DECEMBER / JANUARY

Newsletter 2017

DON'T FORGET TO TAKE THE SURVEY ONLINE!

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Dear KG Parents,


I always start this edition of the newsletter by thanking all the parents that were able to make it to parent teacher conferences. The home to school connection is an integral part of a successful education. One of our daily investments continues to be to establish the lines of communication between the teachers and parents. When the two groups are in tune with what’s happening in the child’s life at both locations, the amount of growth that can take place is astonishing.


There are two very important surveys we are asking parents to complete before the end of the calendar year. The first was sent to all families at the end of November. This district survey is feedback needed for our long term strategic plan. We encourage parents to not only take the survey but to be a part of the planning process. If you will have children in D91 for the next five years, give serious consideration to be a member of the planning committee meeting which will take place on Saturday, February 10th. Our long term goals will be formed from the outcomes at this important event. The second survey is the 5-Essential school climate survey mandated by the Illinois State Board of Education. The feedback parents and students provide on this survey is part of our school’s report card given by ISBE. This will be the first time our fourth and fifth graders will participate in the survey. Kelvin and Milne require a minimum number of parent responses to receive a valid score. We will send the link in our Friday message this month and place it on our website. Thanks for helping us reach our long term goals by giving us your input on these two important surveys.


This time of year is full of celebrations. During the final week before break on Tuesday, December 19th, is the annual holiday program with Milne Grove students. The KG choir will be center stage for a performance of “Jingle Bell Jukebox”. We will then have the opportunity to celebrate with our families while we are on winter break from Saturday, December 23rd through Monday, January 8th. Students return to class on Tuesday, January 9th. The winter does not only come with many reasons to celebrate but also it’s cold weather. While we’ve been blessed with a mild fall season, please be reminded to check to make sure your child is dressed appropriately for school and recess. Students will be outside for recess if temperatures are above 20 oF. This means heavy coats, hats, and gloves are essential to keep students warm while playing. In case of emergency closings, you may visit our website, tune in to WGN or WBBM radio, or view any of the local T.V. broadcasts for up to the minute school closing information. I hope everyone will have the opportunity to spend time with family during winter break, and I wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season.


Sincerely,


John Jennings

Principal

I’d like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season! I’d also like to remind you that it is cold and flu season! Remember to keep warm by dressing for the weather, keep gems away by washing your hands often and keep nourished by eating fruits and veggies daily and drinking lots of water! Also, it’s not too late to get your flu shot!


Winter break and the new year are fast approaching! With that in mind, it’s not too early to start thinking about next school year. 5th Grade Parents! - Your 5th grader will need an Illinois State Physical and updated immunizations for their 6th grade school year! Don’t wait… make your appointment now and get it completed as soon as possible. By the time August rolls around appointments will be limited and lines will be long to get those physical and vaccines completed before the exclusion date, October 15, 2018.


Current 6th Grade Parents!- Illinois State Law requires Dental Exams to be completed and turned in by the last day of school which is May 23, 2018! Don’t wait any longer- Get those dental exams completed as soon as possible. If a dental exam is not turned in for your student by the last day of school, you will not have access to your students grades until that exam is completed and received by the nurse.


Miles of Smiles will be here February 9, 2018. Miles of Smiles is a free dental health program that provides preventive dental services at school to eligible children of all grades. They will be here at Kelvin Grove to provide services including exam, cleaning, fluoride varnish and sealants if needed. This also satisfies the dental requirement mandated by the State of Illinois for school children (K, 2nd and 6th). Letters and permission slips were sent home before Thanksgiving break but are still available on the district website, if you are unable to access the website, please contact me for more details.


Thank you and Take Care!

Jenna Drobick, BSN, RN


Guidance

In Guidance classes this month, we have been talking about recognizing and categorizing our feelings related to intensity, and about the necessity to manage our feelings differently in various situations. For example, expressing strong feelings of excitement may be expected when we are at home, but those same feelings may need to be managed differently in a classroom or in a public setting. While no feelings we experience are wrong, sometimes we have difficulty managing those feelings and responding in an expected, acceptable manner. In class, we have also begun discussing strategies that we can use to manage our feelings and maintain emotional control as expected in various settings.. Please continue to talk with your child about self-control and managing emotions outside of school to develop and strengthen these important skills.


