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October 2021

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October Dates to Remember

October PTO Meeting: TBD

Midterm of Trimester 1: Friday, October 1

Affy Tapple Fundraiser: Friday, Oct. 1 - Wednesday, Oct. 13

Fall Picture Retakes: Friday, Oct. 8

Columbus Day - No School: Monday, Oct. 11

Board of Education Meeting (7 p.m.): Tuesday, Oct. 12

FINAL Affy Tapple Order Deadline: Friday, Oct. 15

PTO Community Leaf Raking: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 15 & 16

PTO Tailgate (3:30 p.m.): Saturday, Oct. 16, KG Parking Lot

Scholastic Book Fair at KG: Friday, Oct. 15 - Friday, Oct. 22

BookUp Spirit Week: Monday, Oct. 18 - Friday, Oct. 22

Movie Night at the Book Fair: Thursday, Oct. 21, KG Patio (weather permitting)

Early Dismissal (11:30 a.m.): Friday, Oct. 22

PTO Scavenger Hunt (12-3 p.m.): Friday, Oct. 22

Affy Tapple Pick Up: Friday, Oct. 22 (time TBA)

Principal's Page

Dear MG Families,

As I reflect on the first six weeks of school, I am proud of the work that the students and teachers have accomplished. Our younger learners have transitioned to a full day schedule, which is no small feat for them! Our older learners have become the leaders of our school, demonstrating for all that character counts at Milne Grove! The learning that I witness each day is impressive.

The students and their teachers are working hard to master concepts and we have initiated academic support services. Every student is working in IXL in the areas of reading and math in order to review skills from the prior grade and/or push forward to new skills they are ready to learn. Tier 2 and Tier 3 RTI services are also in place to give those who need some extra time and attention an opportunity to grow. Social emotional learning is also an integral part of our daily practice. Teachers are planning and facilitating classroom dialogues and team building activities. We are thrilled that our social worker, Mrs. Reynolds is able to partner with each classroom teacher once a week to offer social emotional learning instruction and activities to each child in the building. Reestablishing a sense of community among our learners is imperative as we build a culture of success and support. Please see her article below for more information.

Students in K-3 participated in MAP testing last month. As out teams reviewed the data, we were struck by how well our students have scored in comparison to national norms. The data helps us to realize just how much hard work and effort went into teacher instruction and student learning/engagement last year. Kudos to our parents for all the help you provided when you acted in partnership with the school to support your children in learning throughout the pandemic! Students will take the MAP assessment again in January and May to measure growth. Milne Grove’s leadership team is working on plans to recognize students for their hard work and demonstrated growth – stay tuned for their recognition plan!

Looking ahead, the district will offer virtual parent teacher conferences on November 22 & 23 using the Meet the Teacher platform. Last year, we found that this system made scheduling and facilitating conferences a breeze! As the dates draw nearer, we will send direction on how to schedule conferences. Milne Grove has several employment opportunities available. We are seeking individuals for the following positions: health office aide, classroom instructional aide, lunchroom staffer, evening custodian, and substitute teacher. Please contact Mrs. Koziol for more information; employment applications are available on the website as well.


Jaime Koziol

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Dawn Magolan, Secretary

815-838-0542 x2100

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Halloween Happenings

We will be celebrating Halloween school-wide on Friday, October 29!

Students can wear simplified costumes all day. Covid masks will still need to be worn, so no other type of mask is allowed. Costume accessories are not permitted either.

An afternoon of fun for all is planned beginning after lunch.

Activities will include Bingo and a pumpkin craft

Students will view the classic holiday show, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," and will be treated to a reading of "The Giant Pumpkin Book" by Mrs. Koziol, complete with slideshow!

The day will end with a costume parade outdoors beginning at 2:30 pm

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Students who would like to take a new photo, are new to the district, OR did not participate during the original picture day are encouraged to participate in Picture Retakes. Even if your family does not intend to order a photo package, we would like to feature every child in the yearbook if possible.

Families that did not previously order a photo package can order at
Milne Grove Picture Day ID: EVTRSW9C8

Students who ordered a package and would like to retake the picture must return the full photo package on or before October 8th.

