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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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Posted by: Susan Nelson
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.

 

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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: 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 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: 8/1/17




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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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.
ribbons 
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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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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Published: 1/18/17




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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Published: 12/5/16




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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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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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Focus 205’s Community Engagement Session #6, which was originally scheduled for Monday, December 5, will be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The Focus 205 Facilitating Team recently made the decision to reschedule because, not only is it a busy holiday season, District 205 has yet to receive the results of our recent Thoughtexchange survey, which will be an important factor in shaping the next meeting’s presentation. Please visit www.focus205.org for complete information regarding the Focus 205 process.

Many thanks to the 1,321 participants who assigned over 118,123 stars in the Thoughtexchange survey's second Star step. There were 615 participants who shared 2,417 thoughts in the first Share step. In total, nearly 1,600 participants shared thoughts, assigned stars or did both – a fantastic result!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/29/16




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with the District 205 PTA Council and D205 Foundation, welcome former NBA player Chris Herren to a community event on Tuesday, November 29, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Mr. Herren will share 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. To conclude the event, Mr. Herren will field questions from the audience. Following the presentation, Mr. Herren will greet anyone interested in speaking with him. The event will not be videotaped.

District 205 middle schools have committed to making this a "homework free" night, so that students and their parents can attend this special presentation.

Organizations providing informational tables that evening are Rosecrance, Linden Oaks - Elmhurst and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Additional sponsors of the event include Kickoff for Kids, Straight Ahead Network, L. W. Reedy Real Estate and the York, Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg PTAs.

Chris Herren will also present to all York High School students in a first period assembly the following morning, November 30, where he will again emphasize the importance of being yourself and not using unhealthy coping mechanisms.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/28/16




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In conjunction with Chris Herren's visit, the Elmhurst Police Department will be holding a special Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, December 3 from 9 AM to 1 PM outside of the Elmhurst Police Station, 125 E. First Street. One thing parents can do to safeguard their children is to clean out their medicine cabinet and get rid of pain pills left over from previous surgeries or injuries. The opioid oxycodone is found in a number of prescription drugs and can be highly addictive. Abuse of this drug produces a euphoric high similar to that of heroin.

 

In October, the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention announced that at least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers.

Disposal of unused or expired prescription medication is best accomplished by drop-off at an authorized facility, which keeps these drugs out of the City water system and household garbage - as well as out of the hands of kids.

The Elmhurst Police Department has a prescription drug drop-off box in its main lobby, which is accessible 24/7. The box is strictly self-service: no information or identification is required. This simple step prevents accidental poisoning or overdose of family members. For more information, call 
630-530-3050 or visit www.elmhurst.org.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/28/16




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Student Council has made a special decision to support Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation this year. Bear Necessities creates Bear Hugs for children battling cancer. A Bear Hug is a customized experience to brighten the lives of children battling cancer.

Mia is 6 years old and is battling a brain tumor. She was first diagnosed at the age of 3 and then went into remission. Sadly, she has now relapsed. Mia has requested for her Bear Hug to be an extra special birthday party this year!! She is inviting all of her family members and classmates to celebrate at a bowling alley! There will be pizza, emoji themed cupcakes, and of course bowling! 

Students are making a 'Chain of Hope' here at schoo
​l to raise money for Mia

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For a $1 donation, students will write a message in honor of a loved one and their sentiment is added to the chain. 

Ms. Kerins 
and Ms. Farella will be collecting donations or you can make a donation online by going to

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Mia's Bear Hug .

Thank you for your help as we work together to make Mia's Bear Hug a reality!

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 11/21/16




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"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times..." - so wrote Charles Dickens in 1859 in A Tale of Two Cities. This might well describe the overall sentiment in America today, divided as we are over the results of the November 8 election.

There is general agreement, however, that none of us has seen a presidential contest quite like 2016 and that is certainly true for our students. Lacking the maturity which longevity provides, they are, perhaps, more easily influenced by political winds. Nationally, reports indicate that it is our young people, high school and college aged, who feel the most angst over the future and are responding according to those feelings.

In Elmhurst District 205, we are working to address those concerns, while supporting the well-being of all students. At York High School, a kindness campaign (see #kindnessmatters on Twitter) was launched just days after the election, urging students to, above all, be kind and commit random acts of kindness. Many individuals and student groups have been working on creative ways to “pay it forward.” This Friday, students and staff wore purple, the color that comes from mixing red and blue (think Republicans and Democrats), as a symbol of coming together and putting political differences aside.

