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In response to the the COVID-19 outbreak, the D205 Foundation has launched a Community Response Fund. With your philanthropic support, this fund will allow the Foundation to rapidly deploy flexible resources to Elmhurst schools and community based organizations who are at the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

We recognize in this time of uncertainty, that some people are looking for ways to stay connected and involved in our vibrant and strong community. It is the Foundation's intention to give Elmhurst residents a safe and effective way to directly support the unique needs of our students and their families.

The D205 Foundation's COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide grant funding in three critical areas:

  1. Food security for D205 students & their families
  2. E-learning resources & materials
  3. D205 family support and gap funding

The D205 Foundation board members will work in concert with the D205 Administrators and Board of Education members to determine the areas of greatest need. 

100% of every donation will be directed towards these initiatives. As the Foundation makes grants in the coming days and weeks, board members will share the ways in which your dollars are making a difference.   

For more information and to donate, click here.

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To assist students and families while schools are closed, the D205 Food Services Department is offering meal pick-up services during the closure period:

District 205 will supply meals for any students under 18. Pick up will take place at Churchville M.S-Curb drive thru and York H.S.- Curb drive thru on the following schedule

  • Tuesday, March 17, from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for two days can be picked up for each child.
  • Thursday, March 19, from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for two days can be picked up for each child.
  • Monday, March 30, from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for two days can be picked up for each child   
  • Wednesday, April 1, from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for three days can be picked up for each child.

Para ayudar a los estudiantes, el Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos del Distrito Escolar D205 ofrece servicios de comida durante el período de cierre:

Distrito 205 proporcionará comidas para cualquier estudiante menor de 18. La recogida se llevará a cabo en Churchville MS-Curb drive thru y York HS- Curb drive thru en el siguiente horario:

  • Martes 17 de marzo, de 9: 00-10: 30 am Grab N Go desayuno y / o almuerzos por dos días pueden ser recogido para cada niño.

  • El jueves 19 de marzo, de 9: 00-10: 30 am, se puede recoger el desayuno y / o almuerzo Grab N Go por dos días para cada niño.

  • Lunes, 30 de marzo, de 9: 00-10: 30 am Se puede recoger el desayuno y / o almuerzo Grab N Go por dos días para cada niño   

  • Miércoles, 1 de abril, de 9: 00-10: 30 am Desayuno y / o almuerzo Grab N Go por tres días se pueden recoger por cada niño.

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The COVID-19 health landscape continues to evolve rapidly as evidenced by Governor Pritzker’s mandate that all schools close across the state. The governor’s decision was in sync with my decision on Friday in advance of that announcement to close all Elmhurst Community School Unit District 205 schools and offices beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. The closure schedule is as follows:

  • March 16 - 20 - ALL D205 schools closed. Today,  I received an Email from the State Board of Education indicating that those days will be declared “Act of God” Days and will not have to be made up.  I am awaiting official confirmation.

  • March 17. Edison Elementary will be open as an official polling place per the governor’s decree

  • March 23 - 27 - D205 Spring Break

  • March 30 - April 3 - Home Learning / E-Learning Days

D205 also will offer Grab-N-Go Meal Service to students during the closure period at Churchville Middle School and York High School on the following schedule.

My leadership team and I will continue to keep the school community informed as any new information, clarifications and updates become available. I thank you for your patience and attention in advance as there likely will be numerous pieces of communication in the coming days. Please take time to read the messages that come your way.

Although this decision was a difficult one, students, staff, and parents alike were understandably growing in concern and worry with every conversation and media report as cases in surrounding counties were confirmed. Even yesterday as the governor announced the first confirmed case in DuPage County,  it is now clear that the strategy in our school community must shift from business as usual to the preventive measure of social distancing. 

D205 is operating with guidance from the DuPage County Regional Office of Education and the experts at the DuPage County Health Department. They continue to explain to us the CDC guidelines for COVID-19, and how they work to keep us safe. Our government and health officials have advised that social distancing is the most proactive approach to this health crisis. Therefore, we have put into place personal protective measures to close down our schools for students and non-essential staff as our buildings are extensively cleaned and disinfected.

In order for this strategy to be effective and minimize anxiety, I ask that you take seriously the following actions based on recommendations by the CDC and the DuPage County Health Department even if you feel healthy and are not considered at higher risk because of age or a pre-existing health condition:

  • Avoid gathering in public places, especially in close proximity to others. 

  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

  • Try to keep 6-10 feet between yourself and others. Give yourself space.

  • Be at home as much as possible.

  • Try to limit who you and your children interact with to the same people you typically are around.

Students and families should not:

  • Gather in large groups. This is a time to be close with those who are closest to you. 

  • Visit each other’s homes or having sleepovers.

  • Share food or drink.

  • Compete in team sporting activities. Use this time to train individually or with someone in the home.

Students and families should:

  • Avoid excessive media coverage of COVID-19.

  • Be mindful. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.

  • Spend time outside. Grabbing some fresh air and exercise are two of the best things you can do over the next few weeks. 

  • Share your concerns and how you are feeling with friends or family members. Maintain healthy relationships. 

  • Use technology and social media for good purposes. Support one another and show that you care.

  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

  • Keep following the practice of washing your hands regularly and covering your cough or sneeze.

I also am asking families to evaluate non-essential travel during the coming D205 Spring Break. D205 is following the guidelines and recommendations set forth in the CDC’s Travel Advisory. There are requirements to self-quarantine post travel to Level 3 destinations contained in the advisory link above (scroll to the bottom of the page) and guidelines to limit interactions post cruise travelDomestic travelers also are asked to evaluate plans if traveling to an area where COVID-19 is spreading. Be mindful that conditions can change between the travel period and the return home.

