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

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

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


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

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




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Parent-Teacher Conferences at the elementary schools will take place on November 20 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and on November 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM with no school for elementary school students that day. Sign up will be held via Power PTC and begins this Tuesday, November 7 at 6 AM and closes on November 14 at midnight.

A PowerSchool parent single sign-on (SSO) account is required to access the PowerPTC web portal for conference sign-up. Parents who have not yet created an SSO account have received a separate communication with instructions. Contact your school's main office for questions or assistance with creating an SSO account. Step-by-step instructions for conference sign-up can be found on www.elmhurst205.org/PTC.

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 11/6/17




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

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




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

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

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




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

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




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

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

 

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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




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The Hawthorne Happening is October 21st from 4 - 7 pm at Hawthorne!
Pick out your costumes, gather up the family and join us for another fun-filled Hawthorne Happening! This year's theme is ZOMBIE ZOO! This important school fundraiser is a Halloween themed event for students and their families and generates funds we need to support all of the assemblies, programs, school improvements and fun extras that the PTA sponsors for our children. There will be games, a costume parade, food, a DJ, photo backdrop, Raffle and Silent Auction and a Spooky Science Show!  New this year is a bottle flipping contest and a gaming truck (4th and 5th graders only)!
Click here for all the details.
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Posted by: Lori Jordahl
Published: 9/19/17




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Calling all parents/guardians to take part in Hawthorne's celebration of National Walk To School Day. Join us, beginning at 7 am on October 4th, before catching your train to work, dropping your student off at Rec Station, or heading off to errands for the day, to celebrate! We encourage all parents/guardians to walk with their children to school on October 4th (in honor of student wellness and family time together!). At Hawthorne, treat yourself at Courageous Bakery's food truck, which will be parked in the small parking lot adjacent to the playground from 7 - 8:30 and will be selling coffee, juice, donuts, scones and cupcakes. Enjoy some breakfast together on site, or take it on the run with you. The first 25 people to make a purchase at the truck receive a FREE DONUT! A live DJ will be playing music on the playground (which will open by 7:30 am). Even Steven Morley, Mayor of Elmhurst, will join in the fun on the playground! Parents, guardians and students alike are encouraged to proudly wear their favorite Hawthorne spirit wear in celebration. If you are interested in volunteering for a short shift, we would welcome the help. Click here.

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Posted by: Lori Jordahl
Published: 9/19/17




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

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




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Whole Foods Elmhurst has generously selected the Hawthorne PTA to be the beneficiary of a community Giving Day on Wednesday, September 20th. Whole Foods will donate a portion of the day's profits to the Hawthorne PTA. Mark your calendars now to make a Whole Foods grocery shopping run on September 20th!

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Posted by: Jennifer Reichert
Published: 9/7/17




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

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




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

 

There are three ways you can help students in Houston:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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




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Curriculum Night will be on Tuesday, August 29. It will begin at 5:30 PM and end at 7:00 PM. Each teacher (except Ms. Udelhofen, she will be presenting at 6:30 PM only) will be presenting the same information twice. The schedule is as follows:

  • 5:30 PM-6:00 PM - Session 1 - all teachers present (except Ms. Udelhofen)
  • 6:05 PM-6:25 PM - Dr. Podraza and Mr. Riordan will be in the Old Gym presenting information on literacy, homework guidelines, Eureka Math, and acceleration time.
  • 6:30 PM-7:00 PM - Session 2 - all teachers present

Parent Teacher Conference signup will not take place on Curriculum Night this year because conference signup will be online. Communication will be sent at a later date to parents with dates and directions for conference signup.

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Published: 8/24/17




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

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

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




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

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




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

 

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




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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 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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At its May 23, 2017 meeting, the Elmhurst School District 205 Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Dr. Christina Podraza as the new assistant principal at Hawthorne and Lincoln elementary schools, effective August 1, 2017 with a salary of $91,573. (See related news item on the District 205 homepage.) She replaces Tim Riordan, who was recently confirmed as the new principal of Hawthorne.

Dr. Podraza comes to Elmhurst from Naperville District 203, where she has served as the Learning Support Coach for Mill Street Elementary School since 2012. There she played an integral role in adoption and implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). She served on the School Improvement Team and was a member of the District 203 Service Delivery Design Committee and the Science Curriculum Committee.


“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of Elmhurst Community Unit District 205! I am looking forward to getting to know the Hawthorne and Lincoln staff, students and families and can’t wait to start my work as assistant principal. I hope that my passion for student engagement and instructional coaching background will be an asset to both buildings,” said Dr. Podraza.

Prior to her tenure in District 203, she was a fifth grade teacher at Schiesher Elementary School in Lisle for four years. There she developed multiple assessments aligned to Common Core, designed authentic, interactive programs which incorporated technology to motivate student learning. She used both qualitative and quantitative data to make decisions regarding curricular planning.

Dr. Podraza was also a classroom teacher in Bensenville District 2, in East Aurora District 131 and served as a long-term sub and reading improvement assistant at Armstrong School in Hoffman Estates.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Monmouth College (1999), her master’s in Elementary Education from DePaul University (2003) and her doctorate in Educational Leadership & Organizational Change from Roosevelt University (2014).

