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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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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
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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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
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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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
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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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
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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October 15, 2017

Dear Jefferson Families,

Thank you for another amazing night! The Science Olympiad was a fantastic success with an increase of about 100 students from last year! Thank you to Mrs. Vogel and Mrs. Grant and all of the amazing volunteers that make this event so fabulous.

For those of you who may not know, we have a fabulous social worker at Jefferson named Ms. Cusack. She is very well-known by our students. Ms. Cusack sometimes goes into classrooms for specific presentations to support students as well as supports students individually and in small groups. She organizes events such as our upcoming Bullying Awareness Week and Kindness Week as well. Ms. Cusack is not only a great resource for our students and staff, but also has wonderful resources for parents. Her website has a tremendous amount of information and supports that are very helpful in supporting children both at home and school. I am including the linkto her website as a way for parents to become familiar with the resources she provides. Thank you Ms. Cusack for all you do for our Jefferson community.

Please remember to check our website often to stay up to date with important events. You can also access the PTA website and a variety of other resources through theJefferson website. We are also on Twitter @JeffersonD205!  We are up to 64 followers!

Parent Teacher Conferences
This year conference sign-up will be online. This is a two part process that will begin this week. Thursday, you will receive a secure email from D205 that will contain 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 at6:00am 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 in the evening and Tuesday, November 21st during the day. 

Erin’s Law Presentations
Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, became Illinois law in 2013. This legislation requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention for grades Pre-K through 12. In Elmhurst, we already have personal safety built into many grade levels’ health education curriculum.  Beginning two years ago, after reviewing the requirements of the new legislation, we recognized that our students could benefit from additional information and strategies in order to consider past events and prevent future encounters. Again this year, an award-winning non-profit group, Imagination Theater, will deliver age-appropriate experiences for our students in 1st through 5th grade. Information about their program, called “No Secrets,” may be found by visiting www.imaginationtheater.org. Ms. Cusack, our social worker, and myself will visit the Kindergarten classrooms to share age-appropriate read-alouds with students. Jefferson will host Imagination Theater on Thursday, October 19th.

Halloween Parade
The Halloween Parade 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 at8:30am 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.

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: 

16th Student Physical and Eye Exams for Kinder and New to Jefferson students due!
16th Bullying Awareness Week! Staley Da Bear Assembly
18th Unity Day! Wear Orange
19th Erin’s Law Assemblies for students in grades 1-5
23rd-26th Red Ribbon Week
25th Student Late Arrival
31st Halloween Parade begins at 8:30am!


Have a wonderful week! Go Tigers! Go Cubs!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 10/16/17




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The second “Coffee With the Superintendent” of the school year will be held on Monday, October 16 at Bryan Middle School, 111 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, beginning at 10:00 AM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/14/17




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The York Performing Arts Department is proud to present “From the Mainland to the Islands” featuring York alum Paul McDermand with a special performance by the York High School Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday evening, October 10, at 7:30 pm in the Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for adults (general seating) and children 18 and under are free! Click on the following link to purchase tickets www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama

Steel drum and marimba artist Paul McDermand, York Class of 1974, has appeared with some of the biggest names in music including Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Natalie Cole and the Moody Blues. Paul is surrounded by an all-star rhythm section culled from the stages of Stevie Nicks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. See a video clip at http://bit.ly/ElmhurstD205McDermand 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/8/17




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Erin’s Law, House Bill 6193, became Illinois law in 2013. This legislation requires schools to teach age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention for grades Pre-K through 12. In Elmhurst, we already have personal safety built into many grade levels’ health education curriculum. Beginning two years ago, after reviewing the requirements of the new legislation, we recognized that our students could benefit from additional information and strategies in order to consider past events and prevent future encounters. Our curriculum was enhanced at each grade level to cover the following:

  • Distinguishing different types of touch
  • Saying “NO”
  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
  • Identifying and telling a trusted adult

Again this year, an award-winning non-profit group, Imagination Theater, will deliver age-appropriate experiences for our students in 1st through 8th grade. Information about their program, called “No Secrets,” may be found by visiting www.imaginationtheater.org. A schedule of all elementary and middle school student assemblies can be found below.

