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March 15, 2019

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope you had a great week. Thank you for your patience with the flooding of the underpass early this week. I appreciate the parent help as well as patience to ensure everyone was able to get home safely. This is something I will make our building and grounds supervisor aware of and look to find some resolutions to this problem.  

This week we have a PTA meeting at 8:30am on Tuesday. Late Arrival is also this week on Wednesday. The school day begins at 9:45am on late arrivals. Morning kindergarten is from 9:45am-11:55am; afternoon kindergarten begins at 12:55pm.

As cold and flu season is here for a bit longer, please follow our guidelines for keeping students home when they are ill. We want to ensure that we keep our students safe and healthy. Please do not send students to school unless they are fever free without medicine for 24 hours.

Illinois Science Assessment
Students in fifth grade will take the Illinois Science Assessment on Tuesday of next week. This is a state required test that will be administered in student classrooms using their Chromebooks.

Illinois Assessment for Readiness
When we return from Spring break, students in grades 3-5 will be taking the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (formerly PARCC). This assessment measures students’ academic success in the areas of reading and math. It is a state mandated assessment and it is expected that all students participate. Your child’s teacher will inform you of the testing schedule in the upcoming weeks.

Orchestra Festival
Orchestra students will be participating in the district Orchestra Festival on Tuesday March 19th at York High School at 7:30pm. They will be doing a rehearsal field trip during the day on Tuesday. There will be no after school orchestra practice on Tuesday as well.

5th Grade Middle School Visits
Our fifth grade students will be going to visit their middle school in May. These visits are to help students get a feel of the middle school, tour the building and be able to ask some questions. There will also be Parent Information Nights in May as well as opportunities for students to visit in August; those dates will be shared soon. At Jefferson, we have students attending all three middle schools, so your child will attend the visit of the school they will be attending. Permission slips for the visits will be sent home via classroom teachers.
Bryan Middle School:Wednesday, May 15th
Churchville: Wednesday, May 15th
Sandburg: Wednesday, May 22nd

Upcoming Dates:
March:
19-PTA Meeting 8:30am
20-Student Late Arrival
25 -29 Spring Break
April:
1-26 Illinois Assessment for Readiness Testing Grades 3-5
3- Student Late Arrival
19-No School/Good Friday
25-Spring Celebration of Learning 6:00-7:30pm


Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!


Have a wonderful weekend!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 3/18/19




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D205 is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website on April 1, 2019. When families return from Spring Break, they will experience the updated look and feel of the main district website as well as all 13 school sites.

Originally created in 2007, our current sites received a much needed refresh and contain several great new features including:

  • ADA Compliance Through AudioEye®
  • Modern Design & Branded Look
  • Better Organization & Streamlined Content
  • Improved Navigation and Search Functions
  • Flexible, Responsive Design to Any Device
  • Find it Fast and Familiar Drop Down Menus
  • News and Events
  • Quick Links & Parent Resources
  • Calendars

Take a moment on Launch Day, April 1, 2019, to navigate around our new district and school websites. If you have any questions or comments regarding the content contained on the new website, info@elmhurst205.org. Our website will always be a work in progress. We will continue to make updates regularly in order to continue to share the great happening in our schools.

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




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March 3, 2019

Dear Jefferson Families,

What a fantastic week! We had some wonderful events sponsored by our PTA! We do have a late arrival this Wednesday, March 6th. Students will begin school at 9:45am. Morning Kindergarten will dismiss at 11:55am and afternoon kindergarten begins at 12:55pm.

Thursday night was Family Math Night and it was a great turnout. Thank you to Mrs. Dykes and all of the volunteers, including our student ambassadors that helped to make it a success.

Tiger Fest took place on Saturday and was another year full of fun, family and fundraising! Thank you to Mrs. Panfil and Mrs. Jasani for taking on this huge event. It would not be possible without all of the subcommittee chairs and volunteers as well. I know my family and I had a fantastic time!

Last week was the end of the second trimester and you will be able to access student report cards through PowerSchool on Friday, March 8th by 3:00pm.

Please remember to not stop in the crosswalks to drop off students or pick them up. There are two locations in the morning that is safe for students to be dropped off by car; the areas that have the full sidewalk are cleared for students. Thank you for help in keeping our students safe.

I am aware that there have been some concerns in regards to the underpass and walking underneath it when there is train. At this time, there has not been any report that it is not safe and families are able to walk under it at all times; even when there is a train.

As cold and flu season is here for a bit longer, please follow our guidelines for keeping students home when they are ill. We want to ensure that we keep our students safe and healthy. Please do not send students to school unless they are fever free without medicine for 24 hours.

Upcoming Dates:
March:

19-PTA Meeting 8:30am
20-Student Late Arrival
25 -29 Spring Break

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!
Have a great week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 3/4/19




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February 22, 2019

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful week. I cannot believe that we are going to be in the month of March already. Today was the last day of second trimester, we have one trimester to go!

