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October 12, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

What a fantastic week! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to our Science Olympiad last night. It was a huge success because of all our volunteers! Thank you to Mrs. Vogel and Mrs. Scharfenberg for chairing the committee. Our next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00pm. During the meeting, I will be sharing the Jefferson School Improvement Plan for this school year. I look forward to informing you of what our goals as a district and as a school are for the current school year.

This year we have added something new to our PBIS system as a school. Students receive PAWS tickets for showing great behavior and being respectful, responsible, and safe. Each week, we honor one student from each class and now each month we will draw one name per grade level to be our Monthly Mystery Winner. Congratulations to the following students who are our September winners: Lucas Planz, Jayce Connell, Justin Stokes, Brody Zimmer, Peyton Armstrong, and Elle Smith. These students received a Jefferson t-shirt and had their picture taken for our PBIS board.

 

Halloween Parade
The Halloween Parade, which is on October 31st, is a wonderful Jefferson tradition! Students should wear their costumes to school and bring a change of clothes with them. Please do not send your child to school with scary masks, plastic weapons or anything that would be inappropriate for elementary students. The students will be getting changed immediately following the parade, so please do not have them come in with sprayed hair or make-up that would be difficult to take off. The parade begins promptly at 8:30am and students will come out Door 1 and proceed down Poplar and turn right on Niagara and then right onto Linden Ave and return into school through Door 2. Please do not have dogs on the route, as we want to ensure all students feel safe.


Parent Teacher Conferences
Conference sign-up will be online. If you have not registered (new families and kindergarten families) will receive a secure email from D205 that contains a letter and link for you to register and have a parent single sign-on (SSO) to our PowerSchool system. Everyone will be able to sign up for conferences beginning at 6:00am on November 5th. The window will be open to sign-up until November 9th at midnight. Conferences will be 20-minutes and will be on Monday, November 19th from 4:30-8:00pm and on Tuesday, November 20th from 10:00am-6:00pm. Please know that this time is designated for the teachers to confer and discuss students’ achievements. I hope that you honor this time and use it to meet with or speak with your child’s teacher. If you are not in town, please schedule a phone conference during these days.

 

PTA Reflections 
Does your son or daughter enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then have them show off their artistic talents in this year's PTA Reflections contest. This year's theme "Heroes Around Me," calls for their unique interpretation through the arts. Click the following link for submission guidelines and an entry form.Deadline is Friday, November 2nd, 2018. There will be a container available for submissions at the Jefferson front desk. For questions, contact Deepa Thakar at deepa.thakar@gmail.com

 

Jefferson’s First Trivia Night
Save the date! November 2nd is the first ever Jefferson Trivia Night. There will be prizes and a silent auction. Book your sitters now, as this is for adults only. There was a flyer sent home this week in students’ backpacks with more information. We look forward to a fun-filled evening.

 

District 205 Foundation Save the Dates
This year, students and staff are benefiting from over $192,000 in Foundation funding that provides educational enhancements, more resources and additional programming across all K-12 district schools. This is a direct result of community support, and we thank all of our donors for their generosity. We are currently seeking Foundation sponsors for this upcoming year. Contact our Executive Director at 630-617-2328 to learn more about this special opportunity.

Please save the dates for these upcoming fundraisers and stay tuned for details:

Holiday Tree Sale: Orders due October 26th. 
Support the charming Elmhurst tradition of tree-lined streets by volunteering as a block captain or purchasing an outdoor or indoor tree. Neighborhood Tree Order deliveries Nov. 24th , pick up Dec. 1st. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for information and to place an order.

 

Harlem Wizards vs. D205 All-Stars Basketball Exhibition Event: Saturday, November 3rd 5:00 pm. Mrs. Weber, Ms. Muller and Ms. Nicholson will all be playing this year!

 

2019 Foundation Gala: Saturday, February 9th 6:00 pm Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook
Learn more about us by visiting www.elmhurst205.org/foundation.

Upcoming Dates: 
October:

15-Vision and Hearing Screening
16-PTA Meeting 7:00pm
24-Student Late Arrival
31-Halloween Parade at 8:30am

November:
2-End of Trimester 1
8-Picture Retakes
15-Thanksgiving Feast
19-Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm
     Students have a full day of school
20-Parent Teacher Conferences 10am-6pm
     Students not in attendance
21-25 Thanksgiving Break
26 School Resumes

Don’t forget to follow the Jefferson twitter account, @JeffersonD205! We're also on Instagram as JeffersonD205 and on Facebook!

Have a fantastic fall weekend!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Published: 10/15/18




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September 24, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend, fall has arrived! The Scholastic Book Fair is this week at Jefferson! It is an enchanted event, please see below for details. On Wednesday, September 26, we have a student late arrival. Please remember that school begins at 9:45am and for our kindergarten families the morning session ends at 11:55am, the afternoon session begins at 12:55pm.

Students recently completed the fall NWEA MAP testing in the areas of math and reading. The results will be sent via email from the district in the next week, please let me know if you have any questions. This assessment is one piece of our data that we use in order to guide our instruction along with other formative and summative assessments.

Community School Finance Night - 6 p.m. Monday, September 24 at Lincoln Building tour begins at 6 p.m. Presentation begins at 7 p.m. For a deeper understanding of D205 school finances, join school officials for this special session.

Scholastic Book Fair
The Jefferson PTA will be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair this week! Please visit the PTA Book Fair Homepage for hours of operation, special events, and online ordering as well as RSVP for our Family Reading Night! I will be reading to children, Ms. Cusack will have a Drop Everything and Read time in her office, children can make bookmarks and there will be a Book Walk! 
Book Fair Hours:
Tuesday 3:00-5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00-9:30am and 3:00-7:00pm
Thursday: 3:00-8:00pm ( Family Reading Night 6:00-7:00pm)
Friday: 7:00-9:00am

 

Dad’s Club Event
The Jefferson Dad’s club will have their annual bike crawl on Thursday, October 4th. Please meet at the gazebo on Spring Rd at 5:30pm.

 

District 205 Foundation Save the Dates
This year, students and staff are benefiting from over $192,000 in Foundation funding that provides educational enhancements, more resources and additional programming across all K-12 district schools. This is a direct result of community support, and we thank all of our donors for their generosity. We are currently seeking Foundation sponsors for this upcoming year. Contact the Executive Director at 630-617-2328 to learn more about this special opportunity.

Please save the dates for these upcoming fundraisers and stay tuned for details:
 Holiday Tree Sale: Orders due October 26th.

Support the charming Elmhurst tradition of tree-lined streets by volunteering as a block captain or purchasing an outdoor or indoor tree. Neighborhood Tree Order deliveries Nov. 24th , pick up Dec. 1st. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for information and to place an order.

Harlem Wizards vs. D205 All-Stars Basketball Exhibition Event: Saturday, November 3rd 5:00 pm. Mrs. Weber, Ms. Muller and Ms. Nicholson will all be playing this year!

 2019 Foundation Gala:Saturday, February 9th 6:00 pm Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook

Learn more about us by visiting www.elmhurst205.org/foundation.

York Centennial Homecoming Game & Family Fun Day 
York Dukes Homecoming Football Game
September 28, 2018
Sophomore Game at 5 PM
Varsity Game 7:30 PM
$5.00 admission

York Open House & Family Fun Day
September 29, 2018
Food Trucks, Music, Family Games & Raffles
10 AM to 2 PM
York High School
(Centennial Outdoor Picnic)
Noon to 3 PM
Click HERE to RSVP

Live Music
The Rented Mules
Featuring York Teachers Chris Gemkow and Adam Gearing & Tim Albert
Historical Presentations with Val Stewart hourly beginning at 10 AM

Upcoming Dates: 
September: 

25-27 Scholastic Book Fair
26: Student Late Arrival
28: Student Council Spirit Day! Comfy Clothes/PJ Day!
October:
5-Institute Day-No School
8-Columbus Day-No School
11-Science Olympiad
15-Vision and Hearing Screening
24-Student Late Arrival

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205! Have a wonderful rest of your week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 9/25/18




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September 17, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. Please remember that tomorrow, Tuesday, is picture day! Send your child to school with a gorgeous smile. We will also have our PTA meeting tomorrow at 8:30am. Dr. Mary Henderson will be presenting information in regards to the referendum as well at this meeting. Please join us tonight at York for the State of the Schools; see information below.

Please use this link to help determine whether to send your child to school or not when they are not feeling well. Students need to be fever free for 24 hours with no medication and have not vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours as well before sending them back to school. We want to ensure that all students are well and remain healthy. We have several students who have been recently diagnosed with PANDAS/PANS this year which is an autoimmune disorder. If they are exposed to the strep virus, it can be very impactful to them.  Thank you for your understanding. For more information about PANDAS/PANS, visit www.pandasnetwork.org

 

State of the Schools - 7 p.m. Monday, September 17 @ York Commons.
You’re invited to the second annual District 205 State of the Schools address! Join us on September 17th at 7 PM in the York High School commons. Superintendent Dr. David Moyer will address the community, providing a financial, academic, and extracurricular overview of the state of the school district.

 

Community School Finance Night - 6 p.m. Monday, September 24 at Lincoln 
Building tour begins at 6 p.m. Presentation begins at 7 p.m. For a deeper understanding of D205 school finances, join school officials for this special session.

 

Scholastic Book Fair
The Jefferson PTA will be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair the last week in September. It will be open Tuesday from 3-5pm, Wednesday from 8-9:30am and then also from 3-7pm, Thursday from 3-8pm and Friday 7-9am. On Thursday, we will have Family Reading Night from 6:00-7:00pm. During this time, I will be reading to students and there will be many activities for students to participate in. Let your imagination grow at the Enchanted Forest Book Fair!

