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Dear Field Families,

I hope that you had a wonderful long weekend. We were so excited to welcome our Falcons back to Field last week.  It has been wonderful to hear their excited voices in our classrooms. We have been using our running record benchmark assessments for all of our readers these past weeks. We will use this information to monitor progress and provide intervention and extension opportunities for students as needed. These assessments will continue throughout the month of January.  I am resharing the attendance calendar for January below as well as the updated February calendar so you can plan accordingly. Please see the note below about meal kits as well as they will be available at Field starting tomorrow. Thank you for your continued partnership. As always if you have any questions please reach out to your child’s teacher, the Field office (mdecarlo@elmhurst205.org, pmasciola@elmhurst205.org), myself (hthomas@elmhurst205.org), or Mrs. DeLaRosa (kdelarosa@elmhurst205.org).

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas

 

January Attendance Days 

February Attendance Days 

 

News Items:            

  • Field PTA Reflections 

  • Foundation 205 Virtual Showcase: Standing Strong for our Students - Feb. 6     

  • D205 Food Services to Offer Free Daily Meal Bags - Beginning Jan. 19                                                                                                

Other Resources:

  • Thrive D205 Wellness and Mental Health Resources and Information

  • Virtual Backpack

  • ComEd Bill Assistance

  • Free Internet/WiFI Services

 

PTA REFLECTIONS

Thank you to Michelle Wehrle and the PTA Reflections Committee chairs for all of their hard work in coordinating and orchestrating this year's program with the theme "I Matter Because." 

 

Congratulations to the following Field students who have advanced to the Elmhurst Council Level: Eden Brown, Dylan Favro, Molly Hewitt, Danielle Martinez, John Martinez, Nathan Martinez, Brynn Richardson, Calvin Schulz, Elin Seiler, Evan Seiler, and Moxey Wehrle.

 

An extra special congratulations to the students who have been selected to advance to the Regional Level: Dylan Favro, Danielle Martinez, Brynn Richardson, Calvin Schulz, Evan Seiler, and Moxey Wehrle. 

We will update as we have Regional results. Good Luck Field Artists!

 

Foundation 205 Virtual Showcase: Standing Strong for our Students - Feb. 6
Foundation 205 is hosting a Virtual Showcase: Standing Strong for our Students on February 6th at 7pm. The event is free to watch, but there are multiple opportunities to support BOTH our students and local businesses. Visit the website to register and get direct access to the live event link and online auction. The evening will feature national comedian Pat McGann, TikTok sensation Sofie Sanfillipo and performances from York, Sandburg and Edison. The event will run about 45 minutes and will also highlight teachers and students from across the district implementing grants supported by Foundation 205.  The current needs of our students are even greater in this new educational landscape. The ability to respond with innovative resources and support will play a critical role in their success throughout this pandemic and beyond.

 

D205 Food Services to Offer Free Daily Meal Bags - Beginning Jan. 19
The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Food Services Department is helping connect school and families during hybrid learning by offering free meal kits for ALL children! 

Beginning Tuesday (January 19, 2021), D205 schools will be handing out an optional 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’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 office  know.  Please email Melissa DeCarlo at mdecarlo@elmhurst205.org or call the Field office at (630) 834-5313 if you would like to discuss dietary restrictions or notify us that you would prefer your child not to take a meal kit home.   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.  

D205 also will still offer its normal 7-day breakfast & lunch heat-and-eat meal bags on the following schedule:

Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM 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

Updates:

January 20 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 25 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 27 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

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! 

 


 

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

Dear Field Families, 

I hope that this finds you well. We are excited to welcome many of our students back to the building next week. You can find important reminders below to help you prepare for next week. Your child’s teacher will also communicate any classroom specific information with you. 

I hope each of you had a nice break and were able to have some meaningful experiences with your family. I was able to unplug a bit and spend some quality time with my kids. They are growing up incredibly fast and I really enjoyed spending the time with them. If you follow Field on social media, you probably saw our Field Mascot introduction posted on Instagram and Facebook. If not, I have linked it here so that you can see it as well.  I would like to send a special thanks to our PTA for purchasing the mascot for Field and to Mr. Kolb and our staff volunteers for creating the video to share with our students to introduce our Field Mascot.  As always please reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

hthomas@elmhurst205.org

 

Informational Items:                                                                                                                 

  • Elementary Hybrid Schedule & January Calendar

  • Preparing for a Return to In Person 

  • Returning from Travel Guidance

  • D205 Presents The Innovator’s Mindset w/George Couros

  • Foundation 205 Virtual Showcase

  • Important Winter Dates

  • D205 Free Meal Pick Services Resumes

  • District D205 Parent Engagement Series Presents “Mindframes for Students, Mindframes for Parents”  - Jan. 13

  • City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth presents “Depression in Kids During COVID” - Jan. 14

Other Resources

  • Thrive D205 Wellness and Mental Health Resources and Information

  • Virtual Backpack

  • ComEd Bill Assistance

  • Free Internet/WiFi Services

 

Elementary Hybrid Schedule: 

Group A:  in-person on Mon-Tues

Group B:  in-person on Thurs-Fri

Group AB: in-person on Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri

Remote:  Fully Remote (Monday - Friday)

*Please note that the changes in attendance days in January due to the student non-attendance days.

