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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, December 6. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 is as follows:

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM


As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above listed start times. The 2017-18 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/5/17




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Please refer to the attached documents and links regarding the middle school student chromebook take-home information for 2018.

Click on this link for additional information.

/http://yorktsi.com/middle-schoolers/

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 12/5/17




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Beginning on Tuesday, December 5, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey will allow you and your child (in grades 4 through 12) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with their child’s school, giving school leaders critical input to help develop school improvement plans.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

 

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

In March of 2018, reports will be sent to schools and districts that achieve the 50% participation threshold. Data will also be included in the Illinois State School Report Card next fall.


Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey takes about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey was scheduled to be conducted in November. The survey will be open through January 31, 2018. We hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/27/17




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Sandburg’s 8th grade team seminars are participating in a donation challenge with all donations going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Ronald McDonald House Charities offers families a place to stay, a home away from home, while their child receives treatment in the hospital. Ronald McDonald’s Charities allows parents to be close to their child and better communicate with their child’s team of doctors and healthcare providers during treatment.   At every house, families have cooked meals, private bedrooms, and playrooms for children.  Ronald McDonald’s House Charities are funded by individuals, organizations, and businesses.  At Sandburg, we would greatly appreciate any donations you can offer for the Charity. Students can bring donations into their Seminar classes now until November 21st. They are in need of the following donated items…

Toys:  new, non-handmade

·         Board games

·         Stuffed animals and dolls

·         Books for various reading levels

·         Puzzles

·         Video games (rated E)

·         Movies (rated G)

·         Balls and outdoor games

Food:  Canned goods

·         Non-perishable food items

Shopping List:

·         Paper products (facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towels)

·         Trash bags

·         Aluminum foil, plastic wrap and sandwich bags

·         Laundry detergent and fabric softener

·         Cleaning products (sponges, dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent )      

·         Bath and bedroom items (towels, shower curtains, sheets and pillow cases)    

·         Personal care products (deodorant, dental floss,                      toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner)

·         Entertainment products (games, movies, books, art supplies)       

·         Long-distance phone cards

·         Gift cards for local grocery stores and gas stations

·         Greeting cards and postage stamps

·         Gift certificates to local grocery stores and department stores (Target, Wal-Mart, etc) 

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Posted by: Susan Nelson
Published: 11/10/17




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The Outdoor Beautification committee is hosting a Fall Family Service day on November 18, 2017 at 9 am to spruce up our school for the winter and spring.  Come join us for Hot Chocolate, Coffee and some light gardening and decorating. All of the details are in the flyer below.

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 11/7/17




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The fifth all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, November 8. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 will be as follows:

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM


As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above listed start times. The 2017-18 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/7/17




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District 205’s Social Work Department presents "Well-parented Kids: 10 Anchors for Building Strong Families." This free program for parents will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 12:30-2:30 PM in the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium. This presentation will identify the key elements of effective parent-child relationships including setting communication norms, modeling values, sponsoring constructive conflict resolution, maintaining respect and trust, facilitating growth, teaching coping skills and navigating change. Presenters are Katie McDougall, LCSW and Steve Ritter, LCSW. No reservations are needed. Please enter through door 2, in the auditorium. Parking is available in the back of the school, just be alert for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/21/17




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The City of Elmhurst's Commission on Youth welcomes Brent Sopel, former Chicago Blackhawk Stanley Cup champion, on Wednesday, October 25th, beginning at 7:00 PM in York High School's Campbell Gym. His presentation is most appropriate for students 6th grade and up.

A champion of causes, Brent fearlessly defends underdogs of all walks of life. He is no longer hiding “behind the stick” as he reveals his own hidden challenges. Winners and champions aren’t those without struggles; they are the people that overcome them.

The battles Brent fought on the ice left visible scars, but the invisible wounds he suffered cut deeper. Brent's personal story has directed him toward a path of advocating for others who are struggling with similar obstacles. As a result, Brent’s mission is to be:

  • A champion for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Awareness
  • A champion for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery
  • A champion for Youth Training and Mentoring

Email youthcommission630@gmail.com for more information or with any questions. Special thanks go to Rosecrance in their help sponsoring this event. They will lead a Q&A following Mr. Sopel's presentation that evening.Brent Sopel
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/20/17




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The purchase of an outdoor or beautiful indoor tree will benefit Elmhurst 205 schools and students long after the holiday is over. This pre-order fundraising sale supports the long-standing Elmhurst tradition of beautifully lit streets that line our neighborhoods during the holiday season. Trees can be purchased as part of a neighborhood group scheduled for delivery on November 25th, or ordered individually and picked up (or delivered for a $20 fee) on December 2nd.

The District 205 Foundation website contains all the tools you will need to be a tree captain for your block or to purchase a tree. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for more information or to place an order. Orders are due by Friday, October 27th. 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/20/17




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The second “Coffee With the Superintendent” of the school year will be held on Monday, October 16 at Bryan Middle School, 111 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, beginning at 10:00 AM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/17




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The York Performing Arts Department is proud to present “From the Mainland to the Islands” featuring York alum Paul McDermand with a special performance by the York High School Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday evening, October 10, at 7:30 pm in the Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for adults (general seating) and children 18 and under are free! Click on the following link to purchase tickets www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama

Steel drum and marimba artist Paul McDermand, York Class of 1974, has appeared with some of the biggest names in music including Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Natalie Cole and the Moody Blues. Paul is surrounded by an all-star rhythm section culled from the stages of Stevie Nicks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. See a video clip at http://bit.ly/ElmhurstD205McDermand 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/8/17




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Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, became Illinois law in 2013. This legislation requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention for grades Pre-K through 12. In Elmhurst, we already have personal safety built into many grade levels’ health education curriculum. Beginning two years ago, after reviewing the requirements of the new legislation, we recognized that our students could benefit from additional information and strategies in order to consider past events and prevent future encounters. Our curriculum was enhanced at each grade level to cover the following:

  • Distinguishing different types of touch
  • Saying “NO”
  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
  • Identifying and telling a trusted adult

Again this year, an award-winning non-profit group, Imagination Theater, will deliver age-appropriate experiences for our students in 1st through 8th grade. Information about their program, called “No Secrets,” may be found by visiting www.imaginationtheater.org. A schedule of all elementary and middle school student assemblies can be found below.

Our school social workers will visit all of the Early Childhood and Kindergarten classrooms, as they did last year, to share age-appropriate read-alouds with students as a part of the Personal Safety Unit that is already in place at our schools.

York High School will be bringing in presenters from Elmhurst Hospital, as well as addressing the topic in multiple courses.

Please direct all questions about your school’s lesson(s) or assemblies to your child’s principal.