On Thursday, Student Council is sponsoring a Rainbow Spirit Day! Each grade level should wear a different color. 5th: Red, 4th: Orange, 3rd: Yellow, 2nd: Green, 1st: Blue, Kinder: Purple. It will be a very colorful day!

We had many students celebrated this month for showing respect and responsibility. Each month we do a Mystery Winner drawing and the following students were chosen; congratulations to Francisco Montoya, Ceci Smith, Giana Lanciloti, Delaney Evans, Catherine Messersmith, and Lucas Nourse.

The PTA has rescheduled Family Math Night for Thursday, February 28th. We hope to see you there! Tiger Fest is also quickly approaching and will be on Saturday, March 2 from 12:00-4:00pm. This is such a wonderful school event.

Please remember to not stop in the crosswalks to drop off students or pick them up. There are two locations in the morning that is safe for students to be dropped off by car; the areas that have the full sidewalk are cleared for students. Thank you for help in keeping our students safe.

As cold and flu season is here for a bit longer, please follow our guidelines for keeping students home when they are ill. We want to ensure that we keep our students safe and healthy. Please do not send students to school unless they are fever free without medicine for 24 hours.

Upcoming Dates:
March:
2-Tiger Fest 12:00-4:00pm
6-Student Late Arrival
19-PTA Meeting 8:30am
20-Student Late Arrival
25 -29 Spring Break

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!


Have a great week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 2/25/19




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February 1, 2019

Dear Jefferson Families,

What a crazy weather week! It was great to see everyone back today and working hard. Thank you again for your patience as we get the students into the building in a safe and orderly fashion. Please know that when the weather is bad and it takes us a little longer to get in, we hold off on attendance until all of the cars have been cleared, so students are not tardy.

There is a student late arrival on Wednesday, February 6th. Students will begin school at 9:45am. Morning Kindergarten will dismiss at 11:55am and afternoon kindergarten begins at 12:55pm.

Due to the weather, we had to postpone our Family Math Night. The PTA is currently looking at a new date and will communicate that with families as soon as we have everything planned.

Our students do go outside unless the temperature or wind chill is below zero degrees or it is too icy. We have had several students who have not had hats and gloves when they go outside. Students also need snow pants and boots in order to play in the snow in the field and go on the playground.

REACH letters will be emailed to families of students in grades 2 and 5 that will qualify for next year in the REACH program. Application for REACH Appeal is currently live and will close after February 15, 2019. The appeal is open for students in grades 3-7.

Kindergarten Registration-Next Week!
Enrollment for incoming kindergarten and new first-grade students will be during the following dates and times. The Tuesday and Wednesday times will be at Jefferson or your home school. The Thursday evening will be at District 205 Center.

Tuesday, February 5-9:00 to 11:00am
Wednesday, February 6-12:30 to 3:00pm
Thursday, February 7 4:00 to 7:00pm District 205 Center

Children turning five years old on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in the kindergarten program. Please check our website for important information on what to bring to registration.
 

Upcoming Dates:
February: 
6-Student Late Arrival
18-No School President’s Day
19-PTA Meeting 7:00pm
20-Student Late Arrival
22-End of 2nd Trimester

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!


Have a great weekend!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 2/4/19




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January 25, 2019

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope you are all staying warm out there! Thank you for your patience in the morning on this horribly cold day. The students were able to get into the building quickly and safely.

Please remember that our students do go outside unless the temperature or wind chill is below zero degrees or it is too icy. We have had several students who have not had hats and gloves when they go outside. Students also need snow pants and boots in order to play in the snow in the field and go on the playground.

BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. 
Thank you to our PTA who generously donated the funds for Jefferson to have access to the BrainPop resource. It is up and running for use in the classroom as well as at home. You can link to it here.  Students will use the same username and password at home as they do at school: Jeffersonstu/Jefferson.

D205 Foundation

The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence is looking for community members and parents who would like to help make a difference for all students in District 205. If you value quality education and understand the importance of providing resources and opportunities above and beyond what tax dollars can deliver, consider volunteering as a Foundation Board Member.

Board members serve a three-year term with renewal options and work with other dedicated volunteers to raise funds that support district initiatives, innovations in education, the annual Thiems Educational Grants, Study Skills Programs, and much more. Consider joining the Foundation Board! Click here for an application or call 630-617-2328 for more information.

Kindergarten Registration
Enrollment for incoming kindergarten and new first-grade students will be during the following dates and times. The Tuesday and Wednesday times will be at Jefferson or your home school. The Thursday evening will be at District 205 Center.
Tuesday, February 5-9:00 to 11:00am
Wednesday, February 6-12:30 to 3:00pm
Thursday, February 7 4:00 to 7:00pm District 205 Center

Children turning five years old on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in the kindergarten program. Please check our website for important information on what to bring to registration.
 

