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Don't forget to complete the self-certification form!

 

On the days your child(ren) are learning in-person, you must certify their health prior to arrival at school. Follow the instructions below to self-certify:

Steps for Health Certification:
1. Visit Covid.Elmhurst205.org
2. Enter your child's five digit ID number, following by their birthday in MMDDYYYY format.
3. Answer three questions and submit. Green check? You can attend school! Red check? Call the office.
4.  Busy mornings and forget? Set a reminder alarm in your smartphone.
5. To opt in for text message alerts every morning, send YES to 67587.

If you do not complete this process at home, your child will remain in an isolation space until you can be reached via phone to certify their health. The cooperation of our school community will help with a smooth arrival process each day. If you cannot log into the system for any reason, please call the main office of your child's school.

For additional information see below:

Please see our steps to complete the health certification process and watch our 1:47 video tutorial to learn how. The certification process is quick (less than 20 seconds per child) and the system is available now for parents/guardians to login and practice the health certification process.

  • Field

Dear Field Families, 

Field is excited to participate for the second year in One Book One School! Before Spring Break, we revealed the title of our new book to the students. This year we will be reading (drum roll, please)...  The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes!!  This is a fun, sweet story that looks at a common worry "am I smart enough?"   This week the youngest child in the family will be receiving your copy of the book as well as the reading schedule.  This will start next Monday, April 12th and go through May 7th.  We ask that reading is done at home and we will do activities in class.

With our upcoming transition there is a great deal of important information to share so this letter is quite lengthy, I want to thank you in advance for reading through this information. Our staff has been busy preparing to welcome students back for full days of instruction beginning April 12.  If your child is an in-person learner, the information below will help you prepare for full days of school, if your child is remote there is information about how their school day will run as well. As a reminder, families of elementary students (Grades K-5) who are currently enrolled in remote learning may change their selection to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year by contacting your child’s school by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The office team will help you change your selection. If you do not wish to change your child's learning status, no additional action is needed. 

 

Important Dates to Note in your Calendar:

April 9: School Picture Retakes 

  • Retake/Make up day for school pictures will be Friday, April 9th during school hours. Should you want your student to participate please have them return their original picture package on that day. Please call the office (630)834-5313 or email mdecarlo@elmhurst205.org with any questions.

 

April 12: Full days of instruction begin (8:15am-3:00pm, doors open at 8:00) 

  • One Book One School Launch (See information above)

April 14: Student Late Arrival (students arrive at 9:30am)

  • This spring, we will have three student late arrivals in which students arrive at school at 9:30am and instruction begins at 9:45am. Dismissal remains at 3pm.  Morning kindergarten will attend 9:45am-11:55am.
  •  

April 28: Student Late Arrival (students arrive at 9:30am)

May 12: Student Late Arrival (students arrive at 9:30am)

 

Full Day Return Information 

We will be returning to our typical school hours beginning on April 12.  This means that all students (remote and in-person) will attend school from 8:15 am-3:00pm (doors open at 8:00am) with an hour break for lunch and recess. The tardy bell rings each morning at 8:15am.  Our arrival procedures will remain the same and dismissal will change to 3pm.  Morning kindergarten will take place 8:15-11:05am.  Students will return to having a full specials schedule: two half hours per week of PE and Music and an hour each per week of Library and Art.  We will be using the last 7 weeks of in-person learning to add science back into our schedule and offer all students one unit of instruction for our new science resource, Mystery Science. 

 

We will be following our pre-covid parent handbook for snack, lunch, etc. with the additional safety measures for distancing. You can find those Parent handbooks at the following links: English or Spanish.  Please see the information below for specific information. 

 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, the main office, or your child’s teacher. 

 

Next Week’s Schedule

We will return for full days of school on Monday.  Students will attend school from 8:15am-3:00pm (doors open at 8:00) with a one hour lunch break.   

  • Students will have 75 minutes of math, 150 minutes of reading and writing, 30 minutes of science, and 30-60 minutes of specials daily.  
  • Your child’s teacher will communicate your classroom’s detailed schedule. 
  • There is a late arrival on Wednesday, April 14 for elementary students.  The doors will open at 9:30am with instruction beginning at 9:45am. 

 

Morning Arrival

Our morning arrival procedures will remain the same as they have been.  Students can begin entering the school building at 8:00am and instruction begins at 8:15am.  

 

Daily Health Certification

You need to submit a daily health certification by 7:45am for each child in your family that attends Field.  To do so, visit covid.elmhurst205.org and use your child’s ID number to log-in.  The password is your child’s birthday in MM/DD/YYYY format.  We recommend bookmarking this site on your smartphone and setting a daily reminder alarm.  If students do not health certify, the office is notified, we will then contact you and your child will wait in a holding area until we can verify their health. 

Our Field community has done a really nice job of this and we ask for your continued efforts to certify your child on time each morning. 

 

Preparing for Lunch At School
Students will have thirty minutes for lunch with transition time built in and a thirty minute recess. Students will eat in the gym or multipurpose room and maintain six feet of distance at all times.  Face coverings will be removed only when eating.  

Children can bring lunch from home, go home for lunch, or order lunch from school.  

  • Bringing lunch to school:
    • Students can bring a full lunch from home.  We recommend you include foods for a balanced meal that you know your child enjoys.  Please remember to send a napkin and a drink. 
  • Going home for lunch:
    • A note/email from a parent is required for any students going home for lunch. Please send emails to your child’s classroom teacher and copy our school secretary Melissa DeCarlo on the email at mdecarlo@elmhurst205.org.
    • Students will be dismissed from the main office at the start of their lunch hour. When returning, they should re-enter at the main office. Please be on time.
    • Students may not return to the building until the end of their designated lunch hour. Students who return early from their home lunch are not permitted to join their class at recess. 
    • Lunch Times:
      • Kindergarten: 11:05am-12:05pm 
        • On Late Arrival Days, 11:35-12:35
      • First Grade: 10:35am-11:35am
      • Second Grade:12:05pm-1:05pm
      • Third Grade: 11:35am-12:35pm
      • 4th Grade: 12:35pm-1:35pm
      • 5th Grade: 11:05am-12:05pm


 

