May/June Newsletter

Registration Information

Our registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open for our returning students and our incoming Kindergarten students! Families returning to District 91 in the fall are strongly encouraged to complete their registration by June 4, 2021 in order for the District to have adequate staff in place for the new school year.


21-22 Kindergarten students were encouraged to complete their registration by April 2, 2021, in order for the District to appropriately plan for kindergarten teachers.


If you have a returning student and an incoming kindergarten student AND have not registered either one yet, you are able to sign into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and follow the instructions on our website and then ADD your kindergartener as a NEW student on the same online form without having to reenter all your information.


Returning families are required to provide updated residency documents each year. Specific documents required are based on your living situation, and can be found on the “21-22 Registration and Residency Requirements” form on our website.


If you are a returning family, you will need your Infinite Campus Parent Portal username and password to access the online registration information. If you have forgotten your username, please email registration@d91.net and we can provide that. We do not have access to passwords, so if you forgot your password, you will need to click on “Forgot Password” link in Infinite Campus and the system will search for your username and send an email password reset to the email that is associated with your name. If you have never set up your Parent Portal username and password, you will need an activation code to do so. To obtain your activation code, email registration@d91.net.


Please go to the D91 Registration tab and read through all the information. Then, if you still have questions or are experiencing an issue, please email registration@d91.net

Note from the Principal

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Dear KG Parents,


It has been great to have both groups of students back together again at KG, and see our remote students in-person for state testing. These are the lights at the end of the pandemic tunnel, but we’re still unsure how long the tunnel will last. With more people getting the vaccine and the use of safe responsible practices while in public, our school community is beginning to return to the life we all once knew. Clubs, sports, and spectators back in the building have been great to see. Thanks to all of the parents that allowed their children to participate and came to see them compete.


Last year at this time, I wrote about what we learned from the pandemic, at that time, which was ‘to give.’ The community was giving and celebrating our essential workers and our health care professionals as they battled the initial spread of COVID-19. Now, what we have learned through over a year of COVID is flexibility. We had several transitions this school year between remote and blended learning. Multiple schedules to learn, unlearn, and ultimately learn again. The staff at KG are so appreciative of your work as parents to help your children be successful this year. We all learned to ‘go with the flow’, as it were, to manage classes, time, and family. Continuing to remember these lessons learned during the pandemic such as ‘to give’, be flexible, and the importance of family will serve us all well into the future.


As we look to the future, KG is hoping once again to be a thriving school community. School should be the second home for children, since they spend over six hours a day here. We eagerly anticipate the return of all of our students to the building and to have parents and volunteers working together, re-establishing the connections that were lost during the time apart. As this year ends, I’m proud of all that KG was able to accomplish under difficult circumstances. Students and staff were able to be at school, one way or another, safely and grow from the experience. I hope everyone continues to remain safe through the summer months and look forward to seeing you back in August. To our 8th grade graduates, I wish you nothing but the best as you move onto high school and through life. Come back to KG whenever you can and especially to complete your volunteer hours!


GO HORNETS!


John Jennings


Principal

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May is recognized as National Asthma & Allergy Awareness month. It is peak season for allergy and asthma flare-ups, so it could not be a better time to educate families on each topic. Oftentimes, you will see these two health conditions go hand-in-hand.


Asthma...

Asthma is one of the country’s most common chronic conditions. It is also the leading chronic condition in children. During a flare up the airway becomes constricted and mucus is produced, which results in difficulty breathing. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing, and wheezing. Asthma occurs when an allergen or irritant enters the lungs; this is called a trigger. Once the irritant or allergen enter, symptoms occur.

  • Common triggers are: pollen, smoke, dust, stress, exercise, and weather changes.

  • Asthma is manageable, but not curable.

    • Avoiding known triggers

    • Medications can include one or a combination of these: a daily maintenance medication, a rescue inhaler, a nebulizer treatment, a steroid.

** If your child has asthma, be sure to have your physician update an Asthma Action Plan each year and keep it on file with the nurse. Also be sure to have a rescue inhaler in the nurse’s office and at home.


