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May/June 2021

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Highlighted Dates to Remember

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 3-7

Early Dismissal (11:30am): Friday, May 7

Board Of Education Meeting (7:00pm): Tuesday, May 4

Mangia Pizza Night (PTO Fundraiser): Wednesday, May 19

Memorial Day (No School): Monday, May 31

Milne Grove Field Day (tentative): Tuesday, June 1

Early Dismissal (11:30am): Friday, June 4

Last Day of Student Attendance (tentative): Friday, June 4

Last Day of Student Attendance with use of Emergency Days: Monday, June 14

Principal's Page

Dear Milne Grove Parents,

It is wonderful to have nearly all of our hornets back under one roof these past few weeks! Seeing their excited chatter as they meet the other half of their class in real life has been my favorite part of the year. I am so proud of the way your children (and you) have handled a year of difficult circumstances. Our hope is that with the support of our community, our students will experience a more typical 21-22 school year.

If I look back on the past year through a lens of positivity, I can see many benefits. First and foremost, our staff and students have learned to teach and learn in a whole new way. Every single person in this building has worked incredibly hard to form relationships and create classroom community. Teachers report that they feel closer to students and parents than ever before. My hope is that we can take away the best parts of this year to benefit students for years to come.

Mrs. Koziol

Principal, Mrs. Koziol

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Dawn Magolan, Secretary

815-838-0542 x2100

Registration Information

Our registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open for our returning students and our incoming Kindergarten students! Families returning to District 91 in the fall are strongly encouraged to complete their registration by June 4, 2021 in order for the District to have adequate staff in place for the new school year.

21-22 Kindergarten students were encouraged to complete their registration by April 2, 2021, in order for the District to appropriately plan for kindergarten teachers.

If you have a returning student and an incoming kindergarten student AND have not registered either one yet, you are able to sign into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and follow the instructions on our website and then ADD your kindergartener as a NEW student on the same online form without having to reenter all your information.

Returning families are required to provide updated residency documents each year. Specific documents required are based on your living situation, and can be found on the “21-22 Registration and Residency Requirements” form on our website.

If you are a returning family, you will need your Infinite Campus Parent Portal username and password to access the online registration information. If you have forgotten your username, please email and we can provide that. We do not have access to passwords, so if you forgot your password, you will need to click on “Forgot Password” link in Infinite Campus and the system will search for your username and send an email password reset to the email that is associated with your name. If you have never set up your Parent Portal username and password, you will need an activation code to do so. To obtain your activation code, email

Please go to the D91 Registration tab and read through all the information. Then, if you still have questions or are experiencing an issue, please email

Notes From the Nurse

Summer is around the corner! Summer is a great time to obtain the required health information for your child for the ’21-’22 school year. Please turn all health paperwork in when registering your child for school.

Here is a list of what is needed for the ’21-’22 school year:

Kindergarten—Physical with up to date immunizations, eye exam, dental exam

Second Grade—Dental exam

New/Transfer students—Physical with up to date immunizations, eye exam, dental exam

EL students—Physical with up-to-date immunizations

Any student’s health record that is missing information may be excluded from school starting Oct. 15, 2021, or may have their report card held until required health exams are provided.

A health survey must be completed when registering your child for school. Please list all health concerns your child may have on this survey. Additional paperwork will be given

depending on the answers provided on the health survey. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at 815-838-0542 ex. 2106.

Have a healthy, safe, and fun summer!

Shannon Gilkerson, RN

PTO News

Our Mangia Pizza Night Fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, May 19. A portion of sales will be donated to our PTO to fund programming, supplies, and services for your child's classroom!

Email with questions!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

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The Latest from the LRC

A Personal Note

Although this school year was different than we ever would have expected, I have LOVED seeing your kids - whether it was on my computer screen or here in the building. I have high hopes for getting kids back in the actual library during the next school year, where they will once again be able to browse the shelves and choose exactly what they want. In the meantime, keep them reading! Although e-books are better than no books, it is important for children’s development to have plenty of access to print books, especially in the younger grades.

Book Notes

Please return all library books to school by May 21! Without a regular library day, many children have had books for months. I will be sending home notices periodically with those children.


Six Flags Tickets

The Six Flags program did not run this year, but those students who earned tickets last year may use them this summer. This information was emailed directly to parents last May, so you should have access to the tickets earned during the 19-20 school year. I am working on accessing these vouchers myself, and I will reach out to the impacted families as soon as I get them.

Joliet Slammers Spikes’ Super Students

All students will receive a voucher for a free ticket and discounted tickets for family as a reward for their reading all year. We are not hosting a family night game this year, but hope to again next summer.

Kane County Cougars

All students will receive a voucher for a free ticket to select games as a reward for their continued reading.

White Oak Summer Reading

Keep your kids, and yourself, reading over the summer – join the public library’s Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens and adults, find info at I will give 10 Character Coupons and a special reward to all students who show me their completion certificate in the fall! Just have them bring it to me at the beginning of the school year.

Milne Grove Summer Reading

My website will be up and running all summer long - please visit to find links to free online reading activities. ~ 815-838-0542, x2122 Follow me on Twitter!

