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Dear Future Kindergarten Parent, 

Welcome to District 58! As you prepare to enroll your child in kindergarten, we wanted to share some helpful kindergarten resources with you. Please be sure to contact your neighborhood school to be added to their future kindergartener contact list.

KINDERGARTEN GUIDE:
Please click the buttons below to learn more about kindergarten in District 58!

GET STARTED

PREPARING FOR KINDERGARTEN

THE KINDERGARTEN EXPERIENCE

HELPFUL RESOURCES

CONNECT WITH DISTRICT 58

 COMMUNITY SERVICES


GET STARTED:

    • Registration Checklist: Your school will send you registration forms. Please complete and submit these forms to your school before Kindergarten Roundup, if possible. In general, schools will ask parents to bring the following items to Kindergarten Roundup:
        • Child’s original, certified birth certificate from the county or state (with raised seal)
        • Completed Certificate of Residence (available on your child’s school website or in person)
        • Your photo ID (driver’s license or state ID) with the current, correct address
        • One of the following: Homeownership title/deed, apartment lease, homeowner’s insurance, renter’s insurance or auto insurance
        • One of the following: A current gas bill or current electric bill with full name and current address
      • Completed registration forms – We ask parents to please submit these forms in advance. If you haven’t, please bring them to Kindergarten Roundup.

PREPARING FOR KINDERGARTEN:

    • Kindergarten Readiness Night: Parent can attend a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6-7 p.m. at Henry Puffer to learn more about kindergarten.
    • Getting Ready for Kindergarten video: Watch this 8-minute video to learn more about kindergarten in District 58. Note: the video says that half day kindergarten dismisses at 11:05 a.m. Since this video’s production, that time has changed to 11:30 a.m.

THE KINDERGARTEN EXPERIENCE:

    • District 58 offers the traditional half-day kindergarten program in the morning that covers the entire kindergarten curriculum. In the afternoon, the District offers the fee-based Optional Kindergarten Enrichment and Enhancement Program, which gives students enriched learning experiences in literacy, math, social studies and science, as well as exploration in physical education, music, multimodal learning, socialization and play..

HELPFUL RESOURCES:
Resources for the 2019-20 school year will be updated when available.

    • School schedule:
        • 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.- 2 p.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.
    • Food services – District 58 offers hot lunch daily at Herrick, O’Neill and Henry Puffer
    • Before and after school care: District 58 contracts with Champions to provide before- and after-school care at all District 58 elementary schools.
    • E-Pay – Use E-Pay to pay for preschool tuition and summer school fees.
  • PushCoin – Use Pushcoin to pay student fees and middle school lunch accounts

CONNECT WITH DISTRICT 58:

    • View the District 58 Communication Toolkit (coming soon!)
    • Sign up to receive Communicate 58, District 58’s twice-monthly, award-winning newsletter.
  • Join your school’s PTA.

COMMUNITY SERVICES:

    • Lunch Application Spanish Version If you have children in both elementary and middle school only one application is necessary for all students.  The completed forms may be returned to the child’s school or mailed to: Katie Hannigan, Manager of Business Services, Downers Grove District 58, 1860 63rd Street, Downers Grove, IL 60516
    • District 58 offers services to homeless students and their families according to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act. For homeless services, please contact Jessica Stewart at jstewart@dg58.org or 630-719-5824.
    • All District 58 schools are staffed with social workers, psychologists, nurses and other support staff to serve student needs.