Kildeer Principal's Message- January 31st

snow fort

Dear Kildeer Families,

This week was a fun one! We had a lot of things going on. Let's start with the fun snow fort that was the "talk of recess". I had to get outside and see it for myself. Also, we had had our very first musical of the school year. Our 3rd graders did a great job and made my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Please enjoy some pictures below. Also, our fabulous P.E. team hosted Hoops for Heart on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Higgins even joined in the fun. Lastly, can you believe we celebrated our 100th day of school? It was a busy week, indeed!

In this PHOTO GALLERY, take a look at our third graders having fun and working hard rehearsing for Freeze-Frame–the great musical directed by Mr. Tatar that they presented to our Kildeer students and families on Wednesday this week. 


Kildeer students have an opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese! A new after-school club–Happy Mandarin–run by a Kildeer parent and sponsored by Kildeer Language Development Coach Ms.Chan, will meet Fridays after school from 3–4 p.m. Students will learn to greet one another in Chinese and to talk about different topics, including numbers, colors, foods, hobbies, and more. If interested for your child, please REGISTER by Fri., Feb. 7. Once registered, you'll receive an email requesting additional info and confirming the club meeting location.


Our Learning Center is seeking volunteers to help us with:

1. Assisting students with locating and checking out materials.

2. Checking in and shelving returned materials.

3. Various tasks (i.e. rotating displays, straightening shelves)

Our Library Team is happy to provide training for each volunteer!

If you are able to help support our Learning Center, please use the SignUpGenius link below:

We are happy to have individual volunteers on a regular basis, as well as when your schedule allows.


Fifth Grade Variety Show

Hello! I am very excited to share with you that the Fifth Grade Variety Show will be happening on February 7th at 7pm. Everyone is invited (no tickets needed). The fifth graders have been working hard to make sure the show will be at its best. 

Hope we see you there!

-Jenna student council


Regarding the Coronavirus: Info and Guidance for Schools

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued this information and guidance–including Frequently Asked Questions regarding the coronavirus–for families whose students attend Illinois Kdg–Grade 12 schools.

The info includes this related link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, which is frequently updated.

The IDPH continues to advise that the best way to prevent infection by this virus is similar to the precautions recommended to avoid the seasonal flu, including frequent hand washing.


In case you missed the E96 News last week, this looked like an interesting topic that will be held at Kildeer next Thursday. I've seen Dr. Maniacci before and he has great presentations. If you have time, consider joining! I would love to attend, however, I have Kindergarten registration that night for my daughter (insert panic here)!

Conflict is common. Kids have conflict with other kids. Kids have conflict with their parents.

Popular guest expert Dr. Michael Maniacci will return to District 96 on Thurs., Feb. 6, for a workshop for parents on Helping Kids Resolve Conflicts. Benefit from a 5-point strategy and an understanding of the real purpose of conflict.

Open to all interested adults. No RSVP/preregistration. Includes Q&A opportunity.
Thurs., Feb. 6, Kildeer Elementary School Learning Ctr., 3100 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove,
7–8:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact D96 Community Parent Liaison Lubna Andrabi, 847.459.4260, ext. 8136.


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.


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.


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!


  • Bingo Blast is A GO!!! Friday, Feb. 21st 5:30-7:30. Pre-Order Now on Membership Toolkit

  •  We NEED DONATIONS for the Raffle Baskets and we MADE IT EASY- go to the Raffle Basket Amazon Wish List at and pick out an item(s) and the item automatically gets sent to the appropriate person and will be featured in a raffle basket!!

  • Get Involved with Bingo Blast! Interested in Volunteering? Contact [email protected] 

  • 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)  

  • 5th Grade Parents: March 4th 5:30-7:30 is 5th Graders Night Out at X-Factor! Sign Up on Membership Toolkit today. RSVP by Fri. Feb. 7th. Look for More info on our Facebook page and Kildeer’s Virtual Backpack

  • 5th Grade Parents: Send in your child’s baby picture by Friday 2/14 for a special tribute in the yearbook (click the link to our Blog for more information)

  • 5th Grade Parents: Log On to Membership Toolkit and Order Your Professional Video of Kildeer’s 5th Grade Variety Show! The Professional Recording of the show will be delivered through a Downloadable Link- There will be NO DVD Sales. Check out more details on our Facebook Page!

  • 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!

As a final thought, I'd like to give a shout-out to our parents. I have the opportunity to meet with our school leadership team each Friday morning and we always begin by sharing a celebration, an ice-breaker, or something we are grateful for. Today, I had more than one staff member celebrate our parent community and the partnerships we have together. I could not agree more. This is the time of year where we notice some behavior and it truly takes a village of us all working together to best support students. Our collective responsibility is to teach our children and the joint effort definitely shows. With that, thank YOU for all that you do! 

Let's end this week hearing directly from the ones we adore the most....the kids!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Read the January issue of Paw Prints, Kildeer's student newspaper. 


Mrs. Vail Kieser