Upcoming Dates:
January: 
29-100th Day of School! Dress like you are 100 years old!
31-Family Math Night 6:00-7:30pm
February: 
6-Student Late Arrival
18-No School President’s Day
19-PTA Meeting 7:00pm
20-Student Late Arrival
22-End of 2nd Trimester

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!


Stay warm this weekend!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 1/29/19




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January 18, 2019

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful week. Please remember that we do not have school on Monday in observation of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Congratulations to our December Mystery Winners! These students were drawn from a wealth of students who showed great respect and responsibility at Jefferson. Congratulations to Eli Tsai, Paige Bullock, Sonny Panfil, Shayla Casey, Michael Barton, and Johnny Kattoor. Next time you stop in at Jefferson, take a look at their pictures on our bulletin board!

Please remember that our students do go outside unless the temperature or wind chill is below zero degrees. We have had several students who have not had hats and gloves when they go outside. Students also need snow pants and boots in order to play in the snow in the field.

We have had a few cases of lice in the past couple of months. Please see our district information handout for our policy and procedures in regards to lice that is linked here. If there is a student in a classroom who has lice, the nurse does communicate with the family, a letter is sent out to the grade level to make them aware. We also make sure to bag any pillows, cushions, etc. that are used in the classroom to help prevent further spreading.

Kindergarten Registration
Enrollment for incoming kindergarten and new first-grade students will be during the following dates and times. The Tuesday and Wednesday times will be at Jefferson or your home school. The Thursday evening will be at District 205 Center.
Tuesday, February 5-9:00 to 11:00am
Wednesday, February 6-12:30 to 3:00pm
Thursday, February 7 4:00 to 7:00pm District 205 Center

Children turning five years old on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in the kindergarten program. Please check our website for important information on what to bring to registration.


The 5Essentials Survey
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. I hope you will participate.

Upcoming Dates:
January: 
29-100th Day of School! Dress like you are 100 years old!
31-Family Math Night
February: 
6-Student Late Arrival
18-No School President’s Day
19-PTA Meeting 8:30am
20-Student Late Arrival
22-End of 2nd Trimester


Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!


Have a fantastic long weekend!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 1/22/19




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January 7, 2019

Dear Jefferson Families,

Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a restful winter break. It was so great to see all of the smiling faces back today. They all looked a little tired this afternoon though, so I am sure there will be some early bed times!

As we return from winter break, teachers will be using the Fountas and Pinnell assessment to gather information on student growth in the area of reading. This assessment was also given in the fall and will be administered in the spring as well. It is a great tool that allows for teachers to see strengths and areas of growth for students in the area of reading.

Kindergarten Registration
Enrollment for incoming kindergarten and new first-grade students will be during the following dates and times. The Tuesday and Wednesday times will be at Jefferson or your home school. The Thursday evening will be at District 205 Center.

Tuesday, February 5-9:00 to 11:00am
Wednesday, February 6-12:30 to 3:00pm
Thursday, February 7 4:00 to 7:00pm, District 205 Center

Children turning five years old on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in the kindergarten program. Please check our website for important information on what to bring to registration.

The 5Essentials Survey
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. I hope you will participate.

Upcoming Dates:
January: 
14- No School: Teacher Institute Day
15- PTA Meeting 7:00pm; Dr. Moyer attending
16- Student Late Arrival
21- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School
31- Family Math Night

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!


Have a wonderful rest of your week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Published: 1/8/19




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December 17, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

We had an amazing day on Tuesday; The Giving Tree assembly was wonderful. Thank you for all of your donations that will support Jefferson families as well as other Elmhurst families in our community. Thank you to Mrs. Pretzie and the PTA for organizing the event. A huge thank you to Ms. LeResche who did a wonderful job with all of the students in preparing for this amazing program.

At some point today, Monday, second and fifth grade families will be receiving CogAT scores via a secure link within an email. These are the scores from the October assessment. REACH identification notices will be sent only to families who have students that have been identified for REACH programming on February 1st.

Our winter holiday parties will be on Friday from 2:00-2:45pm. Thank you to the room parents who will be helping to plan and supervise these celebrations. Please remember that we have a no food policy for parties, if your child would like to give their classmates a little something, please make sure it is a non-food item as they will not be passed out. Friday will also be Ugly Sweater Day!

Thank you again for sharing your children with us. We have an amazing school community at Jefferson and it is because of these wonderful students. Have a fantastic winter break filled with time spent with family and friends.

Kindergarten Registration
Enrollment for incoming kindergarten and new first-grade students will be during the following dates and times. The Tuesday and Wednesday times will be at Jefferson or your home school. The Thursday evening will be at District 205 Center.

