Willow Grove Principal's Message ~ May 10, 2024

Dear families,

We are so appreciative of all the love you showered on our staff this week! Thank you so much to the PTO and families for the staff appreciation meals, treats, and goodies! I know we all felt the love! 

We are looking forward to our kindergarten music show, which I can't believe is already here next week on May 17! If you missed prior communication, there is some important information about our music show in our repeat information. 


Jenny Smith, Principal

May At-A-Glance

17 - Kindergarten Music Performance


  • Kindergarten (including Structured Kindergarten): 8:40 AM - 2:05 PM.
  • Blended Early Childhood/ECSE AM: 8:40 AM - 10:10 AM.
  • Blended Early Childhood PM: 12:35 PM - 2:05 PM.
  • Early Childhood Structured Learning Classroom: 8:40 AM - 2:05 PM.

21 - Kindergarten to First-Grade Field Trip

22 - PTO Family Picnic

23 - Field Day

24 - HALF DAY for School Improvement Day.

  • Kindergarten (including Structured Kindergarten) and Early Childhood Structured dismiss at 11:45 AM
  • Blended/ECSE AM and PM alternate days on half-day attendance days. Even if your child attends PM, if it is a district half-day, they will attend AM hours. The PM classes will attend on May 24 (no AM student attendance). Hours are 8:40 AM - 11:10 AM. Parent drop-off begins at 8:25 AM.


30 - Last day attendance for PM Blended and ECSE classes

31 - HALF DAY Last day of school

  • Kindergarten (including Structured Kindergarten) and Early Childhood Structured dismiss at 11:45 AM

  • Blended/ECSE AM and PM alternate days on half-day attendance days. The AM classes will attend on May 31 (no PM student attendance). Regular hours of attendance, 8:40 AM - 11:10 AM.

  • Report period ends/Trimester 3 Report cards issued

District 2023-2024 School Year Calendar

NEW *Kildeer Countryside School District 96 iPad Collection Notice for End of School Year 2023-24*

As the 2023-24 school year draws to a close, we need to inform all students and families about the iPad collection process. Unlike previous years, where students retained iPads over the summer, this year, we require their return to update and refresh our equipment for the 2024-25 academic year.

Collection Schedule:

  • 8th Grade: May 22
  • Kindergarten: May 29
  • 1st - 7th Grade: May 30

Items to be Returned:

  • iPad
  • iPad case
  • Charging cable
  • Charger
  • Logitech crayon

Damage and Missing Items Policy:

If any items are damaged or missing, please refer to the iPad handbook signed at registration. Remember:

  • Students have coverage for two incidents of damage to the iPad and two to accessories (charging cable, brick, case, pencil).
  • Beyond these incidents, costs for repair or replacement fall to the students and their families.
  • Intentional damages are not covered by the district.

Summer Programming Exception: 

Students enrolled in summer programming will retain their iPads and accessories through the summer session, returning them by June 27, 2024. This ensures that all students participating in educational activities have the necessary resources.

We appreciate your cooperation in returning the iPads and accessories promptly and in good condition. This initiative is crucial for maintaining high-quality educational support for our students.

Thank you for your attention and continued support of Kildeer Countryside School District 96.

NEW *MAP Reports*

Please expect MAP reports to be sent home to families early next week.


In the latest edition of the PTO blog, End of Year GiftCrowd info, End of Year Picnic, Call for Volunteers and more!

REPEAT *Blast Off to Summer Countdown*

REPEAT *Health Forms*

To comply with Illinois State guidelines, a physical examination – including current immunization records is required for all children entering an Illinois school for the first time, for children enrolling in kindergarten (even if they previously were enrolled in a District 96 Early Childhood program), and for

students entering Grade 6.

REMINDER - Health Forms: Provide required HEALTH FORMS as soon as possible. A physical and immunizations record needs to be on file in the nurse's office by October 15th or the student will be excluded from school. STATE OF ILLINOIS CERTIFICATE OF CHILD HEALTH EXAMINATION FORM. This form must be completed and signed by the pediatrician. Parents must also complete the fields for their child’s name and address, birth date, etc., at the top of the form on pages 1 and 2 in addition to the parent section on page 2, including a parent signature and date.

