Summer Update

Kennedy School News

REGISTRATION for 2016-2017

Please note, your child is not fully registered until the following 3 steps have been completed:


1. Online Registration

2. Prove Residency (in person; at school office)

3. Registration Fee ($70/Kindergarten, $75 for 1st-3rd)


Classroom/Teacher Assignment letters will be mailed out the week of August 8th to your home! If your child is not fully registered, they will not be placed on a class list until registration is complete! Please register as soon as possible, if you haven't done so already!


Thank you!

School Supply Kits via the ABC Parent Group

If you ordered a school supply kit from the ABC Parent Group, the kits can be picked up on Tuesday, August 16th during the hours of the Meet & Greet (12:00pm-3:00pm). A table will be set up in the cafeteria where you can pick up your child's pre-ordered supply kit.


If you are unable to come to the Meet & Greet, your child's supply kit will be delivered to their classroom for the 1st day of school on August 17th.

Meet & Greet (Kindergarten - 3rd Grade)

Please join us on Tuesday, August 16th for a Meet & Greet from 12:00pm - 3:00pm.


Your child will have the opportunity to meet their teacher and familiarize themselves with their classroom. We strongly encourage you to drop off your child’s school supplies on this day. It will make the first day transition much smoother if the children do not need to manage large amounts of supplies on the first day of school.


***PRE SCHOOL MEET & GREET will take place on Friday, September 2nd! More information will be mailed home to Pre School parents with specific times!

1st Day of School

Our first day of school for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students is Wednesday, August 17th. It will be a regular day of school. Please remember, every Wednesday, K-8 students dismiss at 1:50pm (early release each Wednesday).



NOTE: Our first day of school for Pre School students will be Tuesday, September 6th.

Kennedy Addition

Please check out our school district's FLICKR page to see photos of the Kennedy Addition Project:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/143017182@N07/

New Staff at Kennedy School

Please join me in welcoming our new staff members to Kennedy School. Please read below to learn more about staff members who may work with your child.

Mrs. Beata Dering, Kindergarten Teacher


Beata Dering grew up in Arlington Heights, IL. This will be her second year working at Kennedy Elementary. Last year Mrs. Dering worked as a paraprofessional for the Early Childhood Special Education program. This year she is very excited to be teaching kindergarten! Beata graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Studies. She later went back to school to receive my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in ESL and Special Education. Before coming to Kennedy, Mrs. Dering worked as a Pre-K teacher in Chicago. Besides teaching, she loves spending time with my almost 2-year-old daughter, husband and our Labrador dog. In any other spare time she may have, Beata loves to dine out with friends, watch movies, garden, and go for walks. She is looking forward to another great year at Kennedy!

Melissa Berlanga, K-2 Art Teacher

Melissa Berlanga lives just west of Schiller Park in Bensenville with her husband and dog. She received her teaching degree in Art Education from Illinois State University. Melissa was recently a substitute teacher for Schiller Park, including four months at Lincoln Middle School where she covered for a maternity leave teaching art. Melissa’s focus in college was in ceramics, but she also enjoys creating many types of art, especially drawing, painting, and fabric art. Her greatest passion is to guide children to explore art in its many forms through discussion, evaluation, and, of course, creation! Melissa is thrilled to be joining Kennedy as their K-2 art teacher!

Stacey Fischels, Kindergarten Teacher

Stacey Fischels grew up in Mason City, Iowa with a family of many educators who inspired her to become a teacher. She attended The University of Iowa as a proud Hawkeye. Stacey moved to the Chicago area to complete her student teaching in 2009 at Kingsley Elementary in Evanston. After graduating and earning her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading and Language Arts, Stacey decided to stay in Chicago to pursue her career in education. In 2010 Stacey started teaching kindergarten at St. Benedict Preparatory School in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. She taught kindergarten for four years and then second grade for two years. Stacey is thrilled to begin her seventh year of teaching in Schiller Park and become part of the Kennedy team. She loves teaching kindergarten and can’t wait to meet every child in her class! In her free time Stacey enjoys visiting the lake, going to concerts, reading, and trying new restaurants. She is eager to start a successful school year at Kennedy Elementary.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Siprut, Kindergarten Teacher

Lizzie Siprut is excited to join the District 81 this fall! She was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from DePaul University in 2014 where she majored in Elementary EducationI with endorsements in language arts and social sciences and she also studied abroad in Madrid and Rome. Lizzie recently completed her Master's at the University of Portland with an emphasis in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has taught kindergarten for two years in California and absolutely loves it! In her spare time, she enjoy attending work out classes, reading teacher blogs, traveling, listening to podcasts and spending time with family.

