Kendall News

November 11, 2019

Newsletter Highlights:

  • Thank you, Veterans
  • 5Essentials Survey
  • National Picture Book Month Challenge
  • Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up
  • Cold Weather Reminders
  • E-Learning Days
  • PTA Points
  • Save the Dates!

Veterans' Day Assembly - Monday, November 11th

We Need Your Feedback

Parents across Illinois once again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of your child’s school as it relates to the important elements of school effectiveness.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete the survey for each school.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit

2. Type and select “Dupage” as "County." (The county is the location of the school district's main office.)

3. Type your school's name into the "School" field and select your school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are ten times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators that effect school success are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

Thank you for your feedback.

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Parent Teacher Conferences Sign Up

PowerPTC Sign-up is open! Sign-up closes at 8:00 a.m. on November 19th.

Conference Times:

Thursday, November 21st 4:30-8:00

Monday, November 25th 8:00-8:00

If you will be traveling during conferences, please still sign up for a conference time and email your child's teacher to indicate that you require a phone conference. Teachers will not be able to make up conferences for all of our traveling families but will be happy to speak with you via phone at your schedule time.

Sign-up instructions:

  1. Go to Home Access (this is the same site which you used to access report cards)
  2. From the Home Access homepage, click School Links
  3. Click on Power PTC
  4. You will be directed to the Power PTC page - the Log- In and Password are the SAME as your Home Access
  5. Click on Elementary Schools and follow the instructions to schedule your conference.
  6. If you would like to schedule a conference with art, music or PE, please email the teacher directly

​​Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

Cold Weather Reminders

Hats, scarves, gloves, and boots all help to keep our students warm as they arrive and leave school each day. As a reminder, students will participate in outdoor recess when the conditions allow. The temperature and/or wind chill must be greater than 5 degrees and we also review the condition of the blacktop areas for ice, etc. to ensure that students can safely play outdoors on that day. Please keep in mind that students should have snow pants and boots to play in the snow on days we have outdoor recess. Thank you for helping to make sure that students have what they need for the upcoming cold winter days.

E-Learning Days

You have likely received email communication from District 204 regarding E-Learning Days as a replacement to the traditional Snow Days. The following has been posted on our district website regarding this change:

  • The State of Illinois has made available the option for school districts to hold e-learning days instead of canceling school when there is severe weather. Our district may use this option, if needed, starting this winter. This new approach provides the opportunity to have a continuum of instruction that models for students that learning can happen anywhere and anytime. It also helps students further develop the technical and organizational skills necessary to work independently. If severe weather would prevent our schools from opening, we will announce an e-learning day the same way we have informed you in the past of weather related school closings. The announcement will be made by 6 am and posted first on Twitter (@ipsd204) and at We will also make a Connect ED phone call to alert you of the information

Please stay tuned for more information from your child’s classroom teacher regarding E-Learning Days.

Kendall PTA Points

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Donuts with Dad

Kendall students and their dads (or step-dads, grandpas, uncles, or special adults in their lives) are invited to enjoy a donut and time together in the MPR on November 13th (last names A-L) or November 14th (last names M-Z). A flier was sent home in your child’s backpack last week. Please pre-register and for this event at Payment must be submitted to the school office prior to the event. No money can be accepted at the door.

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PTA General Meeting

The newly rescheduled PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kendall MPR. Please note the date and time change for this event. The PTA is excited to bring Adam Russo with his well received TED Talk about parenting and allowing kids to fail. All parents are welcome!

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Family BINGO Night

Join other Kendall families for an evening of BINGO fun! Concessions will be sold! All ages are welcome to attend and participate!

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Gift Card Fundraiser

Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Kendall PTA is offering an opportunity to access a large variety of gift cards. A percentage of each purchase goes back to the PTA! See the flier that came home with your child(ren) this week, or visit to see all 700 options from which you can choose! To order online, print out the confirmation form and send it to school with your check (made payable to Kendall PTA).

Aurelio’s Restaurant Night

Aurelio’s (Springbrook Square) will be hosting our third Restaurant Night of the school year on Wednesday, November 20th! Gather a group of friends and dine-in,, or phone in your order for carry-out or delivery between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.! Aurelio’s will generously donate 20% of proceeds from participating orders to our Kendall PTA when you mention our school!

Nominate a Staff Member for the A+ Award

Anyone can nominate a District 204 staff member for the A+ Award. Nominations must include an essay (of 50-500 words) describing how this staff member has positively impacted students. We strongly encourage student nominations. Parent, alumni and community nominations are also welcomed.

Click here to submit a nomination for a staff member who goes above and beyond to make a difference for our students.

Save the Dates!


Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up Opens

Friday, November 1st (10:00 a.m.) - November 19th (8:00 a.m.)

5th Grade Parent Growth & Development Presentation

Tuesday, November 12th

@ May Watts Elementary

7:00 p.m.

Donuts with Dads (A-L)

Wednesday, November 13th

8:30-9:00 a.m.

PTA General Mtg w/ Adam Russo

Wednesday, November 13th

7:00 p.m.

Donuts with Dads (M-Z)

Thursday, November 14th

8:20-8:50 a.m.

5th Grade Parent Growth & Development Presentaiton

Thursday, November 14th

@ McCarty Elementary

7:00 p.m.

PTA Family Bingo NIght

Friday, November 15th

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Patriot Power Spirit Day

Wednesday, November 20th

Family Reading Night Pajama Party

Wednesday, November 20th

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Kendall LMC

PTA Aurelio's Restaurant Fundraiser

Wednesday, November 20th

11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 21st 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Monday, November 25th 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Monday, November 25th - Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 26th - 29th - Thanksgiving Holiday