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The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be applicable to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. The deadline for registering is March 1. Parents who are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner for the Dual Language magnet program should click on the link below to complete the application form:

Dual Language Program Application 2018-2019


Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program.

La mesa directiva del distrito Elmhurst 205 ha aprobado el programa de lenguaje dual en la escuela Conrad Fischer por el año 2018-2019. El programa es para los niños que comienza de Kinder. Haz clic por detalles sobre el programa de lenguaje dual.


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Solicitud para el programa de lenguaje dual 2018-19

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/14/18




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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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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/8/18




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The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, 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. Last year, over 250 students participated in the tournament.

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 receive ribbons; 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. Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1st. Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slip 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: 2/6/18




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Parents of fifth grade students receiving special education services are invited to attend one of two meetings to answer any questions you may have as your child moves to middle school. The purpose of this meeting is to provide parents details on how special education services are implemented in the middle school setting. Answers to commonly asked questions about a "day in the life of a middle school student" will also be discussed. 

Each meeting will present the same information. The first meeting was held on February 8. The second meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, from 6-7 PM at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St.

Slides from the presentation are linked below.
 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/18




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Enrollment for 2018-19 incoming kindergartners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 7, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 8, 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).

If you are enrolling your child in Kindergarten, please consider participating in our Dual Language program for 2018-19, which will be located at Conrad Fischer School. For more information, contact District 205 English Language Coordinator Ariana Leonard at aleonard@elmhurst205.org.

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, 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 630-834-4530 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/5/18




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Happy Friday!

It’s freezing outside but we are still heating it up at Emerson! This week the students in third through fifth grade were working hard to finish up their MAP tests. They really showed that fire as they took their time, carefully read all the answer choices, and worked out the problems. The results will be sent out to you from the district in a few weeks! As I visited classrooms this week, I saw students across many grade levels using the skills they are learning in reading and writing to conduct research, take notes, and write about topics they are interested in. It is awesome to see how excited the students are about their learning!

An important reminder about Valentine’s Day… if you send valentines with your students to share, please DO NOT send valentines with candy. We cannot give out and/or share candy. If you send valentines with candy, we will have to send the candy back home with your child. If your child would like to share something with their classmates, consider sending stickers, pencils, erasers, etc. Thank you for helping to keep all of our students safe!


Notes and Reminders:

  • Next week begins Kindergarten and new to Emerson First Grade Registration! Registration at Emerson will take place Tuesday, February 6th from 9-11am and Wednesday, February 7th from 12:30-3:00pm.  Evening registration will be at the District Office on Thursday, February 8th from 4:00-7:00pm.
  • Friday, February 9th is our first PTA Trivia Night! 
  • Our next student Late Arrival is Wednesday, February 14th!
  • February 6th from 6:00-8:00pm is the district PTA sponsored Summer Rec Night at York!

 

Full STEAM Ahead: Make Around Emerson – Mrs. Blanford needs Volunteers!

Thank you to those who have already volunteered! We are excited to announce that we will be conducting a Literacy/MakerSpace Event for Emerson students on the morning of Friday, March 23rd! During this event, students will rotate through "stations" to participate in engaging reading and MakerSpace activities (e.g., write a secret code, build a boat, program a robot mouse). We are looking for parent volunteers who would like to help. Interested? Please respond using this form. We will follow-up to confirm assignments by early March. Thank you!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I know it sounds crazy but I am hoping for some good snow, I have heard from Molly almost daily that we haven’t made a snowman yet this year!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Sheila Billenstein
Published: 2/2/18




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Thank you to all who attended the February 1 evening information meetings at our three middle schools. If you were unable to attend, you may access recordings of the two Sandburg Middle School meetings at this link. As promised, links to the course selection forms are as follows:

Course selections for 7th and 8th grade are due Tuesday, February 13th. Course selections for 6th grade are due Friday, February 16.

If you have questions about course availability and/or course options for students, you may contact your middle school counselors, principal or Dr. Mary Henderson (mhenderson@elmhurst205.org) and Dr. Mark Cohen (mcohen@elmhurst205.org) of the Learning & Teaching Department.

Al final de este correo electrónico encontrará un enlace con los cursos de elección para la selección de los cursos de sus estudiantes del año escolar 2018-19.


Si no pudieron asistir a la presentación el 1 de febrero, pero le gustaría ver el video de las reuniones, por favor utilice este Enlace.

Una presentación realizada en google también se adjunta a este correo electrónico. Aunque hay cierto grado de personalización en cada escuela, los contenidos relacionados con lo académico y las opciones de elección es el mismo para las tres escuelas.

Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de los cursos de selección para su estudiante, por favor, póngase en contacto con el consejero/a de su escuela secundaria.

 

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 6

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 7

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 8

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/2/18




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Plan to attend the 17th annual Summer Recreation Open House, sponsored by the Elmhurst District 205 PTA. This is a FREE event open to all Elmhurst families and neighboring communities. Browse the tables of various organizations offering summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. This popular event will be held on Tuesday, February 6, from 6-8 PM at York High School.

 

Be sure to support the Pot Belly Eat & Earn that same night from 5 to 8 PM at the St. Charles Road location. No flier or coupons are needed. PTA Council will receive a percentage of the total sales collected during those hours. Fundraising proceeds are used to provide scholarships to York High School seniors.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/1/18




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Tickets to the District 205 Foundation Gala are now sold out. Please consider supporting the Foundation's efforts by purchasing a ticket for the Golden Raffle with a chance to win your choice of three great trips. Information about the Golden Raffle is available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/1/18




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Happy Friday!

 

Did you know it is the 100th day of school? The kindergarteners and first graders had tons of fun today doing 100 minutes worth of hundreds activities! Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped make that happen! We had a great week at Emerson! The teachers began the week in an Institute Day where we discussed matching readers to text and choosing appropriate books in order to best meet the needs of all our students. We also did grade level articulation to plan cohesive math instruction as the students move from grade level to grade level.

On Tuesday, we were so happy to have the students back! Many classes did their MAP tests in reading and math this week. The testing will continue next week so all students will finish up. On Wednesday, we met with our learning buddies to talk about how to have a flexible, open-mindset. Check out some examples of what the students created with their buddies on the Emerson website! On Thursday, Molly, Quinn and I were able to join the second grade families for PTA Rec Night! What a fun event! Thank you very much to PTA and the parent volunteers for providing such a great experience for the students and their families!

 

Notes and Reminders:

 

Middle School Informational Meeting for Incoming 6th Grade Parents and Students…There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, February 1st for parents and students going to 6th grade next year. The meeting is at Churchville from 7:00-8:00pm. You will learn about course opportunities for next year and course selection sheets will be distributed. See the district webpage for more information!

 

5 Essentials…Last Push!!! The other school are now competing with us to get more parents to complete the 5 Essentials Survey. We have had 34% of our parents complete the 5 Essentials Survey! You still have until January 31st to complete the survey which goes into our school rankings and helps us with our school improvement process! Thank you for your insights! Here is the link to the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

 

Full STEAM Ahead: Make Around Emerson – Mrs. Blanford needs Volunteers!

We are excited to announce that we will be conducting a Literacy/MakerSpace Event for Emerson students on the morning of Friday, March 23rd! During this event, students will rotate through "stations" to participate in engaging reading and MakerSpace activities (e.g., write a secret code, build a boat, program a robot mouse). We are looking for parent volunteers who would like to help. Interested? Please respond using this form. We will follow-up to confirm assignments by early March. Thank you! 

Friday, February 9th is our first PTA Trivia Night! We would love to see you there!

 

Our next student Late Arrival is February 14th!

The district has partnered with The Center for Gifted to provide some weekend STEAM activities for students! See this flier for more info… http://www.centerforgifted.org/elmhurstPromo_link.pdf

 

Please consider attending one of these parent information sessions:

Executive Function Educational Series: Speaker Dr. Georgia Bozeday, EdD, Director of Educational Services at Rush Neurobehavioral Center. This educational series was made possible through a District 205 Foundation Grant. For more information about the program and/or the speaker visit the REACH PTA website.

 

Parenting to Promote a Growth Mindset - March 8th, 2018: Time 6:30 -8:30pm at Sandburg Auditorium- Doors 3 and 7 will be open.

