Kildeer Principal's Message- May 1st

majestic sunset

Dear Kildeer Families,

How is it May already? We've been home now for about 6 weeks if I'm counting correctly. Over the past several weeks, it's been a roller coaster. I'm pretty sure each and every person reading this blog can relate.

However, I've been working really hard to stop and celebrate the beauty around me, too. For example, my photo this week was the sunset last Saturday night. We celebrated my son's birthday with the new Trolls movie when, all of a sudden, our house started to glow. We paused, sat on our front stoop, and took in the majestic view. 

There is also beauty in the "acts of kindness" around us. A shout-out to Kannon for picking up trash on earth day. A shout-out to Landon for sending handwritten cards to medical workers. A shout-out to our student council for the beauty you bring into our morning announcements. I could go on, and on.....

There is beauty in reading lovely words for teachers. I've sent over 100 emails over the past week just to celebrate the work being done by this staff. Your words of encouragement go a longer way than you will ever realize.

You see, we are all experiencing something different right now. It's day by day and there are ups and downs. Some feel completely overwhelmed while others might feel at peace. Some students are able to complete work independently while others might need a parent sitting side by side.  Some might be holding a baby on a hip while taking a zoom call while others might be working on the frontlines. From the wise words of Ellen Gartenberg at Woodlawn, "However you are feeling right now, you are right." A simple thought, yet profound.

So Kildeer parents, you are enough. You are doing great things for your kids. When we come out of this, you will have weathered the storm. We are all a part of history right now, so I challenge you to find the beauty in today, right now. 


Don't Wait! Register for the 2020–21 School Year

If you haven't already registered your new or returning District 96 student for the 2020–21 school year, please do so right away. Having an accurate enrollment count is important for anticipating staffing needs appropriately. Please tell new neighbors and friends to contact the public info coordinator [email protected] with registration questions and for info on options to delay/waive registration fees.


 Staff Appreciation

Next week is Staff Appreciation Week!  Our PTO is committed to making sure this week still happens for staff, and we are so appreciative of their willingness to go the extra mile.  With that being said, we also know that there is nothing more special than receiving a note of appreciation.  Given how hard our staff is working during these times, please feel free to send a “thank you” to those that work with your child.  If you need help with an email address, check the staff directory.


Making and Keeping Stay-At-Home Memories

School Resource Officers Ashley Krozel and Mike Martin from the Village of Buffalo Grove Police Department have provided a COVID-19 TIME CAPSULE–a fun activity to help students and their parents capture and preserve the details of staying safe at home together during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.



Please know that teachers have included audio and video clips to support student learning in slideshows.  This was included to provide a level of independence we hope supports families juggling so much at home.  This is just a friendly “ask” to remind your students to listen/watch the audio and video clips, as they do provide a significant amount of content.  We appreciate your continued support!


Medications left at school

It has been the nursing team's pleasure to care for your child’s health needs this school year. In keeping with our School Board Policy, any unused medication remaining at the end of the school year ​must be picked up by parents. ​This ensures the safety and well being of all children.

The medications from each building have been picked up and brought to the ELC located at the following address:

990 Corporate Woods Parkway

Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061

You may pick the medication(s) up on the following days: 

  • Wednesday, May 6 (8-3:30)
  • Thursday May 7 (8-3:30)
  • Friday May 8 (8-3:30)

If your child will require medication to be kept at school ​next year​, please download the forms from the school website and take the forms to your physician over the summer for completion. 

Please note that there is a section on the form for the parent and physician to complete and sign.

Returning this information, ​on or before the first day of school, ​will help ensure the safety of your child at school. The medication must be labeled and in its original container and ​will not ​be accepted without the completed physician’s order. 

Please place the medication in a gallon size zip-lock baggie, labeled with your student’s name, grade and homeroom teacher. Medication must ​be transported to the school by the parents.

Thank you for your assistance,

Beth Finato, BSN, RN, PEL-CSN, District Nurse 

[email protected]



Thoughts with the DiFranco Family

As you may be aware, earlier this month Officer Marco DiFranco, a Kildeer parent and first responder, passed away from COVID-19. He was the first officer on the front lines in Chicago to lose his life. During this difficult time, our thoughts are with his children, Olivia and Peter, and his wife, Maria. If you'd like to consider contributing, please click here


Student Material Pick-Up

We know that with the buildings being closed for the remainder of the school year, students have materials and possessions that need to be picked up.  Please know that district administrators are working to develop a plan and protocol for this to take place, and we will communicate that plan as soon as we have information to share with you.  We are working diligently to ensure the plan we develop adheres to health and safety guidelines to protect our school community.


Dual Language Update & Info

Dual Language Interest Forms are due from interested parents of 2020-21 incoming kindergartners by 3 PM on May 15.



The Dual Language Program Public Lottery will be at 6 PM on May 27.

This Dual Language Parent Screencast VIDEO (17 minutes) presented by KCSD96 Director of Language and Early Literacy Kathryn Sheridan gives detailed info about the program.

More info: Dual Language in KCSD96 

Dual Language Lottery 

Dual Language FAQs


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!


  • Join the PTO Executive Board via Zoom for their annual spring General Meeting.  ALL are invited to intend.  Join Mrs. Kieser and the PTO Executive Board as they share highlights from the year and vote in the new Executive Board for the 2020/21 school year. Meeting ID: 893 3933 3437  Password: 060560 Date: May 6th @ 8:30 a.m. 


  • School Supply Kits go on sale starting today!  New this year - kits will be shipped directly to your home before Aug 14th!  Deadline to order is July 10th.Login to  Account #22106


Beauty is your children sneaking into your room at different times of the night, only to wake up snuggling each other in the middle.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend ahead! We look forward to celebrating our incredible Kildeer staff next week! 


Mrs. Vail Kieser