If you still plan to travel internationally during the break, I am asking families to complete D205’s voluntary self-reporting form. This request again is voluntary but is being made out of an abundance of caution. We want to have all the available information on hand to share with health officials to help District 205 leaders make the most informed decisions.

The D205 leadership team will follow up with a lot more information related to support services as well as teaching and learning plans. Student well-being and learning are the top priorities during this unprecedented time.

Again, I understand that the coming weeks will be challenging, but I ask that the school community come together to “flatten the curve”  and help stop the wide spread of illness. Let’s be the example for our children by exhibiting the most healthy and safe practices possible. 

Most importantly, please take care and stay well. I will be in touch again soon.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent
Elmhurst Community Unit District 205


15 de marzo de 2020

Estimada comunidad escolar del Distrito Escolar  D205:

El panorama de salud de COVID-19 continúa evolucionando rápidamente, como lo demuestra el mandato del gobernador Pritzker de que todas las escuelas cierren en todo el estado. La decisión del gobernador estuvo en sincronía con mi decisión el viernes antes de ese anuncio de cerrar todas las escuelas y oficinas del Distrito 205 a partir del lunes 16 de marzo de 2020. El horario de cierre es el siguiente:

  • 16 - 20 de marzo - TODAS las Escuelas del Distrito Escolar 205 estarán cerradas. Hoy recibí un correo electrónico de la Junta de Educación del Estado indicando que esos días serán declarados Días de la Ley de Dios y no tendrán que reponerse. Estoy esperando la confirmación oficial.

  • 17 de marzo. La Primaria Edison estará abierta como lugar de votación oficial según el decreto del gobernador 

  • 23 al 27 de marzo - Vacaciones de primavera D205

  • 30 de marzo - 3 de abril - Días de aprendizaje en casa / E-Learning

D205 también ofrecerá el servicio de comidas Grab-N-Go a estudiantes durante el período de cierre en Churchville Middle School y York High School en el siguiente horario:

  • martes 17 de marzo, de 9: 00-10: 30 Grab N Go desayuno y / o almuerzos por dos días pueden ser recogido para cada niño.

  • El jueves 19 de marzo, de 9: 00-10: 30, se puede recoger el desayuno y / o almuerzo Grab N Go por dos días para cada niño.

  • Lunes, 30 de marzo, de 9: 00-10: 30 Se puede recoger el desayuno y / o almuerzo Grab N Go por dos días para cada niño   

  • Miércoles, 1 de abril, de 9: 00-10: 30 Desayuno y / o almuerzo Grab N Go por tres días se pueden recoger por cada niño.

Mi equipo de liderazgo y yo continuaremos manteniendo informada a la comunidad escolar a medida que haya nueva información, aclaraciones y actualizaciones disponibles. Le agradezco de antemano su paciencia y atención, ya que probablemente habrá numerosas comunicaciones en los próximos días. Tómese el tiempo para leer los mensajes que se le presenten.

Aunque esta decisión fue difícil para los estudiantes, el personal y los padres, aumentaba de una manera comprensible su preocupación especialmente con cada conversación e informes de los medios de comunicación a medida que se confirmaban los casos en los condados vecinos. Incluso ayer, cuando el gobernador anunció el primer caso confirmado en el condado de DuPage, ahora está claro que la estrategia en nuestra comunidad escolar debe pasar de los negocios habituales a la medida preventiva de distanciamiento social. 

D205 está operando con la guía de la Oficina Regional de Educación del Condado de DuPage y los expertos del Departamento de Salud del Condado de DuPage. Continúan explicándonos las pautas de la CDC para COVID-19 y cómo trabajan para mantenernos a salvo. Nuestro gobierno y funcionarios de salud han informado que el distanciamiento social es el enfoque más proactivo para esta crisis de salud. Por lo tanto, hemos implementado medidas de protección personal para cerrar nuestras escuelas para los estudiantes y el personal no esencial, para que nuestros edificios sean limpiados y desinfectados ampliamente.

Para que esta estrategia sea efectiva y minimice la ansiedad, le pido que tome en serio las siguientes acciones basadas en las recomendaciones de la CDC y el Departamento de Salud del Condado de DuPage, incluso si se siente saludable y no se considera en mayor riesgo debido a su edad o condición de salud preexistente:

  • Evite reunirse en lugares públicos, especialmente cerca de otros. 

  • Evite el contacto cercano con quienes están enfermos.

  • Trate de mantener 6-10 pies entre usted y los demás. Deje espacio entre persona y persona.

  • Quédese en casa tanto como se le sea posible.

  • Intente limitar con quién interactúa usted y sus hijos, esto incluye  las mismas personas con las que suelen estar.

Los estudiantes y las familias no deben:

  • Reunirse en grupos grandes. Este es un momento para estar cerca de aquellos que están más cerca de usted. 

  • Visitar las casas de los demás o dejar a sus hijos pasar la noche en casa de sus amigos.

  • Compartir comida o bebida.

  • Competir en actividades deportivas en equipo. Use este tiempo para entrenar individualmente o con alguien en el hogar.

Los estudiantes y las familias deben:

  • Evitar la cobertura en los medios sociales excesiva de COVID-19.

  • Ser cuidadoso. Respirar profundo, estirar los músculos o meditar. Tratar de comer comidas saludables y bien balanceadas, hacer ejercicio regularmente y dormir lo suficiente.

  • Tomar tiempo para relajarse. Intentar realizar otras actividades que disfrute para volver a su vida normal.

