Volume 11, Issue 8 | Wednesday, Nov. 20, 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 Veterans Day
District 58 schools held many Veterans Day celebrations and class discussions! On behalf of District 58, we thank all of our veterans for their service. Here are some photos and videos from our schools' celebrations:

Have a Happy Thanksgiving break!
District 58 reminds families that schools will be closed next week (Nov. 25-29) for Thanksgiving break. District offices (the Administrative Service Center and Longfellow) will be closed Nov. 27-29.

In addition, Monday, Dec. 2 is a Teacher Inservice Day and a non-attendance day for students. We hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

( Featured photo: Grove Children's Preschool students practiced setting the table for Thanksgiving!)
Facility planning: District 58's next steps
District 58 invited several stakeholders to join a Facility Planning Citizen Task Force. Prospective task force members were recommended by the School Board, administrators, staff members, parents and the community at large. The task force will meet several times this winter and spring to help the School Board update and finalize its draft Master Facility Plan. This group will also make a recommendation to the Board as to whether District 58 should pursue a building bond (referendum) question on the November 2020 ballot.

When do students go outside in cold weather?
Grade K-8 District 58 students can go outside if the combined temperature and wind chill is 0 degrees or above, barring special circumstances, such as excessive ice. Please be sure to dress your child warmly! Students should remember to bring hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, coats, snow pants and boots. They may want to bring an extra fleece to wear, as well as an extra pair of socks in case theirs get wet. Please remember to label these items with your child's name!
Reminder: MAP and AIMSweb testing starts next month
District 58 will conduct its winter MAP testing  Dec. 2-20 and AIMSweb testing  Dec. 3-20. The MAP test evaluates students in grades K-8 on Math and Reading skills. AIMSweb tests students on reading fluency; when students master reading fluency, they exit from taking this assessment.

How does D58 decide to cancel school in poor weather?

District 58 consults many sources when deciding whether to cancel school due to snow or extreme weather. The District also promptly communicates closure information to parents and staff. Learn more.
Happy American Education Week, District 58!

Happy American Education Week, District 58! This annual occasion presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate the importance of public education. Thank you for your support of District 58 education!
Honor a staff member with a Green Apple Award!

The Education Foundation invites community members to thank a special District 58 staff member with a Green Apple Award and donation to the Foundation, which supports many student and staff programs. Learn more.
On the 60th day of school, Fairmount School celebrated its 60th birthday! They are celebrating with a special Spirit Week that kicked off with Fairmount Day. Students and staff wore school colors and held school celebrations!
Henry Puffer Teacher Christine Reynolds and her third grade class recently launched a podcast! The students hope to use the podcast to make a difference in their community by highlighting a wide range of local voices. Listen to Episode 1 !
Kingsley Principal Mel Sawisch created a short video highlighting this week's professional learning experience. Staff collaborated to enhance the student learning environment.

Pierce Downer students collected 350 pounds of candy for Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that supports our troops. Each day for a week, students filled these bins with candy donations!
Whittier kindergarteners react to watching a PebbleGo video on tarantulas! The video was part of the students' research unit on spiders.
The Highland Student Council leads fundraisers to support school improvements. Their recent efforts helped fund new library collaboration spaces!
Lester first graders used their engineering skills to plan and build a model that shows how a plant can stand up. Nice work!
El Sierra students learned about the power of hard work and the importance of treating each other nicely during the Matt Wilhelm BMX assembly.
Herrick Principal Amy Read brought her certified therapy dog, Buster, to school. The students loved visiting with Buster!
November Meeting
The Board's regular November business meeting featured the District's school report card results, a spotlight on Highland School and more. Read the Board Briefs.

(Photo above: Superintendent Dr. Kevin Russell, the D58 School Board and Highland Student Council)
Fall Financial Workshop
The Board held a Financial Workshop on Nov. 18 that reviewed the District's 2019-20 budget, proposed the creation of a fund balance policy for 2020, and compared District 58's revenue sources with other local school districts. Board Briefs will be published later this week.
Thank you for the coat and winter-wear donations!

District 58 thanks the St. Joseph's Knights of Columbus for donating 39 winter coats to District 58 students in need! The District also thanks Mary, a private resident, for organizing a snow pants and snow boots collection to serve D58 students.

We appreciate your support!
Downers Grove Magazine features D58 teachers

The new issue of Downers Grove Magazine features a fantastic story on the origins of The Reading Games and the two District 58 teachers who started it all: Whittier Reading Specialist Christy Gergits and former Whittier Teacher Deb Krygeris!

Parents invited to local vaping information workshops

Vaping is all over the news and marijuana will soon be legal in Illinois. Parents are invited to attend "Vaping: The New Gateway," hosted by Raising a Resilient Child, on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Anderson's Bookshop.

Nov. 18-22
American Education Week

Wednesday, Nov. 20
3:45-4:45 p.m.: Board Legislative Committee Meeting at the ASC
6:15-7:15 p.m.: ESSA Parent Forum at Lester
7 p.m.: South Elementary Musical Performance at O'Neill

Thursday, Nov. 21
6-7 p.m.: ESSA Parent Forum at Kingsley

Nov. 25-Nov. 29
Thanksgiving break - No school!
District offices are closed Nov. 27-29.
Monday, Dec. 2
Teacher Institute Day - No school for students

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Winter benchmarking period begins (MAP and AIMSweb testing)
6:30-8 p.m.: PTA Reflections Ceremony at Herrick

Wednesday, Dec. 4
7-8 p.m.: North Elementary Band Concert at Herrick

Thursday, Dec. 5
7-8 p.m.: South 4th and 5th Grade Orchestra Concert at O'Neill
Downers Grove Grade School District 58, 1860 63rd St., Downers Grove, IL 60516
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