Field Elementary School

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D205 is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website on April 1, 2019. When families return from Spring Break, they will experience the updated look and feel of the main district website as well as all 13 school sites.

Originally created in 2007, our current sites received a much needed refresh and contain several great new features including:

  • ADA Compliance Through AudioEye®
  • Modern Design & Branded Look
  • Better Organization & Streamlined Content
  • Improved Navigation and Search Functions
  • Flexible, Responsive Design to Any Device
  • Find it Fast and Familiar Drop Down Menus
  • News and Events
  • Quick Links & Parent Resources
  • Calendars

Take a moment on Launch Day, April 1, 2019, to navigate around our new district and school websites. If you have any questions or comments regarding the content contained on the new website, info@elmhurst205.org. Our website will always be a work in progress. We will continue to make updates regularly in order to continue to share the great happening in our schools.

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




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Dear Falcon Families,

Standards Based Report Cards
 – Second trimester Standards Based Report Cards will be available electronically this afternoon! Report cards will not be coming home in paper form this year. Your child’s report card will be available for viewing through your PowerSchool account after 3:00 PM on Friday, March 8, 2019. You can print your child’s report card if you choose to. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the office and a report card will be printed for you. To review the changes to our grading and reporting system this year review this Parent Presentation and the D205 Parent Guide.

Open this link to view the instructions for accessing report cards:

  • Begin by entering your Username and Password in PowerSchool
  • On the Grades & Attendance - Quick Lookup page, open the Report Cards tab under Navigation on the left
  • Under Archived Report Cards, open the FIE Standards Report Card file to view your child's report card

A Reminder About Reporting Standards The standards we follow are linked to the Common Core State Standards. Many of these standards are year-long so we are working toward mastery throughout the year. The summary below indicates the scale used to determine your child’s growth towards that skill as well as the proficiency levels used with Standards Based Report Cards.

  • Exceeding (4) - Student consistently demonstrates the skill or understanding at a level exceeding the trimester expectation.
  • Proficient (3) - Student consistently demonstrates mastery and independence at the trimester reporting standard.
  • Approaching (2) - Student consistently demonstrates that he/she is approaching the trimester reporting standard, showing occasional independence or potential for independence toward meeting the standard.
  • Beginning (1) – Student demonstrates that he/she is working toward readiness for the trimester reporting standard without independence.

It is important to note that in literacy, the first trimester was focused on reading and writing fiction text. The second trimester was focused on reading and writing informational text, which might impact your child’s reading proficiency. If a student is between levels on the report card a “+” will be added to the code. This shows that the student is making progress toward, but has not fully demonstrated proficiency at the next level.

New Student Registration for 2019-20 Has Begun If you have or know of a family with an incoming kindergartener or a student new to first grade for the 2019-20 school year, please encourage them to contact the Field office to register for the next school year. We are so excited to welcome our new Falcons!

Immunization Practices & Recommendations Program – Parents often have many questions about immunizations and diseases which vaccines provide protection against. Edward-Elmhurst Health/School Health Services Department is providing a program on April 3, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:15 PM to support parents who want to learn more about current requirements and practices. Please review the following program flier for additional information.
 

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

  • March 11 - Choir Concert from 6:15 to 6:45 PM
  • March 14 - Science Olympiad from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
  • March 19 - PTA Meeting from 1:45 to 3:00 PM in Room 02
  • March 20 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • March 21 - Fourth Grade Music Performance at 6:15 PM
  • March 21 - Fifth Grade Music Performance at 7:00 PM
  • March 25 to March 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1 - Classes Resume

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education.
 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 3/8/19




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Dear Falcon Families,

I am so thankful for the full week of school this week. I hope you were safe and warm last week during the extremely cold weather days. It was very nice to see so many of you at Winter Wonderfest this past Saturday. What a spectacular event! I would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Katharine Wagner for all her efforts coordinating this event and to the many parent volunteers who helped to plan, set up and work during this wonderful fest.

As a reminder tonight (Thursday, February 7) is Field’s Eat and Earn at Panera located at 108 E. North Avenue from 4 to 8:00 PM. Please bring this flyer or open the link and show an electronic version when placing your order. When ordering online enter PRFUND as your Promo Code.

Valentine’s Day Check with your child’s teacher about Valentine’s Day. Please remember District 205 policy prohibits any edible treats (even candy that is "attached" to valentines is not allowed). Please consider alternate ideas such as stickers or pencils.

