Milne Grove Messenger

February 2018

Highlighted Dates to Remember (see linked calendar for full schedule of events)

PTO's D91 Chuck E. Cheese Night (3pm-9pm): February 2
Plunge Into Fitness Begins: February 12
Spring Pictures & Classroom Parties: February 14

Early Dismissal (PM K attends in AM): February 16

Daddy Daughter Dance: February 16 @ 6pm - 9pm

Presidents' Day: No School on February 19

Family Fitness Night - February 21

Help Make Our Yearbook Awesome

Have you taken any photos of kids at Milne Grove? Outside fun, PTO gatherings and events, classroom parties? Did you know you can share those photos with us for use in our school yearbook? Go to community.lifetouch.comand enter our school's code: USUMRG.

Order Your Yearbook Today!

$20 per yearbook - order before Feb 28

See Link Below & Enter Yearbook ID Code 13213818

PTO's Chuck E. Cheese Night

Join other D91 families in a fun night out at Chuck E. Cheese's in Joliet! Chuckie himself will visit during lunch, and families are welcome to come at their leisure the evening of February 2nd. Just visit the Joliet location between 3pm-9pm and mention you are there to support D91 at the cash register and our PTO will receive 15%!


Join Mrs. Draper and the MG Staff for a February Family Fun Night Focusing on Fitness! Wednesday, February 21st, families are invited to the MG gym to work out and play some physical fitness games from 6-7pm. We will also kick of our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in honor of Heart Health Month.
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Principal's Page

As we head into February, we enter my favorite time of the academic year. At about half way through, we can truly see the fruits of our labor as children mature in their grade level and demonstrate signs of readiness for advanced thinking and concepts. I love to walk into classrooms and hear children explain their thinking! In January, students completed the Winter MAP benchmarking and we will soon have progress reports to share with you (to be sent home in Trimester 2 report cards).

Please praise your child for their hard work! Accomplishing academic and social emotional growth in the early grades takes a lot of effort.

The Parent Planning Council is reconvening for another year of dialogue and planning. Mrs. DeSandre and I are so very grateful to the parents who served last winter and spring and are excited to meet our new volunteers at a meeting to be scheduled for mid-February. Please take the survey below to provide us information about when is a convenient time for you to attend Planning Council.

My door is open to you - please let me know what ideas and insights you have to enhance our school. When we work together, we can create something better than either could accomplish alone. Call me at 815-838-0542x2104 or email

Jaime Koziol

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Cindy Dragosh, Secretary


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Interested in Strategic Planning?

Are you interested in working with the D91 Board, Administration, Teachers, Parents, and Community Members to set the vision and goals for the next few years? On February 10, the Strategic Plan Committee will convene for a full day session; please email Mrs. Donna Gray at if you are interested in attending.

5 Essentials Survey Success!

Thanks to our awesome parents, we were able to achieve a 41% response rate on this year's 5 Essentials Survey. Thank you so very much for participating - we will share our results as soon as they are received!

Winter is Here!

Students will be outside for morning line up and outdoor recess as long as the air temperature is 20 degrees or above. Please make sure children have a winter coat, hat, gloves, and scarf each day. If your family needs warm clothing, please contact our office for assistance.

School closings will be published on our website, sent via the InTouch notification system, and reported to WJOL &

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Join the KG and MG LRCs at Culvers in Lockport from 4pm-8pm on February 28th for a fundraising evening.

Click the Link Above for the Lockport Legend Valentine's Day Coloring Contest

Notes From the Nurse

February is Dental Health month. The student’s at Milne Grove will have Mrs. Gotts come in and teach them about the importance of good oral hygiene. She will be here on January 31st and February 2nd to visit all classrooms here at Milne.

Miles of Smiles will be here on February 9th to give dental examinations and cleanings to all students who returned the permission slip for services. Miles of Smiles is a team of dental professionals who deliver preventative and educational services to children in schools. If your child is in need of a dental examination, this is a great opportunity for them to meet the state requirement for dental examinations.

Please also remember that students who are absent more than 3 days may only return to school with a doctor's note.

Mrs. Gilkerson, RN

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 815-838-0542 ex. 2106 or at

PTO News

February 2nd--- Chuck E. Cheese Night 3:00-9:00

February 7th--Frontier Soup Pick Up at MG 3:10-5:00

February 8th--PTO Meeting at KG in the LRC at 6:00

February 16th--Daddy/Daughter Dance in KG New Gym 6:30-9:00

Email with questions!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

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The Latest from the LRC

Book Notes

All grades are reading the Monarch Award nominated books and preparing to vote for their favorites in March. Our third grade Bluestem Bunch Book Club is underway and those students will also be voting in March.

