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Talk205 Message for May 31, 2016

In this issue –

  • Elmhurst City Centre Hosts School’s Out Party on June 1
  • Songs for A New World Reunited York Drama Alumni, June 3
  • 59 York Seniors Earn Seal Of And/Or Commendation Toward Biliteracy
  • Infosnap Student Registration for 2016-17
  • Summer Reading Programs at the Elmhurst Public Library begin June 6
  • Elmhurst’s 22nd Relay for Life Event June 10-11
  • Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder Summer Program at Sandburg MS
  • Register Now for the 4th Annual Churchville Charge – Deadline June 15
  • Glenbard Parent Series Presents Dr. Michele Borba on Empathy, June 15
  • Concussion Discussion at Elmhurst Hospital on June 21
  • Free Summer Meals Available Through the Hunger Hotline
  • Register for the 4th Annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic on July 22
  • Summer Enrollment Dates for Students New to District 205
  • Elementary Instrumental Music Program Registration for 2016-17
  • Talk205 Takes A Summer Break/Board Highlights Continue
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page

ELMHURST CITY CENTRE HOSTS SCHOOL’S OUT PARTY  Kids: come rock out in City Centre Plaza after school on June 1st, from 2 to 5:30 PM, featuring a DJ and free sunglasses to everyone with a “You Rocked This School Year” postcard (coming soon to your backpack). Every Wednesday night from June until August, there will be a Block to Block party from 5:30 to 8:30 PM in City Centre or south of the tracks with outdoor music and merchant deals.

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD REUNITES YORK DRAMA ALUMNI  York High School is proud to present Songs for a New Worldin concert with York alumni on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 PM in Baker Auditorium. This evening will showcase the talents of York graduates who are studying or have degrees in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. Songs For a New World, by Jason Robert Brown, is a beautiful theatrical piece with unforgettable music, performed by many of York’s finest alumni, ranging from ages 19 – 25. All seating is reserved. Tickets may be purchased for $15

59 EARN SEAL OF AND/OR COMMENDATION TOWARD BILITERACY  Elmhurst District 205 has awarded the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy for the second year in a row. A total of 41 graduating seniors earned the Seal of Biliteracy in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Polish, Russian and Spanish, with Oksana Batryn and Caroline Stasica earning Seals in two different languages. A total of 20 Class of 2016 graduates earned the Commendation Toward Biliteracy in the following languages: Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Of these students, four are current English Language Learners (ELLs), 7 are former English Language Learners and many have home languages other than English or are monolingual English speakers. Two students - Jaqueline Gonzalez and Adela Skowronski - earned both a Seal and a Commendation in two different languages. To view the list of 59 who were honored, click here.

The Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy is an award bestowed by the Illinois State Board of Education and given by the District in recognition and celebration of students who have attained a high level of proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.

District 205 was one of the first public school districts to award the Seal of Biliteracy and Commendation Toward Biliteracy last year, when the State officially adopted it. Home to over 55 native languages, District 205 recognizes the importance of language and how it prepares students for global citizenship.

INFOSNAP STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR 2016-17 – In mid-May, parents/guardians of all students enrolled in District 205 were sent their 2016-17 snapcode, either through email or by letter (if we do not have an email address on file), to begin the online registration process for the next school year. Please remember to support District 205 parent organizations (PTAs), as well as the D205 Foundation, by completing Step 4 of the registration process.

If you did not receive the snapcode email or letter and have a student enrolled in District 205, please contact to be provided with your student’s information. For technical assistance with registration, contact the infosnap support line at 866-752-6850, or send an email to

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS AT THE ELMHURST PUBLIC LIBRARY  Little kids aren't the only ones who benefit from summer reading. Adults and young adults can win prizes too – one raffle chance for every four books you read or listen to digitally. Registration for Elmhurst Public Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on Saturday, June 4; the program runs through August 13. Click on this link for details, including suggested reading lists, reviews and prizes.

Everyone who lives in Elmhurst, has an Elmhurst Public Library card, or attends an Elmhurst school is welcome to participate. Look for the special 2015 Summer Reading Edition of Fine Print to see detailed descriptions of all the summer fun. A complete list of prizes, sponsors, activities, reading suggestions and more may be found at this link. District 205’s 6th through 8th grade summer reading lists will soon be posted on the EPL website as well.

