Rudyard Kipling Elementary School

Moving Forward

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

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to those families who are partaking in the holiday season! The holiday break begins on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Classes resume on Monday, November 28, 2016. Please be safe during this time. Students have been assigned homework!! It is due upon their return to school. No late work will be accepted! 

4th Grade Math and Science Welcome Letter


September 2016


Dear Parents,

I am pleased to introduce myself to you as your child’s fourth grade Math and Science teacher. I am looking forward to building a collaborative relationship with you in order to have a productive and exciting school year. Let’s work as a team for a productive school year!

Classroom Motivational Thought:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela

Classroom Expectations (General):

  1. Come to school prepared at all times.
  2. Respect yourself, others, and your surroundings.
  3. Practice safety for the wellbeing of everyone.


Please make sure your child is in attendance and on time every day of the school year! This is a vital part of academic success. Please help me build this routine with your student as he or she progresses academically. In the event of an absence, your child should return to school with a note. With an excused absence note, your child will be given the opportunity to make up all classroom assignments missed. The assignment(s) must be turned in to me in a timely manner in order to receive full credit for the assignment(s).


All class assignments are due at the end of the time given, unless there are special circumstances notated.   Late assignments will not receive full credit. Students who have an excused absence accompanied with a note will have one day for each day missed to make up assignments for full credit. It is imperative that students learn a sense of responsibility and comply with all deadlines to be academically successful. Students who refuse to complete the work in class when it is assigned will NOT be given the opportunity to make up work. Please note that missing and incomplete assignments will greatly impact your child’s grades.


Homework will be given daily Monday through Friday. No late work will receive full credit unless a special arrangement has been made with teacher.  Students who have an excused absence accompanied with a note will have one day for each day missed to make up assignments for full credit. Please note that missing and incomplete homework assignments will greatly impact your child’s grades.  

All student grades will comply with the school wide grade scale and will be updated weekly. Please make it a priority to check your students’ grades regularly on IMPACT (district-wide grade and attendance system). Please contact the main office if you need assistance with usernames and passwords.


I make it a point to be very structured in my classroom. I believe students need structure to learn. That doesn’t mean that your child will not have opportunities to have fun.  I will treat your child and their belongings with respect and kindness. I expect that they will do the same with me, other students in the class, and others that are a part of the school community.


BLACK SHOES, BLUE PANTS, WHITE COLLARED SHIRT! If your child is not wearing any or all of these items, they are not following the uniform discipline code.

 Communication and Correspondence:

Communication is a key component to the success of your student. It is crucial that we work together!  Each week, I will send home correspondence that contains important information about your child including; graded papers, conduct grade, and number of missing homework assignments. This information is key to our communication and I hope that you will ask your child for it, then sign and return it each week.  Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss any questions, comments or concerns you may have regarding your student. Please feel free to access us via telephone at 773-535-3151 (Please leave a message with the school clerk), email ( ), or the Remind App (text code @msblacksy to 81010 to join Ms. Black’s class).

 School Supplies:

I would like to instill a sense of responsibility in each child. Lack of preparedness may begin to reflect in academic studies. The goal is to keep students prepared at all times. Please note that some items will need to be replenished throughout the school year.

Personal Items (Please label these items with student’s first and last name)

  • 1 accordion folder
  • 6-8 two-pocket plastic folders
  • 7-8 composition notebooks
  • Box of 24 or more No. 2 pencils (PLEASE, NO MECHANICAL PENCILS)
  • Erasers (block or pencil cap are acceptable)
  • Pencil sharpener with cover
  • Box of 24 crayons or colored pencils
  • 1 standard ruler
  • 1 protractor
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • Pencil pouch
  • 2 pairs of ear buds (for technology use)

Community Items (Please do not label these items. They will be shared in the classroom.)

  • 2 yellow highlighters 
  • 1 pack of index cards
  • 1 pack of Post-It notes
  • 1 pack of Expo Low Odor Dry Erase Markers (2 count, black thick tip)
  • 1 box of gallon sized Ziploc bags
  • 2 reams of white copy paper
  • 1 large bottle of liquid hand soap
  • 2 bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex
  • 2 rolls of paper towel
  • 1 container of disinfectant wipes

Again, I encourage you to ask any questions or voice any concerns that you may have regarding your student this school year. I am looking forward to working with you and your child! Thank you in advance for your hard work and cooperation.


Best Regards,

Ms. Black