If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the guidance program, please contact me. I would love to hear from you! I would also encourage you to visit my webpage to find out more about the Guidance program and other helpful information.


Kathi Henderson

Kelvin Grove Student Counselor/Social Worker

Email: khenderson@d91.net

Phone: 815-838-0737 Ext 1132

Website: www.henderson91.weebly.com

4th Grade

Academically, your child has been busy in all subject areas. Reading/Language has brought us to Theme 3 where we will be learning about singular and plural nouns, possessive nouns, abbreviations and pronouns. We have also been reading On My Honor as a novel study. We will soon be reading stories from our basal reader. In math we will learn about factors, multiples, and patterns. In Social Studies we have been learning about the nation’s economy, and will soon be learning about the northeast region of the United States. In science we have been studying about ecosystems and the Earth’s surface. Please ask your child about any and all of these topics.


Once again, we would like to stress the importance of a good homework routine. Please work with your child on homework sheets, studying for quizzes and tests, and reviewing all math facts. Be sure to check your child’s home folder and agenda each night for information regarding these assignments and tests. Don’t forget about our web page. It is one more way to find out what your child’s assignments are. You can find our web pages on www.d91.net.


Happy Holidays!!

4th Grade P.E.

For the months of December and January, we will be finishing up our unit on basketball. For the two weeks in December, we will be in our health unit and learning about nutrition and friendship. When we get back from break in January, we will be starting our unit in volleyball. To continue our success in work out Wednesdays, encourage your child to stay active over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.

5th Grade

It was nice to see so many at parent teacher conferences. Please contact your child’s teacher if any questions or concerns may arise throughout the year.


In reading we working in our I-READY books covering many different concepts: main idea, summarizing, using details to support inferences, etc.. We are also working in our Sadlier language books. We will soon begin reading the novel The Cay. The novel should be coming home daily to help students answer the questions which go along with the text. In social studies we have been learning about explorers. Students will be creating a powerpoint presentation depicting the life of an explorer. In science students are learning about biomes and protecting and preserving ecosystems. In language we are learning about possessive nouns, pronouns, antecedents, subject and object pronouns and possessive pronouns. Students have also been learning about the components of a memoir and have been working hard on writing their own. In math we are continuing our study of decimal operation. Students know how to access think central from home. Please encourage your child to log on at home to continue practicing the skills being covered in class.


Students check and log grades once a week. Please be sure to go over this information with your child, and send back the log signed. This report of communication will help your child be successful in the future.


Please check your child’s agenda daily to ensure all homework is being completed in a timely manner. Please continue working on basic multiplication and division facts with your child.


Fifth grade teachers

5th Grade P.E.

For the months of December and January, we will be finishing up our unit on basketball. For the two weeks in December, we will be in our health unit and learning about nutrition and friendship. When we get back from break in January, we will be starting our unit in volleyball. To continue our success in work out Wednesdays, encourage your child to stay active over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.

4th & 5th Grade Technology Class

During the month of December we will be celebrating Computer Science Education Week.

CSEdWeek will take place on December 4th-10th and inspires students to take interest in computer science and focuses on the critical role of computing in all careers. All 4th and 5th grade students will participate in the Hour of Code on Code.org in computer class to celebrate and engage in computer science. Students will also learn about Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a computing pioneer, who was born on December 9, 1906.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvyTEx1wyOY&feature=youtu.be

6th Grade Science

Sixth grade science students learned about densities of liquids and liquids can layer if the densities are different. We layered vegetable oil, water, and syrup. To throw a wrench into the experiment, the students added a fourth liquid, vinegar. Be sure to ask them what happened. After this section still will be thinking and acting like happy molecules as we move more into the world of molecules and atoms. Students will learn the “States of Matter” dance. They will have multiple labs where they will discover how certain states of matter behave. One of the labs will leave the students scratching their heads and question 50 + 50 = 100? The students are doing research on the fourth state of matter, Plasma. The class will be doing more labs these next couple chapters along with different activities to learn the vocabulary. We are looking forward to talking about the periodic table, and the difference between atoms and molecules. The students will research and make a poster on one Element from the Periodic Table. The students will present as the Element or the scientist/person that discovered that element.

