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Talk205 - February 23

In this issue –

  • PTA Council Presents Legislative Forum, February 23 at Bryan Middle School
  • Board of Education Seeks Community Input in Superintendent Search
  • School Closing Guidelines for Elmhurst District 205
  • 2015 Summer School Information Now Posted Online
  • Youth Job/Volunteer Fair April 15 - Register Now to Participate
  • Grand Opening of New Elmhurst History Exhibit, February 28
  • Fannie May Candy Orders Support PTA Scholarships - March 4 Deadline
  • Please Take the 2015 Illinois 5-Essentials Parent Survey
  • Sign Up Now to Participate in the 19th Annual D205 Chess Tournament
  • D205 Foundation Looking for A Few Good Men & Women
  • York Distinguished Alumni Nominations for 2015 Due March 31
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page

THE COST OF FREE PUBLIC EDUCATION…UNDER THE NEW REALITY – Democracy is not a spectator sport - YOU can make a differenceAccording to the Illinois Constitution, the Stateshoulders the primary responsibility for financing a free public education system. Yet education funding reform legislation (SB16, now SB1), pension cost shifts from Springfield to local taxing bodies, vouchers and charter schools will all impact Illinois public education in the near future. Each could result in dramatic financial fallout for suburban districts, such as Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205.

Plan to attend the District 205 PTA Council’s legislative forum The Cost of Free Public Education…Under the New Reality on Monday, February 23rd, from 7 to 9 PM in the Bryan Middle School auditorium, 111 W. Butterfield Road. Learn about these important frontline issues, meet your State legislators, and find out how your tax dollars fund education in Elmhurst. Impact data will be presented by the District 205 administration and Board of Education. This forum is free and open to the public.

Featured speakers will be Peg Agnos, executive director of the Legislative Education Network of DuPage (LEND); Jan Dorner, of the League of Women Voters; State Representatives Patti Bellock (R-47th) and Deb Conroy (D-46th); as well as State Senators Tom Cullerton (D-23rd) and Chris Nybo (R-24th). Hear what these legislators have to say about how they - and you - can advocate for public education.

BOARD OF EDUCATION SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT IN SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH – The District 205 Board of Education has recently begun the process of selecting its next superintendent, due to the recently announced retirement of Superintendent Dave Pruneau. An important early step in the process is the creation of a unique candidate profile that outlines the desired skills and characteristics a successful superintendent must possess. Such a profile will then be used in the recruitment, evaluation and selection phases of the search.

In conjunction with its executive search firm, BWP and Associates, the Board are seeking staff and community input in the creation of the candidate profile for District 205. All staff and community members are encouraged to share their input with the Board and search firm by participating in a brief online survey. Responses will be accepted from February 23 through March 5.

SCHOOL CLOSING GUIDELINES FOR ELMHURST DISTRICT 205 – In the case of inclement weather, Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed. 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 - www.elmhurst205.org (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ElmhurstCUSD205; the District 205 Twitter account -www.twitter.com/Elmhurst205.

Additionally, when a decision to close school has been made, you may call the District 205 Center to hear a recorded message: (630) 617-2505 for English and (630) 617-2506 for Spanish and/ or you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - www.emergencyclosings.com (District 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS)

We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go poster 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.

Making the decision to cancel school can be very difficult. DuPage County superintendents do confer with one another through a conference call (sometimes several calls, depending on conditions) regarding whether or not to close school.

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, such as happened on February 8, 2015, 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.

2015 SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION NOW POSTED ONLINE – York High School Summer School dates and academic course offerings have now been set; open registration began on February 17 at 9 AM and ends on March 6. Session I will run Monday through Thursday from June 8 – 25 (with June 26 being an emergency day); Session II will run Monday through Thursday from June 29 – July 16 (with July 17 being an emergency day). Registration information is posted on the Summer School page of the York website. Summer Athletic Camp information is also available by clicking here.

Summer programs dates for Instrumental Music, ESY, Title I and III, as well as Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder programs are available on the 2015 Summer School page of the District website.

YOUTH JOB/VOLUNTEER FAIR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – Your organization is invited to be part of the first Youth Job/Volunteer Fair, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth and its partnering agencies – 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, Elmhurst, on April 15 from 3:30 to 7:30 PM.

Businesses and organizations are urged to participate for the following reasons: Increase public support and visibility for your organization/business in the community • Communicate your organization’s mission • Meet potential volunteers/teen workers face-to-face • Display job and volunteer opportunities • Build connections with other non-profits and businesses • Network and make new contacts • Expand your number of volunteers/teen worker contact list • Demonstrate your support for the youth of our community. To access the registration form, click on this link.

GRAND OPENING OF NEW ELMHURST HISTORY EXHIBIT, FEBRUARY 28 – The Elmhurst Historical Museum invites District 205 families and teachers to be among the first to experience the history of Elmhurst through an engaging new exhibit, By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst. The exhibit takes a journey of discovery that shows how Elmhurst has changed and grown over the past 165 years.

