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Financial assistance is available in the form of student fee waivers for qualified families. Apply for assistance by filling out a Request for Financial Assistance form and returning it to the main office of your child’s school, beginning the first week of August. Please click on the links below to access the appropriate form:

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2018-19 Free/Reduced Lunch Application and Instructions (Español)

Completed free/reduced lunch applications must be turned in to your child's school for initial authorization, beginning the first week of August. All applications must be on the 2018-19 form. The District cannot accept old applications. Request for Financial Assistance/Waiver of Student Fees is due by November 15, 2018.

In mid-July, over 1,000 notification letters were mailed out to students who were automatically certified for free lunches last year (2017-18). Families who have received this letter DO NOT need to apply. However, if a letter is received for one child and there are other students in the family who did not receive a letter, please call the District 205 Food Service Office at 630-617-2436 to provide further information. Be sure to keep this letter, as you may need it for other programs and benefits (Comcast Internet Essentials, Park District programs, etc.).

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/17/18




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On Tuesday, June 19, at the Board of Education meeting, Todd Schmidt was named the new Director of Facilities for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Mr. Schmidt has 18 years of experience in facilities in the Rockford Public School District, serving as the Chief Operations Officer/Executive Director of Operations since 2009.

Mr. Schmidt has directed a department of approximately 900 in-house and privately contracted employees in Facility Maintenance, Custodial Services, Transportation, Nutrition Services, Student Assignment, Materials Management, Construction Engineering and Life Safety. He was responsible for $68 million in annual operating expenditures and $250 million capital improvement plan. Additionally, he has supervised the implementation of a $250M capital improvement plan that was the result of a successful ballot initiative.

“Todd has a wealth of knowledge and experience in facility management. He will be a huge addition to our facility team, and we are looking forward to working with him,” said Chris Whelton, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations.

Mr. Schmidt received the Governor’s Environment Hero Award in 2011 and is a veteran of the United States Navy.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/27/18




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On August 25, Churchville Middle School will be celebrating the sixth year of its Churchville Charge “fun”draising event. This exciting event features teams of four adults “racing” around Elmhurst City Centre solving clues and performing fun tasks at local businesses. Registration is open now through Friday, July 13 and spots are filling up quickly, so interested teams should visit this link to secure their spot.

The Churchville Charge is the primary fundraising event for Churchville Middle School and all money collected helps the Churchville PTA fund many educational and social events throughout the school year. Many local Elmhurst businesses, including Judith B Salon, Rosati’s Pizza and Tannins Wine Bar are taking part in the event, either as a race stop location or through generous raffle donations and sponsorships. The event culminates in a huge post-race party at Fitz’s Spare Keys in downtown Elmhurst, and features a raffle, music, and more.


For more information about the Churchville Charge contact Event Chairs Megan Winton (wintonms5@gmail.com) or Vicki Trajcevski (vickitrajcevski@gmail.com).

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/23/18




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Several District 205 schools achieved a level of distinction from the Midwest PBIS Network. Churchville Middle School earned a Platinum distinction, the highest recognition possible. Churchville is one of only three middle schools in Illinois and the only DuPage County middle school to earn the Platinum distinction. A group from New Zealand will visit Churchville when they are in Chicago for the National PBIS Leadership Forum in October.

Additionally, Jackson, Lincoln and Emerson Elementary Schools earned a Gold distinction, Edison Elementary earned Silver distinction and Bryan Middle School received a Bronze distinction.

The Midwest PBIS Network supports the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in state, local, and community agencies throughout the Midwest. The Network encourages promoting positive school behavior and preventing behavioral problems.

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




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On May 23rd, at approximately 3:36 p.m., the Elmhurst Police Department responded to Churchville Middle School, located at 155 Victory Parkway for a reported suspicious person. Upon the arrival of police, officers learned a 12-year-old female reported that while outside of the school shortly after dismissal, a male/Hispanic, approximately 35-40 years old, with short dark hair and a mustache, driving a Black Toyota Sienna minivan asked her if she needed a ride. The Toyota Sienna was parked in the pick-up lane of the school. The subject started to exit the vehicle and the female immediately ran away from the area. The area was checked by police, but was not able to locate the vehicle.

