Sports Recognition Night – Tuesday, April 17th

Terra Nova Testing (2nd Grade) and Ohio Achievement Assessment (3rd-6th Grade) – Monday, April 30th - Friday, May 4th

Calendar of Events & Activities

  • April 17: Sports Recognition Night at 6pm at the Kilgour gym
  • April 18: Volunteers/Tutors Reception
  • April 20:  Student Council Meeting at 8:15am in Room 1026
  • April 23 - 27:  Mid-Term Week
  • April 23: Everybody Counts Day/LSDMC Meeting at 4:30 at the library
  • April 30 - May 4:  Terra Nova Testing for 2nd grade & OAA for 3rd - 6th grade
  • May 2:  PTA Meeting at 7pm at the library
  • May 4:  Retirement Celebration from 7pm - 11pm at Woodlands Crystal Room
  • May 8:  Fine Arts Night


Many Thanks and Kudos! 
A special thanks to PTA and Kilgour parents for:

  • iPads for teachers/classroom support
  • Patio approval
  • Faculty/Staff luncheon
  • Kindergarten Roundup and registration assistance
  • Roller Skating and Bowling Clubs
  • Mustang Madness Basketball event
  • Spaghetti Dinner & Dance/Scholastic Book Fair assistance
  • Laura Deck and Parent Team for 4th - 6th Grade Growing Sessions
  • Your continued support!  Smile

Multi-Cultural Fair
Many thanks and kudos to our families who participated and shared their cultural backgrounds with our school community during our annual Multi- Cultural Fair held this past Friday, April 13th. We had 15 cultural presenters with treats, information, and more!!!! Stay tuned for photos!

Orange Leaf Fundraiser
The fundraiser was a huge success because of you!  Our fundraiser took place over Spring Break in partnership with Walnut Hills High School.  Both schools will receive $900 each as a result of your support!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!  Special thanks to Mrs. Rhea Diop-West, who brought this fundraiser to our attention!

Kilgour Dance-a-thon
The Dance-a-thon, which was held on March 23rd and sponsored by Student Council, was also a big success!!  Our Kilgour students did a great job and a total of $4,718.47 was collected!!!  The donations will go to Children's Hospital; specifically, the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute for Research and the summer camp program for children being treated for cancer at the hospital.  Many thanks for your support and generosity!

Kilgour Yearbook Order Deadline Extended
Place your order for the yearbook—NOW IN COLOR! You can order using the form that came home in the Tuesday folder. So that we know the right amount to order, please send in your form by the newly extended May 7 deadline.

Kilgour Carnival is May 19!
Mark your calendar for the Kilgour Carnival on May 19 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and the Kilgour 5K on May 18. This event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year. You can learn more about the event here.

Basket Raffle Donations:
Learn more about donating items to your child's classroom theme basket here. All items must be placed in the bins in your child's classroom by May 10.

Carnival and 5K Parent Sponsorship:
A great way to help is to be a sponsor of the Carnival or 5K run. Please consider being a parent sponsor for the Carnival or 5K run. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels for parents, starting at just $50. You can be sponsor a booth, a water station or even a port-o-let!  You can have a lot of fun with your donation, and of course, it is tax deductible! Donate or learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.

Kilgour Carnival Raffle

It's time once again for the Kilgour Carnival Raffle. For $1 a ticket, or 3 tickets for $2, you will have a chance to take home:

  • The raffle’s grand prize of $500;
  • The second prize of $250; or
  • The third prize of $100.
In addition, the seller of each winning ticket will win $25, and the top 20 sellers will be able to choose from prizes that includes an iPad2 Tablet (valued at $399), a PlayStation Vita (valued at $249), a Kindle Fire Tablet (valued at $199), a Kindle e-Reader (valued at $79) and, a fabulous selection of gift certificates.


