Rudyard Kipling Elementary School

Moving Forward

Kipling Elementary School is a Chicago Public School educating students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Welcome Back, Students, Parents/Guardians, and Families!!!

Dear Parents and Guardians:

      I hope you and your family enjoyed a fabulous summer.  I would like to welcome you and your student to 5th Grade Reading. I am very excited to partner with you and your child to create a successful school year.   I look forward to working with you and your child to ensure their growth as readers and as individuals. My expectations for your child are very high as I want your child to reach their fullest potential in life and have as many opportunities as possible.  Therefore, I hold students accountable to be their best at all times, both academically and socially.                                                                                     

Below are a few of my expectations:

Attendance is Key—Students learn best from being at school every day and on time. Every day that a child misses school, they miss valuable opportunities for learning and growing.  If your child has to be absent due to sickness or family emergency, please write a note so that we know that the absence should be excused and we can allow them to make up work that has been missed.  STUDENTS MUST CHECK IN WHEN THEY ARE ABSENT TO RECEIVE THEY WORK THEY MISSED.

Homework—Homework will be written on the board and assigned as required. Students are expected to write down their homework and due date in the Agenda provided by Kipling.  Students are to show their Agenda to their parents/guardians every night and have parents/guardians sign off on the Agenda.  Homework allows students to practice and retain what they learn and develop valuable college and life habits. It is expected that even after an absence, a student will make up all homework that has been missed. Homework will be count as 5% of each subject grade.  If your child continually misses homework, it will affect their overall grade.

Parent Correspondence — Having a partnership between parents and teachers is extremely critical to your child’s success.  Please check in with your student daily for any correspondence that may have been sent home by teachers. In addition, please ask your child for this information every day and contact me with any questions.  

I will be using Remind.com and Classdojo this year to communicate with parents. You can send and receive messages on both apps.  I will send announcements on Remind and keep track of student behavior on Classdojo.  When you sign up for Classdojo, you can track how your student is doing behaviorally.  Instructions will be sent home the beginning of the year. Please make sure that you sign up as soon as possible so that we can easily communicate and so that you can begin to receive any special notifications regarding your child.

Remind.com: 

Homeroom 103: Download Remind, join Lehman's Lovebugs.  Class code: @cb3he4

Homeroom 105: Download Remind, join Daniel's Darlings.  Class code: @mrsndani

For Classdojo: You will receive an invite from the 4th/5th Grade Team.  Please join as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Email:  I can also be reached via email: klehman@cps.edu

I will only correspond through Remind, Classdojo, email, and the school phone number (773-535-3151) this year.

Grading— The entire school uses the Kipling grading scale.  Inconsistent homework may cause a drop in the grade average.  Please review your child’s grades at any time using Parent Portal.  When in Parent Portal, you will be able to see your child’s grades on assignments as well as their averages in each subject.  If you do not have or remember your password, please contact the office. If you have questions or notice any discrepancies, please reach out to me as soon as possible at klehman@cps.edu or remind.com.

Categories for Grading

Summative (40%) - This includes unit tests, projects, etc.

Classroom Assignments (35%) - Daily practice and check in assignments

Quizzes (20%)

Homework/Warmups (5%)

You may see an R or R2 next to a grade that means that I gave your child the opportunity to retake or redo an assignment based on their initial grade. Please note that although opportunities for retake are given, students will be given a window in which these assignments can be turned in. If a student misses that window, (usually 3 school days) their initial grade will stand. If a project or assignment has a specific due date and a student misses that date, they will lose points off the final grade.

Discipline—Our classrooms are very structured and have high expectations. This structure allows children to learn and be successful.  High expectations and structure help your child to be their best as well as build a positive learning environment. However, when a student is unable to adhere to the expectations of the classroom, students will receive consequences to help them reflect and learn.  We use discipline out of concern for the well being of all the children in the room and so that learning is maximized and children feel and are safe. We give rewards to celebrate those students that either always meet the expectation or those who make a lot of growth.  From this discipline and reward system, we hope to see improvement and growth.

Behavior consequences and rewards are outlined below.  Please know that these consequences are adjusted based off the seriousness of the infraction, especially threats, physical force, violence or intimidation, and verbal abuse.  In addition, behaviors will be addressed according to the CPS School Code of Conduct.

First Infraction: Verbal Warning

Second Infraction: Loss of Classdojo point(s)

Third Infraction: Bump (10 or more bumps, and the student cannot participate in the quarterly incentive activity).  Could also include a phone call home and/or loss of privilege.  These consequences depend on the frequency of infractions and the severity of the infraction.

When students go above and beyond the expectations of the classroom, they can earn a PAWS reward and/or other classroom and schoolwide incentives and rewards.  3 PAWS removes 1 BUMP.

Uniform—BLACK SHOES, BLUE PANTS, WHITE POLO SHIRT! If your child is not wearing any or all of these items, they are not following the uniform discipline code.  This year we have new air conditioners.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR STUDENT BRING A BLACK OR BLUE SWEATER OR SWEATSHIRT TO SCHOOL as it gets cold in the room.  Thank you.

Supplies - Coming to school prepared to learn everyday is imperative to your child’s success.  Please ensure that they have the necessary learning equipment such as pencils, notebooks, etc. This also develops important habits in students for high school, college, and career.   Please see the Supply List for 5th Grade below.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation,                                   

Kari Lehman

2018-19 5th Grade Reading Supply List

Personal Supplies:

Please print your child’s first and last name on the following items before sending them to school:

  • 3 Composition notebooks or spiral notebooks, wide rule (1 each for Reading, Writing, Social Studies)

  • Headphones or earbuds (for computer use)

  • 3 two pocket plastic folder with prongs (1 each for Reading, Writing, Social Studies)

  • 1 box of Crayons - 24 count

  • 1 box of Colored pencils – 12 count

  • 1 box of Crayola markers - 8 count

  • 24 or more Ticonderoga #2 pencils (replenish throughout the school year) - must have two daily

  • 1 pencil case/pouch

  • 1 pack of loose leaf paper

  • 2 large erasers

Community Supplies:

The following items will be shared and do not need to be labeled:

  • A pack of 6 or more standard glue sticks (replenish throughout the school year).

  • 1 pair of scissors

  • 2 packages of Post-it notes

  • 4 yellow highlighters

  • 1 box of standard pencil top erasers

  • 1 pack of Expo Markers

  • 1 pack of index cards

  • 2 large bottles of hand sanitizer

  • 1 box gallon Ziploc bags

  • 1 box quart Ziploc bags

  • 2 rolls of paper towels

  • 3 boxes of tissue

  • 2 reams of white copy paper

  • 2 containers of disinfecting wipes

  • 1 dispenser of baby wipes