Emerson Elementary School Home


24-Hour Attendance Line


Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM
Lunch Period 1 - 
11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

Lunch Period 2 - 
11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

Lunch Period 3 - 
12:05 PM - 1:05 PM

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 
9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten
12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

Grades 1 - 5
9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Parent Links

Office Contacts

Gregor, Beth
Principal bgregor@elmhurst205.org
Holler, Sue
Lead Secretary sholler@elmhurst205.org
Guimon, Eileen
Assistant Secretary eguimon@elmhurst205.org
Pavone, Karen


School Nurse

Charlene Roubik


Maureen Loughery is Kickoff for Kids Star Educator for September

Emerson News


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Congratulations to Maureen Loughery, Emerson Instructional teacher recognized as Star Educator for September! Emerson9.16KOK.jpg

On October 19, Ms. Loughery was surprised to learn that several Field teachers and parents nominated her for the Star Educator Award from Kickoff for Kids.  


A teacher said:


Maureen is an educator who regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty for her students daily. She frequently can be found working in her room hours before and after school as well as on the weekends. She dedicates her life to her students, their learning, and their social-emotional well being. He students are her children and she nurtures every aspect of their lives to help them grow as learners. Her door and heart are always open on both a professional and personal level. She genuinely cares about her fellow teachers and frequently goes out of her way to help peers too. Maureen is an exceptional human being and is one of the most effective, passionate, and loving teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She, in my eyes, is a Star Educator.


A parent stated:


My son came to Field School in Kindergarten. He has Down syndrome and does not sign and his speech is very unclear at times. He used a Go Talk in Preschool but refused to use it at Field. Mrs Lougherey thought maybe he would use an iPad. Now only for Academics he has a voice that he is not ashamed of. He has friends, he is able to take a spelling test without writing. Yes she decided to give him a field of 3 words and pick out his spelling word and paste it on the paper. She has adjusted every activity for him so he feels like very over student. My son has the confidence to to play and talk to students without shame or ridicule. Everyone is treated the same she is truly a gift to teaching. My son adjusted well I had a difficult time I was worried about him being in school all day but the daily reports made me feel like I was right in class. She is an amazing teacher I can't imagine his life without her. She has shown him anything is possible.

Steve Taeyaerts presented the award from Kickoff for Kids. Kickoff for Kids (KoK) is an Elmhurst-based charity that raises funds for initiatives that support children in our community. This initiative seeks to recognize local educators whose hard work makes a difference in the lives of children.

This award was established to recognize the outstanding service of local public and private school elementary educators. Award recipients are nominated by community members, parents, students or peers and are selected based on performance, including the demonstration of exceptional commitment to children. Nominations are due by the 10th of each month.

Congratulations to Emerson School on this recognition! For more information on Kickoff for Kids and the Star Educator Award, visit www.kickoffforkids.org.


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

These meetings will involve a short formal presentation on what the future ready classroom looks like, as well as an overview of the educational alignment study conducted by architects Wight & Company last spring. This will be followed by asking for reaction from attendees to some related questions. There will be a moderator and a note taker to record comments. This feedback will help shape the Monday, December 5, Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6 at York High School. Please join the conversation!


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


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

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


Upcoming Important Dates

Dates to Remember


October 21 – 6:00-8:00 PM Fall Fest @ Churchville

October 24 – 7:00-10:00 PM Focus205@ Churchville

October 31 - Black/Orange/Purple Day - Student Council Sponsored

October 31 - Glow Lunch

November 4 - End of 1st Trimester

November 4 - Sports Day - Student Council Sponsored

November 9 - Late Arrival

November 11 - Support Our Troops Day - Student Council Sponsored

November 15 - 7:00pm - PTA Meeting

November 17 - Erin's Law Assembly - gr. 1-5

November 18 - SPRs go home

November 21 - Class Color Day - Student Council Sponsored

November 21 - 4:30 - 8:00 - Parent Teacher Conferences

November 22 - 10:00 - 6:00 - Parent Teacher Conferences

November 22 - No School for Students

November 23 - Happy Thanksgiving - No School for Students

November 24 - No School for Students


see Emerson Events for additional calendar items

Enrollment: 460

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. We are excited about the new year and can’t wait for our students to fill the classrooms. The welcome back to school letter contains very important information that is essential for you to read for your child to begin school.  You will not receive any communication except for emails!  Welcome Back to School Letter    School Supply List  

Event Calendar

Board Meeting Dates


District 205 News


The Year in Pictures - 2016-2017

Help our Earth ...

I would like to encourage everyone to walk to school as often as possible. This is not only better for our environment but also will help with the traffic congestion. Please remember that we are a ...more

Emerson's Mission

Emerson will create a safe, respectful environment where students are empowered to be responsible and take risks. Through cooperative efforts, staff, students, and families will promote life-long learning and provide for individual needs.

2015-2016 School Year