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Talk205 Message for November 30, 2015

In this issue –

  • YMPA Sponsors Barnes & Noble Book Fair TODAY, Featuring Local Author
  • Alcohol, Drugs & Addiction: A Conversation with Students and Parents, December 1
  • York’s Amateur Musician’s Club at Fitz’s Spare Keys, December 1
  • Plan to Attend Focus 205 Session 4 on December 2 at York High School
  • Glenbard Parenting Series Presents Dr. Marc Brackett at Glenbard South
  • Please Take the Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Survey
  • Duke Apparel Makes Great Holiday Gifts – On Sale December 14
  • Elmhurst Firefighters Organize Holiday Toy Drive Through December 21
  • Be Ready for Weather-Related Late Start or School Closing
  • Elmhurst Children’s Theatre Announces Spring Musical/Tryouts
  • PTA Sponsors Its 14th Annual Summer Recreation Open House, January 27
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page

YMPA SPONSORS BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR FEATURING LOCAL AUTHOR  Today, November 30, the York Music Parents Association (YMPA) is pleased to host a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble, Oak Brook. Elmhurst author, Emily Demuth Ishida, will be available at the store from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, greeting readers of all ages and signing copies of Hattie’s War, a historical novel, co-authored by Emily and her sister, Hilda Demuth.

Shop in store until 9: 30 PM todayBeginning at 5:00 PM, entertainment will be provided by York High School students. A portion of purchases made during the Book Fair will be donated to YMPA, which provides scholarships for enrichment activities for all York Performing Arts students and support to the York Performing Arts Department. On-line purchases made between November 30 and December 5, 2015 are also eligible for inclusion in the Book Fair by entering ID #11751146 at checkout.

ALCOHOL, DRUGS & ADDICTION: A CONVERSATION WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS  Please join York High School, State Representative Deb Conroy, DuPage Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen and District 205 community members for a discussion on substance abuse. Alcohol, Drugs & Addiction: A Conversation with Students and Parents will take place on Tuesday, December 1, at 7 PM in the York Community High School Commons. In addition to Dr. Jorgensen, York welcomes Straight Talk Services and other Elmhurst leaders for a discussion on substance abuse, alcohol use and heroin in our community. For more information, please contact York High School at 630-617-2400.

AMATEUR MUSICIANS CLUB AT FITZ'S SPARE KEYS, DECEMBER 1ST – The York Amateur Musicians Club will be performing live music at Fitz's Spare Keys, 119 N. York Street, Elmhurst, on Tuesday, December 1, from 6:30-9:30 PM. This is a fundraiser for York’s Fine Arts Week, so there will be a suggested donation of $5 at the door. The show is open to all ages and will feature performances by several York musicians and bands. Please contact sponsor Chris Gemkow if you have any questions.

PLAN TO ATTEND FOCUS 205 SESSION 4 ON DECEMBER 2 - The next Focus 205 community engagement session is fast approaching! We've talked about future ready students and classrooms; now we'll be discussing future ready schools. Did you know that the learning environment itself can either enhance or impede learning?

Join the conversation as we begin to focus on “School Facilities in the 21st Century” on Wednesday, December 2 from 7-9 PM in the York High School Commons. Let’s talk together, share ideas, and provide input to help guide future decision-making. RSVPs not required, but appreciated. Please help us plan by signing up at

GPS PRESENTS DR. MARC BRACKETT AT GLENBARD SOUTH – On December 2, the Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) presents Dr. Marc Brackett  Raising a Happier, Healthier More Competent and Compassionate Teen. This free event will begin at 7 PM in the auditorium at Glenbard South High School, 23W200 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn.

Educational psychologists agree that emotional intelligence has more influence on a child's lifelong success than their IQ. Emotional intelligence helps cultivate happiness and grit. It is the ability to manage emotions, to become self-aware, form healthier relationships, overcome challenges and relieve stress. Emotional intelligence can decrease aggression and bullying, enhance problem-solving skills, empathy and academic performance. These skills are an essential component of every child's learning and lead to a more fulfilling life.

Dr. Bracket is the Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a senior research scientist focusing on the role of emotional intelligence to advance learning, good mental health and school climate. He also facilitates the Born This Way Foundation, which is part of a national initiative called the Emotion Revolution. For more information go to  or contact Gilda Ross at 630-942-7668 or by email at

PLEASE TAKE THE ELEMENTARY PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE SURVEY  District 205 is asking parents who participated in the 2015 Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences to complete a short survey following their conference experience in order to gather feedback and improve our process. Please click on the appropriate posted on this page. The survey will be open through December 18, 2015.

