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Talk205 Message for October 23, 2017

In this issue –

  • D205 Social Workers Present ‘Well-Parented Kids’ Tomorrow
  • All-District Student Late Arrival This Wednesday
  • Former Blackhawk Brent Sopel Speaks at York, October 25
  • D205 Foundation Holiday Tree Sale - Orders Due October 27
  • York Drama’s Fall Theatre Festival This Weekend
  • Police Sponsor Prescription Take Back Day, October 28
  • Annual UCCA Holiday Food Drive, October 23-November 17
  • LWV Sponsors ERA Discussion at the Elmhurst Library
  • Bryan Middle School Plans Variety of Veterans Day Activities
  • Churchville Middle School Honors Veterans on November 10
  • York High School Honors Veterans, Serves Breakfast on November 11
  • PTA Council Announces 2018 Reflections Contest Theme
  • Pedal Power: Donate Your Used Bikes for a Good Cause
  • District 205 Forms Dual Language Committee
  • Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network (EWAN)
  • Why Not Become a Substitute Teacher?
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

D205 SOCIAL WORKERS PRESENT “WELL-PARENTED KIDS” – District 205’s Social Work Department presents "Well-parented Kids: 10 Anchors for Building Strong Families." This free program for parents will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 12:30-2:30 PM in the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium. This presentation will identify the key elements of effective parent-child relationships including setting communication norms, modeling values, sponsoring constructive conflict resolution, maintaining respect and trust, facilitating growth, teaching coping skills and navigating change. Presenters are Katie McDougall, LCSW and Steve Ritter, LCSW. No reservations are needed. Please enter through door 2, in the auditorium. Parking is available in the back of the school, just be alert for students.

ALL-DISTRICT STUDENT LATE ARRIVAL DAY THIS WEDNESDAY – The fourth all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, October 25. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 will be as follows:


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

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above listed start times. The 2017-18 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.


HEAR FORMER BLACKHAWK BRENT SOPEL SPEAK WEDNESDAY – The City of Elmhurst's Commission on Youth welcomes Brent Sopel, former Chicago Blackhawk Stanley Cup champion, on Wednesday, October 25, beginning at 7:00 PM in York High School's Campbell Gym. His presentation is most appropriate for students 6th grade and up.

A champion of causes, Brent fearlessly defends underdogs of all walks of life. He is no longer hiding “behind the stick” as he reveals his own hidden challenges. Winners and champions aren’t those without struggles; they are the people that overcome them.

The battles Brent fought on the ice left visible scars, but the invisible wounds he suffered cut deeper. Brent's personal story has directed him toward a path of advocating for others who are struggling with similar obstacles. As a result, Brent’s mission is to be:

  • A champion for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Awareness
  • A champion for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery
  • A champion for Youth Training and Mentoring

Email for more information or with any questions. Special thanks go to Rosecrance in their help sponsoring this event. They will lead a Q&A following Mr. Sopel's presentation Wednesday evening.

D205 FOUNDATION HOLIDAY TREE SALE DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY – The purchase of an outdoor or beautiful indoor tree will benefit Elmhurst 205 schools and students long after the holiday is over. This pre-order fundraising sale supports the long-standing Elmhurst tradition of beautifully lit streets that line our neighborhoods during the holiday season. Trees can be purchased as part of a neighborhood group scheduled for free delivery on Nov. 25 or ordered individually and picked up (or delivered for a $20 fee) on Dec 2.

The District 205 Foundation website contains all the tools you will need to be a tree captain for your block or to purchase a tree. Visit for more information or to place an order. Orders are due Friday, October 27.

YORK DRAMA’S FALL THEATRE FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND – York Drama brings two innovative performances to the high school stage this Thursday through Sunday: The Children’s Hour and Next to Normal.

The Children's Hour is a groundbreaking drama exploring the power of the spoken word. When a young girl starts a rumor about her teachers, lies compound, lives unravel, and truths are revealed. In today's world of social media and political volatility, Lillian Hellman's work is more relevant than the day it was written.

