Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team...

October 9th, 2021

Dear Kingsley Families,

It was a great week at Kingsley School! Our Kingsley School Sign Language Club kicked off this week, choir practice began, and we participated in National Walk to School Day.

Parent-Teacher Conference sign-up went out this week. Our staff is excited to meet with you in person and talk about all of the exciting things happening at Kingsley!

Don't forget...there is no school on Monday.

Have a great weekend,

Mel Hackett & Eleni Gajewski

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National Walk to School Day was Wednesday, October 6th. Students, staff, and even Dr. Russell came to join us. We met at Divine Savior Church and enjoyed the fresh air as we walked to school TOGETHER! Did you miss us this year? We hope you can join us next year.

When Will Parents Receive Fall Benchmarking Assessments?

Fall NWEA MAP reports will be sent home Friday, October 15th. Students who also participated in Fall Aimsweb testing will receive that report on October 15th as well. While these Fall benchmarking assessments are helpful in planning for student learning, teachers are excited to focus parent-teacher conferences on daily student performance. Reports will be sent home in envelopes in students' backpacks.

Kingsley PTA's Fall Fest Is Coming Soon: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The Kingsley PTA does a lot for our school community. They hold fundraisers throughout the year to help raise money for our students. Please support the PTA by volunteering at the Kingsley Fall Fest on October 22nd. Please click here to sign-up. We hope to see all of our families on October 22nd at 5:00p.m. Information is below!

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Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up: NOW OPEN

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on:

October 19th 5:00pm-8:00pm

October 21st 5:00pm-8:00pm

October 22nd 8:00am-11:30am

Please click here to sign-up.

(The online sign-up closes on October 18th at 11:00am)


This is a friendly reminder that if your child is going to be absent to please communicate this with the front office. Classroom teachers appreciate the information but the office keeps track of all of our record-keeping. You can contact the office by calling (630) 719-5850 24/7. If we are not in the office, please leave a voicemail with your child's name, grade, and reason for the absence. If your child is absent because he/she is sick, please leave symptoms on the voicemail so we can follow up accordingly.

Title I Parent Meeting Notification

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.

There will be a Title 1 Parent Meeting on Wednesday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m. at Longfellow Center, 1435 Prairie Avenue, Downers Grove. This meeting is to inform parents of the programs and activities provided with Title 1 funds.

To read the entire notification and agenda, please click here.

Save the Dates...

Oct. 11 No School

Oct. 18. Bus Evacuation Drill K-6

Oct. 18 Parent-Teacher Sign-Up closes at 11:00am

Oct. 19 Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Oct. 21 Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Oct. 22 Parent - Teacher Conferences 8:00am - 11:30am

Oct. 21 Fire Drill with Fire Department @ 2:00pm

Oct. 22 Kingsley PTA Fall Fest @ DG Swim & Racquet Club - 5:00pm

Oct. 29 Halloween Celebration & Costume Parade

Oct. 30 Kingsley PTA Dad's College Football Tailgate (information below)

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New Opportunity: Kingsley PTA Dad's College Football Tailgate Fundraiser!

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(Repeat Information) PTA Opportunity: Reflections 2021

Does your child enjoy art, music, and dance or have an interest in writing producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By...,” calls for your child's own unique interpretation through the arts. Submission guidelines and an entry form will go home next week. Entries are due to the Main Office by October 29th. Winning entries will compete at the district level. All participants will be recognized and district-level 1inners will receive a gift card from the PTA!
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Join the Kingsley PTA...

Please click HERE to sign up today! You membership matters!

PTA meeting date change - zoom

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(Repeat Information)

How do we celebrate Halloween at Kingsley?

Halloween will be celebrated at Kingsley School on Friday, October 29th. It continues to be our practice that no food or candy of any kind will be allowed during classroom or holiday celebrations. Classroom parties will focus on team-building versus foods and sweets. Halloween parade details to follow.

Costume Guidelines (No changes from previous years):

**Students should NOT wear their costumes to school

(with the exception of Kindergarten)**

  1. Costumes should be easy to put on in a few minutes prior to the parade. Students will need to dress themselves in the classroom with little help from adults. No make-up, please.
  2. Costumes should promote healthy attitudes and good taste
  3. No props/accessories that could be construed as a weapon, i.e. toy guns, knives, clubs, spears, bows/arrows, etc.
  4. No costumes that promote excess violence or in any way emphasize the use of guns or knives
  5. No costumes that endorse products inappropriate for children, i.e. cigarettes, alcohol, etc.
  6. No masks (other than COVID-19 required masks) or items that cover the face
  7. Kingsley administration reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of a student's costume

COVID Test To Stay Update

Voluntary COVID Testing Program Sign-up

District 58 encourages families to consider signing up for free PCR COVID-19 testing for District 58 students. Registration for this optional testing program is open and our program is actively underway.

Families can select from any or all of three types of testing services including:

  1. Weekly screening testing (routine testing)

  2. Symptomatic testing (testing when a student or staff member develops symptoms at school)

  3. Test-to-Stay (testing for situations in which a student has been identified as a close contact)

Test-to-Stay, an IDPH-endorsed process that allows a close contact to remain in school with regular antigen testing. Please see the district communication regarding the IDPH's guidance regarding when Test-to-Stay can be implemented in schools.

The student sign up for our school can be found below.

Kingsley Sign Up can be found here: Kingsley

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