Allergies...

Allergies are also one of the most common chronic conditions. Allergies occur when our body’s immune system see’s a substance as harmful and overreacts to it. Allergies can range from mild to severe; they can make you uncomfortable or they can become life-threatening. Severe, life-threatening allergies can lead to a condition called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can cause swelling of the throat, narrowing of the airway, severely low blood pressure, and shock.

  • Types of allergens are: Medications, Food, Insects, Latex, Mold, Pet dander,
    Pollen.

  • Symptoms vary in severity -

    • Mild-Moderate symptoms can consist of: sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, a rash/hives.

    • Severe, life-threatening symptoms can include: trouble breathing, swelling of the lips/ tongue/throat, tingly/itchy feeling in the mouth, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, dizziness, vomiting/diarrhea, a rash.

  • Treatment vary and can consist of:

    • avoiding known allergens (best possible )

    • Antihistamines (over the counter or prescribed)

    • Steroids

    • Epinephrine (for anaphylaxis)

    • Topical creams

    • Nasal sprays

** If your child has any type of allergy, you should inform the nurse. The nurse will keep this information on file along with any medication forms or action plans to ensure proper treatment.

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Guidance classes have been a bit different this year with all the changes in schedules and lesson presentation methods, but we have talked quite a bit about emotion management and have made connections through sharing fun experiences. It is important to remember, however, that Social Emotional Learning is not just for school and there are several ways you can teach these important skills at home. As parents, we notice that at a very young age our children imitate the behaviors they see. As children grow, we sometimes think they are not paying attention, but they are. Many times the examples we provide when we react to situations are noticed and we can often see our children react in much the same way we do. “Do as I say, not as I do” is not as effective as modeling positive behavior. Showing patience while waiting in line, understanding when someone makes a mistake, listening to others, being a good sport, and taking a deep breath when we are frustrated to calm ourselves are not easy things for many of us to do, but they are worth our efforts when we see our children displaying these positive behaviors as well.


Teaching ways to manage our emotions and interactions with others can also be effective when using fun activities and more direct methods. There are many free resources available online to help parents address social skills and emotion management and I have listed the links for two online resources below. If your child is having difficulty in these areas and you would like more resources or help, please contact me and I will be happy to help in any way I can.


I appreciate all you are doing to support your children and their teachers as this challenging school year is ending and I hope you all have a fun, safe summer full of happy memories!


https://www.thepathway2success.com/10-sel-activities-for-home/

https://betterkids.education/blog/5-easy-social-emotional-learning-activities-for-kids-to-do-at-home


Kathi Henderson, Student Counselor

Phone: 815-838-0737, Ext 1132

Email: khenderson@d91.net

4th Grade

ELA

  • Students will be reading the novel, Tuck Everlasting.


Math

  • Students have been learning about fractions.

  • Please work with your child on fact fluency.



Science

  • Students have been learning about renewable and nonrenewable resources. The next unit of study is motion of waves.


Social Studies

  • Students have been learning about the Southeast region of the United States. The next unit of study is the Midwest region of the United States.


Enrichment Opportunities

5th Grade

Fifth grade parents,

Thank you for sharing your children with us. It was a pleasure having each and every one of them in our classroom. We had a lot of fun learning, teaching and getting to know the children. This was definitely a year to remember. We wish you all a wonderful summer filled with laughter and memories.

4th & 5th Grade Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics

4th and 5th grade students are learning about digital citizenship and the importance of being safe, responsible, and respectful online. Students have learned the “Pause & Think Online” song and can now remember the basic digital citizenship concepts:

  1. Arms: Use your arms when you're online to balance your time.

  2. Guts: Listen to your gut to stay safe online.

  3. Feet: Use your feet carefully when leaving tracks online.

  4. Legs: Use your legs to stand up to bullies online.

  5. Heart: Use your heart to be kind and respectful online.

  6. Head: Use your head to ask questions about what you see online.

Song Video Link

Song Lyrics

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Digital Citizenship Family Activity

Topic: My Digital Citizenship

I emailed the PDF to you or here is the link to the PDF (whichever works best)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O_uLVTVeGvijXV34d1bLVBaHglsHVRuANeA4PO1rr8Q/edit?usp=sharing

6th Grade Team

It has been great seeing students back in person four days a week! The school year is starting to wind down. Keep working hard! Please continue to check Infinite Campus and the weekly team messages for assignments, tests, and quizzes as we move toward the end of the school year.

