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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. 

To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  and select the parent survey link. You will need to enter the county (DuPage) and school name.

The feedback will help us continue to improve our school. I hope you will participate.

Sincerely,

Bev Redmond
Executive Director of Communications and PR
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205


Estudio 5 Essentials

La encuesta estatal 5Essentials de Illinois está abierta para que los padres compartan sus experiencias con nuestra escuela. Esta encuesta nos da información para ayudar a desarrollar planes de mejoramiento escolar. La encuesta toma aproximadamente 10 minutos. Sus respuestas se mantendrán completamente confidenciales y nunca se conectarán con usted ni con su hijo.

Para responder a la encuesta para padres, visite https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ y seleccione el enlace de la encuesta de padres. Deberá ingresar nombre del condado (DuPage) y de la escuela.

Espero que participen.

Sinceramente,

Bev Redmond
Executive Director of Communications and PR
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205

  • Bryan
  • Churchville
  • Edison
  • Emerson
  • Field
  • Fischer
  • Hawthorne
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Sandburg
  • York

Parent-Teacher conferences for early childhood and elementary students are just around the corner!

Parents and guardians of Madison Early Childhood and/or elementary students can sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences starting Wednesday, November 6th, at 6 AM. Sign up will be through PowerPTC and will be open until Thursday, November 14th at 11:59 PM.

Signup will be held via PowerPTC. For a PowerPTC-Parent Quick Start Guide, click here  for instructions in English, and click here  for instructions in Spanish. Click here to schedule your PT conferences using your PowerSchool login. Click here  if you have not created your PowerSchool account then click on “create account” tab.

Conferences for elementary and Madison Early Childhood students will be held Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. More information on Parent-Teacher Conferences can be found at http://bit.ly/PTC__2019

  • Edison
  • Emerson
  • Field
  • Fischer
  • Hawthorne
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Madison

On September 3 and September 5, 2019, Elmhurst District 205 hosted three informational meetings about the upcoming integration of all-day kindergarten. If you were not able to attend one of those sessions, but would still like the information that was presented, the presentation is now available here

  • Bryan
  • Churchville
  • Edison
  • Emerson
  • Field
  • Fischer
  • Hawthorne
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Sandburg
  • York

 Dear Field Families, 

The start of the school year continues to be smooth, I am enjoying hearing the kid's excitement as they learn. A big thank you to the Field PTA  for the second Gaga Ball Pit that was set up this week on the playground. The kids are loving it! It has really helped to provide more access for kids at recess. We have an exciting week coming up as well. Please see the information below. 

Late Arrival Reminder - On Wednesday, August 28th, 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. 

Curriculum Night Reminder - Please join us on August 28th for Field’s Curriculum Night. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about your child’s learning experiences for this school year and receive classroom and grade-level specific information. Classroom presentations will take place from 6:00-6:30pm AND 7:00-7:30pm. There will be a brief principal presentation at 6:35 pm in the Auditorium

MAP Testing - Next week students in grades 2-5 will take the NWEA MAP assessment. NWEA's assessments are called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®). 

Testing Tips for Parents: 

  • Make sure your child gets an ample amount of sleep.

  • Remind your child to eat a nutritious and filling breakfast. 

  • Keep a positive attitude and try to remove pressure when discussing testing in general around your child and emphasize your confidence in their ability to demonstrate what they have learned, encourage them to do their best.

Growth Mindset - I shared this with families last year, but it is always a good reminder at this time of the year. Our classrooms have taken time over the past two weeks to focus on 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

District 205 State of the Schools - I would love to have a group of parents join me for Dr. Moyer’s State of the Schools address in the York High School Commons on Mon. Sept. 9 at 7 PM. I am happy to save a Field table for us. Please let me know if you are able to join me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org

Thrive D205: A School & Community Wellness Partnership presents “HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT” featuring New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims at 7 P.M. on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 at York. For more information click here.

REACH Parent Informational Meeting - The REACH Parent Group continues its efforts to provide valuable and timely information to our parents. Please join us for our first REACH Parent Informational Meeting of the year on Thursday, Sept. 12th, at 7:00 pm, Sandburg MS library. (Please park in the north lot, enter door 7.)  The invited speaker is Leslie Weber, Director of Curriculum. The presentation will cover a program overview, identification, expectations, appeals, as well as information on the REACH Program Analysis this year. There will be an added focus on those families new to REACH.  In addition, experienced REACH parents will be on hand for questions and to provide further insight into the program. This meeting is open to ALL D205 parents including second-grade parents wanting to learn more about the program. Contact Patti Berner, Chair, REACH Parent Group, with any questions.   Also, feel free to contact Sarah Jensen, our Field REACH Parent rep at sljensen@me.com if you have any questions.

