KG Newsletter

December 2020/ January 2021

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Note from the Principal

Dear KG Parents,

The year we couldn’t wait to end is finally near it's conclusion. Although the issues that have made 2020 the year we could never forget (But would really like to) are far from over it seems. It was devastating to our faculty and staff and for your children to return to remote learning before Thanksgiving. The plan set forth by the district could not account for the spread of the virus that has been occurring outside of the school building in the community of Lockport and across the state of Illinois. We look at this adaptive pause as just an interruption in our school year, and our teachers are still committed to providing the highest quality instruction and meeting the educational and emotional needs of your children.

I again want to thank the parents that attended our virtual parent-teacher conferences. This is an important step in connecting two important influences in the students’ lives, home and school. We hope that you found the video conferencing application, Meet the Teacher, user friendly and were able to connect with the teachers you requested. If you were unable to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, the school can coordinate an opportunity allowing you to communicate with them. Knowing how your child is currently performing in their classes is only one aspect of the conferences, but establishing a relationship with your child’s teacher that will last an entire school year is even more crucial in having them reach their full potential. We appreciate your willingness to promote that relationship between school and home.

Remaining engaged, focused at school or at home is not a new struggle. As children get older, they develop the ability to attend to tasks for longer periods of time. For some, it does come easy and for others it does not. For the latter, it’s very important to build up sustained focus by adhering to predictable schedules, using timers to monitor length of tasks, and limiting distractions in their working environment. Modeling these types of situations at home can improve the skill of maintaining one’s attention. Additionally, we ask parents to show their children that you are engaged and focused on their schooling as well. Students listen if their parents stress the importance of education, but the real impact is felt when the family makes a regular effort to check the progress at home, first celebrating the successes and making plans for improvement if required.

We are steadfast in our commitment to return to a blended learning model as soon as possible, with our students and staff’s safety in the forefront. I trust that our Hornet family will continue to make progress through the pandemic and provide support to those that have been impacted by its devastating effects. Keeping connected to family, friends, and school community will help all of us through these difficult times. Wishing all of you the very best during this holiday season!


John Jennings


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Note from the Nurse

Celebrate the winter holidays safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The winter holidays mark an important time of the year for many families. These end-of-year celebrations have traditionally meant gathering with friends and extended family. But this year must be different. The COVID-19 pandemic persists, and as colder temperatures keep us indoors, cases are quickly rising to record levels. We owe it to ourselves, those we love and the communities we cherish to change our behavior. Holiday celebrations will likely need to be different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Avoid activities that are higher risk for spread. Consider fun alternatives that pose lower risk of spreading COVID-19.

Lower risk activities

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household

  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others

  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family

  • Shopping online rather than in person

  • Watching sporting events, parades, and movies from home

This winter, avoid gathering with anyone outside your immediate household. Eating meals with others (even extended family members and friends) poses risks of transmission. Make sure you stay at least six feet away from others outside your household at all times. Avoid all gatherings, especially large ones. Always be meticulous about washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day.

As you plan for winter holiday celebrations, know that any activity involving people outside your household can be dangerous. Staying home is the only truly safe option.

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses no added risk for spread of COVID-19. Please, stay home this holiday season so that you can celebrate with extended family and friends in the future. Let’s be sure to protect that future by making the right choices in the present.

12 Days Of Christmas Spirit!

Be sure to show your KG Christmas Spirit by participating in the 12 Days of christmas beginning on Thursday, December 3rd!

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4th and 5th Grade Guidance

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Happy Holidays! I hope all is well with your family and that you are staying safe and healthy. Since the holidays can be a stressful time for families, I would encourage you to find time to relax together as a family, watch some family movies, play some board games, and have family meals together. Memories of special times together last a lifetime and are a very special gift for your children and yourself!

We have been learning about seeing situations from different perspectives to better understand why others may react differently to situations than we do. This concept will carry through as we begin talking about resolving differences with others. Hopefully as children learn about empathy, respect, assertiveness, and seeing situations from a different perspective, it will help then to be able to appreciate differences and resolve conflict with others more effectively. Please encourage your child to attend guidance classes regularly as these important life skills will help your child to be more successful at school, at home, and in the community.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the guidance program or if I can assist your family in any way, please contact me. I would love to hear from you! I would also encourage you to visit my webpage to find out more about the Guidance program and other helpful information.

