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2016-2017 Talk 205

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Talk205 Message for June 1, 2017

In this issue –

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Talk205 Takes a Summer Break/Board Highlights Continue
  • EPL Summer Reading Kick-Off Day This Saturday, June 3
  • Complimentary Sports Physicals for York Students June 5 at York HS
  • Summer Reading List for Adults from the Glenbard Parenting Series
  • Volunteer Opportunity with DCHD for High School Students
  • Free Summer Meals Available Through the Hunger Hotline
  • Residency Verification for All York Incoming Freshmen
  • Mud Madness Charity Race(s) to Benefit District 205 Foundation
  • Spend An Afternoon in the Garden, July 9 at Wilder Park
  • Fifth Annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic, July 21
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack Page



  • Information on various 2017 Summer School programs posted online
  • York Summer School and Athletic Camps Begin Monday, June 12
  • First Day of School for 2017-18 – Wednesday, August 16


TALK205 TAKES A SUMMER BREAK/BOARD HIGHLIGHTS CONTINUE – On most Mondays during the 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, June 1. 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) on the District website. Have a safe and happy summer!

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 listen to or read. Registration for Elmhurst Public Library’s Summer Reading Program begins on June 3 and runs through August 12. Click on this link for details, then choose the Summer Reading 2017 drop-down box.

Bring the whole family to the “Camp Curiosity” kick-off day this Saturday, featuring face painters, a juggler and puppet shows throughout the day. Show your EPL card or your school report card to sign up. All ages are welcome. A complete list of reading level camps, sponsors, activities, reading suggestions and more may be found at this link. District 205’s 6th through 8th grade summer reading lists are posted on the EPL website as well.

COMPLIMENTARY SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR YORK STUDENTS, JUNE 5 – NovaCare Rehabilitation and York team physician Dr. Lawrence Frank will team up to offer free sports physicals only to York student-athletes who will be involved in Duke athletics during 2017-18 (current 8th - 11th graders). Nurse’s Office (see flyer). A parent signature is required on appropriate forms in order to complete the physical. To schedule an appointment, please email Stephanie at or call 630-617-2499. A $5 donation is suggested to benefit York Athletics.

SUMMER READING LIST FOR ADULTS FROM GPS – Students have their summer reading assignments and here is a suggestedsummer reading list for adults based on the 2017-18 Glenbard Parent Series authors. Enrique's Journey has been selected as this year's Community Read and GPS will host the book's Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Sonia Nazario, on August 23 at 7 PM at Glenbard East High School. Enrique's Journey chronicles a Honduran child’s perilous odyssey in the search of his mother and the desperate struggles of a family torn apart yearning to unite and heal deep wounds. Nazario asks complex questions about the economic, social and human factors in the debate about America's newcomers.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS – Summer is a great time to read, relax, and also build a resume, learn new skills and give back. The DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team of the Health Department is sponsoring a free opportunity available to all DuPage County High School students in grades 9-12. Join us on Wednesday, June 14 at 1:00 PM at the Health Department's Community Center in Wheaton for a Philanthropy Party-a party with a purpose. Refreshments, great speakers and cool giveaways have been organized. Space is limited register now at

Students can continue their volunteer efforts by joining Reality Illinois/the Teen Advisory Panel to the DuPage County Health Department and advocate for healthy lifestyle behaviors in their community. The group will meet on Wednesdays throughout the summer beginning on June 21 from 1-2 PM at the Glenbard District 87 Administration Center, 596 Crescent Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. After a presentation by Reality students last summer the Glen Ellyn Park District and Carol Stream Park District passed ordinances to make their parks smoke- free. All high school students in DuPage County are welcome to join. Contact Gilda Ross at 630-942-7668 or at gilda_ross for more information.

FREE SUMMER MEALS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HUNGER HOTLINE – The zip code may not be as recognizable as Beverly Hills, but 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.

In addition, free summer meals are offered for children under 18 years of age, by the District 205 Food Service Department, at Conrad Fischer Elementary and Churchville Middle School, according to the following schedule:

          Breakfast in the school foyer – Churchville at 8:30 AM; Fischer at 8:45 AM
          Lunch in the school foyer – Churchville at 11:30 AM; Fischer at 11:45 AM

Meals are offered Mondays through Thursdays, from June 12 to July 20 with the exception of July 3 and 4. As a result, Friday school dates when meals will be served are June 23 and July 7.

