Keeping Up with Kipling!

November 12, 2021

Hello, Kipling Cougar Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful week!

Sometimes those four day weeks feel busier than a regular week. That was certainly the case this week.

One of the highlights of the week was the 5th grade Inquiry Fair. More information is posted below in case you would like to read more about it.

We also enjoyed the PTO Book Fair this past week. So many great books to choose from. I hope you were able to find some you enjoyed.

Remember, it is not too late to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please click on the link above if you have not signed up for one yet.

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

Have a great week!

Andy Elbert


Kipling Elementary School

5th Grade Inquiry Fair

Fifth graders were asked to pick a topic and do some research about it from books for starters and then online resources later on. They were tasked with finding out as much as possible about that topic and put that information into groups in order to make a presentation about their topic. Sadie picked the history of competitive swimming. Sadie is a swimmer herself, but swimming is not a highly reported on sport, so Sadie wanted to learn for herself and for others as well. Topics chosen ranged from sports such as lacrosse and the NBA to video games and their history to how art has changed over time and just about everything in between. Students from all over the school took a turn visiting the 5th grade Inquiry Fair. It was a great and informative way to end the week!

Cougar Humor

Quote of the Week:

Brought to you by a student in Mrs. Thurman's 3rd grade class:

Student 1: Mr. Elbert, what is your favorite color?

Mr. E: Try guessing...

Students: Yelling out many different guesses including red, blue, orange, etc.

Student 2 when all of the other students ran out of guesses: Gray!

Mr. E: Gray? Why gray?

Student 2: Because it matches your hair...

PTO Book Fair

I feel like we say this a lot these days but, despite the new setting the challenging rules we have to follow, the PTO Book Fair was a success! Thank you, PTO Members, for your hard work and dedication to make the Book Fair work this year! When the PTO is involved, nothing is impossible!

Take 5 Minutes To Answer One Big Question... and help Define 109!

Our community ThoughtExchange is open and runs through next Friday! We want to hear from you on this one question: What is the most important skill that students today need to have for them to live fulfilling and meaningful lives? You are allowed to leave as many thoughts as you want and rate as many as you want. It's all anonymous! If you've already participated, log back in and leave or rate new thoughts that have come in!
Define 109 ThoughtExchange Question for November

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Registration

There are spots open at the clinics being held by Passport Health at Shepard Middle School starting next week. Due to a number of cancellations, please feel free to share the below link with families that do NOT have a DPS 109 student. The last thing we want are unused spots! Please note these clinics are ONLY for 5-11 year olds. Click here to sign up your child.

District 113 - Future 113 Highland Park High School Tour - 2nd Opportunity

Did you miss the opportunity to tour the HPHS facilities on October 5 as part of the District 113 long-term planning and sustainability discussion? If so, a second tour will be offered on Wednesday, November 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. The tour will begin in the HPHS Cafeteria. Park in the West Parking Lot and enter through the H20 (pool) doors. This event is only a tour of the facilities. The tour will provide a high-level overview of the building's facilities needs. Please note that face coverings are required. For more information, go to

Deerfield High Schools Annual Charity Drive (2nd Running)

The School Chest group would like to invite you to participate in their annual fundraiser. Please click on this link for more information. Thank you in advance for your support.