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Talk205 Message for April 16, 2018

In this issue –

  • Future Focus Work Continues; Boundary Report Presented
  • Time to Take Stock of School Lunch Balances
  • History Museum Explorers Camp, June 11-15
  • Future Care Planning for Those With Special Needs, April 19
  • Spring Musical 'Tuck Everlasting' Sold Out! – Tickets on Sale March 21
  • York Student Council to Host Senior Citizen Prom, April 22
  • Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst, April 26 – Get Tickets in Advance
  • Elmhurst College Hosts Recycling Extravaganza, April 28
  • Police Department Sponsors Drug Take-Back Day, April 28
  • Register Now for Summer Instrumental Music Programs
  • Register Now for Summer School
  • UCCA’s Second Taste of the Town: Food For Life Event, May 17
  • Employment Opportunities with District 205
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page
     

FUTURE FOCUSED WORK CONTINUES – District 205 is hard at work developing the next phase of its facilities study and is working to create a Master Facility Plan that will serve our students for many years to come. There will be a presentation by our architects, Wight & Company, at the April 24 Board meeting which will incorporate the new boundary report (presented April 10) overlaid with findings from Focus 205.

The District will work with the Community Advisory Team to create a presentation to be shared with the public on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:30 – 11:30 am, York Community High School
  • Monday, May 14, 2018, 7 – 9 pm, Churchville Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 – 9 pm, Bryan Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7 – 9 pm, Sandburg Middle School

Each 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! To view information presented to the Board over the past few months, please visit www.elmhurst205.org/masterfacilityplan.

TIME TO TAKE STOCK OF SCHOOL LUNCH BALANCES – With only 6 weeks of school left, it’s time to take stock of your child(ren)’s lunch balance(s). To access their MySchoolBucks account(s), please visit the Café205 page and click on the MySchoolBucks link. For those who have a positive balance, please know that at the end of the year your student’s account will roll over to the next school year (and be transferred to his/her new location, if they are moving schools within District 205).

Families with a senior at York High School may transfer an unused balance to a sibling. If there are no siblings remaining in District 205, the cutoff for refund requests will be Friday, May 11. Those requests need to be made to Director of Food Services Cheryl Spencer at 630-617-2436 or Eileen Carroll at 630-617-2467. Balances under $5 will not be refunded.

For parents that use automatic replenish for lunch accounts, please know that MySchoolBucks will stay up and running during the summer to accept payments. If you use auto payment and don’t want money deducted during the summer, you will need to turn off that feature and then remember to re-activate it again in August. Questions may be directed to the MySchoolBucks Parent Helpline at 855-832-5226.

NEW! MUSEUM EXPLORERS CAMP PILOT PROGRAM: JUNE 11-15, 2018 – Parents, are you looking for a unique camp experience for your kids? Try something new this year and be a part of a pilot program designed for curious kids who love to learn and have fun: Museum Explorers Camp at the Elmhurst History Museum! Campers entering 2nd-5th grade will have the opportunity to visit various cultural institutions in and around Elmhurst, while participating in STEM activities, crafts, games and making new friends in a welcoming and inclusive environment! This pilot program will take place for one week only in 2018 (from June 11-15). Cost is $210 for the week (M-F). A few spots are left. Register online at this link. For more info, call 630-833-1457 or visit EHM's web site: https://il-exploreelmhurst.civicplus.com/398/Camps.

FUTURE CARE PLANNING FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS – It is NEVER too early (or late) to start planning for your child’s future. On Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 8 PM, Kirsten Izatt, attorney and counselor at law with The Estate Planning Law Group will address Future Care Planning for Children and Adults With Special Needs. In this presentation, to be held at the District 205 Administrative Center, 162 S. York Street, parents and educators will learn about the importance of estate planning especially for those who have a child with a disability.

Attendees will also learn about how Special Needs Trusts can help families protect future governmental benefits such as SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and Medicaid. Have you heard of an ABLE account? ABLE is a federally tax-advantaged savings program that will allow for Illinois families and individuals to save for disability-related expenses. Come learn more about this beneficial savings program. Questions? Email kristinboxall@msn.com.

SPRING MUSICAL 'TUCK EVERLASTING' SOLD OUT! – Tickets for the York spring musical Tuck Everlasting are sold out. HOWEVER, we encourage you to come to sign up for the wait list. The wait list will open 90 minutes prior to each show (6 PM Thursday - Saturday, April 19-21 and 12:30 PM on Sunday, April 22). You must be present to sign up for the wait list (no email entries will be allowed).

