Milne-Kelvin Grove School District 91 - March 2023
Highlighted Dates to Remember
Wednesday, March 1
Parent Athletic Association Meeting, 7 p.m. @ KG
Friday, March 3
Report Cards Distributed
D91 Education Foundation Adult Dodgeball Tournament, 7 p.m. @ KG
Saturday, March 4
Celebration of Life for Noah Kucinski, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. @ KG
Monday, March 6
NO SCHOOL - CASIMIR PULASKI DAY
Wednesday, March 8
KG Family Maker Night, 6:30 p.m. @ KG LRC
Thursday, March 9
MG/KG Spring Picture Day
Tuesday, March 14
Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m. @ KG
Wednesday, March 15
PTO Mangia Pizza Night Fundraiser
Wednesday, March 22
LATE START, 9:30 a.m.
D91 Math Night
Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31
NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK
(School Resumes Monday, April 3)
A Note to our Parents
Thank you to all the parents that have taken the 5Essentials survey so far! Both schools are grateful for your participation and are pleased to announce that we have reached the minimum threshold of parent responses to receive a score on many measures. If you would like to provide information that guides our school improvement planning process and has significant implications for our school’s rating by the Illinois State Board of Education, you can use the following link until mid-March: (https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/?target_name=parent).
The staff and 3rd - 8th-grade students are also preparing for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA).
How can you help?
Many parents want to know what they can do to make this experience successful for their child. First and foremost, please let your child know that you are proud of him or her and that you are confident that he or she will do their best!!! Other helpful tips include:
Make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep every night, but especially before each testing date.
Make sure your child eats a nutritious breakfast before going to school.
Try to schedule all doctor appointments, etc. outside of the testing week. If your child is ill or otherwise can’t attend school due to an emergency or tardiness on one or more of the assessment dates, he or she will be given a make-up testing date.
Try to ensure that your child comes to school each day of testing with a positive attitude.
IAR testing at Kelvin Grove will occur on March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16. KG students who are present for all six testing sessions will get to participate in an ice cream sundae incentive!
Milne Grove will occur on April 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, and 14.
Spring Break in D91 is from March 27th - March 31st. I know that many of us are ready to leave the cold and snow behind; hopefully, spring will usher in increased temperatures and the opportunity to get outside!
Mr. John Jennings and Mrs. Jaime Koziol
Mr. John Jennings, Principal
Mrs. Jaime Koziol, Principal
SPRING PICTURE DAY IS MARCH 9!
Order online at mylifetouch.com
PICTURE DAY IDs:
MILNE GROVE - EVTMX78TC
KELVIN GROVE - EVTTVNM23
Notes from the Health Office
NATIONAL SLEEP AWARENESS WEEK
March 12, 2023 - March 18, 2023
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) produces Sleep Awareness Week yearly to educate the public about sleep health. For over 30 years, The NSF has educated the public on the latest scientific insights about sleep. Sleep Awareness Week is a time of year when everyone is reminded about the importance of sleep and how it affects the way we perform and feel each day.
A “good night’s sleep” is something everyone wants, but not everyone manages to attain. A good night's rest is important for everyone, but more so for children! Studies have shown that children who regularly receive adequate sleep have improved attention, learning, behavior, memory, and overall wellness.
This awareness week provides us an opportunity to reflect on our own sleep habits and find areas that may need improvement. Eating well and exercising regularly are used to maintain good health, but sleep also plays a critical role! Sleep allows our body and brain to recharge from the previous day’s activities. If we are ill or injured, our bodies repair themselves while we sleep. Inadequate sleep is known to cause irritability, reduced performance levels at work/school, increased mental health concerns, and affect our hormones related to hunger. When you are not sleeping well, you are not at your best. Good sleep is essential to good health!
HOW MUCH SLEEP DO I NEED????
Recommendations for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine:
0 - 1 years old/12 - 16 hours
1 - 2 years old/11 - 14 hours
3 - 5 years old/10 - 13 hours
6 - 12 years old/9 - 12 hours
13 - 18 years old/8 - 10 hours
A goal of the NSF is to help you be your ‘Best Slept Self’!
So, what is your Best Slept Self?
According to the NSF, it is: a renewed you after taking small steps each day and night that make a big difference in your sleep health.
The NSF provides a great visual to promote healthy sleep; here are the six steps:
Light: Spend time outside or in bright, naturally lit areas during the day.
Exercise: Regular physical activity for 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
Mealtimes: Eat at consistent times each day.
Avoid: Anything that does not promote a healthy lifestyle. This may not always be realistic, so be mindful of moderation.
Wind-down: Be consistent with a routine at night that promotes relaxation and sleep.
Environment: Sleep in a cool, dark, and quiet space. Turn off the TV and put away devices an hour before bed.
You can learn more and find tools and resources by clicking below to launch the NSF website.
D. Lacasse, RN
MG/KG District Nurse
email@example.com ~ x1102
C. Olson, RN
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ x2106
Sleep Foundation | Better Sleep for a Better You
MANGIA PIZZA NIGHT IS COMING
The D91 PTO is partnering with Mangia Pizza for Fundraising Nights
The next Pizza Night will be Wednesday, March 15.
