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Talk205 Message for February 12, 2018

In this issue –

  • Meeting for Parents of Fifth Grade Students Receiving Special Ed. Services
  • Thiems Grant Applications Due February 12
  • Final Dual Language Information Meeting, February 13
  • Next All District Student Late Arrival Day is This Wednesday
  • REACH Identification/Appeal Process
  • Boosters Annual Green Scene Fundraiser, February 24
  • DuPage Area STEM Expo, February 24
  • York High School Celebrates Fine Arts Week
  • 22nd Annual Student Chess Tournament
  • REACH Executive Function Parent Educational Series Continues
  • Know an Amazing Kid? Nominate Them for a Youth Service Award!
  • Teen Job & Volunteer Fair at York, March 14
  • Employment Opportunities with District 205
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

MEETING FOR PARENTS OF 5TH GRADE STUDENTS RECEIVING SPECIAL ED. SERVICES – Parents of students receiving special education services are invited to attend one of two meetings to answer any questions you may have as your child moves to middle school. The purpose of this meeting is to provide parents details on how special education services are implemented in the middle school setting. Answers to commonly asked questions about a "day in the life of a middle school student" will also be discussed.

Each meeting will present the same information. Parents need only attend ONE meeting. The first meeting was held Thursday, February 8. The second meeting will be held on Monday, February 12, from 6-7 PM at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York St., Elmhurst.

THEIMS GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 12 – District 205 Foundation's 2018 Thiems Grant Application deadline is fast approaching. The application has been streamlined to make it less labor intensive to apply. District 205 teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and, ideally, demonstrate creativity/innovation.

Applications are due on Monday, February 12. Applicants requesting technology (including hardware, software, digital subscriptions, and audio/visual equipment) should review the Multimedia Recommendations and Computer Tech Options forms prior to drafting their proposals and must include the submission of a completed Thiems Grant Technology Review Form. Please review the Thiems Grant Application Guidelines and contact Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at ext. 2770 or with questions.

FINAL DUAL LANGUAGE INFORMATION MEETING – The District 205 Board of Education has approved a Dual Language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year. This program will be available to incoming 2018-19 kindergarten students. Click here for details regarding the D205 Dual Language program. There is one final parent information sessions scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30pm at Madison Early Childhood Center. If you are enrolling your child in kindergarten, please consider participating in our new Dual Language program. For more information, contact District 205 English Language Coordinator Ariana Leonard at

NEXT ALL-DISTRICT STUDENT LATE ARRIVAL DAY THIS WEDNESDAY – The next all-district Student Late Arrival Day will be this Wednesday, February 14. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 will be as follows:

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM
High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above listed start times. The 2017-18 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

REACH IDENTIFICATION/APPEAL PROCESS – Families of students currently in Grades 2 and 5 who are newly identified for REACH, the District’s gifted program, will receive an email notification from District 205 on Thursday, March 1. Services will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. REACH identification information can be found online at

Parents, teachers and administrators may appeal REACH placement for students currently in grades 3-7. The Application for Appeal is open between February 1 and March 15, and for which additional testing is required. The application and additional information can be found online at

ANNUAL GREEN SCENE FUNDRAISER IS FEBRUARY 24 – The York High School Athletic Boosters' Annual Green Scene is Saturday, February 24, from 7 PM to midnight at Fitz’s Spare Keys in downtown Elmhurst. The Green Scene is a casual night of fun, friends, a silent auction, raffles, bowling with your favorite coach and pool. Auction items include York parking passes, graduation tickets with preferred parking for graduation, and two very special York Duke pop machines.

Ticket price includes entrance, light buffet and fun. Tickets are available for purchase at If you would like to contribute a silent auction item, please contact Dana Sidoryk at In 2016-2017, the Boosters gave over $80,000 to York HS Athletics. This volunteer organization has supported York students in every sport for over 35 years.

