Milne Grove Messenger

October 2019

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Highlighted Dates to Remember (see linked calendar for full schedule of events)

October 2nd: PTO Crafternoon 3:10-4:00pm Pre-Registration Required

October 4th:
PTO Affy Tapple Orders Due

October 14th: No School Columbus Day

October 15th: 9:30 Late Start

State Health Record Deadline--All Outstanding Health Docs Due to Nurse Before School

October 16th: Affy Tapple Pick Up at MG from 3:15-5:00pm

October 21st-25th: Red Ribbon /Character Counts Week --See The October Calendar For Special Days Celebrating This Week

October 21st-25th: Book Fair In The Kelvin Grove LRC--See Calendar For Times

October 25th: 11:30 Early Dismissal

PTO's Family Fun Event At Konows 3:00-7:00

October 31st: Halloween Parade AM Kindergarten At 10:00am. All Other Classes at 2:00pm.

Halloween Parties To Follow The Parade

First Grade Parent Lunch: 11:35-12:05

Breakfast Program Coming to D91!

District 91 is pleased to announce that breakfast service will begin at Kelvin Grove and Milne Grove on October 21st and continue through the end of the school year (no breakfast service on late start mornings). At Kelvin Grove, there will be two breakfast shifts; band students will eat from 7:10-7:30am (enter Door 10) and all others will dine from 8:00-8:20am (enter Door 2). At Milne Grove, there will be a single breakfast shift from 8:00-8:20am (enter Door G). Students who receive transportation services as a part of their IEP and order breakfast will receive breakfast based on their transportation schedule.


Orders to our supplier are always placed well in advance; if a student’s order is submitted past the due date, the student will experience a one week delay before food service will begin. Students may qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunches; all families who have not already done so are invited to complete a 2019-2020 Lunch Program Application through our registrar, Mrs. Krumlinde, at the district office. If your child(ren) are already on the approved free/reduced lunch list, you do not need to apply again. The parent’s contribution for reduced breakfast is .30 and reduced lunch is .40 each day.

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There is still time to sign up

Print the form above and bring it with you to sign up the morning of the race.

Employment Opportunities at District 91

Part-Time Assistant to the Lunch Program Manager Vacancy

Under the general direction and daily guidance of the Lunch Program Manager, the Lunch Cook/Server Assistant performs a variety of duties involved in the preparation, set-up and cooking of food. This position is expected to provide support and act as the back-up person in the absence of the Lunch Program Manager. This position will work from 7am until 1:30pm every day students are in session.

Illinois food sanitation certificate required for hire. Paid at a rate of $8.89 per hour.

To apply:
Please complete the non-certified application and send the completed application along with letter of interest and/or resume to

Jaime Koziol, Principal,

Milne Grove School
815-838-0542 x2104

Part-Time Math Intervention Aide Vacancy

Under the direction of licensed general education teachers, the math intervention aide assists one or more students with instructional activities, including one-on-one and small group instruction, and assessment in mathematics. This is a 20 hour per week position.

Illinois paraprofessional license required for hire. Paid at a rate $12 per hour.

To apply:
Please complete the certified application and send the completed application along with letter of interest and/or resume to

Jaime Koziol, Principal,

Milne Grove School
815-838-0542 x2104

Full Time Special Education 1:1 Aide Vacancy

Under the direction of a licensed elementary teacher, the 1:1 aide assists a student with instructional activities, supports small group instruction and assessment, and provides behavioral and academic supports designed by the classroom teacher. This position is staffed from 8:15am until 3:30am daily with a 30 minute lunch.

Illinois paraprofessional license required for hire. Paid at a rate of $11 per hour.

To apply:
Please complete the certified application and send the completed application along with letter of interest and/or resume to

Jaime Koziol, Principal,

Milne Grove School
815-838-0542 x2104

Anticipated Part-Time Special Education Classroom Aide Vacancy

Anticipated: December 2019:

Under the direction of a licensed special education teacher, the special education classroom aide assists one or more students with instructional activities, including one-on-one and small group instruction, and assessment in English language arts and mathematics. This position is staffed from 8:15am until 11:45am daily and provides additional supervision at recess from 11:45 until 12:05 daily.

Illinois paraprofessional license required for hire. Paid at a rate of $10 per hour.

