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November 2020

Highlighted Dates to Remember

Daylight Savings Time (fall back): November 1st

D91 LRC Scholastic Online Book Fairs: November 2nd-15th

No School - Election Day: November 3rd

Board of Education Meeting: November 10th at 7:00pm

No School - Teachers Institute: November 11th

PTO Mangia Pizza Fundraiser: November 18th

1st Trimester Ends: November 20th

Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual), No School: November 23rd & 24th

Thanksgiving Break No School: November 25th-27th

Fall Picture Retake: November 30th

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Principal's Page

If you have not yet submitted a Learning Options choice for your child, please do so via ParentSquare prior to Monday, November 2nd:

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on November 23 & 24; both evening and morning hours are available. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with teachers from the comfort of your home.

District 91 will be introducing a new, intuitive and easy to use online parent teacher scheduler called the Meet the Teacher. The system allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and then receive an email confirming your appointments. The easy to use interface will allow you to efficiently video conference with any teacher you have set an appointment with; please see the parent guide linked below for details about the user experience.

Next week, guardians will be provided a web link in order to create conference appointments and can make changes until November 17th. Logging in is simple and uses student names and birthdates.

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the school office who will be happy to add appointments on your behalf. This is the only formal conference that we will offer throughout the year, though I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher whenever you have questions or concerns.

If you would like to conference with me, I have plenty of times available – please call or email to set up a conference time! Thank you for all of your support, especially as your families are dealing with so much more than typical!

Jaime Koziol

Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Cindy Dragosh, Secretary


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Notes From the Nurse

IDPH revised the guidance for school exclusion mid-October. The School will send home or deny entry (and provide remote instruction) if ANY of the following symptoms are present: Fever (100.4 degrees or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches. Medical Evaluation and Testing are Strongly Recommended for ALL Persons with COVID-Like symptoms.

If your child has any of the above symptoms, they will be out for 10 days of isolation with day 1 beginning the day after symptoms started. A letter from the parent or guardian must be given to the school upon their return that states the student and/or household contacts are afebrile without fever-reducing medications and that symptoms have improved. Any siblings of a symptomatic student will be out for 14 days of quarantine with day 1 starting the day after the symptoms began. The school nurse will give you the date your child can return from isolation or quarantine.

If you would like your child to come back to school at a sooner date than the 10 or 14 days of isolation/quarantine, you must abide by the following guidelines:

  • Negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result

  • Healthcare provider’s note indicating the negative RT-PCR test result

  • If testing is not performed due to the clinical judgement of the healthcare provider, a medical note is needed to return to school documenting that there is no clinical suspicion for COVID-19 infection and indicate an alternative diagnosis with exclusion consistent with this diagnosis.

Please note that if this is what you chose to do for your child, they must be at least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications and have an improvement of other symptoms. The alternative diagnosis or test result from the physician has to be provided to the school nurse before they can return to school. The school nurse will call you once documentation is received to give you the return date on which the student can come back to school.

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

PTO News

11/18 Mangia Pizza Night

If you have any suggestions, questions, or

comments please contact us at!

Like the D91 PTO on Facebook!

The Latest from the LRC

The Latest from the LRC – November, 2020…………………..Mrs. Tumino

Scholastic Book Fair ONLINE - Help Your School Library

The D91 Scholastic Online Book Fair runs from November 2 - 15. Click HERE to begin shopping! This is the library’s only fundraiser and actually provides us with about 70% of our new books each year. Take advantage of this great opportunity to purchase books for your family and for holiday gifts from the comfort and safety of home, while helping your school library at the same time. All book-only orders over $25 will ship to your home for FREE!

Family Reading Night

Watch for information coming soon about our Virtual Family Reading Night which will happen later this month.

Book Notes

Your children and I have been having fun sharing books during our weekly LRC Live time. We have begun reading this year’s Monarch Award nominated books - which will continue until March when the kids get to vote for their favorite title. If your child misses Library time, they may access the recordings from my Google Classroom. Many other activities are also found there.

We are working with the Kelvin Grove LRC and the White Oak Library to provide your children with access to free access to ebooks - watch for information on this soon. We are also getting our plans in place to begin safely checking out books to both hybrid and remote students.

White Oak Library

Our public library is open and checking out books and other materials to their patrons, which include YOUR child. All students should have their Student Success library cards soon - visit White Oak in person or arrange for curbside pickup. They also have grab and go crafts and activities available! Visit their website here to see all they have to offer.

