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6 April 2023

Hello Kipling Families,

Thank you for your support and understanding during our non-emergency lockdown on Tuesday. While the events that transpired that day are very troubling, and I hope all the best for the HPHS community, I am happy all our students were able to go through their day mostly unaffected. Aside from indoor recess, everything was business as usual here at Kipling and all our students were safe and in good spirits. We will always do everything possible to ensure our students are safe and cared for while here at Kipling.

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. Our family was able to spend time with some family members who live in northern Arizona. While we are still paying the price for the two-hour time difference (I thought daylight savings night was bad!), it was so rewarding to see our boys connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors in the mountains. Most importantly, we all got to connect with close family who we haven’t seen in eight months. When you have strong bonds with others, it is easy to pick up where you left off and not notice how much time has passed since you’ve seen them. I was reminded on this trip, and I encourage all of you, to never let too much time pass before you get to see those who are most important to you.

It was great to reconnect with all our students this week as we begin our final push of the school year. As a reminder we have no school tomorrow, Friday, April 7th. We will see you on Monday.

Happy Holidays and all my best to you and your families this weekend!


Mr. Matthew O. Lombardo, NBCT


Kipling Elementary School

Kipling PTO

-Please sign up for your PTO Membership now! Click HERE to sign up if you have not already!

-Our next PTO meeting will be on Friday, April 14th at 9:30am in our Staff Lounge.

-PTO Bingo Night will be Friday, April 21st from 5:30-7:30pm. More info coming soon!

5 Essentials Survey

Thank you to all the families who completed this survey for us! We did end up receiving 21% parent participation so we will have a report to share once all the surveys are finalized. Your support and partnership are invaluable to me. Thank you, again.

IAR Testing

3rd-5th Grade Students at Kipling will be participating in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English/Language Arts & Mathematics between April 11th and April 14th.

This state assessment helps us understand how students are growing academically year to year, while also providing an achievement comparison to grade-level peers across the state. By measuring both mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards and the College and Career Ready benchmarks of the PSAT and SAT, the IAR is also designed to help prepare students for success in high school and beyond. The overall performance of each school, by grade, also impacts our designation, which is reported on the Illinois School Report Card.

Erin's Law

Please see the linked informational letter regarding the upcoming Erin's Law presentations at Kipling on Wednesday, 4/19/23.

Student Leadership Team - Orphans of the Storm Drive

The Philanthropy Student Leadership Team is hosting an Orphans of the Storm drive, a local shelter known for saving cats and dogs from across the U.S. from euthanasia, the week of April 24th. Please see this linked letter for more information including which items are being collected. If you have any questions about the drive, please contact Ms. Koterbski at

Kindergarten Round Up! - Save the Date

-Tuesday, 4/25

-All incoming Kindergarten students and their parents for the '23-'24 school year

-More info coming soon!

Kipling Showcase Night! - Save the Date

-Thursday, 4/27, 4:30-6:30pm

-All K-5 students and their parents

-More info coming soon!

5th Grade Parents Save the Dates

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District 109 Communication

Please take the DPS109 Communication Survey!

Your feedback is critical as we work to ensure we get you information in an accessible, convenient and timely manner. Click here to take the survey. It will only take 5-10 minutes.The survey is open until April 14th!

DPS109 Parent/Guardian Webinar Series - Begins Tonight!

District 109 is excited to announce that, in partnership with PPS109 and Dr. Doug Bolton, we will be hosting a series of virtual parent/guardian/community workshops this Spring. We will be kicking off tonight at 7:00 pm, with a one-hour Zoom webinar focusing on: “Parents and Guardians as Partners in Collaboration.” Additional topics for the subsequent events will include:

  • Understanding Development (4/13)

  • Addressing The Greatest Worries of Parents & Guardians (4/27)

  • Understanding Children’s Hardest Moments (5/4)

  • The Basics of Childhood Resilience (5/11)

  • Collaborative Problem Solving (5/18)

Please click here to access the zoom link for all of the upcoming events. Each webinar will begin at 7 p.m. No sign-up is required ahead of time, and the sessions will be recorded and distributed for anyone that cannot attend.

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Deerfield Park District and Community News

The Deerfield Park District runs all of our before and after school programs. Linked here is the brochure & information for sign up. Please contact the Park District, 847-945-0650, if you have questions.

Upcoming Important Dates

    • April 7th - NO SCHOOL

    • April 14th - PTO Meeting - 9:30am, Staff Lounge

    • April 19th - Erin's Law Presentations

    • April 19th - Elementary & Middle School Choir Festival, Shepard Middle School, 6:30pm

    • April 21st - PTO Bingo Night! - 5:30-7:30pm

    • April 24th - Orphans of the Storm Drive Begins, Donations collected 4/24-4/28

    • April 25th - Kindergarten Round Up - More Info Coming Soon

    • April 27th - Kipling Showcase Night (K-5), 4:30-6:30pm - More Info Coming Soon