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Remember, Silent Auction is THIS FRIDAY! Your support of this fundraiser will help us maintain the excellence that you have come to expect at Kilgour.

Calendar of Events & Activities

  • Nov. 11: Veterans' Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Nov. 13: Kilgour Silent Auction, 7:00-11:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 14: Coach Bennett's boys soccer playoff game
  • Nov. 16-20: Second quarter midterm week
  • Nov. 19: Parent/Teacher conferences
  • Nov. 20: 2nd Quarter Midterms distributed
  • Nov. 21: Fall Clean Up Day, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Nov. 23: Thanksgiving meal donation deadline
  • Nov. 23: LSDMC meeting, 4:15 p.m. in the library
  • Nov. 25: 6th grade holiday decoration sale order deadline
  • Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

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Silent Auction 2015
What you need to know . . . 

  • Join us at The Center (the former Contemporary Arts Building), 115 E. 5th Street
  • Purchase general admission tickets through Thursday, November 12 until 11:59 p.m. or at the door on Friday
  • Mobile Bidding: This year we are using mobile bidding on all Silent Auction items! Be sure to bring your cell phone or other device (make sure it is fully charged!) and remember your ID and password to place bids. Bidding stations will be available if you choose not to bring a device and volunteers will be available to answer questions. We will distribute this mobile bidding cheat sheet during the event. You can also familiarize yourself with the mobile bidding site beforehand.
  • Use UBER promo code 6tjfrue for $20 off your first ride!

The Silent Auction is only three days away! Here's a sneak peek of the big event . . . 

7:00    Doors open 
9:00    Raffle ticket drawing (need not be present to win)
10:00  Silent Auction closes
10:01  Live Auctions
10:30 Grand raffle drawing (need not be present to win) and check out begins

2015 Item Catalog:  More silent and live auction items have been added to the 2015 Item Catalog! To view a list and images of all items, please visit the Bidding for Good website and select the “View All Items” button.  Please check back often to see what new items have been added.

Grand Raffle Tickets: There are still tickets available for the Grand Raffle Prize of a Weekend Getaway for Two in Chicago!!! Enjoy a Friday/Saturday-night stay. You'll enjoy a weekend in a three-bedroom condo at The Parc Chestnut Luxury Condos in the River North neighborhood, and dinner for 2 at MK The Restaurant. Only 60 tickets are being sold for $50 each, so everyone has a 1 in 60 chance of winning.

Raffle Tickets: Don’t miss your chance to win an Apple iPhone5, Dinner at China Gourmet (*revised) and a $100 Sports Registration Credit from Kilgour Sports Boosters for our Silent Auction Raffle!!! Tickets are available to purchase online now, after school and during CRC pick-up THIS WEEK on Tuesday (11/10) and Thursday (11/12). You can also purchase all admission and raffle tickets online.

Great Gatherings: We have the list of new Great Gathering parties for the coming year! To see the list of parties and each party's details, visit the Great Gatherings website and select the Purchase Great Gatherings tickets button. Tickets will not go on sale until the auction and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis AT THE AUCTION.  Any remaining tickets will go on sale on-line after the auction is over.

Volunteers: The Silent Auction Committee is still in need of volunteers!!! All individuals who volunteer for the auction will have their names added to a raffle drawing for a gift certificate to Teller's! Please select the links below to volunteer:
Silent Auction Raffle Ticket Sales
Silent Auction Event Night

If you have questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your support!

Deck your Homes for the Holidays!
The sixth grade students are selling poinsettias, wreaths and flower arrangements to help fund their field trips and graduation festivities.  Support the sixth graders and decorate your home for the holidays. You can find the order form here. All orders are due by Wednesday, November 25, with checks payable to Kilgour PTA. Pick-up date is Friday, December 4 at Kilgour. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please Help Your Community at Thanksgiving
As we look forward to a Thanksgiving feast with our friends and family, some in our Kilgour Community could use a helping hand. The Kilgour PTA Outreach is looking for families that are able to help provide a Thanksgiving meal for a family. You can choose to provide the food for a meal (frozen turkey, veggies, sides) or a gift card to the grocery store. A $35-$50 gift card should cover most families, and we can combine cards where needed. Please deliver all items to school no later than Monday, November 23 in the morning. Recipients will pick up their meals/cards on Monday and  Tuesday.