Our school social workers will visit all of the Early Childhood and Kindergarten classrooms, as they did last year, to share age-appropriate read-alouds with students as a part of the Personal Safety Unit that is already in place at our schools.

York High School will be bringing in presenters from Elmhurst Hospital, as well as addressing the topic in multiple courses.

Please direct all questions about your school’s lesson(s) or assemblies to your child’s principal.

 

School Date Performance 1 Performance 2 Performance 3
Bryan MS 10/16/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Churchville MS 10/12/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
Conrad Fischer 10/10/17 1:00 2:00 N/A
Edison 10/13/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Emerson 10/17/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Field 10/19/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Hawthorne 10/17/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jackson 10/13/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Jefferson 10/19/17 12:45 1:45 N/A
Lincoln 10/10/17 8:30 9:30 N/A
Sandburg MS 10/6/17 8:25 11:00 1:20
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Published: 9/29/17




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The first “Coffee With the Superintendent” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Hawthorne School, 145 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, beginning at 1:30 PM. Come meet with Dr. David Moyer in an informal setting. This year’s coffee opportunities are again being organized by the PTA Council and are open to any interested District 205 parent or community resident. The remaining dates/times for 2017-18 are: October 16, 10 AM - Bryan; January 16, 1:30 PM - York; February 21, 1:30 PM - Jackson; and April 26, 10:00 AM - Lincoln.

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Published: 9/11/17




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Please plan to join us on Monday, September 18 at 7 PM in the York High School Commons, when Superintendent Dr. David Moyer will present a State of the Schools address, along with brief reports from the Learning & Teaching Department, principals, instructional coaches and teachers. Entertainment provided by York High School musicians. Come celebrate student and staff achievements, share our District goals for 2017-18 and talk about plans for Focus 205 Phase II.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/6/17




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District 205’s three middle school student councils are fundraising to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 50 Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools have been flooded to some degree, other schools are being used as shelters, and a growing number of students and families have left their homes behind.

 

There are three ways you can help students in Houston:

1. HISD has an immediate need for children’s clothes of all sizes (clean and in reasonably good repair) and school supplies. Please bring donations to Bryan, Churchville or Sandburg and we will send them to Houston for you. If you prefer to send items directly, they can be forwarded to: HISD Harvey Recovery, ℅ Delman Stadium, 2020 Mangum, Houston, TX 77092

 

2. Drop off a monetary donation of any amount and we will forward funds to the Houston Independent School District Foundation.

 

3. The HISD Foundation has set up a special to provide assistance to their students and families. To read more about their effort and/or make an online donation, please visit www.houstonisd.org/Page/164281

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Kerins or Eric Gorton at Sandburg Middle School.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 9/5/17




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If you missed Dr. Bill Daggett's presentation, Why the Future of Education is Now, at York High School on August 14 you'll want to take a look at the attached file of his slideshow and check out this video of his keynote presentation at this summer's Model Schools Conference.

Dr. Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Governors Association. His System for Effective Instruction and Rigor & Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/21/17




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The Harlem Wizards are back in Elmhurst on Saturday, September 30th to entertain the crowd with high-energy exhibition play and audience participation. Cheer on our team of Elmhurst school district principals and teachers as they challenge the Wizards in a basketball game that is sure to include wild antics and lots of laughs. The event will be held at York High School beginning at 5:00 PM. Concessions, merchandise and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this family-friendly fundraiser support District 205 Foundation programs and enhancements that benefit all Elmhurst public school students. Click here to learn more and guarantee a seat at this popular Saturday event.