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Visit the link above to shop the D91 LRC Book Fair!

This is our only fundraiser

and provides about 70% of MG’s books every year.

Shop from the comfort of home

for great books for your family and for holiday gifts,

and help your school at the same time!

Mrs. Tumino ~ 815-838-0542, x2122

Physical Education Feats

Dear families,

I hope you are all adjusting well to the new schedules. I am attaching my schedule for your reference. Please remember, I am in the gym all day M,T,R,F with students and not available at my computer immediately if you need assistance.


8:40-9:05 Bolte

9:05-9:30 Podwika & Stuchly 2nd

9:30-9:55 O’Halloran

9:55-10:20 Stanly & Stuchly 1st

10:20-10:45 Lyons


12:30-12:55 Georgopulos

1-1:25 Steed

1:30-1:55 Preboy

2-2:25 Adams

2:25-2:50 Richardson

PE is Live every Wednesday. MY GOOGLE MEET LINKS ARE IN A DIFFERENT LOCATION THAN MOST TEACHERS. Under the "classwork" tab, find the "Live Meet Links" topic, and it should show you your link for the Meet. Here is a screenshot of what your child might see, however you should only see their homeroom link. If you do not see a link, please email me asap, and I can make sure to get the link to you so you will be able to participate.

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Once under the classwork tab you should see Live Meet Links.
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-Mrs. Draper

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

Bags of Hope

Dear Milne Grove Families,

Food instability affects many families including those who are part of the Milne Kelvin Grove community. Bags of Hope provides non-perishable food items to families as we strive to help meet the dietary needs of students over the weekend, enabling students to enter the school building on Monday, nourished and comfortable, ready to learn. We completely rely on donations from local schools, churches, businesses, clubs and community groups.

Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, at 925 E 9th St, Lockport, is a donation drop off location. If you are able to part of the solution, please donate non-perishable items. Items can be placed in the bin outside of the church doors.

You can learn more about Bags of Hope at

3rd Grade


  • Please continue to read with your child each night for 20 minutes.


  • Please work with your student on fact fluency for addition, subtraction, and multiplication each night. If you would like additional resources for fact practice, please visit the math page of the third grade website.

  • You can use the Go Math link to review lessons at home and assist with concept questions during homework.

  • Go Math Website


  • We are currently working on our weather unit.

Social Studies:

  • We are currently working on our civics unit.

We look forward to seeing you at parent teacher conferences!

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

Thank you,

The Third Grade Team

Third Grade Website

Mrs. Georgopulos, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Lyons, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Steed, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

2nd Grade

We are extremely proud of the students. They are doing an amazing job learning in school and at home. We appreciate all the support you give each day!


  • Discuss characters, setting, problem and solution

  • Discuss the sequence of events in a story

  • Practice phonetic patterns being taught and vocabulary words nightly

Science (Building Blocks of Matter)

  • Students will learn materials are used for a purpose

Social Studies (Chapter 2, Working to Meet our Needs)

  • how to make choices about needs and wants

  • how people can trade goods and services within their communities

  • how you can save money and use banks

Math (Chapter 3 skills: Basic Facts and Relationships)

  • Continue to practice addition facts by using xtramath

  • strategies for addition facts

  • learning how to make a 10 to add

  • related facts of addition and subtraction

  • and word problems

Mrs. Bolte, 2nd grade teacher,

Miss Podwika, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

1st Grade

Superkids Reading Program:

  • Spelling and reading words ending with -- “ng”, “le”, “er” and “ed”

  • Read and spell new memory words

  • Understand literary and informational text

  • Read and understand new vocabulary

Language and Writing:

  • Focus on writing complete sentences

  • Identify what an opinion is

  • Writing an opinion paragraph

GO Math:

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction

  • Add and subtract within 20

  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction

  • Counting backward to subtract

  • Using a ten frame to add and subtract

Social Studies

  • Celebrate and learn about Veteran’s Day

  • Learn about the First Thanksgiving and how we celebrate today


  • Class activities to strengthen understanding of seasonal patterns we see in the day and night sky

The First Grade Team

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Stanly, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,


The students have been working very hard in the Jolly Phonics and Superkids reading programs. Here are some sound videos to reinforce the sound and motion associated with each letter:

Jolly phonics letter c
Phonics Song - O
Jolly Phonics /g/ - Sound, Song, Vocabulary and Blending
S snake is in the grass 3 times 1
Jolly Phonics 42 letter sounds
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In math, we have been studying the values, formation and comparison of numbers 0-10. Here are some resources to reinforce what we are learning:
I Can Write My Numbers! (writing numbers 0-9 for kids)
Comparing Numbers Within 10
Matching and Counting Math Sets

Throughout November we will investigate the falling leaves by comparing their shapes, sizes, and colors. We will learn the life cycle of plants and trees and what they need to grow.