DUPAGE AREA STEM EXPO, FEBRUARY 24 – The Illinois Institute of Technology is hosting the premiere DuPage Area STEM Expo event hosted by the School of Applied Technology. Your school-aged children (best for children K-12th grade) will have a blast at this hands-on exploration into science, technology, engineering and math. The expo is Saturday, February 24, 2018. Visit the event's website for more information.

FINE ARTS WEEK AT YORK HIGH SCHOOL – York Community High School will be celebrating its annual Fine Arts Week February 26-March 1. For over 30 years, Fine Arts Week has recognized the talents of York’s student musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists, singers, orators, poets and unique performance artists. In addition, several nationally and locally recognized artists and groups representing a wide variety of artistic endeavors host workshops that provide information and inspiration to the students.

This year’s Fine Arts Week community fundraising event will be held on Wednesday evening, February 28, at the new Brew Point Workshop located at 617 N York Rd @ Crestview. Modern Vices will be headlining the event, performing a live set with the Disciples of Rage and Sleeveless Jacket (both rock bands consisting of all York students). This event will be from 6pm-9pm and there will be a suggested donation of $5 at the door; all donations go toward funding for Fine Arts Week 2019.

One of the more popular attractions during Fine Arts Week is the Student Talent Show. York possesses such an eclectic mix of talent that there are four separate 50-minute segments. The Talent Show culminates with an evening Fine Arts Week Showcase open to the public on Thursday, March 1st at 7pm in York’s Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Tickets are $10, but admission is free for all District 205 students with a current student ID from York or any of the three D205 middle schools.

22ND ANNUAL STUDENT CHESS TOURNAMENT – The Elmhurst Student Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school. Last year, over 250 students participated in the tournament.

All students who attend school in Elmhurst – public or private – are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category receive ribbons; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

This 22nd annual Student Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 1st. Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slip and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION PARENT EDUCATIONAL SERIES CONTINUES – Please join the REACH PTA on Thursday, March 8th at 6:30 PM in the Sandburg Auditorium for a parent educational program: "Parenting to Promote a Growth Mindset.” This is the 3rd program in a 4-part series the REACH PTA is hosting which focuses on Executive Function, Mindset and the Teenage Brain. This presentation will center on exploring the current research related to Carol Dweck's concept of Mindset. Mindset is defined as a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determines ones behavior, outlook, and mental attitude.

Within this frame of reference, parents will identify practices that fall into either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset category. This workshop will provide specific focus on ways parents can develop a Growth Mindset with their children in order to develop problem-solving skills and persistence even in the face of obstacles. Topics included in this discussion are: role of technology in Mindset, specific strategies to help facilitate a Growth Mindset, and ways to foster engagement and personalize experiences within the parent-child relationship to build Growth Mindset. Parents will be encouraged to connect to real-life examples drawn from their own experiences interacting with their children.

The presenter is Dr. Georgia Bozeday, EdD, who is the Director of Educational Services at Rush Neurobehavioral Center and Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Illinois University. Dr. Bozeday currently manages the Executive Function projects and is instrumental in curriculum design and implementation of the RNBC Executive Functions programs. These programs are made possible through a District 205 Foundation Grant.

KNOW AN AMAZING KID? NOMINATE THEM! – The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, which will be presented in April. Nominations are currently being accepted. The volunteer must be an Elmhurst resident (Elmhurst address), live within School District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.

To nominate a worthy student, please visit to download a form or complete the nomination online. Nominees may be of elementary age through high school; their service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations will be accepted now through Friday, March 9, 2018. Hard copy forms should be submitted to City Hall, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL, 60126 and marked: Attention Exemplary Youth Service Awards.

TEEN JOB & VOLUNTEER FAIR IN THE YORK COMMONS, MARCH 14 – Middle and high school students are invited to attend the fourth annual Teen Job & Volunteer Fair, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth and its partnering agencies – District 205, the Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, YMCA, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club and the Kiwanis of Elmhurst. The Fair will be held in the York High School Commons, 355 E. St. Charles Road, on Wednesday, March 14 from 3 to 6 PM. There will be 40 different organizations participating. Students need not register to attend the Fair.