Preparing for In-Person Return

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school in-person in our Hybrid model next week (week of January 11th). Please be sure to double check your child’s group designation (A, B, AB, or remote) in order to be sure that you know which days your child will be attending. Please note changes were only made for new to in person students or families that were already contacted in order to support balancing classes.  As a reminder, you can find your child’s group by logging into PowerSchool on a computer (not the mobile site) and looking at “Group” next to their ID number.  For more detailed directions to look up your child’s group designation in PowerSchool, please click this link for directions. If you have any difficulty with this, please let us know. 

 

To help you prepare for your child’s first in-person day, I wanted to share a resource with you.  This slidedeck from the fall has been updated as there were some added pieces with this return due to our current designation. Please refer to these slides for important information. While we are in the current designation there are changes to snack procedures. Please review the information in the slidedeck related to snacks and weather. Further,  please note that for next week while we get students back in the building and review procedures for lockers and winter gear, remote learners will start at 8:45 (next week only). 

 

 Our Field staff also put together a video in the fall for our students. Feel free to view it here.  This may help to ease student nerves so they know what to anticipate. Please note one noticeable change from the fall is that many of our classrooms will be using cubbies and lockers to store winter weather gear. Teachers will review procedures with students related to this on your child’s first attendance day. 

 

Students need to come on any in-person attendance day with their self-certification completed or we will not be able to let them in the building. We will need to keep them outside until we can reach you. Please know that we do not want to do this, but we do need to ensure that we keep all students and staff safe. The detailed directions for the self-certification process are below. I know that this can be tricky to remember. A little trick that has been helpful to me was entering the web address for self-certification into my phone contacts. I entered the name Elmhurst Self-Certification into my phone and the URL https://covid.elmhurst205.org.  This has allowed me to pull it up on my phone easily each morning. I was also able to click remember me and save my login information on my phone to make it easier daily. For multiple kids, you may want to add their login information to the notes on the saved contact. Please do not feel obligated to do so, this is just what worked for me. You can also be sure to sign up for the daily text message reminders. 

Daily Student Health Self-Certification Process Required - As we begin to welcome our students back to in-person learning, I wanted to remind those of you that are moving from remote to in-person of the District safety measures that require parent/guardian attention. A primary safety effort that is part of our Open D205 plan is to certify student health information every day. 

This request is being asked of all D205 faculty, staff, and families to complete. We need parents/guardians to complete our daily “certification” process prior to their child attempting to enter the school building each day. 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.

Thank you so much for your time. We are looking forward to welcoming our students back in person the week of the 11th.

 

Returning from Travel

For the safety of our staff and students, we ask that you take it upon yourself to self-quarantine if you have engaged in any behaviors that could be deemed high-risk prior to attending school in person.  The high-risk behaviors we are referencing are not wearing masks when out and about, not physically distancing, and/or gathering in groups of 10 or more outside of your family.  If you meet any of these criteria, we suggest that you get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days following travel OR Stay home for 10 days when returning from any travel outside of Illinois.  There is an added question to our D205 daily health certification regarding travel and the CDC’s recommendation quarantine.  Please know that we understand that this is a difficult decision, and we ask that you consider the safety of our community prior to returning to school.  We are happy to work with your family to accommodate self-quarantine.  

 

D205 Presents The Innovator’s Mindset w/George Couros


D205 is pleased to present a special parent session with innovation leader George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity and his latest book, Innovate Inside the Box, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 15 via Zoom. The session is free by clicking here to register.

 

Schools, like learning, are continuously evolving, and how does that change our role as parents? In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” and share persuasive examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote.
 

Foundation 205 Virtual Showcase

Foundation 205 is hosting a Virtual Showcase: Standing Strong for our Students on February 6th at 7pm. The event is free to watch, but there are multiple opportunities to support BOTH our students and local businesses. Visit the website to register and get direct access to the live event link and online auction. 

 

The evening will feature national comedian Pat McGann, TikTok sensation Sofie Sanfillipo and performances from York, Sandburg and Edison. The event will run about 45 minutes and will also highlight teachers and students from across the district implementing grants supported by Foundation 205. The current needs of our students are even greater in this new educational landscape. The ability to respond with innovative resources and support will play a critical role in their success throughout this pandemic and beyond.   

 

Important Winter Dates
January 11, 2021 - Hybrid learning begins for all students except those remaining fully remote
January 15, 2021 - Teacher Institute Day. No school for all students
January 18, 2021 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed. No school for all students

D205 Free Meal Pick-Up Services
District 205 Food Services is helping connect school and families by offering Free meal kits  for ALL children, ages 1-18! Seven days of meals (breakfast and lunch) is provided with each pickup. No pre-order or ID is required.

Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM 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

Updates
January 11 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations
January 13 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 18 - No Meal Pick Up

January 20 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 25 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 27 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

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! 

District D205 Parent Engagement Series Presents “Mindframes for Students, Mindframes for Parents”  - Jan. 13

District 205 Parent Engagement Series Presents
“Mindframes for Students, Mindframes for Parents” 6:30 p.m., Jan. 13, 2021 Via Zoom
The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Chapter 4 Register

Session Description: As your students are learning at home, it offers a unique opportunity into their world of learning. This session will focus on understanding how students can monitor their own progress, how parents can challenge their students appropriately, and how to gradually release responsibility for learning during the course of the year. 

Did you miss “That’s Not How I Learned It!” - Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Chapter 2? Catch the replay here.

City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth presents “Depression in Kids During COVID” - Jan. 14
The City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth is hosting a series of “Youth Issues During Covid”. The next virtual live event is: “Depression in Kids During Covid”.  Sponsored by Amita Health and Dr. Jason  Washburn.

  • Thursday, January 14th, 7:00-8:30pm

When is the change of mood we are seeing in kids considered temporary stress?  When is it something you need to take action on where it could be the onset of a mental health disorder? We will cover emotional/behavioral difficulties related to covid and remote/hybrid learning.  Many kids are struggling. Anger outbursts, strong mood fluctuations, and isolating are some areas parents are having concern.

The free event will take place live on the Elmhurst TV YouTube channel. For the Q&A portion at the end, please email any questions to Jackie.Haddad-Tamer@elmhurst.org

 


 

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

  • Field
Hybrid Learning Resumes January 11, 2021

January 2021 Calendar Adjustments

  • January 6, 2021 - Remote Learning Professional Learning Day for staff. No school for all students.

  • January 7-8, 2021 - Remote learning for all students, including those in our special education programs.

  • January 11, 2021 - Hybrid learning begins for all students except those remaining fully remote 

  • All other January 2021 dates currently on the school calendar remain the same.

Building Level Schedules

Due to additional students selecting hybrid for the second semester and additional mitigations recommended during substantial transmission, the Board also approved the following building level schedules for January 2021:

  1. Elementary School Level: The schedule will remain the same as Fall 2020. 

  2. Middle School Level: The weekly A/B attendance model will remain the same as Fall 2020 for Churchville Middle School. Bryan and Sandburg Middle Schools will transition to an A/B/C attendance model with details on specific days of attendance forthcoming.

  3. High School Level: The high school schedule will remain relatively unchanged with only minor adjustments to the bell schedule for the second semester.

Parents will receive further communication from their child’s school with additional return details and a schedule of days of attendance. The D205 Student Services Department also will contact families of special education students with essential information for the upcoming semester.

 

  • Field

Dear Field Families,

We have a lot of fun and learning packed into our last two days before break. I would like to wish each of you a wonderful break. There is a lot of information below. Please take a close look at the calendar below noting the attendance days in January.  As I mentioned in the last newsletter,  if you are willing, we would love to have you share your Holiday Card digitally with us. Please send them directly to me (hthomas@elmhurst205.org). We will put all that we have together over the weekend and share them on our Field Instagram and Facebook next week. Again, if you are able, please share a copy of a family photo or your family holiday card with me by Saturday afternoon (3:00pm). 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

 

Important Dates:  

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21

DRESS UP DAY: FIELD FALCON PRIDE

Show your Falcon Pride-wear any and all of your Field Falcon gear!

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22

DRESS UP DAY: HOLIDAY FESTIVE

Wear something fun to celebrate your holiday spirit!

  Virtual Holiday Sing primary and intermediate assemblies

  We will announce the winning name of our Field Falcon Mascot

  We will announce the winners of the Twinkle Tour

 

December 23-January 5: Winter Break (No School for Students January 6th see below)

 

January 2021 Calendar Adjustments

January 6, 2021 - Remote Learning Professional Learning Day for staff. No school for all students.

January 7-8, 2021 -  Remote learning for all students, including those in our special education programs.

January 11, 2021 - Hybrid learning begins for all students except those who have chosen to remain fully remote the second semester.

 

Please see the updated calendar below and make note of A/B attendance days in January. 

Newsletter Items:                                                                                                                 

  • D205 Free Meal Pick Services During Winter Break

  • York Front Door Food Drive - Until Dec. 20

  • COVID Testing Survey

  • Reminder: D205 Food Services Offering Free Meal Kits for all Children

  • Virtual Backpack

D205 Free Meal Pick Services During Winter Break
Reminder: D205 Food Services Offering Free Meal Kits for all Children
During this time of remote learning, District 205 Food Services is helping to bring a little bit of school home to you! Free meal kits are available for ALL children, ages 1-18! Seven days of meals (breakfast and lunch) is provided with each pickup. No pre-order or ID is required.

Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 AM 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

Winter Break & School Holiday Changes

December 22- Last 7-day Meal Pick Up Before Winter Break begins

December 30 - 7-day meal pick up at Churchville Middle School along with the Mobile Food Pantry from 1-2:30 p.m. Please do not block the neighboring driveways while waiting. Thank you.

Jan 4 & 5 - NO PICK UP

Jan 6 - Meal Pick Resumes from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations: York High School and Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools.

Jan 7 - Meal Pick Resumes 7:00-8:30 a.m. at all four locations: York High School and Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools.

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

York Front Door Food Drive - Until Dec.  20
This holiday season many families are in need. York is donating food to the Yorkfield Food Pantry, and they need our help!

Between now and December 20th, collect as many non-perishable food items as possible! Once ready to donate, fill out THIS GOOGLE FORM. You will receive an email from a food drive representative with details on when and where to drop off the items and receive your raffle tickets. You will get one ticket for every four food items. FIVE $10 gift cards will be raffled! Donations are accepted UNTIL DEC. 20. This is a socially distanced event. There will be no contact with other people throughout the entire process.

Acceptable non-perishable food items include: peanut butter, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, applesauce, canned beans, granola bars, cooking oils, nuts, brown rice, flour, pasta, bottled water, oats, canned proteins.

COVID Testing Survey

The Board and the District 205 leadership team will resume discussions around COVID-19 surveillance testing at the January 12, 2021 school board meeting. This will allow additional time for D205 parents to take part in the previously shared COVID testing survey. The deadline for the survey has been extended until Monday, December 21, 2020.  As background, D205 is considering adoption of a saliva-based COVID-19 testing program as another component of the District’s overall safety protocols that includes masks, social distancing, cleaning, and other mitigation strategies to prevent outbreaks.

We are asking ALL families to complete the survey, regardless of your student's current in-person or remote status and regardless of grade level, so that we can accurately assess interest for all families. Again, the deadline has been extended until December 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. Here is how you can share your opinion:

  • Please complete the form called “Parent Feedback on Potential COVID-19 Testing” in the PowerSchool parent portal by logging in, going to “Forms”, and submitting the form (steps here or in this short video).  Contact your child’s school if you need help accessing the PowerSchool parent portal. You must fill this form out separately for each student.  For questions regarding the survey, please email opend205@elmhurst205.org


 

Virtual Backpack

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

 

 


 

 

Additional Resources

 

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

Para obtener ayuda en español, haga clic aquí

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

 

 

 

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families,

I hope that you had a wonderful long weekend. We were so excited to welcome our Falcons back to Field last week.  It has been wonderful to hear their excited voices in our classrooms.

Dear Field Families,

I hope that you had a wonderful long weekend. We were so excited to welcome our Falcons back to Field last week.  It has been wonderful to hear their excited voices in our classrooms. We have been using our running record benchmark assessments for all of our readers these past weeks. We will use this information to monitor progress and provide intervention and extension opportunities for students as needed. These assessments will continue throughout the month of January.  I am resharing the attendance calendar for January below as well as the updated February calendar so you can plan accordingly. Please see the note below about meal kits as well as they will be available at Field starting tomorrow. Thank you for your continued partnership. As always if you have any questions please reach out to your child’s teacher, the Field office (mdecarlo@elmhurst205.org, pmasciola@elmhurst205.org), myself (hthomas@elmhurst205.org), or Mrs. DeLaRosa (kdelarosa@elmhurst205.org).

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas

 

January Attendance Days 

February Attendance Days 

 

News Items:            

  • Field PTA Reflections 

  • Foundation 205 Virtual Showcase: Standing Strong for our Students - Feb. 6     

  • D205 Food Services to Offer Free Daily Meal Bags - Beginning Jan. 19                                                                                                

Other Resources:

  • Thrive D205 Wellness and Mental Health Resources and Information

  • Virtual Backpack

  • ComEd Bill Assistance

  • Free Internet/WiFI Services

 

PTA REFLECTIONS

Thank you to Michelle Wehrle and the PTA Reflections Committee chairs for all of their hard work in coordinating and orchestrating this year's program with the theme "I Matter Because." 

 

Congratulations to the following Field students who have advanced to the Elmhurst Council Level: Eden Brown, Dylan Favro, Molly Hewitt, Danielle Martinez, John Martinez, Nathan Martinez, Brynn Richardson, Calvin Schulz, Elin Seiler, Evan Seiler, and Moxey Wehrle.

 

An extra special congratulations to the students who have been selected to advance to the Regional Level: Dylan Favro, Danielle Martinez, Brynn Richardson, Calvin Schulz, Evan Seiler, and Moxey Wehrle. 

We will update as we have Regional results. Good Luck Field Artists!

