Kendall News

January 20, 2020

Newsletter Highlights:

  • Open House
  • 5Essentials Survey
  • Special Survivor Games
  • Third-Party Educational Programs
  • PTA Points
  • Save the Dates!

Open House

You are invited to

Kendall Elementary School's

Open House

Thursday, February 6, 2020

6:30-7:30 PM

Open House allows students the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for their school with parents and siblings. Students become "tour guides" as the proudly lead their families through the building. They enjoy introducing their families to many of the special people in their school lives. It is a positive event for all. Please join us!

The Book Fair will be open in the LMC during open house.

We Need Your Feedback - Our current response rate is 26%

Kendall currently has a 26% response rate from our parents. Please consider completing the survey as we value your input!

Parents across Illinois once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit

2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)

3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

Thank you for your feedback.

Special Survivor Games 2020

District 204 Elementary & Middle School Students with Special Needs are invited to participate in Special Survivor Games on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Peterson Elementary School in Naperville. Peterson’s PTA is hosting this great event for all to enjoy. Peer buddies will be available to every participant, and cheerleaders will be encouraging the friendly competition. The events will be held in relay style fashion and each will be adapted so every child can join in and build self esteem, while enjoying the company of their friends.


Third-Party Educational Programs

The following companies have rented space in our schools to offer an after-school educational program for students. The distribution of this material is in no way an endorsement of programs, services, activities or products by District 204. For more information about the programs listed below, visit:

Kendall: NanoBeasts STEM and Robotics Classes

Kendall PTA Points

After School Enrichment

After School Enrichment classes begin THIS WEEK! If you have not yet sent in payment, do so as soon as possible. Please send in ONE check payment for all the classes for which your family has registered.

Volleyball AM
What to do with a book PM (NO class January 21, class will resume January 28th)

Artists PM

Winning Strategies PM

Cooking PM

Flow AM

Monday: (starting 1/27)
Cooking PM

International Family Night

We need your TALENTS, interests, and traditions! Our 3rd annual INTERNATIONAL Family Night is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. You have the opportunity to share a talent onstage, share your favorite dish, teach us something about yourself, or lead a demonstration or craft! We need families to participate in this event to make it successful! Check out the flier, and then sign up using this link:

Several of our students have recorded a special invitation in their home languages! Please check out this site to listen and be inspired! We have a few more that will be added soon! Check out their invitations here:!

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Box Top Update

Remaining clipped box tops that have been collected from Nadiana the bot in the LMC will be submitted at the end of February. If you have any clipped box tops at home that have NOT EXPIRED, please have your child turn them in by February 7th, 2020.

Don't forget… we can still get credit for box tops by using the Box Top app. You can download the app for free and set up your account. Be sure you select Oliver Julian Kendall Elementary. If you see the Box Tops logo on any package, you will need to scan the entire receipt from the store, and credit will automatically go to Kendall. You have 14 days from your date of purchase to scan the receipt. No more clipping of box tops! If you have any questions, please contact Dawn at

Save the date for Kendall’s Science Fair!!!!

The Kendall PTA would like to invite all students, individually or in teams of 2-4 people, to participate in the Science Fair on Monday, April 20th. Watch for signup and additional information in the coming weeks.

Nominate a Staff Member for the A+ Award

Anyone can nominate a District 204 staff member for the A+ Award. Nominations must include an essay (of 50-500 words) describing how this staff member has positively impacted students. We strongly encourage student nominations. Parent, alumni and community nominations are also welcomed.

Click here to submit a nomination for a staff member who goes above and beyond to make a difference for our students.

Save the Dates!


Patriot Pride Spirit Day - Wear Red, White, and Blue

Wednesday, January 29th

PTA International Family Night

Wednesday, January 29th 5:30-8:30

Book Fair

Monday, February 3rd to Friday, February 7th

Open House

Thursday, February 6th 6:30-7:30

PTA General Meeting

Friday, February 7th 9:30 a.m.

PTA Skate Night

Wednesday, February 12

PTA Friendship Parties

Friday, February 14th 2:00-3:00

No School - President's Day

Monday, February 17th

Winter Chorus Concert

Wednesday, February 19th 6:30 p.m.