Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team...

October 3rd

Dear Kingsley Families,

We successfully conducted our practice fire drill Friday afternoon. Students and staff did a great job getting out quickly and safely. We will hold our fire drill in partnership with the Downers Grove Fire Department on Thursday, October 21st.

We hope to see everyone join us at next week's National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6th and don't forget Tuesday is Picture Day!

Have a great weekend,

Mel Hackett & Eleni Gajewski

National Walk to School Day! Wednesday, October 6th

ALL families are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 6th! We will meet in the Divine Savior Church parking lot at 7:45 a.m. Students are encouraged to wear orange to go with our theme for the year of SPARK HAPPINESS! Let's show how happy we are to be able to be together. We will depart Divine Savior Church at 7:50 a.m. and head north on Saratoga, west on Palmer, and north on Powell. We will take a group photo before we depart. See you there!

Student Leadership in Action...

Kingsley Safety Patrol kicked off this week! These students play a vital leadership role at our school. One example of safety patrol is supporting primary students at recess. Safety patrol students lead games and help the primary students follow expected behaviors. Safety patrol students pictured below facilitated a game of Duck, Duck, Goose! This has become a big hit during recess!
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Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

Here are a few reminders to help keep our students safe during our arrival and dismissal routines:

  • Please do not do a U-Turn while in the car line on Norfolk Avenue
  • Parking lots in the front and back should not be used for pick up or drop off (unless arranged by the school). If families need to park, please use Powell (north of Norfolk) or Barrett (north of Norfolk)
  • Remain in your car in the car line. If you have to get out of your car to get your child in the driver's side of the vehicle, please use the parking zones designated on Powell or Barrett (both north of Norfolk) and cross with a crossing guard

Medical Concerns

If your child has an injury of any kind, please contact the health office. Your child's teacher may not always have time to relay messages in the morning. This includes twisted ankles, allergies, etc.

Parent Teacher Confernences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on the following days:

  • October 19th 5:00-8:00p.m.
  • October 21st 5:00-8:00p.m.
  • October 22nd 8:00-11:30a.m.

Family registration for Parent-Teacher Conferences opens on Oct. 7 at 11:00 a.m. Families will have the option to attend onsite or via Google Meet. Specific information about how to register will be provided in next week’s Communicate 58.

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

Save the Dates...

Oct. 5 - Picture Day (November 16th Retake)

Oct. 7 - Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up Opens (more information to come)

Oct. 18 - Bus Evacuation Drill K-6

Oct. 19 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Oct. 21 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

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

Oct. 21 - Fire Drill with Fire Department @ 2:00p.m.

Oct. 22 - Kingsley Fall Fest @ DG Swim & Racquet Club

Oct. 29 - Halloween Celebration & Costume Parade

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PTA Reflections

We are so proud of all of our students who participated in the PTA's Summer Math Program! All students who completed the program were entered into a drawing for a $10 Dairy Queen gift card. Congratulations to Jenna L. in 5th grade!
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New 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

Family Resources...

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Picture Day & Yearbook Updates

Picture Day Reminder: Please save the date(s) for this year's Kingsley School Picture Day: October 5th & November 16th (Retake Day)

Picture forms will come home next week!

Yearbook Information: Each month we will ask our families to submit photos for our school yearbook. September & October: We are asking families to submit photos of your current Kingsley students of the following: Fall Fun & Halloween. Please email photos to Please note all photos submitted are not guaranteed to be in yearbook.

How do we celebrate Halloween at Kingsley?

Halloween will be celebrated at Kingsley School on Friday, October 29th. We are currently planning for a celebration at every grade level that will be led by classroom teachers this year. We are partnering with our Kingsley PTA to prepare an art/craft or game for each class. Students will also participate in our annual Halloween costume parade. 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

Club Opportunities...

Kingsley Art Club: Kingsley's Art Teacher, Miss Beck, is excited to hold Art Club for our Kingsley Lions this year! Students in grades 1 - 6 will have an opportunity to participate in sessions focused on incorporating art to make improvements to our school. Link here to sign up! Questions? Contact Miss Beck

Sign Language Club: Students in grades 3-6 will have an opportunity to learn a new form of communication with Kingsley's 3rd grade teacher, Miss Condon! Interested to learn more? Click here.

Safety Patrol: We are excited to have this club back this year! 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Jacobs, and resource teacher, Ms. Eckdahl, are leading our safety patrol team. 6th grade students had an opportunity to attend an informational meeting this week. 5th grade students will have an opportunity to join later in the school year. Questions? Contact Mrs. Jacobs ( or Ms. Eckdahl (

Student Council: Kingsley 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Herald, and 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Boyle, are leading our Student Council this year! Elections for our 21-22 officers took place this week! Questions about Student Council? Please contact Mrs. Herald ( or Mrs. Boyle (

Principal Advisory Council: This is our 2nd year of Principal Advisory Council. Students in this group will focus their time sharing feedback on different building decisions that need to be made, including input on Playground Committee work that will take place in 21-22. Students will meet 1-2x per month with the Kingsley administrative team, Mel Hackett and Eleni Gajewski. Questions? or Click here to submit an interest form. If more than 2 interest forms are received at each grade level, students will be chosen through a random lottery.

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