March Newsletter

2018

Dear KG Parents,


February’s weather has given us more precipitation than expected and in several forms. Due to the emergency day, our final day of student attendance has moved back to Thursday, May 24th. This will still be an early dismissal day (11:30 am) and will be when students receive their report cards and yearbooks. Our end of the year growth assembly will also take place that morning. Below is a quick list of events to mark in your calendars:

  • May 8 Third Grade Step-up Night 6:00 pm

  • May 9 Band Recognition Concert 7:00 pm

  • May 15 Chorus Recognition Concert 6:30 pm

  • May 17 Jr High Awards Night 6:00 pm

  • May 18 KG Career Day & Field Day

  • May 22 Graduation Dance 6:30 pm

  • May 23 Eighth Grade Graduation at LTHS East Auditorium 7:00 pm


Last month the students and teachers had fun practicing self-control. The key for self-control is finding the balance between having enough and having too much. We looked at the difference between taking every risk and not taking any at all. This can limit the amount of enjoyment and satisfaction people have in their lives. The month of March is dedicated to the skill for success of Integrity. Students often try to compare integrity to honesty. While honesty is a component of having integrity; there is much more to this skill. The school has commonly defined it as, “Doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” This skill is essential for future success and is mentioned most frequently as the quality searched for by employers. We learned early in our lives the importance of honesty from George Washington when he stated, “I cannot tell a lie.” But I think integrity is summed up best from reggae singer, Bob Marley, when he stated, “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”


March is the month for our required state assessments. We will begin the process on Wednesday, March 7 and, as always, student attendance during this month is imperative. Students will not be testing each day, so each day missed for orthodontist appointments, doctor's appointments or illness may lead to your child having to miss other classes to make up PARCC or the Illinois Science Assessment testing sessions. Students should be well rested, have a hearty breakfast, and ready to do their best. The data gathered from these assessments play a role in placement decisions, but are also how our school is measured against the other schools in the state according to the new Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (ESSA). While the Illinois State Board of Education will be taking more information into consideration to place on our school’s report card, the PARCC and ISA will still be heavy contributors to our “grade.” Please continue to stress the importance of these exams to your children, and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Sincerely,

John Jennings, Principal

Attendance:

We are almost finished with the second Trimester of this school year and would like to remind all parents/guardians of the requirement to call the attendance line to report all attendance related information. The attendance office begins the attendance report at 9am each morning (9:45 on late start days). If you have not reported your child absent by then there is a good chance that you will receive a robo-call that your child is unexcused and considered truant. There are numerous robo-calls that go out each day, but we do not receive a call back for many of our absences. The attendance office is required to report all truant information. We also have numerous children that the parent/guardian calls the attendance line but does not provide a reason for the absence. (My son, Billy, will not be in school today.) These are also unexcused absences. When you call in to the main number (815-838-0737), choose option 1 to report student attendance information. Please leave the following details: Child’s first and last name, grade, homeroom teacher and the reason for (or details of) the absence. Be aware that doctor appointments are only considered an excused absence if you provide a doctor’s note as proof of the doctor’s visit.


The District is also required to report students with high absence rates, excused or unexcused. Please be sure to review attendance procedures and expectations in the Student Handbook. Student attendance is crucial to student success in learning and preparing for the future.

8th Grade Student Records:

As we plan for our 8th graders moving on to high school, our 8th grade families will receive a form mid-February to release student records. This form must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to school. We are not able to send complete student files to a high school without this form. If you are unsure yet if your 8th grader will be moving on to Lockport High School, please be sure to contact our Student Data Specialist via email at lkrumlinde@d91.net.

Notes from the Nurse:

  • The Sixth grade Dental Exam due date May 15, 2018. This date is quickly approaching. Please have your dentist complete the Illinois State Dental Exam Form found on the Health Update page of the D91 website. They must be received by May 15th, the school can hold the end of the year report card if this form is not handed in. Please contact me if you need to verify that I have your student’s exam on file.


  • Please remember the best way to prevent the spread of germs is proper hand hygiene. Remind your children of the importance of washing their hands frequently.


  • The office is not able to give out any medication without a signed medication authorization form from a parent/guardian, which can be found on the district website or in the office. This includes Tylenol, cough drops, cough syrup, etc.