There is minimal refrigerator space, so please try to limit cold items other than the frozen turkey. Suggested sides include stuffing mix, boxed mashed potatoes, canned corn, canned yams, pumpkin pie filling, canned cranberry sauce or whatever sounds yummy to you! Please RSVP your participation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Andrea Lukin at 379-0816 or Veronica Tollefson at 238-3120, so we can be sure that we have all of the families covered. Thank you in advance for your Kilgour generosity!

Classroom Happenings Graphic
A Look Into Fifth Grade
The fifth grade students recently read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, the story of a young girl who lived in Japan during the bombing of Hiroshima. She developed leukemia from the radiation that was created from the bomb, and her struggle is one that teaches readers of all ages how to use hope in an attempt to overcome adversity. Through the reading, students learned how to analyze literature and how to organize a narrative text. They also learned many things about life, and are now going to share this with students much younger than them. The fifth graders have been working hard to master the art of folding an origami crane, just as Sadako did. They then used this to write a piece of technical writing (a how-to), and were paired up with kindergartners to teach them how to fold a paper crane, and why hope is such an important thing to possess.  This will also help the young students to understand that the big kids aren't so scary, and get them ready to work with the fifth graders in January for their Kilgour Kids Care project with the Save the Animals Foundation.

The fifth graders teach the kindergartners how to fold paper cranes
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In fifth grade, students run their classroom through an economic system called Class Economy. In the beginning of the year, time is spent preparing students to apply for a classroom job that helps the classroom run efficiently. All of the jobs are extremely important to making the year smooth, and students are formally trained on their jobs once they receive their job offers. Students are paid for completing their job duties, and can also earn bonuses by doing great things at school, like getting an A on a test, or staying on green for a month. The same day that they are paid for their work, they are also expected to pay rent for their desk, or they have the option to buy the deed for their desk at a higher price so they no longer have to pay rent, which saves them money in the long run. Students also have to pay fines for earning a color change, or for not having homework completed. Each month, students also participate in a class auction where they can bid on items to purchase with their money. The conversations that come from these experiences are life-long lessons.

Through My Classroom Economy, students learn valuable life skills in an experiential way. Specifically, they are able to:

  • Take part in a simulation of real-world economic activity.
  • Learn the value of earning a paycheck, as they bank salaries from their jobs.
  • Learn how to budget their spending, balance checking accounts and make scheduled payments.
  • Discover the importance of saving money to obtain what they want.
  • Find out that every decision has an opportunity cost.

Students earn and spend dollar amounts of three and four digits to match their math skills. They are also given more documents to deal with—for example, bank slips for deposits and withdrawals—to emphasize the importance of record-keeping and attention to detail. The documents also provide key data for reflection during the year-end wrap-up.

A Note from Angela
November is a great time to give thanks. Thanks to each of you in our school community for doing your part to help make Kilgour an excellent school! Special kudos to the PTA Halloween Costume Closet Coordinator, our Harvest Jam Coordinators and more.

Excitement is in the air in preparation for the 2015 Silent Auction at the Center (downtown) this coming Friday, November 13th. I hope you plan to join us! There's still time to purchase your tickets as well as sign up for various volunteer opportunities for Silent Auction.

Congratulations to all of our 2015 soccer students, coaches, assistants and parents! We are proud of all of you and your efforts! Please continue to help cheer on Coach Bennett's boys soccer team as they continue in the state playoffs on November 14.

Believe it or not, second quarter midterms are November 16-20. Parent/teacher conferences will take place on November 19 and/or at a designated time with your student's teacher. Mid terms will be distributed on November 20. If you have questions or would like to schedule a conference, please contact your child's teacher.

Kilgour Fall Clean Up Day!
November 21 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
We need volunteers to clean up the Kilgour grounds ahead of winter. You can sign up through our website using this link or by selecting "Resources-->Volunteers-–>Clean-Up Days–-> Kilgour Fall Clean-Up."Questions? Contact David Crawford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Book Fair - Volunteers Needed
Mr. O needs people to help at the first book fair of the year, December 8-11. If you have a few hours to give during the week, please sign up using our VolunteerSpot site. If you have questions, please contact Mr. O at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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