To apply:
Please complete the certified application and send the completed application along with letter of interest and/or resume to

Jaime Koziol, Principal,

Milne Grove School
815-838-0542 x2104

Parent Square

Our School is using ParentSquare!

We are very excited for the new school year and we hope you are too! We want to share with you that this year we’ll be using ParentSquare for all school communication with parents/guardians. It will be the place where you receive all information relevant to your child. It’s the easiest way for you to see what’s going on at school and in the classroom. Better yet, should you need to contact us, you’ll be able to send a direct message from ParentSquare.

ParentSquare provides a simple and safe way for everyone at school to connect.

With ParentSquare you’ll be able to:

  • Receive all school and classroom communication via email, text or app
  • View and download photos
  • View the school and classroom calendar and RSVP for events
  • Easily sign up to volunteer and/or bring items

Activate your Account

The best way to use ParentSquare is by downloading the free mobile app for iOS or Android. You received an invitation via email. Simply click on the link to activate your account (it’ll take less than a minute). You can also use ParentSquare on any device.


  1. Activate Account – Click the link in your invitation email/text or sign up on or via the ParentSquare app.
  2. Download App – It’s easy to stay in the loop with the ParentSquare app. Download it now from the App store or Google Play.
  3. Set Preferences – Click your name in the top right to visit your account page and set your notification and language preferences.
  4. Get Photos & Files – Click ‘Photos & Files’ in sidebar to easily access pictures, forms and documents that have been shared with you.
  5. Appreciate Posts – Click ‘Appreciate’ in your email/ app or website to thank a teacher or staff for a post. Teachers love the appreciation.
  6. Comment or Reply – Click ‘Comment’ in app or website to privately ask a question about the post that your teacher or school sent.
  7. Participate – Click ‘Sign Ups & RSVPs’ in the sidebar to see available opportunities. Click bell on top to check your commitments.
  8. Join a Group – Click ‘Groups’ in the sidebar to join a group or committee at your school to participate or to stay up-to-date.
  9. Find People – Click ‘Directory’ in the sidebar to find contact information for teachers and parents (not available at all schools).
  10. Get in Touch – Click ‘Messages’ in the sidebar to privately get in touch with staff, teachers and parent leaders.

Attention All 3rd Graders

Please join us for Family Math Night at Berkots on Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30-8:00pm.

Pre registration is required. Please click on the flyer below to register your 3rd Grader.

PTO News

The PTO has a lot going on in the month of October.

Come join us for the PTO Crafternoon at Milne Grove on Wednesday, October 2 ,2019 in the LRC from 3:10-4:00 .Pre-Registration required. Please remember that Affy Tapple order forms with payment are due Friday, October 4, 2019. Please remember these items are perishable and will need to be picked up on Wednesday, October 16th at Milne Grove from 3:15-5:00pm. If you have any questions about the ordering process or pick-up, please contact Katie Schuldt at

Make sure to mark you calendars for Sunday, October 13th for our Family Scavenger Hunt and Pizza party event for all D91 families to participate. This event will be held at Milne Grove from 1-5pm. Lots of fun for all and prizes to be awarded as we take advantage of our holiday weekend! October 16th is also our monthly PTO meeting at the Milne Grove LRC at 6:30pm-we would love to see you come out and join us.

Take the night off from cooking. PTO is having a Pop's fundraiser on October 18th from 4:00pm until they close.

There are lots of events that we plan throughout the school year and we are always looking for volunteers and input from families to make these events a success!

Your children should have come home with handouts already this year for Market Day and Box Tops. The current classroom Box Tops contest ends October 31st and the winning classroom at each school gets to have a PAJAMA DAY! The Box Tops program has changed in the way that they are moving to a "digital scan" process which requires an app on your phone that you download and scan your store receipt. Directions were included on the flier, but for any questions please contact Karlee Kane at We absolutely will still be collecting the clipped Box Tops as well! Market Day is back and so easy to do! Order online and have it delivered to your home!!! You do need to register and pick D91Milne-Kelvin Grove school and we will receive 10% back on all orders. The options are currently limited, but be sure to keep checking back as more items will be added throughout the ongoing school year. Any questions? Please email Jaime Dixon-

Lastly we are asking anyone going thru "fall-cleaning" to please save their new and gently-used clothing and footwear apparel for us. We will be collecting school-aged students clothing and footwear, as well as infant and maternity items for an event we will be hosting in the beginning of November. If you have questions or items already please contact us at and we'll arrange to take these items off your hands! The PTO board is extremely excited about this year and we look forward to seeing you all!

