Volume 10, Issue 19 | Wednesday, June 5, 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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Congratulations retirees!
District 58 congratulates its 13 employees who will retire this school year. Together, this group has provided District 58 with 319 years of dedicated service.

District 58 thanks its retirees for their numerous contributions and hard work, and wishes them the best in all their future endeavors!

School's (almost) out for summer!
Please note District 58's last day of school schedule:

Monday, June 10: Last day of school for 8th grade (full day)
  • O'Neill Eighth Grade Promotion at Downers Grove South: 5 p.m.
  • Herrick Eighth Grade Promotion at Downers Grove South: 7 p.m.
Tuesday June 11: Last day of school for preschool thru 7th grade (half day)
  • Preschool: End of year celebration at Gilbert Park (see Mrs. Cadard's email for details)
  • Morning Kindergarten: 11:30 a.m. dismissal
  • OKEEP and 1st-6th Grade: 11:40 a.m. dismissal
  • 7th Grade: 11:53 a.m. dismissal
Mark your calendar for 2019-20
Please jot down these key 2019-20 calendar items! View the complete 2019-20 calendar here.

First Day of Student Attendance: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 (Grades K-8) - Full Day

Curriculum Night : Times TBD
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4 (O'Neill)
  • Thursday, Sept 5 (Belle Aire, Highland, Henry Puffer, Lester, Pierce Downer and Whittier)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10 (El Sierra, Fairmount, Hillcrest, Indian Trail, Kingsley and Herrick 8th Grade)
  • Thursday, Sept. 12 (Herrick 7th Grade)
Thanksgiving Break:  Nov. 25-29, 2019

Winter Break:  Dec. 23, 2019-Jan. 3, 2020

Spring Break:  March 30-April 3, 2020

Last Day of School: June 3, 2020 (only if no emergency days are used. The last day of school could be as late as June 9 if emergency days are needed.)

Weekly Early Dismissal/Daily Schedule: Students in grades K-8 will be dismissed at 2 p.m. on Mondays to provide teachers with  professional learning time. The 2019-20 schedule is:

  • Preschool: 8:50-11:30 a.m. (morning session) and 12:30-3:10 p.m. (afternoon session), Monday-Friday
  • Morning Kindergarten: 8:15-11:20 a.m., Monday-Friday
  • Kindergarten with OKEEP and Grades 1-6: 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday and 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday
  • Grades 7-8: 8:30 a.m.-2p.m. on Monday and 8:30 a.m.-3:17 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday. Early Bird classes (band, choir and orchestra) will take place from 7:45-8:25 a.m. Monday-Friday.
Grove Foundation recognizes fifth graders for good character
The Grove Foundation recognized 22 District 58 fifth graders with Helping Children Grow Awards this school year. This award is given to students who display extra effort, good character and a willingness to help others. Congratulations! 

Pictured here, Hillcrest's Helping Children Grow Award recipients.
Take the District's communications survey
District 58 invites all community members to complete its   Communication Satisfaction and Preferences Survey   now through Wednesday, June 12. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and the District will use survey feedback to guide its communication improvement efforts.
Time to return your child's 1:1 learning device!
District 58 is collecting iPads and Chromebooks for the summer.

If you haven't already turned in your child's District 58-issued 1:1 device, please do so as soon as possible!

District seeks parent feedback regarding 1:1 program
District 58 seeks parent feedback regarding its 1:1 Learning Program, which provides students in grades 1-6 with an iPad and students in grades 7-8 with a Chromebook.

Summer learning in District 58
District 58 invites students to join the PTA Summer Math Club and the Downers Grove Public Library Summer Reading Program! Learn more about these opportunities and more at www.dg58.org/summer.
Learn more about facility planning in District 58
District 58 is developing a Facility Master Plan to guide future facility decision-making. Learn more about this process by visiting the  District 58 Facility Planning webpage.
Register for next school year

Still need to register your child for the 2019-20 school year? Please complete your  child's registration as soon as possible. Having accurate registration numbers helps the District make critical staffing decisions.
Pierce Downer, Fairmount, Henry Puffer and Kingsley classes of 2013 return to their elementary school
The Pierce Downer ( featured video ), Fairmount, Henry Puffer and Kingsley classes of 2013 returned to their old stomping grounds, donning their high school Class of 2019 caps and gowns, for one final walk-through with their elementary school pals.