Tuesday, February 5-9:00 to 11:00am
Wednesday, February 6-12:30 to 3:00pm
Thursday, February 7 4:00 to 7:00pm District 205 Center

Children turning five years old on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in the kindergarten program. Please check our website for important information on what to bring to registration.

The 5Essentials Survey
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. I hope you will participate.

Upcoming Dates:

December:
21- Holiday Parties 2-2:45pm/Ugly Sweater Day!
24- Jan. 4 Winter Break

January: 
7- School Resumes
14- No School: Teacher Institute Day
15- PTA Meeting 7:00pm; Dr. Moyer attending
16- Student Late Arrival
21- Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!

Happy Holidays!

Leslie Weber
Principal

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Published: 12/17/18




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December 10, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I am not sure where the time is going this year! I cannot believe we are only two weeks away from Winter break. Please note that we have a Student Late Arrival this Wednesday. Students start their day at 9:45am. Kindergarten hours are 9:45-11:55am and 12:55-3:00pm.

This week the Student Council will be sponsoring their annual Holiday Sale during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. There are small items students can purchase such as pencils, scratch ornaments, and small trinkets they can give to others as gifts or keep for themselves. Please send small bills with your children; it makes it much easier to make change.

We also have our after school movie on December 17th sponsored by Student Council. Your child should have received a permission slip last week for this event. Thank you to Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. McGuckin and the Student Council for sponsoring these events.

Giving Tree
Our Giving Tree is on Tuesday, December 11th. The kindergarten, first and second grade assembly will be from 8:45-9:30am. The third, fourth and fifth grade assembly will be from 9:45-10:30am. This is a wonderful tradition that supports families of Jefferson as well as within our Elmhurst community. There was a green flyer sent home from the PTA, who sponsors the event, in regards to donations. Not only is this an opportunity for students to give, but during the assembly, students sing a variety of songs to celebrate various holidays throughout the season within different cultures. It is a beautiful celebration of the gifts we can give, as well as the gift of our students.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
To ensure the safety of students, please do not enter either staff parking lots during the drop-off or pick-up times. Students will be walking in these lots, and we want to limit the traffic flow during this time. Also, there is no parking or idling on Crescent during these times. We need Crescent Ave to be a continuous flow of cars, so that students can safely access the sidewalk and cleared paths, especially in inclement weather. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring our students safety.

Attention 5th Grade Parents
Mrs. Discipio, the principal of Bryan Middle School, came last Friday to discuss student choices for the UA block in sixth grade next year. All middle schools follow the same format, so regardless of what middle school your child will be attending, this is important information. The deadline for course selection is December 14th, so please make sure to talk with your child in regards to their choices. The below information includes a link to the presentation that was given last week as well as the directions for the course registration.

The link from the evening presentation: MS Course Selection Meetings.

  • The deadline for the registration is December 14th.
  • Project Lead the Way will be offered as a summer enrichment to those students who do not have room in their schedule due to band/orchestra/choir or an academic support that takes the place of an enrichment (guided study, reading strategies, math strategies).

The 5Essentials Survey
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. I hope you will participate.

Upcoming Dates:
December:
12-Student Late Arrival
12 &13 Student Council Holiday Sale (during lunch)
17-Student Council Afterschool Movie
21-Holiday Parties 2-3:00pm
24-Jan. 4 Winter Break
January: 
7-School Resumes
14-No School: Teacher Institute Day
15-PTA Meeting; Dr. Moyer attending
16-Student Late Arrival
21- Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School

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

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 12/10/18




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December 3, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving break as well as a fun extra day off last week. The PTA will be hosting a Coffee with Mrs. Weber tomorrow, Tuesday, at 8:30am in the Multi-Purpose room. I look forward to meeting with our families! Thank you to the families who participated in the Standards Based Reporting survey, the feedback helps us continuously improve our practice.

The students did a wonderful job with following the rules for playing safely on the snow at recess and they really enjoyed building forts and snowmen!Please make sure to send your child to school with the appropriate winter weather gear. Students will be able to play in the snow if they have snow pants and boots. We do line up for arrival and are at recess as long as the temperature and wind chill are above zero.

Congratulations to our PBIS November Mystery Winners! These students were wonderful models of respect, responsibility and safety at Jefferson. Congratulations to Mara Burnside, Lucas Samuel, Sam Sianis, Devin Maniar, Paige Timmerwilke, and Connor Hood. Their pictures are up on our PBIS bulletin board in the foyer.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
To ensure the safety of students, please do not enter either staff parking lots during the drop-off or pick-up times. Students will be walking in these lots, and we want to limit the traffic flow during this time. Also, there is no parking or idling on Crescent during these times. We need Crescent Ave to be a continuous flow of cars, so that students can safely access the sidewalk and cleared paths, especially in inclement weather. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring our students safety.