 

School Date Performance 1 Performance 2 Performance 3
Bryan MS 10/16/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Churchville MS 10/12/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Conrad Fischer 10/10/17 1:00 2:00 N/A
Edison 10/13/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Emerson 10/17/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Field 10/19/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Hawthorne 10/17/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jackson 10/13/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jefferson 10/19/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Lincoln 10/10/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Sandburg MS 10/6/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/29/17




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Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up Procedure

Middle School Conference Dates/Times

Thursday, October 19–4:00 to 8:30 PM

Friday, October 20–8:00AM to 3:00 PM*

 

* No school for middle school students only on 10/20/17

 

Sign up will be held via PowerPTC (see below) and begins Thursday,  October 5th at 6 AM and closes on Thursday, October 12th at 11:59 PM.

 

Note: Please click this link to navigate to PowerPTC: https://www.powerptc.net/powerptc/c/21/

 

Please see directions on proceeding in English and Spanish with the Quick Start Guide.

 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 9/28/17




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On Friday, October 6th, Sandburg Middle School will be participating in the annual International Walk and Roll to School Day. Band, Orchestra and Choir students can meet at Washington Park on the corner of Poplar and May at 7:00am. We will leave the park on bicycles or walking at 7:15am. All other students who would like to participate in this fun event can meet at Washington Park at 7:50am and we will walk and roll to school at 8:05am. Each student that participates will receive a ticket for a raffle drawing to be held in PE class. 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 9/25/17




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It’s hard to believe that just over 4 weeks into the 2017-18 school year, we are looking forward to the course selection process for our current 8th grade class--the Class of 2022.  As you may be aware, our district is no longer using the EXPLORE--a standardized test that both helped monitor students’ growth from the EXPLORE in 8th grade through the ACT during their junior year and assisted in the course selection process; instead, we have moved to the PSAT 8/9, which will allow us to monitor students’ growth from PSAT 8/9 in 8th grade through the SAT their junior year and to help in this year’s course selection process.

 

  • Current 8th grade students in District 205 will take the PSAT 8/9 on Wednesday, October 4th, at their respective middle schools.

  • Current Elmhurst residents who attend 8th grade in local private schools have the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 on Saturday, October 14th, at York High School.  For private school students who cannot attend on the 14th, a makeup date has been scheduled for the following Saturday, October 21st.

    • If your private school student attends Immaculate Conception, Immanuel Lutheran, or Visitation, you will be receiving a mailing from us, asking for you to confirm the information we have for your student and to indicate which test date your student will attend.

 

Since we needed to make a change with the standardized test, it was a great opportunity to make other adjustments to our course selection process, and we hope they will reduce student stress over the course selection process and will reduce classroom interruptions in their 8th grade classes.  These course selection rubrics--English, Math, Science, and World Languages--will be published in the next few weeks.

 

We cannot wait to meet the Class of 2022 at our 8th Grade Academic & Activity Night on Tuesday, January 30th.  This is a great night that allows you to hear more information about the course selection process at York, and it allows our future Dukes to see all of the amazing clubs, sports, and activities that await them in the halls and on the fields at York High School.

 

Go Dukes!

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 9/12/17




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The first “Coffee With the Superintendent” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Hawthorne School, 145 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, beginning at 1:30 PM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: October 16, 10 AM - Bryan; January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/11/17




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Accessing the Holt Social Studies textbooks:  Some of you are having issues accessing the Holt textbook at home.  Here is some information from the publisher:

In the meanwhile, you may need to direct your students to use Chrome and to enable Flash on their home device following the directions provided by HMH:

"If you are using Chrome you can click the Lock in the upper left corner of the address bar, a drop down will appear that you can find the flash feature and make sure Flash is working for the site."

 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 9/11/17




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Purchase your yearbook now!  Yearbooks are now on sale and can only be purchased online.

 

You can access the yearbook sales by clicking on the Parent Student Resources tab > scroll down to 'Yearbook' > click on the icon labeled 'Walsworth'.  This will launch you to the Walsworth ordering page.

 

If you have any questions please email the yearbook sponsors:

Peggy Biesboer - pbiesboer@elmhurst205.org

Chrissy LaPenna - clapenna@elmhurst205.org

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 9/8/17




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Please plan to join us on Monday, September 18 at 7 PM in the York High School Commons, when Superintendent Dr. David Moyer will present a State of the Schools address, along with brief reports from the Learning & Teaching Department, principals, instructional coaches and teachers. Entertainment provided by York High School musicians. Come celebrate student and staff achievements, share our District goals for 2017-18 and talk about plans for Focus 205 Phase II.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/6/17




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District 205’s three middle school student councils are fundraising to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 50 Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools have been flooded to some degree, other schools are being used as shelters, and a growing number of students and families have left their homes behind.

 

There are three ways you can help students in Houston:

1. HISD has an immediate need for children’s clothes of all sizes (clean and in reasonably good repair) and school supplies. Please bring donations to Bryan, Churchville or Sandburg and we will send them to Houston for you. If you prefer to send items directly, they can be forwarded to: HISD Harvey Recovery, ℅ Delman Stadium, 2020 Mangum, Houston, TX 77092

 

2. Drop off a monetary donation of any amount and we will forward funds to the Houston Independent School District Foundation.

 

3. The HISD Foundation has set up a special to provide assistance to their students and families. To read more about their effort and/or make an online donation, please visit www.houstonisd.org/Page/164281

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Kerins or Eric Gorton at Sandburg Middle School.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/5/17




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On Saturday, September 9, Jarrett Payton will present his PROJECT: NO BULL to Elmhurst families at Sandburg Middle School, beginning at 9 AM. Sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth, this is an in-school anti-bullying program featuring personal appearances from Jarrett Payton which includes strong messaging and a lasting impact that seeks to create and maintain safe environments for our youth. Through PROJECT: NO BULL, all forms of bullying will be addressed, including cyber bullying.

 

Drawing from the latest research, the majority of the program highlights the role of bystanders and encourages young people to speak out if and when they see bullying occur, online or in person. Mr. Payton will also make a visit to District 205 middle schools on August 25 (Bryan and Sandburg) and August 29 (Churchville).
 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 8/25/17




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Parents please fill out the attached survey sharing your impressions of the curriculum open house.

 

Back to School Curriculum night 2017-2018 Feedback

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 8/24/17




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Thursday evening, August 24, 2017, is our curriculum night.  Student schedules will be sent home with your child. Please arrive early and stop by the PTA table to check out membership, opportunities to volunteer, and Sandburg Spiritwear.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium with a welcome/updates on our new schedule and other important pieces of information.  First period will begin promptly at 6:30, when you need to be in your child’s first period class.  Each class is five minutes with a two minute passing period.  The evening ends at 8:00 p.m.

 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 8/22/17




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If you missed Dr. Bill Daggett's presentation, Why the Future of Education is Now, at York High School on August 14 you'll want to take a look at the attached file of his slideshow and check out this video of his keynote presentation at this summer's Model Schools Conference.

