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Talk205 Message for September 11, 2017

In this issue –

  • Attend the State of the Schools Address Tonight at York
  • All-District Student Late Arrival Day, September 20
  • York Parent-Teacher Conferences Portal Opens This Friday
  • Take the O’Hare Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test #3 Survey
  • NAMI DuPage Offers Basics Education for Parents
  • York Alumni Association Holds 1st Uptown Mixer, September 23
  • COD Sunset 5K & Food Truck Rally Benefits York Grads
  • SERG Presents Top Ten Tips for Reducing Anxiety in Children/Teens
  • Exhibition Basketball with the Harlem Wizards, September 30
  • D205 Social Workers Present ‘Well-Parented Kids’
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page


ATTEND THE STATE OF THE SCHOOLS ADDRESS TONIGHT AT YORK – Please plan to join us tonight at 7 PM in the York High School Commons, when Superintendent Dr. David Moyer will present a State of the Schools address, along with brief reports from the Learning & Teaching Department, principals, instructional coaches and teachers. Entertainment provided by York High School musicians. Come celebrate student and staff achievements, share our District goals for 2017-18 and talk about plans for Focus 205 Phase II.

ALL-DISTRICT STUDENT LATE ARRIVAL DAY THIS WEDNESDAY – The second all-district Student Late Arrival Day is this Wednesday, September 20. Certified staff and administrators will be using this time to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2017-18 will be as follows:

AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Early Childhood – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

AM Kindergarten – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten – 12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

Grades 1-5 – 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM

As always, supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to the above listed start times. The 2017-17 School Calendar (which provides a one-page overview of this information), may be found on the District 205 calendar page.

GPS PRESENTS TRAGIC STORY OF DISTRACTED DRIVING The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will present Jacy Good at a program entitled Hang Up and Drive on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7p.m. at Glenbard North, 990 Kuhn Rd. in Carol Stream. May 18, 2008 was meant to be one of the best days of Jacy Good's life. It was the day of her college graduation, when suddenly everything changed. A young man distracted by his mobile phone conversation drove through a red light, collided with an 18-wheeler which hit Jacy's car head-on. Jacy's parents were killed instantly and Jacy was left with a permanent brain injury and partial paralysis. Determined to use her family's tragedy to change minds, behaviors and laws, Jacy's advocacy for cell-free roads brought her to the Oprah Winfey Show and the United Nations. Students and community members are encouraged to attend this special event to learn the frightening facts and help eradicate an epidemic that shatters thousands of lives every year – Hang Up And Drive.

HIGH SCHOOL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE PORTAL OPENS 9/22 – This year’s Parent-Teacher Conferences at York High School will take place on October 3 from 4 to 8:30 PM and on October 10 from 8 AM to 3 PM with no school for students that day. Signup will be held via PowerPTC and begins this Friday, September 22 at 6 AM and closes on September 28 at midnight.

Parents who have an active PowerSchool account should be ready to register for conferences. Single sign-on must be via the web interface, not the app, which requires that parents know their access ID and password. If parents don't know their access ID or password, they can call the school’s main office for assistance.

Parents who have not yet set up a PowerSchool account recently received information from York High School on creating a PowerSchool "single sign-on" parent account, which allows them to log in to PowerPTC without an access code. Please visit this general information page for more details.

Middle school conferences are October 19 and 20, while elementary conferences are November 20 and 21. Signup for these conferences will also be done electronically through PowerPTC and a single sign-on parent account in PowerSchool. Directions on how to do that will be shared by your child’s school.

TAKE THE O'HARE FLY QUIET RUNWAY ROTAION TEST #3 SURVEY  The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is soliciting feedback regarding Fly Quiet Test #3, which is currently underway. The CDA is analyzing the last of three runway rotation tests in order to develop a permanent nighttime rotation plan that balances the noise impacts between communities surrounding O’Hare Airport.

Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test #3 burdens Elmhurst with a disproportionately greater number of nighttime aircraft operations than other communities nearby O’Hare. Test #3 utilizes the runway directed at Elmhurst in 50% of all Fly Quiet nighttime operations. By contrast, Fly Quiet Test #2 only used that same runway in 25% of all configurations.