Important Upcoming Dates: 

  • August 28 - First Student Late Arrival; students arrive between 9:30-9:45 am

  • August 28 - Curriculum Night; 6:00 - 7:30PM 

  • September 2- Labor Day; No School

  • September 9 - State of the Schools 7:00 (York High School Commons)

  • September 11 - Student Late Arrival

  • September 12 - REACH Parent Information Meeting, 7:00 pm, Sandburg

  • September 23 - Thrive D205 Presents:  “How to Raise an Adult” 7 PM at York 

  • Field

Dear Field Families,

We have had an excellent start to the 2019-2020 school year at Field! I have really enjoyed seeing the excited faces in all of our classrooms. We welcomed 389 students to Field this year. Mrs. DeLaRosa and I could feel the energy in the building as we made our way into each of 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. We continue to foster a growth mindset in our students. 

Important Upcoming Dates: Please be sure to download the D205 calendar with holidays, late arrivals, etc. 

  • August 28 - First Student Late Arrival; students arrive between 9:30-9:45 am

  • August 28 - Curriculum Night; 6:00 - 7:30PM 

  • September 2- Labor Day; No School

  • September 11 - Student Late Arrival

Curriculum Night - Please join us on August 28th for Field’s Curriculum Night. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about your child’s learning experiences for this school year and receive classroom and grade level specific information. Classroom presentations will take place from 6:00-6:30pm AND 7:00-7:30pm. There will be a brief principal presentation at 6:35pm in the Auditorium

Physical Education Back to School Letter - Please read the linked note from Mr. Kolb outlining expectations for PE. 

Thrive D205 Wellness Partnership - Thrive D205: A School & Community Wellness Partnership presents “HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT” featuring New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims at 7 P.M. on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 in the YORK HIGH SCHOOL COMMONS. – LINK:

PushCoin Replaces MySchoolBucks - Beginning July 29, 2019, Elmhurst District 205 began to use a new online payment system called PushCoin. Parents and guardians of D205 students will be able to fund their students’ lunch accounts using PushCoin’s easy to use, mobile friendly site. 

MySchoolBucks, the application previously used to fund lunch accounts, is now closed to accommodate the migration to the new system. However, please know that all remaining balances and prior debt from D205’s legacy payment system, will be transferred to PushCoin.

Field School Information & Reminders 

Volunteers and Visitors to Field - All visitors to Field must enter through the middle doors of the school. Once buzzed into the building, visitors need to provide a state issued ID to the secretaries. Once cleared for building access, all visitors will receive a badge which must be worn during the visit, and then returned to the office upon the visitor’s exit of the building. This process helps provide a more secure environment for our students. Please plan time accordingly when attending a class program where many parents will be in attendance. On occasion, when extremely large crowds are expected, we will utilize an alternative process that will be communicated in advance.

Morning Line-Up – following the first day of school, students will be lining up each morning inside the building.  Students should not arrive earlier than 8:00 AM as there is no supervision prior to 8:00. Doors will open at 8:00am and adult supervision will begin.  When students enter the building, they will line up in the hallway (K,1,2) and auditorium (3,4,5). They will have time to put things away in their lockers and get organized for a positive start to the day.  

Arrival and Drop-off Procedures - AM Drop off and PM Pickup – YOUR HELP IS NEEDED AND APPRECIATED – The safety of every student is very important to me and I genuinely need everyone’s support and help to keep our students safe. If it is possible for your family to walk to school, please do so when you are able. This lightens up the congestion and tends to be the least stressful mode of travel. 

For parents that drive, please follow these important guidelines: 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. Please abide by the signs in front of the building. Remain in your car at all times. There is no parking in front of the building from 7:45 to 8:15 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 School Schedule 

8:00am - Doors open for arrival 

8:00-8:15am - Students enter the building 

8:15am - Tardy Bell

11:05am - AM Kindergarten Dismissal

11:00-11:30am - First Grade Lunch

11:30am-12:00pm - 4th & 5th Grade lunch

                             - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade recess

12:00-12:30pm - 2nd & 3rd Grade lunch, 

                        - 4th & 5th Grade Recess 

12:00pm - PM Kindergarten lines up and enters through the Kindergarten Door

12:05pm - PM Kindergarten begins

3:00pm - Dismissal (all classes dismiss from the front of the building)

3:05pm - Students load the buses and leave 

Student Late Arrivals

  • Student Late Arrivals take place 1-2 times per month.