Dr. Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Governors Association. His System for Effective Instruction and Rigor & Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/21/17




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The Harlem Wizards are back in Elmhurst on Saturday, September 30th to entertain the crowd with high-energy exhibition play and audience participation. Cheer on our team of Elmhurst school district principals and teachers as they challenge the Wizards in a basketball game that is sure to include wild antics and lots of laughs. The event will be held at York High School beginning at 5:00 PM. Concessions, merchandise and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this family-friendly fundraiser support District 205 Foundation programs and enhancements that benefit all Elmhurst public school students. Click here to learn more and guarantee a seat at this popular Saturday event.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/21/17




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, part of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, will sponsor a presentation outlining when student anxiety becomes a problem. Hear about the effects of anxiety on learning, sources of anxiety in schools, and school refusal. Treatment requires a collaborative approach that includes the student, school staff, parents and mental health professionals. Dr. Laura Koehler, PsyD. Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Linden Oaks, leads the discussion on August 29, beginning at 7:30 PM (note change of time) at Bryan Middle School.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/19/17




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Wizards Basketball is back!  Come see the Wizards as they take on District 205 principals and teachers at York High School on Saturday September 30th in what promises to be an exciting game. For further information and to order tickets click on the attachment below. 

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Published: 8/17/17




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On Monday, August 14, Dr. Bill Daggett, of the International Center for Leadership in Education, will speak in Elmhurst. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at the District 205 opening faculty meeting. That evening, all interested parents, area educators, community members, elected officials and business leaders are invited to share a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand when he presents Why the Future of Education is Now! Join us at 7 PM in the York High School Commons.

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships, as well as creating schools that focus on the future. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.

 

Facebook Event
 

Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/6/17




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The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reminding parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records to make sure they meet immunization requirements prior to the first day of school.

The federally funded Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines at no cost to children in low-income households. Families can call (312) 746-6050 in Chicago or (217) 785-1455 in all other parts of Illinois to learn about free vaccines.

“Immunizations are central to keeping students healthy and ready to learn,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Keeping children’s vaccinations up to date according to the recommended schedule is one of the most important things parents and guardians can do to protect the health of the youngest and oldest among us. Whether for a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, or a student going back to elementary, middle or high school, I encourage parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records and, if necessary, schedule a visit with a physician or clinic. Doing so now will avoid a potential last-minute rush.”

Immunizations have eradicated several serious diseases, such as smallpox, polio, and diphtheria in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instances of other serious diseases, such as measles and rubella, have dropped by more than 99 percent since the pre-vaccination era. Keeping students’ vaccinations up to date is especially important, as diseases can spread quickly among groups of unvaccinated children.

“Child care facilities, preschool programs, and schools are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors, such as interacting in crowded environments. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their child care centers, classrooms, and communities – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.”

View the Fall 2017 Minimum Immunization Requirements and other resources on the IDPH website at www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/immunization.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/5/17




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The DuPage Regional Office of Education, in partnership with volunteers from the DuPage Credit Union and Catholic Charities (Diocese of Joliet), will sponsor the annual Back to School Fair for low-income families on Wednesday, August 2, from 11 AM to 6 PM at St. Francis High School in Wheaton.

This is an opportunity for families to meet with and learn about services provided by numerous agencies from DuPage County and the State of Illinois. Each K-12 student in attendance will receive free vision/dental screenings, plus free school supplies - even a free haircut, if desired. Visit the event website at https://catholiccharitiesjoliet.org/back-to-school-fair-2014-dupage-county.

 

Meant to be a fun day for kids, the Fair will offer balloon art, games and face painting. Books and novels will be given away, as well as coupons for free haircuts. The Fair, which is sponsored by Catholic Charities and the DuPage Regional Office of Education, is a totally free event, but participants must bring proof of residency in DuPage County, identification for all family members and proof of family income. For additional information, see the flyer(s) posted below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/24/17




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Is there a new family in your neighborhood? Please let them know that families should enroll new students at the District 205 Center. Information about documentation needed for enrolling students can be found on the New Student Enrollment page.

 

District 205 Center (162 S. York) (walk-in and residency)
 

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 19

Tuesday, July 25

Thursday, July 27

 

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Wednesday, July 26

 

Grades 9-12:
York High School (by appointment, call 630-617-2487)

 

Pre-K: 
Madison Early Childhood Center (by appointment, call 630-617-2385)

Evening enrollment hours will be held on August 1 and August 7 from 4 to 8 PM at the District 205 Center and at Conrad Fischer Elementary, 888 N. Wilson, during those same dates and times (for students attending Fischer only).

 

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/19/17




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Beginning in August, every middle school student will participate in an Acceleration period each day lasting thirty minutes. The purpose of this period is to accelerate each student’s learning based on their individual needs. This may be in the form of additional academic support in reading and/or math or academic extension (enrichment) opportunities for students performing at or above grade level.
 

Students in need of additional academic support will be identified by their content area teachers using consistent criteria across the district. There is also established criteria for students to exit academic support once it is no longer needed. Support is provided by teachers certified in the area of support (math or reading).
 

Students performing at or above grade level will select enrichment options. Each session of enrichment lasts three weeks. Enrichments are developed by teachers and are driven by student interests. Current middle school students were surveyed in May about the types of topics they would like to explore more deeply. Some of the top choices of students include college and career exploration, critical thinking and problem-solving activities, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) topics.
 

Every three weeks students will spend one Acceleration period in a “home base” classroom. During this time they will receive their new enrichment choice. Students will select their enrichment option each three weeks, ranking their interests from the choices provided.  This time is purposely designed to be student-selected. This will foster students’ ownership of their learning as well as supporting students in the development of their self-advocacy skills. Since students are selecting every three weeks, students who find that their choice was not the best fit will have the opportunity for something new in a short time frame.
 

Acceleration will launch the week of September 5th. Prior to that week, students will engage in many of the start of year procedural tasks, team-building, and other school-specific activities. Additional information about Acceleration will be provided at each school’s Open House which will take place on Thursday, August 24th. According to Jacquie Discipio, Bryan Middle School Principal, “We are looking forward to providing our students the opportunity to have voice in their learning and explore topics of interest more deeply.”

For additional information on the middle school schedules and other topics of interest related to the changes in our middle schools, please visit https://sites.google.com/elmhurst205.org/ms-faq/home.
 

If you have questions about the changes for your child for the 2017-18 school year, please contact your child’s building principal.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/12/17




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Elmhurst District 205 is thrilled to welcome Dr. Bill Daggett of the International Center for Leadership in Education to the community on Monday, August 14. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at our opening faculty meeting. That evening, we cordially invite all local parents, community members, school board members, business and community leaders, legislators, and area educators to share with us a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. in the York High School Commons.
 

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships and share some important concepts about his organization's Rigor and Relevance Framework. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.  I predict that if you are able to join us, you will never think about "school" the same way again.
 

Clear your calendars now!  I hope to see you then!
 

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent


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Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.


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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/12/17




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With only a few weeks left until the last day of school, it’s time to take stock of your child(ren)’s lunch balance(s). To access their MySchoolBucks account(s), please visit the Café 205 page and click on the MySchoolBucks link. For those who have a positive balance, please know that at the end of the year your student’s account will roll over to the next school year (and be transferred to his/her new location, if they are moving schools within District 205).