Our schools have strong and award-winning PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) programs, which well-serve students in both good times and less than optimal situations. All of our schools are consistently committed to valuing diversity, acceptance and respect.

Please know that we are aware there are parent and student concerns and are working to address any and all. If know of a specific situation that needs attention, please contact your child's principal.

On a happy note, there is a grassroots effort called LOVE LIVES HERE, which will sponsor a community candlelight peace vigil, tentatively set for Tuesday, December 6 at 7 PM in Wilder Park. Organizers are Susan Warren, Lisa O'Halloran and other concerned parents and citizens. Stay tuned for complete details. This is truly a time for us to come together, celebrate our differences, and recognize that we are all members of one community, one country and one world.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/21/16




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is this Wednesday, November 9. 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: 11/7/16




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Please continue the community conversation by participating in the star step of our Focus205/Thoughtexchange survey. In step 2, participants will review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best. This will help us to better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205. To date, over 600 participants have shared over 2,400 thoughts.

Even if you could not participate in the first part of this process, you are invited to participate in this next step. 
Click here to self-register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. To access frequently asked questions about the process, please click here.


Thoughtexchange invitations have been sent based on the various schools in which a family's children are enrolled and/or, in the case of employees, for as many connections - both professional and personal - as exist. People can opt out of any Thoughtexchanges they do not wish to be involved in at any time.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/29/16




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The REACH PTA invites you to an Informational Parent Meeting to discuss the Middle School Accelerated Math Pathway including the transition into High School and Beyond, Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7pm, in the Sandburg Auditorium. Invited speakers include Dave Beedy, District STEM coordinator and Deb Lee, District REACH coordinator. In addition to the presentation, we will have a parent panel that have/had students in the REACH program to share their experience.

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Posted by: Susan Nelson
Published: 10/26/16




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Student Council will once again collect candy for Operation Gratitude. Why not donate your excess Halloween candy to help support  our troops overseas?  There will be a collection box in the main office now through Friday, November 4, 2016

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




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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




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The Elmhurst Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 22. Officers will be on hand in the parking lot of the police station from 10 AM to 2 PM to collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction.

 

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is one of the most common forms of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends. Unused drugs that are flushed into toilets or thrown into the garbage are also environmental hazards, as they contaminate the water supply.

 

Please check your home for unwanted prescription medications and conveniently drop them off, no questions asked at the Elmhurst Police Station. If you are unable to drop off unwanted prescription drugs on the Take Back Day, you may drop them off at any time to the prescription drug collection box, located in the police department lobby. If you would like more information, please contact the Elmhurst Police Department at (630) 530-3050 or visit www.DEA.gov.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/20/16




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Join The Annie LeGere Foundation in raising allergy awareness this Halloween. Please display a teal pumpkin sign on your door to let trick-or-treaters know you have non-food treats available. Signs can be picked up in the school office or downloaded here. Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy, if you choose to hand out both items. Examples of items may include:

  • glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • pencils, pens, crayons, or markers
  • bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • mini slinkies
  • whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • bouncy balls
  • finger puppets or novelty toys
  • spider rings
  • vampire fangs
  • mini notepads
  • playing cards
  • bookmarks
  • stickers

Help us make Halloween safe and enjoyable for all children. To learn more go to foodallergy.org.

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Posted by: Susan Nelson
Published: 10/20/16




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PARCC test results will be distributed to students on Friday, October 21, 2016.  Please see the attached score guide to help understand results. 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 10/20/16




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The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence unanimously approved to provide $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom project, a pilot program that will create three future ready classrooms at the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade levels. The Foundation will use proceeds earned throughout the year to help fund the project, which began this summer and should be completed in late fall of 2016.

Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”


Schools selected for project are Fischer (Dawin Strelow/ Kindergarten), Lincoln (Cecilia Dunn/third grade) and Bryan Middle School (Erin Fox/6th grade). In the spring of 2016, all three teachers, along with principals Jane Bailey (Fischer) and Jacquie Discipio (Bryan), as well as Mr. Bresnahan and Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli, participated in Future Ready Model Classroom workshops, led by Wight and Company, the District’s architects. “You could feel the excitement in the room as teachers and administrators collaborated on a vision for the future that would permanently impact the classroom experience on a daily basis,” said Mrs. Fanelli.

