Kildeer Principal's Message- January 10th

January buddy classrooms

Dear Kildeer Families,

Welcome back to the 2020 school year! I can feel the energy in air as we enter this new decade. Do you remember where you were 10 years ago? A lot of the little faces in these halls didn't even exist yet. It's mind-boggling to think that way. 

This week we had our first Buddy Classroom of 2020! In the spirit of our Trimester 2 theme, students shared with their buddy how they plan to be brave this trimester. We have challenged students this trimester to record themselves being brave. If you see your child try something new please take a short video of them and send it to their classroom teacher and it may be shared in our Trimester 2 Assembly! I can't WAIT to see what students do! 

 Buddy Classroom of 2020


KCSD96 Offers a Dual Language Opportunity
Parents are invited to consider the Dual Language Program for their incoming Willow Grove kindergartner. The program’s purpose is to give children the opportunity to develop a deep academic proficiency in two languages. Fifty percent of the academic day instruction is delivered in Spanish and 50 percent in English. Following their kindergarten year at Willow Grove, Dual Language participants continue at Country Meadows for Grades 2–5 and transition to Woodlawn for Grades 6–8.

To be included in the public lottery that will be used to select the 2020–21 Dual Language kindergarten class, an Interest Form (ENGLISH  or  SPANISH) is due to the Willow Grove Early Learning Center office by 3 p.m. on Mar. 18.

LEARN MORE about the KCSD96 Dual Language program and attend a Parent Education Evening on Feb. 12 or Mar. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Willow Grove Early Learning Center to hear a presentation from District faculty/administrators and ask questions.


Next Friday (Jan 17th) will be Crazy Hair/Hat Day! This will be a fun event and wish for everyone to participate. These creations MUST be created at home.

We can’t wait to see all your crazy hair and hats! Let’s all go crazy!

What will you do for crazy hair and hat day?

Raina- Student Council


The American Heart Association and the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance co-sponsor Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart annually. These national programs are endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Health and Fitness. Contributions raised through these events help fund research, education, and community programs and raise awareness in helping to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The 2020 Hoops for Heart event at Kildeer will be Thurs., Jan. 30, from 3–4 p.m.
More info/permission form – due Thurs., Jan. 23.

The 2020 Jump Rope for Heart event will be Wed., Feb. 5, from 3–4 p.m.
More info/permission form – due Wed., Jan. 29.


Parents of ALL currently enrolled 5th graders whose students will attend in School District 96 in the 2020–2021 school year must prove their residency again by Feb. 14, 2020.

Kildeer Administrative Assistant Jennifer Hagen will accept proof of residency and provide a required form for your signature.

Please note that the requirement to re-prove residency for a current 5th grader applies–even for families who have other students currently attending KCSD96 schools.

MORE INFO about the requirement and process to re-prove residency


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]



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!


  • 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)

It feels great to be back with our Kildeer family. I wish you all an incredible weekend ahead. I'm being brave and trying something new. Perhaps you'll hear about my adventure in upcoming blogs!


Mrs. Vail Kieser