Volume 10, Issue 17 | Thursday, May 9, 2019
Throughout this publication, you will see the following color-coded dots accompanying each article. They represent which strategic goal the article addresses.

Focusing on Learning Connecting the Community Securing the Future

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District 58 celebrates Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
In honor of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week (May 6-10), the District thanks its incredible 640 employees for their dedicated work to the students and families of District 58! We appreciate you!

Want to thank a special teacher or staff member?

District 58 thanks award-winning employees!
District 58 hosts facility planning community engagement sessions
District 58 invites the public to attend a facility planning community engagement session later this month. The sessions will take place:

Facility Planning Community Engagement Session #1
Tuesday, May 21 from 6-6:45 p.m. at O'Neill Middle School

Facility Planning Community Engagement Session #2
Wednesday, May 22 from 6-6:45 p.m. at Herrick Middle School

The District's Facility Planning Council and the Instructional Model Review Council were formed this school year through the District's Vision 58 Strategic Plan. The Councils seek community input as they evaluate District 58's facilities and begin creating a Master Facility Plan. During the meetings, the Councils will present their early ideas and ask the community for feedback and insight. No RSVP is required; please consider attending!

Throughout the District's Master Facility Plan development process, there will be additional opportunities for community engagement and feedback provided.
Meet incoming Superintendent Dr. Kevin Russell at open house
District 58 will hold an open house for new Superintendent Dr. Kevin Russell on  Monday, May 13 from 6:30-7 p.m.  at Downers Grove Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave. The public is invited to attend and welcome Dr. Russell back to District 58!

Light refreshments will be served. The regular monthly District 58 School Board meeting will immediately follow.

Dr. Russell will begin working in District 58 on July 1. 

Select 58 banquet honors eighth graders for service
District 58 celebrated this year’s Select 58 recipients at a formal awards banquet at Herrick Middle School on Monday, May 6. Select 58 is an Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 program that honors 58 eighth graders (29 from O'Neill and 29 from Herrick) who provide outstanding service to their school and community.

Congratulations to this year's Select 58 award recipients!

13 students selected to attend Young Authors Conference
Congratulations to the 13 students who will represent District 58 at the statewide Young Authors Conference this month! This annual writing program invited students to write an original story. Each school selects one story to be featured at the state conference.
Learn about beginning band, orchestra in D58
3rd and 4th grade parents are invited to a meeting to learn about D58's band and orchestra programs on Thursday, May 16 at Herrick. The Beginning Orchestra meeting is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Beginning Band meeting is from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Herrick and O'Neill will host summer sports camps
Herrick and O'Neill will offer one-week summer sports camps for students entering grades 5-8.

Please register your child for the 2019-20 school year
Online registration for the 2019-20 school year is open now through Friday, May 17. The District emailed current parents registration information, including a personalized registration "snapcode" for each student, on April 9. Learn more.
Grove Children's Preschool is accepting 2019-20 enrollment
Will your child be 3-to-5 years old next school year? Please consider enrolling your child in Grove Children’s Preschool! This highly-rated preschool program educates the whole child and prepares students for future academic success. Learn more.
District 58 is hiring!
Looking for a job? District 58 is hiring for several positions, including a biliteracy coordinator, technician, classroom and special education teachers, part-time substitute custodian, registered nurse, school secretaries, instructional assistants and more! Click here to learn more.
District 58 students connect with writers during Author Fest
Fest took place at El Sierra, Fairmount, Indian Trail, Kingsley, Hillcrest & Belle Aire
Several District 58 schools welcomed renowned children's authors Brianna DuMont, Jill Esbaum, Liesl Shurtliff, Patricia Toht and Allan Woodrow into their classrooms April 24-26 for Author Fest! 

The authors shared stories about what motivated them to become writers, as well as insights into the writing process. They also prepared hands-on activities, and kids could ask questions. The fest culminated with a public book signing and author event at the Downers Grove Public Library and Anderson's Bookshop. Thank you, District 58 PTA, for coordinating this fantastic event!
Video: Lester remembers alumna Beth Dunlap
Lester School remembered and celebrated alumna Beth Dunlap on April 18. Students participated in several “18” themed activities, in honor of Beth's volleyball number, 18. After school, the Lester staff played the DGN volleyball team. Students, staff and families made donations in the form of 18 (i.e. 18 pennies, 18 dollars, etc). With each donation, the donor could vote for the team they thought would win the game. Lester raised an incredible $764.18, which will be donated to the Beth Dunlap 18 Fund, which serves underprivileged volleyball players. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to Beth!

