Communicate 58
Latest news from Downers Grove Grade School District 58
Vol. 4, Issue 2 
September 14, 2012
D58 to host Math in Focus parent, community workshops 

District 58 has planned a comprehensive introductory workshop for families and the community regarding the district's new Math in Focus curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grade. The event will be offered three times during October. Each session is open to all District 58 parents and community members, and participants are welcome to attend whichever of the following is most convenient:



Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Belle Aire School, 3935 Belle Aire Lane

Thursday, October 11, 7 p.m., El Sierra School, 6835 Fairmount Ave.

Tuesday, October 16, 1 p.m., Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St.



Each event will begin with a 15-minute presentation introducing Math in Focus and analyzing the differences between Math in Focus and the district's previous math curriculum, Everyday Math. Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to visit three learning centers for 15 minutes apiece. The experiences from which parents and community members can choose are:


  • Primary learning experiences including sample problems and manipulatives
  • Intermediate learning experiences including sample problems and manipulatives
  • Utilizing the online educational experiences
  • Questions and answers with math committee members


For more information about the Math in Focus workshops, please contact Dr. Matt Rich, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, at or (630) 719-5809.


District 58 teachers to speak at national Social-Emotional Learning event

Two District 58 teachers will visit Washington, D.C. September 20, to address lawmakers, educational advocates and national news outlets.


El Sierra sixth-grade teachers Patricia Incrocci and Lindsay Shea, selected by a national nonprofit to speak at the Capitol Hill briefing, will join U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert to promote awareness about social and emotional learning, also known as SEL.


SEL helps children develop the skills to handle themselves, their relationships and their work. Incrocci and Shea accepted an invitation to speak at the Washington event from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). CASEL contributed to the 2011 report and helps some of the largest U.S. school districts design and implement systems that support SEL.


Click here for more information! 


District 58 Education Foundation to host 10th anniversary open house


The Education Foundation of Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over the past 10 years, the Foundation has given away more than $350,000 in the form of grants, gifts, and special events for the district.


Learn more about the District 58 Education Foundation--and find out how you can help the organization carry out its mission--at a 10th anniversary Open House on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Herrick Middle School, 4435 Middaugh Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m.


Visitors are welcome to stop by at any time. There will be a brief presentation on the Foundation's history, mission, activities and goals at 7 p.m.


For more information, contact Foundation board president Jay Stocki at


District 58 approves 2012-13 budget

The District 58 Board of Education voted September 10 to approve the 2012-13 budget.


"The 2012-13 budget is a continuation of historically stable finances in the district. For the most part, the current facilities overspending is planned and controllable. However, the district's financial condition, stability and strength are starting to weaken and are reflective of the overall health of the state's finances," said Controller James Popernik. "The state's cash flow problems and desire to shift financial burdens to the local level are a problem that will continue to demand our attention.

All decisions regarding District 58's spending plan were made with the district's mission first and foremost, which is, in partnership with parents and community, to challenge and engage each child by providing quality educational programs and support services in a safe, nurturing and child-centered environment in order to prepare all students to be lifelong learners and contributing members of a global society.


The spending plan for 2012-13 reflects the planned continuation of all district programs, the addition of 20 minutes to the school day, and a slight increase in facilities maintenance spending.


Superintendent's message regarding Patriot Day observance in District 58

Tuesday was the anniversary of September 11, 2001, a significant day in our nation's history. September 11th has been designated Patriot Day by our President. In accordance with the President's request, flags throughout District 58 were flown at half-mast on Tuesday, and students were invited to observe a brief moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m.  


Although the events of September 11, 2001 are not directly taught in the K-8 school curriculum, parents were encouraged to discuss this significant event in our nation's history with their children to the extent and depth they believe is developmentally appropriate for their child(ren).


Patriot Day offered an opportunity to turn something negative into a positive activity by honoring the good works of others and by doing good works ourselves. We encouraged students and families to look for opportunities to be courageous, selfless, and loving, and if possible, to say thank you to those who work so hard to keep us well and safe.


