Pierce Downer This Week

January 13, 2023

Pierce Downer Families:

Board Approves 2023-24 Calendar

On Monday night, the Board of Education approved the District 58 2023-24 school year calendar. To maximize the summer 2024 construction window, the calendar eliminates some single days off, while maintaining typical break periods in alignment with District 99.

Highlights include:

First Day of School: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023

Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 22-24, 2023

Winter Break: Dec. 25, 2023-Jan. 5, 2024

Spring Break: March 25-29, 2024

Last Day of School: Friday, May 24 (if no emergency days are used)

View the 2023-24 school year calendar.

District 58 Facility Visioning Session

Please consider attending the District’s Facility Visioning Session on Monday, Jan. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at O’Neill. You will have an opportunity to learn more about District 58’s post-referendum draft facility plans and provide direct feedback, which the District will use to inform the final plans.

If you would like to attend, please complete this RSVP form by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Learn more here.

New Assistant Superintendent for Personnel

This week, the Board of Education appointed Justin Sisul to District 58's assistant superintendent for personnel position, effective July 1, 2023.

“Interview teams described Mr. Sisul as knowledgeable, dedicated, driven, enthusiastic and positive. Mr. Sisul has successfully led several key initiatives in our District, which the teams also highlighted," said Superintendent Dr. Russell. "We are confident that Mr. Sisul will excel in his new role!”

Mr. Sisul currently serves as District 58's assistant superintendent for curriculum & instruction. Congratulations, Mr. Sisul!

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

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Harlem Wizards Stop by Pierce Downer School!

Harlem Wizards Coming to Downers Grove!

The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 invites the community to its fifth Harlem Wizards fundraiser game on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Downers Grove South High School.

Online tickets start at $14 (plus a $1.50 service fee) and can be purchased at www.58foundation.org. If tickets are still available, tickets will cost $16 at the door. All event proceeds will be donated to the Education Foundation, a non-profit that raises money to support District 58 students.

The Harlem Wizards will take on District 58 teachers and staff during a thrilling and unpredictable basketball game. Spectators will applaud, laugh, cheer and gasp as they observe the Harlem Wizards perform their famous and remarkable basketball tricks while playing a timed game against several beloved teachers and staff. We will share a list of participating District 58 teachers and staff after winter break!

Souvenirs will be available for purchase. Students who purchase a Wiz Kid jersey before the game will be invited to warm up with the Wizards and take a special photo with the players. The Wizards will also sign autographs after the game.

The Downers Grove District 58 Education Foundation coordinates the Harlem Wizards game. Learn more about the Harlem Wizards at www.harlemwizards.com. Learn more about the Education Foundation at www.58foundation.org.


I am excited to share that this year your child's classroom is participating in the BOOK IT! Program to encourage your child to find joy in reading. The mission of the program is to turn "have to read" into "want to read." A great way to get better at reading is to take the time to do it!

How the program works is the teacher will set a monthly reading goal for your child during the program. They will also provide you with a tracking verification sheet that you will return to the classroom teacher monthly, and Ms. Kamano will enter your child's progress in the digital teacher dashboard.

Once your child meets their monthly reading goal, they will be awarded with a Reading Award Certificate, good for a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza at Pizza Hut! The printed certificate will come home with your child in their folder.

As the parent, you will return each month's tracking slip BEFORE the teacher's designated due date and celebrate with them for achieving this reward.

Thanks for your support in encouraging your child to read! Please reach out directly to Ms. Kamano with any questions.

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January Focus is about having INTEGRITY!

The PD PROMISE monthly focus for January is having integrity. We are continuing our focus from December which encouraged students to make good choices. Now we are also thinking about how integrity builds on making the right choice along with doing it for the right reason!


Congratulations to Ms. MacNamara on being the latest recipient of the Pierce Downer Cup! Ms. MacNamara is a SLP at Pierce Downer School. She is a vital member of our RISE team and is regularly working in classrooms, small groups, and individually with students to help support their needs.

We are lucky to have Ms. MacNamara, thank you for all that you do!

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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.

January 15, 2023

DG58 Education Foundation Presents: Harlem Wizards

January 16, 2023

No School - MLK Day

January 18, 2023

PTA General Meeting (VIRTUAL)