Kildeer Principal's Message- May 7th

staff appreciation

Dear Kildeer Families,

What an absolutely delightful week. If you were a fly on the wall, here are some things you might have experienced:

  • Sidewalk chalk drawings painting our sidewalks with kind words of encouragement for our staff
  • Smiles galore from staff and students
  • An abundant amount of treats in the lounge 
  • A fully stocked coffee bar that has seen our teachers through 100's...maybe 1000's of creamers this year!
  • Students running outside on the playground and enjoying some sunshine
  • Nurse Ali receiving some chocolates to celebrate the important role she plays as a school nurse
  • Mrs. Hagen and Colin, our technology support friend, carting in pizzas to the lounge
  • An endless supply of lollipops
  • A boxed lunch from Cafe Zupas
  • A group of dedicated PTO parents at the general meeting watching THIS video from our staff to offer appreciation (please check it's awesome!)
  • Teachers choosing from various (and adorable) succulent plants in the lounge
  • A Kona Ice truck treating staff to a little shaved ice after school 
  • Hawaiian clothes and Mr. Pazol having the biggest smile on his face in his favorite shirt

The list could go on and on! My takeaways? It was a week full of smiles and appreciation. Thank you to everyone that was involved in our appreciating our staff this week. The time you took to get involved went a LONG way!

NEW *VAPL Book Talks* 

Take some time in MAY 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 

Repeat *ABC Countdown from the Student Council*

Click HERE to view the countdown, designed by our incredible student council leaders! 

Repeat *Exploration Lab Materials-please read*

Click HERE to see which materials in-person learners should bring back to school!

Repeat *Summer School Update*

Parents will have the opportunity to sign up their students for Enrichment Summer School courses soon. All classes will be virtual. The link to sign up will be accessible from the homepage of the District 96 website on Mon., May 10, at 5 PM.

Repeat *Student’s Art Appreciation Event – Consortium ArtFest (Virtual) is May 17–31*

KCSD96 families are invited to attend the 41st Annual Stevenson Consortium 125 ArtFest, showcasing our students’ artistic growth and achievements using a variety of media. This year you can view creative work by our Grade 1–Grade 8 students virtually. Exhibited art is selected by their District 96 art teachers. Access student artwork online May 17–31. CLICK HERE for more

Repeat *PARKING for Parent Drop-off and pick-up*

For the remainder of the school year, our staff will not park in the spaces circled in red. This allows space for parents to conveniently park in the morning or afternoon and either utilize the sidewalk or the crosswalk safely. 

PLEASE DO NOT WALK ACROSS THE PARKING LOT IN THE CAR LANE WITHOUT USING A CROSSWALK. You are still welcome to park in the side lot if there are spots available to use that crosswalk. 

Also please note, if you are dropping your child off in the morning and it's after 8:25, you will need to park your car and walk your child into the foyer to sign them in. Thank you!

Lastly, the parking lot is a busy place. Let's remember to treat each other kindly and recognize we are all doing our best. I appreciate your support with this!

Repeat *Transition to Middle School Program for Parents of Current 5th Graders*

Parents of all current fifth graders are invited and encouraged to attend the Transition to Middle School program presented by Middle School Principals Jessica Barnes (Twin Groves) and Greg Grana (Woodlawn). They'll discuss academics, extracurricular opportunities, and changes that middle school years bring. Current sixth-grade student panelists will also share their perspectives. The virtual presentation begins at 7 PM on Mon., May 10. Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 882 9699 5872
Passcode: 450506

Repeat *Make Lunch Plans*

Parents, please help.  With many more students learning in person in KCSD96 schools, it's essential that parents place their students' free meal preorders by 6 PM on Thursday of the week before. Find preordering instructions HERE. Questions? Contact [email protected]

ALSO, please remind your students of the meal choices you preordered, so the meals they request at lunchtime are the meal options that you preordered for them. Thank you!

Repeat* Keeping Students (and siblings) Home Due to Symptoms 

Per the IDPH COVID-19 School Exclusion Guidance, if any household member is showing any one of the symptoms listed below, ALL SIBLINGS must stay home from school. Please let the school office know when calling for attendance if your child is staying home due to illness, even if the student is participating remotely. 

The symptoms in which a student must stay home due to COVID-19 protocols are: fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause.

*Repeat* Calendar Reminders

Revised March–June 2021 Calendar

Please refer to this REVISED March–June 2021 Calendar (1-page), reflecting in-person learning schedule changes announced in Superintendent Julie Schmidt's Mar. 17 message.

*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.

***  PTO News ***

  • 5th Grade Celebrations- Check out our PTO BLOG for our end of year events for our 5th Graders--included in this is our 5th Grade Night Out next Thursday 5/13

  • Spring Flower Kits up on Membership Toolkit!!! The PTO has 2 kits available...Plant your own flowers or a cute Flower Suncatcher kit. Go HERE for more info and to order.

  • Cookie and Rice Krispy Kits- Want something sweet for your 5th Grader...Graduation Cookie kits are available now.  Go HERE for more info and to order.

Check out the blog! CLICK HERE!

I had the absolute pleasure of sending more than 250 HAPPY emails to staff this week. Why? Because of YOU!

Thank you to all of the parents that participated in our shout-outs. Reading the impact our teachers have made on your children made me feel so incredibly grateful for the collaboration and partnership among us all this year.

To all the moms out there, enjoy your celebrations ahead this weekend!


Mrs. Vail Kieser