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Interested community members are invited to sign up to receive Talk205 messages from the Elmhurst School District 205 Office of Communications and Public Relations. Talk205 is District 205's communication system, powered by Blackboard Connect. Custodial parents/guardians of District 205 students, as well as District 205 staff, are automatically included in messaging (both email and phone calls) sent through this system. Because Talk205 is connected to our Student Information System, parents need do nothing when students change grade or school - it will automatically be updated.

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Talk205 Message for August 14, 2017

In this issue –

  • Get Ready to Go Back to School – Wednesday, August 16
  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Glenbard Parent Series Features Sonia Nazario, August 23
  • Jarrett Payton’s PROJECT: NO BULL Comes to Elmhurst
  • School Anxiety & Refusal Presentation, August 29 @ Bryan MS
  • Technology Classes for Parents at the Elmhurst Public Library
  • COD Sunset 5K & Food Truck Rally Benefits York Grads
  • District 205 Seeks Lunchroom Assistants and Supervisors
  • City Seeks Crossing Guards for District 205 Locations
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

GET READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL The first day of school for the 2017-18 year for all K-12 students is this Wednesday, August 16th. On July 25, a special Back to School Talk 205 message was emailed to all families which outlined important details parents and students will want to know as they begin the new school year. Contents of the message are also posted on the District 205 website at

AUGUST IS NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reminding parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records to make sure they meet immunization requirements prior to the first day of school. The federally funded Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines at no cost to children in low-income households. Families can call (312) 746-6050 in Chicago or (217) 785-1455 in all other parts of Illinois to learn about free vaccines.

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

Parents should be aware that District 205 has an exclusion policy for students whose immunizations are not up-to-date. View the Fall 2017 Minimum Immunization Requirements and other resources on the IDPH website at

GLENBARD PARENT SERIES (GPS) BEGINS THIS MONTH  chronicles a Honduran child’s perilous Enrique's Journey at Glenbard East High School, GPS will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario, who has written possibly the most-read book about immigrants to the U.S. First published in 2006 and updated in 2014, On August 23rd at 7 PModyssey in the search of his mother and the desperate struggles of a family torn apart yearning to unite and heal deep wounds. Nazario asks complex questions about the economic, social and human factors in the debate about America's newcomers. All District 205 families are invited to attend; no registration is required.

JARRETT PAYTON’S PROJECT: NO BULL Comes to Elmhurst On Saturday, September 9, Jarrett Payton will present his PROJECT: NO BULL to Elmhurst families at Sandburg Middle School, beginning at 9 AM. Sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth, this is an in-school anti-bullying program featuring personal appearances from Jarrett Payton which includes strong messaging and a lasting impact that seeks to create and maintain safe environments for our youth. Through PROJECT: NO BULL, all forms of bullying will be addressed, including cyber bullying.

Drawing from the latest research, the majority of the program highlights the role of bystanders and encourages young people to speak out if and when they see bullying occur, online or in person. Mr. Payton will also make a visit to District 205 middle schools on August 25 (Bryan and Sandburg) and August 29 (Churchville).

School Anxiety & Refusal PRESENTATION The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with Linden Oaks Behavioral Health (part of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare), will sponsor a presentation about when student anxiety becomes a problem. Hear about the effects of anxiety on learning, sources of anxiety in schools, and school refusal. Presented by Dr. Laura Koehler, PsyD. Licensed Clinical Psychologist on August 29th, 7:30 PM @ Bryan Middle School. Parents of elementary students will be attending Curriculum Night that Tuesday evening and are encouraged to head on over to Bryan afterward to hear this presentation.

Technology Classes for Parents at EPL Want to understand what your kids are learning? Thanks to a partnership between the Elmhurst Public Library and School District 205, evening technology classes are being offered to D205 parents on the following topics on these dates:

Chromebook Basics - 9/13 @ 7 PM
Google Chrome Browser and Extensions - 9/21 @ 7 PM
Assistive Chrome Extensions - 10/4 @ 7 PM

Other Google Classes Include:
Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - 9/26 @ 7 PM
Google Calendar Basics - 10/17 @ 7 PM
Google Drive Basics - 11/7 @ 7 PM

Space is limited. Reserve your spot now at this link.