6th grade Social Studies

Students are learning about ancient Egypt, the importance of the Nile River, the intriguing culture and religion and the afterlife. The students are enjoying a few educational games about building a pyramid, mummification and making their way through a tomb using Egyptian math. These games can be found on Mrs. Soulian’s website, take a few minutes and try it yourself!


Mr. Lindstrom’s and Mrs. Stateman’s math classes completed their second unit of number operations. Students have learned how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals and fractions without a calculator. We are continuing our third unit of study involving proportionality which studies ratios, rates, and percents.


Assignments will be given out of the text on working and lesson days with the final day of using the Personal Math Trainer to complete an online checkpoint. Text assignments should be completed on a daily basis, failure to do so means that the student is unprepared for class. Students have math homework on a daily basis and should be bringing their Go Math books home to complete them. We have two types of module assessments. The module post test is taken online and students can view their grade immediately. Module problem solvings assess students’ reasoning skills through writing and modeling all of their work.


Did you know that all students have the opportunity to retake a module assessment to attempt for greater points? We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity when scoring anything under 100% on an assessment. All a student needs to do is sign up for a designated retake time and day, complete their personal study plan (if assigned) from home using our excellent Go Math resources, and be ready to do their best the second time around. Ask your child to login to their account and show you how to access the additional practice features.


How can I help my child with math at home?

  • Encourage your child to solve everyday problems involving numbers without the use of a calculator or Google.

  • Talk about the importance of math and how it is used in daily life.

  • Review your child’s homework and ask them to explain how they arrived at their solutions to problems.

  • View the Math on The Spot videos with your child for concepts or skills he or she may be having difficulty with.

  • Talk with your child’s teacher about any questions you have about the math your child is learning.

6th Grade ELA

Vocabulary study continues for the sixth graders. They are using the Chromebooks to access and complete the activities for the Vocabulary Workshop program. Assignments are completed regularly with this program. If your child is absent, or doesn’t finish an assignment in class, he or she can access the program at home.


The sixth graders will continue with the study of argumentative writing. Through the lessons presented, the students will discover the purpose and structure of argumentative writing.


Our reading selections will be nonfiction and fiction pieces from our Literature texts.


In addition, book project assignments will require the students to be reading outside of school day. Please make sure that your child is completing the reading required to successfully finish these assignments.

6th Grade P.E.

For the months of December and January, we will be finishing up our unit on basketball. For the two weeks in December, we will be in our health unit and learning about nutrition and friendship. When we get back from break in January, we will be starting our unit in volleyball. To continue our success in work out Wednesdays, encourage your child to stay active over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.

7th Grade Science

For the months of December and January, we will be finishing up our unit of heredity and starting our unit on evolution. We will be learning about the different types of reproduction and how that will reflect the traits of their offspring. We will learn how to solve a punnett square, learn about dominant and recessive genes, and genetic engineering. For evolution, students will investigate the cause and effect relationship between genetic variations and natural selection. They will also be able to identify how environmental and genetic factors can influence the growth of organisms. We will be discussing this topic and will be doing a number of activities and labs during class to help us understand this topic.

7th grade Social Studies - Students are finishing up the American Revolution and will be moving into learning about the United States Constitution. We will begin with the Preamble, please check Mrs. Soulian’s website for videos that help with remembering the words. Each section of the Constitution will be covered, students will have study guides, please ask your student to review with them and prepare for these tests.

Seventh grade students have completed Unit 2: Ratios and Proportional Relationships. Students now know how to calculate unit rates, find proportionality from a graph, and how to calculate tax, tip, markup, and discounts. Ask your child to find the sale price or the amount of tip next time you are at the store or a restaurant, they can do it! Unit 3 will focus on expressions, equations, and inequalities. Students will be solving one and two step equations and inequalities. Let the algebra fun begin!


Assignments will be given out of the text on working and lesson days with the final day of using the Personal Math Trainer to complete an online checkpoint. Text assignments should be completed on a daily basis, failure to do so means that the student is unprepared for class. Students have math homework on a daily basis and should be bringing their Go Math books home to complete them. We have two types of module assessments. The module post test is taken online and students can view their grade immediately. Module problem solvings assess students’ reasoning skills through writing and modeling all of their work.