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Published: 8/21/17




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The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, part of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, will sponsor a presentation outlining when student anxiety becomes a problem. Hear about the effects of anxiety on learning, sources of anxiety in schools, and school refusal. Treatment requires a collaborative approach that includes the student, school staff, parents and mental health professionals. Dr. Laura Koehler, PsyD. Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Linden Oaks, leads the discussion on August 29, beginning at 7:30 PM (note change of time) at Bryan Middle School.

 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/19/17




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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!
 

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




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Welcome back! I hope everyone had an amazing summer; it has gone by very fast. I was able to spend some time with my family and travel. I am looking forward to another fabulous year at Jefferson. It is so hard to believe that this is the beginning of my fourth year at Jefferson. I am so lucky to be a part of this learning community. Each year we continue to make amazing gains, become a stronger community and learn new and exciting things.

I would like to first thank the PTA and all of the amazing volunteers that helped with the installation of the playground. It looks fantastic! I am still in awe at how quickly all of the pieces fell into place from the Orange Ruler Fundraiser in the spring to the installation during the summer. There are still some pieces that need to be completed and this may not happen before the beginning of the school year. Please know that until the orange fence comes down, the playground will be off limits to ensure everyone’s safety. Thank you again to all that made this project possible, it is just another example of what a supportive school community we are.

Welcome to all of our incoming Kindergarten students as well as all of our new families! We are excited that you will be a part of our wonderful learning community and hope that you will become involved in many of the amazing opportunities at Jefferson. There will be a New Family Welcome Night on August 17th from 6:30-7:30pm. At this time, you will be able to take a tour of the school and learn about the many wonderful aspects of Jefferson.

We also have many new additions to our staff this year and some movement of teachers to different grade levels.  This is an exciting time for us as it helps us to continue to grow as teachers and learn and collaborate with different people. 

  • Susan Grote is a wonderful addition to our third grade team. Susan has worked in the district for many years and comes to us from Lincoln.
  • Kelsey Muller will be our new first grade teacher. Kelsey is excited to start at Jefferson and I know she will be an amazing asset to the first grade team.
  • Welcome to Colleen Gjataj! Colleen is our new reading specialist.
  • Working with Colleen, will be our new reading assistant Sharon Gecsey. Sharon will be part time at Jefferson as well as Edison.
  • Kasey Molidor is our new part-time special education resource teacher.
  • Bridget McDonald is our Special Education Instructional Coach. Bridget will be working with teachers and students from Jefferson as well as Fischer, Hawthorne and Lincoln.
  • Welcome to Amanda Spinelle! Amanda will be our one and only PE teacher this year.
  • I am happy to share that TJ Mitchell is returning to Jefferson as one of our music teachers. Welcome back TJ! He will also be teaching band to our students.
  • Tracey Lukritz will also be teaching music this year. She is from Field elementary and will be spending some of her time between the two schools this year. Welcome Tracey!
  • Our art teacher this year will be Elizabeth Serrata. Welcome to Liz! We are excited for her to share her creativeness and talent with our students!

There has also been some movement of current teachers to different teams for the upcoming school year. Mrs. Fullerton will be teaching kindergarten, Mrs. Lindsay has moved to second grade, Mrs. Georgalas will be in fourth grade this year, Mrs. Klink will be in first grade, Mr. Grosso has moved to fifth grade and Mr. Gackowski will be joining our third grade team. We are excited for these changes as they will be a great way for our staff to continue to grow and collaborate!

Teacher assignments for the upcoming school year for grades 1-5 will be emailed on Friday, August 11th at around 3:00pm. The kindergarten assignments will be emailed on August 9th due to kindergarten orientation on August 11th.

Important Upcoming Dates:
Kindergarten Play Dates 

Wednesday, August 9th 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Smalley Park 
Thursday, August 10th 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. @ Smalley Park

School Supply pick up: 
Wednesday, August 9th 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 10th 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Welcome
Friday, August 11th 1:00-2:30pm

Meet the Teacher/Ice Cream Social
On Tuesday, August 15th, students in grades 1-5 will come to meet their teachers and drop off their supplies from 3:30-4:00pm. There will be an Ice Cream Social until 4:30 pm sponsored by the PTA.