  • Pasar tiempo afuera. Tomar aire fresco y hacer ejercicio son dos de las mejores cosas que pueden hacer en las próximas semanas. 

  • Compartir sus preocupaciones y cómo se siente con amigos o familiares. Mantener relaciones saludables. 

  • Usar la tecnología y las redes sociales para buenos propósitos. Apoyarse unos a otros y demostrar interés y preocupación por otros.

  • Mantener un sentido de esperanza y pensamiento positivo.

  • Seguir la práctica de lavarse las manos regularmente y cubrirse la boca o la nariz cuando hay tos o estornudo.

También les pido a las familias que evalúen los viajes no esenciales durante las próximas vacaciones de primavera del D205. D205 está siguiendo las pautas y recomendaciones establecidas en el CDC Aviso de viaje. Existen requisitos para auto-cuarentena después del viaje a destinos de Nivel 3 contenidos en el enlace de asesoramiento anterior (desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la página) y pautas para limitar las interacciones después del viaje en cruceronacionales También se pide a los viajeros que evalúen los planes si viajan a un área donde se está extendiendo COVID-19. Tenga en cuenta que las condiciones pueden cambiar entre el período de viaje y el regreso a casa.

Si aún planea viajar al exterior durante el descanso, estoy pidiendo a las familias que completen un auto-reporte voluntario del formulario de D205.Esta solicitud nuevamente es voluntaria, pero se hace con mucha precaución. Queremos tener a mano toda la información disponible para compartir con los funcionarios de salud y ayudar a los líderes del Distrito 205 a tomar las decisiones más informadas.

El equipo de liderazgo de D205 hará un seguimiento con mucha más información relacionada con los servicios de apoyo, así como con los planes de enseñanza y aprendizaje. El bienestar y el aprendizaje de los estudiantes son las principales prioridades durante este tiempo sin precedentes.

Una vez más, entiendo que las próximas semanas serán difíciles, pero pido que la comunidad escolar se una para "disminuir los riesgos"  y ayudar a detener la amplia propagación de la enfermedad. Seamos el ejemplo para nuestros niños al exhibir las prácticas más saludables y seguras posibles. 

Lo más importante, manténgase seguro y sano. Estaré en contacto pronto nuevamente .

Atentamente,

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendente
Unidad Comunitaria Elmhurst Distrito 205

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COVID-19 School Closure Update

Dear D205 Families,

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will be closed from Monday, March 16-March 20 as our school leaders continue to exercise plans and preventive measures to slow the spread of illness during this unprecedented health season. 

During this time, the D205 Facilities and Grounds Department will conduct extensive deep cleaning and disinfection of our buildings. The District 205 Administration Center will be open from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Upon dismissal today, there will be no access to any of the buildings. Special Education and 504 meetings scheduled for days that the district schools will not be open will be rescheduled for as soon as possible after the staff has returned.

When school resumes following spring break on March 30, 2020, D205 will operate on a Home Learning/E-Learning schedule from March 30-April 3. Students will not report to school, but will instead participate in Home Learning / E-Learning from home. Today, students with a district-issued Chromebook in grades 6-12 will be directed to bring the device and charger home to use remotely starting on March 30th. For grades EC-5, not all work has to be completed digitally; “non-tech” learning opportunities exist within the available teacher-prepared learning modules as described in the following overview.

What is a Home Learning/ E-Learning Day?
A Home Learning/E-Learning Day is an official attendance day of school when the students and teachers stay at home due to school cancellation for weather or other emergency situations, yet learning continues moving forward as students remotely leverage digital tools and engage in teacher-prepared lessons.

In order to successfully launch and meet the education-related requirements provided by the Illinois State Board of Education, each parent and student is requested to please review the following E-Learning Plan Overview to complete the necessary steps and requirements prior to March 30th.

Parents and students can access additional information and updates related to Home Learning/E-Learning through the “Find it Fast” menu located at the top of the District and school websites.

Thank you for your support as we implement essential education plans for our students during this critical time. The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff is our first concern. We will continue to update you as new information for our county and school district develops.


Estimadas Familias del Distrito Escolar 205,

El Distrito Escolar 205 en  Elmhurst estará cerrado desde el lunes 16 hasta el 20 de marzo, durante ese período todos nuestros líderes escolares continuarán ejercitando los planes de contingencia y medidas preventivas para disminuir la propagación del virus y por consiguiente, la enfermedad que produce, durante este momento sin precedente.

En las mismas fechas,  el Distrito Escolar 205, sus instalaciones y campus escolares, departamentos y oficinas se limpiarán a profundidad y se desinfectará toda superficie en todos nuestros edificios. La Oficina Central del Distrito 205 y su Administración estarán abiertos en su horario regular de 8:00- 4:30 p.m. 

Al final del día de de hoy, no habrá acceso al público en ningún edificio o instalación escolar. Cualquier junta de los Planes de Educación individualizada o Planes 504 que hayan sido programados durante los días que las escuelas del distrito estén cerradas, serán reprogramadas para otra fecha cuando el personal escolar regrese a los edificios escolares. 

A partir del día 30 de marzo, el Distrito Escolar 205 operará bajo el término de Aprendizaje En Línea / A Distancia. Dicho  período será del 30 de marzo al 3 de abril. Repetimos, los estudiantes NO se reportarán a las escuelas, sin embargo, participarán desde sus casas en Aprendizaje de Manera Electrónica o Home Learning/E-Learning. El día de hoy, se les pedirá a todos los estudiante que tengan un Chromebook entre los grados 6º-12º que los lleven a sus casas junto con su cable y lo usen remotamente desde el día 30 de marzo. Para aquellos estudiantes de Educación Temprana, EC hasta el Grado 5º, no tendrán todo sus trabajos de manera digital, sin embargo, habrá oportunidades disponibles que no incluyan tecnología y los profesores tendrán módulos preparados descritos en la visión general descrita en la conexión de internet más adelante.