Next to Normal is true contemporary musical theatre, exploring how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles TimesThe Washington PostRolling Stone and The New York Times.

The Fall Theatre Festival production schedule is as follows:


Thursday, October 26th       The Children's Hour        7:30 PM

Friday, October 27th            Next to Normal                7:30 PM

Saturday, October 28th       The Children's Hour         7:30 PM

Sunday, October 29th         Next to Normal                2:00 PM

All performances will be in York High School’s Merle Baker Auditorium. Tickets are available online at; they are $10 each (adults/seniors/children) plus a small processing fee. These performances are not recommended for children under 13.

EPD PRESCRIPTION TAKE-BACK DAY, OCTOBER 28 – The Elmhurst Police Department is hosting a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28. Officers will be on hand in the parking lot of the police station, 125 E. First Street, to collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction, from 10 AM to 2 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 Sergeant Brett Kaczorowski at (630) 530-3050.

ANNUAL UCCA HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE – All District 205 students and families are invited to help fill holiday food boxes by bringing their donations to their local school from October 23-November 17. There will also be collection bins at the Elmhurst Public Library, the YMCA and Park District locations. The donations will then be picked up and moved to the Elmhurst Public Works Garage, where they will be sorted and boxed for distribution in December.

The United Community Concerns Association gives assistance to Elmhurst school children and their families, providing food baskets and food certificates at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Last year UCCA assisted over 300 families throughout the holidays. Please see the related flyer posted on the D205 Virtual Backpack page.

LWV SPONSORS ‘ITS 2017: WHERE IS THE ERA?’ DISCUSSION – Join the League of Women Voters of Elmhurst on Thursday, October 26, at 7 PM at the Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, as Illinois NOW Vice President of Communications, Michelle Fadeley, presents information on the ERA coalition in Illinois and its statewide strategy to have Illinois as the 37th of the 38 states needed to ratify this amendment to the Constitution.

The ERA proposes that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the US or by any state on account of sex." Passed by both branches of Congress in 1972, the ERA needs 3/4 of the states (38) for it to be ratified and added to the US Constitution. The League of Women Voters of Illinois is part of ERA Illinois working for ratification in Illinois. For that to occur, there must be a 3/5 majority vote of support in both the Illinois House and the Illinois Senate.

The League of Women Voters of the United States supports equal rights for all regardless of sex. The League supports action to bring laws into compliance with the ERA: a) to eliminate or amend those laws that have the effect of discriminating on the basis of sex; b) to promote laws that support the goals of the ERA; c) to strengthen the enforcement of such existing laws. For further information, go to

BRYAN MIDDLE SCHOOL PLANS VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES – Bryan is planning a variety of activities including writing thank-you postcards to veterans at Hines VA Hospital, a display of artifacts from veterans related to Bryan staff members, and a writing contest based on the prompt “Why do we honor veterans?” In addition, there will be a Veterans Recognition Breakfast on November 10 from 7:30 to 8:15 AM, sponsored by the Bryan PTA and KIDS Leadership group, with music from the school’s orchestra. From 8:45 to 9:45 AM, a Recognition Assembly will honor local veterans, with Bruce Harkin serving as keynote speaker. Bryan Boy Scouts will present and retire the flag; the band and chorus will perform patriotic music and the winning essays will be read. All interested veterans are invited to attend. Please contact James Tang at for further details.

CHURCHVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORS VETERANS – Churchville will be holding its 9th annual Veterans Day Assembly and welcome Veterans and their families to join them on Friday, November 10, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM. The location is 155 Victory Parkway, Elmhurst. Please enter through the main entrance (canopied) door. R.S.V.P. to Peter Richey at or call (630) 832-8682 ext. 3949 and let them know who will be attending the event. You will be contacted with further information about the event and have the opportunity to ask questions.

YORK HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES VETERANS DAY 2017 – York Community High School will be holding its 7th annual all-school Veterans’ Day assembly on Friday, November 10. Any interested U.S. veterans, as well as current servicemen and women, are invited to come and be honored in York’s Campbell Gym. The assembly begins at 8 AM and will include speeches from selected veterans, as well as York students and administrators. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 AM for coffee, pastries and bagels in the high school’s Yorker Room, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst (please enter through main door, #3).