  • Students arrive starting at 9:30 am.  The tardy bell rings at 9:45 am.

  • Kindergarten will have a modified schedule on these days, with AM Kindergarten from 9:45am-11:55am and PM Kindergarten from 12:55pm-3:00pm.

  • Please make a note of the updated student late arrival dates: 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/23, 11/20, 12/11, 1/15, 2/5, 2/19, 3/4, 3/18, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Check out our weekly newsletter. The start of the school year continues to be smooth, I am enjoying hearing the kid's excitement as they learn. A big thank you to the Field PTA  for the second Gaga Ball Pit that was set up this week on the playground.

 Dear Field Families, 

The start of the school year continues to be smooth, I am enjoying hearing the kid's excitement as they learn. A big thank you to the Field PTA  for the second Gaga Ball Pit that was set up this week on the playground. The kids are loving it! It has really helped to provide more access for kids at recess. We have an exciting week coming up as well. Please see the information below. 

Late Arrival Reminder - On Wednesday, August 28th, 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. 

Curriculum Night Reminder - Please join us on August 28th for Field’s Curriculum Night. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about your child’s learning experiences for this school year and receive classroom and grade-level specific information. Classroom presentations will take place from 6:00-6:30pm AND 7:00-7:30pm. There will be a brief principal presentation at 6:35 pm in the Auditorium

MAP Testing - Next week students in grades 2-5 will take the NWEA MAP assessment. NWEA's assessments are called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®). 

Testing Tips for Parents: 

  • Make sure your child gets an ample amount of sleep.

  • Remind your child to eat a nutritious and filling breakfast. 

  • Keep a positive attitude and try to remove pressure when discussing testing in general around your child and emphasize your confidence in their ability to demonstrate what they have learned, encourage them to do their best.

Growth Mindset - I shared this with families last year, but it is always a good reminder at this time of the year. Our classrooms have taken time over the past two weeks to focus on 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

District 205 State of the Schools - I would love to have a group of parents join me for Dr. Moyer’s State of the Schools address in the York High School Commons on Mon. Sept. 9 at 7 PM. I am happy to save a Field table for us. Please let me know if you are able to join me at hthomas@elmhurst205.org

Thrive D205: A School & Community Wellness Partnership presents “HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT” featuring New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims at 7 P.M. on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 at York. For more information click here.

REACH Parent Informational Meeting - The REACH Parent Group continues its efforts to provide valuable and timely information to our parents. Please join us for our first REACH Parent Informational Meeting of the year on Thursday, Sept. 12th, at 7:00 pm, Sandburg MS library. (Please park in the north lot, enter door 7.)  The invited speaker is Leslie Weber, Director of Curriculum. The presentation will cover a program overview, identification, expectations, appeals, as well as information on the REACH Program Analysis this year. There will be an added focus on those families new to REACH.  In addition, experienced REACH parents will be on hand for questions and to provide further insight into the program. This meeting is open to ALL D205 parents including second-grade parents wanting to learn more about the program. Contact Patti Berner, Chair, REACH Parent Group, with any questions.   Also, feel free to contact Sarah Jensen, our Field REACH Parent rep at sljensen@me.com if you have any questions.

Important Upcoming Dates: 

  • August 28 - First Student Late Arrival; students arrive between 9:30-9:45 am

  • August 28 - Curriculum Night; 6:00 - 7:30PM 

  • September 2- Labor Day; No School

  • September 9 - State of the Schools 7:00 (York High School Commons)

  • September 11 - Student Late Arrival

  • September 12 - REACH Parent Information Meeting, 7:00 pm, Sandburg

  • September 23 - Thrive D205 Presents:  “How to Raise an Adult” 7 PM at York 

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

We have had an excellent start to the 2019-2020 school year at Field!

Dear Field Families,

We have had an excellent start to the 2019-2020 school year at Field! I have really enjoyed seeing the excited faces in all of our classrooms. We welcomed 389 students to Field this year. Mrs. DeLaRosa and I could feel the energy in the building as we made our way into each of 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. We continue to foster a growth mindset in our students. 

Important Upcoming Dates: Please be sure to download the D205 calendar with holidays, late arrivals, etc. 

