Volume 10, Issue 3 | Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Throughout this publication, you will see the following color-coded dots accompanying each article. They represent which District strategic goal the article addresses. Learn more about District 58's Strategic Plan at www.dg58.org/vision58.

Focusing on Learning Connecting the Community Securing the Future
District 58 and DGEEA reach contract agreement
The District 58 Board of Education approved a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the Downers Grove Elementary Education Association on Monday, Sept. 17. The DGEEA and District 58 published a joint communication on Tuesday, Sept. 18 regarding the approved contract and negotiation process.

Community enjoys Oktoberfest
The Education Foundation thanks everyone who attended its annual Oktoberfest fundraiser in downtown Downers Grove! Event proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation's programs, which include the Teachers Grant Program, Select 58 for eighth graders, Distinguished Service Awards for staff, The Reading Games and more.

Join a Strategic Plan group
The Board of Education approved the District 58 Strategic Plan Action Steps during the Sept. 17 Board meeting. These action steps will help the District achieve its three strategic goals.

There are several opportunities for the community to participate in the District's strategic planning work! This week, parents and staff will receive an email with more information on these opportunities. District 58 hopes the community will consider joining its pursuit of excellence in education!
Sept. 20 is a half day
Thursday, Sept. 20 is a half day of school for students.

Kindergarten will dismiss at its normal 11:30 a.m. time.
OKEEP and grades 1-6 will dismiss at 11:40 a.m.
Middle school will dismiss at 11:53 a.m.

In the afternoon, teachers and staff will participate in building-based professional development. While agendas vary by school, many teachers will review student assessment data, enhance their ELA instructional practice, plan for parent-teacher conferences, and collaborate with their grade-level teaching partners.
District 58 is hiring nurses District 58 is hiring two part-time registered nurses to support student needs in District 58.

Sign up for a parent-teacher conference starting Sept. 20
District 58 parents may sign up for a fall parent-teacher conference starting Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. through Friday, Oct. 5 at noon via the District's SQUIRREL system.

Safety corner: Preparedness
September is Preparedness Month. Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Has your family created an emergency plan and emergency kit? Learn how to get prepared with the Village of Downers Grove's preparedness resource guide

In addition, District 58 will soon conduct a test of its parent notification system using voice, text and email messaging. If your contact information has recently changed, please let your school office know. Thank you!
Schools of 58 Handbook
Have you read the Schools of 58 parent handbook yet? This handbook provides parents and students with a helpful overview of District 58's policies and procedures. You may read the electronic version here; if you would prefer a print copy, please contact your school office.
Absences and Tardiness
New State legislation considers any student who misses 5 percent (or 8 days) or more of the school year to be chronically truant, regardless of whether the absences are excused.

Learn more about this and all of District 58's Absence and Tardiness procedures here. (You can also view this information in the parent handbook.)
Subscribe to the District's Google Calendar
Want to subscribe to the District's or your school's Google calendar? It's easy!

  1. Visit the District homepage or your child's school.
  2. Go to the left hand column, immediately below the calendar listing.
  3. Select "Subscribe to this calendar with iCal."

National Custodial Worker's Day is Oct. 2
National Custodial Worker's Recognition Day is Tuesday, Oct. 2. If you see your school's custodians in the upcoming weeks, be sure to thank them for their service, and wish them a Happy National Custodial Worker's Recognition Day!

Pictured above: Fairmount Custodian Tom Okkema
Herrick students demonstrate learning through Shark Tank project

Herrick eighth graders in Mrs. Winthrop’s ELA class practiced their problem-solving, research, writing and persuasive speaking skills during a Shark Tank project.

Similar to the Shark Tank TV show, students invented a product and explained why the Sharks should invest in it. The students delivered a catchy hook, clearly described their product and asserted their funding needs.

Teachers and other VIPs, including Superintendent Dr. Kari Cremascoli, volunteered to serve as Sharks. They challenged the students with good questions about their products, before making a mock bargain with the student entrepreneurs. View this short video to watch their learning in action!
Kingsley kindergarteners explore science with DGS students

Downers Grove South Science Teacher Scott Parker and Special Services Teacher Beth Fields, along with their students, conducted fun science experiments with kindergarten students at Kingsley last spring. District 99 recently created a short video about this experience. Thank you DGS for your partnership and collaboration!
17-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden visited Henry Puffer last week. She shared her incredible life story and imparted an inspirational message about perseverance, kindness, inclusivity and celebrating our unique differences.
As part of their Family and Consumer Science class, O'Neill eighth graders completed a community service project. This group spruced up O'Neill's courtyard. It looks great!
Tweet from Highland Principal Bridget Moore: " My favorite comment I overheard from a second grader to her teammates today, “Okay, let’s give this another try.” Growth Mindset at work! #dg58learns #hghuskies"
Mr. Luciano's fourth graders at Fairmount read a nonfiction text on shellfish production and discussed it in small groups and as a class.
Mrs. Miller's Whittier sixth graders began the school year with several team-building STEM activities, including the above zipline challenge. Her classroom aims to spend one hour per week on creative STEM projects!
Belle Aire fifth graders in Mrs. Matson's class collaborate, problem solve and learn, using their iPads as a helpful resource.
Pierce Downer first graders practice gross motor skills while drawing "Getting to Know You" pictures.
El Sierra Student Council candidates presented very polished speeches on why they should be elected. Nice work!
Lester kindergarteners carefully cut words to form stories. Great gross motor skill AND reading comprehension practice!
In art class, Hillcrest first graders read local author DJ Corchin's "Do You Speak Fish" and designed their own fish, inspired by the book, using the ArtStudio app.
Small group learning in Grove Children's Preschool is a great way to target math, literacy and social-emotional learning lessons.
The Indian Trail PTA held a very successful and well-attended Back to School Picnic event last week!
September Budget Workshop Briefs: The District 58 Board of Education approved the Strategic Plan action steps, the teachers contract, and the 2018-19 budget during the regular September Board meeting.

Board Meeting - Looking Ahead:
The Board of Education will hold a regular business meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at Downers Grove Village Hall.
This meeting was moved from its usual Monday meeting day due to the Columbus Day holiday. All are welcome to attend!
DGS connects future teachers to District 58 students

Hillcrest, Indian Trail and Kingsley schools invited Downers Grove South Intro to Teaching students into their classrooms last year. High schoolers who aspire to be teachers enjoyed an opportunity to get a glimpse into their possible future career.

View this short video to learn more about this valuable partnership!
Thanks for the school supplies!
HIT2FIT Martial Arts & Group Fitness recently donated several school supplies to help District 58 students in need. Thank you for your support!
Please mark your calendar!
Thursday, Sept. 20: School Improvement Day - Half Day Attendance Day for Students

Sept. 24-26 : Camp Edwards for Belle Aire, Henry Puffer and Whittier

Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3:45 p.m. : Board Legislative Meeting at the ASC

Oct. 1-3: Camp Edwards for El Sierra and Fairmount

Oct. 3-5: Camp Edwards for Kingsley and Indian Trail
Monday, Oct. 8: Columbus Day - No School

Tuesday, Oct. 9: No School for Students Morning Teacher Inservice Day
Afternoon and evening Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m .: Regular Board of Education Meeting at Downers Grove Village Hall

Thursday, Oct. 11: Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
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