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24-Hour Attendance Line
630-993-6691

Hours

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

Parent Links

Office Contacts

Thomas, Heidi
Principal
O'Brien, Dianne
Lead Secretary
Kirchhoff, Leslie
Assistant Secretary
Patel, Dipika
Registered Nurse dpatel@elmhurst205.org

Staff

PTA Family Math Night Was a Huge Success

School News

5/22/18

Dear Falcon Families,

It is hard to believe next week will be our last week of school for this year. We have had an exciting week. We are so thankful for our PTA who sponsored two exciting interactive Game Show assemblies on Monday. On Tuesday we had our last PTA Meeting of the year along with a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. I cannot begin to put into words how thankful I am to be working with such an involved and supportive group of parents. Yesterday our fifth graders displayed their talents as they put on the Fifth Grade Performance for students and their parents in the evening. I want to send a thank you to the parents who volunteered for this event and a special thank you to Mrs. Seighman and Mrs. Giorno for the hours they spent organizing this event as co-chairs.

Staff Updates for the 2018-2019 School Year – I want to share some information to update you on changes for next school year. We will miss several staff members next year as they enjoy retirement. Mrs. Prokosch, Mrs. Kirchhoff and Mrs. Gurney will be retiring at the end of this school year. I am so appreciative of the work they have done to support our Field students. They will be missed and I wish them the best in retirement. I am working on convincing them to sub so we can see them often.

Mrs. Greenberg-Smith will be moving from our EL teaching position to a second grade classroom position. I am happy to share that Mrs. Lisa Ferraris will be joining us from Conrad Fischer as an EL Teacher. She brings with her a wealth of experience having been in District 205 for 17 years.

I also want to share that Mr. Fijor and Ms. Antonson have accepted positions at York High School for next school year. We were also lucky to have Ms. Serrata at Field on Fridays for Art. She will not be returning to Field next year since she will be teaching at Jefferson. I have truly appreciated the contributions these teachers have brought to Field this past year and wish them the best as they continue on their teaching journey. Please see the linked Letter from Mr. Fijor.

Field Day – Field Day will take place on Monday (with a rain date of Tuesday, May 22). Please be sure to help your child dress appropriately for the weather as they will be outside for the majority of the morning or afternoon depending on their schedule. If you are able, please consider signing up on the links below for the morning or afternoon sessions to help make this year another fun and successful event for Field students!

  • Morning Session: 8:15 to 11:00 AM

Kindergarten (AM), fourth grade and fifth grade

http://signup.com/go/seigscb

  • Afternoon Session: 12:20 to 3:00 PM

Kindergarten (PM), first grade, second grade and third grade

http://signup.com/go/emGerAx

Ruth Strand Poster Contest (Sponsored by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation) – I am excited to share that two of our talented Field students received awards in the poster contest. Congratulations to Gavin Stotts, whose poster of the Elmhurst Airport was awarded Third Place in the contest and congratulations to Renata Torres Cruz, whose poster of the Elmhurst Library was awarded an Honorable Mention. Field School will receive a $100 grant for the Field School library for our students’ participation.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, May 21 - Field Day
  • Tuesday, May 22 - Field Day Rain Date
  • Wednesday, May 23 - Kindergarten Performance at 10:15 AM - Enter at Door 11 by the Auditorium
  • Wednesday, May 23 - Fifth Grade End-of-Year Celebration
  • Thursday, May 24 - Last Day for Kindergarten AM & PM
  • Thursday, May 24 - PTA End-of-Year Party from 6 to 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 24 - PBIS Feather Store - Please volunteer to help for the last PBIS Feather Store of the year http://signup.com/go/ZNqdWEq! The class schedule is listed within the signup.
  • Friday, May 25 - Last Day of School - 11:15 Dismissal
  • Friday, May 25 - Awards Assembly (Staff & Students)
  • Friday, May 25 - Fifth Grade Clap Out

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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5/12/18

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is evolving in many ways as it seeks to prepare our students for a future we can only imagine. Future Ready is more than a catch phrase. It is a commitment to empowering and equipping our students with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to be college, career and life ready.

Our District is working to deliver future focused curriculum and provide supportive learning environments for all students. In order to do that, we have embarked on a journey to address aging facilities and infuse our schools with the necessary tools to achieve that goal. The Focus 205 community engagement process, which began in 2015, was the first step. Master Facility Plan (MFP) work continues today; click here for more information and a meeting schedule.