¿Qué significa el Aprendizaje En Línea / A Distancia? 
El aprendizaje En Línea o A Distancia se considera como un día escolar oficial, aunque los estudiantes y los profesores están en casa debido a alguna cancelación debido al clima o alguna otra situación de emergencia,  el aprendizaje continúa avanzando de manera remota y con herramientas digitales, y lecciones preparadas por nuestros profesores. 

Para que esta plataforma de aprendizaje en línea se lance de manera exitosa y cubra con los requisitos educativos del Consejo de Educación del Estado de Illinois, cada padre y estudiante necesita revisar la siguiente conexión. E-Learning Plan Overview y completar algunos pasos necesarios y requisitos antes del 30 de marzo.

Los Padres y estudiantes pueden acceder información adicional y actualizaciones relacionadas con la plataforma de Aprendizaje En Línea, sólo diríjase a la frase “Find it Fast” que significa búsqueda, la misma está localizada en la parte superior de la página de internet Central del Distrito y de todas las escuelas respectivamente. 

Muchas gracias de antemano por su apoyo, al mismo tiempo que implementamos este plan de educación para nuestros estudiantes durante este momento tan crítico. La salud, seguridad y salvaguarda de todos nuestros estudiantes y personal es nuestra máxima preocupación. Continuaremos actualizandolos conforme nueva información sea dada a conocer o se desarrolle dentro de nuestro condado y nuestro Distrito Escolar. 

Sinceramente,

Dr. David Moyer
Rector Escolar
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205


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Dear D205 Community:

Thank you for your support and understanding as District 205 continues to navigate the current COVID-19 health situation. District 205 has made the decision to operate on an Emergency Late Start Schedule on Friday, March 13, 2020. This is the same schedule as is used for a regular Student Late Arrival Day. For more detailed information, please check the District 205 website

Kindergarten and Early Childhood
AM Kindergarten and AM Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten and PM Early Childhood Classes - 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
All Day Early Childhood Classes - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Elementary Schools
Grades 1 to 5 - 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Middle Schools
Grades 6 to 8 - 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School
Grades 9 to 12 - 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

Teachers will use the time to work on elearning plans in the event of extended closure. If you are uncomfortable sending your child to school, you may keep them home and the absence will be considered excused. A decision about next week will be made soon. 

Currently, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Elmhurst CUSD 205. 

Even so, with the number of cases across the state and region increasing and as a result of our communications and coordination with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), D205 is taking proactive measures to help to reduce the spread of illness throughout our community.

As a reminder, D205 announced yesterday the suspension of after-school activities until further notice. This suspension of after-school activities does not include Elmhurst Park Department Rec Station. This service to our families will continue at this time.

In addition, all activities involving outside individuals in our facilities and activities involving our students going out of our schools, all off-campus field trips and outside facility rentals, are canceled. All district after school meetings are canceled as well. We will evaluate whether or not these performances and events can be rescheduled at a later time.

D205 also is implementing the following measures until further notice:

  • No outside visitors will be allowed in buildings until further notice. Please reach out to staff via email or phone. We will conduct 504 and IEP meetings via phone until further notice as well. 

  • The after-school music program has been cancelled until further notice. However, the before-school music program will proceed as scheduled.

  • Elementary and middle school students will remain on campus for lunch unless authorized by school principal or nurse.

  • Students also are encouraged to begin cleaning out their lockers in preparation for spring break. The D205 Facilities and Grounds Department will conduct an extensive deep cleaning and disinfecting of our buildings while schools are not in session.

  • Students in grades 6-12 are advised to begin taking home their electronic devices and chargers each night in preparation for any e-learning opportunities. 

If we do have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the D205 school community, we will close school for 24 hours. At that point, the DCHD would help us assist the situation, evaluate our cleaning and disinfection practices, and reduce the risk and vulnerability to students. We would then work on a plan to move forward. Until then, school will remain open and we will continue our cleaning and disinfection practices as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will revisit these protocols as necessary.

As we receive new information, including any plans for elearning, we will send it to you as soon as we can. Check our website here, where we will post all messages that we issue and other resources.

These are unprecedented times. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together. 

Thank you,

Dr. David Moyer
Superintendent
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205

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Heidi Thomas

D205 All District Band Festival – March 12 - Join us on March 12, 2020 for the D205 All District Band Festival.  Come support our 4th-12th grade band students as we celebrate their efforts and musicianship in a live concert in the York Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m.  This concert is free and open to the public. We are expecting this event to be well attended, so leave yourself ample time to park and find a seat. We hope to see you there!  

D205 All District Band Festival – March 12 - Join us on March 12, 2020 for the D205 All District Band Festival.  Come support our 4th-12th grade band students as we celebrate their efforts and musicianship in a live concert in the York Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m.  This concert is free and open to the public. We are expecting this event to be well attended, so leave yourself ample time to park and find a seat. We hope to see you there!  

Thrive D205 Community Forums - March 16 & April 13
As parents, your voice continues to be vital as the D205 school community strives to be more mindful about the types of support that students need to thrive and become life ready. Please make plans to join us for two Thrive D205 open community forums:

  • Early Childhood - Eighth Grade (Grades EC-8) Open Community Forum - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, March 16 in the D205 Admin Center Boardroom. Seating for 70-80 people.

  • High School (Grades 9-12) Open Community Forum - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, April 13 in the D205 Admin Center Boardroom. Seating for 70-80 people.