 

Foundation 205 Virtual Showcase: Standing Strong for our Students - Feb. 6
Foundation 205 is hosting a Virtual Showcase: Standing Strong for our Students on February 6th at 7pm. The event is free to watch, but there are multiple opportunities to support BOTH our students and local businesses. Visit the website to register and get direct access to the live event link and online auction. The evening will feature national comedian Pat McGann, TikTok sensation Sofie Sanfillipo and performances from York, Sandburg and Edison. The event will run about 45 minutes and will also highlight teachers and students from across the district implementing grants supported by Foundation 205.  The current needs of our students are even greater in this new educational landscape. The ability to respond with innovative resources and support will play a critical role in their success throughout this pandemic and beyond.

 

D205 Food Services to Offer Free Daily Meal Bags - Beginning Jan. 19
The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Food Services Department is helping connect school and families during hybrid learning by offering free meal kits for ALL children! 

Beginning Tuesday (January 19, 2021), D205 schools will be handing out an optional 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’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 office  know.  Please email Melissa DeCarlo at mdecarlo@elmhurst205.org or call the Field office at (630) 834-5313 if you would like to discuss dietary restrictions or notify us that you would prefer your child not to take a meal kit home.   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.  

D205 also will still offer its normal 7-day breakfast & lunch heat-and-eat meal bags on the following schedule:

Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM 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

Updates:

January 20 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 25 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 27 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

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! 

 


 

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, 

I hope that this finds you well. We are excited to welcome many of our students back to the building next week. You can find important reminders below to help you prepare for next week. Your child’s teacher will also communicate any classroom specific information with you. 

Dear Field Families, 

I hope that this finds you well. We are excited to welcome many of our students back to the building next week. You can find important reminders below to help you prepare for next week. Your child’s teacher will also communicate any classroom specific information with you. 

I hope each of you had a nice break and were able to have some meaningful experiences with your family. I was able to unplug a bit and spend some quality time with my kids. They are growing up incredibly fast and I really enjoyed spending the time with them. If you follow Field on social media, you probably saw our Field Mascot introduction posted on Instagram and Facebook. If not, I have linked it here so that you can see it as well.  I would like to send a special thanks to our PTA for purchasing the mascot for Field and to Mr. Kolb and our staff volunteers for creating the video to share with our students to introduce our Field Mascot.  As always please reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

hthomas@elmhurst205.org

 

Informational Items:                                                                                                                 

  • Elementary Hybrid Schedule & January Calendar

  • Preparing for a Return to In Person 

  • Returning from Travel Guidance

  • D205 Presents The Innovator’s Mindset w/George Couros

  • Foundation 205 Virtual Showcase

  • Important Winter Dates

  • D205 Free Meal Pick Services Resumes

  • District D205 Parent Engagement Series Presents “Mindframes for Students, Mindframes for Parents”  - Jan. 13

  • City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth presents “Depression in Kids During COVID” - Jan. 14

Other Resources

  • Thrive D205 Wellness and Mental Health Resources and Information

  • Virtual Backpack

  • ComEd Bill Assistance

  • Free Internet/WiFi Services

 

Elementary Hybrid Schedule: 

Group A:  in-person on Mon-Tues

Group B:  in-person on Thurs-Fri

Group AB: in-person on Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri

Remote:  Fully Remote (Monday - Friday)

*Please note that the changes in attendance days in January due to the student non-attendance days.

Preparing for In-Person Return

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school in-person in our Hybrid model next week (week of January 11th). Please be sure to double check your child’s group designation (A, B, AB, or remote) in order to be sure that you know which days your child will be attending. Please note changes were only made for new to in person students or families that were already contacted in order to support balancing classes.  As a reminder, you can find your child’s group by logging into PowerSchool on a computer (not the mobile site) and looking at “Group” next to their ID number.  For more detailed directions to look up your child’s group designation in PowerSchool, please click this link for directions. If you have any difficulty with this, please let us know. 

 

To help you prepare for your child’s first in-person day, I wanted to share a resource with you.  This slidedeck from the fall has been updated as there were some added pieces with this return due to our current designation. Please refer to these slides for important information. While we are in the current designation there are changes to snack procedures. Please review the information in the slidedeck related to snacks and weather. Further,  please note that for next week while we get students back in the building and review procedures for lockers and winter gear, remote learners will start at 8:45 (next week only). 

 

 Our Field staff also put together a video in the fall for our students. Feel free to view it here.  This may help to ease student nerves so they know what to anticipate. Please note one noticeable change from the fall is that many of our classrooms will be using cubbies and lockers to store winter weather gear. Teachers will review procedures with students related to this on your child’s first attendance day. 

 

Students need to come on any in-person attendance day with their self-certification completed or we will not be able to let them in the building. We will need to keep them outside until we can reach you. Please know that we do not want to do this, but we do need to ensure that we keep all students and staff safe. The detailed directions for the self-certification process are below. I know that this can be tricky to remember. A little trick that has been helpful to me was entering the web address for self-certification into my phone contacts. I entered the name Elmhurst Self-Certification into my phone and the URL https://covid.elmhurst205.org.  This has allowed me to pull it up on my phone easily each morning. I was also able to click remember me and save my login information on my phone to make it easier daily. For multiple kids, you may want to add their login information to the notes on the saved contact. Please do not feel obligated to do so, this is just what worked for me. You can also be sure to sign up for the daily text message reminders. 

