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On Thursday, February 11, at 7:30 PM, the York Community High School Orchestras will present performances by the York Cadet, Concert and Symphony Orchestras conducted by Ray Ostwald. Senior clarinetist and concerto competition winner Daphne David will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet in E-flat Major, and senior trombonist and concerto competition winner Michael Griffin will perform the first movement of Gordon Jacob’s Trombone Concerto.

The centerpiece of the concert will be Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, featuring Joelle Chiu in violin, Robert Kildow on clarinet, Andrew French on piano, Tessa Vermulen on piccolo, Mikey Stumpf on trumpet and Jack Davis on bass. Edward Grieg’sSuite for Strings will feature Joelle Chiu on violin, Leah Widmaier on viola, Andrew French on bass and cellists Kevin Shehan, Adela Skowronski, Rachel Catalano and Gabby Mastro. Kirt Mosier’s American Reel will feature violinists Maya Toffler and Kate Caforio. Music of Giovanni Gabrieli, Cyril Kistler and Georg Frideric Handel will round out the program.

The concert will be held in York’s Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Admission is free.


Superintendent Dr. David Moyer delivered the following memo to the Board of Education on Tuesday, January 26:

In November the administration notified the parents of students in the instructional program at Field School of its plan to move the program to Emerson School due to space issues at Field. Since that time, several parents have repeatedly expressed their concerns about the move. School and district administrators met with individual parents on multiple occasions, and on Monday, January 11, Administration held a group meeting with these parents to further discuss the matter.

At the December 15, 2015 and January 12, 2016 Board meetings, parents also expressed their concerns about moving the program and have asked the District to consider a phased transition approach in which students entering grades 3-5 for the 2016-17 school year would be allowed to continue at Field until they enter middle school.

The Board of Education has authorized the administration to commit the necessary staffing for the next three years to accommodate this request. Space at Field will continue to be an issue, but the commitment to allocate the necessary staff to accommodate the upper grade level instructional students will allow for these students to finish elementary school at Field.

On Monday, January 25, the administration hosted a meeting at Field for the parents of students in the instructional program entering grades 3-5 to explain that their children will remain at Field. It then called the parents of students currently in the instructional program in grades 1-2 to reinforce that their children will attend Emerson beginning Fall 2016. In addition, the Field principal will host an informational meeting for all Field parents to discuss capacity issues and tentative plans to manage space and programming needs.

“The thing to remember is that some of this is fluid; we are projecting right now. We anticipate that space issues will continue as they currently exist, but we will make that work, based on the Board’s support of a phased-in plan,” said Dr. Moyer.



The City of Elmhurst will begin the largest stormwater project since the early 90s on February 8. The Walnut/Myrtle/Evergreen Stormwater Improvement Project will entail the construction of a series of storm sewer pipes along various streets and a drainage outfall to the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility, providing flood relief in the west corner of the City.


The City will be posting updates periodically to keep residents informed on construction projects, road closures and other items on the Walnut/Myrtle/Evergreen Stormwater Improvement Project blog, as part of the new Stormwater Management website, Subscribe to the blog to be notified by email when there are new entries. See complete details by clicking on the link below.



The information presented at this fall’s four Focus 205 community engagement meetings is available online at

Included are presentations, videos, verbatim documents and executive summaries. If you couldn’t attend at all, or missed a session or two, we encourage you to review the work that was done. Please watch the first session video before the others as it will explain the process. 


Session 1:
Topic: Next Generation Learning 

Focus: Where are we now, where are we going and how will we get there?


Session 2: 
Topic: Tomorrow's Classroom Today 
Focus: What does Future Ready learning look like?


Session 3:
Topic: Utilization of Resources for Maximum Student Success

Focus: What are the financial challenges and opportunities District 205 faces?


Session 4: 
Topic: School Facilities in the 21st Century

Focus: How well does our current structure meet the needs of students?


A mid-term report will be given to the Board of Education by the Focus 205 Facilitating Team on March 8.


