Week 27: 03/05/17 – 03/09/17

Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to the success of Dr. Seuss Night 2017! It was a wonderful evening filled with smiles and and incredible love of reading! Enjoy the photos on the sidebar of the blog, or click this link (All photos can be downloaded).

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, March 6th
Pennies for Patients continues this week
Yearbook Committee Meeting @ 2:30pm

Tuesday, March 7th
Kindergarten & 1st Grade to LMS for Washington Musical (8:45am)
2nd Grade Field Trip to Adler Planetarium (8:30am)

Wednesday, March 8th
2nd & 3rd Grades to LMS for Washington Musical (8:45am)

Thursday, March 9th
Code Red Drill (morning: time unannounced)
Author Visit: Alice McGinty Visits
*Andrew’s Last Day (Student teacher in PE)
Talent Show Practice After School (2:30pm-4:00pm)
PATS Field Trip to Navy Pier (3:45pm-7:45pm)

Friday, March 10th
Kindergarten Field Trip to Field Museum

(03/11) Happy Birthday Erin Moza :)

Blog Posts Worth Reading:
Blank Pages #KidsDeserveIt via Todd Nesloney

Pick Your Battles

How to Insert Google Keep Notes into Google Docs via Richard Byrne

The Fear of Sharing via George Couros

Week 26: 02/27/17 – 03/03/17

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, February 27th
Oh, the Places You’ll Go Day (A different teacher will come read to your class)
Online Registration Opens – letter going home with students today!
Dr. Seuss Committee Meeting @ 2:50pm (Teacher’s Lounge)

Tuesday, February 28th
Green Eggs & Ham Day – Wear Green to School
1/2 Day of School: Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences <—click for schedule
Happy Birthday Alicia Peccatiello :)

Wednesday, March 1st
Wacky Wednesday (Show off your Wacky Hair)
Happy Birthday Tami Ericksen :)
Pennies for Patients Begins….<—flyer will go home with students’ collection boxes
Dr. Seuss Night! 6:00-7:30pm  *Hope to see you all there*
Cake Cutters should report at 5:30pm, all other volunteers report at 5:45pm

Thursday, March 2nd
Cat in the Hat Day (Wear your favorite hat to school)
Happy Birthday Bonnie Bricker :)
PATS State Monitoring Visit
Talent Show Practice (After school from 2:30pm-4:00pm)
Project Unify Game @ 3:45pm (LMS)

Friday, March 3rd
Fox in Socks Day (Wear silly socks to school)
Happy Birthday Natalie Barcas :)
PreK Screenings
Summative Evaluation Meetings for Non-Tenured Teachers (Scheduled by administrators)
(03/04) Happy Birthday Stephanie Orsa :)

(03/05) Happy Birthday Debi Cesario :)

Looking for Dr. Seuss Activities for Read Across America Week? Click the hat below for some Pinterest Ideas:

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Keep in mind we will have many visitors in our building on Wednesday for the big event! Please give your classroom spaces some extra TLC. Please also have your students organize/clean their Kubbies in the hallway. This is our opportunity to shine! Let’s continue to make Dr. Seuss Night a memorable event for our students, families and the community of Schiller Park!

Blog Posts Worth Reading:
10 Messages Every Teacher Should Send to Parents

“Families want teachers to teach their child, but they want even more for teachers to love their child. The whole child.”

Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers

Teach Like a Barista…Personalization Matters

Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching? 

Wonder what HR 610 is all about? Watch the video below:

Week 25: 02/20/17 – 02/24/17

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I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather over this long 3-day weekend! Congratulations to Shannon David who tied the knot this past weekend!

Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, February 20th
NO SCHOOL: President’s Day

Tuesday, February 21st

Wednesday, February 22nd
6th Grade Buddies visit 1st Grade (9am-10am)
Technology Common Plan

Thursday, February 23rd
Digital Learning Day <–check out this presentation that Washington teachers Sara Kash & Rachel Cole made explaining DLD
Yearbook Committee Meeting @ 2:30pm
Talent Show Committee Meeting @ 2:45pm (Room 106)

Friday, February 24th
Spirit Assembly @ 9:00am
Happy Birthday Shannon David :)

Week 24: 02/13/17 – 02/17/17

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, February 13th
Jump Rope For Heart Week begins in PE
Dr. Seuss Committee Meeting @ 2:50pm

Tuesday, February 14th
Happy Birthday Kaitlin Hillner :)
Happy Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 15th
2nd/3rd Grade TAPS Meetings
PreK/K Collaboration during CPT
Board Meeting @ 7:00pm
Happy Birthday Agnes Niewinski :)

Thursday, February 16
Talent Show Auditions (in Presentation Space during the school day)
SLT Meeting @ 3:00pm

Friday, February 17th
End of Trimester 2
Reading Room Plan Day
*Spring Conference Schedules Finalized in Google Doc by Today!
Happy Birthday Jackie Hood & Mike Deany :)

(02/20) NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day

Challenge your students to this Kindness game!