On Saturday, November 11, members of the York Student Council will serve a free breakfast to American veterans and their families/friends from 9 to 11 AM in the high school cafeteria. Please contact York Student Council Advisor Matt Moran if you are interested in attending the assembly, the breakfast or both. Let him know how many people will be attending each event by sending an email to or calling 630-617-2400, ext. 7285 and leaving a message.

PEDAL POWER: DONATE YOUR USED BIKES – Want to help motivate a deserving child to stay in school and make the honor roll? Want to repurpose your old bike instead of it hitting the landfill? Please donate your used bikes on Saturday, November 11, from 9 AM to 12 PM at Stemple’s Cycle Center, 494 Spring Road, Elmhurst. Bikes are donated to children in low income areas of Chicago who make the honor roll at their school. Broken bikes accepted also. They are used at the Northside Learning Center to teach people with cognitive disabilities how to fix bikes. This local opportunity is powered by Elmhurst students Grant and Lauren Schleiter. Visit

PTA COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 2018 REFLECTIONS CONTEST THEME – Calling all District 205 students! It's time to get your creative juices flowing for the annual PTA Reflections art program. This year's theme is "Within Reach." Students are invited to create works of art that reflect the theme in any of the six different categories: visual arts, photography, literature, dance choreography, film production, and music composition. Select projects will be eligible to advance through council, district, region, state and national levels of the program. Due dates vary by school, so please see your specific school PTA for more detailed information.

DISTRICT 205 FORMS DUAL LANGUAGE COMMITTEE – Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 has created a Dual Language Committee that is exploring options for implementation of a dual language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. The committee is comprised of District administrators, principals, bilingual teachers, general education teachers and parents from all around the D205 community. The goal of s dual language program is for students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. We look forward to providing this opportunity for District 205 students! For more information on dual language programming in Elmhurst, please visit our EL webpage.

ELMHURST WALK-IN ASSISTANCE NETWORK - In addition to giving emergency aid for rent, utilities, etc. to Elmhurst families and people with students in District 205, EWAN also has two programs directly related to the schools. One is SWAN (Students with Activity Needs), where they can provide financial assistance with some activities that fall through the funding cracks, such as band trips, dually enrolled college/high school course fees, etc. EWAN also works with the school social workers and provides snacks for students on free or reduced lunch monthly at all of the schools who wish to participate. For more information about EWAN, please see their website.

WHY NOT BECOME A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER? – The DuPage Regional Office of Education (ROE) is hosting a county-wide “Why Not Be A Substitute Teacher” information event inviting members from our community to better understand the requirements to become certified as a substitute teacher. DuPage ROE licensure staff, as well as district HR leaders, will be on hand to provide the information and answer any questions. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 9 to 11 AM in the Auditorium at 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. For more information call 630-407-5800 or visit RSVP to

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:



  • Elmhurst Commission on Youth Presents Brent Sopel: Behind the Stick "Lost in my Mind" on October 25 from 7 to 8:30 PM at York High School Campbell Gym – Free, No Reservation Required
  • League of Women Voters – “It's 2017, Where is the ERA?” on October 26 at 7 PM at the Elmhurst Public Library – Free & Open to the Public
  • Glenbard Parent Series Presents Liz Repking & Linda Lewaniak
    Straight From the Source: Teen Panel
    on November 1 at 7 PM at Glenbard South High School – Free & Open to the Public
  • Timothy Christian Open House on November 9 at 7 PM – For Parents With Prospective Students Pre-School to Grade 12
  • Pedal Power – Donate Your Used Bikes on November 11 from 9 to Noon at Stemple's Cycles on Spring Road – Bikes to be Donated to Low Income Students Who Make Honor Roll – Broken Bikes Also Accepted
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Pied Piper Fantasy: November 12 at 3 p.m. Behind the Music Stand (free lecture) by Dr. Ted Hatmaker. HB Jones Food Truck will be on site.
  • Transition Resource Fair For All Students With Disabilities & Their Families on November 16 from 6 to 8:30 PM Location: Holiday Inn William Tell
  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017-2018 Calendar of Events


