Hornet Happenings

Milne-Kelvin Grove School District 91 May/June 2022

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Highlighted Dates to Remember

Third Grade Step Up Day @ KG: Monday, May 9

Board of Education Meeting (7 p.m.): Tuesday, May 10

3rd Grade Recorder Concert @ MG: Thursday, May 12, 2 p.m.

Spring Concert @ KG: Monday, May 16, 7 p.m.

Family Dance Night @ MG: Wednesday, May 18

Prospective Student Kindergarten Visitation @ MG: MG: Wednesday, May 18

Awards Night Ceremony @ KG: Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Early Learners Field Day @ MG: Friday, May 20

8th Grade Social @ KG: Friday, May 20, 6 p.m.

Kelvin Grove Field Day: Monday, May 23

Milne Grove Field Day: Tuesday, May 24

Graduation Dance @ KG: Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.

8th Grade Graduation @ LTHS - East Campus: Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m.

Last Day of School, Early Dismissal (11:30 a.m.): Thursday, May 26

3rd Graders Night Out @ MG: Thursday, May 26

Teacher Institute (No School): Friday, May 27

Memorial Day (No School): Monday, May 30

A Note to our Parents

Dear D91 Parents,

It is wonderful to be entering our last month of a full in person year of school! At this time last year, our hope was to accomplish a more typical school year and we are proud to say that we met our goal. There is truly so much to be grateful for as we reflect on our collective accomplishments. Over this next month, we will be celebrating our students with many of our favorite events. We hope that you will join us in congratulating all of our students, but especially our 8th grade graduates for a job well done. Although there have been many new things to learn and adapt to, our students have done so with enthusiasm and grace.

The administrative team is gearing up to plan the 22-23 school year in earnest! You can help us by registering your returning student BEFORE school lets out for summer. Your family does not have to submit payment until you are ready, but we implore you to consider submitting your online registration and residency forms in May. This will help us tremendously as we finalize class lists and ensure staffing for next year.

Thank you,

Mr. John Jennings, Principal


815-838-0737 x1105

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal


815-838-0542 x2104

22-23 Registration

Returning Student Registration (May 2 - June 1):

During April 2022, current families will be asked to indicate if they are returning to D91, transferring out of the district, or uncertain about their plans for 22-23. Returning student registration will open May 2nd and extend through June 1st. Families that complete their registration and pay in full or begin a payment plan will enjoy the early bird registration rate.

Regular Registration (Returning & New Students, June 2 - July20):

On June 2nd, the regular registration window will open, ending on July 20th. Families that need in person service and registration assistance are invited to attend one of the two drop in dates, June 8th (at KG) & July 20th (at MG) between 3-6pm. The registrar will be on hand to answer questions about residency documents and receive forms. Devices will also be available for those who do not have access to technology. Families may also request a 1:1 registration appointment by emailing cdragosh@d91.net. Having accurate registration numbers as early as possible is essential to assigning classroom placements and finalizing staffing assignments; your cooperation in registering in a timely manner is appreciated.

Late Registration (July 21 & beyond):

Late registration begins on July 21st. Students registering during this timeframe may not receive their schedule/class assignment on time.

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Notes from the Health Office

May Is National Water Safety Month!

The weather is changing and soon we will be able to enjoy as much time in the water as possible! Could there be a better month to inform our community about this topic?! Swimming is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Not only does it provide time to socialize and cool off on those hot (and sometimes humid) days, but it also is a great source of low-impact exercise. Swimming isn’t the only outdoor activity that requires water safety. Boating, fishing, and water sports also bring along accidents.

The best thing you can do to stay safe in and around water is to learn how to swim. Find a swim class to join in. Weekly lessons will do wonders for a child who is uncomfortable in the water. Not only will they gain the skills necessary to swim, but you will get to watch as their confidence develops! Local aquatic centers also offer Jump Start clinics and Swimming Technique classes which allow children to improve their swimming skills.