Families with a senior at York High School may transfer an unused balance to a sibling. If there are no siblings remaining in District 205, the cutoff for refund requests will be this Friday, May 12. Those requests need to be made to Director of Food Services Cheryl Spencer at 630-617-2436 or Eileen Carroll at 630-617-2467. Balances under $5 will not be refunded.

For parents that use automatic replenish for lunch accounts, please know that MySchoolBucks will stay up and running during the summer to accept payments. If you use auto payment and don’t want money deducted during the summer, you will need to turn off that feature and then remember to re-activate it again in August. Questions may be directed to the MySchoolBucks Parent Helpline at 855-832-5226.

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/9/17




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The next  Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, May 17, and only for grades EC-8. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

 

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

 

 

The 2016-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/9/17




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Here is the information about our walk through days for the 2017-2018 school year. This year, school pictures will be taken as part of the walk through process.  Please see the information and times below for pictures.


Students will start out in the cafeteria where you will drop off kleenex and wipes, look at spiritwear, purchase a lock, and get questions answered.

Monday, August 7:   10am-2pm,  6th grade

Tuesday, August 8:  10am-2pm,  7th and 8th grade


Student picture times and location:  Students should come dressed ready for their pictures.


Monday, August 7: 6th grade students

10am-11am:    Students whose last names are A-J

11am-12pm:    Students whose last names are K-N

12pm-1pm:     Students whose last names are O-S

1pm-2pm:       Students whose last names are T-Z


Tuesday, August 8: 7th and 8th grade students.  8th grade students pictures may take a bit longer.

10am-11am:    Students whose last names are A-J

11am-12am:    Students whose last names are K-N

12pm-1pm:     Students whose last names are O-S

1pm-2pm:       Students whose last names are T-Z

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 5/9/17




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The Dependent Clauses are Sandburg eight graders who raised $1800 by doing yard work and selling cider and baked goods at local events.  This year their fundraising helped a single mom with two young children move to transitional housing by 

purchasing clothing and other family necessities.

County Board members Paul Fichtner and Pete DiCianni present a proclamation of commendation to the Dependent Clauses, a group of students from Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst raising money to help families at Christmas. The group started in 2013 and has raised $5,500 to help 21 children, buying toys, clothes, coats, gloves and more. The group is currently working to become a nonprofit organization. They have been twice honored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth as Exemplary Youth Service Award winners.



 

 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 5/8/17




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Order school supplies for the upcoming 2017-18 school year! Please down load the form and turn it in by May 26, 2017. Checks should be made payable to "Sandburg PTA"

 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 5/8/17




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The last day of school was approved at the April 25 Board of Education meeting. Due to a mild winter, and no other weather-related incidents, the five emergency days which are built into the school calendar, have not been used. Below are the student dismissal dates and times. The 2016-17 End-of-Year Calendar contains helpful information about final exams and 8th grade promotion times.

May 25 - Last day of attendance for York High School freshmen, sophomores and juniors at the conclusion of exams.

May 31 - Last day of attendance for Early Childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students. Last day of attendance for 8th grade students.

June 1 - Last day of school for grades 1-5; early dismissal at 11:15 AM. Last day of school for grades 6 and 7; early dismissal at 11:35 AM.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/4/17




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This afternoon at about 1:25 District 205 staff, students and families were sent messages with the Subject: xxxxxx Has shared a document on Google Docs with you.
 

DO NOT OPEN THESE EMAILS - DELETE THE EMAIL WITHOUT CLICKING ON ANYTHING!

 

When and if we have any updates, we will notify families and staff.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/3/17




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Congratulations to the following students for representing Sandburg at the Elmhurst Art Museum Art Show: 

 

Nick Matis, Michael Bucalo, Andon Rieger, Lucia Borkovec, Kristin Brown, Morgan Czarnecki, Abby Fitzgibbons, Annie Rouzer, Miliani Molina, Mikyla Krich-Russsel, Paige Prather, Anna Clink, Isabelle Hughes, Jack Klimek, Dominick D'Alessandro, Stephanie Longoria, Johanna Johnsen, Alex Camille, Thalia Lopez, Audrey Matias, Matt Lupa, Ava Wright,  Charlie Liebbeno, Madison Brown, Milan Bishop-Saski, Mia Hoyas, Jake Barnhart, Connor Groya,  Sophia Mikula, Lauren Hauser, Jada Hinton, Audrey Cooney, Noah Jonkman, Daniel Fischer, Grace Moran,  Lucas Polsley, Ava, Eisa, Abby Bresnahan, Tate Milefchik, Charolette Reedy, Emily Kunst,  Allyson Hiser, Nikita, Sidoryk, Ali Waski,  Owen Popovsky, Johanna Menendie,  Lucy Baird,  Maria Mahnken,  Kayla Willey,  Annelise Rasmussen,  Ellie Wiygul,  Erik Barishman, Madeline Vacko, Angelina Deblasio, Jade Adley, Trevor Vicens, Javier Carreon, Eric Rutherford, Laney Van Zandt, Nicole Niemi,  Jake Lorenz, Mira Shortt,  Michael Sletten,  Jillian Sussman, Annie Flanagan,  Ava Glabus, Bree Borchardt,  Paul Nicoli, Brigid O'Brien, Parth Parikh, Julia Filosa, Devon Proud, Gianna Wright, and Elena Martinez.

 

The Art show will be held at the Elmhurst Art Museum May5th-7th with a reception on Friday, May 5th from 3:30- 5:30.

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 5/2/17




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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored 73 young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program, on Wednesday, April 26, at Sandburg Middle School. Featured speakers were York High School students and 2016 Exemplary Volunteer Service award winners Ella Pittman, Brenna Bohaboy and Christina Sapata.

Named as Exemplary Youth Volunteers were the following individuals: Eisleigh Harding, Benjamin Hoffmann, Elizabeth Maloney, Theodore Miller and Maria Muehleis. Exemplary groups were: The Dependent Clauses, Kartwheels for Kids and the York Community High School Garden Club. A link to the Exemplary Youth Service Awards program is available below.


The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well-being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The nominees range in age from elementary through high school. Eight groups and 13 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Diane McGinnis, Director of Community and Government Relations for Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare; Marti Deuter, First Ward Alderman; and Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean.

The program will air on the Elmhurst government access channels (Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T Channel 99) on Fridays at 5:00 PM, beginning on May 5, and Sundays at 6 PM throughout the month of May
and will also be available for viewing on www.ElmhurstTV.com.


Pictured above are Ted Miller and his nominator Meg March (with husband Harold March), as well as The Dependent Clauses - both recipients of 2017 Exemplary Youth Service Awards, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/1/17




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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer joins more than 400 school chiefs from across the state, representing 1.35 million students, in calling for the Illinois General Assembly to immediately pass a state budget. The grassroots initiative - called “Pass Illinois’ Budget!” - also urges lawmakers and Governor Rauner to improve the state’s education funding formula, and pay school districts millions of dollars owed in unpaid bills this year.