 

Dad’s Club Event
The Jefferson Dad’s club will have their annual bike crawl on Thursday, October 4th. Please meet at the gazebo on Spring Rd at 5:30pm.
 

Upcoming Dates: 
September: 
25-27 Scholastic Book Fair
26: Student Late Arrival
October:
5-Institute Day-No School
8-Columbus Day-No School

****Please remember that every Friday is Jefferson Spirit Day! Wear your blue and orange!

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 9/17/18




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September 7, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope you have all had a fantastic week. Tuesday is Patriot Day! Jefferson will show it’s support by wearing red, white and blue on this day. Please remember that Wednesday, September 12th is a student late arrival day; students start their day at 9:45am.

Welcome to our new lead lunchroom supervisor, Mrs. Donna Poppert. She has been a lunchroom supervisor for many years and was very excited to meet our Jefferson students. Thank you also to the parents who have signed up to help volunteer during our lunch/recess time through the PTA.

Please use this link to help determine whether to send your child to school or not when they are not feeling well. Students need to be fever free for 24 hours with no medication and have not vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours as well before sending them back to school. We want to ensure that all students are well and remain healthy. We have several students who have been recently diagnosed with PANDAS/PANS this year which is an autoimmune disorder. If they are exposed to the strep virus, it can be very impactful to them.  Thank you for your understanding. For more information about PANDAS/PANS, visit www.pandasnetwork.org

Strong Schools – Stronger Community - As many of you know, the District 205 Referendum will be on the November 6th ballot. 
There will be many opportunities for you to hear more about the facilities plan and ask any questions you may have. Dr. Mary Henderson will be joining us for the September 18th PTA meeting. Dates and details about future meetings will be coming soon.
The Political Action Committee supporting the referendum has asked us to share the information below: The PAC is looking for volunteers who would like to help educate community members about the referendum. There are so many ways that you can help!

If you are interested in being a part of those efforts, please click here to find out how you can get involved.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKu_MdDq13QVqvI9BJqg20Eg3F3OKfBqYNocZ23bWiP-DoeQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you’d like more information, or to contact someone directly, you can email Emily Bastedo (chair) and Courtenae Trautmann (volunteer coordinator) at YESforD205@gmail.com

 

Upcoming Dates: 
September: 
11: Patriot Day! Wear your Red, White and Blue!
12: Student Late Arrival
14: Jefferson Fun Run!
17: Bus Evacuation Drill
18: PTA Meeting/Coffee with Mrs. Weber @ 8:30am
      Picture Day!
26: Student Late Arrival

****Please remember that every Friday is Jefferson Spirit Day! Wear your blue and orange!

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson on twitter @JeffersonD205!

Thank you for sharing your amazing children with us!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Published: 9/10/18




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August 31, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,
Thank you for another successful Curriculum Night! We had many families attend the classroom teacher sessions as well as my informational session. If you were unable to attend, please take a moment to view the presentation. I will also be presenting at one of the upcoming PTA meetings in regards to Standards Based Reporting.
I want to correct some misinformation I gave in regards to MAP testing. In a previous newsletter, I mentioned that second grade would only be taking the assessment in the fall. Second grade students will take the MAP assessment in the fall and the spring this year.
I am including several important links in my newsletter this week that will hopefully give you access to resources and information that will help you understand some of the transitions with curriculum and reporting that we have been doing at Jefferson and D205.
Parent Handbook/SBR
Parent Math Website

Upcoming Dates: 
September: 
3: Labor Day: No School
12: Student Late Arrival
14: Jefferson Fun Run!
18: PTA Meeting/Coffee with Mrs. Weber @ 8:30am
      Picture Day!
 

****Please remember that every Friday is Jefferson Spirit Day! Wear your blue and orange!

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson on twitter @JeffersonD205!
 

Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 9/4/18




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August 24, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,
Our first full week has come to an end and it has been wonderful. The students have been building their reading stamina and learning expectations for readers’ workshop, they have been doing growth mindset activities in their classrooms and have also been doing some beginning of the year assessments.

Students in grades 2-5 will be taking their MAP assessments in both math and reading in the next two weeks. They will only be taking this assessment in the fall and we will look at their growth from fall to fall. They are also being assessed using Fountas and Pinnell to see where their instructional reading level currently is in order to provide more individualized instruction in the area of reading. This assessment will be given in the winter and spring as well in order to monitor student growth.

Our first student late arrival will be on Wednesday, August 29th. This is a time for our teachers to do some professional learning collaboratively. The schedule for late arrival is as follows: 
9:37 First Bell
9:40 Teachers greet students and bring them into school
9:45 School begins

AM Kindergarten: 9:45-11:55am 
PM Kindergarten: 12:55-3:00pm

Curriculum Night
Curriculum Night at Jefferson will be Thursday, August 30th. This is an important evening where you will learn information about curriculum, classroom procedures, report cards, etc. This night is for parents only, we ask that children do not attend.

If you have a child in REACH, Mrs. Sellers will be presenting her information at the beginning of the evening. This information only pertains to families that have a student currently in the REACH program.

Mrs. Weber will be presenting important information this evening as well. Please join one of the sessions to learn about Standards Based Reporting, Readers Workshop, as well as other information in regards to learning and teaching at Jefferson.

Classroom teachers will be presenting their information twice in order to be available for families with multiple children.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:
5:30-6:00pm REACH Presentation or Mrs. Weber’s Presentation
6:05-6:35pm Classroom Teacher Session #1
6:40-7:10pm Classroom Teacher Session #2
7:15-7:45pm Mrs. Weber’s Presentation

Upcoming Dates: 
September: 
3: Labor Day: No School
12: Student Late Arrival
14: Jefferson Fun Run!
18: PTA Meeting/Coffee with Mrs. Weber @ 8:30am
      Picture Day!
****Please remember that every Friday is Jefferson Spirit Day! Wear your blue and orange!
 

I look forward to seeing everyone for Curriculum Night! Have a fantastic weekend.

Leslie Weber
Principal

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Published: 8/27/18




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August 17, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

What a wonderful first week of school! We were very busy this week and it was so nice to see the students excited to be back. Classrooms were busy organizing, getting to know each other and developing their learning environments.

Our fifth grade student ambassadors did a fantastic job Thursday evening at New Family Night! These students gave tours of Jefferson to our new families and it was a great success!

Thank you to the PTA for a fantastic welcome back breakfast and first PTA meeting. We had a fabulous turnout and I appreciate everyone’s commitment to our school and students.

Our first late arrival will be on Wednesday, August 29th. This is a time for our teachers to do some professional learning collaboratively.
The schedule for late arrival is as follows: 
9:37 First Bell
9:40 Teachers greet students and bring them into school
9:45 School begins

AM Kindergarten: 9:45-11:55am 
PM Kindergarten: 12:55-3:00pm

Reminders from the Office
Please make sure to call the office or email Michelle Guerino
(mguerino@elmhurst205.org), if there is a change in pick up for your child. She will make sure to get the message to the classroom teacher.

If your child is going home for lunch, please send a note with your child that day. Students are to check in to the office prior to leaving the building for lunch as well as when they return from lunch. You may pick up your child outside the main door, you do not need to sign them out if they are returning after lunch.

Curriculum Night
Curriculum Night at Jefferson will be Thursday, August 30th. This is an important evening where you will learn information about curriculum, classroom procedures, report cards, etc. This night is for parents only, we ask that children do not attend.

If you have a child in REACH, Mrs. Sellers will be presenting her information at the beginning of the evening. This information only pertains to families that have a student currently in the REACH program.

Mrs. Weber will be presenting important information this evening as well. Please join one of the sessions to learn about Standards Based Reporting, Readers Workshop, as well as other information in regards to Jefferson.

Classroom teachers will be presenting their information twice in order to be available for families with multiple children.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:
5:30-6:00pm REACH Presentation or Mrs. Weber’s Presentation
6:05-6:35pm Classroom Teacher Session #1
6:40-7:10pm Classroom Teacher Session #2
7:15-7:45pm Mrs. Weber’s Presentation

Upcoming Dates: 
August: 
29: Student Late Arrival
30: Curriculum Night
September: 
3: Labor Day: No School
12: Student Late Arrival
14: Jefferson Fun Run!
18: PTA Meeting @ 8:30am
      Picture Day!
 

Please remember that every Friday is Jefferson Spirit Day! Wear your blue and orange!
Thank you for an amazing first couple of days! Have a wonderful weekend.

Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 8/20/18




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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:

Elementary & Middle School

High School

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 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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May 14, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

It is amazing to me that we are almost through with another year! The students have grown so much this year, and I am always so proud of all of the wonderful things that we have accomplished in such a short period of time.

Congratulations to our 5th grade students! They completed the DARE program, sponsored by the Elmhurst Police Department, and had their graduation today.

Thank you to Mrs. Dykes and all of the parent and teacher volunteers who made our Family Math Night such a success! The families had a wonderful time with all of the activities, we had over 100 students participate!

Just a couple reminders as the weather gets warmer. Please make sure that you are not bringing dogs onto school property. This is a district policy that helps to ensure the safety of all students. If you are a kindergarten family, please know that the playground is not accessible during school hours. We have several classes that come outside for lunch as well as TDPE during the school day. We appreciate your support in this area.

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. Based on feedback from the Community Advisory team and recent listening sessions, the D205 administration created a presentation that was shared with the Board of Education on May 8 and will be presented at the Future Focused meetings on the following dates at these locations: Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 PM at Churchville Middle School; Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9 PM at Bryan MS and Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 9 PM at Sandburg MS.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!