Kindness/Anti-Bullying Week While we work towards choosing kindness each and every day at Field, next week we will celebrate kindness with focus activities each day. A flyer is going home today in your child’s backpack containing information about this exciting week-long event.

  • Monday - 2/11: Dream of Kindness - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday - 2/12: Put a Cap on Bullying - Hat Day
  • Wednesday - 2/13: International Day - See half-sheet flyer explanation.
  • Thursday - 2/14: All You Need is Love Day - Wear red/pink
  • Friday - 2/15: Unity Day - Wear Falcon gear or blue

AM Drop Off and PM Pick Up – Your Help is Needed and Appreciated I would like to share a few reminders about drop off and pick up. As you have observed it is very busy on Emroy. I understand this can be frustrating and I am asking for your help and support in making arrival and dismissal run as smoothly as possible. Please adhere to the following:

  • Pull all the way forward, as far as you can.
  • Do not exit your car. We cannot have cars parked in front blocking the drop-off and pick-up area.
  • Do not stay parked in the drop-off area while your child is walking in the building. Traffic needs to continue moving.
  • Do not enter the parking lot and never park in front of the parking lot driveway to wait for students.
  • 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 these procedures, the entire process slows down so please follow the steps above. Thank you for helping to keep our school safe. It really does make a difference!

REACH Identification for 2019-20 Families of students in second and fifth grades who were identified to start REACH in the 2019-20 school year (in third and sixth grades) received notification letters via SchoolMessenger on February 1. REACH identification notices were sent only to families who have students that have been identified for REACH programming. Application for REACH Appeal is currently live and will close after February 15, 2019. Appeal is open for students currently in grades 2-7. Appeal testing will take place the week of March 4.

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

  • February 15 - Kindness Assemblies
  • February 20 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • February 22 - PE Class - Heart Challenge
  • February 22 - Elmhurst Reflections Exhibit Opening Celebration from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • March 6 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM

Sincerely,
Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 2/7/19




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Dear Falcon Families,

We are off to a great start this week and looking forward to the full week next week. Last Monday our teachers had the opportunity to attend some wonderful professional learning sessions during the Institute Day and we were able to share and reflect on our learning during the student late arrival on Wednesday. I hope you and your family enjoyed the long weekend. The Thomas kids loved playing in the snow Saturday! However, the temperatures over the past couple days have kept us inside more than usual. Please double check with your children to ensure they have all of the necessary winter gear ready for school. Currently, there are an incredible amount of coats, hats, gloves and other cold weather items in the Lost & Found.

National PTA’s Reflections Program I would like to congratulate the following Field students whose artwork is advancing to compete at the state level: Emma Barron, Dylan Bennett, Alexandra ElEtr-Garofalo, Luke McCarthy and Moxey Wehrle. Join us in celebrating the wonderful work of these talented students at the Elmhurst Reflections Exhibit at Judith B Salon (263 N. York). The Opening Celebration will be on Friday, February 22 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Entries will be on display throughout the public space, musicians will play their pieces, and dance and film videos will be on the big screen. If you cannot attend the opening celebration, you can still visit through March 30 during normal business hours. Please contact Michelle Wehrle at michellewehrl@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Winter Wonderfest – The always fun and exciting Field School’s Winter Wonderfest is back! Winter Wonderfest is taking place on Saturday, February 2 from 2 to 5:00 PM at Field School. New to the event this year is a game truck for students in third through fifth grades only, a magic show, a DJ and a Chicago balloon artist show! In addition, there will still be carnival games, prizes and raffle baskets! Tickets are on sale for the wristbands, magic show, game truck and raffle. Purchase all your tickets now through the Web Store!

Winter Wonderfest Volunteers Needed – Calling all volunteers! Your help is greatly needed for our upcoming Winter Wonderfest on Saturday, February 2. There are short shifts and jobs of all types therefore you can easily find something that will work for your schedule. Click on the volunteer link to sign up for this favorite annual family event. We can't do it without you!

United Community Concerns Association Food Drive – I would like to share a recent letter from Shari Haug, Food Drive Director of the UCCA:

United Community Concerns Association would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your continued support and interest in our program. Thank you for continuing to participate in our annual Food Drive. Your food donations will be used for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 families who are experiencing difficult times. UCCA could not accomplish what we do without your support. Your generosity will help many as we work together to fight hunger in our own community.