DUKE APPAREL MAKES GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS – Looking for an easy way to purchase York Duke apparel for holiday gifts? The York Athletic Boosters will be selling all in-stock York spirit wear at York High School on Monday, December 14 from 12:30-2:30PM and 7-8:30PM, conveniently located in the lobby area of Door 1. If the visitor parking spaces are full, please park in bus lanes (in front of the Academic Building) and shop our selection of sweatshirts, flannel pants & shorts, T-shirts, hats and just in - Duke sport socks! Questions may be directed to or

ELMHURST FIREFIGHTERS ORGANIZE HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE – Elmhurst Firefighters from International Association 3541 have organized a toy drive to benefit children at Elmhurst Hospital this holiday season. New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages will be collected at Fire Station #1, 404 N. York Street and Fire Station #2, 601 S. York Street. Toys will be accepted now through December 21st. Santa has turned in his sleigh for a fire truck this year and will be delivering the collected toys to the hospital. Elmhurst Hospital employees will deliver the appropriate toy to each child. For more information about the toy collection, please contact Lt. Steve Wroble or FF Steve Talaski at (630) 530-3094.

BE READY FOR WEATHER-RELATED LATE START OR SCHOOL CLOSING  With the record snowfall we experienced recently, now is the time to remind yourself of the various ways District 205 announces school closings and late start openings resulting from inclement weather. (And it’s also the time to think about childcare plans.)

A late start or school closing announcement is made by 5:45 AM via the following channels:


• Information is first posted on the District's website at

• Talk205 phone calls, e-mail and SMS messages are sent out.

• A message is recorded on the District 205 Center’s main telephone line at (630) 834-4530.

• Notification is sent to the Emergency Closing Center, which broadcasts such information on WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), FOX-TV, and CLTV cable. Visit the web site at

The late start schedule provides the flexibility to begin school two hours later than normal, allowing time for roads to be cleared and temperatures to rise. This alternative eliminates a situation where severe weather in the early morning leads to a decision to close schools for an entire day when it is not warranted. On a late start schedule day, buses will arrive at the usual pick-up points two hours later than their regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should not arrive prior to two hours before their regular drop-off times. In the event a late start schedule is activated, class periods will be shortened, but dismissal times will not change. Be sure to check out the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website for more details.

ELMHURST CHILDREN'S THEATRE ANNOUNCES ITS SPRING MUSICAL  The Elmhurst Children's Theatre will be performing Guys and Dolls March 18-20, 2016, at Bryan Middle School. Auditions will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2016, and callbacks will be Wednesday, January 6. Auditions are open to 5th through 8th grade children who are Elmhurst residents or attend Elmhurst schools. Complete the audition registration form and sign up for an audition on ECT's website at

DISTRICT 205 PTA SPONSORS 14TH SUMMER RECREATION OPEN HOUSE – This is a free event open to all Elmhurst families and neighboring communities. Plan to bring your children to browse the tables of various organizations offering summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. Please note the new date and location for this event: Wednesday, January 27, from 6 to 8 PM at York Community High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road.

There is something for everyone at Summer Recreation Open House (SROH):

  • Camp representatives from local and regional organizations
  • Residential and day camps
  • Camps for all abilities – gifted students and children with special needs
  • All ages – preschool, elementary, middle and high school-age students
  • More university/collegiate programs for older students

The goal of the Open House is to provide parents a “one stop shopping” opportunity for summer recreational and educational programs which makes the search quick and efficient, allowing families to discover camps they might not realize are available. The early planning event will ensure spots in camps that fill quickly and give families the opportunity to receive discounted fees for early registration (where offered).

If you have questions or want to share ideas for new and interesting camps that you would like to see at the Summer Recreation Open House, email Visit the Facebook page at

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:



  • Let's Talk! Join the Next Conversation  Focus 205 Community Engagement – December 2 from 7 to 9 PM – York High School Commons – All Are Invited to Attend – Childcare Available – Ages 3 to 12 – Please RSVP at


  • York High School, State Representative Deb Conroy & Elmhurst Community Members Invite Students and Parents to a Conversion About Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction – December 1 at 7 PM Location – York High School
  • Music at Bethel  Second City Brass – December 5 – 7 PM – Tickets On Sale Now
  • ICCP Youth Basketball Knights – Girls – December 10 at 6 PM Boys – December 18 at 6 PM –Free Admission For All Grade School Students – Games – Raffles – Prizes
  • Elmhurst PTA Council 14th Annual Summer Recreation Open House – Summer Camps for Everyone – January 27 – 6 to 8 PM – York High School


  • (YMPA) York Music Parents Association Fundraiser Oak Brook Barnes and Noble Book Fair – November 30 – 10 AM to 9:30 PM – Musical Performances By York Music Students Starting at 5 PM – Book Signing and Free Gift Wrapping OR Order Online From November 30 to December 5 – Use Book Fair ID 11751146


