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Talk205 - November 17

In this issue –

  • Update on Senate Bill 16: Illinois House Poised to Act
  • York Orchestras Present Holiday Concert, November 20
  • ShowTime! Fine Arts Brochure Now Available Online
  • Kickoff for Kids Holiday Party Supports Lincoln Student
  • York ECO Club Sponsors Holiday Lights/Cord Recycling Program
  • Help Wanted: PTA Council Seeks Great Donation Day Chairperson
  • Support Your Community Through the UCCA Annual Food Drive
  • Access Materials Presented at the Youth Commission’s Heroin Forum
  • District 205 Foundation Offers Special Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page


UPDATE ON SENATE BILL 16: ILLINOIS HOUSE POISED TO ACT  Senate Bill 16 (SB16) would significantly rewrite the Illinois school funding formula, stripping many school districts of a substantial portion of their general state aid while funneling that money to Chicago Public Schools and other property tax-poor school districts across Illinois. If SB16 passes, Elmhurst District 205 is estimated to lose $4.5 million annually in state funding under the current proposal.

SB16 is scheduled for a joint hearing in the House on Tuesday, November 18. This hearing will likely reveal proposed amendments to the bill, which have been discussed in closed-door meetings hosted by House Speaker Mike Madigan over the past few months. There is no definitive word on whether or not a vote will be called, but some think action will be taken in this “lame duck” session. What this would mean for you is significant property tax increases along with significant cuts impacting your children's classrooms. For information on how to make your voice heard, please click here.

YORK ORCHESTRAS PRESENT HOLIDAY CONCERT NOVEMBER 20 – The York Community High School Orchestras will present a Holiday Concert on Thursday, November 20, at 7:30 PM, including performances by the York Cadet, Concert and Symphony Orchestras conducted by Ray Ostwald. The orchestras will offer a mixture of classical and seasonal favorites. Sophomore violinist and concerto competition winner Ella Lee, will perform the first movement of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor. Students will evoke the spirit of a Viennese New Year’s Eve with Johann Strauss’ Unter Donner und Blitz (“Thunder and Lightening”) Polka.

The centerpiece of the concert will be Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture. To further experience this grand work, the Elmhurst Männerchor will sing the four short traditional songs Brahms used in the overture. The Elmhurst Männerchor is a choir of German men, formed in 1907, with strong connections to Elmhurst and their German heritage. Their director is Laura Schmuldt. The concert will be in York’s Merle E. Baker Auditorium. Admission is free.

CONCERTS AND ART EXHIBITS LISTED IN SHOWTIME! – The ShowTime! Fine Arts brochure for 2014-15 is now posted on the District 205 calendar page under printable versions. Listed are a plethora of musical and artistic events, most of which are free. Seniors with Very Important Patron (VIP) privileges may also attend ticketed events for free. VIP passes are available to anyone age 60 or older who resides within District 205’s boundaries. To receive a VIP pass, please contact the Communications and Public Relations Office at 630-941-4719.

KICKOFF FOR KIDS SUPPORTS COMMUNITY EFFORTS – Kickoff for Kids (KOK) is an Elmhurst non-profit that works to benefit local children by supporting family-centered programs focusing on education, community, health and fitness. It has helped underwrite outdoor classrooms and adjustable basketball hoops. KOK also sponsors the monthly Star Educator program, which recognizes dedicated local educators (September through May) and surprises them with a thank you prize patrol visit on a pre-approved school day with students looking on. This year’s holiday fundraiser on Saturday, November 22 will support the purchase of a wheelchair for a Lincoln Elementary School student. Visit www.kickoffforkids.org for more information or see the flyer posted on the District 205 virtual backpack page.

YORK ECO CLUB'S HOLIDAY LIGHTS & CORDS RECYCLING PROGRAM – York High School’s ECO Club will again coordinate a holiday lights recycling drive in conjunction with several other schools in District 205. Broken or old Italian mini lights, traditional rope lights, LED lights from any holiday are accepted, along with extension and appliance cords, as well as computer cables. All may be dropped off in bins located in the lobbies of the “A” and “C” buildings at York (or at Emerson, Jackson and Hawthorne) for recycling. The program will run from November 24 through the end of January. Elgin Recycling is paying the ECO club for these materials, and the funds collected will go to support environmental projects within the District. Contact ECO Club sponsor, Bob Blaus, for more information at bblaus@elmhurst205.org.

On
e such project was the installation of a 1kW Solar Photovoltaic system this past August on top of the high school’s aquatic center roof. Earth, Wind and Solar Energy, a non-profit educational organization, handled all the permits, interconnection, Internet metering and assisted with the grant writing. The $7,700 project was funded by a $7,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and a $700 contribution by the York ECO Club. Read more about it here.

HELP WANTED: PTA COUNCIL SEEKS GREAT DONATION DAY CHAIRPERSON – The Great Donation Day is a community effort to help organizations in need by reusing and recycling unwanted items. District 205 participates by collecting items at the end of the school year at various school locations. The PTA Council Chairperson for this event will be responsible for coordinating collections at all participating District 205 schools with individual school chair people, managing the event timetable, communicating the event throughout the school community and securing collection company pick-up plans.

This position is active from mid-March through the end of the school year and the estimated commitment is 2-3 hours per week on average. The past chairperson is available for training and questions. If you are interested in this position, please contact PTA Council President, Jennifer Rosenberg at jenniferrosenberg@comcast.net.


​SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY THROUGH THE UCCA ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE – The United Community Concerns Association, which has been providing food to local residents for 36 years, will be sponsoring its annual Holiday Food Drive now through Friday, November 21. Donations of non-perishable items may be dropped off at the District 205 Center, 162 S. York, or at any of our 13 schools. UCCA will pick up the donations and transport them to the Elmhurst Public Works Garage, where they will be sorted and boxed for distribution in December. Last year almost 300 families were assisted throughout the holidays.