 Elmhurst District 205 is collaborating with Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates (HYA) to facilitate this important community engagement project. Thrive D205 School & Community Wellness Partnership is a new initiative launched by Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. The effort is designed to start a community conversation and create a subsequent plan to better understand, support and reduce the stress levels among students in our school community.

Thrive D205 Presents: Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning & Success for Parents & Students – April 7

 Thrive D205 Presents: Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning & Success for Parents and Students w/ National Author Harlan Cohen.

  • 7 p.m. April 7, 2020 in the York High School Commons. Free Event. Parents and Students Encouraged to Attend. Seating: 300

College is a BIG change — it’s a dramatic change with new challenges most students and parents never see coming.  As a result, millions of students are struggling. New York Times bestselling author of the #1 book on college life, Harlan Cohen (The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College and The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only!) helps students and parents know what’s coming and how to create the best college experience. Harlan exposes and explores the latest facts, stats, and strategies to guide high school and college students as they navigate all the changes ahead. He helps parents and grandparents know how they can be the best partners along the way. Harlan uses his trademark humor, personal anecdotes, and interactive style to engage audiences of all ages.  

D205 Substitute Recruitment:
District 205 is seeking to increase its pool of substitute teachers, paraprofessionals as well as long-term substitutes for upcoming family medical leaves. Anyone who is interested in obtaining a substitute license must have a bachelor’s degree or higher. There is a new short term sub license that only requires the candidate to hold an Associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or show completion of 60 semester hours of college coursework. An individual who holds a valid and active Illinois educator license and at least a bachelor’s degree may serve as a substitute teacher without also having to also hold the substitute teaching license. For information on the application process, please access:  https://www.elmhurst205.org/departments/human-resources/substitute-information  

For information on obtaining your substitute teaching license, you may find information here: https://www.dupageroe.org/services/licensure

Effective November 11, 2019, District 205 increased its daily rate of pay for substitutes to $110.

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Kids Heart Challenge - Please read the message below from Mr. Kolb

Dear parents, It is that time of year again. This year we are hosting Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as jump rope for heart) on Friday March 13th. I am looking for 24 volunteers in the morning and 24 in the afternoon to ensure the event runs smoothly (2 volunteers per station). It will run similar to how it did last year, each grade will come down for one hour and cycle through 12 different stations split between the gym, the auditorium, and the hallway. I will again have folders at every station for the volunteers detailing how to run the station and what to say to the students. Classes will come down in the following order:

Kids Heart Challenge - Please read the message below from Mr. Kolb

Dear parents, It is that time of year again. This year we are hosting Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as jump rope for heart) on Friday March 13th. I am looking for 24 volunteers in the morning and 24 in the afternoon to ensure the event runs smoothly (2 volunteers per station). It will run similar to how it did last year, each grade will come down for one hour and cycle through 12 different stations split between the gym, the auditorium, and the hallway. I will again have folders at every station for the volunteers detailing how to run the station and what to say to the students. Classes will come down in the following order:

8:30-9:30: 4th grade

9:30-10:30: 5th grade

10:30-11:30: 3rd grade

12:30-1:30: 1st grade

1:35-2:35: 2nd grade

If you are interested in helping out, you can sign up here: Kids Heart Challenge Volunteer Sign Up

Thank you for your help in making this event possible. I could not do it without you. 

PTA Field Follies Event - Field Follies is just around the corner and we’re looking forward to bringing the Field community together to raise money for the Field PTA at our annual adults-only fundraiser! 

Date: Saturday, April 18th

Time: 7-11 pm

Location: Knights of Columbus (537 S. York Street)

Format: Grab your bright and brainy Field friends and form a team for a fun night of TRIVIA! Team costumes and table decor are highly encouraged. The best team name and costumes will receive additional team points toward their team point totals. Prizes will also be awarded to trivia winners! 

Price: $50/ticket - Ticket price includes your entry to the trivia event, heavy snacks, cash bar, and multiple ways to raise money for Field including games and raffles. All proceeds will go toward activities and programs sponsored by the Field PTA benefitting Field students. 

Tickets: Tickets go on sale March 9th at 10:00am. Look for an email with a Revtrak link to purchase tickets that morning. Please note that this event is only for Field families only. 

Teams: After purchasing your ticket(s), form a team of 8-10 people and submit team members and team name to Kelly Asseff, kasseff2@gmail.com, by Friday, April 3rd. The first 8 teams to enter will receive a prize to enjoy at the event. Don’t have a team? We’ll help form one for you! We hope to see you there!!


D205 and the Chicago Bulls Offer March 2020 Discount Tickets
Enjoy a legendary outing at a Chicago Bulls game with Elmhurst School District 205's students, faculty, family and friends. Share in the excitement of Bulls basketball and the NBA’s leading entertainment experience. Don’t miss out on exclusive savings! Purchase tickets at a discounted price now for games in March 2020

Everyone Counts Elmhurst – Census 2020 Begins in March
Census 2020 is coming to your mailbox in March 2020! Participation is critical for your community. When you respond to the census, you help Elmhurst get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race, and other factors. The community benefits most when the census counts everyone.

See how local leaders came together to promote the importance of Census 2020 to Elmhurst’s future success.

D205 at the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 7
You are invited to join District 205, the D205 Foundation, and York High School Alumni at the Elmhurst Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 7, 2020!

We will be at Doshi Orthodontics, 488 Spring Rd., from 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Stop by for treats and a warm place to meet! Grab your friends and family and meet us to celebrate Saint Paddy's day! Special thanks to Dr. Doshi and his team for partnering with us!

