Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team...

December 11th, 2021

Dear Kingsley Families,

Thank you to all of our families who donated time by volunteering or attending today's Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shop! The support of our community never ceases to amaze us!

Our first Fun Lunch comes back next week! A big thank you to all of the volunteers working behind the scenes to make that happen as well!

Finally, today concludes our Anderson's Book Shop Book Fair! Please read the flyer found in the PTA Corner of our Kingsley Connection.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mel Hackett and Eleni Gajewski

We Need Your Help...

We are excited to celebrate our Kingsley staff and the hard work they do on behalf of our Kingsley students. We are looking to you for help to make this happen in two different ways:
  • We will be hosting a staff luncheon and are seeking supervisor volunteers during lunch/recess so staff can eat lunch with each other and the food while it's hot
  • We are putting together a gratitude surprise for each staff member from our Kingsley families. We are looking for notes of gratitude that can be submitted on the form below.
Please submit your volunteer availability and/or gratitude notes by using THIS form by Monday. (Feel free to have your child(ren) help you write the note(s).)

District 58 Science Fair is Back!

Where: O'Neill Middle School

When: January 22, 2022

How to Register: Click Here

Additional Information: Click Here

Winter Break Dates...

We have received some questions so we wanted to clarify. Our 2021-2022 Winter Break is from December 20th - January 2nd. January 3rd is an Institute Day. School will resume for students on Tuesday, January 4th.

Save the Dates...

Dec. 13 South Side 5th & 6th Grade Orchestra Concert, 7pm @ O’Neill

Dec.14 South Side 5th & 6th Grade Band Concert, 7pm @ O’Neill

Dec. 20 - Jan. 2 No School - Winter Break

Jan. 3 - No School - Institute Day

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Kingsley Book Fair Information...

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Registration NOW Open!

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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(Repeat Information)

(Repeat Information) Staff Parking Lot Safety Reminders

This is a reminder that we ask all families to not parking in any staff parking lots during arrival or dismissal. We are seeing an increase of parents using the parking lots. This a safety concern for our students. If parking is required, we encourage families to utilize Powell (North of Norfolk) or Barrett (North of Norfolk). Thank you for your help!

(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) Bundle up! Bus windows will stay open in winter...

To decrease the number of students required to quarantine at home for 10-14 days due to being a close contact, District 58 will keep bus windows cracked open through the winter. If your children are bus riders, please ensure they are dressed for cold weather. The joint guidance was recently released from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. The guidance says that when a student bus rider tests positive, fellow bus riders who were 3-6 feet from the infected student will not require exclusion if both the positive case and the close contact were consistently masked AND the windows were opened or HEPA filters were in use.

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