Attention 5th Grade Parents
Mrs. Discipio, the principal of Bryan Middle School, will be coming to talk to all of our 5th grade students on Friday to discuss their choices for the UA block in sixth grade next year. All middle schools follow the same format, so regardless of what middle school your child will be attending, this is important information. The deadline for course selection is December 14th, so please make sure to talk with your child in regards to their choices. The below information includes a link to the presentation that was given last week as well as the directions for the course registration.

The link from the evening presentation: MS Course Selection Meetings. On December 3rd, PowerSchool Registration will open for course selection. The deadline for the registration is December 14th. Project Lead the Way will be offered as a summer enrichment to those students who do not have room in their schedule due to band/orchestra/choir or an academic support that takes the place of an enrichment (guided study, reading strategies, math strategies).

The 5Essentials Survey
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ ​​​​​​​and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. I hope you will participate.

Giving Tree
Our Giving Tree this year will be Tuesday, December 11th. The kindergarten, first and second grade assembly will be from 8:45-9:30am. The third, fourth and fifth grade assembly will be 9:45-10:30am. This is a wonderful tradition that supports families within our community. Not only is this an opportunity for students to give, but during the assembly, students sing a variety of songs to celebrate various holidays throughout the season within different cultures. It is a beautiful celebration of the gifts we can give, as well as the gift of our students.

Upcoming Dates:
December:
4- Coffee with Mrs. Weber @8:30am
11- Giving Tree Assembly
       K,1,2 @ 8:45am
       3,4,5 @ 9:45am
12- Student Late Arrival
12 &13 - Student Council Holiday Sale (during lunch)
17- Student Council Afterschool Movie
21- Holiday Parties 2-3:00pm
24- Jan. 4 Winter Break
January 7: School Resumes


Don’t forget to follow Jefferson on Twitter: @JeffersonD205!


Have a fantastic week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Published: 12/3/18




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November 18, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

Thank you to our amazing PTA and all of the volunteers that made the Thanksgiving Feast possible. I spoke with some of our new staff and they were truly touched and amazed by this wonderful tradition.

As it is getting colder and we will start to have snow and close to zero temperatures, please make sure to send your child to school with the appropriate winter weather gear! Students will be able to play in the snow if they have snow pants and boots. We do line up outside and are at recess as long as the temperature and wind chill are above zero.

Congratulations to our PBIS October Mystery Winners! These students were wonderful models of respect, responsibility and safety at Jefferson. Congratulations to Luke Schwager, Elvie Bui, Declan Sullivan, Abby Saltiel, Owen Burns, and Patrick Reardon. Their pictures are up on PBIS bulletin board in the foyer.

The 5Essentials Survey
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. I hope you will participate.

Accessing Your Child’s Standards Based Report (SBR) Card for Trimester 1 - As you know Elmhurst Elementary School District 205 has made changes to the way we teach and report student progress. By now we should all be aware that we are using Standards Based Reporting meaning that we are teaching Illinois State Standards and measuring student progress on those standards with four categories;
4 – Exceeds the Standard
3 – Proficient with the Standard
2 – Approaching the Standard
1 – Beginning the Standard
Also new this year is the way parents can access their child’s SBR for the first trimester. Your child’s report card is currently available for viewing.  You will be able to print your child’s report card if you choose. Additionally, your child’s teacher will have a printed copy available during conferences.  If you do not have access to a computer, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to print a copy for you.

Below you will find the instructions to retrieve your student(s) report cards:

  1. Sign in to PowerSchool
  2. Under the Navigation pane select Report Cards
  3. After you select Report Cards, a list of available report cards will appear

There is also a parent feedback survey in regards to Standards Based reporting. Please use this link to access the survey. It will be open until November 30th.

Square One Art
Jefferson’s 4th Annual Square One Art fundraiser is just around the corner. Turn your child’s artwork into great keepsakes and help raise money for our school. Please look for the order form in your child’s backpack.
There are 3 easy ways to order:
1. http://www.square1art.com
2. Call 888-332-3294
3. Use the paper order form attached to your child’s catalog
Deadline for paper orders is November 19th

Incoming 6th Grade Meetings
In planning for next year, there will be a parent meeting for current 5th, 6th and 7th graders on Tuesday, November 27th at both Bryan Middle School and Sandburg Middle School .The purpose of the meeting is to provide clarity on courses offered at the middle school level next year and to explain the course selection process and timeline. Please attend the meeting at the middle school your child will be attending next year.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, the presentation will be available on our website.
5:30-6:30 p.m. for parents of current 6th and 7th graders
7:00-8:00 p.m. for parents of current 5th graders

Giving Tree
Our Giving Tree this year will be Tuesday, December 11th. The kindergarten, first and second grade assembly will be from 8:45-9:30am. The third, fourth and fifth grade assembly will be 9:45-10:30am. This is a wonderful tradition that supports families within our community. You will be receiving a flyer with information after Thanksgiving. Not only is this an opportunity for students to give, but during the assembly, students sing a variety of songs to celebrate various holidays throughout the season within different cultures. It is a beautiful celebration of the gifts we can give, as well as the gift of our students.

