Monday, August 1, 2022

Welcome Back John Stewart Families!!


Mrs. Tucker and I are so excited to welcome everyone back to John Stewart for the 2022-23 school year.  We are really looking forward to a great school year full of learning, fun, and growth!!  We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our students can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. 

This year at school, we will be focusing on growing students' advocacy skills, students will be able to identify the SMAR model for learning and examples of the stages, staff and students will increase their ability to co-construct feedback that leads to the next steps of their learning, staff will assess student work using proficiency tables, and staff will provide students with a variety of learning environments. We are also excited to implement MTSS (multi-tiered systems of support) to support the whole child, staff will model the use of long-term planning tools with students, and students will learn so much more through our strategic plan Kaneland Connects and everyday lessons and experiences. To keep up with your child's academics and what's happening in their classroom, please make sure to get connected on Canvas.   

With Appreciation, 

                Mrs. Samantha Aversa (Principal) and Mrs. Molly Tucker (Assistant Principal)

Scan the QR Code to Learn More About Kaneland Connects

Construction Update

On July 26th, we were contacted that the strike at the LaFarge Quarries ended and contractors are ready and able to get to work at John Stewart. The concrete for the sidewalks started to be poured this past weekend and the asphalt will be rescheduled for next year to be removed and laid.  If you need to visit the school, please call first to set up an appointment at (630) 365-8170.  Please send positive thoughts that everything stays on schedule!

Bell Schedule

  • Bus students will enter as the busses arrive (approximately 8:40) and will wait at their assigned door until the bell rings.

  • If walkers and drop-off students arrive at school before 8:40 they will wait outside their assigned door until a teacher comes to walk them in at the 8:40 bell.  

  • Students should not arrive before 8:30 due to no supervision.

  • Door 1:  K & 3rd

  • Door 2:  1st & 2nd

  • Door 12: 4th & 5th

  • Students will be able to wait inside on days when the windchill Is 5 degrees or colder.

  • If it is raining we will bring them in at 8:35am.

            FIRST BELL 8:40 A.M.

            TARDY BELL  8:50 A.M.
 - Parents/Guardians must bring their student(s) to the front office to check in if they are tardy
          AM Kindergarten Dismissal: 11:30 A.M.

  • Student Dismissal

    • 3:25 p.m. - Walkers & Pick-Ups

    • 3:30 p.m. - Bussers

Absent Line/Transportation

If your child is unable to be at school, please call the absent line (630) 365-8170, Press 4
For transportation needs, please call (630) 365-5111 ext 71148

Ways to Stay Connected

Tyler - This program will allow you to check your child's teacher, bus information, home information, emergency contacts, etc.

Canvas  - This program will allow you to check on your child's academic work and communication from the teacher. The teacher will provide you with an email or document on how to get registered for their specific class. This resource will help parents navigate through Canvas - Canvas Information

Facebook & Twitter  - We will post pictures, videos, and helpful reminders. - Stay up to date with what's going on in Kaneland through the main website.  You can pay your fees/milk at the webstore (shopping cart icon), you can look for a teacher's contact information through the staff directory, check the district and individual calendars, and much more! 

KST PTN Website - Stay connected to fun activities and volunteer opportunities at KST.  We are always looking for more parents to be involved to help run these special events. To learn more about the PTN, we would encourage you to attend a meeting that is held on Tuesdays at 6pm in the library at John Stewart.  Look for the meeting dates on the school's calendar at 

Sugar Grove Park District - The SGPD provides a before and after-school child care program called CARE. They also provide students with a variety of after-school activities. You do not need to be a Sugar Grove resident to participate in classes. 

Recess/Lunch Monitors

We are still in need of 3 monitors. PLEASE visit this link if you are interested in helping your school. 