This parent presentation will center on exploring the current research related to Carol Dweck's concept of Mindset. Mindset is defined as a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determines ones’ behavior, outlook, and mental attitude.  Within this frame of reference, parents will identify practices that fall into either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset category. This workshop will provide specific focus on ways parents can develop a Growth Mindset with their children in order to develop problem-solving skills and persistence even in the face of obstacles.  

 

The Twenty-first Century Teenage Brain - April 12, 2018 Time 6:30 -8:30pm Sandburg Auditorium- Doors 3 and 7 will be open. 

This parent presentation will center on brain development and personality characteristics commonly associated with adolescent development. Anchored in recent research in neuroscience, the focus for this parent presentation is twofold: 

1. What does the current research tell us about the unique aspects of the teen brain?  

2. How can we use these understanding to inform our parenting approaches?  

Have a great weekend!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Sheila Billenstein
Published: 1/26/18




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The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be applicable to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program. There are two remaining parent information sessions: Thursday, February 1st from 6:30-7:30 PM at the District 205 Center (162 S. York) and Tuesday, February 13th from 6:30-7:30 PM at Madison Early Childhood Center (130 W. Madison).

Parents who are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner for the Dual Language magnet program should click on the link below to complete the application form:

Dual Language Program Application 2018-2019

La mesa directiva del distrito Elmhurst 205 ha aprobado el programa de lenguaje dual en la escuela Conrad Fischer por el año 2018-2019. El programa es para los niños que comienza de Kinder. Haz clic por detalles sobre el programa de lenguaje dual.


Hay dos más sesiones informativas para padres: el jueves, el primero de febrero desde las 6:30 hasta las 7:30 de la noche en el centro de distrito (162 S. York) y el martes, el 13 de febrero desde las 6:30 hasta las 7:30 de la noche en la escuela Madison (130 W. Madison).

Si está interesado en el programa de lenguaje dual para su hijo(a), haz clic debajo para completar la forma apropiada:

Solicitud para el programa de lenguaje dual 2018-19

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/23/18




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Happy Friday! What a great week we had at Emerson! The students were working hard academically, having family fun at PTA Rec Nights and our musically talented 4th and 5th graders had their band and orchestra concerts this week! Also, the Emerson Singers did an amazing job representing our school when they sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Elmhurst College Basketball game on Wednesday night. Thank you to the PTA, Mr. Miller, Mrs. Krause and Ms. Pagones for these great experiences! We also had an outstanding assembly sponsored by the PTA, Handicap This!  The students heard first hand examples of inclusion and tolerance from the presenters.  Thank you PTA!!!

 

We are beginning our Winter MAP testing window for 2nd through 5th graders.  They will take the computer based Measures of Academic Progress Test in both literacy and math within the next two weeks. The ACCESS testing window has also begun.  This is a test of English Proficiency only for students who qualify for English Language Learner support.  This assessment measures the student’s levels of English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We look forward to seeing the great growth the students have made this year!

 

Notes and Reminders:

-Parking Lot!! A few arrival and dismissal reminders… please be sure you a driving carefully and staying in the lanes in the Mary Queen parking lot.  Please be especially aware on days with inclement weather, there seem to be extra issues on those days. Also, you must use the Mary Queen parking lot for all drop-offs and pick-ups during arrival and dismissal time. The parking lot is only to be used for pick-ups during the school day if your child is ill!

-We have had 25% of our parents complete the 5 Essentials Survey! You still have until January 31st to complete the survey which goes into our school rankings and helps us with our school improvement process! Thank you for your insights! Here is the link to the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

-No school on Monday, January 22nd for Teacher Institute!

 

-The remaining PTA Rec Nights are next week!  Here are the dates:

  • 5th grade: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
  • 1st grade: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • 2nd grade: Thursday, January 25, 2018

    -Friday, February 9th is our first PTA Trivia Night!  We would love to see you there!

    -The district has partnered with The Center for Gifted to provide some weekend STEAM activities for students! See this flier for more info… http://www.centerforgifted.org/elmhurstPromo_link.pdf

    Have a great weekend!

    Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Kate Allt
Published: 1/19/18




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On Wednesday, January 31, the Elmhurst Public Library will offer Google Classroom for Parents from 7 to 8:30 PM. Google Classroom is a tool often used by District 205 teachers for grades 3-12 to distribute and grade assignments. Come to this class to learn more about how your student uses Google Classroom in school. Details and registration are available at http://elmlib.org/googleclassroom.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/18




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District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application deadline is fast approaching. The application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. District 205 teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members 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/innovation.

Applications are due on Monday, February 12. Applicants requesting technology (including hardware, software, digital subscriptions, and audio/visual equipment) should review the Multimedia Recommendations and Computer Tech Options forms prior to drafting their proposals and must include the submission of a completed Thiems Grant Technology Review Form. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or lfanelli@elmhurst205.org with questions.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/18




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With one member absent, the D205 Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. There was extensive discussion on the Dual Language program before the final vote. Jane Bailey, Principal at Conrad Fischer Elementary, discussed the issue of space. She said they are planning for five kindergarten sections for next year; the school currently has four sections. Mrs. Bailey said many rooms at the school are allocated for “resource rooms,” which is nothing more than office space. If those rooms were allocated to kindergarten classes, resource personnel who previously used those rooms could partner with a classroom teacher and co-teach and/or provide acceleration.

"No implementation is without growing pains, and this will be the growing pain, but I do think it will be worth it at the end of the day,” Mrs. Bailey said.

According to Principal Bailey, it is difficult to plan for potential space concerns further down the road than the first year of the program because it is still unknown how many students will participate. If there are too many Dual Language students to fit into Fischer, plans can be made to add a second location.

Regarding impact to the Fischer community, Dr. Henderson said the District will look to collect feedback from parents, students and teachers in a similar fashion to the way feedback is currently being collected for the Standards-Based Reporting system.

“It’s not something to be fearful of, because we have to think differently,” Ms. Bailey said. “If you're talking about opportunities in a global economy, then you need to be bilingual."

Dr. Moyer added that “There are benefits for both the native English speaking and native Spanish speaking students in this program, even though the rationale focuses more on native Spanish speaking students. It’s a phenomenal enrichment opportunity to truly allow all students to graduate bi-lingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural.”

Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program planned for 2018-19 and Dual Language in general.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/15/18




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The D205 Foundation is proud to announce Jill Riecker as this year's “Friend of the Foundation.” Jill's 20-year dedication to volunteerism and tireless commitment to providing Elmhurst students across all levels with opportunities and experiences both in and outside of the classroom are unparalleled. Jill's award will be presented as part of the festivities at the Foundation Gala -Empowering Futures to be held on February 10 at The Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook.

This promises to be an amazing evening with the goal of raising funds that will enhance education and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools.
Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you cannot attend the event, consider supporting the Foundations efforts by purchasing a ticket for the Golden Raffle with a chance to win your choice of three great trips. Information about Mrs. Riecker's contributions, Gala and Raffle details and tickets are available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/14/18




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Congratulations to Jacquelyn Discipio, Principal of Bryan Middle School, for being selected as the 2017-2018 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association DuPage Region. Ms. Discipio was selected from a pool of nominees from throughout the DuPage County region. She was honored by the District 205 Board of Education at its January 9 meeting.

She was nominated by Elmhurst District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, who stated in his nomination that “Ms. Discipio has been asked to lead monumental and transformative change in a short period of time, examples of
which include: a successful one-to-one personalized learning implementation utilizing Chromebooks in year one; implementation of a new English Language Arts curriculum and the addition of instructional coaches in year two; ongoing development of common assessments in all grade levels and content areas; and a major overhaul of the schedule to include dedicated time for interventions and enrichment and increased co-teaching for the 2017-18 school year.”

Ms. Discipio will be honored at the DuPage IPA’s annual Spring Student Recognition Breakfast on April 23. She will now be considered for a State award from among 20 nominees representing the other regions of the Illinois Principals Association. The state winners will be announced in the spring.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/12/18




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Happy Friday!

We had a great first week back at Emerson!  The students jumped right back into learning and were working hard all week. On Monday, some of our 5th grade students did an awesome job reteaching the rest of the students our PBIS expectations of respectful, responsible and engaged behavior across the day!  This week we also received new touchscreen chromebooks for our kindergarten and second grade classrooms because our school was chosen for a primary grade technology pilot!  The teachers are very excited to use this new technology!  On Wednesday, the students met with their future focused learning buddies and learned about adaptability and flexible thinking. The students had such good discussions with their buddies about how to be flexible thinkers and go with the flow!  We all demonstrated flexibility this week with our plumbing troubles… but good news, as of this afternoon the issue has been resolved!