As legislators return to Springfield following their spring break, school districts are using school marquees to share their frustration with the state budget crisis and taking to social media with a call to #PassILBudget. As of April 24, 2017, the state now owes District 205 $3,670,579 and has been operating without a full budget for the past 22 months.

“I stand with over 400 superintendents from across the state in a call for action,” said Dr. Moyer. “We need to end the impasse now and move forward with a budget that will serve the two million K-12 Illinois public school students who represent our future.”

The superintendents are calling on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:

  • Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
  • Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education, throughout the state.
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year.

While K-12 education has benefited from a partially-funded state budget, Illinois schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. Districts will continue to struggle if “Mandated Categoricals,” state payments which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year. District 205 has not received three categorical payments this year. Here are the largest funds due:

  • Transportation -$990,078.06
  • Special Education - $2,616,602.18
  • State Free Lunch - $1,818.25
  • Driver’s Education - $22,080.28
  • Early Childhood - $40,000.00

State revenue accounts for about 8.13 percent of District 205’s operating budget or $9,341,790. The General State Aid payments, which support general operating expenses, are being paid on time, however, the categorical payments are not. District 205 has not received any categorical payments this year with the exception of one late quarter payment from last fiscal year.

"Because this money reimburses costs to existing programming, and because the majority of these services are required by law, the District will likely have to consider either spending down its fund balance, which is an unsustainable solution, or study options to reduce spending in other programming areas in which discretionary decisions are possible," noted Dr. Moyer.

More than 400 superintendents, representing 66 percent of Illinois’ public school students from Carbondale to Chicago to Rockford have joined the effort. Please see press release link below to view the list. Please also reference the Frequently Asked Questions document via the link below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/24/17




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The Elmhurst Police Department would like to offer free registration of bicycles for Elmhurst District 205 Sandburg Middle school students during the month of May.

 

Sandburg Middle School has been scheduled for Thursday, May 18th as the primary date and Friday, May 19th as the scheduled rain date. This is our fifth year of offering this on-site registration and, as we have in past years.

 

See attached document for more information.

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 4/24/17




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Elmhurst District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, along with Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching Dr. Mary Henderson-Baum, will meet with parents of current 4th – 7th graders to share information about the Middle School Task Force recommendations and the implementation of the new schedule for 2017-2018.

 

The same meeting will be held at each of the middle schools according to this schedule:

Sandburg Middle School: Thursday, April 13th7:00-8:00 PM
Bryan Middle School: Monday, April 17th7:00-8:00 PM
Churchville Middle School: Tuesday, April 18th7:00-8:00 PM

 

If the meeting date at your child's middle/feeder school does not work for you, please feel free to attend at one of the other schools. Spanish interpretation will be provided at the Churchville meeting.

 

For details regarding the Middle School Task Force recommendations, please visit Dr. Moyer’s webpage.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/17




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The tradition continues with this year’s sixth annual Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst on April 27, from 5:30-7:30 PM in the York High School Commons, sponsored by the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence. Elmhurst restaurants and pizzerias will be showcasing their traditional, specialty varieties and gluten-free pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites. The event will also feature raffles and musical entertainment.

This is a great family fundraising event that allows adults and kids to enjoy dinner together with friends and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Make it dinner-and-a-play by combining the evening with this year’s York High School spring musical, West Side Story, which is currently sold out.

Proceeds from Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for K-12 schools. For more information and to purchase the entrance fee in advance, visit 
www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/17




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Dear Sandburg Parents,
This year the staff and I devoted a great deal of time and energy to student led conferences. While student led conferences support student learning, accountability, responsibility, and ownership, parents were split on how they perceived them. This perception has boiled over into a distraction. This distraction has become a dividing line among parents.

I want to express my deep gratitude to the staff at Sandburg. They demonstrated an innovative, forward-thinking vision of embracing a learner centered culture with these conferences. They devoted their time to making these relevant, reflective, and allowed students to engage in expressing their learning.  One of the most positive comments from staff as we were preparing students for conferences was this.  “In working with students on their conference, I have a better understanding of who they are as a learner, and the student does too.”  I could ask for nothing more from the staff and am grateful.

With our new schedule rolling out next year, as determined by the Middle School Task Force study, we have a great deal of work to do to prepare for implementation. This will require time to arrange schedules, interventions, and enrichment. We cannot be distracted by continuing comments and questions regarding conferences.

We will return to the old conference format for next year. All parents will sign up for five-minute time slots to see their child’s teacher. After five minutes, parents will switch to another classroom.

My goal remains to build a learner centered culture where students identify and share their strengths, goals, and opportunities as they transition through the middle school years.


Mrs. Linda Fehrenbacher
Sandburg Middle School Principal

“Happiness begins with a conscious decision each morning to live happy, be happy, love happily-regardless of your circumstances, people you live with, and your life situation.”  - anonymous

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 4/11/17




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The RevTrak Web Store is getting a makeover. This new mobile-friendly design will simplify end-user experience when making payments from any device. Visit the Web Store through any web browser on the device of your choosing – it’s that easy. In addition to the responsive design, the following features have been added:

  • Quick, two-step checkout process
  • Convenient login window

Access the Customer Account Guide and Webstore Guide for further details.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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District 205 continues its professional development time for the purpose of school improvement planning throughout the year. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community. The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, April 19. The final district-wide Student Late Arrival date for 2016-17 will be Wednesday, May 17.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 is the 8th Grade Activity Day!  Please read the attachment for information about the PTA sponsored event.

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 4/5/17




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The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.

District 205 anticipates being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/3/17




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The Elmhurst District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students and 6th – 8th grade choir students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year ‘round.

  • The Summer Instrumental Music Program will run from June 12 through July 14. (No class on July 3 or 4.)
  • The registration fee is $92.00. The registration fee includes a Summer Instrumental Program T shirt.
  • Rehearsals for current elementary band and orchestra students (incoming 5th and 6th graders) will be held Monday through Thursday mornings at Bryan Middle School. Each rehearsal is one hour. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 3rd holiday). The final performances will be on FRIDAY, morning, July 14.
  • Rehearsals for current middle school band and orchestra students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at York High School. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 4th holiday). Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.
  • NEW this year, current middle school choir students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) may participate in the summer choir at York High School on Monday and Wednesday evenings (No Class on Monday, July 3rd). Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.

The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program began on March 20, 2017. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore (District) link, also found on the District 205 website: www.elmhurst205.org. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 12, 2017. More details can be found on the Summer School website.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/28/17




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Sandburg Middle School Social Studies Class Showcases Turn of the Century Museum

Sandburg Middle School’s 8th grade students from Mrs. Padberg’s social studies class have created a TURN of the CENTURY museum.  This exhibit features artifacts, models, slide-shows, movies, and much more! All will be displayed at our “Night at the Museum” on Thursday March 23 in the Sandburg Library and Auditorium from 7-8:00 p.m. Parents, guardians and family members are invited to attend this event, showcasing the research and “curating” skills of Sandburg Middle School students.   