Kaitlin Teater, Music Teacher

Kaitlin Teater grew up in Lombard, Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. She spent the last two years at Woodland District 50 in Gurnee, Illinois teaching general music to grades 1, 2 and 3. Before that she was teaching in Ottawa, Illinois. Kaitlin has been playing the flute since she was 9 and loves sharing her passion for music with her students. In her free time she love baking, traveling and running a photography business with her sister. Kaitlin resides in Lombard with her husband, 7 month old daughter, cat and dog. Kaitlin is so excited to join the Kennedy team and meet all the wonderful students!

Mandy Ward, 2nd Grade Teacher

Mandy Ward grew up in Deerfield, Illinois and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education with specializations in reading and language arts. Since graduating, she came back to Illinois and received her ESL Endorsement while also working as an assistant in second and third grade classrooms. Mandy has spent the last two years teaching fourth grade in Zion, Illinois. She is very happy to now be joining the Kennedy family and the second grade team! When Mandy isn’t in the classroom she enjoys biking, baking and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes! She also loves to travel, especially to visit her family in South Africa. She is very excited to be joining the Schiller Park community!

Kaitlin Hillner, 3rd Grade Teacher

Kaitlin Hillner grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Human Relations. In fall 2013, Kaitlin completed her student teaching at Churchill Elementary School in Schaumburg, where she was assigned to a third/fourth multi-age classroom. She completed two maternity leave positions at Churchill following her student teaching in third/fourth multi-age and as an ESL teacher for third-fifth grade. Kaitlin spent the last two years in Bloomingdale School District 13 as a third grade teacher. Kaitlin is thrilled to be apart of the Kennedy team and looking forward to another great year in third grade. When Kaitlin is not at school, she enjoys playing soccer, attending Cubs games, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Anne Rowland, Second Grade Teacher

Annie Rowland grew up in Elmhurst, where she is now raising her family too. Graduated from NIU with a Bachelors of Fine Arts then continued her education with and Masters of Arts n Teaching. She has been in the education field since 2010 and was a 2nd grade Paraprofessional at Kennedy last year. In her spare time she loves to watch her boys play sports, music and grow. Hanging out with family and friends is top choice. She loves to read, cook, paint and garden. She is so excited to continue her career in this new position. Teaching is a passion of hers and she can’t wait to meet her students this year.

Jennifer Mauck, Speech/Language Pathologist

Ms. Mauck grew up in a family of five in McHenry, Il. She attended Western Illinois University, where she completed both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Communications and Sciences Disorders. While at Western Illinois, she also competed at the collegiate level in Swimming. Jennifer has been a Speech and Language Pathologist for the last 17 years and have worked in a few different settings. She has worked with the Early Childhood Population for both Cary School District #26 and Highland Park School District #112. After starting a family, Ms. Mauck decided to take time off from the schools and began her own business "Bloom Into Speech," and worked independently as a Birth to Three Speech and Language Pathologist, servicing children within their home. As of last year, Mrs. Mauck worked part-time at Kennedy Elementary school, providing speech and language services to the preschool students. Jen and her husband currently live in Elmhurst and have a 9 year old daughter, Madeline, a 6 year old son, Ryan and a black labrador, Zella that they enjoy spending a lot of my time with! Mrs. Muack is looking forward to a fantastic school year and being part of Kennedy's great team of teachers!

Mary Beth D'Andrea, 1st Grade (Maternity Leave Replacement)

Mary Beth D’Andrea grew up in Itasca, IL and graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She also received endorsements in reading, language arts, science, and social studies. Previously, Mary Beth completed her student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom in Normal, IL. When she is not at school, she enjoys teaching dance at Itasca Park District, spending time with her family (including 2 dogs) and vacationing wherever it’s warm and sunny! Mary Beth is thrilled for the opportunity to be part of the Kennedy team and is ready to start a great school year!


Ms. D'Andrea joins the Kennedy team as Mrs. Sicher is on parental leave until January 2017.

Our Newest Kubbies

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Sicher and Mrs. Mixter on the birth of our newest kennedy kubbies!