April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021

Dear Families, 

It's hard to believe that next week is May! We've been so proud of our "roomies" and "zoomies" for persevering this school year. Our partnership has been more critical than ever before to best support each and every student.

Speaking of supporting students, it's time to celebrate our staff. Next week marks Staff Appreciation Week. I know that our PTO has some wonderful things in store to celebrate the commitment of our staff to our students.

Please join me in celebrating our staff by submitting a shout-out HERE! I will personally email the staff next week with your shout-out to thank them for a job well done! 


Bob Hanrahan, Principal

NEW *PTO Blog*

As always, please check out our PTO blog for updates.

  • Wildcat Bake at Home
  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Yearbook Orders
  • Volunteers

NEW *Exploration Lab Materials-please read*

Click HERE to see which materials in-person learners should bring back to school!

NEW *Assessment Update*

Kindergarten MAP: Dates for In-Person and Remote Students

  • Wednesday 5/5: Kindergarten AM and PM
  • Thursday 5/6: Kindergarten AM and PM

In-person students 

These students will have the same arrival and dismissal times as they normally would and complete the assessment as a part of the typical school day. Teachers will begin instruction when all students present are finished with the assessment.

Remote students coming to test in-person  

These students will only take the assessments. They will not access instruction on this day.

  • AM Arrival: 8:45
  • AM Dismissal: 10:30 
  • PM Arrival: 12:45
  • PM Dismissal: 2:30

Click here for a description of arrival procedures, safety considerations, and needed materials.

Click here for a copy of the self-certification form that all remote students must turn in before entering the building to test.

Students not taking MAP

These students will receive asynchronous activities for the day.

Elementary MAP: Dates for In-Person and Remote Students

  • Monday 5/3: Grade 5 
  • Tuesday 5/4: Grade 5
  • Wednesday 5/5: Grades 2, 3, and 4
  • Thursday 5/6: Grades 2, 3, and 4
  • Friday 5/7: Grade 1
  • Monday 5/10: Grade 1

In-person students (Grades 1-5)

These students will have the same arrival and dismissal times as they normally would and complete the assessment as a part of the typical school day. Teachers will begin instruction at 10:55.

Remote students coming to test in-person (Grades 1-5)

These students will arrive at the designated time below. Teachers will communicate the appropriate time to log back on after they return home. No new instruction will be provided until 12:45 to ensure that these students have time to return home and eat lunch.

  • Arrival: 8:45
  • Dismissal: 11:35 

Click here for a description of arrival procedures, safety considerations, and needed materials.

Click here for a copy of the self-certification form that all remote students must turn in before entering the building to test.

Remote students (Grades 3-5)

These students should log on to their teacher’s Zoom just as they do every day. The teacher will take attendance and provide them a Zoom link to the remote testing session. After the testing session, they will rejoin the teacher Zoom after testing is complete at 10:55. 

Students not taking MAP (Grades 1-2 only)

These students will receive asynchronous activities and rejoin the teacher Zoom at 10:55.

NEW *Summer School Update*

Parents will have the opportunity to sign up their students for Enrichment Summer School courses soon. All classes will be virtual. The link to sign up will be accessible from the homepage of the District 96 website kcsd96.org on Mon., May 10, at 5 PM.

NEW *Student’s Art Appreciation Event – Consortium ArtFest (Virtual) is May 17–31*

KCSD96 families are invited to attend the 41st Annual Stevenson Consortium 125 ArtFest, showcasing our students’ artistic growth and achievements using a variety of media. This year you can view creative work by our Grade 1-8 students virtually. Exhibited art is selected by their District 96 art teachers. Access student artwork online May 17–31. CLICK HERE for more information.

REPEAT *Transition to Middle School Program for Parents of Current 5th Graders*

Parents of all current fifth graders are invited and encouraged to attend the Transition to Middle School program presented by Middle School Principals Jessica Barnes (Twin Groves) and Greg Grana(Woodlawn). They'll discuss academics, extracurricular opportunities, and changes that middle school years bring. Current sixth-grade student panelists will also share their perspectives. The virtual presentation begins at 7 PM on Mon., May 10.

Zoom link: https://kcsd96.zoom.us/j/88296995872?pwd=S0d6QnplZzh6S2t0dUMzYXcxSTVPZz09#success
Meeting ID: 882 9699 5872
Passcode: 450506

REPEAT *5th Grade Vehicle Parade*

As the year comes to a close, I would like to release some preliminary information so that families can mark their calendars. The Ivy Hall PTO and Ivy Hall School are partnering to celebrate our departing 5th-grade class to give them a safe celebratory send-off to Twin Groves. Please mark May 27, 2021, at 4:00 pm as the primary date and June 2, 2021, at 4:00 pm as a rain date. Plans are being finalized and will be shared, but we will be hosting a 5th-grade parade. Families are welcome to decorate their vehicles in an appropriate celebratory fashion and join in the parade. We will ask all viewers of the parade to social distance along the route, but remember to cheer and celebrate passing 5th-grade students and families as they pass along the route. We will release more information regarding where we will begin lining up vehicles and the parade route.

REPEAT *5th Grade Party*

As the year comes to a close, on May 27, 2021, during school we will be hosting a virtual and in-person celebration for 5th-grade students at school. We are hosting events that can be done in-person or remotely. This event will be coordinated in partnership with the Ivy Hall PTO. The 5th-grade party will take place in lieu of the traditional 5th-grade spring fling. Plans are being finalized and will be shared. The school will manage all aspects of this event in conjunction with the PTO executive board. We respect and appreciate offers and desires for parent volunteers, however, given the school’s experience with the health and safety guidelines we will be keeping the event closed to visitors. The parade mentioned above is our way of involving families and the community in our 5th-grade recognition and celebration.

