A Note From the Principal
Dear KG Parents,
My April newsletter a year ago was the first in which COVID-19 was mentioned. All of our families were told to stay at home at that time to reduce the spread, except those workers which were deemed essential. Many things have changed since that newsletter, but most importantly a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel has started to emerge. The return of athletics in February, extra-curricular clubs in March, and now the combining of hybrid groups into the classroom in April are all signs that more ‘normal’ times are in our future.
Spring is our traditional time frame for state testing which is another normal occurrence for this year. We have released the testing schedules for our blended and remote learners via ParentSquare. Please refer to the post for details:https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/6899963
We are excited to measure the academic progress our students have made this school year. Due to the required assessment times for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA), we will not be administering our local assessment, MAP, in the spring.
We have begun the planning process for our 8th grade graduation and end of the year events. The 8th grade graduation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 2nd at the LTHS East Campus Auditorium. The format of the ceremony still needs to be determined and will depend on more guidance within the allowable space on the stage for our nearly seventy graduates this year. The district is still planning some fun activities for the students that can fit into the 3-6 feet of social distance that remains essential to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will be releasing the dates of all of the end of the year events later in the month.
The staff and I are excited to have nearly a full school again. While some students are still unable to join classes in-person, the continued movement toward what we all remember school to be is a great sign of our recovery from the pandemic. Having more kids in the classrooms will provide a richer and fuller school experience for both students and staff. Concerns for the well-being, both physically and mentally, of our Hornet family will also continue to be a priority moving forward. Together our community will persevere through this most unusual and difficult school year and learn to appreciate the smaller things we’ve taken for granted in the past. Wishing everyone continued health and happiness during spring break and beyond.
Grades 4-8 will be testing at the same time during the school day in the afternoons.
Math Sessions: 1:15-2:15 pm
ELA Sessions: 1:15-2:45 pm
*5th PE 2:30-3:00 on April 13 & 15, 12:30-1:00 on April 16, 19, 20
**4th/5th ELA, including Acc ELA, will be moved to 12:20-1:00 on April 8, 9, 13, 15
Dates for Testing In-Person Students:
April 8-Math Session 1-Green students
April 9-Math Session 1-Gold students
April 13-Math Session 2
April 15-Math Session 3
April 16-ELA Session 1
April 19-ELA Session 2
April 20-ELA Session 3
8:30-Arrival of remote students
11:30-Students released for lunch
12:30-1:00-Homeroom/Office Hour for In-person students
Dates for Testing Remote Students:
April 7-Math session 1/ELA session 1
April 14-Math session 2/ELA session 2
April 21-Math session 3/ELA session 3/ISA session 1 (5th & 8th grades only)
Grades 4th, 6th &7th will be released at 10:30 am
Grades 5th & 8th will stay for a 40 min ISA test. Students will be released at 11:30 am
April 28-ISA session 2/ISA session 3 (5th & 8th only)
Students will be released at 10:30 am
May 5 & 12-IAR/ISA make-up sessions
Registration for School Year 2021-2022!
KINDERGARTEN- We have opened the portal to get our incoming Kindergarten students registered for next school year. Email and Parent Square information went out in March. If you have a child eligible to start Kindergarten in the fall, please complete your registration ASAP! If you did not see your email, please contact email@example.com
RETURNING STUDENTS- We anticipate the registration portal for students returning to the District in the fall to be open on April 15, 2021. Watch for your Parent Square notification or post for registration information. All returning families must provide updated residency documentation during the registration process in addition to completing the online update through Infinite Campus. In order to plan class sizes for the fall, we request returning registrations be completed by June 4, 2021.
If you know your child will not be returning to District 91 in the fall, please contact the Student Data Specialists at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to complete your withdrawal paperwork.
Spring is in the Air!
Spring is the time of year that we normally think of when it comes to seasonal allergies. As all the trees and plants start to bloom and the pollen gets airborne, allergy sufferers begin their yearly ritual of sneezing and sniffling.
The most common spring allergy trigger is pollen. When pollen, or any other allergen, enters the nose of someone who is allergic--they send the immune system into overdrive. The immune system sees the pollen as a foreign invader and releases antibodies—substances that normally identify and attack bacteria, viruses, and other illness-causing organisms. The antibodies attack the allergens, which leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms associated with allergies.
