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Talk205 - August 25

In this issue –

  • NWEA MAP Test Administered to 2nd - 8th Graders
  • Elementary Music Program Registration Information
  • EIMB Seeking Secretary and Treasurer
  • Kelly Miller Circus at Sandburg September 20
  • LWV Community Update at the Library, September 25
  • Before and After School Care Through Rec Station
  • Free English and Citizenship Classes at Conrad Fischer
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

NWEA MAP TEST ADMINISTERED TO 2ND – 8TH GRADERS – This fall, the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) tests are being administered to students from August 25 through September 12, based on individual school schedules. All students in grades 2 through 8 will be taking these reading and mathematics tests. 
MAP tests are individualized assessments given online in either a whole-group setting in the computer lab or in classrooms. MAP tests are unique in that the online test adapts the level of questions, based on a child’s responses, to be appropriate for his/her level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. 
The MAP tests provide data to help determine a student’s instructional level, as well as measuring academic growth from year to year. District 205 uses this information to help determine instructional grouping. As students move into their middle school years, the information gained from these tests helps guide academic placement decisions. The MAP is also one criterion that is used to determine placement within classes at York High School. 
Parents/guardians will receive a report detailing their child’s results after each testing period. Additional MAP resources, as well as information about other standardized tests, may be found on the Curriculum and Instruction Department’s webpage under Tests and Measures or at www.nwea.org.

The Curriculum & Instruction Office has completed building the assessment schedule for the 2014-2015 school year. This schedule, as well as those specifically structured for the elementary, middle, and high school levels, can be found by clicking here. These assessments are used for both state accountability and student instructional needs.

ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM REGISTRATION INFO - School District 205 offers the opportunity for all students in fourth grade and above to learn to play a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument through the D205 Instrumental Music Program. Instruction on string instruments is offered through the orchestra program. Instruction on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments is offered through the band program. Information regarding the Elementary Instrumental Music Program – including instrument demonstrations, fittings and registration nights – may be found by clicking here. The final deadline to register is September 9.

EIMB SEEKING SECRETARY AND TREASURER – Do you have a child in band, orchestra or choir?  Please consider joining the board of Elmhurst Instrumental Music Boosters (EIMB). EIMB is currently in need of a secretary and a treasurer for this school year. Previous board members are very willing to spend time in transition so that new volunteers are comfortable. EIMB is the parent booster organization for band, orchestra and choir in 4th-8th grade. EIMB offers summer camp scholarships and financial aid for instrument rentals. Please contact joe.krueger@sbcglobal.net for additional information. Membership materials will be published soon.

KELLY MILLER CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN – The Elmhurst District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence, with major sponsorship from the Elmhurst Jaycees, presents The Kelly Miller Circus onSaturday, September 20, on the Sandburg Middle School grounds at 345 E. St. Charles Rd. Rain or shine show times for the old-fashioned traveling circus under the big top are 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM with advanced ticket prices for adults $16 and children (2-11) $10; ringside box seats are $25. Discounted group rates for 12 children or more are available. For more information visit www.elmhurst205.org/foundation or call 630-617-2376.

LWV COMMUNITY UPDATE AT THE LIBRARY – Join the League of Women Voters of Elmhurst onSeptember 25 at the Elmhurst Public Library as they host a panel of community leaders who will provide a brief look into the future of their area of expertise. Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, District 205 Superintendent Dave Pruneau and Elmhurst Park District Executive Director Jim Rogers will comprise the panel. Questions from the League, as well as from the public, will be submitted to the panelists, to be read by a moderator. For further information, visit www.lwvelmhurst.org.

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE THROUGH REC STATION – In partnership with the Elmhurst Park District, Recreation Station Before and After School Care will continue to be available in all District elementary schools. Parents may reserve 3-day, 4-day or 5-day care. “Rec Station” will follow the District #205 calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. Limited spaces are still available and applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Program information and registration forms are available for pick up at Wagner Community Center and can be found on-line athttp://www.epd.org/programs/rec-station-after-school-care. Please call the program manager, Angela Perry, at (630) 993-8678 for additional information.

FREE ENGLISH AND CITIZENSHIP CLASSES AT FISCHER  District 205 is partnering with the College of DuPage to offer free English and citizenship classes at Fischer Elementary School, 888 Wilson Street, Elmhurst, for qualified applicants. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:50 PM, beginning September 3. Testing and registration will take place on Monday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 27. For more information, please see the flyer posted in English and Spanish on the Virtual Backpack page.

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


Coming Events

  • College of DuPage – Free English and Citizenship Classes at Conrad Fischer School
  • Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition Presents: Living Cooler and Smarter – With John Rogers, author of Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living at the Elmhurst Public Library September 9, 7 PM – RSVP Required – 630-462-9789

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Code Academy – Basic Computer Coding – September 10, 24 and October 8 and 22 – Grades 6 to 12 – 4 to 5 PM – Starting September 2 – Register In Person/Online/Phone

Fundraising Events

  • Epiphany Lutheran Church – Children's Clothing Resale – September 12 – 6 to 9 PMand September 13 – 8 to 11 AM – Adults Only – All Sales Final
  • Talkie Trot 5K Run/Walk – Proceeds Benefit Center for Speech and Language Disorders –September 14 – 9 AM (Register 7 AM to 8:45) – York and South Streets
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church – Children's Toy & Equipment Resale  –September 27 – 8 to 11 AM – Adults Only – All Sales Final
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation – Amazing Walk for Cancer
    September 28 – 1 PM – Registration $25

Museum Events

  • Elmhurst Artists' Guild – The Art of R.M. Proce – August 26 Through October 3 – Artists Reception - August 29 - 7 to 9 PM
  • DuPage Children’s Museum – August Calendar

Resources and Registration

  • Representative Patti Bellock – Children's Health and Safety Fair – September 6 – 9 AMto Noon – Sandburg Middle School – Free Admission – Refreshments – Door Prizes
  • Bethel Learning Center  – Kindergarten Enhancement Classes – For Students Enrolled in AM Kindergarten – See Virtual Backpack Page for More Information
  • Tree Town's Kid Town – Kindergarten Enrichment Program – Contact Barbara Baker (630-279-8778) for More Information