Kerkstra Elementary

Kerkstra and Foster Back to School Open Houses
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Parents, guardians and students: Back to school Open House will be held at Kerkstra and Foster Schools on Thursday, August 24
th from 6:30 to 7:45pm.

Meet your child’s teacher, drop off school supplies, and attend a brief teacher presentation in your child’s classroom.
  Presentations will be repeated at 6:40pm, 7:00pm, and 7:20 pm to accommodate parents/guardians with multiple children.

Welcome back! We look forward to seeing you on August 24th and to another exciting school year!

 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 12th year of service at Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142.  As I begin my 4th 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 2017-2018 school year, we will continue to build upon the initiatives and gains we made last year, including technology integration, balanced literacy, Lucy Calkings Writing, NGSS, and GoMath.  We will also be integrating the Social Science Learning Standards with fidelity in all classrooms. 
Teachers are very excited to begin using their new short throw projectors which will help make lessons more dynamic and interactive.  Students in grades 1-4 will benefit from having 1:1 Ipad accessibility in their respective grade levels, and students in grade 5 will be completely 1:1 with Ipads!  With this shift in the way students interact with content, I'm excited to witness the creative boundaries that once hindered our students begin to disapper.
taff 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.  It certainly is an exciting time to be a student in Forest Ridge School District 142!   

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! 

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.  Please remain in contact with your child’s teacher on a regular basis during the school year.  As always, I am 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 2017 – 2018 school year!


Mr. Kulik, Principal




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.