Elmhurst Commission on Youth & D205 Teen Job & Volunteer Fair - March 9
Learn about volunteer and paid work opportunities with local organizations as well as information about work permits for those under the age 16. No registration required. Sponsored by Elmhurst Commission on Youth, District 205, Elmhurst Public Library, the YMCA, Elmhurst Junior Women's Club, Elmhurst Parks District and Elmhurst Kiwanis.

  • 3-6 p.m. - Monday, March 9, 2020, York High School Commons

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Heidi Thomas

Field Families,

We have had a very fun and busy week at Field and have a great deal of information to share with you. This past Wednesday, students entered their feathers into raffles to win prizes from the Field PBIS Nest throughout the day and the winners were announced today. We celebrated that we have earned a whole school dance party due to the number of feathers entered.  We are looking forward to having music play throughout the school for this event. 

Field Families,

We have had a very fun and busy week at Field and have a great deal of information to share with you. This past Wednesday, students entered their feathers into raffles to win prizes from the Field PBIS Nest throughout the day and the winners were announced today. We celebrated that we have earned a whole school dance party due to the number of feathers entered.  We are looking forward to having music play throughout the school for this event. The PTA sponsored two Corey the Dribbler Assemblies on Thursday that the kids really enjoyed. Corey The Dribbler is a 4-Time Guinness record holder traveling the country inspiring students with the character message R.E.A.D. - Respect, Education, Attitude/Activity and Don't Bully or Do Drugs, the four principles he encourages students to live by! 

Upcoming Events: Please make note of the special events on the dates below and read through the information that follows. As always if you have questions, please reach out. The best way to reach me is by email at hthomas@elmhurst205.org or by phone at 630-834-5313. Enjoy the warmer temperatures!

  • March 4th -  Student Late Start & Science Olympiad Online sign-up closes

  • March 9 - PTA Field Follies tickets go on sale

  • March 10 - D205 PTA Scholarship Eat and Earn - all day, Livia

  • March 12  - D205 All District Band Festival , York Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m

  • March 13 - Kids Heart Challenge 

  • March 16 - Thrive D205 Community Forum,  D205 Admin Center Boardroom 7:00pm 

  • March 17 - PTA Meeting - 2:15pm, Field Conference Room (note time and room change)

  • March 17 - Elmhurst Community Student Chess Tournament - 6:00pm, York High School

  • March 18 - Student Late Start

  • March 19 - Science Olympiad - 6:30-8:00pm, Field School

  • March 23-27 - Spring Break

  • April 18 - Field Follies - 7:00-11:00pm, Knights of Columbus

Lost and Found  - Please help, our lost and found is overflowing. I don’t really know how kids manage to lose a single sock, or why no one seems to be able to hold onto a complete pair of gloves or boots (my children included so no judgement here), but it seems to be a fact of school life! Random items are piling up in our lost & found collection. I ask that you please remind your child to check the lost & found or come in and claim belongings. I ask that missing items be claimed by Spring Break as will be donating any remaining items over the break. If you are willing to come in and sort through the piles to help return items with names on them to their rightful owners or sort them so they are easier to look through, your help is appreciated and welcome. 

Headphones - Please make sure your child has a pair to use at school. All children need a pair of working headphones while working on computers. They are needed for listening to stories on Epic, for math practice online, and other web resources, as well as for all of our upcoming standardized testing. Please check with your child to see if he or she has working headphones or if a new set is needed.

Indoor Recess Items - As we work to build additional options for students during indoor recess, we would love to continue to add items such as legos, lego boards, magna tiles, lincoln logs, and jenga sets. We are also always looking for fun coloring books and supplies. If you have some of these items and are willing or able to donate, please send them in to the Field office. 

New Student Registration for 2020-2021  - We have held registration dates for Incoming Kindergarten and New to Field First Grade Students. If you have or know of a family with an incoming Kindergarten or NEW to Field First Grade student for the 2020-2021 school year, please encourage them to contact the Field office to register for next year.  We are so excited to welcome our new little Falcons. You can contact Melissa DeCarlo our Field Lead secretary if you have any questions at mdecarlo@elmhurst.

2020-2021 Class List Process explanation: It is hard to believe that in a few short weeks we will begin to plan for next school year.  I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some information on the process for creating class lists that we take at Field. Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job that takes many hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, special area teachers, specialists, and the principal.  We take this process very seriously. The following is an outline of the process we follow for creating balanced class lists at Field.

  • Classroom teachers consider the social and academic needs of each student.

  • Specialist Team members (social worker, speech teacher, special education teacher, etc.), the Specials Team (Art, Music, P.E.), and the principal provide input as well 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 as summer changes need to be considered such as move ins/outs, section size changes if any, etc.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process supports the creation of learning environments that benefit all students.  It is a delicate balancing act which takes much consideration and thought by a staff who know and care about your children.

Because of the input and thought given by teachers, specialists, and administration, we cannot make changes once this process occurs, as 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.  We will take into consideration pertinent information about your child's learning style and needs.  While we welcome your input, specific teacher requests will not be honored. This year, we are gathering parent input HERE in our 2020-2021 Parent Input Form.  This survey will be open until April 24.  Only Mrs. DeLaRosa and I (Mrs. Thomas) have access to review the information that you share in the survey.   I will share information pertinent to placement with the team during our collaborative sessions.  

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families,

You may have noticed a new face in the Field Office. I would like to introduce our new Field Lead secretary Melissa DeCarlo. As many of you are aware, Mrs. O’Brien, made the difficult decision to retire this past November. I know I do not have to tell you how much of an integral part of Field Dianne was and how much she did to keep Field running over the years. 

