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Talk205 Message for January 16, 2018

In this issue –

  • PTA Council Presents: A Review of Middle School Recommendations
  • Tomorrow is Next All District Student Late Arrival Day
  • Please Take the 2017 Illinois 5Essentials Survey
  • REACH PTA Presents Second in Series on Executive Function
  • SERG Presents: "Just Don't be Weird: Tips for Talking to Tweens and Teens About Sexuality"
  • York’s Brechtfest Tickets on Sale This Thursday
  • League of Women Voters to Hold Candidate Forum January 21
  • Google Classroom for Parents Workshop at the Library
  • Teen Depression: Healthy Habits & Coping Strategies – February 1
  • Kindergarten and “New to First Grade” Enrollment Dates
  • 17th Annual Summer Recreation Open House – February 6
  • Jill Riecker to be Named “Friend of the Foundation” at 2018 Gala – February 10
  • Boosters Annual Green Scene Fundraiser is February 24
  • DuPage Area STEM Expo – February 24
  • York High School Dance Clinic for K-8 Students
  • Thiems Grant Applications Due February 12
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

PTA COUNCIL PRESENTS: A REVIEW OF MIDDLE SCHOOL RECOMMENDATIONS – Join the PTA Council on Tuesday, January 16, beginning at 7:00 PM in the York High School Commons for an overview of the middle school recommendations. PTA Council officers will moderate a question-and-answer session between parents of middle school students and the District 205 administration.

ALL-DISTRICT STUDENT LATE ARRIVAL DAY TOMORROW – The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, January 17. 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.

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

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 Thursday, 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 8th–Parenting to Promote a Growth Mindset and April 12th– The Teenage Brain. More information will follow.

"JUST DON'T BE WEIRD: TIPS FOR TALKING TO TWEENS AND TEENS ABOUT SEXUALITY" – Parents and educators can learn the importance of open communication with young people, strategies to open communication and how to understand the unique challenges of young people with special needs as they mature sexually. Presented by the Special Education Resource Group (SERG). Presented by Kim Cook, RN CHES, and author of Teen World Confidential. The presentation is Thursday, January 18th at 7PM at the District Admin Office (162 S. York Street), Room 216.

YORK’S BRECHTFEST TICKETS ON SALE THIS THURSDAY – Brechtfest will be York Drama’s winter production. At Brechtfest, students will stage and perform 8 different one-act plays by one of the most provocative and famous playwrights of the 20th century, Bertolt Brecht. Tickets for York’s Brechtfest will go on sale to the public on Thursday, January 18th.

Performances will be the first weekend of February as follows:

Thursday, February 1st       7:30 PM
Friday, February 2nd          7:30 PM
Saturday, February 3rd       7:30 PM
Sunday, February 4th        2:00 PM

Tickets tend to sell quickly. Please consider ordering your tickets when they become available Thursday, January 18th. Tickets may be purchased online at They are $10 each (adults/ seniors/ children) plus a small processing fee. York student tickets are free and can be picked up at Will Call table on the night of each performance with a valid student ID. Questions may be directed to:

LEAGUE TO HOST CANDIDATE FORUM – The League of Women Voters of Elmhurst will host a Candidate Forum on Sunday, January 21 from 1 to 5:30 PM at the Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York Street. Candidates for the March 20, 2018, General Primary have been invited if their race is contested. Candidates will speak about their qualifications and vision for their respective positions. After answering some League questions, the candidates will be asked to answer questions submitted in writing from those in attendance.