This year during our Holiday Food Drive we were able to pack and deliver over 1,100 boxes of food and paper products weighing over 11.5 tons to over 275 families. In addition, we were able to provide them with food gift cards to be used towards the purchase of fresh meat and produce. These families also receive food gift cards at Thanksgiving and Easter. In Addition, we provide an opportunity for the families to shop at a Mobile Food Pantry in May, July and September. We also provide food gift cards to 85 Elmhurst senior citizens three times throughout the year.

Please accept our sincere thank you from the Officers and Directors of the United Community Concerns Association.

REACH Identification for 2019-20 Families of students in second and fifth grades who are identified to start REACH in the 2019-20 school year (in third and sixth grades) will receive notification letters via SchoolMessenger on February 1. REACH identification notices will be sent only to families who have students that have been identified for REACH programming on February 1. Application for REACH Appeal is currently live and will close after February 15, 2019. Appeal is open for students currently in grades 3-7. Appeal testing will take place the week of March 4.

5Essentials Survey – We currently have response information from only 11 percent of our parent group and need at least 20 percent of parents to respond in order for this to be reported on Field’s State Report Card. The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is still open for parents to share their thoughts about the experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. If you completed this survey at Field during conferences at the kiosk, you do not need to complete it again. To take the parent survey please click here and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name (Field). A link is also provided on the Elmhurst District 205 website. I hope you will participate.

Kindergarten for the 2019-20 School Year (Repeat) – District 205 has announced dates for 2019 kindergarten registration. Please share this information with any prospective D205 parents you may know:

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 9 to 11:00 AM

(All D205 Elementary Schools Participating)

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:30 to 3:00 PM

(All D205 Elementary Schools Participating)

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 4 to 7:00 PM

(Conrad Fischer for Fischer students only - Spanish translator available)

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 4 to 7:00 p.m.

(District 205 Center for all other elementary schools)

If you have a student entering kindergarten or new to first grade for the next school year, please contact Dianne O’Brien in the Field office at obrien@elmhurst205.org. This will ensure you receive information regarding kindergarten registration which will take place in February. Your child must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2019. Also, we would appreciate it if you spread the word to any neighbors that might be new to the Field community.

Remaining Student Late Arrival Dates – There are many student late arrivals on Wednesdays in the coming months. Our late arrivals for the rest of the year are:

  • February 6 and 20
  • March 6 and 20
  • April 3 and 24
  • May 8

For future reference, please open this calendar for detailed information on upcoming holidays, late arrivals, etc.

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

  • January 31 - PE Heart Challenge Kick-off
  • February 2 - Winter Wonderfest from 2 to 5:00 PM
  • February 6 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • February 15 - Kindness Assemblies
  • February 20 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • February 22 - Elmhurst Reflections Exhibit Opening Celebration from 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal
 

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 1/22/19




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Dear Falcon Families,

This first week back has flown by. I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break. Our students are getting back into the routine and adjusting to the schedule. I am sure there may have been some early bedtimes this week! I know there was a need in the Thomas household.

Assessment – The winter benchmarking window for Fountas & Pinnell has opened. Teachers have been using the Fountas & Pinnell assessment to gather information on student growth in the area of reading. This assessment was given in the fall and will be administered in the spring as well. It is a tool that allows for teachers to see strengths and areas of growth for students in the area of reading, and support instructional planning. ACCESS testing for our EL students will begin next week as well.

REACH Identification Families of students in second and fifth grades who are identified to start REACH in the 2019-20 school year (in third and sixth grades) will receive notification letters via SchoolMessenger on February 1. REACH identification notices will be sent only to families who have students that have been identified for REACH programming on February 1. The online application for appeal will be published on the District website on January 15. The application deadline is February 15. Students currently in grades 3-7 may apply; appeal testing will take place the week of March 4.

5Essentials Survey We currently have response information from only 11 percent of our parent group and need at least 20 percent of parents to respond in order for this to be reported on Field’s State Report Card. The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is still open for parents to share their thoughts about the experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. If you completed this survey at Field during conferences at the kiosk, you do not need to complete it again. To take the parent survey please click here and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name (Field). A link is also provided on the Elmhurst District 205 website. I hope you will participate.