School Calendar  

Please click HERE to view the 2022-23 Kaneland School Calendar

School Visitors

We love our school volunteers and visitors!! If you are interested in volunteering in your child's class or in the library, please contact that teacher or staff member. If you are a new volunteer or visitor, please bring your driver's license when checking into the front office to get scanned into our system. If you have already given us your driver's license and are in the system, please just check in at the front office to receive your visitor's badge.


You are able to prepay milk for the year or by each semester. This is available on the Kaneland Webstore. The last day to purchase milk on the Webstore will be August 17th. If you elect to pay for the entire school year, the fee is $42.00-1st sem., $42.00-2nd sem., Or $84.00-year


Your child can also bring 50 cents daily to purchase milk when they would like if you do not want to prepay milk for the semester.

Immunization and Health Records

We would encourage all incoming kindergarten students to have immunization records, health forms, dental forms, and eye exams submitted by the first day of school, August 17.


We would also encourage all incoming 2nd-grade students to have an updated dental form submitted by the first day of school.

Bus Routes and Teacher Assignments 

As you start school, your child's information for who their teacher is, what bus they ride and report card will go through a system called Tyler. Each parent has a log in to manage their child's information through Tyler.

Class assignments will be shared through Tyler on August 5th

All students who are eligible to take the bus will automatically be routed on one. We realize that families each have unique circumstances that may not require the need to take the school bus (daycare, preferences to drive, etc). If this is the case, we ask that you let the main office know that your child will not be taking the school bus.

EC-5th grade Supply List Information

Here is a link to the school supply lists. Please bring the supplies with you to your child's scheduled curriculum night - Kindergarten, August 11th / 1st grade - 5th grade, August 15th. If you can't make it to curriculum night, your student can bring their supplies on the first day of school, no problem! We will have extra staff members outside to help!

Parent Zone For Waving 

In the past, parents liked to walk their students to the main entrance of the building to send them off for the day. In order to maintain the safety of our students and staff, we are asking parents not to walk up to the entrance with their children. Please stop at the sidewalk and say your goodbyes there. Think of it like the “kiss and ride or fly zones” you would see at train stations and airports. 

Parking Lot Procedure

All parents dropping off or picking up their child(ren) should use the West parking lot only. The main lot is reserved for buses during arrival and dismissal times. No cars should enter the main lot during arrival and dismissal. Please Click Here for a Map. When in the parent drop-off line please have students only exit the car on the right side by the sidewalk. Parents, please remain in your car. If you need to get out for any reason, please find a parking spot to assist your child(ren). The traffic should continue to move along.

We kindly ask for your patience and compassion toward the staff members working to keep our parking lot safe for everyone during student arrival and dismissal. We recognize pulling all the way forward or waiting a few moments to pull away after picking up your child is not always convenient, but these simple actions support the greater goal of student safety. Please remember, the professional training and experience of the staff on "parking lot duty" is in the education field, not traffic control. They do their best each day and greatly appreciate positive feedback and demonstrations of grace. The hecticness of the parking lot during student arrival and dismissal is a perfect place to model kindness for our children.

Building our Community with Elburn Police & Fire Departments

This summer, Mrs. Ward (Blackberry Creek Principal), myself, and members of the Elburn police and fire department met to discuss building our relationship with both elementary buildings and their departments. During the upcoming school year, you may see a police car, fire truck, or other vehicles from these departments at the school. Please know that this does not mean there is an emergency, but that they are just there to visit with the students and staff to build that community. If an emergency does arise and we need their services, an email will be sent to parents notifying them of that need for their support. During their visits they may be eating lunch with the kids, playing at recess with them, visiting classrooms, etc. We feel it is extremely important to develop these relationships with these departments and we wanted to give you a heads up about their increased presence at the building from time to time this year.