We have many staff members that will be moving on to different endeavors for next year. As you know Mrs. Kirchoff will be retiring and Mrs. Weidner will be moving on as well. There are a few more staff members that will not be returning to Jefferson for various reasons next year. I wanted you to know, so that you and your children would have a chance to say good-bye and thank these amazing teachers that have been such an asset to our Jefferson family. The following staff will not be returning to Jefferson next year: Mr. Grosso, Mr. Gackowski, Mrs. Molidor, Mrs. Patel, Mrs. Franks, and Mrs. Spinelle. Our lunchroom supervisor, Mrs. Georgette Richter will also be retiring from her role in the lunchroom.

Jefferson Dads' Club Prairie Path Bike Tour - Calling all Jefferson Dads! Please join the Jefferson Dads Club on Thursday, May 24th, for the annual Spring Prairie Path Bike Tour. Meet at the Gazebo on Spring Rd. at 5:30 p.m. The Dad’s Club is asking for a $20 donation per person for the event, which will also include dinner at one of the stops along the tour. Please RSVP by May 17th. To RSVP or if you have any questions please contact Erik Ives at eives@foxswibel.com. This event is sponsored by the Jefferson Dads’ Club.

Summer Send Off/Last Day of School
On our last day of school, we like to wish our 5th grade students good luck as they move on to new endeavors as well as send off our students on a happy note for summer. At 11:05 on Friday, May 25, we will have students in grades 1 through 5 exit the building through Door 3. Each grade level, beginning with first grade, will exit Door 3 and line up along the blacktop, so that each grade level will pass the previous grade level allowing for the fifth grade students to walk passed all of their previous teachers, younger students, and parents. At 11:15, students will be officially dismissed for the summer. 

Nurse Update
Nurse Mariah is now on maternity leave. If your child is going to be out due to illness or appointments, please call the attendance line to leave a message; 630-617-8331. Nurse Malone will be filling in for Mariah. Her email address is cmalone@elmhurst205.org. Please feel free to email her any questions or concerns you have.

Incoming 6th Grade Informational Nights
We have students attending all three middle schools next year, so I wanted to share some information in regards to informational nights.

On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting our Welcome Night for the parents of all incoming 6th graders. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.
6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)
6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library)
7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium
8:15-Conclusion of Program

On Thursday, May 17th at 7:00, Churchville Middle School will be hosting our Welcome Night for the parents of all incoming 6th graders. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Churchville administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school.

Upcoming Dates:
May
15 - Bryan Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night
17 - 5th Grade Performance 7:00pm /Churchville Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night
18 - Volunteer Breakfast 7:30-8:30am
21 - Field Day!
23 - Future Focused Community Meeting at Bryan Middle School - 7 PM
24 - Kindergarten Last Day of School
25 - Grades 1-5 Last Day of School 11:15am dismissal/11:05 Summer Send Off
30 - Future Focused Community Meeting at Sandburg Middle School - 7 PM

Have a fantastic week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 5/15/18




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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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May 7, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

Thank you to those that were able to attend the last PTA meeting of the year on Thursday. Thank you to all of the PTA Board members this year, we are so lucky to have such an amazing group of parents who devote so much of their time and energy to our Jefferson community. Welcome to our new PTA Board members! I look forward to a wonderful partnership in the upcoming school year.

Just a couple reminders as the weather gets warmer. Please make sure that you are not bringing dogs onto school property. This is a district policy that helps to ensure the safety of all students.

If you are the family of a kindergartner, please know that the playground is not accessible during school hours. We have several classes that come outside for lunch as well as TDPE during the school day. We appreciate your support in this area.

Superintendent Dr. David Moyer visited Jefferson this morning and gave a wonderful presentation informing families about the upcoming proposals and components of the Master Facility Plan. If you were not able to attend, there will be more sessions in the upcoming weeks (see below).

District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. Architects Wight & Company presented facilities scenarios at the April 24 Board meeting.

Based on feedback from the Community Advisory team and recent listening sessions, the D205 administration is working to create a presentation that will be shared with the Board of Education on May 8 and in public at the Future Focused meetings on the following dates and locations: Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, at York High School; Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 PM at Churchville Middle School; Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9 PM at Bryan MS and Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 9 PM at Sandburg MS.

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!

Summer Send Off/Last Day of School
On our last day of school, we like to wish our 5th grade students good luck as they move on to new endeavors as well as send off our students on a happy note for summer. At 11:05 on Friday, May 25, we will have students in grades 1 through 5 exit the building through Door 3. Each grade level, beginning with first grade, will exit Door 3 and line up along the blacktop, so that each grade level will pass the previous grade level allowing for the fifth grade students to walk passed all of their previous teachers, younger students, and parents. At 11:15, students will be officially dismissed for the summer.

Nurse Update
Nurse Mariah is now on maternity leave. If your child is going to be out due to illness or appointments, please call the attendance line to leave a message; 630-617-8331. Nurse Malone will be filling in for Mariah. Her email address is cmalone@elmhurst205.org. Please feel free to email her any questions or concerns you have.

Student Council Penny Wars
On Monday, April 30th, Student Council will begin our week and a half long “Penny War.” The Penny War will be between grade levels and will run from Monday, April 30th through Wednesday, May 9th. Each grade level will have two large containers located in the main office. Students may put pennies in their grade level penny container. The grade level with the largest sum of money by the end of the day May 9th will win an extra 30 minute recess.
What are we collecting money for? The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico was struck by very damaging hurricanes several months ago. Rebuilding will take years, so they need our help! All proceeds from this Penny War will go directly to Habitat for Humanity in Puerto Rico to help rebuild family homes. 

2nd Annual Book Drive 
Jefferson Elementary will be holding its 2nd Annual Book Drive during the month of May. We hope to promote summer reading by getting a “new to you” book in the hands of each and every student.
Here’s how it works...

  • Families are encouraged to donate as many used books as they can
  • Students will bring their books to the school (April 30 to May 11)
  • Teachers send collected books to the library to be previewed and sorted (similar to how you return library books)
  • Students will choose 1 “new to you” book to take home … as another way to promote summer reading! Every student will receive 1 “new to you” book, regardless of how many books they donate.
  • Books remaining after the students have chosen will be distributed for use in classroom libraries!

Incoming 6th Grade Informational Nights
We have students attending all three middle schools next year, so I wanted to share some information in regards to informational nights.

On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting our Welcome Night for all parents of incoming sixth graders. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.
6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)
6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library)
7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium
8:15-Conclusion of Program

Sandburg PTA will host a Welcome Night on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00pm in their auditorium for all incoming 6th grade parents. Sandburg PTA will sponsor a parent night for incoming sixth grade parents. It will be held in Sandburg’s auditorium. You will have a chance to ask questions, take a tour, learn about Sandburg, and meet other parents. Mrs. Fehrenbacher and Mr. Gail will be present as well as student ambassadors to provide a tour. This will be an hour long event.

On Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00, Churchville Middle School will be hosting our Welcome Night for all incoming 6th grade parents. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Churchville administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school.
 

Upcoming Dates: 
May
8- Sandburg Parent Night for Incoming 6th Graders 7:00pm
9- Student Late Arrival/PTA Sponsored Math Night 6:00-7:30pm
15- Bryan Parent Night for Incoming 6th Graders
17- 5th Grade Performance 7:00pm /Churchville Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night
18- Volunteer Breakfast 7:30-8:30am
21- Field Day!
24- Kindergarten Last Day of School
25- Grades 1-5 Last Day of School 11:15am dismissal/11:05 Summer Send Off

Have a fantastic week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 5/8/18




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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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April 30, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,
I am so glad that the warm weather has arrived! It was wonderful seeing all of the Jefferson families at Our Spring Celebration of Learning, the students did a wonderful job sharing all of their work and knowledge. The fourth graders did an amazing job with their musical and their State Fair projects. Each year they get better and better.

Thank you to all who have stepped up to volunteer for Running Club, we have plenty of volunteers now! The last session will be Wednesday, May 16th.  

At our final PTA meeting Thursday, I will be presenting information in regards to Standards Based Reporting. This reporting was piloted at both Field and Hawthorne this year and all elementary buildings will be using this form of reporting next year. It will be an informational presentation discussing the shifts in both our reporting tool as well as the teaching and learning of students. Please come and learn about this wonderful tool and what information it will give you in regards to your child’s learning.

District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. Architects Wight & Company presented facilities scenarios at the April 24 Board meeting.

D205 administration is working with the Community Advisory Team (CAT) to create a presentation that will be shared with the public on the following dates and locations: Saturday, May 12, from9:30 to 11:30 AM, at York High School; Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 PM at Churchville Middle School; Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9 PM at Bryan MS and Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 9 PM at Sandburg MS.

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!

There will be informational meetings at each of the schools. The Jefferson community is invited to our school on May 7th at 8:30am. Dr. Moyer and a member of his cabinet will be at Jefferson to provide school-specific information. This will be an opportunity to hear plans for how the needs of Jefferson  will be addressed going forward. Feel free to encourage your neighbors and friends that live in the Jefferson attendance area to join the conversation.

 

Nurse Update
Nurse Mariah is now on maternity leave. If your child is going to be out due to illness or appointments, please call the attendance line to leave a message; 630-617-8331. Nurse Malone will be filling in for Mariah. Her email address is cmalone@elmhurst205.org. Please feel free to email her any questions or concerns you have.

 

Student Council Penny Wars
On Monday, April 30th, Student Council will begin our week and a half long “Penny War.” The Penny War will be between grade levels and will run from Monday, April 30th through Wednesday, May 9th. Each grade level will have two large containers located in the main office. Students may put pennies in their grade level penny container. The grade level with the largest sum of money by the end of the day May 9th will win an extra 30 minute recess.

What are we collecting money for? The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico was struck by very damaging hurricanes several months ago. Rebuilding will take years, so they need our help! All proceeds from this Penny War will go directly to Habitat for Humanity in Puerto Rico to help rebuild family homes. 