ELMHURST'S 22ND RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT BEGINS JUNE 10  Friday-Saturday, June 10th and 11th will be the 22nd Relay for Life of Elmhurst event. Teams have formed for this family friendly, non-athletic event to be held at Berens Park beginning at 6 PM. Survivors are the guests of honor, along with their caregivers, families and friends. District 205 school children have been coloring luminaria for the event. Relay participants are raising funds to enable our local American Cancer Society (ACS) office to continue to offer free wigs, arrange rides to treatments, consult on cosmetology techniques and provide expert phone consultations around the clock. Hard times are hardest for those fighting for their health, and efforts to raise funds to help are more needed than ever. Click on this link to see how you can get involved.

WORLDS OF WISDOM AND WONDER SUMMER PROGRAM – District 205 will again offer The Center for Gifted Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder summer program for students entering grades Pre-K through 8. Three summer sessions will be held at Sandburg Middle School. Session 1 will meet fromJune 13-24; Session 2 will meet from June 27-July 8; and Session 3 will meet from July 11-15. All three session run from 9 AM to 12 noon. Project 2016, for grades 6-12, meets June 27-July 15. For more information about courses, tuition and online registration please visit: Details are also posted on the District Summer School page. Students and families attending District 205 receive a 10% discount on tuition. Use discount code: HOSTELM16.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL CHURCHVILLE CHARGE! – The Churchville Charge will be held on August 20, 2016, and registration is open now! The Charge is Churchville Middle School’s main “fun”draising event of the year and features teams of four adults “racing” around Elmhurst City Centre solving clues and performing tasks, a la The Amazing Race. Spots go fast, so be sure to click here to register between now and June 15 to reserve your team’s spot! Money raised from the event helps fund many Churchville PTA programs throughout the year.

You can also support The Charge through raffle-basket donations and sponsorships. If you have a service or product you’d like to donate, contact Monica Anderson at If you’d like to sponsor the Churchville Charge, contact Julie Deely at for details.

GLENBARD PARENT SERIES PRESENTS DR. MICHELE BORBA – The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) will present the Empathy Advantage: The Real/Hidden/Overlooked Secret to Kids' Success with Michele Borba at a special summer event on Wednesday, June 15.

Empathy is the ability to sense other people’s emotions and must be nurtured and taught. To lack empathy can hurt students' academic performance, hamper their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve. Psychologist Dr. Michele Borba, author of the just released UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World will share a revolutionary, researched-based, nine-step plan for reversing the Selfie Syndrome. Participants will come away with real world strategies to give kids the Empathy Advantage, as well as an understanding of the importance of self-control, which is a better predictor of wealth, health and happiness than grades or IQ. Learn how to reclaim face-to-face conversation and better connect with our kids' emotional lives in today's plugged-in world.

This GPS special program will begin at 7 PM on June 15 in the auditorium at Glenbard South High School, 23W200 Butterfield Rd. in Glen Ellyn. For information regarding GPS programs, or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 942-7668 or

CONCUSSION DISCUSSION AT ELMHURST HOSPITAL ON JUNE 21  Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the functioning of the brain. Effects are temporary, but can include symptoms such as headache, concentration issues, problems with memory, balance and/or coordination. Please join Dr. Holly Benjamin, pediatric sports medicine physician from University of Chicago Medicine, on staff at Elmhurst Hospital, and Laura Morris, Elmhurst Hospital vestibular and concussion therapist, as they speak on concussion and “return to play” issues for children. This free program will be held onTuesday, June 21, beginning at 7 PM in the Elmhurst Hospital Arboretum Conference Center’s Oak Room. This is an Edward-Elmhurst Healthy Driven Evening Conversation.

FREE SUMMER MEALS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HUNGER HOTLINE – DuPage County is one of the wealthiest counties in the Midwest and yet many DuPage families are struggling to put food on the table. Programs like the Hunger Hotline, sponsored by the Illinois Hunger Coalition, are the last line of defense against hunger for millions of American families. This summer, when school is not in session, children ages 18 and under (or disabled persons of any age) may receive healthy, free meals at summer food sites.

Call the Hunger Hotline at 1-800-359-2163 Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM for the location nearest you (Se habla español). This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. Flyers are posted in English and Spanish on the Virtual Backpack page.

REGISTER FOR THE FOUTH ANNUAL ELMHURST CYCLING CLASSIC  On July 22 enjoy amateur and professional bike race excitement - all day and into the evening - from the Wilder Mansion front yard, offering a food court with beverages for adults and kids alike. ECC once again offers the FREE Family Fun Bike Parade – SEE the action or BE the action! Find complete information and race updates at

SUMMER ENROLLMENT DATES FOR STUDENTS NEW TO DISTRICT 205 Is there a new family in your neighborhood? Please let them know that families should enroll new students beginning Tuesday, July 12 at the District 205 Center. Information about documentation needed for enrolling students can be found on the New Student Enrollment page.

