Volume 10, Issue 8 | Wednesday, Dec. 5, 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
Education Foundation awards 18 teacher grants to enhance learning
Support the Green Apple and KOHA programs
Congratulations to District 58 staff who received an Education Foundation teacher grant this school year! The Education Foundation awarded 18 grants that support learning and align to the District's Strategic Plan. Learn more about these grants, or attend the upcoming Dec. 10 Board meeting for a presentation.

The Education Foundation funds the teacher grants through its fundraisers and programs, which include the Green Apple Program. This holiday season, recognize a special District 58 employee with a Green Apple Award! Learn more.

Another way to support the Education Foundation is through the KOHA app. KOHA is simple to use - shop at an approved local business, snap a photo of your receipt, and upload it to the app. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the school of your choosing, as well as the Education Foundation. Learn more. Congrats to the top District 58 2018 KOHA fundraisers.
Dr. Cremascoli presents a Green Apple to Assistant Director of Buildings & Grounds Geoff Neustadt.
View our Vision 58 website for Strategic Plan updates
The Board of Education approved a new District 58 Strategic Plan last spring. This stakeholder-driven plan will guide District 58's future decision-making in three goal areas: Focusing on Learning, Connecting the Community and Securing the Future. As the District makes progress on these goals, updates will be posted online at www.dg58.org/vision58. This page also includes information on the many groups working to achieve the Strategic Plan's goals!

In addition, District 58 leaders will present their first quarterly Strategic Plan update to the Board of Education at the Board's Dec. 10 meeting. Afterward, the progress update, along with a new Strategic Plan dashboard, will be posted online.
Looking ahead: This winter, the District will hold several community facility planning visioning meetings. As part of its Securing the Future strategic goal, the District is developing a focused and long-term master facility plan that ensures safe, modernized and effective learning environments for all students. These visioning meetings will present initial ideas to the community, seeking input. We will communicate the meeting schedule and more information shortly after winter break.
It's not too late to get your flu shot!
It's National Influenza Vaccination Week. Let's keep our schools healthy! The flu is a serious illness. On average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year because of complications from the flu. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease.

Excellence in DG58: Whittier students present ideas to Board members
Whittier fifth graders recently discussed the evolution of laws. They picked a topic of interest and researched it. They presented their discoveries to their classmates, Teacher Mrs. Cheryl Lyons, Superintendent Dr. Kari Cremascoli and School Board Members/Legislative Committee Co-Chairs Elizabeth Sigale and Kirat Doshi.They did a great job asserting their opinions and respectfully listening to other students' perspectives!
View this two-minute video from our Excellence in DG58 video series for highlights!
Excellence in DG58:
Henry Puffer students discuss actions and consequences
Superintendent Dr. Cremascoli visited Mrs. Ferris's third grade classroom at Henry Puffer. She created this 2-minute video highlighting the students' thoughtful conversations on actions and consequences.
Excellence in DG58:
STEM time at Kingsley
Dr. Cremascoli visited Mrs. Kotor's second grade class during STEM time. The students paired up to design a boat, and then used problem-solving skills to improve their design. They also took photos and notes on their work process. Watch this 1-minute video.
Indian Trail students celebrate Thanksgiving

Before Thanksgiving break, we asked a few Indian Trail students what they were thankful for. Here's what they had to say!
District 58 joins Hour of Code
This week, schools around the world will participate in Hour of Code, a movement to inspire students to take interest in computer science. Several District 58 classrooms will participate in fun coding activities throughout this week. Visit District 58's Twitter account for Hour of Code highlights!
Grove Children's Preschool hosts Family Fun Night
District 58's preschoolers, families and staff visited the Downers Grove Public Library for an exciting Family Fun Night on Dec. 4. Families enjoyed reading books, connecting with other families and preschool staff, and a special visit from Curious George! Thanks, Downers Grove Public Library, for your partnership with District 58!
The Herrick and O'Neill bands performed at the District 66 Winter Invitational Dec. 1.
"This was a nice opportunity for the students to perform somewhere different and receive constructive musical feedback from a professional adjudicator," said Band Teacher Christine Kaminski. "They sounded great and represented our school well!"
Hillcrest fifth graders in Mrs. Cerny's class recently studied sound - vibrations, pitch, tension and frequency. They applied this learning to create their own instruments using everyday items. They demonstrated their instruments to the class, using key vocabulary to explain how the "instruments" worked.
Fairmount students love coding! Teachers are partnering with Librarian Mrs. Stroud and Instructional Coach Megan Ryder to create innovative coding learning experiences for students.