 

2nd Annual Book Drive 
Jefferson Elementary will be holding its 2nd Annual Book Drive during the month of May. We hope to promote summer reading by getting a “new to you” book in the hands of each and every student.Families are encouraged to donate as many used books as they can. Students will bring their books to the school (April 30 to May 11). Students will choose one “new to you” book to take home… as another way to promote summer reading! Every student will receive one “new to you” book, regardless of how many books they donate. Books remaining after the students have chosen will be distributed for use in classroom libraries!

 

Incoming 6th Grade Informational Nights
We have students attending all three middle schools next year, so I wanted to share some information in regards to informational nights.


On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting our Welcome Night for all parents of incoming 6th graders. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.
6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)
6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library) 
7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium
8:15-Conclusion of Program

 

Sandburg PTA will host a Welcome Night on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00pm in their auditorium for all parents of incoming 6th graders. Sandburg PTA will sponsor a parent night for incoming sixth grade parents. It will be held in Sandburg’s auditorium. You will have a chance to ask questions, take a tour, learn about Sandburg, and meet other parents. Mrs. Fehrenbacher and Mr. Gail will be present as well as student ambassadors to provide a tour. This will be an hour long event.

 

On Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00, Churchville Middle School will be hosting our Welcome Night for all parents of incoming 6th graders. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Churchville administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school.
 

Upcoming Dates: 
May
2 - Robert Crown 1:00pm (Grade 5 students)
3 - PTA Meeting 7:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room/Standards Based Reporting Presentation
7 - Jefferson-specific Future Focused Meeting 8:30am
8 - Sandburg Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night 7:00pm
9 - Student Late Arrival/PTA Sponsored Math Night
15 - Bryan Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night
17 - 5th Grade Performance/Churchville Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night
18 - Volunteer Breakfast 7:30-8:30am
21 - Field Day!
24 - Kindergarten Last Day of School
25 - Grades 1-5 Last Day of School 11:15am dismissal/11:05 Farewell walk-out
30 - Future Focused Meeting at Sandburg 7:00-9:00pm

Enjoy the beautiful weather!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 5/1/18




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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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April 16, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,
I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Thank you to Mrs. Bjorlin for organizing a Jefferson Family Event at the Chicago Wolves game last night. It was fun to see so many families. I know my family enjoyed it as well. I also look forward to seeing everyone in their 80’s outfits on Friday! We will have an 80’s spirit day on Friday and then the PTA dance in the evening. We have some fantastic events coming up in the next few weeks, so please check our website.

The weather has not been cooperating, but Running Club is up and running! We have a great need for volunteers, so if you have some time, please come out to supervise and cheer on our runners.Please sign up to volunteer here, just fill your name in on the days and times you can come.

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books team, Anonymous Gold! They will be participating in a district wide competition tomorrow, April 17, at the Elmhurst library after school. Come cheer them on! Good luck to Claire Goodman, Joe Messersmith, Mimi Baxa, Brooklyn Stilson, Sarah Bohlin and Mikey Marcuccelli. Thank you to the sponsors Mrs. Georgalas and Mr. Grosso for all of their hard work in making the Battle of the Books a success this year.

On April 26th, Jefferson will host our annual Spring Celebration of Learning. This will be a time where you can come and see all of the wonderful learning your child has done throughout the school year. The fourth grade will have their State Fair exhibit as well as their musical performance beginning at 5:30pm in the gym. Grades K-5 will have their browsing time from 6:00-7:30pm. I look forward to seeing you next Thursday!

At the May 3rd PTA meeting, I will be presenting information in regards to Standards Based Reporting. This reporting was piloted at both Field and Hawthorne this year and all elementary buildings will be using this form of reporting next year. It will be an informational presentation discussing the shifts in both our reporting tool as well as the teaching and learning of students. Please come and learn about this wonderful tool and what information it will give you in regards to your child’s learning.

District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is working to create a Master Facility Plan that will well serve our community for many years to come. There will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company at the April 24 Board meeting which will incorporate the boundary report (presented on April 10) overlaid with findings from Focus 205.

The District will work with the Community Advisory Team (CAT) to create a presentation that will be shared with the public on the following dates and locations: Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, at York High School; Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 PM at Churchville Middle School; Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9 PM at Bryan MS and Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 9 PM at Sandburg MS.

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!

 

Jefferson Spring Dance: A Totally Rad 80s Dance Party, Dude!
You're Invited to...A Totally Rad 80s Dance Party, Dude!
A night of fun for Jefferson Families, including a DJ, Dancing, Photo Booth, Games & Snacks
Friday, April 20, 6-9pm in the Jefferson Gym
Break out your leg warmers, parachute pants, and Vans, and get ready to rock!(Presented free of charge by the Jefferson PTA, for all Jefferson Families!)
​​​​​​​RSVP Here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D4 4AEAD2AA2FD0-jefferson2 (click the Sign Up check box, Submit and Sign Up, and enter your family name)

 

Robert Crown Informational Night
There is an optional parent informational night for fifth grade parents in regards to Robert Crown. An instructor from Robert Crown will present the objectives of both programs at an optional meeting for all District 205 parents of fifth graders on April 17, 2018. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Elmhurst District Office located at 162 S. York Rd. The student presentation will be on Wednesday, May 2nd.

 

Top Pizza-Taste of Elmhurst, April 26, York’s Campbell Gym
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 School Green & White Gym (please note change of location). 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. ​​

 

Incoming 6th Grade Informational Nights
We have students attending all three middle schools next year, so I wanted to share some information in regards to informational nights. On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting our Welcome Night for all incoming 6th grade parents. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.
6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)
6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library)
7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium
8:15-Conclusion of Program

Sandburg PTA will host a Welcome Night on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00pm in their auditorium for all parents of incoming 6th graders.

On Thursday, May 17th at 7:00, Churchville Middle School will be hosting our Welcome Night for all incoming 6th grade parents. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Churchville administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school.

 

Upcoming Dates: 
April
25- Student Late Arrival
26-Spring Celebration of Learning 6:00-7:30pm/5:30pm 4th Grade Performance and State Fair

May
2-Robert Crown 1:00pm (Grade 5 students)
3-PTA Meeting 7:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room/Standards Based Reporting Presentation
8-Sandburg Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night 7:00pm
9-Student Late Arrival/PTA Sponsored Math Night
15-Bryan Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night
17-5th Grade Performance/Churchville Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night
18-Volunteer Breakfast 7:30-8:30am
21-Field Day!

Have a totally rad week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 4/17/18




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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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April 9, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

Well, it is supposed to be Spring, but I guess we are going to have to wait until later in the week. The good news is that we should be good to go for Running Club to start on Wednesday! Please remember that this Wednesday is a district-wide Student Late Arrival. We have some wonderful events coming up in the next few weeks, so please check our website.

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books team, Anonymous Gold! They will be participating in a district wide competition next Tuesday, April 17, at the Elmhurst Library after school. Come cheer them on! Good luck to Claire Goodman, Joe Messersmith, Mimi Baxa, Brooklyn Stilson, Sarah Bohlin and Mikey Marcuccelli. Thank you to the sponsors Mrs. Georgalas and Mr. Grosso for all of their hard work in making the Battle of the Books a success this year.

 

At the May PTA meeting, I will be presenting information in regards to Standards Based Reporting. This reporting was piloted at both Field and Hawthorne this year and all elementary buildings will be using this form of reporting next year. It will be an informational presentation discussing the shifts in our reporting tool. Please come and learn about this wonderful tool and what information it will give you in regards to your child’s learning.

 

Students in grades 3-5 are participating in PARCC testing this week. This assessment is mandated by the state and assesses students in the areas of math and reading. As with any testing, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will help students during this time. Below is the testing schedule for this week. Make-up testing will begin next week.


April 9-13 Math  ( Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)
3rd grade: 12:45-2:15pm
4th grade: 10:45am-12:00pm
5th grade: 9:35-11:00am

 

Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst
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 School Commons. 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. 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 Jefferson Celebration of Learning Night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. 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,visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

 

Robert Crown Informational Night
There is an optional parent informational night for parents of fifth graders in regards to Robert Crown. An instructor from Robert Crown will present the objectives of both programs at an optional meeting for all District 205 parents of fifth graders on April 17, 2018. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Elmhurst District Office located at 162 S. York Rd. The student presentation will be on Wednesday, May 2nd.

 

Incoming 6th Grade Informational Nights
We have students attending all three middle schools next year, so I wanted to share some information in regards to informational nights.

On Tuesday, May 15th, Bryan Middle School will be hosting Welcome Night for all parents of incoming sixth graders. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Bryan administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school. See below for the tentative agenda.
6:30-Optional Meet and Greet for 504 Students (room 402)
6:30-Optional Informational Meeting for students who have an IEP (Library) 
7:00-Program Begins in Auditorium
8:15-Conclusion of Program

 

The Sandburg PTA will host a Welcome Night on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00pm in their auditorium for all parents of incoming 6th graders.

On Thursday, May 17th at 7:00, Churchville Middle School will be hosting Welcome Night for all parents of incoming 6th graders. This evening event is for parents and will be presented by Churchville administration, counselors, and team leaders to help support students and parents as they transition to middle school.

 

Jefferson Spring Dance: A Totally Rad 80's Dance Party, Dude!
You're Invited to...A Totally Rad 80s Dance Party, Dude!
A night of fun for Jefferson Families, including a DJ, Dancing, Photo Booth, Games & Snacks
Friday, April 20, 6-9pm in the Jefferson Gym
Break out your leg warmers, parachute pants, and Vans, and get ready to rock!(Presented free of charge by the Jefferson PTA, for all Jefferson Families!)
RSVP Here:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D4 4AEAD2AA2FD0-jefferson2 (click the Sign Up check box, Submit and Sign Up, and enter your family name.