 

See attached sample pictures!

 

Katy Padberg

Social Studies Teacher - Sandburg Middle School
President - Elmhurst Teachers' Council
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Posted by: Susan Nelson
Published: 3/17/17




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The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.

In addition to the PARCC assessment, state and federal regulations require each school to assess achievement in science for students in 5th grade, 8th
grade and high school biology. The Illinois Science Assessment will be administered in each school between Monday, March 13 and Friday, March 24. This assessment is approximately one hour in length and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.

We anticipate being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/15/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, March 15. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

 

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

 

The 2016-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/10/17




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At a gift of $14,600, the Elmhurst 100+ Women’s Club was the largest and certainly one of the earliest supporters of this project. Please see the attached document to view other contributors. A picture taken in September of 2015, when that large gift was made to Hoops for Sandburg organizers Elizabeth Marcellus and Shari Haug, can be found on the Sandburg website Please note that Marta Davy, who is front and center in the first row, has since passed away. She was very committed to 100+ Women (as well as a number of other Elmhurst causes), but it must be acknowledged that this is an 18-month-old picture.

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Posted by: Susan Nelson
Published: 3/6/17




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The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive and is asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will begin on Monday, March 6th and conclude on Friday, May 12th. Look for collection bins in our school foyers. Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa, as well as to Indian Reservations in the United States.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/4/17




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At its February 28 meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2017-18 school year calendar, which includes parent-teacher conference dates/times; student late arrival dates/times; and quarter/trimesters/semesters. It is posted at www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/1/17




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Tickets are selling fast to The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala to be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. The event features great food and drink, as well as entertaining fundraising games and raffles. The auctions feature a York student parking pass, great tickets to Cubs, Hawks, Bulls and Bears games, signed merchandise by pro athletes (Arrieta, Crawford, Butler and more), multiple concert tickets, tasting events at Cuvee and Red Arrow, an in-home cooking class for 16, a Napa Valley trip, $2000 credit for orthodontic treatment and other amazing items.

Support future ready learning while having a great time for a good cause! Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to choose one of the following trips: 4-night stay in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included. To purchase a ticket, please contact Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at lfanelli@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2328.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/28/17




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The PTA Council will once again be holding its annual Fannie May candy sale which helps fund scholarships for York High School seniors. Be on the lookout for the sales catalog and order form, which will be coming home in your children’s backpack soon! Order forms and checks made payable to Elmhurst PTA Council will be due to the school office or can be returned to Megan Winton, 577 W. Comstock, Elmhurst, by March 2nd. Candy orders will be delivered to your door on April 3rd, just in time for Easter.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/27/17




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Everyday Leadership: Celebrating the Simple Actions That Improve Each Other's Lives, a presentation by Drew Dudley, will take place tonight, February 22, beginning at 7:00 PM at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, 60137. The event is sponsored by the Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families.

Drew Dudley is a leadership educator recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world. He inspires individuals to create “cultures of everyday leadership" moments of powerful impact and growth that are fostered, acknowledged, and rewarded through daily acts of generosity.

His wildly popular TED talk was voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time” and named by TIME as one of its “seven speeches that will make you a better leader." Drew Dudley helps us understand leadership in a nuanced, practical, and hopeful way.

He highlights the barriers to leadership and, with hope, humor, and optimism,  focuses on ways in which they can be overcome. This is world-class storytelling with practical insights on how to develop and recognize leadership, of which we are all capable—in ourselves, our families, and our communities. He has worked with hundreds of universities and corporations worldwide to help individuals move to purposeful action, empowering people to create the future they desire and add value to their lives and to the lives of others.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/22/17




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Getting dressed up to attend a high school prom or dance can be a big deal. Sometimes, the cost of formal wear can be overwhelming. The York High School PTSA (Parent/Teacher/Student Association) invites young ladies to attend the “Say Yes to the Prom Dress” event at the sixth annual prom dress and accessory giveaway on Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 1 to 3 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst.

Girls ages 13 to 18 can select from more than 400 gently-used dresses in a variety of styles and sizes. Dress shoes, purses, jewelry and unopened
 makeup items are also available. Dresses are FREE, but limited to one (1) dress per customer. The event is open to the public and all Chicago and Western Suburban High School girls are welcome.

It’s not too late to clean out your closets and donate new or gently used long and short party dresses from homecomings, proms, graduations, weddings and other bygone events. Dressy shoes, purses, jewelry and unopened 
makeup also accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the York Attendance Office and/or at 300 S. Fair Avenue, in Elmhurst. Contact Marie Gall at tmkgall@gmail.com or 773.595.9158 with questions.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/21/17




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All students who attend school in Elmhurst, public or private, are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 8th. The 21st annual Student Chess Tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 14th, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school.
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receive; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

The annual Student Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Last year, over 200 students participated in the tournament.

Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slips and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or khayats@yahoo.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/16/17




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Map scores will be sent on Wednesday February 22, 2017, not on Friday February 17, 2017 as previously stated in our Monday Message.

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Posted by: Susan Nelson
Published: 2/15/17




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Know an outstanding youth volunteer? The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, the presentation of which will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Sandburg Middle School. Nominations are being accepted for young volunteers who reside within Elmhurst District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.

 

To receive a paper nomination form, call the City of Elmhurst at 630-530-3010 or visit www.elmhurst.org/1291/Exemplary-Youth-Service-Award to access the online form. Nominees must be students in grades K-12; service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations must be received by Friday March 10, 2017. Award winners will be personally congratulated by the Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, with a reception following the program. For more information, contact Youth Commission Chair Jackie Tamer at jackietamer@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/14/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, February 15. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

 

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

 

The 2016-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/10/17




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With a theme of The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala will be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. Join a community of friends ready to support a learning revolution by raising funds that will help promote future ready learning and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools. The event promises to be an elegant and entertaining evening featuring a plated dinner, beverages, raffles, awesome mini and live auctions, as well as an opportunity to hear about new trends in learning spaces and education. Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to chose one of the following trips: 4-nights stay in Puntacana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included.  To purchase a raffle ticket, please email Pam Hamil at pjhamil@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/9/17




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Come meet with Superintendent Dr. Dave Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s “Coffee With the Superintendent” opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. There will be no agenda during the approximate one-hour conversation. The third coffee will be held on Monday February 13th at 1:30 PM hosted by Fischer Elementary School, 888 N. Wilson, Elmhurst.

The final Superintendent Coffee will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM, hosted by Jefferson Elementary School.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/8/17




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Promotion Gown Order Forms are due Friday, February 10, 2017.

For families that have had a child graduate in the last 4 years, you can still use the same gown.  Please return the form stating  "no gown needed" on the bottom of the form.

 

A form is attached in the event your student misplaced the one received on measurement day.

 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 2/1/17




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Student Council, in conjunction with Julia Filosa, will be selling blue bracelets for $2.00 during lunch the week of January 30 - February 3. The funds will be donated to the Lurie Children's Hospital. Please see Ms. Kerins if you have any questions or would like to purchase a bracelet.