A school surveillance video captured a picture the vehicle in front of one of the doors. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Elmhurst Police at 630-530-3050.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/23/18




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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is evolving in many ways as it seeks to prepare our students for a future we can only imagine. Future Ready is more than a catch phrase. It is a commitment to empowering and equipping our students with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to be college, career and life ready.

Our District is working to deliver future focused curriculum and provide supportive learning environments for all students. In order to do that, we have embarked on a journey to address aging facilities and infuse our schools with the necessary tools to achieve that goal. The Focus 205 community engagement process, which began in 2015, was the first step. Master Facility Plan (MFP) work continues today; click here for more information and a meeting schedule.

Our community has long valued small class sizes and neighborhood schools. Elementary school class size targets are 25 in grades K-2 and 27 in grades 3-5. The current average class size in District 205 is 21.8. Occasional enrollment anomalies mean that class sizes are not consistent; some are below target and others are close to high end of the range. School capacity (percent of space that is being utilized) is another issue in District 205. Some of our buildings are overcrowded; others are operating at nearly full capacity, and some are underutilized. This poses instructional and staffing challenges that may increase as the community of Elmhurst continues to grow.

One potential component of the draft Master Facility Plan is boundary adjustments. The District realizes that any adjustments, even those that impact less than 5% of students, families, and/or houses, will be difficult. The options that have been presented to the Board of Education, and are being shared with the community, are preliminary. This is a work in progress and community feedback will be an important part of the process as we move forward.

Boundary adjustments can provide a long-term solution to overcrowding and student population “bubbles.” When schools are evenly sized and utilization is consistent, it is easier for the District to adhere to class size targets and maintain appropriate staff-to-student ratios. Consistencies like these help all students learn and grow.

D205 hired Cropper GIS in early 2018 to conduct a boundaries study. The primary goals were to increase space to accommodate All Day Kindergarten and balance class sizes across the District. The District asked the Cropper team to identify solutions that would affect the least number of families possible.

Two options (A and B) were presented to the Board on April 10. Both addressed ADK and balancing class sizes.  They also provided potential options for housing students during construction at Lincoln and Field Schools, two of our oldest buildings at 103 and 87 years old, respectively.

In response to feedback from the Board of Education and parents, the administration asked Cropper to see if there were alternative solutions that could meet the criteria and better preserve natural barriers such as train tracks and major roads. Two additional options (C and D) were developed and presented to the Board on May 8. Option D impacts the fewest students (3.6%), does not require busing students who currently walk, preserves natural barriers and does not send any students away from new construction, but also does not preserve contiguous boundaries.

Developing these additional options emphasizes the importance of community feedback. The plans remain a work in progress. No decisions have been made, nor will any changes be made in the immediate future. The Board will consider how it wants to move forward with the boundary discussion at its May 22 meeting. Options A, C and D are linked below.

Boundary adjustments would only be considered in a Master Facilities Plan that includes All Day Kindergarten. The District is committed to ensuring that current students will not be impacted by boundary adjustments and will be developing “grandfathering” provisions to minimize the impact on siblings and families. As with the entire process, we will be seeking community input on this portion of the plan as well. Our goal is to minimize the impact on individual families and achieve the goals outlined above.

Four community meetings have been scheduled. Draft plans, budgets, and potential boundary adjustments will be presented. The presentations will be followed by small group discussions. All attendees will have the opportunity to provide additional feedback via an electronic exit survey. Meeting dates:

  • Monday, May 14, 2018, 7 pm @ Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 pm @ Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7 pm @, Sandburg Middle School

For additional information related to the development of the proposed MFP, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/MasterFacilityPlan.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/12/18




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At its May 8 meeting, the Board of Education heard an update from the All Day Kindergarten Committee. In the state of Illinois, 79% of 859 districts are offering all-day programs, as of 2015.

