Kingsley Connection

A weekly newsletter from the Kingsley Administrative Team

January 27, 2023

Dear Kingsley Families,

We accomplished a lot throughout our first full 5 day week in a while. We hope each of you has a warm weekend and look forward to seeing our students back on Monday.

Have a great weekend,

Chuck Brewster & Eleni Gajewski

5 Essentials Survey Open

Parent/Guardian Survey Information:

To help us ensure a nurturing, supportive and child-centered learning environment for every student, we ask you to please participate in District 58’s annual Parent/Guardian School Environment Survey. This survey should take just a few minutes, yet the valuable input you provide will help guide the work of our principals, teachers and district administrators as they plan school improvement efforts. All responses are anonymous.

The Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Parent Survey is at now through Friday, March 31. District 58 will receive 5Essentials Parent Survey data if 20% or more of a school’s parents/guardians participate in this survey.

Student Survey Information:

In addition to the parent/guardian surveys, fourth through eighth grade students will be asked to participate in a 5Essentials Student Survey sometime between Jan. 31-March 24. If you do not wish to have your fourth through eighth grade student(s) participate, please complete this Opt-Out Form and return it to your child’s school office by Friday, Jan. 27.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement was developed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The survey’s results will become part of the 2023 Illinois State Report Card for your child’s school. Student, staff and parent identities will be kept confidential, and responses will not be linked to any individual. To view the privacy policy related to this survey, visit To view the 5Essentials survey that will be administered to fourth through eighth grade students, visit The survey results will be used to inform planning for your child.

Parents may also take the Parent/Guardian School Environment Survey at now through Friday, Feb. 17. If you have a child attending more than one District 58 school, please complete a separate survey for each building. We value your responses and thank you for your time and effort!

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Summer School and ESY

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Prechool Registration

Grove Children’s Preschool will hold an open house on Feb. 15

Will your child be 3 or 4 years old this August? Do you have a neighbor or friend with a future preschooler? Please share! Grove Children’s Preschool will hold an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Henry Puffer School, 2220 Haddow Ave. Parents and guardians may tour the preschool, meet the staff, hear an overview of the program, and ask questions throughout the open house.

Grove Children’s Preschool tuition applications for the 2023-24 school year will open online at on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. First priority applications are due Wednesday, March 8.

Learn here more.

(Repeat Information)

Yearbook Photos Needed

It's that time of year again! We will be collecting yearbook photos throughout February. Please send photos to

We will also hold the annual yearbook photo cover contest. Please see the flier below.

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Conferences Signup

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on February 7th and February 9th in the evening. Families can sign-up for conferences through Powerschool. We look forward to this opportunity to partner with you on behalf of your child(ren).
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Inclement Weather

If inclement winter weather prompts District 58 to close its schools and facilities, the District will notify families and staff as soon as possible using a variety of communication tools. Please note, extreme weather is very unpredictable, and the decision to close schools is typically not able to be made until the morning of the event. District 58 will only send a message if schools will be closed. Otherwise, the day will proceed as usual.

Click HERE for the district website.

Save the Dates...

January 30 -Community Facility Vision Session

February 7 - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

February 9 - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

February 20 - Presidents Day NO SCHOOL

February 23 - Gr. 3-4 Southside cast Musical

February 25 - Reading Games

February 27 - Board of Education Meeting

February 28 - Teacher Inservice NO SCHOOL

2023 Fun Lunch Ordering Now Open!!

2/10/2023 (Order Deadline 1/31/2023) - Zazzo's, pizza only

3/10/2023 (Order Deadline 2/28/2023) - Aurelio's, pizza only

4/14/2023 (Order Deadline 3/31/2023) – Cozzi’s (hot dogs, GF hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, buttered noodles. Potato chips and Oreo cookies are included with menu item)

5/12/2023 (Order Deadline 4/30/2023) - Zazzo's, pizza only



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


E-mail Beth Tournis for details

Parking During Arrival and Dismissal

We ask that all Kingsley families please be considerate of the neighbor's driveways. If you need to park your car, please do not block the driveways. Our neighbors need to be able to enter and exit their driveways as needed.

As a reminder, the parking lot is closed during arrival and dismissal. This allows district buses and vans to complete their routes. Also, for the safety of students, we do not want them walking through the parking lot with moving vehicles.

These procedures allow for the safety of our students and neighbors. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Lunch/Recess Sub Coverage

If any parents are interested in being put on our lunch/recess sub list, please contact the main office.
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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

Professional Learning Mondays (K-8)

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

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