Here are some tips to help with the spring allergy season:
● Avoid your allergy trigger as much as possible
● Do a thorough spring cleaning
● Minimize outdoor activity when pollen counts are high (peak pollen times are usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
● Take medications at least 30 minutes prior to outdoor activity
● Shut windows in your house on days with high pollen counts
● Wash bedding weekly in hot water
● Shower and wash hair before bedtime
● Keep pets off furniture and bedding (pollen can cling to pet after being outside)
This past year has been challenging for all of us due to covid and just the normal stresses of everyday life, so the SEL team wanted to give you some self-care tips to help get you through the rest of the school year. Self-care is essential because it allows us to help ourselves and others. Self-care can help improve immunity, anxiety, depression, and positive thinking. It’s necessary that we remind ourselves that our needs are essential.
5 Self Care Tips for Parents
1. Take a walk with the family outdoors. You can go to a nearby trail, on the streets, or at a nearby park if the weather is nice.
2. Watch the sunrise or sunset or something else you appreciate in nature. Taking time to appreciate the beauty of nature can improve your mood.
3. Pull out a cookbook or go online for a new recipe you’ve never made for dinner. This could be a fun new activity to try and could be a new meal that your family could enjoy.
4. Send an encouraging email or text message to a relative. Staying in touch with your parents, siblings, or other relatives is important get through these trying times
5. Spend a day decluttering or cleaning up a room that needs attention. Getting a task like this done can give you a sense of accomplishment and feelings of productivity.
5 Self Care Tips for Students
1. Start a journal, pick a new subject to write about for each entry such as things you are grateful for, how your day was at school, or things that made you proud of being happy the past week.
2. Take an entire day away from all forms of social media. Use this time to take a break from the drama and stresses of being online and take some time to focus on yourself.
3. Write down a playlist of your favorite songs from the past years and listen to it. This can help you remember the good times you’ve had in years prior.
4. Try a five or ten minute guided meditation before or after school. This can help you have a clear state of mind when you’re going into classes or starting homework.
5. Write down a positive self-affirmation and practice saying it throughout the day when feeling overwhelmed. This has been shown to improve mood and maintain a positive mindset.
Fourth Grade April Newsletter
Students have been reading the novel Tuck Everlasting.
They have also been learning vocabulary using the Word Wisdom series and have been applying spelling words in context.
Students have been learning about fractions.
Please work with your child on fact fluency.
Students can use the think central online component of the Go Math Series to practice concepts learned.
Students have been learning about the Earth’s processes and resources.
Students have been learning about the Southeast region of the United States.
Please make sure your child is bringing in all necessary materials, including, but not limited to, pencil case, earbuds/headphones, and charged chromebook.
In math students have been working on multiplying and dividing fractions. Please continue to practice basic math facts with your child. In social studies students are learning about the 13 original colonies. In science students are learning about gravity. In reading we are studying vocabulary in our sadlier books.
Please check infinite campus weekly for updated grades. Students should be bringing headphones and charged chromebooks to school daily.
4th & 5th Grade Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics
Digital Citizenship Family Activity
KG Physical Education
4th-5th Grade PE
Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Clark
First off, we would like to say how proud we are of our students for adapting to e-learning PE class. We had noticed our students working hard, participating in practice fitness testing, and creating their own work-outs. Thank you so much for your support and continued effort to stay active! :) When we get back in April, we will be doing our Spring fitness testing, then moving on to our track and field unit. Again, GREAT WORK HORNETS!
Lockport Area Special Education Cooperative
All of the students are continuing to strengthen their skills in language arts and math. Please continue to have your child read for 20 minutes every night and study vocabulary words. In social studies we are learning about the human geography of the United States. In science we are learning about weather and climate. Just a reminder that my office hours are daily from 2:30-3:00pm. I will be on my google meet during that time if you need to speak with me.
Mr. Whitcomb’s Opening Message SPRINGING INTO IN-PERSON LEARNING!
Spring has arrived! What a unique, yet exciting school year it has been! It has been a great honor to serve in tandem with our stakeholders as the LASEC Academy Case Manager, Teacher and Learning Behavior Specialist. Collaboratively, our students have made tremendous strides this school year. From academic growth and achievement; substantial AIMSWeb benchmarking growth; and, step system climbs, there is so much to be celebrated and proud of. As our future leaders have been challenged with navigating such a different academic year, they have risen to the challenge and excelled in all aspects, ensuring whole child growth and achievement.
As we move ahead into April, and with the vaccine distribution being delivered at a steadfast pace (in tandem with decreased positivity rates), it has been wonderful having our students back in the building. To hear students socializing, collaborating, laughing, and participating within our daily lessons has been remarkable. I commend all our students for the level of respect, dedication, and kindness they continue to demonstrate. Every single student has gone above and beyond. Way to go, learners!
In these last two remaining months of the 2020-2021 school year, our team in LASEC Academy will remain committed to providing exceptional learning opportunities to close out this school year on a continued, positive trajectory. I thank you for your continued partnership as we unlock continued greatness in teaching and learning excellence!