If you or your child is inexperienced or a weak swimmer, wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket to stay afloat. Also swim in an area where a lifeguard is present.

Parents and caregivers should have the knowledge to handle water emergencies. It only takes a moment for drowning to occur. CPR and first-aid are a good place to start. To find a CPR class, contact your local fire department or check the American Heart Association.

Click on the link below to access the American Red Cross’s informative section on what to do in water emergencies. This section consists of topics to choose and gain knowledge on.

If someone is in trouble in the water, do not go in, instead throw them the life preserver!

Remember to never leave children unattended and that you shouldn’t swim alone, either!

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PTO News

Mangia Pizza Night is Coming!

Our Mangia Pizza Night Fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, May 18. A portion of sales will be donated to our PTO to fund programming, supplies, and services for your child's classroom!

Please continue to support the ongoing fundraisers sponsored by the D91 PTO!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

Email d91.pto.info@gmail.com with questions!


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The Kelvin Grove Learning Resource Center has one simple summer message for D91 students: READ!

Reading just four books during the summertime break can help prevent “summer slide”, a term that describes how kids can lose educational ground because, “they may not be as stimulated as they are during the school year. “ According to the children’s literacy organization Reading is Fundamental (RIF), experts have found that “children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward.” Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning: “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year.... It's common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills.”

The Statistics Are In:

  • Students can lose up to 25 percent of their reading level over the summer.
  • Students can lose up to three months of their education over the summer.
  • This loss is cumulative – so by the time a student enters high school or middle school, he or she could be years behind grade-level standards.
  • The rule of thumb is to read a minimum of FOUR BOOKS OVER SUMMER BREAK!

KG's LRC will be open on select days over the summer for students to DROP IN and check out books to bring home. "Cozy Corners" will be open in the LRC for safe, comfy reading spots for KG students. Open MakerSpace will be available as well as Make It / Take It Crafts Centers.


Digital books are available 24/7 through the #KGLRC WEBSITE.

Visit us at kgcyberlibrary.weebly.com for details and updated summer information.

Questions? Email sbruemmer@d91.net

Mrs. Bruemmer, LRC Coordinator/District 91 Webmaster

Milne-Kelvin Grove District 91


Exploring SEL with Mrs. Reynolds

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During SEL time in May we will talk about perseverance. Many famous people have worked through struggles to succeed. I think most of us are happy that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford persisted through failure to achieve their goals. For that matter, I’m happy that Dr. Seuss, Colonel Sanders, and Michael Jordan didn’t give up either. Whether or not we continue when tasks are difficult is rooted in our mindsets. If we have an underlying belief that in the end we will be successful, we can push through. So it’s important that we, as the adults, use words now that encourage our young children. What we say becomes their inner dialogue. So encourage your children to keep trying and make it a habit to say these types of phrases:

“Mistakes are expected, it’s how we learn.”

“Everything is difficult before it gets easy!”

“We can do hard things!”

“You’ve got this and I’ve got you!”

Please take time this summer to be together as a family. Nothing builds good relationships better than time together. Use that time to model good listening to your children. Make eye contact and let them explain their ideas, thoughts, and feelings to you. You want your children to fully receive your attention. Watch movies and read books together and talk about the emotions the characters experience; “What did the character feel?” “How could you tell?” Your children learn so much from you! You provide them with connection and love. Your family is your child’s place of belonging. Enjoy spending time together this summer! Please do something that makes you smile everyday!

~Mrs. Reynolds

Ext. 2103, mreynolds@d91.net

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Kelvin Grove - 4th - 8th Grade

Chloe O.

Seventh Grade

Ian C.

Seventh Grade

Samantha M.

Eighth Grade

Graysen R.

Eighth Grade
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Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible; If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids, then substitute teaching at Milne or Kelvin Grove is what you have been looking for! Contact Athena Dingels for details (must possess a bachelor's degree and be willing to obtain the sub teacher credential through ISBE). adingels@d91.net