Happy Friday Kipling Families

October 14, 2016

“Big thinking precedes great achievement.”
– Wilferd A. Peterson

Check Out All The Fun From Our (Short) Week at Kipling

Students are Getting Ready for Leadership Day - October 21st

Next Friday October 21st Kipling School will welcome educators and leaders from around the area to join us in the morning for our second annual Leadership Day. Leadership Day gives other educators from the area an opportunity to see and learn about the great things happening at our school. In addition, and more importantly it gives our students an opportunity to share with other educators and leaders what they are doing.

We are happy this year to be welcoming Muriel Summers, Congressman Robert Dold, as well as teachers, principals, and superintendents from around the area.

Kipling Welcomes Muriel Summers on October 20th - Time Change to 7pm

Kipling Elementary School is pleased to welcome Muriel Summers on October 20th at 7pm at Kipling Elementary School. Muriel is the principal at A.B. Combs Elementary School in North Carolina. Muriel is known for being the creator of The Leader in Me, having first started it at her school in Raleigh. Inspiring Learners to Be Leaders: An Evening with Muriel Summers will be an opportunity for our community to hear from the person that started the program that is helping so many Kipling students and students around the world develop the habits and skills they need for a successful future.

Deerfield Public Schools APP - Download Today

You can now download the District 109 app where you'll be able to browse news, view the calendar, connect with the web tools you regularly use as part of the District 109 community, and receive instant notifications on your device. We will be using this service regularly to send out notifications and reminders. View more details here on how to download to your mobile device.

PUMPKINFEST is Next Saturday October 22nd from 10am - 2pm

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Our PTO has been hard at work getting everything together for Kipling's biggest event of the year. Look for a special email on Monday with all the details about Pumpkinfest. In the meantime check out this awesome video put together by the PTO as a preview to this year's event.

Strategic Planning Survey Reminder

The District's strategic planning process is underway. Earlier this week, you should have received an email from the District's research partner, The ECRA Group, who developed the surveys based on information they heard during a series of focus groups they held with stakeholders in September. We want every parent to participate! Please check your email inbox for an email from ECRA (survey@ecragroup.com) and take a few minutes to give your input. The survey closes on October 23.

Halloween at Kipling School

Halloween is Monday October 31st at Kipling School. Students can bring costumes that they will change into after lunch for our Halloween Parade. The Parade will begin at 2pm at Kipling School. All students will make one lap around the building. Please leave some space between the building and you so that the parade can get through.

The parade will begin at 2pm (weather permitting). If it is raining or extremely cold the parade will be cancelled. Hopefully, we will have a great day for it.

Two points on costumes at school:

1. Avoid any bloody or scary costumes. This year, students also should stay away from clown costumes, as the "scary clown" issue earlier this fall created some stress among some students.

2. Be aware of your child's plans for dressing up as both an individual and a group. When 20 students in a grade dress up like the same character or as a group, it can create stress or lead to feelings of exclusion.

Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up is Now Open in Family Access (2nd Posting)

Parent-Teacher conferences will be the evening of Nov. 21st and all day the 22nd. Please log in to your Family Access account to sign up for a time slot if you have not already.

Sign Up To Volunteer In Our New LMC

We are looking for volunteers in our newly renovated LMC. This is a fun opportunity to interact with your child and their classmates during the school day. We are asking volunteers to help with shelving, checking out books for students, or other activities that may come up during the year. Volunteers are not limited to Moms. Dads and grandparents are welcome to volunteer in theLMC as well!

Mondays- Victorine, Apa, Thurman, McCulloch, Bolon

Tuesdays- Davis, Lombardi, Abrams, Sayner, Dushman

Wednesdays- Comitor

Thursdays- Cacioppo, Friedlander, Malek, Jorjorian, Ewert

Fridays- Kaulentis, Carr, Binder-Markey, Gomberg, Karasick

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page: http://signup.com/go/yjfgrY

2. Enter your email address:(You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact lauren.crane@comcast.net and you will be signed up manually.

Kipling Parents, Faculty, and 4th/5th Grade Student Leaders- Sign Up To Volunteer For Pumpkinfest

Pumpkinfest is October 22nd. We hope to see everyone there. There are lots of great games, prizes, and as you can see from the picture - entertainment. We are still looking for volunteers and 4th and 5th grade leaders to help out.

Please use the link below to volunteer to work at Pumpkinfest this year! Pumpkinfest needs over 200 volunteers to make it successful! The shifts are 1 hour 15 minutes long this year and you can use the link below to sign up for the time that works for you. Feel free to include where you would like to volunteer in the comments section (i.e. game, sell food, sell tickets) and we will try to accommodate your request.

Please sign up for Pumpkinfest Volunteers 2016
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/ErVz4R
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Pumpkinfest Volunteer Committee

Kelley Weiss, Sarah Hazan, and Allison Blitz

Mark Your Calendars

10/20 - Muriel Summers - Evening Program 8pm

10/21 - Leadership Day

10/22 - Pumpkinfest

10/31 - Halloween

Kipling Elementary School