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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

Parent Links

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


Dear Falcon Families:

While the week was short, it was busy and extremely fun. I had the opportunity to eat lunch and celebrate with our December birthday students today. Listening to them talk as they decorated their birthday crowns was the highlight of my day!

Anti-Bullying Kindness WeekField School will have its first annual Anti-Bullying Kindness Week from February 12 through February 16. This week will be filled with school-wide activities with a focus on kindness, respect and bullying prevention. Staley Da Bear (Chicago Bears mascot) will be putting on a bullying prevention assembly on Wednesday, February 14! A detailed schedule with daily activities/events taking place throughout the building will be communicated very soon.

Kindergarten and “New to First Grade” Enrollment – In February, enrollment for 2018-19 incoming kindergarteners and first graders new to Field School will take place. If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2018 refer to the dates below. Also, please help by passing this information along to anyone in your neighborhood that might have a child of this age.

  • Tuesday, February 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, February 7, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the District 205 Center (162 S. York)

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.

Class Lists Process for 2018-19 School YearIt 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.

Acceleration Update – This week our grade level teams met with our instructional resource team to take an initial look at our student Fountas & Pinnell data from the fall to the winter benchmarking period. As noted in earlier communications, we regularly review assessment data and use it to evaluate student needs and provide targeted instruction around those needs. I must say this initial look at data was full of celebrations! While this is only one indicator, our students are showing strong growth in their literacy skills and students are sharing how much they enjoy their acceleration time.

We are currently in the process of reviewing data to regroup grade level acceleration groups based on student need. Due to the MAP and ACCESS testing window opening, grade level groups will be shifting on different dates as several members of our acceleration team are supporting testing. Classroom teachers will be communicating with parents if a student is entering a small group for the first time this school year, or if their growth is indicating that they will be joining a larger group. Please look for communication from classroom teachers the week of January 29.

Author Visit & Book Order – Field is delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Peter Reynolds on Thursday, February 1 to talk with our primary students about his career and new book The World Collector. If you are interested in ordering a personalized copy of his books, please return the order form sent home in your child’s backpack by Thursday, February 1.

Parent Meeting for Incoming Sixth Graders – The purpose of this meeting on Thursday, February 1, is to provide information and to review the options/choices available to your child for the 2018-19 school year. The meeting will take place at Sandburg Middle School (as well as Churchville Middle School) from 7:00 to 8:00 PM for parents AND students of incoming sixth graders.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, January 22 - No School - Teacher Institute Day
  • Thursday, February 1 - Author Visit for Primary Grades
  • Saturday, February 3 - Winter Wonderfest
  • Wednesday, February 14 - Student Late Arrival Day
  • Wednesday, February 14 - Staley Da Bear Assemblies
  • Monday, February 19 - No School - Presidents’ Day
  • Tuesday, February 20 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, February 23 - End of Trimester 2

If you need to reach me the best way is via email at or by phone at 630-834-5313. Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal


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


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.


The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be closing on January 31. Please help our schools achieve the 20% parent participation necessary to receive a report. The survey only takes about 10 minutes. To participate, visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. Schools requiring more parent participation in order to meet the 20% minimum include: Churchville, Field, Fischer, Sandburg and York.

All survey results will be presented as a school-wide aggregate, and your school and school district will never receive individual-level data. 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


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


Congratulations to Jacquelyn Discipio, Principal of Bryan Middle School, for being selected as the 2017-2018 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association DuPage Region. Ms. Discipio was selected from a pool of nominees from throughout the DuPage County region. She was honored by the District 205 Board of Education at its January 9 meeting.

She was nominated by Elmhurst District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer, who stated in his nomination that “Ms. Discipio has been asked to lead monumental and transformative change in a short period of time, examples of
which include: a successful one-to-one personalized learning implementation utilizing Chromebooks in year one; implementation of a new English Language Arts curriculum and the addition of instructional coaches in year two; ongoing development of common assessments in all grade levels and content areas; and a major overhaul of the schedule to include dedicated time for interventions and enrichment and increased co-teaching for the 2017-18 school year.”

Ms. Discipio will be honored at the DuPage IPA’s annual Spring Student Recognition Breakfast on April 23. She will now be considered for a State award from among 20 nominees representing the other regions of the Illinois Principals Association. The state winners will be announced in the spring.


Dear Falcon Families:

I hope you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed the time with your child(ren) over winter break. I am excited to be back and wanted to thank the Field PTA for spoiling me with a generous Gift Card. I am excited to spend it on something frivolous for my house guilt free. I also enjoyed the many holiday cards, thoughtful gifts and family pictures shared with me. I have hung the pictures on my wall and they have added warmth that was not present before. Thank you cards are in the works. Unfortunately, I found myself down with the flu and not really feeling quite myself until after the New Year. Thankfully my family was not hit as hard and we had only one more case of strep at the Thomas house over the break. I am hoping this round of cold weather will knock out whatever seems to be making the rounds.

Holiday Parties – While I was so disappointed that the flu caused an early departure for me on the Friday before break, I was able to take a look at some of the pictures and hear from staff how wonderful the holiday parties were. I am so impressed with the creativity and commitment of our Field parents!

Illinois 5Essentials Survey - Your Input is Essential – Currently Field has a 5% parent response rate. I would like to encourage you to please take the 2017 Illinois 5Essentials Survey as we need a minimum of 20% of parents in order for us to receive the report and for our data to be included on the Illinois School Report Card. 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 to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. The parent survey takes about 10 minutes. To take the 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 closing soon. I 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

Math Parent Night – Building off the success of Family Math Night, I am excited to invite Field parents to experience open and creative math with Mr. Dave Beedy, Director of STEM Education. Mr. Beedy will be sharing the direction of math in our district and how our focus on problem solving and critical thinking will prepare students for college, career and life.

Winter Clothes for Recess & TDPE – Now that the low temperatures are back, please send your child(ren) to school with appropriate outside gear. If you or someone you know is in need of clothing for this cold weather please let me know and I can help provide the necessary items. When there is snow on the ground students need snow pants, snow boots, hats and gloves in order to play in the snow and on the field. Check with your child(ren) to ensure they have what they need especially since the Lost & Found pile has been growing.

Support the Foundation with the Purchase of a 2018 Golden Raffle Ticket – The District 205 Foundation is selling 100 Golden Raffle tickets that offer a choice of three fabulous trips to a single winner. The winning ticket will be drawn at the 2018 Gala on February 10 (the winner does not need to be present). Tickets are $100 each. This is a great way to support the Foundation with decent odds for a chance to ski in Lake Tahoe, sun in the Dominican Republic or golf at Pebble Beach. Visit this site for details.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 16 - PTA Meeting at 1:45 PM
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Student Late Arrival Day
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Parent Math Night at 7:15 PM
  • Friday, January 19 - December Birthday Lunches with the Principal (Rescheduled)
  • Monday, January 22 - No School - Teacher Institute Day

As always if you need to reach me the best way is via email at or by phone at 630-834-5313. Stay warm and enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal


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.