February is LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH! Show your love by helping your child remember to return books on library day! Keeping books in the student’s backpack or a special place at home is the best way to keep them from getting lost.

If you do not have a White Oak Library card, please stop by and show them your LOVE by signing up! It’s free with proof of residency - you’ll have access to free books, movies, games, programs for all ages, plus computer access and so much more! Did you know you can even get FREE passes to area museums and zoos??

Reading Incentives

Six Flags Read to Succeed forms are due back on FEBRUARY 16th!!! We are unable to accept late forms, so be sure to get yours in on time to earn your free ticket. Please see the MG LRC page at to download a form..

Volunteer Corner

Many thanks to Linda Hozjan, Peter Klauser, Jaime Dixon, Katie Schuldt and Kathleen Kesteloot for keeping our books on the shelves and organized! ~ 815-838-0542, x2122 Follow me on Twitter!
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Physical Education Feats

On January 25th students in 1st-3rd grade attended a Kick-Of Assembly of Jump Rope for Heart. A representative from the American Heart Association discussed with students what Jump Rope for Heart is all about and how they can participate! Students should have brought home forms from the assembly to start their fundraising. Kindergarten students were given the same information.

Throughout the month of February students will participate in activities that focus on living a healthy lifestyle! We will end February with our Jump Rope for Heart Event! For 1st-3rd grade students the event will take place on February 23rd. Kindergarteners will participate during the same week during their PE time.

There will be a Fun Family Fitness Night in Milne Grove gym on Wednesday, February 21st from 6-7. All students K-3 are invited to bring their families to participate in some Workout Wednesday activities and check out some Jump Rope for Heart information.

You can get online with Jump Rope for Heart by going to Search for Milne Grove and you’re started!

Mrs. Draper

3rd Grade


§ Our field trip to McAnich Arts Center-College of DuPage will be on February 6th. Students should come to school dressed appropriately for the theater and bring a brown bag lunch.

§ Please continue to work on spelling and vocabulary with your child at home.

§ Students should read each night for 20 minutes to assist with their reading fluency and comprehension.


§ Please continue to work with your student on fact fluency for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They need to work on accuracy as well as speed when practicing their facts. If you would like additional resources for fact practice, please visit the third grade page under math.

§ You can use the Go Math link to review lessons at home and assist with concept questions. Go Math Website


§ We are currently working on our animal unit in science. Students will be completing projects that require them to know the vocabulary words that were sent home. Please continue working on these words with your child. If you need an additional copy, they can be found on the third grade website.

Social Studies:

§ We are continuing to work on our economics unit. Please continue working on these words with your child. If you need an additional copy, they can be found on the third grade website.

Remind students to use the third grade website so they can continue working on their foundational skills. There are a variety of links that will help them increase their ability with the material that has been taught so far this year.

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

Thank you,

The Third Grade Team

Miss Johnson, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. McGreevy, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Steed, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

Check Out the Guardians of the Green Recycling Club (created by Mrs. McGreevy's Class)!

2nd Grade

The second grade teachers want to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

Language Arts- It is important to continue studying the weekly spelling and vocabulary words every night. Also, as you listen to your child read, continue to ask them to retell events that happened in the story and ask questions about the text. This will help their language skills and their ability to think critically about a text.

Social Studies- We have begun, Chapter 3, The World Around Us. Students will be focusing on maps and globes, locating different places and features, understadning the world is made up of different landforms and bodies of water.

Science- We will continue learning about landforms and how they change quickly and slowly over time. Students will be participating in experiments to observe these changes and discover ways to prevent erosion.

Math- Students have begun learning subtraction facts. It is important to study these facts nightly. When students are timed for their fact tests they have 2 minutes to complete 25 facts. In February, our Go Math book will continue to focus on 2 digit subtraction. After that, we will move into 3-digit addition and subtraction.

