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Regular School Hours:

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

Lunch Period 1 

(1st, 2nd grade) 
10:55 AM - 11:55 AM

Lunch Period 2

(3rd, 4th & 5th grade)
11:25 AM - 12:25 PM

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

Parent Links

Office Contacts

Thompson, Michelle
Billenstein, Sheila
Lead Secretary sbillenstein@elmhurst205.org
Guimon, Eileen
Assistant Secretary eguimon@elmhurst205.org
Pavone, Karen


School Nurse

Charlene Roubik


Upcoming Important Dates

Dates to Remember

March 19-23- Jump Rope for Heart
March 19- Illinois Science Assessment 5th grade only
March 20- PTA Meeting 8:30 am in Multipurpose Room
March 23- Full STEAM Ahead... Make Across Emerson Event!
March 26-31-No School... Spring Break
April 9-20- PARCC Testing 3rd-5th grade only
April 10- Science Olympiad!

See Emerson Events for additional calendar items

Follow Emerson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year! @EmersonD205


Do you have an new Kinder or 1st Grade student for next year??

Follow this link for more information about Kindergarten and new to First Grade registration for the 2018/2019 school year!



Drawn by Frannie Buxton, 4th grader

Author/Illustrator David Biedrzycki Visits Emerson School

Emerson Updates 3.16.18

Happy Friday!


What a great week we had at Emerson! Penny Wars was a huge success! Thank you so much to everyone for your support, the students had a great time raising funds for our sign. I will let you know next week what our grand total is! I wanted to take a few minutes this week to update you about what our Parent School Improvement Team has been working on. The team meets every six weeks or so and brainstorms ways we can provide our students with a great elementary school experience. We had our most recent meeting last Friday afternoon. The team has been instrumental this year in helping to get the fundraising for the sign underway, providing insights and support for the improved drop off zone in the Mary Queen Parking Lot, they are also helping to get a teaching garden built at Emerson. We are currently working on plans to have a Make a Difference Day at Emerson to prepare the teaching garden (which will be built this spring) for planting and to clean up the grounds around Emerson. I appreciate the time the team members take to meet with me and help provide insights into how we can continue to make Emerson an amazing school!



While we cannot accommodate parent requests for particular teachers, we do value your input and hope that you will share any insights you have about your child’s learning. We spend a great deal of time and effort making class placements each year, and try our best to consider each child’s needs. If you would like to share any input, please send me an email or a written letter to the office before the end of April. Thank you!


Notes and Reminders:

  • Parking lot reminders… please be cautious as you are entering and exiting the parking lot to pick up and drop off for before and after school clubs. Also, remember there is no cell phone use in school zones. I see many parents on their phones during drop off and pick up. Thank you for helping to keep our kids safe!
  • Spring Break is coming… March 26-30th, school resumes April 2nd
  • Next Friday March23rd in the morning is our first ever STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) event from 8:25am-10:50am. We could still use a few volunteers so let Mrs. Blanford know if you would like to help.
  • Jump Rope for Heart is next week! The students will participate in Jump Rope for Heart during their PE classes March 19-23th! You can continue fundraising through spring break if you are interested. Here is the website Jump Rope For Heart !
  • Spring Testing: 5th grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment on Monday, March 19th. The 3th-5th grade students will take the PARCC Assessment from April 9th-20th.
  • Student Late Arrival dates in April are on the 11th and 25th! 
  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 26th from 5:30-7:00pm for the Spring Celebration of Learning (formerly known as Brag Night) and the Spring Sing will be on May 1st! A detailed schedule from Mr. Miller will be coming home soon!


Have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

Emerson News


Members of the District 205 Community Advisory Team (CAT) have been chosen and notified. With more than 125 applicants for a 30-member committee, the selection process was extremely difficult. We are grateful that so many residents are willing to help D205 in this important work!

A rubric was used to make sure that every school was represented, along with as many stakeholder groups as possible. The number of members was expanded from 25 to 33. We will be seeking to engage the remaining 93 applicants in other meaningful ways as the journey continues.

CAT members will be asked to:

  • Ensure that messages and materials related to the MFP are clear and easy-to-understand
  • Help anticipate and provide representative community questions and concerns
  • Offer suggestions to make sure the District is using every opportunity to reach stakeholders

While the CAT will assist the D205 administration with crafting clear communications for the community, it will not make decisions regarding the draft plan, as all community feedback will carry equal value and weight. The District plans to offer many opportunities for parents, staff and the community to weigh in on the Master Facility Plan.

The first CAT planning meeting will be on Monday, March 19. Please note that this is not a public meeting.


What is a PLC? In District 205, PLCs play an important role in promoting student growth and building the capacity of our teachers. But what is a PLC and what is its function?

PLC stands for Professional Learning Community. PLCs are designed to ensure high levels of teacher collaboration focused on student learning. They can take many forms. Examples include ensuring that teachers of the same grade level or subject area, as well as instructional coaches, special education teachers and support staff, have time to analyze assessment data, share best practices for success, and plan for future learning.

PLC groups meeting during student late arrival days, institute days and also during the school day at various times throughout the week.

Watch the video below, and let our teachers show you how PLCs are utilized in D205 schools. 




Please know that Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed or there is a late start called. In general (excluding other emergency situations), if there is NO announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ElmhurstD205; the D205 Twitter account - www.twitter.com/ElmhurstD205. If your phone number has recently changed, please contact your child(ren)’s school so that they can update that information in PowerSchool.

Additionally, you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - www.emergencyclosings.com (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, that decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.

When District 205 determines that weather conditions or an emergency situation warrant an Emergency Late Start Schedule, families will be notified in the same manner they would be notified in the event of a school closing. Each family will receive a phone, email or text notice (if you've opted in) from our rapid notification system. More information about the Emergency Late Start Schedule is available online.

On Emergency Late Start days, parents and staff are encouraged to monitor the District’s website for updates on the status of after-school activities. Information about York athletics would be posted on the York School webpage in the afternoon.

If an Emergency Late Start schedule is activated:

  • Classes will begin using the standard Student Late Arrival schedule
  • Buses will operate using the standard Student Late Arrival pick-up and drop-off times.
  • Parent should use the standard Student Late Arrival schedule for drop-off - 20 minutes prior to the start times below.

Emergency Late Start schedules are as follows (same as standard Student Late Arrival schedule):

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

AM Kindergarten and AM Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten and PM Early Childhood Classes - 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
All Day Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Elementary Schools

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

Middle Schools

Grades 6 to 8 - 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School

Grades 9 to 12 - 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM After school activities and athletics could remain as scheduled, weather permitting. 

Out-of-District Programs

If out-of-district programs are in session, transportation will proceed as normal.\

Before/After School RecStation

The AM RecStation program will not be offered on late start days. The PM (after-school) RecStation hours will remain as scheduled on late start days.

Before School Programs

All before-school programs, including but not limited to, orchestra, band, choir, clubs, athletic practices or student activities will be cancelled on late start days.

Field Trips

Any field trip scheduled on the day of a late start will be cancelled as would be the procedure on days when school is cancelled for emergency reasons.

Technology Center of DuPage (TCD)

Due to the modified schedule, only PM TCD students will attend TCD.

Este es un recordatorio que la información de Inicio Tardío relacionada con emergencias (que sigue el horario habitual de llegadas tardías de los estudiantes) está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito 205 en Recursos -> Enlaces Rápidos -> Cierres de emergencia. También se publicará información más detallada en el sitio web del distrito y el sitio web de las escuelas afectadas. Aquí puede encontrar documentos en español acerca de los cierres de emergencia.


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