 

SOLES for Kids
The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive, and we are asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will start Monday, March 5 and conclude on Friday, May 11.
Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa as well as Indian Reservations in the United States. Many times families in these places need to pick between shoes and food, so we aim to provide the shoes for free. 
For more information on the charity itself, such as where the shoes are going or how they are getting there, we’ve attached the link of the Soles for Kids website for your convenience.http://solesforkids.org/index.html

 

Upcoming Dates: 
April
11- Student Late Arrival
17- Robert Crown Parent Informational Meeting 7:00pm @ District Office
20- PTA Spring Dance/80’s Spirit Day!
25- Student Late Arrival
26- Spring Celebration of Learning 6:00-7:30pm

May
2- Robert Crown 1:00pm (Grade 5 students)
3- PTA Meeting 7:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room/Standards Based Reporting Presentation
8- Sandburg Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night 7:00pm
9- Student Late Arrival/PTA Sponsored Math Night
15- Bryan Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night
17- 5th Grade Performance/Churchville Incoming 6th  Grade Parent Night
18- Volunteer Breakfast 7:30-8:30am
21- Field Day!

Have a fantastic week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 4/10/18




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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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April 3, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! Many students returned with some great stories of their adventures. My family stayed local and went to Sheboygan for a weekend; it was nice to just relax for the week. We have some wonderful events coming up in the next few weeks, so please check our website.

Students in grades 3-5 are participating in the PARCC assessment the next two weeks. This assessment is mandated by the state and assesses students in the areas of math and reading. As with any testing, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will help students during this time. Below is the testing schedule for the next two weeks.

 

April 2-6: ELA (Tues., Thurs., Fri.)
3rd grade: 8:30-10:15am
4th grade: 1:15-3:00pm
5th grade: 9:35-11:35am

April 9-13 Math (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)
3rd grade: 12:45-2:15pm
4th grade: 10:45am-12:00pm
5th grade: 9:35-11:00am

 

Home for Lunch
As the weather gets warmer, there is usually an increase in students who leave for the lunch hour. Please make sure to follow these steps in order to ensure that the we are able to account for all students during the lunch period. Please email the teacher and copy Mrs. Guerino on the email, in case there is a substitute, that your child will be leaving for lunch. Your child will need to sign out in the office when they are leaving and then check back in when they return. Students are not to walk home by themselves, we ask that a parent or guardian picks them up.

 

Jump Rope for Heart: A message from Mrs. Spinelle
Jump Rope for Heart 2018 was an AMAZING SUCCESS!! Our goal was $10,000 and as a whole you all helped raise $12,917! This is our best year yet for fundraising for the American Heart Association! I cannot thank all of you enough with the help you all gave towards Jump Rope for Heart this year! I don't know what I'd do without all of your help and support with this event.

Parents, thank you so very much for helping your child(ren) with signing up, sending emails and getting donations!

Students, thank you so very much for your amazingly hard work at fundraising and participation in Jump Rope for Heart!

Your help and support really propelled Jefferson to beat our goal! All of that will go toward the American Heart Association and their research. Jefferson could not have had such a fun and successful Jump Rope for Heart without all of you! Thank you!

Jefferson Spring Dance: A Totally Rad 80s Dance Party, Dude!
You're Invited to...A Totally Rad 80s Dance Party, Dude!
A night of fun for Jefferson families, including a DJ, dancing, photo booth, games & snacks
Friday, April 20, 6-9pm in the Jefferson Gym
Break out your leg warmers, parachute pants, and Vans, and get ready to rock! (Presented free of charge by the Jefferson PTA, for all Jefferson Families!)

RSVP Here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D4 4AEAD2AA2FD0-jefferson2 (click the Sign Up check box, Submit and Sign Up, and enter your family name)

 

Class Placement 2018-2019
It’s that time of year again when plans for next fall start to take shape. The student placement process is quite complex and careful thought is given to each individual student’s learning strengths, challenges and peer relationships to create the best learning environment for all. Sometimes parents have additional information to add as it pertains to a child’s learning style or serious peer conflicts that might impact the learning environment. If you wish to communicate such information to be considered, please put your thoughts into writing and send them to me no later than Monday, April 9th. We are dedicated to providing a learning environment that enriches academic growth and enhances the social development of each child at Jefferson School. Please remember that a request for a specific teacher is not appropriate.

 

SOLES for Kids
The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive, and we are asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will start Monday, March 5 and conclude on Friday, May 11.

Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa as well as Indian Reservations in the United States. Many times families in these places need to pick between shoes and food, so we aim to provide the shoes for free. 

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

 

Upcoming Dates: 
​​​​​​​April
2-20 PARCC Testing Grades 3-5
5-PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm
11-Student Late Arrival
20-PTA Spring Dance/80s Spirit Day!
25- Student Late Arrival
26-Spring Celebration of Learning @ 6:00-7:30pm

Have a wonderful week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 4/4/18




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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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March 19, 2018

 

Dear Jefferson Families,

As we head into Spring Break, I hope everyone is able to take some time to spend with family and relax. It is hard to believe that we will only have eight weeks of school remaining when we return. The students have grown so much this year and I am so proud of them. We will have many things coming up in the next two months, so please make sure to check our website for updates.

Congratulations to Grant Huckabee! He won first place in the recent district-wide Chess Tournament. I would also like to congratulate Noveena Thakar and Nikhita Thakar, both will be moving on to the state for their entries into the PTA Reflections contest.

We received a wonderful thank you letter from Mary Queen of Heaven Church in regards to our donations from the Giving Tree. They were able to help a total of 300 individuals and they had some gift cards left over and are able to help another 15 families during the Easter season. Thank you to all who were able to contribute.

When we return from Spring Break, students in grades 3-5 will be participating in the PARCC assessment. This assessment is mandated by the state and assesses students in the areas of math and reading. Teachers will be sharing their testing schedules with you through their weekly communications. As with any testing, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will help students during this time.

Home for Lunch
As the weather gets warmer, there is usually an increase in students who leave for the lunch hour. Please make sure to follow these steps in order to ensure that the we are able to account for all students during the lunch period. Please email the teacher and copy Mrs. Guerino on the email, in case there is a substitute, that your child will be leaving for lunch. Your child will need to sign out in the office when they are leaving and then check back in when they return. Students are not to walk home by themselves, we ask that a parent or guardian picks them up.

Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart is coming up soon! This year's event will be happening during your child's PE class during the week of March 19-23. In the weeks leading up to this awesome Heart Health event you're able to help your child fund-raise for the American Heart Association. Please follow this link, http://www2.heart.org/goto/jeffersonelmhurst to get your child registered.

Remember Jump Rope for Heart is not just about who can raise the most money. We are focusing on spreading awareness of heart health, so help your child send those emails!! Be on the lookout for an informational handout to come home, giving you more information about the Scare Squad Monsters. Please direct any questions about Jump Rope for Heart to Mrs. Spinelle (aspinelle@elmhurst205.org).

Class Placement 2018-2019
It’s that time of year again when plans for next fall start to take shape. The student placement process is quite complex and careful thought is given to each individual student’s learning strengths, challenges and peer relationships to create the best learning environment for all. Sometimes parents have additional information to add as it pertains to a child’s learning style or serious peer conflicts that might impact the learning environment. If you wish to communicate such information to be considered, please put your thoughts into writing and send them to me no later than Monday, April 9th. We are dedicated to providing a learning environment that enriches academic growth and enhances the social development of each child at Jefferson School. Please remember that a request for a specific teacher is not appropriate.

SOLES for Kids
The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive, and we are asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive started Monday, March 5 and will conclude on Friday, May 11.

Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa as well as Indian Reservations in the United States. Many times families in these places need to pick between shoes and food, so we aim to provide the shoes for free.

For more information on the charity itself, such as where the shoes are going or how they are getting there, please visit the Soles for Kids website.

Upcoming Dates: 

March
26-30: Spring Break

April
2-20: PARCC Testing Grades 3-5
5: PTA Meeting at 7:00 pm
11: Student Late Arrival
20: PTA Spring Dance/80’s Spirit Day!
25: Student Late Arrival
26: Spring Celebration of Learning

Have a fantastic week and relaxing break!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 3/20/18




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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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March 12, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! We had one on the Northwest Side of Chicago, and the kids and I had a blast, it was beautiful weather. We have a student late arrival this Wednesday, March 14. Please remember the deadline for REACH appeals is Thursday, please see further information below.

REACH Identification/Appeal Process
Families of students currently in Grades 2 and 5 who are newly identified for REACH, the District’s gifted program, will receive an email notification from District 205 on Thursday, March 1. Services will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. REACH identification information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/REACH_ID.
Parents, teachers and administrators may appeal REACH placement for students currently in grades 3-7.The application and additional information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/Appeal

Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart is coming up soon! This year's event will be happening during your child's PE class during the week of March 19-23. In the weeks leading up to this awesome Heart Health event you're able to help your child fund-raise for the American Heart Association. Please follow this link, http://www2.heart.org/goto/jeffersonelmhurst  to get your child registered.

Remember Jump Rope for Heart is not just about who can raise the most money. We are focusing on spreading awareness of heart health, so help your child send those emails!! Be on the lookout for an informational handout to come home, giving you more information about the Scare Squad Monsters. Please direct any questions about Jump Rope for Heart to Mrs. Spinelle (aspinelle@elmhurst205.org).

SOLES for Kids
The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive, and we are asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will start Monday, March 5 and conclude on Friday, May 11.

Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa as well as Indian Reservations in the United States. Many times families in these places need to pick between shoes and food, so we aim to provide the shoes for free.

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

Join the Master Facility Plan Community Advisory Team!