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Posted by: Susan Nelson
Published: 1/27/17




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@Sandburg sponsored Mia's Bear Hug!  Please see the link below to see the festivities.

 

http://bit.ly/2j5A2si

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 1/25/17




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Our District 205 school community recently took part in an online learning/sharing process called Thoughtexchange. This was part of a larger, on-going conversation within the District called Focus 205. Through this community engagement program, we have been exploring options that will support educational priorities in Elmhurst for many years to come. 

Over 1,560 people contributed to the conversation, sharing more than 2,400 thoughts. The District has reviewed these thoughts and priorities and now wants to share the results with you.

Visit http://elmhurst205.thoughtexchange.com to learn about the top priorities in y our school and the top priorities for District 205. For more information regarding Focus 205, please visit http://www.focus205.org.

 

Your continued input will be used to identify community priorities, inform the Board of Education and guide the planning for the future of Elmhurst District 205.

Please plan to join us for the next Focus 205 meeting on Wednesday, February 1, from 7 to 9 PM in the York High School Commons. Again, thank you for contributing to the success of our schools and District 205. Your participation in the process is invaluable!

Kara Caforio and John Morrissey
Focus 205 Community Engagement Co-Chairs 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/23/17




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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 1/18/17




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Effective parenting promotes age-appropriate problem-solving. The coping skills that enable problem-solving unfold in normal developmental cycles. At each stage of a child’s development, new challenges create struggle that ignites new abilities. Sometimes, this growth enables the child to connect more successfully with others. Other times, kids are empowered to explore and learn. As they test their limits, an increased capacity for self-control evolves. As they move toward adolescence, these functions support independence and autonomy.

Sponsored by the Churchville Middle School Positive Family Support Program, this series of workshops are designed to help parents understand these normal developmental cycles and respond effectively to their children’s struggles. The first two workshops were held in January and February on the topics of coping skills and problem-solving skills. One session remains:

  • Tuesday, March 14; 6-7pm – “Parenting Strategies” – Based on feedback from the first two sessions, the presenters will facilitate role-play education to teach and model parenting strategies to situation-based challenges.

The presentations take place at Churchville Middle School in the MediaScape Lab, 155 Victory Parkway, Elmhurst and all are welcome. They are led by Katie McDougall and Steve Ritter, both Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Ms. McDougall is a former school social worker and Mr. Ritter is the Managing Director of the Midwest Institute & Center for Workplace Innovation. For further details, please click on the flyer below or contact Churchville Social Worker Megan McCarthy at 630-617-2244 or mmccarthy@elmhurst205.org.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/17




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Plan to attend Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6, Vision for the Future, scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, from 7 to 9 PM in the York High School Commons. Results of the fall Thoughtexchange survey will be shared, along with facility scenarios to address District 205's needs for the next 50 years, including a discussion of Lincoln and Field elementary schools, all-day kindergarten and increased STEM opportunities for our students. RSVPs appreciated, but not required. Childcare available for ages 3-12.

Through the Focus 205 series of meetings, community members have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the District by providing input regarding key issues that need to be addressed. Only with diverse and informed voices can an effective master plan for our District be created, implemented and executed. For full details please, visit www.focus205.org.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/17




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The District 205 Foundation’s 2016-2017 Thiems Grant application is now available and may be accessed at this link. Since 1990, 596 educational grants totaling over $1.4 million have been awarded through the Thiems Grant Program. Teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members in District 205 are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and ideally demonstrate creativity and innovation.

Applications that contain technology or media components must include a technology review form. Please note the procedure and additional deadlines that are outlined in the application guidelines. All applications are due February 8, 2017 and recipients will be announced in the spring.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/9/17




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Come meet with Superintendent Dr. Dave Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s “Coffee With the Superintendent” opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. There will be no agenda during the approximate one-hour conversation. The second coffee will be held on Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 AM hosted by Jackson Elementary School, 925 S. Swain Avenue, Elmhurst.

Superintendent Coffees will also be held on Monday, February 13 at 1:30 PM, hosted by Fischer Elementary School, and Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM, hosted by Jefferson Elementary School.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/9/17




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On Friday, December 16, a blown coil at Churchville Middle School caused some flooding. Sixth graders were out of the building on a field trip to Chicago at the time, so there was opportunity to move other students and keep the educational day going. Those same sixth grade students were caught in traffic coming back from the city. The delayed buses then caused a back-up for elementary student pick-up.

 

In addition, a train was stopped on the St. Charles Road tracks for about half an hour, just as York High School was dismissing. This also caused buses to be delayed in picking up middle and elementary students and delivering them home. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank parents for their patience. Looks like it's going to be a long winter!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/16/16




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The Dependent Clauses, a charity group with Sandburg student members is having a Bake Sale at the Wagner Center, tomorrow, Dec 13th from 4:30-8:30 PM. Please see attached flyer for more information.

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 12/12/16




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The Newspaper Club has just completed the first edition of the Sandburg Grapevine and would like you to check it out!  Make sure to use your headphones because you will not want to miss the "Ask Aidan" section!

Click here to see The Sandburg Grapevine.

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 12/12/16




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With snow in the forecast, now is the time to remind yourself of the various ways District 205 announces school closings and late start openings resulting from inclement weather. (And it’s also the time to think about childcare plans.) A late start or school closing announcement is made by 5:45 AM via the following channels:
 

• Information is first posted on the District's website at www.elmhurst205.org

• Talk205 phone calls, e-mail and SMS messages are sent out.

• A message is recorded on the District 205 Center’s telephone line at (630) 617-2502 for English and (630) 617-2506 for Spanish.

• Notification is sent to the Emergency Closing Center, which broadcasts such information on WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), FOX-TV, and CLTV cable. Visit the .web site at http://www.emergencyclosingcenter.com

On a late start schedule day, buses will arrive at the usual pick-up points two hours later than their regularly-scheduled time. The late start schedule provides the flexibility to begin school two hours later than normal, allowing time for roads to be cleared and temperatures to rise. This alternative eliminates a situation where severe weather in the early morning leads to a decision to close schools for an entire day when it is not warranted.
regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should not arrive prior to two hours before their regular drop-off times. In the event a late start schedule is activated, class periods will be shortened, but dismissal times will not change.

Be sure to check out the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website for more details.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/9/16




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, December 14. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 will be as follows:

 

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

 

The 2016-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/7/16




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with the District 205 PTA Council and D205 Foundation, welcomed former NBA player Chris Herren to a community event on Tuesday, November 29 in the York High School Campbell Gym. On November 30, he presented to students and staff during an all-school assembly. Mr. Herren shared his story of overcoming drug addiction and finding the strength to define himself as a sober man. He has spoken to students and parents across the nation about healthy, real-life strategies for handling the pressures faced by today’s teenagers.
 

