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Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM

Lunch 11:05 to 12:05


AM Kindergarten
8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:05 PM to 3:00 PM

Student Late Arrival Instructional Schedule
AM Kindergarten 
9:15 AM to 11:40 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:40 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1 - 5
9:15 AM to 3:00 PM

Parent Links

Office Contacts

Tammaru, Nikki
Principal ntammaru@elmhurst205.org
Ryan, Amy
Secretary aryan@elmhurst205.org
Reichert, Jennifer
Assistant Secretary jreichert@elmhurst205.org
Thrall, Judy
Registered Nurse jthrall@elmhurst205.org

School Nurse

Robbie Ostling


Important Dates

May 25 Field Day
May 26 Field Day, Rain date
May 26 Last day of attendance for AM/PM kindergarten students
May 27 5th Grade Parade, 8:15 am
Last day of attendance for grades 1-5, dismissal @ 11:15



Is there a new family in your neighborhood? Please let them know that families should enroll new students beginning Tuesday, July 12 at the District 205 Center. Information about documentation needed for enrolling students can be found on the New Student Enrollment page.

July 12, 8 a.m. - noon

July 14, noon - 4 p.m.

July 18, 8 a.m. - noon

July 20, noon - 4 p.m.

July 22, 8 a.m. - noon

July 26, noon - 4 p.m.

July 27, 8 a.m. - noon

July 28, noon - 4 p.m.

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


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

Evening enrollment hours will be held on August 2 and August 8 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).


Elmhurst District 205 offers the opportunity for all students in fourth grade and above to learn to play a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument through the Instrumental Music Program. Instruction on string instruments is offered through the orchestra program. Instruction on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments is offered through the band program. For a description of the elementary instrumental  music program, please click here.

In August and September 2016, all fourth-grade and fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to enroll in the District 205 Instrumental Music Program. Students who are continuing into fifth grade will be automatically re-enrolled in the fall. Parents may pay the District fee online at the District Webstore or pay by check in September.

Current third-grade and fourth-grade students who are not in band or orchestra will be able to register in August and September. The three-step registration process is designed to give every student the opportunity to select an appropriate beginning instrument. Registration must be completed by speaking with a director by phone or at a registration night.


To learn more about the process, please click on the link below.


On May 10th, 2016, the Illinois Senate passed SB231, the Better Funding for Better Schools Act, which is now under consideration in the House. SB231 is state Senator Andy Manar's third legislative attempt to alter the education funding formula in Illinois. Like its predecessors SB16 and SB1, SB231 creates "winners" and "losers" and redistributes education dollars by way of a new funding formula based on need and local ability to pay. Elmhurst District 205 is estimated to lose over $4.6 million annually in state funding if the House passes this measure. Legislators critical of SB231 decry the plan as a Chicago Public Schools bailout as it provides an additional $175 million in funding to CPS and $205 million in CPS pension relief.

School districts targeted to lose funding under Manar's legislation will face further challenges if a separate bill, HB696, passes in the Illinois Senate. HB696 prohibits schools districts from increasing property tax revenue unless voters approve a referendum. HB696 has already passed in the House. A property tax freeze has been one of the Governor Rauner's key agenda items.


• increases the local property tax burden for districts targeted to lose funding
• does not provide school districts with any relief from unfunded yet costly education mandates
• includes a four year phase-in period for school districts losing funding
• includes a first year only "hold harmless" provision, which merely delays funding losses for targeted school districts
• redirects $175 million in additional funding to Chicago Public Schools and offers CPS pension relief
• has already passed the Illinois Senate and is under consideration in the Illinois House

See how your Senator voted and the full text of SB231 here.

In addition to SB231, two other education funding reform proposals may come under consideration, one backed by Governor Rauner and a separate evidence-based funding proposal being studied by the House Task Force. Word on the street is that legislators could use education funding and related legislation as bargaining chips during state budget negotiations. The Illinois state budget impasse is now in its eleventh month.

SB231 - What Can You Do?

Contact your Illinois State Representative, and the Speaker of the House, to voice your opinion.

• Representative Patti Bellock rep@pbellock.com (630) 852-8633
• Representative Kathleen Willis repwillis77@gmail.com   (708) 562-6970
• Representative Deb Conroy repdebconroy@gmail.com   (630) 415-3520
• Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan (773) 581-8000 or (217) 782-5350


By Carol Snyder, District 205 PTA Council Legislative Chair


The DuPage East Illinois PTA Reflections art competition selected nine Elmhurst School District 205 art projects to advance to the Illinois PTA Reflections competition, where students’ artwork and creativity were featured among the top young artists in the state. The PTA Reflections art competition annually invites students nationwide to reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. This year’s theme was “Let Your Imagination Fly…”


The following nine Elmhurst District 205 students advanced to the state competition:

  • Isabella DeBlasio Sandburg Middle School, in the Film category for her film, "A Dragon’s Story.” Isabella received Honorable Mention at State.
  • Ella Glosner - Jefferson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, "If Animals Could Talk.” Ella received Honorable Mention at State.
  • Ella Glosner - Jefferson Elementary School, in the Visual Arts category for her artwork, "Rainbow Trees.”
  • Morgan Hrody - Jackson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, "Limitless.”
  • Sydney Lee - Jackson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, "Tour the World in an Elevator.”
  • Victoria Lynch - Edison Elementary School, in the Photography category for her artwork, "Come Fly With Me.”
  • Brigid O’Brien Sandburg Middle School, in the Visual Arts category for her artwork, “Limitless.” Brigid received Honorable Mention at State.
  • Noveena Thakar - Jefferson Elementary School, in the Literature category for her piece, “It’s A Big Surprise.”
  • Grace Wang - Hawthorn Elementary School, in the Visual Arts category for her artwork, "One Starry Night.”

Kudos to these District 205 students, who advanced to the regional competition:

  • Jackie Fisher, Julia Jardon, Kevin Schultz – Bryan Middle School
  • Angelica Palomino – Churchville Middle School
  • Madeline Hsieh - Edison Elementary School
  • Lilliana Costa, Oliver Jacobs, Cynthia Trajevski – Emerson Elementary School
  • Camryn Adams, Alexandra El Etr-Garofalo, Kieran Goldstein, Darby Helm, Miles Locigno, PJ MLafferty, Edith Piacenza, Keil Rosen, Casidy Wehrle - Field Elementary School
  • Mikayla Southwell - Jackson Elementary School
  • Ella Glosner, Nikhita Thakar - Jefferson Elementary School

Area students were recognized for their artistic achievement in the PTA Reflections program at a ceremony hosted by the DuPage East Region of Illinois PTA on May 11th at the Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard, IL.


by Michelle Wehrle, District 205 PTA Council Reflections Chairman


These students' poems were selected to be published by Creative Publications' Regional Spring poetry contest: 4th graders Meredith Baker, Sophia Brown, Kayln Gunn, Sam Kapotas, Jack Kevin, Jane Marlott, Anna McGrail, Ava Passarelli, Jonathon Szala and 5th graders Anais Boutin, Jack Burns, Aidan Costanzo, Annie Do, Liam Jordan, Adam Marti, Ruth Mathew, Megan Manganaro, Nicholas Musgrave, Michael Rimington, and Laney Toffler. Having 20 poems selected is quite unusual and we are proud to showcase them.

Grade 4 LA Expressways students wrote sonnets in the style of William Shakespeare. Sonnets have a very particular rhythm and rhyme scheme and can be difficult, but fun, to master. Please click to enjoy reading ours.

Fifth graders wrote free verse poems, based on a musical piece. Please read one or all with the accompanying music. To do so, open the poem here and select their Internet music link. Play the song while you read the poem and treat yourself to the creativity of our poets. Enjoy! Congratulations to our published poets!


The last day of school was approved at the April 26 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 times. Also, you will find attached a day by day, end of the school year calendar. 

May 23

  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior last day of school at the conclusion of exams.

May 26

  • Last day of attendance for early childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students.
  • Last day of attendance for 8th grade

May 27

  • Last day of school for grades 1-5.  Early dismissal at 11:15 a.m.
  • Last day of school for grades 6 and 7.  Early dismissal at 11:35 a.m.

Outdoor Classroom News

The cooler temperatures have told the 3rd graders that it is time to harvest the vegetables and herbs that they planted last spring when they were 2nd graders.  Their eyes popped out when they saw the size of the carrots that had grown from a very tiny seed!  The vegetables will now become a hearty vegetable soup for them to enjoy.  Special thanks to the 2nd and 3rd grade teachers that work so hard to make this special literature adventure possible!

October 13th was a cool and cloudy day, but excitement was in the air as it was the day for dedicating our Sharing Library in the Outdoor Classroom.  Student Council President Jack Burns shared words of thanks on behalf of all the children at Hawthorne. Vice-President Evan Montella was the Master of Ceremonies.  He introduced the 3rd and 5th grade student reps as they shared poetry about libraries and books. The Hawthorne Girl Scouts shared a Flag Ceremony with everyone. Secretary Emma Coyte and Treasurer Will Fischer presented the builder of the library, Amanda Strezo, will a small thank you gift.  Dr. Moyer and many of Amanda's teachers from Hawthorne were at the ceremony to congratulate her on this wonderful accomplishment and gift to Hawthorne.  We all look forward to enjoying the library for years to come.

Just last week, Mrs. Engbers had the kindergartners and their 4th grade buddies from Mr. Rufus' room out in the classroom observing the changes that are happening because it is FALL!  How fun to be able to outside and view a variety of changing leaves, seed pods and maybe even some Outdoor Classroom insect residents.

Outdoor Classroom Pictures


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