Kindergarten for the 2019-20 School Year (Repeat) District 205 has announced dates for 2019 kindergarten registration. Please share this information with any prospective D205 parents you may know:

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 9 to 11:00 AM

(All D205 Elementary Schools Participating)

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:30 to 3:00 PM

(All D205 Elementary Schools Participating)

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 4 to 7:00 PM

(Conrad Fischer for Fischer students only - Spanish translator available)

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 4 to 7:00 p.m.

(District 205 Center for all other elementary schools)

If you have a student entering kindergarten or new to first grade for the next school year, please contact Dianne O’Brien in the Field office at obrien@elmhurst205.org. This will ensure you receive information regarding kindergarten registration which will take place in February. Your child must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2019. Also, we would appreciate it if you spread the word to any neighbors that might be new to the Field community.

Remaining Student Late Arrival Dates There are many student late arrivals on Wednesdays in the coming months. Our late arrivals for the rest of the year are:

  • January 16
  • February 6 and 20
  • March 6 and 20
  • April 3 and 24
  • May 8

For future reference, please open this calendar for detailed information on upcoming holidays, late arrivals, etc.

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

  • January 14 - Institute Day - No school for students
  • January 15 - PTA Meeting from 1:45 to 3:00 PM
  • January 16 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • January 21 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 31 - PE Heart Challenge Kick-off
  • February 2 - Winter Wonderfest from 2 to 5:00 PM
  • February 6 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • February 15 - Kindness Assemblies

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 1/11/19




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Dear Falcon Families,

5Essentials Survey The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with our school. This survey provides critical input to help develop school improvement plans. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. If you completed this survey at Field during conferences at the kiosk, you do not need to complete it again. Additionally, District 205 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of Field parents complete this survey, the parent input data will be reported on Field’s State Report Card.

To take the parent survey please click here and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name (Field). A link is also provided on the District 205 website. I hope you will participate.

Student Late Arrivals There are many student late arrivals on Wednesdays in the coming months. Our late arrivals for the rest of the year are:

  • December 12
  • January 16
  • February 6 and 20
  • March 6 and 20
  • April 3 and 24
  • May 8

For future reference, please open this calendar for detailed information on upcoming holidays, late arrivals, etc.

Heifer International Fundraiser – The following fundraising project was brought to the attention of Mrs. Thomas by a group of fifth graders. Since this is the season of giving and families throughout the world need assistance, the students wanted to propose this project as a means to give back. The students are planning to donate to Heifer International, an organization that buys food and clothing for families in need. Open this link to learn more about Heifer International and their mission to end hunger and poverty.

The following activities will be taking place the last week before winter break to bring attention to this fundraising project:

  • Monday, December 17 (Field Spirit Day) - Students can wear Field spirit wear to school or any blue clothing. The Falcons will be coming around to each grade level!
  • Tuesday, December 18 (Favorite Stuffed Animal Day) - Students should bring their favorite stuffed animal to school. Please be sure this special friend fits into their backpack.
  • Wednesday, December 19 (Pajama Day) - Wear your favorite pajamas to school today.
  • Thursday, December 20 (Wish for the World Day) - Students will write a wish they have for the world on a piece of paper in their classrooms. These wishes will be put on a school holiday tree for all to see!
  • Friday, December 21 (Kindness Day) - Make someone’s day bright! Wear colorful clothing and do something kind for another person today.

Any donations will be greatly appreciated! Funds will be collected throughout the week inside your child’s classroom. Only coins and cash will be collected (checks unfortunately cannot be accepted). Thank you very much for your generosity and concern for this project!
 

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

  • December 6 - First Grade Music Performance at 6:15 PM
  • December 6 - Second Grade Music Performance at 7:00 PM
  • December 7 - Read with a Comfort Dog from 9 to 11:00 AM - This experience was purchased by 21 Field students during our First Trimester PBIS Feather Store and many more students were added through a PBIS raffle.
  • December 12 - Student Late Arrival Day - Supervision begins at 9:30 AM and school begins at 9:45 AM
  • December 17 - Vision & Hearing Re-screenings
  • December 21 - Holiday Sing & Field Singers from 1 to 1:45 PM
  • December 21 - Holiday Parties from 2 to 3:00 PM
  • December 24 to January 4 - Holiday Break - No School
  • January 7 - Classes Resume

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Heidi Thomas
Field School Principal

 

 

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Posted by: Dianne O'Brien
Published: 12/10/18




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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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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 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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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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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