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book-1549589_1920Happy summer, District 58! We wish our students and families a safe, relaxing and educational summer vacation! Research shows that students who take just a few minutes each summer day to enjoy reading and practice math can maintain the great learning they worked so hard to accomplish during the school year.

District 58 encourages students to spend a few minutes each day feeding their brain.  Actively enjoying books, puzzles, math practice, summer learning programs and other academic enrichment activities throughout the summer are great ways to keep our brains active all summer long.  Students are encouraged to spend at least 20 minutes each day reading and 10 minutes practicing math! 

District 58 and its community partners offer a variety of fun programs and activities to help students meet this goal, preparing them for success in the fall.  While students will not be required to track their learning activities this summer, engaging in some of these summer learning activities will help students avoid the summer slump and prepare for success in the coming school year.


District 58 Parent-Led Summer Book Clubs
Update May 17: Thank you for your interest in the Parent-Led Summer Book Club program! We received tremendous interest in this program, and all spaces have been filled. Registration is now closed. If you missed the opportunity to join, please consider participating in the DG Public Library’s Summer Book Club program or another summer learning activity listed on this page.


District 58 will host its popular annual Parent-Led Summer Book Club Program.This is just one of the many summer learning opportunities offered by District 58 in partnership with the PTA and the Downers Grove Public Library to support students to continue their learning and academic exploration over the summer.  The District currently seeks parents to form and lead the book clubs. It’s easy to do!
How to create a book club:
  1. Form the club. The ideal book club size is 4-6 students. Book clubs are limited to 10 students.
  2. Register your book club. District 58 will accept registrations until Monday, May 22 or when space fills up, whichever comes first. District 58 will confirm book club reservations via email on or before Wednesday, May 24. Register here.
  3. Attend the book club kickoff meeting. The meeting will take place Wednesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Longfellow Center, 1435 Prairie Ave. If you cannot attend, please contact Georganne Law at glaw@dg58.org by Thursday, June 1. Parents will learn additional information and receive the following:
    1. Book sets for each book club participant to use this summer. View the 2017 Book List.
    2. Guiding questions and discussion starters to aid book club leaders.
      1. Guiding Questions: Grades 1 and 2
      2. Guiding Questions: Grades 3 and 4
      3. Guiding Questions: Grades 5 and 6
  4. Host your book club! When and where you host your book club is up to you and your book club. Book club meetings can be hosted weekly, bimonthly or on a different schedule. They can be held at your home, at a park, at the public library or at another fun location that is convenient for you and your club. District 58 hopes that summer book clubs are easy to lead and lots of fun for both students and our parent leaders.

Helpful book club links:

PTA Summer Math Club
The PTA will host its annual Summer Math Club for students in District 58 elementary schools. The club is an incentive-driven program designed to keep math brains strong all summer long. Students can earn fun prizes throughout the summer!

District 58 Summer School
District 58 will offer several Summer School classes for students. Classes take place on weekdays from June 15-July 7. (Exception: The digital gaming/coding class goes from July 5-18). Topics include reading, math, art, kindergarten prep, orchestra, band and digital gaming/coding. The deadline to sign up for Summer School was Friday, April 14. More information.

District 58 Extended School Year
District 58 offers Extended School Year programming for those students who are eligible through their IEP. This program will take place Monday through Friday, June 19-July 18, from 8:15-11:15 a.m. at Henry Puffer. The deadline to sign up for Extended School Year was Friday, April 14. More information.

Downers Grove Public Library Summer Reading Program
The library offers a variety of fun summer programs that let students track their summer reading and earn fun rewards. Learn more about these summer reading programs at www.dglibrary.org/SRC or by calling the library at 630-960-1200.

Summer Learning Parent Resources:  

Non-academic Opportunity: District 58 Sports Camps
Herrick Middle School will offer a variety of co-ed summer sports camps for children entering fifth through eighth grades. Each camp runs for one week, and campers will receive one-on-one instruction, structured skill work and game play, and a camp T-shirt. The cross country camp costs $25. Each volleyball and basketball session costs $40.