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It’s time for the York Holiday Apparel Sale! The Athletic Boosters have a fabulous collection of York swag, just in time for holiday gift giving. Visit the online store today and place your order for these items which are only available to purchase through November 16th, 2018. Your order can be picked up during the Holiday Apparel Open House at York on Dec 13th from 11:00 a.m-2:30 p.m and 7:00 p.m-8:30pm. 

 

On the pick-up date, the Athletic Boosters will also have the entire inventory of items available for sale. New for this year, orders can be mailed directly to you for a flat $15 charge.

For more details, visit the Athletic Boosters/Apparel page on the York web page or visit online store.

Questions, please contact Christine CLJuneman@gmail.com.
 

Visit the store online at: https://patriciasspiritwear.tuosystems.com/stores/yorkholiday


 

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Posted by: Jenna Ernst, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/8/18




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Dear Falcon Families,

It was wonderful to see so many of you last Friday at Field’s Fall Fest. It was such an outstanding event hosted by the Field PTA. I want to extend a very special thank you to Lisa McCloskey, the Fall Fest committee and everyone who volunteered their time and donated resources to make the night so special!

I also want to thank the parent volunteers that worked to set up, sell items and pack up the PBIS Feather Store today. I hope your kids have come home sharing all the exciting things they are doing in their classrooms as well as the school wide events. Today was very busy with students shopping at the PBIS Feather Store, participating in Running Club and attending the Wizards assembly to build excitement for the basketball game at York High School tomorrow. Tickets for the game will be sold at the door based upon availability. This is a laugh out loud family friendly event that is sure to entertain as the D205 All-Stars take on the Harlem Wizards. Field will be represented by Mr. Kolb (PE Teacher) and Ms. Salaman (Social Worker). Please visit www.elmhurst205.org/wizards for the full team roster, details and tickets.

If you are not already following our Field Instagram and are looking for a way to be more connected to day-to-day school happenings, I encourage you to follow us @FieldD205. You can also search Field205 on Instagram to find many of our classroom teachers.

Parent/Teacher Conferences All parents of elementary school students are invited to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences. In order to sign up for a conference, parents who haven't already created a PowerSchool Single Sign-on (SSO) Account need to do so no later than Sunday, November 4 at 6:00 AM.

Conference sign up begins at 6:00 AM on November 5 and closes at midnight on November 9. When the sign-up portal opens, log in to PowerSchool and you will see a Parent/Teacher Conference sign-up link adjacent to your child’s photo. Click the sign-up link and you will be able to schedule conferences for all elementary school students in your family. Be sure to sign up for a conference with your child’s classroom teacher and REACH Teacher (Mrs. Rider). Parents will also have an option to sign up for a 10-minute conference with our building Specials teachers (Art, Music, PE, Spanish and the Librarian) if you are interested. These additional conferences are optional.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on November 19 (4:30 to 8:00 PM) and November 20 (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM). There will be no school for elementary students on Tuesday, November 20.

UCCA Holiday Food Drive Until November 16 Field families are invited to help fill holiday food boxes by donating food items to their classrooms through November 16. We are having a friendly competition at Field and the winning classroom will earn a STEM activity with Mrs. Thomas and Ms. Murphy. The donations will be picked up from Field and moved to the Elmhurst Public Works Garage where they will be sorted and boxed for distribution in December. There are also collection bins at the Elmhurst Public Library, the YMCA and Park District locations until November 25.

PTA Reflections Art Program Get Creative! Calling all Field students! It’s time to get your creative juices flowing for the annual PTA Reflections Arts Program. This year’s theme is “Heroes Around Me”. Students are invited to create works of art that reflect the theme in any of six different categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Select projects will be eligible to advance through council, district, region, state and national levels of the program. Projects are due to the front office on November 14. Visit Field’s Reflections web page for more information.

Here is a video to view from the National PTA Reflections Program.

Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 10 Come and celebrate the holiday with the York High School Student Council and enjoy a wonderful breakfast from 9 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 10 in the York HS cafeteria. Breakfast is free for veterans and their friends and families. RSVP to Student Council Advisor, Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285. Please leave a message with the number of people who will be attending. Return calls will not be made unless questions arise.

Field Falcons – Be sure to note the following upcoming events on your calendar:

  • November 3 - Harlem Wizards vs. D205 All-Stars at York High School at 5:00 PM
  • November 4 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • November 5 - Parent/Teacher Conferences sign up opens at 6:00 AM
  • November 6 - Election Day
  • November 8 - Family Math Night from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • November 9 - Parent/Teacher Conferences sign up closes at midnight
  • November 10 - Running Club Drumstick Dash
  • November 13 - PTA meeting at 3:15 PM in the library
  • November 14-19 - PTA Book Fair in the gym
  • November 19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences from 4:30 to 8:00 PM
  • November 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • November 21-23 - No school
  • November 26 - Classes resume
  • November 28 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM

Enjoy your weekend.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 11/2/18




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All elementary parents, Early Childhood-Grade 5, are invited to attend Parent Teacher Conferences! In order to sign up for a conference, parents who haven't already created a PowerSchool single sign-on account need to do so no later than Sunday, November 4.

 

Conference sign up begins at 6 a.m. November 5 until midnight November 9. When sign-up opens, first log in to PowerSchool and you will see a parent-teacher-conference sign-up link adjacent to your child’s photo. Click the sign-up link and you will be able schedule all of the EC-5 children in your family.

Conferences will be from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018, and from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Visit the 2018 Parent Teacher Conference page for more information.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 10/30/18




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Next week, second and fifth grade Field students will take the verbal and quantitative battery of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The CogAT provides a snapshot of your child’s abilities in the areas of verbal and quantitative functioning.

The verbal battery assesses verbal inductive reasoning, problem solving and verbal comprehension. The quantitative battery measures general abstract reasoning skills; particularly inductive reasoning and specific mathematical reasoning skills. The nonverbal battery assesses inductive reasoning skills. If you would like a better understanding of this assessment, you can find information from the publisher at www.cogat.com.

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 10/22/18




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Field Falcons – Be sure to note the following upcoming events on your calendar:

  • October 24 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • October 26 - Field Fall Family Fest from 6 to 8:00 PM
  • October 30 - Picture retakes from 9:30 to 11:30 AM
  • October 30 - Annual Parent Workshop at Sandburg Middle School from 12:30 to 2:30 PM
  • November 2 - End of trimester 1
  • November 2 - PBIS Store from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • November 2 - Wizards Assemblies
  • November 3 - Harlem Wizards vs. D205 All-Stars at York High School at 5:00 PM
  • November 4 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • November 6 - Election Day
  • November 8 - Family Math Night from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • November 10 - Running Club Drumstick Dash
  • November 13 - PTA meeting at 3:15 PM in the library
  • November 14-16 - PTA Book Fair in the gym
  • November 19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences from 4:30 to 8:00 PM
  • November 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • November 21-23 - No school
  • November 26 - Classes resume
  • November 28 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 10/22/18




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Dear Field Falcon Families,

While the week may have been short, it was very busy! Field staff participated in Calm Classroom training on last Friday’s Institute Day. We are excited to implement these practices in our classrooms. You may have seen our Instagram posts or heard about it from your child. Calm Classroom uses simple research-based mindfulness techniques to help students develop self-awareness, mental focus and emotional resilience. Self-awareness helps us to better understand how our thoughts and emotions influence our behavior so we can make more conscious decisions. The ability to focus is like a mental muscle. The more we work it, the stronger it becomes. The more focused we are, the more successful we can be at whatever we are doing. By learning effective emotional management strategies, students can develop self-regulation skills in order to achieve a state of calm when needed.

Getting Ready for Parent/Teacher Conferences Conferences will take place from 4:30 to 8:00 PM on Monday, November 19, and from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Like last year, we will be using PowerPTC within PowerSchool for parents to schedule conferences. More information will be sent soon.

Field School Community Tours Please consider inviting neighbors and friends in the community to Field’s Community Tours the evenings of October 15 and 16 hosted by myself and Dr. Moyer. The purpose of these tours is to help the community learn more about our needs. Please refer to the full Referendum Building Tour Schedule.

Field Running Club Running Club is off to a great start. Our students have really enjoyed this time to exercise with their friends. Thank you so much to our parent volunteers and to Mrs. Tanny and Mrs. Stanley for their time and efforts sponsoring this club each year.