What does coding look like in fourth grade? View this 20-second video.
Through El Sierra's Watch DOGS program, each week the school welcomes a dad to participate in school activities and serve as a positive role model. The kids love spending time with their Watch DOGS!
O'Neill students and teachers rave about Librarian Tasha Squires' book talks. Now everyone can enjoy them! Mrs. Squires created a booktalk podcast. Catch her first nine booktalks here!
Highland read "The 68 Rooms" as a school, and last week, they enjoyed an all-school assembly to Skype with its author, Marianne Malone. They appreciated learning about Malone's writing process.
Jeff Larson, an Argonne mathematician, and Murat Keceli, an Argonne computer scientist, are visiting several schools to talk about their careers and to teach students about coding and computer science. Pictured above, Mr. Larson leads an engaging discussion with Lester fifth graders.
Belle Aire fifth graders used STEM skills to design and engineer a Macy's Thanksgiving Parade float replica. Students paired up, brainstormed ideas, created a plan, selected what materials would work, and designed their float using math skills. Great work!
District 58 is fortunate to have strong partnerships with local organizations, including the Bonfield Express, which donates $1,000 per school each year! Several students, including this group of Pierce Downer students, annually participate in the Bonfield Express's capstone fundraiser - a 5K run on Thanksgiving!
Winter weather
How does District 58 decide to close school in inclement weather? Find out.
Take the parent survey
 District 58 reminds parents to take the annual parent school environment survey now through Dec. 21. Learn more . Survey link.
Register for Science Fair
Register for the Science Fair now though Dec. 21! The Science Fair is Feb. 2. Learn more.
November Financial Workshop
The Board of Education held a Financial Workshop and a Candidate Forum on Nov. 27. View the Board Briefs .

The full agenda and supporting documents are available here , and an audio recording of the meeting is here .
Board Preview - December Meeting
The Board of Education will hold a regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 10. The meeting will include a Strategic Plan progress update, an Education Foundation teacher grants spotlight and more. The Board meeting agenda will be posted on Friday, Dec. 7 on BoardDocs.
Local organizations donate coats, winterwear to District 58
District 58 thanks the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus Council 14649 and Compass Church representatives for donating several winter coats, snow boots and snow pants to help District 58 children in need this winter season.
District 58 appreciates our community partners!
Community e-flyers

District 58 emails parents relevant e-flyers on the first and third Monday of the month. Learn more about e-flyers. Here are the Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 e-flyers.

Please mark your calendar:
Dec. 3-21
Winter MAP and AIMSweb testing window

Wednesday, Dec. 5
6:30-8:30 p.m.: PTA Reflections Ceremony at Herrick

Monday, Dec. 10
7 p.m.: Board of Education Meeting at Downers Grove Village Hall

Tuesday, Dec. 11
7 p.m.: North 5th and 6th Grade Orchestra Concert at Herrick

Thursday, Dec. 13
7 p.m.: South 5th and 6th Grade Orchestra Concert at O'Neill
7 p.m.: North 5th and 6th Grade Band Concert at Herrick
Monday, Dec. 17
7 p.m.: North 5th Grade Orchestra and Chamber Strings Concert at Herrick
7 p.m.: South 5th and 6th Grade Band Concert at O'Neill

Tuesday, Dec. 18
7 a.m.: Policy Committee Meeting at the ASC
7 p.m.: South 4th Grade and Chamber Strings Concert at O'Neill

Thursday, Dec. 20:
7 p.m.: O'Neill Band, Choir and Orchestra Concert at O'Neill

Friday, Dec. 21:
Last Day of School Before Winter Break
Parent Survey Closes
Science Fair Registration Closes

Dec. 24-Jan. 4:
Winter Break
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