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Talk205 - April 21

In this issue –

  • Safe Routes to School Survey Extended Through April 23
  • Last Week for Parents to Take the 2014 Illinois 5Essentials Survey
  • Prairie Path and City Spring Clean-Ups Planned for April 26
  • Prescription Take-Back Day, April 26
  • Help Support the Madison Early Childhood Center Sensory Garden
  • York Student Council Sponsors Senior Citizen Prom on May 4
  • National Walk/Bike to School Day is May 7
  • District 205 Foundation Top Pizza Fundraiser, May 8
  • York Symphony Orchestra Strings to Perform with Elmhurst Symphony
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page


SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL SURVEY EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 23 – The second and current phase of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant will include the development of high-quality, approachable and engaging SRTS materials for District 205’s elementary and middle schools as part of a program that seeks to provide a foundation for volunteer-led efforts that promote safe school travel for all students, including walking and biking to school. An important part of this effort is collecting information from parents and other stakeholders in the community.

Please help SRTS better understand issues and opportunities for walking and biking around District 205’s K-8 schools by taking five minutes to complete a survey on your child's travel patterns. The survey, which is being administrated by Alta Planning and Design, closes on April 16, 2014.

LAST WEEK FOR PARENTS TO TAKE THE 2014 iLLINOIS 5ESSENTIALS SURVEY – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will again be administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, a statewide opportunity for students in grades 6-12, faculty and parents to weigh in on questions related to leadership, collaboration, family involvement, instruction and the school environment. ISBE joins UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute in providing this 20-minute online survey to help the State’s nearly 4,000 schools better identify their strengths and areas needing improvement.

At least 50 percent of students and teachers (and 30% of parents) at each school must complete this survey in order for ISBE to have enough data to generate a school-level report. Responses will be kept confidential and will not be linked to any individual. The survey is being conducted through April 25. District 205 encourages parents to visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey (click on the blue box in the upper right corner). Further information is available on the District 205 website.

PRAIRIE PATH AND CITY SPRING CLEAN-UPS PLANNED – The annual Illinois Prairie Path clean-up will be coordinated by the Elmhurst Bike Task Force on Saturday, April 26, from 9 AM to noon. Volunteers should meet at the old train depot at York and Vallette Street. Groups will be assigned to different sections from Spring Road east to I-290. Gloves and long pants are recommended. Trash bags will be provided by the Elmhurst Park District. Service hours will be given, but participants must bring their own form. For further details, please send an email to biketaskforce@elmhurst.org.

In addition, the City of Elmhurst’s annual Spring Clean-up will begin on Saturday, April 26 (if your refuse is normally collected on Wednesdays) and continue for the next two Saturdays. Those with a Thursday pickup will have their “amnesty day” on May 3 and those with Friday pickup on May 10. Visit the City’s website at www.elmhurst.org for more information and a complete list of acceptable items.

PRESCRIPTION TAKE-BACK DAY, APRIL 26 – In September of 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) launched the first National Prescription Take-Back Day. Since that time, more than 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons) of unwanted or expired medications have been removed from circulation. Proper disposal of these medicines is crucial in the battle against prescription drug abuse and contamination of municipal water supplies.

The Elmhurst Police Department will participated in National Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26 in the parking lot of the police station from 10 AM to 2 PM. Over-the-counter medications will be accepted as well. Please be smart and do your part.

HELP SUPPORT THE MADISON EARY CHILDHOOD SENSORY GARDEN – Get a head start on your spring and summer gardening and/or shop for Mother's Day at Clover's Garden Center, 110 W. North Avenue, on May 2-4. Ten percent of pre-tax sales will go to the Madison PTA. This is a fundraising event for the Madison Early Childhood Education Center's Sensory Garden and Outdoor Classroom. Please visit the Madison homepage and click on the related link to print the flyer which must be presented with your purchase in order to benefit the Sensory Garden.

YORK STUDENT COUNCIL SPONSORS SENIOR CITIZEN PROM – The York Student Council is again sponsoring a Senior Citizen Prom on Sunday, May 4, 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. Admission is $5 at the door; refreshments will be provided. 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.

NATIONAL WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY IS MAY 7 – National Bike Month will be celebrated in May, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists. National Walk/Bike to School Day is set for Wednesday, May 7 and will be celebrated by our K-8 schools sometime that week (details will follow from your school). This third annual event builds on the popularity of International Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the world each October.

The League of Illinois Bicyclists has created an online safety quiz for cyclists and drivers. Individual quizzes are offered in an interactive multiple-choice format for child bicyclists, adult bicyclists and motorists, at three levels of difficulty. Visit http://bikesafetyquiz.com to take the quiz.

District 205 schools have been holding spring walk and bike-to-school events for years. The 2014 celebration will be coordinated by the Safe Routes To School Committee of the Elmhurst Community Bike Task Force. The District has received over $80,000 in federal Department of Transportation grant monies that have paid for new bike racks, speed feedback signs and other educational materials, as well as bike helmets and participation incentives. Watch for more information about a new related safety web page of resources in the next few weeks.