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Architectural firm Wight & Company was hired by the District as part of a process to develop a long-range Facility Master Plan. Wight has completed a facility study that resulted in an educational alignment guide. Findings and recommendations from this guide will be used to move forward. According to Wight, ready schools must be “agile” and accommodate small group collaboration, learning commons, hubs for social learning, tech-infused spaces, STEM and maker spaces, as well as addressing safety and security considerations, health and comfort, fitness/wellness and outdoor learning.

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“The fact that we received multiple Thiems Grant applications requesting new types of seating options, desks and other furnishings, is evidence that teachers want their classrooms to evolve in order to meet current needs,” said Geri Sorrentino, Foundation Programs Chair and District REACH teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.
 


These model classrooms will allow people to go beyond imagining what future ready learning environments could be and will actually make the vision come to life in these spaces. Both the Board of Education and Superintendent Moyer have expressed gratitude to the Foundation Board for their support in this project. “These classrooms will assist with future planning to ensure that, one day, all District 205 students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes engagement, rigor, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and citizenship in the global information age,” commented Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent of Schools.

Following the completion of these model classrooms, the plan is to gather feedback from participating teachers and students to develop a recommendation toward a District standard for furniture, finishes and integrating classroom technology, as part of a visionary Facility Master Plan. These model classrooms will test and inform that process.

There will be a special public open house at Bryan Middle School on Monday, October 24, from 5:15 to 6:35 PM, just prior to the Focus 205 focus group meetings, held at the three District 205 middle schools from 7 to 8:30 PM.

"We are thrilled with the Foundation's support for Future Ready learning in the District. We could not be more appreciative and are excited for the potential that this project has to begin to shape future decisions about how we utilize space to support learning and teaching," noted Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

This project is another example of supporting innovation and positioning the District for the future. The Foundation has funded and supported numerous pilots over the years, most of which have later been adopted to benefit teachers and students.

Detailed information about plans for the classrooms, as well as the opportunity to make a donation supporting the project, can be found on the District 205 Foundation website: www.elmhurst205.org/futurereadyclass

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/19/16




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Join other parents at the Elmhurst Public Library on Tuesday, October 18 from 12:30-2:30 PM when Jacqueline Rhew from Alexian Brothers will be presenting Intervention Strategies to Engage Students with Parents Struggling with School Anxiety and School Refusal. Sponsored by District 205 Social Workers, this program is free, but limited to the first 70 in attendance.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/18/16




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth will host author Devorah Heitner in a presentation based on her newly-released book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 PM in the Sandburg Middle School auditorium,
 
Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Dr. Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents guide them. In this presentation parents will learn about the digital world to help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology. Hear about the concerns —and advantages—that teens experience thanks to this level of connection.
 
Dr. Heitner presents practical parenting "hacks" - quick ideas that can be implemented today to help understand and relate to "digital natives." Parents will be empowered to recognize that the wisdom they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their children’s digital savvy and will better understand the skills necessary for managing the new challenges of parenting today. Dr Heitner offers a realistic and optimistic perspective, as well as practical advice, on helping kids navigate the friendship and identity issues that all young people face growing up in the digital age.
 
Dr. Heitner founded Raising Digital Natives to serve as a resource for schools and organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. Her book, Screenwise is a useful resource for parents looking for a guide to mentoring their children on navigating friendships, school, and social media. Dr. Heitner's curriculum, Connecting Wisely: Social Emotional Insights and Skills for Plugged in Kids is
​u​sed by schools around the country. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Soceity from Northwestern University. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native.
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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/18/16




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We want to know what you think! Please share your thoughts through our interactive Focus 205/Thoughtexchange survey, in order to help us better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205.

A
dministered by a third-party company called Thoughtexchange, this is an online learning process that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made in District 205. This process enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities. The survey involves three open-ended questions and will only take about 10 minutes to complete.

There are three steps to the process:

  1. Share – answer three open-ended questions about education in our schools (through October 17)
  2. Star – review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best (October 24 – November 3)
  3. Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole (results available in December)

If you haven’t received an email invitation, click here to self-register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. To access frequently asked questions about the process, click herePlease join the conversation!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/16




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On Monday, October 24, Focus 205 focus group meetings will be held at each of our three middle schools - Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg - from 7 to 8:30 PM. Parents of elementary and high school students are encouraged to attend their child's "feeder" middle school; parents of middle school students are invited to attend their child’s current school. Community members are also invited to participate.

