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23 September 2022

Hello Kipling Families,

We had another wonderful week here at Kipling! Even as the weather gets a little chillier, spending time with the students outside at recess is a highlight for me every day. I love getting to see the kids play collaboratively in an imaginative game or work together in a competition. Their joy and kindness are contagious and I am so lucky to be a part of the fun. Just a reminder there is no school on Monday, September 26th.

Enjoy the long week!


Hannah Eagle

Assistant Principal

Kipling Elementary School

SEL Spotlight (Social Emotional Learning)

Mrs. Ewert’s class has been focusing on their growth mindset and using the phrase “I’ll try” instead of “I can’t”. Recently, they worked with their 5th grade buddies from Ms. Kaulentis’ class to write/draw about something they can’t do yet but are going to work on.

Kipling PTO

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


-October 15, 3-5 pm

-Proceeds will be used to improve and enhance our school.

-Items for sale:

  • Wristband for unlimited carnival games
  • tattoos by Laine Too
  • balloon twisters, and crafts
  • Tote bags for prizes, candy and crafts
  • Raffle tickets for raffle items and food

-Pre-purchase bundle at the Pumpkinfest 2022 website

-Wristband, totes, and tickets will be available at the door for an increase in price.

-Donations are encouraged and will be used for purchases of raffle items to be won at the event that day Pumpkinfest 2022

District Communication

Panorama SEL Survey

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills are important at Kipling. As a part of the learning process, we will be asking our 3rd through 5th grade students to reflect on their own SEL mindsets via an online survey. The survey will be administered between October 3rd and 14th, 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, emotional regulation, and supportive relationships.

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 (the educators) identify priorities and provide targeted learning opportunities to address the SEL needs in our classrooms.

Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact Hannah Eagle ( no later than October 1st.

SHIELD Testing Concluding

Next Tuesday is the final collection day for SHIELD tests in DPS 109. For those participating, please ensure that your child drops off their completed test in the bin in our main entrance right as they arrive at school or inform their teacher that they need to do so when they get to class.

PPS 109 EVENT ON 10/25

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.

PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who are dedicated to providing support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the ‘22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.

We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.

Deerfield Park District Enrichment

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

  • September 26th - No School

  • October 5th - No School
  • October 6th - Picture Day
  • October 7th - PTO Meeting @ Kipling @ 9:30am
  • October 10th - No School
  • October 15th - PTO Pumpkin Fest, 3-5pm
  • October 25th - PPS 109 Event, 6 pm (see details above)
  • October 27th - Regular Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
  • November 8th - No School
  • November 16th - 5th Grade Evening Concert @ 5:30-6:30pm
  • November 17th - Regular Board Meeting @ 7:00pm
  • November 21st - Prent Teacher Conferences (Evening)
  • November 22nd - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 23rd-25th - No School