Kildeer Principal's Message- November 22nd

PE Blue Ribbon Ceremony

Dear Kildeer Families,

Thank you to all that had the opportunity to join our school yesterday for Family Reading Night. We had almost 100 attendees, so I'd call that a huge success! It's a busy time of year and we value having you join us to celebrate reading! Ms. Jones, thank you for coordinating the wonderful and engaging opportunities. I also want to thank our staff that dedicated time to read and participate! We simply couldn't do it without you.

This was the first Family Reading Night that I've missed because I was in St. Charles with our fabulous P.E. teachers, Mr. Emde and Ms. Groessl, to cheer them on while accepting the Blue Ribbon Award! Ms. Almdale, current P.E. teacher at Country Meadows, also joined us. These three educators go above and beyond and truly deserve this recognition. Words cannot describe what a celebratory evening it was and I felt honored to be there with our team. We are fortunate to have such a rigorous program that prioritizes physical fitness on a daily basis! 

In other news, it is a pleasure to officially welcome two new members to our Kildeer Family in the front office! Allison Cotshott, also known as Nurse Allie, will be staying on as our official school nurse. Additionally, Tracey Wright, a former Ivy Hall and Twin Groves parent, will join us in the front office. If you have plan changes for the end of the day, feel free to call the front office or email directly: [email protected]

Next time you are at Kildeer, please feel free to say hello and welcome our two great additions to our school! We are so glad that you are here. 


Family Educator Conferences ~ Monday, November 25 & Tuesday, November 26

We are looking forward to seeing you at conferences next week, sharing your child’s successes and partnering with you for continued growth.  

While you’re in please stop by our learning center for parent learning opportunities provided by our Kildeer coaching team.  Additionally, want to learn more about SEL? Our school psychologist and social worker will be offering learning opportunities in the learning center.

Childcare will be provided throughout the conference times, beginning at 4:30 PM on Monday and 1:30 PM on Tuesday.  Childcare is for ages 2 and up only.


Student Report Card Access Today
Your student’s report card will be available for you to access online today AFTER 3 PM. If you need assistance, please CLICK HERE for instructions to view your student’s report card, to switch between your children’s report cards, and more.



This year, you will see social-emotional learning targets on our student's report card. Please watch the video to learn more about social-emotional instruction and reporting. There will also be parent sessions at family educator conferences next week if you are interested in learning more about social-emotional learning.


Start the day with a song! Our students in Grades 4 and 5 are invited to join the Kildeer Chorus, directed by Mr. Tatar. Rehearsals are Thursdays when school is in session, beginning Dec. 12, from 7:50–8:20 a.m. (Parents must provide transportation and students should not arrive before 7:40 a.m.)


2020–2021 Calendar Change Notification
District 96 has made revisions to the published Quick List calendar for the upcoming 2020–2021 school year. 

The revisions made accommodate the alignment of the District 96 Spring Break 2021 with the recently published Stevenson students’ Spring Break 2021. 

Please see the Revised 2020–2021 Quick List School Year Calendar

Questions? Please contact the public information coordinator.


Student Council News

Toys for Tots Donation Opportunity – through Dec. 4
We are accepting toy donations at Kildeer through Wed., Dec. 4. This collection is organized by our Kildeer Student Council and Art Teacher Mrs. Norman and benefits Toys for Tots, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Donated toys must be packaged and NEW. (Please do not gift wrap them.) Toys appropriate for infants through age 14–including games and stuffed animals–are requested. No need to purchase required batteries, as Toys for Tots will do so.

This Kildeer caring-for-community collection is a long-standing tradition. In fact, our school has been the largest donator in Lake County! Your donation is a much-appreciated treat for children in families experiencing financial hardship. Please find the collection box in the hallway by the small gym entrance.

Sharing feels good!
Our Student Council organized a collection of Halloween candy, donated by our generous Kildeer students. Food pantry staff were happy to receive our donations locally. Kildeer kids also shared their sweets with troops overseas. In all, our school collected and donated over 22 full boxes of candy! Thank you!


Stevenson invites students in Pre-K through Grade 8 to submit poster designs for Consortium Orchestra, Band, and Choir posters. Entries are due by Fri., Nov. 29.


Creative Holiday Card Design Opportunity for Grades 4 and 5

Fourth and fifth graders are invited to submit original artwork for a holiday greeting card competition sponsored by Congressman Brad Schneider, Illinois 10th District.

The theme is Family Traditions–celebrating families, friends, and communities coming together for holidays. No artwork entry size is specified (the winning artwork will be scaled to fit).

Submissions are due by Mon., Dec. 2, and should be dropped off directly at Congressman Schneider’s Lincolnshire office, 111 Barclay Blvd., Suite 200, Lincolnshire, IL  60069. If you'd rather, please submit the art to Kildeer School and we will take them to his office! 

Questions? Call 847.383.4870 or send email to [email protected]



Be sure to check out THIS PAGE to see what before or after school activities are available for your child! 


The partnership with our PTO is extremely important at Kildeer. Please take a moment each week to review the information to learn how you can get involved, support Kildeer, and dates to mark your calendar!

Catch up on very important information from our PTO!


  • ***VARIETY SHOW NEW DATE: FRIDAY FEB.7th ***– Applications coming home soon

  • It’s Teachersgiving Monday 11/25 – Log On to Membership Toolkit to help contribute to our Fall Conference Hospitality Dinner

  • TOYS FOR TOTS Has Begun! Please help us spread kindness and generosity and send in a new unwrapped toy for the children in need. Collection Boxes will be in the main hallway until Dec. 11th

  • Noodles & Company Fundraiser Night – Tues. Dec. 3rd from 4-8pm – Dine In Only, Must Mention Fundraiser to get 25% back to Kildeer PTO. Deer Park Mall location


In this role, I am constantly growing and reflecting. I am a firm believer in understanding various perspectives and taking the time to be thoughtful about decisions made. I value student, staff, and parent voices to help shape who we are as a school. I owe a big shout-out to my 5th-grade friends that took the time to discuss the variety show with Mr.Higgins and me. I was beyond impressed with the way they presented themselves and the perspective offered. I must say, the girls certainly did their homework and tugged at my heartstrings at the same time!

My takeaways are the continued importance of listening to each other, validating points of view, and sometimes coming to a compromise! 

After all that turkey next week, you might be ready for a change of pace. Mark your calendars for Noodles on Tuesday, December 3rd. Did you know if you dine there and mention our PTO fundraiser that we get 25% back to our school? That is unheard of! I hope to see you there!

Have the best time at conferences next week and please enjoy the holiday with your families. I cannot wait for extra snuggles with my little ones.



Mrs. Vail Kieser