Principal's Page

This year, our district has transitioned to Infinite Campus to house the student management system and gradebooks. The teachers at Milne are excited that this new tool will allow us to transition toward creating standards aligned report cards. Per our grading plan for the 19-20 school year, we will utilize a traditional grading system in reading and math during Trimester 1. In lieu of digital progress reports in October, we will be sending home our grading plan along with academic placement information and NWEA MAP score reports. We will begin digital reports at the end of Trimester 1 and hope to enable some parent access to grades in subsequent terms. If you would like a tutorial on how to access Infinite Campus as the year unfolds, I hope you will reach out to me.

Through the month of September, our teachers have worked hard to develop solid routines and procedures to support student learning. The students have done a wonderful job adapting to their new grade levels and learning expectations. I am excited to watch each and every student at Milne Grove grow in the academic, social, and emotional realms. We have programs in place to support the whole child and I encourage you to reach out to me if you feel your child needs more support in any of these areas.

Every fall, we seek parent volunteers to engage with the school. This year, we still have openings for lunchroom helpers , crossing guards, writing helpers, and bucket filler planners. If you have a gift or talent that you would like to share with the students in our school, please contact Mrs. Koziol.

We are also preparing for the first classroom parties of the school year, our Halloween celebrations. Please keep in mind that our wellness plan, adopted several years ago, requires that all edibles be healthier choices. Your classroom teacher and/or parent party coordinator will be planning the celebration; he or she will provide more details about what items are allowed. Edible treats are not allowed at any other time, including on student birthdays. Thank you for your cooperation, I appreciate all of the ways our community supports the health of our students!

In October, we will also be celebrating good character and making good choices through a combined Character Counts & Red Ribbon Week. Please see the monthly calendar for details.

Have a wonderful fall!

Call me at 815-838-0542x2104 or email

Jaime Koziol

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Cindy Dragosh, Secretary


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Halloween happenings @ MG

Our annual Halloween parade and classroom parties for all grades 1-3 will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The AM kindergarten students will have their own parade which will start at 10am; the classroom party will follow immediately after. Grades 1-3 as well as afternoon preschool and kindergarten will begin their parade at 2pm with classroom parties to follow.

No sooner than 15 minutes before each parade begins, parents, grandparents, etc. are invited to congregate in the rear of the building on the playground blacktop to view the short parade. The children will exit through the rear southeast doors, parade across the blacktop one time, and then reenter the building through the rear southwest doors. Pictures and videos are allowed. If the weather is inclement, we will parade through the gym and observers will enter through door E or F.

Once the parade is finished, parents will leave and the children will go to their classrooms for their parties. Due to limited classroom space, only designated room parents may enter the building after the parade concludes. All volunteers will need an approved background check and visitor's pass.

Students in Grades 1-3 MAY NOT wear their costumes to school. All costumes should be brought to school in the student’s backpack or in a separate bag. If a costume is unwieldy or cannot easily be worn while seated, please help your child practice.

Due to their half day schedule and their developmental level, students in Pre-K and K MAY wear their costumes to school and home.

Students in ALL grades must adhere to these costume rules:

Handheld costume accessories may not be brought to school due to the risk of loss, breakage and injury. This includes wands, weapons, look-alike weapons, baskets, and any other item a child might carry to enhance his or her costume. Costumes that promote violence and/or frighten other people (or younger children) are not permitted at school. Please remember that children should bring modified versions of their costumes to school. Masks, makeup and hair dyes are not allowed at this age level.



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Notes From the Nurse

Please make sure all health related documents are turned in to the health office by October 15th. This is the deadline per the State of Illinois for all physicals and eye exams for all Kindergarten students and any student new to the Illinois school system. Any student who is not compliant with the required health examination may be excluded from school following the October 15th deadline if the physical with up-to-date immunizations is not turned in. Any student without an eye examination on file by the October 15th deadline will have his/her report card held until the required exam is turned in. If your child’s health file is missing any information I will have sent home a notice stating the deficiency so that you may return it to avoid any exclusion from school or report card hold.