  • District 205 Social Workers Invite Parents to Well-Parented Kids – 10 Anchors for Building Strong Families on October 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM (Q & A 1:45 to 2:30) Sandburg Middle School – No Reservations Needed Enter Through Door #2, in the Auditorium –Parking Available in Back of School – Be Alert for Students
  • York Drama Presents Presents The Children's Hour on October 26 & 28 at 7:30 PM AND Next to Normal on October 27 at 7:30 PM & October 29 at 2 PM – Tickets Available at


  • Annual U.C.C.A. Holiday Food Drive – October 23-November 17 – All D205 students & families invited to fill holiday food boxes by bringing donations to their local school. Collection bins also available at Elmhurst Public Library, the YMCA & Park District locations
  • Support Your Elmhurst Lions Club & Family Fall Fest – Pumpkin Patch from October 9 to October 31 & Family Fall Fest on October 22 from 11 AM to 3 PM  at the Abbey $20 – Unlimited Moon Jump Privileges – Mid-Sized Pumpkin and Pumpkin Painting
  • Trick or Treat for Charity on October 29 from 1-4 PM at Wilder Park. Benefits Research to Cure Type 1 Diabetes. 
  • Access Sports 7th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on November 3 from 5 to 8 PM at Knights of Columbus – Advance Tickets – $10 Adults (13 & Up) – $5 Kids (3 to 12) Tickets at Door – $12 Adults – $6 Kids Register At:
  • Greek Gods in the Gutter Fundraiser – Sponsored by Aidan Shea Foundation on December 2 from 7 to 10 PM – Fitz's Spare Keys Bowling & More for Family Fun – Proceeds to Jackson School Library Reno Project & Lurie Children's Hospital/Gift of Hope Organ/Tissue Donor Network


  • VFW Post 2801 Patriot Pen Program Scholarship Program for Grades 6 to 8 – This Year's Theme: America's Gift to My Generation – Deadline: October 31 – Please Mail Entries to VFW Post 2801


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


  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre – Intro to Musical Theatre Workshop
    for Grades 2 to 4 from October 23 to December 4 – Mondays from 6:30 to 8 PM – Mail Registration by October 11 to Reserve a Spot 
  • Center for Gifted – One Day Programs:
  • Fall Wonders in Addison on October 28 Lego Robotics/Lego Mindstorms Robotics , November 11 – Scratch or Minecraft, December 9 – Physics of Catapults
  • Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe on November 4 – 1:30 to 4 PM for Grades 1 to 8 – Tuition $45 
  • University of Illinois Extension Robotics 1 Workshop Series – Two Sessions – Fall & Winter for Grades 3 to 8 – Plus 4H Teen Ambassadors Program


  • Trick or Cleats – York "Ghouls" Lacrosse Camp Girls Lacrosse Clinic – New/Experienced Grades K to 8 Players on October 28 from 2 to 4 PM at York Community High School – Register Now 
  • York High School Lady Dukes Softball Camp For Grades K to 8 on December 3, 10, 17 – $75 For All 3 Sessions Register Here: – Check payable to "York Softball" – Bring the Day of Camp



Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Elmhurst Artists Guild Fall Members Show – September 29-November 4.

Elmhurst Artists Guild


Elmhurst History Museum


Elmhurst Public Library



Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs


Edge Ice Arena

  • Minor Hawks Pre-Hockey Program for Ages 4 to 12 – Fall Sessions Begin October 28 & November 1
  • 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 
  • Learn to Skate & Figure Skating Programs for Ages 3 to Adult

Water's Edge Aquatic Center

  • Haunted Pool Party (Oct. 27) & Pool Party Packages & Wahoo Swim Team
  • Learn to Swim & Open Swim/Aqua Fitness & Daytime Aqua Fitness
  • Evening Aqua Fitness & Evening Poolside Hatha Yoga & Evening Power Yoga

Elmhurst Park District