Kerkstra Elementary



As a Kerkstra Cougar...

I will pledge to do my best,
in Reading, Math, and all the rest.
I will be safe and obey the rules,
in my class and in our school.

I will respect myself and others too.
I am responsible for all that I do.

This is my Kerkstra Cougar Pledge. 




From the Principal…

Dear Kerkstra Families and District 142 Community Members,

I’d like to welcome you to the Kerkstra Elementary School website.  My name is Mr. Kulik, and I am extremely honored to be in my 11th year of service at Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142.  As I begin my 3rd year serving as the principal of Kerkstra, I am proud to report that the collaboration between teachers, administrators, parents, and community members within our school’s boundaries is second to none.  This is evidenced by the on-going social, emotional, and academic growth of our youth.  As we move forward into the 2016-2017 school year, we will continue to build upon the initiatives and gains we made last year, including technology integration, balanced literacy, Lucy Calkings Writing, and GoMath.  We will also be implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with fidelity across all classroom. Staff members at Kerkstra pride themselves on offering a world-class education, and I am eager to witness all that our students can achieve this year!       

While you are on the Kerkstra/D142 website, please familiarize yourself with all of the features that are available to you:

  • Staff directories and contact information
  • Teacher websites
  • Parent and student educational websites
  • Online textbook access
  • Lunch menus and account access
  • Calendars
  • Kerkstra's library catalogue
  • Supply lists
  • Kerkstra mission and value statements
  • School report card
  • ...and much, much more! 


Please know that it is in your child’s best interest that we work together in regards to his/her education.  Utilizing this website will help keep you informed and connected to what’s happening at Kerkstra School and in District 142.  Also, please remain in contact with your child’s teacher on a regular basis during the school year.  Finally, I am always just a phone call or email away and am here to help in any way that I can.

I look forward to having a wonderful 2016 – 2017 school year!


Mr. Kulik, Principal