Did you know that all students have the opportunity to retake a module assessment to attempt for greater points? We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity when scoring anything under 100% on an assessment. All a student needs to do is sign up for a designated retake time and day, complete their personal study plan (if assigned) from home using our excellent Go Math resources, and be ready to do their best the second time around. Ask your child to login to their account and show you how to access the additional practice features.


How can I help my child with math at home?

  • Encourage your child to solve everyday problems involving numbers without the use of a calculator or Google.

  • Talk about the importance of math and how it is used in daily life.

  • Review your child’s homework and ask them to explain how they arrived at their solutions to problems.

  • View the Math on The Spot videos with your child for concepts or skills he or she may be having difficulty with.

  • Talk with your child’s teacher about any questions you have about the math your child is learning.

7th Grade ELA

Following our trip to Drury Lane Theater to see the theatrical version of A Christmas Carol, the seventh grade students will compare and contrast the written drama with the theatrical production as we focus on the symbolism present within the text and how it was portrayed in the play.


Seventh grade students are beginning a unit of study that focuses on argumentative writing. This type of writing will be introduced through many different text examples and sample book reviews. Your child will then write his/her own book review to demonstrate understanding.


Thank you to all of the parents that attended Parent-Teacher Conferences. As always, we appreciate the support you provide your child and his/her teachers!

7th Grade P.E.

For the months of December and January, we will be finishing up our unit on basketball. For the two weeks in December, we will be in our health unit and learning about nutrition and friendship. When we get back from break in January, we will be starting our unit in volleyball. To continue our success in work out wednesdays, encourage your child to stay active over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.

6th & 7th grade is focusing on coding and the key term algorithm. An algorithm is a list of steps or instructions to finish a task. For example, the collection of steps to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

8th Grade Science

We are exploring Astronomy through our current unit.

Through our studies of the solar system we have answered the questions:

What is the Universe? What goes on in Stars? What are the predictable patterns caused by Earth's movement in the solar system?

Coming up next, we will be exploring each of the planets in our solar system by doing a group research presentation.

Throughout December, we will be exploring the time period between the 1890’s and the 1920’s in the United States known as the Progressive Era. This was a time of immense change for the United States. The Industrial Revolution attracted an immense number of immigrants, as well as people from rural areas of the United States, to large city hubs like Chicago, New York and Pittsburgh. The students will cover the challenges that this increase in population caused to the city governments and infrastructure. The students will also discuss and research how grassroots reformers (Progressives) crusaded to call attention to the deteriorating city conditions due to rapid growth and industrialization, and how their work changed the way Americans live today.

Eighth grade students have finished Unit 2: Proportional and Nonproportional Relationships and Functions. Students have learned how to find the slope and y-intercept of linear relationships from a table, graph, and equation, be able to write linear equations from situations, and identify functions. We will begin our Unit 3: Solving Equations and Systems of Equations in December. Encourage the use of the excellent Math on the Spot videos if your child is having difficulty with the material.


Assignments will be given out of the text on working and lesson days with the final day of using the Personal Math Trainer to complete an online checkpoint. Text assignments should be completed on a daily basis, failure to do so means that the student is unprepared for class. Students have math homework on a daily basis and should be bringing their Go Math books home to complete them. We have two types of module assessments. The module post test is taken online and students can view their grade immediately. Module problem solvings assess students’ reasoning skills through writing and modeling all of their work.


Did you know that all students have the opportunity to retake a module assessment to attempt for greater points? We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity when scoring anything under 100% on an assessment. All a student needs to do is sign up for a designated retake time and day, complete their personal study plan (if assigned) from home using our excellent Go Math resources, and be ready to do their best the second time around. Ask your child to login to their account and show you how to access the additional practice features.


How can I help my child with math at home?

  • Encourage your child to solve everyday problems involving numbers without the use of a calculator or Google.

  • Talk about the importance of math and how it is used in daily life.

  • Review your child’s homework and ask them to explain how they arrived at their solutions to problems.

