Milne Grove Messenger

March 2019

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

PTO's Chuck E Cheese Night at Joliet Location 3:00pm-9:00pm: February 1st

Six Flags Read To Succeed Logs Due: February 8th

Valentine's Day Parties: February 14th

11:30 Early Dismissal: February 15th

PTO's Daddy/Daughter Dance in KG New Gym 6:30pm-9:00pm: February 15th

President's Day-No School: February 18th

Late Start Morning - arrive at 9:15 please: February 19th

Family Fitness Night In Milne Grove Gym 6:00pm-7:00pm: February 20th

End of 2nd Trimester: February 22nd

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Kindergarten Round Up is Right Around the Corner!

We are currently in the process of planning our annual kindergarten roundup day in March for next fall’s half-day kindergarteners. If you have a child that will be attending kindergarten with us please email Mrs. Krumlinde at with the following information:

  1. Child’s Name

  2. Child’s Gender

  3. Child’s Date of Birth

  4. Where the child attends pre-school, if applicable

  5. Parent(s) Name(s) and contact information

If you know of any friends or neighbors with an incoming kindergartener that live within the District 91 boundaries that are planning to attend in the fall, please share this information with them.

Please Take the 5 Essentials Survey!

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MG Needs Your Input

Your responses are used by our School Improvement Team and provide crucial input to guide our programs and services. If you have children in both schools, we ask that you take one for MIlne Grove and one for Kelvin Grove.

Principal's Page

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Our 3rd grade students take federally required assessments every spring. These assessments help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. The state uses this information to provide more support and resources to the schools in the greatest need.

This year, the English language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). The IAR is almost exactly the same this year as the assessment that students took last year, only slightly shorter. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness measures the same Illinois Learning Standards and includes the same test questions that teachers and students have become familiar with over the past four years.

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness will change over the next few years, as the state works to make it more useful to schools and families. Next year, we will have the results back from the test much more quickly. The year after that, the test will adapt to each student, so we gain a better understanding of where each individual student is in their learning. We will continue to be able to measure students’ growth from year to year throughout these improvements.

Please contact me with any questions you may have at 815-838-0542x2104 or email


Mrs. Koziol

Winter Notes:

If your family is impacted by illness this winter, we would like to remind you to call the district attendance line to report absences by 9am. If you would like to request homework, you should do so in that message and indicate whether you will pick it up or wish for it to be sent home with another student.

Since it has been quite cold the past few weeks, I would like to remind caregivers that students line up and have recess outside as long as it is 20 degrees or over. We would like to see children wearing heavy coats, hats, and gloves each day in order to stay warm. If your child does not have winter gear, please contact our office and we will make sure warm gear is provided.

In case of emergency closings, there are lots of ways to get the information. The district will send out a call, email, and text. In addition, our website, WJOL, and the Emergency Closing Center will be updated.

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Cindy Dragosh, Secretary


Notes From the Nurse

I have a few reminders to pass along to assist you in the upcoming months.

1. Current Second grade students are required by the State of Illinois to have a dental exam form completed and turned in by May 15, 2019. Many of the students have completed the dental requirement but there are still a few students not in compliance with this law. According to the law, report cards can be withheld if the dental form is not on file.

2. Many children have been coming to the Health Office for coughs, chapped lips, dry skin, headaches, etc. We are not able to provide Tylenol / Motrin, cough drops etc. without authorization and you must supply the needed item. If you feel your child will need one or more of these items, please complete a yellow medication release form and return it to school with the item to be given to your child. These items will be kept in the Health Office for administration as needed.

3. If your child has a cold with a frequent cough or congestion or requires medication for symptoms, please keep them home until they are able to be at school comfortably and without the aid of medication.

4. If your child has a rash, sore throat, pink eyes, discharge from the eyes please keep your child home. It is recommended that you visit a health professional to determine if the condition is contagious. Children with suspected pink eye or strep will be sent home. A note is required from the doctor in order to return to school.

5. Children with fevers may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of Tylenol or Motrin.

6. Children diagnosed with pink eye (conjunctivitis) must be on antibiotic drops for 24 hours before returning to school. A doctor's note is required.