If your company or organization is interested in participating, Job Fair questions may be directed to Patty McKernan at; Volunteer Fair questions may be directed to Kim Brigman at

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH DISTRICT 205 – We currently have openings in the following categories: administration, athletics/activities/stipends, cafeteria, high school teaching, lunchroom supervision, student support services, student teaching, substitute, summer school, support staff and technology. To view District 205’s 51 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:


  • Intention – Artwork of Randi Holt – January 27 to March 10 at the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery
  • National PTA Reflections Presents Within Reach ­– Come see the creative work of District 205 students from February 16 to March 9 at Judith B Salon during regular business hours, with a special closing celebration on March 9 at Judith B Salon – 6:30 PM
  • Trinity International University Volleyball Winter Youth Skills Camp – February 25 from 12:30 PM to 2 PM at the Van Dixhorn Arena Deerfield Campus – $50 registration fee
  • Elmhurst Lions Pizza Party – March 3, 5-7 PM @Sandburg Middle School – $8 per person/$35 for Family of 5 or more
  • Elmhurst Cool Cities & Elmhurst College Screening of Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution. March 4 at 1 PM. Schaible Science Center at Elmhurst College. Tickets:
  • REACH PTA Presents: A Parent Educational Program- Parenting to Promote a Growth Mindset – March 8 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium AND The Twenty-first Century Teenage Brain on April 12 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium – Both events free and open to the public
  • Teen Job & Volunteer Fair – Sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth For Grades 6 to 12 on March 14 From 3 to 6 PM at York High School Commons
  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017-2018 Calendar of Events
  • Sci-Fi Spring Break – 6 STEM based, hands on workshops from March 26 through March 28 at the Naperville U of I Extension – Registration February 2 through March 20– $25 per person per session AND Community Science Fair on April 26 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Parkview Christian Academy – Open to 4th to 12th Grade Students – $10 per entry – Register for both 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.


  • Green Scene - York Athletic Boosters on February 25 From 7 PM to Midnight at Fitz's Spare Keys – $50 Pre-Event or $60 At the Door – Includes Light Buffet & Beverages – Purchase Tickets Online:


  • 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 51 open positions, start/continue/modify an application or request technical help, please visit


  • Girl Scouts Amazing Daisies. Kindergarten & 1st grade outdoor programs. Workshops and day events, family camp opportunities. Register online:
  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre Auditions for Fiddler on The Roof on February 19 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Epiphany Lutheran Church – Open to Grades 5 to 12 – Register Online:
  • York Dance Clinic – Practice and performance at York High School. Dance at Halftime performance – January 31 and February 2. For grades K-8. Register:
  • Center for Gifted STEM with SteAm in Elmhurst  
    • Lego WeDo and More! – Grades K to 3 AND Engineer a Hopper or Racer for Grades 3 to 6 on February 25 – 2 to 4:30 PM – Hawthorne School
    • Create a Lego Movie! for Grades 1 to 3 AND DNA: Blueprint for Life for Grades 3 to 6 on March 18 from 2 to 4:30 PM – Lincoln School
    • 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


  • 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


  • 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


Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst Artists Guild

Elmhurst History Museum

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Kids Winter Reading Program from December 26 to February 28 Register With Elmhurst Library Card, Elmhurst School ID or Elmhurst School Report Card
  • Design a Bookmark Contest from February 1 to March 10 – Pick up Entry forms in the Kid’s Library


Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

  • Winter Learn to Skate & Crystal Edges Figure Skating Program – Learn to Skate – Two Sessions – Figure Skating – January to March AND Specialty Classes – January to March

Elmhurst Park District


  • School's Out Days – February 19 and 22 – Registration Fee – Members $60/Non-Members $120