International Walk/Bike to School Day Thank you to our parent volunteers and especially Mrs. Nicholson for coordinating the International Walk to School Day. While it was chillier than many of us would have liked, the rain held off and many of our families were able to skip driving and walk or bike to school.

PTA Fall Family Fest (Friday, October 26 from 6 to 8:00 PM) – The planning is underway for our exciting new Fall Family Fest! There are so many fun activities planned such as horse-drawn wagon rides, inflatable haunted maze, trunk-or-treat, glow-in-the-dark monster mash, cider and doughnut stands and more!! This event is free to all Field families (with the exception of a small cost for doughnuts). 

New PBIS Store Format Along with the traditional format of the "feather store" we would like to give students the opportunity to use their feathers to earn experiences taking place during lunch recess. For example, students could "buy" a face painting session, manicures, a pottery painting experience, etc. We are open to ideas. If you have a special talent or interest and would like to be a part of these experiences please email me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org.

Referendum Endorsed by Elmhurst Chamber of CommerceThe building tour schedule can be accessed on the Master Facility Plan page of the district website. Dates have been added at Madison. The Foundation will host an information night on Thursday, October 18, at the Elmhurst Public Library at 7:30 PM. The PTA Council will host a similar event on Wednesday, October 24, in the York Commons at 7:00 PM.

Special Education Resources and Curriculum The Special Education Resource Group (SERG) is thrilled to present an informative, insightful session showcasing the resources available from Pre-K to Post High School. Come hear valuable information from this not-to-be-missed meeting on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 PM at the D205 Administration Office located at 162 S. York.

  • State of Special Education in D205, presented by Dr. Kosteck
  • Insight into Curriculum and Programming Process, presented by Dr. Cohen and Dr. Kosteck
  • Teacher Collaboration Between General and Special Education, presented by Dr. Kosteck
  • Special Education Updates in the upcoming Referendum, presented by Emily Bastedo

If parents would like to be added to the SERG mailing list, please complete this form.

Noteworthy Events Throughout the District:

  • Hawthorne to Host Author Dr. Katie Martin. Hawthorne Elementary is pleased to welcome Learner Centered Innovation Author Dr. Katie Martin on October 23, for a day-long series of workshops for D205 elementary teachers and parents, designed to help foster a continued love of learning in children and adults. For more information, contact D205 Instructional Coach Effey Nassis at enassis@elmhurst205.org.
  • Referendum Updates. The Elmhurst PTA Council will host “Referendum 101” at 7:00 PM on October 24 in York High School Commons. D205 Board President Kara Caforio and Supt. Dr. David Moyer will be on hand to answer questions about the referendum.
  • Conrad Fischer School Singers are performing on October 13 at the Heritage Day Festival at the Churchville One-Room Schoolhouse between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. This is a fun, free event for families.
  • Monsters & Munchkins Family Fun Obstacle Course at Berens Park. Families with children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in the Monsters & Munchkins Obstacle Course Race at Berens Park on October 21 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This fully mobile 2km obstacle course is presented by Team Ignite, a not-for-profit group that promotes physical fitness and offers a version of the course at two district elementary schools. The cost to participate is $25 and proceeds will benefit both The District 205 Foundation and Team Ignite. The Foundation provides additional resources and educational enhancements for all 13 public schools. For information and registration, visit ti4k.org/ocr.
  • National Thought Leader on Opioid Pandemic to Speak on October 16. Tim Ryan, national thought leader and recovering addict, will speak to the Elmhurst community on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM in the Bryan Middle School auditorium.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 15 - Field building tours at 6:00 & 6:30 PM
  • October 16 - PTA meeting at 3:15 PM in the library
  • October 16 - Field building tours at 5:30 & 6:00 PM
  • October 18 - SERG presentation at 7:00 PM at the D205 Office
  • October 24 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • October 26 - Field Fall Family Fest from 6 to 8:00 PM
  • October 30 - Picture retakes from 9:30 to 11:30 AM
  • October 30 - Annual Parent Workshop at Sandburg Middle School from 12:30 to 2:30 PM
  • November 2 - End of trimester 1
  • November 2 - PBIS Store from 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM
  • November 3 - Harlem Wizards vs. D205 All-Stars at York High School at 5:00 PM
  • November 6 - Election Day
  • November 8 - Family Math Night - Information to follow
  • November 10 - Running Club Drumstick Dash
  • November 13 - PTA meeting at 7:00 PM in the library
  • November 14-16 - PTA Book Fair in the gym
  • November 19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences from 4:30 to 8:00 PM
  • November 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • November 21-23 - No school
  • November 26 - Classes resume
  • November 28 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM

Enjoy the cooler temperatures this weekend.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 10/18/18




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Dear Falcon Families,

We were all smiles today for Picture Day! Please review the AM Drop-off and PM Pick-up procedures listed below as well as information about the Referendum Vote and Upcoming Events.

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. Review this diagram showing how the drop-off and pick-up traffic should flow. 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.

Learn About the D205 Master Facility Plan & Upcoming Referendum Vote The Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education has placed a $168.5 million facilities bond referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Learn more about the upcoming referendum. Visit the revamped D205 Master Facility Plan page for additional background information. Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will offer building tours of several campuses in the weeks leading up to referendum bond vote on Election Day (Nov. 6.) The tours are open to the community and designed as a chance for taxpayers to learn more about the referendum and ask questions. Field will be hosting a few community tours of our building in October. The purpose of these tours is to help the community learn more about our needs. Please see here for more information. The Field building tours take place on:

  • October 2 - 6:00 & 6:30 PM
  • October 15 - 6:00 & 6:30 PM
  • October 16 - 5:30 & 6:00 PM

Upcoming Events:

  • October 2 - Field building tours at 6:00 & 6:30 PM
  • October 5 - Institute Day - No school for students
  • October 8 - Columbus Day - No school
  • October 10 - International Walk to School Day
  • October 15 - Field building tours at 6:00 & 6:30 PM
  • October 16 - PTA meeting at 3:15 PM in the Library
  • October 16 - Field building tours at 5:30 & 6:00 PM
  • October 24 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • October 26 - Field Fall Family Fest
  • October 30 - Annual Parent Workshop at Sandburg Middle School from 12:30 to 2:30 PM
  • November 2 - End of Trimester 1
  • November 3 - Harlem Wizards vs. D205 All-Stars at York High School at 5:00 PM
  • November 6 - Election Day
  • November 8 - Family Math Night - Information to follow
  • November 10 - Running Club Drumstick Dash

Enjoy your weekend.
 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 10/1/18




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Dear Falcon Families,

Can you believe we have been back in school for a month already? Time flies when you are having fun! I have enjoyed having conversations with students about their learning these past few weeks. Our classrooms are working to build community and empower students to take ownership of their learning as we strive to ensure deep learning and attainment of the 6C’s (character, citizenship, creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking). As we go through the school year, I will take some time to highlight and provide further information on each of these C’s in our newsletter. 

There is a great deal happening at Field and in the district, so please see the information below.

Literacy Acceleration Field’s Literacy Acceleration is up and running in all grade levels. As we shared on Curriculum Night and in newsletters, this is a second dose of literacy instruction for ALL students. It is thirty minutes per day in addition to the Reading Workshop block. During Literacy Acceleration, support staff “flood” the grade level so we are able to regroup students across the grade according to their reading levels. Students who are not currently performing at grade level will be seen in small groups. Students who are performing at grade level will be in larger groups with materials at their level. The groups are made based on Fountas and Pinnell Reading Levels and classroom performance. The groups are flexible and students will be moved so they are constantly working at an appropriate level.

Learn About the D205 Master Facility Plan & Upcoming Referendum Vote The Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education has placed a $168.5 million facilities bond referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Learn more about the upcoming referendum. Visit the revamped D205 Master Facility Plan page for additional background information.

Community School Finance Night at Lincoln Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will offer building tours of several campuses in the weeks leading up to referendum bond vote on Election Day (Nov. 6.) The tours are open to the community and designed as a chance for taxpayers to learn more about the referendum and ask questions.

The first tour is set for 6:00 PM on Monday, September 24 at Lincoln School. A Community School Finance Night presentation follows at 7:00 PM. School officials will be present to discuss the district’s financial picture as well as answer questions.
For a deeper understanding of D205 school finances, please consider joining school officials for this special session.