Tickets will be distributed on a first come first serve basis and you must be present to receive and pay for your ticket.  We have had success the last two years getting everyone into the show from the wait list and anticipate we will be able to do that again this year.  Thank you very much for your continued support of York Drama.  Please email us at yorkdramatickets@gmail.com if you have any questions.

YORK STUDENT COUNCIL TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN PROM – The York Student Council is again sponsoring a Senior Citizen Prom on Sunday, April 22, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM in the York High School Cafeteria/Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Take a stroll down memory lane with live music from the Ballroom Big Band. All senior citizens, as well as their friends and family members are invited. No date needed! Attendees are asked to RSVP to Student Council sponsor Matt Moran at MMoran@elmhurst205.org or 630-617-2400 x7285. Please leave a message that includes your name and the number of people who will be attending.

TOP PIZZA TASTE OF ELMHURST - The tradition continues with this year’s seventh Top Pizza Taste of Elmhurst event on Thursday, April 26, from 5:30-8:00 PM​ in​ the York High School Campbell “Green and White” Gym (please note change of location). Local restaurants and pizzerias will be showcasing their traditional and specialty variety pizza pies, including gluten free. The $10 entrance fee allows attendees to taste the variety of vendor offerings and vote for their favorites in a variety of categories. Past winners participating this year include Bacci, DiLeo, Fratello, Gulliver, Lou Malnati, Mama Maria and Roberto's. Newcomers include Aurelio's and Rosati's.

This is a great community fundraising event that allows families and friends to enjoy dinner and taste pizzas that are both familiar and new to them. For those families trying to juggle the Celebration of Learning night, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after. Please note that the time has been extended to 8 PM so that you can continue the celebration.

Proceeds benefit District 205 Foundation programs that enhance education for our EC-12 schools. For more information and to purchase entrance fee ahead so you do not need to wait in line, visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza.

ELMHURST COLLEGE HOSTS RECYCLING EXTRAVAGANZA - On Saturday, April 28, from 9 AM to noon, the Alexander Street parking lot at Elmhurst College will turn into a Recycling Extravaganza, a place to bring a variety of items that will be recycled, reused and kept out of landfills. Acceptable items include electronics of all kinds, building supplies, clothing, bicycles, carpeting, home goods and much more.

Several nonprofit social service and green-focused organizations, including SCARCE, will be at the Extravaganza to accept a variety of items. The Elmhurst Police Department also will be there, to collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs, keeping medications out of the water supply. Paper shredding also will be available (two box limit, paper only).

For a complete list of acceptable items, visit elmhurst.edu/sustainability. Note: due to the rising cost of recycling televisions and computer monitors, the electronics recycler will charge a fee for only those items. For all CRT, flat-screen, projection TVs and all computer monitors, a fee of $25 will be charged for each item with a screen size smaller than 21 inches; and $35 for each item with a screen size of 21 inches and larger.

PRESCRIPTION TAKE-BACK DAY, APRIL 28 – The Elmhurst Police Department is sponsoring a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 in conjunction with the Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza. Officers will be on hand from 9 AM to noon to collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is one of the most common forms of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends. Unused drugs that are flushed into toilets or thrown into the garbage are also environmental hazards, as they contaminate the water supply.

Please check your home for unwanted prescription medications and conveniently drop them off, no questions asked at the Elmhurst Police Station. If you are unable to drop off unwanted prescription drugs on the Take Back Day, you may drop them off at any time to the prescription drug collection box, located in the Elmhurst Police Department lobby. For more information, please call (630) 530-3050.


REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAMS - The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Summer Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th-8th grade band and orchestra students and all current 6th-8th grade choir students to continue practicing in an ensemble during the summer. Consistent, regular practice during the summer helps students to retain and reinforce concepts and skills that they have learned during the school year and helps them continue to learn and grow as young musicians.

  • Summer Band and Orchestra for current elementary students will run June 4 through June 29 at Sandburg Middle School. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday mornings. Each rehearsal is one hour. The final performances will be on Friday morning, June 29 at Sandburg Middle School.
  • Summer Band, Orchestra, and Choir for current middle school students will run June 4 – July 6 at York High School from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Band and Orchestra rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Choir rehearsals will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. There will be no rehearsals on July 3rd and 4th. The final performance will be on Friday, July 6 at York High School.
  • The registration fee for all levels is $92.00. The fee includes a Summer Music Program T shirt.
  • Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band at no additional cost.
  • Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost.

