use during classes. Students will be asked individual questions for graded responses and will need to be able to turn microphone on and off when requested. All microphones must start and stay off until requested to turn on or for questions.

Grades 4-5:

1 - have at least one WEEKLY Google Classwork check-in question to answer by the end of the first class they have that week. That grade will be averaged in at the end of the Trimester. Students have only one day to make up late work. After that all missing work will be a zero and can’t be made up.

2 - are to complete the assigned LESSON & GAME in Harmonic Vision - Music Maestro - referred to as MM

Grades 6-8:

1 - have one DAILY Google Classwork check-in question to answer by the end of that day’s class. That grade will be averaged in at the end of the Trimester. Students have only one day to make up late work. After that all missing work will be a zero and can’t be made up.

2 - are to complete the assigned LESSON & GAME in Harmonic Vision - Music Maestro - referred to as MM

3 - will be creating original music compositions using Noteflight software

Musically Yours, Mrs. Randolph



We are continuing to focus on solos and ensembles in Intermediate and Concert Band this trimester! I continue to hope that we can put together a virtual recital later in the year. We also continue to work on rhythmic independence, instrumental fundamentals, music theory, and individual growth. Students should be practicing at least 30 minutes 4 times a week. Musical success this year will come from attending lessons and individual practice.

Each week students need to complete the following for Concert Band and Intermediate Band:

  • Practice their instrument - recommended at least 4 times each week

  • Complete Practice Log and Lesson Assignment

  • Complete Google Classroom Assignment

I try to update Infinite Campus at least once a week, so please check there for missing or low scoring assignments.

Just a couple of reminders for those coming to school for lessons:

  1. Make sure to bring your instrument, book(s), and binder for each lesson as I am unable to supply resources this year.

  2. Don’t forget to bring your bell cover (oboe, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones), as the students cannot play without them. These covers should be washed each week between lessons.

Beginning Band will continue to work on rhythm, note reading, and music theory this trimester to prepare us for playing an instrument. I am really enjoying our lessons and we are building a great musical foundation!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel to contact Mrs. Plagman at (815)838-0737x1139 or nplagman@d91.net.


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February 2021

Kelvin Grove Learning Resource Center

Mrs. Bruemmer, LRC Coordinator / Webmaster



  • Kelvin Grove's LRC continues to serve students through print, ebook and audiobook loans.
  • The KG LRC also hosts a weekly grade level Google Meet for all students in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
  • Lessons and activities are presented each week. Outlines of lessons are house on http://kgcyberlibrary.weebly.com/lrc-weekly-lessons.html and in students' LRC Google Classrooms.
  • Mid-January the KG LRC made an interactive VIRTUAL MAKERSPACE available to students, in addition to enrichment choiceboards. Students can locate these on the CyberLibrary website and in Google Classroom.
  • Student recreational reading continues to be super important. If you see YOUR student not engaging in reading for fun, please contact me anytime for assistance. I will be happy to work with your student to locate a book that's the "right fit".
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Kelvin Grove LRC Curbside Library Book Pick-Up Available HOW DOES IT WORK?

KG students place book orders online using LRC BookHub.

KG students will receive email confirmation when book(s) is ready.

Remote Learners: Schedule a KG Curbside pick up time with Mrs. B.

Hybrid Learners: Your books will be delivered to your classroom.

BookHub: https://forms.gle/WAmDmHzTouzUSxMX6

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