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December 2021 & January 2022

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December/January Dates to Remember

PTO Holiday Treasures Gift Shop: Friday & Saturday, Dec. 3 & 4; Tuesday, Dec. 7

PTO Crafting for a Cause: Saturday, Dec. 4

Hour of Code: Dec. 6-12; All students code during Technology class & KG LRC

Board of Education Meeting (7 p.m.): Tuesday, Dec. 14

Winter Break: Wednesday, Dec. 22-Tuesday, Jan. 4

School Resumes: Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8:30am

KG Graduation Pictures: Jan. 7

Board of Education Meeting (7 p.m.): Tuesday, Jan. 11

Mid-Term of 2nd Trimester: Friday, Jan. 14

Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday - NO SCHOOL: Monday, Jan. 17

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Celebrating the Season in D91

Student Council's 12 Days of Christmas at Kelvin Grove

  • Monday Dec. 6 - Christmas Kick-off - dress in holiday attire
  • Tuesday Dec. 7 - I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas - wear all white
  • Wednesday Dec. 8 - Cozy Christmas - wear your Christmas pajamas
  • Thursday Dec. 9 - Flannel Friday - wear your softest flannel
  • Friday Dec. 10 - Candy Cane Lane - wear red and white
  • Monday Dec. 13 - Tinsel Tuesday
  • Tuesday Dec. 14 - Whoville
  • Wednesday Dec. 15 - Holiday Hat Day
  • Thursday Dec. 16 - Light It Up! Wear a light, be a light..just shine bright!
  • Friday Dec. 17 - Silver and Gold
  • Monday Dec. 20 - Elf Day
  • Tuesday Dec. 21 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

12 Days of Christmas Kindness at Milne Grove

Students will come home with a Christmas Kindness Santa (see below), so that they can trim his beard each day they accomplish an act of kindness as we count down to the holiday. Families are welcome to add additional acts of kindness on weekends and over the holiday break!

Each day, students will dress up to celebrate the season as well:

Dec 6: Holiday Cheer-Wear your favorite holiday outfit, shirt, socks or anything else that gets you in the spirit

Dec 7: Winter Wonderland - Wear blue and white

Dec 8: Long Winter’s Nap - Prepare for a perfect break in your comfiest pj’s

Dec 9: Holiday Carol Thursday - Wear red and green to match your classmates (no logo tee's please - filming by grade level)

Dec 10: Holiday Headwear - Wear a Santa hat, antlers, elf hat, holiday hat or headband

Dec 13: Blizzard Beach Day - Is it hot? Is it cold? Or both? Dress for your favorite weather (no bathing suits allowed)

Dec 14: Grinch Day - Wear green

Dec 15: Baby it’s Cold Outside - Wear your favorite winter scarf or hat

Dec 16: Jingle All The Way - Wear jingle bells

Dec 17: Toasty Mistletoes Day - Wear your wackiest and most spirited socks

Dec 20: Gift day- Wear something with bows- on your head, wrists, shirt, even gym shoes!

Dec 21: Tacky Sweater Tuesday - Wear a tacky holiday sweater or holiday pajamas

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Holiday Read Alouds with MG Staffers

Share our favorite stories of the season with your children! Links to holiday stories can be found in the provided document.

A Note to Our Parents

Dear D91 Parents & Caregivers,

Thank you to all the parents and guardians who were able to participate in the Virtual Family Reading Night & Parent Teacher Conferences in November. The dedication you continue to demonstrate to your children's education is inspiring, we know that our faculty learned a great deal from you about your child during conferences.

Although unlikely, it is possible that a winter weather emergency will cause a school closure. In case of and emergency weather event, the district will send out a call, email, and text. In addition, our website, WJOL, and the Emergency Closing Center will be updated.

School will be out for winter break from Wednesday, December 22nd through Tuesday, January 4th. Students return to class on Wednesday, January 5th. This holiday season, we wish your family peace, love and happiness.


The D91 Administrative Team

Order Your KG & MG Yearbooks Today!

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Milne Grove Yearbook Orders:

Order your Milne Grove Yearbook today! Go to and enter our school code: 13213822. Or you may send a check to school, made out to District 91 - be sure to include your child's name and that the payment is for a yearbook. Each full-color yearbook is $18. Please note that Kelvin Grove uses a different vendor and their books must be ordered separately. Contact Mrs. Tumino at or 815-838-0542 x2122 with any questions.

Kelvin Grove Yearbook Orders

Be sure to order your piece of Kelvin Grove history by reserving the 2022 Yearbook. Yearbooks can be reserved online for $25 at the following link
Please note that Milne Grove uses a different vendor and their books must be ordered separately. Contact or with any questions.
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Notes from the Health Office

It's hard to believe winter is around the corner! The weather is getting colder and we have seen some flurries, so it’s time to start preparing. There are a lot of fun things to do outside in winter, however, it is important to consider safety.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has provided us with some helpful winter health and safety tips:

  • Outdoor Winter Activities

    • Ice Skating

    • Sledding

    • Skiing

    • Nature walk

    • Run Wild My Child has a list of 100+ activities to do during the winter months. Snow paint, frozen ice globes, and freezing bubbles are a few that my children enjoy most!

