Mrs. Cumpata's Cosmic Communication - 3.8.24

Mrs. Cumpata's Cosmic Communication - 3.8.24

Good Afternoon Kildeer Families,

The Kildeer staff is so excited to see that so many families have already signed up for a Spring Conference.  If you have not signed up yet, it is not too late.  Please see the information below on how to sign up for a Spring Conference with your child’s teacher.  

It has been a fun and competitive week at Kildeer with the start of our 2nd Annual March Madness Rock, Paper Scissors tournament.  Mr. Higgins and I had a WONDERful time reading The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors to our 1st grade classes. Our 2nd-5th graders enjoyed the read aloud during Class Meeting. The excitement is in the air as each class announced their Rock, Paper, Scissors champion.  Each class champion will begin competing against other students and staff next week. Students are now anxiously waiting to see the final bracket

Spring is in the air but there are still days when it is chilly outside.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather and for outdoor recess.  We also have a lot of winter in the lost and found.  Now is a great time to have your child look for any lost items.

I would like to thank our hardworking PTO for planning tonight’s Family Bingo Night.  I am excited to see so many families tonight and look forward to calling a game of Bingo.

Have a WONDERful weekend!

Mrs. Karen Cumpata

NEW *Upcoming Dates*

  • Tuesday, March 19th - NO SCHOOL (Staff Institute Day) 

  • Thursday, March 21st - EARLY RELEASE DAY: Spring Family–Educator Conferences 

  • Friday, March 22nd - NO SCHOOL - Spring Family–Educator Conferences 

  • Monday, March 25-29 - SCHOOL CLOSED: Spring Break

REPEAT *Human Growth & Development*

Illinois State law requires all school districts with a comprehensive health curriculum to provide instruction on specific health topics including human growth and development. The Illinois State Board of Education indicated that districts “may still teach sexual health aligned to the Illinois Physical Development and Health Standards.” Therefore, during the 2023-24 school year, District 96 will continue to cover the same topics that were previously taught in grades 4 and 5. These topics align to the Illinois Physical Development and Health Standards.

District 96 recognizes that parents/guardians are the primary educators for their families on these topics.

As parents, you may elect to excuse your child from instruction on this topic. If you choose this option, please submit a specific request, in writing, to the school principal, asking that your child be excused from the class during that specific period(s) of instruction, and we will provide an alternate assignment.

If you have questions concerning the 4th grade materials, please reach out to your child’s PE teacher. For questions about the 5th grade program, please contact the school’s principal or assistant principal.

For specific materials, please see below.

Fourth Grade

This year Physical Education teachers will provide Human Growth and Development lessons to students in 4th grade. Those lessons will take place on March 15th in all elementary schools during the physical education class. Students will not be separated by gender during these lessons. 

Please use the links below to preview the lessons and materials that will be used on March 15th.

4th Grade:

Fifth Grade

This year Kildeer 96 will be hosting Candor Health Education (formerly Robert Crown Center) on March 13th at 9:30am. Candor Health will provide the learning to 5th grade students, and 5th grade teachers will be present during this learning experience. As with 4th grade, students will not be separated by gender during the presentation by Candor Health.

Please click on the links below for an overview of the program. The letter contains tips for parents to start conversations with children. The video (Puberty I - gender combined) will show you everything the students will see during the presentation.

Candor Parent LETTER

School Program Overviews for Parents – Candor Health Education VIDEO 

Password Premier24

NEW *A Message from Mr. Higgins*

Dear Kildeer Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news of my departure from Kildeer. As of July 1st, I will be assuming the role of Principal of Woodview School in CCSD46. I am excited for this next step in my career, but the decision to move on was not an easy one. I truly cherish the memories created and relationships formed here at Kildeer.  

Over the last 5 years, I have had the privilege of watching your children grow, learn, and flourish into the remarkable individuals they are today. The warmth and support extended by the Kildeer Community have made this a wonderful place to work and a difficult school to leave. 

I want to express my sincere appreciation for your trust and partnership and extend a heartfelt thanks to each of you for being an integral part of my time at Kildeer. Your kindness and involvement have made this experience truly special.

I will miss you all and am confident that the school will continue to thrive, guided by its dedicated staff, supportive parents, and enthusiastic students.

I wish you and your children continued success, growth, and happiness. 

Warm regards,

Josh Higgins

NEW *Dual Language Parent Night for Incoming Kindergartners*

If you are enrolling an incoming Kindergarten student and want to learn more about our D96 Dual Language Program, we would love for you to join us at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12th, for our Incoming Dual Language Parent Night.  