State of Illinois law requires all Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 6th grade students, as well as any student entering an Illinois school for the first time, to have a dental exam by May 15th of the current school year. Any student not in compliance will have their report card held until the required exam is turned in.

Reminder: If your child needs to have medication during the school day, please send it to the health office with a completed medication authorization form. DO NOT allow children to carry it to school in lunchboxes or backpacks. An adult should bring the medication to the office to be turned in with the medication authorization form.

Mrs. Shannon Gilkerson RN


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The Latest from the LRC

Book Notes

Please be aware of your child’s library day and remind him or her to bring all books back every week!! Remember to ask your child what she is reading and spend a bit of time reading together, too.

  • Monday: Adams AM, Adams PM, Lyons

  • ​Tuesday: Steed

  • Wednesday: Torkelson, O’Halloran, Bolte

  • ​Thursday: Preboy, Stanly/Stuchly

  • Friday: Podwika, Georgopulos

It helps to keep library books either in the child’s backpack, or in a safe but obvious location in the house. Second and Third Graders have special library book bags for carrying their books to and from school in their backpacks. If a book ever gets lost, damaged, or WET, please be sure to let me know!

Library Events

Pumpkinpalooza is coming!! A pumpkin decorating contest and food drive to benefit the Lockport FISH Pantry and Bags of Hope will begin on Oct. 28. Flyer coming soon.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held after school at Kelvin Grove Oct. 21-25. What a great chance to get some Christmas shopping out of the way early and help your school library at the same time! We will be asking the kids to donate spare change that helps buy books for the libraries and is matched by Scholastic to buy books for children in need. We are planning a special MOVIE event as well! Watch for information to come home soon!

Pizza Hut Book It will be starting soon. Reading logs will be sent home with all kids - send them in each month to earn a free pizza!


PTO Connection

Please support the D91 PTO so they can continue to support us. Contribute! Volunteer! Our PTO generously pays for our subscription to More Starfall, a great website your kids use at school, our Britannica Online subscription (which may be accessed at home as well), as well as many, many other things to benefit your kids.

Volunteer Corner

I’d like to thank Cara Tumino, Heather Jerz and Linda Hozjan for all their help getting the library ready for students, and the following kindergarten parents for helping the kids choose books the first few times: Kate Cote, Kathleen Kesteloot, Lori Zale, Karlee Kane, Brendaly Beltran, Paul Lyttek, Brenda Mudore, Krystal Ramirez, Erin Hauer, Stephanie Herbst, Kris Gurklies, Kerry Gurklies, Sarah Fahey, Ashley Sharp. ~ 815-838-0542, x2122

Physical Education Feats

Welcome Back!

As a reminder each child in 1st-3rd grade has PE every day! Please make sure they are either bringing a pair of gym shoes to school or keeping a pair in their classroom.

Kindergarten students have PE once a week. Mrs. Adam’s AM kindergarten meets on Fridays, while Mrs. Adam’s PM kindergarten meets on Tuesdays. Mrs. Preboy’s AM kindergarten meets on Mondays. Extended day kindergarten with Mrs. Preboy has gym everyday, so please make sure they have a pair of gym shoes at school.

Students have been working a lot on fundamental gross motor skills and spatial awareness. We have done a lot of work with stations, which helps the students apply many procedural aspects of our PE rules. Our students in 1st-3rd have started Work Out Wednesdays, which are fitness and exercise based lessons. After working hard on Work Out Wednesdays, students get to earn Fun Fridays! Fun Fridays are planned around fun, whole class games.

In the month of October we will begin our first sports unit... bowling!

If you ever have any questions or concerns about your child in PE, please feel free to call or email me. My email is and my phone number is 838-0542 Ext: 2118.

3rd Grade

Third Grade October Newsletter


  • Please make sure your child is reading 20 minutes every day. Reading for 20 minutes a day can help increase your child’s fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.


  • Please work with your student on fact fluency for multiplication each night. If you would like additional resources for fact practice, please visit the third grade page under math.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We recently sent our Flat Stanley's out on their adventure! We can’t wait to locate on our map all the places they have visited and learn about the locations they experienced.

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

The Third Grade Team

Third Grade Website

Thank you,

The Third Grade Team

Mrs. Georgopulos, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Lyons, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Steed, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

2nd Grade

Language Arts: Please continue to review assignments and study vocabulary with your child to assist in their language development.