In conjunction with this year’s celebration, sponsors of the Elmhurst Cycling Classic are offering an essay contest for 4th and 5th graders on the topic of “What Bicycle Safety Means for My Home Town and Me!”  Essays must be 300 words or less, 12 point, double spaced and are due at the student’s school by May 23. A 4th and 5th grade winner will be named on May 30. Essay winners will win prizes and be riding in the front of the Family Run Ride at the Elmhurst Cycling Classic on July 25th!

WHO MAKES THE BEST PIZZA IN TOWN? – District 205 Foundation for Excellence is once again hosting its Top Pizza Event. It will be held Thursday evening, May 8 at the York High School Commons. Elmhurst pizzerias will be showcasing their specialty pizzas as well as cheese and sausage varieties. For $10 per person, attendees will get to taste every pizza vendor’s offerings. Desserts and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Attendees this year are in for an additional treat: magic tricks performed by Bob James.

By attending the Top Pizza event, families and friends will be able to enjoy dinner as well as help the Foundation reach its fundraising goals. And for those families trying to juggle sports practices and games on a weeknight, it’s a great way to grab dinner before or after.

The Top Pizza event will be held at York High School Commons between 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door (cash or check preferred) or online at www.elmhurst205.org/foundation_pizza. Those looking to combine dinner with entertainment might want to consider attending York High School’s Choral Concert, which begins at 7:30 PM in York’s Baker Auditorium that evening.

YORK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STRINGS TO JOIN ELMHURST SYMPHONY – The York High School Symphony Orchestra Strings will combine with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra (ESO) to perform Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” as part of the performance on Saturday, May 10 at 7 PM at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 155 W. Brush Hill Road. Dr. Stephen Alltop, ESO Music Director, will conduct. Dr. Alltop visited with York students on April 21 in preparation for this event. York’s Symphony Orchestra is the student orchestra exhibiting the highest level of musical skills. Selected by audition, students in this outstanding ensemble perform advanced standard orchestral repertoire under the direction of Ray Ostwald. Ticket information and other details are available on the ESO website.

Members pursue a five-point course of study: full orchestra experience; sectional practice and instruction; technique instruction; solo performance; and chamber music performance. Most of these students study privately, sectional rehearsals are held weekly, all students perform in a solo recital and a chamber ensemble. This ensemble travels annually, and also accompanies winners of the Concerto Competition. They are frequently instructed by professional guest clinicians. The York High School Music Department was named one of three Grammy Gold Signature Award Winners in 2013.

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

Coming Events

  • Prescription Drug Take Back Day – Elmhurst Police Department – April 26 – 10 AM to 2 PM
    125 E. First Street – West Parking Lot – More Information
  • Make Home Cost Effective Energy Improvements – Free Presentation Sponsored by First United Church of Christ – April 27 at 11:30 AM
  • Senior Citizen Prom – Featuring the Ballroom Big Band – No Date Needed – Live Band – May 4 – 2 to 4 PM – $5 Admission Includes Band and Refreshments – York High School Commons – RSVP to mmoran@elmhurst205.org or Call 630-617-2400 x7285
  • Greening the World From Our Own Backyards – Beekeeping/Organic Lawn Care – May 6 at 7 PM – Elmhurst Public Library
  • Music at Bethel Presents Victoria Young – Thirteen Year-Old Pianist – May 10 at 4 PM
    See Website for Ticket Information  or Call 630-279-4040
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Presents Fantasia Salute: Rite of Spring 101 – May 10 at 7 PM – Music From Disney's Fantasia – York High Schools Strings Join ESO for Night on Bald Mountain – See Website for Ticket Information
  • Spirito! Singers Present –Lean on Me – May 16 and 17 at 7:30 PM – See Website for Ticket Information
  • Annual Pet Parade – May 17 at 1 PM – Sponsored by Spring Road Business Association &
    Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce – Free Moonjump/Bike Decorating/Face Tattoos/Pet Portraits – Accepting Donations for Yorkfield Food Pantry
  • Elmhurst Bike Club and Elmhurst Bike Task Force Present Elmhurst Family Bicycling
    – Sundays at 3 PM – June 15 – July 20 – August 10 – See Website for More Information

Contests for Children

  • What Bicycle Safety Means for My Home Town and Me  – Essay Contest – Due by May 23 for Grades 4 and 5 – Drop Off in School Office – See Website for More Information

District 205 Summer School

  • York Summer School
  • Title I and III (Fischer)
  • ESY
  • Instrumental Music
  • Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder

Elmhurst College

  • Science and Art All Get Together Now – Julia Keller – Novelist – Journalist – Teacher – April 23 at 7 PM – Frick Center – See Website for Ticket Information
  • Etty – A One-Woman Play –  April 27 at 7 PM Frick Center – See Website for Ticket Information
  • Tom Dart – Cook County Sheriff – Being the Sheriff With an Innovative Outlook – May 5 at 7 PM – Frick Center – Admission is Free

