Kildeer Principal's Message- May 22nd

student materials day

Dear Kildeer Families,

Over the past three days we've handed back most of our students' belongings from the classroom and lockers. I'm really thrilled at how smoothly the process went. Admittedly, I didn't sleep very well the night before anticipating the process. It would not have been possible without our volunteers and each of YOU helping to follow the instructions.

Our PTO spent hours passing out sweatshirts to 5th-graders and yearbooks to any students that purchased them! Our support staff hauled load after load of bags in and out of the building. Our custodians helped to get us ready each day and continue to keep our school safe and clean during the interior construction. 

Thank you for the friendly smiles. Thank you for the kind words. Thank you for all of the support along the way. We didn't head into this school year anticipating such a year of change, but I continue to learn about this incredibly supportive community and just how much we are there for each other during the toughest of times! 


Attention Current 3rd-Graders

Are you interested in signing up for orchestra next year? Check this out

*If you are a current 4th or 5th-grade orchestra student, you might want to check this out, too! 


Last Call for Material Pick Up

Thank you, again, for making our material pick-up process so efficient!  For those of you unable to make the assigned dates and times, June 1st will be the last call for student material pick up.  Between the hours of 10:00 and 2:00, please come to the front of the building.  All remaining student bags will be labeled and organized by grade/class.  Please adhere to social distancing guidelines, and safely grab your child's belongings.  All other bags will be kept until the 2020-2021 school year.  


Communication to Come Regarding Trimester 3 Report Card Modifications

Please watch for an email to come later today (5-22) explaining temporary modifications to grading practices and policies affecting Trimester 3 report cards. Be assured that our focus continues to be on every student's learning, well-being, and academic preparation for the school year ahead.


Attention Current 4th-Graders

Are you interested in signing up for band next year? Check this out


Student iPads 

Due to both our expanded virtual options for June and our intention to share suggestions and resources for continued learning with families over the summer, ALL RETURNING DISTRICT 96 STUDENTS WILL KEEP THEIR IPADS DURING THE SUMMER. We are pleased to be able to offer families and our students ongoing access to this resource. Please remind kids to continue to take care of these iPads. They will need them in the fall!

REPEATING: 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.


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!


*  Canceled PTO Events and Programs:  Emails were sent out last week regarding account credits for canceled PTO Events and Programs.please note: responses are due by June 1, 2020. Please see the blog for more details. 


*  School Supply Kits:  Purchase your Kildeer School Supply Kit!  New this year - kits will be shipped directly to your home before Aug 14th! Deadline to order is July 10th. Login  Account #22106  More details are in the blog.


*  YEARBOOKS:  The Yearbooks have arrived!  If you didn’t get a chance to pick up your child(s) yearbook during the materials pick up please contact Rebecca Bacci at [email protected] to coordinate pickup. 


*  Parents/Students of 5th graders:

If you didn’t have a chance to drive by the PTO table during Materials pickup for your Woodlawn sweatshirt please contact Marlene Aaron at 

We would like to keep all of the signs in the lawn of the school until after Materials pickup. You are welcome to pick up your yard sign after 6pm today so that you can display it proudly at your home.

I hope the "catch-up" day went well. I think adults could use one of those, too! Am I right? Luckily we have a 3-day weekend ahead and I hope your family enjoys the quality time. 

I'm super excited about our BUDDY CLASSROOMS on Tuesday! You should have received information from your child's classroom teacher. Our Cougar Pride Committee has been working really hard to keep our connections going and promote what we are all about: community!

Also, on our last day of school (Friday, May 29th), we will have our final COUGAR PRIDE ASSEMBLY. It's virtual, of course, but there has been a ton of time and effort going into making it amazing. Thanks to the committee and a special shout-out to Mrs. Gruenwald and Mrs. Brandt for putting it all together!

Next week marks our last week of remote learning. I have to say, keeping up with morning announcements and these blogs have been therapeutic in nature for me. I've enjoyed the connections they bring and seeing all of the different contributors. Thank you to everyone for making them special, whether you are a committed viewer, sent along a video, or passed along words of encouragement. Happy Friday, indeed!


Mrs. Vail Kieser