Weekly Announcements

Weekly Announcements 2018-01-10T13:41:57+00:00

Thank You

We hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday break and spent much time with loved ones.  The entire Kolling staff would like to thank all of our Kolling families who thought about us this holiday season.  We were overwhelmed with joy at the generosity of gifts that were sent for staff prior to break.  Thank you for putting a smile on so many faces.

Jump Rope for Heart

WOW!!!  Kolling families came through big this year.  With all of your efforts, Kolling Elementary was able to raise $30,123.40 for the American Heart Association through this year’s Jump Rope for Heart event at Kolling last month.  Your lifesaving donations will help the American Heart Association continue to make great strides in the fight against heart disease.  The top student was Matthew DeVries, raising $1795.00…you father must be so proud.  Thank you to everyone for your generosity and hard work!

Attendance Letters

Quarter 2 attendance letters will be mailed home at the end of this week.  If your child has 5 or more absences or tardies for the 2nd grading period, you may be receiving a letter.  The purpose is so you are aware of their attendance and to help you make decisions in their best interest going forward.  We are not advocating that you send your child to school when he/she is ill.  We are however asking for your assistance in avoiding absences that may not be necessary.

Report Cards

Quarter 2 report cards will be available in Skyward on Thursday, January 11th.

Students with Patriotism

Fourth grade students at Kolling elementary participated in the Flag Education Program during the week of Veteran’s Day.  Part of the program, which is run by the American Legion Post 485, required students to write an essay about what the flag means to them.  Over 600 4th grade students in the area participated in the essay contest.  We would like to congratulate Stella Sochacki and Andrew Chen for being winners in this contest.  They will be recognized at the Post on January 14th.

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook order forms will be sent home with students tomorrow, Monday, January 8th.

Six Flags Reading Club

Kolling students who read and log at least 6 hours of reading between now and February 14th will receive 1 free student pass for Six Flags Great America.  Reading Logs are due by February 15th.

Book Rental

I would like to remind parents that book rental fees are due no later than January 31st.  Any fees not paid by January 31st will be sent to an outside collection agency and any additional fees may apply.

How Parents can Support Dreambox at Home

Kolling teachers would like to encourage parents to support Dreambox usage at home.  Dreambox is an online resource that allows students to practice important mathematical concepts in a way that adjust to each child’s unique learning needs.  You can access Dreambox through the Kolling website under Academics Tab – your child will be able to navigate the rest.  When your child uses Dreambox at home, there are 2 important ways you can help:

  • Make sure your child is actually practicing the math concepts and not in the game or shopping sections of the program.
  • Do not help your child answer questions.  The program is designed to adjust based on what the student knows or does not know.  We want children to get questions right that they do know, and get questions wrong that they do not know.  This allows the program to adjust in order to meet your child’s needs.  Student performance does not impact their grades or teacher accountability in any way, so please let them work through the program on their own.  Here is a short video on how the program works:  http://www.dreambox.com/intelligent-adaptive-learning/

Important Dates:

Important Test Dates

Below is a list of important test dates for state testing.  We ask that you plan in advance to make sure that your child is here during these testing windows.  Please add these dates to your calendar and do your best to avoid scheduling doctor appointments or other events that would keep your child out of school on these days.

  • February 26th – March 9th  ISTEP Part 1 of 2 (grades 3-8)
  • March 12th – March 16th    IREAD-3 (3rd grade only)
  • April 16th – May 4th    ISTEP Part 2 of 2 (grades 3-8)