Volume 10, Issue 1 | Friday, Aug. 24, 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
Welcome back to school!
District 58 kicked off another fantastic school year on Thursday, Aug. 23!

Back to school resources
Visit our Back to School resource page for important information on Curriculum Night, the parent handbook, bus routes, immunizations, the 2018-19 calendar and more!

What's new this year?
Strategic Plan:
District 58 is excited to share a few new projects and curricular enhancement that students and families can expect this year. First, the Board of Education approved a new Vision 58 Strategic Plan report last May.

This summer, development teams created action steps associated with the plan's three ambitious goals. District 58 is excited to present these action steps with the Board of Education and community this September!
Lester addition: District 58 invites the community to attend the Lester School ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

This event celebrates Lester School's new addition, which added three classrooms, ADA-compliant bathrooms and a flexible resource space.

Coming soon: a Lester School addition video tour!
English-Language Arts (ELA) resources: Last school year, District 58 rolled out new ELA curriculum resources in a few classrooms from each school, and provided ELA professional development to all teachers. 

This school year, District 58 will fully implement the new ELA curricular resources in all classrooms.

Trimesters : District 58 is moving from a quarter calendar to a trimester calendar this school year. This shift intends to give students additional time to demonstrate mastery of skills, as well as shift the focus of parent-teacher conferences to be more about student learning and parent partnerships, and less about grades.

See page 9 of the Annual Report for more information.
PLUS, Art instruction will increase from biweekly to weekly in grades 1 and 2.
Physical education instruction will increase from 2 classes per week to 3 classes per week in grades 3-6.
District 58 added three full-time registered nurse positions to better support students.
District welcomes teachers, staff
District 58 welcomed 34 new teachers, six new administrators and several new support staff this school year! The District also enjoyed greeting all teachers during Teacher Institute Day on Aug. 20, as well as instructional assistants during their professional development day Aug. 22.

View highlights from New Teacher Week, including the Education Foundation and Lions Club's new teacher luncheon events. Community partners attended these events and shared resources and information with new teachers. We are proud of our strong community partnerships!

View photos of our fantastic instructional assistants, returning to work for a day of learning Aug. 22!
Read the Annual Report to the Community
Read the 2018 Annual Report to the Community, which highlights District 58 news from the 2017-18 school year, a look back at our previous Strategic Plan's achievements, and a preview of the new Strategic Plan.

District offers free preschool and developmental screenings
District 58 offers FREE preschool and developmental screenings designed to identify young children (ages 0-5) who might have developmental delays and who would benefit from special education prior to beginning kindergarten.

Featured video:
Hillcrest Kindergarten Move-In

Hillcrest School welcomed new kindergarteners and their families during a move-in event on Aug. 15.

Students met their teacher, put away their school supplies and took tours of their new school. Watch this 1-minute video for highlights!
Logan H., a DGS sophomore and O'Neill alumnus, replaced O'Neill's bike racks this summer, as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Thank you, Logan!

Belle Aire annually invites new families to visit a few days before the school year starts. New students meet their teacher, and sixth grade volunteers lead tours.

Indian Trail hosted a Meet the Teacher event on Aug. 21. Students had fun organizing their desk, meeting their teacher and catching up with friends.

The Kingsley PTA organized a family-friendly welcome back party Aug. 21, complete with music, face painting, balloon animals, a dunk tank and more!

New Herrick and O'Neill seventh graders enjoyed a sneak peek of middle school in a relaxed environment during Sneak Preview on Aug. 16-17.

On Aug. 21, El Sierra hosted Kindergarten Connections, an event for kindergarteners and parents to meet one another and have fun before school starts.

Whittier staff and parents held a "clap in" to usher students into a new school year. View photos.
Henry Puffer and Grove Children's Preschool get organized for a new school year! View photos.
Fairmount students wrap up the first day of school on a high note! View photos.
Pierce Downer students and staff are happy to be back! View photos.
Highland's first day of school is busy for everyone! View photos that capture students, teachers and support staff, including the secretaries, custodian and nurse!
First day highlights at Lester, including a first peek at the school's new classrooms! A Lester addition video tour will be coming soon! View photos.
August Board Briefs: The Board of Education's regular August Board meeting included a spotlight on the District's Title 1 Plan, the superintendent's report, a business report, and the approval of the proposed tentative budget.

Board Meeting Preview: The Board of Education will hold its fall Budget Workshop on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at Lester School. The meeting will include a 2018-19 budget hearing, a vote to approve the 2018-19 budget and a budget presentation. The meeting will also offer the community an extended reception of visitors, during which the community and Board can engage in a 30-minute open conversation.

The meeting agenda will be posted Friday afternoon.
You're invited: Downers Grove Oktoberfest is Sept. 15-16
Bring the whole family to Oktoberfest in downtown Downers Grove (just north of the library) on Sept. 15-16. Families can enjoy entertainment, authentic German food, kid-friendly activities and much more. All proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58!

Local groups donate school supplies
District 58 thanks the individuals and local organizations who donated school supply donations to help local students in need.Donators include the Downers Grove Roadrunners families (pictured right), the Village of Downers Grove staff, Downers Grove Old Navy staff, and Lester student Connor and his friends.

District 58 also thanks everyone else who donated school supplies and other essentials to their schools or local nonprofits. Your help is making a difference!
Community E-flyers

District 58 emails parents relevant e-flyers on the first and third Monday of the month. E-flyer submissions are due by 4 p.m. on the preceding Thursday. Learn more about e-flyers. The first e-flyer distribution of the 2018-19 school year will be Monday, Sept. 3.
Please mark your calendar!
Monday Aug. 27:
  • MAP and AIMSweb testing begins
  • 6:30 p.m.: Lester School Ribbon-Cutting
  • 7 p.m.: Board Budget Workshop at Lester

Monday, Sept. 3 : Labor Day - No School

Thursday, Sept. 6 : Curriculum Night at El Sierra, Fairmount, Hillcrest, Indian Trail, Kingsley, Herrick Eighth Grade and Grove Children’s Preschool (HP location)

Tuesday, Sept. 11: Curriculum Night at Belle Aire, Highland, Henry Puffer, Lester, Pierce Downer, Whittier, O'Neill and Grove Children's Preschool (IT location)
Thursday, Sept. 13 : Curriculum Night - Herrick Seventh Grade

Sept. 14-15 : Downers Grove Oktoberfest

Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.: Regular Board Meeting at Dowers Grove Village Hall

Thursday, Sept. 20: School Improvement Day - Half Day Attendance Day for Students
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