Notes and Reminders:

-Thank you to everyone who has taken the 5 Essential Survey!  We met our goal! We have had 21% of parents respond so far and we need at least 20% for our results to be counted! These results are used to drive our school improvement plan, go into our state report card and are a part of our school ranking when organizations assign rankings.  Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the survey, if you haven’t taken it yet you still have until January 31st to complete the survey. Here is the link to the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

-Next week we have no school on Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day) and Student Late Arrival on Wednesday. Monday, January 22nd is also a non-attendance day for the students for Teacher Institute.

 

-Wednesday, January 17 evening the Emerson Singers will be singing the National Anthem at the Elmhurst College Basketball game if you would like to come out at support!

 

-PTA Rec Nights are starting next week!  Here are the dates:

  • 3rd grade: Tuesday, January 16, 2017
  • Kindergarten: Wednesday, January 17, 2017
  • 4th grade: Thursday, January 18, 2017
  • 5th grade: Tuesday, January 23, 2017
  • 1st grade: Wednesday, January 24, 2017
  • 2nd grade: Thursday, January 25, 2017

    -Friday, February 9th is our first PTA Trivia Night!  We would love to see you there!

    -Read below for information from the D205 Foundation regarding their upcoming fundraiser!

     

    I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and welcome back!

    Michelle Thompson

     

    PURCHASE TICKETS FOR D205 FOUNDATION 2018 GALA

    Create. Innovate. Collaborate. That's the theme of the 2018 Gala. Rise up to the challenge of making a difference in the education of our children. The 2018 D205 Foundation Fundraising Gala, Empowering Futures, will take place on Saturday, February 10th, beginning at 6:00 PM at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook. The evening will feature a plated dinner, beverages, fundraising raffles and games, as well as a terrific mini and live auction. This year, the event has an added bonus with a post party that includes a deejay and dancing. Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.
     

    The Foundation's goal is to provide enhanced opportunities for students to learn and practice skills that will better prepare them for their future. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in educational enhancements that bring added resources and creative educational opportunities to the classrooms of Elmhurst District 205.


    SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION WITH THE PURCHASE OF A 2018 GOLDEN RAFFLE TICKET 

    The District 205 Foundation is selling 100 Golden Raffle tickets that offer a choice of three fabulous trips to a single winner. The winning ticket will be drawn at the 2018 Gala on February 10th, but the winner need not be present to win. Tickets are $100 each. Consider splitting the cost with friends then have your own contest to determine the winner should you hold the winning ticket! This is a great way to support the Foundation with decent odds for a chance to ski in Lake Tahoe, sun in the Dominican Republic or golf at Pebble Beach. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala for details.

     

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 1/12/18




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Happy Friday!

We had a great end to 2017 this week! On Wednesday the students worked with their Future Focused Learning Buddies to learn about compassion.  The students read a story, had a discussion, then worked on their chromebooks to create a google drawing that showed their thoughts about compassion. Every time we meet with our buddies, I continue to be impressed by the quality of conversations the older students are able to facilitate with their younger buddies.  What great role models we have at Emerson!

 

On Wednesday we also had our second PBIS celebration assembly!  Rizzo the Eagle joined us in recognizing some groups of students who have shown their fire recently as well as helping us announce to the students that they earned their second all school celebration of the year… a teacher switch!  For thirty minutes today all the teachers switched spots. Ms. Herman definitely enjoyed her time as principal during the teacher switch while I had fun in second grade! In addition to teacher switch fun, we headed into the holidays with a wonderful Holiday Sing led by Mr. Miller and classroom parties. Thank you to all of our party planners and volunteers for making a great event for the students!

 

Notes and Reminders:

 

-Thank you to everyone who has taken the 5 Essential Survey!  We are so close! We have had 18% of parents respond so far and we need at least 20% for our results to be counted! These results are used to drive our school improvement plan, go into our state report card and are a part of our school ranking when organizations assign rankings.  You have until January 31st to complete the survey. Here is the link to the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

-Winter Break is upon us!  There will be no school beginning December 25th and we will see you back on January 8th!

 

-January 17 is a Student Late Arrival Day.  Also, that evening the Emerson Singers will be singing the National Anthem at the Elmhurst College Basketball game if you would like to come out at support!

 

-There will be no school for students January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and January 22 (Teacher Institute).

 

-PTA Rec Nights are also coming up in January!  Here are the dates:

  • 3rd grade: Tuesday, January 16, 2017
  • Kindergarten: Wednesday, January 17, 2017
  • 4th grade: Thursday, January 18, 2017
  • 5th grade: Tuesday, January 23, 2017
  • 1st grade: Wednesday, January 24, 2017
  • 2nd grade: Thursday, January 25, 2017                          I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!  Enjoy making memories with your little ones and see you in 2018!   Michelle Thompson
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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 12/22/17




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Happy Friday!

It was a fun and busy week at Emerson! We had a wonderful performance from the Churchville Orchestra and Band on Tuesday!  It is so neat for the teachers and students to see former Emerson students showing off their talents.  Visiting the classrooms this week, I saw a lot of great informational writing.  The students are doing a really nice job researching and recording important information that they will use to inform their writing.  I have seen them using what they learned about text features to gather information as they research.  It is awesome to see the reading and writing connection!  I can’t believe there is only one more week until Winter Break! We are also really looking forward to our winter parties next Friday afternoon!

Notes/Reminders:

-Please take a few minutes to take the 5 Essentials Survey!  We currently have 7% of our Emerson parents who have taken the survey and we need at least 20% for our results to be counted! These results are used to drive our school improvement plan, go into our state report card and are a part of our school ranking when organizations assign rankings.  Here is the link to the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

-If your student is missing any items, remind them to check the lost and found which is in our multi-purpose room.  We have many coats, sweaters, etc. hanging up for the students to claim!

 

-Holiday Class Parties are from 1:45-2:45 on December 22nd! Thank you in advance to all our room parents for their prep and planning!  I know the students will have a blast!

 

-Winter Break is coming!  There will be no school beginning December 25th and we will see you back on January 8th!

 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 12/17/17




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Enrollment for 2018-19 incoming kindergarteners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 7, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 8, 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, 2018, 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 630-834-4530 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/15/17




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Happy Friday!


We had a fun and busy week at Emerson! As I visited classrooms this week I saw students using text features to read and comprehend a variety of non-fiction text.  The students are able to tell me how each of the text features help them as readers!  I have also seen students across all grade levels representing their thinking as they solve math problems using a variety of strategies whether it’s multi-digit subtraction problems or long division in the upper grades!  What great thinkers we have here at Emerson! We also had a wonderful professional learning for the teachers on Wednesday morning.  Members of our leadership team shared lessons and resources for incorporating high level thinking, student choice, and student self-assessment into their lessons. We are so lucky to have such outstanding teachers here at Emerson!

 

Our PBIS team met on Thursday morning, here is an update from them:

The students tried and almost filled the B and E during our last Be Sticker Day which focused on Responsibility!  We are still working to fill the B and E with 85% of students keeping their stickers and showing responsible behavior all day long! During the month of October, the student’s Soar Slips were put on display.  There were a lot!! We are also getting close to earning another celebration with all the Soar Slips the students have earned! When students earn Soar Slips, they also earn a ticket to vote for the celebration of their choice. This time the choices are 30-minute teacher switch, all school freeze dance and deck the halls! Lastly, our Future Focused Learning Buddies are going great. Twice a month the buddies get together and learn future focused skills, the past couple lessons have been mindfulness, contemplation, and compassion. Please encourage all your students to follow the school wide expectations of being respectful, responsible and engaged!

 

Notes/Reminders:

-The 5 Essentials Survey is open!! Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  We need at least 20% of our parent community to take the survey in order for the results to be counted.  These results are used to drive our school improvement plan, go into our state report card and are a part of our school ranking when organizations assign rankings.  Here is the link to the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

-Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00pm our Emerson Singers will be caroling at the Mariano’s in Elmhurst!

-Holiday Class Parties are from 1:45-2:45 on December 22nd! Thank you in advance to all our room parents for their prep and planning!  I know the students will have a blast!

-Winter Break is coming!  There will be no school beginning December 25th and we will see you back on January 8th!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Michelle Thompson

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt
Published: 12/9/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, December 6. 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 is 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: 12/5/17




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Happy Friday!