Enrollment for 2016-17 incoming kindergarteners and first grade students new to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and on Wednesday, February 10, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM at the school of attendance serving their home address. On Thursday, February 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, enrollment will only be offered at Conrad Fischer School (for Fischer students) and at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York (serving all District 205 elementary schools).


Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2016, to be enrolled in kindergarten. (The student’s original birth certificate must be submitted as proof.) During the February enrollment, parents/guardians must present three proofs of residency. Additionally, a photo I.D. of the person enrolling the student must be produced for identification purposes.


For a complete list of enrollment procedures, acceptable proofs of residency and additional forms, please see the New Student Enrollment page linked from the District 205 homepage. Parents may contact the District 205 Center at 630-617-4783 to obtain the name and location of the elementary school that serves their home address.


Due to the generosity of our friends and supporters, the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence has made a difference by providing over $1.5 million in educational grants, innovative programs and technology to support teachers and benefit students; $211,000 to help struggling learners get additional assistance and improve academic achievement and more than $872,000 in community partnership programs that enhance our students’ educational and extracurricular experiences.


The Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year will be held Friday, March 11 at The Drake Oak Brook Hotel from 6:30-10:30 PM. This gala event will include beverages, appetizers, plated dinner, music, mini and live auctions, and entertaining fundraising activities.


New this year is a Winner’s Choice Raffle for the choice of a unique vacation experience. Raffle tickets are $100 and only 100 tickets will be sold, with sales beginning prior to the event. The winner will be announced at the event, but need not be present to win. Event registration and raffle tickets on sale now. To purchase event or raffle tickets, and for information on sponsorship opportunities, including discounted tables for 10, visit


This year, with unprecedented community support, students in District 205 are benefiting from $108,000 in funding from the District 205 Foundation. (Click here for more information). A portion of those dollars represent Thiems Grants that were awarded to teachers and students from our longest running program named in memory of Dr. Russell Thiems, Superintendent of District 205 from 1983 to 1992.


This year's Thiems Grant application deadline is February 10, 2016. Teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members in District 205 are eligible to apply. The programs, projects, activities or materials applied for must be designed to enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and/or help deliver relevant curriculum and ideally represent a creative or innovative approach to education.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2016, and recipients will be announced in the spring. Please read the guidelines and restrictions prior to beginning the application process and feel free to contact The Foundation Office at 630-617-2328 with any questions. To access the 2015 Thiems Grant application/information, please visit



With the record snowfall we experienced recently, now is the time to remind yourself of the various ways District 205 announces school closings and late start openings resulting from inclement weather. (And it’s also the time to think about childcare plans.) A late start or school closing announcement is made by 5:45 AM via the following channels:

• Information is first posted on the District's website at

• Talk205 phone calls, e-mail and SMS messages are sent out.

• A message is recorded on the District 205 Center’s main telephone line at (630) 834-4530.

• Notification is sent to the Emergency Closing Center, which broadcasts such information on WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), FOX-TV, and CLTV cable. Visit the web site at


The late start schedule provides the flexibility to begin school two hours later than normal, allowing time for roads to be cleared and temperatures to rise. This alternative eliminates a situation where severe weather in the early morning leads to a decision to close schools for an entire day when it is not warranted.

On a late start schedule day, buses will arrive at the usual pick-up points two hours later than their regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should not arrive prior to two hours before their regular drop-off times. In the event a late start schedule is activated, class periods will be shortened, but dismissal times will not change. Be sure to check out the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website for more details.


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Mission Statement

The mission of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is to meet the educational needs of all students, challenging each to his or her full potential and ensuring a foundation for future success in life.

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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will be a national leader in educating children of all backgrounds and ability levels, promoting high individual student achievement. The district will incorporate student-centered decision-making, the highest academic standards, best practices in education, the highest caliber educational professionals, and leading edge resources to ensure an equitable education for all and success in a global society. 

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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 currently serves more than 8,000 students who reside primarily in the City of Elmhurst and small portions of Oak Brook, Bensenville and Addison. Approximately 93 percent of students live in Elmhurst with the remainder living outside of the City, but within the District 205 boundaries.