IL SalesTax Holiday

Please click here to learn about IL Sales Tax Holiday

KST Office Support

Main Phone Number (630) 365-8170

Samantha Aversa - Principal - - ext. 73105

Molly Tucker - Assistant Principal - - ext. 73109

Ashley Jaeger - Principal Secretary - - ext. 73102 (Payment Questions)

Jessica Bottorff - Secretary - - ext. 73101 (General Questions & Absences)

Important Dates

Thursday, August 11th - Kindergarten Supply Drop-Off Curriculum Night (5:00 - 6:00 pm) / New Student Self-Guided Building Tour (6:00 - 7:00 pm) 

Monday, August 15th - 1st - 5th Grade Supply Drop-Off (4:00-6:00)

Wednesday, August 17th - First Day of School (K-12th) - Full Day Attendance

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Summer Scoop Edition

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far!! I hope you are able to spend time as a family, go on a vacation or a stay-cation, go to a camp, learn something new, and just have FUN!! School will be here before we know it so let's enjoy these warm days while they last!   ~ Mrs. Aversa

Assistant Principal Position at KST & KBK

As you may have heard, Ms. Waller took a principalship position in another district. We are grateful for her time and dedication to the Kaneland community and wish her success in her new adventure. After a thorough interview process, we have selected Mrs. Molly Tucker as the new assistant principal to serve both Blackberry Creek and John Stewart Elementaries, pending board approval on July 25, 2022. 

Mrs. Tucker has worked for the Sycamore School District for the last 8 years.  During her time in Sycamore, she has been an ELL Facilitator and a 4th Grade Teacher. Most recently she has served as the district's MTSS Coordinator.  We are excited to bring her skills as an educational leader to Kaneland to serve our students, staff, and community. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Mrs. Tucker!

Important Dates

Thursday, August 11th 

- Kindergarten Orientation (more information to come) 5-6pm

- New Student Self-Guided Tour 6-7pm

Monday, August 15th 

- 1st-5th Grade Curriculum Night/Supply Drop Off 4-6pm

Wednesday, August 17th  

- First Day of School 

KST Staff Members 2022-23 (as of 7/13/22)


Mrs. Lisa Druwe, Mrs. Lori Doll, Miss Abigail Baseley (new to KST) - Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Taylor Knoepke - Special Education, Ms. Stacie Gacek (new to KST from KBK) & Mrs. Melanie Chambers (new to KST from KSS) - MTSS Interventionists/co-teachers

First Grade 

Miss Paige Nachreiner, Miss Jamie Eubanks, Mrs. Taylor Carrington (Primrose), Ms. Maggie Zurko (new to KST from KBK) - Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Sarah Schultz - Special Education,/co-teacher, Ms. Stacie Gacek (new to KST from KBK) & Mrs. Melanie Chambers (new to KST from KSS) - MTSS Interventionists/co-teachers

2nd Grade

Mrs. Kaitlin Corwin (ImHof), Mrs. Heidi Gilkey, Mrs. Alex Hay - Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Sarah Schultz - Special Education, Mr. Dave Argabright - MTSS Interventionists/co-teacher

3rd Grade

Ms. Christine Zollers, Mrs. Teri Hartkopp, Miss Lacey Trunkhill (new to KST) - Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Tammy Kilgore - Special Education/co-teacher, Mr. Dave Argabright - MTSS Interventionists/co-teacher

4th Grade/5th Grade (KPASS)

STEM Teachers - Mrs. Kellee Prisco (Conquest), Mrs. Jennifer Bovee (new to KST from KME), Mr. Dan Rutter

ELA Teachers - Mr. Ahearn, Miss Annie Cantrell, Mr. Rob Williams

Mrs. Tammy Kilgore - 4th Grade Special Education, Mrs. Taylor Knoepke - 5th grade Special Education/co-teacher, Mrs. Patty Griffith - MTSS Interventionists/co-teacher

Exploratory Staff

Mr. Tom Biddle & Mr. John Mansour - PE,  Mrs. Mary Kuntsman - music, Mrs. Carleen Gregg - Art, Ms. Carrie Svihlik - technology,  Ms. Tracy Mazurkiewicz - critical thinking