  • Tree Lighting in Wilder Park December 3 – 6 PM – Holiday Entertainment – Visitor From the North Pole – Live Reindeer – Children's Activities
  • Special Kids Day Invites Children Of All Ages With Special Needs To Visit With Santa – Receive a Photo and Gift –December 2 – 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Free Event At Wilder Mansion
  • Elmhurst Historical Museum  Jolly Old St. Nicholas Concert  Damenchor Performance Meet St. Nicholas – Kids Wear Your PJs – Free Hot Cocoa – Free Event – December 4 to 7 to 8:15 PM
  • Spirito! Singers – Joyeux Noel Concert – December 5 – 7 PM and December 6 – 3 PM – Call 877-8WE-SING or Purchase Tickets Online
  • ICCP Christmas Concert December –  7 to 8 PM – All Are Invited To A Festive Evening of Live Christmas Music
  • Elmhurst City Centre Hometown Holiday Family Fun – December 12 - 9:30 AM to 1 PM – Free Showing of Elf – Free Elf Hats – Santa In The Plaza
  • Bensenville Park District Holiday Dance for Teens – December 18 – 7 to 9 PM –  Ages 11 to 15 – $5 At Door Take a Selfie With Santa – Take Home a Gift – DJ – Dancing – Holiday Fun


Elmhurst Public Library

  • Calendar of Events
  • Study for Finals  Grades 9 to 12 – December 12 to December 16 – Visit EPL Website for Times
  • ACT Practice Test – Grades 9 to 12 – January 9 and February 27 – Register Online  In Person  By Phone

Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Calendar of Events

Elmhurst Historical Museum

  • Winter Calendar of Events

Lizzadro Museum

  • Calendar of Events


Bensenville Park District

  • Winter/Spring Program Guide
  • Ice Skating Trips – Ridgeland Common Rec Complex – December 4 – 7:45 to 10 PM for Ages 13 to 17 – $12 per person
  • School of Dance Movement – Classes Begin in January  Ages 2 to 15 – Ballet  Tap  Hip Hop  Jazz  Cheer – Tumbling Gymnastics  Polish Dance

Bensenville Recreation and Community Programming

  • Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs
  • Wahoo Winter Swim Team Competitive Swim Program  Ages 6 to 18  November 30 to March 5

Elmhurst Park District

Elmhurst YMCA

  • Winter Basketball Leagues  January to Mid-March for Grades 2 to Adult 18 Plus – Registration Begins – October 7 for Members – October 14 for Non-Members


Glenbard Parent Series – Free Programs

  • Dr. Marc Brackett  Raising a Happier, Healthier More Competent and Compassionate Teen – December 2  7 PM Glenbard South

Parent Support Groups

  • Access Sports
  • Access Sports Basketball – Sundays at Sandburg – Register by December 5 Program Starts January 10  8 Weeks
  • Gateway – Special Education Recreational Association
  • SERG – Special Education Resources Group


  • Upcoming STEM Events And Opportunities  DuPage Regional STEM Website
  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre Auditions – Guys and Dolls (Show Dates March 18 - 20– Auditions January 5 – CallbacksJanuary 6 – Must Register Online
  • Join DuPage County 4H – Winter Fun Workshops – Science SPIN Club – Robotics
    Canine Connections SPIN Club – Bridge Busting Competition
  • Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder  Register for Elmhurst Location at Sandburg On January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14 Tuition: $215


  • ELL Opportunity College of DuPage – Free English & Citizen Classes Learn Reading – Writing – Listening – Speaking Skills – Testing Days: January 25 and 27 –  6:00 PM – First Class Meets February 1 – Enroll By February 8
  • The Soldiers Project – Providing a Safety Net of Psychological Care for Military Service Members and Their Loved Ones


  • York Girls' Lacrosse Holiday Clinic  December 21 & 22 – Grades 3 to 8 –  4 to 6 PM
  • Elmhurst Lacross – Spring 2016 Sign Up – Grades 2 to 8 – Online Registration November 1-30
  • ILS Winter Indoor Soccer League – Begins January 10 (7 Sessions) For Grades PreK to 8 – Registration Through December 18
  • Elmhurst Youth Indoor Soccer League – 4 vs 4 Soccer Games – Skill and Agility Training –Boys/Girls Ages 4 to 10 – First Session – November 14 – Second Session – January 9
  • Elmhurst Jr. Dukes Wrestling Club – Kindergarten to Grade 8 – Program Runs November 30 to March 3


  • Volunteer at Aspire – Many Opportunities Available Single Project  Group Activities  Special Events Call 708-547-3550 x 3554for More Information