Kendall News

March 1, 2021

In Your Kendall News...

School and District Updates
  • Illinois 5Essentials Survey for Parents
  • 2nd Grade CogAT
  • In-Person Learning 4 Days per week
  • Preschool Registration for 21-22
  • Team IPEF 2021 Sign-up is Open
  • Important Dates
  • Chromebook Support
  • Reflections Showcase 2021
  • 2021-2022 PTA Board Nominations
  • Kendall Cookbooks are In!
  • Morning Muffins Help
  • 2021 Kendall Science Fair
  • PTA General Meeting March 11th
  • Kendall PTA Membership
  • Gift Card Program

Illinois 5Essentials Survey for Parents

Kendall's Parent Response rate as of today is 17%.

Parents, students and teachers across Illinois will once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit 5 Essentials Survey Link
2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)
3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

2nd Grade CogAT Testing

All 2nd grade students were invited to participate in the CogAT assessment on Monday, March 8th. Please check your email for information about testing schedules as well as what the day will look like if you elected not to participate.

In-Person Learning Tuesday - Friday


We are excited for this transition. Please note that some art, music, PE, and LMC times will change to allow for this to happen. Be sure to review the weekly schedules that classroom teachers share with you and your children.

Questions about preceedures, protocols, and transportation? Please review our In-Person Learning Newsletter or contact the main office.

Preschool Registration for 2021-22

Now Open

District 204's Prairie Children Preschool program offers early childhood education for children ages three and four and is open to all District 204 residents, with the main classrooms located on the first floor of the Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora. Preschool classes are 2.5 hours each day, Monday through Thursday. Tuition is $245 a month. Applications for the 2021-22 school year are now being accepted. Visit the preschool’s website for more information.


Challenge yourself to be part of something big in 2021! Consider signing up for Team IPEF and participat in the Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon or 5K. This will be Team IPEF’s eighth year to offer the unique opportunity to be involved for a cause that makes a difference for your school. such as Robotics, Teacher Grants, the Fine Arts Festival and Young Heart for Life.

Team members commit to raise a minimum of $150 with 50% of all funds raised coming back to each school. Remaining funds are used to support district programs such as Fine Arts, Young Hearts for Life, Teacher Innovation Grants and Robotics. Set a goal, get fit and proudly represent your school in the half marathon or 5K on Sunday, October 17, 2021 Visit to learn more or sign-up. Virtual race option also available.

Important Dates

Monday, March 1st: Materials Distribution - Remote Learning Students Only

Monday, March 8th: 2nd Grade CogAT Testing - Group 1

Thursday, March 11th: PTA General Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 15th: 2nd Grade CogAT Testing - Group 2

Friday, March 26th: End of 3rd Quarter

Monday, March 29th - Friday, April 2nd: No School - Spring Break

Monday, April 5th: No School - Remote Learning Planning Day

Tuesday, April 6th: School Resumes

Tuesday, April 6th: PTA Science Fair Registration and Videos Due

Chromebook Support

Please continue to work with your child's teacher to troubleshoot technology issues. If your child's device requires service, you can submit a request using our CHROMEBOOK SERVICE REQUEST LINK or by visitin our Kendall Website.

Kendall PTA Points

Reflections Showcase 2021

Your family and friends are cordially invited to the district’s Virtual Reflections Art Showcase 2021.

We celebrate the artistic achievements of children whose work has advanced to the District Level at this annual event.

Children, families, and friends are welcome to attend this event. Reflections participants from 31 schools within our school district will inspire adults and children alike with their amazing artwork. At the art showcase, you will see a glimpse of all the artwork that progressed to the District Level. During this occasion, our Illinois PTA President, Kristin Massey Kramer will announce the projects that are advancing to the State Level.

Our Chief Guests:

Honorable Mayor of Naperville Steve Chirico

Honorable Mayor of Aurora - Richard C. Irvin

and Dr. Adrian Talley, Superintendent of Indian Prairie School District 204

Please find the event details/YouTube links below. We’ll have 4 separate events, one each for Primary, Intermediate, Middle, and High Schools.