  • August 28 - First Student Late Arrival; students arrive between 9:30-9:45 am

  • August 28 - Curriculum Night; 6:00 - 7:30PM 

  • September 2- Labor Day; No School

  • September 11 - Student Late Arrival

Curriculum Night - Please join us on August 28th for Field’s Curriculum Night. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about your child’s learning experiences for this school year and receive classroom and grade level specific information. Classroom presentations will take place from 6:00-6:30pm AND 7:00-7:30pm. There will be a brief principal presentation at 6:35pm in the Auditorium

Physical Education Back to School Letter - Please read the linked note from Mr. Kolb outlining expectations for PE. 

Thrive D205 Wellness Partnership - Thrive D205: A School & Community Wellness Partnership presents “HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT” featuring New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims at 7 P.M. on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 in the YORK HIGH SCHOOL COMMONS. – LINK:

PushCoin Replaces MySchoolBucks - Beginning July 29, 2019, Elmhurst District 205 began to use a new online payment system called PushCoin. Parents and guardians of D205 students will be able to fund their students’ lunch accounts using PushCoin’s easy to use, mobile friendly site. 

MySchoolBucks, the application previously used to fund lunch accounts, is now closed to accommodate the migration to the new system. However, please know that all remaining balances and prior debt from D205’s legacy payment system, will be transferred to PushCoin.

Field School Information & Reminders 

Volunteers and Visitors to Field - All visitors to Field must enter through the middle doors of the school. Once buzzed into the building, visitors need to provide a state issued ID to the secretaries. Once cleared for building access, all visitors will receive a badge which must be worn during the visit, and then returned to the office upon the visitor’s exit of the building. This process helps provide a more secure environment for our students. Please plan time accordingly when attending a class program where many parents will be in attendance. On occasion, when extremely large crowds are expected, we will utilize an alternative process that will be communicated in advance.

Morning Line-Up – following the first day of school, students will be lining up each morning inside the building.  Students should not arrive earlier than 8:00 AM as there is no supervision prior to 8:00. Doors will open at 8:00am and adult supervision will begin.  When students enter the building, they will line up in the hallway (K,1,2) and auditorium (3,4,5). They will have time to put things away in their lockers and get organized for a positive start to the day.  

Arrival and Drop-off Procedures - AM Drop off and PM Pickup – YOUR HELP IS NEEDED AND APPRECIATED – The safety of every student is very important to me and I genuinely need everyone’s support and help to keep our students safe. If it is possible for your family to walk to school, please do so when you are able. This lightens up the congestion and tends to be the least stressful mode of travel. 

For parents that drive, please follow these important guidelines: 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. Please abide by the signs in front of the building. Remain in your car at all times. There is no parking in front of the building from 7:45 to 8:15 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 School Schedule 

8:00am - Doors open for arrival 

8:00-8:15am - Students enter the building 

8:15am - Tardy Bell

11:05am - AM Kindergarten Dismissal

11:00-11:30am - First Grade Lunch

11:30am-12:00pm - 4th & 5th Grade lunch

                             - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade recess

12:00-12:30pm - 2nd & 3rd Grade lunch, 

                        - 4th & 5th Grade Recess 

12:00pm - PM Kindergarten lines up and enters through the Kindergarten Door

12:05pm - PM Kindergarten begins

3:00pm - Dismissal (all classes dismiss from the front of the building)

3:05pm - Students load the buses and leave 

Student Late Arrivals

  • Student Late Arrivals take place 1-2 times per month.

  • Students arrive starting at 9:30 am.  The tardy bell rings at 9:45 am.

  • Kindergarten will have a modified schedule on these days, with AM Kindergarten from 9:45am-11:55am and PM Kindergarten from 12:55pm-3:00pm.

  • Please make a note of the updated student late arrival dates: 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/23, 11/20, 12/11, 1/15, 2/5, 2/19, 3/4, 3/18, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

August 2019 Back to School Newsletter

It is hard to believe that we will be starting school in just one week! The summer has flown by. Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope you have had a relaxing and fun-filled summer. I was able to take an amazing trip to Greece this summer for the wedding of a close friend. The Thomas family is in full school preparation mode as well! This year Delaney will be in second grade, Landon in third, and Carson in sixth. 

I continue to be incredibly 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, and I genuinely look forward to continuing to build relationships with each of you. I am very excited to welcome Mrs. Katie DeLaRosa as Field and Jefferson’s Assistant Principal.  Please be sure to introduce yourself as you have the opportunity in the coming weeks.  

