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Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM
Lunch Period 1 - 
11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

Lunch Period 2 - 
11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

Lunch Period 3 - 
12:05 PM - 1:05 PM

AM Kindergarten
8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:05 PM to 3:00 PM

Student Late Arrival
Instructional Schedule


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

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Office Contacts

Thomas, Heidi
O'Brien, Dianne
Lead Secretary
Kirchhoff, Leslie
Assistant Secretary
Patel, Dipika
Registered Nurse


PTA Family Math Night Was a Huge Success

School News


What you have been waiting for is almost here! The York ECO Club book sale starts Tuesday, April 3rd at 6PM in the York High School Commons. The sale will be open the rest of the week before school and during every lunch period. There are hundreds of boxes of books for you to choose from. Hardcover books are $1 each and paperback books are 50 cents each. Be sure to shop early, because there are many treasures to be found!


The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament was held at York High School on March 7, 2018. This year’s contest attracted 262 pre-registered players and meant another record turnout, with 242 sign-ins to compete.

Again this year, members of the York Chess Team assisted on the tournament floor. Organizers Chris and Debbie Khayat thank all of the parent volunteers, the judges (who do not have students in our community), food support team, technical support team, teachers and parents who supported these school clubs with their time.

Ranking in top positions for 2018 were:

2nd Grade:

1st Place: Emmett Carroll, Visitation
2nd Place: Sarah Abraham, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Merritt Stolzenbach, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Samuel Scarlett, Immanuel Lutheran

3rd Grade:

1st Place: Nicholas Stangarone, Visitation
2nd Place: Gage Jacobs, Edison Elementary
3rd Place: Ben Ellens, Timothy Christian
4th Place: Anthony Carroccio, Visitation

4th Grade:

1st Place: Lukas Alexander, Lincoln Elementary
2nd Place: Hunter Sepanich, Jackson Elementary
3rd Place: Kevin Wheeler, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Daniel Davies, Edison Elementary

5th Grade:

1st Place (tied): Brendan Carroll, Visitation
1st Place (tied): Grant Huckabee, Jefferson Elementary
2nd Place: Nathan Arcos, Timothy Christian
3rd Place: Patrick McGrail, Hawthorne Elementary
4th Place: Jake Wede, Visitation

Middle School:

1st Place: Elliot Mathew, Timothy Christian, 6th Grade 
2nd Place: John Dietz, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade 
3rd Place: Trent Parker, Bryan Middle School, 6th Grade
4th Place: Zack Fidrocki, Bryan Middle School, 7th Grade




The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th - 8th grade band and orchestra students and all current 6th - 8th grade choir students to continue practicing in an ensemble during the summer. Consistent, regular practice during the summer helps students to retain and reinforce concepts and skills that they have learned during the school year and helps them continue to learn and grow as young musicians.

  • Summer Band and Orchestra for current elementary students will run June 4 through June 29 at Sandburg Middle School. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday mornings. Each rehearsal is one hour. The final performances will be on Friday morning, June 29 at Sandburg Middle School.
  • Summer Band, Orchestra, and Choir for current middle school students will run June 4 – July 6 at York High School from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Band and Orchestra rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Choir rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. There will be no rehearsals on July 3rd and 4th. The final performance will be on Friday, July 6 at York High School.
  • The registration fee for all levels is $92.00. The fee includes a Summer Music Program T shirt.
  • Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band at no additional cost.
  • Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost.

The Dist. 205 Summer Music Program welcomes students who will be on vacation for some rehearsals and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend as often as they can! Students who practice during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band, orchestra, and choir. We strongly encourage your child to participate as much as they are able!

Please see the attached summer music program description for more detailed course information, rehearsal times, and registration options. If you have questions, please contact Brian Berg ( or your child's band or orchestra director.

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program will open on Monday, March 19, 2018. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore at this link. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 4, 2018.


Dear Falcon Families:

We have so many exciting events coming up and Spring Break is right around the corner! Please make note of the dates below.