D58 welcomes new staff, administrators;
honors longtime staffers for service

Prior to welcoming back more than 5,000 students on Aug. 27, District 58 welcomed approximately 20 new certified staffers during a comprehensive week-long orientation and brought on board six administrative team members.     


At the annual Opening Day workshop for teaching staff on Aug. 23 -- which kicked off with a performance by the District 58 Garage Band (left) -- nearly two dozen staffers were honored for reaching milestones in their service to District 58. We appreciate the dedication and commitment to making our schools such a wonderful place for our students to learn and grow.  


To see the full list of new staff members and administrators, as well as the list of those honored for their service, please click here.    


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Kingsley students receive author mail

Fourth and fifth grade students at Kingsley School were given the opportunity during LRC time at the end of the 2011-12
Bulletin board school year to write a postcard to their favorite author using an online postcard creator website found at
Students wrote a few sentences about their favorite book and asked them questions. The last step after writing, typing and printing their postcard was to draw a picture on the front of the cover or scene from their favorite book. LRC director Jamie McPherrin sent the postcards with a cover letter to the author either via USPS mail or e-mail. 


"We had a lot of mail from authors arrive over the summer and have constructed a 'Mail From Authors' bulletin board in the hallway outside the LRC," McPherrin said. "I made sure to give each student that received a reply from the author that they wrote to a copy of the letter to keep. They were very excited to receive the replies!"


Authors from whom the students received a response were Judy Blume, Ann E. Burg, Gennifer Choldenko, Andrew Clements, Tim Green, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Ron Roy, Jordan Sonnenblick, Mo Willems -- and as of early September, J.K. Rowling.

Lester PTA set to host clothing resale; seller registration dates coming up


The Lester School PTA will host its annual clothing resale the last full weekend in September. The community is invited to sell and purchase quality children's items for a fraction of their original prices on Friday, Sept. 28 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29 from 8-11 a.m. at Lester School. The sale features gently used fall and winter clothing for children and infants, boys, girl, juniors, plus costumes, formalwear, boots, hats, shoes and skates. Sellers will earn a 70 percent profit and the Lester PTA will earn a 30 percent profit.  


The clothing resale is a community service event that also serves as a fundraiser for the PTA to provide Lester students with educational enhancements.  


Click here to view the event flyer! 

Highland hosts Bears for bullying assembly

On Monday, September 10, the Chicago Bears' very own mascot, Staley, stopped by Highland School for its kick-off assembly, Bear Down on Bullies. Everyone cheered and danced with Staley as he educated students and staff on five different types of bullies by role-playing his own experiences. Highland also received a player-autographed banner to display as a reminder and encouragement to "Bear down on Bullies."


Click here to check out a photo gallery from the event! 


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The mission of District 58, in partnership with parents and community, is to challenge and engage each child by providing quality educational programs and support services in a safe, nurturing, and child-centered environment in order to prepare all students to be lifelong learners and contributing members of a global society.  
Communicate 58 is designed to share timely, relevant information about District 58 with parents, community members, and others who are interested in how we are living out our mission. Questions and comments regarding this or any other District 58 publication can be directed to Communications Coordinator Jennifer Waldorf at or (630) 719-5805. 
In this issue
D58 to host Math in Focus workshops
D58 teachers to speak at national SEL event
Education Foundation to host 10th anniversary open house
2012-13 budget approved
Superintendent's message regarding Patriot Day
D58 welcomes new staff, administrators
Kingsley students receive mail from authors
Lester PTA set to host clothing resale
Highland hosts Bears for anti-bullying assembly
Quick links

Next two weeks at a glance

Sept. 17

Preschool screenings--AM only, by appointment

BOE building tour at El Sierra, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18

Northside beginning band/orchestra student registration, 5-9 p.m., Herrick Middle School

Sept. 19

Legislative Committee Meeting, 3:45 p.m., ASC

Sept. 20

South side beginning band parent information meeting, 7 p.m., O'Neill Middle School

Sept. 22

South side beginning band and orchestra registration, 8 a.m. to noon, O'Neill Middle School

Sept. 25

Policy Committee Meeting, 7 a.m., ASC

Sept. 26

Half-day school improvement day--student attendance in AM only

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