We are so thankful to all the families that have worked hard at home to enrich what we’ve done in school. Continue to read every day, practice sounds, letters, and sight words.

The Kindergarten Team:

Mrs. Adams -

Mrs. Preboy -

Mrs. Richardson -

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Early Learners Preschool

Upcoming Events:

Week of November 2nd - The Early Learners will start a study of buildings. They will be introduced to the square shape and the number five.

Week of November 9th – The Early Learners will continue their study of buildings. They will be introduced to the rectangle shape and the number six.

Week of November 16th – The Early Learners will start a study of music making. They also will be introduced to the letter M for music and the number seven.

Week of November 23rd - NO SCHOOL, Scheduled Virtual Home Visits and Thanksgiving Break.

Week of November 30th - The Early Learners will continue their study of music making. They will also be introduced to the letter X for xylophone and the number eight.

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, November 3rd, NO SCHOOL, Election Day

Wednesday, November 11th, NO SCHOOL, Scheduled Virtual Home Visits

Monday & Tuesday, November 23rd & November 24th, NO SCHOOL, Scheduled Virtual Home Visits

Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th, NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

Parent Resources:
Early Learners Team:

Mrs. Robin Torkelson -

Ms. Ginte Jonikas -

Mrs. Sonya Pedersen (bilingual liaison) -

Mrs. Visser’s Reading Corner

This month I want to share a couple of tips for practicing sight words or vocabulary words at home. Students in all grade levels are learning either sight words or vocabulary words. These are words that students need to practice reading many times before they become part of their long term memory. Below are three interactive activities you can use at home to help your child practice sight words or vocabulary words.
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Mrs. Visser:

Mrs. Nikki’s Speech News

Let’s talk about Articulation:

Articulation is movement of parts of the body to produce sounds for speech. These include lips, teeth, jaw, cheeks, tongue, hard palate, soft palate, and the larynx. It is quite a complicated process! These parts work together to create each individual sound. The placement and movement of these parts must be quick and precise in order for speech to be understood. When a part of the body is placed in the wrong spot, speech sounds may see “off”. Below is a chart that shows when a sound is typically mastered by age. Some sounds are more difficult to produce, and it takes more time to master the sound- and that is age-appropriate!

From Super Duper Handy Handouts #627

From website:

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Please feel free to contact Mrs. Nikki McGushin at 815-838-0542 x2107 or email at

Relationship Roundup with Mrs. Reynolds

This month’s topic: 4 Ways Your Child’s ‘Naughty’ Behavior Might Not Be Naughty

Erin Leyba wrote about our children’s behavior for “Psychology Today.” She explained some ways in which we as parents should understand our children’s behavior and what might be really going on. “Many of kids' so-called "naughty" behaviors are developmental and human.” So just like I tell your children, and do myself, take a slow deep breath, and then consider if Erin Leyba might be right about some of your child’s ‘naughty’ behavior.

  1. Your child loves interacting with you.

Some of kids' behaviors are their efforts for you to play with them. Erin writies, “Your kid paints her face with yogurt, wants you to chase her and "catch her" when you're trying to brush her teeth, or puts on daddy's shoes instead of her own when you're racing out the door. Kids love to be silly and goofy. They delight in the connection that comes from shared laughter and love the elements of novelty, surprise, and excitement. Play often takes extra time and therefore gets in the way of parents' own timelines and agendas, which may look like resistance and naughtiness even when it's not. When parents build playtime into the day, kids don't need to beg for it so hard when you're trying to get them out the door.”

2. Your child might be reacting to your emotions.

“Multiple research studies on emotional contagion have found that it only takes milliseconds for emotions like enthusiasm and joy, as well as sadness, fear, and anger, to pass from person to person, and this often occurs without either person realizing it (Goleman, 1991, Hatfield et al., 2014). Kids especially pick up on their parents’ moods. If we are stressed, distracted, down, or always-on-the-verge-of-frustrated, kids emulate these moods. When we are peaceful and grounded, kids model off that instead.”

