Keeping Up with Kipling!

October 8, 2021

Hello, Kipling Cougar Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful week! It was quite a busy week at Kipling School! It felt great and keeps our students on their toes!

Thank you to all of you that filled out the survey regarding this weekly newsletter! Around 75 people filled out the survey giving me MANY great ideas. I would like to say I have a clear vision about how to move the newsletter forward and what it needs to look like. Unfortunately, as you might guess, there were many completely contradictory opinions. A few of you mentioned that you loved the new Sunday Supplement, however, a few of you asked me to please stop sending those (for very valid reasons - thank you for that input). It is clear that many of you wanted to know about the Kipling Krew. I will look at ways to get that up and running soon. There were a few other ideas that I hope to try to implement over the next few weeks. Thank you again for your help to make this a more useful tool to you!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week!

Andy Elbert


Kipling Elementary School

Upcoming Week

*No School on Monday

*Earthquake Drill This Week

*Shield Testing on Tuesday

*Spirit Day - Wear Pink on Friday

*The SEL Survey closes on Friday so all 3rd-5th Students will have taken the survey by then

Early Bird Gets the...Rain!

As a reminder, we cannot and will not open the doors to the school prior to 8:35am. On Thursday when we had a rainy morning, we had several students, who arrived around 8:25, get fairly wet as they stood in the rain for that 10 minutes prior to us opening the school doors. We do not have supervision lined up prior to 8:35 either inside the school or outside. If you drop your child off in the morning, please do not let them out of your car prior to that 8:35 time. If your children walk to school, please have them time is out so that they know when they need to leave your house to be here at school no earlier than 8:35am. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Boo Bash!

Please plan on joining the Kipling Community at the PTO's Boo Bash on Saturday, October 23rd beginning at 11:30am at Kipling School. Photo fun, Bizarre Entertainment and many other activities have been planned for you and your children. Costumes are encouraged so please dress up and head to Kipling!

We ask that you have a mask handy in case you need to enter the building to use the bathroom.

Thank you, PTO, for putting together another wonderful event!

Save the Date - The Halloween Parade is Back!

Speaking of Halloween, please save the afternoon of October 29th for our Kipling Costume parade! Weather permitting, our sweet and scary students will parade around Kipling School in their costumes beginning around 2:00pm. After the parade, the students will head inside for a Halloween party in their classrooms. There is no scheduled rain date for this event so keep your finger's crossed that the weather will be favorable for the return of our Halloween parade!

Cold and Flu

With the cold and flu season upon us, we recognize that it can feel overwhelming when your child becomes sick and you need to find out whether or not they have COVID-19.

As you head into the weekend, if your child develops any COVID symptoms that would prevent them from passing their morning certification on Monday morning, please get your child a COVID test. Rapid testing is acceptable if drawn within 48 hours of symptom development and test results should be emailed to our school nurse, Edina Szabo, at At-home tests are currently not accepted by the Lake County Health Department. If you are unsure about testing needs, please feel free to contact Nurse Szabo.

During the school week, if a child wakes up with COVID symptoms, please contact Nurse Szabo and plan to keep your child home from school along with their unvaccinated siblings. Nurse Szabo can help arrange for your child to get a COVID test after school hours at the district office.

Wishing everyone good health as we head into the fall season!

Kipling Students and Families - Please Save the Date

On Sunday, October 24 at 2 PM, the Deerfield and Kipling communities will gather at the corner of Deerfield Rd and Kipling to honor and thank our dear friend and former crossing guard Ray Weimer. Ray was the Kipling crossing guard for 33 years and retired last spring. He always made sure the Kipling corner was a safe place with a friendly face. Please come and show your appreciation!

Volunteers at School

A quick reminder, that all volunteers or individuals spending prolonged time in one of our buildings are required to be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test.

If you are coming to our building to volunteer, please remember these things:

-Wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status

-Bring a photo ID to check in at the front office

-Bring your proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (not self-administered) from within the last week

-Complete a Covid self-certification prior to coming to school

Thank you for your cooperation and please contact Eric Steckling ( if you have any questions.

What is Test To Stay?

This year, fewer students are needing to be quarantined if they are a close contact to a COVID-19 case, thanks to the Lake County Health Department's "Test To Stay" protocol. Click here to read more from the district about it.

Board Meeting Briefs

Last night, the DPS 109 Board of Education held their September meeting. You can read the brief recap of the meeting here, which includes a link to the full recording of the meeting. We are sending this as part of the principal's newsletter to cut down on the number of emails you receive!