Dear Field Families, 

You may have noticed a new face in the Field Office. I would like to introduce our new Field Lead secretary Melissa DeCarlo. As many of you are aware, Mrs. O’Brien, made the difficult decision to retire this past November. I know I do not have to tell you how much of an integral part of Field Dianne was and how much she did to keep Field running over the years. I am so thankful for her years of service to Field. I am also very thankful to our assistant secretary Pat Masciola and Jackson’s assistant secretary Barbara Pisciotto who kept our Field office running while we sought to hire a new lead secretary for Field. Melissa has been learning the role and getting to know our Field families over the past couple of weeks. Please see Melissa’s introduction below and I ask that you continue to welcome her warmly. 

A Message from Melissa - When I am not running around with my kids (ages 10 & 12) to practice or a game, I enjoy spending time with family, coaching volleyball, and traveling. As a family we enjoy bike riding and taking our dog for long walks. I am excited to join the Field staff! Everyone has welcomed me and been very helpful. I look forward to meeting many of you in the next few weeks! - Melissa DeCarlo

Upcoming Events
Please make note of the special events on the dates below and read through the information that follows. As always if you have questions, please reach out. The best way to reach me is by email at hthomas@elmhurst205.org or by phone at 630-834-5313. Stay warm! 

Monday 2/3 - Elementary to Middle School Special Education Parent Articulation Night at Bryan Middle School

Wednesday 2/5 - Late Start for Students 

Saturday 2/8 - PTA Winter Wonderfest (Volunteers Needed)

Monday - 2/17 - No School President’s Day

D205 Incoming Kindergarteners & New to First Grade Registration Days February 11 & 12
D205 is hosting two special registration days for incoming kindergarteners and new to first grade students on February 11 & 12, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at their home school.

Note: If you have already registered your student during D205’s Fall online registration, there is no need to do anything further. This process is solely for families that have not registered already.

If you have any questions, contact your home school. Please share this news with parents of incoming kindergarten students who turn five on or before September 1, 2020 and incoming first graders who are new to the area and/or those who have not already registered for the 2020-21 school year.

Influenza Season
You have the power to protect yourself and your family this season with these three actions to fight flu. Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater), in the presence of one or more of the following, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache and feeling very tired. For medical questions or concerns, contact your physician.

To prevent widespread flu in the schools, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu like illness symptoms (such as fever, cough, and sore throat). Notify the school nurse if your child is experiencing influenza like illness, or has been diagnosed with influenza by a physician.

Your child should stay home if he/she is sick until at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications). This will help reduce the number of people who may get infected.

  • Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine. A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. As long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated!

  • Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.

  • Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, medicine, called antiviral drugs, can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

Influenza Fact Sheets: https://www.dupagehealth.org/DocumentCenter/View/1496/Influenza-School-Child-Care-Fact-Sheet-Oct-25-2019-PDF

5Essentials Survey Input Needed
The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is still 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.

We need 20% of parents to take the survey in order to see our results. Currently, Field is at only 11%. 

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. Our current response rate is well below 20 percent and we need it to be at least 20 percent to receive a report.

The feedback will help us continue to improve our school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Elementary to Middle School Articulation Night for Parents of Students with IEPs
Parents of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are invited to participate in an informational session to support a collaborative transition from elementary school to middle school. This information session will provide parents with details about upcoming IEP Articulation Meetings, a review of courses, and educational supports and the continuum of services at middle school. The meeting will take place at Bryan Middle School at 6:30pm on Monday, February 3, 2020. Please follow this link to RSVP to the event.

Winter Wonderfest NEEDS PARENT VOLUNTEERS! - Please sign up here!
Winter Wonderfest is SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8 from 2-5pm. Tickets ON SALE UNTIL MONDAY FEBRUARY 3!!! 

*Carnival Games *Over $250 worth of Prizes on the Prize Wheel *Chicago Balloon Twister *Photo Booth *Class Raffle Baskets *Prizes *Crafts New This Year: FACE PAINTING & THE MAGIC OF THE GREAT BOODINI! Purchase Tickets Here: https://elmhurstparents.revtrak.net/pta-ptsa/field-pta/#/list

Any questions? Contact Katharine Wagner klkwagner@gmail.com

D205 and the Chicago Bulls Team Up to Start 2020 w/ Discount Tickets
Enjoy a legendary outing at a Chicago Bulls game with Elmhurst School District 205's students, faculty, family and friends. Share in the excitement of Bulls basketball and the NBA’s leading entertainment experience.

Don’t miss out on exclusive savings! Purchase tickets at a discounted price now for games in January 2020. 

18th Annual PTA Council and D205 Summer Recreation Open House
Mark your calendar! You are invited to attend the 18th Annual Summer Recreation Open House on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at York High School. This is a free, one-stop-shop summer learning, athletic, and enrichment registration opportunity. All Elmhurst families and neighboring communities are invited to attend.

Browse tables for various summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. For more information, please visit facebook.com/sroh205..

2020 Elmhurst Community Student Chess Tournament
The Elmhurst Community Student Chess Tournament begins at 6 p.m. on March 17, 2020 at York High School. Interested students and teams may register now. 2020 Chess Tourney Rules; 2020 Chess Tourney Poster; 2020 Chess Tourney Registration 

Team sponsors or interested participants should contact tourney organizer Mr. Chris Khayat at khayats@yahoo.com

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families, 

While the week may have been short, it was a very busy week at Field. Today we celebrated National Compliment Day in many of our classrooms. This celebration comes around every year on January 24. On this day, people are asked to take the time to give someone a genuine, pure-hearted compliment. Kids in many of our classrooms worked on making someone’s day and our staff joined in as well.  

