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.
*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 email@example.com or our Field REACH teacher Leanne Rider at firstname.lastname@example.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
- 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
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
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:
- Stay inside your car.
- Please make sure the trunk is empty and open.
- Pre Packed box of groceries will be placed in your trunk
- 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.