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8 September 2023

Happy Football Friday Kipling Families!

The football season has arrived, and with it, another promise of a Bears’ Superbowl (OK, maybe not, but it has to be better than last year!). Combine the fall sports with our upcoming fall-ish weather, and we are quickly approaching one of my favorite times of the year. The changing seasons are part of what makes Chicago so special. Changes are good, although very challenging for many of us and for many of our kids. With the new school year now well underway, let’s remember to support them and support each other with any new changes or challenges that pop up along the way. As always, we are here to partner with you for whatever our students may need - emotionally, socially, and academically.

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



Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT


Kipling Elementary School

Kipling PTO

Welcome back from the PTO! We are so ready for a fun and exciting year. Please visit for all things PTO. Please also note these important upcoming dates:

9/20: Portillo’s Fundraiser!

10/6: PTO Meeting, 9:30am in the Teachers' Lounge

10/14: Pumpkinfest!

Please feel free to email for any questions!

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Destination Imagination - 4th and 5th Grade

Destination Imagination is being offered this year as a club for our 4th and 5th grade students! Krista Guest and Laura Koterbski will be the school coordinators. We will be hosting a parent informational meeting at 8:00am on Thursday, September 21st via Zoom. Click here for the meeting link. 4th and 5th grade students will be learning more about Destination Imagination soon.

Library Volunteers Needed

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Composting @ Kipling

Kipling is composting! We are excited to be rolling out a lunchtime recycling and composting program during the Kindergarten and 2nd grade lunch period. And soon, we will be expanding our composting efforts to the other two lunch periods as well!

We are looking for daily parent volunteers to help students as they learn our new routine. Parents can sign up for a once a week, once every other week, or monthly slot. If you aren't familiar with composting, we promise it's easy. We will provide training and the kids will catch on quickly. This is a great chance to help the planet and see your Kipling kids in action. Please email Sandra Merrill at or Jessica Lorber at or Jessica Cohen at for more information about volunteering. Sign up to volunteer here.

DPS109 Communication


The DHS Athletic Booster Club’s FUTURE WARRIOR FAST PASS is for middle

school & elementary school students ONLY. This pass is good for admission to all Deerfield High School regular season home football games, all regular season girls and boys basketball games and all regular season home wrestling matches for the 2023-2024 school year. The cost is $10.00 per child.

Order online at and a digital download fast pass will be

emailed to you after purchase. Please include your child’s name and school in the

notes to seller during checkout.

Photo/Video & Directory Opt Out Form - due Sept. 12!

DPS 109 uses photos and videos of students and staff to tell the district’s story! The district also maintains directory information and shares it with our parent-teacher organizations and other District-connected organizations so that they can keep parents in the loop with important information (such as school lunch ordering, after-school enrichment, and other events, volunteer opportunities, and educational trips for middle school students). We use an opt out system to maintain these permissions.

If you are granting permission for photos and/or directory information, log in to Family Access and complete the opt out form without checking any boxes.

If you wish to opt out of photos/videos or directory information (or both), please check the applicable box and hit submit. *Please note that opting out of publications includes the yearbook.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Steckling at

Deerfield Park District and Community News

Park District Before and After Care

The Deerfield Park District runs all of our before and after school care programs. Please contact the Park District, 847-945-0650, if you have questions.

Park District After School Enrichment Information

Sharing on behalf of the Deerfield Park District: registration is open for fall enrichment programs. To see a brochure of programs and get more information, visit

If you have any questions, please contact the park district directly as they run the programs.

Upcoming Important Dates

-Wed 9/20: Portillo's PTO Fundraiser!

-Mon 9/25: No School

-Thurs 10/5: Picture Day

-Fri 10/6: PTO Meeting in the Staff Lounge, 9:30-10:30

-Mon 10/9: No School, Indigenous People’s Day

-Sat 10/14: Pumpkinfest @ Kipling, 3-5pm

-Thurs 10/26: ½ Day of School Student Dismissal at 11:40am

-Thurs 10/26: Parent Teacher Conferences, 1-4pm and 5-8pm

-Fri 10/27: Parent Teacher Conferences, 8:30-11:30am

-Tues 10/31: Halloween Parade! More info coming soon…