During the evening presentation, which was attended by nearly 900 people, Mr. Herren made the following points:
 

  • For an addict, it’s not about your worst day; it’s about your first day – he emphasized over and over that the path to addiction begins with small compromises that can ultimately grow into full-blown addiction.
     
  • The first page of any addict’s story begins with using alcohol and/or weed. Mr. Herren abused alcohol, cocaine, prescription drugs and heroin. He drank vodka to help him “forget” that he was disappointing his family, his fans and himself. His opioid (oxycodone) use became so expensive that he turned to heroin, which was cheaper and easier to obtain.
     
  • But he paid an even higher price, considering that his addiction eventually led him to lose a lucrative and valued career playing professional basketball with the Denver Nuggets, the Boston Celtics and an Italian team that recruited him to play in Europe. In high school and college, he was one of the most up-and-coming young hoop stars many had ever seen. He was little Fall River, Massachusetts’ hometown hero who fell from grace and eventually became completely disgraced.
     
  • He almost lost his family on multiple occasions, saying “My wife and I knew each other since we were 12 years old. I broke her heart a million times.” More than once, he thought about ending his life. An addictions counselor advised him to leave his family and never go back, to urge his wife to tell their children that he had died in a car accident.
     
  • That would have been easy to believe. Four times he overdosed. He was brought back to life several times with the administration of Narcan, which is known as the opiate antidote. Once, he could feel himself suffering the effects of an overdose and drove his car out of his hometown, not wanting to be found there, only to crash into a fence outside a cemetery with the needle still hanging out of his arm.

    “The EMTs pronounced me dead. I was dead for 30 seconds. A police officer grabbed me by the throat, threw me down on the gurney and brought me back. That police officer, who I went to high school with, saved my life because the EMTs had pronounced me dead and were willing to walk away."
     
  • He said he is most proud of being a good father, the same father, to his kids every day for more than eight years, since his sobriety date of August 1, 2008. He challenged parents in the audience to “let your kids get to know you. They are dying to know you.”
     
  • He called out parents who say, “It’s only a little alcohol or weed” and turn a blind eye. He said parents “hover” over their kids academically, athletically, musically, but drop the ball when it comes to managing their kids’ social connections. “They don’t really need you at their basketball/soccer/football game. But they do need you to be there for them on Friday night when they are being pressured to drink from a red Solo cup in somebody’s basement.”
     
  • He noted that many parents are quick to blame others for their children’s bad choices. “You need to ask them why – why are they drinking and taking drugs? Why are they not comfortable being themselves? Get at the root of the problem.”
     
  • “And to the kids who are choosing not to drink and smoke…we don’t give them enough credit. They are often ostracized and made fun of by their peers, yet they are the ones courageous enough to be themselves.”
     
  • He told a story about being talked into trying cocaine by his roommate the roommates’ girlfriend on his first day at Boston College. After his a young girl in the audience asked him what he would do if he had the chance to do that day over again, to which he answered, “I wouldn’t drink my father’s beer at 14 years old. You see, I was already on that path.” speechFirst day, not the worst day.
     
  • His father was/is an alcoholic and his parents fought a lot. “I used to hide in my bed and pray for it to stop.” Eventually, his mother divorced his father. She died at an early age, but not before she witnessed his athletic success and his downfall due to addiction. With no insurance, no income and no hope, it was a high school friend of his mother’s, a nurse, who saved his life by calling various treatment programs and getting him into rehab at the age of 32. “Your mother is speaking to me; she is asking me to do for you what she cannot,” said the friend. He had also gone to rehab at the age of 21 but continued to battle addiction for the next 11 years, during which time he also became the father of three children.
     
  • A man asked him if he received more breaks and was given more chances, due to his high-profile status. “More chances and more torture, because it just prolonged the process of my hitting bottom,” Herren said.
     
  • He stays clean by attending 12 step meetings daily, by surrounding himself with healthy people who care about him and “would call me out if I strayed” and through his faith. A former altar boy who fought his mother about being one, it was the prayers he learned as a child that came flooding back to him when he rock-bottom in June of 2008. That day, he fell on his knees and prayed those prayers. Chris Herren has been praying ever since.


Through the Herren Project (THP), Chris gives hope to others. The Herren Project website says: Taking the first step in the road to recovery can be difficult. The Herren Project can assist you with navigating quality treatment programs, facilities and transitional care solutions.

The mission of THP is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow. THP goals are to:
 

  • Positively impact the lives of those suffering with addiction by providing effective treatment navigation.
  • Educate youth and at-risk populations on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and provide techniques to handle pressure within their lives, their community or their family situation.
  • Provide scholarships to programs, clinics and camps to increase self-confidence, motivation and develop a firm foundation on which to build success.

 

Note: All quotes are paraphrases, with the exception of “It’s about the first day, not the worst day.”

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/5/16




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Did you know that Sandburg has a school store?  Students are given Spartan Stars throughout the day to support good behavior, habits, and attitudes.  Students collect these and can trade them in at our school store during extended seminar on Tuesdays.  Here is the list of items students can purchase with stars:

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 12/5/16




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A candlelight vigil for peace and understanding, organized by members of the Elmhurst community, will be held on the east steps of Wilder Mansion beginning at 7 pm on Tuesday, December 6, in Wilder Park. Gathering under the banner, “Love Lives Here,” the vigil will be an opportunity for all who attend to show their support for Elmhurst as a community where all are welcome regardless of race, religion, orientation or country of origin. “Our goal is to celebrate our diversity in a peaceful celebration of our differences and all that binds us together as one community, one country, and one world,” said event organizers Susan Warren and Lisa O’Halloran. “The goal of the evening is to focus our shared energy and commitment on strengthening the diversity that we cherish in Elmhurst, and in communities large and small all across America.” 

There will be speakers, community singing and soloists, as well as dancers from York High School's Spanish Heritage dance group. Any attendees who wish are invited to bring an ornament symbolizing “peace” in their tradition to the Love Lives Here holiday tree in Wilder Park. Complimentary hot chocolate and home baked cookies will be served.

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 12/5/16




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Looking for York Duke Apparel for holiday gifts?  Here is your chance for easy shopping!  Once a year, the York Athletic Boosters brings the entire inventory of York Apparel from the bookstore to the vestibule of Door 1 at York High School for easy shopping for you.  No ID needed to get to the sale on this day only.  It doesn’t get any easier than this to browse through our complete inventory of York apparel.  This will be everything the bookstore offers – traditional hoodies, sweats, T-shirts, spirit jerseys, cozy flannel pants, hats, gloves, socks, house flags and more. Great gifts for any age –current students or future Dukes. Thursday, December 15th from 11:00-2:30pm and 7-8:30pm at Door #1, York Academic Bldg (west bldg)– Just come to York and you will see our signs!

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/2/16




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Sandburg Student council is creating a Chain of Hope. For a $1 donation, students will receive a slip of paper to write a message supporting a loved one who has been touched by cancer. They will be assembled to form a chain for display at school.  All moneys collected will be donated to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

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Posted by: Susan Nelson
Published: 10/25/16