These meetings will involve a short formal presentation on what the future ready classroom looks like, as well as an overview of the educational alignment study conducted by architects Wight & Company last spring. This will be followed by asking for reaction from attendees to some related questions. There will be a moderator and a note taker to record comments. This feedback will help shape the Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6. Please join the conversation!

 


Also on October 24, catch a glimpse of the new future ready model classroom at Bryan Middle School, which was just unveiled this week. An open house will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 PM, just prior to the focus group meetings. For more information, click here.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/16




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Honor the Elmhurst Community’s holiday tradition and order a festive Nova Scotia Balsam tree for your front yard from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation’s holiday tree sale. Proceeds from the tree sale will support educational grants, enhancements and programs that benefit the students of Elmhurst Public Schools.

An outdoor tree is $19 and neighborhood group orders of 4 or more will be delivered free of charge on Nov 26th. Individual orders of outdoor yard trees, as well as an assortment of beautiful indoor trees, may also be purchased for receipt on December 3rd. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for more information and to learn about being a neighborhood tree captain. Orders due Friday, October 28th.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/16




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Thank you for attending the student led conferences. Please provide us with your feedback on the form linked below. We appreciate all feedback to help us with planning for future conferences.

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 10/12/16




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REFLECTIONS – “What Is Your Story”

The world needs to know your inner artist!  The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts.  The 2016-2017 Reflections theme is “What Is Your Story”.  Students are invited to create works of art in any of the six categories reflecting on this year’s theme. 

 

Choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us your interpretation of the theme.  Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.  You can create as many projects as you like, in as many categories as you like.   It doesn’t matter whether an entry created for this program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home. 

 

Sandburg school entrees are due Wednesday, November 16th and can be submitted at the front office.  For more information please visit the Sandburg PTA webpage or contact Michelle Wehrle at michellewehrl@yahoo.com.

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 10/7/16




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The REACH PTA presents Founder and Director of the Center for Identity Potential, Andy Mahoney, Executive Function in the Gifted and the Role it Plays in Developing Potential, Thursday October 27th at 7pm at Sandburg Middle School Auditorium. 

 

Andy Mahoney is a recognized expert and pioneer in the field of counseling the gifted and talented. His expertise spans 30 years as a counselor, family therapist, and trainer of mental health professionals. Andy's workshop will provide parents an overview and understanding of executive function as it relates to giftedness and the role executive functions play in developing potential. The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal such as self-monitoring, task initiation, organization, planning and prioritizing. Andy will discuss practical means to address executive functioning issues for gifted children in a variety of social, emotional, and academic settings.

 

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Posted by: Susan Nelson
Published: 9/29/16




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A full-day kindergarten option, implementation of a formal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, the addition of a dual language option, systemic interventions and/or enrichments and the addition of instructional coaches – these were the top educational priorities identified in Phase I of Focus 205 – a collaborative conversation between the community and Elmhurst School District 205.

District 205 launched this community engagement program last fall. Phase 1 involved four town hall-style meetings held September through December of 2015, focusing on next generation learning, future-ready educational environments and utilization of resources for maximum student success. The Focus 205 Findings Report summarizes the work of this phase.

Phase 2 began last spring with a comprehensive Educational Alignment study; an update was presented to the Board of Education on May 24, 2016.

Focus 205 continues this fall with two more community meetings on October 3 and December 5, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Commons. We hope you will join us as we recap the work done last year, celebrate student achievement in District 205 and begin exploring options that will support educational priorities in Elmhurst for years to come. RSVP at (630) 617-2300 ext. RSVP (7787) or at www.focus205.org. Please indicate if you require childcare (for ages 3-12).

In between those meetings, District 205 will be gathering community input through an online, interactive and completely confidential survey administered by a company called Thoughtexchange.
What is Thoughtexchange? Watch their one-minute video to find out.

This is your chance to share what you value about District 205 as a parent and/or community member, what your vision is for our students’ future-ready learning, as well as ask any questions or contribute any thoughts you might have regarding public education in Elmhurst. Watch for the link in early October. Join the conversation!