Registration is open through Friday, May 4. Visit the District 205 homepage for more information on registration.

Support the Elmhurst Music Boosters' Eat and Earn at Chipotle, 139 N. York, Saturday, April 28, 5-9 PM. EMB earns 50% with flyer (you can show it on your smartphone).

REGISTER FOR SUMMER SCHOOL – 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 yorksummer@elmhurst205.org.

UCCA TASTE OF THE TOWN: FOOD FOR LIFE – United Community Concerns Association is hosting its second annual Taste of the Town: Food for Life event on Thursday, May 17th. This uniquely Elmhurst food tasting will be held at the Wilder Mansion from 6 to 10 PM. Tickets are $60 per person in advance and $70 at the door. UCCA provides food to District 205 school children and their families. More information is available at www.ucca-elmhurst.org.

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 www.elmhurst205.org/employment.

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 http://www.elmhurst205.org/flyers. The following items were recently posted:

COMING EVENTS

  • Spirito! Singers Auditions – Auditions for the 2018-2019 are being scheduled now – Call 630-581-5440 to schedule an audition – Visit www.spiritosingers.org/audition for more information
  • DuPage County Health Department – Impact DuPage Survey
  • The Glenbard Parent Series Presents-
    • Daniel Pink: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – April 24 at 7 PM – Glenbard South Auditorium – Free and Open to the Public
    • Eugenia Cheng: Logically Speaking Math, Music, and The Mind – April 24 at 12 PM and 7 PM – Glenbard South – Free and Open to the Public
    • Lisa D’Amour: Guiding Teenagers Through The Seven Transitions Into Adulthood – May 1 at 12 PM at the Marquardt Administration Center AND May 1 at 7 PM at Glenbard West
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness Presents Teen Resiliency Workshops – Register online at namidupage.org –June 6 from 12:30 PM to 4 PM – Location TBD – Open to High School Students
  • Special Education Resource Group (SERG) Presents: Future Care Planning for Children and Adults With Special Needs – April 19 from 7 PM to 8 PM at the District 205 Administrative Office
  • York High School Presents: Tuck Everlasting the Musical – April 12 to 22 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PM – Tickets available starting March 21 at 7 AM at https://www.ticketpeak.com/res/yorkdrama
  • Elmhurst Bicycle Club Presents Bicycle Safety Seminar – April 19 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at Elmhurst Public Library
  • York Radio Club FCC Amateur Radio License Free Training Session – April 21 & 22 from 8 AM to 4 PM – Elmhurst Fire Station #1 – Register online at http://yorkradioclub.org/training
  • Elmhurst Boy Scout Troop 417 Garage Sale – April 21 from 9 AM to 2 PM – Emerson Elementary School
  • Senior Citizen Prom – April 22 from 2 PM to 4 PM – York High School Commons – RSVP to Matt Moran at mmoran@elmhurst205.org or call 630-617-2400 x7285
  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017–2018 Calendar of Events
  • The League of Women Voters Presents: Our Water Supply and Our Connection to Salt Creek – April 26 at 7 PM at Elmhurst Public Library – RSVP by phone or email
  • Sci–Fi Spring Break 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 AND How to Start a Business 4-H Spin Club for Teens – April 4 open to Ages 13-18 AND Camp Shaw Science & Technology Summer Camp – June 24 to 28 – Register for all events online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk/4hspring
  • CYT Chicago Presents Alice in Wonderland – April 27 at 7 PM – April 28 at 2 PM and 6 PM – Guerin Prep High School
  • Elmhurst Children’s Theater Presents Fiddler on the Roof – April 27 at 7 PM – April 28 at 2 PM and 7 PM – April 29 at 2 PM – Sandburg Middle School – Tickets Available at the Door
  • STEM–CON – Designed to inspire and educate middle and high school students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and, mathematics – April 28 from 9 AM to 4 PM at College of DuPage Physical Education Center – Free and Open to the Public
  • Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club Elmhurst Kitchen Expedition – April 29 from 12 Noon to 5 PM – Kickoff begins 11 AM at Dan Wrangler Builders – Tickets $40 available at http://www.elmhurst-juniors.org
  • City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth & Elmhurst Police Department Presents: Vaping and E-Cigaretts- What you Need To Know – May 3 from 7 PM to 8 PM – Elmhurst Public Library – Free & Open to the Public
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Presents European Romance – May 5 at 7 PM – Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
  • Elmhurst Panhellenic Association Presents: Information Session on Sorority Recruitment – May 14 at 7 PM – Elmhurst Public Library – Free and Open to the Public
  • United Community Concerns Presents: Taste of the Town: Food For Life – May 17 from 6 PM to 10 PM – $60 per person in advance/$70 at the door – Wilder Mansion
  • 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.