Elmhurst District 205 is creating a Master Facility Plan (MFP) that will focus on educational needs for students, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), All Day Kindergarten, and Future Ready Learning. The plan will also address pressing maintenance/facility needs and safety priorities.
 As part of the community engagement process, we are seeking volunteers for a Community Advisory Team (CAT) to help review the Master Facility Plan outreach efforts and materials.

 This group will be asked to:

●Ensure that messages and materials related to the MFP are clear and easy-to-understand

●Help anticipate community questions and concerns

●Offer suggestions to make sure the district is using every opportunity to reach stakeholders

 

The District plans to offer many opportunities for parents, staff and the community to weigh in on the Master Facility Plan. The CAT is just one part of the engagement process, to help guide the District in communicating this work.
 

Want to apply?
The District is seeking 20+ members to serve. The CAT team will be a diverse representative group of parents, staff and community members. In the event the number of applicants exceeds the number of available slots, participants will be chosen via lottery. Priority will be given to applicants who represent more than one group and can attend the first meeting on Monday, March 19.Please fill out the Google form located at http://bit.ly/2FUbShu_CAT to apply. The form can be completed in under 10 minutes.

 Upcoming Dates: 
14-Student Late Arrival
26-30 Spring Break
April
2-20 PARCC Testing Grades 3-5
5-PTA Meeting@ 7:00pm
11-Student Late Arrival
20-PTA Spring Dance/80’s Spirit Day!
25- Student Late Arrival
26-Spring Celebration of Learning

Have a wonderful rest of your week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 3/12/18




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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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February 26, 2018

 

Dear Jefferson Families,
Thank you to our PTA for an amazing Winter Carnival event on Saturday. It was wonderful to see everyone and I know a fabulous time was had by all. Thank you to Mrs. Panfil and Mrs. Jasani and all of the volunteer parents and teachers who made everything possible. All of the behind the scenes work that goes into the carnival is amazing and it is truly hours and hours of time that is greatly appreciated.  

I also had a wonderful time Friday morning at our Coffee with Mrs. Weber! It was great to see parents, even some new to Jefferson parents for next year, attend. We discussed the great work that is being done at Jefferson and our continued plans to move forward and support all students. I shared the alignment between our district and our school and what wonderful things are ahead for our students moving forward. Communication is a key to the success of our school community! If you were not able to join us Friday, please try to attend one of our PTA meetings! The next one isThursday, March 8 at 7:00pm.

This week we have a student late arrival on Wednesday and a non-student attendance day on Friday due to a Teacher Institute day. Our teachers will be continuing their professional learning on Friday with some wonderful presentations by their peers.

MAP scores for students in grades 2-5 were emailed home last week. Please let us know if you did not receive these.

REACH Identification/Appeal Process
 Families of students currently in Grades 2 and 5 who are newly identified for REACH, the District’s gifted program, will receive an email notification from District 205 on Thursday, March 1. Services will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. REACH identification information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/REACH_ID.

Parents, teachers and administrators may appeal REACH placement for students currently in grades 3-7. The Application for Appeal is open between February 1 and March 15, and for which additional testing is required. The application and additional information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/Appeal

SOLES for Kids
The York High School Key Club is again sponsoring a “Soles for Kids” shoe drive, and we are asking for your support and assistance with this endeavor. Through the generosity of District 205 families, they have successfully collected over 8,000 pairs of shoes over the past six years. The drive will start Monday, March 5 and conclude on Friday, May 11.

Soles for Kids is a charity organization that collects gently used shoes and sends them to needy children and adults in Africa as well as Indian Reservations in the United States. Many times families in these places need to pick between shoes and food, so we aim to provide the shoes for free.

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

http://solesforkids.org/index.html



Upcoming Dates: 
February

28-Student Late Arrival
     Dress Like a Teacher Day!
March
2-Institute Day-No Student Attendance
8-PTA Meeting 7:00pm Bryan Middle School Principal attending
9-SPRs sent home
14-Student Late Arrival
26-30 Spring Break

Have a fantastic week!
Leslie Weber

Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 2/26/18




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February 19, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the extra day off this week. This Friday is already the end of the second trimester. Please come out to enjoy the Winter Carnival sponsored by the PTA this coming Saturday. It is a wonderful day of games, food and fun!

On February 23, the PTA will be hosting a Coffee with Mrs. Weber. This will be an opportunity for me to discuss our School Improvement Plan and share information with families about our district and school focus. Please join us after drop off for some coffee and socializing. The presentation will begin at 8:30am.

Just a gentle reminder to please not park or drop off students in the crosswalk area. I know that with the snow it can be difficult to find a place, but please use Poplar and Linden to park. We have also received some complaints about driveways being blocked, so it would be appreciated by our neighbors if we avoid those areas as well. Thank you for your cooperation and hopefully Spring will be here soon!

REACH Identification/Appeal Process
 Families of students currently in Grades 2 and 5 who are newly identified for REACH, the District’s gifted program, will receive an email notification from District 205 on Thursday, March 1. Services will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. REACH identification information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/REACH_ID.

Parents, teachers and administrators may appeal REACH placement for students currently in grades 3-7. The Application for Appeal is open between February 1 and March 15, and for which additional testing is required. The application and additional information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/Appeal


Upcoming Dates: 
February

23 End of Trimester 2
28-Student Late Arrival
     Dress Like a Teacher Day!
March
2-Institute Day-No Student Attendance
8-PTA Meeting 7:00pm
9-SPRs sent home
14-Student Late Arrival
26-30 Spring Break

Have a wonderful week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 2/20/18




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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.


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: 2/14/18




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February 12, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,
Snow, snow, everywhere! Last week was a very snowy week and I appreciate your patience and understanding in getting students safely into the building. We have late arrival on Wednesday, our staff will continue our professional learning on increasing rigor through literacy discussions with students, which aligns with our School Improvement Plan.

On February 23, the PTA will be hosting a Coffee with Mrs. Weber. This will be an opportunity for me to discuss our School Improvement Plan and share information with families about our district and school focus. Please join us after drop off for some coffee and socializing. The presentation will begin at 8:30am.

Please remember that if you are sharing Valentines this week, students are not to bring any candy or food items. Things like pencils, bookmarks, and stickers are great ideas!

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS WEEK
We will be celebrating Random Acts of Kindness week this week. The students will be participating in a variety of activities to share kindness. Thank you to Ms. Cusack for organizing the activities.

Day 1 (Monday 2/12): Mrs. Moore Kindness Day
 Students can fill out a kindness card for another student (or a staff member) and deliver on their own.

Day 2 (Tuesday 2/13): Gratitude Hearts. Students will discuss what it means to be grateful. They will discuss very specific ways that they can show gratitude and kindness to others in the class.

Day 3 (Wednesday 2/14): Capture Kindness. Students can hand out pink PAWS slips to other students that they “catch being kind.”

Day 4 (Thursday 2/15): Smile File. Students will discuss a time when they felt sad or upset and how someone helped them feel better. Then students will give examples of what they could say to someone who they know is feeling sad.

Day 5 (Friday 2/16): Random Acts of Kindness Day! Kindness Pledge. Students will take the kindness pledge and earn a kindness sticker. Students are also encouraged to engage in Random Acts of kindness throughout the day.

Informational Meeting for Incoming 6th Grade Parents of students who receive special education services. 
Parents of 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. One meeting has already passed, there is another opportunity to attend this meeting this evening.
Date: Monday, February 12th
Location: District 205 Center, 162 S. York St.
Time: 6-7 PM

REACH Identification/Appeal Process
 Families of students currently in Grades 2 and 5 who are newly identified for REACH, the District’s gifted program, will receive an email notification from District 205 on Thursday, March 1. Services will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. REACH identification information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/REACH_ID.

Parents, teachers and administrators may appeal REACH placement for students currently in grades 3-7. The Application for Appeal is open between February 1 and March 15, and for which additional testing is required. The application and additional information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/Appeal


Upcoming Dates: 
February

14-Student Late Arrival/Valentine’s Day!
19-No School! President’s Day
23-End of Trimester 2
     Coffee with Mrs. Weber 8:30am
24-PTA Winter Carnival
28-Student Late Arrival

March
2-Institute Day-No Student Attendance

Have a wonderful week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 2/12/18




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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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February 5, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope you enjoyed Super Bowl weekend! It looks as though it is going to be a snowy week, so please make sure your children are prepared for school with snow pants, hats, gloves and boots. Students will go outside as long as it is above zero and not icy. This week is kindergarten and new to first grade registration, please let anyone you know that is looking to register to visit our website for details.

Junior Achievement begins this week. Please remind your child if they have signed up that they will be attending Junior Achievement class during their recess time. Grades 1, 3 and 4 will begin on Tuesday and grades 2 and 5 will begin on Thursday. Thank you again to the PTA for bringing this program back to Jefferson.

Just a reminder that there are no dogs allowed on school property. Please do not bring your dog on to school property. This is to ensure the safety of all students. I ask that everyone abide by this rule. This is a district wide rule across all school buildings.

Please remember that if you are sharing Valentines next week, students are not to bring any candy or food items. Things like pencils, bookmarks, and stickers are great ideas!

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS WEEK
We will be celebrating Random Acts of Kindness week next week. The students will be participating in a variety of activities to share kindness. Thank you to Ms. Cusack for organizing the activities.

Day 1 (Monday 2/12): Mrs. Moore Kindness Day
Students can fill out a kindness card for another student (or a staff member) and deliver on their own.

Day 2 (Tuesday 2/13): Gratitude Hearts.
Students will discuss what it means to be grateful. They will discuss very specific ways that they can show gratitude and kindness to others in the class.

Day 3 (Wednesday 2/14): Capture Kindness.
Students can hand out pink PAWS slips to other students that they “catch being kind.”