Daily Student Health Self-Certification Process Required - As we begin to welcome our students back to in-person learning, I wanted to remind those of you that are moving from remote to in-person of the District safety measures that require parent/guardian attention. A primary safety effort that is part of our Open D205 plan is to certify student health information every day. 

This request is being asked of all D205 faculty, staff, and families to complete. We need parents/guardians to complete our daily “certification” process prior to their child attempting to enter the school building each day. 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.

Thank you so much for your time. We are looking forward to welcoming our students back in person the week of the 11th.

 

Returning from Travel

For the safety of our staff and students, we ask that you take it upon yourself to self-quarantine if you have engaged in any behaviors that could be deemed high-risk prior to attending school in person.  The high-risk behaviors we are referencing are not wearing masks when out and about, not physically distancing, and/or gathering in groups of 10 or more outside of your family.  If you meet any of these criteria, we suggest that you get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days following travel OR Stay home for 10 days when returning from any travel outside of Illinois.  There is an added question to our D205 daily health certification regarding travel and the CDC’s recommendation quarantine.  Please know that we understand that this is a difficult decision, and we ask that you consider the safety of our community prior to returning to school.  We are happy to work with your family to accommodate self-quarantine.  

 

D205 Presents The Innovator’s Mindset w/George Couros


D205 is pleased to present a special parent session with innovation leader George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity and his latest book, Innovate Inside the Box, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 15 via Zoom. The session is free by clicking here to register.

 

Schools, like learning, are continuously evolving, and how does that change our role as parents? In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” and share persuasive examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote.
 

Foundation 205 Virtual Showcase

Foundation 205 is hosting a Virtual Showcase: Standing Strong for our Students on February 6th at 7pm. The event is free to watch, but there are multiple opportunities to support BOTH our students and local businesses. Visit the website to register and get direct access to the live event link and online auction. 

 

The evening will feature national comedian Pat McGann, TikTok sensation Sofie Sanfillipo and performances from York, Sandburg and Edison. The event will run about 45 minutes and will also highlight teachers and students from across the district implementing grants supported by Foundation 205. The current needs of our students are even greater in this new educational landscape. The ability to respond with innovative resources and support will play a critical role in their success throughout this pandemic and beyond.   

 

Important Winter Dates
January 11, 2021 - Hybrid learning begins for all students except those remaining fully remote
January 15, 2021 - Teacher Institute Day. No school for all students
January 18, 2021 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed. No school for all students

D205 Free Meal Pick-Up Services
District 205 Food Services is helping connect school and families by offering Free meal kits  for ALL children, ages 1-18! Seven days of meals (breakfast and lunch) is provided with each pickup. No pre-order or ID is required.

Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM 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

Updates
January 11 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations
January 13 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 18 - No Meal Pick Up

January 20 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 25 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

January 27 - Meal pick up from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations

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! 

District D205 Parent Engagement Series Presents “Mindframes for Students, Mindframes for Parents”  - Jan. 13

District 205 Parent Engagement Series Presents
“Mindframes for Students, Mindframes for Parents” 6:30 p.m., Jan. 13, 2021 Via Zoom
The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Chapter 4 Register

Session Description: As your students are learning at home, it offers a unique opportunity into their world of learning. This session will focus on understanding how students can monitor their own progress, how parents can challenge their students appropriately, and how to gradually release responsibility for learning during the course of the year. 

Did you miss “That’s Not How I Learned It!” - Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Chapter 2? Catch the replay here.

City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth presents “Depression in Kids During COVID” - Jan. 14
The City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth is hosting a series of “Youth Issues During Covid”. The next virtual live event is: “Depression in Kids During Covid”.  Sponsored by Amita Health and Dr. Jason  Washburn.

  • Thursday, January 14th, 7:00-8:30pm

When is the change of mood we are seeing in kids considered temporary stress?  When is it something you need to take action on where it could be the onset of a mental health disorder? We will cover emotional/behavioral difficulties related to covid and remote/hybrid learning.  Many kids are struggling. Anger outbursts, strong mood fluctuations, and isolating are some areas parents are having concern.

The free event will take place live on the Elmhurst TV YouTube channel. For the Q&A portion at the end, please email any questions to Jackie.Haddad-Tamer@elmhurst.org

 


 

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

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Dear Field Families,

We have a lot of fun and learning packed into our last two days before break. I would like to wish each of you a wonderful break. There is a lot of information below. Please take a close look at the calendar below noting the attendance days in January.