Dear Field Families, 

While the week may have been short, it was a very busy week at Field. Today we celebrated National Compliment Day in many of our classrooms. This celebration comes around every year on January 24. On this day, people are asked to take the time to give someone a genuine, pure-hearted compliment. Kids in many of our classrooms worked on making someone’s day and our staff joined in as well.  

As many of you are aware, last Friday On Friday, January 17th we kicked off our first-ever One School, One Book project at Field with a whole school assembly! Families received their copy of Wishtree on January 17th as well as books were sent home with the family mail carrier. Over the course of three weeks, everyone at Field will be reading the same book. This week, many classrooms worked in opportunities for discussions and/or buddy activities with partner classes. We will continue to have great discussions about friendship & acceptance and engage in additional activities at school. Thank you to the Field PTA and our families for helping make this event happen for the community here at Field!

Please visit https://sites.google.com/elmhurst205.org/fieldwishtree to find discussion questions, activities to do at home and a schedule for reading. Wishtree is an amazingly engaging book and you may want to rush right through it, but please read along with everyone to avoid spoilers. As you are reading at home with your children, please take pictures and use the hashtag #field205wishtree.

Upcoming Events: Please make note of the special events on the dates below and read through the information that follows. As always if you have questions, please reach out. The best way to reach me is by email at hthomas@elmhurst205.org or by phone at 630-834-5313. Stay warm! 

Monday 2/3 - Elementary to Middle School Special Education Parent Articulation Night at Bryan Middle School

Saturday 2/8 - PTA Winter Wonderfest

Monday - 2/17- No School President’s Day

5Essentials Survey Input Needed - The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is still 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. Our current response rate is well below 20 percent and we need it to be at least 20 percent to receive a report.

The feedback will help us continue to improve our school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Join the ThriveD205 Thoughtexchange Conversation
If you have not already done so, join the ThriveD205 Thoughtexchange opinion survey session. District 205 is seeking parent input on how to reduce the stress and anxiety levels of students K-12. Your comments are confidential and will be used to plan future support and programming. 

The ThriveD205 Thoughtexchange closes end of day on January 27, 2020. Click here to share your thoughts today!

Reflections - Thank you to all of our Field students who participated in Reflections this year. We are happy to announce that four Field student entries are advancing to the state level of competition. Please congratulate Elin Seiler, Evan Seiler, Brynn Richardson, and Moxey Wehrle. Good Luck Falcons!

Elementary to Middle School Articulation Night for Parents of Students with IEPs - Parents of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are invited to participate in an informational session to support a collaborative transition from elementary school to middle school. This information session will provide parents with details about upcoming IEP Articulation Meetings, a review of courses, and educational supports and the continuum of services at middle school.

Where?

Bryan Middle School, Auditorium

111 W Butterfield Rd.

Elmhurst, Illinois

When?

Monday, February 3, 2020 

6:30PM 

Please follow this link to RSVP to the event.

WINTER WONDERFEST 2020 - SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8 from 2-5pm - Tickets GO ON Sale January 21!!!*Carnival Games *Prizes *Chicago Balloon Twister *Photo Booth *Class Raffle Baskets *Crafts 

New This Year: FACE PAINTING & THE MAGIC OF THE GREAT BOODINI

On January 21, Purchase Tickets Here: https://elmhurstparents.revtrak.net/pta-ptsa/field-pta/#/list

We hope to see all of you at Winter Wonderfest on February 8! 

Field Book Drive - Field School is hosting a book drive! From January 27 - February 14th, we will be collecting gently used books for Bernie’s Book Bank. The collection will take place during the One School One Book event and end on Kindness Day. If you have any gently used books that you would be willing to give away, we would love to have them donated to our upcoming book drive. It would make a big difference for children without books. Thank you!

REACH Program Analysis Parent Feedback Opportunity - As you may know, as part of a larger effort to assess the effectiveness of new and existing programs, the district is currently working on a review of the REACH program and has collected information from parents, teachers, principals, and others over the past several months. 

On Monday, January 27 at 6:30pm, we will hold an informational meeting at the District 205 office at 162 S. York Street about the findings of current REACH program analysis and considerations for next steps. The evening will consist of structured activities designed to gather additional input from parents about the findings. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by January 25th to help us appropriately plan for space and activities.

Thrive D205 and the City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth Present: Legal Marijuana: What Does this Mean for Teens? - January 30, 2020

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020
    7-8 p.m.
    Large Meeting Room at Elmhurst Public Library
    Suitable for Parents and Teens
    View the event flyer

Matthew Quinn, LCPC and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, will present on the changing landscape of marijuana and vaping use and legislation in Illinois. He offers guidance to parents for open discussions about this topic with their teens. D205 and City of Elmhurst officials also will be on hand to provide local statistics and assist with questions.

D205 and the Chicago Bulls Team Up to Start 2020 w/ Discount Tickets
Enjoy a legendary outing at a Chicago Bulls game with Elmhurst School District 205's students, faculty, family and friends. Share in the excitement of Bulls basketball and the NBA’s leading entertainment experience.

Don’t miss out on exclusive savings! Purchase tickets at a discounted price now for games in January 2020. 

18th Annual PTA Council and D205 Summer Recreation Open House
Mark your calendar! You are invited to attend the 18th Annual Summer Recreation Open House on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at York High School. This is a free, one-stop-shop summer learning, athletic, and enrichment registration opportunity. All Elmhurst families and neighboring communities are invited to attend.

Browse tables for various summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. For more information, please visit facebook.com/sroh205.

  • Field