Sports Recognition Night & Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
This year's Kilgour Sports Recognition Night will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 6pm in the Kilgour Gym.  The children will line up outside the gym in the courtyard.  They will then enter the gym by grade in an informal parade – while the parents inside the gym cheer them on. Each child that played a Kilgour sport will then receive a small memento such as a miniature basketball, baseball/softball and/or soccer ball in recognition of their hard work.  Afterwards, the children (and parents) will be treated to ice cream in the courtyard! This is a fun event for the kids.  Spring sports coaches (soccer, baseball and softball) have been asked to cancel practice for this evening so that the children can attend.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Spiritwear Sale! 
Now through May 1st
Kilgour school is running a special spiritwear sale now through May 1st.
Check out the website for Kilgour Spiritwear.  Click on the link  Proceeds go to fund our Mustang Monday program. Thanks in advance. Go Mustangs!

Volunteers Needed:  Fine Arts Night
Ms. Nored is looking for some parents who can help hang art work for our May 8th Fine Arts Night. She needs helpers the week of April 30th thru May 4th during the school day or before or after school. If you are willing or able to help out, please call 363-3034, e-mail her: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just show up.

Also, we are in need of lots of volunteers to help set up, take down and man several stations at our Kids Art Fair. If you are able to give an hour or two, please fill out and return the volunteer form. Thanks for helping to make this a great night!

Growing Up Program
Opportunity to view videos:  Wednesday, May 2 from 6pm - 7pm
The Growing Up program at Kilgour Elementary has been a part of Kilgour's curriculum for over 40 years. The purpose of the program is to help the intermediate students understand the changes that their bodies and the bodies of their peers are undergoing. In recent years, several of the organizations that provided this program to our school community lost funding due to hard economic times and were no longer available to provide the curriculum. In order to ensure that this important program was able to be provided and presented in a consistent, age-appropriate manner, last school year the PTA previewed and purchased a video-based curriculum in 4 parts called Healthy Me. This curriculum was presented at the end of last school year to the students. This year, before spring break, volunteer parent dyads (each having at least one psychologist and/or physician) presented the videos and answered questions in 45 - 60 minute sessions. Students viewed the videos in groups with peers of the same grade and gender. 4th graders viewed the video on "Good Hygiene", 5th graders viewed the video on "Looking Ahead" (puberty changes in the same gender) and the video on "Having a Positive Body Image", and 6th graders viewed the video on "Looking Ahead" (puberty changes in the opposite gender).

The curriculum and parent volunteers were coordinated by Laura Stith Deck, Ph.D., a child psychologist. She will be offering a viewing of each of the 4 videos (approximately 10 minutes each) and will answer questions about the program on Wednesday May 2 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Please RSVP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – if there is no parental interest, there will be no program on this night.

Parent Survey
Dear Kilgour Families,
We are requesting that you take a few minutes of your time to complete the following survey about Mustang Monday. It should take less than 3 minutes of your time. Thanks! We look forward to your responses.  To take the survey, click on the link here.

2012-2013 School Year Plan in Progress!
Plans are in progress for the upcoming year! Based on student enrollment and district budget procedures, we will plan for the appropriate staffing and classrooms! However, we really need your help! If you have an incoming Kindergarten student or 1-6 student (not currently enrolled at Kilgour), please sure to make contact with Ms. Law in the office (363-3001) and complete the necessary enrollment procedures no later than May 1st. Also, if you have a neighbor or friend, who lives in our area but has not yet enrolled, please encourage him/her to enroll ASAP or no later than June 1st. Having accurate numbers for enrollment help to ensure appropriate staffing and resources.

*Please also note that other than incoming kindergarten students, teacher requests are not considered. Consideration is provided for siblings, however, based on several factors, there is also no guarantee.

Kilgour School Boundaries:  Re-Opening of Hyde Park School
As a result of the re-opening of Hyde Park school this fall, the former Hyde Park streets along with Kilgour school boundaries have been reviewed by CPS Central office and tentative plans in place for new boundaries being confirmed.

What does this mean for current Kilgour families?

Current families, living in Hyde Park or Oakley (major streets being impacted by the re-opening), ARE ABLE TO REMAIN AT KILGOUR school. A grandfather policy is in effect to allow current families to remain at Kilgour school, despite the boundaries changes.

There has not been a confirmed period for "grandfather" policy. However as long as you have a child currently attending Kilgour school and within CPS boundaries (and not a discipline or attendance concern), the student may remain at Kilgour school.