7. Children who have vomiting or diarrhea may not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode.

8. When calling in a child’s absence from school, please give the reason for the absence, such as a cold, flu, vomiting, headache etc. this helps the health office keep on top of illness trends, gives us a heads up when the child returns to school and provides information required by the Will County Health Department.

Please remind your child to wash their hands and use good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs.

Please feel free to call or stop by the Health Office if you have any questions or concerns about your child or any of the above information.

Mrs. Gilkerson, RN

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 815-838-0542 ex. 2106 or at

PTO News

March 11th: Mangia Pizza Fundraiser

March 18th: PTO Family Fun Zone Event

March 19th: PTO Meeting at 6:00pm in the Kelvin Grove POD

March 21st: Breakfast with Dad in the Milne Grove Gym 8:00-8:30

Email with questions!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

The Latest from the LRC

Book Notes

All students are voting for their favorite Monarch Award nominee next week. I can’t wait to see which book wins our votes, and how we compare to the rest of the state. Our third grade Bluestem Bunch Book Club is also finishing up - we end with a Battle of the Bluestems and a voting party next week. Then we’re on to reading about Spring and topics related to what’s going on in class.

Reading Incentives

Information and reading logs can be found on the D91 LRC webpage at

Six Flags Read to Succeed has ended for this year. The tickets will be distributed in May.

Spikes’ Super Students - Information will be coming home soon about this reading program. Your child can read books to earn a FREE ticket to a Joliet Slammers game, and you will have the option to buy half-price ($5) tickets for the rest of the family.

Kane County Cougars reading program continues thru MARCH 8. Reading log slips for each base may be turned in as completed or all together on May 8. We will have a D91 game on May 23rd at 6:30.

Pizza Hut Book It runs through the end of March. Be sure to read for free pizza and turn in your logs for February and March.

Upcoming Fun

Grandparents Week in the Library will be the week of May 6-10!

CULVERS FUNDRAISER night is Wednesday, May 15th! We only do this two time per year, so don’t miss it!

The annual D91 Family Night Slammers Game will be held in early June. Watch for info soon.

Volunteer Corner

Many thanks to Peter Klauser and Heather Jerz for coming in to help put away books. They make it possible for your kids to find the books they are looking for!

Mrs. Tumino ~ 815-838-0542, x2122 Follow me on Twitter!

Physical Education Feats

February flew by in PE! Students spent a lot of their time focusing on our Kids Heart Challenge event! As of February 22nd, Milne Grove has raised over $13,000! We reached our goal!

The American Heart Association says that for every $50 raised during the Kids Heart Challenge, that saves approximately 1 life. Our school is so proud to say that we have saved over 260 lives!

The Kids Heart Challenge ends February 22nd. Please allow a few weeks for the rest of the Thank You Gifts to be delivered to Milne Grove.

In March students will get to start some different sports!

Please contact Mrs. Draper at with questions about what your child is learning in gym!

Thanks for coming to Family Fitness Night!

Bags of Hope Weekly Food Donation Pledge

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3rd Grade


  • Your child should continue to read 20 minutes every night to help practice comprehension and fluency skills. Please also continue to work with your child on his/her spelling and vocabulary words.


  • Please continue to work with your student on fact fluency for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Also, nightly review of chapter vocabulary words will help you child be able to apply them within the math lesson.


  • The third grade units of plants, animals, and ecosystems have begun. Please help to build your child’s background in these areas by sharing related nonfiction books or discussing the plant and animal world within Lockport.


  • Please discuss with your child his/her current need for replacement school supplies. Please have your child bring any needed supplies to school as soon as possible so that he/she can be prepared for class activities. The following is a list of supplies used on a daily basis:

  • art box
  • crayons
  • scissors
  • sharpened pencils
  • red pen
  • highlighter
  • glue stick
  • take home folder
  • dry erase markers
  • large eraser

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

Thank you,

The Third Grade Team

Mrs. McGreevy, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Stanly, 3rd grade teacher, & Mrs. Woodworth, Guest Teacher,

Mrs. Steed, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

2nd Grade


Students will read fables and fairytales. Students are working hard on restating part of the question in their answer. They are learning to go back in the text to prove their answer.