*Parts of speech (nouns, verbs, and adjectives)

Reading: While reading at home with your child it is important to ask your child questions. Below are some examples.

*Who are the characters?

*Where and when does the story take place? (Setting)

* What are the characters doing?

*What happened first, next, after before or last? (Sequencing)

Math: Please continue to practice addition facts. During the month of October we will continue to study numbers to 1,000 including:

*modeling place value

*representing numbers in different ways

*counting on and back by 10s and 1s

*comparing numbers

Science: We will continue with our Physical Science Unit. We will explore many properties of materials.

Social Studies: We will continue our unit, Working to Meet Our Needs. Students will learn about needs and wants, goods and services, and consumers and producers.

The Second Grade Team

Mrs. Bolte, 2nd grade teacher,

Miss Podwika, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

1st Grade

Superkids Reading Program:

  • Spelling and reading words with the consonant digraphs -- “th” and “wh”

  • Read and spell memory words -- who, which, where, what, why and when

  • Understand and identify onomatopoeia in stories

  • Understand characters in a story

  • Determine important ideas in a story

  • Observe punctuation and read with expression

Language and Writing:

  • Recognize and understand questions and question marks

  • Writing question sentences

  • Understand the many uses of punctuation marks

  • Discover that certain words need to be written with a capital letter

GO Math:

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction

  • Add and subtract within 20

  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction

  • Continuing to practice addition flashcards within 10

  • Addition of Doubles and Doubles +1

Social Studies

  • October is Fire Prevention Month - we will learn about workers in our community

  • Celebrate and learn about Columbus Day


  • First graders will be learning about the life cycle of a plant and all it needs to survive

  • We will plant seeds at school to observe and document our plants as they grow

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Stanly, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,


The Kindergarten class is using Superkids and Jolly Phonics curriculum to explore all about the letters and their sounds . Each letter has a motion and song to go along with it. To listen to the songs at home

Jolly Phonics | Sounds and Actions
There are also some great phonics and letter songs at:
In Math continue to practice naming shapes, writing numbers 0-10, matching numbers to sets and counting to 25. For number writing practice:

The Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Adams, Kindergarten Teacher,

Mrs. Preboy, Kindergarten Teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Early Learners Preschool

Upcoming Events:

Week of September 30th –The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “P”. The theme of the week will be pumpkins. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the number one and the color orange.

Week of October 7th – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “T”. The theme of the week will be trees. The Early Learners will also be introduced to the number two and the triangle shape.

Week of October 14th – The Early Learners will learn about Christopher Columbus. They will also be introduced to the number three and the triangle shape.

Week of October 21st – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “H”. The theme of the week will be Halloween. They will also be introduced to the number four and the color black.

Week of October 28th - The Early Learners will review the letters that they have been introduced to which include A, B, F, G, H, P and T. They will also review numbers zero to four.

Dates to Remember:

Friday, October 4th, Fall Picture Retakes

Monday, October 14th, NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 15th, Field Trip to Konow’s Corn Maze

Thursday, October 17th, Parent Workshop at Richland School in Crest Hill from 6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. Babysitting will be available.

Friday, October 25th, NO CLASS, School Improvement Day

Thursday, October 31st, Halloween Parade at 2p.m. and the party will follow.


The PK Team

Mrs. Torkelson, PK Teacher,

Ms. Jonikas, PK Aide,

Mrs. Pederson, Bilingual Liaison,

The Speech Spot with Mrs. Barker

What is a Speech/Language Screener?

When a student is struggling either academically or socially at school, teachers try to determine possible contributing factors. Sometimes teachers suspect that their student might have difficulties in the areas of speech or language development. Teachers can refer their student for a Speech/Language Screener. A speech/language screening is a quick check to see if a student’s skills might be delayed and require further in-depth evaluation. Screenings can include some or all of the following areas.

  • Speech (articulation and phonology) - A speech screening might reveal if a student has difficulty producing specific sounds (articulation) or uses inappropriate sound patterns (phonology)

  • Language (receptive and expressive) - A language screening can uncover delays in what a student is able to hear and understand (receptive language) and how well a student is able to communicate his/her wants and needs (expressive language).

