Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team...

February 26th, 2022

Dear Kingsley Families,

We are nearing the first day of spring. Until then, the temperatures continue to fluctuate indoors and outdoors. We appreciate the students coming to school dressed in layers and appropriate winter gear.

As a reminder, Friday March 4th is a county-wide staff Institute Day. There is no school for students.

Have a great weekend,

Mel Hackett and Eleni Gajewski

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022!

TwosDay was a fun day for all of us at Kingsley! We had a school-wide spirit day where students and staff where ties, tutu's, and anything with the number 2.

Last Call...Yearbook Covers Due Monday, February 28th

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Tuesday, March 15th is a school day!

District 58 updated its 2021-22 calendar last August. The updated calendar changed the date of the winter Teacher Institute Day. The updated calendar also changed Tuesday, March 15 to a school day (it was previously a non-school day due to Election Day; however, Election Day was moved to June 2022). Last August, we emailed the updated calendar to families and posted it on our website. We realize some families might still have the old calendar, so we wanted to remind you of the following:

  • Friday, March 4 is not a school day. (It's the County's Teacher Institute Day).
  • Tuesday, March 15 is a school day.

Save the Dates...

Mar. 3 End of Trimester 2

Mar. 4 No School (County Teacher Institute Day)

Mar. 18 Report Cards Sent Home

Mar. 23 ZOUP! PTA Benefit Night

March 28-April 1 NO SCHOOL (spring break)

Apr. 7 Kindergarten Roundup

Apr. 26 Kingsley Open House & Art Show

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Looking for more details about the upcoming PTA Adult Fundraiser?

1) Attend the event. Buy your tickets HERE

Price is $75/per person in advance ($85 at the door)

Price includes: 3-hrs open bar (beer, seltzer, wine), live band, food & fun


We're looking for donations to auction off during the event. For example, sports tickets, hotel stay, photography, a service you provide you could donate, etc. Please contact Lisa Tazelaar ( if you'd like to help.Can't attend but want to contribute? Donate HERE

3) Each Grade Level will be auctioning off a themed basket. Be on the lookout for a separate email from your grade level contact (themes and contacts below):

Kindergarten: Downtown Downers

(Jen & Maggie

1st Grade: Wine and Cheese

(Meggen & Lindsay

2nd Grade: Spa Day

(Tina & Lindsay

3rd Grade: Dinner Date Night

( & Maggie

4th Grade: Movie Night

(Kerry & Karyn Piegari)

5th Grade: Sports Basket

(Michelle & Jen

6th Grade: Coffee and Tea (Stacey & Natalie

4) Prefer another way to get involved? We will be looking for volunteers soon.

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Fun Lunch Orders: NOW OPEN


3/18/2022 (Order Deadline 2/28/2022) – Al's/Skuddlebutt's, pizza only

4/22/2022 (Order Deadline 3/31/2022) - Zazzo's, pizza only

5/20/2022 (Order Deadline 4/30/2022) - Aurelio's, pizza only


ORDERS MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE BY END OF MONTH FOR FOLLOWING MONTH! Other future months will continue to be open for ordering.

New To Kingsley Fun Lunch?

Go to the link

Click on the "Create an Account" and follow the prompts

Only ONE account per family is needed, click "Add a Student" to add each of your children

Further detailed instructions will be in the "News" section in the most recent posting

If you have any questions, please e-mail


A Message From Mr. Perillo & Mr. Zak...

A reminder to sign up for Kids Heart Challenge to learn different ways we can support others' and continue to maintain our healthy hearts. In the KHC app you will be able to send out a fundraising link as well as have the opportunity to join activities focusing on the importance of moving more, being kind and taking care of our mind, bodies and hearts. To take the challenge and earn the official challenge wristband register here. Donation envelopes are due on February 25th!

5 Essentials Survey: Share Your Feedback

Parent/guardian feedback wanted!

District 58 invites parents to take the District's School Environment Survey (Encuesta Española) and the State's 5Essentials Survey by Friday, March 11, 2022. Learn more.

Outdoor Education Update ...

Outdoor Education Fees Refunded for 6th grade families

District 58 has decided that our 6th students will not attend the outdoor education at Camp Edwards during this school year; this typically occurred in the fall (when there were mitigations in place that prohibited this kind of travel for students.) Though mitigations are beginning to lift throughout the state, we are beyond the point in the school year that we could schedule these trips; additionally, specific to Camp Edwards, the distance of travel and shared overnight accommodations open up many questions about distancing and shared spaces. We hope to resume outdoor education activities in the future - the District is investigating options for our students, potentially including a spring activity for our 6th graders.

The fees that were collected at registration last spring for outdoor education have now been refunded to families' PushCoin accounts. You will be able to use the credit in your PushCoin account to pay for registration fees for the 2022-23 school year; if you would prefer a cash refund, please contact Sonali Patil in the District 58 Business office ( additional questions about outdoor education can be directed to Justin Sisul in the Curriculum department (

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