Meet the Teacher, School Supply Drop Off, and Gathering on the Playground - Mrs. DeLaRosa and I would like to personally invite you to attend our Meet the Teacher and School Supply Drop off on Tuesday, August 13th from 3:30 to 4:30, along with the PTA One Smart Cookie Event on the Playground.

  •  1st-5th Grade: 3:30pm-4:30pm (classroom and playground, timing is flexible) 
  • PM Kindergarten: 3:30pm-4:10pm in the classroom, 4:10pm-5:00pm on the playground
  • AM Kindergarten: 3:30pm-4:10pm on the playground, 4:10pm-4:50pm in the classroom

School Supply Pick Up - For those of you that ordered school supplies, they will be ready for pick up on Monday, August 12th in the Field School Gym from 10:00am-12:00pm or 5:00pm-7:00pm. The PTA will not be selling extra kits this year.  The PTA thanks you for your supply orders. If you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Katharine Wagner at klkwagner@gmail.com or 773-680-1775.

Kindergarten & New Family Information and Building Tour - We would love to welcome our new students to Field and provide a tour of the building prior to the School Supply Drop Off in order for our new students to navigate the start of a new school with ease and give them an opportunity to see the building prior to it being so busy the following day. For those of you able to join us, please hold the evening of August 12th.

  • Kindergarten Families 6:00pm (Meet in the Auditorium)

    • Learn about the PTA and tour the building

  • New Families 6:45pm (Meet in the Auditorium) 

    • Learn about the PTA and tour the building We are excited to welcome some new families to Field! This is a great opportunity to get more comfortable with our school prior to the start of the year. Please note that the 6:45pm tour is intended for new students in grades 1-5. 

Upcoming Dates: Please be sure to download the D205 calendar with holidays, late arrivals, etc. 

  • August 9 - Class placement information  will be sent to you via email

  • August 12 - School Supply Pick-Up in the Field Gym 10:00am-12:00pm and 5:00pm-7:00pm

  • August 12 - Kindergarten and New Family Tour

    • Kindergarten & New Family Information and Building Tour

      • Kindergarten Families 6:00pm (Meet in the Auditorium)

        • Learn about the PTA and tour the building

      • New Families 6:45pm (Meet in the Auditorium) 

        • Learn about the PTA and tour the building

  • August 13 - Meet the Teacher & Supply Drop Off

    • 3:30pm-4:30pm Grades 1-5

    • 3:30pm-4:50pm Kindergarten (Additional Details provided to Kindergarten Parents by email)

      • 3:30pm-4:10pm - PM Kindergarten in the classroom

      • 4:10pm-4:50pm - AM Kindergarten in the classroom  

  • August 14 - First day of school (full day)

    • Classes will line up in the front by their classroom teacher 

  • August 14 - PTA Welcome Coffee in the Field Gym 8:15am-9:15am (open house)

    • All parents/guardians (and younger siblings) are welcome to attend the coffee.  This will be the only welcome coffee during the day.  PM Kindergarten parents/guardians are encouraged to attend in the morning

  • August 28 - First Student Late Arrival; students arrive between 9:30-9:45 am

  • August 28 - Curriculum Night; additional details to follow 

  • September 2- Labor Day; No School

First Day of School-  On the first day, classes will line up in front of the school by class and grade level. Teachers will meet their students outside.  

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

Arrival and Drop-off Procedures

AM Drop off and PM Pickup – YOUR HELP IS NEEDED AND APPRECIATED – The safety of every student is very important to me and I genuinely need everyone’s support and help to keep our students safe. If it is possible for your family to walk to school, please do so when you are able. This lightens up the congestion and tends to be the least stressful mode of travel. 

For parents that drive, please follow these important guidelines: 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.  Please abide by the signs in front of the building. Remain in your car at all times. There is no parking in front of the building from 7:45 to 8:15 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 

8:00am - Doors open for arrival 

8:00-8:15am - Students enter the building 

8:15am - Tardy Bell

11:05am - AM Kindergarten Dismissal

11:00-11:30am - First Grade Lunch

11:30am-12:00pm - 4th & 5th Grade lunch

                             - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade recess

12:00-12:30pm - 2nd & 3rd Grade lunch, 

                        - 4th & 5th Grade Recess 

12:00pm - PM Kindergarten lines up and enters through the Kindergarten Door

12:05pm - PM Kindergarten begins

3:00pm - Dismissal (all classes dismiss from the front of the building)

3:05pm - Students load the buses and leave

 

Student Late Arrivals

  • Student Late Arrivals take place 1-2 times per month.