  • View the Math on The Spot videos with your child for concepts or skills he or she may be having difficulty with.

  • Talk with your child’s teacher about any questions you have about the math your child is learning.

The 8th graders have started their first class novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Stay tuned to Mr. Prieboy’s website for further details regarding the book! We have been busy lately exploring the idea of choices and how those choices push the story in a certain direction. Students will also explore the possibility of how a story could change if the choices made by the characters would be different. We also have been working on our Informational Writing unit.

The 8th grade students are continuing to work hard on their Sadlier Connect Online vocabulary assignments. The website is a great tool for at-home practice for students. It includes extra practice worksheets, games, and even flashcards to help give students a deeper understanding of the assigned words. Follow the link from Mr. Prieboy’s webpage to find out more.


8th Grade P.E.

For the months of December and January, we will be finishing up our unit on basketball. For the two weeks in December, we will be in our health unit and learning about nutrition and friendship. When we get back from break in January, we will be starting our unit in volleyball. To continue our success in work out wednesdays, encourage your child to stay active over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.

Technology Class

The month of December is all about coding.

8th grade is focusing on apps and how the concept of applications has grown over the past few years due to the evolution of the cell phone into smart phones. Each student will select one app that inspires them, do research, and create a flyer using Google Drawings. Once students are done, they will code and build their own apps on Code.org. Check out Mrs. Lakics’ website for past class apps that students have coding on their own.

Junior High CAD

This month, we worked on reading skills, antonyms and synonyms, and vowel patterns. In math, we reviewed money, time, graphs and multiplication. We continue to fill in organization webs for writing paragraphs, staying on topic, and correcting our errors. In Science, we reviewed all the planets and made a book with facts for each one. Then, we took a field trip to the Planetarium and saw a movie about traveling thru space to different planets. It was awesome! One of our favorite things each week is cooking. Hamburger Helper was a big hit!

Happy Holidays! All students will complete a holiday inspired ceramic ornament to share with their families for the season. Each personal ornament will be a great gift that will shine and sparkle on the holiday tree. Additionally in the months ahead, the fourth and fifth grade art students will also study the color wheel and will be putting their color knowledge to use by creating copy cat paintings – practicing the different painting styles and techniques of both Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet. The fourth grade students will be using Van Gogh and his masterpiece, “Starry Night” as inspiration and the fifth grade students will be starting a formal painting using Claude Monet to motivate their efforts.


The second trimester exploratory classes have just begun and students have started their place card to identify their seat in art class. They will also start their portfolio, which will house all their work in progress, and sketchbook for class within the weeks ahead.


Please note the following ART CLUB dates in December and January:

December 5, 2017

December 12, 2017

December 19, 2017

January 9, 2018

January 16, 2018

January 23, 2018


*Please note this change….All 4th - 8th grade art club members can attend ALL meetings; however, a new project will only be introduced every other meeting. If students attend additional meetings, they can finish outstanding work or try something of their own choosing.


Thank you for your interest in the Art Department at Kelvin Grove and happy holidays to all!

-Mrs. Cravens

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the

Kelvin Grove Solo & Ensemble Contest on Thursday, November 16!

It was a wonderful night of music making.


HAPPENINGS IN THE BAND ROOM:

We are busily preparing for our Winter Concert on Tuesday, February 13 or for contest season! We have lots of music to prepare, so students should be practicing 30 minutes 4-6 times a week or for at least 120 minutes per week.

IMPORTANT DATES:

A calendar of band events and other information can be found at our website: http://kgband.weebly.com/

PACK THE GYM NIGHT:

The Concert Band has been asked to play the Boys’ Basketball and Girls’ Volleyball games on Thursday, January 11. Students were asked to turn in their form indicating if they can participate. I will let everyone know if we will be performing no later than Monday, December 4.

LTHS 8th GRADE BAND STEP-UP DAY:

The 8th grade band members will be going over to the high school on Wednesday, January 10 for Band Step-Up Day in the morning. Permission slips will be coming home the week of November 27 and will be due Friday, December 8.

MANDATORY 8th GRADE BAND PARENTS’ MEETING:

For all 8th grade students continuing in band at the high school, there will be a mandatory parents’ meeting on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00pm at LTHS east campus auditorium.

