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Talk205 Message for January 15, 2019

In this issue of Talk205…

  • D205 Food Services Department Needs Subs
  • D205 Dual Language Immersion Program Information Sessions
  • York Drama Presents Shakespeare's Much Ado About NothingShow Opens January 31 
  • 2019-2020 REACH Identification Notification
  • Application for REACH Appeal
  • D205 Foundation Thiems Educational Grants Applications Due
  • 2019 Kindergarten Registration Starts February 5
  • District 205 17th Annual Summer Recreation Open House
  • Support Schools by Attending the D205 Foundation Gala February 9
  • Join the D205 Foundation Board. Apply Today!
  • Annual Green Scene Fundraiser

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D205 Food Services Department Needs Subs
Calling moms, dads, and grandparents! Are you home during the day and want to work when you are available? Name your hours, days, and locations (12 school sites available). Join us to help serve students! Apply online at the District website under Job Opportunities.

D205 Dual Language Immersion Program Information Sessions
Our communities and workforce become more global every day. Give your child the gift of a bilingual, biliterate, and multicultural education by enrolling him/her in D205’s Two-Way Immersion Dual Language Program. Join us for information sessions this month:

  • 1/23 @ District Office from 6:30-7:30 pm
  • 2/21 @ District Office from 6:00-7:00 pm

For more background information, visit the Dual Language Program website at or contact Ariana Leonard, D205 Director of Language Acquisition, at with questions.

York Drama Presents Shakespeare's Much Ado About NothingShow Opens January 31
When the boys come marching home from the battlefield this winter, all the women will swoon. Almost all the women.  Beatrice is just fine without a man, thank you.  In fact, she’s more than a match for the confirmed bachelor Benedick in Shakespeare’s battle of wits, Much Ado About Nothing.  Intrigue, farce and verbal sparring lay the foundation for another of Shakespeare’s great inventions, the modern Rom-Com.  Join us for Shakespeare's most produced play and find out why it's so beloved.  Show times are Thursday, January 31 through Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 and Sunday, February 3 at 2:00.  On sale now, all tickets are $10 and are available at the door or at  

2019-2020 REACH Identification Notification February 1
Students currently in grades 2 and 5 are considered for REACH participation in the 2019-2020 school year. Families of students, who are identified for REACH, receive email notification via SchoolMessenger on February 1, 2019. 

Application for REACH Appeal
Students currently in grades 3 through 7, who are not enrolled in REACH, may be considered for programming in the area of English Language Arts (ELA) and/or Math. Appeal requires additional testing that is completed outside of the school day. Students, who successfully appeal REACH placement, consistently demonstrate above grade-level performance. The Application for Appeal is available on the District website here through February 15, 2019.

D205 Foundation Thiems Educational Grants Applications Due February 5
The Foundation has awarded over $1.6 million dollars in Thiems Educational Grants, a program named after former Superintendent Russell Thiems, who was instrumental in the creation of the foundation. The application for this year's Thiems Grants are due February 5th. Please note that grants involving technology will require the submission of a Technology Review form. 

We encourage innovation, creativity, and grants that help deliver curriculum that engages students. For a list of past grants and to access information on the process and application beginning mid-November visit feel free to contact the Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli at 630-617-2328 with questions.

2019 Kindergarten Registration Starts February 5
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 has announced dates for 2019 Kindergarten Registration. Please share this information with any prospective D205 parents you may know:

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (All D205 Elementary Schools Participating)
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. (All D205 Elementary Schools Participating)
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Conrad Fischer for Fischer students only. Spanish translator available)
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (District 205 Center for all other elementary schools)

District 205 17th Annual Summer Recreation Open House
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm in York High School Commons. Learn about over 100 summer programs for children and teens – one-stop shopping for summer planning! Click here for more information.

Support Schools by Attending the D205 Foundation Gala February 9
Purchase Tickets for the Foundation 2019 Gala-Paving the Way

Our largest fundraiser of the year will be held Saturday, February 9th at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook. This fun and memorable evening is sure to entertain and includes plated dinner, beverages, fundraising games, mini and live auctions, and dancing-all for a good cause! Join us and help pave the educational path for all D205 students with classroom innovations, Thiems Grants, and the unique academic enhancements and programming that the Foundation provides. Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Sponsorships available. 

Join the D205 Foundation Board. Apply Today!
The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence is looking for community members and parents who would like to help make a difference for all students in District 205. If you value quality education and understand the importance of providing resources and opportunities above and beyond what tax dollars can deliver, consider volunteering as a Foundation Member.

Board members serve a three-year term with renewal options and work with other dedicated volunteers to raise funds that support district initiatives, innovations in education, the annual Thiems Educational Grants, Study Skills Programs, and much much more.

Consider joining the Foundation Board! Click here for an application or call 630-617-2328 for more information.

Annual Green Scene Fundraiser Saturday February 23
The York Athletic Boosters will hold its Annual Green Scene Fundraiser on Saturday, February 23rd at Fitz's Spare Keys in downtown Elmhurst from 7:00pm to Midnight. Join us for bowling with the York coaches, open pool, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, light buffet and cash bar. We have auction baskets with parking passes, graduation packages, sports tickets and more! Come out and support York and the entire Athletic Program. Get your tickets now -$50 in advance, $60 at the door.