Museum visitors will enjoy thought-provoking displays that combine interesting three-dimensional objects with the latest in technology including touch-screens, an interactive table-top map, large-scale object towers, and a mini-theatre showing a documentary on Elmhurst history. The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 from 1-5 PM during the public Grand Opening weekend. Planned are special family-friendly activities, live music, Elmhurst trivia and complimentary refreshments. FREE ADMISSION. Location: Elmhurst Historical Museum, 2nd floor gallery, 120 E. Park Ave. More info: www.elmhursthistory.org or 630-833-1457.

FANNIE MAY CANDY ORDERS SUPPORT PTA SCHOLARSHIPS – The PTA Council Scholarship Committee is again selling Fannie May candy this spring for Easter. Proceeds benefit York seniors who are awarded the scholarships provided by the PTA Scholarship committee. The deadline for the candy order is Wednesday, March 4th. Candy will be delivered to buyers' homes the week of March 23rd. Please pick up an order form from your school OR use this link Fannie May CandySales to print an order form and direct your payment by mail.

PLEASE TAKE THE 2015 ILLINOIS 5-ESSENTIALS PARENT SURVEY  The annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The State will only provide survey results for individual schools if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey. If you have children attending more than one school, District 205 asks that you complete the survey for each school. All survey responses will be kept confidential.

To take this short survey:

1. Visit Parent Survey Illinois 5Essentials at
2. Type and then select DuPage County as the location.

3. Type your school's name into the school field and then select your school. 

A Spanish version of the 5-Essentials parent survey letter is available here. Thank you in advance for your participation in supporting our schools' continuous improvement process. The survey will remain open until March 13.

SIGN UP NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE D205 CHESS TOURNAMENT  The 19th Annual Elmhurst Community Chess Tournament will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, March 18, in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school.  Last year, over 200 youngsters participated in the tournament. All Elmhurst residents - and/or District 205 students - 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.

Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, compliments of Tom Paravola from It’s Good to Be King in Elmhurst. Pizza is also sold by the slice during the tournament.

The annual Chess Tournament is run by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s school. Judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for the event. Contact your child’s school chess club leader for permission slips and rules. Further questions may be directed to Kara Caforio at 630-833-4003 or kcaforio@sbcglobal.net.

DISTRICT 205 FOUNDATION LOOKING FOR POTENTIAL BOARD MEMBERS – The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence is looking for a few good men and women who would like to help make a difference for all students in District 205. What better way to give back to the community in which you are raising your children than to work with like-minded individuals to raise funds for innovative and supportive programs that impact all District schools?

Board members serve a three-year term, with renewal options, and work with other dedicated volunteers in supporting educational programs, including the annual Thiems Grants and the Study Skills Program, which is in place at all K-8 schools. Please call the Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at 630-617-2328 if you are interested or visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation to submit a nominee information form.

YORK DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI NOMINATIONS DUE MARCH 31 – Last fall, the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) recognized and honored 7 Dukes of Distinction, alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and extraordinary accomplishments or through service and an outstanding contribution to society. Please visit these links to read about the 2013 and 2014 Dukes of Distinction. Nominations for 2015 are due by March 31.

See the 2014 YDAP photo montage or watch the Dukes of Distinction video, now airing onwww.ElmhurstTV.com. For further information, please visit the YDAP pageclick here for the nomination form, or contact Melea Smith /Debbie Hollstein in the Office of Communications/Alumni Relations at 630-941-4719.

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:


  • Elmhurst PTA Council Presents The Cost of Free Public Education...Under the New Reality  February 23 – 7 to 9 PM – Bryan Middle School Free and Open To The Public
  • Elmhurst Learning And Success Academy (ELSA) Transition Fair  Navigating Life After High School – Designed For Students With Disabilities And Their Families February 25 – 6 PM to 8:45 PM – Elmhurst College Frick Center –Register By February 20
  • Glenbard Parent Series Presents – Dr. J. Stuart Ablon  – Collaborative Problem Solving For Parents And Their Teens  February 26 – 7 PM – Glenbard West – Free and Open to the Public
  • Sandburg Middle School Presents Cinderella Jr. – February 27 at 7 PM and February 28 at 10 AM and 3:30 PM – Adults $5 – Students (With ID) $3 – Ages 3 to 5 – $3 – Under 3 – Free – Group Rates Available
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church Children's Clothing Resale  February 27 – 6 to 9 PM –February 28 – 8 to 11 AM – Toy & Equipment Resale  March 14 – 8 to 11 AM
  • SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education) Presents – Interested In Composting But Not Sure How to Start? – March 3 – 7 PM –Elmhurst Public Library – RSVP ecoolcities@gmail.com
  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre – Auditions For Unintentionally Hilarious 8  – Improve Comedy Group March 5 – 6 to 8:30 PM – For Grades 6 To 8 – Registration Required
  • College of DuPage – Step Up – Helping Your Middle School Student To Transition to High School and The Work World  – Free – March 7 – 8:30 to 11:30 AM
  • Glenbard Parent Series – Dr. Tina Payne Bryson – Parenting With The Brain In Mind: Understanding The Teen's Emotions, Relationships And Decisions  – Free and Open to the Public – March 11 – 7 PM – College of DuPage McAnnich Arts Center
  • Visitation Arts Alive Presents Once Upon a Mattress – March 12 – 13 – 14 At 7 PM and
    March 14 At 2 PM – Tickets At Door - $8
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra  Carnival Of The Animals – March 14 – 7 PM Includes DuPage Dance Academy and Silent Auction – Save 15% By Purchasing In Advance
    Family Concert – Carnival Of The Animals  March 15 – 3 PM – Children's Activities and Instrument Petting Zoo – Opportunity For Children To Try Out Instruments – 1:45 to 2:45 PM
  • District 205 Chess Tournament – March 18 – First Game At 6 PM – $3 Entry Fee – York High School Commons – Register by March 13
  • Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve Education Center – Get Sticky  Learn How To Get Sap From A Maple Tree & More  – March 22 – 10 AM to 2 PM – For Families And Groups
  • The Elmhurst Commission On Youth  Teen Summer Job And Volunteer Fair Looking For A Summer Job or Volunteer Opportunity? – April 15 From 3:30 - 7:30 PM – York Community High School Commons – For Grades 6 To 12
  • Izaak Walton League & NGRREC Present Creek Freaks & Stream Discovery  May 16 to 17 – Register by April 16


  • Winter/Spring Program Guide


  • 2014-2015 Winter Brochure


  • A Nun on a Bus How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change & Community  March 5 – 7 PM At Frick Center
  • All Events  Tickets $10 at Door or elmhurst.edu/tix  – Free for Elmhurst College Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni



  • Calendar of Events


  • YMCA  Website
  • School's Out Days  Full Day Programs – February 27 – Field Museum – All Include Swimming at the YMCA
  • Summer Camps  Registration Begins February 1 – Traditions Full-Day – Kindergarten – Preschool – Teen – Specialty And Sports Camps – Extended Care Available
  • Join the Fun At Camp Duncan Overnight Camp  – Information Meetings – March 8 – 1 PM or 2:30 PM – Bring a Friend to Camp Day – April 27 – 12:30 to 5 PM – Informational Meeting and Tour –1 PM or 2:30 PM
  • 2015  2016 Childcare Programs  Registration Begins February 1– Precious People Preschool – Ages 3 to 5 – Kindergarten Enrichment – Grade K – After School Adventures – Grades 1 to 5


  • Elmhurst PTA Council  Fannie May Candy Sale – Scholarships Benefiting York High School Seniors  – Candy Delivered Directly to Your Door – Week of March 23 – Orders Must Be Received By March 6


DuPage Children’s Museum

  • Visit The Museum At The Mall – Open 7 Days A Week at Fox Valley Center  Free Parking – Pay As You Will Admission

Elmhurst Historical Museum

  • Grand Opening Weekend By All Accounts  The Story of Elmhurst – February 28 And March 1 – 1 to 5 PM
  • Main Page
  • Calendar of Events – March Through May

Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Programs and Classes for Kids and Adults

Lizzadro Museum

  • Calendar of Events  January Through March – Classes and Events


  • Volunteer at Aspire – Many Opportunities Available Single Project – Group Activities –Special Events Call 708-547-3550 x 3554 for More Information


  • Join Girl Scouts  Make A Difference In Your Community
  • American Music Institute  50% – 1st Month Till March 31
  • District 205 STEM Education – Importance of STEM  & Opportunities – Watch Video Presentation AND PowerPoint with Summer STEM Opportunities for Students


  • Brian E. Wagner Scholarship Fund  Submit by February 28


  • Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association  Spring League Registration Spring Season – April 12 to June 7 for Grades 3 to 8 – Beginner/Experienced Players Welcome – New – Grades K to 2 Clinics and Purple League for Grades 3 to 8
  • Elmhurst College Volleyball Clinics for Elementary & Middle School  March 8 – April 19 – May 2 – May 10 – Fee Is $50 Each Clinic – Register 3 Days Before Clinic Date
    Volleyball Camp  Elementary School & Middle School  June 12 – 14 AM Session –$85  PM Session $100 – 7 to 11 Years – 9 to 11 AM  And 12 to 14 Years – Noon to 2:30 PM
  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club
    Under 7 Soccer Program For Boys and Girls  Grade 1 – Soccer Skills Training and Games – April 7 – Tuesday and Thursday 4 to 5:15 PM


  • Summer @ Illinois Tech – For Middle and High School Students Interested In Technology - Business - Architecture Science – Engineering - Computers