    • If your child has a cold with symptoms that can be controlled with minimal medication, please drop off medication in the original package and the medication authorization form to the office. Please remind students that cough drops also need a note and need to be kept in the office.

  • Please contact me with any changes in your student’s medications or the development of any health concerns during the school year. It is important that the nurse is aware of any health concerns so the proper interventions can be implemented and the student’s health record is kept up-to-date.


  • When calling in your student’s absence to the attendance line, please be as specific as possible regarding any signs, symptoms or diagnosis of illness in order for us to accurately keep track of trending illnesses at Kelvin Grove


  • It is not too early to start thinking about next year’s sixth grade physicals! If you have a fifth grade student and get a physical done, have the doctor complete the Illinois health exam now! The same goes for a visit to the dentist.


5th Graders:


On Thursday March 29, 2018, fifth grade students will have the opportunity to be apart of an important lesson on the early stages of puberty. During the lesson the boys and girls will be separated, presented a video, and a powerpoint presentation on terminology from The Always Changing and Growing Up Program. This program helps both boys and girls:

  • Understand the physical and emotional changes they experience during puberty, and acknowledge these changes as a normal part of growth and development.

  • Learn the physiology of their bodies and correct terminology for parts of the reproductive system.

  • Understand that personal hygiene is each individual's responsibility.


6th Graders:


On Thursday March 23, 2018, sixth grade students will have the opportunity to be apart of an important lesson on the early stages of puberty and personal hygiene. During the co-ed lesson, the boys and girls will be presented a video from The Always Changing and Growing Up Program.


The Always Changing and Growing up Program is based on national research and consultation with school nurses, health educators, parents and medical professionals. It has been a trusted resource for over 30 years and has been taught to millions of students nationwide. It is provided as a free educational service to our school.


After the program, there will be a special guest appearance from the Lockport Police Department. K-9 Officer Citgo and his handler will be here to discuss the importance of drug abuse prevention and perform a brief demonstration. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and see Citgo in action.


Permission slips for both 5th and 6th grade programs will be sent home the first week in March


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.


Jenna Drobick, BSN, RN

Kelvin Grove Nurse

815-838-0737 ext. 1102

jdrobick@d91.net

Guidance

Since returning from Winter Break, we have been learning about and practicing the three steps for showing empathy to others. Step One: Identify the emotion the other person is experiencing; Step Two: Put yourself in their shoes; Step Three: Do or say something nice. We have discussed examples and had fun performing some role-play activities to practice these skills of showing empathy to others. Teachers continue to emphasize showing empathy in the classroom and have initiated a project to give students an opportunity to show empathy through supporting a local animal shelter. Students have shown enthusiasm and excitement about this project, and it has been rewarding to see their caring attitudes!


Our next topic will be embracing differences in others. We will be talking about differences that we see in people and how we can appreciate and learn from those differences. Learning to appreciate, respect, and accept others will help our school community to be more peaceful and pleasant and will encourage positive relationships as our children grow to become successful adults.


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

It’s hard to believe that we have surpassed 100 days of school! In that time we have been very busy. We are moving right along in all curricular areas. Be sure to ask your child about all they have been learning.

In reading, we are expanding our vocabularies using our Sadlier Vocabulary series. We have also been studying nonfiction text structures such as cause and effect, problem/solution, and sequence. In language, we have learned the skills of subject, object, and possessive pronouns, adjectives, articles, and verbs.


We have been working diligently in math on fractions. We are now adding and subtracting mixed numbers. Looking forward, students will begin to multiply fractions. To help your child, you can practice these concepts as well as basic multiplication facts. As you know, basic math facts are useful in many concepts in math other than just multiplication. We find them to be helpful with fractions, such as finding common denominators and simplifying fractions.


Our science lessons have been teaching us about Earth’s composition. We have learned about the layers of the Earth, tectonic plates and continents, and the effects of tectonic plate movement. In social studies, we are learning about the regions of the United States focusing on the Southeast and Midwest regions. For each region we study the history, landscape, economy, and natural resources specific to that area.


Please continue to check your child’s agenda and home folder. Although your child is old enough to do homework on his/her own, it is still important to check over the work discussing any errors made. Establishing a good homework routine now will prove beneficial to your child in the future.