Partners in education,
LASEC Academy Teaching and Learning Highlights…
In Mathematics, students have been working on Module 12 of GoMath, which involves experimental and theoretical probability and simulations. In Science, we are currently learning about Newton’s Laws. We are also studying the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through a research project that explores the careers and background of each category. All units provided are aligned specifically to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
In Language Arts, we have been focusing on grammar and writing. We have also been busy reading the novel "Goodbye Stranger," by Rebecca Stead, reviewing key vocabulary terms as we progress through the story. Students will be taking an assessment on the novel in the coming weeks. In addition to our whole group reading, students have also been assigned an Independent Reading Project, using the popular online platform, Epic. Those forms have been sent home with all families. If students prefer a book from the library or from home, they may also choose a book that way, as well. In Social Studies, we are currently concluding our lesson on Ancient History and will be learning more about the Industrial Revolution. There are many great activities packed into this unit.
For our rotating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) block, we will be diving deeper the principles of teamwork and decision-making. Part of the teamwork process will continue to be established through our team sports unit. I am also ecstatic to announce that starting in April, our rotating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) block, will be engaging in an in-house “elective” course on coding and robotics. Together, we will be programming the Edison robot. This process will involve specific coding to get the robot to navigate through mazes; go forwards, backwards, right, and left; create various pathways; make beeps and sounds; and, much more. You can learn more about the Edison curriculum by visiting www.meetedison.com.
DAILY SELF-CERTIFICATION, VIA PARENT SQUARE
As a friendly reminder, on each day of in-person attendance, families will need to complete the "Self-Certification" form, via Parent Square. The screener is available between the hours of 7:00 pm (the night prior) to 7:30 am (on the day of attendance). Families do not need to complete this step on remote learning days.
Please remember to have students bring their Chromebooks to school each day, charged. Should the Chromebook need to be charged, we do have a limited number of outlets that learners can use.
Thank you for continued support! I am truly amazed at the dedication that our families have demonstrated this school year to make it a success.
Academy Quote of the Month
Junior High CAD
We are so excited that the weather is warming up so mask breaks can be outside! We have read some plays, where we all have to take turns. Some are also reading stories about the old west. It is hard to imagine a time before cars, trains, and stores! We are practicing money and time skills, along with adding, subtracting and multiplying. We finished our body unit: respiratory system, nervous system, and circulatory system. For geography, we are traveling around the United States, learning about places to visit.
Trimester 3 Midterms are April 23rd. April is our month to complete the mandatory state testing, otherwise known as the IAR Test. Please make sure students are receiving a good night’s sleep and are eating breakfast and lunch to ensure they are ready to take the tests. This year, the testing will be in the afternoon. Students will receive a schedule with dates and times and one will be sent home in a weekly email. For curriculum updates, please make sure you are receiving the weekly emails from the sixth-grade team. This will provide dates for tests and quizzes as well as important announcements for parents. Additional information can also be found on the teacher websites.
We will be finishing up our algebra unit and moving into geometry. We will be focusing on circumference, area, and volume in module 9. This is composed of five sections so it is generally a longer lesson, so it will likely take us into late April, possibly early May with IAR coming up.
Enriched Math (Burdette’s Homeroom): We will finish up module 9 upon returning from spring break and move on to statistics. Students do not have much background knowledge in statistics aside from measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode). This is the first time they will start digging deeper into statistics and probability.
We will continue to work on and finish up with our novel I Will Always Write Back. We’ve been reading and answering questions along with annotating as we go along. We will begin The Giver later in Trimester 3.
IXL has been a useful tool in practicing our grammar skills, we are continuing to work on more complex diagramming sentences. Students will begin working on a research paper, we will work through each step together but each student will turn in their own research.
We are saying goodbye to our unit on Cells, Bodies & Systems and moving on to Plants & Animals just in time for springtime. We will begin to explore how plants & animals reproduce. We will look at the different ways plants & animals increase their odds of reproduction & overall survival of the species.
Students will learn how the country was created west of the Mississippi River, states form, people continue to explore, settle and create lives for themselves. This leads to a time of inventions which results in attitudes of nationalism and sectionalism within the country. Eventually these culminate in dividing the country and the Civil War.
April 2021 - Newsletter
Eighth Grade Team
Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop: https://www.sadlierconnect.com/@1952592
The 8th graders completed reading “Flowers for Algernon” and the discussions that occurred while we were reading were very insightful and interesting. It is great to see so many of the students engaged with the stories we are reading. We are currently reading the play “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
Vocabulary study continues with the online Sadlier Connect program.