CONCERT BAND LOCK-IN:

Chaperones are needed for the Concert Band Lock-in on Friday, February 2 from 9:15pm-12:00am. Forms will be coming home the week of November 27 and will be due on Friday, December 8. The lock-in is only possible with the help of the parents, so please consider chaperoning this event.

FUNDRAISING INFO:

Poppin Popcorn will be delivered on Wednesday, December 6 and will be distributed during that week. We will have a Spring Avon fundraisers, so be looking for those brochures to be coming home early February. Thank you for supporting the band through our fundraisers.



As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Plagman at (815)838-0737 x1139 or nplagman@d91.net.

Chorus

1 FREE ADULT GROUP PIANO LESSON and 1 FREE ADULT MUSIC COMPUTER TRAINING- Monday, November 20 (5:30-6:30 pm): By Advance Reservation for Any Adult in the area that would like to see and learn what our D91 Music Students are learning. Have 1 hour of FREE group piano and computer instruction. You will use music software and learn beginning piano. Enter Door # 1 at 5:15 pm on Monday, November 20. Make your reservation by emailing Mrs. Randolph at srandolph@d91.net with your name and phone number. She will confirm your reservation via email.


CHRISTMAS PROGRAM (Grades K-5 & KG Chorus): T. Dec. 19 (10am & 1:15 pm)

“Jingle Bell Jukebox” (a musical with a setting in an ice cream shop) will be presented in the Kelvin Grove Gym (enter Door # 1) by all students in grades K-5 and the Kelvin Grove Chorus. The Kindergarten and First Grade will perform two songs on the stage to open the musical. Second through Fifth Graders and KG Chorus will present the entire musical in the gym on the floor in front of the stage. Auditioned Chorus members will be the cast. Morning Kindergarten will perform during the 10 am show and the afternoon kindergarten will perform during the 1:15 pm show. Students are to wear nice clothes for this performance or if you want to dress in 1950s style – girls: poodle skirts, etc.)

HELP NEEDED NOW (see dates on form below)! Parents are needed to help build sets, sew costumes, decorate and set-up for the Christmas Program. Please return the form asap!

RIALTO ORGAN OPPORTUNITY: Our organ students are allowed to play the Rialto Grand Barton Theatre Pipe Organ in Joliet each year in a private concert open to our families. Organ students should start preparing for that concert now. Date announced in 2018. Please get application form from Mrs. Randolph.


MUSIC CALENDAR:


M. Nov. 20 (2:30 pm- 7:30 pm) Decorate stage and build sets for Dec. 19 Musical

T. Nov. 21 (7:30 am – 11 am) Decorate stage and build sets for Dec. 19 Musical

F. Dec.15 (3pm) (Old Gym closed to 10pm Dec.19)(Parents & Friends help decorate program)

M. Dec. 18 (morning) During school Musical practice

T. Dec. 19 10am & 1:15pm Musical (Grades K-5 & Chorus) KG old gym


MUSIC TECHNOLOGY Fund-Raiser (Grades K-8):

VALUCARDS – Valucards ($10 each) c. 250 left – Please help us sell these last few cards! Contact Mrs. Randolph to purchase a discount card good EVERY Day until the end of May!

SAVE TABS FOR MUSIC! Please bring metal tabs from soda and other cans to school in a ziplock bag or large mouthed container and have students put in large white buckets in the hallway.


THANK YOU FOR HELPING! Return to Mrs. Randolph ASAP


Student’s First & Last Name _______________________________

Grade _________ Homeroom Teacher ______________________________


Yes, I can help decorate and set-up for the Christmas Musical


CIRCLE DATE(S) YOU CAN HELP:


M. Nov. 20 (all pm times): 2:30-3:30; 3:30-4:30; 4:30-5:30; 5:30-6:30; 6:30-7:30


T. Nov. 21: 7:30-8:30 am; 8:30-9:30 am; 9:30-10:30 am; 10:30-11:30 am; 12:30-1:30 pm; 1:30-2:30;


F. Dec. 15: 3-5 pm; 5-6 pm;


M. Dec. 18 (time TBA if help still needed)


I prefer to help (circle one or more): During school After School Evening


Print Student First and Last Name _________________________________


Grade _____ Homeroom Teacher _________________________________


Print Parent/ Volunteer First and Last Name _________________________________


Day Phone ________________________________Evening Phone ______________________________


Email _____________________________________


May I give your above information to a parent to help me contact you? (circle One) YES NO


I have experience with (circle all that you are willing and able to do):

sewing - decorating - set design - building sets – graphic design - advertising - clerical (typing, copying) Other (list it) ________________________


CIRCLE ONE: YES NO I have turned in a Volunteer Background Check to the office.


