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Talk205 Message for December 5, 2016

In this issue –

  • December 5 Focus 205 Meeting Rescheduled to February 1
  • Community Candlelight Peace Vigil at Wilder Park, December 6
  • Calendar Survey Open Now Through December 12
  • Glenbard Parenting Series Offerings This Week
  • Notes from Chris Herren’s Community Presentation, November 29
  • Fine Arts Brochure for 2016-17 Now Posted Online
  • Middle School Accelerated Math Informational Meeting, December 13
  • Looking for the Perfect Teacher/Staff Gift? Quick Cuisine to the Rescue
  • Thiems Grant Application Now Posted on the D205 Foundation Website
  • Be Ready for Weather-Related Late Start or School Closings
  • Elmhurst Firefighters Organize Toy Drive to Benefit Young Hospital Patients
  • Holiday Lights and Cord Recycling Now Through January
  • Postings on the Virtual Backpack page

DECEMBER 5 FOCUS 205 MEETING RESCHEDULED – Focus 205’s Community Engagement Session #6, which was originally scheduled for Monday, December 5, will be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7 PM (location TBA). District 205 is currently processing the results of our recent Thoughtexchange survey, which will be an important factor in shaping the next meeting’s presentation. Please visit for complete information regarding the Focus 205 process.

COMMUNITY CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL ON DECEMBER 6 – A candlelight vigil for peace and understanding, organized by members of the Elmhurst community, will be held on the east steps of Wilder Mansion beginning at 7 pm on Tuesday, December 6, in Wilder Park. Gathering under the banner, “Love Lives Here,” the vigil will be an opportunity for all who attend to show their support for Elmhurst as a community where all are welcome regardless of race, religion, orientation or country of origin.

“Our goal is to celebrate our diversity in a peaceful celebration of our differences and all that binds us together as one community, one country, and one world,” said event organizers Susan Warren and Lisa O’Halloran. “The goal of the evening is to focus our shared energy and commitment on strengthening the diversity that we cherish in Elmhurst, and in communities large and small all across America.”

There will be speakers, community singing and soloists, as well as dancers from York High School's Spanish Heritage dance group. Any attendees who wish are invited to bring an ornament symbolizing “peace” in their tradition to the Love Lives Here holiday tree in Wilder Park. Complimentary hot chocolate and home baked cookies will be served.

CALENDAR SURVEY OPEN NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 12The District 205 Calendar Committee is seeking input from multiple stakeholder groups regarding the 2017-18 calendar and scheduling of parent/teacher conferences. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The survey will close at 11:59 PM on December 12, 2016.

GLENBARD PARENTING SERIES OFFERINGS THIS WEEKDevelop Executive Functioning Skills to Plan, Organize and Self-Monitor for School Success will be presented by Sarah Ward on Tuesday, December 6, from 7:00–8:30 PM at Glenbard South (23W200 Butterfield Rd, Glen Ellyn). Tweens, Teens and the Tech Trends of Today: Creating a Safe Digital Culture will be presented by Liz Repking and Melissa Hemzacek on Thursday, December 8, from 12:00–2:00 PM at the Community Consolidated School District #93 Administration Center (230 Covington Drive, Bloomingdale).

CHRIS HERREN’S VISIT TO ELMHURST The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with the District 205 PTA Council and D205 Foundation, welcomed former NBA player Chris Herren to a community event on Tuesday, November 29 in the York High School Campbell Gym. On November 30, he presented to students and staff during an all-school assembly. Mr. Herren shared his story of overcoming drug addiction and finding the strength to define himself as a sober man. He has spoken to students and parents across the nation about healthy, real-life strategies for handling the pressures faced by today’s teenagers.

During the evening presentation, which was attended by nearly 900 people, Mr. Herren made the following points:

  • For an addict, it’s not about your worst day; it’s about your first day – he emphasized over and over that the path to addiction begins with small compromises that can ultimately grow into full-blown addiction.
  • The first page of any addict’s story begins with using alcohol and/or weed. Mr. Herren abused alcohol, cocaine, prescription drugs and heroin. He drank vodka to help him “forget” that he was disappointing his family, his fans and himself. His opioid (oxycodone) use became so expensive that he turned to heroin, which was cheaper and easier to obtain.

To read the remaining points, highlighted by District 205 Director of Communications Melea Smith, please click here.