  • Ordering lunch from school:
    • All lunches are free for the rest of the year.
    • We will not be providing or selling milk. 
    • During morning attendance, students will inform their teachers they want a Food Service Cold Lunch. 
    • During their lunch break, students will visit the designated area in the school that is holding the student lunches. 
    • Students simply take their lunch from the table.  See food options below.
    • If students do not order lunch in the morning, they should not take a lunch from the table. 
    • A Shelf Stable Lunch, similar to our school bag snacks, will be served the week of Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16. Such Lunch Items could include: taco hummus, Baked Doritos, beef stick, diced pears, tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, grain snack, applesauce, roasted red pepper hummus, pretzels, sunflower seeds, craisins, grahams, juice box.
    • Cold Lunch options will be available the week of April 19. 
      • 4/19: Lunchable with Turkey, cheese, crackers, elf cookie, juice
      • 4/20: Yogurt, string cheese, peach cup, raisins, juice box 
      • 4/21: Sun butter sandwich, chips, applesauce, mini rice Krispie treat, juice box 
      • 4/22: Ham & cheese sandwich, string cheese, pear cup, animal crackers, juice box
      • 4/23: Turkey & cheese sandwich, baked BBQ Chips, craisins, juice Box

 

Outdoor Snack and Recess 

Each grade level will have a daily outdoor snack and short recess.  Snack should be a plain fruit or vegetable moving forward.  In the event that we need to eat indoors, we need snacks to be allergen friendly. Outdoor snack and recess takes place in the morning or afternoon depending on your child’s lunch time. Your child may want to keep a beach towel in their locker for use at outdoor snack time.

 

Leaving School for Appointments

We hope that you schedule appointments outside of school hours, but we know that is not always possible.  Students will be permitted to leave school for appointments and return to school as they have in past years.  Parents should notify the office and teacher when a child is leaving school for an appointment.  A parent or family member must pick up and sign out the child from the main office. If your child returns to school, you must accompany them to the office and sign back in. 

 

Continued Health and Safety Procedures

We will continue to follow our health and safety protocols.  We will continue mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing as much as possible.  In classrooms, students will maintain three feet of physical distance with six feet of distance at lunch and snack.  All lunch tables will be sanitized in between uses and  students do not share materials in classrooms. 

 

When at recess, students will wear face coverings if they are walking, running, or playing. If they would like a break from wearing their face covering, they can go to a break area, sit or stand in one spot, and remove their face covering.  Anytime face coverings are off, students will be required to be six feet apart.  

 

Remote Student Schedule: 

As I shared above, with the move to full day, all students (remote and in-person) will attend school from 8:15am-3:00pm (doors open for in person learners at 8:00am) with an hour break for lunch and recess. The schedule will look different for all students. There will be a 15 minute class break built-in in addition to the lunch break. With the extension of time in the day, there will also be more asynchronous time built into the schedule for remote learning. The amount of synchronous/asynchronous minutes may vary by day and by topic. Please see the breakdown below. 

 

Lunch Break Schedule

  • Kindergarten: 11:05am-12:05pm 
    • On Late Arrival Days, 11:35-12:35
  • First Grade: 10:35am-11:35am
  • Second Grade:12:05pm-1:05pm
  • Third Grade: 11:35am-12:35pm
  • 4th Grade: 12:35pm-1:35pm
  • 5th Grade: 11:05am-12:05pm

 

Elementary Instructional Minutes 

Subject

Daily Minutes

(Approximate Synchronous for Remote Learning)

Acceleration

30 (15-30)

Literacy

90 (45-90)

Math

75 (35-75)

Sci/SS

30 (15-30)

Specials

60 (30-60)

Writing

30 (15-30)

 

Remote Learning Availability

In-person learners are not permitted to attend class remotely unless they are in quarantine due to COVID-19 illness or exposure or travel or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.  In the event that your in-person learner must attend remotely due to quarantine, it may take 24 hours to gain access to a remote environment.  If your child misses a day of instruction due to quarantine, your child’s teacher will make sure they get caught up on important learning and assignments. 

 

Quarantine and “Close Contacts”

D205 follows the Illinois Department of Public Health’s definition of a “close contact” as well as quarantine protocols.  We are required to contact trace when a student tests positive for COVID-19 and/or started symptoms within 48 hours of attending school in-person. With students attending school five days per week, our students are 3 feet (less than 6 feet) from each other in all classroom spaces. This means that when there is exposure at school, there will be students that are close contacts and required to quarantine.  As a public organization, we are required to follow all guidelines provided by IDPH.  We use our detailed school and classroom schedules as well as seating charts to contact trace and make sure we are identifying close and non-close contacts accurately.

 

We are excited to return to full days and look forward to continuing to partner with you in this unique year. Again, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out. 

 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

Field Elementary Principal 

  • Field

Dear Field Elementary Community Member,

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 invites you to attend a virtual meeting regarding our proposed designs for Field Elementary School. The proposed project involves building a new school on the existing site and is part of the District’s ongoing communication efforts as well as part of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) process with the City.

As a valued parent, staff member or neighbor, we invite you to hear more about our plans and share your thoughts. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on the following date and time.

Field Elementary Concept Plan Neighborhood Mtg.
Monday, April 12, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Via Zoom

If you are interested in attending, please register by completing the following form. A reminder notice containing a Zoom link will be emailed to you at least 24-hours before the meeting.

Click Here to Register for the Field Meeting

  • Field

District 205 is excited to welcome all students back to campus full-time, five days per week beginning April 12, 2021. Our principals have already started sharing details for each campus. As a reminder, all families who are currently enrolled in remote learning have another opportunity to select in-person learning. This selection will be for the remainder of the school year. Here are the steps to follow to change your selection:

Elementary (Grades K-5)
Families of elementary students (Grades K-5) who are currently enrolled in remote learning may change their selection to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year by contacting your child’s school by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The office team will help you change your selection. If you do not wish to change your child's learning status, no additional action is needed.

Secondary (Grades 6-12)
Families of students in Grades 6-12 who are currently enrolled in remote learning may change their selection to in-person for the rest of the school year by filling out a form in PowerSchool, which is due at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. If you do not wish to change your child's learning group, you do not need to complete this form. Directions and links to PowerSchool are available at the end of this communication.

If you wish to change your child's group to fully remote (without extracurriculars), you do not need to fill out this form. Contact your child's school directly.

Families of students in Grades 6-12 selecting in-person learning or whose students participate in extracurricular activities on campus must also complete a COVID screening waiver, which is included in the form. Click here for more information about the district's saliva screening program.

Attendance Expectations for Students in Grades K-12:
Please also note the following attendance expectations for in-person students:

  1. Beginning March 15th, students enrolled to attend in person who do not attend in person (without an extenuating circumstance*, such as illness/quarantine), will be marked absent (unexcused). 
  2. In-person students who have unexcused absences for 3 or more days in a week, without an extenuating circumstance, will transition to remote status for the remainder of the 20-21 school year. 
  3. Students enrolled in in-person learning should not join class remotely on a day scheduled for in-person learning without approval by the school administration, which also applies to vacations. 
  4. Please note that remote learning will not be provided during vacation. If a parent decides to take a vacation when school is scheduled, parents/guardians are asked to contact the school principal in advance of the planned absence.

