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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
Patel, Dipika
Registered Nurse


PTA Family Math Night Was a Huge Success

School News


Dear Falcon Families,

We’ve had an excellent start to the 2018-19 school year at Field! I cannot get over all the happy faces in our classrooms. We welcomed 401 students to Field this year. The excitement was palpable this week as I made my way around the building and into our classrooms. Students spent time this week building a community in their classrooms through activities planned for getting to know each other, collaboration and creativity.

Growth Mindset – Many of our classrooms took time this week to learn more about how they can continue to develop their growth mindset. For those of you not familiar, growth mindset is the belief that abilities can be developed through effort and practice. This can have an impact on our student’s learning as those that have a growth mindset have been found to persist in the face of challenges because they understand that effort and hard work can and do make a difference. When children have a fixed mindset they tend to give up more easily when they encounter challenges or obstacles.

You may be wondering how you can help at home. Mary Cay Ricci, author of Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools, suggests that building resilience in our children is key.

Here is what she suggests:

  • Use growth mindset praise​. Praise the willingness to try, effort, patience and practice. Do not attribute success to “being smart” or “being the best.”
  • Model flexibility. ​Kids aren’t born thinking flexibly. They need modeling to see adults handle challenging situations without anger or frustration.
  • Adopt a “glass half full” mentality at home. ​Setbacks help us grow. Model a positive attitude when faced with challenges.
  • Help children find their own niche.​ Give kids the opportunity to try lots of things until they find an area they thrive in.

“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning. That way, they will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.” - Carol S. Dweck

Meet the Teacher & PTA Coffee – I was so thankful to see that so many of our families were able to attend the Meet the Teacher event, as well as the PTA coffee earlier this week. I continue to be incredibly thankful for such an involved and welcoming parent and teacher community. If you would like to receive emails about upcoming PTA events at Field School join the PTA mailing list! Send an email to and you'll be added to the list. Please include your name(s) in the email. To learn more about our Field PTA click here.

Student Late Arrival Day (Wednesday, August 29) – On Wednesday, August 29, we will have our first student late arrival of the school year. As a reminder, there is no morning supervision until 9:30 AM. Once a month, a student late arrival day is scheduled to allow staff to participate in important professional learning.

Upcoming Events:

  • August 29 - Student Late Arrival - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • August 30 - Curriculum Night
  • September 3 - Labor Day - No school
  • September 18 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Library

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. I can be reached at or by calling the office at (630) 834-5313. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with each of you!
Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal



Dear Falcon Families,

It is hard to believe school will be starting in just a little over a week! Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! I hope you’ve had a summer filled with fun activities and moments to cherish. I took some time this summer to travel with my family. We loaded the van and set off! We stopped in Louisville where we noted how small the world is as we met Field friends at the Louisville Slugger Museum. We stopped briefly in Nashville and then moved on to spend some quality time on the beach in Gulf Shores.

I am thankful and excited to continue this journey with you as the Principal of Field. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to meet many of you and get to know your children. I genuinely look forward to continuing to build relationships with each of you.

As we enter this new school year, I want to let you know we will continue to support students in developing a growth mindset, and preparing our students for success through a focus on the six C’s: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Citizenship and Character.

I know it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things following the break so I wanted to be sure to share some information with you. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.

Meet the Teacher – I want to personally invite you to attend our Meet the Teacher and School Supply Drop-off on Tuesday, August 14 from 3 to 4:00 PM, followed by the PTA One Smart Cookie Event on the playground. This is a great time to catch up with old friends and make new connections. Please see the details below for clarification.