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/28/16




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This message serves as notification that TruGreen will be applying fertilizer, herbicide and vegetation control throughout Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 grounds.   Applications will be applied at all schools Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Due to decreasing budgets and limited available personnel, it is impossible for District 205 to prevent weeds without some chemical assistance. The best weed prevention is a healthy lawn and the majority of the applications will be feed for the grass. A limited amount of weed control will also be used in very low concentrations. All EPA guidelines will be followed. The chemical dries in less than an hour. For further information, please click on the links below:

District 205 Buildings and Grounds page - http://www.elmhurst205.org/B_G
The US EPA site – http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/human.htm#1
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) – http://npic.orst.edu

If you have any additional questions, please contact the District Buildings and Grounds Office at 630-617-8326.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/27/16




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Student Late Arrival Days provide time for certified staff and administrators to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

In October, the Student Late Arrival days vary by level and are as follows:

High School - October 5, 12 and 26

Middle School - October 6 and 19

Elementary and Early Childhood - October 19

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 is:

 

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

 

Supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to these start times. However, for families of elementary students who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available beginning at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.

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: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/27/16




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The Annual Walk/Bike to school event will be held at Sandburg Middle School on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  BOC students will meet at Washington Park by the playground at 7:00am.  We will walk and roll to school at 7:10am. All other students will meet at Washington Park at 7:50am.  We will walk and roll to school at 8:05am. Washington Park is at the southeast corner of Poplar and May streets.

 

All students that participate will receive a sticker to wear on their shirt.  With this sticker, students will receive a treat at lunch.  They will also have their names put in a raffle to win some generously donated prizes.  

 

Hope to walk and roll to school with you! 

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 9/15/16




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The first all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, September 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

 

Supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the start time. However, for families of elementary students who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.

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: 9/11/16




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A detour will be in place Thursday, September 8th for a portion of the day, mostly the morning, until a new watermain is installed through the intersection (Printable Map of Detour). This will affect the following bus stops:

  • Hawthorne School Route 3 – stops at Maple & 2nd need to go to Maple & 3rd; stops at Larch & 2nd need to go to Larch & 2nd
  • Sandburg Middle School Route 2 – stops at Maple & 2nd needs to go to Larch & 2nd

York High School bus routes are not affected.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/8/16




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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 first coffee will be held on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM hosted by Sandburg Middle School, 345 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst.

 

Superintendent Coffees will also be held:

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 1:30 PM at Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10 AM at Jackson School
  • Monday, February 13, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Fischer School
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10 AM at Jefferson School
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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/8/16




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“Welcome to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205” premiered at elementary and middle school Curriculum Night events last week. It features the voices of D205 students who are also members of the Elmhurst Children’s Theatre. The two-minute video is an overview of the District’s educational priorities, punctuated with images of our students and staff at work and play. It reminds viewers that District 205 is a student-centered, future-focused community which believes all students can and must learn and grow.

Thanks go to the principals and staff of York High School, Churchville Middle School, as well as Lincoln and Field Elementary Schools, for making time in their busy May schedules to accommodate the camera crew from Motion Source. Produced by the Communications Office, the video is posted above and can also be found on the District 205 YouTube channel.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/1/16




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Mark your calendar now for Thursday, September 29, when the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation will again be hosting a Family Night of basketball slams and jams featuring the Harlem Wizards at York High School. They will be playing against our own “D205 All Stars” made up of Elmhurst faculty and staff. Raffle prizes, concessions and awesome merchandise will be offered for sale. Proceeds benefit all Elmhurst public schools through Foundation programs. Get your tickets early to be sure you get the best seats in the house! Limited number of courtside and reserved seating available. Buy tickets now at www.harlemwizards.com.
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/1/16




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Thank you for coming to Curriculum night.  Please give us your feedback by using this link. Curriculum NIght Feedback Form

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Posted by: Lucy DeMare
Published: 8/26/16




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Sandburg Middle School invites the community to celebrate the recent passage of the new Annie LeGere Law, as well as the dedication of a tree in her honor, on Saturday, August 27, at 9:30 AM on the front lawn of the school, 345 E. St. Charles, Elmhurst.

 

Annie was a Sandburg student who died last year from a severe allergic reaction. The foundation established in her name worked with State Senator Chris Nybo, of Elmhurst, who sponsored the bill. This bill provides police and other public safety personnel with the ability to carry, administer, or help administer, epinephrine auto injectors if they have completed training. There is no doubt that this new law will save lives.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/21/16




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District 205 elementary schools are seeking caring, out-going individuals to serve as lunch and playground supervisors. The main job duties are to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students can eat, play and socialize in positive and productive ways. Expectations include the development of professional relationships with students, as well as teaching and reinforcing the behavioral expectations for the playground, lunchroom and transitions in between. Effective communication and management strategies are required to be successful in this position. This role functions as a part of a team of staff members who support students.

