Pierce Downer This Week

January 20, 2023

Pierce Downer Families:

This was an exciting week that seemed to fit five school days into four! Some of the great things that happened around the building were our third-grade students had fun with our PTA-sponsored HiTouch HiTech lesson, first-graders enjoyed learning about constellations in the StarLab, the PTA had a great turnout for the virtual general meeting, NWEA MAP testing concluded, and we ended the week with FUN LUNCH!

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up Opens, Thursday, January 26

District 58 invites parents and guardians to sign up for winter 2023 parent-teacher conferences using the online PowerPTC conference signup system at www.PowerPTC.net. The signup window will close on Monday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. Parent-teacher conferences will be held in person. However, families who require a remote option should schedule their conference in PowerPTC and then change the meeting type from “in person” to “video conference.”

Conferences will take place:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 4:45-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 9 from 4:45-8 p.m.

Please view the parent-teacher conference signup guide to learn how to sign up for a conference using the new system, along with other helpful information.

Thank you PD PTA for gifting every student with a PD shirt! These should go out next week.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns via email at LWagner@DG58.org or call 630-719-5860.

We are PD!

L. Wagner, Principal

First Grade students get to experience StarLab!

Prepare for launch! Through an immersive, interactive experience, students had the chance discover just how exciting learning can be. The StarLab planetarium elevates lessons in astronomy, mythology and more to an entirely new level. It was so much fun to see students’ eyes light up with an increased understanding of the world around them.

Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club Awards PD Teachers Grants!

The Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club is built on the foundation of its diverse group of members who bring talent and experience to the organization allowing them to have fun while giving back to the community we call home. The club gave back in a BIG way to several Pierce Downer teachers! These grants will directly impact the students' instructional growth.

District 58 E-learning Plan and Winter Weather Closing Procedures

Will students have a snow day or an e-learning day during bad weather?
If schools cannot be open due to inclement weather, District 58 will have the option to declare an emergency day (also known as “snow day”) or an e-learning day. The Board of Education has approved an e-learning plan that allows District 58 to use e-learning days in lieu of emergency days.

​​​​​​​For the 2022-23 school year, District 58 will use an e-learning day, in lieu of an emergency day, if staff have adequate time to prepare e-learning materials to make the day meaningful. Otherwise, the District will call an emergency day (“snow day”). District 58 anticipates that most inclement weather days will be e-learning days. An e-learning day does not need to be made up in June. However, students are required to participate in e-learning from home in order to earn credit for the school day. If District 58 uses a traditional emergency day, that day will need to be made up in June.

This process is an update from last school year, when District 58 planned for most inclement weather days to be traditional emergency days.

All school closure communications will specify whether the District will use an emergency day or an e-learning day. After declaring an e-learning day, families would receive additional communication regarding how to access instruction. All elementary students (including morning preschoolers) would begin their day by logging into a Google meet virtual session with their teacher at 8:30 a.m. Middle schoolers would similarly log into their first period class at 8:30 a.m.

How does District 58 communicate emergency closure information?
When a decision is made to close school due to inclement weather, the District will send an automated voice and email message to all parents and staff via the SchoolMessenger notification system. The system will also send a text message to parents and staff who have registered to receive texts. Sign up to receive District 58 text messages by texting YES to 68453 using a phone number that is on file with District 58. Opt out at any time by texting STOP to the same number.

District 58 also posts school closure information on its website,Facebook page, Twitter page and on the District’s answering machine at 630-719-5800. The District notifies major news radio and network television stations about closures and posts closure information at www.emergencyclosings.com.

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High touch High-tech fun in 3rd grade!

January Focus is about having INTEGRITY!

The PD PROMISE monthly focus for January is having integrity. We are continuing our focus from December which encouraged students to make good choices. Now we are also thinking about how integrity builds on making the right choice along with doing it for the right reason!


Congratulations to Mrs. Acevedo for being this week's PD Cup recipient. Mrs. Acevedo teaches our kindergarten RISE classroom. Her nurturing personality coupled with her dedication to student growth makes her a valuable member of the Pierce Downer team. She is regularly collaborating with peers and thinking outside of the box for new and innovative ways to lead her classroom and lessons.

Thank you Mrs. Acevedo for ALL that you do!

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Monday and Friday Spirit Days All Year Long!

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Safe2Help Illinois

District 58 has partnered with Safe2Help to give students a safe and confidential way to report potential threats or crises. Safe2Help was launched by the State of Illinois in December 2020 and aims to help prevent suicide, bullying, school violence and other threats to school safety.

With Safe2Help, students can connect with a trained crisis professional during their own crisis, or to report a potential threat. Students can submit a Safe2Help alert via the following ways:

All alerts are responded to by a trained Safe2Help crisis professional. Safe2Help is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

District 58 staff are not the initial responders to the alert and will receive each alert after the Safe2Help professional provides support. District 58 staff will review alerts sent by Safe2Help during regular school hours, unless the nature of the alert necessitates immediate school action.

February 3

Fun Lunch: Culvers

February 7 & 9

Parent Teacher Conferences (5pm-8pm)

February 14

Valentine's Day: Class Parties

February 20

No School: Presidents Day

February 22

Magic Show Assembly

February 23

Spirit Day: NEON DAY

Sweetheart's Dance

February 28

No School: Inservice Day

March 3

End of Trimester 2

March 27-31

Spring Break