It is hard to believe it is December already and we only have 2 more weeks of this semester.  I guess it is true that time flies when you are having fun!  There are so many incredible things going on in and out of the classroom each and every day.  It is my honor and my pleasure to be apart of this incredible community. 

    As we enter the home stretch for December, please remind your students to stay focused and on top of their work. Finish strong. 

    If you would like to check out our weekly broadcast, follow this link to our new Kenyon Woods YouTube channel.  You can also find this link, information about all the activities happening at the school, and pictures of our students on our website or on our facebook page.

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGfKF7-SJAyV156MSX7YfRA

    FaceBook:   @KenyonWoodsMS

    Kenyon Woods Website:  https://il01804616.schoolwires.net/Page/97#


    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also DREAM; not only plan, but also BELIEVE!

    ~ Anatole France


    Lisa Olsem ~ Principal


    SHOUT OUT ~ Congratulations to November’s Students of the Month!  We are so proud of you Panthers!

    Jonah Stueck                                      Fabian Szlapczynski                                         Daniela Sanchez-Mora

    Anaiah Henderson                          Alexandria Thomas                                          Madeline Williams

    Kate Kiel                                               Amin, Suhana                                                    Ben Galfi

    Anusha Shah                                      Madison Margo                                                Pou-Kamradt, Nayelis

    ~ Also, a big shout out to our 7th and 8th grade bands for a beautiful performance this week.  These students work so hard every day practicing their craft and it showed!  You all played with such precision and passion.  Way to Go!

    LATE BUSES ~ In order to help our late buses run more efficiently, transportation has re-done the routes and stops.  If your student is staying after school for any reason, please make sure you send time reviewing the routes with your child (ren).  These routes will also be posted on our website.

    YEARBOOK REMINDER ~ 25 by 25

    Important reminder: If you haven’t already done so, yearbooks are only $25.00 by Dec. 25th. After the 25th the price will increase. So, order now for your yearbook deal... $25 by the 25th.

    Go to: www.jostens.com to order today!

    THE SCHOOL PLAY IS COMING ~ Do you consider yourself a fabulous actor?  Do your friends and family tell you that you should be on stage?  Well, here is your chance!  Auditions for this year’s play will be held December 12 and 16 and are open to all 7th and 8th grade students.  Students interested in auditioning for a role MUST pick up an audition packet from Mrs. Turcan in room B137.  Students interested in working backstage need not audition but should turn in a permission slip and crew member information sheet.


    Starting January 2020, we will be converting to a new online payment portal, MySchoolBucks,

    supporting all U-46 cafeterias.

    There are a couple important dates to remember:

    12/13/2019 the current MyPaymentPlus will be shut down.

    12/20/2019 MySchoolBucks will be turned on.

    All balances (debit or credit) will be rolled over to the new system. Please be assured that during and after the online payment portal transition, students will have full access to funds on their accounts.

    MySchoolBucks is an online payment service that provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts for free!

    MySchoolBucks provides:

    • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or through a mobile app for your smartphone
    • Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools

    within the District. Eliminate the need for your students to take money to school.

    • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments &
    • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.
    • Security – MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards.

    Enrollment is easy! Starting 12/20/2019 you can create your account by following these steps:

    1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or download the mobile app and register for a free
    3. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
    4. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check. A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

    If you have any questions about the new system, please contact MySchoolBucks directly:

    If you have any Food & Nutrition questions, please feel free to email me directly at elenahildreth@u-46.org. Para preguntas en español comuníquese con Shelly Castillo at shellycastillo@u-46.org.



    South Elgin High School will host a presentation Monday, December 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. titled, “Vaping, Weed, and What to Do: An Evening of Preventative Resources.” This free event is open to all members of the community and will help families learn the warning signs of substance abuse and how to support anyone struggling with substance abuse. For more information on this event, contact South Elgin High School Associate Principal Dr. Greg Baker at 847-289-3760 or visit http://bit.ly/2rZpEN7.

    ESSENTIALS SURVEY ~ Thank you to the 73 families that completed this survey to date.  We need at least 250 of you to complete it.  Please note that it is a survey created and monitored by the state of Illinois.  We simply get your feedback and look for ways in which to improve our practice.  In addition, when they ask for the county, they are referring to the county that Kenyon is located in, not where you live.  Please enter Kane County and you will find our listing.

    We ask that you please take a moment to take this survey because we really take your feedback to heart. In addition, this is one of the metrics that ESSA measures us on – parent participation.

    To take the parent survey, please visit http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/  Thank You

    2019 HOLIDAY TOY GIVEAWAY ~ Elgintoygiveaway.org

    Thursday December 19th 9AM - 6PM        

    Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin   

    847-742-4088 ext.304


    Toy Giveaway Recipients must provide the following:

    • Elgin or South Elgin residency – parents need to show a picture ID with proof of current address
    • Identification is needed for each child 16 years old or younger
    • Examples include: Public Aid Medical Card, Birth Certificate, Current School Record(s)
    • NO Social Security Cards will be accepted
    • NO Child Care is available at the Toy Giveaway

    HERO STORE ~ The HERO on-line school store Holiday mart is changing every day. Make sure you have enough Hero points and start shopping for your family and friends.


    Boys Basketball:  We’re always looking for help with concessions during our after-school sporting events. This is great opportunity to get involved and catch a game while you’re at it!  Our early set up shift at 3:30 is ideal for someone who may be home during the day. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, grab a slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4faaaf2baafe3-boys5

    Please note that a portion of the proceeds from all PTO concessions sales goes to support our students and staff through additional classroom supplies, student incentives, celebrations, teacher requests, assemblies, and our 8th grade dance. 

    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Kenyon Woods PTO @ kenyonwoodspto@gmail.com



    12/9       Monday               Boys Basketball at Eastview

    12/11     Wednesday        Boys Basketball at home vs Tefft

    12/12     Thursday             Orchestra Concert at SEHS – 7 pm

    12/20 – 1/5                         Winter Break

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