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Week 23: 02/06/16 – 02/10/16

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, February 6th
Happy Birthday Dina Natalie & Heather Longo :)

Tuesday, February 7th
1st-3rd Grades to LMS for Musical @ 8:45am
Faculty Meeting @ 2:50pm (Presentation Space)
Happy Birthday Alanna Mixter :)

Wednesday, February 8th
Foresters Financial in Lounge (403b Plans)
TAPS – PreK, K and 1st

Thursday, February 9th

Friday, February 10th
February Buddy Event
5 by Friday!

Hope to see you at the Open House on Saturday! 12-2pm! 
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Week 22: 01/30/17 – 02/03/17

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, January 30th
Welcome Back from Maternity Leave, Michelle McMorrow!
Michelle Nelson moves to Room 129 as mat leave replacement for B. Lane
ACCESS Testing Continues….

Tuesday, January 31st
100th Day of School!~
2nd Grade Field Trip to PF Chang’s (Howlett & Miro)
Reading Room Re-Opens

Wednesday, February 1st
2nd Grade Field Trip to PF Chang’s (David, Mixter & Rowland)

Thursday, February 2nd
2nd Grade Field Trip to PF Chang’s (Zaprev & Ward)
SLT Meeting @ 3:00pm

Friday, February 3rd
5 by Friday! Make at least 5 Positive Connections!

(02/04) Happy Birthday Anne Weinthaler :)
(02/05) Happy Birthday Jenna Bartello :)

100th Day Ideas from Pinterest:
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Mark Your Calendars…..
Invites are going home with students on Monday! Please talk about this Open House event with your students! Encourage children to have their parents RSVP for the event so we have a good idea on the number of people to expect! Staff, their children/families/friends are welcome, too! We hope to see you all there! 
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Week 21: 01/23/17 – 01/27/17

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, January 23rd
Media Center Opens for Students!
ACCESS Testing Continues (RR Closed)
Dr. Seuss Committee Meeting @ 2:50pm

Tuesday, January 24th
Happy Birthday Ofelia Golden :)

Wednesday, January 25th
1/2 Day of School (SIP Day Agenda will be emailed to Kennedy Conference)
5:30pm – PATS Parent Engagement Evening (Home Language & Children’s Literature)

Thursday, January 26th
Happy Birthday Brian Key :)

Friday, January 27th
Winter Birthdays Celebration in Lounge Before School (1st & 2nd Grade are bringing Treats!)

The annual Stars on Stage Talent Show will be on Thursday, March 17th. We are still looking for helpers to facilitate the rehearsals leading up to the main event! Helpers will be compensated for their time.

Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 5.25.53 PM*Looking forward to learning with everyone during this Wednesday’s SIP day!
*All MAP meetings & non-tenured 3rd round observations must be scheduled/completed by February 1st !

Week 20: 01/16/16 – 01/20/16

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, January 16th

Tuesday, January 17th
[Media center continues to be closed until everything is completely ready!]
ACCESS Testing Begins!
PreK Field Trip to Kohl’s Children’s Museum
Mentor Meeting @ 3:45pm
Happy Birthday Cheri Grimaldi :)

Wednesday, January 18th
RTI Data Review during CPT
Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00pm (LMS)
*Kennedy Addition will be featured as Example of Excellence! We hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 19th
SLT Meeting @ 3:00pm (Media Center)

Friday, January 20th
5 by Friday! Make 5 positive connections with families!

(01/22) Happy Birthday Michelle Morgan :)

Week 19: 01/09/16 – 01/13/16

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! I hope you enjoyed a restful, relaxing break~! Of course it’s that time of the year when we make New Year’s Resolutions.

Have you heard about Jon Gordon’s “One Word” that gives meaning & focus to your life?Jon suggests coming up with one word instead of list of resolutions.

“A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be a ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp or biting or rich and soft and slow. A single word can be a catalyst for enriching your life!”