  • Voice - A voice screening allows an SLP to judge whether or not the student’s vocal quality (pitch, hoarseness, loudness) or rate is appropriate

  • Fluency - A fluency screening might show that a student has disruptions in speech (disfluencies/stuttering) that are not typical of his/her same-age peers.

If your child is experiencing difficulties communicating his/her ideas clearly or is struggling with comprehension tasks please feel free to contact Mrs. Barker, at 815 838-0542 Ext. 2107 or email at

From Super Duper Handy Handouts # 442

By Rynette R. Kjesbo, M.S., CCC-SLP

Relationship Roundup with Mrs. Reynolds

This month’s topic: Talking to your children

Your children start learning from you as soon as they are born. They develop their ability to communicate primarily from communicating with their parents. Make sure to take the time to talk and listen to them. Everyone has stressors in life and too many things going on, but be sure that at least once each day you give your child undivided attention. Focus on your child and what he/she has to say. Tell yourself not to worry about the things that need to be done. Don’t try to multitask. Just be in the “here and now” with your child.

Some children really don’t feel like their parents want to listen to them. Show your child you care by making eye contact and nodding, just like we do when our friend or our boss has something important to tell us. Make it your goal to have the child do most of the talking and avoid trying to solve any problems right away. Let your young one explain what happened and how he/she felt. You can say, “tell me more about that,” or “then what happened?”

Of course there are times when your child wants to talk and you can’t stop what you are doing to listen. Clearly communicate to your child that her/his thoughts are important and you want to hear them later. Then make sure you follow up and ask about her/him about what she/he wanted to say.

Don’t waste the time you have in the car while driving with your child. You can’t provide the eye contact that shows people you are listening, but you have a captive audience! No one can get up and leave! So go ahead and turn off the music and ask your child, “what do you want to talk about?” You never know, your child might be more comfortable sharing something in the car precisely because you have your eyes on the road.

The last thought about talking with your children is: no matter what, be sure your child hears you say, “I love you.”

Check out the blog at

Contact Mrs. Reynolds at

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Welcome Back!

Thank you to all parents for attending Milne Grove Expectation Night this year. If any questions remain unanswered, please feel free to contact me anytime.

To start the year, each Milne Grove artist has created their own personal sketchbook for all pre planning, practicing, and brainstorming prior to projects assigned. We warm up in art - just like other activities like sports or music! All students will have an ongoing book of their art journey in the 2019/2020 school year!

All kindergarten through third grade students have started their first projects of the year – focusing on both drawing and design. Kindergarten students will be learning about illustration as we read and observe the images within the Rainbow Fish, written and illustrated by Marcus Psister. First grade students will use Pablo Picasso to motivate their own unique self portraits, and the second grade will use the stained glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany to inspire their own interesting stained glass name design. Third grade students will use the portraiture of Amedeo Modigliani to spark interest in their own realistic self portrait sculpture. It is exciting to see all the personality, individuality, and creativity Milne Grove students bring to each and every project.

The art program at Milne Grove integrates many important components. Please feel free to view the art website to gain more information. On my site, you can find projects details, student and teacher expectations, and general information about your child's’ art education.

Thank you in advance for your support in this current school year. Please let me know if I can be of assistance in any way. Have a great year!

Mrs. Cravens

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In technology class Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students have been working hard at getting back to the routine of things. Each class reviewed the Chromebook Contract and signed it with their thumbprints. Kindergarten and 1st grade are working on signing into the Chromebooks using their QR code cards and mouse practice. In 2nd and 3rd grade students have begun typing using the home row on Dance Mat Typing and Typing Club.

Below, I have included an activity for the whole family to work on together during October. Make sure to contact me with any questions.

Mrs. Lakics

Digital Citizenship Family Activity

Topic: My Creative Work
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Music Notes

We want to get all D91 Families Singing and Making Music Together.

Check Music Web Pages for links to songs to sing together.

To Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director Email: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM (Grades K-5 & KG Chorus): T. Dec. 17 (10am & 1:15 pm)

Please Check Music Web Page daily: – Under Contact Staff - select Mrs. Randolph

1 - Start with Music Home Page and scroll down for D91 Music Information.

