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2016-2017 Talk 205

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Talk205 Message for March 20, 2017


In this issue –

  • March and April State Assessment Windows for 2017
  • Meet Astronaut Dr. Linda Godwin at Lewis University, March 20
  • Register Now for District 205’s Summer Instrumental Music Program
  • GPS: A Digital Safety Panel & Tough Teen Topics, March 22
  • Teen Job & Volunteer Fair - York High School Commons, March 23
  • LWV Presents: Mental Health Resources in DuPage County
  • Mark Your Calendar & 2017-18 Calendar Now Posted
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

MARCH AND APRIL STATE ASSESSMENT WINDOWS – The testing window for the spring 2017 administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in District 205 will begin on Monday, April 3 and continue through Friday, April 28. These state-required achievement tests in reading and mathematics are being given to all eligible students in grades 3 – 8. Your child’s school will share more specific information about when students will be tested within this window.

In addition to the PARCC assessment, state and federal regulations require each school to assess achievement in science for students in 5th grade, 8th grade and high school biology. The Illinois Science Assessment will be administered in each school between Monday, March 13 and Friday, March 24. This assessment is approximately one hour in length and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.

We anticipate being able to share score reports in the fall. The complete results of these state tests will be also reported on the Illinois School Report Card in the fall. We will review state tests results, along with other information to help us improve our school program. If you have any questions about the administration of these assessments, please contact your child’s principal.

MEET AN ASTRONAUT AT LEWIS UNIVERSITY – The Lewis University Departments of Physics and Chemistry will be hosting Night at the Lab/Meet an Astronaut on Monday, March 20. This event will include hands-on STEM activities and demos (6-7:15 PM), a Meet & Greet (6:30 to 7:15 PM) and talk by astronaut Dr. Linda Godwin (7:30 to 8:30 PM), and stargazing (weather permitting) at 8:30 PM. The activities and demos will be geared toward middle and high school students, however, families are welcome to bring younger children as well. Teachers and school staff are also welcome to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM – The Elmhurst District 205 Summer Instrumental Music Program offers an exciting opportunity for all current 4th -8th grade band and orchestra students and 6th – 8th grade choir students to continue with instrumental music instruction in June and July. Regular practice during the summer months is critically important for band and orchestra students to reinforce the concepts and skills that they have learned and practiced during the school year. Moreover, learning and playing music is an activity that should be enjoyed year ‘round.

  • The Summer Instrumental Music Program will run from June 12 through July 14. (No class on July 3 or 4.)
  • The registration fee is $92.00. The registration fee includes a Summer Instrumental Program T shirt.
  • Rehearsals for current elementary band and orchestra students (incoming 5th and 6th graders) will be held Monday through Thursday mornings at Bryan Middle School.Each rehearsal is one hour. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 3rd holiday). The final performances will be on FRIDAY, morning, July 14.
  • Rehearsals for current middle school band and orchestra students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at York High School. There will be a rehearsal on FRIDAY, July 7th (in place of the July 4th holiday). Middle School Summer Band and Orchestra students may also participate in Jazz Band. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.
  • NEW this year, current middle school choir students (incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students) may participate in the summer choir at York High School on Monday and Wednesday evenings (No Class on Monday, July 3rd). Middle school students who register for summer band or orchestra may also enroll in choir at no additional cost. The final performance will be on THURSDAY, July 13th.

The District 205 Summer Instrumental Program is designed to accommodate students who go on vacation and/or participate in other summer activities. Students who can only attend part of the summer program are still strongly encouraged to register and attend whenever they can! Students who practice their instruments during the summer are much more likely to experience continued success in band and orchestra. We strongly encourage your son or daughter to participate as much as he/she is able!

Registration for the Dist. 205 Summer Music Program begins March 20, 2017. You may register for the summer music program by using the Webstore (District) link, also found on the District 205 website: The deadline for registration is Friday, May 12, 2017. More details can be found on the Summer School website.

GPS: A DIGITAL SAFETY PANEL AND TOUGH TEEN TOPICS – The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will present a distinguished panel on “Tough Teen Topics: Social Media Safety & Anxiety, Parties and Depression” on Wednesday, March 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Glenbard South, 23W200 Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn. Beginning at 6:30 PM, a digital safety panel will present. The panel will consist of DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, Col. Frank Bibbiano of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department and Detective Rich Wistocki of the Naperville Police Department’s High Technology Crimes Unit.

