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In this issue –

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • The York Album Project Releases Music As One Today
  • Elmhurst Commission On Youth Honors 73 Student Volunteers
  • Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst Returns to the York Commons, April 27
  • GPS Presents ‘The Hungry Mind’ with Dr. Susan Engel
  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 29
  • 2017 York Distinguished Alumni Nominations due April 30
  • The Very Young Moderns Exhibition, May 5-7 at the Elmhurst Art Museum
  • York Student Council to Host Senior Citizen Prom on May 7
  • Police Offer Bicycle Registration at Bryan and Sandburg Middle Schools
  • Commemorative End-of-Year Gifts Available from the D205 Foundation
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page


THE YORK ALBUM PROJECT RELEASES MUSIC AS ONE  The York Album Project is a diverse group of musicians from York High School that has collaborated to write, record and release this third album of all original material. The album features 23 different tracks, 16 recorded at York, which were written and recorded during the 2016-17 school year. Produced by York music teacher Chris Gemkow, with the support of Audio Engineer Tim Flynn, of Audio Wall Studio in Lombard, this album was released today and continues to highlight the incredible musical talent that exists at York High School.

Music As One (2017) is available to download for $10 (includes unlimited streaming) via Bandcamp at on April 24. CDs will be available for $10 at the Album Release Party on Sunday, May 6th, at Schuba’s on Southport & Belmont downtown (specific details here). The show is for all ages and will start at 12 PM; admission is $5.

ELMHURST COMMISSION ON YOUTH HONORS 73 VOLUNTEERS – The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth will be honoring 73 young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program, set for Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 7:00 PM at Sandburg Middle School, 345 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Featured speakers will be York High School students and 2016 Exemplary Volunteer Service award winners Ell Pittman, Brenna Bohaboy and Christina Sapata.

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

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

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

This is a great family fundraising event that allows adults and kids to enjoy dinner together with friends and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Make it dinner-and-a-play by combining the evening with this year’s York High School spring musical, West Side Story, which is currently sold out. Proceeds from Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst benefit District 205Foundation programs that enhance education for K-12 schools. For more information and to purchase the entrance fee in advance, visit

GPS PRESENTS ‘THE HUNGRY MIND’ WITH SUSAN ENGEL – The Glenbard Parent Series presents The Hungry Mind: Keeping Kids Inspired, Curious and Motivated on Thursday, April 27, at7:00 PM, Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main Street in Lombard. GPS will host nationally known Williams College educator and developmental psychologist Susan Engel, PhD, in a special event based on her New York Times best-selling book The Hungry Mind. Curiosity plays a vital role in preparing young minds for a lifetime of engaged learning. But what begins as a robust trait becomes more fragile over time, and is shaped by experiences with parents, teachers, peers, and the learning environment.

In this fascinating discussion, Engel will talk about what the influences that can encourage or stifle intellectual explorations like schedule demands and adult expectations. Participants will learn practical strategies to foster and reward inquiry and to create environments where curiosity is nurtured, allowing our children to learn easily, creatively, happily and successfully. Engel is the author of four books including Red Flags or Red Herrings: Predicting Who Your Child Will Become. For further information, visit

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY, SATURDAY, APRIL 29 - The Elmhurst Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to sponsor a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29. Officers will be on hand in the parking lot of the Elmhurst police station to collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is one of the most common forms of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends. Unused drugs that are flushed into toilets or thrown into the garbage are also environmental hazards, as they contaminate the water supply.

Please check your home for unwanted prescription medications and conveniently drop them off, no questions asked at the Elmhurst Police Station. If you are unable to drop off unwanted prescription drugs on the Take Back Day, you may drop them off at any time to the prescription drug collection box, located in the Police Department lobby. If you would like more information, please contact the Elmhurst Police Department at (630) 530-3050 or visit:

YORK DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI NOMINATIONS DUE APRIL 30 – Last fall, the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) recognized and honored seven Dukes of Distinction for 2016, alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and extraordinary accomplishments or through service and an outstanding contribution to society. Nominations may be completed online at The nomination deadline for 2017 is April 30. For further information, please visit the YDAP page or contact Melea Smith or Debbie Hollstein in the Office of Communications/Alumni Relations at 630-941-4719.

THE VERY YOUNG MODERNS EXHIBITION, MAY 5-7 – The Elmhurst Art Museum will feature artwork by K-8 students in District 205, The 2017 Very Young Moderns Exhibition, on Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, with an artists’ reception on Friday, May 5 from 3:30-5:30 PM. Admission is free to view the D205 exhibition.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, the 21st annual Art in Wilder Park event will take place with free admission from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Art Museum and the outdoor show both days. Over 100 artists from the Midwest will present a juried show of fine art, crafts and design.