View highlights from this year's El Sierra Watch DOGS program!
El Sierra School is proud to offer the Watch DOGS program! Each week, this program invited positive male role models (mostly dads) to help out with different classroom activities. 

The students and dads alike enjoyed valuable bonding time!

Hillcrest students raised $9,048 for Watts of Love, a nonprofit that provides lighting for Ugandan families! Through this fundraiser, they will donate approximately 181 lights, benefitting about 1,265 people. Thank you for your generosity, Hillcrest community!
Fairmount third graders brainstormed ways to encourage their peers to read all summer long. The class picked a few student representatives, who met with Principal Mrs. Niforatos and presented their ideas. She was very impressed and approved their suggestions. Great initiative!
Last week, Indian Trail fourth graders went on a field trip to Feed My Starving Children in Aurora, where they filled 185 boxes to feed 109 children around the world for a year. In other words, their service work will provide 39,960 meals! Way to go, students! View more photos.
Herrick's PRIDE (Polite, Respectful Individuals Doing Extra) Award winners participated in a leadership workshop led by Second City. Herrick Librarian Jeff Berger said he hopes the workshop will help students hone their leadership skills and empower them to become school leaders in the future. Learn more.
 Non-profit Mothers Against Violence in Schools teamed up with the Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club to fundraise for 11 new Buddy Benches at District 58 elementary schools.

Learn more about the two new Buddy Benches recently installed at El Sierra!
After school June 4, Whittier sixth graders chalked the sidewalks and walls around their school with positive messages. When teachers, staff and students arrived on Wednesday, they were pleasantly surprised! This activity aligned with Whittier's theme of the year: "Choose Kind." View photos.
Lester students did many activities to celebrate Kindness Week last week. For example, fifth graders helped their first grade buddies read books!
Belle Aire second graders had fun viewing primary resources about local history at the Downers Grove Museum during a field trip this week!
O'Neill science students used an exothermic chemical reaction to produce hydrogen and captured it in a balloon.
What a treat! The Henry Puffer book club enjoyed reading to a very special guest week: Maya the Therapy Dog! Thanks for visiting, Therapy Dogs International.
 These Kingsley third graders went above and beyond with their Chicago projects! Check out this short video to see how the students captured Chicago landmarks.
A group of Highland fifth graders partnered with Librarian Angela Vahle to create the Highland Scoop, a weekly news broadcast! Check out their recent broadcasts.
Board hosts farewell reception for Superintendent Dr. Kari Cremascoli
The District 58 School Board invites the community to a farewell reception for Dr. Cremascoli on June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.
Board Preview: June Board Meeting
The Board will hold a regular business meeting on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at Downers Grove Village Hall. View the agenda to learn more.
Earn easy money for your school - Download KOHA today!
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 $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!
Wednesday, June 5
6:30 p.m.: Farewell Reception for Superintendent Dr. Kari Cremascoli at Downers Grove Village Hall
7 p.m.: Regular Board Meeting at Downers Grove Village Hall

Monday, June 10
Last Day of School for Eighth Grade (full day)
5 p.m.: O'Neill Eighth Grade Promotion at Downers Grove South
7 p.m.: Herrick Eighth Grade Promotion at Downers Grove South

Tuesday, June 11
Last Day of School! (Half Day for Students)
Preschool Celebration in Gilbert Park
Kindergarten Dismisses at 11:30 a.m.
OKEEP & Grades 1-6 Dismiss at 11:40 a.m.
Grade 7 Dismisses at 11:53 a.m.
Thursday, June 13
Summer School Begins
Last Day School Offices are Open

Sunday, June 16
Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 17
Extended School Year begins
District Summer Hours Begin (M-Th 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Closed on Fridays)

Thursday, Aug. 22
First Day of School (Full Day)
Downers Grove Grade School District 58, 1860 63rd St., Downers Grove, IL 60516
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