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Talk205 Message for December 4, 2017

In this issue –

  • 48 Elmhurst Students Advance in Reflections Contest
  • From the District 205 Superintendent, Dr. David Moyer
  • 2017 Illinois 5Essentials Survey Begins December 5
  • Support Churchville PTA Eat & Earn @Panera, December 5
  • The Organized Child: Building Executive Function, December 6
  • Support Music Boosters December 8 at Cottage Hill Station
  • Weather-Related School Closing Guidelines for Elmhurst District 205
  • Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network (EWAN) 
  • Why Not Become a Substitute Teacher?
  • City Seeks Crossing Guards for District 205 Locations
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

48 DISTRICT 205 STUDENT ARTISTS ADVANCE IN CONTEST – Reflections is the National PTA arts program that asks children to get creative. Students are invited to submit works of art in any of six different categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. The theme for the 2017-2018 program is "Within Reach."

District judging for Reflections was completed this past week and 48 entries are advancing from Elmhurst District to the DuPage East District level. Regional judging will take place later this month with results shared in early January.

Congratulations to the following student artists: (click here to view the winners by school)

Visual Arts: Gissel Ayala, Samantha Castillo, Lilliana Costa, Annabeth Goetz, Mackenzie Johnston, Delilah Karmins, Ben Langan, Katie Larrick, Saniya Mohiuddin, Angie Palmino, Nikita Sidoryk, Lila Stanley, Galvin Stotts and Kayla Tutunji

Literature: Ava Amendola, Sophia Amendola, Nicole DeMare, Elyssa Hall, Rowan Hoppe, Isra Jilani, Ellie Kness, Austin Lee, Sydney Lee, Matthew Markwald, Nathan Markwald, Amelia Morrow, Calvin Schultz Elin Seiler, Olivia Silkaitis, Elias Tamer, Nikhita Thakar and Noveena Thakar

Film Production: Emma Barron
Music Composition: Dylan Bennett, Eden Brown, Rose Donato, Joseph Gallwas, Kenneth Gallwas
Dance Choreography: Modde Devine, Jacob Plattennberger, LilyaAnn Tompos
Photography: Ariela Asllani, Linus Goetz, Jack Rosen, Laney Toffler, Cassidy Wehrle, Moxey Wehrle

Parent Michelle Wehrle is again serving as the district-wide Reflections chair. The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by the National PTA. Since that time, more than 10 million students have participated in this annual program.

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – In his latest column, Dr. David Moyer details an update on Phase II of Focus 205, including the findings of a telephone poll taken by District 205 residents. The Superintendent also explains potential impacts of a property tax freeze in Illinois. You can read the latest update at Follow Dr. Moyer’s blog at

Dr. Moyer was also a contributing author to School Administrator magazine’s December issue which focused on Evaluating Evaluators. His article - titled “Creating Coherence With Instructional Rounds” - is about using learning targets to drive instructional gains. Access the article at this link:

2017 ILLINOIS 5ESSENTIALS SURVEY – The fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be open tomorrow, December 5. Students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have the opportunity to participate. This survey will allow you and your child(ren), in grades 4 through 12, to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at their school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with their child’s school, giving school leaders critical input to help develop school improvement plans.

Elmhurst D205 is participating in the grades 4-5 pilot. For schools that reach 50% participation, reports will be sent to their districts in March 2018, and data will also be included in the State School Report Card. The survey will be open through January 18, 2018.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

SUPPORT CHURCHVILLE PTA EAT & EARN, DECEMBER 5 – On Tuesday, December 5th the Churchville PTA will host an Eat and Earn at Panera at 108 W. North Ave. in Elmhurst. A portion of each purchase made between 4:00 and 8:00 PM will be donated to the PTA. You MUST bring the flyer or an electronic version on your phone for your purchase to qualify.

‘THE ORGANIZED CHILD: BUILDING EXECUTIVE FUNCTION' – Homework creating family stress? Time management is a challenge for your student? Organizational issues getting in the way of your child being successful? To learn more about strategies to help your child, the REACH PTA is hosting an ALL District 205 Executive Function Parent Presentation with guest speaker Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D. This presentation will provide parents with practical strategies from the field of Executive Functions to help guide students at home, and will focus on recent findings related to media use and learning. Discussion will include strategies for organization and time-management. Please join us Wednesday, December 6, from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Sandburg MS Auditorium. All District 205 parents welcome! Thanks to the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation for providing grant monies that have made this program possible.