Enrollment dates and times are as follows -

Grades K-8:

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM            12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday, July 12                Thursday, July 14

Monday, July 18                 Wednesday, July 20

Friday, July 22                   Tuesday, July 26

Wednesday, July 27            Thursday, July 28

Grades 9-12:
York High School - by appointment, call 630-617-2487

Madison Early Childhood Education Center - by appointment, call 630-617-2385

Evening enrollment hours: 4 PM to 8 PM
Tuesday, August 2 & Monday, August 8
District 205 Center, 162 S. York, Elmhurst
Conrad Fischer Elementary (only for students attending that school), 888 N. Wilson, Elmhurst.

ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC REGISTRATION FOR 2016-17 Elmhurst 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 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. For a description of the elementary instrumental music program, please visit the instrumental music webpage.

In August and September 2016, all fourth-grade and fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to enroll in the District 205 Instrumental Music Program. Students who are continuing into fifth grade will be automatically reenrolled in the fall. Parents may pay the District fee online at the District Webstore or pay by check in September.

Current third-grade and fourth-grade students who are not in band or orchestra will be able to register in August and September. The three-step registration process is designed to give every student the opportunity to select an appropriate beginning instrument. Registration must be completed by speaking with a director by phone or at a registration night. To learn more about the process, please click here.

TALK205 TAKES A SUMMER BREAK/BOARD HIGHLIGHTS CONTINUE  On most Mondays during this school year, you have received a Talk205 email message full of news and information about District activities and events. During the summer months, Talk205 emails will be issued occasionally, when warranted, but not on a regular basis until we approach the beginning of school in August. The last Talk205 message of the school year is today, May 31. Talk205 messages are also posted and archived here. Board Highlights, which are distributed via email following District 205 Board of Education meetings, will continue as the Board meets throughout the summer. Highlights are also posted and archived 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:



  • Spirito! Singers Auditions – Grades 9 To12 & 5 To 8 (Three Locations/Days) – Call 630-581-5440 To Schedule An Audition 
  • Fourth Annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic – July 22 – Wilder Mansion and Around Elmhurst College – Register For Family Fun Bike Parade – Other Cycling Categories Available


  • Sky Zone Fundraising To Benefit District 205 Foundation  – 5% Of All Sales Will Be Donated To District 205 Foundation (Must Bring Coupons) – Expires 9/02/2016
  • Annie Ryan Run 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Kids Dash – June 5  9:00 AM  $30 Pre-Registration – $35 Day Of Race –  1 Mile Dash – Kids In Grades K To 8  9:45  $15 Online  Register By May 31  Noon  Race Day Registration – 6:30 AM To 8:45 AM
  • Elmhurst LEOs With Support From Elmhurst Lions Club – First Annual Charity Softball – Tournament – Proceeds Support Leader Dogs For The Blind – July 16 – 9 AM To 4 PM – $60 Per Team


Elmhurst Public Library

  • Calendar of Events
  • Summer Reading Program Begins June 4  For Kids Who Live Or Go To School In Elmhurst – Plus – Bedtime Math – Middle Schoolers' Required Reading & Teen and Adult Volunteer Program
  • Visit The Library of Extraordinary Things To Borrow/Use  – Cook – Play – Improve – Crafts – Celebrate – Create
  • Online Tutors Available – With An Elmhurst Public Library Card – Ten Sessions Per Patron Per Month – Connect With Real Tutors –


Bensenville Park District

  • Spring Program Guide
  • Special Events

Bensenville Recreation and Community Programming

  • Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs
  • Learn To Skate – Edge Ice Arena – Session I – June 8 To July 9 Session II – July 13 To August 13 – Skating Classes For All Ages
  • Learn To Swim – Water's Edge Aquatic Center – July 9 To August 14 – All Ages
  • Wahoo Swim Team – Water's Edge Aquatic Center – Ages 6 To 18 – May 30 To July 30

Elmhurst Park District

  • Upcoming Programs and Events – Special Talk 205 Page
    • June 27 to July 1 – Super Hero Engineering  Ages 5 To 6 AND Bash Em' Bots  Ages 7 To 12  
    • July 11 to 15 – Jedi Engineering  Ages 5 To 6 AND Jedi Master Engineering Ages 7 To 12
    • August 1 to August 5 – Pre-Engineering  Ages 5 To 6 AND Engineering Fundamentals  Ages 7 To 12

Elmhurst YMCA

  • Summer Camps  Traditional Full-Day – Kindergarten – Teen – Preschool – Fun Field Trips & More