Kathi Henderson

Kelvin Grove Student Counselor/Social Worker


Phone: 815-838-0737 Ext 1132


A note from our Parent Liaison/Student Interventionist/Problem Solving Coach

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Lindsey A. Burnette

Parent Liaison/Student Interventionist/Problem Solving Coach

Kelvin Grove Middle School

Junior High CAD

We are working on money and time skills, along with some multiplication and perimeter. Reading stories have been about helping others. In Science, we finished dinosaurs and fossils; and began forces and motion. We’ve began playing Kahoots at the end of the day, this is a competitive group!


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This quote, although rather elementary in nature, seems to be a trend that has stuck around throughout most of 2020. A global pandemic has certainly shifted the landscape of not just education, but of our entire world. Within just a matter of a year, things would end up looking so much different than they did before. Education was no exception to this drastic change, requiring a move to a completely remote environment back in March of 2020.

The change brought upon us these past several months has also yielded great opportunity. We have moved to a one-to-one technology device program; have obtained access to numerous educational platforms; and, our learners now have access to digital resources, anytime, anywhere, right at their fingertips. Of course, a pandemic has also brought forth great tragedy, as well. My thoughts continue to be with those who have been adversely impacted by the virus.

The one area that speaks volumes to my belief as an educator within the adapted Dr. Seuss quote is "so just do you very best." As an educator, I always want my students to put their very best foot forward in all that they do. I am incredibly student-centered and recognize, celebrate and embrace participation, effort and dedication, well over perfection. Whether we be in a Google Meet, or as the quote says "a Zoom," in-person, or under a hybrid model, it is my ultimate goal that our learners are provided with a place where they are known, supported, valued, and encouraged to grow and learn. By delivering a personalized educational experience, our future leaders are provided with a platform for continuous growth.

In closing, as the Case Manager and Learning & Behavior Specialist for LASEC Academy, I believe strongly that educators must cultivate a favorable, optimistic and collaborative growth mindset to make a profound impact on the education we provide our future leaders. It is a philosophy I will always believe in and continue to deliver to my students, regardless if learning remotely or in-person.

I thank you for your partnership as we continue to navigate uncharted waters.

Partners in education,

Ryan Whitcomb, M.Ed.


Throughout December in Mathematics, we will be continuing our unit on exponents, prime factorization, order of operations, expressions and equations, variables, distributive property, and functions, depending on grade level (6-8). In terms of Science, prior to reverting back to remote learning, students were able to become investigators, identifying clues within files and identifying suspects, as part of a Nervous System investigation. Once the clues were solved, a code was provided for students to obtain their official agent certificate. Since then, we have started the "CER" (Claim, Evidence, Reason) process, which involves having learners develop constructive responses to a wide array of scientific topics, issues and trends. We will also continue diving deeper into the Scientific Method, and I will be providing an opportunity for learners to work collaboratively through remote means on a lab/mini project.

In Language Arts, we are currently reading the novel "Fuzzy Mud," by Louis Sachar (the author of the popular novel and movie, "Holes"). Part of the novel study involves identifying the conflict, plot, theme and author's purpose. We are also learning about Ethos, Pathos and Logos, and how each concept strengthens the validity of a claim or argument. Students are also working on comprehensive projects on both Figurative Language and the Elements of Plot. Looking ahead to the next few weeks leading up to Winter Break, we will begin an argumentative writing workshop; evaluate fragments and run-on sentences; and, read a variety of short passages to identify character development, tone, word meaning, text structure, plot and conflict. Lastly, we will continue our work with citing sources found through internet research.

For Social Studies, we recently finished our Constitution Unit and are starting a unit on the American Revolution. There are a variety of interactive resources that I will be providing throughout the unit to foster critical thinking, understanding and engagement within the lesson. Meanwhile, in our rotating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) block, our class is reviewing the importance of digital citizenship, cyberbullying and self-confidence. Lastly, for our rotating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) block, we are currently working on typing, instructional design, coding, and learning about technology for the future.


"Change, especially positive change, happens so slowly it can feel it's not happening at all. That could well be what you're feeling today, but change does happen over time. There will come a day you'll look back and you'll see it clearly."

~Parminder Nagra

Fourth Grade Newsletter

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Fourth Grade December Newsletter


  • Students have been reading the novel, On My Honor. Students should be re-reading the chapters at home for additional practice.

  • Students should be practicing spelling words for the tests.

  • Students have been expanding their vocabulary through the use of the Word Wisdom workbook.


  • Please work with your child on fact fluency. This will help your child be successful with larger multiplication and division problems.

  • Students can use the think central online component of the Go Math Series to practice concepts learned.


  • Students have been learning about Rock Patterns.

Social Studies

  • Students have been learning about the government of the United States.

It is very important to check your child’s grades each week on Infinite Campus.

5th Grade

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It was very nice meeting so many parents during parent teacher conferences.