• Take the O’Hare Fly Quiet Test #3 Survey

     * Question 15 asks if you would like a temporary Fly Quiet plan in place.

     * Question 21 asks if you would like the Fly Quiet plan to be the Test 3 configuration.

Fly Quiet project website

City of Elmhurst Fly Quiet information

By voicing your concern through this survey, you are supporting equitable distribution of nighttime air traffic and helping ensure that students across our District attend school well rested and ready to learn.

NAMI DUPAGE OFFERS BASICS EDUCATION FOR PARENTS Are you parenting a child or teen with a mental health problem? The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) DuPage offers a free class designed just for you. The NAMI Basics Education Program is a free, six-session workshop designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties. Visit to register for a NAMI Basics class.

Classes available for registration are: 
9/14/17 to 10/19/17 – Thurs. – 12-2:30 PM – First United Church of Elmhurst 
10/12/17 to 10/30/17 – Mon. and Thurs – 7 to 9:30 PM – Compass Church, Wheaton
1/13/18 to 2/17/18 – Sat. – 10:00 AM-12:30 PM – Wheaton Community Center

YORK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HOLDS 1st UPTOWN MIXER Join the York Alumni Association at its inaugural Uptown Mixer, set for Homecoming weekend, Saturday, September 23 from 3 to 9 PM. The cost is $10 with proceeds benefiting the York Centennial Celebration. Tickets/wristbands are available pre-event online via the Web Store at or on the day of the event at Fitz’s Spare Keys. Join fellow alumni as they tour various establishments in City Centre with a wrap-up event at 9 PM at Fitz’s, featuring live music, snacks and raffles. Must be 21 to attend.

SERG PRESENTS 'TOP TEN' TIPS for Reducing Performance Anxiety in Children and Teens presented by Dr. Cathleen O’Hare on Thursday, September 28, at 7 PM, in the District 205 Administrative Center, Room 216, 162 S. York, Elmhurst.  Please RSVP to Kristin Boxall at to attend this free event.

LWV PRESENTS ANNUAL COMMUNITY UPDATE Join the League of Women Voters of Elmhurst on Thursday, September 28, at 7 PM at the Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, as they host a panel of Elmhurst Community leaders that will give an update of what is in store for the upcoming year(s).

Elmhurst Park District President Vince Spaeth, District 205 School Board President Shannon Ebner and Elmhurst Public Library Board President Marsha Baker. Elmhurst Alderman Kevin York will represent the City of Elmhurst. Each will give a brief look over the past year and into the future related to their specific area.

Questions from the League as well as the public will be taken by the panelists. Come with your questions for these Elmhurst leaders and be informed about what is happening in our community.

The League of Women Voters has a long history of keeping the citizenry aware of what is going on in local government and supporting intergovernmental cooperation. For further information, visit This program is open to the public and is not an Elmhurst Public Library program.

EXHIBITION BASKETBALL WITH THE HARLEM WIZARDS  The Harlem Wizards are back in Elmhurst on Saturday, September 30th to entertain the crowd with high-energy exhibition play and audience participation. Cheer on our team of Elmhurst school district principals and teachers as they challenge the Wizards in a basketball game that is sure to include wild antics and lots of laughs. The event will be held at York High School beginning at 5:00 PM. Concessions, merchandise and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this family-friendly fundraiser support District 205 Foundation programs and enhancements that benefit all Elmhurst public school students. Click here to learn more and guarantee a seat at this popular Saturday event.

D205 SOCIAL WORKERS PRESENT “WELL-PARENTED” KIDS District 205’s Social Work Department presents "Well-parented Kids: 10 Anchors for Building Strong Families." This free program for parents will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 12:30-2:30 PM in the Sandburg Middle School Auditorium. This presentation will identify the key elements of effective parent-child relationships including setting communication norms, modeling values, sponsoring constructive conflict resolution, maintaining respect and trust, facilitating growth, teaching coping skills and navigating change. Presenters are Katie McDougall, LCSW and Steve Ritter, LCSW. No reservations are needed.