7th Grade Team

Math

Students will be starting probability and statistics. Before now, students have not had much practice in probability and statistics. Students will have the opportunity to experience creating studies based on random samples, comparing data using statistical measures, and calculating experimental and theoretical probability of various events.


ELA

Students are working through The Giver as our final novel study, we are listening to the audio book and discussing as we go. Students are practicing different writing skills, using sensory details, creating dialogue, understanding perspective vs. point of view and more.



Science

Students have wrapped up their chapter on Reproduction in Plants & Animals. This brings us to our activities on Genes & Proteins- Mutations. We will end the year discussing diversity within ecosystems & biodiversity.



Social Studies


Seventh Grade will finish out our school year in Social Studies with the changes and events leading into the Civil War. Students will complete their study of the Civil War in 8th grade. We will also be taking the Illinois Constitution test, we will use Illinois state resources to help complete the study guide and review for this test.

8th Grade Team

Dear Class of 2021,


Where did the time go?! August seems like a lifetime ago!


Although your graduation marks the beginning of a new path, we hope you will always hold your “old” home at KG near and dear to you. You have become a family over the years, and will carry many KG friendships into your golden years. Nothing would warm our hearts more than you remembering something we learned, discussed, shared, or laughed about as you grow older. Nothing would make us happier than you contacting us to tell us all about your successes, accomplishments, and joys. We can’t wait to hear all about them. We’re counting on it!


We will say that we had hoped for a different kind of graduation for all of you. Despite the current circumstances, we are very thankful for our enlightening discussions, the relationships that became stronger, the laughter, the mask breaks, the hill rolling, the exciting Kahoot games, and getting to know each one of you through virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning. What an awesome and memorable year!


We are so proud of the milestone you have reached. You attained it through resilience, sacrifice, and compassion. You are stronger than you realize. Sometimes things get harder before they get easier. Never give up! Just try each day to be a little better than you were the day before. Make the most of each day! Carpe Diem! Go forward now and be the best you can be!


Best wishes to you for a bright and HAPPY future!


Miss Berg, Mrs. Peil, and Mrs. Street


6th, 7th & 8th Grade Technology Class- Mrs. Lakics

6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are working on 3D design and printing using Tinkercad.com and our five 3D printers. 6th grade students are learning how to adjust the height of objects, overlap, group, and make a hole in a solid object by creating a keychain with their name. 7th grade students are learning how to take a 2D image and upload it to make a 3D model as well as make a hole in a solid object by creating the state of Illinois. 8th grade students are showcasing all the knowledge they have learned with 3D design and printing over the past few years to recreate a famous landmark from scratch.

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L.A.S.E.C

lockport area special Education cooperative

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All of the students are continuing to strengthen their skills in language arts and math. Please continue to have your child read for 20 minutes every night and study vocabulary words. In social studies we will continue to learn about the human geography of the United States. We will also start studying early American History. In science we continue to learn about weather and climate. Please remind your child to bring his or her chromebook and chromebook charger back and forth to school everyday. Also, please remind him or her to charge his or her chromebooks the night before. This has been a very different and challenging school year. However, the students did a wonderful job with accepting the new way of school life. I am very proud of all of them. Also, thank you parents for all your wonderful support during this challenging time. I hope all of you have a very relaxing and wonderful summer break.


Congratulations to all of my 8th graders, I will miss you! Good luck with all your future endeavors!


Mrs. Turturillo


Jr. High CAD

We are reading stories about realistic events. We are practicing time and money, along with multiplication and graphs. We are reading about different occupations, thinking about our futures. Some students may enjoy becoming a baker, a carpenter, a firefighter, or working in a kitchen. We are also traveling around the states near Illinois and visiting different sights in each state. We've looked at some historical sites, factories, and fun places to visit.

