Kildeer Principal's Message- March 12th

warmer weather

Dear Kildeer Families,

This past week brought warmer weather and some time spent outside. How refreshing!

Thank you so much for attending our Spring Family Educator Conferences this week.  Students were so excited to participate and celebrate the learning they have engaged in so far this school year. 

In one short week, it will be Spring Break! As stated in Julie Schmidt’s March 10th Superintendent’s Message we are currently finalizing operational plans to announce the start date for an expansion of in-person learning.  Please look for more information next week as specific details and dates are forthcoming.

New *Notice of 5Essentials Student Survey Administration*

We are writing to inform you about a student survey for 4th–8th graders that will be administered at your child’s school. 

Students will take the survey during the day on March 19th. 

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is based on 20 years of research at the University of Chicago. The survey asks students about their experiences in school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

Students will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions. Instead, they will receive only aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material, for example.

Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions your student(s) are asked. LINK HERE 

If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, please contact your child’s principal.  

Country Meadows Elementary School:  Meghan Bird, [email protected]

Ivy Hall Elementary School:  Robert Hanrahan, [email protected]

Kildeer Elementary School:  Vail Kieser, [email protected]

Prairie Elementary School:  Christine Pfaff, [email protected]

Woodlawn Middle School:  Greg Grana, [email protected]

Twin Groves Middle School:  Jessica Barnes, [email protected]

NEW *Early Release - Tuesday, March 16th*

This is a friendly reminder that Tuesday, March 16th is an Early Release.  Students will be dismissed at 2:00pm and will follow this schedule.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Repeat *VAPL Book Talks* 

Take some time in MARCH to see some new recommendations by the Vernon Area Public Library. You won't want to miss this!

1st grade: 1st-grade favorites

2nd grade: 2nd-grade favorites

3rd grade: 3rd-grade favorites

4th and 5th grade: 4th and 5th-grade favorites

For more book talk recommendations, please visit our Book Talk Help Guide at 


Our District 96 nurses are closely following the Illinois Department of Public Health school exclusion decision tree to determine when students are eligible to return to turn school. Thank you for your patience with students who have had to isolate or quarantine due to illness, household, illness, positive COVID-19, and/or close contact status. The building nurse will request appropriate documentation for students to return to school. While you may receive this documentation outside of school hours, the nurse will contact families regarding a return date upon receipt during the next school day. 

If you would like to be in touch with one of the District 96 nurses, please note the hours that they are available. 

Country Meadows, Ivy Hall, Kildeer, Prairie, Willow Grove: 8:00-3:15 

Twin Groves, Woodlawn 7:30-2:45

Repeat *Spring Assessments*

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) are tentatively scheduled for later this spring. We are waiting for further guidance from the state concerning the administration of these assessments before solidifying a testing schedule.

Repeat *2021–22 Registration Emails Were Sent Thurs., Mar. 4*

Please check for registration email(s) for the 2021–22 school year, sent Thurs., Mar. 4.

Each registration email includes a link and a unique “snapcode” needed for access to register your returning student for 2021–22. EVERY student returning to District 96 for the school year ahead must be registered.

Information you provided previously will appear in your student’s online registration record. Please check that information carefully and update it if it is not accurate.

Completing and submitting online registration and making payment no later than Apr. 15, 2021, will save families $20 in registration cost per student. Fees increase after Apr. 15.

Questions? Please send email to [email protected] or call 847.459.4260, ext. 8022.

Repeat *Need a refresher on protocols?*

The blog was getting a little long so I removed quite a bit of information this week. Have no fear! If you need a reminder on any of the in-person protocols or links to the social club, be sure to check out previous blogs


Repeat *Obtaining Free Meals*

Preorder free meals for in-person students by 6 PM on Thursday for the week ahead. Order at only for your student's in-person days.

Pick up meal supplies for 5 days for remote students on Wednesdays from 11 AM– 2 PM at Twin Groves or Woodlawn. No preordering needed.

Please direct questions to the public info coordinator [email protected]

*Tech Hub*

KCSD96 Family Technology Hub! The District 96 Family Technology Hub is designed to guide families through technology tools related to Enhanced Remote Learning. On this site, you can find links to the recordings and the corresponding Slides decks for the parent/family informational sessions from last week. You can also find tutorials on how to use  ZOOM, Schoology, Seesaw, Clever, Notability, and other iPad essential tools for student learning. Additionally, there is a link to email the technology support desk. Please save or bookmark this site. It will be updated with tools, resources, and tutorials through remote learning to better support your family.

Please email [email protected] with any tech-related support needed.

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  • TRIVIA BLAST 2021- Upcoming..Monday March 15th, 2021from 5:30-8:30pm 

    LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE RAFFLES … Deadline is Sunday, March 14 

    Large Raffle Basket tickets, Teacher experience raffle tickets, and Trivia Night preorders (includes Trivia Treat, 2 Large Basket Raffle Tickets, and 4 small basket drawing entries) are available on Membership Toolkit (click HERE to access Membership Toolkit) and are only available to purchase until Sunday, March 14, 2021! Night of Event there will be NO ticket sales. All attending will be entered in Small Raffle Baskets and if you purchase a Trivia Treat you will get 4 extra entities to these small baskets (split 2 for first Kahoot pull and 2 for second kahoot pull).

    Monday, March 15 -Schedule: (each grade will have its own Kahoot session hosted by Student Council/Teachers)

    5:30-6:30 - First Grade & Second Grade

    Zoom Link:

    Meeting ID: 896 7836 9212

    Passcode: 158217

    6:30-7:30 - Third Grade & Fourth Grade

    Zoom Link:

    Meeting ID: 891 4616 2717

    Passcode: 826342

    7:30-8:30 - Fifth Grade

    Zoom Link:

    Meeting ID: 868 2426 1547

    Passcode: 479399

Have a nice long weekend and we hope to see you at Trivia Blast! 


Mrs. Vail Kieser