New Family Welcome Night
Please come and take a tour of Jefferson and learn important information about our wonderful school. Our New Family Night will be August 17th from 6:30-7:30pm.

Curriculum Night
Curriculum Night will be August 29th for the elementary buildings. Further information in 
regards to format and times will be sent out the first week of school.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer! I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Leslie Weber
Principal

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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.
 

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




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On Monday, August 14, Dr. Bill Daggett, of the International Center for Leadership in Education, will speak in Elmhurst. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at the District 205 opening faculty meeting. That evening, all interested parents, area educators, community members, elected officials and business leaders are invited to share a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand when he presents Why the Future of Education is Now! Join us at 7 PM in the York High School Commons.

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships, as well as creating schools that focus on the future. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.

 

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Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/6/17




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The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reminding parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records to make sure they meet immunization requirements prior to the first day of school.

The federally funded Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines at no cost to children in low-income households. Families can call (312) 746-6050 in Chicago or (217) 785-1455 in all other parts of Illinois to learn about free vaccines.

“Immunizations are central to keeping students healthy and ready to learn,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Keeping children’s vaccinations up to date according to the recommended schedule is one of the most important things parents and guardians can do to protect the health of the youngest and oldest among us. Whether for a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, or a student going back to elementary, middle or high school, I encourage parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records and, if necessary, schedule a visit with a physician or clinic. Doing so now will avoid a potential last-minute rush.”

Immunizations have eradicated several serious diseases, such as smallpox, polio, and diphtheria in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instances of other serious diseases, such as measles and rubella, have dropped by more than 99 percent since the pre-vaccination era. Keeping students’ vaccinations up to date is especially important, as diseases can spread quickly among groups of unvaccinated children.

“Child care facilities, preschool programs, and schools are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors, such as interacting in crowded environments. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their child care centers, classrooms, and communities – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.”

View the Fall 2017 Minimum Immunization Requirements and other resources on the IDPH website at www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/immunization.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 8/5/17




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The DuPage Regional Office of Education, in partnership with volunteers from the DuPage Credit Union and Catholic Charities (Diocese of Joliet), will sponsor the annual Back to School Fair for low-income families on Wednesday, August 2, from 11 AM to 6 PM at St. Francis High School in Wheaton.

This is an opportunity for families to meet with and learn about services provided by numerous agencies from DuPage County and the State of Illinois. Each K-12 student in attendance will receive free vision/dental screenings, plus free school supplies - even a free haircut, if desired. Visit the event website at https://catholiccharitiesjoliet.org/back-to-school-fair-2014-dupage-county.

 

Meant to be a fun day for kids, the Fair will offer balloon art, games and face painting. Books and novels will be given away, as well as coupons for free haircuts. The Fair, which is sponsored by Catholic Charities and the DuPage Regional Office of Education, is a totally free event, but participants must bring proof of residency in DuPage County, identification for all family members and proof of family income. For additional information, see the flyer(s) posted below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/24/17




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Is there a new family in your neighborhood? Please let them know that families should enroll new students at the District 205 Center. Information about documentation needed for enrolling students can be found on the New Student Enrollment page.

 

District 205 Center (162 S. York) (walk-in and residency)
 

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 19

Tuesday, July 25

Thursday, July 27

 

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Wednesday, July 26

 

Grades 9-12:
York High School (by appointment, call 630-617-2487)

 

Pre-K: 
Madison Early Childhood Center (by appointment, call 630-617-2385)

Evening enrollment hours will be held on August 1 and August 7 from 4 to 8 PM at the District 205 Center and at Conrad Fischer Elementary, 888 N. Wilson, during those same dates and times (for students attending Fischer only).