 

“All Day Kindergarten educates the whole child in a developmentally appropriate manner,” said Lincoln Principal Jen Barnabee. “It enhances the legacy of Elmhurst by supporting students to reach their full potential. Children in full day classes excel in reading, number knowledge, writing and self-regulation versus their half-day peers. A full day program provides us the time to make the learning experience for our youngest students even better. They deserve the same robust, inter-disciplinary as the rest of our students receive.”

 

View the Kindergarten video created by D205 Communications Office here:

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/10/18




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District 205 is working to develop the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. There are two community-wide Future Focused meetings remaining on the following dates and at these locations:

  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 PM, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 PM, Sandburg Middle School

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you, and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

The remaining Future Focused school-specific informational sessions are:

  • Wednesday, May 23 at Bryan - 6:15 PM
  • Thursday, May 24 at Emerson - 8:30 AM
  • Wednesday, May 30 at Sandburg - 6:15 PM

More information is available at www.elmhurst205/masterfacilityplan.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/8/18




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The final calendar of the 2017-18 school year was approved at the April 24 Board of Education meeting. Below is a list of last days and dismissal times. Both the calendar and last days are posted on the District website's calendar page. They are:

          May 24th:  Last day of school for Early Childhood students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for AM/PM kindergarten students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for high school students
          May 25th:  Last day of school for elementary school students (11:15 AM dismissal)
          May 25th:  Last day of school for middle school students (11:35 AM dismissal)

 

 

Calendario aprobado de fin de año
 

El calendario final del año escolar 2017-18 (final calendar of the 2017-18 school year) fue aprobado en la Reunión de la Junta del Consejo de Educación del 24 de Abril. A continuación se muestra una lista de los últimos días y los tiempos de salida. Tanto el calendario como los últimos días se publican en la página del calendario (calendar page) del sitio web del Distrito. Los días son:

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de preescolar.

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de Kinder AM/PM

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Preparatoria

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Primaria (Salida 11:15 AM)

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Secundaria (Salida 11:35 AM)

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/25/18




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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program held Wednesday, April 18, at Sandburg Middle School in front of a packed house. Ken Bartels served as Master of Ceremonies. District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer and Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley welcomed the honorees and their families.

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 83 honorees ranged in age from elementary through high school. Nine groups and 18 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Anaszewiczand Alderman Marti Deuter.Speakers for the evening included Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients from Kartwheels for Kids, a group of five York High School students who have been volunteering and fundraising together since they were fifth graders.

Other Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients included an elementary group known as the Sweet Treats and the following individuals: from Churchville Middle School – Jackie Cimino and Cayliann Gillie and from York High School – Sean Hayes, Dani Kolosiekeand Samantha Uditsky.

The program will air on Uverse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 6 next month and will also be available for viewing at www.ElmhurstTV.com. The program is linked below.

Youth Commissioners include: Jackie Tamer (Chair), Kim Brigman, Jan DeCoursey, Sharon Karpiel, Marisa Mancini, Patricia McKernan, Bob Rasho, Derek Schlager, Mark Soehn, Ann Zimmer, Dan Corrigan, Nick Waldenmeyer, Melea Smith and Alderman Dannee Polomsky.

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Kartwheels for Kids


Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Sweet Treats

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/19/18




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On Tuesday, April 24, at the D205 Board of Education meeting, there will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company, which will highlight various facility options, overlaid with findings from Focus 205. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York. All community members are welcomed to attend. As a reminder, the new boundary report was presented by Cropper GIS at the April 10 meeting. To view other related presentations delivered to the Board over the last few months, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/masterfacilityplan.

There will be multiple opportunities to participate in Future Focused community meetings during the Master Facility Plan process. Please make an effort to attend one of these meetings so you are informed about proposed changes that may affect you.

  • Saturday, May 12, 9:30 – 11:30 am, York High School
  • Monday, May 14, 7 – 9 pm, Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 pm, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 pm, Sandburg Middle School 

Your feedback and participation throughout this entire process is important. Come join the conversation!
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/18/18




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At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the Board heard from three teachers and an instructional coach about how the infusion of technology via the District’s Mobile Learning Implementation has dramatically changed student engagement in their classrooms. They also provided teacher feedback samples on the topics of creativity, student-to-device ratios and device types.