2 – MG Music Information: Click on the Milne Grove tab then scroll down and read

3 –ASSIGNMENTS under Milne Grove Tab: Click on the Grade for homework & study

4 –HOMEWORK HELP: click on Music Resources for Worksheet help and other web sites

5 –STUDENTS who are Music_Stars will be posted by Grade Level

6 –Music Calendar on the Music Home page

SEPTEMBER: students studied Patriotism (love of country) and patriotic music celebrating September 14, 1814 the day Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the “Star-Spangled Banner” (our National Anthem) See video on the D91 Music Home web page

OCTOBER: students will be learning about Major Keys (happy sounding) and minor keys (mysterious, spooky, sad sounding) modes in music and instruments (tone colors) used to produce certain sounds. We will “travel” to Germany to learn about JS Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in d minor and Italy to learn about the Cantata (from Italian word cantare which means sung or singing - this musical work has singers and instruments).


Kindergarten – move and clap basic rhythm, identify tone colors & instrument families when heard

1st Grade – learning to read rhythm notation and identify specific tone colors when heard

2nd Grade – learning to read and write Treble Clef notation with music worksheets due each week

3rd Grade – FREE Recorder Club is held every Wednesday morning from 8:05-8:30 in the MG Music room. Students do not need to sign-up for recorder club, just come to the main door and buzz in at 8:05. Do NOT come before 8:05 because Mrs. Randolph teaches from 7:15-7:55 am at KG and has to drive to MG by 8:05. Students do not have to come to every recorder club – just when they have a song ready to pass or want extra help on recorder. They will be learning to read, write, and play Treble Clef notation with music worksheets due each week in addition to learning to play the recorder. (Please make sure the student’s name is on everything they own with a label or tape: recorder, bag, book, etc. and leave in their back pack so they don’t forget recorder on days they have music.)

2nd and 3rd Grade Music students: Music portfolios (3-ring binders with 5 tab dividers) are to be kept at home and filled for use in grades 4-8. Students will receive music worksheets to complete at home and return to music class the following week to be graded. All worksheets are to be completed in pencil with student’s first and last name, class and student number on both sides of each paper. After worksheets are graded, they are to be taken home and kept in their portfolio (binder) until 8th grade. Most worksheets will go behind the tab labeled Theory. If the worksheet is about a composer, it would go behind the history tab.

Students who are absent will be given missed worksheets to complete by the next music class time in addition to the new assignment. Students who lose or do not do worksheets will not be allowed to play instruments or other activities until worksheet is completed during music class.

MUSIC ASSIGNMENT & HELP: found at click on Music Resources – s.


F. Dec.13 3pm (Old Gym closed to 10pm Dec.17)(Parents & Friends help decorate program)

M.Dec. 16 During school morning Christmas Program practice

T. Dec. 17 10am & 1:15pm Christmas Program (Grades K-5 & Chorus) KG old gym


HORNET MAGNETS & FATHEAD STICKERS: $5 Each (See Music Web page for pictures)

METAL TABS off cans. Please send tabs in a ziplock bag or WIDE Mouthed container, then have students empty it into the Music Tab buckets at school

AD BOOK (Chorus/Band Fundraiser deadline T. Oct. 22) –Ads OPEN TO EVERYONE (Businesses/services) in the Community to market to our parents and community. Ad Books are given at every concert (c. 1500 + books - including the Christmas program). Family/friends may purchase ads honoring child(ren) - wishing them best wishes in school in a personal ad or place a business ad. Contact places you do business with and ask them to purchase an ad – $10 for 10 words, $25 for 25 words, $50 for business card size, $75 (quarter page), $100 (half a page), $200 (full page), $250 (inside front/back cover), $300 (front or back cover). See Mrs. Randolph or a Chorus or Band Member to purchase an ad in our souvenir ad booklet.

NOTE: KG Chorus parents continue to purchase equipment that is used not only for chorus, but also for every student in District 91. In past years, they have purchased choral risers for the Christmas and Spring Concerts, sound system for the music and chorus rooms, computer for music and chorus, electric piano, and many other things ALL of our D91 students use.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me as we explore the many areas of Music. Musically Yours, Mrs. Randolph

Notes From The Registrar’s Office

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National School Lunch Program

Our District Office has mailed out letters to all households that are direct certified to receive school lunches at no cost. Be sure you are completing and submitting the monthly lunch order forms on time in order for our lunch coordinators to have the correct lunch for your child/children each day.