  • Meet the Teacher/School Supply Drop-off - 3 to 4:00 PM
  • Kindergarten families will begin earlier at 2:00 PM in the auditorium for a quick welcome, classroom visit and tour of the building
  • One Smart Cookie Event on the playground:
    • 3 to 3:30 PM - kindergarten only
    • 3:30 to 4:30 PM - first through fifth grades will join in

Upcoming Dates:

  • August 10 - Class assignments will be sent via email
  • August 13 - School Supply Pick-up in the Field gym from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 5 to 7:00 PM
  • August 14 - Meet the Teacher, School Supply Drop-off and PTA sponsored One Smart Cookie Event 
  • August 15 - First Day of School (full day)
  • August 15 - PTA Welcome Coffee (open house) in the Field gym from 8:15 to 10:00 AM
    • All parents/guardians (and younger siblings) are welcome to attend the coffee. This will be the only welcome coffee during the day. Parents/guardians of afternoon kindergarten students are encouraged to attend in the morning.
  • August 29 - Student Late Arrival Day - Students should arrive between 9:30-9:45 AM
  • August 30 - Curriculum Night - Details to follow
  • September 3 - Labor Day - No school

Be sure to download the full calendar for the 2018-19 school year here.

Below you will find information for the start of the school year:

First Day of School – On August 15, students should line up in front of the building by class and grade level. Teachers will meet their students outside. 

Morning Line-Up – Following the first day of school, students will line up each morning inside the building. Students should not arrive earlier than 8:00 AM as there is no supervision prior to 8:00 AM. Doors will open at 8:00 AM and adult supervision will begin. When students enter the building they will line up in the hallway and auditorium (classroom teachers will review procedures with their students). Students will have time to put things away in their lockers and get organized for a positive start to the day.  

AM Drop-off and PM Pick-up  YOUR HELP IS NEEDED AND APPRECIATED – The safety of every student is very important to me and I genuinely need everyone’s support to keep our students safe.Click here for a diagram showing how the drop-off and pick-up traffic should flow. This diagram is also available online under Parent Resources. This plan was developed by the Elmhurst Police Department and the Civil Engineering Department as the safest, most efficient way to pick up and drop off students at Field. However, for this to work optimally, all families need to follow the guidelines established. If possible please walk to school if and when you are able. Walking will decrease the traffic congestion and tends to be the least stressful mode of travel.

If parents must drive, please adhere to the following:

  • Parents must remain in their cars and children should be ready to exit as soon as the car stops. Children should exit only at the sidewalk area.
  • Please do not double park to drop off your children and abide by the signs in the front of the building.  
  • Remain with your car at all times.
  • There is no parking in front of the building from 8 to 8:30 AM and again from 2:45 to 3:15 PM.  
  • Make sure students arrive in plenty of time so they do not feel rushed or worry about being late.  
  • When picking up students, please circle the block until there is a place to pull up next to the curb.  
  • Do not enter the parking lot and never park in front of the parking lot driveway to wait for students. If you must park, please do so on Emroy south of the parking lot driveway or on the south side of Melrose.  
  • Load children as quickly as possible and pull out to allow the next family to pick up their child.  
  • Also, inform anyone who may be dropping off or picking up your child of these rules.
  • At all times, please be patient and courteous. When one or two parents do not follow the system it slows down the entire process so please follow the steps above.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AM - Doors open/supervision begins
8:00-8:15 AM - Students enter the building
8:15 AM - Tardy bell
11:30-12:00 - Recess for Third Grade
12:00-12:30 - Lunch for First, Third & Fourth Grade
12:00-12:30 - Recess for Second & Fifth Grade
12:30-1:00 - Lunch for Second & Fifth Grade
12:30-1:00 - Recess for First & Fourth Grade
12:00 - Afternoon kindergarten students line up and enter through kindergarten door
12:05 - PM kindergarten begins
3:00 PM - Dismissal
(Students are dismissed from the front of the building)
3:05 PM - Students load the buses and depart

Student Late Arrival Days – Student Late Arrival Days take place one to two times per month. Students begin arriving at 9:30 AM and the tardy bell rings at 9:45 AM. Kindergarten will have a modified schedule on these days. AM kindergarten will be from 9:45 to 11:55 AM and afternoon kindergarten will be from 12:55 to 3:00 PM. Please make a note of the updated student late arrival dates: 8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/24, 11/28, 12/12, 1/16, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/24, 5/8

Staff – I would like to welcome several new staff members to Field this year:

  • Mr. James Kolb will be our new Physical Education Teacher
  • Mrs. Amanda Heiman will be our new Art Teacher
  • Mrs. Lisa Ferraris will be our new EL Teacher
  • Ms. Lysa Farrell will be returning to Field as our Physical Therapist
  • Mrs. Lori Nitti will be the Assistant Secretary
  • Ms. Gloria Kari will be an Educational Assistant

I will be sending additional information about each new member along with a picture the first week of school. Please give them a warm Field welcome.