  • Safety Tips

    • It is safer to sled feet first or sitting up rather than laying down head first

    • Sled on slopes that are not too steep and that are free of obstructions such as fences and trees

    • Never skate along and skate only on approved surfaces

    • Skate in one direction with the crowd

    • Wear a helmet when skiing and avoid crowded areas

  • Other Winter Concerns

    • Nosebleeds

      • Often due to the warm air inside drying out nasal passages

      • Use a cool-mist humidifier at night, use saline spray or nose drops, cover nose and mouth with a scarf when outside

    • Hypothermia/Frostbite

      • Dress appropriately - usually dressing in layers is best

      • Limit time on outdoor activities - have children come inside periodically to warm up, then head back outside a little while later

      • Remove wet or damp clothing and replace with dry clothing as soon as possible

      • Warm drinks will help to increase body temperature

      • The CDC nicely explains what hypothermia and frostbite is and provides tips like above to prevent either from occurring

Devon Lacasse, RN

Milne Grove Health Office

(815) 838-0542 x2106

Optional Vaccination Status Reporting

Dear Parents/Guardians of D91 Students,

Last month, the COVID vaccination was approved for use with children five through eleven years of age. Now that most students are eligible to receive the vaccine, the district is providing parents the option to provide proof of student vaccination for COVID-19. This information will be used exclusively for contact tracing and to determine if a student needs to be excluded from school. Under current guidance, students that are fully vaccinated (two weeks from the second dose) do not need to be excluded from school when in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case unless the student is also exhibiting symptoms. Without a record on file, students will be assumed to be unvaccinated.

Families that would like to provide vaccine information are asked to fully complete the electronic form linked in ParentSquare AND upload a picture/pdf of the student's vaccination card:

The health office will maintain the student's name as well as vaccine administration details on file in order to respond appropriately to all current and future IDPH/ISBE protocols.

The D91 Health Team

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PTO News

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The PTO Holiday Treasures Gift Shop is coming soon! Students must sign up for a 15-minute shopping time slot if they want to shop. Sign up is available through the Holiday Treasures informational post on ParentSquare. The gift shop will be set up at Kelvin Grove in the multipurpose/workout room. Participants should enter through Door 11, behind the school, across from the playground. Volunteers will assist students with their shopping. All gift purchases will be wrapped in the Holiday Treasures gift bags.

Students will receive a gift-planner envelope to bring home. Students can preview the gift selections on the Holiday Treasures Gift Shop website (see link below) and make out their shopping list and budget. The envelope can be brought to their shopping appointment to use as their shopping list and carry their money. If you wish to be emailed a receipt of your student's shopping purchase, please write your email address on the back of the envelope. Cash, checks made out the the D91 PTO, and gift vouchers (available through the Holiday Treasures Gift Shop website) are the only payment forms accepted.

The shop is open for limited shopping hours outside of the regular school day. Masks must be worn in the school. The shop will be open:

Friday 12/3 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Saturday 12/4 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday 12/7 3:15-5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, Holiday Treasures Gift Shop attendees can also participate in Crafting for a Cause. Stop in for a quick project or create something after you shop! We will have materials to make ornaments and cards for the residents of Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet to help make their holidays a little brighter! We will also be making appreciation cards to go in care packages sent to soldiers through Operation Care Package of Manhattan.

The Holiday Treasures Gift Shop and Crafting for a Cause needs volunteers! Adult and student volunteers are welcome. This is a great opportunity for your student that needs volunteer hours. Sign up to volunteer through SignUpGenius (see the link below).

Email with questions!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

The Latest from the LRC

"Read for the Win" has been extended until December 21. Keep reading and recording your minutes so we can reach our goal!

Happy Holidays from the LRC!

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

#KGLRC: Think, Create, Share, Grow

December brings fearless fact finding the the KG LRC, see the link below for details.

Mrs. Bruemmer

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"A Psychologist's Guide to Winter Well-Being" is a therapist-led video series from Committee for Children to support parents' mental health. The Committee for Children publishes the Second Step curriculum that is used in grades K-8 in D91. It's an 8-week series to encourage parents to prioritize their mental health, offering evidence-based advice and a weekly self-care prescription. All eight weekly videos feature Dr. Mylien Duong, licensed clinical psychologist and senior research scientist at Committee for Children. Dr. Duong gives viewers bite-sized self-care tips and guides them through simple practices to improve social and emotional well-being. • Week 1: —Self-Compassion • Week 2: —Managing Holiday Stress • Week 3: —Being Present with Family • Week 4: —Resolutions That Stick • Week 5: —Setting Your Intentions • Week 6: —Making Time for Joy • Week 7: —Listening to Understand • Week 8: —Expressing Gratitude
Mind Yeti is a library of research-based guided mindfulness sessions that help kids and their adults calm their minds, focus their attention and connect to the world around them.

Exploring SEL with Mrs. Reynolds

What a wonderful time of year! I hope that you have a relaxing and enjoyable time with your family this season.

While the season is joyful, it is at the same time difficult for many reasons. During SEL at school we are continuing to explore our feelings and recognize that we can have two different feelings at the same time! We are also ready to explore how to determine what other people think and feel. Others may experience situations differently than we do. (This is SEL standard 2A1a.) This social awareness and perspective taking is vital to having strong relationships. Just like many other skills, perspective taking requires practice.

As parents, we can support the growth of our children’s skills by identifying situations in life or in stories that demonstrate how people can feel differently about the same situation. Practice looking at the facial expressions and body language of other people so we can make a smart guess about how they feel. It’s helpful to talk about how our actions make people feel certain emotions. The holidays are a great time to talk about how it feels when someone is showing interest (making eye contact and nodding) and listening compared to how it feels when someone is interrupting. You can also talk with your children about the new toys and playing with their cousins or friends. Ask them, “How does sharing make other people feel? How can you tell?” It empowers children to explain to them that they can change their behaviors to impact how other people feel and respond to us!

Enjoy your holiday season. If you are need of something to make your celebration possible, please reach out.

Please contact me anytime through a phone call, email, or parent square!

~Mrs. Reynolds

Ext. 2103,

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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).