I cannot believe it is December already! Time flies when you are having fun! We had a great week here at Emerson. Thank you all for your flexibility and communication on Monday morning as we worked to keep the students safe with an emergency late arrival! Tuesday we had Be Sticker Day and the students were working to show responsible behavior! Wednesday we had Future Focused Learning Buddies and the students learned about mindfulness and how to keep calm.  The students worked with their buddies to brainstorm strategies they can use to keep a calm mind when there are many distractions! Today is Twin Day!  It is fun to see the teachers and students dressed to match in their cute twin, triplet, and even quadruplet outfits! Next week begins our mid-year round of Fountas and Pinnell reading record benchmark assessments. We are so excited about the great learning the students have done so far this year!

 

Notes and Reminders:

-Text Message Alert: The District 205 Communications Office is working to ensure our text alert system is working effectively. They have just updated the system so the second cell phone number listed in your Power School account will now also receive a text alert. They are working to find an efficient way to update the system if you didn’t receive an alert at all… stay tuned for more details on that next week! The Communications Office wanted me to pass along a thank you to our Emerson families for their positive response to the difficult situation on Monday morning!

 

-5 Essentials Survey:  We have received the new release date for the 5 Essentials Survey, the survey window will open on December 5th. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey when you receive the link. We use the results to drive our school improvement planning. The results also go into our school rating and on our school report card! Thank you!

 

-Students and Technology:  I have had students in the older grades this past week telling me about their cell phone use after school hours and their group text chats. I know this phone use is occurring after school but I just wanted to send a reminder to you, please monitor your student’s cell phone use. The communication abilities and the student’s ability with technology today is very advanced and I would like to be proactive in ensuring student safety and positive appropriate use! Thank you for your partnership in this!

 

-Late Arrival: A reminder that next Wednesday, December 6th is a Late Arrival for the students.

 

This weekend we had one of my favorite ways to kick off the holidays…every year my family attends a holiday band concert that my in-laws play in.  The concert ends with the arrival of Santa. Seeing the excitement on my daughters’ faces makes me smile and reminds me about the anticipation in the air at this time of year! I hope everyone had moments that made them smile this weekend!

 

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 12/3/17




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The District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application is now available. In consideration of the demands on your time, the application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. We encourage you to get creative, innovate and collaborate, and apply for programs or enhancements that will help you deliver curriculum and engage students. Applications that contain technology or media components must include a Technology Review form.

District 205 teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members 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/innovation.

Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, December 1, and are due on Monday, February 12, 2018. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or lfanelli@elmhurst205.org with questions.

Since 1990, educational grants totaling nearly $1.5 million have been awarded through the Thiems Grant Program.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/30/17




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Elmhurst Police have three suspects in custody for investigation of burglary and auto theft that occurred in north Elmhurst. On Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:00 AM, Elmhurst police officers responded to the area of 600 Fay for a report of a prowler in the garage. Responding officers observed two vehicles leaving the area and attempted to stop the cars. Both vehicles fled and struck a marked squad car in front of 429 West Ave., and the suspects fled the scene on foot. It has been learned that the vehicles were stolen from Villa Park & Elmhurst.

Elmhurst Police officers established a perimeter and with the assistance of surrounding police agencies began a systematic search of the area. The suspects were subsequently located at: 463 W. North Ave, North Ave & Ridgeland, and 400 block of West Ave. Police have recovered a loaded handgun from one of the suspects and are still looking for a fourth suspect who is believed to have left the area.

As a result, both Emerson Elementary and Churchville Middle School were operating under an emergency Late Start schedule this morning.

This investigation remains ongoing and at this point, it is believed that the suspects may have been entering unlocked cars and garages in order to steal items of value and cars with keys in the ignition.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Elmhurst Police at 630-530-3050.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/27/17




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Students, teachers and parents across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey allows you and your child (in grades 4 through 12) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with their child’s school, giving school leaders critical input to help develop school improvement plans.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

In March of 2018, reports will be sent to schools and districts that achieve the 20% participation threshold for parents and 50% threshold for students and staff. Data will also be included in the Illinois State School Report Card next fall.


Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey takes about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey was scheduled to be conducted in November. The survey will be open through January 31, 2018. We hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/27/17




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Happy Tuesday!

It was wonderful to see everyone at Parent Teacher Conferences these past two days! Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education, we make a great team! Just a few reminders as we head into the long weekend…

  • There is no school the rest of this week, we will see you back on Monday, November 27th!
  • The November PTA meeting is Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00pm in the library.
  • Friday, December 1st is Twin Day!

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend full of relaxation and family fun!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 11/21/17




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Happy Friday!

I wanted to take a minute to express my gratitude as I have much to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving season!  I am so grateful for the warm welcome I have received this year from you and your children.  Emerson already feels like home because of the wonderful community we have.  As I visit the classrooms every day I am so proud of the hard work of all the teachers and the students as they show the world they have that fire!  The students at Emerson make me smile every day with their kind words, smiling faces and great thinking!  Thank you for sharing your children with us every day, they are a joy!

 

The students are working hard as we are off to a great start in the second trimester!  Ms. Kawa and the Girls on the Run Club along with their special guest runners did an awesome job at their 5K on Wednesday afternoon.  It was so fun to see the pride on the student’s faces when they accomplished their goal! We also met with our Future Focused Learning Buddies this week and learned about contemplation and mindfulness.  The students discuss what it means to be aware and thoughtful of their actions throughout the day! We are looking forward to see you next week at Parent Teacher Conferences!

 

Notes/Reminders:

-First Trimester SPRs come home today!

-There is still school for the students on Monday, there will be no school Tuesday through Friday next week! Enjoy the extra family time!

-Conference hours are: Monday 11/20 from 4:30pm-8:00pm and Tuesday 11/21 from 10:00am-6:00pm

-Monday, November 20 is Crazy Hair Day!

-The window for the 5 Essentials Survey opening has been delayed, we will let you know when it will be opening!

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

 

 

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 11/18/17




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Happy Friday Eagles!

We had a fun and busy first week of the second trimester!  Many of our grades are finishing up their first of three literacy units which was focusing on fiction and are about ready to head into their second unit which will focus on comprehending various forms of non-fiction text. On Monday we learned the winning name of our Eagle mascot… Rizzo the Eagle!  It was a landslide winner with over one-third of the students in the school voting for that name!  Thursday was “Be Responsible” Sticker Day.  On Be Sticker Days the students try to make it through the whole day keeping their sticker on. If they are not displaying expected behavior, they lose their sticker.  Hopefully your student made it home with their sticker yesterday! Also, a big thank you to everyone who participated in the food drive this week and to all those students who wrote letters to Veterans to honor them today! Thank you for making a difference!

 

Next week on Wednesday the 5 Essentials Survey window opens up.  This survey is required by the state of Illinois as a tool for school improvement.  Parents, teachers and students (4th grade and older) take the survey and rate their school in five areas: effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment and ambitious instruction. The scores of this survey will go into our state report card that comes out next fall and plays a part in school ratings. Please take a few minutes to take this important survey when the link is sent out so we can showcase the great things going on at Emerson!

 

Notes and Reminders:

-PTA Eat and Earn on November 14th at Guac-n-Tacos from 4:00-7:00 pm

-PTA Meeting 7:00 pm in the library

-Ms. Kawa sponsored a Girls on the Run club this year. They have their 5K on Wednesday, November 15 at 3:30 at Beren’s Park!  Come cheer the girls on!

-Report Cards go home November 17!

-Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday, November 20th from 4:30-8:00 pm and Tuesday, November 21st from 10:00 am-6:00pm.  There is normal school for students on Monday but no school the rest of the week! Be sure to sign-up online for a conference time before the window closes on November 14th!

-Mark your calendars, our Emerson Singers will be caroling at Marianos on December 12th at 6:00 pm

-District has created a website to serve as a tool to help parents with Eureka math! Check it out… https://sites.google.com/elmhurst205.org/math-for-parents/home

 

Have a great weekend!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 11/10/17




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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 Monday, November 20 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and on Tuesday, 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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Happy Friday Eagles! What an awesome week we had at Emerson! Monday was our author visit with David Bierdzycki… he was amazing! He had such a fun and engaging way of presenting as he taught the students how he takes an idea and turns it into a published book. It was very neat to see how his ideas and drawings change as he creates a story.  We even got a sneak peek at his next book, Sumo Kitty! We learned that the main character in his new book was inspired by his very own cat! We are so grateful to Mrs. Blanford and PTA for making the event possible!

