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Talk205 Message for August 24, 2015

In this issue –

  • Marshall The Miracle Dog Comes to Elmhurst This Friday

  • NWEA MAP Test Administered to 2nd - 8th Graders

  • Focus 205 - Join the Conversation in the York Commons, September 2!

  • Free English and Citizenship Classes at Conrad Fischer

  • GPS Presents Living History: The Little Rock Nine

  • District 205 Seeks Lunch and Playground Supervisors

  • City of Elmhurst Seeks Crossing Guards

  • Before and After School Care Through Park District’s Rec Station

  • Reintroduction of an Ability Assessment in REACH Identification

  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

MARSHALL THE MIRACLE DOG COMES TO ELMHURST – Area children will have the opportunity to both view the premier of Marshall’s Miracle at the York Theatre on Friday, August 28 (at 7 PM) and also meet the star of the show, Marshall (at 6 PM). A rescue dog who lost a front leg, carries a deep scar on his face and emotional scars on his heart due to abuse, Marshall is now an AKC certified therapy dog who has presented to over 120,000 students in 370 schools. His present owner, Cynthia Willenbrock, wrote Marshall’s story, which is being released this month as a major motion picture.

Inspired by Marshall’s true story, Marshall's Miracle shares the adventure of Finn, a 13-year-old boy, who has become the target of bullies at his new school. Finn is feeling hopeless – that is, until he finds Marshall being caged up by a dog-hoarder in deplorable conditions. The bond of friendship is immediate. Finn knows he must rescue Marshall, but Marshall has been abused by the other dogs and needs to see the vet right away. The race against the bullies, against the dog hoarder, and against time, is on. In the end, Marshall leads everyone to a place of change, forgiveness and friendship. (Watch the trailer at:

Thanks go to the Kanzler family of Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Commission on Youth for this opportunity. Carina Kanzler is a sophomore at York High School and was a former Hawthorne Elementary and Sandburg Middle School student. Her uncle, Jay Kanzler, is the producer and director of Marshall's Miracle.


NWEA MAP TEST ADMINISTERED TO 2ND – 8TH GRADERS – The Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) tests are being administered to students from August 24 through September 11, based on individual school schedules. All students in grades 2 through 8 will be taking these reading and mathematics tests.

MAP tests are individualized assessments given online in either a whole-group setting in the computer lab or in classrooms. MAP tests are unique in that the online test adapts the level of questions, based on a child’s responses, to be appropriate for his/her level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.

The MAP tests provide data to help determine a student’s instructional level, as well as measuring academic growth from year to year. District 205 uses this information to help determine instructional grouping. As students move into their middle school years, the information gained from these tests helps guide academic placement decisions. The MAP is also one criterion that is used to determine placement within classes at York High School.

Parents/guardians will receive a report detailing their child’s results after each testing period. Additional MAP resources, as well as information about other standardized tests, may be found on the Learning and Teaching Department’s webpage under Tests and Measures or at

FOCUS 205 KICKS OFF SEPTEMBER 2: LET’S TALK! – Elmhurst District 205 is launching an exciting new planning initiative - Focus 205 - beginning on September 2. This is a collaborative conversation between the school district and the communities it serves. Facilitated by District residents Kara Caforio and John Morrissey (along with 18 members of the Community Engagement Facilitating Team), four workshop sessions held this fall will focus on topics and key issues involved in maintaining an exceptional educational experience for our students. Your input is key and will be used to identify community priorities, inform the Board of Education and guide planning for the future of District 205.

Each session starts with a brief presentation which provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities District 205 faces, including increased student achievement, state and federal regulations and accountability, finances and facilities, as well as the broadening and deepening of instruction through new digital classroom tools.

Participants will then work collaboratively in small groups to consider relevant questions on the session topic, followed by each group sharing their conclusions with the whole group. Information gathered from the workshops will serve as the basis for the development of a community-wide collaborative vision that will be presented to the District 205 Board of Education in May of 2016.

Come meet new Superintendent Dr. David Moyer on September 2 from 7 to 9 PM in the York High School Commons as he presents Next Generation Learning: Where are we now; where are we going; and how will we get there?

Make your voice count; help shape the future of our school district by participating in Focus 205! This is an opportunity to share what you think is important. Please plan to attend and join the conversation! Learn more at or click the Focus 205 logo found in the lower right corner of the District 205 homepage.

FREE ENGLISH AND CITIZENSHIP CLASSES AT FISCHER  District 205 is partnering with the College of DuPage to offer free English and citizenship classes for qualified applicants at Fischer Elementary School, 888 Wilson Street, Elmhurst. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:50 PM, beginning August 31. Testing and registration will take place on Monday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 26. For more information, please see the flyer posted in English and Spanish on the District 205 homepage, call (630) 942-3697 or email Check out the website:

GPS PRESENTS LIVING HISTORY: THE LITTLE ROCK NINE – The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS): Navigating Healthy Families kicks off its 2015-16 lineup with "A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School" featuring Carlotta Walls LaNier on Thursday, August 27, at 7 PM in the auditorium at Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St. in Lombard.

When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School in September 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey was filled with violent and angry mobs, racist elected officials, and federal intervention by President Eisenhower, who was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to escort the "Little Rock Nine" as they came to be known, safely into the school building.

This presentation brings history to life, allowing participants a first-hand account of one of the most important events in American history and the ongoing pursuit of equality. LaNier reminds us that education is priceless and should not be taken for granted and that courage and sacrifice may be required to secure a better future for all.