Field will be hosting a few community tours of our building in October. The purpose of these tours is to help the community learn more about our needs. Please see here for more information. The Field building tours take place on:

  • October 2 - 6:00 & 6:30 PM
  • October 15 - 6:00 & 6:30 PM
  • October 16 - 5:30 & 6:00 PM

Field Eat & EarnSweetberry Bowls opened in Elmhurst last month. We are excited that they would like to participate in an Eat & Earn with the Field School PTA! On Thursday, September 27 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, Sweetberry Bowls will donate a portion of the proceeds from all purchases to the Field PTA! Sweetberry Bowls is located at 156 North York Street in Elmhurst.
 

Message from the District 205 Foundation – This year, students and staff are benefiting from over $192,000 in Foundation funding that provides educational enhancements, more resources and additional programming across all K-12 district schools. This is a direct result of community support and we thank all of our donors for their generosity. We are currently seeking Foundation sponsors for this upcoming year. Contact our Executive Director at 630-617-2328 to learn more about this special opportunity.

Please save the following dates for these upcoming fundraisers and stay tuned for details:

  • Holiday Tree Sale - Orders due October 26 - Support the charming Elmhurst tradition of tree-lined streets by volunteering as a block captain or purchasing an outdoor or indoor tree. Visit www.elmhurst205.org/HolidayTrees for information and to place an order.
  • Harlem Wizards vs. D205 All-Stars Basketball Exhibition Event on Saturday, November 3 at 5:00 PM at York High School
  • 2019 Foundation Gala on Saturday, February 9 at 6:00 PM at the Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook

REACH Parent Informational Meeting – Deborah Lee, Director of Curriculum, will be speaking at Sandburg Middle School on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 PM. The presentation will cover a program overview, identification, expectations, appeals and more. There will be an added focus on those families new to REACH. In addition, experienced REACH parents and students will be on hand for a Q&A session to address parent questions and/or concerns. This program is open to all parents including second grade parents wanting to learn more about the program.
 

Important Dates:

  • September 26 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • September 27 - Eat & Earn at Sweetberry Bowls from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
  • September 27 - Field PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Library
  • September 28 - Picture Day
  • October 2 - Field building tours at 6:00 & 6:30 PM
  • October 5 - Institute Day - No school for students
  • October 8 - Columbus Day - No school
  • October 10 - International Walk to School Day
  • October 15 - Field building tours at 6:00 & 6:30 PM
  • October 16 - PTA meeting at 3:15 PM in the Library
  • October 16 - Field building tours at 5:30 & 6:00 PM
  • October 24 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • October 26 - Field Fall Family Fest
  • October 30 - Annual Parent Workshop at Sandburg Middle School from 12:30 to 2:30 PM
  • November 3 - Harlem Wizards vs. D205 All-Stars at York High School at 5:00 PM

Enjoy your weekend.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 9/24/18




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Dear Falcon Families,

It has been a wonderful short week at Field despite all the rain. Students have been working hard in reading, math, and have been continuing to work on developing their growth mindset. Please remember that we have two student late arrivals this month on Wednesday, September 12 and September 26.

Author Visit – We are excited to welcome author Suzanne Slade to Field School on Tuesday, September 11, to highlight her new book, Countdown: 2879 Days to the Moon. Her presentations for third through fifth grade will focus on the research and writing process. In addition, she has graciously volunteered to briefly speak with first and second grade students about her writing experience as a child. Mrs. Slade will be signing copies of her books later in the day. The book signing may delay some of the “walkers.” Please return the order form to school by Monday, September 10.

Literacy Acceleration – The Field Literacy Acceleration instructional block will be up and running for all grade levels by September 17. As we shared on Curriculum Night, this is a second dose of literacy instruction for ALL students. It is 30 minutes per day in addition to the Reading Workshop block. During Literacy Acceleration, support staff “flood” the grade level so we are able to regroup students across the grade according to their reading levels. Students who are not currently performing at grade level will be seen in small groups. Students who are performing at grade level will be in larger groups with materials at their level. The groups are made based on Fountas and Pinnell Reading Levels, MAP scores and classroom performance. The groups are flexible and students will be moved so they are constantly working at an appropriate level.

Parent Handbook – Please review The Elementary School 2018-19 Student and Parent Handbook for important information regarding policies and procedures. You can find it online on the District 205 website. If you have not already done so, please return a completed handbook sign-off sheet to the school office.

Social Media – If you are not already doing so, consider following us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@FieldD205) to see more of the learning taking place at Field! Also, many of our teachers have Instagram accounts. If you search field205 you can choose to follow them as well.

Upcoming Dates:

  • September 11 - Suzanne Slade Author Visit
  • September 12 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • September 18 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Library
    • Dr. Moyer & Shannon Ebner will be in attendance
  • September 26 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • September 28 - Picture Day
  • October 5 - Teacher Institute Day - No School for Students
  • October 8 - Columbus Day - No School

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions. I can be reached at hthomas@elmhurst205.org or by calling the office at (630) 834-5313.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 9/7/18




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Dear Falcon Families,

What a wonderful full week of school this has been! We were very busy and it was so nice to see the students in their classrooms building their reading stamina, expanding their mindsets and focusing on building relationships.

New Faces at Field – We are happy to welcome several new staff members this year. Please see the linked slide show for an introduction to some of our new Field Falcons.

Student Late Arrival Day (Wednesday, August 29) – We will have our first student late arrival of the school year next Wednesday. As a reminder there is no morning supervision until 9:30 AM.

Curriculum Night Grades K-5 (Thursday, August 30) – This is a parent-only event. For parents of children in multiple grades, we will host two sessions to accommodate the opportunity to have time with each teacher.

  • 6:00-6:30 PM: Session 1 (Classroom) - All grades K-5 and REACH will offer a presentation at this time
  • 6:35-6:55 PM: Auditorium (Building & District Information)
  • 7:00-7:30 PM: Session 2 (Classroom) - All grades K-5 and REACH will offer the same presentation for parents of siblings who needed to attend a different grade during Session 1.

Technology Update – This year, our kindergarteners have one iPad per every two students, first graders each have an iPad and our second through fifth graders have Chromebooks. Our students have access to Restricted YouTube. You can find more information on YouTube here.

Parenting Presentation on October 30 – There is a presentation on Tuesday, October 30 at Sandburg Middle School. This presentation is about setting and maintaining healthy boundaries with your children. You can find more information here.

Upcoming Events:

  • August 29 - Student Late Arrival - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • August 30 - Curriculum Night (Schedule Above)
  • September 3 - Labor Day - No school
  • September 18 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Library
  • September 28 - Picture Day

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. I can be reached at hthomas@elmhurst205.org or by calling the office at (630) 834-5313.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Heidi Thomas

Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 8/24/18




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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 fieldschoolpta@gmail.com 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 hthomas@elmhurst205.org or by calling the office at (630) 834-5313. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with each of you!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal




 

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 8/17/18




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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 hthomas@elmhurst205.org.

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!

Sincerely,

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

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 8/10/18




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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.).

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 7/17/18




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On Tuesday, June 19, at the Board of Education meeting, Todd Schmidt was named the new Director of Facilities for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Mr. Schmidt has 18 years of experience in facilities in the Rockford Public School District, serving as the Chief Operations Officer/Executive Director of Operations since 2009.

Mr. Schmidt has directed a department of approximately 900 in-house and privately contracted employees in Facility Maintenance, Custodial Services, Transportation, Nutrition Services, Student Assignment, Materials Management, Construction Engineering and Life Safety. He was responsible for $68 million in annual operating expenditures and $250 million capital improvement plan. Additionally, he has supervised the implementation of a $250M capital improvement plan that was the result of a successful ballot initiative.

“Todd has a wealth of knowledge and experience in facility management. He will be a huge addition to our facility team, and we are looking forward to working with him,” said Chris Whelton, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations.

Mr. Schmidt received the Governor’s Environment Hero Award in 2011 and is a veteran of the United States Navy.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 6/27/18




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On May 23rd, at approximately 3:36 p.m., the Elmhurst Police Department responded to Churchville Middle School, located at 155 Victory Parkway for a reported suspicious person. Upon the arrival of police, officers learned a 12-year-old female reported that while outside of the school shortly after dismissal, a male/Hispanic, approximately 35-40 years old, with short dark hair and a mustache, driving a Black Toyota Sienna minivan asked her if she needed a ride. The Toyota Sienna was parked in the pick-up lane of the school. The subject started to exit the vehicle and the female immediately ran away from the area. The area was checked by police, but was not able to locate the vehicle.

