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January Community Update

As we return to school on Thursday, January 6, 2022, we have been informed that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has instructed Illinois school districts to continue following all COVID-19 protocols that were in place in their individual districts prior to Winter Break.
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District 142 COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

For interested district families, Forest Ridge School District 142 is offering a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for anyone 5-11 years old on Monday, November 22 in partnership with Jewel-Osco Pharmacy.
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Social Media and Safety in Our Schools

We have become aware of a circulating, nationwide TikTok posting stating “school shooting and bomb threats for every school in the USA even elementary” that mentions tomorrow’s date, December 17, 2021.

Who We Are

G. Kerkstra Elementary School educates over 400 students in Grades 1-5.

Vision

G. Kerkstra Elementary School provides a learning atmosphere, which is exciting, stimulating and success oriented; school climate engenders respect; students feel free to accept and express ideas without fear or prejudice; students and teachers possess a high sense of responsibility; students come to school prepared, eager to participate, and devoted to learning and the entire community embraces involvement in the educational development of all students.

Mission

The mission of G. Kerkstra Elementary School is to create and maintain an environment that ensures that every member of the school community reaches a high level of academic achievement as determined by state and national standards.  We will ensure that each and every child grows as a learner, a person and a citizen.  Employing best practices and committing to a comprehensive system of support will accomplish this.

Our School At A Glance

  • National Blue Ribbon School Logo
  • Exemplary School
  • 100% 1:1 iPads Grades 1-5
  • STEAM Grades 1-5