"I am excited that Christina is joining District 205. Her instructional knowledge, professional development experience and her ability to facilitate PLCs is timely and will help our staff provide exceptional learning experiences to our students,” said Riordan.

“Having Christina join the Lincoln and Hawthorne teams excites me! I am inspired by her energy, passion, and instructional expertise and look forward to working with her to support students, families, and staff,” said Jennifer Barnabee, who will be the new Lincoln Elementary School principal for 2017-18.

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Published: 5/26/17




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Published: 5/12/17




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HAWTHORNE WINS THE TREX RECYCLING CHALLENGE!

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Published: 5/12/17




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

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

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

 

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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




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

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


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

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

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


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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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




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Attention all 4th and 5th grade students!  If you want to get fit and have fun at the same time, join us!  We are a club that will focus on overall individual health through fitness, nutrition and friendship!

The meetings at Hawthorne will take place during lunch recess
We will meet and train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4/11 to 5/25. There will be adult supervision during all runs -- 2 teachers: Mrs. Spinelle and Mr. Bertani and hopefully a couple parent volunteers

You will need comfortable clothes, running shoes and a water bottle. Gym shoes are a must. No gym shoes, no run!

***We would love some parent volunteers to help. Please email Mr. Bertani at nbertani@elmhurst205.org if you can help on Tuesdays or Thursdays or both from 11:05-11:35***

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Posted by: Jennifer Reichert
Published: 4/3/17




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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 History Museum reminds second graders and their schools that the annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest will soon begin. Packets with contest information and entry forms will be sent to all District 205 second grade teachers during the first week of April. The 2017 deadline for poster entries is Friday, May 5, by 5:00 PM. Schools with ten or more participants will earn a $100 grant for the school’s library from the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, so please be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity. For more information or to download entry forms, visit the History Museum’s website.

 

Winners and their families will be honored at a reception in the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center on Wednesday, May 24, at 4:00 PM. In addition, the contest winners will be invited to march in the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29 and be recognized by the City Council on Monday, June 5. Posters will be displayed at the museum throughout the summer months, and winning entries will be exhibited at Elmhurst City Hall.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/30/17




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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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Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th (3/14). At Hawthorne's 6th Annual Pi Recital, 143 students in grades 1-5 stretched their brains and memorized digits of Pi (3.1415926535...), which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. 


Hawthorne's 2017 top reciters memorized over 100 digits of Pi: Gio Santoro (413), Max Wickenkamp (229), Mark Stukel (221), Niko Stathopoulos (171), Caroline Fischer (161), Kailin Mendiola (160), Joey Rinchiuso (146),  Will Fischer (126), Anna Filosa (120), Saveen Shah (118), Matt Lizak (114), Clara Fitzer (104), Libby Donaldson (104), Kennedy Mirante (103), and Alexa Klein (101)!
 

In addition, top primary students were George Redfearn, Grade 3 (58), Jaiden Shah Gr 2 (50), and Michael Dorko Gr 1 (30).
 

Our brains are amazingly stretchable with such a great capacity so keep exercising them!
 

Click here to download the 2017 reciters list from Hawthorne.
 

A link to some Hawthorne reciting videos and Elmhurst Titan article

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 3/16/17




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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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It's that time of the year again! Jump Rope for Heart is around the corner! This year JRFH will be the week of March 20th - 24th. (See schedule below.) Please help your child register for JRFH by clicking on the link here and following the online instructions.

Once registered, they can take a health challenge & send e-cards to family and friends encouraging them to make healthy choices, and donate to the American Heart Association. If they send 10 e-cards they will earn the zoo crew badge below to hang on a lanyard along with the zoo crew characters they earn!

Thank you for your support of this lifesaving organization! If you have any questions please contact Mrs Spinelle.


Mon 3/20

  • 8:30-9:30 Bugielski/Rufus
  • 9:45-10:45 Herward/Ruesch
  • 1:45-2:45 Engbers/Perrone PM

Tues 3/21

  • 8:30-9:30 Graff/Higgins
  • 12:30-1:30 Pope/Iturbide

Wed 3/22

  • 9:45-10:45 Hochleutner/Nowak
  • 12:30-1:30 M. Hobbs

Thurs 3/23

  • 9:45-10:45 Perrone AM
  • 12:30-1:30 Scarlett/Rossman
  • 1:45-2:45 Lindstrom/Fiore

Fri  3/24

  • 8:30-9:30 B. Hobbs/Behrend
  • 12:30-1:30 Allaire/Gaston
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Posted by: Jennifer Reichert
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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Student Council is having an "Everything is a Dollar or Less" sale to donate money to the American Cancer Society.  The sale of fun school supplies will be held on Wednesday, March 8th.  Tables in the 1st floor west hallway will be filled with Smens (smelly pens), notepads, shoelaces ( made from plastic pop bottles), Smencils (smelly pencils), erasers and many other items.