The Second Grade Team

Mrs. Bolte, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Georgopulos, 2nd grade teacher,

Miss Podwika, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

1st Grade

Superkids Reading Program:

  • Spelling and reading words ending with long vowel sounds

  • Decode and encode CVCe words with -s, -ing, and -ed endings

  • Decode and encode CVVC words with ai, oa, ea, and ee

  • Review using good, better, best

  • Read fluently and understand literary and informational texts

  • Using interjections appropriately in speaking and writing

  • Identify and use adjectives correctly in speaking and writing

  • Read and spell new memory words

Language and Writing:

  • Focus on writing complete sentences with the correct ending marks

  • Identify a piece of narrative writing

  • Writing a narrative paragraph

GO Math:

  • Count to 120, starting at any number

  • Understand place value representing tens and ones

  • Read and write numbers between 110 and 120

  • Compare numbers to show greater than or less than

  • Using greater than, less than, and equal to symbols

  • Identifying 10 more and 10 less than a given number

Social Studies:

  • Identifying land and water on a map

  • Discovering the continents and oceans of the world

  • Learning the importance of transportation

  • Learn about the importance of President’s Day and our Founding Fathers


  • Exploring sound waves and how they are created

  • Discuss the meaning of Groundhogs Day and how shadows are created

The First Grade Team

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Preboy, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Stanly, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,


The Kindergarteners are very excited that they are becoming readers and writers! We notice that they are finding words EVERYWHERE in school…in books, in the halls, in the classroom. It is fun to watch and listen to them read and spell. If you are looking for a way to foster your child’s growing reading career, the Lockport Library is a wonderful resource for Early Reader books. Just ask for Miss Jane, she will be happy to show you where they are! Journal writing has been a fun activity used in class to strengthen the kindergarteners’ letter-sound relationships and sentence making skills. If you are interested in applying these skills at home, have your child record events in a personal journal or have them write and illustrate a story to read to our class.

In social studies we are reading and writing stories about fairness, respect, good citizenship and Martin Luther King, Jr. In February, we will be starting a mini-unit on the Presidents.

We LOVE to count!! We are practicing counting by 1’s and 10’s. In Math we will be continuing addition, introducing subtraction and will begin to measure, sort, and order and classify. Thank you for all you do to help your child be successful at school!

The Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Adams -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

Early Learners Preschool

Upcoming Events:

Week of February 5 – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Dd” along with the number 13. The theme of the week will be Dental Health and the Early Learners will discuss what happens first, next and last when they brush their teeth. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the color pink and practice cutting.

Week of February 12 – The Early Learners will be introduced the letter “Vv” along with the number 14. The theme of the week will be Valentine’s Day. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the heart shape as the decorate their special Valentine’s Day bags.

Week of February 19 – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Qq” along with the number 15. The theme of the week will be quilts.

Week of February 26 – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Ll” along with the number 16. The theme of the week will be Abraham Lincoln. The Early Learners will hear a story about Abraham Lincoln when he was young.

Dates to Remember:

Friday, February 2nd, Dental Hygienist Visits at 1:00p.m.

Wednesday, February 14th, Spring Pictures

Wednesday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day Party from 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.

Friday, February 16th, NO CLASS for Early Learners, School Improvement

Monday, February 19th, NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day

Tuesday & Wednesday, February 20th & 21st, DIAL Screenings

Watch your child’s take home folder for information on the February Family Fun event and field trip.

The PK Team

Mrs. Torkelson, PK Teacher,

Mrs. Pederson, Bilingual Liaison,

Mr. Murillo, PK aide,

The Speech Spot with Mrs. Barker

Wordless videos are a great tool for building children’s listening and speaking skills. They are designed to be engaging, humorous and thought provoking. I’ve listed a few, interesting videos and suggested activities which you may want to try with your child. Enjoy!!

Wordless Video Activities

  • Pause the video to ask questions.

What do you think will happen next? Why do you think the character _______?

What does the character’s face and body tell you how they are feeling?

What happened and why is that a problem? How will the video end?

  • Pause the video occasionally to add your own words.

  • Summarize the video and retell the story to someone else.

  • Write a script, including dialogue to accompany the video.

Ormie The Pig A pig attempts to get a jar of cookies from the top of the fridge.

Sweet Cocoon Two friends help a caterpillar during his “metamorphosis”.

Pigeons Young baby pigeons work together to find food.

Simon’s Cat - Cat nap A young kitten makes it difficult for a cat to sleep.

Simon’s Cat - Let me Inside - A very hungry cat tries to get indoors.

Piper - A baby seagull discovers much from a big wave.

Hola Llamigo - A friendship develops between a boy and his pinata.

Gopher Broke - A gopher struggles to collect food.

Contact Mrs. Barker at for more tips and tricks to aid in your child's speech and language development!

Savvy Solutions with Mrs. DeSandre

This Month’s Topic: Importance of Sleep and Routines

Young children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep daily in order to support healthy development. When your child does not get enough sleep, challenging behaviors are likely to occur. Your child might be moody, short-tempered and unable to engage well in interactions with others. Sleep is especially important for children as it directly impacts mental and physical development. Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on your child’s ability to learn. Below are a couple tips to create a successful bedtime.