 

Tuesday was our student council sponsored Glow Lunch!  That was such a neat idea and a great way to celebrate lunch on Halloween! Many students participated in Art Discovery on Wednesday where they learned about Frida Kahlo, a Hispanic painter who mostly painted self-portraits. Thank you again PTA! I also owe a third thank you to PTA for a great Fall Fest last Friday night! Molly, Quinn and I had a great time, it was wonderful to see so many families there and there were some outstanding costumes that our students had!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, don’t forget to set your clocks back and enjoy the extra hour of sleep!

 

Notes and Reminders:

 

-Next week is our student council food drive! The class who brings in the most donations will win a prize!

 

-Online Parent Teacher Conference sign-up goes live on Tuesday, November 7th. Please make sure you log-in before then to create your account. You should have received a message through school messenger with the link to create an account.  If you need help call the Emerson office!

 

-Wednesday, November 8th is a Student Late Arrival!

 

-From District 205…Elmhurst D205 is committed to providing the best possible education for ALL students. We are excited to begin our journey into dual language programming in the district! Our first ever dual language program will begin next school year 2018-2019 at Conrad Fischer Elementary School. We have convened a dual language committee comprised of a variety of stakeholders to explore details and possible future programming. The goal of dual language programs is for students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. We look forward to providing this opportunity for Elmhurst students! For more information on dual language programming in Elmhurst, please visit our website.

 

-Community Coat Drive: This Thanksgiving season, Peggy Noldan and Bonni Falco, two real estate brokers with L.W. Reedy of Elmhurst, are hosting a coat drive at the Emerson Rec Station. Peggy and Bonni have been directors of this program for 10 years. To help warm the hearts and bodies of children and families, they ask you to donate new or gently used coats or jackets in youth, teen and adult sizes. DROP OFF will be Monday, November 13-Friday, November 17, 7:00-8:15 a.m. and 3:00 - 5:45 p.m. at Emerson Rec Station, Door #6. As a token of appreciation, each person donating an article to share will be entered into a raffle for a $20 gift card to Mariano’s towards your Thanksgiving feast! Five winners will be awarded! To enter the raffle, please email Bonni Falco at Bonnifalco@yahoo.com with your contact phone number. Winners will be contacted on Monday, November 20. Your donation will support the United Methodist Church of Elmhurst – Clothing Center.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 11/3/17




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Happy Friday Eagles!

We had a great week at Emerson!  On Wednesday we met with our Future Focused Learning Buddies and learned about trustworthiness. The students had great discussions with their buddies about how to be trustworthy at home and at school.  We also practiced our Earthquake Drill on Wednesday afternoon so we are prepared.  We are also very excited about our Author Visit on Monday!!

 

Safety alert!  We have had many reports in the office about cars going very quickly causing a safety hazard to students in the Mary Queen Parking Lot during drop off and pick-up.  Please be cautious when driving… slow down and do not pass other cars. Thank you for helping to ensure the safety of all our students!

 

Notes and Reminders:

-Online Conference sign-up… You should have received an email through School Messenger last week with a link to create an account to sign-up for online conferences.  Please create your account and let us know if you have any questions.  Sign-up will go live on November 7th!

 

-Tuesday is Orange, Black and Purple Day!

 

-Please see a note below from Mrs. Malloy and Mrs. Spinelle about Fitness Fever!

 

-Please see a note below from Mrs. Blanford and Mrs. Kissel about Playaways and Battle of the Books!

 

-November 6th will begin our Student Council Food Drive Challenge!  Please send any donations you have to support this great cause!

 

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  It was great to see so many of you at Fall Fest!

Michelle Thompson

 

Fitness Fever

Hello Emerson Students,

I know all of you had very active summers!  As fun way to celebrate our activities-I invite you to bring in a photo or drawing of your favorite activity from the summer.

A few great examples would be: biking, hiking, gardening, playing sports, rollerblading, skateboarding, horseback riding, playing at the beach or in the water, washing the car, or even moving to a new house! Please bring 1 picture with your name and teacher’s name on the back.  I look forward to seeing your photos and drawings!

Thanks so much,

 Mrs. Malloy and Mrs. Spinelle, the new Physical Education Teachers

Playaways in the Emerson Library

Last year, Emerson was awarded a District 205 Thiems Grant to purchase Playaways for the Emerson Library. Playaways are devices that are pre-loaded with audio books. The library now has 18 Playaways, including many award-winning and high-interest titles! 

 

We wanted to make you aware that these devices are more valuable than a typical checkout. Costs range from $39.99-$79.99; so, we appreciate your help in assuring that any devices brought home are used with care and returned to the library in great condition. We expect to have them for Emerson students to enjoy for many years to come!

 

Battle of the Books

Students in 4th and 5th grade are invited to participate in the Battle of the Books competition! This year, we will be reading amazing books from the 2018 Illinois Children's Choice Bluestem Book Award nominees. Students who choose to participate will be placed in teams, choose books to read, and "battle" other teams by answering questions about the books. 

 

Meetings will be held during lunch recess on Tuesdays, beginning on November 7 and ending on March 20. Students who participate must commit to reading and attending all meetings.

 

If your child would like to join, please complete this form, enclose it and payment ($10 checks made out to Emerson Elementary School), in an envelope, and return it to Mrs. Kissel or Mrs. Blanford by Thursday, November 2. Note that only the first 30 student registrations received will be accepted. All others will be returned to you. 

Mrs. Kissel and Mrs. Blanford are this year's sponsors for the program. Feel free to contact either of us with questions. Happy reading!!

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 10/29/17




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Hi Eagles!

 

We had an awesome week at Emerson!  On Wednesday, we had a PBIS assembly.  At the assembly we surprised the students (and staff) with the newest member of our Emerson family… an Eagle Mascot!! Thank you so much to PTA for purchasing this great addition to Emerson!  Now we are holding a naming contest for the Eagle.  All students had the opportunity to submit ideas for the name by the end of today.  We will narrow it down to ten names that all of the students in the school will have the chance to vote on during library classes next week.  I can’t wait to find out what our new friend’s name is!

 

During the assembly, we also shared the great news with the students that they earned their first celebration of the year.  The students have been earning Soar slip and for every Soar slip they earned, they were able to vote for the celebration they wanted.  Musical Lunch won as that jar was filled first so we celebrated their respectful, responsible and engaged behavior with a Musical Lunch on Thursday! 

 

Also at the assembly we taught the students a strategy to use when they are not being treated with respect.  If someone feels they are not being treated with respect, they should say, “Please stop” to the person.  Then, if the person doesn’t stop, they need to walk away and tell an adult.  We call this SWAT… Stop, Walk Away and Talk.  We also talked about what to do if you are the one not being respectful.  If you are asked to stop you need to stop what you are doing, take a breath, and leave the situation.  We call this Stop, Breath, Leave.  The teachers and lunch supervisors will be reinforcing this strategy in their classrooms and on the playground so the students learn to advocate for themselves, communicate with one another and problem solve, but also to seek help when needed!

 

Notes and Reminders:

 

-Monday, October 23rd Picture Retakes

-Wednesday, October 25th is our next Late Arrival

-See you all at Fall Fest next Friday, October 27th at Churchville from 6-8pm!

 

Golden Apple Nominations: Is there is a District 205 educator who you feel merits nomination for a 2018 Golden Apple Award? Nominations are now open for awards in excellence in teaching and leadership. This year, Golden Apple is honoring teachers and leaders currently working in a public or non­public elementary schools at the Pre-K-3rd grade levels. The deadline to nominate an educator for the 2018 award is December 15, 2017. Click here for the online nomination form.

 

Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up: You all should have received a message from School Messenger to let you know how to create an account to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please log-in and create your account.  The actual window to sign-up for conferences will be in early November!

 

Dual Language Survey: District is asking for feedback regarding interest in the dual language program which will begin in D205 next school year. Please take a moment to complete this survey if you are interested in the possibility of dual language programming!  https://tinyurl.com/D205dualsurvey

 

Enjoy the beautiful weather and have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 10/21/17




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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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Happy Friday Eagles!

