Rudyard Kipling Elementary School

Moving Forward

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

Updates and Homework - Week 7


This week students are working on the root: Dict. Please have students find 10 words with this root. Please make sure students write the definition (in their own words); find the part of speech (noun, adverb, adjective, verb), and write their own sentence. Due Monday, October 22, 2018 for HR103 and Tuesday, October 23, 2018 for HR105.

Also, the following homework assignments are being assigned this week:

Scholastic News - Close Reading - Facing the Flames - Due Wednesday, October 17 for HR103 and Thursday, October 18 for HR105.

Where Did the Maya Go? - Due Monday, October 22, 2018 for HR103 and Tuesday, October 23, 2018 for HR105.

Updates: Most Fridays (except 4 day weeks, sometimes) students will receive quizzes on the root word of the week, the skill of the week, and the story we are currently working on.

Updates and homework for Week 2:

Hello, Parents and Guardians:

The last week and a half has been great. Students have come to school with a very positive mindset and are working very hard. They have really shown growth and are excited to learn! This school year is going to be fabulous!!


Students are entering a challenge to read as many pages as possible. For the month of September, students are to read 100-105 pages by September 30th. The challenge is from October - March, but I am including it as part of curriculum, so we are starting now. Beginning in October, every time a student meets their reading goal, they get a coupon for a FREE personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut. There are other rewards as well. Check out the website to learn more.

Please check out the challenge details at:

The homework is as follows (Due: Wednesday, 9/12/2018 for 103, Thursday, 9/13/2018 for 105)

  1. Both classes: Read 6-10 pages of a book of the student’s choice

  2. 103: Complete graphic organizer (passed out in class)

  3. Both classes: Vocabulary worksheet

  4. Parent signature for Bookit Challenge

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 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. 

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:

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 or

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


Homework given 11/21

Hello, All:

Homework due tomorrow, 11/22:

103: Group 1: Read first half of the Lightning Thief Chapter 20. Write a reading response in Reading Response notebook.

Group 2: Read 20 minutes. Write a reading response in Reading Response notebook.

104: Read 20 minutes. Write a reading response in Reading Response notebook.


Homework given 11/17

Hello all, 

Here is the homework that was given today:


Group 1: Lightning Thief: Read pages 300-309,

Group 2: Read 20 minutes.

Groups 1 & 2: Write summary. Write story with vocabulary words

Study for vocabulary quiz tomorrow.

104: Study for vocabulary quiz using words of the week. Read for 20-30 minutes and complete reading log.

Homework given 11/16

Hello All: 



Group 1: Lightning Thief: finish reading chapter 18
Group 2: (used to be Watsons) Read choice book
Groups 1 & 2: write a summary and create vocabulary word web (students know how to do this).

104: Read 20 minutes, complete reading log, create vocabulary word web (students know how to do this).

Homework sent home 11/15

Hello, All:

  • 104

    Homework: Students have a new reading log with five days, students read 20-30 minutes, each day has a different question to answer. Due Monday.

  • 103

  • Homework: Lightning Thief: read pages 283-289. 
    Watsons: read Epilogue. All student: wrote a summary.
    Review vocabulary-quiz Friday

Homework Monday, 11/14

Hello, All:

Here is the homework that's due tomorrow, Tuesday, 11/15:

103: Lightning Thief: Reac chapter 17 and write summary
Watsons: Compare 2 characters in the book.  See attached
All Students: Vocabulary flashcards

104: Finish page 21-Fox & Crow-some students already finished. Students know what to do.  Find theme, main idea, evidence, and explain.
2. Create flashcards for vocabulary words.

Homework for the weekend of November 11-13

Hello, All: 

The homework is as follows:

Grp 1: Lightning Thief - Read chpt 15 & 16
Grp 2: Watsons - Finish chpt. 14, all chpt 15
Both groups: write a reading response

104: Please have students read for 20 to 30 minutes and complete the reading log for every night - due Monday.

Homework For Tuesday, November 8

Good Evening, All:

I hope you are well.  I look forward to meeting parents and guardians tomorrow.  The homework is:

103: Read Chapter 14, Lightning Thief, Read Chapter 14 - pages 180-186

104: Read 20 minutes.  Complete reading log.  Due Monday.

Homework for the Week of October 31 - November 4th

Hello, Parents and Guardians:


I hope you had a great weekend.  The homework for this week is as follows:


This past weekend: Chapter 10 and a reading prompt.

Monday: Read first half of Chapter 11.  Answer one of the questions on the choice sheet.  Create Vocabulary flashcards.

Tuesday: Read second half of Chapter 11. Answer one of the questions on the choice sheet.  Practice vocabulary on for 15 minutes (students should know how to log in).

Wednesday:  Read first half of Chapter 12.  Answer one of the questions on the choice sheet.  Write a story with vocabulary words or create a quiz with the vocabulary words.  Quiz on Thursday.

Thursday - Sunday:  Read second half of Chapter 12 and all of Chapter 13.  Answer one of the questions on the choice sheet.

Friday: No school - School Improvement Day.  Last day for entering grades.

Homeroom 104:

Monday - Sunday: Reading Log (I am sending home a new log with different prompts).


Monday: Create a quiz using the vocabulary words.

Tuesday: Create a vocabulary web with the vocabulary words.

Wednesday: Practice flashcards.

Thursday: Vocabulary quiz.

Hello, Parents and Guardians:

I hope you are well.  I apologize for not doing a better job of posting homework.  I will do better.  Homework tonight is the following:

103: Study for quiz.  Finish reading Chapter 9 (if it's not done yet) and write a summary).