This virtual meeting will take place via Zoom and will be an opportunity for you to learn about our Dual Language Program and have your questions answered.   

Please complete this RSVP Form to receive a Zoom link to our Parent Night presentation.  

REPEAT *Report Cards*

Trimester 2 report cards are available online for students in Early Childhood through 8th Grade.

See instructions to access the report cards online HERE.  

Please contact the SCHOOL OFFICE with questions.

REPEAT *Spring Family/Educator Conferences*

Spring Family/Educator Conferences are right around the corner. The conference dates are Thursday, March 21st from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM and Friday, March 22nd from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

We will be using Meet the Teacher as an electronic sign-up for conferences. A School Messenger email will be sent to families on Tuesday, March 5th at 5:00PM with a link to sign up for conferences.

Conferences will be held virtually using Meet the Teacher’s video conferencing platform unless parents request an in-person conference using the instructions bolded at the end of this message. After you have scheduled your conferences, you will receive an email from Meet the Teacher with a link you will use to access the video conferences.

Elementary parents will have the option to sign up with the classroom teacher as well as select specials teachers and any related service providers their children see.

Middle school parents will have the option to sign up with one core content teacher (see below) and pertinent exploratory/PE teachers. Please note: Students on the B Day schedule will have their Spanish teachers available during this round of conferences. Available Middle School Core Teachers

  • 6th Grade: 3rd Period Teacher 

  • 7th Grade: 2nd Period Teacher

  • 8th Grade: 4th Period Teacher

If you are unable to schedule a conference with a specific teacher, please remember that conferences are not the only time to communicate with teachers. Please feel free to reach out any time.


If you want to have an in-person conference with the teachers, you must notify the teachers via email by the end of the day on Tuesday, March 19th. 

REPEAT *Proof of Dental Exam* 

Dear Parents/Guardians of District 96 Kindergarteners, 2nd, and 6th Grade Students:

Please note that your child’s completed dental examination is now due, per Illinois school law. The deadline for the dental examination is due no later than May 15 of the current school year.  Proof of this required dental examination must have been completed within eighteen months prior to the May 15 deadline.

If you haven’t already done so, please make an appointment with your child’s dentist for a dental examination, have him and/or her complete the required form and return it to your child’s school nurse. 

State of Illinois Proof of Dental Examination Form - Click Here

In the event that you are unable to fulfill this requirement, the state of Illinois does permit a waiver of the examination.

State of Illinois Dental Waiver Form - Click here

REPEAT *Sense of Belonging Survey*

In District 96, we believe that feedback from students regarding their perception of the school climate and teacher-student relationships provides valuable input about their sense of belonging. Our school district is committed to providing our students with every opportunity to succeed. Substantial research indicates that supporting students’ social-emotional development improves their readiness to learn, positive classroom engagement, and overall academic performance. As a result, District 96 will administer a student belonging survey to all students EC-8. These surveys are below for your review. A physical copy will be available from the district office upon request.

Surveys Below:

-Grades K, 1, and 2

-Grades 3, 4, and 5

-Grades 6, 7 and 8

With this information, the District can make thoughtful and informed decisions to support students' deeper sense of belonging at school. As always, student privacy and safety are of the utmost importance. This survey is FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act), and PPRA (The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment) certified. The collected data will improve our students’ sense of belonging and will only be used by our schools. Student responses will support group patterns so schools can provide support in those targeted areas. Thank you for supporting our school communities and their corresponding sense of belonging. 

 If you would like to exclude your child from participating in the survey, please contact your child/children’s building principal.

REPEAT *Opening March 1:  Registration for 2024-25 School Year*

Registration for the 2024-25 school year opens on Friday, March 1. Parents and guardians of new Kindergarten students and returning District 96 students will be emailed a link to register their child for the 2024-25 school year.

Complete registration by April 15 to receive a $20 Early-Bird discount. Families with returning students who register after April 15 will pay the standard registration fee. Registering early helps us to plan for the upcoming school year.  

Registration fees paid by April 15 for the 2024-25 school year are:

Early Childhood Blended Tuition:  $2,870 (or $335.07 monthly)

Kindergarten:  $90

Grades 1-4:  $110

Grade 5:  $120

Grades 6-8:  $135 

REPEAT *Response Rate  - 5Essentials Survey for Parents/Guardians*

Thank you so much to all the parents that have completed the 5Essentials Parent Survey.  The parent response rate for Kildeer is currently at 33% for the 2023-24 Illinois Supplemental Parent Survey and as a school we have exceeded the 20% parent participation needed to receive the report. 

If you have not completed the survey, you can still access and complete the survey by visiting to begin the parent survey. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UChicago Impact Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or [email protected].