Keeping Up with Kipling!

October 15, 2021

Hello, Kipling Cougar Families!

We had a great week at Kipling School. As usual, a short week turned into a very busy week. We had a fire drill (we need three of those per year and we have done two), we had an earthquake drill (we only need one of those) and we had yearbook group shots. Add all of that to what we normally do in a week...busy.

One of my goals is to learn a bit more about Twitter (yes, I do realize it is no longer 2010). Why Twitter? I am finding that there is a ton of stuff on Twitter about what is going on at Kipling School. If you search #kipspecials or #engage109 you will see amazing things happening at Kipling School. Please take a moment to check us out. If you haven't seen or heard about it yet, Mrs. Cacioppo's 4th graders are involved in a very fun writing project with students from France...the actual country of France. It is so cool!

And finally, for those of you who were not aware, Ms. McGee is no longer a teacher at Kipling School. Instead, we have Mrs. Brynda! Ms. McGee got married on September 25th and now goes by the name of Mrs. Brynda! Congratulations to the Brynda Family!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week!

Andy Elbert


Kipling Elementary School

New Lunch Plan Beginning November 1st

Now that the weather is showing signs of changing, we are going to shift our students back inside for their lunch period. Here is the new plan beginning Monday, November 1st:

*All students will be eating in the main gym or on the stage.

*When masks are down, students will still be six feet apart.

*Folding chairs and trays (similar to foldable TV trays) will be utilized by all children whether they are on the stage or in the gym.

*PTO Special lunches (Marla Lunches) will still be available.

*Students will still be assigned a specific spot to in the gym where they will sit daily.

*Foods such as peanut butter will still be allowed. Pre-pandemic lunchroom rules regarding allergies will apply. Students with allergies will have an assigned spot (as will all students) along with a colored tray to eat on.

*There will no longer be a need for towels at school. We will be sending those home in early November.

-Below is the lunch/recess schedule:



Kindergarten and Half of 2nd Grade (Bieschke & Zucker)


1st Grade and Half of 2nd Grade (Carr & Stepp)



1st Grade and Half of 2nd Grade (Carr & Stepp)


Kindergarten and Half of 2nd Grade (Bieschke & Zucker)



3rd Grade and Half of 5th Grade (half of Victorine, P/J and Kaulentis)


4th Grade and Half of 5th Grade (other half of Victorine, P/J and Kaulentis)



4th Grade and Half of 5th Grade (Other half of Victorine, P/J and Kaulentis)


3rd Grade and Half of 5th Grade (half of Victorine, P/J and Kaulentis)

Upcoming Week

*Shield Testing on Tuesday

*Wednesday is Kipling Storytime at 7:15pm

*Spirit Day - Wear Pink on Friday

*Saturday is the PTO Boo Bash beginning at 11:30am

Halloween Parade

We are very excited to welcome families back on October 29th for our Halloween parade around the outside of the school building. I wanted to send out a few nuggets of information as we make plans for that day:

*The parade will start at 2:00 and it will be along the outside of the building. Please do not find a spot close to the building. Instead, find a spot approximately 20 feet from the building to ensure our students have a nice wide (safe path) to walk.

*Students will have the opportunity to put their costumes on prior to the parade but we ask that students bring costumes that they can put on on top of their clothing instead of changing out of an outfit in order to put the costume on. We will not allow students to use the bathroom to change into costumes! Please send them with a costume they can layer on top of their clothing.

*While picking a spot outside for the parade, we ask that you be considerate to others about spacing. I have learned that each family has their own preferences and beliefs about how to stay safe during this pandemic. Although we are outside and there are no CDC specifications about social distancing, some families might choose to wear masks and find their own space to observe the parade. Please respect that space and those decisions.

All District 113 Community Members Invited to Share Input on the Future of 113

Please see this concise fact sheet for details on the issues District 113 is facing.

Listening Sessions and Tour Information - Tuesday, October 19 at 6 p.m.

The Board of Education seeks your input on the future of District 113 as the Board considers options for addressing financial and facilities needs in light of declining student enrollment. The second Listening Session to provide input to the Board will be held on Tuesday, October 19 at Deerfield High School. The tour will begin in the Auditorium at 6 p.m. and the Listening Session will begin in the Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Listening Session portion of the meeting will be streamed and recorded.

Check out the website for more details. Questions? Contact District 113 Director of Communications Karen Warner at

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Guided building tour begins at 6:00 p.m. starting in the auditorium

Listening Session 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Deerfield High School Auditorium

Early Bird Gets the...Rain! (Final week of this article - unless I need to send it out again:(

As a reminder, we cannot and will not open the doors to the school prior to 8:35am. On Thursday when we had a rainy morning, we had several students, who arrived around 8:25, get fairly wet as they stood in the rain for that 10 minutes prior to us opening the school doors. We do not have supervision lined up prior to 8:35 either inside the school or outside. If you drop your child off in the morning, please do not let them out of your car prior to that 8:35 time. If your children walk to school, please have them time is out so that they know when they need to leave your house to be here at school no earlier than 8:35am. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kipling Students and Families - Please Save the Date (Last Running of this article)

On Sunday, October 24 at 12:30 PM (note the new time), the Deerfield and Kipling communities will gather at the corner of Deerfield Rd and Kipling to honor and thank our dear friend and former crossing guard Ray Weimer. Ray was the Kipling crossing guard for 33 years and retired last spring. He always made sure the Kipling corner was a safe place with a friendly face. Please come and show your appreciation!

Boo Bash! (Week 3 of this article)

Please plan on joining the Kipling Community at the PTO's Boo Bash on Saturday, October 23rd beginning at 11:30am at Kipling School. Photo fun, Bizarre Entertainment and many other activities have been planned for you and your children. Costumes are encouraged so please dress up and head to Kipling!

We ask that you have a mask handy in case you need to enter the building to use the bathroom.

Thank you, PTO, for putting together another wonderful event!

Cold and Flu (Week 3 of this article)

With the cold and flu season upon us, we recognize that it can feel overwhelming when your child becomes sick and you need to find out whether or not they have COVID-19.

As you head into the weekend, if your child develops any COVID symptoms that would prevent them from passing their morning certification on Monday morning, please get your child a COVID test. Rapid testing is acceptable if drawn within 48 hours of symptom development and test results should be emailed to our school nurse, Edina Szabo, at At-home tests are currently not accepted by the Lake County Health Department. If you are unsure about testing needs, please feel free to contact Nurse Szabo.

During the school week, if a child wakes up with COVID symptoms, please contact Nurse Szabo and plan to keep your child home from school along with their unvaccinated siblings. Nurse Szabo can help arrange for your child to get a COVID test after school hours at the district office.

Wishing everyone good health as we head into the fall season!

Volunteers at School

A quick reminder, that all volunteers or individuals spending prolonged time in one of our buildings are required to be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test.

If you are coming to our building to volunteer, please remember these things:

-Wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status

-Bring a photo ID to check in at the front office

-Bring your proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (not self-administered) from within the last week

-Complete a Covid self-certification prior to coming to school

Thank you for your cooperation and please contact Eric Steckling ( if you have any questions.

What is Test To Stay?

This year, fewer students are needing to be quarantined if they are a close contact to a COVID-19 case, thanks to the Lake County Health Department's "Test To Stay" protocol. Click here to read more from the district about it.