Pierce Downer This Week

December 2, 2022

Pierce Downer Families-

It is officially December and we will be quickly approaching winter break. We have some fun events planned over the next couple of weeks, including a performance by the Downers Grove North Choir, a fun lunch, and some spirit days. On December 8th, the PD Student Council is having a Festive Sweater Day and invites all students to participate!

Just a reminder, today is the last day to register for the PD Student Council Winter Wonderland!

The PD Library Leaders student club is organizing a book drive from December 12-16 to support Bernie's Book Bank. They are collecting both new and gently used storybooks, board books, chapter books, recent nonfiction (< 5 years old), and graphic novels for children ages birth – 12 years old. Our goal is for each classroom to fill at least one box of books for distribution to under-served families without books of their own. Please check the condition of any books you send in, as books with torn pages or damaged covers can't be accepted. Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy cause. Please see the picture below for more details!

In this week's edition of Pierce Downer This Week, we have information on the DG58 Science Fair, the Panthers of the Month for November, our Home Run Inn Pizza fundraiser, and the PD PROMISE December focus.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns via email at LWagner@DG58.org or call 630-719-5860.

We are PD!

L. Wagner, Principal

Winter Wonderland 2022

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Panthers of the Month for November

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December Focus is about Making Good Choices!

The PD PROMISE monthly focus for December started yesterday with an emphasis on Making Good Choices.

During our PD PROMISE assembly today, the students learned about making good choices. In the assembly, students were encouraged to ask themselves these questions before making a choice:

  • Will this choice help me?
  • Will this choice hurt me?
  • Is this the best choice?

And things to think about after they make a choice:

  • What happened?
  • Why did I make that choice?
  • How did my choice make others feel?
  • Would I do anything differently next time?

Science Fair in Downers Grove Grade School District 58

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 invites students in grades 1-6 to participate in the Science Fair this winter! Registration will be open Friday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 16. To register for this year’s Science Fair, use this Registration Form. Please note that in order to register, you must know the District 58 username for each student. Usernames can be found in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

The Science Fair will occur Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8-11 a.m. at O’Neill Middle School. The fair is open to all District 58 students in grades 1-6. The Science Fair is a voluntary experience, but District 58 encourages every student to consider participating!

Students may register as an individual or with one partner. If the partners are in two different grade levels, they must follow the rules of the older grade level.

Please note, the Science Fair registration form is to be completed by ONE adult per project. If this is a partner project, please select one adult to register for each project. You will have the opportunity to list two separate contact emails on this form to accommodate projects with multiple families receiving any future communications.

Please see the below links for the Science Fair schedule, project topic ideas, grade-specific project instructions, judging requirements and more. All projects will comprise an exhibit, written report and oral report. Participants in grades 1-2 will be judged non-competitively and will all receive a participation ribbon. Students in grades 3-6 may choose to participate competitively or non-competitively.

Science Fair Schedule

Instructions for Grades 1-2

Project Ideas & Requirements (Grades 1-2)

Instructions for Grades 3-6

Project Ideas & Requirements (Grades 3-6)

Citing Online Resources Link

A team of two judges will objectively rate the Science Fair's competitive entries on their knowledge of topic, written report and exhibit. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to support their children and ensure they follow instructions correctly. However, the Science Fair is an independent project, and children are expected to complete all manipulations and measurements for their experiments, and to create all drawings and charts for their boards, without parent help.

District 58 seeks judges to evaluate Science Fair projects! Each Science Fair project is judged by a two-person team: one “technical” judge with a strong science background and one educator judge. Please click here to sign up to be a Science Fair judge.


Our latest recipient of the PD Cup is Ms. Harland! Ms. Harland is a 2nd-grade teacher at Pierce Downer School and does an amazing job supporting all of her students. Ms. Harland is in her third year at Pierce Downer School and is such a valuable asset to our students and community.

Thank you Ms. Harland for always going above and beyond for Pierce Downer School!

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Monday and Friday Spirit Days All Year Long!

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Safe2Help Illinois

District 58 has partnered with Safe2Help to give students a safe and confidential way to report potential threats or crises. Safe2Help was launched by the State of Illinois in December 2020 and aims to help prevent suicide, bullying, school violence and other threats to school safety.

With Safe2Help, students can connect with a trained crisis professional during their own crisis, or to report a potential threat. Students can submit a Safe2Help alert via the following ways:

All alerts are responded to by a trained Safe2Help crisis professional. Safe2Help is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

District 58 staff are not the initial responders to the alert and will receive each alert after the Safe2Help professional provides support. District 58 staff will review alerts sent by Safe2Help during regular school hours, unless the nature of the alert necessitates immediate school action.

December 2


December 9

DGN Choir Performance

Fun Lunch

December 10

Winter Wonderland

December 19, 2022-January 2, 2023

Winter Break

January 3, 2023

School Resumes

January 16, 2023

No School - MLK Day