A video created by the Communications Office demonstrated these new and exciting modes of learning and teaching. Assistant Superintendent of Innovation & Growth Dr. Mark Cohen noted that “these skills fit our concept of being future ready and future focused, allowing for collaboration in the digital space beyond the walls of the classroom.”

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/18




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The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM in the York High Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeo, Fratello, Gulliver, Lou Malnati, Mama Maria and Roberto's. Newcomers include Aurelio's and Rosati's.

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration.

Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our  EC-12 schools. For more information and to purchase entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line, click HERE.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/6/18




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Good Afternoon -

As most of you know, there was an increased police presence at York High School today, March 22, to ensure the safety of our students and staff in light of what the police have called "a suspicious threat" which they received. Classes at York proceeded smoothly today, and there were no incidents of any kind. There have been no reports that suggest a reason to be concerned at any of our other schools. I have been in contact with the Chief of Police throughout the day as we have been monitoring the situation.

School will be in session tomorrow, March 23, and it will be treated as a normal school day. There will continue to be a heightened police presence at York and additional security measures will be in place. Please be advised that all York students should be prepared to show their IDs when they enter the building tomorrow.

I would like to thank all of you who have expressed concern and support in this difficult time. Rest assured that if we believed students and staff were in imminent danger, we would not be holding school tomorrow. Whether or not you decide to keep your child(ren) home from school on Friday - or any other day - is a family decision.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/22/18




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What you have been waiting for is almost here! The York ECO Club book sale starts Tuesday, April 3rd at 6PM in the York High School Commons. The sale will be open the rest of the week before school and during every lunch period. There are hundreds of boxes of books for you to choose from. Hardcover books are $1 each and paperback books are 50 cents each. Be sure to shop early, because there are many treasures to be found!

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/20/18




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The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament was held at York High School on March 7, 2018. This year’s contest attracted 262 pre-registered players and meant another record turnout, with 242 sign-ins to compete.

Again this year, members of the York Chess Team assisted on the tournament floor. Organizers Chris and Debbie Khayat thank all of the parent volunteers, the judges (who do not have students in our community), food support team, technical support team, teachers and parents who supported these school clubs with their time.

Ranking in top positions for 2018 were:

2nd Grade:

1st Place: Emmett Carroll, Visitation
2nd Place: Sarah Abraham, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Merritt Stolzenbach, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Samuel Scarlett, Immanuel Lutheran

3rd Grade:

1st Place: Nicholas Stangarone, Visitation
2nd Place: Gage Jacobs, Edison Elementary
3rd Place: Ben Ellens, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Anthony Carroccio, Visitation

4th Grade:

1st Place: Lukas Alexander, Lincoln Elementary
2nd Place: Hunter Sepanich, Jackson Elementary
3rd Place: Kevin Wheeler, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Daniel Davies, Edison Elementary

5th Grade:

1st Place (tied): Brendan Carroll, Visitation
1st Place (tied): Grant Huckabee, Jefferson Elementary
2nd Place: Nathan Arcos, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Patrick McGrail, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Jake Wede, Visitation

Middle School:

1st Place: Elliot Mathew, Timothy Christian, 6th Grade 
2nd Place: John Dietz, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade 
3rd Place: Trent Parker, Bryan Middle School, 6th Grade
4th Place: Zack Fidrocki, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/18




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The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th - 8th grade band and orchestra students and all current 6th - 8th grade choir students to continue practicing in an ensemble during the summer. Consistent, regular practice during the summer helps students to retain and reinforce concepts and skills that they have learned during the school year and helps them continue to learn and grow as young musicians.

  • Summer Band and Orchestra for current elementary students will run June 4 through June 29 at Sandburg Middle School. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday mornings. Each rehearsal is one hour. The final performances will be on Friday morning, June 29 at Sandburg Middle School.
  • Summer Band, Orchestra, and Choir for current middle school students will run June 4 – July 6 at York High School from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Band and Orchestra rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Choir rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. There will be no rehearsals on July 3rd and 4th. The final performance will be on Friday, July 6 at York High School.
  • The registration fee for all levels is $92.00. The fee includes a Summer Music Program T shirt.
  • Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band at no additional cost.
  • Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost.

