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Talk205 Message for December 11, 2017

In this issue –

  • MySchoolBucks Convenience Fee Increasing December 11
  • Next Board of Education Meetings This Week
  • York Student Raising Money for Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • York Apparel Open House This Wednesday, December 13
  • Support the York Best Buddies Eat & Earn at Chipotle
  • Hey Teens – Cram for Exams is Back at the Elmhurst Public Library
  • Holiday Lights and Cords Recycling Sponsored by the York ECO Club
  • Please Take the 2017 Illinois 5Essentials Survey
  • Weather-Related School Closing Guidelines for Elmhurst District 205
  • REACH PTA Presents Second in Series on Executive Function
  • Kindergarten and 'New to First Grade' Enrollment Dates
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

MYSCHOOLBUCKS RAISES CONVENIENCE FEE – Beginning today, December 11, the MySchoolBucks program convenience fee that parents pay will increase from $1.95 per payment to $2.49 per payment. This is the result of an increase in card scheme fees. This is the first time in the company's 16-year history that they have raised this fee. All MySchoolBucks account holders were notified of this change via email on Monday, November 27. Please direct questions to the company at (855) 832-5226 or via email at

NEXT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS THIS WEEK – The next business meeting of the D205 Board of Education will take place on Tuesday, December 12, beginning at 7:30 PM. There will also be a Learning and Teaching Committee meeting on December 13, beginning at 6 PM. To access the agenda and other supporting documentation, please visit BoardDocs and select the appropriate meeting date. Information about District 205 Board meetings may be found at this link.

YORK STUDENT RAISING MONEY FOR MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION – Sam Uditsky, a junior at York High School, is raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation this holiday season. The Foundation has special meaning for Sam, as her cousin, Gabriella, was granted a wish after being diagnosed with brain cancer at age nine.

Gabriella made the Macy’s Letters to Santa campaign her mission, to raise money for kids like her, and to raise awareness of pediatric cancer. For each letter received, Macy’s donates $1 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. After Gabriella passed away at age 10, Sam continues her mission of collecting letters each year. (View the video about Sam and Gabriella.)

District 205 students of all ages are helping Sam reach her goal of collecting 10,000 letters this year. If you or your child want to write a letter to Santa, or a letter to the world, you can drop one off at any Macy’s location, or send a letter online at #MacysBelieve

YORK APPAREL OPEN HOUSE THIS WEDNESDAY – Looking for York Duke apparel for holiday gifts? Here is your chance for easy shopping! The York Athletic Boosters are bringing the entire inventory of York apparel to the lobby of Door 1 (Academic Wing) at York High School for convenient shopping for you. No ID needed to shop the sale on this day only. It doesn’t get any easier than this. Browse through everything the Bookstore has available – traditional hoodies, sweats, T-shirts, quarter zips, cozy flannel pants, hats, gloves, socks, house flags and even Holiday ornaments. Great gifts for any age –current students or future Dukes. Wednesday December 13th from 11:00 AM -2:30 PM and 7-8:30 PM. Please park in the bus lanes and enter Door #1, York Academic Building. Cash, checks and credit accepted. Questions? Contact Christine at

SUPPORT THE YORK BEST BUDDIES EAT & EARN – The Best Buddies chapter of York High School is holding an Eat & Earn fundraiser at Chipotle (353 South Route 83) on Wednesday, December 13, from 4 to 8 PM. The link to the flyer which must be presented when you order can be found in the Virtual Backpack. York Best Buddies will receive 50% of proceeds during that timeframe.