Save the Date - Family Arts Fest - April 5 - You will not want to miss the Family Arts Fest which will be held on April 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM! I have been lucky enough to see the amazing plans in store for our families. Please collect recyclables and send them to school for the Recycling Room Project (which is always a tremendous hit). Sign up here if you are interested in helping at Family Arts Fest.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, March 19 - Hands On Presentation from 3 to 4:15 PM
  • Tuesday, March 20 - PTA Meeting at 1:45 PM
  • March 26-30 - Spring Break
  • Thursday, March 29 - Eat & Earn at Panera in Elmhurst from 4 to 8:00 PM
  • Monday, April 2 - Hands On Presentation from 3 to 4:15 PM
  • Thursday, April 5 - Family Arts Fest from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
  • Friday, April 6 - Running Club Resumes
  • Monday, April 9 - McTeacher’s Night from 4 to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 11 - Student Late Arrival
  • Tuesday, April 17 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 25 - Student Late Arrival
  • Wednesday, April 25 - Third Grade Music Performance from 5:45 to 6:05 PM
  • Wednesday, April 25 - Spring Celebration of Learning from 6 to 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 28 - Field Follies
  • Wednesday, May 9 - Student Late Arrival
  • Friday, May 25 - Last Day of School

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal



Members of the District 205 Community Advisory Team (CAT) have been chosen and notified. With more than 125 applicants for a 30-member committee, the selection process was extremely difficult. We are grateful that so many residents are willing to help D205 in this important work!

A rubric was used to make sure that every school was represented, along with as many stakeholder groups as possible. The number of members was expanded from 25 to 33. We will be seeking to engage the remaining 93 applicants in other meaningful ways as the journey continues.

CAT members will be asked to:

  • Ensure that messages and materials related to the MFP are clear and easy-to-understand
  • Help anticipate and provide representative community questions and concerns
  • Offer suggestions to make sure the District is using every opportunity to reach stakeholders

While the CAT will assist the D205 administration with crafting clear communications for the community, it will not make decisions regarding the draft plan, as all community feedback will carry equal value and weight. The District plans to offer many opportunities for parents, staff and the community to weigh in on the Master Facility Plan.

The first CAT planning meeting will be on Monday, March 19. Please note that this is not a public meeting.


What is a PLC? In District 205, PLCs play an important role in promoting student growth and building the capacity of our teachers. But what is a PLC and what is its function?

PLC stands for Professional Learning Community. PLCs are designed to ensure high levels of teacher collaboration focused on student learning. They can take many forms. Examples include ensuring that teachers of the same grade level or subject area, as well as instructional coaches, special education teachers and support staff, have time to analyze assessment data, share best practices for success, and plan for future learning.

PLC groups meeting during student late arrival days, institute days and also during the school day at various times throughout the week.

Watch the video below, and let our teachers show you how PLCs are utilized in D205 schools. 




Dear Falcon Families,

We have had a very exciting week! Students spent their feathers at the PBIS Store today and we celebrated reaching our goal with a fancy dress/dance party that spilled into the halls with music heard throughout the building. The students were dressed to impress. What a fun way to end the week! Also, the students really enjoyed the fun Jump Rope for Heart event and Science Olympiad last week. Special thanks to Mr. Fijor (PE Teacher) for the hard work he put into planning Jump Rope for Heart and to Mrs. Ciannella and Mrs. Gallagher (First Grade Teacher) for coordinating Science Olympiad. Also, thank you to the many parents and staff that volunteered for both events last week and at the PBIS Store today.

Standards-Based Report Cards – Trimester 2 report cards were sent home with your child today and are also available through PowerSchool. Paper copies will not be sent home for the third trimester, therefore please be sure you are able to access your child’s report card online.

Below you will find the instructions for retrieving report cards:

  • Sign in to PowerSchool
  • Under the Navigation pane select Report Cards
  • After you select Report Cards, a list of available report cards will appear
  • Select Standards Progress Report – Trimester 2

Please contact the office if you have questions.

REACH Appeal Process – REACH notifications were emailed to families on Thursday, March 1. Please click here to read about the appeal process.

Headphones/Earphones – The PARCC testing window will open April 2, 2018 for students in third through fifth grade. Headphones are needed for all English Language Arts/Literacy units. Many students do not currently have working headphones/earphones/ear buds. Please be sure to check with your child to ensure they have a working set at school (as early as possible) or send them to school in order for teachers to prepare.