Families will want to read LaNier's memoir "A Mighty Long Way" and join us when she offer insights on human rights, social justice, racism, tolerance, an understanding of the power of democracy, and the potential of each one of us to make a difference. Students are encouraged to attend this free program which is open to the public.


For information regarding GPS programs, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 Student and Community Projects Coordinator, at 942-7668 or


DISTRICT 205 SEEKS LUNCH AND PLAYGROUND SUPERVISORS – District 205 elementary schools are seeking caring, out-going individuals to serve as lunch and playground supervisors. The main job duties are to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students can eat, play and socialize in positive and productive ways. Expectations include the development of professional relationships with students, as well as teaching and reinforcing the behavioral expectations for the playground, lunchroom and transitions in between. Effective communication and management strategies are required to be successful in this position. This role functions as a part of a team of staff members who support students. Regular daily hours for the position involve one two-hour shift (to be determined by each building) on all full school days when students are in attendance. The rate of pay for a lunchroom supervisor is $13.18 per hour. Lead lunch supervisors are paid $15.04/hour. For more information or to complete an application, visit


CITY SEEKS CROSSING GUARDS FOR DISTRICT 205 LOCATIONS – The City of Elmhurst is now hiring Part-time School Crossing Guards. Open positions are available for Regular and Relief Crossing Guards during the 2015-16 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. Starting wage: $11.81 per hour. 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.


BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE THROUGH REC STATION – In partnership with the Elmhurst Park District, Recreation Station Before and After School Care will continue to be available in all District elementary schools. Parents may reserve 3-day, 4-day or 5-day care. “Rec Station” will follow the District #205 calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. Limited spaces are still available and applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Program information and registration forms are available for pick up at Wagner Community Center and can be found on-line at Please call the program manager, Angela Perry, at (630) 993-8678 for additional information.


REINTRODUCTION OF AN ABILITY ASSESSMENT FOR REACH  Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, an ability assessment will be reintroduced as part of the identification process for REACH. An ability assessment measures reasoning ability and processing speed, information that is important in matching students with appropriate learning opportunities, and that provides information not currently captured in existing achievement measures such as NWEA MAP and placement tests. More information will be forthcoming this fall and an updated identification matrix will be published on the District website this winter.


Students in 2nd and 5th grade will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in Fall; students in grades 3 and 4 who demonstrate academic potential and who are not already identified for REACH will also be invited to take an ability assessment in the Fall. Ability assessment results will be used along with achievement data and teacher input to identify students by early Spring who would benefit from REACH services beginning in the following school year.


In an effort to use more descriptive titles for Middle School math courses, new nomenclature will be utilized beginning in the 2015-16 school year. To find out more, please visit the REACH webpage. Contact Deb Lee, Professional Learning & REACH Coordinator, with any questions.


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:



  • Kid Town Kindergarten Enrichment Program Openings Still Available Tuesdays and Thursdays - 12:15 to 2:45 PM 630-279-8778 or

  • Spirito Singers Auditions For 2015-16 For Girls Grades 5 to 8 and Girls Grades 9 to 12

  • Elmhurst College Musicianship for Children – Fall Term – 15 Weeks for Ages 3 ½ to 7


  • Fall Program Guide


  • Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

  • Edge Ice Arena Learn to Skate Two Sessions August 26 to October 3 and October 7 to November 21 All Ages Welcome


  • Epiphany Lutheran Church Fall Children's Clothing and Toy Resales Clothing Resale September 18 6 to 9 PM and September 19 8 to 11 AM (Select Items 1/2 Price) AND Toy and Equipment Resale October 3 8 to 11 AM Select Items 1/2 Price 10 to 11 AM Adults Only Register to Sell or Work



  • Calendar of Events

  • Kid's Chess Club – Rule the Chess Board! Every Friday – 6 to 8 PM – Ages 7 to 14 –Have Fun – Improve Your Skills/Strategies – With Instructor – Register Online or In Person or Phone 630-279-8696


  • YMCA Website


  • Fall 2015 Water Polo Club 14 and Under Boys/Girls –$79 – 18 and Under (High School) Boys – $105 – Family Fee (More Than One Athlete Any Age) – $145

  • Elmhurst Airborne 2015 Travel Basketball Tryouts August 31 Through September 10 – $5 Fee Tryout Shirt – Bring Own Basketball

  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club Under 7 Academy Program – Soccer Skills Training and Games Boys and Girls in Grade 1 – Starts Week of September 1 – 4 to 5 PM – Dates TBA

  • i9 Sports Fall Flag Football – Soccer – T-Ball Leagues Discount for D205 Families – Use FALL205 – Register at Or Call 630-216-6140

  • Elmhurst Swim Team Registration – Now Open

  • 2015 Knights Basketball Tryouts – Youth Travel Basketball – Girls and Boys Grades 3 to 8 September 12 – Oak Brook Park District – $5 (Includes T-Shirt)


  • Center for Speech and Language Disorders Third Annual Talkie Trot – 5K Run/Walk – Pre-Registration at KC Hall – Pick-Up  September 12 From 10 AM to 1 PM – On Site Registration and Pick-Up All Participants – KC Hall – September 13 – 7 AM to 1 PM – Location: Elmhurst Wild Meadows Trace


Elmhurst Historical Museum

  • Main Page


  • ProActive Kids Sponsored By Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare/Addison Park District Eight Week Program for Kids Struggling With Unhealthy Weight – September 21 to November 14 From 4 to 5:30 PM – Mondays and Wednesdays – Friday is Family Day – 4 to 6 PM


  • Access Sports

  • Gateway – Special Education Recreational Association


  • SERG – Special Education Resources Group


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