The Dist. 205 Summer Music Program welcomes students who will be on vacation for some rehearsals 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 as often as they can! Students who practice during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band, orchestra, and choir. We strongly encourage your child to participate as much as they are able!

Please see the attached summer music program description for more detailed course information, rehearsal times, and registration options. If you have questions, please contact Brian Berg (bberg@elmhurst205.org) or your child's band or orchestra director.

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program will open on Monday, March 19, 2018. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore at this link. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 4, 2018.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/18




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

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

CAT members will be asked to:

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

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

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

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/16/18




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

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

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

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

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/12/18




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, February 28. 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. In addition, Friday, March 2 will be a Teacher Institute Day with no school for students.

 

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: 2/27/18




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Happy Friday!

It was a short but great week at Emerson!  The second trimester ended on Thursday… I can’t believe the year is two-thirds over! Report cards will be coming home on March 9th. It is hard to believe but we are already planning for the 18-19 school year. As we plan for next year, I wanted to ensure that you know the targets the district uses for class size and staffing. In kinder, first and second grade our target numbers are twenty-five students per class. In third, fourth and fifth grade they are twenty-seven students per class. Keep in mind that these are targets, not caps.  The current average class size in third grade across the district is 22.7. At this point, we are projected to keep around the same class sizes that we have had this year. As we register new students and have students move out, we closely monitor numbers and work with district to ensure we are properly staffed!

 

 Back to this year…as I visited classrooms this week many of the grade levels are taking a break from reading non-fiction and revisiting the strategies we use as we read fiction text.  I saw a lot of third graders identifying figurative language in fiction text this week! On Wednesday we had our future focused learning buddies lesson that focused on optimism. The students discussed with their buddies how they can look at the bright side of a situation! Our week is wrapping up with an exciting event… I am so excited to see our talented Eagles at Emerson’s Got Talent tonight at 6:30! 

 

Notes and Reminders:

-Late Arrival this coming Wednesday, February 28th!

-No School next Friday, March 2nd for Teacher Institute Day!

-Mark your calendars for the Science Olympiad on April 10th from 6-8pm

-Start saving your change… we will be doing a Penny War fundraiser in March, more info to come soon!

-March 9th Report Cards go home

-Late Arrival on Wednesday, March 14th

 

Here is a message from Senorita Q… ¿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

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 2/25/18




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Happy Friday!
Wow, this week flew by! It has been wonderful visiting classrooms this week seeing so much great learning going on. Second grade started their surgery days to reinforce their Body Systems unit… what a fun way to practice what we learned! Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms enjoyed Valentine's Day parties. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who made those parties so great for the students. This morning we had a PBIS celebration assembly because the students filled the bucket so they earned a snowball fight (not real snow)! You could tell they really wanted this one because it only took them six weeks to fill the bucket. Rizzo asked that we learn a new dance called “The Rizzo," we had tons of fun trying out the new dance. We also reinforced the importance of treating one another with respect and using the strategy SWAT (Stop, Walk and Talk) if one is not being treated respectfully. We told the students it is important if someone is not treating them respectfully, tell them to please stop; if they don’t, walk away and tell an adult. We also reminded the students if they are being asked to stop, they need to stop what they are doing, take a breath, and leave the situation. Thank you for helping us to reinforce these important skills.

Notes and Reminders:

  • No school Monday, February 19th for President’s Day!
  • The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00pm!
  • Emerson’s Got Talent is coming up on Friday, February 23rd at 6:30pm
  • No School March 2nd for Teacher Institute Day!
  • Mark your calendars for the Science Olympiad on April 10th from 6-8pm
  • Mrs. Blanford could still use some volunteers for Make Around Emerson on Friday, March 23rd! Please respond using this form. We will follow-up to confirm assignments by early March. Thank you! 
  • An important reminder for 5th grade parents… please be sure you have submitted your course selection sheet for middle school. They are due today!  Here is the link if you need it! 6th Grade Course Selection Sheet

I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!

Michelle Thompson

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Posted by: Michelle Thompson
Published: 2/19/18




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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. 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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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