Lunch – Students will continue to have the option to go home for lunch (with your permission) and if they do, they must sign out/in at the office. For those who stay, the options are to bring a cold lunch or purchase a hot lunch. A menu can be found on the District 205 website. For the entire lunch hour, students are either at home or at school. The hour cannot be split between home and school. Students should return to school with a few minutes to spare before the end of lunch recess.

  • 11:30 to 12:30 - Recess/Lunch for Third Grade
  • 12:00 to 1:00 - Lunch/Recess for First & Fourth Grade
  • 12:00 to 1:00 - Recess/Lunch for Second & Fifth Grade

Bus Information – Parents/guardians of bus riders will receive a letter in the mail detailing procedures and bus routes/times. For the first several days, we recommend your child get to his/her bus stop at least 10 minutes ahead of the listed time on the route sheet. This is to account for slight differences in clocks and until the drivers have their daily routine established. Students can only ride the bus they are assigned to and those children who don’t qualify for bus service are not able to ride home with a friend.

Reporting an Absence – If your child will be absent from school please call the school attendance line at 630-993-6691. Do not call the main office number to report an absence. Call 630-993-6691 any time before 8:15 AM to leave a voice mail message. Try to schedule appointments outside the school day. If you need to pick up your child during the school day for an appointment, please leave a detailed message on the attendance line and email your child’s teacher.

Tardiness – Instruction begins in classrooms at 8:15 AM. If a student arrives after 8:15 AM they are considered tardy and will need to sign the log in the nurse’s office. If a student arrives after 8:35 AM, this will be counted as a half-day absence. Please prioritize helping your child establish a morning routine that allows them to be on time in order to have a calm start to the day.

Lunch/Recess Parent Support Volunteers Needed – In the Spring of last year, I asked for parent volunteers to supervise lunch and recess. We were so lucky and thankful that so many parents were able to volunteer to support the supervision of lunch and recess. I would like to put this in place again this year with the biggest need being from 12:00 to 1:00 PM daily. If you are able to support and willing to commit to at least one hour a week on a consistent day please email me at

School Book Room & Bulletin Board Help – This summer a new space was allocated in the building for our book room and teacher work room. We would love help in the coming weeks moving and labeling book bins. We would also greatly appreciate the support from our crafty, creative parents willing to help make bulletin board visions come to life in our shared spaces. Please reach out to me via email if you are able to help with any of these projects.

I apologize for the length of this email but I wanted to be sure to provide the information necessary for a successful start of the school year. I am looking forward to seeing you soon!


Mrs. Heidi Thomas
​​​​​​​Field School Principal


Financial assistance is available in the form of student fee waivers for qualified families. Apply for assistance by filling out a Request for Financial Assistance form and returning it to the main office of your child’s school, beginning the first week of August. Please click on the links below to access the appropriate form:

Elementary & Middle School

High School

2018-19 Free/Reduced Lunch Application and Instructions (Español)

Completed free/reduced lunch applications must be turned in to your child's school for initial authorization, beginning the first week of August. All applications must be on the 2018-19 form. The District cannot accept old applications. Request for Financial Assistance/Waiver of Student Fees is due by November 15, 2018.

In mid-July, over 1,000 notification letters were mailed out to students who were automatically certified for free lunches last year (2017-18). Families who have received this letter DO NOT need to apply. However, if a letter is received for one child and there are other students in the family who did not receive a letter, please call the District 205 Food Service Office at 630-617-2436 to provide further information. Be sure to keep this letter, as you may need it for other programs and benefits (Comcast Internet Essentials, Park District programs, etc.).


Field Running Club Drumstick Dash

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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.