I understand I must have a Volunteer background check form on file with the office before I may help. (The form is available through the D 91 web page or from either office. Direct all Volunteer background check questions to the office.)


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VOLUNTEERING! If you aren’t contacted by December 11, please call or email Mrs. Randolph. She may not have received your form.

Cheer News

The cheerleaders have been working hard this year. They have been cheering at the home basketball games for both the girls and boys basketball teams in addition to preparing for their own competition season.


The cheerleaders attended NCA Camps over the summer and learned many new skills to incorporate into the competition routine.


As the cheerleaders begin their competition season, the expectations are high to perform well and bring back the state trophy to Kelvin Grove. The competition schedule is:

November 19 at Wilmington High School

December 2 at Reed-Custer High School

December 9 at Lincoln-Way East High School

December 17 at Joliet West High School

January 14 at Plainfield South High School

January 20 at IESA State Competition at Peoria Civic Center

The Learning Resource Center transforms into a “Winter Wonderland” this time of year, with the help of KG student-created snowflakes and student projects. It's a great time of year to continue to read as a family. Hot chocolate or a cup of tea and a good book is the perfect ending to a long winter day!

We continue to reach out to authors using Google Hangouts, Skype and the LRC's Twitter. It's important that we help our students make real-world connections with authors and writers in the United States and across the world. We will be connecting with students in Japan this trimester, learning about Hana's Suitcase and exchanging ideas.

There are many winter literacy activities and skills instructions taking place in the LRC throughout December and January. Plagiarism prevention and credible sources will continue to be highlighted. The JOY of reading -- and student choice -- will be stressed as we highlight and book talk Caudill nominees.

We are delighted to be receiving print materials totalling $1500.00 from the LBSS Read for Information grant the LRC was recently awarded. Thanks to Illinos School Library Media Association for awarding the KG LRC this sought-after grant award. Thanks also to the Illinois State Library

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Students will be using greenscreen to tell winter stories and to illustrate setting. These stories will help us kick off Passport to Reading: Read Around the World in January.

Volunteers needed:

If you have an hour of time to spare each week, your help in shelving LRC books would be most appreciated. Email Mrs. Bruemmer at sbruemmer@d91.net

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Contact Mrs. B at sbruemmer@d91.net with questions or concerns any time.

Student Council - Student Council successfully hosted the Halloween dance, many thanks to the students attending for their creative costumes and fun times. Student Council is working on putting together upcoming activities which will include a shoe cutting party to help Sole Hope, please keep any jeans you no longer wear we would love to take them off of your hands. Please keep watch for upcoming dates and other ways to donate. In January we will hold our annual Souper Bowl, please help us collect food to donate to our local food pantry here in Lockport. Thank you for your continued support.

Nature Club - The students have been very excited to begin Nature Club, we have collected leaves and created our own fall leaf animals. We are going to be baking cookies for the birds and placing them on the trees around our building. We are currently planning a field trip and are looking into a few options, more details to come. During the winter months we will be focused on recycling and planning for the spring planting.

Yearbook club is in full swing. Students have picked out a cover for our yearbook and have been tagging photos of KG students. Our goal is to get ALL students in at least one candid shot in the yearbook and we need everyone’s help. All yearbook members have their own login for Jostens and can even tag photos at home.


Our upcoming meetings are as follows for the school year

  • December 11, 2017

  • January 22, 2018

  • January 29, 2018

  • February 12, 2018

  • February 26, 2018

  • March 12, 2018

  • May 14, 2018

Digital Citizenship Family Activity

Topic: A Creator’s Rights