Extenuating Circumstances
In general, the following will be considered as extenuating circumstances:

  1. COVID-related illness by the student or the student’s family
  2. Required or recommended quarantine (due to COVID exposure or after travel)
  3. High levels of illness in the child’s classroom or grade level.

Accessing the Form in PowerSchool (Grades 6-12 Only)
We have chosen PowerSchool, D205’s Student Information System, as the platform for the selection form over a Google form or Survey Monkey in order to tie responses directly to each student’s identification number. This not only protects the privacy of each selection but also avoids manual entry errors. Finally, PowerSchool will allow the selection to be entered, recorded, and processed in one system. 

  1. To indicate your choice, fill out the form called “Additional Grades 6-12 In-Person Selection & COVID-19 Testing Consent Form” in the PowerSchool parent portal by logging in, going to “Forms,” and submitting the form (steps here or in this short sample video). Please note that you cannot use the mobile app - you must access the full PowerSchool site using whatever device you prefer. 

  2. Contact your child’s school if you need help accessing the PowerSchool parent portal.

  3. You must fill this form out separately for each student in Grades 6 through 12.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this information. Your support has been greatly appreciated as we continue to increase learning opportunities for students. Another reminder will be shared on April 5 following Spring Break. Until that time, please enjoy your families as we all take some downtime and return for a strong finish to the 2020-21 school year.

  • Bryan
  • Churchville
  • Covid
  • Edison
  • Emerson
  • Field
  • Fischer
  • Hawthorne
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Sandburg
Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families, 

Field is excited to participate for the second year in One Book One School! Before Spring Break, we revealed the title of our new book to the students. This year we will be reading (drum roll, please)...  The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes!! 

Dear Field Families, 

Field is excited to participate for the second year in One Book One School! Before Spring Break, we revealed the title of our new book to the students. This year we will be reading (drum roll, please)...  The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes!!  This is a fun, sweet story that looks at a common worry "am I smart enough?"   This week the youngest child in the family will be receiving your copy of the book as well as the reading schedule.  This will start next Monday, April 12th and go through May 7th.  We ask that reading is done at home and we will do activities in class.

With our upcoming transition there is a great deal of important information to share so this letter is quite lengthy, I want to thank you in advance for reading through this information. Our staff has been busy preparing to welcome students back for full days of instruction beginning April 12.  If your child is an in-person learner, the information below will help you prepare for full days of school, if your child is remote there is information about how their school day will run as well. As a reminder, families of elementary students (Grades K-5) who are currently enrolled in remote learning may change their selection to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year by contacting your child’s school by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The office team will help you change your selection. If you do not wish to change your child's learning status, no additional action is needed. 

 

Important Dates to Note in your Calendar:

April 9: School Picture Retakes 

  • Retake/Make up day for school pictures will be Friday, April 9th during school hours. Should you want your student to participate please have them return their original picture package on that day. Please call the office (630)834-5313 or email mdecarlo@elmhurst205.org with any questions.

 

April 12: Full days of instruction begin (8:15am-3:00pm, doors open at 8:00) 

  • One Book One School Launch (See information above)

April 14: Student Late Arrival (students arrive at 9:30am)

  • This spring, we will have three student late arrivals in which students arrive at school at 9:30am and instruction begins at 9:45am. Dismissal remains at 3pm.  Morning kindergarten will attend 9:45am-11:55am.
  •  

April 28: Student Late Arrival (students arrive at 9:30am)

May 12: Student Late Arrival (students arrive at 9:30am)

 

Full Day Return Information 

We will be returning to our typical school hours beginning on April 12.  This means that all students (remote and in-person) will attend school from 8:15 am-3:00pm (doors open at 8:00am) with an hour break for lunch and recess. The tardy bell rings each morning at 8:15am.  Our arrival procedures will remain the same and dismissal will change to 3pm.  Morning kindergarten will take place 8:15-11:05am.  Students will return to having a full specials schedule: two half hours per week of PE and Music and an hour each per week of Library and Art.  We will be using the last 7 weeks of in-person learning to add science back into our schedule and offer all students one unit of instruction for our new science resource, Mystery Science. 

 

We will be following our pre-covid parent handbook for snack, lunch, etc. with the additional safety measures for distancing. You can find those Parent handbooks at the following links: English or Spanish.  Please see the information below for specific information. 

 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, the main office, or your child’s teacher. 

 

Next Week’s Schedule

We will return for full days of school on Monday.  Students will attend school from 8:15am-3:00pm (doors open at 8:00) with a one hour lunch break.   

  • Students will have 75 minutes of math, 150 minutes of reading and writing, 30 minutes of science, and 30-60 minutes of specials daily.  
  • Your child’s teacher will communicate your classroom’s detailed schedule. 
  • There is a late arrival on Wednesday, April 14 for elementary students.  The doors will open at 9:30am with instruction beginning at 9:45am. 

 

Morning Arrival

Our morning arrival procedures will remain the same as they have been.  Students can begin entering the school building at 8:00am and instruction begins at 8:15am.  

 

Daily Health Certification

You need to submit a daily health certification by 7:45am for each child in your family that attends Field.  To do so, visit covid.elmhurst205.org and use your child’s ID number to log-in.  The password is your child’s birthday in MM/DD/YYYY format.  We recommend bookmarking this site on your smartphone and setting a daily reminder alarm.  If students do not health certify, the office is notified, we will then contact you and your child will wait in a holding area until we can verify their health. 

Our Field community has done a really nice job of this and we ask for your continued efforts to certify your child on time each morning. 

 

Preparing for Lunch At School
Students will have thirty minutes for lunch with transition time built in and a thirty minute recess. Students will eat in the gym or multipurpose room and maintain six feet of distance at all times.  Face coverings will be removed only when eating.  

Children can bring lunch from home, go home for lunch, or order lunch from school.  