Day 4 (Thursday 2/15): Smile File.
Students will discuss a time when they felt sad or upset and how someone helped them feel better. Then students will give examples of what they could say to someone who they know is feeling sad.

Day 5 (Friday 2/16): Random Acts of Kindness Day! Kindness Pledge. Students will take the kindness pledge and earn a kindness sticker. Students are also encouraged to engage in Random Acts of kindness throughout the day

KINDERGARTEN AND “NEW TO FIRST GRADE” ENROLLMENT DATES 
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.

INFLUENZA ACTIVITY
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Please go to the following link for further flu related information issued by the Center for Disease Control.

Influenza Information for Parents
Please remember that children need to be fever free for 24 hours before sending them back to school.


Upcoming Dates: 
February

6-Kindergarten and new to First Grade Registration at Jefferson 9-11am
7-Kindergaten and new to First Grade Registration at Jefferson 12:30-3:00pm
8-PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm
14-Student Late Arrival/Valentine’s Day!
19-No School! President’s Day
23-End of Trimester 2
     Coffee with Mrs. Weber
24-PTA Winter Carnival
28-Student Late Arrival

March
2-Institute Day-No Student Attendance

Have a wonderful week! Stay warm!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 2/5/18




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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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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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January 29, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It is hard to believe that we will soon be in the month of February! The year is flying by and there are so many wonderful things to come! The PTA Winter Carnival is on February 24; I hope to see you all there!

Just a reminder that there are no dogs allowed on school property. Please do not bring your dog on to school property. This is to ensure the safety of all students. I ask that everyone abide by this rule. This is a district-wide rule across all school buildings.

Please remember that if you are sharing Valentines next month, students are not to bring any candy or food items. Things like pencils, bookmarks, and stickers are great ideas!

Congratulations to Noveena Thakar and Nikhita Thakar! Their entries for PTA Reflections in the category of Literature have moved on to the state level! We are so proud of you!

Beginning today, Jefferson Student Council will be collecting canned goods for the annual Jefferson Souper Bowl! Students can donate a canned good or two and place it in the team bin to predict who will win! Will it be the Patriots or Eagles?

Please make sure to take some time to complete the 5Essentials survey for Jefferson. In order to get results and feedback on your input, we need to have at least 20% participation. The window closes January 31st. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website.

Thank you to our PTA for organizing and bringing Junior Achievement to Jefferson. The sessions for Junior Achievement will begin in February. You will get information on the start of the sessions closer to the date.

Middle School Meeting for Incoming Sixth Grade Students
Please note that there is an informational meeting on February 1 at each middle school in regards to information for incoming sixth graders. Please take some time to attend the meeting as it involves planning for the 2018-2019 school year. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm, parents and students are encouraged to attend. Counselors and administrators will be available to help with scheduling questions.

Kindergarten and "New to First Grade" Enrollment Dates
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.

Upcoming Dates: 
January
31 5Essentials Survey Window ends
     Tropical Day sponsored by Student Council
February
6-Kindergarten and new to First Grade Registration at Jefferson 9-11am
7-Kindergaten and new to First Grade Registration at Jefferson 12:30-3:00pm
8-PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm
14-Student Late Arrival/Valentine’s Day!
19-No School! President’s Day
23-End of Trimester 2
24-PTA Winter Carnival
28-Student Late Arrival
March
2-Institute Day-No Student Attendance

Have a wonderful week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 1/29/18




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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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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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January 16, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

That extra day off was a wonderful day to play in the snow! Please remember that tomorrow, Wednesday, is a late arrival for students. Our teachers are continuing to be learners as well during our late arrivals. The focus is on guided reading and readers’ workshop. I know that as I have walked through classrooms, students are reading more and more and teachers are working with students in small groups to give them the differentiated support they need.

Please make sure to take some time to complete the 5Essentials survey for Jefferson. In order to get results and feedback on your input, we need to have at least 20% participation. The window closesJanuary 31st. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website.

Battle of the Books is up and running this year! Thank you to Mr. Grosso and Mrs. Georgalas for organizing and supporting the students in this wonderful activity. Students are on teams and reading a variety of books competing for a chance to move to the district level final competition. Keep on reading!

Thank you to our PTA for organizing and bringing Junior Achievement to Jefferson. A letter went home last week, if your child is interested in participating in Junior Achievement during their recess time, please complete and turn in the registration form by Friday, January 19. See the PTA website for more information.

MAP TESTING GRADES 2-5 - The MAP testing window opens on Wednesday, January 17th. Students in grades 2-5 will take a math and reading MAP assessment. This is one tool that we use in combination with formative assessments as well as other summative assessments to guide our instruction in both math and reading. Classroom teachers will put in their weekly communication when your child will be taking the assessment.

KINDERGARTEN AND “NEW TO FIRST GRADE” ENROLLMENT DATES – 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.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR D205 FOUNDATION 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 Oakbrook. 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 available. More information and tickets available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala

Our 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.

16th ANNUAL SUMMER RECREATION OPEN HOUSE
You are invited to attend the 16th Annual Summer Recreation Open House sponsored by 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 open house will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 6-8 pm at York High School,355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst

Upcoming Dates: 

January

17- Student Late Arrival/MAP Testing Window Jan. 17-Feb. 2
      ACCESS Testing Window Jan. 17-Feb. 20
22- Institute Day-No Student Attendance
31- 5Essentials Survey Window ends

February
1- PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm
6- Kindergarten and new to First Grade Registration at Jefferson 9-11am
7- Kindergaten and new to First Grade Registration at Jefferson 12:30-3:00pm
14- Student Late Arrival
19- No School! President’s Day
23- End of Trimester 2
24- PTA Winter Carnival
28- Student Late Arrival

March
2- Institute Day-No Student Attendance

Have a wonderful week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Published: 1/16/18




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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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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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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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January 9, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope you had a wonderful winter break and spent some time with family and friends. It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the school year! The next few months are very busy, so please make sure to check the Jefferson website for all updates!

KINDERGARTEN AND “NEW TO FIRST GRADE” ENROLLMENT DATES – 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.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR D205 FOUNDATION 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 Oakbrook. 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 available. More information and tickets available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala

Our 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.

5ESSENTIALS SURVEY
Please take a moment to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey will allow 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 your child’s school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. 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. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website.

16th ANNUAL SUMMER RECREATION OPEN HOUSE
You are invited to attend the 16th Annual Summer Recreation Open House sponsored by 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 open house will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 6-8 pm at York High School,355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, IL

Upcoming Dates: 
January

11th - PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm
15th - No School-MLK Day
17th - Student Late Arrival
22th - Institute Day- No Student Attendance

Have a wonderful week!

Leslie Weber
Principal

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Published: 1/9/18




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December 18, 2017

Dear Jefferson Families,
A huge thank you to Mr. Mitchell and Mrs. Lukritz for their time and dedication in making the Giving Tree Assembly a wonderful success. Thank you to Mrs. Pretzie and the PTA for organizing the donations. The children sang beautifully and were a joy to see on stage. Thank you to the Jefferson families for your donations to help support families in Elmhurst as well as some of our own Jefferson families. This is an amazing community and the generosity and kindness of all is truly astonishing.

Congratulations to Elias Tamer, Niki Thakar and Novi Thakar for their entries in the PTA Reflections contest. Their entries will be moving on to the DuPage East District level!
 
Our holiday parties will be on Friday, December 22 from 1:45-2:45pm. We will allow parent volunteers to come into the classrooms at 1:30 to set up. Please remember there is to be no food at the parties. Thank you to Mrs. Feutz, the room parent chairperson, as well as all of the volunteers who are planning and preparing some great party activities!

Please make sure that you send your child with all of the wonderful things that keep them warm like hats, gloves, scarves and warm coats. The students will line up outside in the morning and have recess this winter as long as it remains above zero! Students may only play in the snow if they have snow pants and boots.

Winter and inclement weather is fast approaching. Please remember that on days where it is snowing heavily, raining or below zero temperatures, children will be allowed to come inside beginning at8:00am. Both Door 1 and Door 2 in the front of the building will be open to let children enter. Please pull down as far as you can on Crescent to let your children out, this will allow less congestion on the road. Please also remember that children should always exit the vehicle on the passenger side as to not get out when oncoming traffic is approaching. Your cooperation in ensuring student safety is greatly appreciated.

5Essentials Survey
Students, teachers and parents across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey will allow 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 your child’s school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. 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. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. Please take a few moments to participate.


Upcoming Dates:
January

 8  Return from Break!
11 PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm
15 No School! Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
17 Student Late Arrival
19 Bryan Area Band and Orchestra Concert 7:00pm @ Bryan Middle School
22 Institute Day-No Student Attendance

 

Thank you so much for sharing your children with our staff and myself. Their smiles, laughter and kindness are what makes working at Jefferson so special. Thank you for all of your continued support and dedication to Jefferson. I hope you have a wonderful winter break and enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

 

Warm wishes,
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 12/18/17




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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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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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December 4, 2017

Dear Jefferson Families,
I hope you had a wonderful warm weekend. I finally got my holiday lights up outside!

Thank you to Mr. Nemec for arranging for our Jefferson Singers to sing at Yorktown Mall on Saturday. The Jefferson and Edison Singers were amazing to hear and they brought some holiday cheer to all who were there. Please remember that this Wednesday, December 6, is student late arrival. Our Student Council After School movie is on Thursday, December 7, the movie will begin a little after 3:00pm. Please pick up your children if they are attending at 5:00pm at the main entrance.

The Jan Newmann Giving Tree Assembly
The Giving Tree assembly is a wonderful event that allows us to support and give to others, especially in the Elmhurst community. The assembly is in memory of Jan Newmann, a friend and colleague of the Jefferson community. This year, if you would like to participate, please send your child with a gift card to donate. We are working with Mary Queen of Heaven Church to distribute the gift cards to families in need. There will be two assemblies on December 14; K-2 will be from 8:45-9:30am and 3-5 will be from 9:45-10:30am. This is one of my favorite times of the year to hear the students sing, please come and join us.

