Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team

September 16th, 2022

Dear Kingsley Families,

It was great to see so many families at Curriculum Night. I hope that you enjoyed being in the building and seeing your child's learning environments and learning more about what they do on a daily basis. We appreciate your partnership and continued support as we look forward to a successful year for all of our students.

Enjoy your weekend,

Chuck Brewster & Eleni Gajewski

Downers Grove Oktoberfest

District 58’s Education Foundation is hosting Oktoberfest this weekend in downtown Downers Grove. The event is Friday, Sept. 16 from 3-11 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon to 11 p.m. It includes food, live bands and entertainment.

A Kids Zone will be open on Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m. and will feature a trackless train, carnival-type games (i.e. ring toss, plinko and many more), face painting, art station, balloon artist, caricature artist, dunk tank, petting zoo (starting at 3:30 p.m.) and much more!

Kids are free with a paying adult. Adult tickets are $10; senior tickets are $5 on Friday and on Saturday before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., all tickets increase to $25.

Please consider volunteering at Oktoberfest! Sign up to volunteer at

Learn more about Oktoberfest at

Be on the Lookout

The following assessment results will be sent home with students on September 23rd. Not all students will receive every item listed below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your classroom teacher or Mr. Brewster, and Mrs. Gajewski.

  • NWEA MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) Grades 3 and up
  • ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State) For English Language Learners
  • AIMS (Achievement Improvement Monitoring System) Progress Monitoring

District 58 Referendum

District 58 will place a proposal on the Nov. 8, 2022 ballot to issue $179 million in bonds to improve District 58’s facilities. To learn more about the District 58 referendum, please visit

This website contains helpful information, including the District’s Master Facility Plan, frequently asked questions, ballot language, voter information, tax impact, facility presentation and videos and much more. If you have any questions about the referendum not answered on the website, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please know, as a school district, we can provide factual information about a referendum, but we cannot advocate for or against it.

District 58 School Board Governance Recognition

District 58’s Board of Education is one of only 33 Illinois school boards to earn this year’s School Board Governance Recognition from the Illinois Association of School Boards.

This recognition is given to school boards that model behaviors that lead to excellence in local school governance to support quality public education.

Congratulations, District 58 Board of Education! Our Board has accomplished a lot in the past couple of years, all while leading District 58 through a pandemic.

Click here to learn more about this recognition, including some of the reasons our School Board earned it.

Kingsley PTA and Playground Committee Events:

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(Repeat Information)

Car Line and Dismissal Reminders

With practice, our arrival and dismissal procedures continue to go smoothly. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

In order to continue to build independence with our Kindergarten - 2nd grade students for arrival and dismissal routines, we ask that parents remain outside of the fenced area near the primary playground while dropping off and picking up, as has been done in the past. We appreciate your cooperation with this.

Please call the office any time there will be a change in how your child will get home. Teachers are busy teaching and often unable to check their emails. By calling the office, we can be sure the message gets to your child.

As a reminder, we need adults to stay in the vehicle during arrival and dismissal. This allows our process to move swiftly. Students should enter and exit their vehicles from the passenger side only. If your child needs more time to get buckled, guardians may move to the first spot of the car line. This allows other vehicles behind you to proceed through the car line.

During arrival and dismissal, please do not park in the staff lots, as we need to ensure access and smooth traffic flow for our special transportation buses.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Picture Day

Picture Day Information: Please save the date(s) for this year's Kingsley School Picture Day: October 4th


Fun Lunch Orders: NOW OPEN


9/23/2022 (Order Deadline 9/16/2022) – Aurelio's, pizza only

10/14/2022 (Order Deadline 9/30/2022) – Al's, pizza only

11/11/2022 (Order Deadline 10/31/2022) - Zazzo's, pizza only

12/9/2022 (Order Deadline 11/30/2022) - Aurelio's, pizza only



Other future months will continue to be open for ordering.

Mark your calendar to grab dinner on these Playground Fundraising “food nights”


  • Every Thursday – Cozzi Corner – 20% of sales — ALL DAY LONG
  • 9/19-21 – Home Run Inn – 30% of sales of frozen pizzas - Orders are due 09/14 -
  • 9/29 – Uncle Bubs – 25% of sales - ALL DAY LONG
  • 11/8 – Cadence Kitchen – 20% of sales

Kingsley Playground Committee

Kingsley Playground Update:

Kingsley Plays Together (Playground Committee) and PTA have joined forces. Please see the fliers below about the fall mum sale.

This year's proceeds support our December 2022 goal of $320,000 for a new playground.

How else can I support the Kingsley Playground efforts?

Will your company consider a corporate match? Looking to volunteer your expertise? We welcome all types of support to raise awareness. Please reach out to Mr. Brewster, Mrs. Gajewski, or the Kingsley Plays Together committee.

Donations can be made at

Save the Dates...

September 17-10 -Education Foundation Oktoberfest

September 20 -Kingsley Bus Evacuation Drill

September 23 - Kingsley PTA Fall Fest

September 26 - Kingsley Playground Committee meeting

October 4 - Picture Day

October 10 - No School. Columbus Day

October 11 - Board of Education meeting

October 18 - 5pm-8pm Parent Teacher Conferences

October 20 - 5pm-8pm Parent Teacher Conferences

October 21 - No School. Parent Teacher Conferences

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A Message From Your Kingsley PTA...

Buona Beef & Rainbow Cone Benefit Night on September 23

Join us on Thursday, September 23 for our first benefit night, hosted by Buona Beef Darien. Kingsley PTA gets 20% of sales from open to close (10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.) Remember to mention Kingsley when placing your order!

The offer is valid on dine-in, take-out and drive-thru orders, but not for online orders. While they're famous for their delicious beef, Buona has sandwiches, wraps, salads, pasta, kid's meals, shakes and a newly added Rainbow Cone ice cream stand - something for everyone!

Buona Beef - Darien

7417 S. Cass, Darien IL 60561

Hours: 10:30 AM - 11:00 PM


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School Hours & Arrival/Dismissal Info.


Kindergarten (AM Only) - 8:15am-11:20am

Grades 1-6 and OKEEP - 8:15am-3:00pm

Middle School- 8:30am-3:17pm

Professional Learning Mondays (K-8)

Kindergarten (OKEEP) -6th grade: 2:00p.m. dismissal

AM Only Kindergarten will dismiss at regular time 11:20a.m.

Middle Schools: 2:10p.m. dismissal


AM Session 8:50am-11:30am

PM Session 12:30pm-3:10pm