Kildeer Principal's Message- December 20th

buddy classrooms

Dear Kildeer Families,

Buddy classrooms and spirit week? What a SUCCESS! Students had an opportunity to come together to share how they are the same and different from each other.

I could not even handle all the smiles this week from the themes each day. Thanks for humoring us and sending your child in the fun gear. All of our staff had a blast, too! Here is a quick peek of some of our themes below:

Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Whiteout Day

Wednesday: Cheer on 

Thursday: Shine bright

Friday: Sweater day


Award-winning speaker, actor (NBC's Will & Grace), and educator Pablo Cartaya is the next visiting author Kildeer School students and staff will welcome this school year. Mr. Cartaya will speak to our students in Grades 3–5, discussing writing, reading, and multilingualism. Please complete this pre-order form and return by Jan. 15 to pre-purchase an autographed copy of his book(s).


The District will send a School Messenger email Jan. 8, 2020, between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm with instructions for accessing your child's MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) student progress report online. The message will include links to more information about understanding student growth, RIT scores, and general information about the MAP assessment.

Please contact Jeanne Spiller, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, if you would like more information about your child's report.  (847) 459-4260 ext. 8010 [email protected]


Preventing missed MAP and other emails from School District 96...
Delivery by several specific email service providers has been an issue on some occasions. If you use MSN, Outlook, Hotmail, or Live as your email provider, please consider taking the following steps to prevent missed emails from School District 96:
• Log into MSN, Outlook, Hotmail, or Live from a computer workstation

• Click the PEOPLE icon in the extreme lower left-hand corner of the page (next to the Mail and Calendar icons). A new window will open.

• On the new window, click NEW CONTACT.
• Type in Jeanne Spiller in the First Name/Last Name fields.
• Type in [email protected] into the email address field.
• Click CREATE.

Repeat this process multiple times as you wish, creating contacts for your building principal (names/email addresses below) and E-NEWS 96: Betsy Fresen, [email protected].


Principal Names/Email Addresses
Willow Grove: Jennifer Smith [email protected]
Country Meadows: Meghan Bird  [email protected]
Ivy Hall: Robert Hanrahan: [email protected]

Kildeer: Vail Kieser  [email protected]

Prairie: Christine Pfaff  [email protected]
Twin Groves: Jessica Barnes  [email protected]
Woodlawn: Greg Grana  [email protected]


If you use another service provider for your email than those listed above, consider following your service provider's instructions for adding the contacts listed above to your address book.


Parents Asked to Complete 5Essentials Survey

School District 96 parents are asked to complete online the parent/guardian portion of the 8th-annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey by Jan. 10, 2020.

Access the survey at

As a parent, this is your opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of your child’s school’s effectiveness. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

The survey includes 21 questions and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your identity and survey responses are completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Please complete a survey for each school you have a student attending.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 866-440-1874 or [email protected] or Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Jeanne Spiller [email protected]


Calling all girls in grades 3 to 5! The Girls on the Run program will be starting soon! Program registration is open now. Please register at: We are so excited to be able to accept 20 girls this season! Girls on the Run has set up a lottery for our registration. The lottery will be done on the final day of registration (January 31st) by Girls on the Run.  Practices will be held at Kildeer on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM beginning in early March (exact date TBA) through the end of the school year. It is very important that your daughter can attend all practices in order to participate in this wonderful opportunity!

We look forward to a wonderful season!

Your GOTR coaches: Marina Shvartsman, Kellie Cristofaro, Carley Lynch



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!


  • NEW BLOG!! Be Sure to Click the link to Read up on Everything that is Happening this Month and Early January!!

  • A Big Thank You: Thanks to all who contributed to TeachersGiving, Thanks to All Who Came Out to Noodles & Company 

  • Special Lunch Next Friday 12/13 – Papa John’s

  • 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

  • Winter Parties are 12/20- be sure to read out blog for some key information

  • Changes to Bingo Blast This Year!! Save the Date 2/21, Read our Blog for more information

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

  • 5th  Parents: Send in your child’s baby picture for a special tribute in the yearbook (click the link to our Blog for more information)

Thank you to our amazing parent volunteers that made our winter parties such a huge success. We value you so much and appreciate the amount of thought that goes into the time for students! 

What better way to end the blog than to hear directly from our amazing students?

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read the December issue of Paw Prints, Kildeer's student newspaper. We'll return in 2020 with more great news to share!  Have a wonderful winter break!

Happy Holidays to all! 


Mrs. Vail Kieser