FUNDRAISERS

  • Elmhurst Music Boosters – April 28 from 5 PM to 9 PM – 50% of all proceeds benefit Elmhurst Music Boosters
  • York Girls Lacrosse Chipotle Profit Share – May 7 between 4 PM and 8 PM – 50% of Proceeds benefit YHS Girls Lacrosse

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS

  • 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 www.elmhurst205.org/employment
  • Free English & Citizenship Classes – College of DuPage – Monday & Wednesday at Conrad Fischer Elementary School from 6 PM to 8:50 PM – Register online at http://www.cod.edu/academics/conted/basic/ela.aspx

OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS

  • Girl Scouts Amazing Daisies. Kindergarten & 1st grade outdoor programs. Workshops and day events, family camp opportunities. Register online: http://register.girlscoutsgcnwi.org 
  • 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 
  • Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Stewardship Poster Contest – Open to All K-12 Students – Posters & Completed Entry form due by April 27
  • Comedy Prep School – May 12 from 9 AM to 6 PM – Open to ages 12-17 – Register online at https://www.stage773.com/comedy-prep-school
  • The Morton Arboretum Summer Science Camps – Weekly Camps June 4 through August 10 – Register online at http://www.mortonarb.org
  • 2018 NIU Academic Summer Camps – Residential & Day Camps – Apply Online http://www.niu.edu/clasep/camps
  • 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
  • American Music Institute Summer Music Camp – Open to Ages 5-18 from July 23 to 27 – Register online at http://www.summermusiccampchicago.com
  • 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

STUDENT SERVICES EVENTS

  • Next Steps: The Transition Series – Free and Open to the Public – Register online at http://www.nextstepsillinois.org
    • Moving On: Life in the Community – April 17 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – York High School
    • Preparing for Work While in School – April 24 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – York High School
    • Planning Ahead: Future Finances and Supports – May 1 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM – Sandburg Middle School Auditorium
  • Parent Support Group Meeting: Information and Resources – April 25 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM – DayOne PACT – RSVP to gdanehl@dayonepact.org
  • Summer Transitional Enrichment Program – June 20 to 28 at George Williams College

SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS

  • 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: www.elmhurstevo.com
  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club – Spring Registration Now Open – Pre-K to K and 1st to 4th – Register online at www.elmhurstsoccer.com
  • Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association – Preseason Clinic & Spring League – Registration Now Open – Register online at www.iglax.org
  • Elmhurst Eagles Football & Cheer – 2018 Registration Now Open – In Person Registration & Fitting on March 15 at York High School
  • AYSO Sumer Camp British Soccer from July 16 to July 20 – TetraBrazil Soccer Academy – July 30 to August 3 – Register Online at www.challengersports.com
  • 2018 Elmhurst College Basketball Skills Camp – Open to Ages 4 to 14 – $214 per camper – Register online at www.elmhurstmbbcamps.com
    • 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

ACCESS SPORTS

  • 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

LIBRARY AND MUSEUMS

Museum Events

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

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Tuned In or Tuned Out: Teens in Today’s Political World – April 17 from 7 PM to 8 PM – Teen Space – Open to Grades 9-12 – Registration Required
  • What Do You Know About Elmhurst? – April 18 from 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM – Open to Grades 3 through 8 – Registration Required
  • Why my Pet is the Best Pet Yet Essay Contest – Open to Grades K-8 – Deadline is April 20 at 9 PM – Enter Online

PARK DISTRICT & RECREATION PROGRAMS

Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

Elmhurst Park District

ELMHURST YMCA

  • Best Summer Ever – 2018 Summer Camp Registration Now Open – Visit https://www.ymcachicago.org/elmhurst
  • Healthy Kids Day – April 20 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Free & Open to the Public
  • Schools Out Day’s Registration – Spring Break Camp 2018 – $60 Member or $120 Non Member – Visit www.ymcachicago.org/elmhurst
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