Upcoming Dates:
November:
19-Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm
     Students have a full day of school
Square One Art Orders Due!
20-Parent Teacher Conferences 10am-6pm
     Students not in attendance
21-25 Thanksgiving Break
26- School Resumes
28-Student Late Arrival
30-Dress like your favorite movie or book character
December:
4-Coffee with Mrs. Weber @8:30am
11-Giving Tree Assembly
     K,1,2 @ 8:45am
     3,4,5 @ 9:45am
12-Student Late Arrival
21-Holiday Parties 2-3:00pm
24-Jan. 4 Winter Break
January 7: School Resumes


Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!  
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 11/19/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

November 12, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. At our PTA meeting, tomorrow at 8:30am, I will be presenting Standards Based Reporting as well as a quick overview as to how to access the report cards online. If you cannot attend the PTA meeting, I will also be hosting 2 informational meetings during conferences; November 19th at 3:45pm and November 20th at 11:00am in the Multi-purpose room to review Standards Based Reporting.

The Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-up online has closed. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, please contact the office and they will be able to schedule it for you.

Please make sure to not enter the staff parking lots between drop off or pick up. In order to ensure student safety, it is important that there are no cars entering the lots. There is parking on Poplar Ave., Linden Ave., as well as on Crescent Ave before and past the school. Thank you for your cooperation in making these areas safe for our students. 

Thanksgiving Feast
Our Thanksgiving Feast will be from 11:05-12:05 on Thursday, November 15th. This is a PTA sponsored event that allows for all Jefferson students to have lunch together and celebrate what a wonderful community we have at Jefferson. Students will have a Thanksgiving style lunch that is provided by the D205 Food Services department. Volunteer sign-up is through the PTA, please know that only volunteers that have signed up will be allowed in the gym as it is a very busy day.     

Accessing Your Child’s Standards Based Report (SBR) Card for Trimester 1 - As you know Elmhurst Elementary School District 205 has made changes to the way we teach and report student progress. By now we should all be aware that we are using Standards Based Reporting meaning that we are teaching Illinois State Standards and measuring student progress on those standards with four categories;
4 – Exceeds the Standard
3 – Proficient with the Standard
2 – Approaching the Standard
1 – Beginning the Standard
Also new this year is the way parents can access their child’s SBR for the first trimester. Your child’s report card will be available for viewing after 3:00 PM on Friday, November 16. You will be able to print your child’s report card if you choose. Additionally, your child’s teacher will have a printed copy available during conferences.  If you do not have access to a computer, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to print a copy for you.
Below you will find the instructions to retrieve your student(s) report cards:

  1. Sign in to PowerSchool
  2. Under the Navigation pane select Report Cards
  3. After you select Report Cards, a list of available report cards will appear

Square One Art
Jefferson’s 4th Annual Square One Art fundraiser is just around the corner. Turn your child’s artwork into great keepsakes and help raise money for our school. Please look for the order form in your child’s backpack.
There are 3 easy ways to order:
1. http://www.square1art.com
2. Call 888-332-3294
3. Use the paper order form attached to your child’s catalog
Deadline for paper orders is November 19th 

Incoming 6th Grade Meetings
In planning for next year, there will be a parent meeting for current 5th, 6th and 7th graders on Tuesday, November 27th at both Bryan Middle School and Sandburg Middle School .The purpose of the meeting is to provide clarity on courses offered at the middle school level next year and to explain the course selection process and timeline. Please attend the meeting at the middle school your child will be attending next year.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, the presentation will be available on our website.
5:30-6:30 p.m. for parents of current 6th and 7th graders
7:00-8:00 p.m. for parents of current 5th graders

Giving Tree
Our Giving Tree this year will be Tuesday, December 11th. The kindergarten, first and second grade assembly will be from 8:45-9:30am. The third, fourth and fifth grade assembly will be 9:45-10:30am. There will be more details in regards to the assembly in upcoming newsletters.

40th Annual UCCA Holiday Food Drive
All district 205 students and families are invited to help fill holiday food boxes by bringing their donations to Jefferson October 22nd-November 16th. The United Community Concerns Association gives assistance to Elmhurst School children and their families through the holidays. Items needed: cereal, canned fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, pasta sauce, hearty soups, pancake mix and syrup.

Upcoming Dates:
November:
13-PTA Meeting @ 8:30
15-Thanksgiving Feast
19-Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm
     Students have a full day of school
Square One Art Orders Due!
20-Parent Teacher Conferences 10am-6pm
     Students not in attendance
21-25 Thanksgiving Break
26- School Resumes
28-Student Late Arrival
December:
4-Coffee with Mrs. Weber @8:30am
11-Giving Tree Assembly
     K,1,2 @ 8:45am
     3,4,5 @ 9:45am
12-Student Late Arrival
21-Holiday Parties 2-3:00pm
24-Jan. 4 Winter Break
January 7: School Resumes

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!