I challenge you to choose one word each January–a word to focus on, reflect upon as one goes about daily life. Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2017? It can be something tangible or intangible…it could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you.

My word is PRIORITIES. This Stephen Covey quote below is a reminder for me to be sure that my priorities are part of my daily routine – to truly be present in each moment! At school, my priorities will be spending time in classrooms with students and teachers, ensuring high quality instruction engages our students daily! At home, it will be trying to power down from work and social media in order to give my attention to my family and children. It will also involve devoting time to my health and coursework as I embark on my next educational chapter! While I am a self-proclaimed  “multi-tasker” I am genuinely going to try to be present in every moment I find myself in.  Maybe its not about having balance in life; both our personal and professional lives are 24/7. It’s more about paying the right amount of attention to each one and recognizing that it’s going to be different every single day.
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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, January 9th
Welcome Back! See email in the Kennedy conference regarding our first day back and introducing the new learning spaces to our students!

Tuesday, January 10th
Faculty Meeting @ 2:50pm
RTI Committee Meeting @ 3:00pm

Wednesday, January 11th
EnVision 2.0 MATH Presentation by CF’s @ 1:50pm (Room 110, Grades K-3)

Thursday, January 12th
Think College Thursday

Friday, January 13th
PreK Screening Day
5 by Friday! Make 5 Positive Connections this week :)

(01/14) Happy Birthday Jen Fullone :)
(01/15) Happy Birthday Ami Freeman :)

(01/16) NO SCHOOL (MLK)

To Every Teacher Going Back To Work This Week by Jenna Wiley

Check out some ideas below to welcome students into 2017! (Click picture to take you to the resource):
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Week 18: 12/19/16 – 12/23/16

Let’s make this an amazing last 5 days before Winter Break for our KUBBIES!


This week we have some changes to our usual routine — Santa Visits, Winter Wonderland, Holiday Celebrations and sharing holiday wishes. Then on Friday, we all head home for Winter Break where our celebrations continue with our family and friends.

True for some, not for all. As Winter Break draws near, along with all of the excitement, it is not uncommon to see an increase in undesired behaviors and regression to previous behaviors in our students. For many of our students, home is a place where relationships are unhealthy, meals are not prepared, and drugs/alcohol or violence are part of daily life. For these students, many of whom we may not even be aware of their circumstances, the most consistent, positive and secure part of their life is time at school. No wonder they are exhibiting some stress. When these students walk out of our doors on Friday, there may be no breakfast or lunch, no counseling services, no celebrations, no gifts, and no one to encourage and support them.


So we support our children. We collaborate with our community to provide basic necessities (food, coats, meals). We give our kids books from our classrooms to read over the break. We express that we are thankful for each other and look forward to being together again as a school community in the new year.

And even though we are tired and looking forward to a much-needed break ourselves, we keep an eye on those who are acting out more than usual. We give them structure and routine. We give them a break. We give them encouragement. This may not be their favorite time of the year.

Thank you for ALL YOU DO for our kids EVERYDAY :) 


Santa & his elves will be visiting the students at Kennedy School on Tuesday, December 20th. Due to limited space in the front foyer, Santa will be set up in the gymnasium & PE class on Monday will be in classrooms. *Santa will set up in the Pre School entryway for our littlest friends!

Thank you for your flexibility. As always, the office ladies will call your class down to greet Santa. Please remind your students, in the best interest of allowing Santa to visit with all 760+ students, each Kubbie should be prepared to ask Santa for 1 item  :) We will be on hand to take photos of students & 1 “class” photo, which will then be posted on our school Flickr account for you to easily download.

Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, December 19th
*Wear Jeans on a Monday!

Tuesday, December 20th
Santa Visits Kennedy School
*Rescheduled Faculty Meeting = Team Leaders: Check your email!
Faculty Meeting Fun @ 3:10pm in Room 110 (Bring any $10 gift card)


Wednesday, December 21st
Winter Wonderland 6:00pm-8:00pm
*Thanks to those who volunteered! An email will be sent soon with more info! If you didn’t sign up, but are interested in helping out, please let me know! We expect a large turnout, so the more volunteers, the better! :) 

Thursday, December 22nd
December Buddy Event (Teacher’s Lounge)

Friday, December 23rd
Spirit Assembly – PJ/Movie/Hot Chocolate Day

(12/29) Happy Birthday Jimmy Kennedy :)
(01/05) Happy Birthday Kathy Holguin :)
(01/06) Happy Birthday Mayra Tellez & Callie Biasco :)