A school surveillance video captured a picture the vehicle in front of one of the doors. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Elmhurst Police at 630-530-3050.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/23/18




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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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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 5/22/18




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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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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/12/18




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At its May 8 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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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/10/18




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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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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 5/8/18




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

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 5/3/18




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The final calendar of the 2017-18 school year was approved at the April 24 Board of Education meeting. Below is a list of last days and dismissal times. Both the calendar and last days are posted on the District website's calendar page. They are:

          May 24th:  Last day of school for Early Childhood students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for AM/PM kindergarten students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for high school students
          May 25th:  Last day of school for elementary school students (11:15 AM dismissal)
          May 25th:  Last day of school for middle school students (11:35 AM dismissal)

 

 

Calendario aprobado de fin de año
 

El calendario final del año escolar 2017-18 (final calendar of the 2017-18 school year) fue aprobado en la Reunión de la Junta del Consejo de Educación del 24 de Abril. A continuación se muestra una lista de los últimos días y los tiempos de salida. Tanto el calendario como los últimos días se publican en la página del calendario (calendar page) del sitio web del Distrito. Los días son:

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de preescolar.

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de clases para estudiantes de Kinder AM/PM

  • Mayo 24th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Preparatoria

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Primaria (Salida 11:15 AM)

  • Mayo 25th:  Último día de escuela para estudiantes de Secundaria (Salida 11:35 AM)

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/25/18




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The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth honored young volunteers at its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards program held Wednesday, April 18, at Sandburg Middle School in front of a packed house. Ken Bartels served as Master of Ceremonies. District 205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer and Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley welcomed the honorees and their families.

The Exemplary Youth Service Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated at least one of the following criteria through volunteer service: the level of involvement should demonstrate an exemplary commitment; the service must contribute to the health and well–being of a worthy individual or group or the community at large; the service should help promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The 83 honorees ranged in age from elementary through high school. Nine groups and 18 individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Serving as distinguished judges were Elmhurst Police Deputy Chief Michael McLean, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Anaszewiczand Alderman Marti Deuter.Speakers for the evening included Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients from Kartwheels for Kids, a group of five York High School students who have been volunteering and fundraising together since they were fifth graders.

Other Exemplary Youth Service Award recipients included an elementary group known as the Sweet Treats and the following individuals: from Churchville Middle School – Jackie Cimino and Cayliann Gillie and from York High School – Sean Hayes, Dani Kolosiekeand Samantha Uditsky.

The program will air on Uverse Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 6 next month and will also be available for viewing at www.ElmhurstTV.com. The program is linked below.

Youth Commissioners include: Jackie Tamer (Chair), Kim Brigman, Jan DeCoursey, Sharon Karpiel, Marisa Mancini, Patricia McKernan, Bob Rasho, Derek Schlager, Mark Soehn, Ann Zimmer, Dan Corrigan, Nick Waldenmeyer, Melea Smith and Alderman Dannee Polomsky.

Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Kartwheels for Kids


Exemplary Youth Service Award winners Sweet Treats

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/19/18




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On Tuesday, April 24, at the D205 Board of Education meeting, there will be a presentation by architects Wight & Company, which will highlight various facility options, overlaid with findings from Focus 205. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York. All community members are welcomed to attend. As a reminder, the new boundary report was presented by Cropper GIS at the April 10 meeting. To view other related presentations delivered to the Board over the last few months, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/masterfacilityplan.

There will be multiple opportunities to participate in Future Focused community meetings during the Master Facility Plan process. Please make an effort to attend one of these meetings so you are informed about proposed changes that may affect you.

  • Saturday, May 12, 9:30 – 11:30 am, York High School
  • Monday, May 14, 7 – 9 pm, Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 7 – 9 pm, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 7 – 9 pm, Sandburg Middle School 

Your feedback and participation throughout this entire process is important. Come join the conversation!
 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/18/18




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Dear Falcon Families,

McTeacher’s Night was a success! It was so nice to be able to see and chat with so many Field families. Hopefully it was helpful to have a night off of dinner planning as we raised money for Field.

District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its facilities study and is working to create a Master Facility Plan that will serve our students for many years to come. There will be a presentation by our architects, Wight & Company, at the April 24 Board meeting which will incorporate the new Boundary Report (presented April 10) overlaid with findings from Focus 205.

The District will work with the Community Advisory Team to create a presentation to be shared with the public on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, May 12 at York Community High School from 9:30 to 11:30 AM
  • Monday, May 14 at Churchville Middle School from 7 to 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 23 at Bryan Middle School from 7 to 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 30 at Sandburg Middle School from 7 to 9:00 PM

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!

Crosstown Battle of the BooksThe Crosstown Battle of the Books will be on Tuesday, April 17 at the Elmhurst Public Library at 3:30 PM. Aneesh Bargaje, Jack Ciannella, Aaron Jobi, Sam Kehoe and Ben Langan won the Field competition. As the Crosstown defending champion, Field will present the trophy to the 2018 champion. Please cheer on our team Tuesday afternoon.

Tentative Last Day of SchoolI have had several questions about the last day of school. The Board does not approve the last day of school until the second meeting in April (April 24). If there are no changes, it is my understanding that the tentative last day of school will be a half day of school on May 25. Please note that this can change.

Save the Date - Celebration of Learning - April 25 – Please note that Field’s Celebration of Learning (formerly BRAG Night) will take place on Wednesday, April 25. This is a different day than the other elementary schools. We are looking forward to celebrating with you.

Top Pizza - Taste of Elmhurst - April 26, York's Campbell Gym – The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM in the York High School Green & White Gym (please note change of location). Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating again this year include: Bacci, DiLeo’s, Fratellos, Gullivers, Lou Malnati’s, Mama Maria’s and Roberto’s. Newcomers are Aurelio’s and Rosati’s.

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. Please note that the time has been extended to 8:00 PM so you can continue the celebration.​​

Lunch/Recess Parent Support Volunteers Needed – Thank you so much to the parents that were able to volunteer to support the supervision of lunch/recess. We will begin having parent volunteers supporting on Monday, April 16. We are still looking for additional parent support (one day a week for an hour). Please send me an email if you are able to support hthomas@elmhurst205.org.

Yearbook OrdersPurchase yearbook orders at www.treering.com. If you are a new user to this site, the passcode for Field is 101314646658836. The deadline to purchase and have custom pages made is May 2.

Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday, April 17 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 17 - Crosstown Battle of the Books at 3:30 - Elmhurst Public Library
  • 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 2 - Yearbook Orders Due
  • Wednesday, May 9 - Student Late Arrival
  • Thursday, May 10 - Fourth Grade Music Performance at 6:00 PM; Field Singers at 6:45 PM; Fifth Grade Music Performance at 7:30 PM
  • Monday, May 14 - Game Show Assemblies Sponsored by the PTA
  • Thursday, May 17 - Fifth Grade Performance at 7:00 PM
  • Monday, May 21 - Field Day
  • Tuesday, May 22 - Field Day Rain Date
  • Wednesday, May 23 - Kindergarten Performance at 10:15 AM
  • Friday, May 25 - Tentative Last Day of School (Pending Board Approval)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 4/13/18




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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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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/12/18




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Dear Falcon Families:

It was extremely nice to see so many families at Field’s Art Fest last night. While I was driving home I thought about how lucky I am to be part of a community that comes together to put on such an amazing event. I wanted to sincerely thank the volunteers that made the night such a huge success. The hours of planning and preparation truly paid off since all the students I spoke to raved about the evening. A special thank you to Christina Moss who coordinated the event and to all the members of the committee for making it such a special evening for all participants!

Save the Date - Celebration of Learning - April 25 – Please note that Field’s Celebration of Learning (formerly BRAG Night) will take place on Wednesday, April 25. This is a different day than the other elementary schools. We are looking forward to celebrating with you.

Class Lists Process for 2018-19 School YearWhile this information was previously included in a January newsletter, I wanted to share the process again for creating class lists at Field since we are getting closer to the end of the school year.

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 May 1. 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.

Top Pizza Taste of ElmhurstThe tradition continues with this year’s seventh​ annual Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst on April 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the York High School Commons. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating again this year include: Bacci, DiLeo’s, Fratellos, Gullivers, Lou Malnati’s, Mama Maria’s and Roberto’s. Newcomers are Aurelio’s and Rosati’s.

This is a great fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas both familiar and new to them. For those students and families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner. Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our schools. For more information and to purchase the entrance fee in advance, visitwww.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

Invite-to-Teach Project (Indoor Recess Donation Request) – Please watch for a note from our York Invite-to-Teach students. If you are able to support this project, a link to the sign-up genius will be included in the PTA newsletter this Sunday.