Have a fantastic week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 11/13/18




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and Webmasters

It’s time for the York Holiday Apparel Sale! The Athletic Boosters have a fabulous collection of York swag, just in time for holiday gift giving. Visit the online store today and place your order for these items which are only available to purchase through November 16th, 2018. Your order can be picked up during the Holiday Apparel Open House at York on Dec 13th from 11:00 a.m-2:30 p.m and 7:00 p.m-8:30pm. 

 

On the pick-up date, the Athletic Boosters will also have the entire inventory of items available for sale. New for this year, orders can be mailed directly to you for a flat $15 charge.

For more details, visit the Athletic Boosters/Apparel page on the York web page or visit online store.

Questions, please contact Christine CLJuneman@gmail.com.
 

Visit the store online at: https://patriciasspiritwear.tuosystems.com/stores/yorkholiday


 

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/8/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

November 5, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

What a busy weekend! Thank you to all who were able to make it to Jefferson’s First Annual Trivia Night! It was a wonderful night and we had a fantastic time. A big thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Fernandez for putting this evening together. Saturday, the Harlem Wizards played at York High School and it was great to see so many Jefferson families! Ms. Muller, Ms. Nicholson and I had a great time as well. Thank you for supporting the D205 Foundation!

Just a reminder that Picture Retakes are this Thursday, November 8th.

At our PTA meeting, November 13th at 8:30am, I will be presenting Standards Based Reporting as well as a quick overview as to how to access the report cards online. If you cannot attend the PTA meeting, I will also be hosting 2 informational meetings during conferences; November 19th at 3:45pm and November 20th at 11:00am in the Multi-purpose room to review Standards Based Reporting.

Thanksgiving Feast
Our Thanksgiving Feast will be from 11:05-12:05 on Thursday, November 15th. This is a PTA sponsored event that allows for all Jefferson students to have lunch together and celebrate what a wonderful community we have at Jefferson. Students will have a Thanksgiving style lunch that is provided by the D205 Food Services department. Volunteer sign-up is through the PTA, please know that only volunteers that have signed up will be allowed in the gym as it is a very busy day with a lot going on.

Giving Tree
Our Giving Tree this year will be Tuesday, December 11th. The kindergarten, first and second grade assembly will be from 8:45-9:30am. The third, fourth and fifth grade assembly will be 9:45-10:30am. There will be more details in regards to the assembly in upcoming newsletters.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Conference sign-up is online. Everyone will be able to sign up for conferences beginning today and the window will be open until November 9th at midnight. Conferences will be 20-minutes and will be on Monday, November 19th from 4:30-8:00pm and on Tuesday, November 20th from 10:00am-6:00pm. Please know that this time is designated for the teachers to confer and discuss students’ achievements. I hope that you honor this time and use it to meet with or speak with your child’s teacher. If you are not in town, please schedule a phone conference during these days.

Standards Based Reporting
This year the student report cards will be on-line in PowerSchool. You will need to make sure that you have established your PowerSchool account in order to access them. We will not be printing report cards and sending them home as you will be able to access them on Friday, November 16th. Please take some time over the weekend prior to conferences to review the report card so you are informed about how your child has been progressing this first trimester.

40th Annual UCCA Holiday Food Drive
All district 205 students and families are invited to help fill holiday food boxes by bringing their donations to Jefferson October 22nd-November 16th. The United Community Concerns Association gives assistance to Elmhurst School children and their families through the holidays. Items needed: cereal, canned fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, pasta sauce, hearty soups, pancake mix and syrup.

Upcoming Dates:
November:
8-Picture Retakes
13-PTA Meeting @ 8:30
15-Thanksgiving Feast
19-Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00pm
     Students have a full day of school
20-Parent Teacher Conferences 10am-6pm
     Students not in attendance
21-25 Thanksgiving Break
26- School Resumes
28-Student Late Arrival
December:
4-Coffee with Mrs. Weber @8:30am
11-Giving Tree Assembly
     K,1,2 @ 8:45am
     3,4,5 @ 9:45am
12-Student Late Arrival
21-Holiday Parties 2-3:00pm
24-Jan. 4 Winter Break
January 7: School Resumes


Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!

Have a fantastic fall week!

Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 11/5/18




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All elementary parents, Early Childhood-Grade 5, are invited to attend Parent Teacher Conferences! In order to sign up for a conference, parents who haven't already created a PowerSchool single sign-on account need to do so no later than Sunday, November 4.

