Kendall News

January 10, 2022

In this week's newsletter...

  • iReady Mathematics and Reading Assessment
  • Mental Health Resources
  • COVID Vaccinations
  • Save the Dates!
  • PTA POINT: Reflections Regional Level
  • PTA POINT: PTA Meeting Jan 21st
  • PTA POINT: Membership
  • PTA POINT: Kendall Around the World Update

iReady Mathematics and Reading Assessment

January 2022

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Indian Prairie School District 204 is implementing a new Mathematics and Reading assessment called i-Ready to replace the aimsweb benchmark assessment. i-Ready is an online assessment that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth as well as monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will complete the i-Ready assessment this winter and again in the spring. i-Ready is a computer-adaptive test that matches the difficulty of test questions to the proficiency level of each student. As students answer questions correctly, they will get more difficult questions. As students answer questions incorrectly, they will get easier questions. The assessment adapts to find the precise proficiency level of each student in the quickest, most efficient way possible. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. Many students will see material teachers haven’t taught. This is an intentional part of the design of the adaptive assessment. Students may see above-grade level material and below-grade level material. The assessment is designed for students to get about 50% of the questions correct and 50% incorrect to help identify their proficiency on a range of skills in reading and math.

Individual student scores will be available through Parentvue by March 11. The assessment results are used by teachers and administrators to assist with instructional planning and differentiation at the grade, classroom, and student level.

Should you have any questions regarding i-Ready, please contact the school principal.


Charles Sprandel

Executive Director of Research and Assessment

Indian Prairie School District #204

Mental Health Resources

Please visit our IPSD website for access to a variety of Mental Health Resources. Included on this page are directions on how to access the ReferralGPS System.

ReferralGPS is a web-based service focused on assisting our students, staff, and community in finding local mental-health and substance use related treatment. The service compliments the district's existing systems of support as a tool for student service teams and families to connect with treatment. Along with a searchable database of treatment options, ReferralGPS provides Care Navigation to assist families in triage, appointment setting, and follow-up care. ReferralGPS takes into account all types of private and public insurance including PPO, HMO, Medicaid, Medicare, and families who are uninsured or underinsured. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip code, and special requests. ReferralGPS is available for use by district students, staff, and families at no cost. All information entered on the ReferralGPS tool is completely confidential and securely stored.

No School

No School for MLK Jr. Day: Monday, January 17th

No School for Teacher Institute Day: Tuesday, January 18th

School Resumes: Wednesday, January 19th

COVID Vaccinations

For our families who have elected to have their children vaccinated against COVID, once your child has had their second shot, please take a picture or scan your child's vaccination card and email it to our building nurse, Jaime DiGiovanni, at

Save the Dates!


Wednesday, January 12th - Tuesday, February 15th: ACCESS Testing Window

Friday, January 14th: End of Quarter 2 / End of First Semester

Monday, January 17th: NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 18th: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day

Wednesday, January 19th-Friday, February 11th: Winter Benchmark Assessments

Friday, January 21st: General PTA Meeting @ 9:15 a.m.

Wednesday, January 26th: Patriot Spirit Day


The Reflections team has an exciting news to share; fourteen students from Kendall Elementary are advancing from the District level to the next level, Regional, in the National PTA Reflections 2021-2022 program!


Atharv Velvandkar, Sruthi Madduri, Janani Narayanan, Avanish Ingle, Anaya Nagar, Ashna Nagar, Tanvi Hiremath


Aarav Bhatia, Ananya Bhatia, Sahana Madduri, Swayam Garnaik, Diara Giri, Sanya Sanal, Adithya Balaji

Congratulations to all the Kendall Patriots advancing to the Regional level and thank you, parents, for encouraging them to participate in the PTA Reflections program!

January PTA Meeting

Please consider joining us on January 21st for our in-person meeting to be held at Kendall! We are alternating in -person and virtual meetings each month. The schedule of upcoming meeting is located in our Calendar of Events on the PTA webpage, accessible from the Kendall Elementary home page.

We Need Your Support!

WOOHOO! We are at a little over 50% of our PTA (Parent Teacher Association) membership goal for the school year. Kendall currently embodies approximately 340 families and 60 staff members. Our goal every year is to reach all 100% of our families and staff.

Becoming a member does not automatically sign you up as a volunteer. Your membership and donation dollars help support:

· Welcome Back Social

· Scholastic News

· Room Parties

· Staff Grants

· ALL Field Trip Costs

· Field Day

· Science Fair

· Parent/Child Activities (i.e. Donuts with your Dude, Morning Muffins, Father/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son, Father/Son, Mother/Daughter activities)

· Teacher Appreciation Week

· Reflections

· Classroom Enrichment

· Assemblies

· Books for the LMC

· Grade Level Family Nights

· 5th Grade Fond Farewell

Please consider volunteering where you see fit with your interests and schedule.

For all who are interested in joining, we are here to assist with making it feasible.

Visit to purchase your membership.

Kendall Around the World Multicultural Event

The Kendal Parent Teacher Association has decided to postpone the Kendall Around the World Multicultural event to February 2022, and will hold this even VIRTUALLY.

It was such a hit last year, with record-breaking participants, we are hoping to recreate that again this year!

Please start thinking with your child how they would like to participate!

Submissions due by February 4th, 2022

More details to follow with registration and submission details

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