Then, at 7 PM, hear about the current social trends in the alcohol and drug issues affecting youth today. Learn about your responsibilities as a parent and how to negotiate the parent/teen relationship. Gain tips to secure a positive future for your child from an impressive panel of experts, including Judge Christopher Stride, Dr. Patrick McGrath, clinical therapist Justin Wolfe and social worker Linda Lewaniak, who will serve as moderator. For further information, visit

TEEN JOB & VOLUNTEER FAIR IN THE YORK COMMONS, MARCH 23 – Students are invited to attend the third annual Teen Job & Volunteer Fair, sponsored by the Elmhurst Commission on Youth and its partnering agencies – District 205, the Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library, YMCA, Elmhurst Junior Women’s Club and the Kiwanis of Elmhurst. The Fair will be held in the York High School Commons, 355 E. St. Charles Road, on Thursday, March 23 from 3 to 6 PM. There will be 38 different organizations participating. Tips on resume writing and successful job interviewing will be presented on a 15-minute rotating basis by York College and Career Counselor Amy Thompson in the CCRC. Students need not register to attend the Fair.

Job Fair questions may be directed to Patty McKernan at 630-878-7622 or via email at Volunteer Fair questions may be directed to Jackie Tamer at 773-882-7105 or

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES IN DUPAGE COUNTY – Join the League of Women Voters of Elmhurst on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Avenue, as they explore the resources available in DuPage County for those dealing with mental health issues. This program is open to the public and not an Elmhurst Public Library program.

Meredith Kober of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will be the speaker. Ms Kober has an educational background in social work. She will speak about the signs and symptoms of mental illness and will be joined by trained presenters with lived experience.

The League supports a comprehensive and coordinated system of treatment and rehabilitation services for mentally ill adults and children. The League supports a broad array of adequate and accessible community services. Although primary responsibility should rest with the state, funding from local, federal, and non-governmental sources should be encouraged. A system of local boards to levy taxes, administer all funds, and to plan and coordinate services should be required throughout the state. The State should require local governments to provide in their zoning ordinances for residential programs for mentally ill persons.

The League is an issues oriented, volunteer, member-directed organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates or parties. It is committed to open, responsive, and effective government brought about by informed, involved citizens with membership open to both men and women. For additional information, visit


  • All District 205 Band Festival – March 22 at 7:30 PM in the York Fieldhouse
  • Monday through Friday, March 27 – 31 is Spring Break 2017
  • York Summer Athletic Camp registration begins Monday, April 3
  • Annual York ECO Club Book Sale in the York Commons – Monday, April 10, 6-8:30 PM
  • Friday, April 14 is a non-attendance day for students and staff
  • Final "Coffee with the Superintendent", April 19 at 10:00 AM at Jefferson School

At its February 28 meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2017-18 school year calendar, which includes parent-teacher conference dates/times; student late arrival dates/times; and quarter/trimesters/semesters. It is posted 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:


  • Lewis University Night At The Lab Featuring Dr. Linda Goodwin
    Veteran Of Four Space Shuttle Missions
     – Includes Hands On Physics/Chemistry Demos & Stargazing – March 20 From 6 PM To 8:30 PM – Geared Toward Middle & High School Students & Their Families
  • Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition Upcoming Event – Free – Plight of the Monarch On March 21 At 7 PM Location: Elmhurst Public Library
    Learn About The Decline of Monarch Populations
  • League of Women Voters Explores Mental Health Resources In DuPage County On March 23 At 7 PM Location: Elmhurst Public Library – Free and Open To The Public


  • Annie LeGere "To the Moon & Back" 4K T-Shirt Design Contest – Deadline On Or Before March 23 Turn Entries Into School Office


  • Elmhurst College Spring Cultural Season – Lectures Words & Music from February – May