REPEAT *Ivy Hall Celebrates in a Virtual World* 

Throughout the month of April, Ivy Hall Elementary School, students, staff, and families will participate in a virtual experience to celebrate the diversity and culture in our school community. Each Friday in the principal’s message we will have multiple topics related to culture and we are asking families to submit a short video or picture using the FlipGrid platform so we can all learn about our unique differences. Take the time this week to submit at least one video to any of the following topics using the links below. Also, take the time to view your Ivy Hall friends’ videos too! 

For each video submitted a student will earn a vote to choose a costume for Mr. Hanrahan to wear during the morning announcement the following week. All responses due 5/3.

*** If you’d like to learn more about FlipGrid please check out this linkwww.youtube.com/watch?v=WMqlEnmVA-8

REPEAT *Collection of Literacy Materials*

Over the course of the year, we have been sending home materials with students.  At this time, we are going to begin collecting these materials. 

For Students Attending In-Person

  • Please see the attached list of materials for your child(ren) by grade level. Gather these materials and send them back with your student to give to their teacher. 

Materials lists

For Students Learning Remotely 

  • Gather the materials from the checklist below.
  • Materials that are still being used are noted in the checklist, and those can stay at home for now.
  • Starting April 19th, from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm materials can be dropped off in the front office at Ivy Hall.

Materials lists

If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s teacher. 


The Buffalo Grove Police Department invites KCSD96 families to donate food and essentials to support food pantries serving our local residents. Collection via centrally located boxes in schools will be underway at all KCSD96 schools in the weeks ahead. The last day to donate to “Stuff the Squad” is May 5. SEE REQUESTED ITEMS

REPEAT *Parent Input for 2021-2022 Class Placement Survey*

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job that takes many hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators, and specialists. We take this process very seriously. The process for class list creation is as follows:

Teachers think about the social and academic needs of each of their current students while recording pertinent information to assist in the decision-making process.

Grade level teachers, principals, specials area teachers, and specialists meet together to form class lists that are balanced in terms of academic, social, and emotional needs as well as considering friendships. This is no easy task and often takes several meetings. This team of educators considers each child’s personality, academic needs, friendship patterns, etc. as they make a match for each individual child.

  • This team of educators creates a draft set of class lists taking into consideration parent input.  
  • Class lists are then revised in August with summer changes for students who move in or out of the district.
  • Class rosters are never final until they are released to families in August.

This process happens for grades 2-5. Willow Grove creates the class lists for our incoming 1st graders.  Our 5th-grade team actively works with Twin Groves to provide data and input related to placement decisions at the middle school level.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students. It is a delicate balancing act that takes much consideration and thought by professionals who know and care about your children. Our goal is to create balanced class lists that promote the success of each child. Please know that your child is placed in a classroom for very specific reasons. The process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, specialists, parents, and the principal, we are very reluctant to make changes once this process occurs, as removing or moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire class, impacting all students.

I welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs, and learning style. I will take into consideration pertinent information received on or before FRIDAY, APRIL 30th. Please remember, while we welcome your input, specific teacher or friend placement requests will not be honored.

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are provided through the SURVEY HERE.  As you can imagine, we receive a lot of parent input, and verbal information is impossible to track.  The information you provide in the survey will remain confidential between you and me.

REPEAT *In-Person Learning Information*


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


Please arrive no earlier than 8:10 am as this is when staff is on duty to supervise students.  If your child is tardy you must enter the building to sign him/her in.


If your child will not be taking the bus home after school, please send a handwritten note or call the office to let us know.  Please DO NOT send emails of this nature, as we cannot guarantee that an email will be seen prior to school dismissal


It is still chilly!  We may go outside for short breaks so please ensure that your child has the proper outerwear. 

Children will be bringing iPads and Logitech iPad "crayons" between home and school daily.  Please develop a routine of charging both every night and putting them in their backpack each morning.  A helpful tip is to post a sign at child eye level on the door where your child will exit in the morning.  You can make a picture checklist of this and anything else to support your child to develop independence with morning routines.

Children may bring individual water bottles to school.  They should not be glass and should have a spill-proof top.  Please label your child's water bottle with his/her name.


Parents must do the DAILY self-certification for their child.  Parents must submit a daily self-certification prior to their student being allowed to attend in person. Parents will need to download the TeacherEase app if they haven't already in order to access the daily self-certification form.  Please see this video for further instruction: (Dist 96: In-Person Parent Video Instruction).


We are confident that the District 96 community will rise to the occasion and partner with us to ensure the safety and success of our hybrid learning plan. Please think carefully about your commitment to our partnership before sending your child to school.  Please review our In-Person Learning Protocols


Send your student to school with a comfortable mask that complies with CDC/ISBE guidelines, ensuring that the face-covering fully covers the mouth and nose and that the covering fits snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps.


Parents of in-person learners only, please check for an email sent this afternoon with Subject Line: Fr Sch Dist 96: Preordering In-Person Lunches.

The email includes the required student ID # and directions to create an account and preorder in-person lunches for the week following Spring Break by the deadline of 6 PM on Mar. 28. Questions? Contact the public info coordinator [email protected]