MTSS Coordinator - Mrs. Chris Sears

Support Staff

Mrs. Kathryn Gabrielson - Social Worker

Mr. John Warrington - Psychologist

Mrs. Heather Meadows - Speech Pathologist 

Mrs. Kristin Duffy -  Occupational Therapist 

Mrs. Lisa Whitmer  - Physical Therapist 

TBD  - Hearing Itinerant

TBD - School Nurse (please apply here)


Mrs. Karen Tredup, Mrs. Chris Boers, Ms. Jordan Spooner


Mrs. Becky Fair, Mr. Richard Havron, Mrs. Carrie Erickson, Mrs. Kerri Mittman, Mrs. Melissa Piamonte...We still need 3 MORE! This could be you! Please apply here 

School Name Abbreviations 

KST - Kaneland John Stewart Elementary

KBK - Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary in Elburn

KSS - Kaneland John Shields Elementary in Sugar Grove

KME - Kaneland McDole Elementary in Montgomery 

KHMS - Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove

KHS - Kaneland High School in Maple Park

What is MTSS

MTSS stands for multi-tier systems of support and will be our support from what you know as RTI (response to intervention). 

The MTSS framework is one of the five commitments that comprise the Kaneland Graduate Profile.  The MTSS framework is designed to address and enhance every student's academic and behavioral needs, regardless of whether the students are struggling or have advanced learning needs. The principles and practices of MTSS are based upon what research has shown to be effective in both creating successful and sustainable system change as well as what is necessary for providing the most effective instruction to all students. As Kaneland progresses to a more personalized learning continuum for students, there is also a need to structure support and intervention service in a similar manner.  Students learn on a continuum at their own pace and progress, therefore both classroom and intervention instruction should mirror the student’s needs and readiness and be individualized or personalized.  Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) (formerly Response to Intervention, RtI) is a targeted, tiered customized learning path intervention process. When implemented fully, an effective MTSS results in a self-correcting feedback loop that uses timely observational and assessment data to intervene at the student’s level and continuously refine the student supports by analyzing grade, building, and district-level data for the purpose of overall school improvement.  Integration of behavior and academic intervention and support with existing RTI practices is another characteristic of MTSS, emphasizing the importance of the behavioral component when evaluating student needs.  MTSS systems are created to support all learners through self-reflection or teacher reflection of learning progress and needs. 

MTSS services provide a personalized process for timely feedback, developing intervention support based on the reflection of student learning and progress monitoring of the support based on progress on reported standards using proficiency tables.  Through MTSS, conferencing with students and using multiple instructional methods are on the forefront.  MTSS should be personalized to the child with intervention support based on standard guided learning and continual assessment and observation evidence of those standards and I can statements. MTSS is truly a collaboration among classrooms and support services based on each child's needs.   


Headphones are now an item listed on the student supply list and no longer provided by the school. As such, we want to remind parents to please store their child's headphones in a safe space at home to return them to school next year.


Please click HERE to view the 2022-2023 Kaneland School Calendar

Parking Lot Construction Update

There has been a delay in the start date of the construction project due to a strike at the local queries where we would be getting our materials. They have begun removing concrete in the front, limiting access points into the building. If you need to enter the building, please call Ms. Ashley Jeager so she can let you in at door 10 on the west side. (630) 365-8170. Thank you for your patience and flexibility!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

End of the Year Newsletter


May 18 - 5th Grade Vs Teachers Basketball Game (during school)
May 18 - 5th Grade Outdoor Activities / Farewell Lunch
May 19 - Exploratory Choice Day
May 19 - Dismissal at 2:30
May 20 - Field Day 
May 20 - Dismissal at 2:30 and last day of school
May 20 - 5th-grade clap out 1:45(see information below) 


We are looking to fill positions within our building for TWO lunch/recess monitors and substitutes. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, please complete the link below! We have the ability to be flexible with schedules as well! Feel free to share with others in and around our community.