Dear Field Families,

We have a lot of fun and learning packed into our last two days before break. I would like to wish each of you a wonderful break. There is a lot of information below. Please take a close look at the calendar below noting the attendance days in January.  As I mentioned in the last newsletter,  if you are willing, we would love to have you share your Holiday Card digitally with us. Please send them directly to me (hthomas@elmhurst205.org). We will put all that we have together over the weekend and share them on our Field Instagram and Facebook next week. Again, if you are able, please share a copy of a family photo or your family holiday card with me by Saturday afternoon (3:00pm). 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

 

Important Dates:  

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21

DRESS UP DAY: FIELD FALCON PRIDE

Show your Falcon Pride-wear any and all of your Field Falcon gear!

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22

DRESS UP DAY: HOLIDAY FESTIVE

Wear something fun to celebrate your holiday spirit!

  Virtual Holiday Sing primary and intermediate assemblies

  We will announce the winning name of our Field Falcon Mascot

  We will announce the winners of the Twinkle Tour

 

December 23-January 5: Winter Break (No School for Students January 6th see below)

 

January 2021 Calendar Adjustments

January 6, 2021 - Remote Learning Professional Learning Day for staff. No school for all students.

January 7-8, 2021 -  Remote learning for all students, including those in our special education programs.

January 11, 2021 - Hybrid learning begins for all students except those who have chosen to remain fully remote the second semester.

 

Please see the updated calendar below and make note of A/B attendance days in January. 

Newsletter Items:                                                                                                                 

  • D205 Free Meal Pick Services During Winter Break

  • York Front Door Food Drive - Until Dec. 20

  • COVID Testing Survey

  • Reminder: D205 Food Services Offering Free Meal Kits for all Children

  • Virtual Backpack

D205 Free Meal Pick Services During Winter Break
Reminder: D205 Food Services Offering Free Meal Kits for all Children
During this time of remote learning, District 205 Food Services is helping to bring a little bit of school home to you! Free meal kits are available for ALL children, ages 1-18! Seven days of meals (breakfast and lunch) is provided with each pickup. No pre-order or ID is required.

Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 AM 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

Winter Break & School Holiday Changes

December 22- Last 7-day Meal Pick Up Before Winter Break begins

December 30 - 7-day meal pick up at Churchville Middle School along with the Mobile Food Pantry from 1-2:30 p.m. Please do not block the neighboring driveways while waiting. Thank you.

Jan 4 & 5 - NO PICK UP

Jan 6 - Meal Pick Resumes from 3:30-5 p.m. at all four locations: York High School and Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools.

Jan 7 - Meal Pick Resumes 7:00-8:30 a.m. at all four locations: York High School and Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools.

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

York Front Door Food Drive - Until Dec.  20
This holiday season many families are in need. York is donating food to the Yorkfield Food Pantry, and they need our help!

Between now and December 20th, collect as many non-perishable food items as possible! Once ready to donate, fill out THIS GOOGLE FORM. You will receive an email from a food drive representative with details on when and where to drop off the items and receive your raffle tickets. You will get one ticket for every four food items. FIVE $10 gift cards will be raffled! Donations are accepted UNTIL DEC. 20. This is a socially distanced event. There will be no contact with other people throughout the entire process.

Acceptable non-perishable food items include: peanut butter, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, applesauce, canned beans, granola bars, cooking oils, nuts, brown rice, flour, pasta, bottled water, oats, canned proteins.

COVID Testing Survey

The Board and the District 205 leadership team will resume discussions around COVID-19 surveillance testing at the January 12, 2021 school board meeting. This will allow additional time for D205 parents to take part in the previously shared COVID testing survey. The deadline for the survey has been extended until Monday, December 21, 2020.  As background, D205 is considering adoption of a saliva-based COVID-19 testing program as another component of the District’s overall safety protocols that includes masks, social distancing, cleaning, and other mitigation strategies to prevent outbreaks.

We are asking ALL families to complete the survey, regardless of your student's current in-person or remote status and regardless of grade level, so that we can accurately assess interest for all families. Again, the deadline has been extended until December 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. Here is how you can share your opinion:

  • Please complete the form called “Parent Feedback on Potential COVID-19 Testing” in the PowerSchool parent portal by logging in, going to “Forms”, and submitting the form (steps here or in this short video).  Contact your child’s school if you need help accessing the PowerSchool parent portal. You must fill this form out separately for each student.  For questions regarding the survey, please email opend205@elmhurst205.org


 

Virtual Backpack

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

 

 


 

 

Additional Resources

 

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

Para obtener ayuda en español, haga clic aquí

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

 

 

 

  • Field
Heidi Thomas

Field Families, 

I know that it seems I say this every week, but the time seems to be flying by! It is hard to believe we are only a little over a week away from winter break. I have been spending time in our virtual classrooms and reflecting on how much our students have grown since the start of the year. We have a lot of fun packed into the next 6 school days. Please see the schedule below. This was also shared in the PTA newsletter.

Field Families, 

I know that it seems I say this every week, but the time seems to be flying by! It is hard to believe we are only a little over a week away from winter break. I have been spending time in our virtual classrooms and reflecting on how much our students have grown since the start of the year. We have a lot of fun packed into the next 6 school days. Please see the schedule below. This was also shared in the PTA newsletter.

