Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team

September 23rd, 2022

Dear Kingsley Families,

It has been a busy week here at Kingsley! We are so proud of our students and staff for the great work they are doing.

Fall is here! The smell of pumpkin spice is all around us, football season has started, MLB Playoffs will begin soon, and it's time for apple picking and pumpkin carving!

Enjoy your weekend,

Chuck Brewster & Eleni Gajewski

IMPORTANT INFO - Elementary Student Entry Time

Students and staff have done a nice job building routines at the start of the school year. Routine building is very important this year as many well-established practices were changed due to the pandemic. Now that schools have returned to normal operating procedures, the District is reestablishing many past practices.

To start the school year off, elementary students were permitted to enter the building early at

8:10 a.m. in order to provide more time to prepare to start the school day. Since we have been in school for approximately four weeks, well-established entry routines are now in place. As we shared earlier this year, entrance times would likely change once routines were established (see August newsletter).

Starting this Monday (September 26th), students will enter the building at 8:15 a.m. This aligns with our previous practice prior to the pandemic. Morning announcements will continue to take place at 8:20 a.m. Please note that while students will enter at 8:15 a.m., supervision will still start at 8:05 a.m. as usual. Bus route pick-up time will also remain the same. Allowing students adequate time to enter the building will be monitored closely throughout the year. In the event students are not able to be ready to go by 8:20 a.m., we will evaluate entry time once again.

Active Threat (Lockdown) Drill with the DGPD

As part of our Safety Drill practices, students and staff will participate in a scheduled Active Threat (Lockdown) Drill with the Downers Grove Police Department on Tuesday, September 27th.

(Repeat Information)

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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Ladies Day Out Downtown Downers Grove

Here is the HALL PASS for this event which includes more information, as well as the flyer below.
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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

PTA is looking for parent volunteers to assist with this day. If you are interested and available to help, please sign up using the link below.


Fun Lunch Orders: NOW OPEN


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



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


  • Every Thursday – Cozzi Corner – 20% of sales — ALL DAY LONG
  • 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.

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 27 - Active Threat (lockdown) Drill with DGPD

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

October 24 - Board of Education Meeting

October 31 - Halloween Parties and Parade

November 8 - NO SCHOOL Election day

November 14 - Board of Education Meeting

November 15 - Picture Retakes

November 23-26 - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving

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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