PRIMARY (Preschool to Grade 2) - Thursday, March 4th, 2021 (Duration: 28 minutes)


INTERMEDIATE (Grades 3 to 5) - Friday, March 5th, 2021 (Duration: 43 minutes)


MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6 to 8) - Monday, March 8th, 2021 (Duration: 26 minutes)


HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9 to 12) - Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 (Duration: 22 minutes)


Time: 6:00 pm on all four days.

Each day, the event will premier at 6 pm. You are invited to attend all four events. The introduction section of all four events (about the first 8 minutes) will be the same.

You can share the video with your family and friends using the 'share' option, give a thumbs up and subscribe for a reminder/further Reflections update.

2021-22 Kendall PTA Board Nominations

Kendall PTA is currently accepting nominations for its 2021-22 Executive Board. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else please complete this form. We are currently accepting nominations for all board positions. (President, Vice-President, Secretary & Treasurer). If interested in co-chairing any of these positions with a friend or other, that option is available as well. Co-chairs are encouraged each year to share responsibilities and/or to shadow the current board member for a smooth succession of roles. 2021/22 will be the last year at Kendall for a couple current board members.

If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact us: Chrissy Laughlin ( and Shweta Hiremath ( Please complete this application to the PTA Nominating Committee by Monday, April 19th. Voting will take place at the General PTA Meeting on Thursday, April 22nd.

Kendall Cookbooks have Arrived!

They are available for purchase thru the Kendall PTA MemberHub site!

Pick one up for your student to participate in the monthly cooking challenges, as a keepsake for this school year, gift to a family member or friend OR choose to donate one to a Kendall Staff Member! Each cookbook contains an extra special insert with visual sequence recipes. The Kendall PTA thanks you for participating in this fundraiser!

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Morning Muffins Help

We are looking for some volunteers to plan Kendall Elementary's annual "Morning Muffins" Event! This event is scheduled for mid-April. All ideas and help are welcome!

If you are interested, please contact us at!

Kendall Science Fair

The Kendall PTA would like to invite all students to participate in the Kendall Science Fair! This is a non-competitive event, so come and explore the world of science! Participants will attend the Science Fair on Thursday, April 15th via Zoom. They will be put into a small group along with judges in a breakout room. They will have 10-15 minutes to conduct their experiment or explain their project followed by judges asking few questions. This will be an interactive session.

The Zoom sessions will be as follows:

6-7 p.m. -- K-2nd Grade

7-8 p.m. – 3rd-5th Grade

Register at

Please register online, and submit your videos by April 6th, 2021. Videos are only for Kendall families to watch via the Kendall newsletter.

Here is the link for some additional guidelines:

For any questions, please contact us at

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PTA General Meeting

Join us via Zoom on Thursday, March 11th for our PTA General Meeting. All are welcome! Hear updates from our Board President and Mrs. Jerger, discover what opportunities will be offered to our students and their families, and find out what else is in store for this school year!

Meeting ID: 944 1990 9424

Passcode: d9F+LS

Kendall PTA Membership

The PTA is working hard to find ways to support our Kendall Students and Staff during this time at home. As always, we encourage families to join the PTA and support our efforts. Our membership is currently at about 15% and our goal is 100%. Help us get to 100%...your membership can make a difference! With the new 2020 online school registration, even lifelong members/supporters of the PTA have forgotten or not realized whether they have joined. Not sure if you are a member yet? Click here to check.

We Need Your Support! Purchase your membership at:

Gift Card Program

Enrollment code: 214FDB581L692

Download the Raise Right App, register, then enter the enrollment code provided to benefit Kendall PTA. Purchase or send eGift cards, reload gift cards, ship physical gift cards directly to you...all from your Raise Right App! The holidays may be over, but you can still purchase for other occasions (or personal use) throughout the year!

Nominate a Staff Member for the A+ Award

So many educators are going above and beyond supporting students during this time of uncertainty! If you would like to recognize your child's teacher please see the information below.

Anyone can nominate a District 204 staff member for the A+ Award. Nominations must include an essay (of 50-500 words) describing how this staff member has positively impacted students. We strongly encourage student nominations. Parent, alumni and community nominations are also welcomed.

Click here to submit a nomination for a staff member who goes above and beyond to make a difference for our students.