Elmhurst Park District

  • Lifeguards Needed This Summer – Must know how to swim, but no previous lifeguarding experience required. All training and certification will be provided by the Park District. Enjoy a job in the summer sun with flexible hours and great people.  Apply at www.epd.org.
  • Summer Brochure

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Register In Person/Phone/Online for the Following Classes:
  • Sensory Storytime  – Engage Children With Sensory Processing Issues – Through Movement – Music and Hands-On Activities – May 3 – 2 to 3 PM – Ages 3 to 8 With an Adult – Register Beginning April 12

Fundraising Events

  • Movers for Moms Donation Drive for Local Moms in Crisis – Brighten a Mom's Day for Those Living in a Shelter by Donating Items to Elmhurst YMCA by April 30 – See Website for List of Items Needed
  • Benefit for the Madison ECEC Sensor Gardens Outdoor Classroom – May 2 to 4 – Clovers Garden Center (Behind CVS) – Madison Receives 10% of Your Purchases (Pre-Tax Totals)  Click Here for Coupon
  • District 205 Foundation – 3rd Annual Top Pizza Event – May 8 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM – York Commons – $10 Per Person –  More Information
  • Annie Ryan 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Dash – Benefitting The Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center – May 18 at – 9 AM – 5K Run/Walk and 9:45 AM for 1 Mile Dash– Register Here

Museum Events

  • DuPage Children’s Museum –April Calendar
  • Elmhurst Art Museum – Coming Events
  • Elmhurst Artists Guild  – Spring Member's Show – April 15 to May 23

Parent Support Groups

  • SERG – Visual Skills for Learning  – Dr. Neil Margolis – Developmental Optometrist – May 8 – 7 to 9 PM – District 205 Center – All Are Invited

Resources and Registration

  • Adrenaline Cheer – Free Cheerleading Practice – Boys and Girls Ages 4 to 14 – See Website for Dates and Times
  • Elmhurst Swim Team – Register Now for Summer Stroke Clinic and Summer Swim Season.
  • Spirito! Singers  – Auditions for 2014 – 2015 Season – Schedule an Audition –Call 630-581-5440
  • Host a Foreign Exchange Student  – STSF Applications Now Accepted for 2014-15 School Year –
    See Website for More Information
  • The Center for Gifted – Sandburg Middle School – Harry Potter Festival – April 26 – Grades 3 to 8
  • Bensenville Recreation – Program Booklet

Special Education

  • Access Sports/AYSO 399 VIP Team Registration for 2014-15 Season May 7 – May 20 and May 22 – 7 to 9 PM – York High School – Fill Out Form Click Here and Bring to Registration
  • Gateway Special Education Recreation Association – Spring Catalog

Sports Opportunities

  • Elmhurst Eagles Youth Football and Cheer – Registration Ages 7 to 14 Register Here

Summer Sports Camps

  • Summer Soccer Camps At Elmhurst College – June and July Dates
  • Basketball Skills Camp Boys and Girls – Ages 4 to 13 – Two Sessions – July 22 to 25 – 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM – July 28 to July 31 – 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Summer Camps

  • Elmhurst College Half Day Summer Camp – Ages 4 to 9 – Eight Weekly Camps – June 9 to August 8 – Hours 9 AM to Noon
  • YMCA – Summer Camp and Programs – Join the Fun – Register Today
  • College of DuPage – Summer Youth Academy
  • Elmhurst College Summer Music Camps – June to August – Click Here for More Information
  • Salvation Army Day Camp – June 16 to July 25 for Ages 4 to 12 – Monday to Friday – 9 AM to 3 PM – Extended Care Available – See Website for More Information
  • American Music Institute – Summer Music Camp – June 16 to August 8 – Ages 5 to 12 and Ages 13 to 18 – Weekly Enrollment Available
  • ZENO – Math Campers – Explore the Ancient Secrets of Numbers – July 7 to 11 – 10 AM to 1 PM
  • NIU Summer Academic Camps Residential Camps – Grades 9 to 12 – Day Camps – Grades 6 to 8 – See Website for More Information
  • NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology – For Middle and High School Students – See Website for More Information
  • Spotlight Summer Camp – Sing – Dance – Act – Ages 5 to 12 – July 28 to August 1
    9 AM to 3 PM
  • YMCA Camp Duncan Resident Camp – Ages 7 to 16 – 3 Day – 1 Week or 2 Week Sessions
  • The Center for Gifted – Project 2014 – Students Entering Grades 6 to 12
  • The Center for Gifted – World of Wisdom and Wonder – Students Entering PreK to 8
  • Robert Crown Body Trek Summer Science Camp – June 16 to 26 – 12:30 to 4 PM – Grades 6 to 8 Explore an Action-Packed Trip Through the Human Body
  • Open Books – Become a Published Fantasy Author or Graphic Novelist – July 8 to 31 – Grades 7 (Fall of 2014) and Up – More Information