SOCIAL STUDIES - Discovery Education
Online Textbook: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/
Techbook - Civil War to Present
Students will explore multiple causes and impacts of WWI and the events leading up to WW2.
Online Textbook:http://stemscopes.com/ (login with school email and password)
The students have started a new unit. Earth’s Materials, Systems and Natural Hazards. We will be exploring the Rock Cycle, Weathering and Erosion, Geoscience Processes, and Natural Hazards that affect our planet.
Online Textbook:https://my.hrw.com/ (login with school email and password)
Students will start the month with a new unit in the Go Math Grade 8 Series, Unit 5: Measurement Geometry. Students will have quizzes throughout the unit, with one test at the end. Daily homework will be posted on the Google Classroom.
6th, 7th & 8th Grade Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics
4th-8th Grade PE Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Clark
First off, we would like to say how proud we are of our students for adapting to remote PE class and for the efforts made for our in-person students to stay socially distanced during our activities!! Thank you so much for your support and continued effort to stay active! When we get back from spring break in April, we will be doing our Spring fitness testing, then moving on to our track and field unit. Again, GREAT WORK HORNETS!
HAPPENINGS VIRTUALLY AND IN-PERSON FROM THE BAND ROOM:
We are continuing to focus on solos and ensembles in Intermediate and Concert Band! Some groups are getting close to being able to record their performance. The goal is by the end of April to have every recorded and then I can start the process of putting the virtual recital together. We also continue to work on rhythmic independence, instrumental fundamentals, music theory, and individual growth. Students should be practicing at least 30 minutes 4 times a week. Musical success this year will come from attending lessons and individual practice.
Each week students need to complete the following for Concert Band and Intermediate Band:
Practice their instrument - recommended at least 4 times each week
Complete Practice Log and Lesson Assignment
Complete Google Classroom Assignment - remember that we are continuing our Composition and Performance Project and units must be completed on time.
I try to update Infinite Campus at least once a week, so please check there for missing or low scoring assignments.
Just a couple of reminders for those coming to school for lessons:
Make sure to bring your instrument, book(s), and binder for each lesson as I am unable to supply resources this year.
Don’t forget to bring your bell cover (oboe, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones), as the students cannot play without them. These covers should be washed each week between lessons.
Beginning Band will be starting with instruments the first week in April! I can’t wait to hear those wonderful beginning band sounds!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel to contact Mrs. Plagman at (815)838-0737x1139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KG Music News
D91 Families: Making Music Together.
Check Music Web Pages for links to songs to sing and play together.
Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director Email: email@example.com PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140
Choir has started with a GREAT group of students!
Choir is not only singing a variety of music including pop songs, but playing Orff instruments, marimba and World Music Drumming. Choir is rockin’ every Tuesday having lots of fun singing, making music and moving with choreography.
Grades 4-8 Music Classes - Trimester
CONTINUED REQUEST: when contacting me, please include student’s first and last name, grade, and homeroom teacher. Thank you.
PARENTS: It is so important that you see that your child participates when in person at school or remotely during their assigned music class time AND that they keep their cameras ON with microphones muted during class. PLUS, make SURE they complete work on time. Check your child’s email, Google Classroom for comments/ some grades and Music Maestro/Harmonic Vision MM for LESSONS & GAME grades.
1 - Answer one WEEKLY Google Classwork check-in question by the end of the first class they have that week. That grade will be averaged at the end of the Trimester. Students have only one day to make up late work. After that all missing work will be a zero and can’t be made up.
2 - Complete the assigned LESSON & GAME in Harmonic Vision - Music Maestro - referred to as MM
3 - Will be creating original music compositions using Noteflight software later this month
The Art Update
For the next month, fourth and fifth grade artists will look at one historical or influential artist a week. We will discuss what we see and create an original composition inspired by the elements we notice. Romero Britto will start us off with his fun, colorful compositions with bold black outlines of everyday objects. Remember, there are no wrong answers in art - just have fun, try hard, and enjoy the hands-on discovery!
Our third trimester junior high students will begin with several introductory projects and activities. Students will design sketchbooks and their digital portfolios to showcase their progression throughout the trimester.
Thank you for your continued interest and support! Enjoy the warm weather in the days ahead!
JOIN US AS WE READ-AROUND-THE-WORLD! April 2021
Mrs. Bruemmer, LRC Coordinator / District 91 Webmaster
KGLRC Wednesday Google Meet Schedule:
April #KGLRC Student Feature: National Poetry Month!
POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY
The Word Collector
and soooooooooooo much more!
Visit us online at kgcyberlibrary.weebly.com
Students can fill out a BookHub order form and
the LRC will deliver to the classroom or curbside.