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  • Important Information from KJHS

    Posted by Mr. Gaskin on 11/11/2021

    All KJHS Families,

    We have a lot of information to share and a few friendly reminders below.  Also, please take a moment to visit the KJHS website to view our Veteran’s Day Virtual Assembly and other important information.

    KJHS Twitter Account

    Are you following KJHS on Twitter?  If not, we sure hope you sign up to receive additional information about all of the amazing things happening at KJHS.  Please follow us at @KJHSEagles.

    203 Parent Collective Zoom Series Information

    : Wednesday, November 17th from 7-8 PM via Zoom

    Dr. John Bruesch, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services/Jr. High, will share his personal experience as a Jr. High parent and also a school & district administrator. John is a husband and father of three boys, one in middle school and two in elementary school. John and his family are very active in their community, and his children are involved in seemingly everything from the arts, to community service, to athletics. The question is, how to manage “normal” as we continue to have new abnormal stresses on children and family life? School Resources will be provided for Parents/Guardians interested in supporting the social and emotional needs of their students and tips on how to support your child during these challenging times. There will be time for Q & A after the presentation and soliciting of topics for future sessions. #BeBold203

    Webinar Link:

    Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Test to Stay Program

    This information has been shared previously by District 203.  Parents and guardians must continue to monitor their student(s) to ensure they do not have any symptoms, prior to sending your student(s) to school each day.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND your student(s) to school if they are experiencing any symptoms. 

    At our Home and School Meeting last night, Dr. Nolten, Assistant Superintendent for Assessment and Accountability, reviewed the Test to Stay Program.  PLEASE review this information carefully.  Also, please remember that if you choose to participate in this program you must adhere to the process and you must register for the Test to Stay Program.

    Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Test to Stay Program


    We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff and Home & School team, this event is an opportunity for our students and families to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

    After missing out on many beloved traditions over the past year and a half, our fall Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students and their families.  This year, we will be adding a special Family Night for parents and students to shop the book fair!

    Our Book Fair will take place in school for our students on the following dates:

    • 11/22 – 11/23:  7:30am to 3:15pm
    • 11/29:  7:30am to 3:15pm
    • 11/30:  7:30am to 1:30pm

    **NEW this year, we will have a Family Night for families to shop the book fair – it will be held on Monday, 11/29 from 6:00 – 8:30pm!** 

    Here’s what you need to know about the Book Fair:

    • **NEW** - Our Book Fair offers a cash-free payment option called eWallet. It’s a convenient digital account that your child can use for shopping at our Fair. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute, too! (see the Book Fair homepage – link below – for more details on this great payment option for students) 
    • If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. The online book fair will run through 12/2.  All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. 

    Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

    Click HERE to see a video about how to use the eWallet to shop at the Kennedy Book Fair.

    We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair!  If you have any questions, please reach out to our Book Fair Co-Chairs at

    Thank you!


    If you are interested and have the time, PLEASE consider volunteering to help at the book fair – we have many time slots available!  See the link below to sign up:

    Spirit Wear

    Spirit Wear is available to order until November 28th.  Orders will come the week of December 13th.  Here is the link to use to place an order:

    Kennedy Geography Bee

    To bring everyone up to speed, the National Geographic Society has officially ended its 30 year National Geographic Bee. Another COVID casualty, I’m afraid.

    Nevertheless, the Kennedy social studies department would like to continue to encourage basic geographic understanding for all students and offer a competitive opportunity for those who wish for that, so we seek to hold ongoing Kennedy Geography Bees, ending the effort with the naming of a Kennedy school champion in January 2022. The final two rounds of this contest will be held in the Kennedy LC on the evening on January 13, 2022, and will be open to interested students and families.

    Please check out the introductory materials in our 2021-22 Geography Bee Folder! 

    Students looking for a great place to go online to practice for the first two rounds of the Geographic Bee should go to Seterra or Sheppard Software. There you’ll find interactive games that allow you to practice both U.S. and world geography facts.

    In the Geography Bee folder linked above you’ll find the full schedule for the six Geography Bee contest rounds at Kennedy, along with study guides for the first two rounds. Good luck to all of you. We hope you will take an interest in this exciting contest. We hope it helps all of you become better geographers.

    Mr. David Hollander, Kennedy Geography Bee coordinator (

    Mrs. Ellie Reitz, Kennedy Social Studies Department Chair (

    KJHS Traffic Patterns

    The weather is changing we are experiencing more traffic before and after school in the carpool lane.  Please review the information below and adhere to the procedures that we have in place.

    Designated parking areas on Green Trails Drive have been clearly marked with white paint.  These areas are on the north and south sides of Green Trails Drive and directly across from KJHS.  If you utilize the designated parking area on the north side of the street (your vehicle would be facing west), students can cross Green Trails Drive utilizing the crosswalks.  Please do not attempt to park on the north side of the street and then attempt a U-turn, on Green Trails Drive, to then enter the carpool lane.  This would be illegal and creates a very dangerous situation for everyone. If you utilize the designated parking area on the south side of the street (your vehicle would be facing east) your student(s) will not be allowed to access your vehicle until you reach your final destination, the front sidewalk in front of KJHS.

    We have attached a Traffic Map for your convenience.  If everyone follows the guidelines established, the KJHS carpool lane will run smoothly.  The number one thing to remember is to keep moving, do not park in the surrounding neighborhoods, and do not stop/park on Green Trails Drive unless you are in the clearly identified parking areas.

    Please review the KJHS Traffic Map and the KJHS Carpool Lane Procedures.  We would also suggest arriving a few minutes after school lets out (2:50 p.m.), to reduce the volume of traffic at dismissal time.  Remember, keep moving and follow the expectations provided. If the designated parking areas are full, please circle around, do not hide out in the surrounding neighborhoods.

    In an effort to help reduce vehicle traffic near the school, we suggest students utilize the safe routes to school when they walk/bike if this option is available. Riding the school buses, carpooling with other families, and arriving later to drop off/pick up your students will also help with the traffic issues. We sincerely hope that all parents will work with school and police officials to make this a safe and rewarding school year. When we all work together with the goal of safety in mind, we will make this transition as seamless as possible.

    Patrick G. Gaskin

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