Lunch/Recess Parent Support Volunteers Needed – Thank you to the parents that were able to volunteer to support the supervision of lunch/recess. We are in the process of scheduling a meeting to put together a schedule. We are still in need of a few more volunteers. Please provide your availability at this link if you are able to support.

Yearbook OrdersPurchase yearbook orders at www.treering.com. If you are a new user to this site, the passcode for Field is 101314646658836. The deadline to purchase and have custom pages made is May 2.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, April 9 - McTeacher’s Night from 4 to 7:00 PM
  • Monday, April 9 - PARCC Testing Grades 3,4 & 5 (AM & PM)
  • Tuesday, April 10 - PARCC Testing Grades 3,4 & 5 (AM & 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 2 - Yearbook Orders Due
  • Wednesday, May 9 - Student Late Arrival
  • Thursday, May 10 - Fourth Grade Music Performance at 6:00 PM; Field Singers at 6:45 PM; Fifth Grade Music Performance at 7:30 PM
  • Monday, May 14 - Game Show Assemblies Sponsored by the PTA
  • Thursday, May 17 - Fifth Grade Performance at 7:00 PM
  • Monday, May 21 - Field Day
  • Tuesday, May 22 - Field Day Rain Date
  • Wednesday, May 23 – Kindergarten Performance at 10:15 AM
  • Friday, May 25 - Tentative Last Day of School (Pending Board Approval)

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 4/6/18




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The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM in the York High Campbell (Green & White) Gym. Local area restaurants and pizzerias will showcase their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeo, Fratello, Gulliver, Lou Malnati, Mama Maria and Roberto's. Newcomers include Aurelio's and Rosati's.

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration.

Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our  EC-12 schools. For more information and to purchase entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line, click HERE.

 


 

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 4/6/18




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Good Afternoon -

As most of you know, there was an increased police presence at York High School today, March 22, to ensure the safety of our students and staff in light of what the police have called "a suspicious threat" which they received. Classes at York proceeded smoothly today, and there were no incidents of any kind. There have been no reports that suggest a reason to be concerned at any of our other schools. I have been in contact with the Chief of Police throughout the day as we have been monitoring the situation.

School will be in session tomorrow, March 23, and it will be treated as a normal school day. There will continue to be a heightened police presence at York and additional security measures will be in place. Please be advised that all York students should be prepared to show their IDs when they enter the building tomorrow.

I would like to thank all of you who have expressed concern and support in this difficult time. Rest assured that if we believed students and staff were in imminent danger, we would not be holding school tomorrow. Whether or not you decide to keep your child(ren) home from school on Friday - or any other day - is a family decision.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent of Schools

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/22/18




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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!

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/20/18




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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

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/18




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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 (bberg@elmhurst205.org) 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.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/19/18




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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

 

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 3/16/18




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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.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/16/18




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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. 

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 3/12/18




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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

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 3/9/18




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, February 28. 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. In addition, Friday, March 2 will be a Teacher Institute Day with no school for students.

 

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.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/27/18




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Dear Falcon Families:

It is hard to believe it is already the end of the second trimester and it will be March next week. This year is going by very quickly! I have enjoyed spending time in many classes this week. After sitting in on a lesson for nearly 20 minutes, one of the students turned around and remarked, “I didn’t even know you were here, you are stealthy”. It made my day for two reasons; his choice of vocabulary and he was so engaged he didn’t even hear my shoes click into the classroom.

We have a busy week ahead. Mr. Fijor (PE Teacher) planned an exciting Jump Rope for Heart event for Thursday, March 1. He has spent time encouraging our students to make heart healthy choices. Please support your child with completing the bingo activity sheet and return it to school.

School Safety – In light of recent events, many of you have reached out to share questions and suggestions. Safety is always on my mind and I have appreciated the insights of parents and the community. I have three children in school so I view school safety through the lens of not only a building administrator but a parent as well. I am writing to reassure you that we have a School Safety Plan in place which we review and practice. Also, as a building, we will be reviewing our protocols with the support of our Elmhurst Police School Resource Officer.

Drop-off & Pick-up Reminders – Your support is needed with following safe drop-off and pick-up procedures. We realize there are factors such as construction traffic and weather that have caused delays, however please be patient and follow these guidelines:

  • When dropping off or picking up students, please circle the block until there is a place to pull up next to the curb.
  • Students should not exit the car on the street side.
  • DO NOT ENTER THE PARKING LOT.
  • Do not park in front of the parking lot driveway to wait for your child.
  • If you prefer to 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.
  • Please be sure to inform anyone who may be dropping off or picking up your child of these guidelines.
  • At all times, please be patient and courteous.

REACH Identification/Appeal Process – Families of students currently in second through fifth grades newly identified for REACH (District 205 gifted program) will receive an email notification on Thursday, March 1. Services will begin in the 2018-19 school year. REACH identification information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/REACH_ID.

Parents, teachers and administrators may appeal REACH placement for students currently in grades 3-7. The Application for Appeal is open between February 1 and March 15, and for which additional testing is required. The application and additional information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/Appeal.

REACH PTA Informational Parent Meetings:

  • Overview of the REACH Program on March 6 at 7:00 PM in the Sandburg auditorium (doors 3 and 7 will be open).
  • Parenting to Promote a Growth Mindset on March 8 from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Sandburg auditorium (doors 3 and 7 will be open).
  • The Twenty-first Century Teenage Brain on April 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Sandburg auditorium (doors 3 and 7 will be open).

Class Size Targets – I wanted to ensure you are aware that the D205 class size targets increase in third grade from 25 to 27. These are targets (not caps). While the current average third grade class size in D205 is 22.7, it is possible that some class sizes across the district may increase slightly from current second grade levels. We wanted you to be informed of this possibility.

This represents no change from past practice and our teachers are prepared to ensure your children will thrive and grow throughout their third grade experience.

Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament – The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school.

All students who attend school in Elmhurst – public or private – are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1. Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slip and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or khayats@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, February 23 - End of Second Trimester
  • Wednesday, February 28 - Student Late Arrival Day
  • Thursday, March 1 - Science Olympiad from 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 1 - Jump Rope for Heart
  • Friday, March 2 - Institute Day - No School for Students
  • Friday, March 2 - PTA Ice Skating at the Edge from 1:00-3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 7 - Chess Tournament at York High School
  • Friday, March 9 - PBIS School Store
  • Tuesday, March 13 - District Choir Festival at York High School from 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 14 - Student Late Arrival Day
  • Tuesday, March 20 - PTA Meeting at 1:45 PM

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 2/23/18




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Dear Falcon Families:

This has been a very special week full of kindness activities. Students added leaves to our Unity Tree with messages of how they could prevent bullying. On Tuesday, students handed out special Blue Feathers to other students they “caught” showing kindness. Wednesday welcomed Staley Da Bear for a fun bullying prevention assembly. On Thursday our students worked with their class to create a “Lend a Hand to Stop Bullying” poster and on Friday our students met with a buddy classroom to do an activity with The Energy Bus for Kids book. A big thank you to Ms. Salaman (Social Worker) and the planning committee for coordinating the week and to our parent volunteers for providing their assistance, making the activities run so smoothly.

Be sure to review the list of upcoming events below.

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, February 19 - No School - Presidents’ Day
  • Tuesday, February 20 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, February 23 - End of Second Trimester
  • Wednesday, February 28 - Student Late Arrival Day
  • Thursday, March 1 - Science Olympiad from 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Friday, March 2 - Institute Day - No School for Students
  • Friday, March 2 - PTA Ice Skating at the Edge from 1:00-3:00 PM
  • Friday, March 9 - PBIS School Store

REACH Identification/Appeal Process – Families of students currently in second through fifth grades newly identified for REACH (District 205 gifted program) will receive an email notification on Thursday, March 1. Services will begin in the 2018-19 school year. REACH identification information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/REACH_ID.

Parents, teachers and administrators may appeal REACH placement for students currently in grades 3-7. The Application for Appeal is open between February 1 and March 15, and for which additional testing is required. The application and additional information can be found online at www.elmhurst205.org/Appeal.

Institute Day - Friday, March 2 – While students will not be in attendance, all certified staff will be learning and growing on Institute Day. Staff will have the opportunity to select different professional learning sessions in the morning and we will be working with the Hawthorne staff in the afternoon to continue our work with Standards Based Reporting.