Social Studies

Students will begin Chapter 4, Celebrating Our Traditions. Students will learn about different cultures, celebrations, national holidays, and how songs, stories and art can pass traditions down in cultures.


We will continue to learn how the Earth can change from erosion. This will be the last topic before into our unit of Life Science.


Students should continue to practice their subtraction facts. We will focus on time and money the first half of the month. Later, we will focus on measurement.

The Second Grade Team

Mrs. Bolte, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Georgopulos, 2nd grade teacher,

Miss Podwika, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

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1st Grade

Superkids Reading Program:

  • Spelling and reading long vowel words with a double vowel

  • Understanding the importance of setting in a literary text

  • Identifying and discussing the plot of a story

  • Reading and spelling high frequency memory words

Language and Writing:

  • Focus on writing complete sentences with the correct ending marks

  • Writing a narrative paragraph

  • Discuss, write, and revise personal narratives

GO Math:

  • Reviewing comparing numbers and inequalities

  • Identifying and solving two digit addition and subtraction problems

  • Reading data on a graph

  • Creating graphs using data

  • Introduction to time to the hour and half hour

Social Studies

  • Learn about and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

  • Introduction of using a map

  • GREAT program continues with Officer S and Officer Fox.


  • Changing of seasons and the coming of Spring

  • Discussions and activities about animals and plants that we begin to see as Spring arrives

The First Grade Team

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Preboy, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,


Kindergarten is practicing counting to 100 by both 1s and 10s. The students are also working on addition and subtraction. Check out these songs to help practice at home:
Thank you for all you do to help your child be successful at school!
The Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Adams -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

Early Learners Preschool

Early Learners

Upcoming Events:

Week of March 4th - The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Uu” and the theme will be the United States of America. They will also be introduced to the number 19. The Early Learners will also discuss fair ways to play as part of their social emotional curriculum.

Week of March 11th – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Tt” and the theme will be Transportation. They will also be introduced to the triangle shape and the number 20. The Early Learners will also discuss having fun with their friends as part of their social emotional curriculum.

Week of March 18th - The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Yy” and the theme will be yarn. They will also be introduced to the color yellow and review numbers 0 to 20. The Early Learners will also discuss inviting to play as part of their social emotional curriculum.

Week of March 25th – The Early Learners will be introduced to the letter “Bb” and the theme will be birds. They will also be introduced to the color blue, the concept of big and little, and review their body parts with fun activities. The Early Learners will also discuss joining in with play as part of their social emotional curriculum.

Dates to Remember:

Monday, March 4th, NO SCHOOL, Pulaski Day

Moday, March 18th, Field Trip to KidsWork Museum in Frankfort. The Early Learners will be attending in the morning. They will need to be dropped off at Milne Grove School by 8:45a.m. The bus will leave Milne Grove School at 9:00a.m and will return around 12:00p.m. The Early Learners will need a sack or ZipLoc lunch for the trip.

Please watch your child’s folder for information about the March Family Fun event.

Watch your child’s folder for information regarding the March Family Fun event at Richland School in Crest Hill.

Tuesday, March 26th, Family Fun Night at Richland School in Crest Hill from 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. in the B gym. Please enter at Door #1.

The PK Team

Miss Robin, PK Teacher,

Miss Sonya, Bilingual Liaison,

Miss Ginte, PK aide,

The Speech Spot with Mrs. Barker

Tips for promoting the “R” sound

Many of my speech students at Milne Grove School have difficulties producing the “R” speech sound. “R” is one of the last speech sounds to develop in the American English sound system. If your child is under the age of 7 and is pronouncing w/r, try some of the following tips.

1. Listen to lots of words, which contain the (R) sound. Identify where the sound can be heard. Is the R at the beginning, middle or end of the word?

