Kildeer Principal's Message- January 24th


Dear Kildeer Families,

One of my favorite things in the world is a morning drive to school with a gorgeous sunrise. Why? It gives me a few minutes to pause and reflect. I immediately think of the beauty in the world and all of the things that I'm grateful for. This sunrise is how I started the week and it made me reflect on my deep appreciation for our staff, students, and parents. 

If you were a fly on the wall at Kildeer this week, you would have seen our staff engaged in highly collaborative conversations regarding student data. We made it a point to check-in on student growth and be intentional about the next steps for students. I told the staff that if I were a parent walking into these collaborative conversations, I would feel proud and appreciative of the growth mindset work to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students.

When you see a beautiful sunrise, what do you think of? What do you pause to reflect on?


Valentine's Day parties are just around the corner. If you choose to include an item with your child's Valentines, please note that only non-food items are permissible. Candy, snacks, or any sort of food item will be sent back home with your child on Valentine's day if sent to school. Non-food items are permitted, and there are many pre-packaged Valentines that can be purchased that include a trinket (i.e., pencil, erasers, bookmark, etc.). If you have any questions about what can be included in Valentine's, please contact your child's classroom teacher.

Note: If you are in charge of treats for the parties, please have them here no later than Thursday, February 13th at 11:00. This will allow ample time for our nurse to check them over! Thanks for your help with this! (If you are bringing in fresh fruit or have any questions about what you can/should bring, please reach out directly to our school nurse at [email protected]).



PREREGISTER FOR 2020–2021 KINDERGARTEN (and Get a Free Willow Grove Student T-Shirt)

Preregistration for 2020–2021 kindergarten is

Thurs., Jan. 23, 2020, 5–7 PM drop-in

Willow Grove Early Learning Center, 777 Checker Dr., Buffalo Grove, IL

Parents of incoming kindergartners will need to prove residency with required documents and District forms and to complete a brief online preregistration form. (Incoming kindergartners do not need to be present.)

Required documents:

• CURRENT monthly mortgage or lease statement or property tax bill AND

• CURRENT utility bill AND

• Student’s birth certificate, passport, or visa (photocopy not accepted) AND





Questions? Please contact the public info coordinator [email protected], 847.459.4260, ext. 8022.




Calling all girls in grades 3 to 5! The Girls on the Run program will be starting very soon! Program registration is only open for a few more weeks! 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 Thursday, March 5th 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!


An Illinois law known as Erin’s Law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness/prevention curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96 researched and observed best practices and programs for delivering this instruction, selecting Victor Pacini to present Be Seen & Heard ©.

The focus of this developmentally appropriate and interactive program is to teach children skills to keep them safe from danger or abuse. Concepts discussed will include distinguishing safe from unsafe touches, safety rules at home and school, saying NO, safe/unsafe secrets, and telling a trusted adult, as well as reinforcing that an adult’s touching him or her is not the child’s fault. For more information about this presentation please go to

The presentation for Kildeer students will be during the school day on Monday, February 3rd. 

If you prefer that your child does not attend this prevention education session, please submit your written request - or your questions - to me at [email protected]


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.


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



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 February!!

  • URGENT NEED for Parent Volunteers for Bingo Blast. Event May Be Cancelled due to Lack of Volunteers to Facilitate Event. Bingo Blast is Scheduled for Friday 2/21 from 5:30-7:30 and we NEED at least 5 Volunteers to Fill the Responsibilities listed below:

  • Pizza Coordinator- work with Papa John’s to pre-order pizza prior to the event 

  • Ice Cream Coordinator- work with Culvers to pre-order ice cream prior to the event

  • Interested in Helping? Have any questions? Please contact Kim Connolly at [email protected]

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

  • Family Tubing Night At Wilmot is Thursday Feb. 27th from 4-9PM Unlimited Tubing! New this year: No Pre-Registration, Pay at the door and mention Kildeer fundraiser any time within the time frame to enjoy this event! (Click the link to Read our Blog for more information)  

  • Winter Box Top Collection is Ongoing and will run until Friday Feb. 14th! Send in your physical box tops or scan them in on the app!
  • Volunteer Coordinator- Schedule volunteers (from a list we provide) throughout the evening and coordinate High School volunteers 

  • Check in Table Volunteer - Sell ticket and pass out pre-orders 

  • Raffle Basket Coordinator- Organize raffle baskets for students using an Amazon Wish list. 

I might sound like a broken record now, but my Picnic with the Principal times are among the best parts of my week. I want to shout-out to Mrs. Scheribel's class for a fun time together. 

Have a great weekend ahead. Speaking of third graders, we look forward to the musical next week! We hope to see you there! 


Mrs. Vail Kieser