MUD MADNESS CHARITY RACE(S) TO BENEFIT D205 FOUNDATION – June means school is out and we all want fun, healthy ways to spend family time. Consider the ultimate summer family fitness challenge! Join the Ignite Fitness Mud Madness Charity Race on June 10 at the Dirt Runner Grounds in Marseilles, Illinois (one hour west of Elmhurst). Ignite Fitness will offer three separate obstacle course races on this fun and diverse course. DRX Dash for adults 18 and over, Dirt Runner Munchkin Race for ages 4-12, and Dirt Runner Jr. for ages 13-17. Events run 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and cost is $65 for adults and $25 for children. Proceeds will benefit the District 205 Foundation, which provides educational enhancements for all students in District 205 schools. For more information and to register, visit Mud Madness.

RESIDENCY VERIFICATION FOR ALL YORK INCOMING FRESHMEN – Even if your soon-to-be York High School freshman has been a District 205 student for years, he or she must prove residency for the 2017-18 school year. If you have any questions about residency verification, please contact York High School directly at 630-617-2400. Evening verification, as well summer enrollment of new students, will take place as follows:


York High School (355 W. St. Charles Rd)

5 PM - 8 PM

June 27 | July 12 | July 20

District 205 Center (162 S. York) (walk-in and residency)

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM                      1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Monday, July 10                           Thursday, July 13

Monday, July 17                           Wednesday, July 19

Tuesday, July 18                          Tuesday, July 25

Wednesday, July 26                      Thursday, July 27

Additional dates include Tuesday, August 1 from 4 to 8 PM and Monday, August 7 from 4 to 8 PM.

SPEND AN AFTERNOON IN THE GARDEN, JULY 9 – The 22nd annual Elmhurst Garden Walk is scheduled for Sunday, July 9th from 10 AM to 3PM. Tours of six home gardens will be offered on the Walk this year, in addition to the York Community High School garden. Each garden has its own personality and ranges in size from modest to grand. The corresponding Garden Faire in Wilder Park will run from 10AM to 4PM and features vendors with perennial plants, and unique garden accessories. In addition, a new feature this year is the child-friendly Monarch Butterfly Festival, also located in Wilder Park from 10 AM to 4 PM that day. Sponsored by the Elmhurst Garden Club and Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition, admission to that event is free.

Tickets for the Garden Walk may be purchased for $15 prior to the event at the following places: Amlings Flower Shop, Carousel Flower Shop, Elmhurst Camera, enzee Boutique, NuCara Pharmacy and The Uptown Shop. They will be available on the day of the event for $20 at the Faire’s ticket booth. Proceeds benefit the Mildred Hartney College Scholarship Fund and community horticultural projects, such as the York High School Garden.

5TH ANNUAL ELMHURST CYCLING CLASSIC – Join your family, friends and neighbors for the fifth annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic (ECC), an exciting spectacle of high-speed racing at Wilder Park and around Elmhurst College from 10 AM to 11 PM on Friday, July 21st. Amateur and professional racing continues throughout the day, ending with the pros racing under the stars until 9:45 PM. Wilder Mansion and Wilder Park will be host to food and beverage vendors, sponsor tents and family-friendly activities. This is a free community event, and all are encouraged to join the fun! For info, visit

Organizers of the ECC race are once again sponsoring a Family Fun Bike Parade on the 1.2 mile professional race course around Elmhurst College from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. ALL RIDERS MUST HAVE A SIGNED WAIVER AND HELMET. If you bike to the event, there will be free bike valet parking inside the fenced tennis course in Wilder Park. All ages are welcome. For more information on how to register in advance (free!) visit

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:


  • York Alumni Present Godspell on June 9 – One Night Only – Ticket Sales Began May 15 At
  • Special Kids Day – A Playground For Everyone – Join The Party At The Playground at 385 E. Van Buren St. On June 11 From1 PM To 4 PM – Everyone Welcome
  • Meet Lulu Cerone – Founder of LemonAID Warriors & PhilanthroParties – For High School Students (Incoming 9th Graders/Outgoing 12th Graders) On June 14 From 1 PM To 4:30 PM – Location: DuPage County Community Center – Register at:


  • Kids Who Care – Kids Concert Benefitting Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry On June 10 From 6:30 PM To 8 PM Location: Yorkfield Presbyterian Church – Buy Tickets at:
  • Elmhurst Garden Club Presents An Afternoon In The Garden On July 9 – Garden Tours 10 Am To 3 PM – Faire In Wilder Park 10 AM To 4 PM – Tickets To Garden Walk $15 in Advance Or $20 at the Door –
  • York High School Girls’ Cross Country Team Mattress Sale Fundraiser On July 15 From 10 AM To 5 PM Location: York Commons Area – Come and Test The Bed That's Right For You 
  • AAUW - Donate Your Books, CDs & DVDs For August Book Sale – Bring Donations to Drop Off Locations – June 19 To July 30
  • AAUW Used Books, CDs & DVDs Sale at Lincoln School – August 3 From 6PM To 9PM – $10 Fee & August 4 From 9 AM To 8 PM – Free Admission & August 5 From 10 AM To 3 PM – Free Admission & August 6 From Noon To 3 PM – Free Admission/$10 Bag Sale