2. Exaggerate the /R/ sound while reading with your child.

3. Play with sounds that sound like /R/. Pretend to bark like a dog and say r-r-ruff, r-r-ruff; growl like a bear and say gr-r-r-r; or crow like a rooster and say er-er-er.

4. Practice making lots of “L” sounds and words. Many children with poor “Rs” have weak tongue elevation. Have fun making “clicking sounds” with your tongue. Look at yourself in the mirror as you make the sounds and L words. Encourage your child to watch his/her tongue move!

5. Make mistakes with your speech and see if your child can catch the mistakes. (I wan to the wed cau.) Correct your errors when child identifies them. (You are right; I should have said I ran to the red car.)

6. Practice making the “eee” sound. Saying “eee” forces the tongue to retract and stabilize on the upper back molars. Tongue stabilization is the key to making a strong R sound.

Don’t force your child to correct their speech. One key to correcting an /r/ sound is to increase your child’s ability to hear the /r/ and discriminate between good and bad /r/ sounds.

Savvy Solutions with Mrs. DeSandre

by Mrs. DeSandre, Milne Grove Social Worker

This Month’s Topic: Positive Parenting: Encouragement

Encouraging your child, begins with encouraging yourself!

  • Have patience with yourself

  • Enjoy yourself and other people

  • Get to know your own strengths and good qualities

  • Have the courage to be imperfect

  • Value yourself

  • See parenting as a challenge to be met, not a problem to overcome

Encouraging your child...

  • Love and accept your child. Constantly pointing out what is wrong can be discouraging to children and will not help them improve. You can accept your child without accepting the misbehavior. Discuss bad choices without implying your child is bad.

  • Notice your child’s efforts. Improvement takes time. Try to find at least one effort or improvement and look for a chance to tell your child what you have noticed.

  • Appreciate your child. When you say and show that you really appreciate your child, you encourage a sense of belonging. Notice what is important to your child and take an interest in what they like. Build on your child’s strengths.

  • Have faith in your child. Children need to know and see that parents believe they can succeed. Keep in mind that growing up takes years and remember that your child does learn many skills over time.


In March and April, all Milne Grove artists are continuing to explore the art of painting, while moving into the art of sculpture in the weeks ahead. Currently, we are also concentrating on communication skills when discussing completed artwork during critique. Students also continue to focus on communication in written form through “Artist Statements” for all projects completed. Be sure to ask your child about their artwork - you will be amazed at what you learn!

Currently, the kindergarten students are in the final stages of their Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud inspired sundae paintings and will progress into the art of printmaking. Students will use the “monoprint” technique to create a flower still life with chalk accents. First grade students will continue their outer space mixed media paintings and later turn their attention to the talented, yet mysterious world of Vincent Van Gogh prior to creating their own Sunflower Painting.

The second grade students will begin a watercolor cityscape in spirit of Chicago. Students will view many skyline images for inspiration and learn about the countless sites and classic architecture within the great Windy City. The third grade artists are currently working on the color wheel and the work of Jim Dine. In the weeks ahead, will create a cake sculpture with air dry clay and other miscellaneous sculptural materials to bring their designs to life!

For more information on art classes at Milne Grove, please be sure to check us out on the web at Thank you for your interest in your child’s art education.

Mrs. Cravens

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Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics

Students have been working hard to learn the basic skills needed to computer program in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Kindergarten has been learning to code on Course A and an unplugged activity called Code-A-Pillar. 1st grade has been learning to code on Course B and an unplugged activity called Code-A-Pillar. 2nd Grade has been learning to code on Course C, an unplugged activity called Code and Go Robot Mouse, and an unplugged activity called Binary Bracelets. 3rd grade has been learning to code on Course D, Osmo Coding Awbie, Ozobots, and Spheros. Please visit Mrs. Lakics’ website for more information and ideas-

Mrs. Lakics

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Music Notes

To Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director

Email: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

In March students across the USA will celebrate "National Music In Our Schools Month" with the theme "All Music, All People". Music In Our Schools Month is celebrating its 34th year. It began in 1973 as a one day observance and in 1985, grew into a month long celebration. Music affects all of us in many different ways throughout each day. Students will sing, play, and reflect how music affects their lives and learn to appreciate the composers and musicians that create the music we enjoy.