In reading we finished our first novel ‘Hatchet’ and we will be starting our next novel after winter break. In language we are learning about possessive nouns.

In math we have moved on from dividing decimals and are working on fractions.

In social studies we are learning about the Native Americans of the Great Plains and the Woodlands. In science we are learning about our sky. We are taking a closer look at the stars and our galaxy.

Please make sure you are checking infinite campus weekly for updated grades. Students’ schedules are posted in google homeroom each morning.

Fifth grade teachers

4th-5th Grade Physical Education Newsletter

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In PE Class for December, we will be incorporating the 12 days of FITNESS in our google classroom assignments. These will be fun, active exercises that will build off of each other. Students can complete them individually or with the whole family! In January, we will be focusing on fitness components

4th & 5th Technology Newsletter

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6th Grade Class

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For December and January, the sixth grade students are continuing earning Class Dojo points in their core classes. Students can earn these points by turning in work on time, following directions, and participating during class. Students can also lose Dojo points by not turning in homework or being unprepared for class. Students can redeem these Dojo points for many different things, from music requests that are played during work time to picking our weekly trivia topic. You can track your child’s progress on the Class Dojo website. Please contact any one of us for an invitation to join.

Seventh Grade Class

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In Science, students are exploring the world of Cells & the Anatomy of the cell through various activities. Students read articles, watch videos and relate the microscopic world of cells to other visuals. They will be building on what they already know about living things and learning how all Body Systems work together to maintain homeostasis. This will bring us to our next section- Sensory Receptors. We will see how our body systems work with different sensory inputs in order to maintain homeostasis.

In Social Studies, we will see how the Early Americans went from the Confederation to writing the Constitution. We will then focus on the Constitution Test. The test will be broken down into smaller quizzes to allow students to focus their studying.

ELA is focusing on comparing different versions of A Christmas Carol, using the written play, portions of the novel and a movie. Students are working on their Argumentative Letter based on their novel Chains and continuing to work on grammar and writing skills.

In Math, we are working with percentages, rates, and ratios. Each of these are tools that students will see in every day life. For example, a trip to the grocery store will utilize all three of these topics in one trip: Sales tax or discounts and deciding the cheapest option per unit involve all three of these topics.

8th Grade Class

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December/January 2020 - Newsletter

Eighth Grade Team



Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop:

The students continue to read selections from the Literature text. Recent lessons have focused on how foreshadowing, tone, and mood are presented by an author. Independent Book Projects will be assigned shortly after Thanksgiving break. Students have been informed that they should presently be reading a novel (teacher approved) for their upcoming book project.

Journal writing is done on a regular basis. Vocabulary study continues with the online Sadlier Connect program.

SOCIAL STUDIES - Discovery Education

Online Textbook:

Techbook - Civil War to Present

Students will explore how industrialization changed and transformed American society. Students will also begin exploring multiple causes and impacts of WWI.

SCIENCE -StemScopes

Online Textbook: (login with school email and password)

The student will be studying the History of Planet Earth. Studying clues that can tell us about the planet’s past and help us predict the future. Studying the Geologic history of Earth, plate tectonics, and seafloor spreading.


Online Textbook: (login with school email and password)

Students will be finishing Unit 2 of the Go Math Grade 8 Series, Proportional and Nonproportional Relationships and Functions. The students will have a test upon completion of the final two modules. They will also begin Unit 3: Solving Equations and Systems of Equations. Students will have quizzes throughout this unit. Daily homework will be posted on the Google Classroom.

8th Grade Graduation Pictures, Cap & Gown Orders and Diploma Names

Graduation Picture Day for Eighth Grade Students Is Rescheduled For:

Wednesday, January 13th, 2020

Two portraits will be taken: one in dress attire and one in graduation gown.

Please select a signup time.

Please have your child to door #2 on Adams Street at their assigned time. Students will be required to wear a mask while in the building and will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Parents, please wait in your vehicle for your child to exit at door #1 on 8th Street.

No payment is due on picture day. Pictures will come in for you to review and purchase at

Attached is the cap & gown payment and diploma name form which can be brought in on picture day or dropped off at door #2 Monday-Friday anytime before January 29th.
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6th-8th Grade Physical Education Newsletter

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In PE Class for December, we will be incorporating the 12 days of FITNESS in our google classroom assignments. These will be fun, active exercises that will build off of each other. Students can complete them individually or with the whole family! In January, we will be focusing on fitness components and also our health unit with the 6th-8th grade students.