Notes from the Health Office

Mrs. Gilkerson has accepted a position in a local pediatric practice. We wish her much success as she transitions to the next stage of her nursing career, and appreciate the ten years of service she provided to the children at MIlne Grove School. Mrs. Lacasse (x1102) will oversee both health offices as the district seeks to hire health aides. In the meantime, Mrs. Koziol (x2104) is available for your questions and calls. Please forward all medical documentation to Mrs. Koziol at

October 15th is the deadline for all school physicals and eye examination forms. All new students and kindergarten students need to have an Illinois Physical Examination Form with immunizations current by the October 15th deadline to avoid exclusion from school. All new students and kindergarten students will need the Eye Examination Form completed by October 15th as well. The Dental Examination Form is due on May 15th, 2022, for kindergarten, 2nd grade, and all new students.

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please provide the attendance secretary with the reason for absence and a detailed description of their symptoms. This will help us track illness and keep our school and community safe and as healthy as possible!

Milne Grove Health Office

(815) 838-0542 x2106

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PTO News

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 Saturday, 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.

Email with questions!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

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The Latest from the LRC

Mrs. Koziol and I are CHALLENGING all Milne Grove students to help us READ FOR THE WIN by reading for a combined 100,000 minutes by November 19! All students received a reading log with 10 footballs on it - simply color in one football for every 10 minutes read and then return the log to school. You may also report 100 minutes of your child’s reading by filling in this Google form: Please submit a new log for every additional 100 minutes read to help us reach our goal! We will have rewards for every 10,000 minutes - our first one will be an extra recess!

SAVE THE DATE: 10/18-10/22 More information to come

Scholastic Book Fair at Kelvin Grove & D91 LRC Spirit Days - all week long!

Movie Night at the Book Fair - 10/21/21 (weather permitting) - Come out to watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on the KG patio, enjoy a bake sale, popcorn, and concessions! All proceeds benefit the D91 LRCs.

LRC Spirit Days:

· Monday: Roll Out of Bed & Read Day (Wear PJs)

· Tuesday: Genre Mash-Up Day (Wear mismatched clothes)

· Wednesday: Read Me Day (Wear a shirt you can read)

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

· Friday: Hornet Read Spirit Day (Hornet wear)

PumpkinPalooza - Student submissions accepted 10/25 & 10/26

Mrs. Tumino ~ 815-838-0542, x2122 Follow me on Twitter!

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Exploring SEL with Mrs. Reynolds

Hello Parents! I’m Mrs. Reynolds. I am the school’s social worker and I teach some of the SEL lessons. Are you wondering, “what is SEL?”

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SEL is social and emotional learning. This area of learning can be divided into 5 core competencies. These are:

  • self awareness
  • self-management
  • social awareness
  • relationship skills
  • responsible decision making

SEL is required content for several reasons. One important piece is that students feel safe, supported, and valued at school. Another reason is the direct impact SEL skills have on academic skills. Social and emotional skills help build cognitive skills. In fact, supporting students’ social and emotional development produces an 11 percentage point gain in grades and test scores! Plus, students with solid SEL skills are more likely to graduate high school and college.

So far this year our lessons have focused on the Illinois State standards 1A and 1C. We will continue that focus in October.

  • 1A Identify and manage one's emotions and behavior
  • 1C Demonstrate skills related to achieving personal and academic goals

Some ways you can support SEL at home are to ask SEL questions when you read with your child. For instance, ask your child to name the emotions felt by characters in the story. Ask him/her to describe a time he/she felt the same way as the character. You can also support SEL any time by talking about techniques we use to calm ourselves down and talking about the relationship between what you want to accomplish and setting goals.

A lot of skills go into the social behaviors we see. Each of us has to learn to control our impulses, focus our attention, and access our working memory in order to learn new concepts and have strong relationships. Together we can build your children up with the skills they will use for a lifetime.

Please contact me any time through a phone call, email, or ParentSquare!

~Mrs. Reynolds

Ext. 2103,

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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

Meet Our New School Psychologist!

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This month we are honoring 4 very special 3rd graders!

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Collette E.

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Kylie L.

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Joseph S.

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Case S.

Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids. This is what you have been looking Contact Athena Dingels for details (must possess a bachelor's degree and be willing to obtain the sub teacher credential through ISBE).