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Talk205 Message for May 21 2018

In this issue –

  • Board Boundary Discussion Postponed Until June
  • D205 Foundation Eat & Earn, Tuesday at Currito
  • Last Day of School Schedule
  • Commemorative Gifts That Celebrate the School Year
  • Talk205 Takes a Summer Break/Board Highlights Continue
  • York Alumni Musical “Spelling Bee” Tickets Now On Sale
  • EPL Teen Advisors Program Now Accepting Applications
  • Summer School Registration Open Through May 30
  • Employment Opportunities with District 205
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

BOARD BOUNDARY DISCUSSION POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE – Community engagement around District 205’s Master Facility Plan process continues this week. Two Future Focused community meetings remain - one at Bryan Middle School on May 23 and one at Sandburg Middle School on May 30. Both meetings begin at 7 PM, with a school-specific informational meeting scheduled for just prior, beginning at 6:15 PM. There is also a school-specific informational session set for Thursday, May 24, beginning at 8:30 AM at Emerson Elementary.

Each large group presentation will be the same in content; please mark your calendar for the date that best suits you and plan to join the conversation. All are welcome! Many thanks to all who have participated by attending a meeting and taking the exit survey!

In order to honor the process, the boundary discussion previously announced as taking place on May 22 has been postponed until after the results of all community engagement meetings have been reported to the Board. The Board would appreciate having the full perspective of all four Future Focused community meetings, prior to holding that discussion.

Once those meetings have been completed and feedback from the accompanying exit surveys compiled, the Board will have a chance to discuss this as part of upcoming Master Facilities conversations in June and beyond.

More information is available at www.elmhurst205/masterfacilityplan.

DISTRICT 205 FOUNDATION EAT & EARN – Grab a bite to eat and support the District 205 Foundation on Tuesday, May 22nd at Currito (272 N. York Rd., next to Panera). Currito will donate 20% of sales made any time that day to the Foundation! Please remember to put your receipt in the ballot box near the register. Thank you for supporting the District 205 Foundation, which helps schools throughout the District. For more information about the D205 Foundation, click here. District 205 families also have an opportunity to support the Foundation by making a donation through the school registration process.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL SCHEDULE – The 2017-18 end-of-year calendar is posted on the District website's calendar page. The last days of school are:

          May 24th:  Last day of school for Early Childhood students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for AM/PM kindergarten students
          May 24th:  Last day of school for high school students
          May 25th:  Last day of school for elementary school students (11:15 AM dismissal)
          May 25th:  Last day of school for middle school students (11:35 AM dismissal)

COMMEMORATIVE GIFTS THAT CELEBRATE THE SCHOOL YEAR!– The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence has a variety of gifts and keepsakes that celebrate the completion of a terrific school year, promotion to another school, or graduation from high school. Individual school ornaments, York High School prints and notecards, and engraved paver bricks for the York High School brick patio are all available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Foundation programs that impact every school and enhance the education of all District 205 students. Visit for more information and to make a purchase.

TALK205 TAKES A SUMMER BREAK/BOARD HIGHLIGHTS CONTINUE – On most Mondays during the school year, you have received a Talk205 email message full of news and information about District activities and events. During the summer months, Talk205 emails will be issued occasionally, when warranted, but not on a regular basis until we approach the beginning of school in August. The last Talk205 message of the school year is today, May 21. Board Highlights, which are distributed via email following District 205 Board of Education meetings, will continue as the Board meets throughout the summer. Highlights are also posted (and archived) on the District website. Have a safe and happy summer!

YORK ALUMNI MUSICAL "SPELLING BEE" TICKETS NOW ON SALE– York Drama is proud to present the return of the smash hit “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” as its 2018 Alumni Production. This ONE-NIGHT-ONLY performance will take place on June 8th at 7:30 PM in the Baker Auditorium at York High School. Tickets became available on May 11; get yours at

Originally performed at York in 2010, the alumni cast will feature original cast members Brian Kulaga (Class of 2010) and Brian Smith (Class of 2011), returning to their roles as William Barfee and Vice Principal Douglas Panch. Alumni Keith Potts (2008), Helen Knudsen (2013), Laura Thoreson (2014), Grace Sopko (2015), Kaitlin Cadagin (2016), Chris Knudsen (2016), Darcy Kummerow (2016), Tatum Langley (2017), Erik Martenson (2017) and Emily Landreth (2017) will also join the cast to present this hilarious, unforgettable, Tony Award-winning production!

EPL TEEN ADVISORS PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Applications are now being accepted for the Elmhurst Public Library Teen Advisors Program. This three month commitment includes planning and helping with teen programs and a monthly meeting with Teen Library Staff. Service hours, a letter of reference, and eligibility to be nominated for the City of Elmhurst Exemplary Youth Service Awards are some of the perks of being accepted into the program.

This is a volunteer position requiring 8-10 hours from June through August. Openings are limited. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 29.

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION OPEN THROUGH MAY 30 – York High School offers an Academic Summer School Program in two three-week sessions. Registration is now open online through Wednesday, May 30th. You can also register in person at the main office at York High School up until the first day of summer classes. Information on the 2018 Academic offerings and Athletic Camp opportunities can be found on the York Summer School website. Questions may be directed to

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH DISTRICT 205 – Come join our team! We currently have many openings in the following categories: administration, athletics/activities/stipends, cafeteria, high school teaching, lunchroom supervision, student support services, substitute, summer school, support staff and technology. To view District 205’s open positions, start/continue/modify an application or request technical help, please visit

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:


  • Spirito! Singers Auditions – Auditions for the 2018-2019 are being scheduled now – Call 630-581-5440 to schedule an audition – Visit for more information
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness Presents Teen Resiliency Workshops – Register online at – June 6 from 12:30 PM to 4 PM – Location TBD – Open to High School Students
  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017–2018 Calendar of Events
  • Camp Shaw Science & Technology Summer Camp – June 24 to 28 – Register for all events online at:
  • Elmhurst College Summer Music Camps – Jazz Combo Camp, June 19–21. Acoustic Guitar Camp, July 1–11. Vocal Voyage Camp, July 16–19. Credo Flute, July 23–28.
  • Illinois Extension Presents 2018 Summer Camp – Registration Now Open – DuPage Co. Extension Officevisit
  • York Alumni Presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – June 8 at 7:30 PM – Tickets available at
  • Arboretum Tour of Elmhurst College – June 14 at 6:30 PM – Meet east of Frick Center at Niebuhr Statue
  • Elmhurst Garden Club Presents An Afternoon in the Garden – July 8 from 10 AM to 4 PM – Garden Tours from 10 AM to 3 PM – Garden Faire in Wilder Park from 10 Am to 4 PM –Tickets $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event – Visit for tickets
  • Catholic Charities Hosts Back to School Fair – August 1 from 11 AM to 6 PM St. Francis High School – Free School Supplies for Students K-12
  • A Field Trip to Bob’s Fresh & Local Farm – August 25 from 10 AM to 12 Noon – BYO picnic following the tour – Attendees must RSVP by August 18 to or by phone at 630-426-9789


  • District 205 Foundation Fundraiser – Elmhurst Currito – May 22 – 20% of the day’s purchases go to the Foundation – Place your receipt in the box by the cash register


  • City of Elmhurst Now Hiring Regular & Relief Crossing Guards – Opportunity for Retirees, College Students & Anyone Interested in Part Time Work – Submit Application At This Link
  • Current Openings With District 205 – Come Work With Us! To view District 205’s current open positions, start/continue/modify an application or request technical help, please visit
  • Free English & Citizenship Classes – College of DuPage – Monday & Wednesday at Conrad Fischer Elementary School from 6 PM to 8:50 PM – Register online at


  • DuPage Golf Junior Schools at the Preserve at Oak Meadows – Two Sessions: June 12-26 and July 17-31 from 9:30 to 11 AM – Open to all boys and girls ages 7 to 14 - $95/session – Call 630-451-3471 or email for more information
  • Girl Scouts Amazing Daisies. Kindergarten & 1st grade outdoor programs. Workshops and day events, family camp opportunities. Register online: 
  • Center for Gifted STEM with SteAm in Elmhurst
  • 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 
  • The Morton Arboretum Summer Science Camps – Weekly Camps June 4 through August 10 – Register online at
  • 2018 NIU Academic Summer Camps – Residential & Day Camps – Apply Online
  • The Salvation Army Summer 2018 Day Camps – June 11 through July 27 – Open to Ages 4 through 12 – Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM –$23 per child per day
  • Illinois Tech Armour College of Engineering – Pre-Engineering Program –Open to High School Students – Camps begin June 11 –Monday through Friday 10 AM to 3 PM
  • American Music Institute Summer Music Camp – Open to Ages 5-18 from July 23 to 27 – Register online at
  • NIU Summer Camps – 2018 Calendar of Events
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago Summer 2018 Classes
    • Children’s Multi-Arts Program – Ages 4 to 9
    • Middle School Program – Ages 10-13
    • Early College Program – Grades 9 - 12


  • Summer Transitional Enrichment Program – June 20 to 28 at George Williams College
  • AIM-CIL Hosts Teen Social Nights –3rd Thursday of every month – 5 PM to 6:30 PM – Open to Ages 13-22 – RSVP to
  • SASED Parent Advisory Council Meeting – Legal Planning Issues for Children & Adults with a Disability – Focus:  Guardianship & Post-Secondary Services –May 9 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Register online at by May 7
  • Final DuPage Transition Planning Committee Meeting – May 9 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM – WorkNet DuPage Career Center – Free & Open to the Public
  • The Center for Gifted Worlds of Wisdom & Wonder in Elmhurst – Open to PreK through 8th Grade – June 11 to 22 – Sandburg Middle School – 10% Discount for D205 students with code HOST18TEN – Register online at


  • Elmhurst Youth Baseball Spring League – Includes T–Ball, Farm, Competitive, Minor, Major & Pony Divisions – Begins With Practices in April – Games April to June – Late Fee After January 1, 2018
  • Elmhurst Evolution Ultimate Frisbee – Co-Ed High School & Middle School Teams – Register online at:
  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club – 2018-2019 Tryout Registration Now Open – Tryouts begin week of May 14 – Open to Boys and Girls Ages 7-18 – Register online at
  • Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association – Preseason Clinic & Spring League – Registration Now Open – Register online at
  • Elmhurst Eagles Football & Cheer – 2018 Registration Now Open – In Person Registration & Fitting May 1 at Yorkfield Civic Center
  • AYSO Sumer Camp British Soccer from July 16 to July 20 – TetraBrazil Soccer Academy – July 30 to August 3 – Register Online at
  • 2018 Elmhurst College Basketball Skills Camp  – Open to Ages 4 to 14  – $214 per camper  – Register online at
    • Session #1: July 17 to July 20 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Session #2 July 23 to July 26 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • 2018 Elmhurst College Girls’ Basketball Camp – June 18 to 21 – Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM to 12 Noon – Open to Kindergarten through 5th Grade – Elmhurst College Gym


  • Spring Buddy Ball Registration Now Open – Providing Young Athletes With Disabilities A Positive Baseball Experience – May 4 to June 22 (8 Week Program – 1 Hour Sessions) – Sign Up Today


Museum Events

  • Museum Explorers Camp – Open to 2nd to 5th Graders – June 11 thru 15 from 9 AM to 3 PM – Register online


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