Pierce Downer This Week

December 9, 2022

Pierce Downer Families-

I would like to give a special SHOUTOUT to the Downers Grove North Choir for visiting Pierce Downer School! It is nice to offer these fun opportunities and our PD students did a GREAT job having their first ALL school assembly.

Report Cards were sent home today and should help provide insight into how your child is currently performing. If you did not receive the report card home, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

We will begin our Winter Break countdown on Monday, December 12th with Holiday Sweater Day. Please see the picture below for the entire week of activities!

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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Happy Holidays Gift from the PD PTA!

We are so grateful for your generosity as a school community and wanted to share our appreciation and school spirit with all. Every student at PD will be receiving a free t-shirt in their class color. This shirt can be worn all year long and WILL be the shirt that everyone wears on our annual all school photo day in the spring.

All we need you to do is complete this online form selecting your child's shirt color and size - add their name and teacher's name from the drop down once in the cart. There will be no fee to you! https://DWOS.chipply.com/piercedowner

Class Colors:

K - Pink

1st - Red

2nd - Orange

3rd - Yellow

4th - Green

5th - Blue

6th - Purple

This site will stay open until Friday, December 16th - at which time anyone in grades (K-3) who has not responded will receive an automatic Youth Medium and anyone in grades (4-6) will receive an Adult Medium.

Shirt arrival will be in January 2023 - thank you and Happy Holidays from the PTA!

Any questions - email Francesca Rabchuk, francesca.rabchuk@piercedownerpta.org

December Focus is about Making Good Choices!

The PD PROMISE monthly focus for December is an emphasis on Making Good Choices.

A great way to help students understand and see decision making in action is through reading books and analyzing characters! Character analysis and understanding character traits is something that is taught and practiced in the classroom. It is very easy to weave decision making discussions into these lessons and any book that you read together. Analyze both the good and the bad decision making that you come across in books as both serve as a teaching and learning point.


Congratulations to Ms. Elford on being the latest PD Cup recipient! Ms. Elford serves as the teacher librarian at Pierce Downer School, and is also the sponsor of the Library Leaders Club. Ms. Elford has not only instilled a love for learning in all of the students at PD, but she also incorporates many STEAM and technology lessons into her curriculum.

WE are lucky to have Ms. Elford, thank you for all that you do!

Science Fair in Downers Grove Grade School District 58

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 invites students in grades 1-6 to participate in the Science Fair this winter! Registration will be open Friday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 16. To register for this year’s Science Fair, use this Registration Form. Please note that in order to register, you must know the District 58 username for each student. Usernames can be found in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

The Science Fair will occur Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8-11 a.m. at O’Neill Middle School. The fair is open to all District 58 students in grades 1-6. The Science Fair is a voluntary experience, but District 58 encourages every student to consider participating!

Students may register as an individual or with one partner. If the partners are in two different grade levels, they must follow the rules of the older grade level.

Please note, the Science Fair registration form is to be completed by ONE adult per project. If this is a partner project, please select one adult to register for each project. You will have the opportunity to list two separate contact emails on this form to accommodate projects with multiple families receiving any future communications.

Please see the below links for the Science Fair schedule, project topic ideas, grade-specific project instructions, judging requirements and more. All projects will comprise an exhibit, written report and oral report. Participants in grades 1-2 will be judged non-competitively and will all receive a participation ribbon. Students in grades 3-6 may choose to participate competitively or non-competitively.

Science Fair Schedule

Instructions for Grades 1-2

Project Ideas & Requirements (Grades 1-2)

Instructions for Grades 3-6

Project Ideas & Requirements (Grades 3-6)

Citing Online Resources Link

A team of two judges will objectively rate the Science Fair's competitive entries on their knowledge of topic, written report and exhibit. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to support their children and ensure they follow instructions correctly. However, the Science Fair is an independent project, and children are expected to complete all manipulations and measurements for their experiments, and to create all drawings and charts for their boards, without parent help.

District 58 seeks judges to evaluate Science Fair projects! Each Science Fair project is judged by a two-person team: one “technical” judge with a strong science background and one educator judge. Please click here to sign up to be a Science Fair judge.

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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.

December 10

Winter Wonderland

December 12-16

Winter Break Countdown Spirit Week

December 19, 2022-January 2, 2023

Winter Break

January 3, 2023

School Resumes

January 16, 2023

No School - MLK Day