Employment Page


As in previous years, we once again plan to host our 5th-Grade Clap Out! This is an annual tradition that many students and families look forward to and we are excited to be able to celebrate our fifth-grade students as they move on to middle school. The clap-out will take place on Friday, May 20th at 1:45pm. Parents of 5th-grade students are welcome to come and clap their child out. Please see the flyer for where to go.  We will also have a sign out in front of the school by the baseball field for 5th-grade photos to be taken.  * 5th Grade Clap Out @ 1:45pm Please see the flyer for more information about the ANNUAL CLAP OUT. 


As a reminder, Thursday, May 19th, and Friday, May 20th are one-hour early dismissal days. Dismissal on both days will be at 2:30 pm. Please plan accordingly.


This year Kaneland John Stewart will host a Field Day for students in Kindergarten-5th grade on the last day of school on May 20th. This will be held during the school day. The PTN has generously offered to provide a Fun Lunch of Reams Hot Dogs to all students on this day. Please make sure your child is dressed comfortably in athletic shoes and a water bottle.  Thank you! 

Teacher Vs. 5th Grade Basketball Game

The 15th annual 5th graders verse teachers basketball game is May 18th at around 2:45pm. Parents can NOT come to the game, though it will be live on KST's Facebook page. You don't have to have Facebook to watch it.


Student Chromebooks in 4th and 5th grades will be collected starting the morning of Tuesday, May 17th. Students will need to return their device and all corresponding charging cords.  Please make sure they have it that day or before.  They may keep their device cases for their new device if they choose to reuse it. They will be given new devices at the beginning of school in August.  

Ticks on the Playground/Grounds

We want to make everyone aware that Ticks have been reported to have been on students recently. We believe they are coming from the wooded area behind the playground and the wonderful trees that shade our playground.  Please check your child nightly and let us know if they have one on them.  Maintenance has contacted our pest control company which is looking into school-safe treatments to address this problem. 


Registration is ongoing, more information is linked below please contact our office with any questions.  Please register online below:
Parent Registration Instructions


Headphones are now an item listed on the student supply list and no longer provided by the school. As such, we want to remind parents to please store their child's headphones in a safe space at home to return them to school next year.

2022-23 Supply List (1st - 5th Grade) / Kindergarten Supply List 


Please click HERE to view the 2022-2023 Kaneland School Calendar

2021-22 Archived Music Performances

Videos of most of our school choral performances can be found on our KST Video Youtube Channel.  Check them out! 


Dear Kaneland Community,

As part of Kaneland Connects Strategic Plan, we have been working to meet the unique learning needs of all Kaneland students through the infusion of personalized learning practices in all district schools, as well as to design the Kaneland IgKnight Personalized Learning Academy. We have increased student voice and choice in learning, increased clarity regarding learning standards, and increased opportunities for student self-reflection and advocacy in all Kaneland schools. We are now excited to announce the creation of Kaneland IgKnight Personalized Learning Academy, where these practices will be infused at the deepest level. IgKnight Academy will open in the fall of 2023, to students entering grades 4-8, at our Meredith Road facility. It is intended to serve any student seeking increased ownership over their learning, in a non-traditional school structure.

Kaneland IgKnight Personalized Learning Academy is a stand-alone Kaneland school, free from the constraints of bell schedules and conventional learning structures. It is designed around the individual strengths, needs, and interests of learners. Instructional methods, pacing, and learning paths vary from learner to learner, as they pursue proficiency relative to established standards. At IgKnight Academy, students are empowered to develop and use their unique potential, become self-motivated thinkers, creators, and collaborators, and to take charge of their learning paths.They will participate in customized learning experiences that foster student agency, engagement, reflection, and personal development.

ALL Kaneland schools provide a rigorous learning experience, and are facilitated by caring and highly qualified educators. What makes IgKnight Academy unique is the depth to which it will provide flexible learning spaces, an interdisciplinary curricular framework, and customization of learning pathways.

