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Talk205 Message for November 13, 2017

In this issue –

  • Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Portal Closes Tuesday
  • At This Month’s Board of Education Meeting, November 14
  • 2017 Illinois 5Essentials Survey Opens November 15
  • York PTSA Fundraiser at Kie & Kate Couture, November 16
  • Annual UCCA Holiday Food Drive, Now Through November 17
  • Shop the York Athletic Boosters Holiday Sale; Orders Due November 19
  • Support Elmhurst Music Boosters
  • The Organized Child: Building Executive Function, December 6
  • D205 Mathematics Resource for Parents – New Website!
  • District 205 Forms Dual Language Committee
  • Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network (EWAN) 
  • Why Not Become a Substitute Teacher?
  • City Seeks Crossing Guards for District 205 Locations
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

ELEMENTARY PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE PORTAL CLOSES 11/14 – For the first time in District 205, elementary Parent-Teacher Conference sign-up is taking place online. The signup portal opened on November 7 and will close on November 14 at midnight. A PowerSchool parent single sign-on (SSO) account is required in order to schedule a conference through PowerPTC.

Parents who have not yet created a SSO account received a separate communication with instructions. Please refer to these step-by-step instructions or contact the office of your child's school if you have questions. If you have an existing account for a high school or middle school student, you need to add the activation codes for the elementary school student to your existing account.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, November 20 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and on Tuesday, November 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM, with no school for elementary school students only that Tuesday.

AT THIS MONTH’S BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING – The Tuesday, November 14, Board of Education meeting will feature presentations on Middle School Acceleration and the Middle School Curriculum and Schedule Adjustments for 2018-19. For background information on the middle school recommendations, please reference the website created last year:

The results of the recent Focus 205 Phase 2 telephone poll will also be shared. In addition, the Board will take a look at the first reading of five policy updates as suggested by PRESS (Policy Reference Education Subscription Service).

Initial policy readings are necessary to bring discussion regarding possible changes into the public forum. It is the starting point for official discourse. To that end, please understand that no decision has been made related to any of these items, including Policy #7:260 - Exemption from Physical Education. Click here to view the agenda items and supporting documents.

2017 ILLINOIS 5ESSENTIALS SURVEY – Beginning on Wednesday, November 15, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey will allow you and your child (in grades 4 through 12) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with their child’s school, giving school leaders critical input to help develop school improvement plans.

All teachers, parents, and 4th through 12th grade students will be asked to respond to this survey. Elmhurst D205 is participating in the grades 4-5 pilot. Reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2018, and data will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.

Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Survey questions can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials website ( On November 14, parents of students in grades 4-12 will receive an email message containing an opt-out form, should they not want their children to participate in the survey this year.

YORK PTSA FUNDRAISER, NOVEMBER 16 – Sip, shop and support the York PTSA during a special evening of shopping at Kie & Kate Couture, a women and children's boutique featuring clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories, gifts, and home decor located at 559 Spring Road in Elmhurst. On Thursday, November 16 from 7 to 10 PM, Kie & Kate are generously offering shoppers 10% off their purchases and donating another 10% to the PTSA. Beverages and snacks will be served. Please help us spread the word! All are welcome.

ANNUAL UCCA HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE – All District 205 students and families are invited to help fill holiday food boxes by bringing their donations to their local school from October 23-November 17. There will also be collection bins at the Elmhurst Public Library, the YMCA and Park District locations. The donations will then be picked up and moved to the Elmhurst Public Works Garage, where they will be sorted and boxed for distribution in December.

The United Community Concerns Association gives assistance to Elmhurst school children and their families, providing food baskets and food certificates at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Last year UCCA assisted over 300 families throughout the holidays. Please see the related flyer posted on the D205 Virtual Backpack page.

SHOP THE YORK ATHLETIC BOOSTERS HOLIDAY SALE – Make holiday shopping easy! The York Athletic Boosters are taking special orders for several York spirit items just in time for the holidays and only available through this special sale. Click here to order or go to the York High School Athletic Boosters page and check out these items (that will not be stocked at the Bookstore): new fleece joggers, full-zip tech sweatshirts and festive York Duke tree ornaments. Personalized fleece blankets and letterman sweatshirt jackets are also available. Orders must be completed by November 19th. NO LATE ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED.

Pick-up will be conveniently at York High School in the lobby of Door #1 of the academic building on December 13th from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM and from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. On the pick-up date, the entire regular inventory of items will also be available for sale, such as classic green or black hoodies, pompom hats, Duke socks, flannel pants and t-shirts. York apparel make great gifts for students in every grade. Questions? Contact Christine Juneman at or 630-258-3880.