Dr. Bozeday, is the Director of Educational Services at Rush Neurobehavioral Center (RNBC) and Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, and has extensive experience in education, speech language pathology, learning disabilities and gifted education. Dr. Bozeday currently manages the Executive Function projects and is instrumental in curriculum design and implementation of the RNBC Executive Functions programs. This program will focus on strategies for Intermediate and Middle School students (4th – 8th grade). A second program will be held in January and will focus on strategies for Elementary students (K-3rd grade).

SUPPORT ELMHURST MUSIC BOOSTERS, DECEMBER 8 – The Elmhurst Music Boosters (EMB) is a parent volunteer organization that raises funds to support and encourage grade and middle school students participating in band, orchestra, and choir programs. Please consider supporting EMB through your patronage by attending a fundraiser this Friday at 8 PM at Cottage Hill Station, featuring Flood Waters. The entry fee is $10 and proceeds benefit EMB. Find the Elmhurst Music Boosters on Facebook or visit them at the EMB website.

SCHOOL CLOSING GUIDELINES FOR ELMHURST DISTRICT 205 – As the temperature plummets, it’s time to think about weather-related school closing guidelines. In the case of inclement weather, Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed. In general, IF there is no announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website - (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page -; the District 205 Twitter account -

Additionally, you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, the decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.

Este es un recordatorio que la información de Inicio Tardío relacionada con emergencias (que sigue el horario habitual de llegadas tardías de los estudiantes) está disponible en el sitio web del Distrito 205 en Recursos -> Enlaces Rápidos -> Cierres de emergencia. También se publicará información más detallada en el sitio web del distrito y el sitio web de las escuelas afectadas. Aquí puede encontrar documentos en español acerca de los cierres de emergencia.

ELMHURST WALK-IN ASSISTANCE NETWORK - In addition to giving emergency aid for rent, utilities, etc. to Elmhurst families and people with students in District 205, EWAN also has two programs directly related to the schools. One is SWAN (Students with Activity Needs), where they can provide financial assistance with some activities that fall through the funding cracks, such as band trips, dually enrolled college/high school course fees, etc. EWAN also works with the school social workers and provides snacks for students on free or reduced lunch monthly at all of the schools who wish to participate. For more information about EWAN, please see their website.

WHY NOT BECOME A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER? – The DuPage Regional Office of Education (ROE) is hosting a county-wide “Why Not Be A Substitute Teacher” information event inviting members from our community to better understand the requirements to become certified as a substitute teacher. DuPage ROE licensure staff, as well as district HR leaders, will be on hand to provide the information and answer any questions. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 9 to 11 AM in the Auditorium at 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. For more information call 630-407-5800 or visit RSVP to

CITY SEEKS CROSSING GUARDS FOR DISTRICT 205 LOCATIONS  The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards (up to 15 hours per week). Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2017-18 school year. Lead a safe environment for our children and become a staff member of the Elmhurst Police Department.

The safety of our school children is a concern for the City of Elmhurst, District 205 school personnel, all parents and citizens. Training and safety equipment are provided. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St, Elmhurst, IL or interested candidates may apply online at this link. Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and pre-employment drug screen/physical. The City of Elmhurst is an equal opportunity employer. Check out the related flyer posted on our Virtual Backpack page.

POSTINGS ON THE VIRTUAL BACKPACK – The District 205 virtual backpack page is a great place to find student and family-oriented activities offered by non-profit agencies in our community. Please check it often under the Community Events link on the District homepage or access it directly at The following items were recently posted:


  • Glenbard Parent Series – Children Who Challenge Us: Effective behavior Management for Reducing Anxiety, Increasing Self-Management & Executive Functioning on December 6 at 7 PM at Glenbard North High School – Free and Open to the Public 
  • RNBC Presents Guest Speaker Dr. Georgia Bozeday on December 6 at 6:30-8:30 PM – Sandburg Auditorium "The Organized Child: Building Executive Functions" & on January 18 2018 from 6:30-8:30 PM – Sandburg Auditorium "Helping Young Children Organize Their World"
  • League of Women Voters of Elmhurst Presents "No Room at the Inn?" on December 7 at 7 PM at Elmhurst Public Library
  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017-2018 Calendar of Events


  • Top Chef Junior Season 2 – Open Casting Call for Chefs Ages 9 to 14 on December 9 – 10 AM to 5 PM at the Ambassador Hotel in Chicago – Appointment or Apply email:
  • Master Chef Jr. Now Casting for Ages 8 to 13 on January 13 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Sofitel Chicago To apply:


  • Churchville Middle School Panera Fundraising Event – Panera at 108 W. North Ave. on December 5 From 4 PM to 8 PM – Bring Flyer or Show Electronic Version to Cashier
  • Elmhurst Music Boosters Fundraiser – Rockin’ With Flood Waters on December 8 at 8 PM – Cottage Hill Station, 122 S. York St. – Entry $10 – Proceeds Benefit EMB


  • Special Kids Day Visit With Santa on December 6 from 3:30 to 8 PM at Wilder Mansion – For Children of All Ages With Special Needs – Siblings & Families are Invited – Reservations Are Not Required
  • Music @ Bethel United Church of Christ Second City Brass
    Holiday Cheer/Traditional Melodies/Festive Sing-Along on December 9 at 7 PM Tickets: or 630-279-4040
  • Santa Visits Elmhurst Presented by Elmhurst Jaycees – Reserve Personal Visits With Santa at Your Home on December 18, December 19 and December 20 – Proceeds Support ECAF – Reserve Your Spot



  • Center for Gifted – One Day Programs: 
    • Fall Wonders in Addison – December 9 – Physics of Catapults
    • Project 18 Summer of 2018 – 10% Discount for Early Sign Up: EARLY2018
      July 9 to 27 for Grades 5 to 12
    • Tinker-A-Thon 2018 at Elmhurst College  July 9 – 27 for Grades 1 to 5 – 10% Discount for Early Sign Up: EARLY2018 
  • Join Girl Scouts – Help Her Find Her Spark – Visit:
  • Trinity Health & Fitness Center For Girls in Grades 7 & 8 – Free and Open Every Tuesday in November – Register at
  • University of Illinois – Extension 4-H Teen Science & Health Ambassadors on December 13 – Robotics 1 Workshop Series for Grades 3 to 8 – Registration Closes December 3


  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club for PreK, Kindergarten and Grade 1 – Soccer Classes – Winter Sessions for Boys & Girls – PreK & K – Starts January 9 – K & Grade 1 – Starts December 5
  • Winter Indoor Soccer League For Boys/Girls – Pre-K to K & Grades 1 to 8 – Begins January 13 –Registration Now to December 10 – US Mail Registration Forms or Drop Off
  • Elmhurst Lacrosse 2018 Registration for Boys Grades 2 to 8 – Registration Open 11/2 to 12/30 Begins April to June 2018 – Parent/Coaches Meeting on November 16 – Elmhurst Public Library


  • Bethel Learning Center's Kindergarten Enrichment Class On Tuesday & Thursday Afternoon – For Children Enrolled in AM Kindergarten


  • Register for Basketball Program for Athletes With Disabilities in K to Transition Sundays – January 14 to February 25 at Sandburg Middle School – Includes Basketball Clinics in November and December – Register:


  • SERG PTA – Just Don't be Weird: Tips for Talking to Tweens/Teens about Sexuality – January 18 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at D205 Office Presented by Kim Cook Author of Teen World Confidential


Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst Artists Guild

Elmhurst History Museum

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Drop-In Science Fun (For All Ages) on December 14 From 10 AM to 5 PM – Learn Some Cool Science Facts & Do Simple Hands-On Science – No Registration Required
  • Drop-In Art Day (For All Ages) on December 19 from 10 AM to 5 PM – Create an Art Project – Get Your Creative Juices Flowing – No Registration Required
  • Cram for Exams from December 16 to December 21 – Meeting Rooms Available For You & Classmates – Check the Schedule Here: – Reserve a Study Room With Your EPL Card & Pin Here:


Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

  • Edge Ice Arena Minor Hawks Developmental Hockey League For Those Born From 1/1/2009 to 12/31/2012 – Fall Season: January 6 to March 31 – Registration First Come, First Served

Elmhurst Park District


  • Kids' Night Out at the Y – Games, Movie (Elf), Ice Skating, Pizza – December 15 from 6:30 PM to 9 PM for Ages 3 to 11 – $10 Per Child Member/$20 Per Child Non-Member – Pre-Registration is Required
  • Middle School Night at the YMCA – Grades 5 to 8 – Pre-Teens Come to the Y for After-Hours Fun – Swimming, Ice Skating Basketball, Dodgeball, Pizza & More on December 16 from 8 PM to 10 PM – $10 Per Person
  • YMCA Camp MacLean Winter Camp – December 27 to 30 for Boys/Girls Ages 7 to 16 – Register by Mail or Fax Completed Form & Non-Refundable $175 Deposit