FINE ARTS BROCHURE FOR 2016-17 NOW POSTED – Attention patrons of the arts and parents: the Show Time! Fine Arts Schedule for York High School, as well as Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools, is now posted on the District 205 website. Be sure to check out all of the holiday concerts and events taking place in December! Art, theatre and musical events are featured, along with information on obtaining tickets. Those with existing VIP (Very Important Patron) cards may attend any fine arts program for free. If you are 60 or older and would like to receive a VIP card, please contact the Office of Communications at 630-941-4719.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ACCELERATED MATH INFORMATIONAL MEETING – REACH PTA invites you to an informational parent meeting to discuss the Middle School Accelerated Math Pathway, including the transition into high school and beyond on Tuesday, December 13th at 7 PM, in the Sandburg Auditorium. Featured speakers include Dave Beedy, District STEM coordinator, and Deb Lee, District REACH coordinator. In addition to the presentation, a panel comprised of District 205 parents that have/had students in the REACH program will share their experiences.

LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT TEACHER/STAFF GIFT? – The District 205 Food Services Department has a unique holiday gift idea for honoring teachers and staff: a Quick Cuisine lunch gift certificate. Café 205 offers a full lunch menu just for staff that can be delivered to any school on any day when school lunches are served. For details, see the Quick Cuisine gift order form. All gift orders must be requested by no later than Friday, December 16.

THIEMS GRANT APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE– The District 205 Foundation’s 2016-2017 Thiems Grant application is now available and may be accessed at this link. Since 1990, 596 educational grants totaling over $1.4 million have been awarded through the Thiems Grant Program. Teachers, students, administrators, parents or community members in District 205 are eligible to apply. Requested programs, projects, or instructional resources should enhance the educational experience of students, be clearly in support of and help to deliver relevant curriculum, and ideally demonstrate creativity and innovation. Applications that contain technology or media components must include a technology review form. Please note the procedure and additional deadlines that are outlined in the application guidelines. All applications are due February 8, 2017 and recipients will be announced in the spring.

BE READY FOR WEATHER-RELATED LATE START OR SCHOOL CLOSINGS As Sunday’s snowfall proved, now is the time to remind yourself of the various ways District 205 announces school closings and late start openings resulting from inclement weather. (And it’s also the time to think about childcare plans.) A late start or school closing announcement is made by 5:45 AM via the following channels:

• Information is first posted on the District's website at

• Talk205 phone calls, e-mail and SMS messages are sent out.

• A message is recorded on the District 205 Center’s main telephone line at (630) 834-4530.

• Notification is sent to the Emergency Closing Center, which broadcasts such information on WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), FOX-TV, and CLTV cable. Visit the web site at


The late start schedule provides the flexibility to begin school two hours later than normal, allowing time for roads to be cleared and temperatures to rise. This alternative eliminates a situation where severe weather in the early morning leads to a decision to close schools for an entire day when it is not warranted. On a late start schedule day, buses will arrive at the usual pick-up points two hours later than their regularly-scheduled time. Students who walk or drive to school should not arrive prior to two hours before their regular drop-off times. In the event a late start schedule is activated, class periods will be shortened, but dismissal times will not change.


Be sure to check out the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website for more details.

ELMHURST FIREFIGHTERS ORGANIZE ANNUAL TOY DRIVE – Elmhurst Firefighters from International Association 3541 are organizing a toy drive to benefit children at Edward-Elmhurst Hospital this holiday season. New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages will be collected at Fire Station #1, 404 N. York Street and Fire Station #2, 601 S. York Street. Toys will be accepted now through December 21st. Santa has turned in his sleigh for a fire truck this year and will be delivering the collected toys to the hospital. Elmhurst Hospital employees will deliver the appropriate toy to each child. For more information about the toy collection, please contact Lt. Steve Wroble or FF Steve Talaski at 630-530-3094.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS & CORD RECYCLING – York High School’s ECO Club and the Emerson Earth Ambassadors are collecting broken or old Italian mini lights, traditional rope lights, LED lights from any holiday are accepted, along with extension and appliance cords, as well as computer cables. All may be dropped off in bins located in the lobbies of the “A” and “C” buildings at York or at Emerson School. The program runs now through the end of January. All proceeds will benefit SCARCE, Contact ECO Club sponsor, Bob Blaus, for more information 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:



  • Focus 205 Community Engagement – Vision For The Future On February 1 From 7 To 9 PM Location: TBA – Babysitting (Ages 3 To 12) Available – RSVPs Appreciated – Visit for Complete Information


  • Love Lives Here – Candlelight Peace Vigil On December 6 From 7 To 8 PM At Wilder Mansion Steps – All Welcome To Bring Unity To Our Community
  • Illinois PTA Partners With Collaborative For Student Success – You Can Be Your Child's "Learning Hero" On December 8 At 10 AM Location: Downers Grove Public Library
  • Save the Date – D205 PTA Summer Recreation Open House On February 7 From 6 PM To 8 PM At York High School
  • Northwestern Men's Basketball Group Tickets 2016-2017 – School Day Games On February 18