For additional information in regards to the boundaries and changes, please feel free to contact our District parent center at 363-0123.  You may also feel free to contact Ms. Cook Frazier via phone 363-3090 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Stay tuned for additional information in upcoming newsletters and school updates!

Faculty/Staff Retirement Celebration
Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Shelia Charles, Billy Houston and Darlene Nored.

Friday, May 4 from 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Where: The Woodlands Crystal Room, 11450 Sebring Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45240
Cost: $35 per person for dinner and open bar

RSVP by April 27, with check made payable to Kilgour Staff Fund to Debbie Lathrop, Kilgour School, 1339 Herschel Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208. Adults only please. 

Assistance Needed
Be sure to have your child practice basic facts daily, in addition to reading each night for 20 minutes!  It makes a difference!  Great sites to check out:

  • First in Math  1st - 6th grade
  • Study Island  Test prep and standards based program for 3rd - 6th grade
  • Clever Crazes: Fun and Interactive Health, Fitness, Nutrition/Wellness website that also helps our school raise $$$.  Log on to

box_top__logo Box Tops for Education
"And the winner is.......Miss Lisch's second grade class!" Miss Lisch's class brought in the most Box Tops for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. They will receive an awesome ice cream treat for their accomplishment! Would your child like their class to be the winner of the next Box Top Prize? It is easy. Tell everyone in your family to make sure and cut out the special Box Top logo from all specially marked boxes. Even items you may not think about, such as certain toilet papers and juice boxes have the Box Top Logo. Be sure to turn in all your collected Box Tops to the teacher before the end of the 4th quarter. Let's support Kilgour!

Exercise Classes for Adults at Kilgour
It's not too late to participate in the remaining two circuit classes with Lauran McHaffie, Kilgour mom and certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer.  Ideal for beginning to intermediate exercisers, these classes are open to Kilgour staff, families and friends.

You and perhaps a friend (adults only please)
What: A 45-minute circuit class that will include cardio and strength intervals, along with flexibilty and core basics. Bring light hand weights if you have them.
Where: Kilgour gym, 4:00-4:45 p.m.
When: Wednesdays, April 25 and May 2 (no class on April 18)
Cost: $5 per class for drop-in fee.

Call or text Lauran with your interest and any questions at 321-0247 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay forever fit!

Schoolwide Expectations/Procedures/Rules
With the return of Spring Break, we find it important to review our schoolwide expectations and procedure.  Please be sure to review with your child the Student Handbook and school expectations, Code of Conduct and Dress Code.  Information is located in the Student Planner for grades 2nd - 6th and in the Student/Parent Handbook packet sent home with K and 1st grade at the beginning of the year.

Upcoming Great Gatherings
There is still space available in the following Great Gatherings. Get together with other Kilgour adults or sign your students up for some fun with their classmates. If you would like to attend these gatherings, please contact Anne Terlesky and June Newman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up. To see a listing of all Great Gatherings (including those that are sold out), please visit the Great Gatherings section of the website.

Derby Party (for adults)

Place your bets! Enjoy mint juleps and bourbon slushes, along with a dinner of authentic Kentucky fare.
Date: May 5, 2012
Location: The home of Donna and Charlie Sutkamp
Cost: $30 per person

Third Grade Party (for adults)

Come April, you'll be done with Cincinnati's grey winter months. Celebrate the return of warm weather with an evening of delicious desserts and after-dinner drinks.
Date: April 28, 2012
Location: The home of Michael and Carrie Barron
Cost: $30 per person

Sixth Grade Party (for adults)

Join other sixth grade parents for a laid back evening of fun. Bring your favorite brew to accompany gourmet pizzas and appetizers.
Date: June 2, 2012
Location: The home of Brian Shiff and Jules Hemsky
Cost: $20 per person

A Hike in the Woods With the Third Grade Teachers (for 3rd grade students)

Join the third grade teachers for a hike through the Ault Park woods after school this spring. Guests will make their own trail mix and enjoy a drink and snack along with the hike.
Date: May 3, 2012 after school
Cost: $10 per student

Fourth Grade Luau (for 4th grade students)

It's a luau luncheon for fourth graders. Join the fourth grade teachers for a fun-filled Hawaiian themed lunch.
Date: May 15, 2012 during lunch
Cost: $10 per student