Kildeer Principal's Message- February 7th

Pablo Cartaya

Dear Kildeer Families,

This week was packed with a lot of fun. What I'd really like to highlight was the success of our author visit from Pablo Cartaya. He presented to our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders with a wonderful message about family, community, and culture. I wish you could have experienced all the giggles and students being absolutely glued to his stories. In the end, he left us with an important concept: My voice. My story. I made the time to enjoy a whole presentation and was proud of our students. They had great questions and I saw a lot of students engaged in his storytelling. If you haven't had an opportunity, be sure to check out his books. It sounds like one of them is coming out as a movie! 


This is the time of year we start to see some behaviors pop. I know that we are all working hard together to best support our students to make the best of choices. As a school, we've committed to three things that we hope all of the adults can reinforce in the building:

1) Walking safely in the hallways.

2) Keeping our bathrooms clean.

3) Greeting each other across settings (hallways, cafeteria, office, etc.)

If you get a chance, ask your child how they think they do with each of these above and make a plan for how to make it even better at school! 


Congratulations to all of our student participants at Jump Rope for Heart this week and Hoops for Heart last week! We are so proud of you and can't wait to hear the grand total for how much you've raised. We appreciate Mr. Emde and Ms.Groessl for organizing this event!


Calling all girls in Grades 3 to 5! The Girls on the Run program will be starting very soon and registration is still open! We are so excited to be able to accept 20 girls this season! 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! Please register at: "Girls on the Run is so much fun! Yeah!"


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.


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.


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.



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!



  • 5th Graders Night Out at X-Factor is DUE TODAY! RSVP by Fri. Feb. 7th !! Sign Up on Membership Toolkit today. 

  • NEW BLOG ALERT…be sure to check out the PTO’s Blog today!

  • 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!! (Link is for Desktop or laptop use only)

  • 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: 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!

  • ONE WEEK LEFT for Winter Box Top Collection!  Send in your physical box tops or scan them in on the app!

I want to give a big shout-out to our 5th graders. Today was the daytime performance of the variety show and they get another opportunity this evening. The talent always amazes me. Additionally, we are so very fortunate to our PTO volunteers that made the show possible. Thank you for your time and commitment to this Kildeer tradition!

Just to keep everyone in the loop, last night I officially registered my daughter for Kindergarten. It was surreal being there and being on the other side. I felt excited for the future and scared all at once. How has my little girl grown up so fast? If you have any ideas on how to slow time down, I'm all ears. Have a great weekend ahead! 


Mrs. Vail Kieser