COD SUNSET 5K Benefits York Grads The College of DuPage Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K has something for everyone: great food, a fun 5K, kid’s 100-yard dash and, new this year, an opportunity to fund a scholarship for York Community High School graduates attending COD. Sign up for the 5K Saturday, September 23, from 2 to 7:30 PM (race starts at 5 PM) and your registration fee will support a dedicated scholarship for a Duke at COD.

To register, visit While you are there, check out the stellar lineup of outrageous food trucks. No need to register for a race to enjoy diverse cuisine from 18 phenomenal food trucks. Bring your family and friends! COD is located at 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

D205 SEEKS LUNCHROOM ASSISTANTSDistrict 205 elementary schools are seeking caring, out-going individuals to serve as lunch and playground supervisors. The main job duties are to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students can eat, play and socialize in positive and productive ways. Expectations include the development of professional relationships with students, as well as teaching and reinforcing the behavioral expectations for the playground, lunchroom and transitions in between. Effective communication and management strategies are required to be successful in this position. This role functions as a part of a team of staff members who support students. Regular daily hours for the position involve one two-hour shift (to be determined by each building) on all full school days when students are in attendance. The rate of pay for a lunchroom supervisor is $13.44 per hour. Lead lunch supervisors are paid $15.34/hour. For more information or to complete an application, visit

CITY SEEKS CROSSING GUARDS FOR DISTRICT 205 LOCATIONS  The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards (up to 15 hours per week). Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2017-18 school year. Lead a safe environment for our children and become a staff member of the Elmhurst Police Department.

The safety of our school children is a concern for the City of Elmhurst, District 205 school personnel, all parents and citizens. Training and safety equipment are provided. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St, Elmhurst, IL or interested candidates may apply online at this link. Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and pre-employment drug screen/physical. The City of Elmhurst is an equal opportunity employer.

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:


  • Special Kids Day Free Carnival For Children With Special Needs and Their Families on August 19 From 11 AM to 1 PM – Registration Begins at 10:30 AM – Prospect & Myrtle
  • Glenbard Parent Series Presents Sonia Nazario – Author of Enrique's Journey on August 23 at 7 PM at Glenbard East High School – Free & Open to the Public
  • Elmhurst Commission on Youth School Anxiety and Refusal on August 29 From 7 PM To 8:30 PM at Bryan Middle School Open To Staff, Parents & Students


  • College of DuPage Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K on September 23 – Advance Registration Required
  • Elmhurst Center for Performing Arts Presents Spotlight Gala Benefit on September 30 From 7 PM to 10 PM – Details & Ticket Purchase at


  • Great Things To Do At Brookfield Zoo – Dinos & Dragons From May 6 To September 17
  • St. Charles Borromeo Faith Formation Community For Grades K to 8 – Sessions Begin September 13
  • Northern Illinois University Presents STEMfest on October 21 From 10 AM to 5 PM at DeKalb NIU Free –Admission – No Advance Registration


  • Elmhurst Evolution Ultimate Frisbee For Grades 8–12 Information Meeting August 22 at 7 PM at Cityview Church – Practices Monday & Wednesdays 5 to 7:30 PM


Elmhurst Art Museum

  • American Images on August 13 to September 22 – Reception August 18 - 7 PM to 9 PM

Elmhurst Artists' Guild

Elmhurst History Museum

Elmhurst Public Library


Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

Edge Ice Arenas

  • Fall Sign-Ups Minor Hawks Pre-Hockey Program
    Ages 4 – 12 AND Minor Hawks Developmental Hockey League For Ages 6 to 8 (1/1/2009 to 12/31/2012)
    September 9 to December 23
  • Learn to Skate Classes Begin September 6 for Ages 3 to Adult – Free Skate Class on August 30 from 4:30 to 5:15 PM – Registration Required AND Crystal Edges Figure Skating Program

Elmhurst Park District