  • Bringing lunch to school:
    • Students can bring a full lunch from home.  We recommend you include foods for a balanced meal that you know your child enjoys.  Please remember to send a napkin and a drink. 
  • Going home for lunch:
    • A note/email from a parent is required for any students going home for lunch. Please send emails to your child’s classroom teacher and copy our school secretary Melissa DeCarlo on the email at mdecarlo@elmhurst205.org.
    • Students will be dismissed from the main office at the start of their lunch hour. When returning, they should re-enter at the main office. Please be on time.
    • Students may not return to the building until the end of their designated lunch hour. Students who return early from their home lunch are not permitted to join their class at recess. 
    • Lunch Times:
      • Kindergarten: 11:05am-12:05pm 
        • On Late Arrival Days, 11:35-12:35
      • First Grade: 10:35am-11:35am
      • Second Grade:12:05pm-1:05pm
      • Third Grade: 11:35am-12:35pm
      • 4th Grade: 12:35pm-1:35pm
      • 5th Grade: 11:05am-12:05pm


 

  • Ordering lunch from school:
    • All lunches are free for the rest of the year.
    • We will not be providing or selling milk. 
    • During morning attendance, students will inform their teachers they want a Food Service Cold Lunch. 
    • During their lunch break, students will visit the designated area in the school that is holding the student lunches. 
    • Students simply take their lunch from the table.  See food options below.
    • If students do not order lunch in the morning, they should not take a lunch from the table. 
    • A Shelf Stable Lunch, similar to our school bag snacks, will be served the week of Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16. Such Lunch Items could include: taco hummus, Baked Doritos, beef stick, diced pears, tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, grain snack, applesauce, roasted red pepper hummus, pretzels, sunflower seeds, craisins, grahams, juice box.
    • Cold Lunch options will be available the week of April 19. 
      • 4/19: Lunchable with Turkey, cheese, crackers, elf cookie, juice
      • 4/20: Yogurt, string cheese, peach cup, raisins, juice box 
      • 4/21: Sun butter sandwich, chips, applesauce, mini rice Krispie treat, juice box 
      • 4/22: Ham & cheese sandwich, string cheese, pear cup, animal crackers, juice box
      • 4/23: Turkey & cheese sandwich, baked BBQ Chips, craisins, juice Box

 

Outdoor Snack and Recess 

Each grade level will have a daily outdoor snack and short recess.  Snack should be a plain fruit or vegetable moving forward.  In the event that we need to eat indoors, we need snacks to be allergen friendly. Outdoor snack and recess takes place in the morning or afternoon depending on your child’s lunch time. Your child may want to keep a beach towel in their locker for use at outdoor snack time.

 

Leaving School for Appointments

We hope that you schedule appointments outside of school hours, but we know that is not always possible.  Students will be permitted to leave school for appointments and return to school as they have in past years.  Parents should notify the office and teacher when a child is leaving school for an appointment.  A parent or family member must pick up and sign out the child from the main office. If your child returns to school, you must accompany them to the office and sign back in. 

 

Continued Health and Safety Procedures

We will continue to follow our health and safety protocols.  We will continue mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing as much as possible.  In classrooms, students will maintain three feet of physical distance with six feet of distance at lunch and snack.  All lunch tables will be sanitized in between uses and  students do not share materials in classrooms. 

 

When at recess, students will wear face coverings if they are walking, running, or playing. If they would like a break from wearing their face covering, they can go to a break area, sit or stand in one spot, and remove their face covering.  Anytime face coverings are off, students will be required to be six feet apart.  

 

Remote Student Schedule: 

As I shared above, with the move to full day, all students (remote and in-person) will attend school from 8:15am-3:00pm (doors open for in person learners at 8:00am) with an hour break for lunch and recess. The schedule will look different for all students. There will be a 15 minute class break built-in in addition to the lunch break. With the extension of time in the day, there will also be more asynchronous time built into the schedule for remote learning. The amount of synchronous/asynchronous minutes may vary by day and by topic. Please see the breakdown below. 

 

Lunch Break Schedule

  • Kindergarten: 11:05am-12:05pm 
    • On Late Arrival Days, 11:35-12:35
  • First Grade: 10:35am-11:35am
  • Second Grade:12:05pm-1:05pm
  • Third Grade: 11:35am-12:35pm
  • 4th Grade: 12:35pm-1:35pm
  • 5th Grade: 11:05am-12:05pm

 

Elementary Instructional Minutes 

Subject

Daily Minutes

(Approximate Synchronous for Remote Learning)

Acceleration

30 (15-30)

Literacy

90 (45-90)

Math

75 (35-75)

Sci/SS

30 (15-30)

Specials

60 (30-60)

Writing

30 (15-30)

 

Remote Learning Availability

In-person learners are not permitted to attend class remotely unless they are in quarantine due to COVID-19 illness or exposure or travel or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.  In the event that your in-person learner must attend remotely due to quarantine, it may take 24 hours to gain access to a remote environment.  If your child misses a day of instruction due to quarantine, your child’s teacher will make sure they get caught up on important learning and assignments. 

 

Quarantine and “Close Contacts”

D205 follows the Illinois Department of Public Health’s definition of a “close contact” as well as quarantine protocols.  We are required to contact trace when a student tests positive for COVID-19 and/or started symptoms within 48 hours of attending school in-person. With students attending school five days per week, our students are 3 feet (less than 6 feet) from each other in all classroom spaces. This means that when there is exposure at school, there will be students that are close contacts and required to quarantine.  As a public organization, we are required to follow all guidelines provided by IDPH.  We use our detailed school and classroom schedules as well as seating charts to contact trace and make sure we are identifying close and non-close contacts accurately.

 

We are excited to return to full days and look forward to continuing to partner with you in this unique year. Again, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out. 

 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

Field Elementary Principal 

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families, 

Last week was a busy and exciting week at Field! Our Field students won the participation award for the Shamrock Hunt sponsored by the Elmhurst D205 PTA’s and we were rewarded with fun decorations. Talon even dressed up in celebration.

Dear Field Families, 

Last week was a busy and exciting week at Field! Our Field students won the participation award for the Shamrock Hunt sponsored by the Elmhurst D205 PTA’s and we were rewarded with fun decorations. Talon even dressed up in celebration. 

Yesterday, our staff “Rocked Our Socks'' for World Down Syndrome Day.  World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21, as that landed on a Sunday, our Field Elementary Staff chose to celebrate this together on the 22nd. Field Staff have “Rocked our Socks” for the past four years to celebrate and raise awareness.  This reminded me that there are many ways in which we integrate opportunities for our students to learn through these celebrations and experiences.  

This year you as parents have had a unique look into our Field classrooms at times when your children logged into class from home. This may have given you a picture into the way that we integrate important learning throughout the school day.  In February classrooms celebrated Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.  Our teachers have implemented engaging activities to supplement our literacy curriculum throughout the month of February.  Please note, we understand that learning doesn’t begin and end with a month. Our students need authentic experiences, across subjects, throughout the year, and we continue to work to cultivate the resources and expand these conversations. However, the identification of these months offer an opportunity and reminder to examine, recognize, learn and celebrate. 