4th Grade PE

Volleyball Fundamentals and Fitness Training.

4th Grade Technology Class

4th grade students have been talking about the importance of being a good digital citizen online. Students signed a pledge that stated they would follow the following expectations: communicate responsibly and kindly with one another, protect our own and others’ private information online, stand up to cyberbullying, respect each other’s ideas and opinions. Give proper credit when we use others’ work.

5th Grade

Students have been working with Officer Szmergalski for several weeks now with the GREAT program. Once the program is complete, students will participate in the GREAT ceremony, more information on this will be sent home as the date gets closer.


In math students have been working really hard with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. In social studies we are learning about the 13 original colonies and will move on to the the Revolutionary War. In science after learning about the sun, we will be moving on to learning about matter. In reading we will be reading the novel Maniac Magee.


PARCC testing will begin the first week of March. Please make sure your child gets a good night sleep and eats a good breakfast. We will be making a trail mix for students to have as their snack during PARCC testing. More information will be sent home regarding this as well.


Please check your child’s agenda and your teacher’s website on a daily basis. Also, have your child continue practicing their multiplication facts.

5th Grade PE

We will be starting our racket sports unit. During this unit, we learn a variety of racket sports, such as badminton, tennis and ping pong. The students will learn the rules to each game and be able to try each activity multiple times. This unit should take us into the end of March.

5th Grade Technology

5th grade students have been working on creating digital superheros that help solve digital dilemmas and problems. Students named, drew, and wrote a story for their digital superheros.

CAD

We have been reading our stories, working on story sequences and main ideas. We’ve reviewed coins, money, and time. We completed a unit on measuring with a ruler and angles. Some have begun division. In Science, we are learning about our senses and how nerves carry messages back to our brain. We made s’mores for dessert in cooking. Everyone loved assembling their own. Can’t believe 2nd trimester is over!

LASEC ACADEMY

LASEC Academy students will be reading A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room. In Science, we are learning about minerals and rocks. In Social Studies, we are beginning to learn about the Reconstruction Era.

6th Grade Science

The class enjoyed learning about phenomenons about how matter interacts with matter. We completed three labs where we got to see how matter interacts with matter. We will be moving into the Atomic Theory and The Periodic Table and we will conclude with the Element Project. We are moving right into physics and we will study how physics is all around us. With physics we will study forces and see how forces affect two large projects. The students will be designing and testing bridges and roller coasters. With the bridges and roller coasters both projects will be done in class and have a deadline for completion. The students will be working in small groups for the bridges and 2 large groups per class for the roller coasters. These projects will be real word simulations and our classrooms will turn into construction zones.

6th Grade Social Studies

Students did a fabulous job creating the Ancient Egypt Museum in the LRC, they created models for the school to experience the culture of ancient Egypt everything from harps to bread to games to tablets, they were amazing. Ancient Greece is our next stop, we are reading the myths and legends, learning about heroes and creatures, city states like Athens and Sparta and everything in between.

6th Grade Math

Mr. Lindstrom’s and Mrs. Stateman’s math classes have finished up their fourth unit on equivalent expressions. Students are now able to simplify mathematical expressions that contain numbers, exponents, variables, and operations by combining like terms. We will then move on to solving one step equations and graphing inequalities. A reminder for any student or parent that needs extra examples on what we are studying, we encourage using the Math on the Spot videos that accompany each example in a lesson. The interactive student edition is recommended for any student that misses class due to sickness, band, or other obligations.


Students will also be taking the PARCC test in March. To help your child prepare, you may visit the website http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/. Tests for each grade level and subject can be found here. Becoming familiar with the online format can help your child to feel more comfortable with the test and the types of tasks it required of them.


Did you know that all students have the opportunity to retake an 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, study using the Ready to go On at the end of the module, 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.

  • 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.

  • Have your child practice using the math vocabulary for the chapter.

  • 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

The sixth grade classes will continue with their novel study of the book The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. The students will have required reading and writing assignments during the course of our novel study. Please be sure that your child is completing all assignments on a timely basis.

Formal vocabulary study continues with the online Sadlier Vocabulary program. Please be sure to remind your child to take advantage of the online activities prior to each unit test.

6th Grade PE

Volleyball Fundamentals and Pacer test training.