Our community has long valued small class sizes and neighborhood schools. Elementary school class size targets are 25 in grades K-2 and 27 in grades 3-5. The current average class size in District 205 is 21.8. Occasional enrollment anomalies mean that class sizes are not consistent; some are below target and others are close to high end of the range. School capacity (percent of space that is being utilized) is another issue in District 205. Some of our buildings are overcrowded; others are operating at nearly full capacity, and some are underutilized. This poses instructional and staffing challenges that may increase as the community of Elmhurst continues to grow.

One potential component of the draft Master Facility Plan is boundary adjustments. The District realizes that any adjustments, even those that impact less than 5% of students, families, and/or houses, will be difficult. The options that have been presented to the Board of Education, and are being shared with the community, are preliminary. This is a work in progress and community feedback will be an important part of the process as we move forward.

Boundary adjustments can provide a long-term solution to overcrowding and student population “bubbles.” When schools are evenly sized and utilization is consistent, it is easier for the District to adhere to class size targets and maintain appropriate staff-to-student ratios. Consistencies like these help all students learn and grow.

D205 hired Cropper GIS in early 2018 to conduct a boundaries study. The primary goals were to increase space to accommodate All Day Kindergarten and balance class sizes across the District. The District asked the Cropper team to identify solutions that would affect the least number of families possible.

Two options (A and B) were presented to the Board on April 10. Both addressed ADK and balancing class sizes.  They also provided potential options for housing students during construction at Lincoln and Field Schools, two of our oldest buildings at 103 and 87 years old, respectively.

In response to feedback from the Board of Education and parents, the administration asked Cropper to see if there were alternative solutions that could meet the criteria and better preserve natural barriers such as train tracks and major roads. Two additional options (C and D) were developed and presented to the Board on May 8. Option D impacts the fewest students (3.6%), does not require busing students who currently walk, preserves natural barriers and does not send any students away from new construction, but also does not preserve contiguous boundaries.

Developing these additional options emphasizes the importance of community feedback. The plans remain a work in progress. No decisions have been made, nor will any changes be made in the immediate future. The Board will consider how it wants to move forward with the boundary discussion at its May 22 meeting. Options A, C and D are linked below.

Boundary adjustments would only be considered in a Master Facilities Plan that includes All Day Kindergarten. The District is committed to ensuring that current students will not be impacted by boundary adjustments and will be developing “grandfathering” provisions to minimize the impact on siblings and families. As with the entire process, we will be seeking community input on this portion of the plan as well. Our goal is to minimize the impact on individual families and achieve the goals outlined above.

Four community meetings have been scheduled. Draft plans, budgets, and potential boundary adjustments will be presented. The presentations will be followed by small group discussions. All attendees will have the opportunity to provide additional feedback via an electronic exit survey. Meeting dates:

  • Monday, May 14, 2018, 7 pm @ Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 pm @ Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7 pm @, Sandburg Middle School

For additional information related to the development of the proposed MFP, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/MasterFacilityPlan.

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5/10/18

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Education heard an update from the All Day Kindergarten Committee. In the state of Illinois, 79% of 859 districts are offering all-day programs, as of 2015.

“All Day Kindergarten educates the whole child in a developmentally appropriate manner,” said Lincoln Principal Jen Barnabee. “It enhances the legacy of Elmhurst by supporting students to reach their full potential. Children in full day classes excel in reading, number knowledge, writing and self-regulation versus their half-day peers. A full day program provides us the time to make the learning experience for our youngest students even better. They deserve the same robust, inter-disciplinary as the rest of our students receive.”

View the Kindergarten video created by D205 Communications Office here:
 

 

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5/8/18

District 205 is working to develop the next phase of its comprehensive facilities study and is creating a Master Facility Plan that will serve our community for many years to come. There are two community-wide Future Focused meetings remaining on the following dates and at these locations:

  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 PM, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 PM, Sandburg Middle School

Each presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you, and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome!

The remaining Future Focused school-specific informational sessions are:

  • Wednesday, May 23 at Bryan - 6:15 PM
  • Thursday, May 24 at Emerson - 8:30 AM
  • Wednesday, May 30 at Sandburg - 6:15 PM

More information is available at www.elmhurst205/masterfacilityplan.

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5/3/18

Open the file below to read Volume 7, Issue 2 of the Field Times for the 2017-2018 school year. 

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4/12/18

At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the Board heard from three teachers and an instructional coach about how the infusion of technology via the District’s Mobile Learning Implementation has dramatically changed student engagement in their classrooms. They also provided teacher feedback samples on the topics of creativity, student-to-device ratios and device types.

A video created by the Communications Office demonstrated these new and exciting modes of learning and teaching. Assistant Superintendent of Innovation & Growth Dr. Mark Cohen noted that “these skills fit our concept of being future ready and future focused, allowing for collaboration in the digital space beyond the walls of the classroom.”

 

 

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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

MISSION

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