Mariano’s Fresh Market, located at 678 N. York, is partnering with United Community Concerns Association and serving as a donation collection center. Shoppers may also purchase pre-packed bags of food for $5, $10 or $15, which will be dispensed through UCCA to families in need right here in our own community.

ACCESS MATERIALS PRESENTED AT YOUTH COMMISSION’S HEROIN FORUM – The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth sponsored a community education forum, “The New Face of Heroin, It’s Not What You Think,” on Monday, November 10.


About 150 people turned out to hear featured speakers DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen, along with Matt Quinn, MA, LCPC, CADC, of the new Elmhurst Hospital Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient Program and Corey Worden, MA, LCPC, CADC, of Linden Oaks at Edward.

They learned what’s driving the heroin epidemic and what to do about it. Discussion focused on:

  • The production, distribution and demographics of heroin use and abuse in DuPage County
  • The physiology, short- and long-term effects of heroin addiction
  • Narcan treatment protocols and how they have saved lives
  • What lies beneath this growing problem - a substance abuse epidemic
  • Practical things that YOU can do - tips, ideas, resources for help

You may access Dr. Jorgensen’s PowerPoint, as well as facts and guidelines for parents compiled by Mr. Worden and Mr. Quinn by clicking on the related news item on the District 205 homepage.

One practical and important take-away was that it is critical to properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Proper disposal of these medicines is crucial in the battle against prescription drug abuse and contamination of municipal water supplies. The Elmhurst Police Department has a drop box located in the lobby of the station, 125 E. First Street.

DISTRICT 205 FOUNDATION OFFERS SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – Thanks to the generous support of the Elmhurst community, the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence is celebrating its silver anniversary during the 2014–15 school year. The pinnacle of this 25th anniversary celebration will be the Silver Ball on February 7, 2015. The Foundation is currently seeking corporate, business or family sponsors for this special milestone event and fundraiser. Sponsors will receive recognition, appreciation and the satisfaction that their contribution supports a great educational cause that impacts all children and families in District 205. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

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

  • ICCP - Junior High Academic Olympiad Trivia 'Knight"  November 22  6:45 to 9 PM  For Grades 7 and 8  Minimum of 4 Members Per Team Register on or Before November 19  Free Pizza and Pop for All Student Participants
  • Elmhurst City Centre  Holiday Happenings  Tree Lighting  November 29  5 to 7 PM  Sing Along With Santa  6:30 to 8:30 PM  Hometown Holiday Family Fun – December 13 – 9:30 AM to 1 PM
  • ICCP Open House  December 3  6:30 PM

Bensenville Park District – Fall Program Guide

Elmhurst Park District  Upcoming Programs and Events  Special Talk205 Event Page

Elmhurst YMCA

  • Teen Night - November 22  Grades 5 to 8  8 PM to 10 PM  $5 at Door (Members and Non-Members)
  • Elmhurst YMCA Travel Basketball  Grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8  Practices Start Mid  November  Games January thru Early March – Try Out Dates October 29 and November 5
  • Elmhurst YMCA Basketball Leagues – Grades 2 thru High School and Adult Leagues

Fundraising Events

  • Cause An Effect  Support Elmhurst Instrumental Music Boosters – Bring Flyer to Elmhurst Chipotle on November 19 – 4 to 8 PM – 50% of Proceeds Donated to EIMB
  • KickOff for Kids Holiday Party – November 22 – Fitz's Spare Keys – 6:30 to 9:30 PM – $75 Per Person Includes Beverages – Light Appetizers (6:30 PM) – Open Buffet (8 PM) and Live Auction

Museum Events

ELMHURST HISTORICAL MUSEUM

  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas Concert – Meet St. Nick – December 5 – 7 PM to 8:15 PM – Kids Wear Your PJs

Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Programs and Classes for Kids and Adults

Lizzadro Museum

  • Programs

DUPAGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

  • November Programs

Resources and Registration

  • Glenbard Parent Series  Free and Open to Public – The APP Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy and Imagination in a Digital World – Dr. Katherine Davis  November 19  12 to 2 PM   Marquardt Center and 7 PM  Glenbard West
  • Montini Broncettes Crawl, Walk,Dance  November 23  Grades Pre-K to Grade 4  $32  Includes T-Shirt/Late Afternoon Snack  Participants Learn Hip Hop Routine and Perform for Family and Friends
  • Glenbard Parent Series  Free and Open to Public  Performing at Your Best Under Stress  How to Reduce Anxieties and Increase Motivation  Sian Beilock, PhD   December 4 at 7 PM  Glenbard South
  • DuPage Regional Office of Education Presents –  STEM Event for Daughters and Parents  For Grades 7 and 8  December 5 Registration 8:45 to 9:15 AM – Program – 9:15 to 2:45 PM – Includes Lunch  Free Registration Closes November 26
  • Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder Classes in Elmhurst  January 8, 25, February 1,8, and 15  10% Discount  Use Code HD205W15
  • American Music Institute  Lessons on All Instruments  Solo Competitions/Summer Camp/Youth Orchestra  www.amimusic.org

Sports Opportunities

  • ICCP Youth Basketball Knights  Girls  December 5  6 PM  Boys December 12  6:30  Free Admission for all Grade School Students  Raffles  Games  Prizes
  • The Soccer Academy and DTD Athletics Present  Futsal Tournament/Skills Schools/Holiday Camps
  • Winter Indoor Soccer League (WISL)  Starts January 17  Grades Pre K to 8  Register by December 15