Order dinner from Mangia Pizza and tell them you are supporting D91. They will donate a portion of the profits to the D91 PTO.
Mangia Pizza is located at 132 E. 9th Street (NW corner of 9th and Hamilton)
Please continue to support the ongoing fundraisers sponsored by the D91 PTO!
Fundraising Support | Mabel's Labels | Raise Funds With Kids Labels
Market Day - The Original School Fundraising Food Cooperative!
News from the KG LRC
MARCH IN THE #KGLRC
We are celebrating STUDENTS and READING all month long!
Every LRC block students are able to self-select books AND participate in a
wide variety of topical activities.
KG's LRC offers students flexible scheduling as well as scheduled LRC class times.
MARCH 2, 2023
CELEBRATING WOMEN - PRINT & DIGITAL BOOKS!
March is Women's History Month and students can check-out print books from LRC displays and access their topical choice of digital reading material from eRead Illinois, SORA and Epic. Students can access digital content when they login into their Destiny Discover Account.
KG STUDENTS & FAMILIES: FREE MAKER NIGHT MARCH 8! REGISTER HERE:
STARLAB IS COMING TO THE KG LRC MARCH 22!
FAMILIES CAN CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING INDOOR PLANETARIUM FREE ON MATH NIGHT 03/22/23 AT KELVIN.
Watch for further details on Math Night and the opportunity for FAMILY PARTICIPATION!
All Kelvin Grove students will have the opportunity to experience Star Lab during their LRC classes the week before Spring Break. This 14,000.00 equipment is on loan to the LRC ($100 rental fee) from Will County's Regional Office of Education / Professional Development Alliance. We're delighted to offer students a chance to climb inside and view the starfield -- in a very fun way!
Watch for more details in ParentSquare on www.d91.net about Math Night!
LRC Coordinator/District 91 Webmaster
Counseling/Social Work News
Test Taking and Test Anxiety
While many of your children have been in school for years and are quite familiar with taking tests, sometimes a child’s experience of test taking changes. It is the season of many tests in school, especially for the older grades, so let’s consider how we prepare for and feel about tests.
First, let’s all remember that tests do not measure your kindness, ideas, courage, empathy, confidence, creativity, intelligence, potential, sense of humor, ambitions, resilience, or self-worth! It’s just a test.
However, to prepare to have a better testing experience, your student should make sure to get enough sleep. Our brains do a lot of work while we sleep. Our brains store things in our memory and make connections while we are snoozing! Obviously, it’s also important to eat well.
Your child may have a goal. Being goal driven or having a desire to do well is not test anxiety. Even some nervousness about tests can be healthy. If we want to do well, we should study a little each night instead of trying to study everything the night before. We know that practice helps us learn. The brain makes pathways so information can be easily recalled. The more times you do something, like ride your bike or practice math facts, the stronger the pathways become. If we use some nervous energy to practice, we will be more prepared and feel more prepared. Therefore we reduce our nervousness on the day of the test.
If your child is experiencing a sense of panic about a test, that is a sign that the nervousness is becoming anxiety. Controlled breathing is one of the best skills for reducing anxiety in the brain and nervous system. Younger kids usually like a visual image to help them with their deep breathing. That may be a flower and a candle, a mug of hot cocoa, a dragon, a rainbow, or Darth Vader. Ask your child which deep breathing technique or image they like. As our children get more educated about their bodies, they learn about their nervous system and their brains, and they may benefit from a logical understanding of why deep breathing works.
Another strategy is Tense and Release. Tensing and releasing requires us to pay attention to our muscles and how they feel when they are tight or loose. We can practice this anywhere. We simply squeeze and then relax our muscles. With younger kids, we call this “rocks and socks.” We “zoom all of our energy into making fists. It’s like our hands transform into rocks. Then we release our muscles, and we let our hands and arms dangle like floppy socks.”
Remember that tests cannot measure all of the important things. We might want a test to show how many skills we’ve mastered. We can build our skills by making sure we eat healthy food, get sleep, and by practicing the skills. When we feel tension or anxiety, we can control our bodies and feelings with breathing and muscle relaxation. Then the test is more likely to show what we know.
If you like GoNoodle.com, type “breath” in the search bar for a lot of options. Parents who are in need of additional resources for teaching your child deep breathing or muscle relaxation techniques are welcome to reach out to the counselor, social workers, or psychologist for District 91, Ms. Carrescia, Ms. Kubik, Mrs. Reynolds, Dr. Richardson.
Milne Grove - Mrs. Reynolds, Social Worker, email@example.com, x2103
Kelvin Grove - Mrs. Carrescia, School Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org, x1170
Kelvin Grove - Ms. Kubik, Social Worker, email@example.com, x1132
District - Dr. Richardson, School Psychologist, firstname.lastname@example.org, x1117(KG)/x2135(MG)
For the months of March and April, Kelvin Grove will focus on CASEL’s competencies. CASEL has a focus on five different competencies to articulate what students should know and be able to do for academic success, school and civic engagement, health and wellness, and fulfilling careers. The five competencies are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
The month of March will focus on self-awareness and self-management. Self-awareness is the ability to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. Self-management is the ability to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.
You can learn more about CASEL’s framework at https://casel.org/fundamentals-of-sel/what-is-the-casel-framework/