Home of the Cougars: Week of 8/14/23
Message from the Principal
Dear Kimball Hill Families,
Wow the time sure does go by quickly! We are so excited to begin another successful and fun school year! We are excited to partner with you to ensure ALL students achieve their highest potential. We strongly believe that to be successful in school, all children need support from both home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a significant difference in your child’s education. I kindly ask that you maintain open lines of communication with your child's teacher and reach out directly to the teacher first if you have a question and/or concern. As always, I am available via phone or email should you have any questions, concerns or feedback!
Our hard working staff will be engaged in professional learning on August 14th-16th and getting the classroom prepared to welcome students.
All students return back to school on August 17th & 18th. Students in grades 1-6 will return to school on Thursday, August 17th. Kindergarten and Pre-school (ECDEC) classes will begin Friday, August 18th. We are so excited to launch our Kindergarten Dual Language program this year! Each year a new grade level will be added!
Please be on the look out for school specific procedures prior to the start of school from your child's teacher!
We look forward to seeing you all during “Meet the Teacher” on Monday, August 14th from 1:45pm-2:30pm!
Kimball Hill Principal
- Meet the Teacher-Monday, August 14th 1:45-2:30 pm
- First Day of School Grades 1-6-Thursday, August 17th
- First Day of School ECDEC & KDG students-Friday, August 18th
- Dine & Donate Fundraiser at Comet Rolling Meadows- 3-8pm
- Parent Orientation-Thursday, August 24th (times are staggered below)
- Back to School Bash- August 30th 5:30-7:00pm
- No School-Monday, September 4th Labor Day
Visit the District 15 Calendar for more information!
Meet the Teacher
All teacher assignments are available in the Parent Portal for fully registered students. Great care is taken during the class development process with many factors taken into consideration, therefore, we are unable to make any teacher changes. All of our teachers are committed to maintaining a safe and caring environment for all students, so I can assure you that your child will be in good hands.You can expect the teacher to reach out to you once they return from their summer vacation; which will be the week of Monday, August 14th.
“Meet the Teacher” (and our Cougar) will take place on August 14th at 1:45pm-2:30pm. This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teacher, learn about the expectations for the school year and see your child’s classroom. If you are unable to make this event, please feel free to email your child's teacher to connect at a later time. School supply lists are available on our district website and linked here for your convenience School Supply Lists. You may bring labeled supplies at this time or you can send with your child on the first day.
ECDEC, Dual Kindergarten, Grades 1st-6th
- Monday-Thursday: 8:25 am – 3:05 pm
- Friday: 8:25 am – 2:15 pm
- Monday-Thursday: 8:25 am – 11:00 am
- Friday: 8:25 am – 10:35 am
- Monday-Thursday: 12:30 pm – 3:05 pm
- Friday: 12:05 pm – 2:15 pm
Office Hours: 7:25 am – 3:55 pm, Monday- Friday
Doors open at 8:10am for students who need breakfast! All other students should plan to arrive closer to 8:20am. School begins at 8:25am and students will be marked tardy after 8:25.
Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
Our school-wide drop off and pick up procedures help maintain a safe and efficient drop off and pick up. We kindly ask all parents to follow our procedures. When we all work together, we ensure safety and efficiency for all.
1st Bell (BREAKFAST FOR THOSE IN NEED): 8:10 a.m. - Doors open for students who are in need of breakfast. They will walk to the lunchroom and eat breakfast until the second bell rings. A breakfast supervisor will be monitoring students at this time.
We do strongly recommend students arrive closer to the bell at 8:20 if they do NOT need a breakfast. Students can enter through the main entrance, door 10 by School Street and Door 8 by LRC.
2nd Bell: 8:25 a.m. - Classes will begin. At this time, all exterior doors are locked except for the main entrance. Students who arrive late (after 8:25 a.m.) must enter through the front door. Parents MUST sign them into the main office. All district 15 schools are now using a chromebook for parents to utilize when signing students in or out.
A.M. Procedures: During AM drop off times, the front parking lot is closed. We encourage all families to utilize our drop off procedure rather than “the park and walk in” method. Our drop off method is designed to build independence and confidence of our students, provide a safe experience and is the most efficient method for the high volume of vehicles dropping off students. If you need to park and come inside, please use street parking, follow street signs. You can drop off on School Street and students can use Door 10 by School Street for a more convenient entry. Please follow traffic laws and signs. No child should be unsupervised on campus before school begins. The side staff parking lot (next to Jewel Osco) is reserved for buses and staff parking. The front parking lot is for staff only. Please do not park in these lots and we kindly ask that you do not move our school cones to drop off students or pick up students in these areas. Dismissal procedures will be provided from your child's teacher.
- If you use the semi-circle in front of school to drop off, all vehicles should enter at the north end of the circle drive and exit at the south end. There will be one lane of traffic.
- Pull up as far as possible toward the stop sign to let out your child. Each child should get out of the car on the curb side. Parents must remain in their cars as this will help the line to flow and prevent congestion. Staff will be out front to help students get out of their cars and into the building each morning.
- A.M. Kindergarten will be dropped off at the front of the building, as well. Staff will be there to receive these students and help them get to their classroom. P.M. Kindergarten will use School Street or street parking to drop students off. We kindly ask that you refrain from using the front semi circle to avoid the buses.
- If you are dropping off your child for the REC program before 8:10 a.m., please park in the parking lot—NOT the circle drive—and use the crosswalk to bring your child into the building.
- All vehicles using the front semi-circle should enter at the north end and exit at the south end; otherwise please feel free to use street parking.
- Please continue to pull all the way forward to allow for a continuous, safe flow of cars.
- Parents will need to remain in their car when their student(s) enters the vehicle.
- Staff will assist to ensure your child gets to your car safely.
- Please remind your child to enter the car on the side of the school, if possible.
- Feel free to display your child's name and teacher/grade in windshield.
- To avoid a bottleneck, please consider parking along School Street, following street signs. Children can then walk to the car. The residential side of School Street is a public street- all traffic laws do apply. Please be aware of blocking the driveways of private homes- this is prohibited. The RMPD will enforce parking restrictions. Parents are urged to adhere. There is also street parking or you may use the Jewel lot.
Walking to School/Crossing Guards: If your child walks to school, we have adult crossing guards that are provided by the Rolling Meadows Police Department. Please take advantage of these services at the following locations:
- Kirchoff and Meadow
- School Street and Meadow
- Campbell and Meadow
News from Nurse Opper
We are excited to introduce our new nurse, Sarah Opper who comes with great nursing experience and is a proud parent of District 15 children.
Please kindly drop off any needed forms and medications to our Nurse's Office any time between now and August 17th. Please take a moment to review the important medical information below. We look forward to a healthy and happy school year!
All students new to District 15 will require a current physical exam with all immunizations up to date (Certificate of Child Health Examination), and students new to the State of Illinois will require an eye examination. This form is available in the school office, online, and here: State of Illinois Eye Examination Report.
All students should provide proof of immunizations by October 15, 2022 or the student will be excluded from school. The list of current immunizations can be found on the district website here: IDPH Health Requirements.
Students with health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy/seizures, severe allergies, and diabetes require the emergency action plan completed by their physician along with the Medication Administration Forms, signed by the physician and parent, for any medications required at school. Please bring these forms and medications on or before the first day of school. These forms are available in the school office, online, and here.
Diabetic Medical Management Plans must be brought in along with medication and supplies prior to or on the first day of school in order for the student to attend. If your child requires any of these health documents and you have not done so already, please kindly make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the above requirements, you may contact our school office.
Breakfast & Lunch Information
Both breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students who would like to eat the food served each day. Students at Kimball Hill are offered FREE breakfast and lunch daily starting the first day of school as part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, funded by the federal government. Students may bring a lunch from home if they prefer to do so.
What does this mean for families attending the CEP school like Kimball Hill?
Again, all enrolled students will receive a free breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household. Your child(ren) will be able to participate without having to pay a fee, but we ask that you still complete the Fee Waiver form here (Spanish form) to determine if your family qualifies for other financial assistance such as school fees, athletic, and activity fee waivers. Again, completing the application is still necessary for other programs and assists with funding for educational programs in District 15.
Information from our Nutritional Services Department may be found HERE for your review.
We will be hosting our Parent Orientation Night on Thursday, August 24th. Our schedule for the evening is listed below. The times were revised. Teachers look forward to sharing learning plans and expectations for the school year. This is an informational evening for parents/guardians ONLY. Thank you for saving the date!
5:30-6:15 pm-Grades K-2
6:15-7:00 pm-Grades 3-6
Our PTA is already hard at work! Click on the PDF attachment below to see the exciting things happening. The PTA is planning on bringing back popular events like the Back to School Bash, Trunk or Treat, and the Talent Show, but we need your partnership to be successful! Please consider becoming a member of the Kimball Hill PTA by visiting the link below. We invite you to attend meetings, join committees, and volunteer as little or as much as you wish! Big thanks to our PTA!
Click here to join:
We are a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) school and strive to be kind and respectful community members. We expect all students and staff to model exceptional behavior through our motto: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. We recognize and celebrate our students’ successes with demonstrating exceptional behavior in the following ways:
Students earn Paws when demonstrating behavior that goes above and beyond expectations.
Monthly, students will have an opportunity to trade in the PAWs at our school store for small trinket items and/or a variety of coupons of their choice (pajama day, lunch with the Principal, bring a stuffed animal to school etc).
Monthly school behavior goals are set.
If goals are met, the school earns a school-wide celebration, ideas generated by students.
Classrooms are recognized for outstanding behavior by Specials teachers and areas outside the classroom.
Goal setting and recognizing expected behavior helps us increase positive behavior and unity. I am proud to share during the 2022 -2023 school year, our monthly school goals were met every month! We look forward to the same level of success this year! To support this goal, please continue to help us talk with your child about ways to spread kindness and strategies to use when solving problems.