  • ProActive Kids  Offering Help For Kids Struggling With Unhealthy Weight  Free To Kids Ages 8 To 14 – Summer – June 13 To August 5 – Addison Club Fitness – Funded By Edward-Elmhurst Health
  • Great Things To Do At Brookfield Zoo  May To September
  • Glenbard Parent Series – Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed In Our All-About-Me World – June 15 –7 To 8:30 PM – Glenbard South High School – Free And Open To the Public
  • Illinois Hunger Coalition's Hunger Hotline – Find A Summer Meals Site Near You 1-800-359-2163, Monday To  Friday – 9 AM To 5 PM – Se habla español
  • Back To School Fair – August 3 – 11 AM To 6 PM At Odeum Expo Center – Free School Supplies For Student Grades K To 12 –Information Required For Services – Proof Of Income & Address –Birth Certificate Or Medical Card – Many Other Free Events


  • Access Sports All Sports Olympic Festival  June 5 – 4:30 PM – Berens Park – Open To All Athletes and Their Families in Elmhurst & Surrounding Communities
  • Gateway – Special Education Recreational Association
  • SERG PTA – Special Education Resources Group


  • Academic – Athletic – Instrumental Music – Title I & III (Fischer & Churchville) – ESY / EC Title 1


  • Faith Church Summer VBS For Special Needs Children – July 11 To 14 – 2 PM To 5 PM
    Children Entering K Through Grade 6 – Fee: $15 – Submit Online Registration By July 1
  • Robert Crown Center For Health Education – Happy To Be Me Summer Camp For Girls  August 1 To 5 – 12:30 To 4 PM – Grades 6 To 7 – $225/Week
  • Robert Crown Center For Health Education  Body Trek Summer Science Camp – Hinsdale – June 13 To 23 – 12:30 To 4 PM – Naperville – July 11 To 21 – 13:30 To 4 PM – For Middle School Students Entering Grades 6 To 8
  • Summer Fun With Elmhurst Children's Theatre – Summer Workshop July 5 To 28, Monday – Thursday – 6:30 To 9:30 PM AND Summer Drama Camps  One Week Drama Camps – Register Online
  • ICCP Summer Youth Enrichment Classes & Athletic Camps  Enrichment Classes Held In June – Athletic Camps Held – June & July For Grades K To 8
  • Gateway Special Recreation Association  Summer Camp 2016  Session I: June 13 To July 8 – Session II: July 11 To August 5 –Or Full 8 Week Sessions I And II – Ages 4 To 12 –Edison School & Ages 13 To 16 – Hawthorne School & Ages 17 To 22 – Hawthorne School –Registration Ends May 27
  • University of Illinois Extension  STEM Week With 4H – June 13 To June 16 – Ages 8 To 12 – Registrations Now Open
  • Summer Experiences At 4H – Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See – June 26 To June 30 – Ages 8 To 16
  • Fermi Lab Programs For Students – Spring & Summer – Science Adventures: Find Classes for Children and Families 
  • Northern Illinois University  Student Academic Summer Camps – Residential Camps –Grades 9 To 12 – Day Camps – Grades 6 To 8
  • Elmhurst College Summer Music Camps – June – July
  • Northwestern Center for Talent Development  Summer Programs For Ages 4 to Grade 12 – Enrichment, Honors and AP Courses – Location: Elmhurst College
  • The Salvation Army Day Camp  June 13 Through July 29 – Age 4 To 12 – Plus Bridge Program For Age 13 – Monday Through Friday 9 AM To 3 PM – Extended Care Available –Includes Music – Drama – Art – Computer – Field Trips Outings & Local Splash Parks
  • First Congregational United Church Of Christ  De Colores Conversational Spanish Program – August 8 To August 12 - 9 AM To 1 PM – For Children Entering Grades K To 5
  • Center For Gifted  Worlds of Wisdom And Wonder – Students & Families Attending District 205 Receive A 10% Discount On Tuition Use Discount Code: HOSTELM16 – Summer Programs – Grades Pre-K To 6 Sandburg Middle School – AND Project 2016 Summer Programs  Grades 6 To 12 – Sandburg Middle School


  • Dominican University IGINI Sports Forum Summer Camps  Grades 2 To 8
    Co-Ed Basketball – Co-Ed Soccer – Co-Ed Volleyball – Co-Ed Sports Camp 
  • Elmhurst College Basketball Skills Camp  Boys & Girls Ages 4 To 14  Session 1 –July 19 To 22 – 8:30 AM To 12:30 PM Session 2 – July 25 To 28 – 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Elmhurst College – Girls’ Basketball Camp – For Grades K To 8 June 20 To 23 – 8:30 AM To Noon
  • Matrix Sports Camp – July 19 – 22 grades 2 to 9
  • YMCA Camp MacLean – For Ages 7 To 16