Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team...

November 21st, 2021

Dear Kingsley Families,

Winter weather has arrived. Please take a minute this weekend to make sure your child(ren) has appropriate outdoor winter weather gear. This is a good time to remember outdoor supervision begins at 8:05 and students may enter the building at 8:10. Students should not arrive to Kingsley before 8:05 each day.

School is in session Monday and Tuesday of next week. We wish all of our Kingsley families a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful to have the ongoing support of our incredible Kingsley community.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Mel Hackett and Eleni Gajewski

Staff Parking Lot Safety Reminders

This is a reminder that we ask all families to not parking in any staff parking lots during arrival or dismissal. We are seeing an increase of parents using the parking lots. This a safety concern for our students. If parking is required, we encourage families to utilize Powell (North of Norfolk) or Barrett (North of Norfolk). Thank you for your help!

Winter Weather Recess Guidelines

We saw several students this week who were not properly dressed for the colder temperatures. Please remind your child(ren) of our District 58 recess guidelines. Grade K-8 students can go outside if the combined temperature and wind chill is 0 degrees or above, barring special circumstances, such as excessive ice. Please be sure to dress your child warmly! Students should remember to bring hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and coats. They may want to bring an extra fleece to wear, as well as an extra pair of socks in case theirs get wet. Please remember to label these items with your child's name! Read all District 58 winter weather guidelines here.

Student Council Food Drive Update...

Thank you to the many students and families who donated items for the Student Council Food Drive. This is just another example of the many ways the generosity of our Kingsley community is demonstrated. We are so proud of our students for giving back during this holiday season! The food drive has concluded.
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*REVISED* Building Entrance Procedure During Student Arrival

Beginning November 30th, we will begin our revised building entrance procedure for students. There is no change for student drop-off. Students currently enter classroom fire doors for morning arrival. The revised plans will have students entering at the following locations:

Kindergarten: No Change (Continue using Door #2)

1st Grade: Enter through Door #2 (same as Kindergarten)

2nd Grade: Enter Door #4

3rd Grade: 3Boyle & 3Condon enter with 2nd grade in Door 4. 3Biederman enters Door #5

4th Grade: Enter Door #5 with 3Biederman

5th Grade: Enter Door #6 with 6th grade

6th Grade: Enter Door #6 with 5th grade

Why the change? There are a few reasons. Student safety in the classroom is the main reason. With the winter weather upon us, students will track in snow, mud, etc. into classrooms. Leaving classroom doors open in the morning also means colder classrooms. We will review this change and the expectations with your child(ren) next week. We will also include a map in our next Kingsley Connection for your reference.

COVID-19 Testing Update: Week of 11/22

We continue to work closely with Northshore, the company we have partnered with for COVID 19 screening, symptomatic testing and test-to-stay, in order to support the mandated health protocols in each of our buildings.Due to the abbreviated schedule associated with Thanksgiving break, weekly screening testing will not be offered next week, the week of November 22nd. DG58 health office staff will continue to support both symptomatic and test-to-stay testing during our two days of attendance and the weekly testing program will resume on Monday, November 29th.

Bundle up! Bus windows will stay open in winter...

To decrease the number of students required to quarantine at home for 10-14 days due to being a close contact, District 58 will keep bus windows cracked open through the winter. If your children are bus riders, please ensure they are dressed for cold weather. The joint guidance was recently released from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. The guidance says that when a student bus rider tests positive, fellow bus riders who were 3-6 feet from the infected student will not require exclusion if both the positive case and the close contact were consistently masked AND the windows were opened or HEPA filters were in use.

Save the Dates...

Nov. 24-26 No School - Happy Thanksgiving

Nov. 28 - Dec. 4 *Virtual* Kingsley Book Fair @ Anderson's (Flyer Below)

Dec. 4 PTA Pancake Breakfast & Holiday Shop 9:00am-12:00pm

Dec. 9 *DATE CHANGE* Trimester 1 Report Cards Sent Home

Dec. 10. PTA Fun Lunch (Order Information Below)

Dec. 13 South Side 5th & 6th Grade Orchestra Concert, 7pm @ O’Neill

Dec.14 South Side 5th & 6th Grade Band Concert, 7pm @ O’Neill

Dec. 20 - Jan. 2 No School - Winter Break

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Fun Lunch is Coming Back to Kingsley - Ordering Now Open for December & January!

Upcoming Pizza Fun Lunches – Please Place Orders Online by December 3rd!

12/10/21 – Aurelio’s, pizza only

1/14/22 – Skuddlebutt’s, pizza only


Kingsley Book Fair Information...

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Kingsley Pancake Breakfast & Holiday Shop Updates...

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The Reading Games Are Back...

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We are happy to announce The Reading Games will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at O’Neill Middle School. Registration will open soon, so begin to form your teams now! Information about The Reading Games book lists and more is available online. Watch your inbox for registration details soon! Good luck to our readers as they uncover the magic within these books! Click here for more information!

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(Repeat Information)

Kingsley is looking for Instructional Assistants

Kingsley has a couple Instructional Assistant openings. Please contact Mel Hackett to learn more or click here.
Illinois Rental Payment Program: Click HERE for FREE registration

Kingsley Connections now linked on school website

Tired of searching your emails for previous Kingsley Connections? Our weekly school newsletter is linked on our website. Please click here to preview where to find our Kingsley Connections online. We will continue to email the newsletter each week.
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