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Greetings Everyone~
Welcome to our Lester Elementary School website! Thank you for coming by to learn more about our school. We have a great deal of information waiting for you. Lester School is a wonderful place to be. We serve approximately 500 students in grades K – 6 in the close knit residential community of Downers Grove, Illinois.

Each and every staff member strives to do the best things possible for the children at Lester. We have created a learning environment that promotes the philosophy that all children can learn. Our staff members promote life skills, good character, and a love of learning that is all tied to a fun and safe educational atmosphere.

Students at Lester follow the “Golden Rule” and treat each other the way they would like to be treated. They are expected to demonstrate respect, responsibility, and kindness through their actions on a daily basis.

Communication is the key to success. Working together, we can achieve what is best for children. The presence of volunteers and parents in our building reinforces our strong commitment to education and the home-school connection. We are grateful for the members of our very active PTA who are devoted to enriching the lives of our students.

Thank you for the support of our school. It is with your help that we are able to accomplish great things at Lester! I look forward to sharing the school year with you and your child.

Mrs. Carin Novak,  Principal


BOUNDARY  ROADS:  North – Ogden Avenue      South – Warren/Burlington Avenue

West – Main Street    East – Cumnor to Naperville Rd. to Williams Street (West side)

(*Please note: All Lester students are walkers or car riders.)



History of Lester School

Frederick F. Lester Memorial School

This building is erected in memory of all Downers Grove servicemen who gave their lives for their country in World War II. It is named in recognition of Frederick F. Lester, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, who as a lad played on the prairies where the honorable school now stands.

Lester School Pledge

We don’t all have to be the same. We don’t all have to think the same.
We don’t all have to act the same.
We don’t all have to talk the same.
We don’t all have to dress the same.
We don’t all have to believe the same things.
We have the right to be ourselves.
We like it that people are different.
We know that our differences make us interesting and UNIQUE.
We honor different ways of being, acting, and believing even when we don’t agree with them.
We do our best to solve problems peacefully.
We speak up if we see others being treated unfairly.
We treat each other the way we’d like to be treated.
We treat each other with respect.