February 5, 2021

February 5, 2021

Dear Families,

There has been a noticeable shift this week, and that is a sense of "normalcy". Over the past couple of weeks, we've successfully brought back our in-person learners and we've demonstrated that our routines and protocols are in place. So what's next? We will continue to focus on quality instruction and making sure all of our learners feel supported. 

When asking a student what it meant to return to Kildeer this week, he shared, "It means everything." That right there says it all! 

There's a lot of snow on the ground and I'm sure we've all seen the forecast for frigid temperatures. Stay warm and safe out there Ivy Hall families! 


Bob Hanrahan

NEW *February 26 Final Photo Day*

Please review the available slots for Ivy Hall photo retake day and click on the button to sign up. If you missed our first photo day in the fall or simply need to have your child's photo taken again, please sign up for each child. Select one slot per student. Please do not select more than one slot per student. (e.g. If you have two students you need two slots).

SignUp Genius Link: HERE

This photo event will take place in the cafeteria/red gym.  You will receive a notification on the day of the event (February 26, 2021) to self-certify your student.  Staff will be present to verify completed health certification and direct your child to the photographers.  Please drive up to the back (parent pickup/dropoff) cafeteria gym door, have your student exit and come into the building and pull forward in your car to wait.  Your child will walk back out to you when they are finished. For safety purposes, all pertinent COVID-19 mitigation protocols will be observed. Masks are required for entry.

*** If you are unable to get your photo taken at this time, we will have a “send your own photo” option coming soon. This will be for the yearbook only. You will not be able to order photo packages if you submit your own photo.

NEW *Valentine's Celebrations (February 10, 2021)*

On Wednesday, February 10th all students will participate in Valentine’s themed activities.  Classroom teachers will coordinate Valentine’s themed activity during the Social Studies/Science instructional block. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.

NEW *Ordering Photos*

If you wish to review and purchase photos, you can do so by visiting our new photography companies website. That website can be found HERE.

Online Order Code: 51298H

NEW *Obtaining Free Meals*

Preorder free meals for in-person students by 6 PM on Thursday for the week ahead. Order at onlineordering.linq.com only for your student's in-person days.

Pick up meal supplies for 5 days for remote students on Wednesdays from 11 AM– 2 PM at Twin Groves or Woodlawn. No preordering needed.

Please direct questions to the public info coordinator [email protected]

NEW *Musical Performances*

As we look forward to the remainder of the school year, we wish to update you on the status of this year’s school performances. After much discussion and weighing of options and possibilities, the district has decided that formal music performances for students will not take place this school year. 

Factors that contributed to this decision included concert preparation, execution, and the continuing balance involving student screen time. Individually, the music teachers will continue to pursue in-class performance possibilities and will keep their eyes set on performances to return in the following school year.

NEW *Dual Language Parent Night for 21–22 Kindergarten Parents*

District 96 Director of Language and Early Literacy Kathryn Sheridan will present a live virtual program for parents interested in the Spanish/English Dual Language program opportunity for their incoming 2021–22 kindergartners.

REGISTER HERE to receive the link to attend the live virtual informational program for parents of incoming kindergartners Wed., Mar. 3, at 6:30 PM.

See the District website to LEARN MORE about the District's optional Spanish/English Dual Language program.

NEW *PTO Blog*

As always, please check out our PTO blog for updates. You can visit this blog by clicking the link here.

LINK: https://www.kcsd96.org/ih/pto/blog


An Illinois law known as Erin’s Law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness/prevention curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96 researched and observed best practices and programs for delivering this instruction, selecting Victor Pacini to present Be Seen & Heard ©.

The focus of this developmentally appropriate and interactive program is to teach children skills to keep them safe from danger or abuse. Concepts discussed will include distinguishing safe from unsafe touches, safety rules at home and school, saying NO, safe/unsafe secrets, and telling a trusted adult, as well as reinforcing that an adult’s touching him or her is not the child’s fault. For more information about this presentation please go to www.victorpacini.com/peace-of-mind-2

The presentation to Ivy Hall students will be during the school day on February 19, 2021,

If you prefer that your child does not attend this prevention education session, please submit your written request - or your questions - to me at [email protected]

REPEAT *Classroom/Specials Classes Materials Needed*

Please remember to check the IVY HALL MATERIALS SHEET to see which materials your child will need for class.  If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate teacher.


Parents who have children coming in must do their daily self-certification.  It significantly slows down our arrival procedures when students don't have this.

Likewise, parents whose students do not bring their saliva samples will be called to come to the school and bring their student’s sample collection vial, barcode label, and plastic baggie and assist their student in collecting the sample. 

Please remember that completing the daily self-certification and providing the weekly saliva sample is a commitment you made for your child to attend in-person. If there are repeat incidences for the daily self-certification and/or saliva collection, the student may need to go back to remote learning.  Please set alarm reminders for yourself.  I do not want anyone to have to move back to remote learning for this reason.

The schedule for saliva sample collection for EC–Grade 2 is as follows:

  • Monday: Ivy Hall Grades 1-2 (Last names A-L)
  • Thursday: Ivy Hall Grades 1-2 (Last names M-Z)

See MORE INFO regarding saliva samples and collecting them.

To access the required Daily Self-Certification Form, you need to log into TeacherEase each day your student will attend in person to submit self-certification.

This VIDEO gives instructions, including how to access the daily self-certification form using your cell phone (iOS or Android).

If you will be using your home computer to send daily self-certification, we suggest that you bookmark the TeacherEase website. The link is: https://www.teacherease.com/common/login.aspx


KCSD96 Family Technology Hub! The District 96 Family Technology Hub is designed to guide families through technology tools related to Enhanced Remote Learning. On this site, you can find links to the recordings and the corresponding Slides decks for the parent/family informational sessions from last week. You can also find tutorials on how to use  ZOOM, Schoology, Seesaw, Clever, Notability, and other iPad essential tools for student learning. Additionally, there is a link to email the technology support desk. Please save or bookmark this site. It will be updated with tools, resources, and tutorials through remote learning to better support your family.