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 The following items were recently posted:


  • League of Women Voters Community Update on September 28 at 7 PM at the Elmhurst Public Library
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church Clothing & Toy/Equipment Resale on September 29 from 6 to 9 PM and September 30 from 8 to 11 AM
  • Purdue Varsity Glee Club Free Concert on October 7 at 7 PM at Downers Grove North High School
  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Mozart & Beethoven Gems on October 14 at 7 PM – Behind the Music Stand at 5:45 PM – Octoberfest Dinner at 5:15 to 6:30 PM
  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017-2018 Calendar of Events
  • City of Elmhurst – Airplane Noise – How to Voice Your Concern


  • State of the Schools – September 18 at 7 PM York Community High School – Community Invited
  • Coffee With the Superintendent – October 16 at 10 AM at Bryan Middle School
  • District 205 Social Workers Invite Parents to Well-Parented Kids – 10 Anchors for Building Strong Families on October 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM (Q & A 1:45 to 2:30) Sandburg Middle School – No Reservations Needed


  • College of DuPage Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K on September 23 – Advance Registration Required
  • EISUS Fun Fest for Families – Committed to a Cure (Brain Tumors) on September 24 from 1 to 4 PM at 320 E. Kenilworth - Villa Park
  • District 205 Foundation – Harlem Wizards Take on D205 All-Stars on September 30 at 5 PM (Doors Open at 4 PM) – Order Advance Tickets $12 – At Door $18 – Reserved $25 – Courtside Plus $50 Order Tickets Now:
  • Elmhurst Center for Performing Arts Presents Spotlight Gala Benefit on September 30 From 7 PM to 10 PM – Details & Ticket Purchase at
  • 5K Walk/Run/Kids Dash for Missing Children on October 14 from 10 AM (Run) – 10:05 AM (Walk) – 11:30 AM (Kids' Dash) Website:
  • Greek Gods in the Gutter Fundraiser – Sponsored by Aidan Shea Foundation on December 2 from 7 to 10 PM – Fitz's Spare Keys
    Bowling & More for Family Fun – Proceeds to Jackson School Library Reno Project & Lurie Children's Hospital/Gift of Hope Organ/Tissue Donor Network


  • Track for Athletes with Disabilities – October 1 thru November 12 from3 PM to 5 PM York High School Track Preview Day on September 24
  • Fall Soccer for Athletes With Disabilities – October 9 thru 28 from 9 AM to 11 AM – Soccer Preview Day on September 16


  • Center for Gifted One Day Programs – Location Triton College – Lego We Do Robotics on September 23 (Grades 1 to 3) – Gadget Girls – Adventure Lab Day on September 23 (Grades 4 to 12) – Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe on November 4 (Grades 1 to 8)
  • University of Illinois Extension Robotics 1 Workshop Series
    Two Sessions – Fall & Winter for Grades 3 to 8 – Plus 4H Teen Ambassadors Program
  • Join Girl Scouts – for Girls in Grades K to 12 –Adult Volunteers Welcome
  • Northern Illinois University Presents STEMfest on October 21 From 10 AM to 5 PM at DeKalb NIU Free Admission – No Advance Registration
  • Difficulties – Classes Available in Elmhurst Beginning September 14


  • SERG PTASpecial Education Resources Group Presents Dr. Cathleen O'Hare: Top Ten Tips for Reducing Performance Anxiety in Children & Teens on September 28 from 7 to 9 PM – D205 Admin Office, 162 S. York St.


Elmhurst Art Museum

  • American Images – August 13 to September 22

Elmhurst Artists Guild

Elmhurst History Museum

Elmhurst Public Library

  • The Ghost Gallery Scary Writing Contest for Grade K to 8 – Submit Story, Poems or Epitaph from September 1 to October 9 – Winners Read Entry on October 29 – Earn Barns & Noble Gift Certificate & Get Published in Kids' Ink Magazine


Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

Edge Ice Arenas

  • Crystal Edges Fall Figure Skating Program

Elmhurst Park District


Middle School Night at the YMCA on September 23 - 8 to 10 PM – $10 Per Person for Grades 5 to 8 – Pool Inflatable Obstacle Course – Basketball – Dodgeball – Pizza and More