The Best Buddies Friendship program builds one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Through this program, people with IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: CRAM FOR EXAMS – It’s time to crack open the books at Elmhurst Public Library! Meeting rooms are available for you and your classmates to review the semester’s work so you can ace those finals. Available Saturday, December 16 through Thursday, December 21. Check the schedule here: Or reserve a study room with your EPL card and PIN number here:

HOLIDAY LIGHTS & CORD RECYCLING – York High School’s ECO Club is collecting broken or old Italian mini lights, traditional rope lights, and LED lights from any holiday, along with extension and appliance cords, as well as computer cables. All may be dropped off in bins located in the lobbies of the “A” and “C” buildings at York. The program runs now through the end of January. All proceeds will benefit SCARCE, Contact ECO Club sponsor Bob Blaus for more information at

PLEASE TAKE THE 2017 ILLINOIS 5ESSENTIALS SURVEY – The fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey opened on December 5. Students, teachers and parents across Illinois have the opportunity to participate. This survey will allow you and your child(ren), in grades 4 through 12, to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at their school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with their child’s school, giving school leaders critical input to help develop school improvement plans.

Elmhurst D205 is participating in the grades 4-5 pilot. For schools that reach 20% participation for parents and 50% for staff and students, reports will be sent to their districts in March of 2018. Data will also be included in the Illinois School Report Card.

The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted December 5 through January 18, 2018. We hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or

SCHOOL CLOSING GUIDELINES FOR ELMHURST DISTRICT 205 – As the temperature drops and the snow flies, it’s time to think about weather-related school closing guidelines. In the case of inclement weather, Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed. In general (excluding other emergency situations), IF there is no announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website - (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page -; the D205 Twitter account - If your phone number has recently changed, please contact your child(ren)’s school so that they can update that information in PowerSchool.

Additionally, you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, the decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.

Este es un recordatorio que la información de Inicio Tardío relacionada con emergencias (que sigue el horario habitual de llegadas tardías de los estudiantes) está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito 205 en Recursos -> Enlaces Rápidos -> Cierres de emergencia. También se publicará información más detallada en el sitio web del distrito y el sitio web de las escuelas afectadas. Aquí puede encontrar documentos en español acerca de los cierres de emergencia.

REACH PTA PRESENTS SECOND IN SERIES ON EXECUTIVE FUNCTION – Next month REACH PTA will present the second all-district parent program, part of a 4-part series on executive function: Helping Young Children Organize their World, presented by Dr. Georgia Bozeday for all parents of Early Childhood students (Pre-K - 3 grade). Please join us on Wednesday, January 18, from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Sandburg Auditorium. All District 205 parents welcome! This presentation is made possible through a District 205 Foundation grant.

Dr. Bozeday will focus on recent findings related to brain development in early childhood. Discussion will include strategies for self-regulation and organization through literacy and play, as well as providing practical strategies for parents to foster the skills of problem solving, time management and reading for cognitive development in their child.

Dr. Bozeday is the Director of Educational Services at Rush Neurobehavioral Center (RNBC) and Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Illinois University; she has extensive experience in education, speech language pathology, learning disabilities and gifted education. Dr. Bozeday currently manages the Executive Function projects and is instrumental in curriculum design and implementation of the RNBC Executive Functions programs. In addition, please save the dates for the next programs in this series: March 8–Parenting to Promote a Growth Mindset and April 12–The Teenage Brain. More information will follow.

KINDERGARTEN AND “NEW TO FIRST GRADE” ENROLLMENT DATES – Enrollment for 2018-19 incoming kindergarteners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 7, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, enrollment will only be offered at Conrad Fischer School (for Fischer students) and at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York (serving all District 205 elementary schools).

Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.

For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-834-4530 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.

POSTINGS ON THE VIRTUAL BACKPACK – The District 205 virtual backpack page is a great place to find student and family-oriented activities offered by non-profit agencies in our community. Please check it often under the Community Events link on the District homepage or access it directly at The following items were recently posted:


  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017-2018 Calendar of Events


  • Master Chef Jr. Now Casting for Ages 8 to 13 on January 13 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Sofitel Chicago To apply:


  • Chipotle Cause An Effect Fundraiser – 50% of Proceeds Support Best Buddies at York on December 13 from 4 PM to 8 PM – Bring in Flyer/Show on Smartphone/Tell Cashier