Detailed information regarding Kaneland IgKnight Personalized Learning Academy can be found in the IgKnight Academy Information Guide or by watching the Kaneland IgKnight Personalized Learning Academy Community Presentation. If after reviewing the Information Guide, you would like to be added to a contact list to ensure you receive all communications regarding IgKnight Academy, please complete this FORM.

Inquiries regarding Kaneland IgKnight Personalized Learning Academy can be sent to

Thank You,

Laura Garland
Personalized Learning Coordinator
Kaneland Educational Services Department
630-365-5100 x 71127


Please see the Amazon link below to find items that members of our Kaneland community are in need of.


Kaneland Parent Social Emotional Newsletter.


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Parent guides for F&P levels

What is F&P? F & P stands for Fountas & Pinnell, which is the reading curriculum that is utilized in Kaneland.  This link is a parent guide to the F&P levels to help further your young reader at home.  You will find helpful strategies and questions to further explore your child's understanding. 


Sunday, May 1, 2022

May Newsletter

John Stewart Families ~ 

Can you believe the year is almost over!! We have fourteen school days remaining in the 2021-22 school year.  I have been so proud of all of the hard work, dedication, flexibility, and perseverance our students have shown. They truly are resilient and nothing will stand in their way of learning.  Student scores and data have shown amazing growth and we couldn't be more proud.   I want to THANK all of the John Stewart families for being so supportive, we are truly blessed to have such great families that support not only their student's growth but also the growth of the school as a whole!! 

Water Bottles & Snacks

Please continue to send your student(s) with a bottle of water and a snack every day to school.  Lately, we have had many students not remembering.  When they are hydrated and their stomachs are full, they do even better in class!! Thanks for remembering! 

Sunday, April 3, 2022

April Stewart Scoop

April Important Dates

Friday, April 8th:  Progress Reports - on an as-needed basis

Monday, April 11th - Thursday, April 14th:  IAR Testing for 3rd-5th Grades

Wednesday, April 13th:  Spring Pictures

Friday, April 15th:  No School - Good Friday

Monday, April 18th:  No Student Attendance - SIP Day

Thursday, April 21st:  Open House and Spring Book Fair 6-8pm
Thursday, April 21st: 3rd Grade Music Concert 5:30pm

Wednesday, April 27th:  Fun Lunch - Paisano's Pizza

May Important Dates

Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th: Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6th:  2nd Grade Music Concert

Thursday, May 12th: 5th Grade Choral Concert @ KHS 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday, May 19th:  1 Hr Early Dismissal (2:25/2:30pm)

Friday, May 20th: Last Day of School /Field Day
           1 Hr Early Dismissal (2:25/2:30pm)

3rd - 5th Grade IAR Testing

Monday, April 11th - Thursday, April 14th 3rd-5th Grades will partake in the annual Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English Language Arts and Math. Fifth Grade students will take an additional test in Science.

Please have your children get a good night's rest and eat a good breakfast each morning so they are at their very best to take these assessments.

Open House - Auction Baskets

Open House will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. We are extremely excited to be able to welcome families into the building to celebrate all of the learning that has taken place over the year. We highly encourage ALL families to attend, even if it is only for a few minutes! 

The Book Fair will also be open during Open House!!

During Open House, the PTN will also have Silent Auction Baskets for you to bid on. Each classroom has a theme assigned to them and we need your help filling the basket. The PTN will make up the baskets with those donations. All donations are due Friday, April 8th. If you have a business and would like to donate items for the baskets, please email or drop donations off at the front office. Thank you for supporting the PTN!