The in-person return five days per week by so many of our students has brought an amazing energy to our building.  Our staff continues to be grateful for the cooperation of our community in the self-certification of your children by 7:45am.  We ask that you continue to be mindful of symptoms, potential exposures outside of school, and travel in order to keep as many of our students healthy and in school as possible. We understand that after more than a year into COVID-19, many of us are experiencing “pandemic fatigue” and it can be frustrating when experiencing exposures and/or symptoms.  Our Field staff are doing their very best to keep all students and families safe. While transmission is low, exposures and infections have and will affect our community. Please contact us directly to discuss any questions or concerns so that we can continue to work together to keep our Falcons safe.  Please see the additional information below. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration. 

Sincerely, 
Heidi Thomas 

5Essentials Survey 
*Please take the 5Essentials survey.  We need 20% of parents to participate.  We currently do not have the percentage of participation needed to receive a report. The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with Field. Please note that the survey is specific to Field, it is not a District Survey, but rather is intended to provide input to help develop our Field 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. 

2021-22 REACH Identification & Services
The process of considering students for placement in REACH for the 2021-22 school year is currently underway. There are two REACH opportunities in District 205 - REACH ELA and REACH Math. For a program overview, visit the District website here.

All Grade 2 and Grade 5 students are automatically screened, and parents of students newly identified for REACH services receive notification on March 31st. Each student’s ability, achievement, and performance data from the 2020-21 school year are considered in making placement recommendations. Students currently in REACH will continue in REACH.

Students in Grade 3 and Grade 4 will NOT be automatically screened. If you believe your child demonstrates a need for extension beyond the regular classroom, parents may submit an appeal.

Information pertaining to the REACH Appeal process is also located on the District website, linked above. The application for appeal will be posted on April 5th and will close at 5:00pm, April 16th. 

On Monday, April 5th at 7:00pm, there will be a webinar sharing information on the REACH appeal process. Families who are interested in the appeal process or who are new to the district and would like their child assessed for the REACH program are encouraged to attend the webinar. Please register here. 

Please contact Heidi Thomas at hthomas@elmhurst205.org or our Field REACH teacher Leanne Rider at lrider@elmhurst205.org  for more information.

One School One Book
Field Elementary is excited to participate for the second year in One School One Book! Our school is about to take part in a special, community wide shared reading event that has been funded by the Field PTA.  Every family will receive a copy of the same book – and will be asked to read it together at home over 3 weeks.   We will reveal the book to the students later this week.  The week of April 5, a copy of the book and reading schedule will be sent home with each family.  Arrangements will be made for remote families to pick up their book. We will start enjoying this year's selection on April 12 and will continue through May 7. 

Reminder - Student Attendance Guidance for Spring (This was included in the District 205 notification to parents on 3/5/2021)
An updated attendance procedure has taken effect this spring so that schools can continue to do everything possible to provide students enrolled in in-person learning with in-person learning experiences, as well as strong remote learning experiences for students enrolled remotely.

  • Beginning March 15th, students enrolled to attend in person who do not attend in person (without an extenuating circumstance*, such as illness/quarantine), will be marked absent (unexcused). 
    • In-person students who are absent (unexcused) for 3 or more days in a week, without an extenuating circumstance, will transition to remote status for the remainder of the 20-21 school year. 
  • Students enrolled in in-person learning should not join class remotely on a day scheduled for in-person learning without approval by the school administration, which also applies to vacations. 
  • Please note that remote learning will not be provided during vacation. If a parent decides to take a vacation when school is scheduled, parents/guardians are asked to contact the school principal in advance of the planned absence.

District Newsletter Items:

  • York Drama’s 2021 Winter Production Film: “The Laramie Project" - Tickets On Sale Now
  • York Music Fundraiser at Portillo’s - March 25
  • PTA Council York High School Scholarship McDonald’s Drive Thru Fundraiser - April 7
  • Lion’s Club Virtual Pizza Party Fundraiser - April 24
  • New York Summer Arts Dance Program - June 14-July 15                 

Reminders:

  • Foundation 205 Art Contest - Deadline March 26
  • Free Mobile Food Pantry at Churchville Middle School - April 10, May 8, and June 5
  • D205 Food Services Offers Free Daily Meal Bags - March Schedule

Other Resources:

New Items:

York Drama’s 2021 Winter Production Film: “The Laramie Project" - Tickets On Sale Now
York Community High School Drama Department presents the  “The Laramie Project,” a reaction to the story of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of  Wyoming student, who was killed in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming. His murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming.  

Since live theatre is on pause, York decided to create something special and produce The Laramie Project as a film. Student Directors Olivia Rosenberg, Charlie Kungl, Jillian Caforio and Owen Espinosa, and Stage Managers Henry Wegener and Kayla Willey are heading the team, along with York alumni Matt Bourke and film director Michael Berry. 

The Laramie Project runs from March 26, 27, 28 and April 4 and 5th.  Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketpeak.co/yorkdrama and are $5 per viewing link plus a  $1.50 service charge. Donations are welcome and much appreciated, as York Drama continues to create art during this unprecedented year. This is presented as an on-demand streaming with viewing links active between 5:00pm CST – Midnight CST each day of the show. Each day will require a new code, if you want to watch multiple days. 

York Music Fundraiser - Portillo's -  March 25
Join us in applauding our high school musicians and the music department by participating in York Music Booster’s first fundraiser of the year at Portillo's (Elmhurst) on Thursday, March 25, 5-8pm — the same day as York Live. Mention York Music Boosters when you order and 20% of your purchase will help fund Fine Arts Week, summer music camp scholarships, student grants, targeted enrichment opportunities, and more. View this flyer for details. YMB proudly supports D205 musicians in grades 9-12. Visit our website to learn more and like our Facebook page. Can’t make it to the fundraiser? Donate online anytime.

PTA Council York High School Scholarship McDonald’s Drive-thru Fundraiser - April 7
The PTA Council York High School Scholarship will host a Drive-Thru Fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 7 at the following McDonald’s locations:

  • 190 E. Butterfield Road - Elmhurst
  • 920 N. York Street - Elmhurst
  • 350 E. St. Charles Road - Villa Park

Download a JPG copy of the flyer

Elmhurst Lions Club Virtual Pizza Party Fundraiser - April 24
Elmhurst Lions Club will host its annual Pizza Party fundraiser on April 24. Proceeds go to support individuals with sight and hearing issues as well as fund local educational scholarships.

New York Summer Arts Dance Program - June 14-July 15. District 205 is a member of the Elmhurst Lions Club. See flyer for more details.

