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Talk205 Message for October 16, 2017

In this issue –

  • Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences, October 19 & 20
  • Naturally Grown: How to Manage a Chemical-Free Lawn
  • Former Blackhawk Brent Sopel at York – ‘Lost In My Mind’
  • All-District Student Late Arrival Next Wednesday, October 25
  • 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
  • District 205 Forms Dual Language Committee
  • Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network (EWAN)
  • D205 Foundation Holiday Tree Sale - Orders Due October 27
  • Little Dukes Preschool Now Taking Registrations
  • D205 Social Workers Present ‘Well-Parented Kids’
  • Why Not Become a Substitute Teacher?
  • Save the Date for D205 Foundation 2018 Gala
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – Parent-Teacher Conferences for Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools will be held on Thursday, October 19, from 4 to 8 PM and on Friday, October 20, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Signup has already closed. Friday will be a non-attendance day for middle school students only.

Naturally Grown: How to Manage a Chemical-Free LawnJoin Elmhurst Cool Cities and Midwest Pesticide Action Center on Saturday, October 21, from 10 AM to noon for a demonstration of natural lawn care practices and an update of pesticide reduction in Elmhurst. Games, free coffee and donuts from Pilot Pete’s Coffee & Treats and a Patagonia backpack raffle. For more information, visit

PLAN TO HEAR FORMER BLACKHAWK BRENT SOPEL SPEAK – The City of Elmhurst's Commission on Youth welcomes Brent Sopel, former Chicago Blackhawk Stanley Cup champion, on Wednesday, October 25th, 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 that evening.

ALL-DISTRICT STUDENT LATE ARRIVAL DAY next wednesday – The fourth all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be next 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.

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 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.

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.

D205 FOUNDATION HOLIDAY TREE SALE – It’s time to start thinking about the winter holidays! This pre-order fundraising sale supports the long-standing Elmhurst tradition of beautifully lit streets that line our neighborhoods during the holiday season. Proceeds will benefit Elmhurst 205 schools and students long after the holiday is over. Trees can be purchased as part of a neighborhood group or individually, just for your yard. Groups of four or more orders are free of charge, scheduled for delivery on Nov. 25 and are coordinated by a tree block captain.

The District 205 Foundation website contains all the tools you will need to be a tree captain for your block; it's an easy and rewarding way to support our schools! Individual Nova Scotia balsam outdoor trees and beautiful Fraser and Douglas firs for indoor display are also available and can be picked up on Dec. 2 at Sandburg Middle School or delivered for a fee.
Orders are due October 27. For more information or to place an order visit

LITTLE DUKES PRESCHOOL NOW TAKING REGISTRATIONS – Registration for the Little Dukes Preschool program at York Community High School is currently open for children ages 3 to 5 years old who are potty trained. This lab-based preschool is taught by a supervising teacher with the collaboration of the high school students. A new session starts on February 6, 2018 and runs through May 11 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:45-11:15 AM. The cost is $250 per child. Contact Laurie Foss at for registration information or questions.

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.

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

save the date for D205 Foundation 2018 Gala Save the date for the 2018 D205 Foundation Gala! Join us Saturday, February 10th, for a fabulous fundraising party that includes a live auction, dinner and dancing at the Hyatt Lodge (McDonald's campus). Help us support innovation and educational excellence inspired by teachers and families throughout our district. The dollars raised by recent galas have supplemented technology and literacy needs throughout the district. Last year's event raised over $100,000, which supported the District's future ready model classroom project and multiple educational grants and enhancements. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in enhancements that bring more resources and creative educational opportunities to the classroom. Details and ticket information to follow.

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 Children's Theatre Presents High School Musical On Stage – October 20 at 7 PM, October 21 at 2 PM & 7 PM & October 22 at 2 PM – Tickets $8 at Door – Location: Timothy Christian School
  • Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition Naturally Grown – How to Manage a Chemical Free Lawn on October 21 from 10 AM to Noon Location: Grace Bible Church – Hands on Activities Free Admission
  • 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
  • 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
  • City of Elmhurst – Airplane Noise – How to Voice Your Concern


  • 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 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


  • 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 
  • 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

scholarship opportunities for grades 6 to 8

  • 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
  • Northern Illinois University Presents STEMfest on October 21 From 10 AM to 5 PM at DeKalb NIU Free Admission – No Advance Registration


  • 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

Elmhurst History Museum

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Meet Author/Illustrator Troy Cummings for Grades 2+ on October 16 from 7 to 8 PM – Parents Welcome to Attend Register Online or Call
  • ParentSpeak: What's Wrong With How We Talk to Our Children & What to Say Instead by Jennifer Lehr on October 18 from 7 to 8:30 PM – Register Online or Call


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