Regular daily hours for the position involve one two-hour shift (to be determined by each building) on all full school days when students are in attendance. The rate of pay for a lunchroom supervisor is $13.31 per hour. Lead lunch supervisors are paid $15.19 per hour. For more information or to complete an application, visit www.elmhurst205.org/employment.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/20/16




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Please join Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare for a discussion on "The Heroin Crisis - Out of the Shadows" at Courts Plus Fitness on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7 PM. Carol Harman, BA, CADC from Linden Oaks Behavioral Health will be presenting. Please register by calling Courts Plus (630)833-5064, emailing courtsplus@epd.org or registering in person at the Courts Plus Service Desk.

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Carol Harman graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree from Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences. In her 27 year career, she has done all levels of substance treatment, including inpatient detox, men’s and women’s inpatient rehab treatment, and all levels of outpatient substance treatment with both adults and adolescents. Currently she is a clinical therapist who runs the Adult Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Hinsdale. She has been with Edward-Elmhurst Health for 14 years.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/18/16




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SPLIT SCHEDULE FOR FIRST DAY OF STUDENT ATTENDANCE The first day of school for students attending York High School and the Transition Center will be Monday, August 15, while the first day of school for District 205 students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be Thursday, August 18. Please note this will be a full attendance day for all students, with the exception of Early Childhood (EC). For EC families, this is a “Meet the Teacher” opportunity for both parents and students (AM session–9 to 10 AM/PM session–10:30 to 11:30 AM); the actual first day of school for EC students is Friday, August 19.

 

ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTIONAL DAY Following is the daily instructional schedule for elementary students:

          AM Kindergarten – 8:15 AM to 11:05 AM

          PM Kindergarten – 12:05 PM to 3:00 PM

          Grades 1-5 – 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM

    

BELL AND BUS SCHEDULES FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL  Bell and bus schedules for Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools may be accessed from each homepage under Parent Links, found on the left side of the page. Bell and bus schedules for York High School are available in the Quick Links section of the school’s homepage: http://york.elmhurst205.org.

 

STUDENT LATE ARRIVAL DAYS FOR 2016-17 In May, the Board of Education voted to approve a Memorandum of Agreement with the Elmhurst Teachers' Council. The basis of this proposed agreement clarified contract language regarding the Student Late Arrival days at all grade levels. The purpose of the change is to enhance the collaborative and educational instructional practice of our teachers in order to have a deeper impact on student learning and academic growth.

The agreement returns Student Late Arrival days at York High School to a nearly weekly occurrence on Wednesdays (with exceptions being October 19, the national PSAT testing day, and November 30, due to a special all-school assembly that day). The agreement maintains monthly Student Late Arrival days on most Wednesdays at the early childhood, elementary and middle school levels. However, the duration of the collaboration meetings held on Student Late Arrival days will be extended from 70 minutes to 90 minutes at all levels.

Start times for 2016-17 Student Late Arrival days are as follows:

 

  • Elementary School and Madison Early Childhood Education Center: Student instruction begins at 9:45 AM
    • Grades 1-5: instruction begins at 9:45 AM; classes release at 3:00 PM
    • AM Early Childhood & Kindergarten: instruction begins at 9:45 AM
    • AM Early Childhood & Kindergarten: classes release at 11:55 AM
    • PM Early Childhood & Kindergarten: instruction begins at 12:55 PM
    • PM Early Childhood & Kindergarten: classes release at 3:00 PM
  • Middle School: Student instruction begins at 10:00 AM
  • High School: Student instruction begins at 9:25 AM

Due to the fact that District 205 uses the same bus company to transport students at all three levels – elementary, middle school and high school, there is some extra time built in to the Student Late Arrival days to allow for busing needs. Regular start times will remain the same as they were in 2015-16.

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 15 minutes prior to start time. However, for families who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.