Other health forms required include VISION, due before Oct. 15, 2024 (Kindergarten and new students) and DENTAL due before May 15, 2024 (2nd and 6th graders).

You may email forms directly to our school nurse at [email protected].

REPEAT *Fire Drill*

On May 15, Willow Grove will be conducting a Fire Drill. Students will be evacuating the building during the drill. If the weather does not cooperate, we will hold the drill at the next opportune time shortly after.

You may have heard our fire alarm went off this week. This was a false alarm and all was well! I was thrilled to see how well our staff and students responded.

REPEAT *Kindergarten Music Performance Updates - Friday, May 17*

As a reminder, the kindergarten music performance is Friday, May 17th. The kindergarten music performance is during the school day and the show is about 30 minutes in length. The following are the times for each classroom's performance:

  • 9:15-9:45- Musical 1: Derry, Zanardo, Dyer, Rabin, Chappas
  • 10:15-10:45 - Musical 2: Hibbs, Crescenti, Melamed, Casas-Maya, Felleson*
  • 1:15-1:45- Musical 3: Wisneski, Mason, Santucci, Preskill, Anderson, Felleson*

*Mrs. Felleson will communicate directly with parents which show to attend. Thank you!

Student Dress: Our fabulous music teachers ask that your kindergarten children dress in semi-formal attire that includes bright and springy colors. Semi-formal is just a step up from play clothing. Please make sure it's still something they can still be comfortable in all day at school, including their shoes. Of course, anything your child wears is just fine! It's just always fun to have a theme if you'd like your child to join in!

The doors will open ten minutes prior to each performance. You will enter the gymnasium doors located in the South parking lot. There are two doors that will open at the same time. Parents may line up at either marked door. Parents exit out the same doors, promptly at the end of the show.

It is important to note that we are unable to arrange student pick-up or early dismissal immediately following the performance as we cannot manage this safely. Kindergarten students stay until our regular dismissal times where dismissal is managed safely for all students. If you have questions about this for a specific need, please call our office.

We will share a video for family members to view if you are unable to attend. Of course, it's a full-scale view, not of individual children. I know parents in the past played the performance while their little ones put on their own show on the family room floor!

At Willow Grove and throughout District 96, the safety of students is always our number one priority. We partner with the BGPD to provide school resource officer support. As such, please expect to see a police officer on-site while we have many visitors enjoying the performance. We regularly partner with our school resource officer for the security of our students.

We are looking forward to this memorable event and can't wait to see you there!

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

Families can now order the 2024-25 School Supply Kit from Educational Products Inc. (EPI). CLICK HERE and 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.

REPEAT *Parking and Pick-up/Drop-Off Information*

If you are a regular drop-off and/or pick-up parent here at Willow Grove you may have noticed some additional cones were added at the Checker and Essington intersection. The Buffalo Grove Police Department put cones there because when people are coming out onto Checker from Essignton, their view is obscured by cars parking too close to the intersection. BGPD explained that cars should park at least a car's length away from the intersection so those pulling out can have a clear view.

In addition, we have noticed that many who park on Checker walk through the bus traffic to drop off/pick up their child. Please cross our front circle drive where buses are located either by going behind the buses near the entrance, or at the crosswalk near the exit of the circle drive. This will ensure the safety of all.

Please note that all curbs along our drives and parking lots are for buses and emergency vehicles only. Owners parking their cars in non-designated parking spots have to be immediately located to move their cars so it does not impede on our bus traffic or potentially interfere with emergency vehicles.

Lastly, I continue to see U-turns in front of the school during high levels of traffic. Police do regularly monitor and give tickets when they see this. For the safety of all, please refrain from this.

We appreciate everyone's kindness towards one another, patience, and safe decision-making when dropping off and picking up their children. Thank you, so much.