PTA Ice Skating Event – The Institute Day will provide time for families to gather together for some fun! The PTA Social Committee has put together a Free Skate for Families on March 2, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. There will be free ice time and skate rental at The Edge in Bensenville. Raffle prizes are available throughout the session. A flyer was sent home in your child’s backpack this week.

PBIS Store – On March 9 our students will be able to spend their hard-earned feathers on items at the school store. As always we will need volunteers. If you are available, please look for the sign-up link coming soon from the Field PTA.

Kindergarten Registration – Kindergarten registration took place last week and we currently have 40 students registered. If you missed the registration event please come to the school office to register your child. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 4:00.

Jump Rope For Heart – Field will have a one-day event on Thursday, March 1, 2018 celebrating the culmination of making heart health happen in our own lives. Kindergarten and first grade students will be doing jump rope challenges in class and will learn about heart health during their PE classes. Students in second through fifth grades will participate in a one-hour event.

Your help is needed in spreading heart healthy habits to the students of Field. There will be 12 stations that students will rotate between during the event. Parents will be in charge of running these stations for the students. There will be activity and informational stations, as well as one break station.

 

Volunteers are needed for the entire day but we understand if you are only able to volunteer for a portion.

  • If you are a health professional (nurse, doctor, cardiologist, nutritionist, personal trainer, etc.) your expertise is needed to lead a station informing students about heart healthy habits.
  • Nurses and doctors will be taking blood pressure and heart rates before/during physical activity.
  • A nutritionist station will display heart healthy choices and how to read food labels.
  • A cardiology station will show how the heart works or highlight how to recognize the signs of heart disease.
  • A personal trainer could showcase exercises to do at home or in a tight timeframe or space.

Please access this link to volunteer for this special event. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • All fifth grade in the gym from 8:25-9:15 AM
  • All fourth grade in the gym from 9:25-10:15 AM
  • All kindergarten in the gym from 10:25-10:55
  • Lunch break from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
  • All third grade in the gym from 12:35-1:25 PM
  • All second grade in the gym from 1:40-2:30 PM

If you have questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org or at 630-834-5313.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the extra day off!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 2/16/18




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The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be applicable to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. The deadline for registering is March 1. Parents who are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner for the Dual Language magnet program should click on the link below to complete the application form:

Dual Language Program Application 2018-2019


Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program.

La mesa directiva del distrito Elmhurst 205 ha aprobado el programa de lenguaje dual en la escuela Conrad Fischer por el año 2018-2019. El programa es para los niños que comienza de Kinder. Haz clic por detalles sobre el programa de lenguaje dual.


Si está interesado en el programa de lenguaje dual para su hijo(a), haz clic debajo para completar la forma apropiada:

Solicitud para el programa de lenguaje dual 2018-19

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/14/18




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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

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 2/13/18




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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.

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 2/9/18




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Jump Rope for Heart is upon us and reminding each Field Falcon and family member to make heart health happen. Scare away heart disease with the scare squad! Home is the first place we learn about health and taking care of ourselves. Make health and fitness a priority in your family's lives and encourage others to do the same!

Join our team by going to the jump rope for heart website. 

Earn badges by making heart healthy changes in your life or emailing family or friends if they to donate to the American Heart association if they cannot donate time.

There is always find a a way to fit health into our day. There is no monetary goal for raising money is not the main mission of Fields Jump Rope for Heart. Encourage friends and family to make hear healthy choices.

To earn the badges:

Jax- complete 10 bingo squares and bring in a handful of change (coins) to make change in your lives!

Charger- get one online donation

Finster- $20 donations and 10 emails sent

Rocky- $35 donations

Disco- $40 donations

Petunia- $60 donations

Blaster- $100 donations

These are badges that students earn by making heart healthy changes by raising awareness or money for our good cause. Donations are due Thursday, March 1.

Our Jump Rope for Heart event is Thursday, March 1 and we will need parent volunteers to help run the stations during our event. You can sign up by filling out this google form.

February is Jump Rope for heart and Heart Health month but heart health needs to be practiced daily and for life. Make life be your reason for heart healthy habits and continue to practice these habits at home to scare away heart disease!

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 2/8/18




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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 - www.facebook.com/ElmhurstD205; the D205 Twitter account - www.twitter.com/ElmhurstD205. 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 - www.emergencyclosings.com (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.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/8/18




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The 22nd annual Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school. Last year, over 250 students participated in the tournament.

All students who attend school in Elmhurst – public or private – are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category receive ribbons; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

The annual Student Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1st. Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slip and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or khayats@yahoo.com

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/18




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Parents of fifth grade students receiving special education services are invited to attend one of two meetings to answer any questions you may have as your child moves to middle school. The purpose of this meeting is to provide parents details on how special education services are implemented in the middle school setting. Answers to commonly asked questions about a "day in the life of a middle school student" will also be discussed. 

Each meeting will present the same information. The first meeting was held on February 8. The second meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, from 6-7 PM at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St.

Slides from the presentation are linked below.
 

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/6/18




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Enrollment for 2018-19 incoming kindergartners 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).

If you are enrolling your child in Kindergarten, please consider participating in our Dual Language program for 2018-19, which will be located at Conrad Fischer School. For more information, contact District 205 English Language Coordinator Ariana Leonard at aleonard@elmhurst205.org.

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.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/5/18




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Dear Falcon Families:

I am looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at Winter Wonderfest. It is always exciting to see families celebrating together.

Kindness & Anti-Bullying Week (February 12 - February 16) – We are excited to share some information about our week-long focus on kindness with our students.

  • Monday - Put Bullying to Rest: Wear Pajamas to School - Activity: Unity Tree & Kindness Post-it Activity
  • Tuesday - Unity Day: Wear Blue - Activity: Catch a Friend Being Kind
  • Wednesday - Be a Team Player: Wear Your Favorite Sports Team Gear - Activity: Staley Da Bear Assembly & Bear Down on Bullies Kindness Table
  • Thursday - Dare to be Different: Wear Your Clothes Backwards - Activity: Take a Stand, Lend a Hand
  • Friday - Stand Out Against Bullying: Wear Neon Colors Activity: The Energy Bus for Kid

Spring Celebration of Learning (Save the Date) – Mark your calendars for our “Spring Celebration of Learning” (formerly known as BRAG night) on Wednesday, April 25. Please make a note of the date change since this is a different date than other schools in District 205.

Valentine’s Day – As Valentine’s Day approaches, if your child’s classroom participates in a valentine exchange, please remember that we have a NO FOOD policy. Your child can send in paper valentines, pencils, stickers, etc.

REACH Identification & Services – The process for considering students for placement in REACH for the 2018-19 school year is currently underway. There are two REACH opportunities in District 205 (REACH ELA and REACH Math). For a program overview, visit the District website here.

All students in second and fifth grade are automatically screened and parents of students newly identified for REACH services receive notification on March 1. Each student’s ability, achievement and performance data from the 2017-18 school year are considered in making placement recommendations. Students currently in REACH will continue in REACH.

Students in third and fourth grade will NOT be automatically screened. If you believe your child demonstrates a need for extension beyond the regular classroom, parents may submit an appeal.

Information pertaining to the REACH appeal process can be found here. Applications for Appeal are due March 15 and require students to participate in additional testing outside of the school day.

For Parents of Student Receiving Special Education Services – You are invited to attend a presentation at the District Office at 162 S. York on the evening of February 8 at 7:00 PM to answer any questions you may have as your child moves to middle school. This presentation will provide details on how special education services are implemented in the middle school setting. Answers to commonly asked questions about “a day in the life of a middle school student” will also be discussed. We look forward to seeing and speaking with you on February 8!

Sincerely,
Kathleen Kosteck, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Jason Vanderplow, Middle School Special Education Supervisor
Kimberly James and Brigid Peterson, Elementary Special Education Supervisors
Influenza Activity Remains Widespread in DuPage County and Across Illinois – Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.  Please go to the following link for further flu related information issued by the Center for Disease Control. Influenza Information for Parents
Temporada de Influenza La actividad de Influenza sigue siendo extensa en el Condado DuPage, a traves de Illinois y la mayor parte de los Estados Unidos. La influenza es una enfermedad respiratoria contagiosa provocada por los virus de la influenza. Puede causar una enfermedad leve a grave. Los resultados graves de la infección por influenza pueden ser la hospitalización o la muerte. Algunas personas como las personas mayores, niños pequeños y las personas con ciertas afecciones corren un alto riesgo de presentar graves complicaciones por la influenza. Por favor revise el siguiente enlace con información relacionada a la influenza
Flu Information to Parents Spanish
Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, February 3 - Winter Wonderfest from 2 to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 6 - Kindergarten Registration from 9 to 11:00 (Enter through the doors near the gym/auditorium.)
  • Wednesday, February 7 - Kindergarten Registration from 12:30 to 3:00 (Enter through the doors near the gym/auditorium.)
  • Thursday, February 8 - Kindergarten Registration from 4 to 7:00 at the District Office
  • Wednesday, February 14 - Student Late Arrival Day
  • 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 have questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org or at 630-834-5313.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas

Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 2/2/18




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Thank you to all who attended the February 1 evening information meetings at our three middle schools. If you were unable to attend, you may access recordings of the two Sandburg Middle School meetings at this link. As promised, links to the course selection forms are as follows:

Course selections for 7th and 8th grade are due Tuesday, February 13th. Course selections for 6th grade are due Friday, February 16.