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ANOTHER YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE...

By: Ryan Whitcomb, LASEC Academy LBS1 Teacher/Case Manager

Welcome to May! A time where warmer weather, blooming flowers, and longer days are upon us. It is also the signal towards the close of another school year. As each year continuously flies before us, it is amazing just how quickly they go. The end of each year at the middle school level also is the time where 8th grade graduation is upon us. While graduations may look different nowadays, it is a celebration of the abundant number of accomplishments students have made throughout their junior high experience. Congratulations to all of our 8th grade graduates! You have worked hard, and have earned this honor.

As a year closes in LASEC Academy, we also say goodbye to our students who are not only graduating, but also those who have successfully climbed the step system and are prepared to embark on their next endeavor within their respective home schools. While goodbyes are never easy, I couldn't be prouder of these students for their superior commitment to leveling up and unlocking levels of greatness.

While May is still a busy year on the teaching and learning front, it is also a celebratory time. I wish all of our students that may be exiting the program and/or graduating from Kelvin Grove, LASEC Academy, and our member districts tremendous success as they enter high school. Each and every one of our future leaders throughout the Lockport-area leave us with so much to be proud of. To that end, I look forward to hearing about, and celebrating our future leaders’ successes throughout high school.

As always, I thank you for your continued partnership. Stay safe and healthy!

Partners in education,

Ryan

LASEC Academy Teaching and Learning Highlights

In Mathematics, students are currently studying Section 13, which entails theoretical probability containing compound events. As this unit comes to a close, we are starting to explore both solving and graphing problems containing equations and inequalities. This work will continue throughout the month of May.


In addition to our algebraic unit of study, and in celebration of Financial Literacy Month, which takes place throughout April, students will be learning about the principles of financial management. This process involves how to maintain a checking and savings account; understanding the principles of income, employment, and budget management; and, learning about consumer management skills. Since students were busy taking the IAR assessment throughout the month of April, I have decided to push these lessons off into May. That being said, each of the units provided are specifically aligned to the Mathematics portion of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum.

In Science, students will be learning about a variety of topics to close out May. First, we will be continuing our unit on Kinetic Energy. We will also be learning about motion and the principles of Robotics, aligning to our Edison curriculum of programming a robot (which is part of both STEM and Learning Exploration). Additional study is underway in the weathering process, containing a learning overlap on the water sanitation system. This is an interactive curriculum that I was able to allocate, and is specifically based on the Chicago Metropolitan Water Recreation District.


In Social Studies, we will be learning about two different concepts. First, our work will continue on studying the Industrial Revolution, which took place from 1760 to 1840. We will also briefly cover the 1840s, into the early 1900s. In addition to this unit of study, we will also be learning about Amelia Earhart. This unit will have an overlap with both Social Studies and Language Arts.


In Language Arts, students will be reading Phantom of the Tollbooth. This classic story was published in 1961 by Norton Juster. We will also be answering core comprehension questions and “Forever Words” will be provided for students to study and master core vocabulary words, in depth. Additionally, students are also learning about text structure and the writing process (argumentative, research, and informational). Lastly, since we are also learning about Soccer during our non-contact sports unit that occurs during daily Mask Break, we will also be learning about teamwork through a true story told by student soccer players. This unit will also be tied into our Social and Emotional Learning block, where we are learning about the power of collaboration.


While it will be a busy month of learning, I also look forward to continuous celebration of all the strides our students have made.

A Year in Review… From LASEC Academy Students

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Mr. Whitcomb’s Recurring Friendly Reminders

DAILY SELF-CERTIFICATION, VIA PARENT SQUARE

As a friendly reminder, on each day of in-person attendance, families will need to complete the "Self-Certification" form, via Parent Square. The screener is available between the hours of 7:00 pm (the night prior) to 7:30 am (on the day of attendance). Families do not need to complete this step on remote learning days.


CHROMEBOOKS

Please remember to have students bring their Chromebooks to school each day, charged. Should the Chromebook need to be charged, we do have a limited number of outlets that learners can use. Thank you for continued support!


