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24 February 2023

Happy Friday Kipling Families,

Although it was a short week we had a great time at Kipling these past three days. The kids were so happy to be in their pjs today and so excited to show off their stuffies. I am always very proud of how hard they work to earn these school wide rewards. Even when they are not focused on earning Kip cash, there are examples of students helping each other, being kind to each other, and looking out for each other every day. “Catching” them in these acts of kindness is the best part of my day. My parents always taught me that your character is defined by how you act when nobody is watching. I believe it is a John Wooden quote, but all I know is that it has always stuck with me. Thank you for partnering with us to help our students learn, grow, and develop their own character.

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


Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT


Kipling Elementary School

Kipling PTO

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

-Our next PTO meeting will be on Friday, March 3rd at 9:30am in our Staff Lounge.

Instrumental Music Fundraiser

Join us for our instrumental music performance fundraiser at Potbelly's next week on Wednesday, March 1st from 4:00-7:30pm. Use the attached flyer and 25% of the proceeds from your order will help support our instrumental music program. You'll also hear a variety of student performances throughout the evening who would love a supportive audience. We hope to see you there!
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5 Essentials Survey - We need at least 20% Parent Participation to Generate a Report. We currently have a 10% Completion Rate.

This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, it allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. Your responses also help guide district improvement.

To take the Parent Survey, please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. Your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

In addition to parents, teachers and 4th through 8th grade students will also be responding to this survey. Per school board policy 7:15, you may opt your child out of any survey. If you would not like your child to participate in the 5Essentials Survey, please contact your building principal no later than 2/10/23.

District 109 Communication

Kindergarten Registration For 2023-2024 is Now Open!

Have an incoming kindergartener (or know someone who does?) The registration process for the upcoming school year is now open and the earlier we know who is coming, the better we can plan! Just go to to learn how to begin the process. Please reach out to our registrar, Rosa Castillo ( with any questions.

Deerfield Park District and Community News

The Deerfield Park District runs all of our before and after school programs. Linked here is the brochure & information for sign up. Please contact the Park District, 847-945-0650, if you have questions.

Upcoming Important Dates

        • March 3rd - PTO Meeting - 9:30am, Staff Lounge

        • March 6th - No School

        • March 10th - Kipling Musical Evening Performance

        • March 11th - Kipling Musical Saturday Performance

        • March 16th - Board of Education Meeting at District Office - 7pm

        • March 27th-March 31st - Spring Break