YORK STUDENT COUNCIL TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN PROM – The York Student Council is again sponsoring a Senior Citizen Prom on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM in the York High School Cafeteria/Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Take a stroll down memory lane with live music from the Ballroom Big Band. All senior citizens, as well as their friends and family members are invited. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Student Council sponsor Matt Moran at or 630-617-2400 x7285. Please leave a message that includes your name and the number of people who will be attending.

POLICE OFFER BICYCLE REGISTRATION AT MIDDLE SCHOOLS – The Elmhurst Police Department will be offering free registration of bicycles for Elmhurst District 205 middle school students on two different dates over the next few weeks. Police officers will be present before school at both Bryan and Sandburg to help students register their bicycles with the City of Elmhurst (Churchville had a very successful bike registration event last fall). Police will also provide materials regarding Illinois Rules of the Road for Bicycles. Officers will be on site at:

• Bryan Middle School on Wednesday, May 10 – 7:45 to 8:15 AM (rain date May 11)

• Sandburg Middle School on Thursday, May 18 – 7:30 to 8:15 AM (rain date May 19)

Blank forms will be available for pick-up by students who do not ride to school that day, and registration forms are always available at the Elmhurst Police Department.

Every year about 1.5 million bicycles are stolen across the U.S. The majority of these thefts occur when bicycles are left unlocked and unsecured - be it at local store’s bike rack or left unattended in a residential yard. This is the fifth year that the Elmhurst Police Department has offered on-site registration for middle school students.

COMMEMORATIVE GIFTS THAT CELEBRATE THE SCHOOL YEAR! – The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence has a variety of gifts and keepsakes that celebrate the completion of a terrific school year, promotion to another school, or graduation from high school. Individual school ornaments, York High School prints and notecards, and engraved paver bricks for the York High School brick patio are all available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Foundation programs that impact every school and enhance the education of all District 205 students. for more information and to make a purchase.

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:


  • The Benefits of Reducing Food Waste Presented By Kay McKeen – Founder of SCARCE OnApril 27 At 7 PM Location: Elmhurst Public Library – Free – Please Register Online, In-Person Or Phone
  • Recycling Extravaganza Co-Hosted By City of Elmhurst/DuPage Co./SCARCE On April 29 From 9 AM To Noon Location: Elmhurst College
  • District 205 Student Art Show On May 6 & 7 From 11 AM To 5 PM – May 5 Reception From3:30 To 5:30 PM – D205 Exhibit Free
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra – Musical Monuments – Dedicated to Long Time Patrons Arnold & Dora Schenk On May 6 At 7 PM – Free Behind The Music Stand With Dr. Ted Hatmaker At 5:45 PM
  • First Congregational Church Yard Sale & Green Garden Fair On May 13 From 9 AM To Noon – Organically Grown Herb & Vegetable Seedlings – Native Plants, Fresh Organic Eggs & Much More
  • Elmhurst Museum Day On May 21 From 1PM To 5 PM – Ride the Trolley To Free Fun For All Ages – Free Admission/Complimentary Refreshments At Elmhurst History Museum – Collect A Stamp & Enter Prize Drawing


  • Elmhurst College Spring Cultural Season – Lectures Words & Music From February – May


  • District 205 Foundation's Top Pizza – Taste Of Elmhurst on April 27 From 5:30 To 7:30 PM – York High School Commons – $10 At Door – Purchase Online:
  • Pull-Up Bars For Patriots On April 28 From 7 PM To April 29 Time TBD Location: Elmhurst City Centre – All Proceeds Go To Pull-Up Bars For Local Patriots – Watch Nick & Jeremy From Patriot Sports & Fitness Attempt To Break Guinness World Record of Most Pull-Ups in 12 & 24 Hours 
  • The PANDAS Bash – Building Awareness of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders On April 29 From 6:30 PM To 11 PM – $40 Advance Tickets At Fitz’s Spare Keys
  • Elmhurst Jr. Women's Club Tickled Pink To Benefit EMHC Breast Health Center & EJWC Brenda Grabacki Scholarship Fund On May 5 From 6 To 10 PM Location: Diplomat West – Tickets $30 – $10 Children Under 10
  • Fundraiser For Yorkfield Food Pantry – DuPage Human Race On May 6 AT 9 AM Location: The Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 W. Butterfield Road, Downers Grove – Select ELMHURST-YORKFIELD FOOD PANTRY When You Register
  • Churchville Middle School – Portillo's For Good Fundraiser On May 9 From 5 PM To 8 PM Location: 155 S. Rt. 83 – Print Flyer Or Show It On Your Smartphone – 20% Of Proceeds Benefit Churchville
  • Broadway In Elmhurst – Benefiting Elmhurst Center For Performing Arts On May 13 At 7 PM Location: Timothy Christian School Auditorium – Tickets – $20 Adults, $18 Students/Seniors
    Group Sales Available
  • UCCA Taste Of The Town  Food For Life An Elmhurst Food Sampling On May 18 From 6 PM To 10 PM – $50 Per Person In Advance/$60 At Door Location: Wilder Mansion – Providing Food To Elmhurst School Children & Their Families