104: Make flash cards for words handed out today.  Complete reading log.

Thank you and have a great evening.


Ms. Lehman

Homework for the week of October 17th - 24th

Greetings, Parents and Guardians:

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are enjoying this wonderful weather!  Below is the homework for this week.  Also, there will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday with the words that have been provided today (please check students' folders).


103 - Chapter 7, summary, vocabulary flashcards.

104 - Reading log (students can read 20 minutes and write a summary on a sheet of paper.  I will give the reading log form tomorrow), vocabulary flashcards.


103 - Read Chapter 8, summary, vocabulary word web.

104 - Reading log, vocabulary word web.


103 - Read Chapter 9, summary, write a story using vocabulary words.

104 - Reading log, write a story using vocabulary words.


103 - Read Chapter 10, summary, study for the vocabulary quiz, take a practice test.

104 - Reading log, study for the vocabulary quiz, take a practice test.


Homework for the Week of October 11 - 14

Greetings, Parents and Guardians:

I hope you had a great weekend.  Tonights homework is as follows:

Tuesday, October 11:

103: Read Chapter 3, write a summary, finish questions, flashcards for vocabulary.

104: Read 20 minutes and reading log, flashcards for vocabulary.



Homework for the week of September 26th - September 30th

Greetings, Parents and Guardians:

I hope your week is off to a great start.  Below is the homework for the week.  Also, below are a few reminders.


I will be sending out messages via If you have not signed up yet, please join my class by texting:

Homeroom 103:      @e7b889

Homeroom 104:     @bg2gfe

Forms and Fees:

Please send in all forms as soon as possible.  Having updated information is very important.  Please send the $35 school fee with your child as soon as possible as well as the uniform fee.


Monday:  Reading Log and Vocabulary (Roots and Affixes)

Tuesday: Reading Log and Vocabulary (Words from text - the copies will say: Group A, B, etc.)

Wednesday:  Reading Log and create flashcards for vocabulary.

Thursday: Reading Log, study for vocabulary quiz, and write a story or poem for vocabulary words.  There will be a test on the vocabulary words on Friday.

Friday: Reading Log and writing in writing notebook.


Feel free to contact me anytime at or via  Have a great week!



Good Morning, Parents and Guardians:

The homework for the week is a reading log, which is due on Monday, September 26th.  Everyday students should read at least 20 minutes, write a summary, and obtain a parent signature.

The homework for tonight is:

103: Reading Log, Vocabulary

104: Reading Log, Social Studies: Geography Themes for Chicago

Yesterday's homework was:

103: Vocabulary, Reading Log, Social Studies paragraph

104: Reading packet, Reading Log

Vocabulary Test Reminder

Greetings, Parents and Guardians:

Just a reminder that students have a vocabulary quiz tomorrow on the following words:

abrupt - sudden; unexpected; broken into what is expected.

bankrupt - to be out of money; financially ruined; to "break the bank."

corruptible - able to be influenced into doing something that breaks away from the rules; able to become bad.

erupt - to explode; to break out with force.

rupture - to burst or break open (usually a body part).

Also, students are supposed to write a poem or story using the words above correctly.  This poem or story is due tomorrow.  I due apologize for not posting this sooner.  The students are aware of the assignment.  Have a great evening.

Please email me with any questions or send a message on

Homework for the week of 9/13 - 9/17

Greetings, Parents/Guardians and Students:

I hope your week is off to a great start.  This week students are working on reading a text closely to determine underlying ideas, make inferences, and understand the text on a deeper level.  In addition we are starting vocabulary.  Every week students will have vocabulary words and will be tested on the definitions on Friday.  We are starting with 5 words and may increase the amount of words over time.  The homework for this week is:

  1. Read for 20 to 30 minutes every night, write a summary of the reading, and have a parent sign.  The reading log form is to be shown in class everyday, but is due for grading on Monday, September 20, 2016.
  2. Students received a list of words and a worksheet to complete for vocabulary.  This sheet is due this Friday, September 17, 2016.  Students will have a test on the words on Friday as well.  


Welcome and Homework

Greetings, Parents/Guardians and Students!

Welcome to the 4th Grade Reading, Writing, and Social Studies!!! My team and I are very excited to work and grow with you this year!!! With a strong partnership between students, parents/guardians, teachers and the school community, students will make great progress in their growth and learning.  Students will be very successful!!!! 

Developing a reading life and a love of reading is imperative in preparing students for college, career, and life.  Reading literature and nonfiction texts increases reading comprehension, vocabulary, and overall knowledge of the world and ourselves.  Therefore, students are expected to read for 20 minutes every night.  This homework may change throughout the year.  But for the first week, students are expected to complete this assignment every night.  Each day is worth 5 points and points will be counted at the end of the week for a homework grade.

Homework and Items Due:

Due Wednesday, September 7, 2016:

Parents Read:

Ms. Lehman's letter to Parents/Guardians

Parents Sign/Complete:

  • Technology Contract

  • Media Consent Form and Release

  • Request for Emergency and Health Information

  • Student Code of Conduct

  • Set up Remind account at for:

    • Ms. Lehman

    • Ms. Black

tudents Complete:

  • Math: All About Me.
  • Reading: Read 20 minutes, write a summary, have parents sign form.
  • Writing: Write a letter to Ms. Lehman (see teacher example provided).

Due Friday, September 9, 2016:

Parents Sign/Complete:

  • Student Health Forms Booklet