Keeping Up with Kipling!

October 1, 2021

Hello, Kipling Cougar Families!

We had a great week here at Kipling School! The weather was amazing, our teachers had some teacher training on literacy and spirit wear came in on Friday! That is a fun week!

The week ahead also looks promising. Shield testing is Tuesday and a visit from the Fire Department to talk about Fire Prevention month is on Wednesday. For those who are interested, I also be reading on Facebook and Zoom on Wednesday night at 7:15pm. Thursday is a big day at Kipling. We have Picture Day so be sure to send your students to school with a smile that day. We also have a PTO meeting and it is also PTO MOD Pizza Day. On Friday, don't forget to wear some neon colors!

I received a ton of great feedback about the Friday newsletter! Thank you so much. Some of the comments are contradictory such as please put even more information in it compared to please send it every other week. It will be hard to try to honor all of the great ideas, so instead, I will just try to pick the ideas that are manageable. I thought I would keep the survey active for one more week before closing it down. I am linking a survey to this newsletter one more time. Again, thanks for the feedback.

Two quick things I would like to mention are:

1. Often times, articlest that I put in the newsletter are important and, to give all families a chance to read them, I might keep them in the newsletter for multiple weeks. That is why you will sometimes see a '2nd Running' or a '3rd Running' or perhaps even a 'Final Running'. It gives people an opportunity to read old news before it is too late.

2. Old versions of the Keeping up with Kipling Newsletter can be found on our Kipling Website. If you go to the bottom of the Kipling homepage, you will see all of the ones from this year. Please click on the one you are looking for.

We all hope you have a wonderful weekend!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week!

Andy Elbert


Kipling Elementary School

Social Emotional Learning at Kipling (2nd Running of this article)

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important at Kipling School. As a part of the learning process, we will be asking our students to reflect on their own SEL mindsets via an online survey. The survey will be administered between October 4th and 15th, and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. It asks students to self-reflect on their own grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness, and emotional regulation.

Individual student responses can provide the school and family with insight into what skills the child self-identifies as strengths and others they would like to develop. The overall data helps us (the educators) identify priorities and provide targeted learning opportunities to address the SEL needs in our classrooms.

Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact me no later than October 1st.

Student Health Requirements 21-22 (Final Running of this Article)

We recognize and are mindful of the fact that many families may have had difficulty getting children in for physical, dental, and eye exams as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to routine medical care; however, at this time, all child-health related requirements for school attendance, remain in effect for children in public, private, or parochial schools, as per 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1.

Health-related examinations and immunization requirements are due no later than October 15. Please click here to be directed to our website for detailed information regarding specific requirements by grade level.

You will soon be receiving communication from our building nurse if your child is missing any of the required documentation. Students not in compliance with the health examination and immunization requirements will be excluded from school beginning Friday, October 15, 2021. Please reach out with any questions regarding these requirements as we want to partner with you to ensure compliance with these requirements. Thank you.

What is Test To Stay?

This year, fewer students are needing to be quarantined if they are a close contact to a COVID-19 case, thanks to the Lake County Health Department's "Test To Stay" protocol. Click here to read more from the district about it.

Board Meeting Briefs

Last night, the DPS 109 Board of Education held their September meeting. You can read the brief recap of the meeting here, which includes a link to the full recording of the meeting. We are sending this as part of the principal's newsletter to cut down on the number of emails you receive!