Milne Grove Messenger

October 2018

Highlighted Dates to Remember (see linked calendar for full schedule of events)

Labor Day / No School: September 3rd

PTO Mangia Pizza Fundraiser Night: September 10th

LRC Fundraiser at Culver's: September 12th 4-8pm

PTO Spiritwear Forms and Payment Due: September 12th

Family Movie Night @ MG: September 14th

Late Start Morning: September 18th @ 9:30am

PTO Meeting: September 18th @ 6pm @MG

BOE Meeting: September 18th @7pm at KG LRC

PTO Taffy Apple Sale Begins: September 20th

Early Dismissal: September 21st @ 11:30am (no PM kindergarten)

Family Movie Night @ KG: September 21st

Trimester Midterm: September 28th (reports sent the following Friday)

SAVE THE DATE: D91 Foundation's 5k Fun Run on October 13th

(see registration details below)

PTO News

Join the PTO for the second meeting of the year on September 18th at 6pm in the MG Teacher's Lounge. There is a bunch planned for September and we need YOUR help to make sure the PTO fun continues all year long!

August 27 - September 12 - PTO's Spiritwear Sale is ON - see the link below to place your order.

September 10th: Mangia pizza night fundraiser - a portion of sales will be donated to our PTO to fund programming, supplies, and services for your child's classroom!

Family Movie Nights at each school will be held in September: September 14th at Milne and September 21st at Kelvin.

You know fall is here when taffy apples roll into stores. The D91 PTO will be conducting the annual Affy Tapple Sale beginning September 20th - sell to friends, families and coworkers!

Email with questions!

Principal's Page

The last month of school is already here! We have so many events and activities scheduled to keep our students busy engaged and excited this month - please check out the calendar for more details. The last day of school is May 24th; school will dismiss at 11:30am. Kindergarten graduation will be held on May 24th and Early Learners PK graduation will be held on May 23rd; Field Day/Hot Dog Day is on May 21st.

Thank you to all parents who came out for Parent Planning Council in April and May! I look forward to working with teams of interested parents through the summer to make our vision of an Idea Lab for students and a parent education series a reality!

Through the summer, we will be using Freckle (formerly Front Row) as our summer education program for families who would like to keep their kids' skills sharp. Each child will receive their log in information with their report card; you can use the link below to access the site. A celebration will be held in August for all students who participated on a weekly basis.

Call me at 815-838-0542x2104 or email

Jaime Koziol

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National School Lunch Program

Our District Office has mailed out letters to all households that are direct certified to

receive school lunches at no cost. Be sure you are completing and submitting the monthly

lunch order forms on time in order for our lunch coordinators to have the correct lunch

for your child/children each day.

Letters have also gone out to households that have applied for the National School Lunch

Program via the 18-19 application form. Be sure to check your letter to find out if your

child is qualified to receive free or reduced lunches. If your application letter indicates

your application has been denied and you do not understand why, please contact Mrs.

Krumlinde at or (815)838-0737 ext 1104. If your letter indicates

your application has been approved, it will show either for free or reduced lunches. Free

lunches are at no cost, reduced lunches are 40 cents per day. Be sure you are completing

and submitting the monthly lunch order forms on time in order for our lunch coordinators

to have the correct lunch for your child/children each day.

Our District Office is awaiting new applications for some children that qualified for a 30

day carryover period. Letters and applications were mailed out to these families. If you

have not already submitted your new application, please be sure to do so by September

28 to avoid any break in lunches. Applications were sent home the first day of school, are

available to print from our website, or can be picked up at either school office.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA

office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Registration Fee Waiver Applications

Over the next few weeks, the District Office will be evaluating requests for fee waivers that have been submitted. Letters will be mailed once a determination has been made. If your fee waiver is not approved, you may need to provide more information (such as proof of income). If your letter from the District Office indicates that your income exceeds the guidelines, be sure to contact Mrs. Krumlinde to set up a payment plan if you are unable to pay in full by the due date. Be advised the District has now instituted a carryover fee per child for any family that carries a balance from one school year to the next.

Attendance Reminders

As a protection to the children, the District requires parents/guardians to contact the Attendance Office at (815)838-0737 ext 1 PRIOR TO 9AM whenever a child will be late to school or will be absent. The message must contain the following information:

  • Student first and last name, their grade or teacher name

  • Detailed reason for the absence/tardy (students that are not called in or are called in without a reason are considered TRUANT and will be reported as such)

An automated call is sent out to parents/guardians who have not called in their child by 9AM and have not signed in by 9AM, and to parents/guardians that merely indicate their child “will not be in school” or are “out due to a family emergency” requesting the parent/guardian contact the attendance office immediately to advise the details for the absence. Family emergencies may be considered an excused absence depending on the details provided.

If you fail to contact the attendance after the automated call has gone out, staff members will call you for the details of the absence. If no contact is made, you will receive a letter as a last resort and the child is placed on the Truancy List.

When is a student considered tardy?