  • AYSO Region 399 Registration For 2017-2018 – Play Begins September 2017 – Register Online – VIP Programs For Special Needs
    Summer Camp July 30 To August 4 – Register By June 10, 2017 
  • Children's Monarch Festival – Educational Booths & Activities Plus Live Butterfly Tent Wilder Park On July 9 At 10 AM To 4 PM– Free Admission
  • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program – For Grades 1 To 6
    Kids Earn A Free Book
  • 2017-2018 Bethel Learning Center Kindergarten Enhancement Classes For Children In Morning Kindergarten – Tuesday &Thursday Afternoons
  • Spirito! Singers Auditions For 2017-2018 Season – 
  • University of Illinois Extension & 4H Offers SPIN (SPecial INterest) – Beekeeping For Beginners From May To July – Backyard Poultry From May To August & Sewing From May and June
  • York High School 2017-18 Cheerleading Tryouts For All Students – Male & Female Welcome On May 9 & 10 From 4 To 7 PMLocation: Black Box Room
  • Great Things To Do At Brookfield Zoo – Dinos & Dragons From May 6 To September 17 – Summer Nights June 16 To August 12 From 4 To 9 PM – Free For Members



  • PTA Summer Recreation Open House List Of Opportunities
  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre Summer Drama Camps – June 12 To 22 From 9:30 AM To Noon For Grades 2 To 4 AND June 12 To 22 From 9 AM To Noon For Grades 5 To 8 – Register at
  • Forest Preserve District of DuPage County – Summer Camps For Ages 4 To 15 – Visit
  • Spotlight Youth Theater Summer Camps – 3 Elmhurst Locations/Dates Disney Classics At West Suburban Community Church On June 12 To 16 & Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church On June 19 To 23 & Passport Disney At West Suburban Community Church On June 19 To 23
  • 4H Workshops Summer Series –Food Preservations/ Mixed Media Abstract/Baking Basics
  • Northern Illinois University Summer Academic Camps Includes Residential Camps For Grades 9-12 & Day Camps For Grades 6-8
  • Technology Center of DuPage – Robotics Camp For Grades 7 To 9 (Entering In Fall 2017) June 5-8, June 12-15 & July 10-13
    From 9 AM To 2 PM – Register by May 14 AND Culinary Camp For Grades 7 To 9 June 5-8, June 12-15, June 19-22, June 26-29, July 10-13, July 17-20 & July 24-27 – From 9 AM To 1 PM – Class Size 15 Per Session
  • SIU Summer Camps – Academic, Artistic & Athletic – Register At Website: 
  • 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)
  • 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


  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club – 2017-2018 Tryouts For Boys & Girls Ages 7 To 18 From May 7 Thru May 26 Location: Berens Park Register Online: 
  • 2017 Girls’ Basketball Camp For Girls Grades K To 8 From June 19 To 22 – Location: Elmhurst College
  • Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association – Summer Camps For Grades K To 9 And Summer Purple League From June 5 To June 28 For Grades 4 To 9
  • Elmhurst College 2017 Wrestling Camp – From June 26 To 30 At 10 AM To Noon For Ages 6 To 18
  • Dominican University Co-Ed Basketball, Volleyball & All-Sport
  • 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

Randal Stringer – Pause From May 14 To June 23

Elmhurst History Museum

  • Program Schedule For March – May

Elmhurst Public Library

  • Camp Curiosity Summer Reading Program For Birth To Grade 8 (Entering In Fall) – Sign Up From June 3 To August 12 – Bring Your Library Card, School ID Or Elmhurst Report Card – Featuring Photo, Poster and Writing Contests – Earn Prizes Starting June 10


Bensenville Recreation & Community Programs

  • Wahoo Swim Team For Ages 6 To 18 – Residents or Non-Residents – Registration Now Open From June 5 To July 29
  • Poolside Hatha Yoga – Tuesdays, June 6 To July 11 From 9 PM To 10 PM
  • Poolside Power Yoga – Thursdays, June 8 To July 13 From 9 PM To 10 PM
  • Learn To Swim Programs – For All Ages From June 10 To July 16
  • Edge Ice Arena Crystal Edges Figure Skating Summer Camp From June 13 – July 20 AND Summer Session Learn To Skate Session 1 From June 14 To July 19 And Session 2 From July 22 To August 19 (Saturdays Only)

Elmhurst Park District


  • Summer Camps – Registration Now Open For Traditional Kindergarten, Teen, PreSchool, Specialty & Sports Camps 
  • Summer – Camp MacLean Location: Burlington, Wisconsin For Ages 7 To 16 Years