5Essentials Survey
Beginning December 5, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey will allow 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 your child’s school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

All teachers, parents, and 4th through 12th grade students will be asked to respond to this survey. Reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2018 and data will also be included in the State School Report Card.

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 about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. Please take a moment to participate.


Upcoming Dates: 
December:
4th-22nd Winter Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Testing
6th  Student Late Arrival
7th Student Council After School Movie!
14th Giving Tree Assembly 8:45-9:30am/ K-2 9:45-10:30am 3-5
20th and 21st Student Council Holiday Shop!
22nd Holiday Parties 1:45-2:45pm
Winter Break! Classes Resume January 8th 


Have a wonderful week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 12/4/17




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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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Published: 11/30/17




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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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November 20, 2017

Dear Jefferson Families,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Thank you to all of our volunteers and to the PTA for sponsoring the Thanksgiving Feast last Thursday, it was wonderful. We also enjoyed Gordon Korman as well, he was an amazing author to meet and took the time to meet each student that received a signed copy of his book. What a wonderful experience for our students, I am sure he brought inspiration to many of our own authors!

Please remember that Parent-Teacher Conferences are tonight and tomorrow, we look forward to sharing your child’s progress for this first part of our school year. School is not in session for students tomorrow due to conferences. We will have a table set up outside of the gym with items from our lost and found, please take a moment to look through the items.


Upcoming Dates: 
November:
20th Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm
21st Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00am-6:00pm
22nd – 24th  Thanksgiving Break
27th Classes Resume
30th Student Council Spirit Day! Backwards Day!
December:
6th  Student Late Arrival
7th Student Council After School Movie!
14th Giving Tree Assembly 8:45-9:30am/ K-2 9:45-10:30am 3-5
22nd Holiday Parties 1:45-2:45pm
Winter Break! Classes Resume January 8th 


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and take time to celebrate with family and friends.  I am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful school community with amazing students, families and staff. Thank you for sharing your most precious gifts with us each and every day!
Happy Thanksgiving,
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Published: 11/20/17




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November 13, 2017

Dear Jefferson Families,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner! We have a busy week ahead of us! Thank you to the PTA for scheduling Gordon Korman, an amazing children’s author, for our third, fourth and fifth graders this week. I am so excited to meet him as well! Our annual Thanksgiving Feast will beThursday. This is a wonderful tradition that I look forward to each year. On Friday, students will receive their Student Progress Reports to bring home, so be on the lookout!

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Portal Closes November 14th
Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on November 20 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and on November 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM with no school for elementary school students that day. Signup is currently available but 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 received a letter with instructions on Friday. 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.

Thanksgiving Feast
Our Thanksgiving Feast is Thursday, November 16th. Students will eat lunch together from 11:00am-12:00pm in the gym. Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring this wonderful event. The number of volunteers, time and efforts are amazing and make this a memorable event for all. Our fifth and fourth grade students will eat with their buddies and our second grade students will be dressed as Pilgrims to celebrate this Thanksgiving Feast. Please know that if your child will not eat turkey and the trimmings, they may bring their own lunch. 

D205 Math Website for Parents! 
Did you know there is a new website dedicated to providing math information for D205 parents? A number of linked resources, including the critical areas at each grade level, unit titles, videos and guides are posted. Check it out!


Dual Language in D205
 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.

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 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.


Upcoming Dates: 
November:

20th Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm
21st Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00am-6:00pm
22nd – 24th  Thanksgiving Break
27th Classes Resume
December:
6th  Student Late Arrival
14th Giving Tree Assembly 8:45-9:30am/ K-2 9:45-10:30am 3-5
22nd Holiday Parties 1:45-2:45pm
Winter Break! Classes Resume January 8th 
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and take time to celebrate with family and friends.  I am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful school community with amazing students, families and staff.


Happy Thanksgiving,
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 11/13/17




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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 on 11/21. Sign up will be held via PowerPTC 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 Please know that it is not possible to set up the SSO account on a cell phone or tablet. Parents will need to access a computer to create an account. Parents who have not yet created an SSO account have received a separate communication with instructions. If you need access to a computer please stop by the school for assistance.  Step-by-step instructions for conference sign-up can be found on www.elmhurst205.org/PTCPowerPTC web portal for conference sign-up. 

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




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Dear Jefferson Families,
I hope you had a wonderful Halloween! The students looked wonderful and we had a great time! Check out our pictures on the school website.

 

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences Portal Opens 11/7!
Parent-Teacher Conferences at the elementary schools will take place on November 20 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and on November 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM with no school for elementary school students that day. Signup will be held via PowerPTC 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.

D205 Math Website for Parents! 
Did you know there is a new website dedicated to providing math information for D205 parents? A number of linked resources, including the critical areas at each grade level, unit titles, videos and guides are posted. Check it out!

Picture Retakes
Picture retakes will be on November 9th. They will be taken first thing in the morning and will be completed by 9:30 or so. Students in the afternoon kindergarten class that need their pictures retaken should come to school in the morning for their retake.


Dual Language in D205
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.


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 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.


Upcoming Dates: 
November:
8th Student Late Arrival
9th Picture Retakes ( These will be taken from 8:30-9:30am)
15th Gordon Korman Author Visit!
16th Thanksgiving Feast Lunch will be from 1100am-12:00pm
17th SPRs sent home with students
20th Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm
21st Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00am-6:00pm
22nd – 24th Thanksgiving Break
27th Classes Resume
December:
6th Late Arrival
14th Giving Tree Assembly 8:45-9:30am K-2/ 9:45-10:30am 3-5
22nd Holiday Parties 2-3:00pm
Winter Break! Classes Resume January 8th

Have a wonderful weekend! Go Tigers!


Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 11/6/17




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Brrrr!! What a change in the season! I hope you all stayed warm this weekend. I loved all of the spirit and participation during Red Ribbon Week! As I look at the calendar, we have so many wonderful things happening in the next few months. Gordon Korman, an amazing author, will be visiting Jefferson in November. Thank you to the PTA for organizing his visit, the students and staff are so excited. We have our Thanksgiving Feast on November 16th. For our new families, this is a wonderful Jefferson tradition where we all enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together as a Jefferson family, this wouldn’t happen if not for the PTA and the many volunteers we have, thank you!

Mrs. Wright, our library/media specialist, has been incorporating many wonderful STEM opportunities for our students the past few weeks. Thank you to the Foundation 205 for providing funds through the Foundation Grants in order for Mrs. Wright to purchase the supplies to help get our Makerspace moving! Please view some wonderful pictures of students coding in the library this week!


Parent Teacher Conferences
This year conference sign-up will be online. This is a two-part process that began last week. You should have received a secure email from D205 that contained a letter and link for you to register and have a parent single sign-on (SSO) to our PowerSchool system. This will allow you to then sign up for conferences beginning at 6:00am on November 7th. The window for conference sign-up will be until November 14th. Conferences this year will be 20-minutes and will be on Monday, November 20th from 4:30-8:00pm and on Tuesday, November 21st from 10:00am-6:00pm.


Halloween Parade
The Halloween Parade, which is on October 31st, is a wonderful Jefferson tradition! Students should wear their costumes to school and bring a change of clothes with them. Please do not send your child to school with scary masks, plastic weapons or anything that would be inappropriate for elementary students. The students will be getting changed immediately following the parade, so please do not have them come in sprayed hair or make-up that would be difficult to take off. The parade begins promptly at 8:30am and students will come out Door 1 and proceed down Poplar and turn right on Niagara and then right onto Linden Ave and return into school through Door 2. Please do not have dogs on the route as well, as we want to ensure all students feel safe. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!


Picture Retakes
Picture retakes will be on November 9th. They will be taken first thing in the morning and will be completed by 9:30 or so. Students in the afternoon kindergarten class that need their pictures retaken should come to school in the morning for their retake. Picture proofs were sent home this week, so please check your child’s folder or backpack.


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 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.


Upcoming Dates: 
October: 

31st – Halloween Parade begins at 8:30am!

November:
2nd – PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm
3rd – Trimester 1 Ends
8th – Student Late Arrival
9th – Picture Retakes (These will be taken from 8:30-9:30am)
15th – Gordon Korman Author Visit!
16th – Thanksgiving Feast Lunch will be from 1100am-12:00pm
17th – SPRs sent home with students
20th – Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm
21st – Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00am-6:00pm
22nd – 24th  Thanksgiving Break
27th – Classes Resume

Have a wonderful week! Go Tigers!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Kate Allt
Published: 10/30/17




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

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




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

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

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




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This year, our school will be continuing in the Box Tops for Education program.  Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our schools buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth 10 cents and they quickly add up to real cash for our school.  This school year, our school’s earnings goal is $1000.
 

To help our school, just look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school on the Box Top form sheet. For more information on Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products and our school’s progress, visit BTFE.com.  Be sure to become a member to receive exclusive coupons and recipes and learn about extra ways for our school to earn.  Thanks for your help!    ***Please note:  It would be very helpful if you could check to make sure that the coupons are not expired.  Please do not send them if they are no longer valid.  Please cut the coupons out and affix to the designated area.  Large & bonus coupons should be sent separately.  Thank you!
 

Box Top For Education Sheet

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 8/9/17




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Parents or guardians are expected to schedule vacations during the summer or on school holidays. If this is not possible parents/guardians must submit a written request to the principal two weeks in advance to request an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if this procedure is not followed. Students approved for a vacation will be expected to complete class work after returning. Students will be given one day for each day missed to make up work. The school will not provide class work or assignments in advance.
 

Vacation Letter

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