“We are so grateful to the girls from DGN who came to Lester to play in honor of their teammate,” said Lester Principal Carin Novak. Click here (or the image to the left) to watch a recap video!
O'Neill's Scholastic Bowl earned a second place finish at Sectionals. "This hard-working group of students had an undefeated regular season, and most of the team will return next year!" said Principal Matt Durbala.
Indian Trail fourth graders worked on social-emotional learning and executive functioning skills as they collaborated to get out of an escape room at school! Good work!
Henry Puffer third graders took a virtual tour of Chicago's famous landmarks, using the TourCreator app! View this 5-second video to see it in action!
District 58's maintenance team recently installed a beautiful Free Little Library outside El Sierra, courtesy of an El Sierra PTA donation. Thank you!
Pierce Downer sixth graders recently compared sheep and cow hearts, during their cow heart dissection.
Highland's speech therapist, Mrs. Semple, visited kindergarten classrooms to practice whole body listening and reading/writing with adjectives. The kids learned a lot!
Board Reorganization
The School Board bid farewell to its outgoing members, swore in its new members, and selected Board member assignments during an April 25 meeting.
Budget Workshop
The District 58 School Board held a Budget Workshop on April 29.

Board Preview
The Board will hold a regular business meeting on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Downers Grove Village Hall. The agenda will be posted Friday, May 10.
Education Foundation hosts open house Looking for a way to support District 58 in a meaningful and impactful manner? Please consider joining the Education Foundation!

The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 will hold an open house for prospective new members on Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Cadence Kitchen, 5101 Mochel Drive.

The Education Foundation seeks community members interested in fundraising and/or organizing its programs that support District 58.

Join the #GivingKOHA Challenge
KOHA is an app that helps local businesses support District 58's fundraising efforts.

KOHA recently launched the #GivingKOHA Download Challenge. The premise: Every time someone downloads the KOHA app and selects their school, KOHA will donate a $1 to that school's PTA, with a guaranteed donation of up to $5,000.

To download KOHA, follow these links:
Google Play: http://goo.gl/M7nzhw

Learn more. Thank you for your support!
May 6-29: Spring MAP and AIMSweb test period

Thursday, May 9
School Improvement Day - Half Day for Students
Kindergarten dismisses at 11:30 a.m.
OKEEP & Grades 1-6 dismiss at 11:40 a.m.
Grades 7-8 dismiss at 11:53 a.m.
6-7 p.m.: Biliteracy Registration Night at Kingsley
7-8 p.m. Vocal Recital Night at Herrick

Friday, May 10
7-8 a.m.: Financial Advisory Committee Meeting at the ASC

Sunday, May 12
Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 13
6:30 p.m.: Open House for Incoming Superintendent Dr. Kevin Russell at Downers Grove Village Hall
7 p.m.: Regular School Board Meeting at Downers Grove Village Hall

Tuesday, May 14
5:30-7 p.m.: Elementary Gifted Program Open House at Pierce Downer
6-7:30 p.m.: Board Tour and PTA Meeting at El Sierra
Wednesday, May 15
7 p.m.: Herrick Choir Concert at Herrick

Thursday, May 16
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Beginning Orchestra Parent Meeting at Herrick
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Beginning Band Parent Meeting at Herrick

Tuesday, May 21
7 a.m.: Policy Committee Meeting at the ASC
4-5:30 p.m.: District Leadership Team Meeting at Longfellow
6-6:45 p.m.: Facility Planning Community Engagement Session at O'Neill
7 p.m.: Herrick Band Concert at Herrick
7 p.m.: O'Neill Choir & Orchestra Spring Concert at O'Neill

Wednesday, May 22
6-6:45 p.m.: Facility Planning Community Engagement Session at Herrick
6 p.m.: Biliteracy Program Information Night at Kingsley

Thursday, May 23
7 p.m.: Herrick Orchestra Concert at Herrick
7 p.m.: O'Neill Band & Jazz Band Concert at O'Neill
Downers Grove Grade School District 58, 1860 63rd St., Downers Grove, IL 60516
Community Relations Office: 630-719-5805 I mhewitt@dg58.org | www.dg58.org