  • Boy Scout Troop 17 Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction on April 8 from 8 AM To Noon Location: Christ United Methodist Church - 920 Swain – Advance Tickets Adults $7, Children & Seniors $5, Under 5 Free – Tickets at Door - Add $1 – Advance Tickets:
  • District 205 Foundation's Top Pizza – Taste Of Elmhurst on April 27 From 5:30 To 7:30 PM – York High School Commons – $10 At Door – Purchase
  • The PANDAS Bash – Building Awareness of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders On April 29 From 6:30 PM To 11 PM – $40 Advance Tickets At Fitz’s Spare Keys


  • February Through March Series – Includes Building Peer Relationships/Drug Abuse Prevention & More – Free & Open To the Public
  • Tough Teen Topics: Anxiety, Parties and Depression Panel: Hon. Judge Chris Stride, Dr. Patrick McGrath and Justin Wolfe Wednesday, March 22, 2017 At 7:00 PM at Glenbard South


  • Elmhurst City Center Easter Family Fun April 15 from 11 AM To 2 PM – Free Showing of "Hop" At 10:30 – Free Bunny Ears – DJ & Easter Bunny From 11 AM To 2 PM
  • Bethel Assembly Easter Egg Hunt April 15 at 10 AM Location: Berens Park For Ages 0 To Grade 5


  • AAUW Presents Are You A Tech Savvy Girl? For Grades 6 To 9 –  $10 Per Person On March 25 From 8:30 AM To 4 PM – Triton College – Online Registration Required
  • Spring Break S.T.E.M. At U of I Extension – Registration Begins Feb. 10 And Closes March 17 – Space Is Limited
  • Join Girl Scouts – For Grades K To 12


  • PTA Summer Recreation Open House List Of Opportunities
  • The Morton Arboretum Summer Science Camp For Grade K To 8 From June Through August
  • Center For Gifted Classes – Summer Camp at Elmhurst College (entering Gr 6+)​ And Worlds of Wisdom & Wonder (Grades PreK -8) 10% Off Early Registration
  • College of DuPage – Summer Youth Enrichment​ in Glen Ellyn (K-8)
  • Mayslake in Oak Brook – Creativity and Writing Summer Week
  • CTD at Northwestern University – Weekend Enrichment at North Central College 
  • CTD at Northwestern Summer Enrichment – Elmhurst College
  • Science and Arts Academy – Summer Programs in Des Plaines (PreK-8)
  • School of the Art Institute – Summer Camps For Ages 4 To 9 And 10 To 13
  • Summer Institute for Gifted – University of Chicago​ in Chicago
  • Dominican University – Summer Gifted and Talented  in River Forest​​​
  • Benedictine University – Summer IDTech camp in Lisle
  • Summer@IMSA – Math and Science camps Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora​
  • Northern Illinois University – STEM Summer Camps in DeKalb


  • 2017 Basketball Skills Camp for Boys & Girls Age 4 To 14 – Elmhurst College – Session #1 July 18 To July 21 – 8:30 AM To 12:30 PM And Session #2 July 24 To July 27 – 8:30 AM To 12:30 PM – Cost: $215.00 Per Camper/Camp


Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Elmhurst Artists' Guild – Space And Sound February 19 To March 31

Elmhurst History Museum

  • House & Home - April 7 - May 25 

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Calendar of Events


Bensenville Park District

  • Program Guide
  • Special Events
  • Bensenville Recreation and Community Programs

Elmhurst Park District

YMCA Website

  • Summer Camps – Registration Begins February 1
  • Progressive Swim Lessons – Spring Session II from April 10 through June 4


  • SERG PTA – (Special Education Resources Group)


  • Elmhurst Eagles Football & Cheer – Registration Now Open – Early Bird Discount Before March 15 – Football for Grades 2 To 8 & Cheer For Grades 3 To 8 Plus Mini-Cheer For Grades 1 To 2
  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club Skills Academy For Boys & Girls Grades PreK To K & Grade 1 To 4 Dates: April 7, 14, 21,28, May 5,12,19 & 29 – 4:15 To 5:30 PM – Fee: $90 Per Child – 2nd Child $15 Discount
  • Elmhurst Girls Lacrosse Registration Now Open – Season Begins April 9 Through June 4 – Clinic for Grades K To 1 –  Spring Leagues   For Grades 2 To 8 – Register Online