Physical Education Feats

It is crazy to think that the end of this crazy school year is upon us. The staff here at Milne Grove has been working so hard to make this school year feel “normal” in many ways. One “normal” thing about the end of a school year is… FIELD DAY!

The district is very confident that we will be able to host Field Day this year… with some adjustments. Field Day is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 1st. We will most likely be having multiple sessions to keep the number of students together low.

Please keep an eye out for information regarding Field Day coming through on Parent Square.

Mrs. Draper

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3rd Grade


· Students will finish reading the novel, Frindle.

· Please continue reading with your child at home to help them grow in their fluency and comprehension.


· Students will learn concepts in geometry and measurement and data.

· Please check your child’s Google Classroom and Think Central for assignments.

· Please continue to work with your student on fact fluency for multiplication and division. They need to work on accuracy as well as speed when practicing their facts.

Science/Social Studies:

· Students will learn about Illinois ecosystems. We will end the year learning about fossils.

· Cultural awareness is our final unit in social studies.

Thank you for all your hard work with your child during this time. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns! Please check Parent Square and Google Classroom for updates from the district and your child’s teacher.

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns!

Thank you,

The Third Grade Team

Mrs. Georgopulos -

Mrs. Steed -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist -

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher -

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide -

2nd Grade


As our school year comes to an end, the second grade teachers would like to thank you for your continued support with our curriculum. In May, we will focus on fairy tales and fables.

Social Studies

Students will continue with Chapter 5, Our Nation Past and Present. Students will learn how some things change over time while other things remain the same and will identify important people or events that contributed to our nation’s history.


Our last unit of the year will focus on Life Science. The students will learn to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.


During the month of May we will continue to work on measurement. We will introduce fractions. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts over the summer. This is a skill that is needed for third grade.

The Second Grade Team

Mrs. Bolte

Miss Podwika -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist -

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher -

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide -

1st Grade

Superkids Reading Program:

  • Read fluently and understand the importance of reading a conversation with expression

  • Decode and encode “oi” and “oy” for /oi/

  • Decode and encode “c” for /s/ and “g” for /j/

  • Decode and encode “ow” and “ou” for /ou/

  • Decode and encode “oo” for /oo/

  • Alphabetize words

  • Decode words with the prefix -re

  • Review various spelling patterns

Language and Writing:

  • Continue practicing writing complete sentences with the correct ending marks

  • Focus on writing a narrative through discussing, writing, and revising their personal narratives

  • Reading and writing different types of poetry

  • Adverbs with -ly

  • Review grammar topics

GO Math:

  • Three-Dimensional Geometry

  • Make objects and larger shapes from other shapes

  • Two-Dimensional Geometry

  • Equal shares, halves, and fourths

  • Getting ready for 2nd grade

Social Studies:

  • Comparing our Country’s past to its present

  • Mother’s Day

  • Memorial Day


  • Understanding how adult animals and their young are alike

  • Animal mimicry

The First Grade Team

Mrs. O'Halloran -

Mrs. Stanly -

Mrs. Lyons -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist -

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher -

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide -


April Showers should now be done, and hopefully May flowers will be on their way!

The Kindergarteners have worked hard this school year to add, subtract, count to 100 by tens and ones, read, write and compare numbers and quantities to 20, learn the letters and their sounds, our memory words and blending sounds to read and write words. We are including links to help you keep your student's skills ready for First Grade.

The Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Adams -

Mrs. Preboy -

Mrs. Richardson -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist -

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher -

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide -

Early Learners Preschool

Upcoming Events:

Week of May 3rd–The Early Learners will continue their study of insects. They will be introduced to the letter L for ladybug. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the color red.

Week of May 10th–The Early Learners will continue their study of insects. They will be introduced to the letter S for spiders. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the color black.

Week of May 17th–The Early Learners will continue their study of insects. They will be introduced to the letter Q for queen bee. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the color yellow.

Week of May 24th-The Early Learners will participate in some picnic fun.

Week of May 31st-The Early Learners will participate in various games.

Dates to Remember:

Friday, May 7th - NO SCHOOL, School Improvement Day

Monday, May 31st - NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

Wednesday, June 2nd - Virtual Graduation at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 3rd - Last day of school for Early Learners

THANK YOU to ALL the EARLY LEARNER FAMILIES and CAREGIVERS for all your help and support this school year!! Ms. Ginte, Mrs. Sonya, and Mrs. Robin wish all the families a wonderful and safe summer!

The PK Team

Mrs. Torkelson -

Mrs. Pederson, Bilingual Liaison,

Miss Ginte -

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Mrs. Nikki's Speech News

Make summer fun and meaningful!

Have fun with the family with these simple daily activities to help expose your child/children to vocabulary and concepts throughout the days of the summer. These activities require little planning and can be easily completed with things in your home :)

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Please feel free to contact Mrs. Nikki McGushin at 815-838-0542 x2107 or email at

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Visser's Reading Corner

It is hard to believe that this school year is coming to an end. I would like to thank you for all the support you have given your children this year. One of the most important things you can do this summer to help your child maintain the skills he/she has gained in reading is to have your child read every day. Below is a fun bingo card you can use to help your child be motivated to read. Happy Reading!!!

