Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team

September 9th, 2022

Dear Kingsley Families,

We have completed 11 school days so far, but I'm sure for many it feels like 30! The kids have been doing a great job learning the expectations and routines and are starting to build the stamina of being back in school all day. We are proud of all of our students for the amazing work they are doing and will continue to do.

Enjoy your weekend,

Chuck Brewster & Eleni Gajewski

Curriculum Night Important Information

We are excited to welcome our Kingsley families to our annual Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 14th. You can preview the district's Curriculum Night video at this LINK.

  • CORRECTION: I previously shared last year's communication regarding only one family member attending. With COVID restrictions being lifted, more than one family member may attend.
  • Each Kindergarten - 6th grade teacher will hold two 25-minute presentations throughout the night

6:00pm-6:25pm - Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and K-1 BEST

6:30pm-6:55pm - All Grades

7:00pm-7:25pm - 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 3-6 BEST

  • Please click this LINK for important updates on the schedule and to R.S.V.P.

Principal Advisory Council

The Kingsley administrative team is looking for two students at each grade level, in grades 2-6. Students will be invited in order of submissions received.

The role of the Principal Advisory Council is to share student voice in building decisions and more! Students will meet once per month during lunch/recess. The first meeting is anticipated to be on Wednesday September 21st.

Students and guardians should fill out the application if interested.

More information to follow to those who submit interest forms.

Interest forms are due by Friday, SEPTEMBER 16th. Click this LINK

(Repeat Information)

Car Line and Dismissal Reminders

With practice, our arrival and dismissal procedures continue to go smoothly. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Now that our Kindergarten - 2nd grade students have learned the arrival and dismissal routines, we ask that parents remain outside of the fenced area near the primary playground while dropping off and picking up, as has been done in the past. We appreciate your cooperation with this.

Please call the office any time there will be a change in how your child will get home. Teachers are busy teaching and often unable to check their emails. By calling the office, we can be sure the message gets to your child.

As a reminder, we need adults to stay in the vehicle during arrival and dismissal. This allows our process to move swiftly. Students should enter and exit their vehicles from the passenger side only. If your child needs more time to get buckled, guardians may move to the first spot of the car line. This allows other vehicles behind you to proceed through the car line.

During arrival and dismissal, please do not park in the staff lots, as we need to ensure access and smooth traffic flow for our special transportation buses.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Picture Day

Picture Day Information: Please save the date(s) for this year's Kingsley School Picture Day: October 4th

A Message From the Kingsley Band & Orchestra Team...

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Mark your calendar to grab dinner on these Playground Fundraising “food nights”


  • Every Thursday – Cozzi Corner – 20% of sales — ALL DAY LONG
  • 9/15 – Orange & Brew - $1 of drinks and 5% of all sales
  • 9/19-21 – Home Run Inn – 30% of sales of frozen pizzas - Orders are due 09/14 -
  • 9/29 – Uncle Bubs – 25% of sales - ALL DAY LONG
  • 11/8 – Cadence Kitchen – 20% of sales

Kingsley Playground Committee

Kingsley Playground Update:

Kingsley Plays Together (Playground Committee) and PTA have joined forces. Please see the fliers below about the fall mum sale.

This year's proceeds support our December 2022 goal of $320,000 for a new playground.

How else can I support the Kingsley Playground efforts?

Will your company consider a corporate match? Looking to volunteer your expertise? We welcome all types of support to raise awareness. Please reach out to Mr. Brewster, Mrs. Gajewski, or the Kingsley Plays Together committee.

Donations can be made at

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Save the Dates...

September 14 - Curriculum Night 6:00 - 7:30pm

September 17-10 -Education Foundation Oktoberfest

September 20 -Kingsley Bus Evacuation Drill

September 23 - Kingsley PTA Fall Fest

September 26 - Kingsley Playground Committee meeting

October 4 - Picture Day

October 10 - No School. Columbus Day

October 11 - Board of Education meeting

October 18 - 5pm-8pm Parent Teacher Conferences

October 20 - 5pm-8pm Parent Teacher Conferences

October 21 - No School. Parent Teacher Conferences

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This summer, all DG58 Administration and some staff representatives participated in the Orange Frog workshop. Orange Frog is a parable based on the positive psychology of Shawn Achor. A summary of this parable is below.

You will see Kingsley staff wearing a lot of orange this year, especially on Mondays. Orange symbolizes that happiness is a choice, and how we can spread positivity. We invite your child(ren) to also wear orange on Mondays throughout the school year.

A frog name Spark emerges from a tadpole with a slight but noticeable orange spot. And this orange spot makes Spark feel uncomfortably different. What's more, Spark begins to make a disconcerting observation; when Spark does things that make him feel better (and produce more positive results) the orange spots increase.

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A Message From Your Kingsley PTA...

Buona Beef & Rainbow Cone Benefit Night on September 23

Join us on Thursday, September 23 for our first benefit night, hosted by Buona Beef Darien. Kingsley PTA gets 20% of sales from open to close (10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.) Remember to mention Kingsley when placing your order!

The offer is valid on dine-in, take-out and drive-thru orders, but not for online orders. While they're famous for their delicious beef, Buona has sandwiches, wraps, salads, pasta, kid's meals, shakes and a newly added Rainbow Cone ice cream stand - something for everyone!

Buona Beef - Darien

7417 S. Cass, Darien IL 60561

Hours: 10:30 AM - 11:00 PM


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School Hours & Arrival/Dismissal Info.


Kindergarten (AM Only) - 8:15am-11:20am

Grades 1-6 and OKEEP - 8:15am-3:00pm

Middle School- 8:30am-3:17pm

Professional Learning Mondays (K-8)

Kindergarten (OKEEP) -6th grade: 2:00p.m. dismissal

AM Only Kindergarten will dismiss at regular time 11:20a.m.

Middle Schools: 2:10p.m. dismissal


AM Session 8:50am-11:30am

PM Session 12:30pm-3:10pm