It was a wonderful week at Emerson!  On Wednesday we had our Future Focused Learning Buddies where we learned about honesty.  The students did a great job engaging in discussions with their buddies about how to display honesty throughout the day!  We also did an evacuation drill with the Elmhurst Fire Department on Thursday and the students did an outstanding job getting out of the building quickly and quietly.  The firemen were very impressed!  We ended the week with a day of College Spirit Wear brought to us by student council!  Based on feedback received this week, we have updated our website with a calendar link to help provide more information about upcoming dates.  Be sure to check it out!

Notes and Reminders:

- Join us for a day time PTA meeting at 8:30 on Tuesday, October 17th.  We will meet in the multipurpose room.

-We have a date for Picture Retakes!  They will be Monday, October 23rd please let your teacher know if you would like your student to retake their picture.

-A reminder from Mrs. Blanford that the book orders for the author that is coming to visit are due Tuesday, October 17th!

-See below for information about the Reflections Program from PTA!

-Late next week you should be receiving an email through School Messenger regarding sign-up for online Parent Teacher Conferences so be on the lookout for that.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

 

Reflections - Within Reach

The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program that asks children to get creative! Students are invited to create works of art in any of six different categories, reflecting upon a different theme each year. The six arts categories are dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is "Within Reach".  

Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as the like. Only original works of art are accepted. It does not matter whether an entry created for the Reflections Program has been created as a classroom assignment or independently at home. Once judged at the local level, the winners advance to the council/district level for judging. Council/district level winners then advance to the regional level. Regional level winners advance to the state level. State level winners advance to the National level. 

Additional information, Official Entry Forms and Rules can be found on the Emerson PTA website.  

All entries are due to the school office by Monday, November 13, 2017.  If you have any questions, please visit the Emerson PTA website or contact Marisa Costa @ mcosta88@comcast.net

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 10/14/17




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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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Hi Eagles!

We had a great week at Emerson with lots of learning and Book Fair fun! Thank you so much to the PTA who put on a wonderful book fair. It is exciting to see kids so excited about books and to share that love as a family! Thanks to the Learning and Teaching Department I was able to attend a literacy professional development with our literacy specialists, instructional coach and a few teachers last Thursday.  It was wonderful to be able to spend the day reflecting on our literacy instructional practices and game planning for how we can continue to refine our practice!

Also, this week our PBIS team met to discuss school matters to make the school a more positive place! We are happy to announce that student’s filled the B during their last ‘B sticker day.’ B sticker day is when students focus on one of the school wide expectations (be respectful, be responsible, and be engaged) this time we exemplified Being Responsible!  This means that 80% of the students kept their stickers. PBIS also introduced the golden spoon competition in the lunchroom. The students are scored as a class on their voice level, cleanliness, and ability to follow directions from our lunchroom staff. The classroom that earns the most points is the first to enjoy recess! The next couple lessons for future focused learning buddies focus on honesty, trustworthiness, contemplation, and mindfulness.

A reminder that Thursday, October 12th is our Eat and Earn night at Potbelly’s from 5:00-8:00pm at their St. Charles location. They will donate 25% of all their sales to Emerson so eat up!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 10/9/17




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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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Happy Friday Eagles!

What a great week we had at Emerson! Wednesday was our first Family Math Night and it was awesome!  Almost 100 families attended! A huge THANK YOU to second grade teachers Miss Kawa and Mrs. Wenig and PTA members Mrs. Kaufmann and Mrs. Matusek for their hard work planning and organizing Math Night. This afternoon, we had a Hard Lockdown drill with the Elmhurst Police Department. The students did an excellent job practicing for this situation which we would do if there was an intruder in the building. Next week, our 2nd and 5th graders will be taking the Cogat test which assesses problem solving and reasoning skills. Also, Thursday will be our Scholastic Book Fair! We look forward to seeing you there!

Notes and reminders:

 

Book Fair: The Book Fair is coming to Emerson!! October 4th will be preview day for K-3 grades. October 5th will be preview/buying day for 4th and 5th grades. This year 4th and 5th graders will be allowed to purchase books during school when they go with their class. Family open buying time will be October 5th from 3:00-4:30 and again from 6:00-8:00.  We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Math Night Survey: If you attended Math Night we would love your feedback so we can improve and build the event for next year! Thank you for taking a few minutes to take this survey!  Math Night Survey

 

Morning Drop Off: Remember there is no drop off on West Avenue. Please either pull into the parking lot at Mary Queen and your student can walk through the fence openings or park on Fremont and walk from there. Also please be sure not to use your cell phones when you are in a school zone! Thank you for helping keep all of our students safe!

 

Fall Testing:  See below for a letter from District 205’s Director of Literacy regarding Fountas & Pinnell Testing. Also, the district will be sending Fall MAP scores home electronically any day now!

 

Fitness Fever Reminder: Mrs. Malloy and Mrs. Spinelle are collecting summer pictures to display outside the gym! Please send a picture of your family doing their favorite summer activity!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

 

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Dear Parents,

This year the district began using the BAS system (Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System) to determine individual student reading levels. This system will be administered three times throughout the year in the fall, winter, and spring. This assessment is administered one-on-one with teachers and assists them in determining student fluency and comprehension levels. Teachers are able to learn what students do as readers, what students need to learn as readers, and how we will support them as readers.

 

This information will be critical for teachers as they begin to teach guided reading during the literacy block. This information will also be used to assist teachers in ensuring that students are being stretched appropriately during their acceleration block. Classroom teachers will discuss where your child is reading and comprehending on the literacy continuum during parent teacher conferences, but in the meantime I wanted you to be aware of this new assessment the district has begun implementing this year. Also know that if your child is reading below grade level expectations you will be informed by the classroom teacher shortly after the assessment window. Most student needs will be met during the acceleration block to avoid missing core instruction in the classroom. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your classroom teacher, principal, or myself if it is regarding the actual assessment.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mrs. Nikki Tammaru

Director of Literacy

ntammaru@elmhurst205.org

630-617-2331

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 9/29/17




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Happy Friday Eagles!

It was a wonderful week at Emerson!  Monday night started the week of on a great foot with a State of the School presentation at York.  It is so exciting to hear about the great things happening in D205 and the exciting things to come!! We also had our first PTA meeting this Tuesday night and it was super to see so many parents there.  Your partnership is outstanding, I feel so lucky to have such an awesome PTA to work with!

 Our literacy acceleration block started this week and a common theme I heard from the students was that they were so excited to go to acceleration but upset that it was always over so quickly!  Time flies when you are having fun learning! We also had our second round of Future Focused Learning Buddies on Wednesday.  The students learned about Responsibility this week!  It was awesome to see the older students leading discussions about how to be responsible in all settings.  Next Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 is our first Family Math Night, it looks like we have a lot of rsvps so far!  We are excited about our first math night and hope to see you there!

 

Notes and reminders:

-Online Parent Teacher Conference sign-up: It is looking like we will do sign-up at the beginning of November.  I will share specific dates and directions closer to!

 

-Running Club: If your student is participating in Running Club, please be sure they wear appropriate footwear!

 

-PTA Box Top Collection: Next week is the first ever National Box tops for education week and we will be running a contest!  Please bring your box tops in to your classroom teacher. Whichever class collects and brings in the most box tops will earn an extra recess!  Thank you for helping because every box top collected is money for Emerson!!

Video: The Power of Box Tops http://www.boxtops4education.com/Videos

Link to collection sheets: http://www.boxtops4education.com/about/collection-sheets

-Parent School Improvement Team: We will be continuing our Parent School Improvement team this year.  We will meet once a month to brainstorm and discuss ways we can continue to make Emerson awesome! Please let me know if you are interested in being a part of the team! michellethompson@elmhurst205.org

 

-Fitness Fever: See below for a note from our wonderful PE teachers, Mrs. Malloy and Mrs. Spinelle!

 

-¿Qué pasa  en la clase de español? Interested in staying up to date with the happenings in your child's Spanish class? Please check out the most recent update! -Señorita Q

 

Book Fair: The Book Fair is coming to Emerson!! October 4th will be preview day for K-3 grades. October 5th will be preview/buying day for 4th and 5th grades.  This year 4th and 5th graders will be allowed to purchase books during school when they go with their class.  Family open buying time will be October 5th from 3:00-4:30 and again from 6:00-8:00.  We can’t wait to see you there!

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  Enjoy the warm weather!

Michelle Thompson

 

Fitness Fever

Hello Emerson Students,

 

We know all of you had very active summers!  As fun way to celebrate our activities, we invite you to bring in a photo or drawing of your favorite activity from the summer. A few great examples would be: biking, hiking, gardening, playing sports, rollerblading, skateboarding, horseback riding, playing at the beach or in the water, washing the car, or even moving to a new house!