Fifth Grade Performance (5GP) – Attn: Fifth Grade Parents – Please remember to turn in skit sheets and take a look at the volunteer sign-up link. The 5GP sponsors need skit sheets by March 16, 2018.

Lunch/Recess Parent Support NeededWe continue to look for ways to improve lunch and recess while promoting a safe and enjoyable time for our students. We would like to explore the idea of utilizing parent volunteers for lunch/recess. I will be sending a detailed communication about these plans early next week, including a link for volunteers. I am hoping for 3 to 4 consistent volunteers for each recess group (first, second/third, fourth/fifth) every day. Volunteers would not need to commit to every day, however I am hoping to have the same group of volunteers each day of the week. If this is something you would be able to support, please watch for my message.

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday, March 11 - Daylight Savings Time begins
  • Tuesday, March 13 - D205 District Choral Festival, YHS Gymnasium - Doors open at 7:00 PM - Concert begins at 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 14 - Student Late Arrival Da
  • Tuesday, March 20 - PTA Meeting at 1:45 PM
  • March 26-30 - Spring Break - No School
  • Friday, April 6 - Final date to purchase a yearbooK
  • Wednesday, April 11 - Student Late Arrival Day
  • The new calendars for 2018-19 and 2019-20 can be found on the district website.

Enjoy your weekend.

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal


It is hard to believe that the process for communicating about registration for the next school year has begun. I want to provide some information on the process for creating class lists at Field. Creating balanced classrooms that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job. Several hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, specials area teachers, specialists and the principal take place during this process, which we take very seriously. The following outlines the process we follow for creating balanced classrooms:

  • Classroom teachers consider the social and academic needs of each student.
  • Specialists (social worker, speech teacher, special education teachers, psychologist, ELL teachers, etc.), the Specials Team (Art, Music, P.E. and Spanish), and the principal provide input during this process.
  • Parent input is considered.
  • While we cannot accommodate friendship requests, each child’s social and emotional needs are considered in order for students to be placed with other students they are familiar with.
  • Class lists are finalized in August, taking into consideration the summer enrollment changes such as move ins/outs, section size changes if any, etc.

We strongly believe this detailed and collaborative process supports the creation of learning environments that benefit all students. It is a delicate balancing act which takes much deliberation and contemplation by a staff who know and care about your child(ren).

Because of the input and thought given by teachers, specialists and administration, we cannot make changes once this process occurs, since moving one child can shift the balance of a class, impacting all students.

We do value and welcome the insights you wish to share about your child(ren) and will take into consideration pertinent information about their learning styles and needs. While we welcome your input, specific teacher requests will not be honored. This year, parent input will be submitted via the 2018-19 Parent Input Form. This survey will be open until mid April. Only I (Mrs. Thomas) have access to review the information you provide in this survey. I will share information pertinent to placement with the team during our collaborative sessions.

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal


Attention Fifth Graders & Their Parents:

It’s time to get your act together! On Thursday, May 17, you will have the opportunity to show Field School your talents! Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tell jokes, spin a basketball, jump rope or recite a poem? It’s time to start talking to your friends and classmates and planning for the 2018 FGP!

The annual 5GP is an opportunity for all fifth graders to contribute to this grade level's grand finale before moving on to middle school. There will be two performances on May 17 (one during the school day and one at 7:00 PM for families of fifth graders). All fifth graders are expected to participate in both performances as part of an act or the stage crew.

Important Information:

  • Each student must submit a 5GP Participation Form to their teacher by Friday, March 16 (attached below).
  • Students may participate as part of a group or as an individual performer.
  • Students may only sign up to be in one act.
  • Acts should be 2-3 minutes in length.
  • Each individual or group act must have a Parent Supervisor who will help with organizing, staging, rehearsals, costumes, props, music, etc. The Parent Supervisors' responsibilities are to manage out-of-school practices, coordinate with the 5GP Committee on the act requirements, ensure the act is ready for the status checkpoints in April, and assist at the dress rehearsal.
  • All rehearsals must be held on your own time outside of school.
  • Act participants must supply costumes, props, music and anything else needed.
  • Parent Supervisors will be notified by Friday, March 23 about act approval.
  • Once your act is approved, you will be asked to provide lyric transcripts, skit scripts and background music (on a CD or flash drive).
  • Each act must attend one (of two) mandatory act check-ins. The check-ins will be held in school from 12:35-1:05 PM on April 26 and April 27. We will notify each act (via Parent Supervisor email) with their assigned date in early April.
  • A mandatory dress rehearsal will be held on May 16 at school from 3:00-5:00 PM.
  • There will be two performances on May 17 (one during the school day and one at 7:00 PM for families of fifth graders).
  • A post-performance video screening party will be held for fifth graders during lunch on May 18.

The 5GP Committee needs several volunteers to make this a successful event! There are several opportunities for parents to assist with the performance. Please click this link for availability.


Please know that Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed or there is a late start called. In general (excluding other emergency situations), if there is NO announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page -; the D205 Twitter account - If your phone number has recently changed, please contact your child(ren)’s school so that they can update that information in PowerSchool.

Additionally, you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, that decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.

When District 205 determines that weather conditions or an emergency situation warrant an Emergency Late Start Schedule, families will be notified in the same manner they would be notified in the event of a school closing. Each family will receive a phone, email or text notice (if you've opted in) from our rapid notification system. More information about the Emergency Late Start Schedule is available online.

On Emergency Late Start days, parents and staff are encouraged to monitor the District’s website for updates on the status of after-school activities. Information about York athletics would be posted on the York School webpage in the afternoon.

If an Emergency Late Start schedule is activated:

  • Classes will begin using the standard Student Late Arrival schedule
  • Buses will operate using the standard Student Late Arrival pick-up and drop-off times.
  • Parent should use the standard Student Late Arrival schedule for drop-off - 20 minutes prior to the start times below.

Emergency Late Start schedules are as follows (same as standard Student Late Arrival schedule):

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

AM Kindergarten and AM Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten and PM Early Childhood Classes - 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
All Day Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Elementary Schools

Grades 1 to 5 - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Middle Schools

Grades 6 to 8 - 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School

Grades 9 to 12 - 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM After school activities and athletics could remain as scheduled, weather permitting. 

Out-of-District Programs

If out-of-district programs are in session, transportation will proceed as normal.\

Before/After School RecStation

The AM RecStation program will not be offered on late start days. The PM (after-school) RecStation hours will remain as scheduled on late start days.

Before School Programs

All before-school programs, including but not limited to, orchestra, band, choir, clubs, athletic practices or student activities will be cancelled on late start days.

Field Trips

Any field trip scheduled on the day of a late start will be cancelled as would be the procedure on days when school is cancelled for emergency reasons.

Technology Center of DuPage (TCD)

Due to the modified schedule, only PM TCD students will attend TCD.

Este es un recordatorio que la información de Inicio Tardío relacionada con emergencias (que sigue el horario habitual de llegadas tardías de los estudiantes) está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito 205 en Recursos -> Enlaces Rápidos -> Cierres de emergencia. También se publicará información más detallada en el sitio web del distrito y el sitio web de las escuelas afectadas. Aquí puede encontrar documentos en español acerca de los cierres de emergencia.


Open the file below to read Volume 7, Issue 1 of the Field Times for the 2017-2018 school year. 


Field Running Club Drumstick Dash

Enrollment: 419

District Events Calendar

District 205 News


Board Meeting Dates

Poster Contest Winners!

A student at Field School was the Grand Prize Winner for the Annual Elmhurst “Learn Not to Burn” Poster Contest for 2016. The contest is part of the Fire Safety Program presented to all fourth grade students in District 205 as well as private schools in Elmhurst. Students work on their poster designs under the guidance of their art teachers. The theme of the winning poster was "Practice Your Escape Route". This winning poster was published and distributed throughout Elmhurst before Fire Prevention Week in October. It's an honor that a Field School student's creativity and hard work created such an important message about fire safety. Congratulations!

Science Olympiad


The mission of the Field School community is to empower every student to achieve academic excellence and to become a responsible, caring citizen.