New York Summer Arts Dance Program - June 14-July 15 

  • Summer Arts Program: Dance Class York Community High School for
    Incoming 7th–9th Grade Students
  • June 14th – July 15th, Monday – Thursday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., York High School Dance Studio
  • Program Flyer & Registration Information

Reminders:

Foundation 205 Art Contest - Deadline March 26
Foundation 205 is sponsoring an art contest and looking to showcase the talent and creativity of any willing art students in D205! Help create a winning t-shirt design and/or contribute to a Foundation calendar/notecard. Click the link for details. Submissions are due March 26, 2021.

Free Mobile Food Pantry at Churchville Middle School - April 10, May 8, and June 5
United Community Concerns Association invites you to attend​ ​free​ Mobile Food Pantry 

at​ ​Churchville Middle School, 155 Victory Parkway, Elmhurst,​ ​on following dates:

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m. 

Note: The Mobile Food Pantry will offer nutritious food including: meat, fresh produce, milk, and other dairy products based on availability. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supply lasts. 

For the health and safety of our volunteers and your family, we ask the you please follow this process:

  1. Stay inside your car.
  2. Please make sure the trunk is empty and open.
  3. Pre Packed box of groceries will be placed in your trunk
  4. Please do not block driveways

D205 Food Services Offers Free Daily Meal Bags -  March Schedule
D205 offers 7-day, breakfast & lunch, heat-and-eat meal bags. Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays at the following locations

  • York High School, Main Entrance Door #3
  • Bryan Middle School, East Entrance Door #13
  • Churchville Middle School, Main Entrance Door #1 
  • Sandburg Middle School, Main Entrance Door #3

March 2021 Dates:

  • Monday 3/22 -3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 3/24-1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Monday 3/29 - 10 a.m.-12 p.m. *note earlier pick up time
  • Wednesday 3/31 NO PICK UP-Spring Break
  • Monday-April 5 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Please help everyone to stay safe by wearing your mask and staying inside your car (roll down back windows or open the trunk to receive the meal kits). Thank you! 

D205 schools also will be handing out an optional (students are not required to take a meal bag) shelf stable, one-day meal bag each day at dismissal time for students in grades K-12. Breakfast for the following morning is included in the bag as well. Families with allergy concerns or other dietary restrictions should contact your school nurse’s office to discuss your child’s specific situation before allowing your child to bring home a meal kit.  If you do not want your child to take a meal kit home, please tell your child and let the school nurse know. The food items offered in the lunch bag each day will vary. If your child is taking a meal kit home, please remind them that food is not to be eaten on the bus, and the food should not be shared with anyone due to concerns with food allergies and other dietary restrictions.  

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Good Afternoon Field Families and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

As we prepare to bring students back for full day instruction, we are in need of lunch and recess supervisors from 10:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m. each day. 

Good Afternoon Field Families and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

As we prepare to bring students back for full day instruction, we are in need of lunch and recess supervisors from 10:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m. each day. If you are interested, or know anyone who is, please complete an online application using the link below. Sharing on social media would also be appreciated! Thank you in advance for helping us put all the pieces in place for a return to full day!

Lunch/Recess Supervisor Application

Also - Congratulations to Field for winning the Shamrock participation contest!

Happy Wednesday!

Heidi Thomas, Principal

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families, 

It is so exciting to be in our second week of having nearly 92 percent of our students in-person five days a week.

Dear Field Families, 

It is so exciting to be in our second week of having nearly 92 percent of our students in-person five days a week. I wanted to share a reminder that tomorrow is picture day. Color Portraits will be at Field to take your child’s picture. This year it is a PRE-PAY picture program, the order info is below.  In order to receive a picture package payment must be made prior to or on picture day. Remote students will be given an opportunity to participate after school hours, times are listed below. If you have any questions, please call the school office (630) 834-5313 or email mdecarlo@elmhurst205.org. There is a make-up/retake day scheduled for Friday, April 9th, time TBD. 

Color Portraits Order Form.pdf 

Remote Students 1:30 p.m. Last Name A-L

Remote Students 1:45 p.m.-Last Name M-Z

We are excited to share updates to our website, Field’s Pride and Joy. As we shared before, this site is dedicated to highlighting monthly examples of student work that exemplify the commitment and excellence displayed by our students at Field Elementary School on a daily basis. Please take some time to scroll through our digital showcase of exemplary student work from February!

In this Issue:

  • Student Attendance Guidance
  • D205 Presents: The Purpose of Play in your Child's Development - March 8
  • Foundation 205 Art Contest - Deadline March 26
  • Free Mobile Food Pantry at Churchville Middle School - April 10, May 8, and June 5                                            

Reminders:

  • Catch the Replay of “Helping Parents Support Their Children’s Well-Being Dur
    Distance Learning” with Rosalind Wiseman.  
  • D205 Presents COVID-19 Vaccines: What you need to know! Video Replay Available
  • D205 Food Services  Offers Free Daily Meal Bags - March Schedule

Other Resources:

  • Thrive D205 Wellness and Mental Health Resources and Information
  • Virtual Backpack
  • ComEd Bill Assistance
  • Free Internet/WiFI Services

New Items:

Student Attendance Guidance for Spring

An updated attendance procedure will take effect this spring so that schools can continue to do everything possible to provide students enrolled in In-person learning with In-person learning experiences, as well as strong remote learning experiences for students enrolled remotely.

  • Beginning March 15th, students enrolled to attend in person who do not attend in person (without an extenuating circumstance, such as illness/quarantine), will be marked absent (unexcused). 
    • In-person students who are absent (unexcused) for 3 or more days in a week, without an extenuating circumstance, will transition to remote status for the remainder of the 20-21 school year. 
  • Students enrolled in In-person learning should not join class remotely on a day scheduled for in-person learning without approval by the school administration, which also applies to vacations. 
  • Please note that remote learning will not be provided during vacation. If a parent decides to take a vacation when school is scheduled, parents/guardians are asked to contact the school principal in advance of the planned absence.

The Purpose of Play in your Child's Development - March 8

On March 8, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom, District 205 is proud to present a parent information session to share the benefits of play for your child! We will share how we are incorporating purposeful play into our EC and Kindergarten classrooms to benefit our students both socially and academically as we work to educate the whole child. We will also share tips for incorporating purposeful play at home! We hope you can join us! Please RSVP using this LINK. An email confirmation and the link to the webinar will be sent to you 48-hours prior to the event.

Foundation 205 Art Contest - Deadline March 26
Foundation 205 is sponsoring an art contest and looking to showcase the talent and creativity of any willing art students in D205! Help create a winning t-shirt design and/or contribute to a Foundation calendar/notecard. Click the link for details. Submissions are due March 26, 2021.

Free Mobile Food Pantry at Churchville Middle School - April 10, May 8, and June 5
United Community Concerns Association invites you to attend​ ​free​ Mobile Food Pantry 

at​ ​Churchville Middle School, 155 Victory Parkway, Elmhurst,​ ​on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m. 

