Kildeer Principal's Message- February 21st

buddy classrooms and being brave

Dear Kildeer Families,

What a fun way to end the week! Each class was able to meet with their BUDDY CLASSROOM today. As a reminder, this has been a Kildeer tradition to reserve a monthly time when our students get to partner up for about 30 minutes with a class from Kildeer. During this experience, students work on connections with social-emotional learning, how to be a good friend, or learning from and about each other. We all value this time together because it allows us to join as a community and enjoy all students and staff!

Today's was especially a helpful topic because it connected the various ways we can be brave at Kildeer, including when things might happen on the bus, recess, or even specials. Ask your child what ideas they had today! I want to thank our student participants that were brave to film the video clips that the whole entire school was able to see!

Don't forget, next Friday is our COUGAR PRIDE ASSEMBLY. During the half-day of school, we will all come together to celebrate another great trimester of success. We have some really fun things in store for our school and can't wait to share! Did you know that this assembly is collaboratively planned by our staff and it includes student participation? 

Please check out the announcement below from student council for the attire that day:


  Color day is coming up on Friday, February 28th. We hope your children will be able to join us in this fun event. Each grade level will be wearing a specific color. We will be doing a wave during the all-school assembly.  Hope you will have fun during this event. 

Jalisa - Student council 


2nd: Green

3rd: Yellow 




Dear Parents of all 3rd, 4th and 5th-grade students,

We wanted to let you know that our Human Growth and Development unit will be starting February 24th and end on February 27th. All of the materials we use will be available for your viewing through a district website that we have created.  If you would like us to send you the link please email us and we will be happy to send it to you.  Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to talk to you.  We enjoy teaching your children every day!


Mr. Emde and Ms. Groessl


Parent Communication about Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences are coming on Thursday, March 12th from 5pm-8:30pm and Friday, March 13th from 10am-1:30pm .   The Sign-Up Genius will be sent to you on Tuesday, February 18th.  Please be on the lookout for it on Tuesday!  

Spring Conferences are Collaborative Conferences!  

Collaborative conferences means that your child will be leading the conference.  The purpose of collaborative conferences is for educators, students and families to discuss, reflect and celebrate student work, and for families to experience school through their child's eyes.  Students have been working hard to prepare for the conference, and we are excited for you to learn about your child’s progress directly from your child!   

Teachers will be available in the room as guides and will be available to answer student questions or elaborate on a point a student is making, but we ask that all participants respect that this is the student’s opportunity to lead the conference by sharing progress and reflections about their own learning. 

Please read below to learn specific information about how collaborative conferences will be structured at the elementary level. 

Grades EC-1st Grade 

Families will sign-up for a 15 minute conference. One student/family partnership will be in the room at a time.  The conference will begin with your child presenting his/her current progress, reflections, celebrations and areas for continued growth.  The classroom teacher will be at the table with the student, but the student will lead the conference.   

Teachers will be available to facilitate and assist in answering specific questions. 

Grades 2nd-5th Grade

Families will sign-up for a 30 minute conference.  Three family/student partnerships may be in the room at one time.  Student/Family partnerships will sit in a private space to engage in the conference.  The conference will begin with your child presenting his/her current progress, reflections, celebrations and areas for continued growth. Teachers will be available to facilitate and can answer brief questions at the conclusion of the student portion.  

What is the Role of Families during Collaborative Conferences?

-Provide reinforcement, encouragement and praise

-Listen and ask questions 

-Help students look realistically at quality of work

-Facilitate student’s self-reflection and goal setting

-Be a partner in learning

-See school through their student’s eyes

Questions Families Can Ask During the Collaborative Conference

-What is your favorite piece of work? Why? 

-Describe your favorite activities or subjects.

-What experiences at school do you find the most exciting?

-Are there experiences that frustrate you, if so why?

-What goals have you set for yourself for this spring?

-How can I help you at home?



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!


  • 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!

If you haven't already, I hope you've marked your calendars for Thursday, February 27th! Join our school and fabulous PTO at Wilmot for some fun family tubing. It promises to be a great time and who knows....maybe you'll see some staff there, too! 

In the meantime, let's get ready for BINGO BLAST tonight at 5:30. I can't think of a better way to spend a Friday evening than with this amazing community!



Mrs. Vail Kieser