To view the full calendar overview, including Parent-Teacher Conference dates, Institute days and the tentative last days of school (which are dependent on the use of emergency days), please click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR FALL CONFERENCES In response to parent requests for conference dates earlier in the term, Parent-Teacher Conferences for the families of York High School students will be held on Tuesday, October 4 from 4 to 8:30 PM and on Tuesday, October 11 from 12 noon to 7 PM. There will be no school for high school students only on that Tuesday (which is the day following the October 10 Columbus Day Holiday).

Parent-Teacher Conferences for the families of middle school students will be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 4 to 8:30 PM and Friday, October 7, from 8 AM to 3 PM, with no school for middle school students only on that Friday (leading into the Columbus Day weekend).

Parent-Teacher Conferences for the families of elementary students will be held on Monday, November 21 from 4:30 to 8 PM and Tuesday, November 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM. There will be no school for elementary students only that day. Middle and high school students WILL attend school on November 21 and 22. Since Thanksgiving is on Thursday the 24th, there will be no school for all students from Wednesday through Friday of that week (November 23-25).

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION District 205 continues its contract with First Student for regular education transportation (Special Education students have been and will continue to be bused by Cottage Hill). Buses are equipped with video cameras and outfitted with GPS tracking, both designed to increase student safety. Related to the presence of video cameras, parents/guardians should be familiar with Board of Education Policy 7:220, Bus Conduct, which reads as follows:

Electronic Recordings on School Buses

Electronic visual and audio recordings may be used on school buses to monitor conduct and to promote and maintain a safe environment for students and employees when transportation is provided for any school related activity. Notice of electronic recordings shall be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle’s entrance door and front interior bulkhead in compliance with State law and the rules of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

Students are prohibited from tampering with electronic recording devices. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined in accordance with the Board’s discipline policy and shall reimburse the School District for any necessary repairs or replacement.

MEDICAL FORMS AND REQUIREMENTS The Illinois Department of Public Health has outlined minimum school immunization requirements for 2016-17. The document is posted under the Health and Safety tab of the District 205 website, www.elmhurst205.org. Please click here for a direct link to the document. (Note: requirements are the same as for 2015-16).

Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, any child entering the 6th grade shall show proof of having received 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) prior to the beginning of school. The first dose shall have been received on or after the 11th birthday. The meningococcal immunization is in addition to the previously required immunizations for 6th grade entry.

Any child entering the 12th grade shall show proof of having received TWO doses of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The first dose shall have been received on or after the 11th birthday, and the second dose shall have been received on or after the 16th birthday, or at least eight weeks after the first dose. If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.

Without proof of immunization, your child will be subject to exclusion in the fall of 2016, as set forth in the Illinois School Code and per Elmhurst School District 205 procedures. If you have questions regarding your child’s current immunization status with regard to this new requirement, please contact your child’s doctor.

In addition, physical exams are required for students entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades. Parents need to remember to complete the "parent" portion of the physical exam form. Please be aware that all kindergarten students are also required to have an eye exam. By state law, physical and eye exams must be completed and on file with your child(ren)’s school as of October 15. District 205 is required to exclude students from school as of this date if these documents have not been received. Students in kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade are required to have a dental exam; that form must be on file by May 15 of the current school year. All medical forms can be found on the District website, www.elmhurst205.org.

SUPPLEMENTAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE AVAILABLE ONLINE  District families interested in optional non-school related accident coverage (which covers students beyond the school day), as well as dental accident coverage, will need to access the information online.

Please visit the Gerber website – at https://www.k12specialmarkets.com to obtain full details and enroll your child(ren) directly using a credit or debit card. You may also print off the application and mail it in with a check. Further details in English and Spanish are available here. No application is necessary for the mandatory student accident coverage, which is included in the student fees.

ONLINE LIBRARY MAKES DOWNLOADING MULTIPLE FORMS EASY  A variety of District 205 downloadable forms, in both English and Spanish, are available by visiting the Student Registration page of the District 205 website, under Schools (see Forms in the left navigation column). Included are: physical, dental, vision, and special residency affidavit forms, as well as National School Lunch Program applications (for free or reduced lunch consideration). For York High School families only, there is a deferred payment program sponsored by the York Student Enrichment Team (YSET). The application form is currently being revised and will be available October 1, 2016.