Note: The Mobile Food Pantry will offer nutritious food including: meat, fresh produce, milk, and other dairy products based on availability. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supply lasts. 

For the health and safety of our volunteers and your family, we ask the you please follow this process:

  1. Stay inside your car.
  2. Please make sure the trunk is empty and open.
  3. Pre Packed box of groceries will be placed in your trunk
  4. Please do not block driveways

Reminders:

D205 Presents COVID-19 Vaccines: What you need to know! Video Replay Available
D205 and Dr. Zachary Rubin presented COVID-19 Vaccines: What you need to know! Dr. Rubin presented timely and relevant information about the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines that have been recently approved by the FDA. Dr. Rubin also discussed the general concepts of vaccines, addressed safety concerns and answered questions from attendees

Dr. Rubin is an Allergist/Immunologist, who is double-board certified in General Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology. Dr. Rubin grew up in Naperville, and he is very excited to be practicing at Oak Brook Allergists, which has locations in Naperville, Plainfield, Downers Grove and Elmhurst.

Catch the replay of the session on the Thrive D205 Wellness Partnership page. 

Catch the Replay of “Helping Parents Support Their Children’s Well-Being During Distance Learning” with Rosalind Wiseman
If you missed Rosalind Wiseman Zoom address this week, catch the video replay on D205 YouTube. The founder of Cultures of Dignity and co-author of The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, shared from the parent perspective, how we can build a community of dignity in challenging times and support student learning and growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

D205 Food Services Offers Free Daily Meal Bags -  March Schedule
D205 offers 7-day, breakfast & lunch, heat-and-eat meal bags. Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays at the following locations

  • York High School, Main Entrance Door #3
  • Bryan Middle School, East Entrance Door #13
  • Churchville Middle School, Main Entrance Door #1 
  • Sandburg Middle School, Main Entrance Door #3

March 2021 Dates:

  • Wednesday 3/10- 1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Monday 3/15 -3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 3/17-1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Monday 3/22 -3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 3/24-1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Monday 3/29 - 10 a.m.-12 p.m. *note earlier pick up time
  • Wednesday 3/31 NO PICK UP-Spring Break
  • Monday-April 5 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Please help everyone to stay safe by wearing your mask and staying inside your car (roll down back windows or open the trunk to receive the meal kits). Thank you! 

D205 schools also will be handing out an optional (students are not required to take a meal bag) shelf stable, one-day meal bag each day at dismissal time for students in grades K-12. Breakfast for the following morning is included in the bag as well. Families with allergy concerns or other dietary restrictions should contact your school nurse’s office to discuss your child’s specific situation before allowing your child to bring home a meal kit.  If you do not want your child to take a meal kit home, please tell your child and let the school nurse know. The food items offered in the lunch bag each day will vary. If your child is taking a meal kit home, please remind them that food is not to be eaten on the bus, and the food should not be shared with anyone due to concerns with food allergies and other dietary restrictions.  


Additional Resources:

Thrive D205 Wellness & Mental Health Resources
Thrive D205 School & Community Wellness Partnership is a wellness and mental health initiative launched by Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 in 2019. 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. Click here to discover the Thrive D205 resources page.

Virtual Backpack
Looking for non-profit, community activities or information that is fun and educational for students? Check out the D205 Virtual Backpack page.

ComEd Bill Assistance
If you are aware of families that could benefit from additional support, we ask that you share this information with them and have them call ComEd immediately at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), M-F, 7am-7pm.  Customers can also visit ComEd.com/Support to learn more about the following payment assistance options and eligibility requirements:

  • CARE Customer Hardship Grants
  • COVID-19 Financial Bill Assistance 
  • Flexible, Extended Payment Arrangements
  • Waiver of New Deposits and Fee Relief
  • State and Federal Financial Energy Assistance

Free Internet/WiFi Services
In need of free or low cost internet/WiFi services? Please click here

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families, 

On Monday we will welcome back our 3rd through 5th grade in person students five days a week. We are incredibly excited to have our in-person students attend five days a week. Our kindergarten, first, and second graders have settled into their daily in-person routines.

Dear Field Families, 

On Monday we will welcome back our 3rd through 5th grade in person students five days a week. We are incredibly excited to have our in-person students attend five days a week. Our kindergarten, first, and second graders have settled into their daily in-person routines. Over the past few weeks our mascot Talon the Falcon has visited all of our classrooms. Talon made stops in classrooms this week to build excitement about the No Frills Run. No Frills is an annual charitable run started ten years ago by two Elmhurst moms. Each year, one local family in need is selected to receive 100% of the proceeds from all the funds raised across various fundraising events and culminating in a race that takes place on the Prairie Path with a start and finish at York and the Prairie Path. In its 10th year, No Frills has selected four families to support - two of which are part of our Field community. This week our classrooms created posters for placement along the race route to encourage runners and many of our Field staff will be participating. 

Self-Certification Each Morning – BY 7:30am

All in-person learners need to complete the daily health verification for in-person learners by 7:30am each morning.  Our office will be running a daily report each morning rather than scanning each student at the door.  Your cooperation will help us get all students into the building quickly and efficiently so we can begin school on time. Please set a daily alarm to remind you and enroll in reminder texts each morning by texting “Yes” to 67587. For families that are attending in-person for the first time, please see the directions Daily Health Certification Directions

In-Person and Remote Attendance

Please note that once in-person instruction is selected, it is expected that children attend in person.  Remote attendance is only granted to students who are remote only learners and those in quarantine (due to travel or exposure to COVID-19) or in isolation (due to COVID-19 symptoms).  If your child is an in-person learner and cannot attend school for any other reason, they will no longer have the option to attend class remotely for the day.  

5Essentials Survey 

*Please take the 5Essentials survey.  We need 20% of parents to participate.  We currently have 11% participation. The statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey is open for parents to share thoughts about your experiences with Field. Please note that the survey is specific to Field, it is not a District Survey, but rather is intended to provide input to help develop our Field 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.  

Field Vaccination Update

Many of our Field staff members are receiving their second vaccination dose throughout the next two weeks!  This is exciting news. However,  we anticipate having some daily substitutes at times if staff experience side effects (such as fever) that prevent them from being in-person to work.  We ask for your continued patience and support.  

Arrival and Dismissal

As Monday begins our five-days a week learning model for all in-person K-5 students, arrival and dismissal will need extra time and patience for drop off and pick up car line procedures. Please use extra caution and patience as we transition into having all of our in-person students at school. When possible, please encourage walking to and from school to lessen the burden of the car lines. 

