March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for attending our Spring Family Educator Conferences this week. Students were so excited to participate and celebrate the learning they have engaged in so far this school year. We are looking forward to another great week of learning as we near our Spring Break 2021. As stated in Julie Schmidt’s March 10th Superintendent’s Message we are currently finalizing operational plans to announce the start date for an expansion of in-person learning. Please look for more information next week as specific details and dates are forthcoming.


Principal Hanrahan


This item is also listed below as a repeat.

PORTRAITS (ALL GRADES) – if you are NOT participating in the school portrait program and/or have missed both picture dates, but you want your child to have a portrait - you can submit one for the class composite page in the yearbook. This is the photo that is listed on your student's class page (A TEACHER SAMPLE BELOW).


NEW: *Notice of 5Essentials Student Survey Administration*

We are writing to inform you about a student survey for 4th–8th graders that will be administered at your child’s school. 

Students will take the survey during the day on March 19th. 

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is based on 20 years of research at the University of Chicago. The survey asks students about their experiences in school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

Students will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions. Instead, they will receive only aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material, for example.

Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions your student(s) are asked. 

View Illinois 5Essentials Survey Questions

If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, please contact Bob Hanrahan, [email protected] or [email protected] (both work)

NEW: *Early Release - Tuesday, March 16th*

This is a friendly reminder that Tuesday, March 16th is an Early Release.  Students will be dismissed at 2:00pm and will follow THIS SCHEDULE.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

REPEAT: *Variety Show*

It’s that time of year again. We are super excited to share the preliminary information for the Variety Show this year. Please take a moment to watch THIS VIDEO from Mrs. Dolan regarding Variety Show!!!


Our District 96 nurses are closely following the Illinois Department of Public Health school exclusion decision tree to determine when students are eligible to return to turn school. Thank you for your patience with students who have had to isolate or quarantine due to illness, household, illness, positive COVID-19, and/or close contact status. The building nurse will request appropriate documentation for students to return to school. While you may receive this documentation outside of school hours, the nurse will contact families regarding a return date upon receipt during the next school day. 

If you would like to be in touch with one of the District 96 nurses, please note the hours that they are available. 

  • Country Meadows, Ivy Hall, Kildeer, Prairie, Willow Grove: 8:00-3:15 
  • Twin Groves, Woodlawn 7:30-2:45

REPEAT: *2021–22 Registration Emails Were Sent Thurs., Mar. 4*

Please check for registration email(s) for the 2021–22 school year, sent Thurs., Mar. 4.
Each registration email includes a link and a unique “snapcode” needed for access to register your returning student for 2021–22. EVERY student returning to District 96 for the school year ahead must be registered.

Information you provided previously will appear in your student’s online registration record. Please check that information carefully and update it if it is not accurate.

Completing and submitting online registration and making payment no later than Apr. 15, 2021, will save families $20 in registration cost per student. Fees increase after Apr. 15.

Questions? Please send an email to [email protected] or call 847.459.4260, ext. 8022.

REPEAT: *Attention 5th Grade Parents - Twin Groves PTO Positions for the 2021-2022 School Year (Prairie & Ivy Hall)*

The Twin Groves PTO Executive Board would love to have you as part of our team! We need to fill the Co-President and Co-Treasurer positions for the 2021 - 2022 school year and we hope you'll check out these amazing opportunities. 

Please head over to Membership Toolkit to learn more and sign up at

REPEAT: *Yearbook Photo Collection Clarity*

My apologies for the lack of clarity for photo collections for the yearbook. Hopefully, this helps clear up the three different submission sites.

Clarity around photo submissions.

5TH GRADE TRIBUTE PHOTOS AND QUOTES – A baby pic, a pic of your child doing a special activity – along with a personal message (no more than 45 words please) to be featured in a special section of the yearbook for our departing fifth graders.

CANDIDS – photos of your child (ALL GRADES) participating in school activities while remote - learning.  These can be lunch photos at home, Halloween scavenger hunt, PTO sponsored activities (building Olympics, cookie/food kits), etc…

PORTRAITS (ALL GRADES) – if you are NOT participating in the school portrait program and/or have missed both picture dates, but you want your child to have a portrait - you can submit one for the class composite page in the yearbook.


REPEAT: *Spring Parent/Educator Conferences*

Spring Parent/Educator Conferences are right around the corner!  The conference will take place on Thursday, March 11th from 5 PM to 8:30 PM and Friday, March 12th from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.  These conferences will be 15 minutes in length and held remotely over Zoom.  We will continue using Meet the Teacher as an electronic sign-up for conferences.  

Please know that the sign-up link will be sent out in a separate communication on Friday, February 19th at 7:00 pm.  

Meet The Teacher does not require that multiple conferences be made, but it does default to every teacher a student works with being checked.  These individuals include classroom teachers, specials teachers, related service staff, and interventionists that students work with.  Please see the picture below for directions on how to uncheck a teacher/interventionist if you do not need to meet with during conferences.

REPEAT: *Kindergarten and 2nd Grade Parents Dental Screening Reminder* 

The Illinois School Code requires all children in kindergarten, second and sixth grades to have a dental examination by May 15th of each year in compliance with the rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  If you have not already done so, please submit your 2nd-grade child’s dental exam form to our building nurse. To see a complete list of the health forms required for students, please visit our Student Health Section of our Web page.

REPEAT: *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

REPEAT: *Obtaining Free Meals*

Preorder free meals for in-person students by 6 PM on Thursday for the week ahead. Order at 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]

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.

REPEAT: *Tech Hub*

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.