Back to School 2018!

Pierce Downer Elementary

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!

My name is Christine Collins and I am so proud to be the new principal of Pierce Downer Elementary. I have been in education for the past 18 years. I began as a teaching assistant, then worked as a classroom teacher for 6 years, a reading specialist for 4 years, and as an assistant principal for the past 7 years. I have a BA in elementary teaching from Northeastern Illinois University, a MA in reading education from Concordia University, and a CAS in school administration from National-Louis University. This is the fourth district I have served, and so far I have found the parents and staff to be caring, dedicated to students, and very supportive!

On a personal note, I am married and live in Arlington Heights, IL. Downers Grove was my childhood home, and my mom still lives here. I have two daughters, age 27 and 24, and a son who is 9, going into 4th grade. I also just became a grandma! Time really does fly, and my family life keeps me on my toes for sure!

I have been on the job since July 31, trying to learn all I can and get school ready for the most important part...our students. I am really enjoying the work here in District 58, and I am here to help and serve our families in any way I can. If you have any questions or needs, please email or call, and I will do whatever I can to help.

Should you need to contact me, my email is My direct office line is (630) 719-9370, or you can always reach me through the office as well. I look forward to getting to know you all, and working together during the 18-19 school year!

Christine Collins


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Meet Assistant Principal Lauri Cole

Lauri Cole, Assistant Principal, is coming to Pierce Downer after serving as the Assistant Principal in Plainfield District 202 last year. Prior to last year, she worked as an Assistant Director of Student Services in Naperville District 203 for three years, along with several years of service as a special education teacher. Ms. Cole will serve as Assistant Principal at both Pierce Downer and Hillcrest schools.

Class Placement

Class placement is scheduled to be sent by email on Monday, August 20th around 4:00 p.m.

New Family Orientation 8/20/18

Welcome to Pierce Downer!

We’re glad you’re here

And are so excited

For a brand new year.

We hope that you’ll come

To our new family night

It should help everyone

Start the year out just right!

So join us at school

And bring the children for sure.

We’ll answer your questions

And end the night with a tour!

New Family Orientation will be on Monday, August 20th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. This event will provide you with the opportunity to become familiar with Pierce Downer, and ask questions. A school tour will culminate the evening. We look forward to meeting you!

School Supply Kits

School supply kits ordered in the spring will be waiting in your child's classroom when they arrive on Thursday.

First Day of School! 8/23/18

The first day of school for students this year will be Thursday, August 23rd, 2018. It is a full day, so don't forget your lunch! Students may also bring a healthy snack like fruits or veggies. Supervision on the playground begins at 8:10 AM School begins promptly at 8:20 AM and dismissal is at 2:55 PM. We can't is going to be a great year!

Back to School Event 8/27/18

Pierce Downer PTA will host a fun Back-to-School event at Pierce Downer on Monday, August 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Celebrate a new year of learning!

First PTA Meeting 9/4/18

The first PTA meeting for the year will be on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 PM. New families are invited to attend a reception beginning at 6:30 PM as well. We hope to see you there!

Picture Day 9/6/18

Picture Day will be September 6 so schedule those haircuts! More information will come home soon.

Curriculum Night - 9/11/18

Curriculum Night at Pierce Downer will be on September 11 from 5:30 PM to 7:50 PM.

Kindergarten 5:30-6:10 PM Gr 2,4,6 6:20-7:00 PM Gr 1,3,5 7:10-7:50 PM

About Pierce Downer

We are a K-6 elementary school in Downers Grove, IL with about 330 students enrolled.