Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team...

January 8, 2022

Dear Kingsley Families,

It was a wonderful week as the energy of our students filled the Kingsley hallways to start off 2022. Winter benchmarking (MAP and Aimsweb) began this week and will continue throughout January.

Please remind your children to dress warm. Morning arrival and outdoor recess will remain outside unless the "real feel" temperature is below zero degrees. The temperature this week fluctuated often. Recess in the morning may have been indoors when recess in the afternoon may have been outdoors. Please know this is all due to the timing of recess and temperature at that given time. Our priority remains to get kids outdoors as much as possible.

Don't forget we are back to early dismissal on Monday!

Have a great weekend,

Mel Hackett and Eleni Gajewski

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Volleyball Intramurals: Grades 3-6

Intramural Volleyball will take place after school until 3:40pm. The dates below are the days of the sessions different grade levels will have. If your student would like to participate in volleyball please fill out the grade appropriate Google Doc by January 14th!

3rd Grade (January 18th, 25th and February 8th) -- 3rd Grade Sign Up

4th Grade (January 19th and February 2nd, 15th) -- 4th Grade Sign Up

5th/6th (January 20th, 27th and February 10th) -- 5th/6th Grade Sign Up

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Virtual Author Visit!

Pictured below are students in grades 4-6 who got a virtual author visit with Lowey Bundy Sichol, author of From An Idea to Series! What a great way to end the week! This is one of several author visits Kingsley students get to experience throughout the year!
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Save the Dates...

Jan. 10 Board of Education Meeting - O'Neill Middle School 7:00pm

Jan. 14 Fun Lunch

Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Jan. 22 District 58 Science Fair - O'Neill Middle School

Feb. 1. Parent Teacher Conferences (Registration Coming Soon)

Feb. 3 Parent Teacher Conferences (Registration Coming Soon)

Feb. 14 Classroom Valentine's Day Parties

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Repeat Information

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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 always bring hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and coats. To play in the snow, snowpants and snowboots must be worn.

Students may want to bring a an extra pair of socks in case theirs get wet. Please label these items with your child's name!

Read all District 58 winter weather guidelines here.

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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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