This program is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend the whole event or individual pieces.  An estimate of each group’s time frame follows:

  • Fifth Congressional District - Democratic: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • DuPage County Sheriff - Republican:  2:15 – 3:00 PM
  • 47th District State House:  3:15 pm – 4:00 PM
  • DuPage County Board District 1 (Republican) and District 2 (Democratic):  4:15 – 5:30 PM

The League is an issues oriented, volunteer, member-directed organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates or parties. It is committed to open, responsive, and effective government brought about by informed, involved citizens with membership open to both men and women. For additional information, visit http//

'GOOGLE CLASSROOM FOR PARENTS' WORKSHOP – On Wednesday, January 31, the Elmhurst Public Library will offer Google Classroom for Parents from 7 to 8:30 PM. Google Classroom is a tool often used by District 205 teachers for grades 3-12 to distribute and grade assignments. Come to this class to learn more about how your student uses Google Classroom in school. Details and registration are available at

TEEN DEPRESSION: HEALTHY HABITS AND COPING STRATEGIES – Thursday, February 1 from 7:00 - 8:15 PM at Elmhurst Public Library, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth and Elmhurst/Linden Oaks Behavioral Health. Depression is a real and treatable brain illness. It can be caused by many different life stressors and changes in brain chemistry. Come learn about the warning signs and symptoms of depression in teens and healthy ways to combat these symptoms. Presenters are Patricia Noble, PsyD & Annie Jaworska, LCPC, CADC. Open to teens, parents, school staff, members of the spiritual community, and anyone influencing the life of teens. Free; no registration required. Plan to arrive early due to parking. Questions may be emailed to

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.

17th ANNUAL SUMMER RECREATION OPEN HOUSE – Mark your calendars! You are invited to attend the 17th Annual Summer Recreation Open House sponsored by the Elmhurst District 205 PTA. This is a FREE event open to all Elmhurst families and neighboring communities. Browse the tables of various organizations offering summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. This open house will be held on Tuesday, February 6, from 6-8 PM at York High School.

JILL RIECKER TO BE NAMED 2018 FRIEND OF THE FOUNDATION – The D205 Foundation is proud to announce Jill Riecker as this year's “Friend of the Foundation.” Jill's 20-year dedication to volunteerism and tireless commitment to providing Elmhurst students across all levels with opportunities and experiences both in and outside of the classroom are unparalleled. Jill's award will be presented as part of the festivities at the Foundation Gala - Empowering Futures to be held on February 10 at The Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook. This promises to be an amazing evening with the goal of raising funds that will enhance education and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools. Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you cannot attend the event, consider supporting the Foundations efforts by purchasing a ticket for the Golden Raffle with a chance to win your choice of three great trips. Information about Mrs. Riecker's contributions, Gala and Raffle details and tickets are available at

BOOSTERS' ANNUAL GREEN SCENE FUNDRAISER IS FEBRUARY 24 – The York High School Athletic Boosters' Annual Green Scene is Saturday, February 24, from 7 PM to midnight at Fitz’s Spare Keys in downtown Elmhurst. The Green Scene is a casual night of fun, friends, a silent auction, raffles, bowling with your favorite coach and pool. Auction items include York parking passes, graduation tickets with preferred parking for graduation, and two very special York Duke pop machines. 

Ticket price includes entrance, light buffet and fun. Tickets are available for purchase at If you would like to contribute a silent auction item, please contact Dana Sidoryk at In 2016-2017, the Boosters gave over $80,000 to York HS Athletics. This volunteer organization has supported York students in every sport for over 35 years.

KNOW AN AMAZING KID? NOMINATE THEM! – The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, which will be presented in April. Nominations are currently being accepted. The volunteer must be an Elmhurst resident (Elmhurst address), live within School District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.

To nominate a worthy student, please visit to download a form or complete the nomination online. The direct URL is Nominees may be of elementary age through high school; their service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations will be accepted now through Friday, March 9, 2018. Hard copy forms should be submitted to City Hall, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL, 60126 and marked: Attention Exemplary Youth Service Awards.

DUPAGE AREA STEM EXPO – The Illinois Institute of Technology is hosting the premiere DuPage Area STEM Expo event hosted by the School of Applied Technology. Your school-aged children (best for children K-12th grade) will have a blast at this hands-on exploration into science, technology, engineering and math. The expo is Saturday, February 24, 2018. Visit the event's website for more information.

YORK HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH DANCE CLINIC – If interested in dancing in the York High School Dance Youth Camp, students K-8th can sign up now on the York Athletic website. Youth dance camp will learn a dance per age level to perform at the high school basketball halftime performance. Dance at York’s halftime performance on January 31 & February 2.

