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5 May 2023

Happy Friday Kipling Families,

Music is in the air at Kipling! Our Kindergarten students finally had their moment to shine. They have watched five other music show assemblies this year and they have been asking and asking when it would be their turn. I am very proud of all their hard work and they put on a great show both during the day and for all their family members in the evening. Keeping with the musical theme, our 4th grade had the great opportunity to visit an opera performance yesterday at the College of Lake County. Our 4th and 5th grade Choir had an outstanding performance on Tuesday. And next week our Band and Orchestra students will be performing in their culminating show on Thursday.

I would like to thank our talented Music staff: Ms. Brynda, Mr. Schwartz, Ms. Arbetter, and Mr. Friel for working with our young musicians and motivating them to be their best. Our students continue to achieve and perform both in and out of the classroom as all their efforts from an entire school year are coming into focus. May is a very exciting and busy time for all our students, staff, and families. Thank you for your continued support as we work toward a successful close to our school year.

All my best to you and your families over the weekend!


Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT


Kipling Elementary School

Kipling PTO

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

Dental Forms Due Soon for all Kindergarten and 2nd Grade Students

Dental forms for all Kindy and 2nd-grade students are due by May 15, 2023. Exams must have been performed within 18 months of the May 15th deadline. Please submit completed forms to Mrs. Szabo at If you have any questions or updates, please reach out and let her know.

Student Leadership Team - Pajama Program 5/15-5/19

Our Student Leadership Philanthropy Team will be having a pajama and book drive the week of May 15th. Please see this link for all the info. Thank you for supporting our Student Leadership teams!

Spirit Week 5/15-5/19

Please share this spirit week flyer with your students and staff about our upcoming Spirit Week. Thank you, Ms. Foran, for getting this week organized for us!

Band and Orchestra Virtual Open House for 3rd Grade Families - Monday 5/15/23

Hello, 3rd grade families!

Over the past few weeks, your child has had the opportunity to learn all about an exciting opportunity available to them in 4th grade - joining our band and orchestra family! They have seen performances from our middle school band and orchestra ensembles and met with instrumental music staff and student ambassadors to hear and learn about each instrument available for them to try out and select this spring. We encourage all families to talk about this opportunity with their third grader and to check out our instrumental music website to learn more about each instrument and watch past performances of our programs.

Additionally, all third grade families are invited to attend our virtual instrumental music open house on Monday, May 15th at 6:30 PM. During the webinar, we will discuss all facets of the band and orchestra program (which your child will register for this May), and there will also be time for us to answer many of the questions you have. Your child is welcome to attend the webinar as well, as we will have a number of performances by members of the middle school band and orchestra.

Please save this Zoom link to access the webinar! If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and made available for viewing the following day. Please direct any questions you may have to and one of our directors will be in touch.

We hope to see you there!
The DPS 109 Instrumental Music Team

K-2 Art Show

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A Day to be Brave Virtual Author Visit

We are excited to announce that A Day to be Brave, author event is coming VIRTUALLY to Kipling Elementary on May 19, 2023!

A Day to be Brave author event is based on the inspiring and empowering children’s book The Bravest Worrier, written and illustrated by Angelique Monet. During each 45-minute presentation, Angelique Monet inspires audiences through her captivating storytelling, magical props, behind-the-scenes tour, and The Bravest Worrier’s innovative free companion augmented reality app.

Often described as a TedTalk for children with Harry Potter and Disney magic, A Day to be Brave provides children with a roadmap to success including:

  • Tools to build self-worth, self-love, and self-respect

  • Preparedness to recognize their strengths and ask for help

  • Means to cultivate their natural gifts and those they gain through education

  • Understanding that courage and fear exist together and their dynamic interaction

  • allows for growth and change

To see a sneak peek of A Day to be Brave, please view the event trailer.

5th Grade Parents Save the Dates

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District 109 Communication

Watch Last Night’s PPS 109 Parenting Webinar: “Understanding Children’s Hardest Moments”

This session focused on the following topics:

  • Seeing challenging behavior through the lens of emotional regulation.

  • Seeing mis-behavior as stress-behavior

  • Helping children develop self-regulation skills

  • Every hard moment is a teaching opportunity

You can find recordings for other PPS 109 sessions by clicking below:

Additional topics for the subsequent events will include:

  • The Basics of Childhood Resilience (5/11)

  • Collaborative Problem Solving (5/18)

Please click here to access the zoom link for all of the events. Each webinar will begin at 7 p.m. No sign-up is required ahead of time, and the sessions will be recorded and available on the DPS109 website following the event.

PPS 109 Parent/Guardian Webinar: "Understanding Children's Hardest Moments"
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Staff Appreciation Week: Give A Shoutout!

May 8-12 is Staff Appreciation Week at DPS 109. We have a truly talented staff that cares deeply about the children of this community. Let them know how much they mean to you by adding to our digital shoutout wall! It can be some nice words, a picture, a drawing…whatever you see fit! The shoutouts will be on the front page of the district website all next week!


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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

          • May 8th-12th - Teacher Appreciation Week!

          • May 11th - Elementary Band and Orchestra Performance @ Shepard, 6pm

          • May 14th - HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY!

          • May 18th - K-2 Art Show @ Kipling, 5-6pm

          • May 25th - Regular Board of Education Meeting @ District Office, 7pm

          • May 29th - No School, Memorial Day

          • May 30th - Kipling Field Day!

          • June 2nd - PTO Meeting @ Kipling, 9:30am

          • June 2nd - 5th Grade Picnic during their lunch/recess time

          • June 5th - 5th Grade Visit to Tour Shepard Middle School

          • June 7th - 5th Grade Send-Off Breakfast @ Kipling, 7:30am-8:30am

          • June 7th - Final Day of School, 1/2 Day, 11:40am Dismissal