Mrs. Cumpata's Cosmic Communication - 3.22.24

Mrs. Cumpata's Cosmic Communication - 3.22.24

Good Afternoon Kildeer Families,

Thank you to all the families who participated in our Spring Conferences.  Your partnership is valued and appreciated.  

Congratulations to our 1st student winner of Kildeer’s March Madness Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament. He is a 5th grader in Ms. Wlodek’s class and he faced many tough competitors ultimately defeating Mrs. Busch.  The final competition was held live over the speaker so all students could cheer. There were many great battles the last three weeks and lots of great sportsmanship demonstrated. 

I wish you a wonderful spring break and I hope you are able to spend quality time with family. We resume school on Monday, April 1.

Have a WONDERful break!

Mrs. Karen Cumpata

NEW *Upcoming Dates*

Monday, April 1 - Classes Resume

Tuesday, April 2-Monday, April 8 - IAR Testing for 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders

Thursday, April 18 - 1/2 Day of School

Friday, April 19 - No School; Teacher Institute Day

Tuesday, April 30 - Early Release Day

NEW *Solar Eclipse*

On Monday, April 8, 2024 a total solar eclipse will cross over the United States. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. In northern Illinois, there will be a partial eclipse. Changes will become noticeable around 12:30 p.m. Central Time with the height of the eclipse occurring at 2:07 pm.

KCSD96 District Office staff are working to provide an opportunity for students and staff members to safely view the eclipse. This includes providing special viewing glasses and training on how to appropriately use them and safely view the eclipse.

Students who want to safely view the eclipse outside on April 8 will be able to do that under the supervision of their teacher. We will also have opportunities for students to indirectly view the eclipse from inside the school if parents do not want them to be outside. If you do not want your child to be outside during the eclipse, please contact your school’s principal or assistant principal to let them know.

Staff and students will be provided with eclipse glasses and the safety overview on April 8 so that they can safely view the eclipse. 

NEW *Parent Input for Class Placement Survey*

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job that takes many hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, administrators, and specialists. We take this process very seriously. The process for class list creation is as follows:

Teachers think about the social and academic needs of each of their current students while recording pertinent information to assist in the decision-making process.

Grade-level teachers, principals, specials area teachers, and specialists meet together to form class lists that are balanced in terms of academic, social, and emotional needs as well as considering friendships. This is no easy task and often takes several meetings. This team of educators considers each child’s personality, academic needs, friendship patterns, etc. as they make a match for each individual child.

This team of educators creates a draft set of class lists taking into consideration parent input.  

Class lists are then revised in August with summer changes for students who move in or out of the district.

Class rosters are never final until they are released to families in August.

This process happens for grades 2-5. Willow Grove creates the class lists for our incoming 1st graders.  Our 5th-grade team actively works with Woodlawn to provide data and input related to placement decisions at the middle school level.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students. It is a delicate balancing act that takes much consideration and thought by professionals who know and care about your children. Our goal is to create balanced class lists that promote the success of each child. Please know that your child is placed in a classroom for very specific reasons. The process benefits all students.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, specialists, parents, and the principal, we are very reluctant to make changes once this process occurs, as removing or moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire class, impacting all students.

I welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs, and learning style. I will take into consideration pertinent information received on or before Tuesday, April 30th. Please remember, while we welcome your input, specific teacher or friend placement requests will not be honored.

I cannot express enough how important it is that your thoughts are provided through the Parent Survey that is linked HERE.  As you can imagine, we receive a lot of parent input, and verbal information is impossible to track.  The information you provide in the survey will remain confidential between you, me, and Mr. Higgins.

NEW *2024-25 School Supply Kits Sales Are Live*

Families can now order the 2024-25 School Supply Kit from Educational Products Inc. (EPI) at (enter code KCS096).

Order by July 9 for home delivery before the start of school in August.

For questions about your order, contact Educational Products at 800-365-5345.

The School Supply Kits are a fundraiser for the PTOs.  Parents can buy the grade-level materials on their own; access the School Supply Lists at

NEW *Reminder of Arrival and Dismissal Procedures*

To ensure the safety of our students and parents, I would like to send a few reminders about our Arrival and Dismissal Procedures. Thank you for your help and support. 

Arrival and Dismissal Proceduresstop

Morning Parent Vehicle Drop Off 

  • Earliest drop off is 8:10am when adult supervision starts

  • Follow the blue arrows on the arrival and dismissal map

  • Pull up as far as you can

  • Students exit vehicle on passenger side, if driver side exit is needed, call over a supervisor for assistance

  • Adults stay in the vehicle, drop and go.

  • If you would like to walk your student to the front door, you must park in the green oval (map above) and use the sidewalk.

  • NO cell phone use in school zones - Illinois State Law 

After School Parent Vehicle Pick-Up

  • Follow the blue arrows on the arrival and dismissal map

  • Pull up as far as you can

  • Students will enter the vehicle on the passenger side.  Supervisors will assist if driver side entry is needed.

  • Drivers stay in the car.

  • If you would like to get out of your car to pick up your student, you must park in the green oval (map above) and use the sidewalk.

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 *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