FEE WAIVER AND NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH APPLICATIONS  Financial assistance is available in the form of student fee waivers for qualified families. Apply for assistance by filling out a Request for Financial Assistance form and returning it to the main office of your child’s school. Please click on the links below to access the appropriate form:

Request For Financial Assistance - Waiver of Student Fees
Solicitud Para Asistencia Financiera Y La Exención (Fee Waiver) Del Pago De La Matrícula

National School Lunch Program Application – English (Free/Reduced Lunch Application)
National School Lunch Program Application - Spanish (Free/Reduced Lunch Application)

 

Completed free/reduced lunch applications must be turned in to your child's school for initial authorization. Request for Financial Assistance/Waiver of Student Fees is due by November 15, 2016.

In late July, some 600 notification letters were mailed out to students who were automatically certified for free lunches last year (2015-16). Families who have received this letter will NOT have to apply. However, if a letter is received for one child and there are other students in the family who did not receive a letter, please call the District 205 Food Service Office at 630-617-2436 to provide further information. Be sure to keep this letter, as you may need it for other programs and benefits (Comcast Internet Essentials, Park District programs, etc.).

ALL FOOD SERVICE PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE TO MYSCHOOLBUCKS  Lunch payments and balances are made and viewed through MySchoolBucks, a division of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. Student fees and payments for other services will continue to be made through Revtrak.

MySchoolBucks is District 205’s Point of Sale service, which provides families with the ability to view and print their children’s account balances (going back 30 days) through the mySchoolBucks.com website. Parents also have the ability to print out a copy of their child’s purchasing history report. This report lists all dates and times that the student has purchased a breakfast and/or lunch within the past 30 days. In addition, families automatically receive low balance email notifications once they have set up that feature.

MySchoolBucks is a convenient service that allows parents to securely pay for their child’s meals online using a credit/debit card or electronic check. There’s even a mobile app available for iPhone and Android users. For more information call (855) 832-5226. There is a $1.95 convenience fee per transaction, which does not go to District 205. Money may be added to multiple student accounts under one transaction fee.

Please keep in mind payments can take 12-24 hours to process. If your payment DOES NOT meet this time frame, please print a receipt and send it with your students for seamless processing in the lunch line. Families also have the option of sending a check in an envelope with their child’s name and student ID number. Checks should be made payable to Elmhurst Food Services.


SMALL INCREASE IN SCHOOL BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND MILK COSTS With the expectation of even higher food costs for the 2016-2017 school year, there will be a small increase to breakfast and lunch meals, as well as to cartons of milk. The new fees will be as follows:

  • Elementary and middle school breakfast meals will now be $1.90.
  • Elementary and middle school lunch meals will increase from $2.95 to $3.00.
  • High school breakfast meals will now be $2.75.
  • High school lunch meals will increase from $3.40 to $3.75.

At all school levels, milk will increase by five cents from last year to $.50 per carton.

REC STATION CHILDCARE PROVIDED BY THE PARK DISTRICT  District 205 partners with the Elmhurst Park District to offer Rec Station, a before- and after-school care program for first through fifth graders, at all eight District 205 elementary schools. Rec Station’s friendly, experienced staff plans daily activities including arts and crafts, active games, group games and tournaments, quiet time for homework and more. The program is held daily, Monday through Friday, from 7-8:20 AM and 3-6 PM. Parents may register their child for three, four or five days each week in the morning, afternoon or both. To find out if there is space available in your child’s school, please email aperry@epd.org or call (630) 993-8678. For additional information, visit www.epd.org/recstation/recstation.asp.

COMCAST OFFERS INTERNET ESSENTIALS TO LOW INCOME FAMILIES In an effort to close the “digital divide,” Comcast is partnering with Chicago area municipalities and school districts to spread the word about its Internet Essentials program that provides affordable access to the Internet, refurbished computers and training to families with at least one child receiving free or reduced lunches under the National School Lunch Program. If your family qualifies, please keep the letter provided by District 205’s Food Service office as proof for Comcast.

Eligible families will receive Comcast home Internet service for $9.95 per month (plus applicable taxes), with no activation or equipment rental charges. In addition, there is an option to buy a computer for under $150 (plus applicable taxes) and receive access to online, print and classroom digital literacy training. A household will be eligible to participate in Internet Essentials if it is located where Comcast offers Internet service; has at least one child receiving free or reduced school lunches through the National School Lunch Program; has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; and does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.

For more information, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 855-8-INTERNET (855-846-8376). Internet Essentials is not a District 205 program and is not endorsed or required by the District. District 205 is not responsible for Internet Essentials accounts; all questions should be directed to Comcast.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/9/16