If you have questions about course availability and/or course options for students, you may contact your middle school counselors, principal or Dr. Mary Henderson (mhenderson@elmhurst205.org) and Dr. Mark Cohen (mcohen@elmhurst205.org) of the Learning & Teaching Department.

Al final de este correo electrónico encontrará un enlace con los cursos de elección para la selección de los cursos de sus estudiantes del año escolar 2018-19.


Si no pudieron asistir a la presentación el 1 de febrero, pero le gustaría ver el video de las reuniones, por favor utilice este Enlace.

Una presentación realizada en google también se adjunta a este correo electrónico. Aunque hay cierto grado de personalización en cada escuela, los contenidos relacionados con lo académico y las opciones de elección es el mismo para las tres escuelas.

Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de los cursos de selección para su estudiante, por favor, póngase en contacto con el consejero/a de su escuela secundaria.

 

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 6

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 7

Forma de Curso de Selección – Grado 8

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/2/18




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Plan 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 popular event will be held on Tuesday, February 6, from 6-8 PM at York High School.

 

Be sure to support the Pot Belly Eat & Earn that same night from 5 to 8 PM at the St. Charles Road location. No flier or coupons are needed. PTA Council will receive a percentage of the total sales collected during those hours. Fundraising proceeds are used to provide scholarships to York High School seniors.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/1/18




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Tickets to the District 205 Foundation Gala are now sold out. Please consider supporting the Foundation's efforts by purchasing a ticket for the Golden Raffle with a chance to win your choice of three great trips. Information about the Golden Raffle is available at www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 2/1/18




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Dear Falcon Families,

Winter Wonderfest – The Winter Wonderfest 2018 is quickly approaching. I am looking forward to bringing my children to Field for this wonderful event and hope to see you there. Volunteers are still needed for several shifts. Please sign up following the procedure outlined below: 

  • Click this link to access the invitation page.
  • Enter your email address. (You will NOT need to register for an account on SignUp.com.) 
  • Sign up! Choose your shifts. SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

Winter Wonderfest Donations – If you have items you would like to donate toward the Prize Redemption Room for Winter Wonderfest, please send them to the school office labeled "Winter Wonderfest".

District 205 Foundation Gala – The 2018 D205 Foundation Fundraising Gala, Empowering Futures, will take place on Saturday, February 10 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Hyatt Lodge in Oakbrook. The evening will feature a plated dinner, beverages, fundraising raffles and games, as well as a terrific mini and live auction. Engage your friends and join a committed group of individuals that seek to provide our students with enhanced opportunities to create, innovate, collaborate and practice skills that will better prepare them for their future. Former Field parentJill Riecker, will be named 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. Tickets are $175. More information, table and sponsorship opportunities as well as tickets are available at D205 Foundation Gala.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, February 1 - Author Visit for Primary Grades
  • Saturday, February 3 - Winter Wonderfest from 2 to 5:00 PM
  • 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 hthomas@elmhurst205.org or by phone at 630-834-5313.

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 1/26/18




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The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be applicable to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program. There are two remaining parent information sessions: Thursday, February 1st from 6:30-7:30 PM at the District 205 Center (162 S. York) and Tuesday, February 13th from 6:30-7:30 PM at Madison Early Childhood Center (130 W. Madison).

Parents who are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergartner for the Dual Language magnet program should click on the link below to complete the application form:

Dual Language Program Application 2018-2019

La mesa directiva del distrito Elmhurst 205 ha aprobado el programa de lenguaje dual en la escuela Conrad Fischer por el año 2018-2019. El programa es para los niños que comienza de Kinder. Haz clic por detalles sobre el programa de lenguaje dual.


Hay dos más sesiones informativas para padres: el jueves, el primero de febrero desde las 6:30 hasta las 7:30 de la noche en el centro de distrito (162 S. York) y el martes, el 13 de febrero desde las 6:30 hasta las 7:30 de la noche en la escuela Madison (130 W. Madison).

Si está interesado en el programa de lenguaje dual para su hijo(a), haz clic debajo para completar la forma apropiada:

Solicitud para el programa de lenguaje dual 2018-19

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/23/18




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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 http://elmlib.org/googleclassroom.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/18




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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 lfanelli@elmhurst205.org with questions.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/17/18




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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 https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois 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 https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/15/18




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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 www.elmhurst205.org/2018Gala.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/14/18




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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.

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Posted by: Kate Allt, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 1/12/18




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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 https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ 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 https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

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 hthomas@elmhurst205.org or by phone at 630-834-5313. Stay warm and enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 1/12/18




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Dear Falcon Families:

I wanted to take a few moments to say HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all of you! It is hard to believe how fast the school year is going and I’m sure I don’t have to remind most of you that Winter Break is upon us. The excitement in the building today is easy to feel. I feel very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, December 22 - Last Day of School Before Winter Break
  • Monday, January 8 - Classes Resume
  • Wednesday, January 10 - December Birthdays (Rescheduled)
  • Monday, January 15 - No School
  • Tuesday, January 16 - PTA Meeting at 1:45 PM
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Student Late Arrival Day
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Parent Math Night - 7:15 PM

Parent Volunteers – I would like to thank the room parents for planning the wonderful holiday parties for our students and the many parents who helped to insure they ran so smoothly.

Music Program – Our first and second graders did an amazing job with their Music Programs last week. I was so impressed with their talents.

Have a wonderful and safe break!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 12/22/17




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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.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/15/17




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Dear Falcon Families:

I hope you enjoyed the first snowfall. While there was not much snow, it was pretty and it’s now starting to feel like December.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, December 14 - First Grade Music Program at 6:15 PM (Arrive at 6:00 PM) & Second Grade Music Program at 7:00 PM (Arrive at 6:45 PM)
  • Friday, December 15 - PBIS Feather Store
  • Wednesday, December 20 - December Birthday Lunches with the Principal
  • Friday, December 22 - Holiday Parties & Holiday Sing
  • Friday, December 22 - Last Day of School Before Winter Break
  • Monday, January 8 - Classes Resume
  • Monday, January 15 - No School
  • Tuesday, January 16 - PTA Meeting at 1:45 PM
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Student Late Arrival Day
  • Wednesday, January 17 - Parent Math Night - 7:15 PM

Student Late Arrival on December 6 – As a parent, I know how difficult it can be to stay organized when there is a change in the daily schedule. Your support of the student late arrival schedule allows us valuable time to learn together. This past Wednesday, specials teachers gathered across the district to spend time learning with those in similar job roles. At Field, our classroom teachers and special education staff discussed planning for rigor in questioning.

As we look at rigor in questioning, we strive to provide students opportunities to fully explain and justify their thinking when responding to questions that show a range of levels of thinking, including questions that require synthesis and evaluation of information. We are working to scaffold lessons to support students in generating questions about content that show rigorous independent thinking. This is complex work for educators and the time we have to learn and grow together is vital.

Music Programs – I’m looking forward to seeing the first and second graders at their Music Programs. Due to limited space in the auditorium we are breaking the night into two parts. First graders should arrive at 6:00 PM and go straight to their classrooms and wait with their classroom teachers. The First Grade Program will start promptly at 6:15 PM. The second graders should arrive at 6:45 PM and go to their classrooms. The teachers will bring the second graders to the auditorium at 7:00 PM. To avoid congestion, please pick up your child in their classroom after the programs.

Holiday Sing One of the Field traditions I am looking forward to is our Annual Holiday Sing. The students and staff will come together to sing holiday and winter songs. While we would love to invite parents, unfortunately we do not have the space. This event is only for students and staff. Parents volunteering for class parties will have access to the classrooms during this time for set up.