 

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/19/17




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Elmhurst District 205 is thrilled to welcome Dr. Bill Daggett of the International Center for Leadership in Education to the community on Monday, August 14. In the afternoon, Dr. Daggett will be the keynote speaker at our opening faculty meeting. That evening, we cordially invite all local parents, community members, school board members, business and community leaders, legislators, and area educators to share with us a unique and exciting opportunity to experience his important message first hand. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. in the York High School Commons.
 

Dr. Daggett will discuss the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships and share some important concepts about his organization's Rigor and Relevance Framework. Most importantly, attendees will be challenged to think about the role of public education as it relates to this country's future and the world economy.  I predict that if you are able to join us, you will never think about "school" the same way again.
 

Clear your calendars now!  I hope to see you then!
 

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent


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Dr. Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. He has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. Dr. Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor and Relevance Framework have helped thousands of school districts throughout the country improve learning for students.


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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/12/17




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With only a few weeks left until the last day of school, it’s time to take stock of your child(ren)’s lunch balance(s). To access their MySchoolBucks account(s), please visit the Café 205 page and click on the MySchoolBucks link. For those who have a positive balance, please know that at the end of the year your student’s account will roll over to the next school year (and be transferred to his/her new location, if they are moving schools within District 205).

Families with a senior at York High School may transfer an unused balance to a sibling. If there are no siblings remaining in District 205, the cutoff for refund requests will be this Friday, May 12. Those requests need to be made to Director of Food Services Cheryl Spencer at 630-617-2436 or Eileen Carroll at 630-617-2467. Balances under $5 will not be refunded.

For parents that use automatic replenish for lunch accounts, please know that MySchoolBucks will stay up and running during the summer to accept payments. If you use auto payment and don’t want money deducted during the summer, you will need to turn off that feature and then remember to re-activate it again in August. Questions may be directed to the MySchoolBucks Parent Helpline at 855-832-5226.

 

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/9/17




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The next  Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, May 17, and only for grades EC-8. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/9/17




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The last day of school was approved at the April 25 Board of Education meeting. Due to a mild winter, and no other weather-related incidents, the five emergency days which are built into the school calendar, have not been used. Below are the student dismissal dates and times. The 2016-17 End-of-Year Calendar contains helpful information about final exams and 8th grade promotion times.

May 25 - Last day of attendance for York High School freshmen, sophomores and juniors at the conclusion of exams.

May 31 - Last day of attendance for Early Childhood and AM/PM kindergarten students. Last day of attendance for 8th grade students.

June 1 - Last day of school for grades 1-5; early dismissal at 11:15 AM. Last day of school for grades 6 and 7; early dismissal at 11:35 AM.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/4/17




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This afternoon at about 1:25 District 205 staff, students and families were sent messages with the Subject: xxxxxx Has shared a document on Google Docs with you.
 

DO NOT OPEN THESE EMAILS - DELETE THE EMAIL WITHOUT CLICKING ON ANYTHING!

 

When and if we have any updates, we will notify families and staff.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/3/17




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Please call Mrs. Guerino  630.834.6261 and let her know if your child will not be attending Jefferson School next year.  If you decide to move during the summer, please call the district office and let me know as well.

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 5/1/17




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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored 73 young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program, on Wednesday, April 26, at Sandburg Middle School. Featured speakers were York High School students and 2016 Exemplary Volunteer Service award winners Ella Pittman, Brenna Bohaboy and Christina Sapata.

Named as Exemplary Youth Volunteers were the following individuals: Eisleigh Harding, Benjamin Hoffmann, Elizabeth Maloney, Theodore Miller and Maria Muehleis. Exemplary groups were: The Dependent Clauses, Kartwheels for Kids and the York Community High School Garden Club. A link to the Exemplary Youth Service Awards program is available below.


The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well-being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The nominees range in age from elementary through high school. Eight groups and 13 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Diane McGinnis, Director of Community and Government Relations for Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare; Marti Deuter, First Ward Alderman; and Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean.