3. Your child notices when you are not consistent.

“At one ball game, you buy your kid M & Ms. At the next, you say, “No, it’ll ruin your dinner,” and your kid screams and whines. One night you read your kids five books, but the next you insist you only have time to read one, and they beg for more. When parents are inconsistent with limits, it naturally sets off kids’ frustration and invites whining, crying, or yelling. Just like adults, kids want (and need) to know what to expect. Any effort toward being consistent with boundaries, limits, and routines will seriously improve children’s behavior.”

4. That “naughtiness” might be the opposite of your child’s strength.

Erin writes,” We all have strengths that can also trip us up. Maybe we’re incredibly focused, but can’t transition very easily. Maybe we’re intuitive and sensitive, but take on other people’s negative moods like a sponge. Kids are similar: They may be driven in school, but have difficulty coping when they mess up (e.g. yelling when they make a mistake). They may be cautious and safe, but resistant to new activities (e.g. refusing to go to baseball practice). Recognizing when a child's unwelcome behaviors are really the flip side of their strengths—just like ours—can help us react with more understanding.”

Check out the blog at and contact Mrs. Reynolds at!


Throughout the fall months, we are working on the following projects:

Milne Grove artist students have been learning daily about the fundamentals of good drawing. We explored how to use creative warm-ups and quick sketches to “stretch” before we begin more formal work. Next, we started our first full observational drawing where we studied the size, shape, and spacing of Fall items for a Still Life. Our second drawing shifted focused and we used our imagination when drawing. We drew a house “facade” or front and added many creepy details to add fun Halloween flair. Next, we will learn how to choose our focus and students will be deciding the majority of the elements used - with subject and material.

So far, students have exceeded all expectations set for blended and remote learning. School District 91 students, parents, teachers and administration are the best and I am so proud of all we have accomplished together.

Enjoy the Fall season, your family, and the wonderful blessings that come your way.

Mrs. Cravens


Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics

Students in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade have been working hard in technology class learning about computer programming (aka Coding) on Students are learning important coding terms like program, sequencing, bug, debugging and algorithm. Kindergarten students are working on lessons in Course A, 1st grade students are working on lessons in Course B, 2nd grade students are working on lessons in Course C, and 3rd grade students are working on lessons in Course D.

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Digital Citizenship Family Activity

Topic: Screen Out the Mean

Mrs. Lakics -

Music Notes

November 2020 MG News

D91 Families: Making Music Together.

Check Music Web Pages for links to songs to sing and play together.

Contact Mrs. Randolph K-8 Music & KG Chorus Director Email: PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140

CONTINUED SPECIAL REQUEST: when contacting me, please include student’s first and last name, grade, and homeroom teacher. Thank you.

We made it to Midterm and students seem to be getting used to this new type of going to school. I am very proud of the students working together and so many completing music assignments on time.

OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER: Seasonal Music + Grades 2-3 are learning to play Cups and drum while at school and SING when at home.

PLEASE HELP THE MUSIC PROGRAM by buying the remaining Hornet Magnets, Fathead Stickers AND the Crystal Instruments. They will make nice Christmas Gifts. I have one of each and enjoy them so much.

MUSIC FUNDRAISERS (See Music Web page for more pictures):


METAL TABS off cans. Please send tabs in a ziplock bag or WIDE Mouthed container, then have students empty it into the Music Tab buckets at school

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D91 Music Web sites:

Music HOME Page

Milne Grove Music

Kindergarten Music

First Grade Music

Second Grade Music

Third Grade Music

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me as we explore the many areas of Music. Musically Yours, Mrs. Randolph


Students who would like to take a new photo, are new to the district, OR did not participate during the original picture day are encouraged to sign up for a session on Picture Retake Day. Even if your family does not intend to order a photo package, we would like to feature every child in the yearbook if possible.

Students can be accompanied by any trusted adult to Milne Grove School on Monday, November 30th to participate in picture retakes. Sign up via ParentSquare for a time that works for your family.

Photo packages can be ordered at

Milne Grove Picture Day ID: EVT4WZ336

Please refer to the attached flyer and/or order form for additional information. Order forms will be available onsite if you are unable to order online in advance.

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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).