 

Please bring one picture by September 29th with your name and teacher’s name on the back.  We look forward to seeing your photos and drawings!

 

Thanks so much,

  Mrs. Malloy and Mrs. Spinelle

  The new Physical Education Teachers

 

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 9/22/17




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Happy Friday Eagles!

We had another wonderful and busy week! It was great to see the students giving their super smiles and all dressed up for Picture Day on Monday. On Tuesday, all of the classes had the opportunity to learn about school bus safety and to practice a bus evacuation drill. On Thursday, Running Club started at recess, thank you PTA! Boy am I impressed with all the great runners we have here at Emerson!  We also welcomed our new lead secretary, Mrs. Sheila Billenstein mid-week!  We appreciate all Mrs. Suopys did in the first month of school and are excited to have Mrs. Billenstein on board! 

We have an exciting new instructional block starting on Monday! We will be starting our Literacy Acceleration instructional block. This is a second dose of literacy instruction for ALL students.  It is thirty minutes per day in addition to the Reading Workshop block. During Literacy Acceleration, support staff “flood” the grade level so we are able to regroup students across the grade according to their reading levels. Students who are not performing at grade level are in small groups and working to get to grade level. Students who are performing at grade level are in larger groups and will be enriched and challenged. The groups are made based on MAP scores, Fountas and Pinnell Reading Running Record Levels, and teacher input. The groups are flexible and students will be moved so they are constantly working at an appropriate level. Our goal with the Literacy Acceleration block is to ensure all students are making growth! The teachers have been working very hard to plan and prepare for the start of acceleration and I cannot wait to see it in action!

 

Here are a few important updates/reminders:

State of the Schools Address: Dr. Moyer will be giving a State of the Schools Address on Monday, September 18th at 7:00 in the York Commons.  I hope to see you there!

Emerson Singers: Emerson Singers begins on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30 am.

Late Start: Wednesday, September 20th is a Late Start.  School begins at 9:45!

Dogs on School Grounds: A friendly reminder that dogs are not permitted on school property. Some of our students are afraid and/or allergic to dogs so we want to ensure that all students feel comfortable and safe on school property.

Family Math Night: Wednesday, September 27th is FAMILY MATH NIGHT from 6:30-7:30!  We apologize that the website on the original flyer may not have worked.  Please see the attached flyer for an updated website.  We hope to see you there at Math Night!

 

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 9/15/17




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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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Hi Eagle Community! We have had a great week at Emerson! On Tuesday we practiced a fire evacuation drill and the students were amazing! They exited the building quickly and quietly, I was so proud of them. On Wednesday we had our first round of Future Focused Learning Buddies and the kids loved it! Hopefully they came home and told you all about their buddies and what they learned about Respect! It was so neat to see the older students really taking a leadership role and leading great conversations with their younger buddies about what respect is and how we can show respect to each other and to adults! I can’t wait for the next time the buddies meet in a few weeks!

 

I apologize, I am still learning about the google platform so the Curriculum Night Survey I sent out last week didn’t work for you. I made the proper adjustments so now we should be good to go! Please take a minute to give us feedback on Curriculum Night so we can make it as meaningful as possible! Curriculum Night Survey

 

A few notes/reminders:

  • Remember Picture Day is Monday! Send your kids with their best smiles!
  • We are in need of lunch supervisors from 10:40-12:40 every day. If you are interested or you know someone interested, please see the district website under employment opportunities.
  • Remember that if your child is not in class by 8:15 they will be marked tardy. If your student is more than 20 minutes late in the morning or picked up more than 20 minutes early, that is considered a half-day absence.
  • See below for a message about Celebration Books from Mrs. Blanford in the library!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

 

Is a birthday or another important event coming up in the life of your Emerson student? Celebrate with the purchase of a book for the Emerson Library! 

 

To order a Celebration Book, fill out the form found here and return it to school to the attention of Mrs. Blanford, the Emerson Librarian, along with a check for $15. We will select a book matching your student's reading interests and include it in our next book order. When the book arrives, we'll take a picture of your student with it. The picture will be hung in the library and posted in the book. Your student will be the first to check out the book and then it will be added to our collection for all Emerson students to enjoy.

 

Celebration Books are a wonderful way to honor your student's special event and Emerson Elementary! Thanks for considering a donation. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Blanford at lblanford@elmhurst205.org

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 9/8/17




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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, ℅ 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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Happy Friday!

 

Wow! September already! It’s apple picking time! It was wonderful to see so many of you on Tuesday night at Curriculum Night! We are looking forward to partnering with you for a fantastic year.

 

Curriculum Information: The district is providing electronic curriculum information this year instead of paper brochures. If you are interested in learning more about specific curriculum check out the district website. http://www.elmhurst205.org/curriculum

 

PBIS Update: Our PBIS Universal team met yesterday and we planned for our first round of Future Focused Learning Buddies! What is this??? All classrooms are partnered up with another class (primary with intermediate) for Learning Buddy time twice a month. During this time the students will be engaged in activities to help them learn about future ready personal skills. These are skills such as perseverance, cooperation, and compassion. For September we will be working on respect and responsibility. Our first buddy time is Wednesday afternoon so be sure to ask your child about their buddy!

 

Online Conferences: Just a reminder that conference sign-up will be online this year. More information will come later this month!

 

Have a wonderful weekend and remember there is no school on Monday so enjoy the extra family time!

Michelle Thompson

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Published: 9/2/17




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We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night!

August 29, 2017 Curriculum Night Schedule

5:30-5:55 REACH presentation Mrs. Steahly (Room 208)

5:45-6:00 Spanish presentation Miss Quebbemann (Room 206)

 

6:00-6:25 PTA and School Presentation (Gym)

6:30-6:55 Classroom Session #1

          -K-4th grade in the classrooms

          -5th grade will do a whole grade session in the Gym

          -REACH in Room 208

7:00-7:25 Classroom Session #2

           -K-5th grade in the classrooms
 

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up Change
This year at the elementary level, we are moving to an
 on-line system for conference sign-up. This will ensure a more effective way for all families to sign-up for conferences for their child. More information will come in regards to how to sign-up and when the window will open. There will not be conference sign-up at Curriculum Night.

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Posted by: Melea Smith
Published: 8/26/17




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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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Happy Friday Emerson Community!

 

We have had a great start to the year! After unpacking and organizing mountains of schools supplies, the teachers and students have been working to build strong classroom communities this week!  On Wednesday, we had a welcome back assembly where the students learned about our PBIS behavior expectations for respectful, responsible and engaged behavior and we shared our theme of the year!  Then on Thursday the students went to art, music, and PE for the first time… you should have seen the excitement in their eyes! If these first few days are an indicator of how this year will be, we are in for a great one!  Read below for some announcements and reminders…

 

Solar eclipse: Elementary students will not be going outside to watch the eclipse on Monday, August 21st.  Teachers will be planning grade level appropriate lessons in their classroom about the event.  You are welcome to come and sign your student out if you wish for them to view the eclipse with you.

 

Food at class parties: We have new District 205 guidelines regarding food at school this year. There will be no food at in-school class parties. We will still plan amazing parties for the students with great crafts and games!

 

Entrance doors: Please remember Kindergarten and 3rd grade line up and enter the school in the front of the building at doors 1 and 10. 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades line-up on the side of the school past the parking lot near doors 6 and 7.

 

Lunch supervisors needed: We are in need of daily lunchroom supervisors.  The hours are 10:40-12:40 each day.  If you are interested, please see our district website under employment opportunities! 

 

Theme for 2017-2018: Be sure to ask your students about our theme for this year… Show the world you’ve got that fire! This means we will always try our best, think creatively, and persevere!

 

Finally, a big thank you to PTA for a great welcome back coffee on Wednesday morning, what a great turn out!  Thank you to everyone who will be volunteering this year, it’s our partnership that allows us to do so many awesome events for our students! Also, thank you to PTA for the beautiful décor at the entrance doors, it makes me smile every time I walk in.  Thank you to all for a great first week!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 8/18/17




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The first day of school is August 16, 2017. It is a full day of school, students in grades 1-5 will need a lunch.  We can’t wait to see everyone on Wednesday!

 

AM Kindergarten – 8:15-11:05 a.m.

PM Kindergarten – 12:05-3:00 p.m.