 

Conference sign up begins at 6 a.m. November 5 until midnight November 9. When sign-up opens, first log in to PowerSchool and you will see a parent-teacher-conference sign-up link adjacent to your child’s photo. Click the sign-up link and you will be able schedule all of the EC-5 children in your family.

Conferences will be from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018, and from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Visit the 2018 Parent Teacher Conference page for more information.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/30/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

October 28, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend. It is such a busy time of the year. Once we hit Halloween, it seems like it is just a whirlwind of events, celebrations and fun!

 

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

Parent Teacher Conferences
Conference sign-up will be online. If you have not registered on PowerSchool, please make sure that you create an account. It will take up to 24 hours for the account to be activated, so please do not wait.  Everyone will be able to sign up for conferences beginning at 6:00am on November 5th. The window will be open to sign-up until November 9th at midnight. Conferences will be 20-minutes and will be on Monday, November 19th from 4:30-8:00pm and on Tuesday, November 20th from 10:00am-6:00pm. Please know that this time is designated for the teachers to confer and discuss students’ achievements. I hope that you honor this time and use it to meet with or speak with your child’s teacher. If you are not in town, please schedule a phone conference during these days.

 

Standards Based Reporting
This year the student report cards will be on-line in PowerSchool. You will need to make sure that you have established your PowerSchool account in order to access them. We will not be printing report cards and sending them home as you will be able to access them on Friday, November 16th. Please take some time over the weekend prior to conferences to review the report card so you are informed about how your child has been progressing this first trimester.

 

Jefferson’s First Trivia Night
Save the date! November 2nd is the first ever Jefferson Trivia Night.  There will be prizes and a silent auction.  Book your sitters now as this is for adults only. We have two teacher tables as well! The competition will be exciting!

 

PTA Reflections 
Does your son or daughter enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos?  Then have them show off their artistic talents in this year's PTA Reflections contest.  This year's theme "Heroes Around Me," calls for their unique interpretation through the arts.  Click the following link for submission guidelines and an entry form.

Deadline is Friday, November 2nd, 2018.  There will be a container available for submissions at the Jefferson front desk. For questions, contact Deepa Thakar at deepa.thakar@gmail.com

40th Annual UCCA Holiday Food Drive


All district 205 students and families are invited to help fill holiday food boxes by bringing their donations to Jefferson October 22nd-November 16th. The United Community Concerns Association gives assistance to Elmhurst School children and their families through the holidays. Items needed: cereal, canned fruits, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, pasta sauce, hearty soups, pancake mix and syrup.

 

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

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


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

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

Upcoming Dates:
31-Halloween Parade at 8:30am


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

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!

Have a spooktacular Halloween week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 10/29/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

October 12, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Upcoming Dates: 
October:

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

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

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

Have a fantastic fall weekend!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 10/15/18




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September 24, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Dates: 
September: 

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

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

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




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September 17, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Don’t forget to follow Jefferson twitter @JeffersonD205!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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September 7, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 9/10/18




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August 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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August 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leslie Weber
Principal

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Posted by: Michelle Guerino
Published: 8/27/18




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August 17, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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

Elementary & Middle School

High School

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

 


 

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




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

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

 


 

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




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May 14, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

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

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

District 205 is working to develop the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. Based on feedback from the Community Advisory team and recent listening sessions, the D205 administration created a presentation that was shared with the Board of Education on May 8 and will be presented at the Future Focused meetings on the following dates at these locations: Monday, May 14, from 7 to 9 PM at Churchville Middle School; Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9 PM at Bryan MS and Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 9 PM at Sandburg MS.Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

 

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

 

View the Kindergarten video created by D205 Communications Office here:

 

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




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May 7, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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

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

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

The remaining Future Focused school-specific informational sessions are:

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

More information is available at www.elmhurst205/masterfacilityplan.

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




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April 30, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

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

Enjoy the beautiful weather!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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

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

 

 

Calendario aprobado de fin de año
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Kartwheels for Kids


Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Sweet Treats

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




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

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

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

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

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




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April 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Top Pizza-Taste of Elmhurst, April 26, York’s Campbell Gym
The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM in the York High School Green & White Gym (please note change of location). Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeo, Fratello, Gulliver, Lou Malnati, Mama Maria and Roberto's. Newcomers include Aurelio's and Rosati's.
This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration. ​​

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Have a totally rad week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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

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

 

 

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




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April 9, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst
The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM​ in​ the York High School Commons. Local area ​restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Jefferson Celebration of Learning Night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our ​EC-12 schools. For more information and to purchase entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line,visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Have a fantastic week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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

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

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

 


 

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




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April 3, 2018

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Have a wonderful week!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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March 19, 2018

 

Dear Jefferson Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Dates: 

March
26-30: Spring Break

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

Have a fantastic week and relaxing break!
Leslie Weber
Principal

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

 

 

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




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

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

Box Top For Education Sheet

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




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

Vacation Letter

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