Mrs. Visser

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Relationship Roundup with Mrs. Reynolds

Have you heard this before?

Everyone has 2 buckets that need to be filled: attention and power.

The attention bucket gets filled when we spend time together. Summer is a great opportunity to put family activities on the calendar. As we make plans for summer, you know by now that I hope you have time together as a family. Nothing builds good relationships better than time together. Maybe the trip you planned for in 2020 is going to happen this year, or maybe you are staying home. Either way, be sure you schedule family time. Use that time to model good listening to your children. Make eye contact and let them explain their ideas, thoughts, and feelings to you. You want your children to fully receive your attention. One goal we have as parents is that our kids feel seen, heard, and understood. From there, attachment and a sense of belonging grows.

Now, what about the power bucket?

Kids’ power buckets get filled when they feel a sense of control. So allow your children some kid-friendly choices based on their ages. The trick is to give children choices only within what you consider to be acceptable. Don't offer choices if there aren't any. If all children are expected to wash their hands, state your expectation: "Come wash your hands now," rather than asking them, "Would you like to wash your hands now?"

Consider allowing your child to make some of the following choices:

· Snacks Offer a variety of snacks and drink choices. This isn’t always possible, but when it is, do it. If all the choices meet your approval, then let the child choose.

· Clothes

· Books As soon as a child is old enough to show you what book they want, let them start to choose.

· Seat Let your children decide where to sit at the dinner table.

· Order of chores Let them choose what they do first. When it really doesn’t matter what order something is done as long as it’s done, make it a choice.

· Solutions Children can solve their own problems. Instead of solving your child’s problem, give them a chance to solve it on their own. You can coach them through it without taking control. You can help by offering two choices if your child feels ‘stuck.’

Choices will help fill your child’s power bucket, but you are in charge. Limit some choices to one of two options. Due to brain development, too many options can be overwhelming. Make sure you are fine with all of the options before offering the child a choice. Lastly, if the child doesn’t make a choice in a timely manner, make the choice for them. Let the child know “If you don’t choose, I will choose for you.”

Enjoy your time together this summer!

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For the next several weeks, we will continue our art history rotation that allows students to choose what aspects of the artist studied inspires them most and to use that motivation to create a “your choice” composition that highlights the artist. Following this, we will focus on how families can join in on the art fun and work with their child to brush up on their art skills! Enjoy the warm weather and try drawing outside - nature provides amazing inspiration!

Mrs. Cravens


K-3rd grade students are learning about digital citizenship and the importance of being safe, responsible, and respectful online. Students have learned the “Pause & Think Online” song and can now remember the basic digital citizenship concepts:

1. Arms: Use your arms when you're online to balance your time.

2. Guts: Listen to your gut to stay safe online.

3. Feet: Use your feet carefully when leaving tracks online.

4. Legs: Use your legs to stand up to bullies online.

5. Heart: Use your heart to be kind and respectful online.

6. Head: Use your head to ask questions about what you see online.

-Mrs. Lakics

Technology Teacher:

Pause & Think Online
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Music Notes

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: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

It is sooo good to see all of the students back in school in person!!! I can’t wait to see the remote students back in person, too. I can’t wait until we can get back into the music room so we can sing and play all the instruments! In the meantime we shall continue singing and desk drumming with music traveling room to room on a cart.

ALL grades will be focusing on singing songs from the Essential Elements Music Class Interactive and the music website for each grade level. All links are on the STREAM page for each grade. Get the family together and have FUN singing and making music together. Put it on your TV and SING “The Chicken Song” or “Count On Me,” “We’re All In This Together,” “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles, play “The Addams Family” on cups, and play “Sweet Home Alabama” on buckets (or legs and clap). There is over $400 worth of FREE music from Hal Leonard on the Google Classroom STREAM Page under EE Essential Elements that you can use through May - including guitar, piano, recorder, buckets, drums, etc. MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER!

Now that the majority of students are in person, there won’t be any more required Google questions to answer in Grades K-3.

Kindergarten: Will no longer have LIVE MEETS streamed

1st Grade: Will only have MEET with remote students during Mrs. Stanly’s class

2nd Grade: Will only have MEET with remote students during Ms. Podwika’s class

3rd Grade: Will only have MEET with remote students during Mrs. Georgopulos’ class

Grades 2 & 3: NEED earbuds or headsets when at school to complete the assigned LESSON & GAME in Harmonic Vision - Music Maestro = MM

Grade 3: We hope to have an outside recorder concert at the end of May if Covid rules allow

Private recorder MEET appointments available by appointment

1 - Play recorder at home - DO bring recorders to school to finger, but do NOT play at school

2 - Record recorder songs on CORRECT PAGE in Flipgrid, read my comments or video in Flipgrid for each video made and read Google comments and emails.

Music HOME Page

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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 then being a D91 substitute is what you have been looking for. Contact Athena Dingels for details (must possess a bachelor's degree and be willing to obtain the sub teacher credential through ISBE).