Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team

October 7, 2022

Dear Kingsley Families,

Fall is in the air. With the changing temperatures, please remember to send your child to school in layers.

As a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10th Columbus Day. We look forward to welcoming our students back on Tuesday, October 11th.

Enjoy your weekend,

Chuck Brewster & Eleni Gajewski

Parent-teacher conferences

District 58 invites parents and guardians to sign up for fall 2022 parent-teacher conferences using the online PowerPTC conference signup system at PowerPTC is the same tool District 58 used for winter conferences.

The signup window will close on Monday, Oct. 17 at 11am

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.”

Kingsley Conferences will take place:

  • Kindergarten through sixth grade conferences:

    • Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 4:40-8pm

    • Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4:40-8pm

    • Friday, Oct. 21 from 8-11:20am

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.

Title 1 Parent Information

Kingsley School is designated as a Title 1 School. As a Title 1 School we receive additional funds to remediate/enrich our students’ instruction. The purpose of Title 1 is to help ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education.

Parents of children in Title I Programs have the right to know about the qualifications of their child’s teachers or paraprofessionals. All staff members working with children in District 58 have met the requirements for certification for their role and are identified as Highly Qualified within the State of Illinois.

We are pleased to announce a Title 1 Parent Meeting on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00pm at Kingsley School, 6509 Powell Street, Downers Grove. This meeting is to inform parents of the programs and activities provided with Title 1 funds.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • Information on the design and implementation of the Title 1 Program.

  • Information about the Title 1 regulations and instructional programs.

  • Solicit parent input about the instructional programs and related activities.

  • Provide an opportunity to establish and maintain ongoing communication for parents, staff, and the school board.

Research supports the correlation between parent involvement and student success. You play an integral role in assisting your child’s learning. We encourage you to be actively involved in your child’s education at school.

The mission of District 58, in partnership with parents and community, is to challenge and engage each child by providing quality educational programs and support services in safe, nurturing, and child-centered environments in order to prepare all students to be lifelong learners and contributing members of a global society.

We look forward to sharing information regarding our Title I programming on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00 pm at Kingsley School.

Halloween At Kingsley

District 58 has a rich and diverse population in our learning community. District 58 staff members recognize that many families have different beliefs; and because of religious, cultural, or personal reasons, some families may choose to not be involved in Halloween activities. If you would not like your child(ren) to participate in Halloween activities, please communicate this with your classroom teacher and Mr. Brewster. We will then find an alternative location and activity for your child during the Halloween activities.

If your child will participate in the activities, please carefully review the information in the fliers below. Thank you in advance.

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District 58 Informational Referendum Open Houses

Please consider attending District 58's upcoming Informational Referendum Open Houses to learn more about the District 58 referendum.

Open House #1:

Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6:30-8 p.m.

O'Neill Middle School, 635 59th St.

Open House #2:

Monday, Oct. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Herrick Middle School, 4435 Middaugh Ave.

The open houses will include a brief presentation, tour and a question-and-answer opportunity. To learn more, please visit District 58's referendum information website at This website includes links to the Master Facility Plan, facility presentation, videos, frequently asked questions and much more.

Referendum Mailer

The Reading Games Registration

The Reading Games will return for its ninth year on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 at O'Neill Middle School. The Reading Games is a fun and friendly reading competition open to District 58 students in grades 3-8.

Start forming teams now! Team and individual registration is open now through Nov. 2. Please click here for general Reading Games information, including team and individual registration links. Visit for detailed information.

The Reading Games also seeks question writer volunteers! Click here to learn more information and to sign up to volunteer.

Youth Wrestling Clinic at Downers Grove South

Downers Grove South will be hosting a Youth Wrestling Clinic on 10/26 from 3:45-5:15. More information can be found in the link below.

Wrestling Info

Lunch/Recess Sub Coverage

If any parents are interested in being put on our lunch/recess sub list, please contact the main office.

(Repeat Information)

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).

Students will enter the building at 8:15am This aligns with our previous practice prior to the pandemic. Morning announcements will continue to take place at 8:20am Please note that while students will enter at 8:15am, supervision will still start at 8:05am 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 8:20am, we will evaluate entry time once again.

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.

Save the Dates...

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


Fun Lunch Orders: NOW OPEN


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

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



Kingsley PTA and Playground Committee Events:

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


  • Every Thursday – Cozzi Corner – 20% 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

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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