Class Themes:
K – Doll – Beach Day
K – Druwe – Farm Fun
K – Curry – Reading Fun
K – Paulsen – Crafts/Slime
1 – Eubanks – Camping Adventures
1 – Modaff – Kaneland
1 – Nachreiner – Fidgets
1 – Primrose – Pool fun
2 – Gilkey – Chicago Cubs
2 – Hay – Summer Fun
2 – ImHof – Popcorn/Candy
3 – Hartkopp – Star Wars
3 – Salzman – Disney
3 – Zollers – Chicago Blackhawks
4 – Conquest – Baking fun
4 – Pyfer – Spa day
4 – Rutter – BBQ Grilling
5 – Ahearn – Small dogs
5 – Cantrell – Movie Night
5 – Williams – White Sox

PTN needs volunteers for helping organize and assemble the baskets together for the Open House. If you could spare your time, it would be GREATLY appreciated. Please click here to volunteer

KST Yearbooks

It's time to order your child's yearbook!!  Please order here: Year Book Order Link  
Pre-order is available until April 16th. 

Summer School Information

Summer school and enhancement camp registration will be open from April 4th-April 29th, 2022 (firm registration deadline). Please view the Summer School and Enhancement Camps Catalog and Summer School and Enhancement Camps Catalog (Spanish) to learn more about the courses, dates/times, and fees.
Please also keep in mind that enhancement camps differ from summer school and include sessions such as music, cooking, animals, weather, STEM, engineering, knitting, and more! Be sure to explore these sessions in the catalog above.
We are looking forward to a great summer and can't wait to see how many Kaneland students will join in on the fun!

Monday, February 28, 2022

March News

Wow...time sure does fly by!! As we begin to plan for the end of the school year, I wanted to share some important dates with you.  If anything new get's added to the calendar, I will update it and highlight it in this newsletter.  You can also see our school calendar at To find out about other social events and volunteer opportunities at KST, please visit the John Stewart PTN Website:  PTN website.

March Important Dates

March 3rd - 23rd                      1st-5th Skating in PE
Thursday, March 3rd              Chuck E. Cheese Night (PTN)
Friday, March 4th                    No School - Teacher Insitute Day
Saturday, March 19th             Daddy Daughter Dance at Lions Park (PTN)
Tuesday, March 22nd             PTN Meeting 6pm 
Wednesday, March 23rd       Fun Lunch - Culver's
Friday, March 25th                  4th Grade Music Concert at 2:45pm

Spring Break  March 26th - April 3rd

April Important Dates

Tuesday, April 12th - Thursday, April 14th     IAR Testing for 3rd-5th Grades
Wednesday, April 13th            Spring Pictures 
Friday, April 15th                       No School - Good Friday
Monday, April 18th                   No Student Attendance - SIP Day
Thursday, April 21st                  Open House and Spring Book Fair 6-8pm
Thursday, April 21st                  3rd Grade Music Concert 5:30pm
Wednesday, April 27th                  Fun Lunch - Paisano's Pizza 

May Important Dates

Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th       Teacher Appreciation Week
Friday, May 6th                              2nd Grade Music Concert 
Friday, May 20th                           Tentative Last Day of School 

Free Parent Seminar: Raising Respectful & Kind Children

There is a free parent workshop being held on March 9th at the Harter Middle School Community Room from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. For more information please see the FLYER

KST Kindness Challenge

I was so wonderful and heartwarming to see all of the kindness that was spread around the school the past month.  Thank you for everyone's participation!! If your child(ren) did participate in the Kindness Challenge and completed their calendar, please send it back to school so we can display all the awesome kindness that our students spread around the school and the community!  

Crayon Drive at KST

Do you have old broken crayons that you are trying to get rid of but don't know what to do with them?? 
Look no further because the next two weeks we will be collecting crayons to support the organization SCARCE. This organization makes “super crayons” for kids and individuals with special needs. We love their mission of keeping broken and unused crayons out of landfills and turning them into a useful tool for some pretty amazing people. They also collect used crayons and make crayon bags for teachers’ classrooms! These crayons can be old, broken, used, or in great shape. Once the crayons have been collected, the paper will be taken off and they will be sorted into colors for the organization. Once that is done, they will be taken to their site in Lombard!  Please bring in donations by March 11th.  Thank you!

5 Essentials Survey

We would love to hear from you! There are a few days left to complete your 5 Essentials Survey. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted from January 11, 2022, through March 11, 2022. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.