  1. Give your child your undivided and unrushed attention as you prepare them for bed. Bedtime can be a positive experience filled with quality time for you and your child.

  2. A visual schedule can help them to understand the steps and expectations of the routine. Keep the routine as consistent as possible each night. Set a bedtime and stick with it!

  3. Provide your child with activities, sounds or objects that help them feel calm and restful during the hour before bedtime. For example, reading books, listening to soft, calming music, and/or giving your child her favorite blanket or stuffed animal will also help him/her to understand that it is time to calm down and prepare for sleep.

Do you also struggle with stressful mornings? Do you often leave the house in a frantic rush? You can also create a morning routine that not only helps your day begin more smoothly, but also teaches your child important skills that they need to become more independent and confident.

  1. Be realistic and age-appropriate, too many expectations could also cause your child to become overwhelmed. Use a visual schedule with items such as photos, clipart, or objects that shows your child the steps in their morning routine.

  2. Plan Ahead. Try and prepare as much as you can the night before: lunches packed, clothes laid out, backpacks ready to go, etc.

  3. Encourage your child. When your child completes a task and follows the routine, provide positive and specific encouragement. For example, say “Wow, you got up and got dressed all by yourself! Now we will have a few extra minutes to play!

  4. Again, make sure your child is getting enough sleep. A child that is not getting enough sleep can be quite difficult to wake up and follow the morning routine!


Questions? Comments? Ideas for topics? Contact Mrs. DeSandre at


Currently, all Milne Grove students are working hard, mastering the color wheel and practicing their color blending skills. Each art class at Milne Grove will be working on several paintings over the next several months, before moving into the art of three-dimensional sculpture.

Kindergarten students are currently working on a painting inspired by the work of Wayne Thiebaud and his candy, cake, and ice cream paintings. Students will be creating their own giant sundae and painting their creation using colors mixed with white to create an assortment of tints. First grade students will be using the mystery and interest of outer space to motivate an original mixed media Outer Space Escape painting. Students learned about the planets and will use a variety of materials to create their own outer space inspired art! Second grade students are working the movement and rhythm within music to create their own Abstract Wassily Kandinsky inspired painting and third grade students will be taking a look at Jim Dine and his unbelievable heart paintings and sculptures - how perfect for the February season!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly anytime at extension 1110 at Kelvin Grove, or via email at Don’t forget to check out the Art Department on the web at for a current listing of all projects.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Cravens

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Music Notes

To Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director

Email: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

ALL MG Music students are working on learning Treble Clef Note Names using Internet web sites. Check the Music Web Page for Web addresses to practice using various free web games.

All MG Music Classes are focusing on identifying different instrument tone colors and instrument families, holiday music for Valentine’s Day, Lincoln and Washington, playing Orff instruments, and singing. Check the MG Music web site for details and current information.

Kindergarten and First Grade are learning to play Orff instruments to accompany the Mallet Song, Mallets to the top, and One , two tie my shoe, in addition to other songs. They are listening to “Flight of the Bumble Bee” by Russian Composer - Rimsky -Korsakov

Second Grade is studying “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Grieg and learning to sing the counting song in Spanish. Second grade will have music worksheets due the next music class.

Third Grade will continue playing recorder and will have a few work sheets. They will review Sea Shanteys, and music from Hawaii. (Did you know Hawaii has 3 different colors of sand? Ask your child to share with you what they learned about sand and astronauts in Hawaii.)

Third Grade Recorder Fridays: Every Friday morning from 8:05 – 8:30 am Third Grade students may enter the Milne Grove school for Recorder Club to pass recorder songs for stickers and leaern to play other music instruments and use computer music software. THESE ARE FREE LESSONS.

There is NO Recorder Club on Friday, January 26. Mrs. Randolph will be at the state music teachers’ conference in Peoria.

If you work for a company that would donate tax-deductible funds to the D91 music department to help purchase instruments, computer hardware & software, MIDI carts, and other things needed for the music department, please contact Mrs. Randolph to provide you with a brochure to give the business or corporation.


Thank you to the Administration, Board of Education, Teachers, Staff, Parents, Volunteers, Family, and Friends who have helped with the Christmas program. A Special Thank You to my wonderful students for performing so well.

Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids. This is what you have been looking Contact Athena Dingels for details (must possess a bachelor's degree and be willing to obtain the sub teacher credential through ISBE).