Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team...

September 2nd, 2022

Dear Kingsley Families,

It was a great first, full week at Kingsley! Students and teachers have been building relationships, establishing classroom routines, and reviewing school-wide expectations.

Please remember there is no school Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day. Tuesday we will resume regular school hours.

Enjoy your long weekend,

Chuck Brewster & Eleni Gajewski

We love to learn and play with our friends at school...

Car Line and Dismissal Reminders

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

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

Curriculum Night Additional Information

We are excited to welcome our Kingsley families to our annual Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 14th. Please see important information below:

  • All District 58 schools are strongly encouraging attendance by only one family member per student/class, at all grade levels
  • Each Kindergarten - 6th grade teacher will hold two 25 minute presentations throughout the night
  • Times and Procedures for Curriculum Night will be shared next week.

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
  • 9/09 - Mum Order Forms due
  • 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 5 - No School. Labor Day.

September 8 - Mums orders due (see flier below)

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

September 17-10 -Education Foundation Oktoberfest

September 20 -Kingsley Bus Evacuation Drill

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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Our super 1st graders earned their super kid capes for completing their first full week of school!

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(Repeat Information)

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