1 - The Lockport District # 91 School Board signed a Resolution (see picture) for the 34th Annual

National Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM). This year’s theme was “All Music, All

People.” Pictured Front Row L to R: Mrs. Lynn Krumlinde (Secretary), Mrs. Courtney Oxley-

Turner (President), Mrs. Laura Garrett

Back Row L - R: Mr. Daniel Dorion, Mr. David Lee, Mrs. Jennifer Fracaro, Mrs. Estella

Rodriguez, Photographer: Mrs. Donna Gray (Superintendent);

2 - In March all K-8 music students will continue their music studies through our subscription to

“The Music Express Magazine” that our D91 PTO so generously provides our music program.

Please go the D91 Music Web site Home Page and each

grade level to let your children share what they are learning in music. Also, please go to the

“Music Express Magazine” website to join your children by singing and dancing along with them

in the music they are learning: and . Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 th music

exploratory classes will compose original music, perform at least one selection on piano, and some

students will advance to organ or guitar. Check out the Organ and Guitar D91 Music web tab for

advanced music students. Lockport D91 has a lot of talented students!

3 - FUNDRAISER for MUSIC - We are continuing the sales of our MAIN Music Fundraiser from

last year of the Hornet Magnets, (@ $5) and Hornet Fathead Stickers (@ $5) with the D91

Hornet. We have about 120 of them remaining and 4 Tervis Tumblers (@$20). The money is used

to help purchase instruments, equipment, and supplies for all K-8 music students in Milne &

Kelvin Grove Schools.

4 - PLEASE SAVE METAL TABS for Music all year. We get about $5 for 5 gallons

of tabs. Please send the beverage tabs to school in a ziplock bag.


March 6 – Chorus & Band are taking orders for spring flower bulbs – contact a chorus/band

member to purchase some of the beautiful flowers!

Saturday, March 16 (9am) The Kelvin Grove Chorus will be performing for the District IGSMA

Choir Contest at Lockport Township High School East Maroon Room. Please show your support

of the KG Chorus by attending contest. There is $1 admission charge for the audience.

Thurs. March 28 (leave 5:30 pm) – Kelvin Grove Chorus to see Broadway in Chicago’s


In March students across the USA will celebrate “National Music

In Our Schools Month” with the theme “All Music, All People”.

Music In Our Schools Month is celebrating its 34 th year. It began

in 1973 as a one day observance and in 1985, grew into a month

long celebration. Music affects all of us in many different ways

throughout each day. Students will sing, play, and reflect how

music affects their lives and learn to appreciate the composers and

musicians that create the music we enjoy.

M. May 13 (6:30 pm) – All students in Grades 4, 5 KG Chorus, and a few selected students in

grades 6-8 will present the spring concert in the KG old gym. Admission is FREE and open to the


Th. May 16 3 rd Grade Recorder Concert at 2:30 pm MG gym Parents and family invited

M. May 20–Tentative-Kelvin Grove Chorus to Sanfilippo “Victorian Palace” (leave 8:45 am-4 pm)

FREE RECORDER CLUB Wednesdays (8-8:20 am) –at MG for all 3 rd grade students – no sign-

up just come by 8 am. Always check the music web page after 6 :15 am before coming in case we

have to cancel at the last minute.

FREE use of the KG Music Lab on Fridays from 7:30-8:30 am – ENTER KG Door #1 at 7:30 am.

Open music lab is available to all KG students in Grades 4-8. Students may work on any music

instrument or project of their choice during that time. Always check the music web page after

6:15 am before coming in case we have to cancel at the last minute.

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Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids. This is what you have been looking Contact Athena Dingels for details (must possess a bachelor's degree and be willing to obtain the sub teacher credential through ISBE).

Order Your Yearbook Today! Only $20

See Link Below & Enter Yearbook ID Code 13213819

You can also send a check payable to Lockport District 91 / MG Yearbook to the office!