6th, 7th & 8th Technology Newsletter

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Art Class

As we approach the winter months ahead, all classes will be focusing on the exciting chill of cold weather with Winter landscapes. Students will learn how to divide up a landscape drawing into different sections to highlight the foreground, middle ground, and background. We will look at several historical Wintry landscapes and notice these elements within them. Students will then choose their own landscape focus, add color, and conclude with a hit of white chalk to create the illusion of snow.

Please remind students to check Google Classroom for missing work daily.

Thank you for taking interest in the art program at Kelvin Grove.

Happy Holidays and enjoy your time with family and friends!

Mrs. Cravens


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December-January Newsletter

Director: Mrs. Plagman


Our focus in Intermediate and Concert Band are solos and ensembles this trimester! I am hoping that we can put together a virtual recital later in the year. We also continue to work on rhythmic independence, instrumental fundamentals, music theory, and individual growth. Students should be practicing at least 30 minutes 4 times a week.

Beginning Band will continue to work on rhythm, note reading, and music theory to prepare us for playing an instrument this trimester. I am really liking how Beginning Band is going! We are making sure we are understanding concepts and applying them to new ones.


For all 8th grade students continuing in band at the high school, there will be a mandatory parents’ meeting in January. The date and time has not been set yet, but once I know something I will send that information out to you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Plagman at (815)838-0737 x1139 or


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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

CONTINUED SPECIAL REQUEST: when contacting me, please include student’s first and last name, grade, and homeroom teacher. Thank you.

REMOTE MUSIC RULES: Now that we are going fully remote, please make sure your child’s camera and microphone work. If they don’t please let the school know so that it may be repaired. Students will be required to leave cameras on and pointed at student so I may view their movements in playing rhythms, moving, seeing the music they create, etc. for grading purposes during class. Students will need paper and pencils or have white marker boards with markers, to use during classes. Students will be asked individual questions for graded responses and will need to be able to turn microphone on and off when requested. All microphones must start and stay off until requested to turn on or for questions.


( Help buy music instruments & equipment + See Music Web page for more pictures)

Mrs. Randolph bought these and enjoys them - your family & friends will, too.



METAL TABS off cans. Please send tabs in a ziplock bag or WIDE Mouthed container, then have students empty it into the Music Tab buckets at school

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D91 Music Web sites:

Music HOME Page

Kelvin Grove Page

4th Grade Music

5th Grade Music

6th Grade Music

7th Grade Music

8th Grade Music

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me. Happy Holidays!

Musically Yours, Mrs. Randolph

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November Students Of The Month

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Season's Greetings & Happy 2021!

Wednesday LRC Live Google Meet Times

8th Grade: 2:00-2:30

7th Grade: 1:30-2:00

6th Grade: 1:00-1:30

5th Grade: 12:30-1:00

4th Grade: 10:00-10:30

During LIVE #KGLRC each week (it is a district expectation that students attend weekly live sessions) students discover skills and activities and are shown a wide variety of ways to access reading (both ebook and audiobooks).

Information and tutorials are stored within their #KGLRC Google Classroom and lesson overviews are housed on

Simply have your student access their Google Classroom for details and/or go to my website and click on the reading tab to view the reading platforms offered to KG kids this school year.

Here's a quick-click highlight of my favorite student reading platforms:

Discovery Ed Audiobooks - Students must use school Google login for immediate access


Use CLASSROOM CODE bls1633 and then look for student's name --- ebooks, audiobooks, relevant short video clips

eReadIllinois: Students must use school Google login to access Can check out ebooks & audiobooks and place books on hold.

SORA: Students must use their school Google login to access -- adding Pinnacle Digital Consortium to their setup gains free access to the White Oak Public LIbrary District children's collection - will need White Oak Student Success Card number to borrow. Students simply need to fill out the Google Form in their #KGLRC Google Classroom to notify me that they need their Success Card number.

Happy Reading! Stay warm, stay healthy and enjoy a wonderful holiday season! Contact me if I can be of assistance!

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Dates To Remember

Nov 30th Fall Picture Retakes

Nov 29th-Dec 11th Holiday Gift Shop

Dec 8th- Board Of Education Meeting

Dec 16th- Drive Thru Santa Event (pre-registration is required)

Dec 18th- Pop's Fundraiser

Dec 21st-Jan 3rd Winter Break-No School

Jan 4th School Resumes

Jan 12th-Board Of Education Meeting

Jan 13th-Graduation Pictures (Retakes February 17th)

Jan 15th-Early Dismissal

Jan 18th -MLK Day No School

Jan 20th- Mangia Pizza Night

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Holiday Treasures Gift Shop

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Holiday shop will run November 29 to December 11.

Items will be ready for distribution after December 15.

The website for it is

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