SUPPORT ELMHURST MUSIC BOOSTERS - The Elmhurst Music Boosters (EMB) is a parent volunteer organization that raises funds to support and encourage grade and middle school students participating in band, orchestra, and choir programs. In 2016-17, EMB awarded over $9,000 in scholarships and financial aid! They help families who otherwise cannot afford to rent instruments for their children, provide scholarships for summer programs, as well as offer social events for all the music students. Today, there are over 1,300 students in band, orchestra and choir and yet they have only 30 committed patrons (less than 3%).

Please consider supporting EMB through your patronage, beginning with the Potbelly dine and share fundraiser on Nov. 30, from 5 to 8 PM. Find them on Facebook (Elmhurst Music Boosters) or visit them at the EMB website. Or, pay online at the parent webstore by clicking HERE. Please see the PTA website for an EMB Patron form if you would rather print the form, which can be mailed in or given to your child's music director. Elmhurst Music Boosters value your membership!

'THE ORGANIZED CHILD: BUILDING EXECUTIVE FUNCTION’ – Homework creating family stress? Time management is a challenge for your student? Organizational issues getting in the way of your child being successful? To learn more about strategies to help your child, the REACH PTA is hosting an ALL District 205 Executive Function Parent Presentation with guest speaker Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D. This presentation will provide parents with practical strategies from the field of Executive Functions to help guide students at home, and will focus on recent findings related to media use and learning. Discussion will include strategies for organization and time-management. Please join us Wednesday, December 6, from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Sandburg MS Auditorium. All District 205 parents welcome! Thanks to the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation for providing grant monies that have made this program possible.

Dr. Bozeday, is the Director of Educational Services at Rush Neurobehavioral Center (RNBC) and Adjunct Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, and has extensive experience in education, speech language pathology, learning disabilities and gifted education. Dr. Bozeday currently manages the Executive Function projects and is instrumental in curriculum design and implementation of the RNBC Executive Functions programs. This program will focus on strategies for Intermediate and Middle School students (4th – 8th grade). A second program will be held in January and will focus on strategies for Elementary students (K-3rd grade).

D205 MATHEMATICS RESOURCE FOR PARENTS – Are you looking to learn more about the District’s new math curriculum and our Eureka Math resource? There is a new website dedicated to providing math information for D205 parents. A number of linked resources, including the critical areas at each grade level, unit titles, videos and guides are posted. As always, questions regarding your child's curriculum or experience should first be directed to your child's teacher.

DISTRICT 205 FORMS DUAL LANGUAGE COMMITTEE – Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 has created a Dual Language Committee that is exploring options for implementation of a dual language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. The committee is comprised of District administrators, principals, bilingual teachers, general education teachers and parents from all around the D205 community. The goal of a dual language program is for students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. We look forward to providing this opportunity for District 205 students! For more information on dual language programming in Elmhurst, please visit our EL webpage.

ELMHURST WALK-IN ASSISTANCE NETWORK - In addition to giving emergency aid for rent, utilities, etc. to Elmhurst families and people with students in District 205, EWAN also has two programs directly related to the schools. One is SWAN (Students with Activity Needs), where they can provide financial assistance with some activities that fall through the funding cracks, such as band trips, dually enrolled college/high school course fees, etc. EWAN also works with the school social workers and provides snacks for students on free or reduced lunch monthly at all of the schools who wish to participate. For more information about EWAN, please see their website.

WHY NOT BECOME A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER? – The DuPage Regional Office of Education (ROE) is hosting a county-wide “Why Not Be A Substitute Teacher” information event inviting members from our community to better understand the requirements to become certified as a substitute teacher. DuPage ROE licensure staff, as well as district HR leaders, will be on hand to provide the information and answer any questions. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 9 to 11 AM in the Auditorium at 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. For more information call 630-407-5800 or visit RSVP to

CITY SEEKS CROSSING GUARDS FOR DISTRICT 205 LOCATIONS – The City of Elmhurst is now hiring part-time School Crossing Guards (up to 15 hours per week). Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2017-18 school year. Lead a safe environment for our children and become a staff member of the Elmhurst Police Department.