 While I miss quite a few things, one thing that I have missed this school year is seeing all of the beautiful holiday cards that are normally displayed in the Field office. This is something that I know our families and staff look forward to each year. This year, it may look a little different, but we would love to see your family photos and share them with each other. If you are willing, we would love to have you share your Holiday Card digitally with your child’s classroom teacher or directly with me (hthomas@elmhurst205.org). We will put all that we have together by Friday and share them on our Field Instagram and Facebook next week. Again, if you are able, please share a copy of a family photo or your family holiday card with us by Friday. 

We continue to work hard to meet the needs of our students. Our Professional Learning Communities have focused on planning for small groups and independent learning. While teachers meet with small groups of readers, other students are applying learning independently.  We are working hard to make these independent learning experiences meaningful and engaging.

I look forward to seeing your family photos flood my inbox. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. 

Sincerely, 

Heidi Thomas 

hthomas@elmhurst205.org

 

Important Upcoming Dates & Winter Fun Celebration Week 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15

DRESS UP DAY: CANDY CANE DAY

Wear red and white today!

  • Regularly Scheduled D205 Board of Education Meeting

  • The next regularly scheduled meeting of the D205 Board of Education is 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The meeting can be viewed on YouTube using this link.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16

DRESS UP DAY: BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

Wear your favorite winter scarf or hat today!

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17

DRESS UP DAY: LONG WINTER'S NAP 

Wear either your favorite pajamas or your holiday pjs today!

  • Distance Learning Playbook Chapter 2 Parent Session; 6:30 PM (information below)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

DRESS UP DAY: GRINCH DAY!

Wear green like the Grinch!

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21

DRESS UP DAY: FIELD FALCON PRIDE

Show your Falcon Pride-wear any and all of your Field Falcon gear!

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22

DRESS UP DAY: HOLIDAY FESTIVE

Wear something fun to celebrate your holiday spirit!

  Virtual Holiday Sing

  We will announce the winning name of our Field Falcon Mascot

  We will announce the winners of the Twinkle Tour

 

December 23-January 5: Winter Break

 

New Items:                                                                                                                 

  • York Front Door Food Drive - Until Dec. 20

Previous Announcements

  • That’s Not How I Learned It - Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Chapter 2 - Dec. 17

  • Regularly Scheduled D205 Board of Education Meeting - Dec. 15

  • Reminder: D205 Food Services Offering Free Meal Kits for all Children

  • Virtual Backpack

 

New Items

York Front Door Food Drive - Until Dec.  20
This holiday season many families are in need. York is donating food to the Yorkfield Food Pantry, and they need our help!

Between now and December 20th, collect as many non-perishable food items as possible! Once ready to donate, fill out THIS GOOGLE FORM. You will receive an email from a food drive representative with details on when and where to drop off the items and receive your raffle tickets. You will get one ticket for every four food items. FIVE $10 gift cards will be raffled! Donations are accepted UNTIL DEC. 20. This is a socially distanced event. There will be no contact with other people throughout the entire process.

Acceptable non-perishable food items include: peanut butter, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, applesauce, canned beans, granola bars, cooking oils, nuts, brown rice, flour, pasta, bottled water, oats, canned proteins.

 


 

Previous Announcements:

 

That’s Not How I Learned It - Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Chapter 2 - Dec. 17

District 205 Parent Engagement Series Presents
"That's Not How I Learned It"
The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Chapter 2

D205’s second Parent Engagement Series event is Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.  "That's Not How I Learned It" is  based on The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Chapter 2.  This session will focus on why our schools teach math the way that we do, the importance of phonemic awareness, wait time, and all of those other important skills used in schools.  Our outstanding team of presenters will dive into some commonly used practices in our schools and explain why we use them while giving some practical tips for how you can reinforce them at home.

Pre-Registration is required. Copies of the Distance Learning Playbook for Parents are available at Elmhurst Public Library or for purchase on Amazon.

Did you miss  “Fine Tuning Your Remote Learning Environment” - The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Chapter 1 earlier this week? Catch the replay here and/or access the presentation slides.

See the full D205 Parent Engagement Series Schedule and Register Today!

Regularly Scheduled D205 Board of Education Meeting - Dec. 15

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the D205 Board of Education is 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The meeting can be viewed on YouTube using this link.  Public comment procedures are now  updated and available.

 

Reminder: D205 Food Services Offering Free Meal Kits for all Children

During this time of remote learning, District 205 Food Services is helping to bring a little bit of school home to you! Free meal kits are available for ALL children, ages 1-18! Seven days of meals (breakfast and lunch) is provided with each pickup. No pre-order or ID is required.

 

Pickup is Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 AM 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

 

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! 

 

Virtual Backpack

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

 

 


 

 

Additional Resources

 

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

Para obtener ayuda en español, haga clic aquí

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

  • Field