UCCA Holiday Food Drive Success – District 205 had another successful food drive this year and the Field students and parents were extremely generous again as well. Mrs. Prafke kept her winning streak (even while out on leave) for bringing in the most items for the fourth year in a row. Mrs. Prafke’s class earned a special game session with Ms. Murphy and me. This will be held in January.

December Birthday Lunches with the Principal – Wednesday, December 20 will be the birthday lunches for students celebrating a December birthday.

District Recess Policy – Per District 205 policy students go outside for recess unless it is below zero degrees (taking into consideration the wind chill factor). Please make sure your children are prepared for the weather.

Family Math Night – Field held the first Family Math Night on November 30 and it was so much fun! It was wonderful to see so many families attend. I want to send a sincere THANK YOU to Mrs. Erin Hewitt and Mrs. Teri Hardin for organizing the event and a special thank you to the volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.

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.

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. A link is 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 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

As always if you need to reach me the best way is by email at hthomas@elmhurst205.org or by phone at 630-834-5313. Stay warm!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 12/12/17




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The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, December 6. 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 is 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.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 12/5/17




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The District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application is now available. In consideration of the demands on your time, the application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. We encourage you to get creative, innovate and collaborate, and apply for programs or enhancements that will help you deliver curriculum and engage students. Applications that contain technology or media components must include a Technology Review form.

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 will be accepted beginning Friday, December 1, and are due on Monday, February 12, 2018. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or lfanelli@elmhurst205.org with questions.

Since 1990, educational grants totaling nearly $1.5 million have been awarded through the Thiems Grant Program.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/30/17




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Students, teachers and parents across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey allows you and your child (in grades 4 through 12) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s 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.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

In March of 2018, reports will be sent to schools and districts that achieve the 20% participation threshold for parents and 50% threshold for students and staff. Data will also be included in the Illinois State School Report Card next fall.


Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey takes about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey was scheduled to be conducted in November. The survey will be open through January 31, 2018. We hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

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Posted by: Melea Smith, District Admin, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205
Published: 11/27/17




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Dear Falcon Families,

Last week we celebrated September and October birthdays and this past Wednesday, November birthdays. I must say the lunches were a definite highlight for me. I loved spending time with the kids and learning about them. The conversations were so insightful and fun!

I apologize for the length of this newsletter. I wanted to be sure you were aware of several upcoming events and other important information. In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • PTA Book Fair
  • Standards-Based Report Cards
  • Illinois 5Essentials Survey
  • Vision & Hearing Screenings
  • Elmhurst Crossing Guard Posting
  • Fall Family Service Day
  • Lost & Found
  • York Student - Make A Wish Request

PTA Book Fair – The Field gym was transformed into our very own book store this week. The Book Fair will be open until 6:00 PM this evening as well as on Monday from 3:00-8:00 PM. I wanted to send a sincere thank you to our many Book Fair volunteers! A special thank you goes out to everyone that made this event possible, especially our Book Fair Coordinators, Mrs. Jensen and Mrs. Meade. Also, thank you families for supporting the Book Fair and helping your children grow as readers.

Standards-Based Report CardsAs you know, Field is piloting a new report card this year. The pilot allows you to access your child’s report card electronically. Your child’s report card will be available for viewing after 4:00 PM today. Also, a hard copy was sent home today.

Below you will find instructions for retrieving the report card:

  1. Sign in to PowerSchool
  2. Under the Navigation pane select Report Cards
  3. After you select Report Cards, a list of available report cards will appear
  4. Select Standards Progress Report - 17-18 Trimester 1

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey Beginning shortly, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey will allow you and your child (in fourth and fifth grade) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with your child’s school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers, parents and students in fourth through twelfth grade will be asked to respond to this survey. Reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2018 and data will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material. The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15 through January 18, 2018. I hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey or to view previous years’ reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

Sunday is Fall Family Service Day (Message from PTA) - Come help the PTA beautify the Field grounds for winter! We can pick up fall leaves/debris, plant more tulips/other bulbs, and help to start a butterfly garden by planting seeds in the back of the school. Please bring garden tools such as leaf pickers, rakes, gloves, shovels, trowels and other useful tools. The PTA will supply leaf/garbage bags, coffee, water and donuts during the cleanup and there will be a pizza party in the multi-purpose room afterwards. If you have questions please email tonibuena1@hotmail.com.

Lost & Found We have an overflow of items in our Lost & Found looking to make it back home! Please stop by and check the bin in the foyer while you’re here at Field for Parent-Teacher Conferences and see if you recognize anything.

Vision & Hearing Screenings – As mandated by Illinois law, annual vision and hearing screenings will be conducted at Field on Monday, December 4. The following grade levels will be screened:

  • Kindergarten - Vision & Hearing
  • First Grade - Hearing Only    
  • Second Grade - Vision & Hearing
  • Third Grade - Hearing Only
  • All special education students, transfer students and teacher referrals - Vision & Hearing

Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Students are not required to undergo vision screenings if an optometrist or ophthalmologist completed and signed a report indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months and that evaluation is on file at school. If a vision examination report is not on file at school then students in the mandated group will be tested.

Any student that does not pass the initial vision and/or hearing screening is automatically rescreened on December 18. If the student does not pass the rescreen parents/guardians will be notified by mail.

If your child wears glasses, please have them bring their glasses to school on testing day. If you have any questions regarding the above information please contact the health office.

City Seeks Crossing Guards for District 205 Locations The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards (up to 15 hours per week). Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2017-18 school year. Lead a safe environment for our children and become a staff member of the Elmhurst Police Department.
The safety of our school children is a concern for the City of Elmhurst, District 205 school personnel, all parents and citizens. Training and safety equipment are provided. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 
125 E. First St, Elmhurst, IL or interested candidates may apply online at this link. Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and pre-employment drug screen/physical. The City of Elmhurst is an equal opportunity employer. Check out the related flyer posted on our Virtual Backpack page.
Make-A-Wish (York Student Working to Make a Difference) This week I received an email from a York High School student asking if we would join her in the holiday Make-A-Wish campaign by writing letters to Santa (or to the world) that she will send to Macy’s for the official program. Many of our classrooms will be participating. I wanted to make you aware and share her letter with you in case you would like to support this letter writing at home as well. Letters need to be returned to school by Wednesday, December 20. We will collect the Field letters and deliver them to the York student. Here are the contents of the email with more details and a description of the program:


Dear Mrs. Thomas,

My name is _____ and I am currently a junior at York High School. I am emailing you to ask for Field´s help with a project for the holidays.

A few years ago my cousin was diagnosed with DIPG at the age of nine. DIPG is a type of brain cancer common in children. Her tumor was located on her brain stem, and due to the amount of nerves there, having an operation was too high risk. However, despite her condition, she was always thinking about helping others. Every year during the holiday season, Macy´s collects letters written to Santa. For every letter written, Macy´s donates one dollar to the Make-A-Wish foundation. My cousin made it her mission to collect as many letters as possible, not only to give back to the foundation that granted her a wish, but to help bring joy to other kids. She received letters from schools, friends, family and from around the world - in the end, raising almost $250,000 for kids who deserve a wish. However, in October of 2013, my cousin passed away at the age of 10.

Every year since her death, I've collected letters to bring to Macy´s to raise money to help grant other children’s wishes. Last year, I collected about 4,000 letters, and would love to surpass that number! Therefore, this year, I would like your help with getting the elementary school students involved. I understand that your students are older, and some of them do not believe in Santa or celebrate Christmas. I actually do not celebrate Christmas myself, and neither did my cousin. Yet, I think this cause, and this project, is a great way to teach students to think of helping others during the holiday season.
If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you please share my cousins' story and how this program helps to benefit and bring joy to kids their age who are battling a serious illness, and to have the students write letters to Santa? Once again, I understand not all students celebrate. Another idea is to have students write a short letter on their wish for the world (not addressed to Santa Claus). Letters do not need to be in envelopes, nor do they need stamps. In the past, I have had students fold their paper into thirds, draw a stamp in the corner, and write “To Santa” in the middle.

I would need the letters by December 20. I can pick them up from your school that day or sooner. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a happy, healthy, holiday season!

(York High School Student)


Upcoming Events:

  • November 20 & 21 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • November 30 - PTA Family Math Night
  • December 14 - First Grade Music Performance at 6:15 PM
  • December 14 - Second Grade Music Performance at 7:00 PM

Have a wonderful weekend! I look forward to seeing many of you next week during conferences.

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 11/20/17