  • University of Illinois Extension & 4H Offers SPIN (SPecial INterest) – Beekeeping For Beginners From May To July – Backyard Poultry From May To August & Sewing From May and June 
  • York High School 2017-18 Cheerleading Tryouts For All Students – Male & Female Welcome On May 9 & 10 From 4 To 7 PM Location: Black Box Room
  • Great Things To Do At Brookfield Zoo – Dinos & Dragons From May 6 To September 17 – Summer Nights June 16 To August 12 From 4 To 9 PM – Free For Members



  • PTA Summer Recreation Open House List Of Opportunities
  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre Summer Drama Camps June 12-22 From 9:30 AM To NoonFor Grades 2 To 4 AND June 12-22 From 9 AM To Noon For Grades 5 To 8 – Register at
  • Technology Center of DuPage – Robotics Camp For Grades 7 To 9 (Entering In Fall 2017) June 5-8, June 12-15 & July 10-13
    From 9 AM To 2 PM - Register by May 14 AND Culinary Camp For Grades 7 To 9 June 5-8, June 12-15, June 19-22, June 26-29, July 10-13, July 17-20 & July 24-27 From 9 AM To 1 PMClass Size 15 Per Session
  • SIU Summer Camps – Academic, Artistic & Athletic – Register At Website: 
  • The Morton Arboretum Summer Science Camp For Grade K To 8 From June Through August
  • Center For Gifted Classes – Summer Camp at Elmhurst College (entering Gr 6+)​ AndWorlds of Wisdom & Wonder (Grades PreK -8) 10% Off Early Registration
  • College of DuPage – Summer Youth Enrichment​ in Glen Ellyn (K-8)
  • Mayslake in Oak Brook – Creativity and Writing Summer Week
  • CTD at Northwestern University – Weekend Enrichment at North Central College 
  • CTD at Northwestern Summer Enrichment – Elmhurst College
  • Science and Arts Academy – Summer Programs in Des Plaines (PreK-8)
  • School of the Art Institute – Summer Camps For Ages 4 To 9 And 10 To 13
  • Summer Institute for Gifted – University of Chicago​ in Chicago
  • Dominican University – Summer Gifted and Talented in River Forest​​​
  • Benedictine University – Summer IDTech camp in Lisle
  • Summer@IMSA – Math and Science camps Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora​
  • Northern Illinois University – STEM Summer Camps in DeKalb


  • 2017 Girls’ Basketball Camp For Girls Grade K To 8 From June 19-22
    Location: Elmhurst College 
  • 2017 Basketball Skills Camp For Boys & Girls Age 4 To 14 – Elmhurst College – Session #1 July 18 To July 21 – 8:30 AM To 12:30 PM And Session #2 July 24 To July 27 – 8:30 AM To 12:30 PM – Cost: $215.00 Per Camper/Camp



Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Elmhurst Artists' Guild – Elmhurst Artists' Guild Spring Member Show From April 2 To May 12

Elmhurst History Museum

  • Program Schedule For March – May
  • Spring Program For Families  The City Kid & The Suburb Kid – May 3 From 9:30 AM To 10:30 AM – Please Reserve Online

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Calendar of Events



Bensenville Park District

  • Edge Ice Arena Figure Skating & Learn To Skate – Spring Session 2 – May 10 To June 10

Elmhurst Park District


  • Healthy Kids Day On April 29 From 10 AM To Noon Free & Open To The Public
  • Jumping Jack Challenge – 1.5 Million Jumping Jacks – From April 24 To April 29 – Complete As Many Jumping Jacks 3 Ways: Elmhurst YMCA/Home or School/At Healthy Kids Day On April 29 At YMCA
  • Summer Camps – Registration Now Open For Traditional Kindergarten, Teen, PreSchool, Specialty & Sports Camps 
  • Summer – Camp MacLean Location: Burlington, Wisconsin For Ages 7 To 16 Years


  • SERG PTA – (Special Education Resources Group)