This will be the first time some of our families are dropping their children off at Field.  Our Field traffic pattern can be very complex and it really takes everyone committing to following the system to ensure that it runs smoothly.  I would like to review the carline drop off procedures and ask for your support once again. 

As you drop off, we ask that you remain in your cars and children should be ready to exit as soon as the car stops by the drop-off spot on Emroy.  Children should exit only by the sidewalk area.  Please do not double park to drop off your children. Please know that we will be sure all students make it into the building.  I know it is difficult, but you do not need to wait to watch them walk in. We have 10 staff members stationed at the doors and in front of the building to ensure that all kids make it into the building safely. 

We ask that you 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.  When picking up, please circle the block until there is a place to pull up next to the curb.  Please do not enter the parking lot and never park in front of the parking lot driveway to drop off or wait for students.  If you choose to park and walk to the sidewalk to meet your child, please park 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. A staff member may ask you to circle, please be patient and kind as we work to safely get all students loaded into cars and on their way.  Also, inform anyone who may be dropping off or picking up your child of these procedures.  At all times, we ask that you please be patient and courteous.   

 

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is back at Field!  Although it will be different from previous years, our goal is to make it just as fun.  This year we are challenging students to complete an activity with their families at home.  Please look for the email from your child’s teacher for further information on what Science Olympiad is as well as the activity and directions.  If you have any questions about the program, you can contact Lynnea Brown at lynnea.brown@yahoo.com. We are so thankful for the creativity of our PTA to find unique ways for us to engage in these activities. 

 

Please see the additional district  information below and as always reach out if you have any questions. 

 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

 

In this Issue:

  • D205 Presents: The Purpose of Play in your Child's Development - March 8

  • Foundation 205 Art Contest - Deadline March 26

                                                    

Reminders:

 

  • Catch the Replay of “Helping Parents Support Their Children’s Well-Being Dur
    Distance Learning” with Rosalind Wiseman.  

  • D205 Presents COVID-19 Vaccines: What you need to know! Video Replay Available

  • D205 Food Services  Offers Free Daily Meal Bags - March Schedule

 

Other Resources:

 

  • Thrive D205 Wellness and Mental Health Resources and Information

  • Virtual Backpack

  • ComEd Bill Assistance

  • Free Internet/WiFI Services

 

New Items:

 

The Purpose of Play in your Child's Development - March 8

On March 8, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm via Zoom, District 205 is proud to present a parent information session to share the benefits of play for your child! We will share how we are incorporating purposeful play into our EC and Kindergarten classrooms to benefit our students both socially and academically as we work to educate the whole child. We will also share tips for incorporating purposeful play at home! We hope you can join us! Please RSVP using this LINK. An email confirmation and the link to the webinar will be sent to you 48-hours prior to the event.

 

Foundation 205 Art Contest - Deadline March 26
Foundation 205 is sponsoring an art contest and looking to showcase the talent and creativity of any willing art students in D205! Help create a winning t-shirt design and/or  contribute to a Foundation calendar/notecard. Click the link for details. Submissions are due March 26, 2021.

 

Reminders:

 

D205 Presents COVID-19 Vaccines: What you need to know! Video Replay Available
D205 and Dr. Zachary Rubin presented COVID-19 Vaccines: What you need to know! Dr. Rubin presented timely and relevant information about the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines that have been recently approved by the FDA. Dr. Rubin also discussed the general concepts of vaccines, addressed safety concerns and answered questions from attendees

 

Dr. Rubin is an Allergist/Immunologist, who is double-board certified in General Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology. Dr. Rubin grew up in Naperville, and he is very excited to be practicing at Oak Brook Allergists, which has locations in Naperville, Plainfield, Downers Grove and Elmhurst.

 

Catch the replay of the session on the Thrive D205 Wellness Partnership page. 

 

Catch the Replay of “Helping Parents Support Their Children’s Well-Being During Distance Learning” with Rosalind Wiseman
If you missed Rosalind Wiseman Zoom address this week, catch the video replay on D205 YouTube. The founder of Cultures of Dignity and co-author of The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, shared from the parent perspective, how we can build a community of dignity in challenging times and support student learning and growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

D205 Food Services Offers Free Daily Meal Bags -  March Schedule
D205 offers 7-day, breakfast & lunch, heat-and-eat meal bags. Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays at the following locations

  • York High School, Main Entrance Door #3

  • Bryan Middle School, East Entrance Door #13

  • Churchville Middle School, Main Entrance Door #1 

  • Sandburg Middle School, Main Entrance Door #3

March 2021 Dates:

  • Monday 3/1 - 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday 3/3-1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • Monday 3/8 - 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday 3/10- 1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • Monday 3/15 -3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday 3/17-1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • Monday 3/22 -3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday 3/24-1:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • Monday 3/29 - 10 a.m.-12 p.m. *note earlier pick up time

  • Wednesday 3/31 NO PICK UP-Spring Break

  • Monday-April 5 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

Please help everyone to stay safe by wearing your mask and staying inside your car (roll down back windows or open the trunk to receive the meal kits). Thank you! 

 D205 schools also will be handing out an optional (students are not required to take a meal bag) shelf stable, one-day meal bag each day at dismissal time for students in grades K-12. Breakfast for the following morning is included in the bag as well. Families with allergy concerns or other dietary restrictions should contact your school nurse’s office to discuss your child’s specific situation before allowing your child to bring home a meal kit.  If you do not want your child to take a meal kit home, please tell your child and let the school nurse know. The food items offered in the lunch bag each day will vary. If your child is taking a meal kit home, please remind them that food is not to be eaten on the bus, and the food should not be shared with anyone due to concerns with food allergies and other dietary restrictions.  

 


 

Additional Resources:

 

Thrive D205 Wellness & Mental Health Resources
Thrive D205 School & Community Wellness Partnership is a wellness and mental health initiative launched by Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 in 2019. 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. Click here to discover the Thrive D205 resources page.

 

Virtual Backpack

Looking for non-profit, community activities or information that is fun and educational for students? Check out the D205 Virtual Backpack page.

 

ComEd Bill Assistance
If you are aware of families that could benefit from additional support, we ask that you share this information with them and have them call ComEd immediately at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), M-F, 7am-7pm.  Customers can also visit ComEd.com/Support to learn more about the following payment assistance options and eligibility requirements:

  • CARE Customer Hardship Grants

  • COVID-19 Financial Bill Assistance 

  • Flexible, Extended Payment Arrangements

  • Waiver of New Deposits and Fee Relief

  • State and Federal Financial Energy Assistance

Free Internet/WiFi Services
In need of free or low cost internet/WiFi services? Please click here

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