The program will air on the Elmhurst government access channels (Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T Channel 99) on Fridays at 5:00 PM, beginning on May 5, and Sundays at 6 PM throughout the month of May
and will also be available for viewing on www.ElmhurstTV.com.


Pictured above are Ted Miller and his nominator Meg March (with husband Harold March), as well as The Dependent Clauses - both recipients of 2017 Exemplary Youth Service Awards, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/1/17




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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer joins more than 400 school chiefs from across the state, representing 1.35 million students, in calling for the Illinois General Assembly to immediately pass a state budget. The grassroots initiative - called “Pass Illinois’ Budget!” - also urges lawmakers and Governor Rauner to improve the state’s education funding formula, and pay school districts millions of dollars owed in unpaid bills this year.

As legislators return to Springfield following their spring break, school districts are using school marquees to share their frustration with the state budget crisis and taking to social media with a call to #PassILBudget. As of April 24, 2017, the state now owes District 205 $3,670,579 and has been operating without a full budget for the past 22 months.

“I stand with over 400 superintendents from across the state in a call for action,” said Dr. Moyer. “We need to end the impasse now and move forward with a budget that will serve the two million K-12 Illinois public school students who represent our future.”

The superintendents are calling on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:

  • Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
  • Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education, throughout the state.
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year.

While K-12 education has benefited from a partially-funded state budget, Illinois schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. Districts will continue to struggle if “Mandated Categoricals,” state payments which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year. District 205 has not received three categorical payments this year. Here are the largest funds due:

  • Transportation -$990,078.06
  • Special Education - $2,616,602.18
  • State Free Lunch - $1,818.25
  • Driver’s Education - $22,080.28
  • Early Childhood - $40,000.00

State revenue accounts for about 8.13 percent of District 205’s operating budget or $9,341,790. The General State Aid payments, which support general operating expenses, are being paid on time, however, the categorical payments are not. District 205 has not received any categorical payments this year with the exception of one late quarter payment from last fiscal year.

"Because this money reimburses costs to existing programming, and because the majority of these services are required by law, the District will likely have to consider either spending down its fund balance, which is an unsustainable solution, or study options to reduce spending in other programming areas in which discretionary decisions are possible," noted Dr. Moyer.

More than 400 superintendents, representing 66 percent of Illinois’ public school students from Carbondale to Chicago to Rockford have joined the effort. Please see press release link below to view the list. Please also reference the Frequently Asked Questions document via the link below.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/24/17




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Elmhurst District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, along with Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching Dr. Mary Henderson-Baum, will meet with parents of current 4th – 7th graders to share information about the Middle School Task Force recommendations and the implementation of the new schedule for 2017-2018.

 

The same meeting will be held at each of the middle schools according to this schedule:

Sandburg Middle School: Thursday, April 13th7:00-8:00 PM
Bryan Middle School: Monday, April 17th7:00-8:00 PM
Churchville Middle School: Tuesday, April 18th7:00-8:00 PM

 

If the meeting date at your child's middle/feeder school does not work for you, please feel free to attend at one of the other schools. Spanish interpretation will be provided at the Churchville meeting.

 

For details regarding the Middle School Task Force recommendations, please visit Dr. Moyer’s webpage.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/17




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The tradition continues with this year’s sixth annual Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst on April 27, from 5:30-7:30 PM in the York High School Commons, sponsored by the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence. Elmhurst restaurants and pizzerias will be showcasing their traditional, specialty varieties and gluten-free pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites. The event will also feature raffles and musical entertainment.

This is a great family fundraising event that allows adults and kids to enjoy dinner together with friends and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Make it dinner-and-a-play by combining the evening with this year’s York High School spring musical, West Side Story, which is currently sold out.