  • Santa Visits Elmhurst Presented by Elmhurst Jaycees – Reserve Personal Visits With Santa at Your Home on December 18, December 19 and December 20 – Proceeds Support ECAF – Reserve Your Spot



  • Letters to Santa Campaign for Make-a-Wish Foundation – Write A Letter To Santa And Help Raise Funds To Grant The Wish Of Children Diagnosed With Life-Threatening Medical Conditions – Macy’s Will Donate $1 – Visit: – View a Video:
  • Center for Gifted 
    • Winter Break STEAM – January 2,3,4 & 5 – STEAM Extravaganza for Grades 1 to 8 (9 AM to 11:40 and/or 12:20 to 3 PM) AND One Yard Wonders for Grades 3 to 8 (9AM to 11:40AM) – Location: Blackhawk Middle School – Bensenville Enroll Online:
    • Project 18 Summer of 2018 – 10% Discount for Early Sign Up: EARLY2018
      July 9 to 27 for Grades 5 to 12
    • Tinker-A-Thon 2018 at Elmhurst College  July 9 – 27 for Grades 1 to 5 – 10% Discount for Early Sign Up: EARLY2018


  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club for PreK, Kindergarten and Grade 1 – Soccer Classes – Winter Sessions for Boys & Girls – PreK & K – Starts January 9 – K & Grade 1 – Starts December 5
  • Winter Indoor Soccer League For Boys/Girls – Pre-K to K & Grades 1 to 8 – Begins January 13 –Registration Now to December 10 – US Mail Registration Forms or Drop Off
  • Elmhurst Lacrosse 2018 Registration for Boys Grades 2 to 8 – Registration Open 11/2 to 12/30 Begins April to June 2018 – Parent/Coaches Meeting on November 16 – Elmhurst Public Library


  • Bethel Learning Center's Kindergarten Enrichment Class On Tuesday & Thursday Afternoon – For Children Enrolled in AM Kindergarten


  • Register for Basketball Program for Athletes With Disabilities in K to Transition Sundays – January 14 to February 25 at Sandburg Middle School – Includes Basketball Clinics in November and December – Register:


  • SERG PTA - Just Don't be Weird: Tips for Talking to Tweens/Teens about Sexuality – January 18 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at D205 Office Presented by Kim Cook Author of Teen World Confidential


Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst Artists Guild

Elmhurst History Museum

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Drop-In Science Fun (For All Ages) on December 14 From 10 AM to 5 PM – Learn Some Cool Science Facts & Do Simple Hands-On Science – No Registration Required
  • Drop-In Art Day (For All Ages) on December 19 from 10 AM to 5 PM – Create an Art Project – Get Your Creative Juices Flowing – No Registration Required
  • Cram for Exams from December 16 to December 21 – Meeting Rooms Available For You & Classmates – Check the Schedule Here: – Reserve a Study Room With Your EPL Card & Pin Here:


Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

  • Edge Ice Arena Minor Hawks Developmental Hockey League For Those Born From 1/1/2009 to 12/31/2012 – Fall Season: January 6 to March 31 – Registration First Come, First Served

Elmhurst Park District


  • Kids' Night Out at the Y – Games, Movie (Elf), Ice Skating, Pizza/
    December 15 from 6:30 PM to 9 PM for Ages 3 to 11 – $10 Per Child Member/$20 Per Child Non-Member – Pre-Registration is Required
  • Middle School Night at the YMCA – Grades 5 to 8 – Pre-Teens Come to the Y for After-Hours Fun – Swimming, Ice Skating Basketball, Dodgeball, Pizza & More on December 16 from 8 PM to 10 PM – $10 Per Person
  • YMCA School's Out Days on December 27, 28, 29, January 2, 3, 4 & 5 – Full Day Program from 7 AM to 6 PM
  • YMCA Camp MacLean Winter Camp – December 27 to 30 for Boys/Girls Ages 7 to 16 – Register by Mail or Fax Completed Form & Non-Refundable $175 Deposit