Letters have also gone out to households that have applied for the National School Lunch Program via the 19-20 application form. Be sure to check your letter to find out if your child is qualified to receive free or reduced lunches. If your application letter indicates your application has been denied and you do not understand why, please contact Mrs. Krumlinde at or (815)838-0737 ext 1104. If your letter indicates your application has been approved, it will show either for free or reduced lunches. Free lunches are at no cost, reduced lunches are 40 cents per day. Be sure you are completing and submitting the monthly lunch order forms on time in order for our lunch coordinators to have the correct lunch for your child/children each day.

Our District Office is awaiting new applications for some children that qualified for a 30 day carryover period. Letters and applications were mailed out to these families. If you have not already submitted your new application, please be sure to do so by September 27 to avoid any break in lunches. Applications were sent home the first day of school, are available to print from our website, or can be picked up at either school office.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Registration Fee Waiver Applications

Over the next few weeks, the District Office will be evaluating requests for fee waivers that have been submitted. Letters will be mailed once a determination has been made. If your fee waiver is not approved, you may need to provide more information (such as proof of income). If your letter from the District Office indicates that your income exceeds the guidelines, be sure to contact Mrs. Krumlinde to set up a payment plan if you are unable to pay in full by the due date. Be advised the District has now instituted a carryover fee per child for any family that carries a balance from one school year to the next.

Attendance Reminders

As a protection to the children, the District requires parents/guardians to contact the Attendance Office at (815)838-0737 ext 1 PRIOR TO 9AM whenever a child will be late to school or will be absent. The message must contain the following information:

1. Student first and last name,

2. Student's grade and homeroom teacher name

3. Detailed reason for the absence/tardy (students that are not called in or are called in without a reason are considered TRUANT and will be reported as such)

A call is sent out to parents/guardians who have not called in their child by 9AM and have not signed in by 9AM, and to parents/guardians that merely indicate their child “will not be in school” requesting the parent/guardian contact the attendance office immediately to advise the details for the absence. Students are also considered truant when they are called out due to a "family emergency” if no other details are provided. Family emergencies may be considered an excused absence depending on the details provided.

If no contact is made, you will receive an email notification letter as a last resort and the child is placed on the Truancy List.

When is a student considered tardy?

· Any student who is not in their classroom when the tardy bell rings is considered tardy to school (8:35 on regular days, 9:30 on late start days, or 12:20 for afternoon K students and 12:30 for afternoon PK )

· Students tardy to morning band are considered tardy to class

· Junior High students are also considered tardy to class if they are not in their respective class at the start of said class, unless a staff member has issued a pass.

Whenever a child is tardy to school, they must sign in at the office. Failure to sign in will result in a truancy call being placed to the parent/guardian. A reason for all tardies must be entered. Entering “tardy or late” is not an acceptable reason for being tardy. Please see the Student Handbooks for consequences for accumulated tardies.

Student attendance is crucial to student success. Appointments during the school day are discouraged. If your child needs to be dismissed any time during the school day (e.g., dental or doctor appointment), please notify the attendance office prior to the absence. See student/parent handbook on our website regarding make up work. All students leaving school prior to regular dismissal time is required to be signed out by a designated responsible adult in the office.

Any student reported as ill for four consecutive days is required to provide a signed and dated doctor’s note in order to return to school.

When is a child Truant?

· Any child that accrues nine or more absences for any reason during the school year is considered truant.

· Any child not called in for an absence.

· Any child called in but no reason provided for the absence.

With excessive absences:

· Student is placed on truancy watch list

· Parent Notification Letter is sent

· Principal will contact the parent/guardian

· Meeting is required to create an attendance improvement plan

· Home visit by the Truancy Officer

· Final Notice of Truancy Letter

· Truancy Hearing at the Will County Regional Office of Education

· Court Hearing on Truancy

Vacations During the School Year

Vacations during the school year are discouraged and are considered unexcused absences. Valuable educational experiences are lost and grades can be affected. If a family vacation is unavoidable during the school year, the parents are responsible to complete and submit the “Pre-Arranged Absence Form” to the attendance office at least one week before the planned absence in order to give teachers time to assign homework. All work provided is due upon the student’s first day back. This includes taking any tests. Up to one week of missing work will be provided on the last school day prior to the pre-arranged absence.
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Substitutes Needed!!

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