Proceeds from Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for K-12 schools. For more information and to purchase the entrance fee in advance, visit 
www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/17




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The RevTrak Web Store is getting a makeover. This new mobile-friendly design will simplify end-user experience when making payments from any device. Visit the Web Store through any web browser on the device of your choosing – it’s that easy. In addition to the responsive design, the following features have been added:

  • Quick, two-step checkout process
  • Convenient login window

Access the Customer Account Guide and Webstore Guide for further details.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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District 205 continues its professional development time for the purpose of school improvement planning throughout the year. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community. The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day is Wednesday, April 19. The final district-wide Student Late Arrival date for 2016-17 will be Wednesday, May 17.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/11/17




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

District 205 anticipates being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.

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




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The Elmhurst History Museum reminds second graders and their schools that the annual Ruth Strand Poster Contest will soon begin. Packets with contest information and entry forms will be sent to all District 205 second grade teachers during the first week of April. The 2017 deadline for poster entries is Friday, May 5, by 5:00 PM. Schools with ten or more participants will earn a $100 grant for the school’s library from the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, so please be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity. For more information or to download entry forms, visit the History Museum’s website.

 

Winners and their families will be honored at a reception in the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center on Wednesday, May 24, at 4:00 PM. In addition, the contest winners will be invited to march in the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29 and be recognized by the City Council on Monday, June 5. Posters will be displayed at the museum throughout the summer months, and winning entries will be exhibited at Elmhurst City Hall.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/30/17




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The Elmhurst District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students and 6th – 8th grade choir students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year ‘round.

  • The Summer Instrumental Music Program will run from June 12 through July 14. (No class on July 3 or 4.)
  • The registration fee is $92.00. The registration fee includes a Summer Instrumental Program T shirt.
  • Rehearsals for current elementary band and orchestra students (incoming 5th and 6th graders) will be held Monday through Thursday mornings at Bryan Middle School. Each rehearsal is one hour. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 3rd holiday). The final performances will be on FRIDAY, morning, July 14.
  • Rehearsals for current middle school band and orchestra students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at York High School. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 4th holiday). Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.
  • NEW this year, current middle school choir students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) may participate in the summer choir at York High School on Monday and Wednesday evenings (No Class on Monday, July 3rd). Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.

The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program began on March 20, 2017. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore (District) link, also found on the District 205 website: www.elmhurst205.org. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 12, 2017. More details can be found on the Summer School website.

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Posted by: Katherine Schroeder, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/28/17




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

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

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

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




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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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




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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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All students who attend school in Elmhurst, public or private, are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 8th. The 21st annual Student Chess Tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 14th, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school.
ribbons 
receive; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

The annual Student Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Last year, over 200 students participated in the tournament.

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

Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slips and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or khayats@yahoo.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/16/17




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Know an outstanding youth volunteer? The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, the presentation of which will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Sandburg Middle School. Nominations are being accepted for young volunteers who reside within Elmhurst District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.

 

To receive a paper nomination form, call the City of Elmhurst at 630-530-3010 or visit www.elmhurst.org/1291/Exemplary-Youth-Service-Award to access the online form. Nominees must be students in grades K-12; service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations must be received by Friday March 10, 2017. Award winners will be personally congratulated by the Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, with a reception following the program. For more information, contact Youth Commission Chair Jackie Tamer at jackietamer@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/14/17




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With a theme of The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala will be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. Join a community of friends ready to support a learning revolution by raising funds that will help promote future ready learning and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools. The event promises to be an elegant and entertaining evening featuring a plated dinner, beverages, raffles, awesome mini and live auctions, as well as an opportunity to hear about new trends in learning spaces and education. Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to chose one of the following trips: 4-nights stay in Puntacana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included.  To purchase a raffle ticket, please email Pam Hamil at pjhamil@gmail.com.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/9/17




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The City of Elmhurst has been working with Jefferson School officials to evaluate traffic concerns in your neighborhood as it relates to student drop-off and pick-up.  These changes will aid in maintaining proper traffic flow and access to the general public along the Crescent Avenue corridor during school days.


Crescent - No Parking

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 7/1/16