Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team...

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January 2, 2022

Dear Kingsley Families,

Happy New Year! This Kingsley Connection recaps our last week of school before winter break. We hope all of our students have enjoyed the time off and look forward to returning on Tuesday, January 4th.

The holiday spirit was in the air as we wrapped up our final day of school for December as classes made crafts and played games together. The Kingsley staff was treated to a luncheon, and thanks to our parents, District 58 central office, and retired District 58 volunteers we were able to bring all staff together. As they entered the Gingerbread themed foyer, it was a magical moment for staff as they found their very own gingerbread man full of personalized gratitudes from families and students. We truly appreciate the support of our Kingsley Community as we celebrated the hard work of our staff and students!

Happy New Year,

Mel Hackett and Eleni Gajewski

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Holiday Fun & Games...

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Band Concert Success

Kingsley students in band have practiced hard, and this week they held their concert. They were great! Check out the video of the livestream at (starts about 12 minutes in).

Save the Dates...

Jan. 3 No School - Institute Day

Jan. 4 School Resumes

Jan. 5 Winter Benchmarking Begins (Aimsweb & MAP)

Jan. 10 Board of Education Meeting

Jan. 14 Fun Lunch

Jan. 17 No School (MLK Day)

Jan. 22 Science Fair

Feb. 1. Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb. 3 Parent Teacher Conferences

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Thank you to the Kingsley PTA for the cookies provided to the Kingsley staff!

(Repeat Information)

REPEAT INFORMATION: Winter Weather Recess Guidelines

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.

REPEAT INFORMATION: The Kingsley Mindfulness Club has arrived!

The pandemic has created an unknown and constantly changing environment. This can create feelings of stress, worry, etc. which can make it difficult to focus on school, relationships, or things that students enjoy. Students will have an opportunity to work with Ms. Mia Liebmann, Ms. Nicky Gorman, and Mrs. Krista Saladino over the course of a few weeks. Students will participate in crafts and learn strategies that help assist with mindfulness. The club will kick-off in January. This team of Kingsley staff members is looking for interest forms before setting group dates. Meetings will take place after school. Students in grades K-6 are welcome!

Interested? Submit your name on this interest form by Sunday, December 19th!

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The Reading Games Registration is open now through January 14, 2022!

The Reading Games is a fun reading competition for District 58 students in grades 3-8. Students read books from the book lists, then face other teams to answer questions about the books they've read. It is a great opportunity for kids to read new books and discuss them with friends. Teams are made up of 5-8 students, and may include students from different grades and schools. However, due to space limitations, participation in the Reading Games is limited only to DG58 students. Teams will read books, and be asked questions, from Book List 1 (3rd-4th grades) or Book List 2 (5th-8th grades).

Team Registration

Completing this form reserves a spot for your team to compete on Saturday, April 23, 2022. You do not need to identify the students that will be on your team for this registration, so there is time to finalize the team members. In February or March 2022, you will be asked to provide a team name and the contact information for a team volunteer (16 yrs.+) to participate in one of many roles to run the event.

2022 Reading Games: Team Registration Form

Individual Registration

If you have a child who would like to participate but does not have a team, you may request a spot using the individual registration form. Individual student registration closes on January 14, 2022. Although we cannot guarantee a spot on a team, we will do our very best to match children to existing teams, or to assist you in creating a new team, by February 1, 2022.

2022 Reading Games: Individual Student Registration Form

For more information, visit the Reading Games website If you have any questions, please email us at We are happy to answer questions!

Good luck to our readers as they uncover the magic within these books!

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