The safety of our school children is a concern for the City of Elmhurst, District 205 school personnel, all parents and citizens. Training and safety equipment are provided. Applications may be obtained at the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St, Elmhurst, IL or interested candidates may apply online at this link. Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a background check and pre-employment drug screen/physical. The City of Elmhurst is an equal opportunity employer. Check out the related flyer posted on our 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 at The following items were recently posted:


  • Jessica Lahey: “How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go so Their Children Can Succeed” – November 14, 7 PM at Glenbard West. November 15, 12 PM at Marquardt Administration Center
  • Transition Resource Fair For All Students With Disabilities & Their Families on November 16 from 6 to 8:30 PM – Location: Holiday Inn William Tell
  • Veterans’ Storytelling Event – November 17, 7-8:30 PM at American Legion Post #187 (310 W. Butterfield)
  • IC Catholic Prep Math Contest – November 18, 8 AM at ICCP Main Campus Building – Open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
  • Special Kids Day Visit with Santa – December 6, 3:30-8 PM, Wilder Mansion – for children of all ages with special needs. Siblings and families invited; reservations not required.
  • RNBC Presents: Dr. Georgia Bozeday – December 6, 6:30-8:30 PM, Sandburg Auditorium – January 18, 6:30-8:30 PM, Sandburg Auditorium.
  • McAninch Arts Center – Family Entertainment 2017-2018 Calendar of Events


  • Annual U.C.C.A. Holiday Food Drive – Now through November 17 – All D205 students and families invited to fill holiday food boxes by bringing donations to their local schools Collection bins also located at Elmhurst Public Library, the YMCA and park district locations
  • Churchville Middle School Portillo's for Good on November 20 from 5 PM to 8 PM – Route 83 – Bring Flyer/Show on Smartphone – 20% of Proceeds Benefit Churchville
  • Elmhurst Music Boosters Feed Your Smile Fundraiser at Potbelly on November 30 from 5 PM to 8 PM on St. Charles Road – Bring Flyer/Show on Smartphone/Mention to Cashier – 25% of Proceeds Donated to EMB 
  • 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



  • Bethel Learning Center's Kindergarten Enrichment Class On Tuesday & Thursday Afternoon – For Children Enrolled in AM Kindergarten


  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre – Intro to Musical Theatre Workshop
    for Grades 2 to 4 from October 23 to December 4 – Mondays from 6:30 to 8 PM – Mail Registration by October 11 to Reserve a Spot 
  • Center for Gifted – One Day Programs: 
    • Fall Wonders in Addison on November 11 – Scratch or Minecraft, December 9 – Physics of Catapults
    • Project 18 – Summer of 2018 ­– 10% Discount for early sign up: EARLY2018. July 9-27 for grades 5-12
    • Tinker-A-Thon 2018 – July 9-27 at Elmhurst College for grades 1-5. 10% discount for early sign up: EARLY2018
  • University of Illinois Extension Robotics 1 Workshop Series
    Two Sessions – Fall & Winter for Grades 3 to 8 – Plus 4H Teen Ambassadors Program
  • Trinity Health & Fitness Center For Girls in Grades 7 & 8 – Free and Open Every Tuesday in November – Register at


  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club – Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1 soccer classes – Winter sessions for boys and girls – PreK & K starts January 9; K & Grade 1 starts December 5
  • York High School Lady Dukes Softball Camp – For grades K-8. December 3, 10, 17 – $75 for all three sessions. Check payable to “York Softball” – bring the day of camp.
  • Winter Indoor Soccer League – Boys/Girls Pre-K to K & Grades 1-8. Begins January 13. Registration now-December 10. Mail registration forms or drop off.
  • Elmhurst Lacrosse 2018 Registration for Boys Grades 2 to 8 – Registration Open 11/2 to 12/30 Begins April to June 2018 – Parent/Coaches Meeting on November 16 – Elmhurst Public Library


  • Bethel Learning Center's Kindergarten Enrichment Class On Tuesday & Thursday Afternoon – For Children Enrolled in AM Kindergarten


Elmhurst Public Library

  • Learning Gender: How Early Socialization Impacts Future Successes. November 20, 7-8 PM

Elmhurst Art Museum

Elmhurst Artists Guild

Elmhurst History Museum


Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

Edge Ice Arena

  • Minor Hawks Developmental Hockey League For Those Born From 1/1/2009 to 12/31/2012 – Fall Season: January 6 to March 31 – Registration First Come, First Served 
  • Learn to Skate & Figure Skating Programs for Ages 3 to Adult

Water's Edge Aquatic Center

  • Learn to Swim & Open Swim/Aqua Fitness & Daytime Aqua Fitness
  • Evening Aqua Fitness & Evening Poolside Hatha Yoga & Evening Power Yoga

Elmhurst Park District


  • School’s Out Days – Full day programs – November 21 and November 22 – Registration required