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Posted by: Jennifer Reichert
Published: 3/7/17




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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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The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive. Through the generosity of District 205 families, we have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. Our drive will start Monday, March 6th  and conclude on Friday, May 12th. Hawthorne will have a collection bin in the vestibule by the office.

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 Indian Reservations in the United States. Many times families in these places need to pick between shoes and food, so we aim to provide the shoes for free.


For more information on the charity itself, such as where the shoes are going or how they are getting there, we’ve attached the link of the Soles for Kids website for your convenience.

http://solesforkids.org/index.html

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Posted by: Jennifer Reichert
Published: 2/23/17




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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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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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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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We are looking to locate potential kindergarteners for the 2016-2017 school year.  Eligible students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2017.  If you have a child who may be eligible, please call the school office and talk with Amy Ryan. If you know of a family in your neighborhood that may have a child that is eligible, please encourage them to call the school office.  Our number is:  630-834-4541.

For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-617-4783 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.

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Posted by: Jennifer Reichert
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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The City of Elmhurst is now hiring Part-time School Crossing Guards. Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2016-17 school year. Lead a safe environment for our children and become a staff member of the Elmhurst Police Department.

The safety of our school children is a concern for the City of Elmhurst, District 205 school personnel, all parents and citizens. Training and safety equipment are provided. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St, Elmhurst, IL or interested candidates may apply online at this link. Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and pre-employment drug screen/physical. The City of Elmhurst is an equal opportunity employer.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/17




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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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The Family Club will be starting February 6!   This club is an educational and support group designed to help young people better understand their feelings related to family dynamics which may include ongoing or recent significant changes in their lives. These changes may include, but are not limited to: divorce, separation, death of a relative, illness, physical/mental/developmental disability of a family member, a move to a new home or school, homelessness, a family member being in jail, a new baby, etc.  Click on the link below for more details and the permission slip.

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Posted by: Jennifer Reichert
Published: 1/19/17




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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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Testing for the Winter session of MAPs begins the week of January 18. Click the link below for the full schedule.

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Posted by: Jennifer Reichert
Published: 1/13/17




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Student Council wants you to help us make a prediction for the winner of Super Bowl 2017. Bring cans of soup to school. Place them in the wooden box below the team that you think will win this year's Super Bowl. The team with the most cans of soup in their bin will be our predicted winner at Hawthorne School. Cans of soup will be collected from January 25th until February 1st in the bins in the front hallway outside of the office. All soup cans will be donated to a food pantry in Elmhurst. Each can will be worth 1 vote. Vote early and often!

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Posted by: Jennifer Reichert
Published: 1/12/17




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Enrollment for 2017-18 incoming kindergarteners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 8, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 9, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, enrollment will only be offered at Conrad Fischer School (for Fischer students) and at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York (serving all District 205 elementary schools).

 

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.

 

For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-617-4783 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

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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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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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Each year since 2006, James McHugh Construction Company has asked District 205 elementary school students to design a holiday construction card which McHugh uses for the cover of their annual holiday card. This is completely voluntary project.

The school with the winning artwork always receives a $500 check from McHugh and the winning artist is also honored by McHugh Vice President Dave Bartolai (a D205 Alum). The winner receives copies of his/her card and a personalized hardhat, along with a few other cool prizes, and the class receives goodies as well.

 

This year, Hawthorne fifth grader Gavin Wasco, son of Christopher and Susan Wasco, drew the winning design. His card/video from McHugh’s visit to Hawthorne is posted below.

 

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 12/16/16




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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




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The York High School and Hawthorne Elementary ECO Clubs, along with the Emerson Earth Ambassadors, are collecting broken or old Italian mini lights, traditional rope lights, LED lights from any holiday are accepted, along with extension and appliance cords, as well as computer cables. All may be dropped off in bins located in the lobbies of the “A” and “C” buildings at York or at Emerson and Hawthorne Schools. The program runs now through the end of January. All proceeds will benefit SCARCE. Contact York ECO Club sponsor Bob Blaus for more information at bblaus@elmhurst205.org.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/6/16




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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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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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"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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Last spring the Board of Education approved a new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum beginning with the 2016-17 school year, along with the adoption of new resources to be used. Throughout the first trimester our teachers have implemented this new curriculum. As the time approached to purchase the resources for the second and third trimesters, it was determined that a different set of resources would better support the standards-aligned curriculum.
 

After a 30-day preview of new resources, the Board of Education approved the adoption of resources by Schoolwide for our students in grades K-5. These resources provide an increased opportunity for our teachers to personalize reading instruction in order to better meet the needs of each student. You will begin to see these resources in the classroom as we move into the second trimester.
 

As we have adopted a new curriculum that is fully aligned to standards, we believe that we need to examine and update the ways in which we report student progress. We will begin work with a grading task force comprised of teachers and administrators to examine the best practices that exist in grading and reporting and look to make changes for 2017-18 school year. Student progress reports for the 2016-17 school year will remain the same with the exception of schools who pilot a new grading and reporting system. However, you may notice that the trimester in which specific skills are reported has changed due to the new curriculum.
 

If you have questions about ELA resources or reporting student progress, please contact your building principal.
 

Mary Baum
Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/10/16