6th Grade Technology

6th grade students are focusing on 3D design and printing. Each student created a keychain with their names. The students focused on changing the heights of the letters in their name and group items in order to make them one.

7th Grade Life Science

For 7th grade Life Science, students will be focusing on plant behavior and processes. This unit allows the students to create a glove full of different seeds and record the progress of growth for two weeks. Once we finish with this unit, we will be starting to discuss the cycles of nature.

7th Grade Social Studies

Students worked very hard to complete their Constitution tests, they have become part of the Supreme Court of the U.S. working on important cases concerning children in the United States. Please ask your student which case they have and their thoughts on it. We will also be learning about the unique challenges of George Washington’s presidency as well as the development of political parties.

7th Grade Math

Seventh grade students are continuing their fourth unit of study on geometry. Students are now able to determine the shape of a cross section, solve scale problems, determine if angle or side combinations make a triangle, and find missing angle measures when lines intersect. We will be working on the second part of the unit in early March. Students will learn how to find the area and circumference of a circle, area of composite figures, then finding surface area and volume of three dimensional figures. A reminder for any student or parent that needs extra examples on what we are studying, we encourage using the Math on the Spot videos that accompany each example in a lesson. The interactive student edition is recommended for any student that misses class due to sickness, band, or other obligations.


Students will also be taking the PARCC test in March. To help your child prepare, you may visit the website http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/. Tests for each grade level and subject can be found here. Becoming familiar with the online format can help your child to feel more comfortable with the test and the types of tasks it required of them.


Did you know that all students have the opportunity to retake an 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, study using the Ready to go On at the end of the module, 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.

  • 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

The students will continue with discussions, writing assignments, and lessons based on the book, Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith. These tasks will encourage the students to discover how perseverance is demonstrated in historical fiction texts. Using this novel, along with nonfiction texts, will allow the students to compare, contrast, and analyze actual events and issues of the time period with those presented in the book. Additionally, the students will be required to identify examples of figurative language used throughout the novel. They will then complete a project using these examples.

Finally, formal vocabulary study will continue with the completion of lessons in the web-based Vocabulary Workshop Program Assessments focusing on Latin and Greek prefixes, roots, and suffixes commonly used in English will be completed as well.

7th Grade PE

We will be starting our racket sports unit. During this unit, we learn a variety of racket sports, such as badminton, tennis and ping pong. The students will learn the rules to each game and be able to try each activity multiple times. This unit should take us into the end of March.


7th Grade Technology

7th grade students are focusing on 3D design and printing. Students took a 2D image of Illinois and had to make it into a 3D model in Tinkercad. Once they had a 3D model of Illinois the students needed to create a hole with a star or heart where we live.

8th Grade Earth Science

Students will be finishing up our unit on weather and climate. Students will be creating a wind turbine for our engineering project and will test it with a hair blow dryer. The next unit students will be studying is natural disasters. We will be looking at and building models of volcanoes and earthquakes. Throughout the exploration, we will be discovering how these natural phenomenons happen.

8th Grade Social Studies

Beginning in March, the students will be addressing how the Great Depression transformed American society and politics, and how the New Deal changed the role of government in American lives during this time. Then, they will be exploring and analyzing how the United States rose to the challenge of defeating fascism during World War II (1931-1945). They will begin by discussing how the United States became involved in World War II, and ending with how the war in Europe created more conflicts that continued well after the war. The students will also reflect on World War II and the radical changes that it had on people’s lives at home in America.

8th Grade Math

Eighth grade students have finished up their third unit of study on solving equations and systems of equations. Students now know how to successfully solve equations that have variables on both sides of the equal sign, find the intersection point for a system of linear equations, and apply each to real world situations. We will then take a major turn and begin our Geometry concepts. Students will learn how to turn, flip, slide, and shrink/stretch polygons on the coordinate plane. A reminder for any student or parent that needs extra examples on what we are studying, we encourage using the Math on the Spot videos that accompany each example in a lesson. The interactive student edition is recommended for any student that misses class due to sickness, band, or other obligations.


Students will also be taking the PARCC test in March. To help your child prepare, you may visit the website http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/. Tests for each grade level and subject can be found here. Becoming familiar with the online format can help your child to feel more comfortable with the test and the types of tasks it required of them.


