Mrs. Cumpata's Weekly Message - 2.3.23 (2023)

Mrs. Cumpata's Weekly Message - 2.3.23 (1)

Good Afternoon Kildeer Families,

Can you believe we have already had 100 days of learning? This school year is moving quickly!

As it continues to be freezing outside, we are making the best of the cabin fever in classrooms and during indoor recess. Teachers have increased movement breaks to give students a chance to get the wiggles out. In checking the forecast for next week, it looks like we’re heading into the balmy 30-degree range. Hooray!! We’ll be back on the playground next week running and playing games with all our friends.

Student Council has put together an All-Star Spirit Week that will start on Monday. Thank you to Student Council for the fun and enJOYable activities and themes.

Monday: Appreciate your Health and Fitness (EnJOY an exercise video and wear comfyclothes)

Tuesday: EnJOY Coloring (Decorate a helmet and wear colors that represent the two Super Bowl Teams-green, black, red, gold)

Wednesday: Think Outside the Box (Sports Kahoot and Inside Out Day)

Thursday: Love a Challenge (Sports I Spy or Word Scramble and wear Kildeer Cougar Gear)

Friday: Love your Team (Super Bowl Survey and wear your favorite team attire or Kildeer Spirit Wear)

Next Friday is our 3rd PAWSitive PAW Party and students will be enJOYing Minute to Win It games. Thank you for your continued support at home and reminding your child to follow the Cougar 5 at school.

Thank you to all the families that have completed the 5Essentials Survey. Our goal is20% parent participation and we are currently at 5% parent participation. Your feedback means a lot and I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

Two reminders about morning arrival:

1. Please do not let you child out of the car in the morning until the outdoor supervisor is outside. Our morning supervisors are outside at 8:10am.

2. If you are parking your car and walking your child to the front entrance, please use the parking lot on the far end of the building and use the sidewalk that leads to the front doors. To keep everyone safe, please do not park in the main parking lot and use the crosswalk between 8:10-8:25am.

PTO Reminders:

  • Don’t miss out on our Kildeer Family Day at the Chicago Wolves on 2/24! Buy tickets now:
  • Reminder that Valentine’s Day parties are on 2/13 this year due to Early Release on 2/14!
  • Bingo Blast is right around the corner! Buy your bingo cards, snacks and raffle tickets now on Membership Toolkit.
  • Read our latest blog:

EnJOY your weekend!

Mrs. Karen Cumpata

NEW *Human Growth and Development*

To review Superintendent Sheridan’s letter with details concerning the 4th and 5th grade human growth and development unit please visit our website HERE. This letter contains information on when materials will be available for review and how to access them as well as a timeframe for when instruction will begin.

Repeat *5Essentials Survey for Parents/Guardians*

Beginning January 24 through April 2nd, District 96 invites you to share your thoughts on the inner workings of your child’s school. On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago.

As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school. Your participation will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide our improvement. Parent identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

Please visit to begin the parent survey. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UChicago Impact Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or [emailprotected].

Repeat *D96 Dual Language Program*

Do you have an entering kindergartner or know of a D96 resident who does? Are you interested in your child having a bilingual school experience?

The District 96 Spanish/English Dual Language Program was designed several years ago to implement instruction across the curriculum that provides an opportunity for students to develop a deep academic proficiency in two languages. In the Dual Language Program, 50 percent of the academic curriculum is delivered in Spanish, and 50 percent of the academic curriculum is delivered in English.

Families interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner in the Spanish/English Dual Language Program can indicate so on the registration form while completing the kindergarten registration process that begins March 1, 2023. This process should be completed by April 15, 2023, to be entered into the Dual Language Lottery. Please note that indicating interest in the Dual Language Program does not guarantee acceptance into the Dual Language program.

Please visit our District 96 Website to learn more about the optional Spanish/English Dual Language Program ( and our Dual Language Lottery (

**District 96 will be hosting a Virtual Parent Night at 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. on MARCH 8 for parents of incoming Kindergarten students who are interested in learning more about the Dual Language Program.**

REPEAT *Valentine's Day*

If you choose to send valentines to school and include an item with your child's valentines, please note for the safety of our students only non-food items are permissible. This practice is consistent for all classrooms in District 96 elementary schools including Willow Grove. Your child's teacher will send home any classroom-specific information related to Valentine's Day. Willow Grove, Country Meadows, Ivy Hall, Kildeer and Prairie will all be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Monday, February 13 since February 14 is an Early Release Day.

REPEAT *Assessments for Middle School Language Arts, Math*

Each spring, students in 5th grade take several assessments that determine the placement in middle school Language Arts and Math classes. For more details concerning the placement process ~ including the number and type of assessments as well as dates ~ please CLICK HERE ( to access the information on our website.

REPEAT *Pre-Registration Open for Incoming 2023-24 Kindergartners*

Pre-Registration for incoming 2023-24 kindergartners is now open.

The 2023-24 Kindergarten Pre-Registration is open to students who live within District 96 boundaries and will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2023.

To begin the Kindergarten Pre-Registration process, parents must email all required documents to the administrative assistant at Willow Grove Early Learning Center at [emailprotected]

Parents need to supply the following:

  • Student’s Proof of Age (such as a Birth Certificate or Passport or Visa)

  • Parent/Guardian Photo ID (Passport or Driver’s License)

  • Proof of District Residency (a current mortgage statement or current lease or property tax bill)

  • Current Utility Bill

  • Click the link to download & complete: RESIDENCY FORM

  • Click the link to download & complete: HOME LANGUAGE SURVEY

  • Click the link to download & complete: ENROLLMENT FORM

After the submitted documents are approved, families will receive a Pre-Registration link to complete by January 31, 2023. Students pre-registered by January 31 will receive a free Willow Grove T-shirt. (T-shirts are not available after this pre-registration period.)

Families needing to pre-register their child in person may contact Kimberly O’Neill, administrative assistant at Willow Grove Early Learning Center, at [emailprotected] or at (847) 541-3660.

Learn more about Kindergarten in District 96:

Got questions? Email Kimberly O’Neill, administrative assistant at Willow Grove, at [emailprotected]


The State of Illinois requires identified English Learner (EL) students to annually participate in the ACCESS testing to determine current English language proficiency in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Our ACCESS testing window will occur from 1/17-2/22. Each school’s testing schedule is unique and will only impact students who take the ACCESS test. Students taking ACCESS do not need to prepare anything ahead of time.

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