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20 January 2023

Happy Friday Kipling Families,

If you have an incoming Kindergartener (or a new to Kipling 1st-5th grader) for the 2023-2024 school year it is important that you complete the registration process as soon as possible. The first step is to complete the online application. Click here to access the online forms. Please share this information with friends and neighbors. It is important that all incoming students register as soon as possible as our staffing decisions are based on the number of fully registered students.

Please note that only those students who are fully registered will receive an invitation for our spring Kindergarten Round-Up.

Active K-5 students currently enrolled are NOT required to re-register annually. However, all Early Learners Pre-K students ARE required to register for Kindergarten.

We will hold a district-wide drop-in kindergarten registration (and new 1st-8th graders) at the District Office (517 Deerfield Road) on:

  • Thursday, February 2nd: 12-6pm

  • Friday, February 3rd: 7:30am - 2:30pm

After completing the online application, you will need to provide all required documents (listed on the registration website). Please reach out to our registrar, Rosa Castillo ( with any questions.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy weekend!


Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT


Kipling Elementary School

3rd-5th Grade Girls on the Run

If you are interested in your 3rd-5th grade daughter participating in Girls on the Run, please see the attached flyer and make sure to return it to school by 1/25!

3rd-5th Grade Art Show

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Panorama SEL Survey

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important at Kipling. As a part of the learning process, we will be asking our students to reflect on their own SEL mindsets via an online survey. The survey will be administered on February 3rd, and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. It asks students to self-reflect on their own grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness, and emotional regulation.

Individual student responses can provide the school and family with insight into what skills the child self-identifies as strengths and others they would like to develop. The overall data helps us identify priorities and provide targeted learning opportunities to address the SEL needs in our classrooms.

Similar to the survey given in grades 3-5, we have created a very short (8-question) survey to administer to Kindergarten through 2nd graders. This survey will collect information about Sense of Belonging and Engagement, and the results will help guide our improvement at the school level.

Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact me no later than 1/31/23.

Kipling PTO

-Please purchase your Kipling 2022/23 yearbook before the deadline of January 31st. Please place your order on our PTO website before it is too late!

-Calling all Kipling Families! The 2023 Kipling Skate Night will be on Sunday, February 5th from 4:30-6:30pm at the Northbrook Sports Center (1730 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook). ALL fees including admission and skate rental are sponsored by the Kipling PTO! Please see the attached flyer for more details. We hope to see you all there!

-Please sign up for your PTO Membership now! Click HERE to sign up if you have not already!

-Our next PTO meeting will be on Friday, February 10th at 9:30am in our Staff Lounge.

District 109 Communication

Kindergarten Registration For 2023-2024 is Now Open!

Have an incoming kindergartener (or know someone who does?) The registration process for the upcoming school year is now open and the earlier we know who is coming, the better we can plan! Just go to to learn how to begin the process. Please reach out to our registrar, Rosa Castillo ( with any questions.

Deerfield Park District and Community News

The Deerfield Park District runs all of our before and after school programs. Linked here is the brochure & information for sign up. Please contact the Park District, 847-945-0650, if you have questions.

Upcoming Important Dates

      • February 8th - 4th Grade Musical and Choir Concert - 5:30pm

      • February 10th - PTO Meeting - 9:30am, Staff Lounge

      • February 16th - Board of Education Meeting at District Office - 7pm

      • February 20th - No School - Presidents’ Day

      • February 21st - No School - Teacher Institute Day