Grades 1-5 – 8:15-3:00 p.m.

 

BEFORE SCHOOL STUDENT LINEUP & DISMISSAL

Grades 1, 2, 4 & 5 will line up in the playground area. Please look for your child’s line indicated by their room number painted on the ground. 1st and 2nd grades dismiss out door 7 at the end of the day.  4th and 5th grades dismiss out of door 4 at the end of the day.

 

Grades 3 & Kinder line up in front of the building by the circle drive. 3rd grade and Mrs. Garcia’s class line up by Door #1 and Ms. Niggins’ kinder classes by Door #10. Kindergarten parents are expected to stay with their child until the teacher comes for their class. Kinder and 3rd dismiss out the same doors they enter at the end of the day.

 

Please plan to have your student arrive no earlier than 8:00 am. because there is no student supervision prior to 8:00 am.  The first bell is at 8:10 am. and students will enter the school. Students are expected to be sitting in their desks and ready to begin classat 8:15 am. Children are considered tardy after 8:15 am.

 

AM Kindergarten and 1st Grade Meet & Greet 8:15-9:15 am

Parents please line up with your children in their class line and come in with your children. You can meet your child’s teacher and help your children put away their supplies. Please bring the supplies with you on this date. PTA supply boxes are already in classrooms if you preordered in May. At 9:15 your children will remain in the classroom and you can visit the PTA Opening Day Coffee in the LRC or enjoy your day!

 

PM Kindergarten Meet & Greet 12:05-1:05 pm

Parents please line up with your children in their class line and come in with your children. You can meet your child’s teacher and help your children put away their supplies. At 1:05 your children will remain in the classroom and you can visit the PTA Opening Day Coffee in the LRC or enjoy your day!

 

PTA Opening Day Coffee- LRC - 8:30 am & 12:05 pm

Please come to meet new families, reacquaint yourself with old friends and find out what opportunities are available for school involvement. We encourage you to volunteer! This event is sponsored by the PTA. If you would like to get a jumpstart on learning about volunteer opportunities go to http://www.emersonpta.org under committees.

 

Curriculum Night- Tuesday, August 29, 2017 6:00-7:30 pm

We look forward to seeing you on August 29th for Curriculum Night.  We will begin at 6:00 in the gym with a presentation from myself and PTA followed by two sessions in the classrooms. Look for more details closer to the night!

 

Dr. Michelle Thompson, Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 8/13/17




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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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I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  I am very excited to be joining the Emerson community as your principal.  I can’t wait to get to know all of your students and you this year as we partner together to provide an excellent education for your children!

 

A little bit about me… I am coming to Elmhurst from twelve years in Schaumburg District 54 where I was an elementary classroom teacher, a literacy instructional coach and an assistant principal.  I have a Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy, an Administrative certificate, and in June I completed my Doctorate in Reading and Language.  I am very passionate about instruction, creating future ready students who will be great leaders in our community and providing high-quality education for all students! My husband, Matt, and I are blessed with two daughters, Molly who is three and Quinn who will be turning one in September. They are both a blast and bring so much joy and laughter to our lives every day.  I can’t wait for you to meet them!

 

Some important information as we head into the start of the year:

-Teacher/classroom assignments will be sent out via email on Friday, August 11th to all families who have completed registration information on file.  Please be sure to update your registration prior to that date or your student will not have a classroom placement.

-Curriculum Night will be August 29th.  We will begin the night in the gym.  More specific information will be sent out prior to the event.

-Please check the website for upcoming dates including kindergarten play dates and the PTA Ice Cream Social!

-On Monday, August 14 at 7:00 in the York High School Commons, Dr. Bill Daggett will be speaking to the Elmhurst community.  He is an outstanding speaker and a leader for 21st century education.  He will change the way you think about education today!

 

-Welcome to our new Emerson staff members:

Mrs. Melissa Suopys, Lead Secretary

Ms. Roopa Desai, ELL

Ms. Amanda Leiber, ELL

Ms. Flavia Malloy-Marcucci, PE

Ms. Amanda Spinelle, PE

Ms. April Antonson, Art

Ms. Lindsey Sloan, Instructional

 

That’s all for now!  I will send out another update next week with information about the start of school.  I look forward to meeting you all and to the start of a great year!

 

Mrs. Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
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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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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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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The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.

In addition to the PARCC assessment, state and federal regulations require each school to assess achievement in science for students in 5th grade, 8th
grade and high school biology. The Illinois Science Assessment will be administered in each school between Monday, March 13 and Friday, March 24. This assessment is approximately one hour in length and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.

We anticipate being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/15/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, March 15. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/10/17




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The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive and is asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will begin on Monday, March 6th and conclude on Friday, May 12th. Look for collection bins in our school foyers. Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa, as well as to Indian Reservations in the United States.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/4/17




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At its February 28 meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2017-18 school year calendar, which includes parent-teacher conference dates/times; student late arrival dates/times; and quarter/trimesters/semesters. It is posted at www.elmhurst205.org/events_calendar.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/1/17




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Tickets are selling fast to The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala to be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. The event features great food and drink, as well as entertaining fundraising games and raffles. The auctions feature a York student parking pass, great tickets to Cubs, Hawks, Bulls and Bears games, signed merchandise by pro athletes (Arrieta, Crawford, Butler and more), multiple concert tickets, tasting events at Cuvee and Red Arrow, an in-home cooking class for 16, a Napa Valley trip, $2000 credit for orthodontic treatment and other amazing items.

Support future ready learning while having a great time for a good cause! Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to choose one of the following trips: 4-night stay in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included. To purchase a ticket, please contact Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at lfanelli@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2328.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/28/17




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The PTA Council will once again be holding its annual Fannie May candy sale which helps fund scholarships for York High School seniors. Be on the lookout for the sales catalog and order form, which will be coming home in your children’s backpack soon! Order forms and checks made payable to Elmhurst PTA Council will be due to the school office or can be returned to Megan Winton, 577 W. Comstock, Elmhurst, by March 2nd. Candy orders will be delivered to your door on April 3rd, just in time for Easter.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/27/17




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Everyday Leadership: Celebrating the Simple Actions That Improve Each Other's Lives, a presentation by Drew Dudley, will take place tonight, February 22, beginning at 7:00 PM at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, 60137. The event is sponsored by the Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families.

Drew Dudley is a leadership educator recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world. He inspires individuals to create “cultures of everyday leadership" moments of powerful impact and growth that are fostered, acknowledged, and rewarded through daily acts of generosity.

His wildly popular TED talk was voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time” and named by TIME as one of its “seven speeches that will make you a better leader." Drew Dudley helps us understand leadership in a nuanced, practical, and hopeful way.

He highlights the barriers to leadership and, with hope, humor, and optimism,  focuses on ways in which they can be overcome. This is world-class storytelling with practical insights on how to develop and recognize leadership, of which we are all capable—in ourselves, our families, and our communities. He has worked with hundreds of universities and corporations worldwide to help individuals move to purposeful action, empowering people to create the future they desire and add value to their lives and to the lives of others.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/22/17




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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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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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On Tuesday evening, January 24, the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education approved the appointment of three new elementary principals who will serve Emerson, Jackson and Lincoln Schools in 2017-18. All three will begin work in District 205 on July 1, 2017.
 

Michelle Thompson will be taking the helm at Emerson Elementary School when Principal Beth Gregor retires at the end of June. Ms. Thompson comes to Elmhurst from Schaumburg District 54, where she has served as a teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal over the last 12 years. For the last four years, she has served as assistant principal at both Enders-Salk Elementary School and the D54 MacArthur International Spanish Academy. She has DuFour training in Professional Learning Communities and experience in a Spanish Language Academy school. She has also served as an adjunct professor for National Louis University.

"I am very excited and honored to be joining District 205 and the team at Emerson! I have heard great things about the staff, students and community, and I look forward to working together to continue a tradition of excellence," said Ms. Thompson. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University, a Master of Education degree in Language and Literacy from National Louis University, a General Administrative endorsement from Roosevelt University and will complete her doctorate in Reading and Language from National Louis University this June.

"Michelle’s expertise in reading and language will be a valuable asset in supporting the District's commitment to 21st Century literacy for all students. She has specific expertise in implementing and supporting professional learning communities and extensive background as an instructional coach. We are thrilled to welcome her to our team," noted District 205 Superintendent Dr. Dave Moyer.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder
Published: 1/27/17