  • Any student who is not in their classroom when the tardy bell rings is considered tardy to school (8:35 on regular days, 9:30 on late start days, or 12:25 for afternoon PK & K students)

  • Students tardy to morning band are considered tardy to school

  • Junior High students are also considered tardy to class if they are not in their respective class at the start of said class, unless a staff member has issued a pass.

Whenever a child is tardy to school, they must sign in at the office. Failure to sign in will result in a truancy call being placed to the parent/guardian. A reason for all tardies must be entered. Entering “tardy or late” is not a reason for the tardy.

Student attendance is crucial to student success. Appointments during the school day are discouraged. If you child needs to be dismissed any time during the school day (e.g., dental or doctor appointment), please notify the attendance office prior to the absence. See student/parent handbook on our website regarding make up work. All students leaving school prior to regular dismissal time is required to be signed out by a designated responsible adult in the office.

Any student reported as ill for four consecutive days is required to provide a signed and dated doctor’s note in order to return to school.

When is a child Truant?

  • Any child that accrues nine or more absences for any reason during the school year is considered truant.

  • Any child not called in for an absence.

  • Any child called in but no reason provided for the absence.

With excessive absences:

  • Student is placed on truancy watch list

  • Parent Notification Letter is sent

  • Principal will contact the parent/guardian

  • Meeting is required to create an attendance improvement plan

  • Home visit by the Truancy Officer

  • Final Notice of Truancy Letter

  • Truancy Hearing at the Will County Regional Office of Education

  • Court Hearing on Truancy

Vacations During the School Year

Vacations during the school year are discouraged and are considered unexcused absences. Valuable educational experiences are lost and grades can be affected. If a family vacation is unavoidable during the school year, the parents are responsible to complete and submit the “Pre-Arranged Absence Form” to the attendance office at least one week before the planned absence in order to give teachers time to assign homework. All work provided is due upon the student’s first day back. This includes taking any tests. Up to one week of missing work will be provided and the last school day prior to the pre-arranged absence.

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Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal

815-838-0542 x2104

Mrs. Cindy Dragosh, Secretary


Help Kids Have Access to Food this School Year!

Notes From the Nurse

The State of Illinois mandates that all school age children receive physical (PK, K, & 6th), eye (for K only - by an optometrist or ophthalmologist) and dental exams (K, 2nd, & 6th) prior to the first day of school. All exams must be documented on the appropriate State of Illinois forms. Any student who does not have the physical form on file in the Health Office by October 15th will be excluded from school per the Illinois School Code. Missing vision and/or dental forms may result in a report card hold for the child. All children entering school for the first time or transferring from an out of state school are required by law to have these exams, regardless of grade.

We have a number of resources for parents who are having difficulty finding physicians, dentists or optometrists.

I would like to remind parents whose children will be entering 2nd grade, that your child is required to have a new dental exam completed and documented on the State of Illinois form by the first day of school. Those currently in 2nd grade are required to have a new dental exam turned in to the health office no later than May 15, 2018. Report cards will be held if the exam is not turned in by that date.

Please feel free to call me at 815-838-0542 if you have questions or concerns regarding these exams or if you are in need of a form.

Have a safe and joyful school year!

Shannon Gilkerson, RN

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Click below for Staff Contact Info & to Access Websites!

School Office & Administrative Team

Mrs. Dragosh, School Secretary,

Mrs. Gilkerson, School Nurse,

Mrs. Gray, Superintendent,

Mrs. Holland, Curriculum Coordinator,

Mrs. Koziol, Principal,

Mr. Spencer, Special Education Coordinator,

Student Support Team

Mrs. Barker, Speech Pathologist,

Mrs. Conway, Special Education Aide,

Mrs. DeSandre ,Social Worker,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Skoczek, English Learners Instructor,

Mrs. Stilling, Psychologist,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialiat,

Building, Grounds & Kitchen Team

Mr. Sellers, Lead Custodian,

Mr. Wilson, Custodian,

Mrs. Dorion, Lunch Program Manager,

Mrs. Heintz, Lunch Program Assistant,

Mrs. Freitag, Lunchroom Supervisor & Lunch Custodian,

Mr. Freitag, Lunchroom Supervisor & Lunch Custodian,

Third Grade Team

Mrs. McGreevy, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Stanly, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Steed, 3rd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

Second Grade Team

Mrs. Bolte, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Georgopulos, 2nd grade teacher,

Miss Podwika, 2nd grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

First Grade Team

Mrs. O'Halloran, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Preboy, 1st grade teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

Kindergarten Team

Mrs. Adams, Kindergarten Teacher,

Mrs. Visser, Reading Specialist,

Mrs. Fiday, Special Education Teacher,

Mrs. Phillips, Reading Aide,

Mrs. Heintz, Math Aide,

Read, Read, Read (and then read some more)

We use the website GoNoodle to help us stay focused, calm and energized during our school day by using music and movement, here is the link for you to try:
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Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids. This is what you have been looking Contact Athena Dingels for details (must possess a bachelor's degree and be willing to obtain the sub teacher credential through ISBE).

Early Learners Preschool Team

Mrs. Torkelson, PK Teacher,

Ms. Ginte Jonikas, PK Aide,

Mrs. Pederson, Bilingual Liaison,