LASEC Academy Quote of the Month

“Every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”


-Les Brown, Author

Art News

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For the next several weeks, fourth and fifth grade will continue our art history rotation that allows students to choose what aspects of the artist studied inspires them most and to use that motivation to create a “your choice” composition that highlights the artist. Following this, we will focus on how families can join in on the art fun and work with their child to brush up on their art skills!


Junior High will learn how to stretch our mind and “warm up” for formal art projects with different quick transformations and doodles. Students will learn that just like before sports and music - our creative side needs to warm up as well. We will progress to more detailed, formal drawing activities that involve landscape, still life, and portraiture.


Enjoy the warm weather and try drawing outside - nature provides amazing inspiration!

Kelvin Grove Physical Education

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Great work Hornets on making it to the end of this crazy year! We are so proud of all your accomplishments and resilience throughout this year. For the reminder of the year, we will be focusing on our track and field unit. We will be learning a variety of skills and events that go along with track and field, including baton passing, disc and shot throwing, and high and long jump! We hope you have a great summer and stay healthy and active!


Ms. Anderson and Mrs. Clark

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May/June Newsletter

Director: Mrs. Plagman


As much as I miss being on the podium and conducting large rehearsals, I have definitely enjoyed the sole focus on individual musical growth of the students this year. This will definitely be advantageous when we can go back to playing concerts, hopefully in the near future! Before the end of the year, I will be sharing with you the Kelvin Grove Band Virtual Recital featuring students in their 2nd-5th year playing. I am excited to share a small glimpse of the hard work that the students put forth in band this year. Each and every person in the band has improved as a player and a musician. The Beginning Band members have started playing their instruments! I am looking forward to seeing how far they can get before the end of the year. Students should continue to practice and check Google Classroom for your assignments for band, attend lessons, and keep practicing!


Congratulations to our 8th grader band members who will be graduating. I wish them the best of luck in the future and hope they will continue to have music in their lives.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone for all your support and commitment to the band program at Kelvin Grove this year. Have a great summer and PRACTICE!!!!!!!


As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (815)838-0737 x1139 or nplagman@d91.net.

Music

KG May 2021 Music 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: srandolph@d91.net PHONE: 815-838-0737 ext. 1140


It is sooo good to see all of the students back in school in person!!! I can’t wait to see the remote students back in person, too. I can’t wait until we can get back into the music room so we can sing and play all the instruments! In the meantime we shall continue singing and desk drumming with music traveling room to room on a cart.


KG Choir is focusing on singing and playing the many instruments and World Music Drumming.


ALL Grades will continue the Music Maestro Lessons & Games and singing songs from the Essential Elements Music Class Interactive and the Music Web site for each Grade Level. All links are on the STREAM page for each grade. Get the family together and have FUN singing and making music together. Put it on your TV and SING “The Chicken Song” or “Count On Me”, “We’re All In This Together”, “Yellow Submarine” by Beetles, play “The Adams’ Family” on Cups, and play “Sweet Home Alabama” on buckets (or legs and clap). There is over $400 worth of FREE music from Hal Leonard on the Google Classroom STREAM Page under EE Essential Elements you can use through May - including guitar, piano, recorder, buckets, drums, etc. MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER!


Now that the majority of students are in person, there won’t be any more required Google questions to answer.


ALL students NEED earbuds or headsets when at school to Complete the assigned LESSONS & GAMES in Harmonic Vision - Music Maestro = MM

Kelvin Grove School Learning Resource Center

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Mrs. Bruemmer, LRC Coordinator/District Webmaster

kgcyberlibrary.weebly.com

#KGLRC

sbruemmer@d91.net

815-838-0737, extension 1109

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Be sure to check us out at kgcyberlibrary.weebly.com

for summer hours and activities!


Want to know what we do in the KG LRC?

http://kgcyberlibrary.weebly.com/lrc-weekly-lessons.html

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Best of luck to our Kelvin Grove Class of 2021! Have a wonderful time in high school . . . and beyond!

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