  • Metra Safety Poster & Essay Contest –Keeping Yourself(ies) Safe: Look, Listen & Live For Grades K To 12 – Deadline: January 31, 2017


  • Boy Scout Troop 417 Toy And Book Drive For Easter Seals – googleFor Ages Infant To Age 10
    Drop Off By December 13


  • Special Kids Day Visit With Santa – December 7 From 3:30 To 8 PM At Wilder Mansion – Free Event For Children Of All Ages With Special Needs & Includes Siblings and Families – No Reservations Necessary
  • DuPage Forest Preserves After Dark Programs For Families – Night Hike By Lantern Light On December 19 St. James Full Moon Wagon Ride


  • Save The Date – York Athletic Boosters Green Scene On February 25 From 7 PM To 1 AM At Fitz's Spare Keys


  • Strategies For Improving Executive Function Skills To Plan, Organize and Problem Solve For School Success With Sarah Ward On December 6 To 7 PM Location: Glenbard South – Free and Open To The Public
  • Tweens, Teens & The Tech Trends Of Today On December 8 At 12 PM – Community Consolidated School District #93, Bloomingdale


  • Center For Gifted – December 4 – One Day Workshop – Bensenville December 19 Through 30 Winter Break Workshops – Bensenville Robotic Petting Zoo 3 Day Workshop Over Winter Break – Elmhurst Winter Program On Sundays January 22
  • Powerful Forces of Nature Elmhurst Location: For Grades 1 To 5 Sugar City Shakedown & Volcanoes & Volcanism And Grades 4 To 8 Tornado In A Bottle On December 4 At Sandburg Middle School 2 PM To 4:30
  • University Of Illinois Extension – Three Programs – Robotics One Workshop Series In December 2016, North Pole Trolls Workshop On December 3, 2016 & Bridge Bust On January 7, 2016
  • Elmhurst Children's Theatre Presents An Audition Workshop For Cats – On January 9 From 6:30 To 8:30 PM For Grades 5 To 8 – Fee $25 – Class Size Limited To 20 Please Register By January 6
  • Join Girl Scouts – For Girls Grades 6 To 12 – Annual Membership Fee $15 (Financial Assistance Available)

DuPage Children’s Museum

  • Under The Sea On December 31 & Winter Break Camps From December 28–29 & January 4–5

Elmhurst Art Museum

  • Elmhurst Artists' Guild A World Of Colors – Life And Art Of Holly Renald Cohn From November 13 To January 6

Elmhurst Public Library


Bensenville Park District

  • Fall Program Guide
  • Special Events
  • Bensenville Recreation and Community Programs
  • Swim With Santa On December 16 – 6:30 To 8:30 PM Admission $4 Per Person Pay & Sign In At the Door
  • Water's Edge Learn To Swim From January 7 To February 12 (6 Weeks) For All Levels

Elmhurst Park District

  • Upcoming Programs & Events here
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony At Wilder Park On December 8 From 5:30 To 8 PM – Santa Arrives At 6 PM – Tree Lighting Countdown Begins At 6:30 PM

YMCA Website

  • Parent's Night Out On December 9 From 6:30 To 9 PM Cost:$10/Per Child Member – $20/Per Child Non-Member Cost Includes Pizza & Drinks, Movie, Visit From Santa, Games & Ice Skating – Pre-Registration Required
  • School's Out Days (Holiday & Institute Days) Full Day Programs From 7 AM To 6 PM Choose The Days $55/Member $110/Non Member (December) $60/Member $120/Non Member (January)
    Pre-Registration Required


  • Gateway – Special Education Recreational Association
  • SERG PTA – (Special Education Resources Group) Presents Parent Panel Discussion – Making The Transition To Middle & High School On January 26 From 7 To 9 PM Meet & Greet Begins At 6:30 PM – Free & Open To The Public


  • Elmhurst Baseball and Softball League – Register By January 15 For Early Bird Discount
  • York Girls Lacrosse Winter Clinic – Two Day Mini Camp On January 3 & 4 From 4PM To 6 PM – For Grades 3 To 8
  • Immanuel Lutheran School Winter Indoor Soccer League On January 15 – 7 Sessions For Pre-K To Grade 8 – $50 Per Child – Register By December 17
  • Team Elmhurst Soccer Club For Boys & Girls – PreK and Kindergarten Soccer Classes Start January 9 On Tuesday Mornings Or Afternoons Click Here for More Information – visit: