9 November 2023
Happy Friday Kipling Families,
This week has flown by, swiftly. Congratulations to all our 4th grade students for their music show performance last night. The students worked very hard on all the songs, instruments, and movements and they were having so much fun on stage. And judging by all the bopping, singing, and dancing I saw from the audience, I know all our families enjoyed it as well. Thank you to our 4th grade team and to Ms. Brynda for all of her incredible work with our students.
As a reminder, there is no school tomorrow in observance of Veterans' Day. I have several veterans in my family and I have grown up understanding the sacrifice and invaluable service they provide our country. Thank you to all who have served for providing us safety and security and for protecting all of our freedoms.
All my best to you and your families over the long weekend.
Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT
Kipling Elementary School
Please visit https://kiplingpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home for all things PTO. Please also note these important upcoming dates:
11/15-11/17: PTO Book Fair
12/1: PTO Meeting @ Kipling, 9:30-10:30 in the Lounge
Book Fair Next Week
We can't wait to see everyone at the book fair! Please sign up HERE if you are able to work a shift.
Please don't forget to order your Bagel Boxes for delivery next Sunday, November 19th from 8:00 to 9:00 am!!! The deadline to order is Thursday, November 16th. https://kiplingpto.membershiptoolkit.com/store/12804
Also, sign up to volunteer to deliver the boxes! https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C0B4BAEA92DA0F58-45900933-bagel
Picture Retake Day
Special Someone Day
Calling all grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers! Please join us on Thursday, November 16th or Friday, November 17th for an exciting day at Kipling Elementary School. Each student will be able to have a special visitor come to school to see what they are learning about and stop by our PTO Book Fair! Special Someone Day will look a little different this year:
-Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 4th Grade will have their day on Thursday November 16th
-1st Grade, 3rd Grade, and 5th Grade will have their day on Friday, November 17th.
-Limit 1 Special Someone per student due to space issues.
-Only Pre-registered Special Someones with a valid Driver’s License or State ID will be allowed into our school and you must scan your ID through our Visitor Management system before the time of the event.-Click here for more information and the sign up link!
Outdoor Recess Protocols
Please ensure your children have appropriate clothing, including coats, hats, gloves, boots, etc., for the temperature outside. Our outdoor recess protocols are as follows:
-We will be outside as long as it is not raining and the real-feel temperature is 15 degrees or above.
-Students cannot go into the snow unless they are wearing snow boots and snow pants.
-Snow cannot be thrown or kicked.
District 109 Communication
Preparing for Winter Weather
As we march closer to winter, we wanted to remind everyone of how we approach the process of determining whether school will be open and how we will communicate any changes with you. If school cannot physically be open, we will shift to an e-learning day.
When would school not be in person?
On www.dps109.org/badweather, you can review the process the Superintendent and district leaders undergo to determine if school will physically be open. There are multiple factors at play, including the timing and amount of precipitation, the temperature, wind chill, and road conditions. As stated above, the district would transition to an e-learning day.
When will we receive an initial notification?
We will closely monitor the forecast and send home devices the day before an expected weather event. A “heads up” email will be sent to staff and families the day prior and every effort will be made to send out this “heads up” as early as possible in the day to allow teachers to prepare and devices to be charged.
When is a final decision made and how will we be notified?
Every effort will be made to make a decision by 5:30 a.m. Families & staff will receive a text and email immediately from the district, along with a follow-up robocall.
How will my student know what to do on an e-learning day?
Your building principal will send school-specific information via email on the day of. Students will meet with their teachers using Google Meet. Links to join will be made available in the principal email, Seesaw, and/or Google Classroom.
Please reach out to me or your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
Deerfield Park District and Community News
Park District Before and After Care and Enrichment Classes
The Deerfield Park District holds after-school enrichment programs in our school. The winter program brochure is now available if you click below. Resident registration begins on December 4th, while non-resident registration begins on December 6th. All questions should be directed to the park district (847-945-0650).
If you have any questions, please contact the park district directly as they run the programs.
Upcoming Important Dates
-Fri 11/10: No School - Veterans’ Day
-Tues 11/14: Picture Retake Day
-Wed 11/15-Fri 11/17 - PTO Book Fair
-Thurs 11/16: Special Someone Day for K, 2nd, and 4th Grade
-Fri 11/17: Special Someone Day for 1st, 3rd, and 5th Grade
-Wed 11/22-Fri 11/24: No School - Happy Thanksgiving!
-Fri 12/1: Kipling PTO Meeting, 9:30am in the Staff Lounge
-Tues 12/12: Band Concert @ Shepard, 6:30-7:30pm
-Wed 12/13: 3rd Grade Music Show, 5:30-6pm
-Thurs 12/14: Board of Education Meeting - District Office, 7pm
-Mon 12/18: Choir Concert @ Shepard, 6-7pm
-Thurs 12/21 - Sun 1/7: No School - Winter Break
-Mon 1/8: No School - Teacher Institute Day
-Tues 1/9: Classes Resume