Did you know that all students have the opportunity to retake an 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, study using the Ready to go On at the end of the module, 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.

  • 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.

8th Grade ELA

The 8th grade students have wrapped up their novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Next we will be looking deeper into social injustices during World War II with our next novel Code Talker and a trip to the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois. Our writing will focus on Literary and Research Analysis tasks in the five paragraph format. We will be using various short stories and news articles to assist us in these assignments. Vocabulary assignments are still in progress on Sadlier Connect online, and we have added some online reading via CommonLit.org as well.

8th Grade PE

Volleyball Tournaments and Push up training.

8th Grade Technology

8th grade students are focusing on 3D design and printing. Each student selected a landmark from around the world and created a model in 3D using Tinkercad. Their designs turned out great!

Thank You Goal Setting Volunteers!

The District 91 Goal Setting meeting was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and was facilitated by Mr. Perry Hill, IV, from the Illinois Association of School Boards. If you recall, residents had the opportunity to indicate their interest in attending this meeting on the district survey. Volunteers from the community, parents, alumnus, staff, administration, and the D91 Board of Education gathered to complete the first step of defining goals towards developing the next multi-year Strategic Plan, to be prioritized and adopted by the Board of Education and implemented by Superintendent Donna Gray. Please feel free to attend the Board of Education meetings held on the second Tuesday of the month in the KG LRC to be kept informed of all District 91 business.

Thank You to the following volunteers!

Katie Alcantar, Deanna Anderson, Caryn Arriaga, Sarah Beechler-Wilson, Steven & Therese Berglund, Jannette Boucher, Angela Cushman, Darren Deskin, Lia Ditter, Dan Dorion, Tom Drake, Lucy Fiday, Laura Garrett, Becki Georgopulos, Donna Gray, Erin Holland, John Jennings, Bryan Kincaid, Peter Klauser, Jaime Koziol, Jessica Lakics, Anne & David Lee, Ann Lopez-Caneva, Chris Malak, Jacob Maly, William Merchantz, Michaelene O'Halloran, Courtney Oxley-Turner, Jim Pierson, Estella Rodriguez, Dianna Skoczek, Adriana Sosa, Larry Spencer, Lisa Stanly, Andrea Thornton, and Adriana Westerhausen.

Art & Art Club

The Kelvin Grove art students have been working hard continuing with the art of painting.

Both fourth and fifth grade students are exploring the color wheel, learning about tint and shade, and completing work in spirit of both Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai.


The third trimester art students are beginning their experience with two functional art projects including their place card to identify their seat in class and their art portfolio, which will hold their completed and in progress projects.



Please note the following ART CLUB dates for March and April:


MARCH 6, 2018 - *All 4-8 Members

MARCH 13, 2018 - *All 4-8 Members

MARCH 20, 2018 - *All 4-8 Members

APRIL 10, 2018 - *All 4-8 Members

APRIL 17, 2018 - *All 4-8 Members


Thank you for your continued interest and support! Please be sure to check us out on the web anytime!


Mrs. Cravens

Cheerleading

The Kelvin Grove Cheerleading Team finished up the 17-18 season at the IESA State Cheer Championships on January 20 in Peoria. The Hornets competed in the Small Routine Division with 32 other teams, finishing in 5th place. The team also competed this season at Wilmington HS (1st place), Reed-Custer HS (1st Place), Lincoln-Way East HS (1st place), Joliet West HS (1st place), and Plainfield South (2nd place). As our season ends, we must say good-bye and good luck in high school to our eighth graders, Tara, Alexis and Paige. Our conference all-stars are Madison, Kylie and Miranda. Our Junior High Awards night is in May. The cheerleaders will receive certificates and the Cheer MVP, Most Improved Cheerleader and Scholar-Athlete will receive special recognition. The coaches would like to say that you to all the cheerleaders and their parents for a memorable season and remind everyone that tryouts for next year will take place in May…so start working on the those skills!!!

Yearbook Club

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 year

  • March 12, 2018

  • May 14, 2018

Digital Citizenship Family Activity

Topic: Super Digital Citizen

Nature Club

Calling all gardeners! Nature club is beginning to plan for spring planting, we will be preparing the garden for our new crops, so all Nature Club students should dress for a mess on Thursdays, we will be playing in the dirt.