  • Students arrive starting at 9:30 am.  The tardy bell rings at 9:45 am.

  • Kindergarten will have a modified schedule on these days, with AM Kindergarten from 9:45am-11:55am and PM Kindergarten from 12:55pm-3:00pm.

  • Please make a note of the updated student late arrival dates: 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/23, 11/20, 12/11, 1/15, 2/5, 2/19, 3/4, 3/18, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6

Staff Updates - We welcome several new staff members to Field this year!

  • Mrs. Katie DeLaRosa, Field and Jefferson’s Assistant Principal

  • Miss Jennifer Ross will be our Kindergarten Teacher

  • Mrs. Whitney Brown, Reading Specialist (Field will have 2 this year)

  • Mrs. Emily McDonough, School Psychologist (Shared with Mrs. Annen)

  • Ms. Meghan Murray, Occupational Therapist

  • Mr. James Kolb will be continuing as our Physical Education teacher as well as supporting our resource team as a Special Education Resource teacher

  • Ms. Barbara Pisciotto will be helping Mrs. Pat Masciola in the office while Mrs. O’Brien is out

 Please see below for additional staffing information. Your child’s teacher information will be sent via email on August 9th around 3pm.

  • Kindergarten: Miss Ross

  • First Grade: Mrs. Gallagher, Miss Hollars, Miss Stevenson

  • Second Grade: Mrs. Firak, Mrs. Greenberg-Smith, Miss Joyce

  • Third grade: Mrs. Heckinger, Miss Manning, Mrs. Prafke

  • Fourth Grade: Ms. Baxter, Ms. Kalinsky, Mrs. Rysko

  • Fifth Grade: Mrs. Castaldi, Mrs.Giblin, Mrs. McKissack

  • Special Education Resource: Mrs. Johnston, Mrs. Reynolds, Mr. Kolb 

  • Reading Specialist: Mrs. Brown and Ms. Washburn

  • Instructional Coach: Miss Murphy and Ms. Noncek

  • Music, Art, PE, Library: Mrs. Lukritz, Mrs. Heiman, Mr. Kolb, Mrs. Talbot

  • Spanish: Ms. Egan

  • EL: Ms. Brogni, Ms. Ferraris

  • REACH: Mrs. Rider

  • Social Worker: Ms. Salaman

  • Speech Language Pathologist: Mrs. Woods

  • Occupational Therapists: Mrs. Murray

  • Physical Therapist: Mrs. Farrell

  • Psychologists: Mrs. Annen, Mrs. McDonough

 

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

 Lunch - Your children will continue to have the option to go home for lunch with your permission, and if they do, they must sign in/out through the office every day. For those who stay, the options are to bring a cold lunch or purchase a hot lunch. A menu can be found on our website. For the entire lunch hour, students are either at home or at school. They cannot split the time between home and school. Students should arrive back to Field with a few minutes to spare before the end of the lunch/recess hour.

  • 11:00-12:00 - 1st Grade 

  • 11:30-12:30 - 2nd -5th 

Bus Information - For everyone who rides a bus, you will receive an email with your bus route. 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.  Your child 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 remember to call the school attendance line at 630-993-6691. Please call any time before 8:15am to leave a message on the voice mail. We ask that you please try to schedule any appointments for your child outside of the school day. However, if you will need to pick up your child during the school day for an appointment, please call or send a note to the office. 

Tardiness 

Instruction begins in classrooms at 8:15 AM.  If a student arrives after 8:15am, they are considered tardy and will need to sign in the office.  If a student arrives at school after 8:35am, 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. 

Recess Parent Support Volunteers – We would love to be able to offer students opportunities to play games with additional adult support to ensure sportsmanship and kindness. If you would be available to come and help to monitor our basketball games or lead recess activities on a regular basis, please send an email to Mrs. Thomas at hthomas@elmhurst205.org.

 I apologize for the length of this email but I wanted to be sure to get you the information necessary for a successful start of the year. 

I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

Mrs. Heidi Thomas

Field School Principal

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Jenna Ernst

Drop Off & Pick Up at Field

Your Help is Needed and Appreciated – Listed below are a few reminders about drop off and pick up at Field School. As you have observed it is very busy on Emroy Avenue. This can be frustrating but your help and support is needed 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. Cars cannot be 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!

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