THEIMS GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 12 – District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application deadline is fast approaching. The application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. District 205 teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and, ideally, demonstrate creativity/innovation.

Applications are due on Monday, February 12. Applicants requesting technology (including hardware, software, digital subscriptions, and audio/visual equipment) should review the Multimedia Recommendations and Computer Tech Options forms prior to drafting their proposals and must include the submission of a completed Thiems Grant Technology Review Form. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or with questions.

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 PTA Council Presents A Review of Middle School Recommendations on January 16 at 7 PM at York HS Commons –Overview of MS Recommendations Followed by Q&A
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Vivacious Vivaldi – Four Seasons With Joshua Brown on Violin on January 28 at 3 PM – Behind the Music Stand (Free Lecture) by Dr. Ted Hatmaker at 1:45 PM
  • Glenbard Parent Series The Dolphin Way - Raising Happy, Healthy & Self-Motivated Teens on January 31 at 7 PM at COD McAninch Arts Center AND The Myth of Normal - Understanding Anxiety, Depression & Addiction on January 31 at 12 Noon at Marquardt Admin Center – Both Programs Free & Open to the Public
  • District 205 PTA Presents 17th Annual Summer Recreation Open House on February 6 From 6 to 8 PM at York High School Commons – Learn About Activities For Your Family
  • Teen Job & Volunteer Fair – Sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth For Grades 6 to 12 on March 14 From 3 to 6 PM at York High School Commons
  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017-2018 Calendar of Events


  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre Intro to Acting Technique Workshop from January 22 to February 12 at 6 to 8 PM for Grades 5 to 7 – Fee: $85
    Register Online:
  • York Dance Clinic Practice & Performance at York HS – Dance at Halftime Performance on January 31 & February 2 – For Grade K to 8 – Register:

Center for Gifted - STEM with SteAm in Elmhurst

  • Powders, Potions and Polymers on January 28 from 2 to 4:30 PM for Grades K to 6 – Jefferson School
  • Lego WeDo and More! – Grades K to 3 AND Engineer a Hopper or Racer for Grades 3 to 6 on February 25 – 2 to 4:30 PM – Hawthorne School
  • Create a Lego Movie! for Grades 1 to 3 AND DNA: Blueprint for Life for Grades 3 to 6 on March 18 from 2 to 4:30 PM – Lincoln School
  • 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


  • Mary Queen of Heaven PreSchool/Kindergarten Enrichment Program Registration for Fall of 2018 – For Ages 3 to 6 Years – All Are Welcome Open House Dates: January 25 – 6 to 8 PM, January 27 – 3:30 to 6:30 PM, January 28 9:30 to 12:30 PM


  • Elmhurst Youth Baseball Spring League – Includes T-Ball, Farm, Competitive, Minor, Major & Pony Divisions – Begins With Practices in April – Games April to June – Late Fee After January 1, 2018


  • Spring Buddy Ball Registration Now Open – Providing Young Athletes With Disabilities A Positive Baseball Experience – May 4 to June 22 (8 Week Program – 1 Hour Sessions) – Sign Up Today


  • 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

  • Google Classroom for Parents – Learn About How Your Student Uses Google Classroom in School on January 31 at 7 PM. Information and Registration at
  • Kids Winter Reading Program from December 26 to February 28 Register With Elmhurst Library Card, Elmhurst School ID or Elmhurst School Report Card
  • Vote Now to Choose the 2018 One Book, One Community – Top Pick Winner Will be the Focus of the Summer Reading Program – Voting Ends January 31, 2018


Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

  • Winter Learn to Skate & Crystal Edges Figure Skating Program – Learn to Skate – Two Sessions – Figure Skating – January to March AND Specialty Classes – January to March

Elmhurst Park District


  • School's Out Days – January 22 and February 19 – Registration Fee – Members $60/Non-Members $120
  • Winter Swim Lessons & Fitness Classes from January 8 to February 18 – For Ages 6 Months & Up